MARA CATALÁN OPENING RECEPTION : MAY 1

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Mara Catalán has been documenting Williamsburg and Greenpoint since the anarchic artistic heyday of the early Nineties. For the month of May, Picture Farm gallery will be displaying her visions in various print, collage and installation form from that sometimes tenuous and always creative time.

For people who’ve lived in the neighborhood for any length of time it is an opportunity to see things how they looked through the eyes of one of the multitude of expat artists who called this corner of Brooklyn their new home. For those who’ve lived here for quite a while, the images on offer will be a reminder of just how much this neighborhood has changed.

The opening reception will be held Friday May 1st, 2015 from 6-10 PM.

INTRODUCING THE PICTURE FARM GALLERY ZINE SERIES

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Picture Farm Gallery is pleased to announce an ongoing Zine series featuring our passions, our friends and the passions of our friends.

Each Zine will be a limited print run featured on a single “pop up” gallery night where the Zines and select prints will be available for purchase.

We kick off project Friday April 24th in the gallery space with the launch of Jair Bortoleto’s “Layers.”

“I’ve heard Jair Bortoleto’s name more than few dozen times over the years, something exotic over the surfy space time continuum. Something about Brazil and Surf and Art the inevitable bywords. So when Ty Breuer popped up recently, whispering the name “Jair Bartoleto” over the email, there he was again, suddenly in the middle my consciousness, attached to not one but two amazing photography projects and the sort of passionate spirit to make a last-minute Brazil to New York show happen. 

We hemmed and hawed about which show to present: his poetic images of the a decidedly thoughtful sea, or his multi-faceted documentation of the 2014 North Shore season. In the end, pragmatism won out and we opted for the lyrically layered imagery of a magically aggressive Hawaiian travelogue. Given the time we had to produce the show, the sheer visceral readability of these photos made the most sense.

We couldn’t be more proud to show Jair‘s work and produce Picture Farm Gallery’s inaugural zine featuring his one of a kind perspective. And I couldn’t be more stoked to finally meet the myth.”

Toddy Stewart

 

 

APRIL 24th : JAIR BORTOLETO “LAYERS”

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Picture Farm Gallery is proud to announce the photographs of Jair Bortoleto will grace the gallery walls in conjunction with the It Doesn’t Not Work surfcraft design symposium. Jair’s pop-up show titled “Layers” details his time spent over one winter on the North Shore of Oahu.

Born in 1978 and currently living in the city of São Vicente, São Paulo, Jair Bortoleto has found a recurrent place in the pantheon of international surf/skate image-makers. Through his work with The Surfer’s Journal Brazil, Alma Surf and the Santos Surf Art fair, among a dozen other collective art shows around the world, Jair’s passion has placed him at the forefront of Brazilian surf culture.

Of his work such has been said:

“Magic where others see the mundane” –Jamie Brisick
“Resonance in the detail diversity” –Drew Kampion
“Honesty of time, space and personality” –Andrew Kidman

Along with the printed collection, Picture Farm will be presenting this work as the first of an ongoing Zine series.

An opening reception with the artist will be on Friday April 24th from 6PM to 10PM but the show will feature prominently on PF gallery walls starting in the middle of April for public viewing during normal working hours and by appointment.

An insightful, if dated Q&A with the artist can be found at Kordoroy.com

 

IT DOESN’T NOT WORK VOLUME II : APRIL 25-26

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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.

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.

Picture Farm Gallery is excited to announce the 2nd Annual IDNW event will be held at Picture Farm Gallery on the weekend of April 24, 25 & 26, 2015

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GALLERY POP UP MARCH 20 : LEE O’CONNOR’S “BIRDS OF PARADISE”

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Picture Farm Gallery is excited to announce a pop up book release on March 20th 2015 from 6-9 PM.

Birds of Paradise is a series and newly released book by photographer Lee O’Connor which celebrates 30 creative, young, and fashionable women scouted on the streets and subways of New York City between the years 2009-2014.

Lee began the series shortly after revisiting a copy of Face Of Our Time, a collection of portraits by renowned photographer August Sander. The book is a masterpiece, documenting faces from all walks of life who the artist felt represented society during the Weimar Republic. Inspired by the idea of documenting the face of an era, Lee set out to record a specific demographic of her era; young, artistic, entrepreneurial women living in New York City.

The process involved Lee asking the subject to dress either in what she first encountered them wearing or in clothing that the subject felt best expressed their personality. These portraits capture a moment in the lives of these aspiring women, each on her own journey of self-creation. The portrait sessions were a collaborative effort in which the subjects were co-creators in the process; constructing, revealing, and inviting the viewer in on their own terms.

Lee O’Connor is a New York based fashion, lifestyle, and portrait photographer. After graduating in 2003 from The University of the Arts with a BFA in photography, Lee moved to New York and worked for 8 years assisting some of the world’s leading fashion, lifestyle, and advertising photographers, most notably Bruce Weber and WIlliam Abranowicz. Lee’s photography focuses on young lifestyle and combines elements of street culture with high fashion. Her work has been described as hip, youthful, and energetic. Some of her clients include Estee Lauder, Target, and Interscope Records, as well as magazines such as Paper and Oyster. She is based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

 

More about the project here:
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UPCOMING MAY SHOW : MARA CATALAN

 

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In May 2015, the longtime Williamsburg based photographer Mara Catalan will be gracing our walls with a look back at the Williamsburg we used to know.

Stay tuned for details.

GALLERY POP UP MARCH 14 : PS110 “FUNRAISER”

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COLE BARASH : “SIX GIRLS SIX CITIES” BOOK RELEASE, MARCH 6 2015 6-10 PM

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SIX GIRLS SIX CITIES BEGAN AS A CONCEPT I SIMPLY COULDNT GET OUT OF MY HEAD, SOMETHING I COULDNT SLEEP ON. LAST YEAR I TOOK THE GAMBLE: SIXTY ROLLS OF FILM, A ONEWAY TICKET AROUND THE WORLD, AND A BLIND SHOT AT MAKING SOMETHING UNIQUE.

I WAS LOOKING TO CREATE A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS THAT JUXTAPOSED A GIRL TO A CITY: A HUMAN TO A PLACE. MY PLAN WAS TO PHOTOGRAPH A GIRL IN STUDIO, ON FILMAND THEN REEXPOSE THE SAME ROLL WHILE EXPLORING EACH CITY ON FOOT. SIX GIRLS AND SIX CITIES, TOKYO, MOSCOW, LONDON, SAO PAULO, PARIS, NEW YORK, AND NOT KNOWING WHAT WOULD HAPPEN. NOTHING WOULD BE PREMEDITATED EVERY COMBINATION HAD TO BE BY CHANCE

BY COMPOSING MY SUBJECTS IN DOUBLE EXPOSURES ON A SINGLE ROLL OF FILM, I HAD FOUND AN ORGANIC WAY TO CAPTURE THE COMPLEX UNITY OF INDIVIDUAL AND ENVIRONMENT. WHILE EXPLORING THE SUBTLE TENSIONS CIRCULATING BETWEEN PSYCHE, CONTEXT, TEXTURE, AND POPULATION, I WAS ALSO DISCOVERING NEW ELEMENTS OF AN URBAN LIFE IN WHICH I HAD BEEN LIVING FOR YEARS

AS A RESULT OF CREATING THIS SERIES, I FEEL THAT I HAVE BECOME MORE DEEPLY CONNECTED WITH MY MEDIUM. SIX GIRLS SIX CITIES EMBODIES A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF PROCESS AND CONTENT THAT OPENS DOORS FOR EXCITING NEW FORMS OF EXPRESSION. AS AN INDIVIDUAL, I HAVE BEEN BROUGHT INTO CONTACT WITH MY ENVIRONMENT BY A RADICAL SENSE OF UNITY; A CONNECTION THAT, IN A WAY, ONLY THESE PICTURES CAN REALLY DESCRIBE.

– COLE BARASH

FEBRUARY POP UP : APOTHEKE TRUNK SHOW

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THE 2015 PICTURE FARM FILM FESTIVAL

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The Picture Farm Film Festival is back! Join us on February 7th and 8th for films, discussion, popcorn and beer.

This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to come and go as you please throughout the day.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7th

2:00pm: Opening Reception

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3:00pm: SHORTS / HELP!

Crystal / Chell Stephen
Here / Susan Barry
Lady Secrets / Lori Damiano
Neighbors / Brandon Boudreaux
Keys, Money, Phone / Roger Young
Tondo / John Ortiz
Down In Flames / William J. Stribling
Q&A to follow with participating directors

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5:30pm: SHORTS / PAST & FUTURE

Dear Lucas / Winnie Cheung
The Race of Gentlemen / Mark Foster
Permission / Thomas Emmet Ashton
T’s World / Ramon Bloomberg
Body / Christopher Baker
Toñita’s / Sebastian Diaz & Beyza Boyacioglu
Q&A to follow with participating directors

Stolen Moments

8:00pm FEATURE

Stolen Moments: Red Hot & Cool / Earle Sebastian
Q&A & Reception to follow

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8th

3:30pm: Bar Opens

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4:00pm: SHORTS / GOOD INTENTIONS

Playtime / Hamad Al-Tourah
The Ballad of Lo Man Willie / Derin Thorpe & Peter Zusman
Kumeyaay / Dylan Verrechia
W8 / Rik Cordero & Dion Sapp
Ask / Agnes Bolt & Arthur Jones
The World Is As Big Or As Small As You Make It / Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing
Are You Jewish? / Josh Wolff
Off The Line / Patrick Burns Jr.
Public Square / Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing
Q&A to follow with participating directors

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6:30pm: SHORTS / FILM FATALES

Side Effects / Traven Rice
Elvis Loses His Excess & Other Tales From The World’s Longest Yard Sale / Riley Hooper
Trapped Girl / Beth Spitalny
Surf / Janice Biggs
Kids On Gender / Jasmine Pitt
Roses In Winter / Joanna Bowzer
The Birdman / Jessie Auritt
Q&A to follow with participating directors

PICTURE FARM
338 Wythe Ave
btwn S. 1st & S. 2nd Streets
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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