Picture Farm Gallery is proud to announce our November neighborhood artisan pop-up for November…
Today, denim whisperer Merica Lee and ceramic artist Erin Clancy announced “Silhouettes”, a one-day shopping event on Sunday, November 13th at Picture Farm Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The collaborators are teaming up to produce the one-day pop-up, which will feature new product lines from both designers. Lee will be selling a pair of her coveted bell-bottom jeans customized by embroidery star Sophie Lockhart, along with additional one-of-a-kind trousers treated with airbrush and ice-dye. (Standard Merica Lee jeans retail for $325, and one-off collaborations will be $425.)
Clancy has just completed an assortment of stoneware featuring raw texture, hand-painted patterns, and gold luster. Inspired by the color and forms of the Spanish and New York landscape, the new home and tableware collection will retail from $25 – $100. Floral studio Huntress will create ikebana-style flower arrangements inspired by Clancy’s pieces, and will have bouquets available for purchase as well.
Clancy and Lee began collaborating last year, when Lee launched her eponymous denim line with an unmissable, butt-boosting silhouette sewn from raw 14 oz. denim in classic blue. When Lee added a white denim option to her collection, Clancy created a series of one-of-a-kind beads to adorn the laces on the jeans’ rear. Each stoneware bead is hand-rolled, cut, formed and painted.
ERIN LOUISE CLANCY is a visual and ceramic artist based in Queens, New York. She utilizes traditional practices to celebrate the home, daily rituals, and the urban landscape, and believes beauty resides in everyday objects. Erin creates limited edition collections for the home, as well as commissioned work for coffee shops and restaurants (including Cafe Grumpy, Diner, and Tygershark). erinlouiseclancy.com
MERICA LEE, drummer for the rock outfit Naked Heroes, based her signature style on a treasured pair of heavyweight, sailor-style dungarees. Made in New York City’s Garment from nearly indestructible raw Japanese denim, the jeans have been called “magical” and “butt-changing” by Lee’s rapidly growing base of devotees, which includes Parker Posey, model Jamie Bochert, and androgynous style icon Andre J. mericalee.com
HUNTRESS is a Brooklyn-based floral studio inspired by wildly opulent equatorial designs, spirit of place, a mood or feeling in time, cross-cultural savoir-faire, the tropics, botanical exploration, and natural oddities. Founded by Alicia McDole, the company specializes in weddings, events, private installations, and floral styling. huntressbotanica.com
Sunday, November 13th
12 – 6 PM
Picture Farm Gallery
338 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
We are proud to announce photographer Camila Falquez is presenting a pin-up show at Picture Farm Gallery.
Ms Falquez has travelled the world shooting for L’Officiel Mexico, VEIN Magazine, Hermés, The Sartorialist, Garance Dore, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire, Fashion TV, Nice Things, Grazia Magazine and ICON Magazine.
BODY OF WORK outlines some her personal vision of human form,“…examining the ephemeral nature of body movement. Our physical relationship with the environment is one expressed by motion, she says through her photography…” as covered in an article about the show featured in WILD Magazine.
Visual excerpts of this work were also recently highlighted in VICE Magazine’s “New Generation of Photographers In Columbia” feature.
Doors open at 7PM at the PF Gallery space at 338 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn NY, 11249
Picture Farm Gallery is proud to present the imagery of Paul Colt in the gallery space for a one week pop up starting this coming Saturday night.
Mr. Colt has been described as “local zen master of the Lower East Side, a painter and veritable raconteur from some nightmare dreamscape involving Melvin Van Peebles, Gil Scott Heron, Henry Miller, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline.”
And while many don’t know his real name (some say Chavis, Colt, Seale…his alias assumed to avoid heat from his days in the Black Liberation Army) his outside-inside art, his anti-Symbolist hagiography matched with his outsized persona offers a glimpse into a creative mind seldom experienced.
Paul Colt Opening Reception
August 27th 6PM to 9PM
Picture Farm Gallery
338 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
Mark Beukes has been a part of the local neighborhood art community for the better part of the last two decades and is now suffering from the rare disorder Myelodysplastic Syndromes. Juliet Kravchuk, Max Sternberg and a host of others are throwing a one-night party fundraiser to help him battle the this disease.
There will be an amazing array of art on offer starting at incredible, below market prices in a silent auction to help with medical and cost of living expenses.
There is currently a fund for Mark set up online, but this will be a great way to support and will offer up some incredible gems and a good time for a long time fellow community member.
Picture Farm Gallery is proud to host The Universal Solvent Collective this Saturday night, presenting “NEW ARRIVALS”, a video program of short pieces made by a group of amateur American filmmakers. The film selections have characteristics similar to diary entries, all of them capturing short moments in time.
The children of Picture Farm more often than not spend some of their most formative years at Mi Escuelita, a local preschool. And every year we are proud to present their year end children’s art show. Last year Mi Escuelita concentrated the show around Nepal, raising $14k for Helter Shelter while teaching the children about art, culture and empathy. This year the focus is on Africa and responsible tourism.
All local art lovers are invited to stop in and enjoy the party and check out the great work Mi Escuelita does with the children entrusted to it. And especially, if you’re looking for a preschool for your child, this is a great opportunity.
From Tia Yvonne:
Mi Escuelita cares about our endangered species community conservation and responsible tourism.
This year we focused on the continent of Africa. We have taken the little ones on a conscious journey through the African continent, exploring it’s animals.
Please help us by donating to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy which is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Any donations made will be donated directly to Lewa wildlife conservancy…”
Picture Farm Gallery is stoked to announce the third annual It Doesn’t Not Work local surfboard shaping exhibition.
The process of surfcraft design is not one limited to the big machines of the surf industry, or solely belonging to the heralded masters of the craft, it is a living folk art on an equally democratic level. It is a continually evolving conversation between local craftsman and the sea… and the creations that relationship spawns.
The IDNW inaugural event took place in May of 2014, a result of some mental sparks between S.M.A.S.H Surf’s Tyler Breuer, Imaginary Surf Co.’s David Murphy and Picture Farm’s Toddy Stewart. In April of 2015, the show would go on with the inclusion of Board Porn’s Ron Schein to the team. The 2016 version expands further to include Desiree Melendez to our operational cast.
It Doesn’t Not Work is a surf craft exposition that explores the process of the art & craft of surf-riding design, the event aims to discuss these experimental shapes, work-in-progress projects and tried-and-true formulas. It is a time of conversation and camaraderie, good times and good razzing.
The 3rd Annual IDNW event will be held at Picture Farm Gallery on the weekend of May 13, 14 & 15, 2016. and for the first time coincides with the annual Fish Fry held out in Long Beach, Long Island (swell permitting.)
Prospective participants can submit their works of art, failure and middling successes at the IDNW website. The show is free of charge and open to all ages, surfer and gawker alike. For those not so in the know, it is a perfect moment to acquaint yourself with some of the best parts of surf culture and ask all the dumb questions about surfboard design that have been burning a hole in your mental pocket.
Picture Farm Gallery is proud to announce the upcoming exhibition of Paola Citterio, a member of our community and neighborhood, and an artist whose work we are privileged to present.
The show opens April 8 with a reception form 6 to 9 PM and will be on view until the 8th of May.
“It struck me, what quality went to form a (WO)Man of Achievement, especially in literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously- I mean Negative Capability, that is when (WO)man is capable of being in uncertainties. Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.”
– John Keats
There are times when I have to push, prod and pummel my way through life. Then, there are others when I let life lead me. My work develops in much the same way. I often have no idea where it’s going when I begin. The joy, for me, lies in the uncertainty; in embracing that void. The raw materials are all here: my yarns and the lost objects found by family and friends in this city I love. So, too, are the tools: the rigorously hand-made male tools, also kindly provided by the city. It is the process that is the true revelation. I use a needle felt technique. Which translates into hours of constant jabbing, pushing, probing, puncturing. This repetition, the relentless rhythm of it, creates a momentum. A momentum that not only gives birth to the piece itself but that also transports me.
I am Italian. I grew up in a home and a country with clearly defined, traditional male/female roles. My father supported us as a metal worker. My mother ‘kept house.’ She cooked. She cleaned. She knit. My mother was an obsessive knitter. Always with a delicious, flaky crostata nearby. (A crostata, by the way, is an Italian tart filled with home-made fruit jams.)
These ‘old world’ origins are as much a part of my art as the crostata I still make for my family in Bed Stuy. As for the work? The metal tools, the soft, warm wool fibers and of course, the process… They are all about a ‘new world.’ A world in which as a woman and an artist, I believe we must push past those traditional assumptions, penetrate myths and provoke questions. Yes, this creates uncertainty and doubt. But doubt keeps the door open. Not just in life but in art. My only wish tonight is that everyone who sees these pieces hanging on a wall might also have the pleasure of tasting my home-made crostata. Maybe next time…
PAOLA CITTERIO was born in 1964 in a small village close to Milan, Italy. She received her Bachelor of Art degree in Scenografy from Nuovo Accademia di Belle Arti, NABA, in Mailan 1986. For the next fifteen years she would work as a set designer for theater, film and commercial productions.
In 2001, Paola moved to New York City and found artistic inspiration in her family life, creating pieces that blend the traditional craftwork she learned from the women in her childhood home (knitting, sewing, felting and baking) with found objects from the city streets around her.
There is always an element of surprise in Paola’s work, as she likes her audience to engage with her pieces and discover them inside and out.
“La trama non compare perche’ l’efffetto voluto e’ di stupore, ma lento molto lento e’ lo scorrere del tempo necessario alla sua risoluzione.”
And besides…the last time we had Paola at Picture Farm was one of the best nights of the gallery’s life.
Picture Farm’s Toddy Stewart has a particular affinity for other people’s creative process. Having helped to establish and curate Picture Farm Gallery, he has sought to make as many films as possible about the artists to whom we open our exhibition space.
Yuri Shimojo is a longtime Williamsburg resident, living for years only a block away from the Picture Farm Brooklyn space.
Yuri Shimojo was born 1966 in Tokyo. She is the last descendant of her samurai lineage. In her youth she practiced the Japanese traditional arts of the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and Kabuki and Noh theatrical dance performance. She lived and worked in NY and Hawaii between 1988 to 2014 and currently lives in Kyoto. – YuriShimojo.com
For the past three years she has made it her annual tradition to paint a mural of the matching Chinese astrological sign in our foyer.
In 2016, PF Gallery hosted a solo show of her work, a series of painting made in the traditional, or semi-traditional in Yuri’s case, Sumi & Shu technique.
Over the course of the days that it took to paint the year’s mural update and hang the show, Yuri and Toddy found time to shoot a little documentary about her thought process. The ten minute film,”Sumi & Shu : In Conversation with Yuri Shimojo,” shot in just a couple hours while Yuri worked in her journal with American inks, pulls insight from a two hour long conversation Toddy recorded. The transcript from the full interview would then fill out the catalogue that Yuri, Toddy and PF assistant producer Emily Lalande would design for the show.
The Picture Farm Gallery Mural
For three years, Yuri has painted a mural in the PF Brooklyn space foyer depicting her translation of the year’s Chinese Astrological sign. Year of the Horse, Ram and Monkey (so far.)
Toddy Stewart and Jamie Lansdowne have documented Yuri each time.
You can read the full interview transcript here.