EXPANSIVE ECO-ART MURAL CONNECTS NEIGHBORS TO NATURE ALONG THE GOWANUS CANAL
Artists Julia Whitney Barnes and Ruth Hofheimer unveil their community organized project on the canal-facing wall of Dykes Lumber, creating a new vista from Whole Foods.
BROOKLYN, August 17, 2015 – Arts Gowanus and the Old Stone House & Washington Park are pleased to announce the unveiling of a large scale mural project by artists Julia Whitney Barnes and Ruth Hofheimer on the canal facing wall of the Dykes Lumber building, the first piece of a larger Gowanus Public Art Project underwritten by New York Councilmember Brad Lander, with support from Arts Gowanus and the Old Stone House & Washington Park.
The unveiling will take place on Thursday, August 20, from 6 pm – 8 pm.
The mural, which can be seen in full from Whole Foods, aims to connect its urban audience to nature in the Gowanus through the use of organic forms native to the area. This artistic intention parallels the environment work of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, which provided invaluable volunteer support to complete the project. Other inspiration is drawn from the mixed use industrial landscape of the Gowanus neighborhood, as well as the canals and floating gardens of Xochimilco in Mexico City, and Patricia Johanson’s functional eco-art.
Other projects in this participatory public art series that will engage numerous artists, youth, and community residents in the creation of 6 public artworks over the next 12 months include a photo mural on 8th Street by photographer Joe Cantor; an outdoor Art Lab by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy; a traffic safety education mural by Groundswell at 138 5th Avenue; a parklet at Ennis Playground by Michael Clyde Johnson; a mural by Miquel Del Real at the 19th Street overpass; and The Keepers, a performance art piece by Ed Woodham.
Underwritten by a total of $35,000 in funding from Councilmember Brad Lander, this series aims to create new platforms for public art and new opportunities for the artists, while at the same time showcasing what makes Gowanus “Gowanus”: the history, the Canal, the culture of creativity and the diversity of the community. Known for its industrial past and polluted canal, Gowanus is now home to hundreds of artists and creative businesses.
About Julia Whitney Barnes
Julia Whitney Barnes is a multi-disciplinary artist who makes indoor and outdoor works related to the natural world. Ecological practices and the complex relationship humans have with the environment influence her work. Shown nationally and internationally, Julia has created site specific works in numerous venues. Julia is a Vermont native, long-time Brooklyn transplant, and since 2006 her studio has been in Gowanus.
About Ruth Hofheimer:
Ruth Hofheimer is an artist engaged in public art, community organizing and urban environmentalism. She believes in the power of beautiful and engaging public spaces to build stronger communities and has partnered with public organizations, non-profits, schools and community groups in New York City to create a number of large-scale murals and sculptures. Over the past three years Ruth has worked in various capacities with a number of Gowanus non-profits including Arts Gowanus, The Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Build It Green! NYC and Groundswell. She is also an architectural designer and is connected through this work to numerous businesses in the area including a longstanding relationship with Dyke’s Gowanus.
About Arts Gowanus
Arts Gowanus supports artists and artmaking, builds bridges between arts and the community, and works to ensure that the Gowanus neighborhood continues to nurture artists.
About Councilmember Brad Lander
Brad Lander has represented Brooklyn’s 39th District since 2009, and is a leader on issues of affordable housing, livable communities, the environment and public education. He is committed to the Gowanus as a cultural community.
About Old Stone House & Washington Park
The Old Stone House is an active cultural site and presenting organization dedicated to creating a strong sense of community through history, environmental education and the arts.
Press contact: Kim Maier
Bay Ridge SAW
May 16 through June 28, 2015
The Storefront Art Walk (SAW) is set to launch its interactive art experience along Fifth Avenue on Saturday, May 16th. Fifteen Brooklyn artists have been chosen to create site-specific art installations in collaboration with merchants along the avenue from 68th Street to 84th Street. The 6th annual Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk will be officially opened in front of the offices of Community Board 10 on May 16th at 11 am with invited special guest Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, other community leaders, SAW organizers and artists. Artists will then be stationed at their installation sites at storefronts along 5th Avenue from 11:30am until 1:30pm.
There will be an after party celebration and fundraiser throughout the afternoon at The Owl’s Head Wine Bar, located at 479 74th Street. The 2015 SAW event will run May 16th through June 28th. SAW was created in 2010 by local business owners John Avelluto (The Owl’s Head Wine Bar) and Heather Hamilton (Long’s Wine & Liquors) as a way to showcase the diverse community of Bay Ridge and give it a unique platform for engagement and dialogue with the visual arts.
SAW has garnered critical acclaim over the past six years and last year was noted as One of “8 Brooklyn Art Shows That Were Aces in 2014?. This event is made possible by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
More information at: http://www.bayridgesaw.org/
Bay Ridge SAW Installation
at Sichenze & Sichenze Law Office
7703 5th Avenue (at 77th St), Brooklyn NY
Eagles dominate the raptor family in evolution and symbolism. Once endangered, they have recently made a historic resurgence, flourishing in the wild and recently returning to New York City after a lengthy hiatus. Their ubiquitous presence on our federal buildings and currency heralds the bravery and strength we identify as inherently American. Facing extinction in the middle of the twentieth century, Peregrine falcons are again flourishing in our metropolis. Native cliff dwellers, their graceful ferocity is distinctly suited to the vertical canyons of New York City. Their graceful resilience in our urbanity is a symbol of our own determination and courage. The Great Horned Owl’s large eyes and steady presence project wisdom and patience. The Owl’s conservation of motion and grandeur in attack combine for an enduring symbol of jurisprudence and scholarship. Placed above the doorways and windows of Sichenze & Sichenze, the center perch is occupied by a sculpted Eagle, originally purchased and installed by Andrew Sichenze. My intervention iinvolved painting a sky in each pediment, repainting the center eagle, to the viewer’s right the painted Falcon, and to the left, the painted Owl, all executed in gold.
After eighteen months and scores of state prints, I completed an edition of Intaglio prints based on the Tower of Babel. The black and white version is an edition of twenty and each version of the twenty hand colored intaglio is unique.
Torre di Babele (Intaglio)
unique hand colored print
watercolor and intaglio on Arches paper
19.5 x 25 inches
Front Room 15 Anniversary
October 10th – November 2nd
Opening: Friday October 10, 7-9
Front Room Gallery
147 Roebling Street, Brooklyn NY
Amanda Alic, Sasha Bezzubov, Thomas Broadbent, Gregory Curry, Ethan Crenson, Lisa Dilillo, Mark Esper, Peter Fox, Amy Hill, Sascha Mallon, Stephen Mallon, Mark Masyga, Sean Hemmerle, Kim Holleman, David Kramer, Jesse Lambert, Allan Packer, Walker Pickering, Emily Roz, Sante Scardillo, Philip Simmons, Mark Stilwell, Jeremy Slater, Patricia Smith, Rodger Stephens, Miho Suzuki, Joanne Ungar, Julia Whitney Barnes, Edie Winograde, and Monika Wuhrer.
The Front Room Gallery is proud to announce FR:15, Front Room’s Fifteenth Anniversary exhibition. We are thrilled to say that we have had over 117 exhibitions since we opened in Williamsburg at 147 Roebling Street on October 9th, 1999. This exhibition will feature some of our stalwarts that have been with us from the beginning such as Amanda Alic, Ethan Crenson, Sean Hemmerle, and Edie Winograde, as well as our current stable of artists who have shaped Front Room throughout the years and artists that have shown at Front Room in the past 15 years whose works we have always admired.
We have seen good and bad changes in Williamsburg in the last 6.66% of a century, and we are still happy to be here on Roebling Street right in the middle of the craziness. In 1999 none of us had cell phones, most artists sent their submissions in the form of slides, Chelsea was just getting started, LES and Bushwick didn’t exist as art scenes and the idea of art fairs was just getting started. Since then Front Room and it’s talented roster of artists has been involved in many art fairs and exchanges with museums and galleries throughout the world, and has received critical acclaim from renowned publications in print to far-flung blogs. We thank everyone for their continued support and look forward to a grand future.
FRONT ROOM GALLERY
147 ROEBLING STREET, BROOKLYN, NY
July 2 – August 24, 2014
Opening reception: Wednesday, July 2, 6:00–9:00pm
Closing brunch: Sunday, August 24, 3:00–6:00pm
Amanda Alic + Ethan Crenson
Rachel Feinstein + John Currin
Jolynn Krystosek + Halsey Hathaway
Katherine Newbegin + Todd Knopke
Alexandra Posen + Nils Folke Anderson
Sascha (Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe) Mallon + Stephen Mallon
Jessica Sucher + Sasha Bezzubov
Kathleen Vance + Daniel Aycock
Cibele Vieira + Peter Fox
Ursula Weissmüller + Robert Ortega
Julia Whitney Barnes + Sean Hemmerle
Front Room gallery is proud to present: “Summer Love” a group show curated by Julia Whitney Barnes celebrating artists’ love in tandem with her recent nuptials with Sean Hemmerle. As part of their wedding celebration, artist Julia Whitney Barnes selected eleven married artist couples, each of whom have a personal connection to the newlyweds. The concept for the show developed while Julia was going over their wedding invite list and noticed how many artist couples were included. Several of the artists work collaboratively, and without question, each couple is influenced by each other’s work. About half the artists are Front Room regulars and for the other half, this will mark their first show with the gallery.
Whitney Barnes structured the selection of artworks by directing each spouse to choose which piece would represent their partner in the exhibition, or the artists selected collaborative work. This process mimics the couples selecting each other to marry, with the artworks exhibited in pairs.
ABOUT THE WORK:
Amanda Alic and Ethan Crenson collaborated on the video “People in Trees.” Very much as the title implies, single figures appear high in a tree in a snowy, quiet, otherwise depopulated landscape. It is ambiguous and meditative. With David Ramirez, John Keefe, Edie Winograde and Matthew Crenson.
World-renowned artist couple, Rachel Feinstein and John Currin collaborated on a graphite drawing of two topless women wearing glasses, based on vintage porn images. The more buxom figure is looking at nude photographs on the floor and the skinnier figure is grasping open a book on top of a stack of other books. In making these works, Rachel draws the playful contours and John elaborates with refined shading. This is the first public exhibition of one of Currin and Feinsteins’s collaborative drawings.
Jolynn Krystosek‘s wall mounted gray felt sculpture creates a space of both shallow and infinite depth. The felt works inspire a variety of aesthetic references including hoods, bonnets, or habits and are suggestive of feminine anatomy. Halsey Hathaway’s tall acrylic on dyed canvas painting is imbued with translucent overlapping fields of color. The accumulated forms build up to a space that can be seen both as figure and as void, intentionally allowing the work to change with each viewer’s own subjectivity.
Katherine Newbegin‘s Chromogenic print of a Mosque in Mumbai is from her solo travels in India during 2010 and 2011. Though Todd initially aimed to select one of Katherine’s works from their frequent mutual travels, his love of this charged yet tranquil space won out. Todd Knopke‘s wall mounted fabric work combines the traditions of American quilting and European tapestry making, mixed with contemporary ideas of collage, painting, and sculpture. The work uses repurposed fabric including his friends and family’s clothes, sheets and towels and is reminiscent of a sunny figure emerging from water with mountains in the background.
Alexandra Posen‘s “Soft Paintings,” call on a unique language of abstraction that engages color, transparency, shadow and ephemerality to project imaginary spaces. They are created from translucent painted silk, stretched over wooden bars. Nils Folke Anderson‘s painted Aquaresin sculpture looks like bent wood on first glance. His sensuous work hovers in the enigmatic territory between abstraction and evocation.
Sascha (Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe) Mallon‘s multifaceted drawing, infused with surrealist-influenced narrative, is populated with creatures that are like the unseen within the obvious: animals, half-humans, imaginary hybrid beings in a constant state of change. Stephen Mallon‘s Chromogenic print “New Grass” was shot on the Coast of Ireland on the day he proposed to Sascha in 2005. It is part of his series about vacation places out of season.
Jessica Sucher and Sasha Bezzubov’s collaborative black and white silver gelatin prints are of untended olive trees, found throughout the Palestinian Occupied Territories from their series “Facts on the Ground.” Raggedly beautiful, these trees are visible evidence of Israeli policies that have made many orchards in the West Bank inaccessible to Palestinian farmers. Ties to these trees run deep, and cutting off farmers and families from their orchards is a powerful strategy of symbolic and economic discouragement.
Kathleen Vance’s “Rogue Stream” is a site-specific installation of a miniature meandering stream that transverses a wall, connecting intermittently, through the use of wooden trestles. This piece explores issues of ground water rights and environmental issues relative to the source stream referenced in the installation. Daniel Aycock’s “Geisen Family Journal” uses manipulated tintype photographs to trace the lineage of a family that was documented in a found journal written in 1896.
Cibele Vieira and Peter Fox ‘s selected works are from the era that they got together in 2006. Cibele‘s photo from her “Single and Looking for…” series explores the nature of relationships and interaction. The works are an invitation to enter and explore a world of desires and expectations on how people relate to each other. Peter’s painting “Quiet Sort” was his homecoming gift to Cibele and their newborn son Sam, on their arrival home from the hospital. The painting is from a transitional moment in the evolution of his spilled paint series, shortly before he discovered the striped drip, of which he is known.
Ursula Weissmüller and Robert Ortega installation of drawings, collages and illustrated love letters from the past decade shows the couples passion for each other and the art of paper. The two also collaborated on the design of the show’s exhibition card.
Julia Whitney Barnes and Sean Hemmerle‘s work relates to their travels in Iceland last summer. Julia’s oil painting on mylar is from her “Bricks and Stones May Break” series and features cairns (manmade stacks of stones) that have since ancient times been erected as landmarks. For thousands of years they have also been built as sepulchral monuments, or used for defensive, hunting, ceremonial, astronomical and other purposes. The stacks in Julia’s painting are along the road to Þingvallavatn, where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet. Sean’s Chromogenic print shows three pairs of Icelandic sheep in a meadow just below the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano that erupted in 2010, covering in ash all of the immediate area and spanning across a large area of northern Europe. The sheep are immersed in lush greenery and seem unaware of the volcano’s previous effects, and the volcano is hidden behind the fluffy clouds above.
Photos: Mitsu Hadeishi. (from left to right, facing front: Julia Whitney Barnes, Monica Carrier, Alyssa Casey, Anna Lise Jensen, and Jo Q. Nelson)
One of my paintings is featured alongside over 650 artists in The Last Brucennial on view from March 7 –April 4, 2014 at 837 Washington Street, NYC. The show is presented by Vito Schnabel and The Bruce High Quality Foundation. For more information visit: http://brucennial.com/.
There has been lots of press about the show so far including:
The New York Observer by Michael H. Miller on March 7
Black Book by Bruce Wayne on March 7
Bedford + Bowery by Scott Lynch on March 7
Art in America by Nick Irvin on March 5
Art Fag City by Whitney Kimball on March 4
The Art Newspaper on February February 19
The New York Observer by Michael H. Miller on February 19
I read that Denmark was the world’s happiest country and after five weeks there this summer, I see why! While squeezing in daily bike rides through the forest and along the ocean, I worked on three projects. With the help of locals citizens, I transfomed the facade and windows of a former grocery store in the center of town, collaborated with Danish artist Asger Neiman on stoneware and raku sculptures, and executed many sketches and photographs that have become the basis for current paintings. Two vessels that Asger and I created were installed in a 12th century church in the center of town. One vase rests on a fragment of a legendary tree know to locals as “The Three Siblings.” The other vase rests on a base hewn from one of the church’s original joists. Members of the congregation will fill these vessels with seasonal flora from Fjellerup.
I traveled to the North Jutland region of Denmark when invited to participate in “Fjellerup i Bund & Grund,” which was organized by Danish/American artist Anna Lise Jensen with site-specific projects, supported by Norddjurs Kommune and made in collaboration with the townspeople and fellow artists Norbert Francis Attard, Monica Carrier, Jo Q. Nelson and Christine Sciulli.
My intervention of the former Byens Købmand (city grocery) is entitled Flora I Fjellerup. The facade was repainted to create the illusion of shadows of plants indigenous to the area. Collected by locals and myself from gardens, forests, meadows, and the seaside, we even included some weeds growing along the side of the structure.
The wood cutouts in the windows were based on kelp from the nearby Kattegat Sea. The scale of these aquatic plants were enlarged to evoke a fish’s perspective. Norwegian Birch plywood was soffited into the window and door edges as a reference to the tradition of boarding up a building that that has been abandoned or is under construction. Transforming these materials from their utilitarian purpose, the viewer is transported to the ocean and distracted from the emptiness and bric-à-brac inside. During the day, the cutouts cast shadows onto the deep sills and concrete floor while at night, the shapes are cast outward when illuminated from within.
It showed great community and national support to have legendary Danish Parliament member Bertel Haarder speak at the opening ceremony. The installation is on view indefinitely, and plans are already in the works for next summer.
I just completed work on a permanent mosaic commission “Coloridas Historias de México” at the Brooklyn School of Inquiry, 50 Avenue P, Brooklyn, NY. I worked with the art teacher Nanna Tannier, along with 75 gifted and talented third graders. The theme of the mosaic is ancient to contemporary Mexico, which the students studied in social studies and also made individual drawings based on Mexico in art class. I looked at and scanned the hundred-plus drawings the students made and researched the weighty topic during a trip to Mexico City this spring. Of the many artists that have taken on this theme, ones of particular interest for me are: Juan O’Gorman, Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera. This was the first project I had collaborated on with kids and found the experience a ton of fun, hard work and rewarding. The mosaic was installed on the 4th floor of the school and am happy that it will be enjoyed by countless students and staff in the years to come.
tART Collective is a contemporary feminist artist collective in NYC
The following 8 artists of the 35 current members represent tART at this year’s Fountain NY
The full collective will be shown in catalogs, zines & flat files
IN HER NATURE curated by Krista Saunders
Anna Lise Jensen, Elsie Kagan, Katherine Keltner, Jess Levey, Nikki Schiro, Petra Valentova, Kathleen Vance & Julia Whitney Barnes
In honor of the centennial celebration of THE Armory Fair (1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art) tART will have a booth at Fountain Art Fair, taking place at the original location: 69th Regiment Armory, on Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets. Booth A204
69th Regiment Armory at 68 Lexington Avenue (25th St and Lexington Ave)
For its 8th New York edition, Fountain Art Fair will return to the 69th Regiment Armory, home of the revolutionary 1913 Armory Show, which was a public sensation and introduced the American public to European avant-garde painting and sculpture.
New York, NY – The tART Collective is a New York City-based contemporary feminist artist initiative currently comprised of 35 members. A colorful blend of emerging female artists practicing painting, sculpture, performance and everything in between, tART members hail from diverse backgrounds but share a need for dialogue informed by studio visits and socially-engaged exchanges. For the 8th Annual Fountain Art Fair in New York, 8 of tART’s artists will represent the collective to the wider art world: Anna Lise Jensen, Elsie Kagan, Katherine Keltner, Jess Levey, Nikki Schiro, Petra Valentova, Kathleen Vance and Julia Whitney Barnes. Curated by Krista Saunders, “In Her Nature” shows works informed by encounters with the natural world within and beyond the artists’ urban surroundings. Each artist is individually investigating how she shapes or is shaped by her environment. Collectively, the exhibition explores the versatility of today’s emerging feminist artists and challenges generalizations by presenting a broad range of works. The entire tART Collective will be on view in the form of catalogs, zines and publications.
Fountain Art Fair
69th Regiment Armory (25th Street & Lexington Ave.) New York, NY
Friday, March 8 12-5 PM VIP/Press Preview; 5-7 Open to public; 7PM-Midnight Opening Reception
Saturday March 9 12-7PM Open to the Public, 7-Midnight Saturday Night Event, Music Lineup TBA
Sunday, March 10 12-5PM Open to the Public, Music Lineup TBA
tART Collective is a contemporary feminist artist collective in New York City. Members maintain their individual art practices and are committed to maintaining a close community through post-graduate studio visits, collaborations and offering support through the sharing of ideas, information and resources. The collective produces ‘zines, workshops and discussions and engages communities outside the collective – often in conjunction with exhibitions.
tART exhibition concurrently on view:
“Collectively Assembled” at Arts@Renaissance
2 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Thursdays and Saturdays 1-6p, through March 16th