Williamsburg

Spotlight on Half Gallery Director Erin Goldberger

Erin Goldberger with a Chris Martin painting at Half Gallery ©EGG

On the Friday night after Christmas, Half Gallery director Erin Goldberger could be found at an artists’ studio in Greenpoint, where a few friends—photographers, musicians, writers—gathered in the kitchen over wine and an assortment of Moe’s Doughs donuts. A Francoise Hardy song was playing off a cell phone connected to a record player with an amplifier, and Erin’s laugh floated above the music. She was re-telling family stories she had just learned over the holidays about her Sicilian great-grandparents, who immigrated to New York at the turn of the last century (her paternal grandparents arrived in New Jersey from Poland after the Second World War).

The stories were funny, although this isn’t the first time that I had seen Erin captivate a small audience. She can recall names, memories, and obscure details at the drop of a hat, and delivers her sentences like an expert pool player: delicately on one shot, sharply on the other, and packed with dry wit on the next. A few minutes later, we went outside to sit on the front stoop and I turned on my recorder… Continue reading

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On view now at Figureworks Gallery: “Without/Color,” Part 1

"Without/Color," Part 1 at Figureworks Gallery ©All images courtesy of Figureworks

There is a gem of a gallery tucked away on the second floor of a quiet, four-story brownstone on 168 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, just off busy Bedford Avenue: Figureworks. And, inside this gallery right now, there is an exhibition of watercolors, drawings, and sculptures that is entirely “void of color.” The effect is transporting in such a way that the gallery seems like a separate world entirely, removed from the cityscape outside and, thus, a perfect respite for those in pursuit of silence and inspiration. Greenpointers recently caught up with gallery Director Randall Harris to discuss this exhibition, “Without/Color” (Part 1). Continue reading

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Earle Sebastian, Swankers, & Sartorial Pursuits at Picture Farm

©Earle Sebastian

Earle Sebastian is a man to be admired. Firstly, because the South African-born, London-raised ‎film director/creative director/event curator has gathered certain professional accolades. Secondly, and more importantly for the purposes of this article, because he has style. Definitions of style abound on the internet (i.e., Oscar de la Renta: “Style is more about being yourself.”), but there’s no one way to get it. The only thing that’s certain is you can’t buy it prepackaged. Continue reading

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What’s inside the Brooklyn Art Library? The Sketchbook Project

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The Sketchbook Project is waiting for you to browse its shelves on 103A North 3rd Street & Berry in Williamsburg. This crowd-sourced library houses 31,515 sketchbooks contributed by people from over 135 countries, and runs a mobile art library that roams the continental United States with a portion of that collection (most recently seen in Detroit). Each book is barcoded and cataloged with searchable details, like where the book is from, the materials used, the artist’s name, and tag words, making it super easy to explore. Interested in contributing a sketchbook? Step 1: Buy a blank sketchbook here to get started.

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Sugar Sweets Festival and Bake Sale at City Reliquary (10/25)

sugarsweets_festival_2014It’s the season for sweaters, scarves, and sweet sweet sugar. To get your teeth into training for all that Halloween candy on the 31st I strongly suggest you check out the 5th Annual Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival this weekend.

The sweetness extravaganza will be held on Saturday 25th October from 10-4pm at The City Reliquary Museum,  370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg.

The event revolves around an epic Bake Sale, featuring treats donated by everyone from humble home chefs to top-tier pros and landmark New York bakeries. 100% of the proceeds from the bake sale will support the City Reliquary Museum, a not-for-profit community museum that casts a loving light on the seemingly ordinary people and objects that make New York great. Continue reading

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Survey: How do you feel about the transportation here in the hood?

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Few things unite New Yorkers quicker than transportation. Whether complaining about the MTA, giving someone directions, or debating the best possible route to get where you’re going, New Yorkers love talking about how we get around the city. For those of us in Greenpoint, who only have access to one subway, transportation can be an especially touchy subject.

Now you have the opportunity to share your thoughts on your transit situation with someone who can actually do something about. The Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) are working on their first advocacy campaign centered on transportation. They are conducting a survey on transportation issues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The results will be shared with representatives and city officials next week.

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Immerse Yourself in Crystal Jukebox Hymn – Tonight Thru Sunday (10/2-10/5)

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Photo : Virginia Rupert

“escaping into the who goes there? & now’s not the time to act silly, so wear your big boots & jump on the garbage clowns, the hourly rate & the enema men &…”

Crystal Jukebox Hymn, composed of text from Bob Dylan’s experimental poetry prose collection Tarantula, is an immersive experience for the audience who are beckoned to follow an eclectically eccentric group of characters which have been ripped from the confines of a social hierarchy and woven together in a multi-media performance traversing through a crime scene, a bar, a forest, an asylum, a cave and everywhere in between, always with an inherent call for the road and noise on the street. Their every move is captured and splayed against the back wall by the watchful eye of The Narrator, who likes to disguise himself as the Chief of Police. Issues of prejudice, minority, propaganda, corruption, war and privacy that exist within are all unravelled through the rhythmic stream of conscious flow of Bob Dylan’s imaginative words. Continue reading

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ARTCRANK—Bike Art Party at Brooklyn Brewery

Having a good time at the Brooklyn Brewery ©ARTCRANK

After a pair of packed-to-the-rafters SoHo openings in the past two years, ARTCRANK— an international pop-up show of bicycle-inspired posters—headed across the East River to Brooklyn Brewery for its biggest NYC show yet this past Thursday, September 4.  Continue reading

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A Poster A Day with Alex Proba

Designer, illustrator & art director Alex Proba ©Evan B.

A few weeks ago, Kickstarter Art Director Alex Proba exhibited her year-long project, “A Poster A Day,” at Space Ninety 8 in Williamsburg. Originally from Lüdenscheid, Germany, the ambitious young designer, illustrator, and art director worked in architecture and product design before making the leap to the start-up world several years ago. We stopped by the exhibit to take some photos and chat with Alex about her project.

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Closing Event: SAFETY IN NEBULOUS at REVERSE (8/1)

Last chance to play "Problem Attic" at REVERSE gallery ©J. Ambia

 “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”― William Gibson, Neuromancer

This FRIDAY, August 1st, 6-8PM—check ‘em out, check ‘em out at REVERSE gallery: 1. Michael Cook will explain how his ANGELINA project works and why he thinks A.I. will create games that people can’t, and 2. Liz Ryerson will discuss her obtuse and often counter-intuitive designs in ‘Problem Attic.’ Continue reading

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