Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: 92Y, Allan Nederpelt, Benjamin Norman, Brooklyn, Contest, emerging artists, Employee of the Month, G-Spot Brooklyn, Goethe, Greenpoint, GutBox, Harlem, Juice, Marianne Boesky, MediaStorm, Mr. Blues, National Geographic, nature, Off the Clock, Paris Blues, People, Places, Salvador Dali, Surrealism, Team Work, Un Chien Andalou, Y Gallery
((BIG-UPS TO GOETHE AND JUICE))
National Geographic is about to announce the winner of their yearly contest. Photos are judged on creativity and photographic quality, spanning the standard categories of ‘people,’ ‘places,’ and ‘nature.’ They’re gone through eleven weeks of submissions, here are a few of my favorites from the last two weeks.
I was introduced to MediaStorm via Benny Norman, a very dear friend of mine. He participated in their media workshop this past November. Each team of three people spends a week generating a story for the website, which includes photo, video, and audio material. His story was one observing and investigating the owner of Paris Blues, a classic bar in Harlem home to the zoot-suiters and jive turkeys of my fantasies. Get the full video HERE.
In looking for emerging artists, I’m intrigued by the several assistant-oriented shows in the last six months. It is a great outlet to show the paradoxes of influence, the individuality peeking from beneath the apprenticeship. Like Marianne Boesky’s Employee of the Month show at the end of the summer or 92Y’s most recent Off the Clock, I am psyched to check out Allan Nederpelt’s take on the concept in their most recent 2-weekend show Team Work. Consisting of over 70 artists, which could be either a buzzkill or fascinating, the PR claims that it unites the immense number of minds who “work collectively to assist a major figure in the art world.” Whether they all work for the same artist or not is a little unclear, but judging from the amount of names I don’t recognize I’m planning on checking the show out this weekend. Its open Dec 11-12, 1-6pm or by appointment.
I discovered G-Spot Brooklyn in looking through the GutBox artists in preparation for their show (Closing tonight at YGallery!) and was intrigued. It’s located in Greenpoint, curated by subtexture and tfuk, and features everything from coffee mugs to collages.
LASTLY, LET’S GET WEIRD with one of the most significant Surrealist pieces of film on this planet. (Thanks, Dali)