Archive for February, 2013

Music, films, and tours in March: Brooklyn Museum

February 28, 2013

Innovative and timely music, films, tours, conversations and more.


da Centotto: Attenzione x 3

February 28, 2013


Just a few brief reminders, if I may, and not quite in chronological order:

Today, 28 February: Please join us at Centotto from 7-9pm for Surface, Line & Philosophical Contours, a gallery discussion related to Traces Solid, <> the current exhibition featuring works by Adam Thompson and Larry Greenberg. Our very special guest for the evening is Nikolas Pappas, a professor in the Philosophy Department at CUNY City College. The artists will talk, and Nikolas will talk, but the discussion will gradually open up to one and all. Promise.

Saturday, 9 March: Closing reception for Traces Solid from 7-10pm. It might well be that you’ve seen the exhibit already by then, but since our closing reception coincides with Bushwick’s Late Night for Armory Arts Week, it would be worth another trip out; plenty of other venues and shows that might pique your interest will be open during those hours as well. Stop by, say hi, see a whole lot more. Further details here <> .

Sunday, 3 March: Please join me at Pocket Utopia Gallery, from 6-8pm, for the opening of Twilit Ensembles, my solo exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculptures and collages. A book, Floor Translations, has been produced for the occasion, and it will be available for purchase at the gallery. It is also available online here <> . Here, too, is the gallery’s press release <> for the show. And here’s a glimpse of the work <> as it was being installed.

Grazie a tutti,


250 Moore Street, #108
Brooklyn, NY 11206 <>

perhaps you can help? Re: giving materials to PRATT students

February 28, 2013

The art department at Pratt recently experienced a fire and lost spaces and materials – they are looking for donations of materials to get students through the semester:
> Below is an email from the Assistant Chair of Fine Arts . It has been rough
> on the students and the faculty .
> It looks like there will be some new spaces in the gym after the midterm
> break . My department ( foundation) has been dispersed all over campus– we
> got water damage no fire . Lots of computers ruined some books but the
> offices and some classrooms are uninhabitable .
> I know the students will appreciate anything you can spare.
> Patrick Webb
> Items can be sent to:
> Nat Meade (Donations)
> C/O
> Departement of Fine Arts, South 101
> Pratt Institute
> 200 Willoughby Ave
> Brooklyn, NY 11205
> Please have them include their name, address and email address.
> We have plenty of brushes but could use stretchers and raw canvas, gouache
> and watercolors, and oil paints.
> Specifically Belgian linen, Old Holland cadmiums and cobalts, lapis
> lazuli, kolinsky sable no 12 and no 16 cat’s tongue brushes, etc. We are
> grateful for whatever they can provide.
> best,
> Nat
> Nat Meade
> Assistant to the Chair of Fine Arts
> Graduate Studies
> South Hall Suite 101
> 718.636.3792


February 25, 2013

Artists, there is a real chance to win some $$ and make the Art Department look great – they have had few submissions so far and the deadline is March 1 – submit something!
-Jenn Ball


Open to current CUNY undergraduates, this contest
offers cash prizes in four categories:

. poetry
. essay
. fiction/non-fiction narratives
. art/photography

Prizes in each category

. 1st: $1,000
. 2nd: $500
. 3rd: $250

should relate to labor arts-visual art about work
and workers, and art
by working people. Funded by the Shelley and Donald
Rubin Foundation,
the contest aims to expand student engagement with
the under-appreciated
history of work and workers in this country, and to
re-vitalize the
study of labor history at CUNY.

For full entry guidelines, please visit

Entries must be submitted by March 1, 2013 to

For more information about the contest, please
contact Prof. Terrence Cheng,

LABOR ARTS 8.5 X 11.pdf

Arnold Brooks in 60×60 Voice Mix

February 24, 2013

Arnold Brooks is part of the 60×60 Voice Mix that premiered at International Sound Art Festival Berlin 2012.

Another performance is scheduled: 60×60 Voice Mix performance scheduled on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 in the Music Recital Hall at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX

The 60×60 (2012) Voice mix is the first 60×60 mix comprised of works which incorporate the human voice. Thomas Gerwin is the audio coordinator for the 60×60 (2012) Voice Mix. This mix was created for the International Sound Art Festival Berlin 2012. International Sound Art Festival Berlin 2012 focuses on a very special issue, the most intimate and intuitive way to express oneself through sound: the voice. The human voice is not only an essential part of each and every communication, but also the oldest musical instrument. It expresses since ever most spontaneously, natural und precisely emotions, quite directly as well as artfully formed and modulated. At the same time it is the most important tool to analyze and define matters of the world semantically in a powerful and extremely complex way, if desired. Most seemingly no other instrument can be used (= encoded and decoded/experienced) in such multiple and profound ways as the human voice.

Opening of Paul D’Agostino: Twilit Ensembles, at Pocket Utopia Gallery, 3 March 2013

February 24, 2013


I would be happy to see you at Pocket Utopia Gallery next Sunday, 3 March,
6-8pm, for the opening of my solo exhibition, *Twilit Ensembles*.

If you can’t make it that gathering, perhaps you’ll have a chance to stop
by in subsequent weeks. It will be on view through 21 April.

With warm regards, and* mille grazie*,


*Pocket Utopia<>,
Henry Street between Clinton and Jefferson Streets in New York City. *

For Immediate Release

*Paul D’Agostino: Twilit Ensembles*

Exhibition dates: March 3 – April 21, 2013

*Opening Reception: Sunday, March 3, 6pm – 8pm*

Gallery hours: 11am-6 pm, Wednesday-Sunday

Paul D’Agostino, *Floor Translations* (studio view), 2012-13, sizes
variable, charcoal on paper.
Paul D’Agostino, *Floor Translations, Sculptures* (studio view), 2013,
sizes variable, acrylic and polymer on resin.

Pocket Utopia is pleased to present *Twilit Ensembles*, a solo exhibition
of new paintings, drawings, sculptures and collages by Paul D’Agostino.
Creating sets within series, stories across drawings, sculptures out of
characters, and settings from paintings, the poet and artist Paul
D’Agostino employs narrative relationships within and throughout his works
that are sometimes in opposition to each other, sometimes complementary.

In the series *Floor Translations*, D’Agostino takes what is generally
considered a linguistic craft and turns it into a formal, form-generative
process by morphing blobs of paint on the floor into various creatures and
protagonists, such as monster fish and shrieking chickens. The accidental
mark is thus delineated, identified and named, then woven into a narrative
linking one drawing to the next. Each *Floor Translation *then finds yet
fuller form and dimension in a sculptural portrait. Shadowy and
wraith-like, D’Agostino’s wall-bound sculptures perch atop wires set into
invertible sconces made from floor-suggestive blocks of wood. The drawings
and sculptures will be on display, and an artist’s book has been published
for the occasion. *Floor Translations*, produced in collaboration with C.
G. Boerner, is a graphic, humorous, tragicomic kind of picture book, a
mysterious theater in which D’Agostino spins curious tales like a master
manipulator of marionettes.

Narrative and language-based parameters are active everywhere in
D’Agostino’s works. In his ongoing series of mixed-media collages
called *Futuro
anteriore / Future Perfect*, the artist explores the possibilities of
linking imagery to a particular verbal tense. In his new body of paintings
gathered under the title *Nocturnes*, D’Agostino employs a repetitive and
phrase-like approach to palette selection and mark making, resulting in
usually diptych compositions full of music and vesperal mood.

Paul D’Agostino (b. 1977, Hackettstown, NJ; raised in Virginia Beach) holds
a Ph.D. in Italian Literature and is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at CUNY Brooklyn College,
where he also works in the Art Department as a writing advisor.
D’Agostino has been curating art exhibits at Centotto since 2008, and he
is Contributing Editor at *The L Magazine*, Assistant Editor of *Journal of
Italian Translation* and co-founder of a blog devoted to art writing, *After
Vasari*. His mixed media, mixed aesthetic, variably language-based artworks
have been featured in many group exhibitions, mostly in New York
and Philadelphia, and recently in Paris as well. His 2012 solo exhibition
at Norte Maar Gallery, *Appearance Adrift* *in the Garden*, was accompanied
by *Bodies, Voids and a Tale of Seas*, a limited edition chapbook of the
artist’s original writings in five different languages. *Twilit Ensembles* is
D’Agostino’s first solo exhibition at Pocket Utopia.

Pocket Utopia is located at 191 Henry Street between Clinton and Jefferson
Streets in New York City. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm.

For further information or visuals please call Austin Thomas at
212-375-8532 <212-375-8532>, or visit;>


February 19, 2013

Hello (potential) *Arts Reporters
I am sending out the Assignment List early this week because there are some
*STELLAR events to be covered *and *you’d be loco/a not to seize the
opportunity and see your name immortalized* as a journalist in our

*See the list below and reply IMMEDIATELY* if you want to cover the events.
*Know any BC student who might want to if you don’t? Send him/her our
way!*PS Check out current issue now on newsstands.

When: Wednesday, *February 20, 2013 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM*
Where: Library, First Floor
Cost: free
*Description*: A catalogue of an exhibition on the history of
Italian-language American imprints (1830-1945), from the collection of
James Periconi.
5 p.m. reception ; *6:30 p.m. gallery talk*
Contact: Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the
*Phone:*718.951.5847;* Email:*
Betina Zolkower and Kristin Jordan-West Photography Exhibition Opening
Reception (Exhibit)*
When: *Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM*
Where: *Brooklyn College Library*
Description: A photography exhibition featuring the works of Betina
Zolkower and Kristin Jordan-West. Betina Zolkower is a Professor in the
School of Education.
This is a statement Prof. Zolkower made about her work:
*"In my random walks around the city, camera in hand, my eyes are drawn
towards discarded, abandoned, forgotten stuff; the geometry of patterns and
structures; repetition and accumulation (sometimes orderly, other times
chaotic); ready-made sculptures, collages and paintings on walls; shadows,
reflections, and window displays; signs and stencils… and pretty much
anything crossing my path that is made up of wood, paper, or metal."*
Contact: Miriam Deutch; Email:miriamd

*The Rimers of Eldritch (Theater)*
When:* Friday, February 22, 2013 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM*
Where: *Walt Whitman Theatre*
Cost: Students $7, Seniors $12, General Admission $15
*Description:* An attempted rape leads to brutal murder in the dying Bible
Belt town of Eldritch, and the community is desperate to cover up the truth
at any cost. In scenes that weave in and out of time, dark lies collide
with the hopes of the innocent. This is the first of two works this season
by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson.
Contact: BCBC Box Office; Phone:718.951.4500;

*Caecilia Tripp Lecture (Filmmaker Talk)*
When: *Thursday, Feb 28, 5pm*
Where: Room 241,
She will speak about her current project. She directed *Music for
(prepared) bicycles. After John Cage & Marcel Duchamp. Part One: Bombay*.
*Using means of filmic Installation, photography as well as performance,
Caecilia Tripp’s work is entangled with the "play of the trickster". With
references to cinematic codes using forms of "re-enactment" and
"rehearsals" it emerges into the space of collective imagination as a space
of transgression of social and cultural boundaries. Beyond geographical
borders and with a critical eye it deals with forms of freedom, utopia and
civil disobedience at the crossroads of globalization, shining a light on
the invention of new languages, sounds, cultural codes and social imaginary
as a permanent process of "making history". *

When: (Concert) *Thursday, Feb. 28th* *(Reporter/s schedule with interview
Where (concert): *Jalopy, 9:30pm*
*Victor Gurbo, BFA Brooklyn College, and Prof. Arnold Brooks, drummer for
Victor V. Gurbo & Co., want to thank everyone from Brooklyn College who
voted for us. We couldn’t have done it without you.*

Alexander Nixon
Managing Arts Editor
Kingsman Newspaper
118 Roosevelt Hall

2013 Battle of the Boroughs: Brooklyn Winner – Arnold Brooks!

February 19, 2013

We won the 2013 Battle of the Boroughs: Brooklyn Competition!

Victor Gurbo, BFA Brooklyn College, and Prof. Arnold Brooks, drummer for Victor V. Gurbo & Co., want to thank everyone from Brooklyn College who voted for us. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Watch the winning performance at The Greene Space:

“From the Desk of Adam Thompson” Friday Feb. 15th 6-10pm!

February 16, 2013

Hi everyone!

As some of you know, my friend and I Jen Dalton started a project space in Bushwick last November.
We are pleased as punch to be exhibiting the work of BC alum and our dear colleague Adam Thompson. I hope some of you will be able to come to the opening tomorrow night or see the show during its run weekends through March 17.

Hope you can make it out!


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"From the Desk of Adam Thompson" at Auxiliary Projects


February 10, 2013

"I am for an art that grows up not knowing it is art at all, an art given the chance of having a starting point of zero. I am for an art that embroils itself with the everyday crap & still comes out on top. I am for an art that imitates the human, that is comic, if necessary, or violent or whatever is necessary."
– Claes Oldenburg, 1961

Auxiliary Projects is proud to present its third exhibition, Adam Thompson’s "From the Desk of Adam Thompson," opening on February 15, 2013, and on view through March 17th. "From the Desk of Adam Thompson" is a solo exhibition of drawings and video works. There will be an opening reception Friday, February 15th, from 6-10pm, coinciding with Bushwick’s twice-yearly "Beat Nite," when local galleries stay open late. In this season’s event, ten galleries including Auxiliary Projects were selected by curator Julian Jimarez-Howard to comprise "Beat Nite: Limited Edition."

Over the past six years, Adam Thompson has created a vast quantity of simple, distinctive line drawings, each on 8.5" x 11" paper, representing the banal, charming, depressing, mysterious, brilliant and stupid shit that happens to us, or occurs to us, everyday. With a pared-down surrealist style, as if one’s dreams were illustrated with IKEA assembly instructions, Thompson’s images invert, fragment and distort the usual visual relationships: an airplane has no wings, a genie’s lamp dreams of a genie’s lamp, a coffin has a disturbing EKG readout, a page of writing features lines of illegible text-like marks, helium balloons float their way up through doorways in the ceiling, a glob of pills gets stuck on its way down a throat.

Thompson’s repository of thousands of drawings is rich and varied, yet also monotonous and eventually maddening. This maddening monotony is echoed in the installation of "From the Desk of Adam Thompson." The gallery is presented as an institution–part corporate office, part public library–displaying and housing over 1,000 small drawings hung on the wall up to the ceiling, archived in filing cabinets, and stacked vertically in shiny silver frames on the floor. Some drawings will remain inaccessible to viewers; you can trust us that they are there. "Surplus" drawings, neither hung nor stacked, are stored in the filing cabinets and comprise a passive/aggressive database, only partially available for viewing.

After years spent creating this incomplete catalogue of his consciousness, Thompson has begun to find his material "out there." And of course by "out there," we mean on the Internet. Two recent videos on view feature low-tech, kinetic video collage. In "Hallway", a gleaming institutional floor is intruded upon at irregular intervals by a series of absurdly out of place objects, goofy mismatched sound effects, distortions, and interventions. In "Face," a cartoon everyman head floats through a variety of absurd, terrifying, and mundane situations, his expressionless visage never reacting with more than a blink.

In conclusion:
"Life is just one damned thing after another." Attributed to L.Ron Hubbard.

2 St. Nicholas Avenue #25 Brooklyn, NY 11237
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Internships Available!

February 16, 2013

Graphic Design and Art Admin Interns Wanted

The Sculptors Guild, is seeking interns for immediate positions in our
Brooklyn office and gallery. Graphic Design students will get experience
designing promo materials for upcoming exhibitions and events, working on
our website, and updating Guild materials. Art Admin students will have an
opportunity to participate in exhibition and event planning for our upcoming
fall/winter events as well as day-to-day business activities in our DUMBO
Must be available to work on either Tuesdays or Thursdays or both. Option
of 5-10 hours per week. Both will have an opportunity to work in the
Gallery if desired.
Please visit our website:
<> for an insight into our work, history, and
upcoming events. Please reply by email to:

Marketing and Social Media Intern
The Sculptors Guild is looking for an intern to work on marketing and
outreach projects for the Guild. Skills needed: online research/social
media. Great opportunity to bring a project to life from idea to reality.
Opportunity to learn how to network and use social media to increase
visibility. Learn more about the workings of the art world and
contemporary art. Please reply by email to: and
visit us at <> .
Interns will have an opportunity to work at our Gallery if desired.
Days/Hrs TBD.

We are open to hiring interns who are working for class credit as well as
those in the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS:CS). We are a non-profit 501
c3 organization located in Dumbo. Please visit our website at <> . One of our Board
members is a professor at Brooklyn College, Stephen Keltner.

Below is a description for the various positions. We are currently looking
for 2 or 3 interns depending upon their availability.

You can reach me at our Dumbo office and Gallery on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 11 – 5pm. 718-422-0555 <tel:718-422-0555>

Thank you!


Sherrie Lynne
Office Manager

Sculptors Guild
718-422-0555 <tel:718-422-0555>
55 Washington Street
Suite 256
Brooklyn, NY 11201 <>