Invitation: A goodbye party and the DUMBO ARTS FESTIVAL

The annual DUMBO Arts Festival takes place this coming weekend, Friday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Sept. 28, which, sadly, will also be my last weekend in the neighborhood. [Image at top: A snap from my first week in the studio back in June]

Please stop by our open studio reception at 68 Jay Street, Studio 510A on Friday, Sept. 26 from 6-8 pm. I’ve invited Thomas Micchelli, co-editor of Hyperallergic Weekend, to hang some of his work alongside the paintings I made while I’ve been “in residence.” Micchelli and I are both interested in a hybrid painting-drawing combo, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he has been up to since his last show at Centotto in Bushwick.

Artist (and my generous studio landlord) Teri Hackett has also organized a group exhibition in the front space featuring Elena Berriolo, Lisa HeinRobert Seng, Margrit Lewczuk, Dennis Kardon, Heather Hutchison, Liza Phllips, and Michelle Weinberg. The work Hackett selected features a bit of humor, direct use of materials, and evocative color. Sounds good.

Thomas Micchelli, Bacchante 17, 2014, graphite on paper, 9 � x 4 � inches, sheet 11 x 14 inches.

Liza Phillips, Twoface, 2012, wood, styrofoam, plaster & pigment, 12x10x6 inches.

Margrit Lewczuk
Elena Berriolo, Cairo, a 16 page book made while listening to the radio in the summer 2013, at the time we found out the Arab spring had failed. Materials: sewing machine thread, pen and watercolor on  a 22 X 30 inches folded, cut and bound sheet of paper.

Lisa Hein, HERMIT, 2014, found ceramics and glass, 7 x 13 x 4 inches.
Bob Seng, Exit 799, 2012, Carved EXIT signs, 17 1/8 x 21 inches.
 Michelle Weinberg , Soft Ruin, 2014, gouache and hand-marbleing on paper, 20 x 16 inches.

Heather Hutchison; Bernice; 2014; pantone and flashe on Duralar, framed in acrylic; 9-1/4 x 9-1/4 x 2 inches

Dennis Kardon

Theresa Hackett


A slew of other events is taking place during the DUMBO Arts Festival. Here are a few other things to check out when you come to our reception on Friday:

Also from 6-8 on Friday, Melville House (a few blocks away at 145 Plymouth Street) is having a reception for an exhibition of paintings by artist and art critic Stephen Maine.  Read the Two Coats post of Maine’s last solo show at 490 Atlantic here.

At Minus Space (111 Front Street) stop by to see “Ward Jackson: Black & White Diamonds 1960s,” an excellent show of Jackson’s hard-edge abstractions. The diamond shape is derived from looking at the city through chain link fence. Get there early–it closes at 5 pm on Fridays. Image above courtesy of Minus Space.

And don’t forget to stop by Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, a family run poetry bookshop at 126A Front Street, where poet Julian Talamentez Brolaski will be holding forth 7-9pm on Friday night.

UPDATE: Krista Saunders has curated “Concrete Muse,” “a site-specific exhibition featuring artists, who
regard the things, people, behaviors and other ‘stuff’ of the street as
their muse. Each artist in the exhibition transforms the detritus or
overlooked objects of our daily, urban backdrop into an unfamiliar, and
tantalizing new object or situation.” Featuring Lemia Bodden, Deborah Brown, Alexis Duque, Jack Henry, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Eliot Markell, Erika Ranee, Carlo Sampietro, and Denise Treizman. Opens Friday, at 6pm, 85 Washington Street.


A parting shot: Probably the last big painting I’ll make at 68 Jay Street. Gas Grill 4 , 2014, pigment and binder, pencil on unstretched canvas. Read more about my time at 68 Jay Street in a conversation with artist/psychoanalyst Julia Schwartz, published last week in Figure/Ground.

NOTE: If anyone has a studio space that they would like to sublet for two months or longer, please contact me at twocoatsofpaint@gmail.com. Specs: 300-1000 square feet, window preferred. All NYC neighborhoods considered, but I’ve grown very fond of DUMBO.

UPDATE: I’ve been invited to stay at 68 Jay Street for another month, maybe more, so the search continues, but I have a little more time to look. 


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