Great review of the Emily Chatton show at PF Gallery.
Our spiritual compatriots, sister gallerists and production partners Huck Magazine have this habit of making beautiful comments on art.
In 1984, French street art legend Thierry Noir painted the Berlin Wall. Thirty years on, he exhibits a career retrospective in Shoreditch, London.
The Forge River isn’t the most dramatic ecological disaster you’ll hear about. It wouldn’t be splashed along the headlines like an oil spill or fracking contamination or the run-off from a strip mine. The Forge River is a far more staid affair, spanning generations of mundanity. Ducks shitting downstream. Cesspools seeping slowly into the bogs. It’s a bit like the raw beauty of Long Island itself, going unnoticed, unremarked upon, unknown. Johnny Panessa is a prodigal son of the Mastics, returning some eight years ago to his childhood home. For the last few years he’s been documenting the culture around the river, a place he refers to as the “one of the last places Long Island still feels like Long Island.” Along the Forge is a photographic essay about ecological degradation amidst the magic of dock culture.
Opening Reception Friday April 4th from 6-10 PM at PF Gallery.
Picture Farm is super excited to host “It doesn’t Not Work” on May 3rd & 4th with Imaginary Surf Co. & S.M.A.S.H.
As far as we can tell, the state of wavecraft design has never been so interesting. Theories on hydrodynamics, alternative materials and the tools to make them meet have never been so accessible. This is as relevant a folk art cum design community as you’ll find!
Submissions are being accepted until the middle of April. Send in photos or designs. A board you’ve shaped or an interesting or alternative shape you own. This includes all forms of hydrodynamic wavecraft.
On Friday night we are opening Pilita Garcia’s beautiful solo painting show at Picture Farm Gallery. An incredible feat, overcoming the unimaginative stolidity of the greyer of urban pressures, Pilita’s colorful sensibilities make for a violent incursion into our mundane winter slog.
On offer at the Along The Forge opening tomorrow night will be a gorgeously printed zine with selected images from the project. A percentage of proceeds from both zine and artwork sales will go right into the operating coffers of Peconic Baykeeper, an active and important ecological watchdog on Long Island.
Thanks to The Brooklyn Brewery and Vitacoco, we had an awesome party this weekend. DJ Dicey, Locomotive‘s lead actor shredded the decks with an eclectic art party mega mix, and the neighborhood turned out in full force to enjoy it.
The Picture Farm Film Festival over the weekend was a huge success. Popcorn, beer and films were digested and discussed. Read a recap of day one by Greenpointers HERE.
Next Friday at Picture Farm Gallery, we are proud to present Rowan’s Sphere, a solo exhibition of the recent paintings by Chilean-Venezuelan artist Pilita Garcia, curated by Todd Stewart.
Rowan’s Sphere is a paradoxical world inhabited by figures with sharp collars and dignified postures, relating wonder from a previous era. Yet, they are painted in our post-mystery age where discoveries have radiused the world’s enigmatic corners. Their faces wear vanity specific to looking at neverending LED-lit newsfeeds. But Garcia paints light that is ambiguous, as in her self portrait “Selfie” that is at the same time alive and dead, in a state where one’s spirit just escaped its body. An image only captured through time, these daguerreotype-like paintings show a record of the subject that tries to keep attention – as in during a camera’s exposure – time condensing the sharpness and blur of reality. Garcia’s live-sitting process of painting seems to give the viewer time to meditate on this interaction. The faces show something about our self-obsessed age; ourselves on a multitude of screens – coy spirits looking at our own profiles in a mirror of some imaginary dressing room. They also show that outside of that room, there is a moment one can actually believe in a current mysteriousness.
Pilita Garcia is a painter working in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She was born in Vina del Mar, Chile and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She earned her BFA in painting at the School of Visual Arts in 1996. She has worked as an artist assistant for Ryan McGinness, Cai-Guo Qiang and Vito Acconci. She has shown her work internationally (selection), in New York: “Thesis” Visual Arts Gallery (1996),“P-Loft”, Dumbo Arts Festival (2001-2004), “The Art Parade” Deitch Projects (2004), “L Factor” Exit Art (2005), “Venezueland” Galeria Galou (2005), “All Cut-Up” Roebling Hall (2008), “Pinta” Latinamerican Art Fair (2009). In Chile: “Collage”, Museo de Arte Moderno Chiloe (2001). In Venezuela: “Balance/Fuera de Balance” Jovenes con FIA Caracas (2006), “Slideluck Potshow”, Museo de Arte Acarigua Araure (2007),“Reflect/Refract” Rich Gallery, London (2008). In Argentina: “Home” Feria de Arte BA, Buenos Aires (2009). In the UK: “Ellas” The Art Reach, Nottingham (2011), . In Washington DC: “Vista” University of Maryland (2012). www.pilitagarcia.com