The back door.

By Erica Manolith.

I don’t understand,

your life.

The sick look by the back door,

porch screen, flapping in the wind.

You don’t seem to notice the human,

of the humans around you.

Perhaps this makes you vomit?

Where are your skills?

Where is your voice?

It’s a vapor,

it’s a screen in the wind,

it fades,

it aches,

it has nothing to say,

and from nothing,

there is born,

nothing.

 



Erica Manolith is a writer living in Northwestern Pennsylvania. She is currently finishing her degree in France, and is home for the summer writing poetry for sport.

THE WEEK: August 8-12th.

Social Hijinks! A screening and live action lecture night
Wednesday August 10, 7:30 pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Why Participate?, Angela Washko has organized a lineup of videos and live performative lectures by artists whose projects take place within social spaces. The works being presented and discussed are mischievous, critical, occasionally hilarious, and examine the boundaries of legality. Artists Jason Eppink, Nate Hill, Ann Hirsch, Jaime Iglehart, Action Club, Paolo Pedercini, and Jeff Stark present and talk about their works discussing surveillance, costumed public service, reality television, knock-off culture, collaboration, video game evolution, protest, and performance in public spaces.
Free + Bring your own beverages and snacks
(images courtesy of Jeff Stark)

Gian Luigi Diana, electronics & Ben Gerstein, trombone
Wednesday, August 10, 10pm

SEEDS:Brooklyn – www.seedsbrooklyn.org
617 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn (preceded at 8:30 by Jacob Garchik, trombone/computer)

All Star Poetry: A Benefit at the Bowery Poetry Club.
Tuesday, August 9

Nine poets from the First Annual New York Poetry Festival join forces to raise funds for the Festival and Bowery Arts + Science. Featured poets include Lisa Marie Basile, Jassie Harris, Meghann Plunkett, Rita Mercedes, Sarah Feeley, Ayala Sella, Nick Adamski and Bob Holman w/ Molissa Fenley.

Books will be available for purchase after the reading.
Admission: $8
The Bowery Poetry Club is located at 308 Bowery (between Houston and Bleecker)

New York Poetry Festival Afterparty at the Bowery

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The Weekend: July 29-31.

A Celebration of The Battle for Mau Mau Island

Saturday, July 30

9:30 pm – late

SWIMMING CITIES in collaboration with SEA WORTHY present: A Celebration of The Battle for Mau Mau Island with Rusty Lazer (New Orleans, Bounce.), Dirtyfinger (Black Label), Geko Jones (Que Bajo?.) and Barney Iller (Rubulad).

Last weekend the naval gangs of New York assembled to Battle for Mau Mau Island (see photos here).  Come see the fallen soldiers, harvested booty, and glorious victors at a new two-story space in Bed-Stuy. Mau Mau gangs, gladiator raft jousting, cocktail catacombs, clothing optional watergun fight, underground casino & film screenings of eerily beautiful movies set on the water, slide show and videos of the battle, and an awards presentation for the victors.  Wet & wild all night long.

$5 for gangs in matching costumes, Mau Mau vets, or before 11pm, $10 otherwise; 21+.

All proceeds go directly to the Swimming Cities India project.

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WATER LANDSCAPES/SUSPENDED ENERGY
PAUL BOBKO @ KLOTZ GALLERY.

July 7th-August 19th.

In his magnum opus, Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon introduces us to the German concept of Brenschluss in the telemetry of the flight of the V2 rocket. The rocket is propelled by its engines and travels along its parabolic arc.  At a certain point the engines turn off, this flameout is called brenschluss. At brenschluss the rocket’s ascendancy is checked by gravity, and before it begins to fall to its target on earth, it hesitates for just a moment.  After this moment gravity and momentum alone, not a rocket engine, define the inexorable trajectory of descent to its inevitable, calamitous  end. (READ MORE.)

CONEY ISLAND: 40 YEARS, HARVEY STEIN
KLOTZ GALLERY

July 7th-August 19th.

Harvey Stein has been a fixture on the New York photo scene for many years.  He has photographed the city from every angle with every kind of camera, at every time of day and night.  Beyond these shores he has led photographic seminars and workshops all over the world…He’s gone everywhere, and for the last 40 years he’s been going to Coney Island…where New York City flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the end of Ocean Avenue, in Brooklyn.

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In the Door Art Fair and Is it Fine Art, Does it Matter? : The Pen and Brush

Founded 117 years ago, The Pen and Brush, Inc. is an international membership organization for women in the visual, literary and performing arts and supporting public members. The Pen and Brush is a vibrant resource for its members, nonmember participants, and a flourishing cultural center for the surrounding community.

The Pen and Brush’s archives (1894 – 1934) are stored on microfilm in the Archives of American Art. Click here for information on accessing these records.

Call for Entry

Two Artist Opportunities:

Art Fair / Exhibition

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In Door Art Fair

Entry Deadline:  May 20th, 2011
The Pen and Brush announces our first In Door Art Fair. For two weekends this spring in conjunction with our upcoming exhibition, Is It Fine Art?  Does It Matter? artists will have the opportunity to rent an area of wall space; space for installation art or sculpture; and/or table space to exhibit, display, and sell their work to visitors.  This opportunity is open to all professional level art in all media, and all types of craft.

1st Weekend:  Memorial Day Weekend

Sat. May 28th, 11am-5pm

Sun. May 29th, 11am-5pm

2nd Weekend:

Sat. June 4th, 11am-5pm

Sun. June 5th, 11am-5pm

Click Here for Rental Options and Fees

Pen and Brush Members receive a 10% discount on rental fees.

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Is It Fine Art?  Does It Matter?

An Exhibition Challenging Tradition

Deadline Extended:  Friday, April 22th, 2011

Announcing New Dates: May 26th – June 26th, 2011
Is It Fine Art?  Does It Matter? is looking for works that challenge tradition.  Curated by gallerist and auctioneer Kenneth Hutter and auction appraiser Jennifer Elhardt, this exhibit will explore artistic expression outside the canon of “fine art.”
Open to all media, including:

  • Craft, (all forms:  mixed media, fiber, jewelery, wearable art)
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Photography (all forms:  commerical, digital, etc.)
  • Book illustration
  • Set design (project elements, or drawings)
  • Furniture
  • Architectural Design (project elements, or drawings)
  • Decortative Arts
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed media
  • Collage
  • Fiber
  • Installation
  • Video/film
  • Assemblage
  • Glass
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Enamel work
  • Ceramics

There are no size restrictions on any work.

Click here to enter online or for details