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PICTURE FARM FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE IS LIVE!

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Over the weekend of February 8th & 9th, Picture Farm will be holding it’s first film festival! We have just announced our line up which can be perused HERE.

This is a free event thanks to our fantastic sponsors Fast Ashley’s, Brooklyn Brewery, 11th Street Workshop & VitaCoco. Feel free to come and go throughout the day and soak up some great independent films in a cozy atmosphere. What could be better than watching free films with your friends on a cold Winter’s day?

BIG WEEKEND OF LDBA AT PICTURE FARM!

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We have been so excited to be able to give LDBA a temporary home for the last year. The community crafting goodness it’s produced has filled the gallery space with, well, goodness. This weekend we bid farewell L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts with a full weekend of arts and crafts. Dirty your hands with Indigo Dying and plot revenge with Arrow Making. Full class descriptions and times HERE.

We look forward to welcoming them into their new home on Driggs in Spring. This will be a beautiful art supply store & educational space. Thanks to Sara & co for the good times!

FEBRUARY SHOW : NICK KUSZYK

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Our next show at PF Gallery is by notorious Brooklyn street artist Nick Kuszyk, otherwise known as Rrobots. Expect large scale, intense colors. See you there!

FIVE MINUTES WITH MATTHEW LUSK

PERFORMANCE NIGHT AT PICTURE FARM GALLERY : SATURDAY JANUARY 25

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The impromptu collaboration of Pete Simonelli, Lynn Wright, and Simon Goff, also known as Molecules, was born in Madrid, Spain in October 2012. Simonelli was promoting his newly translated book of poetry on tour with Wright and Goff’s band Bee and Flower when he entered the dressing room 10 minutes before his set and summoned them to the stage without prior warning. They are a loose fit in a world of tight jeans, offering a mixture of improvised musical explosions and words with a keen on eye on keeping scores settled and psychic accounts balanced.

This Saturday, Sr. Wright and Mr. Goff will be performing with artist Matthew Lusk and Simonelli. They will also play a piece or two from Wright’s score for choreographer Rachel Cohen’s dance Construct,which premiered at Incubator Arts/St. Mark’s Church in August of 2013.

Lynn Wright and Simon Goff both play in the New York/Berlin-based bands And The Wiremen and Bee and Flower.

Goff also plays bass with British band Hope and Social and is active in the European contemporary dance scene, working extensively with choreographer and dancer Lisanne Goodhue.

Wright composes music for choreographer Rachel Cohen’s dance company Racoco/RX, collaborates with writer Victoria Miguel, most recently on her play Laqueria at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and works in various ever-shifting contexts with composer/laptop performer Chris Becker, Flip Barnes (William Parker Quartet), Paul Watson (Sparklehorse), Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu), and long-time song-writing partner Jon Petrow, among others.

Pete Simonelli is an underground literary veteran and vocalist/frontman for the band Enablers. Lancashire and Somerset have published two books of his poetry as well as a CD of his readings. Both books have been translated into Spanish and published in the fine land of Spain.

This performance is in conjunction with Lusk’s Closed For Alterations show, currently at the PF Gallery.

JANUARY SHOW : CLOSED FOR ALTERATIONS, OPENING PARTY JANUARY TENTH

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Matthew Lusk is a true veteran of the olde-time Williamsburg/Greenpoint artsy days when rent was cheap, lofts were unheated and the possibilities of being a working artist were, well, possible. It is a different world out there now it seems, but thinkers like M. Lusk are still plying their craft and making incredible work the old fashioned way, with their brains, experience and talent that only comes from putting the time in.

We are proud to present our first show of the 2014 PF gallery season: Closed for Alterations, Matthew’s series of large-scale collages of tailor’s patterns on board, with mixed media elements and a treatment of acrylic and glaze with a faux-finisher’s graining comb along with an large installation piece that will complement the thought process and offer gallery denizens a bar to which “saddling up” would be the proper verbiage.

In a dream, I took my life with a gun. When it went off I did not wake up but saw myself for a while lying. Only then did I wake.

-Walter Benjamin, Einbahnstraße (One-Way Street, 1928)

“These are all new or recent collages of images and paper tailor’s patterns on oil and acrylic backgrounds. Initially, I was just making compositions and putting gestural painty things and faux-bois finishes underneath the odd regularity of the men’s suit patterns. Then, after awhile, I decided that the compositions could bear the weight of some things I have been working with in my sculptural installations. These appear here mostly in the form of WPA photographs of the Great Depression; images of the poor, the unfortunate, the oppressed, and the environment they inhabited. And as a foil, some images of the forces that dominated over them. Overall, I think they’ve begun to reach a point where the regularity of the patterns and the irregularity of the painterly marks are made are joined in an ambivalent conflation in the same way that images of the dominant and its oppressed are an inseparable whole.” – M. Lusk