THE WEEK/WEEKEND: Nov 15th-21st.

 

SANDY FUNDRAISERS: 

WAW CLOSING AND SANDY FUNDRAISER
FLAVORS / SANDY RELIEF FUNDRAISER
Sandy Hates Books Hurricane Relief Fundraiser
Foley Gallery presents #SANDY
THE SECRET CITY: ANCESTORS AND 3rd ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE
QMA ROCKAWAY FUNDRAISER
WHITE BOX FUNDRAISER (RED HOOK)
House of Yes
Jalopy Theatre And Friends Present: A Benefit to Restore Red Hook-Starring Rosanne Cash at THE BELL HOUSE
New Amsterdam Headquarters Fundraiser
Soup Bowl Fundraiser at EAT (Greenpointers)
THE KITCHEN: FUNDRAISER
Donations for Printed Matter

MORE EVENTS:

Kid Koala 12 bit Blues Vinyl Vaudeville
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 21st

KID KOALA presents 12 bit Blues! The VINYL VAUDEVILLE TOUR To celebrate the release of his new album ’12 bit Blues’ featuring KID KOALA and HIS INCREDIBLE DANCING MACHINES! And introducing kid k’s very special guests: ADIRA AMRAM AND THE EXPERIENCE (NYC)

Calico Presents “Bad on its Own”
Calico (67 West St)
November 16 – December 2, 2012

Technically, a tree falling in the woods doesn’t make a sound unless the resonance has an eardrum to bounce off of – an argument that only stands under the assumption that the “anyone” in the famous question is a human being. Yet the crash displays independence even within its own nature. The tree falls despite our ears and despite its own roots.Art also provides an example of an imaginary sentience, and “Bad on its Own” is a particularly mischievous one. Pairing the malleable found textile patterns of Amanda Browder with “nature” paintings by Martin Esteves, the show demonstrates a pretend awareness through a more puckish spite; but art isn’t actually aware of itself, so the line treads wearily between a straight face and a smirk. Browder’s oversized installations create optical hallucinations from the simplest found sources. Her materials have been freed from all practical intentions and aren’t afraid to let you know it. Esteves’ paintings highlight the fact that nature is mean spirited already, regardless of human interferences such as greenhouse effects or global warming. Both artists’ mix of beauty and farce are what gives this show its title. The word “Bad” here means an intentional state.

Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra/Sven Ratzke with special guest Joey Arias/Alice Smith
Joe’s Pub
11:30 PM – November 16 

There comes a time in every artist’s life when they have to step into the spotlight on their own terms. For Janet, it was about Control. For Prince, it was about Emancipation. But for Alice Smith, it’s the art (and hard-won battle) of simply being herself. The NYC-bred singer/songwriter/producer, known for her 4-octave vocal range and stunning stage presence, made a name for herself with her critically-acclaimed 2006 debut album, For Lovers, Dreamers & Me, released on BBE Records. At the time, her artful blend of bluesy, soulful vocals and mid-tempo grooves garnered a passionate following that packed venues like NYC’s Mercury Lounge and Joe’s Pub, while Vibe Magazine gushed that her sound “evoke[s] Fiona Apple’s finest material.” Her single “Dream” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Urban/Alternative category.

DREW CONRAD, AIN’T DEAD YET
Fitzroy Gallery
November 15, 2012 – January 20, 2013

Jeffrey Gibson
Marc Strauss
November 18 – December 23, 2012

Jeffrey Gibson grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, England and elsewhere. He is also a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee. This unique combination of global cultural influences converge in his multi-disciplinary practice of more than a decade since the completion of his Master of Arts degree in painting at The Royal College of Art, London in 1998 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995.

SUGAR presents: Expressly Physical
449 Troutman St. #3-5, third fl. buzz #21
opening reception: Sunday Nov. 18th, 4-7pm

The Bunker (Untold/Bryan Kasenic/Nihal Ramchandani)
285 Kent
Saturday, Nov 15

Jack Dunning’s production work as Untold has reinvigorated the climate of dancefloors around the globe. Through his work with Hessle Audio, Clone, R&S and Hotflush, Dunning elevated dubstep to uncharted territories, combining it with grime, jungle and more recently techno. A lot of his music is truly alien and doesn’t really easily fit into any of these categories. Through his label, Hemlock Recordings, he has continued this pioneering role – discovering James Blake and releasing groundbreaking work from Ramadanman and Breton. Untold recently releasing his most comprehensive work to date – the three part EP “Change in a Dynamic Environment” (which you can hear in full on his Soundcloud). We’ve been eager to bring back Untold ever since he played the set of the night at the fist Bass Mutations at The Bunker at Unsound Festival New York back in 2010.


Mind Over Mirrors + Miguel Gutierrez

Fri, November 16, 2012 – 8:00pm
Actors Fund: 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn

Mind Over Mirrors, AKA Jaime Fennelly, performs with dancer and musician Miguel Gutierrez as part of Fennelly’s two-night residency at ISSUE Project Room. After four years of constant collaboration, trans-continental performance, cohabitation and detritus exorcising from 2001 – 2004 as their duo Sabotage and the early formative years of The Powerful People, this evening marks the first time Fennelly and Gutierrez have performed together in over eight years.

THE LITTLE TOP CIRCUS & MEDICINE SHOW/HEART OF DARKNESS W/GREG BARRIS
Union Hall
Sat, Nov 17

Calling the low, the weak, and the ungodly! Calling the faithless, the mentally infirm, and the spiritually bereft! This is the end of days and that rumble in the distance is the wagons of The Little Top Circus & Medicine Show, rolling into town to save your sad sinner’s soul. Led by the evangelically infamous Good Reverend Doctor Professor Elucius Clay, this band of befouled lowlifes will horrify (watch as Stitch the Geek mutilates his own flesh!), flummox (recoil at Bobby Phobia’s feats of physiology), mystify (witness the Good Reverend’s holy fingersmithery, learned unto him in the Orient!) and titillify (surrender to the undulant charms of burlesque!), all to the blood-stirring sounds of musicianers Doc Minch, plus Ratty Mousebites & Miz E of The Hot Sardines.

The Poetry Brothel’s 327th Annual Masquerade [Rescheduled]
The Back Room: 102 Norfolk Street
Nov 18th

Guests are encouraged to come in disguise and inhabit an alter ego. Featured readers include Ariana Reines, Dorothea Lasky, Jennifer Tamayo, and Angelo Nikolopoulos! Other poetry whores include Will Brewer, Seth Oelbaum as Reinhardt Gobbles, Carina Finn as Cherry Cherie, Lisa Marie Basile as Luna Liprari, Meghann Plunkett as Echo Rose, Lauren Hunter as Harriett Van Os, Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein as Elka, Rachel Herman-Gross as Simone, Rachel Boyadjis as Cosette Chapiteau, and Evan Burton as Buster Van Orson The night will include burlesque performances by Moxie Sazerac and Luna Liprari, tarot readings by Robert Cunningham, body painting by Liz Belomlinsky, sleight of mind performances from Who Is Cooper, AND we’ll enjoy live music by Karen Marie Richardson, better known as Stella Sinclair of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More.

Short & Sweet: The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective
Union Docs
Sunday, November 18 at 7:30pm

The BFC will present a night of short films by its members.  Diverse skill sets and wide interests converge at the collective’s weekly meetings, where members present works-in-progress to receive feedback and criticism from their peers.  Beyond the workshops, members share resources, ideas, gear, and crew-power.  The collective is also excited to present the Brooklyn premier of Alex Mallis’ short documentary, Spoils: Extraordinary Harvest.

My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount and Thessaly La Force
Powerhouse Arena
Nov 16th

PowerHouse Arena celebrates the launch of My Ideal Bookshelf and presents an exhibition of prints from the book, which will be displayed on the Arena walls. Writer Thessaly La Force interviewed dozens of prominent artists, writers, chefs, and thinkers, to create this loving homage to book collecting illustrated by artist Jane Mount.

Perpetual Recombination : Ian Trask Solo Exhibition
Recession Art
OPENING, Saturday, November 17, 6–10pm

In Perpetual Recombination, Recession Art’s  featured artist Ian Trask presents a collection of sculptures that visualize an evolved interplay between concept, material and technique.  The show’s title refers to the exchange of material between chromosomes during meiosis (cell division) and the resulting recombination of maternal and paternal DNA, a process that perpetuates genetic diversity of species and biodiversity of ecosystems.  By analogy, this body of work represents nearly a decade of creative evolution.  The combinatorial potential between the materials Trask collects and the processes he applies over time generate an elaborate diversity of forms all descended from a fundamental intuitive origin.

PEPPE VOLTARELLI: THE JOURNEY, THE FATHER, THE MEMBERSHIP”/TARRAS BAND
Barbes
Sat 11/17

Based in Bologna, Italy, Peppe Voltarelli was the leader of Calabrian folk rock group Il Parto delle Nuvole Pesanti. In 2005, he starred in the cult movie “The true legend of Tony Vilar” about the search for an argentinean-Italian singer, and then embarked on a solo career, using his dual background as musician and performance artist. His new show is a look the Italian heritage through songs that shaped the global Italian identity and Peppe’s own career.

First Look: Aboveground Animation
New Museum
11/17

Artist and curator Casey Jane Ellison will present twenty short-form animations from Aboveground Animation, the online archive and roving exhibition platform she founded in 2008. The screening is staged in conjunction with First Look, the New Museum’s Digital Project series—through which a selection of animations from Aboveground Animation, exploring 3-D renderings of post-human forms, premiered in October. For this screening, Ellison will present a more expansive selection of Aboveground Animation. Made by an international group of emerging artists, the featured works take up a variety of themes and concerns, and exhibit original approaches to hand-drawn and stop animation, as well as employ new tools such as CGI. Following the hour-long screening, a discussion will be held with local artists Erin Dunn, Steve Emmons, Ryan Whittier Hale, Lauren Gregory, Rhett LaRue, Robert Bittenbender, Jacolby Satterwhite, Lale Westvind, and Ellison.

As Real As It Gets
ApexArt
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15: 6-8 pm

Tell me about yourself, and you might mention where you’re from, the music you prefer, perhaps a favorite writer or filmmaker or artist, possibly even the sports teams you root for. But I doubt you’ll mention brands or products. That would seem shallow, right? There’s just something illegitimate about openly admitting that brands and products can function as cultural material, relevant to identity and expression. It’s as if we would prefer this weren’t true. (But we know it is: Tell me about a neighbor, co-worker, someone you met at a party, and it becomes far easier, convenient, maybe even necessary, to situate that other person within branded material culture.) The underlying discomfort is something I’ve noted over many years spent writing about brands and products. One reader comment clarifies the dilemma. In a column about products and companies that exist only in the fictional worlds of books and movies, I categorized such things as “imaginary brands.” Harrumph to that, this reader replied: All brands are imaginary.

Roman Tragedies
BAM
Nov 16—Nov 18, 2012

Visionary director Ivo van Hove transforms the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House into a modern-day Roman amphitheater with this interactive, hyper-modern take on Shakespeare’s powerful trilogy about the use and abuse of power: Julius CaesarAntony and Cleopatra, andCoriolanus. Staged as a single immersive experience, van Hove’s production turns audience members into the citizens of Rome, encouraging them to grab a drink during the action at the on-stage bar, push through the crowd to hear Marc Antony defend Caesar, or take it all in on giant video screens and tickertape news feeds.

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS
Skirball Center
Nov 15-18

The magnificent theatrical adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS returns to New York City starring award-winning actor Max McLean. THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is a provocative and inspiring look at spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. Now in its third smash year, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS’ National Tour has delighted capacity audiences in 50 major cities.

HABEAS CORPUS
IF IT’S SO THEN LET ME KNOW / CHRIS FENNELL
Gym, Dear, Northwood, Twi the Humble Feather
Meta-Monumental Garage Sale
RADIO UNNAMABLE
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
NOVEMBER OPEN HOUSE and SUNDAY SESSIONS
CONTINUUM: CAGE CENTENNIAL
American Landscapes
Surfaces, Supports. Tatiana Berg & Evan Nesbit
Katarzyna Krakowiak “Possibility 02: Growth, Part II”
Haik Kocharian CD Release
André Cypriano: Two Decades
Y? O! G… A [RESCHEDULED]
THOMAS BROADBENT
Fall into Frost : New works by Kelly Denato/The Dandy : New works by Julie West
R. SIKORYAK & NEIL NUMBERMAN CAROUSEL FOR KIDS!

Ital Tek Us Tour feat. Howse (Tri Angle) & Lamin Fofana (Dutty Artz)
Uncommon Ground: Alternative Realities (Forum Gallery)
IOVIS reading at Poets House

AFTERMATH (ARTIFACT)
DAVID GARLAND/GLENN JONES/C SPENCER YEH
ED RUSCHA
A CATHODE RAY SEANCE
THE MUPPET VAULT: THE MAN OF A THOUSAND MUPPETS
Lauren Elder
Ellipsis: Allison Somers
Bernadette 
Corporation
Lines of Sight: Readings of photography in fiction
Opening Reception for “On Purpose: Art & Design in Brooklyn, 2012”
Secret Keeper
Chavisa Woods author of Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind with Steve Dalachinsky

CHRISTEENE
JOHN BLAKEMORE (KLOMPCHING GALLERY)

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in Brooklyn
UP IN THE AIR: Antoine Rose
Melodie Provenzano “Rock Center”(Lyons Weir)
Jim Krueger and artist Zach Brunner (The High Cost of Happily Ever After) Book Signing
“How I Learned” Storyslam
NAOMI PUNK/G Green/Parquet Courts/Psychic Blood
Live Drone Performance w/Acupuncture

Devin Powers (Book Release and Artist Talk)
Repo: The Genetic Opera
From the Akashic Jukebox: Magic and Music in Britain, 1888-1978: Illustrated Lecture and Rare British Occult Recordings with Mark Pilkington of Strange Attractor Press
Echo Eggebrecht: Probably Science
Andrew Kalleen
talk: zoo-topia: zoo architecture as taxonomies of representation
Phutureprimitive, Space Jesus, Soulacybin
Trenton Doyle Hancock
BARE!
Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde

COMING UP:

PUPPET PARLOR goes $BUCK NAKED$
{RESCHEDULED} 25TH ANNUAL HILLA REBAY LECTURE: The Para-Architectural Imagination of Gustav Klutsis
Witnessing Human Rights: Past, Present, and Future
Aki Sasamoto’s Centripetal Run
Selected Shorts: Comedy
Laura Vitale: White Sands
DJ Shadow
An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates
Music and Copyright in the Digital Era: DAVID BYRNE in conversation with CHRIS RUEN
Building Stories: CHRIS WARE in conversation with ZADIE SMITH
Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

An interview with Jason Bryant.

The 22 Magazine: So first the basics, where are you from, how did you end up in NY?

Jason Bryant: Well, I was born in Wilson, North Carolina. I was introduced to painting and drawing roughly when I was five and my love for art was immediate and without question. I was lucky enough to have people around me support this passion, to give me hope that the dream to be an artist can be a reality. Art was always a bright light that helped me get through a turbulent childhood. After getting my Masters from The Maryland Institute College of Art, my girlfriend at the time got a job in NY. Very reluctant and intimidated to move so quickly, the path was set for me to end up in NY.

The 22: Your bio says you are “heavily influenced by classic film,” tell me a little about that. Where did this love arise from? Who’s are some of your favorites?

JB: Film, to me, has always been an escape. Like painting, it sends us on a journey where we take what we bring into it, but always come out of the viewing process a little more informed and with a different perspective. There is something so elegant and clean about how black and white film translates to the viewer. It is very baseline and straight forward in its approach. Brando, Newman, and Grant are all some of my favorite actors. They were an actor’s actor, not afraid to take chances and capable of delivering powerful performances with effortless delivery.

The 22: Your upcoming show “Smoke and Mirrors,” from what I gathered, is meant to convey the trick of making something seem better than it is while simultaneously conveying its vulnerability? Why did you chose this topic? What relevance does it have for you or the  “stars” you portray?

JB: That’s exactly it. For “Smoke and Mirrors” I simply wanted to create a show with a double meaning. Every work in the exhibition is a painting based off a film still where the actor is either smoking or viewing their reflection in the mirror. I wanted to create a show where the paintings are beautiful and lavish, but once you read the title or look to see what is happening on the surface of these polished works, you start to see where there are “cracks in the faux finish.” I did not want to be overly dramatic in trying to convey the concept. I did not want to have paintings where the subjects were like pulling back their skin revealing all of their inner demons–nothing that dramatic and in your face.  I wanted the concept to come forward subtly while keeping with the conceptual “sleekness” of my paintings.

The 22: How does skateboarding culture fit into your artistic practice?

JB: I started skateboarding when I was 11. Skateboarding, like art, will be a lifelong love affair. It gave me an identity at a young age and it opened up my world to new ways of artistic expression. Most of all, it gave me lifelong friends who will always be like family. Since I can’t physically skate at the high level I once did, it’s fulfilling for me to bring skate graphics into my work and even paint directly on to skateboards like I’ve been doing the last couple of years. That is where the “Merging Icons” series was born. I wanted to merge iconic skate graphics with iconic film stills, basically combining the two most influential elements in my development as a person and as an artist. I love the effects and changes that my hand brings to the works, like I’m the instrument of combining two great passions. I’m actually working on a piece right now that will bring a third passion into the mix and I’m using a new medium. That’s all I can say at the moment!

The 22: Do you still skateboard?

JB: I still roll around, but at the age of 36, let’s just say I’m not going to go do a Tre-flip down eight stairs. Nowadays landing a kick-flip brings a smile to my face, but that is the point, it’s a joy that never goes away.

The 22: What is important to you about breaking the “frame” of a piece, painting directly on the wall?

JB: With the success of the “Merging Icons” I wanted to push the series forward to where the skate graphics would be breaking outside of the “frame” of the canvas and onto the wall. I got the opportunity to try it out at the Pulse Art Fair here in New York in May and this method will be a big part of “Smoke and Mirrors.” The graphics will be traveling all around the walls of the gallery creating a space in which the paintings and the graphics become the metaphorical “walls” of the environment in which the viewer has entered, bringing the viewer into the world of the paintings where each piece is connected to another through the graphics. The gallery agreed to shut down for a bit so I could do this, which is really great of them.

The 22: You talk about graffiti really brightening up the city in the winter. Are there are specific graffiti artists you admire? What about other painter’s?

JB: My approach is in some ways influenced by graffiti and how street art is used to engage the viewer with the mundane everyday structures we live around. I look at some street artists such as insa and r.o.a. Artists that influence my work are Damien Loeb, McDermott and McGough, Jeremy Fish, Kehinde Wiley, Marylyn Minter, Banks Violette. I do of course have my painting heroes such as Chuck Close and Barbara Kruger.

The 22: There’s one piece in your work that is really interesting, which looks like James Dean being arrested and has the tagline “What’s the matter  guys…didn’t you make your quota for the month?” How does this piece fit into your work? Is it a reflection on recent New York events?

JB: I had been developing three different bodies of work for the past four years that were shown in 2010 in a solo exhibition titled “Trilogy.” One piece which was the highlight of the show was a painting titled Paperwork and Quotas. It is a scene from The Wild One starring Marlon Brando. I simply recreated the film still, drawing and painting it in my normal style but then I added my own subtitles as a part of my “Text” series. I added subtitles that illustrated the film still but has a very contemporary meaning. The painting itself is the foundation trying to communicate struggles within any political system, not just law enforcement and how there is a “bottom line” in any profession that is at times unfair and unjust.

The 22: Another compelling piece is the “rainbows don’t mean shit” piece. What’s going on there?

JB: That piece is titled Happiness. The subject is a very elegant image of a woman staring off in sort of a daydream type of gaze. Her eyes are covered by a fun graphic of a rainbow bursting into the black and white picture plane. It seems to be a very fun and happy piece until you read the text “rainbows don’t mean shit” beneath the rainbow graphic. I simply wanted to have fun in sort of the sarcastic jaded way we view the world today. At the same time though it is commentating on one’s struggles in dealing with the “politics of a profession.” Maybe it is saying that a strong work ethic, talent, and integrity to how you approach your profession is not enough to fulfill a dream, especially not today. Maybe we have lost sight of those values.

The 22: Since so much of your work is based on counter-culture elements tell me how Porter Contemporary (as a Chelsea gallery) became the home for your work and what they offer to an artist like you.

JB: Although my work is based on counter-culture subjects balanced with elegant black and white cinematic imagery, at the core of my work is a foundation built upon a love for the history of painting. The works are highly technical and refined using a traditional approach to painting. This caught the eye of Porter Contemporary in 2006. They were a young gallery, having just opened, and I had lived in New York for just under a year. We have had a great working relationship because the gallery and my work have been able to grow together. The Gallery owner, Jessica Porter, has an incredible work ethic and integrity that is the backbone of the vision for her gallery. It is very inspirational to be around and it has been very exciting to watch the gallery grow along with my work. It is rare that a gallery and artist get to experience growing together with the same basic principles and a certain amount of integrity intact.

For more information about Jason Bryant and his upcoming show visit Porter Contemporary.
You can visit his Website at: http://jasonbryantpaintings.tumblr.com/