Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The G-Train Salon Brakes for Swoon

Earlier this month, the Destinations columnist, Leslie Koch, and I attended the SWOON book release and signing at Urban Art Projects in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  One of the inspirational female talents featured in Chiara Clemente's gorgeous film,"Our City Dreams," SWOON signed autographs while mingling with friends and fans in the gallery reminiscent of a garage space.  Leslie and I wrenched our books off the wall installation accordingly and proceeded to chat up the warm, personable and nomadic artist we've all come to know and love as SWOON.  She was gracious as ever and even embellished her signature with a big, bright sun illustration in my book.  Happy Day!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Few Pics from Last Night's Salon

Brendan discusses Roman Polanski, P. Guston and the Agitators Collective in front of his Asbury Park Polaroid collection

 A few fans take in the conversation with Brendan's gaffe tape installation all around

 Brendan working on his tumeric drawings on the sidewalk

His hopscotch intervention climbs throughout Urban Alchemist!

Some tumeric details

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Artist Brendan Carroll Kicks off our Second Season this Friday!

 In true salon fashion, the “G-Train Salon” exhibition series debuted in a living room in the Williamsburg Bank building. We have retained the intimacy of that experience through our collaboration with Urban Alchemist, the design collective, studio and boutique in Park Slope, Brooklyn. A roving, conversation-based exhibition series, the “G-Train Salon” is now proud to launch its second season with Jersey City’s own, Brendan Carroll. For his exhibition, “One Foot’s in the Grave—the Other’s on a Banana Peel,” Carroll transforms the space into a poignant receptacle of childhood memories/associations and imaginative musings using utilitarian materials such as gaffers tape, a Polaroid camera and a Remington Sperry-Rand typewriter. Please join us for the opening salon on Friday, May 14 from 7-9pm when Brendan leads a discussion with the audience about his work, his role in the Agitator’s Collective and other interesting talking points.


“One Foot’s in the Grave—the Other’s on a Banana Peel” featuring artist Brendan Carroll

Urban Alchemist Design Collective, 343 5th St. (off 5th Avenue)
Friday, May 14, 2010
7-9 pm (Artist Q & A at 8pm)
Refreshments provided by our sponsor Picada y Vino!

Brendan has exhibited his work at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ; Leubsdorf Art Gallery, NY, NY; NY Art Book Fair, PS 1 @ MoMA, Long Island City, NY; Center for the Book Arts, NY, NY; Cuchifritos Gallery, New York, NY; The Garage, Jersey City, NJ. His work has been featured in several periodicals, including The New York Times, Village Voice, Art Fag City, Art:21 Blog, and Time Out New York. He has participated in AIM 28 (Artist in the Marketplace) at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. He received his BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, in 1996. He cofounded Agitators Collective in 2006. Agitators Collective creates site-related installations in urban locales that have fallen into neglect or dereliction.

G-Train Salon at Urban Alchemist Design Collective is the latest installment by independent curators and salonières, Krista N. Saunders and Jill Benson. Promotional materials designed by Andres Medina. Wine provided by Picada y Vino wine shop.