~BROOKLYN’S BACKYARD . . . 2-UP at SOLOWAY
YO YA’LL !! artlovers going mighty locavore for the upcoming art fair weekend.
first up: BROOKLYN.
a local indie gallery, run by local artists, NO LESS.
showcasing a young NYC-based indie art collective, NO LESS.
PHOTO: ANNETTE WEHRHAHN, SOLOWAY
SOLOWAY INVITES YOU – TO AN EVENING of ART, MUSIC & PERFORMANCES – in their BACKYARD
to-nite: SUNDAY – APRIL 29, 2012 / 7-9 PM
SOLOWAY – 348 SOUTH 4TH ST – BROOKLYN, NY
note: REGULAR GALLERY HRS: SAT + SUN 12 – 5 PM
SOLOWAY invites you to ‘PERFORMANCE FOLIO’, an evening of performances and readings by members of 2-UP in the backyard of the gallery. This event will celebrate the conclusion of 2-UP’s exhibition ‘FOLIO’ currently on view in the gallery.
over the past few years 2-UP has produced a series of poster publications. This has been the first group exhibition of the individual members’ work in a gallery space. The exhibition is structured in two parts: a free newspaper that disassembles into 7 double-sided posters, and corresponding works in the gallery. Members of 2-UP participating in the exhibition are: COLLEEN ASPER, MATTHEA HARVEY, CHRISTIAN HAWKEY, CATHY PARK HONG, ZEREK KEMPF, BENJAMIN KRESS, NATHAN LEE, PAUL LEGAULT, JEN LIU, MORES McWREATH, ADAM SHECTOR, JOE WINTER, and MONIKA ZARZECZNA.
Still from GOLDFARB’S ‘DEEP CYCLE’ project/courtesy: 2-UP ARCHIVES
UP-DATE: TUES MAY 1, 2012
PHOTOS FROM: ‘PERFORMANCE: FOLIO – presented by 2-UP
at the closing party for their gallery show & newspaper poster project – at SOLOWAY, BROOKLYN, N.Y.
SUN APRIL 29, 2012
the 2 year old SOLOWAY artist-run gallery space, located at 348 South 4th St., just off Keap St. – in Williamsburg, BROOKLYN.
in the storefront window: black and white poster/newspaper sheets from the ‘2-UP: FOLIO’ collaborative show inside.
the show ran April 7 – 29, 2012. to-nite was the closing party.
detail: ADAM SHECTER, ‘Exercise: Problem Behaviors / Group Dynamics’. (!!) (!!) and more (!!). ha. tell me bout it.
2-UP – a New York City based art collective – produced a double-sided multi-page (unbound) ‘newspaper’ for the show. each contributor was given a 2 page spread – essentially a poster – and the newspaper was free – available inside the gallery & yours for the taking !!
also on view: the ‘2-UP:FOLIO’ / SOLOWAY APRIL 2012 edition . . . production screens.
standing on piles of the finished newspapers – that open up into double-sided posters, with a mission statement and a key to the contributors – in the centerfold.
MUNRO GALLOWAY and TOMER ALUF – two of the 4 SOLOWAY directors.
PAT PALERMO is another director, and ANNETTE WEHRHAHN rounds out the group of 4. it’s her living space at the back of the gallery that you move through – to get to the backyard. and that’s her free-standing, glass enclosed studio popping up – in the backyard.
PAUL LEGAULT read-singing from his ‘Translation Manifesto’ accompanied by poet JOSEPH BRADSHAW on the banjo.
yes, I did hear the words: ‘singularity’ (!!) and ‘love’ mentioned in the very same sentence.
as well as: ‘order’ and ‘void’. it all made sense to me. future – present.
2-UP’S JOE WINTER, CATHY PARK HONG, and ADAM SHECTER.
CATHY PARK HONG had just delivered up a very dry, often quirky-funny take, mostly on being a stand-up comedian. and a woman, and a Korean, with a little bit of Canadian, thrown in for good measure.
and yes, Adam says: “we are NY based, and nomadic (i.e. operating out of our apt).”
that’s a great term for a long-standing NYC alternative-art tradition – nomadic (!!) love it.
even the gallery space, SOLOWAY, seems to take place in the middle, o.k. front of … co-director ANNETTE WEHRMAN’S living space. a classic NYC – railroad apartment. (!!)
a lot of alternative ‘storefronts’ back in the day, the early 80s, when the Lower East Side – really made its claim to glory and really was the mecca, and not the trendy mall: boutique, bar and restaurant scene it has morphed into – started out that way. 5 Rivington St. and the Bowery – hello !!
and, JOE WINTER – the other co-founder of 2-UP.
see: THIS IS 2-UP
the ‘split’ cello at rest, in its 2-sided case.
JANE BENSON, who was present in the background, acting as the performance’s ‘conductor’ – made the split cello, as part of her body of work: the Splits.
(I’d like to see what else – she splits . . .)
the strangely compelling ‘split’ music was performed to a projected slide of poetry/philosophy/futurism by JANE BENSON, who pointed a laser at the text during the performance.
or in their own words: JEN LIU and JANE BENSON . . “present a piece about the indefinable present, through a palindromic text score and shepard tones played on the 2 split halves of a cello.”
which included performance artist MORES McWREATH serving up some pretty funny deadpan one-liners – to a variety of hand-made and very ‘creative’ slide images – a ‘digital slideshow’ – which also included some pretty funny & very in-your-face – brief autobiographical video loops.
in a nutshell: still frames interspersed with action. accompanied by a drop-dead narrative that cut to the (unexpected) bone of all existence.
MORES McWREATH – slide projection.
or was it this – one.
I was too caught up in the deadpan/one-liner moment to take notes !!
though, this piece in particular, and the extreme anti-eloquence of the whole deal – reminded me of the early ‘concrete’ and dry humor of the once young too, JOE BRADLEY – when he first started out. confounding all the usual, and predictably clueless (!!) mainstream art world – suspects.
i.e. the so-called “critics.” you know, pass the (jerry) saltz. and go on to . . . collect.
one last look behind at the Brooklyn storefront – window.
newspaper poster by NATHAN LEE. yo, CASPER – the friendly ghost !! NYC ca. 2012 – sure loves its ghosts !!
UNDETECTABLE – think on that – for a moment.
and, on the reverse side – just shadowing through, the ‘flower/fan’ by MONIKA ZARZECZNA.
ALL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, at SOLOWAY in BROOKLYN, N.Y., APRIL 29, 2012