Monday, June 28, 2010

Great Art and Kindred Spirits Part 2

Hey all!

We're back (for a little while anyway ; ) Keeping up this blog is harder than we anticipated (so much art to see and so little time to write lengthy essays about it!) but here goes . . .

  Last time, we mentioned a few highlights about some of the artists we encountered on Governor's Island at LMCC Open Studios (if you need a refresher, here's a great Flavorpill feature and slideshow about the artists' remote but beautiful environs).  As enthusiasts of the G-Train, we couldn't wait to introduce you to the hereby dubbed "Greenpoint Girls" of the Work Progress Collective, a dynamic female artist/journalist/photography trio who are currently collecting recession-based images for a month-long installation in their Governor's Island studio. 

We chatted with the artists for some time and were really excited about their mission, collaborative spirit and knowledge/affiliation with Greenpoint Brooklyn.  We look forward to getting to know WPC more in the future! Speaking of which, get to know them as well at their next and last open studios on July 24-25.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Great Art and Kindred Spirits: Part 1

Hi all,

We couldn't be more please with the first two salons of the season featuring artists Brendan Carroll and Olek! We'll be taking a much-needed summer vacation in order to prepare for the fall tour but keep an eye out for us here, on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about cool art, people and places we encounter in our travels.

Speaking of which, I've been meaning to catch everyone up on a couple of our recent (studio) visits. Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to stop by the LMCC Swing Space on Governor's Island and met some fabulous artists! Upon entering the sprawling, naturally-lit studio space, I encountered Matt Jensen's Nowhere in Manhattan project, an intriguing collection of odds-and-ends he had amassed from Governor's Island which will be on display at his upcoming exhibition there in July. We're already looking forward to it!

Next, I spent some time with the inventive Mike Estabrook (pictured above left) and the larger-than-life creatures that inhabited his studio! Good times : ) Mike discussed creating a soundtrack from traditional musical elements blended with unorthodox "instruments" such as the swish created by water in a plastic bottle. I like! Part II with more LMCC highlights to follow.

Friday, June 11, 2010

TONIGHT! Crocheted People + Things!

Come chat with Olek (and friends) at tonight's salon at Urban Alchemist! Cocktails at 7pm and salon at 8pm.  See our post below for more info. and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Crochet Artist Olek Rides the G-Train Salon for $0.99!



WHO: Mixed-media + Crochet Extraordinaire Olek at the Urban Alchemist Design Collective

WHAT: “99¢,” A site-specific, crochet + mixed-media installation. FREE!

WHEN: Friday, June 11, 2010

7:00pm Cocktails

8:00pm Salon discussion and Q & A led by Mixed-media artist Olek

WHERE: Urban Alchemist Design Collective

343 5th Street (Off 5th Avenue)

Brooklyn, NY 11215

WHY: The “G-Train Salon” continues an exciting season of intimate discussions with emerging artists at the Park Slope oasis, Urban Alchemist Design Collective. This month, the mixed-media/performer whiz Olek helps us usher in the summer with a storefront display of crocheted odds-and-ends on display and for sale.

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The “G-Train Salon” at Urban Alchemist Design Collective is the latest installment by independent curator and contemporary salonière, Krista N. Saunders and co-curator Jill Benson in collaboration with the staff of Urban Alchemist. Promotional materials designed by Andres Medina. Wine provided by Picada y Vino wine shop.