Ideographs

Ideographs
organized by Brian Douglas
opening 10.13.17 6-10PM
close 11.4.17
point green
260 java street BK, NY

Ideographs is based on the concept of a symbiosis between abstraction and a mostly unseen, or perhaps misunderstood narrative. The transformation that takes place within the pupa as the metamorphosis of a butterfly takes place is one of the great unseen mysteries. Data that presented itself in one form carries within it’s imaginal discs all the information of a future transformation. In similar fashion, each of the artists in this exhibition carry the vestiges of narrative but transcend mere storytelling.

This group of artists has been brought together because each of them presents work that is formally interesting, and disorienting on first glance. Upon extended viewing narratives begin to emerge, be it direct or symbolic; arrived through conversations that the artist’s works have between multiple pieces, through gesture in marks and forms, or the juxtaposition of the “real” and the imagined.  

Sherry Bittle
 Bernie De Chant
FAILE
Erik Foss
Saul Melman
Mike Rader
Crystal Gregory & Alexa Williams
Amy Wilson

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She Saw The World Brighten and Catch Fire

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Point Green Studio

260 Java Street, Brooklyn NY 11222

9.08.17 - 10.08.17

Opening September 8th / 6 - 10PM

Point Green is pleased to present SHE SAW THE WORLD BURN AND CATCH FIRE, curated by Angel Bellaran, featuring work by Cullen Meyer, Danica Pantic, Dennis Thomas, Domino Whisker, Emma Berg, Jen Xenia and Mia Vesper.

The exhibition, inspired by Ray Bradbury's short story, Embroidery, is a contemporary reflection on the timeless narrative of the self-destructive nature of the human race. Published in 1951, in the aftermath of World War II, Embroidery was Bradbury's not-so-subtle nod to the consequences of mankind's technological advancements to date. Opening with "needle flashes" aka a visceral allegory to women's creation vs. men's destruction, this specific text of Bradbury's - a writer who is more known for fantasy, science fiction and horror - is considered by many scholars to be radically feminist, and calls to question gender roles in both technology and craft.

Embroidery is one of mankind's oldest arts - in fact, the oldest surviving pieces of embroidery on Earth come from the fashion pulled from the tombs of Egypt. The artists selected for this exhibition are working either with traditional methods or with traditional materials. Bellaran has requested that artists respond to this particular text because she finds the topics of nuclear war, political agenda, and gender abundant in the discourse surrounding contemporary art making. Somehow, 66 years later, Bradbury’s voice continues to resonate and, somehow, our collective societal conscience has discounted the horror of nuclear warfare as it is brandished by would-be demagogues. Calling into question society's construct of gender specific media in art-making, the following artists are responding in their own language to our current worldwide situation. Opening on the eve of New York Fashion Week 2017, the intention is that the exhibition will be composed of artwork and custom fashion designs to inspire a wider audience, and hopefully a broader conversation amongst our creative peers, and beyond.

Cullen Meyer was born in Milwaukee,WI and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. The last three books he read are: The Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe, Samadhi and Concentration. More of Cullen's work may be seen/found through his instagram @cullenmeyer

Danica Pantic was born in Belgrade, Serbia and is now a long-time New Yorker. You can find Danica's film design and art directing work at danicapantic.com, and her personal work @panticsantics on instagram. She loves to read anything by Kurt Vonnegut.

Dennis Thomas is a Brooklyn-based artist. More of his work may be found on his instagram nothingmatters_ny

Domino Whisker is an Irish artist by way of LA. She spent her childhood years in the Golden State, raising rabbits, watching sunsets and reading books in the back of her father's ’67 Chevy Impala. A home girl at heart she returned from whence she came and has settled back in Dublin. The Shapes of her past can be found in her work, along with her whims and woes. Domino is an artist, writer and DJ. She is inspired by the works of many writers and poets - including Haruki Murakami, WB Yeats, Dorothy Parker, Shane McGowan and Miranda July. More of her work can be found on her instagram @dominowhisker and her website dominowhisker.com

Emma Berg was born in Stacy, Minnesota and currently lives in New York. Three favorite books are: Brave New Work, Metamorphosis, and Grapefruit by Yoko Ono. Follow Emma’s work via IG (emma___berg) or view it at emmaberg.com

Jen Xenia was born, raised, and educated in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from MICA in 2010 and in 2011 was honored as the Nef Studio Fellow of the Year at the MacDowell Colony. Jen currently lives and works in Brooklyn, where she co-curates art and performances at the experimental arts space The Glove. Her primary work is now with plants, follow her adventures on IG as @jentlethumb or @gurlfawkes

Mia Vesper was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Three favorite books are The God of Small Things, Running With Scissors and We Were all Completely Beside Ourselves. You can view and purchase her work at www.miavesper.com or on Instagram @mia.vesper

Angel Bellaran was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, educated in on the East Coast of the United States and in Dublin, Ireland Currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, on her nightstand at the moment you will find the books Darling Days, The Quiet American and A Field Guide to Getting Lost. More information may be found on her website, www.angelbellaran.com

Tümbiverse: A Group Show

Tümbiverse: A Group Show

Point Green Studio presents Tümbiverse, a new group exhibition that explores the many ways that artists create otherworldly spaces for new expression. Michael Bianchino is a painter and sculptor who builds technicolor portals that allow for total immersion and self exploration. Known as Tümbox, these tumor boomboxes are Bianchino’s “post human, neurological response to an array of intergalactic feelings including devotion, love, galactic cannibalism, and chaos magic.”

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Crushed: Brooklyn Dirty Book Fair '17

Crushed: Brooklyn Dirty Book Fair '17

Crushed, the first annual Brooklyn Dirty Book Fair, is a platform for independent publishers of erotic and pornographic material and artists working with sex. Curated by Matthew Leifheit, the fair will feature two small-scale exhibitions, a selection of publications and prints for sale, a program of performances and readings, live nude classical and jazz musicians, smutty film screenings, and an orgy afterparty.

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ZINE: A Conversation With Sofia Maldonado

ZINE: A Conversation With Sofia Maldonado

"Basically I’ve been experimenting with how you can use art to create community. Rather than going to a community as an artist, how can your art create ephemeral communities where people join in? It’s interesting because music has always been a part of my work whether it’s noise or punk rock, rap or now, trap. I really enjoy collaborating."

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Weekend Event Guide: Puerto Rican Day Parade Edition

Puerto Rican painter Sofia Maldonado usually works in abstraction but for this Saturday's solo show at Point Green she will return to her roots. Photo: Sofia Maldonado, 'Bienal de Asunción,' 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Puerto Rican painter Sofia Maldonado usually works in abstraction but for this Saturday's solo show at Point Green she will return to her roots. Photo: Sofia Maldonado, 'Bienal de Asunción,' 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

New York City’s 60th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade is this Sunday, June 11th. Nearly two million people come out to witness the giant event which celebrates Puerto Rican heritage and honors those who have made a lasting impact on the culture. This year, the parade’s organizers have chosen to emphasize unity in these divisive times. The 2017 parade theme is “Un Pueblo, Muchas Voces (One Nation, Many Voices).”  

In honor of the NYC Puerto Rican community, Point Green Zine’s weekend guide for the first week of June includes happenings that feature PR institutions, artists and musicians for the best events leading up to the parade.

Artist Sofia Maldonado is showing at the Whitney Biennial as part of Occupy Museums' Debtfair. The biennial closes on June 11th. Photo courtesy of Occupy Museums. 

Artist Sofia Maldonado is showing at the Whitney Biennial as part of Occupy Museums' Debtfair. The biennial closes on June 11th. Photo courtesy of Occupy Museums. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 8th

Femme Nation @ Taller Boricua Gallery
12 - 6pm
1680 Lexington Avenue, NYC 10029
Taller Boricua first began as the Puerto Rican Workshop in 1969 in El Barrio. It helped fuel the Nuyorican Movement and today continues its legacy of providing a platform for marginalized artists who have typically been ignored by the mainstream art world. The gallery’s current show, Femme Nation, features Lizzy Alejandro, Sandra Ayala and Maria Extevez. The three artists use photography to explore themes of femininity, sexuality, and motherhood. Femme Nation was curated by L.C. Stephenberg and runs through June 30.
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The Whitney Biennial
10:30am - 10pm
99 Gansevoort Street, NYC 10014
The Whitney Biennial is one of the foremost exhibitions in contemporary art. It closes this Sunday so check it out on Friday before the weekend crowd descends. This year’s roster features many Hispanic and female artists, including Sofia Maldonaldo. See her piece in Occupy Museums’ Debtfair ahead of the opening of her solo show at Point Green on Saturday.
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Friday Night Poetry Slam @ Nuyorican Poets Cafe
10pm
236 East 3rd Street, NYC 10009
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe began in 1973 in the East Village living room of poet and writer Miguel Algarin. It soon began a haven for marginalized writers, visual artists, and musicians of color. Today the cafe continues to use performance as a means of social empowerment and is especially known for spoken word and poetry events. This week marks the perfect moment to check out the Friday Night Poetry Slam or head over on Sunday night for some post parade revelry.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 10TH

Fem Trap @ Point Green
5 - 9pm
260 Java Street, BK 11222
Puerto Rican artist Sofia Maldonado returns to her graffiti and skater roots with Fem Trap, her solo show at Point Green, a new gallery in Brooklyn. The exhibition is an exploration of young Hispanic female trap musicians and features new drawings, a visual playlist, skate decks, and a special pop-up shop stocked with special edition merch. Fem Trap opens Saturday and runs through June 30.
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33rd New York Salsa Festival @ Barclays Center
8pm
620 Atlantic Avenue, BK 11217
After checking out the ladies of trap at Sofia’s show, keep the music going at the New York Salsa Festival which is part of the annual programming of the Puerto Rican Day parade. This year’s lineup features Eddie Palmieri, Tito Nieves, Grupo Niche, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Tito Rojas, DLG, Eddie Santiago, Frankie Negron, Domingo Quiñones, and Nuyorican legend, Willie Colón.
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SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH

The Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC celebrates its sixtieth anniversary this year. Photo courtesy of National Puerto Rican Day Parade inc.

The Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC celebrates its sixtieth anniversary this year. Photo courtesy of National Puerto Rican Day Parade inc.

Puerto Rican Day Parade
11am - 5pm
Fifth Avenue from 44th to 86th, NYC
Don’t miss the main event of the weekend! Dubbed “America’s largest cultural celebration,” the parade is a choice way to set off summer in the city vibes. Since its 1958 debut, the Puerto Rican Day Parade has attracted massive crowds so get to Fifth Avenue early to secure your spot. This year’s edition marks the 60th anniversary of the event so it’s bound to be one for the books and the Snaps.
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Artist Profile: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Still from La Cueva Negra, 2013, digital color video with sound. Courtesy of the artist and Galería Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Courtesy of BOMB Magazine)

Still from La Cueva Negra, 2013, digital color video with sound. Courtesy of the artist and Galería Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Courtesy of BOMB Magazine)

By Christina Di Biase

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, born 1972 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, unveils truth through what is an inherently distorted medium. Film, appearing observational and objective, also holds a sense of romanticism that is difficult to avoid. Film naturally dances a line between fiction and reality. Visual imagery is powerful in that it expresses things that language cannot. Muñoz utilizes this dynamic in powerful short films that focus on the revealed histories of Puerto Rican landscapes.

“La Cueva Negra” (The Black Cave, 2013) is a vision of Puerto Rico’s sacred past and complicated present. The film is non-linear, with segmented narratives that are a balance between spoken word and quiet visuals. Two young boys adventuring through jungle interact with every part of their environment, while simultaneously noting the forgotten cars, graffiti, and what else has been left behind. The boys play on the ground of El Paso del Indio, a religious burial site in Puerto Rico, uncovered through road development. A sense of reflection is invoked regarding the history and myth of the land. The tension between the material present and a discovered knowledge of the past creates the crux of the film. It forces the viewer to think about how we interact with our landscapes and the history they hold. That interaction of past and present creates a new history of it's own. 

Muñoz’s films all share these themes. They are beautiful to look at, but also invoke a deeper narrative. She leaves room for the audience to process information, refraining from filling in every blank. The information she relays directly is not overwhelming. She engages with the real world by consistently using locals in her films. She avoids a contrived narrative by allowing for improvisation. Her subjects' genuine interaction with their familiar environment creates a sense of authenticity, accessing a deeper self that Muñoz uses as a tool for transformation. Through Muñoz's work, we learn that one's personality is shaped by their relationship to their environment.

A Short History of The Nuyorican Movement

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Photo courtesy of Melting Buter.

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Photo courtesy of Melting Buter.

By Christina Di Biase

Most American immigrants understand what it means to migrate for a chance at a better opportunity. Puerto Ricans, after gaining citizenship in 1917, flooded into New York City in the early to mid-20th century. The need to assimilate showcased itself in the Nuyorican art movement, which picked up speed in the 1960’s. A community of people, stuck between two cultures and identities, proclaimed themselves through poetry, literature, and visual arts. By creating their own hub of support and creative energy they thrived not only in their respective neighborhoods, but on a larger scale as well.

Miguel Piñero and Miguel Algarin co-founded of the Nuyorican Poet’s Café on the Lower East Side (Loisada). Initially operating out of Algarin’s apartment in 1973, the production became so populated that they moved to a local pub and then finally to their current building on East 3rd Street. The Lower East Side was largely a Puerto Rican and Dominican community in the 20th century before being of interest to real estate companies that made it into the “trendy” area it is today. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe was and is a space by the people for the people, a production that existed and thrived outside of the mainstream. There was an aroma of love and struggle that existed in unity within the cafe and within the movement. Communities of marginalized voices sparked a resistant and active arts community, which is what the Nuyorican movement was. Miguel Piñero wrote “A Lower East Side Poem” expressing this love and sadness. The influence of rap on the poem is apparent, also at the start of its popularity.

Miguel Piñero moved to the Lower East side from Puerto Rico at four years old. His father left at an early age and his family lived in poverty. He turned to theft at a young age-- first, to support his family, and later, because it was familiar. Affiliations with gangs and robberies led him from detention center to jailhouse, where he spent a lot of his young life. It is also where he wrote his play, “Short Eyes,” in 1974 as a part of a prison workshop, which would go on to Broadway and win “Best American Play” twice. His writing career was ignited in prison and continued to roar thereafter.

…there’s no other place that I can see

there’s no other town around that

brings you up or keeps you down

no food little heat sweeps by

fancy cars & pimps’ bars & juke saloons

& greasy spoons make my spirits fly

with my ashes scattered thru the

Lower East Side . . .

 

A thief, a junkie I’ve been

committed every known sin

Jews and Gentiles . . . Bums & Men

of style . . . run away child

police shooting wild . . .

mother’s futile wails . . . pushers

making sales . . . dope wheelers

& cocaine dealers . . . smoking pot

streets are hot & feed off those who bleed to death . . .

 

all that’s true

all that’s true

all that is true

but this ain’t no lie

when I ask that my ashes be scattered thru

the Lower East Side…

 (A selection from Miguel Piñero’s poem “A Lower East Side Poem” )

Further uptown in East Harlem, known colloquially as El Barrio, rests another pocket of artists very active during the Nuyorican movement. Spanish Harlem still remains the largest population of Puerto Ricans in the city. One of the more popular destinations even today is El Museo, known for their celebration of Latin American and Caribbean cultures through visual arts. The museum was a fire station before its transition. Occupied by radical activists, it soon became a place where many fought for educational progress among the Latin community. The El Museo community fought for an integrated education, in a time where the primary focus was on white western cultures in classrooms. After continuous and persistent pressure, the board expanded programming by the late 60’s.

Rafael Montañez Ortiz, an artist, activist, and teacher, was appointed to create the materials for schools that highlighted Puerto Rican culture and history. He then transformed those materials into a museum that acted as an educational institution. In 1969, El Museo first functioned out of a local public school. It moved from brownstone to storefront over the years, before settling in its current location on 104th street and 5th avenue. The museum offers exhibitions, workshops, apprentice programs, library resources, and art project funding, all budgeted through the board of education.

The Nuyorican movement embodied the question of the creation of the self. Arts became a form of activism, amplifying their voices in a system that attempted to drown them out. It transcended ethnic groups and became a symbol of Latinx culture, but also a symbol of hope for any American immigrant who felt they were leaving their culture behind.

Sofia Maldonado - "Fem Trap"

Sofia Maldonado - "Fem Trap"

“Fem Trap” is a championing of the young hispanic female Youtube stars of the Trap genre, many of whom remain underrepresented. A large-scale mural detail of her abstraction will be displayed in the gallery space, along with a series of small drawings based on her anthropological investigation of the hispanic female Trap artist. In addition, Sofia Maldonado will create an interactive video installation, along with small run of limited edition goods such as skate decks, apparel, and other items. The items exude the synth-driven energy of the genre and the power of its performers.

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PUSH ART — Our Inaugural Show

PUSH ART — Our Inaugural Show

Point Green is proud to present it’s first show, PUSH ART, curated by “DJ SMOKE L.E.S.” chronicling the intersection of the art world with the skate world. “Push Art” presents seven artists from the old-school to the new—Lurker Lou, Paper Skaters, Silas Finch, Rodney Smith, Pat Hoblin, Ian Reid, and Jake Shellow—and seeks to act as a retrospective of the underground skate scene from photography to sculpture to painting.

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