Tuesday, October 20, 2009
“If you have an idea run with it and work your hardest to make it happen.”
One of the high school program students said this when he was asked what he learned in this year's HS program. These words and high praise are one of several that show the 2009 HS Program was a success. Most importantly, the gallery and the students both accomplished their goals.
The students were so exited about it that they asked for more time. They said they loved the field trips, the artist presentations and the festival production. But, the most important part was the fact that the students were able to participate in the festival as artists.
"I like the fact were given full artistic freedom, I think it is very important."
“I learned more about the changing art world. This was really great!"
The 2009 HS Program was successful. Thanks to the team for making this festival come to reality.
We are ready for another wonderful one next year!
The red color and the magnitude of the trees make everything so intense, intimidating and at the same time so attractive, that I want to find more.
It is also playful that no kid will want to leave the gallery. My inner child doesn't want to leave the gallery.
The realization of this project was strong but became much stronger after seeing it completed.
It was nice to observe every intern, volunteer or the artists, submerged in the activity of working, and seeing how great it will be in the end. It was also really nice to me to find my silent and joyful voice while working. One of the best parts of the day, because of the exhausting work was the lunch break. Eating healthy and delicious food on DAC’s stairs while enjoying the weather and talking and getting to know everyone a little bit more was so fun and relaxing. This process allowed you to come back to work totally re-energized.
Assisting Wade and Stephen was a great experience. And I can say that it was great to my mates too. Working in it was very inspiring from any perspective. As an intern, I would gladly assist any artist that needed my help (always if it is with artists and volunteers like these) And as an artist, I just can’t wait to make my own big installation.
Thank you everyone for your positive smiles and spirits and to everyone that put their heart on it. Thank you again.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Their projects will be presented on the streets, sidewalks, storefronts, elevators, lobbies, the water, the waterfront, parks, nooks, crannies and more.
Artcodex (Mike Estabrook, Vandana Jain, Mona Kamal)
Christian Cerrito and Jennifer Fisher
Elim Cheng and Meng Li
Wai-Yam Cheng (Yummy)
Nikolas Drosos and Marta Gazicka
Katie Fox and Haley Lowe
Catherine Grau and Zoe Kreye
Kyung Woo Han
Steve Harrington and Jaime Rojo
Elizabeth D. Heifferon
Lisa Hein and Robert Seng
Jae Hi Ahn
Erin Rachel Hudak
Lucia Jeesun Lee
Kate Kaman and Joel Erland
Marie Christine Katz
Eun Sun Lee
Marc S Levitt
Katherine Dolgy Ludwig
Charlotte Meyer and Chris Smith
Hye Yeon Nam
Ryan Turner Roth
Chin Chih Yang
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The first D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival in 1997 took advantage of Dumbo's unique qualities and its high concentration of artist studios. Open studios, live music and dance performances, and an art parade were components of the '97 Festival, which was produced by Dumbo residents, Joy Glidden and Tyson Daugherty. Artists organized creative ways to fund the Festival, such as hosting parties in the performance space with the DJ group "Organic Grooves." After the Festival's success the Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) was conceived to promote local Dumbo artists.
SECTION 33, DAC's first curated exhibition, was installed in September 1998 at the original location of 45 York Street. In 1999 DAC became a registered 501 (c) non-profit organization with Joy Glidden as Fine Arts Director, Rodney Trice as Applied Arts Director, and Margaret Champagne as Performing Arts Director. DAC is now located at 30 Washington Street, and Breda Kennedy, the current Executive Director, has helped the culture of DAC evolve with the neighborhood of Dumbo.
Elements of the 13th D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival reflect DAC's past, but many characteristics of the Festival are specific to 2009. New aspects include projects created by our new high school internship program and an iPhone application designed specifically for the Festival to feature festival projects, open studios, local businesses, and galleries.
Music performances were important in the 1999 Festival.
Doug Fishbone's Ten Thousand Bananas displayed on Washington Street in the 2002 Festival.
Jae Hi Ahn's Night in Bloom was in the Brooklyn Bridge Park during the 2006 Festival.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
A few artists to look forward to seeing in the Festival this year are:
Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen
Image is courtesy of the artists.
Image is courtesy of the artist.
Katherine Dolgy Ludwig
Image is courtesy of the artist.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
WHAT: 13th D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival®
WHERE: The Streets of Dumbo, Brooklyn
WHEN: September 25-27 2009
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Friday, July 17, 2009
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Pictured are those viewing Amy Yoes's Modification and Collapse video loop at Saturday's opening. Photograph by Katherine Fox.
Elana Herzog's Untitled #1 is composed of cotton chenille bedspread, metal staples, and drywall on plywood panel and has been installed into the far back wall of DAC. Photograph by Cate Geiger.
Two Forms of Stillness: The Difficulty of Saying We is a felt and ceramic piece that Fabienne Lasserre created to hang from the ceiling of DAC. Photograph by Cate Geiger.
The rest of the photographs from the opening of Structured Simplicity can be seen HERE.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Mai Braun's Pile II is composed of shredded newspaper and string and stands 55" tall and 41" wide near the front windows of the DAC gallery. The creation is the result of Mai's step by step instructions explaining how to properly shred the New York Times and pile the shredded paper to form Pile II.
Pictured are Adam and Tanya creating Mai's Pile II. Photographs courtesy of DAC.
Mai Braun was born in Berlin and is now based in Frankfurt after formerly residing in New York and Houston, TX. Exhibitions include Recent Object at Feature Inc, Exercises in Resourcefulness at Cuchifritos, NY, curated by Simone Subal, and More Object, her New York solo debut at Brooklyn Fire Proof in 2006. Group exhibitions include Groundwork at David Patton Gallery and Material for the Making at Elizabeth Dee Gallery. Her works have been shown at the Bronx Museum of Art, Kluuvi Galleria, Helsinki and in Texas at institutions such as DiverseWorks, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Arlington Museum of Art. Braun was artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX in 2005, and has been the recipient of several fellowships and prizes from major institutions such as the Bronx Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX.Mai Braun, Tower-Fragile to Clorox, 2006. Cardboard, tape. Courtesy of hte artist and Feature Inc., New York.
Hilary Harnischfeger was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1972 and now lives and works in New York, NY. She received her MFA from Columbia University. Harnischfeger's solo exhibition at Rachel Uffner Gallery, NY is on display through June 21. Her work was included in The Line of Time, And the Plane of Now, Harris Lieberman and Wallspace Gallery, New York, NY, You Are Here, Ballroom, Marfa, TX, Hunch & Flail, Artists Space, New York, NY and Pertaining to Painting, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX.Hilary, Harnischfeger, Untitled, 2008. Paper, plaster, ink, green calcite and crushed glass. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Elana Herzog works in Brooklyn, lives in New York and has recently exhibited a site-specific installation at the Drawing Center in New York City. Herzog is currently a participant on the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency and at the Workspace Program at Dieu Donné. Other exhibitions include a two-person show Making Traces, with Lieven DeBoeck in 2007 at LMAK Projects, New York, NY, Plaid, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, W(e)ave, a collaboration with Michael Schumacher, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, and Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting, Museum of Art and Design, NY, traveling exhibition. Herzog’s artwork has been reviewed extensively in publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker magazine, Time Out New York, New York Sun and Art in America. Elana Herzog, Plaid, 2007. Polyester Chenille bedspreads, staples in drywall panels, new framing and drywall work, existing masonry. Installation at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn New York.
Fabienne Lasserre was born in Montreal and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. Projects include The Split Wall, a two-person exhibition with Hilary Harnischfeger at South First Gallery, Brooklyn in 2008 and her debut New York solo exhibition, Others, at Virgil de Voldere Gallery, in 2006. Group exhibitions include Welcome to My World, curated by Matthew Day Jackson and Amy Davila, Alexandre Pollazzon Gallery, London, UK, The Line of Time And the Plane of Now, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York and Possibly Being at Esso Gallery, New York. Lasserre was awarded the Special Editions Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop in 2007 and the Emerging Artists Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY in 2006. She has recently completed a residency at La Curtiduria, Oaxaca, Mexico.Fabienne Lasserre, Untitled (You Wanted to Know), 2007. Linen mache, acrylic, armature. Photo by Jean Vong.
Amy Yoes is based in Manhattan, New York and is represented by Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York. Her 2007 solo exhibition there, Rear-View Mirror, was written about by Art in America, Village Voice and The New York Times. A former Pollock-Krasner grant and NYFA fellowship recipient, her sculptural installations have been exhibited in L.I.C., N.Y.C. at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Out of Bounds at Wave Hill, NY; Zip at Artspace, New Haven, CT; Carriage House Project at Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY; and Solitude and Focus, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT. Recent projects include a private commission that is an interactive sculptural kitchen created in a Manhattan apartment and Street-Level, a site-specific installation at Art in General. Through the Percent for Arts program, she is working on a wall-based sculpture commission for a new high school in the Bronx.Amy Yoes, Modification and Collapse, 2009. Video loop. Image courtesy of the artist.
Felicity Hogan is a British artist and curator based in New York. In her current capacity as Executive Director at Artists Alliance Inc, an artist centered 501 (c) (3) non-profit, she is responsible for overseeing both a residency program and art gallery/project space, Cuchifritos, in Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Prior to the above, Ms. Hogan acquired extensive experience as Founder & Director of Flat (2000 – 2003) an experimental space in a Manhattan apartment, through freelance contracts at art fairs in New York, Madrid, Miami and London, as well as non-profit arts organizations in New York City e.g. the Lower East Side Printshop as Outreach Director (2007-08) and CUE Art Foundation (2007/2008). Among her numerous extra-curricular activities, Ms. Hogan has been a visiting Guest Critic to ISCP, Art Omi and Location One, a panelist at Dumbo Arts Center in 2007/8 and at Dieu Donne Papermill. She has served on selection panels at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Lower East Side Printshop and Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service NY and is a member of the Curatorial Advisory Board at Bronx River Arts Center and on the Advisory Board of Culture Push.
Since early 2009, Ms. Hogan has also been working as Development & Curatorial Associate for the Tuning Exhibition, "The 21st Century, The Feminine Century, and The Century of Diversity and Hope," , curated by Heng-Gil Han, at the Incheon Women Artists' Biennale in Korea in August 2009. As an independent curator, Ms. Hogan’s projects include guest curator at Free Store, NY, organized by Double A Projects and catalog essayist for the final exhibition by Juana Valdes, Workspace Resident at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Jamaica, Queens, in June 2009. Her essay for the artist monograph “Talk to the Hand,” on Hermelinde Hergenhahn (translated into German) was published by the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Germany in 2008.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Curated by Felicity Hogan
Exhibition Dates: June 20 - August 9, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 20, 6-9 PM
Curator and Artists' talk: Thursday, July 9, 7-8 PM
Structured Simplicity will present a group of artists, Mai Braun, Hilary Harnischfeger, Elana Herzog, Fabienne Lasserre, and Amy Yoes, who work in sculpture and site-specific installation. From a formalist and abstract perspective, the exhibition will investigate aspects of simplicity, taking purification as a point of departure i.e. making things simpler through structure, be they confined or chaotic. In bringing this group together, the curator, Felicity Hogan, seeks to explore varying manifestations of this concept and how structures are formed and conveyed through diversity of approach and use of materials.
The exhibition debuts new site-specific works by Mai Braun, Elana Herzog and Amy Yoes as well as previously unseen new works by Fabienne Lasserre and Hilary Harnischfeger. Fabienne Lasserre’s humorously crafted and sensual sculptures, striking a bold intelligent balance between the logical and illogical, are positioned alongside Mai Braun's mischievously formed shredded NY Times-mâché piece: Your Emotions Make You a Monster. Mai Braun’s stacked cardboard boxes parallel and echo Amy Yoes' mechanical hard-edged installation. Hilary Harnischfeger’s deftly sliced and angular sculptures complement Elana Herzog’s de-constructed garments and bed linens, patched aggressively with compulsively tacked staples. Additional connections will be reinforced through proximity. An influence of rudimentary materials is common to all artists with processes that revel in tension and release. In the art of Amy Yoes, Hilary Harnischfeger and Mai Braun, the subtle use of planes and angles form associations that display contrasting use of a comparable visual language. Manipulation and the distortion of architectural form further connect works by Amy Yoes and Elana Herzog.
Structured Simplicity was developed in response to the distinctive architecture and characteristics of the DAC gallery. While sculpture and installation are the primary focus, the exhibition also includes bas-reliefs by Hilary Harnischfeger and works on paper by Mai Braun as well as a new video by Amy Yoes created especially for Structured Simplicity.
Monday, June 15, 2009
The pictures from Survivor, DAC's annual artist workshop, are now up on Flickr. The workshop was a success bringing over 200 artists from New York City together to particiapte in a weekend of art immersion. Throughout the weekend artists were provided with useful skills to help them advance their careers in the art of New York City.
Check out all the pictures from Survivor HERE!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
A free public program made possible by the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Dedalus Foundation
Dumbo Art Center’s annual workshop is a free total immersion weekend for emerging visual artists at the threshold of a professional career or new to New York City. The workshop aims to empower artists with information, practical know-how and encouragement in order to advance their careers in the complex and competitive art of New York City.
Highlights include: Speaking From Experience, where a panel of mid-career artists relay their personal experience of navigating the New York art jungle; Doctor Sessions are one-on-one portfolio reviews by curators, museum professionals and critics, Making a Statement with Sarah Schmerler on how to translate visual thoughts into words; GYST (Getting Your Shit Together); Perfect Presentation on presenting the optimal portfolio, Copyright /Copywrong on intellectual property in the digital age, and Public Speaking to hone your skills in talking live about your work.
Coordinated by Special Projects Manager, Shinnie Kim.
In addition to free admission, all attendees receive free information packages. NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Check www.dumboartscenter.org for schedule and updates!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Jannicke Låker (born in 1968 in Drammen, Norway, lives and works in Berlin). Solo exhibitions have been presented by the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, (2006) and the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway (2003). Group exhibitions include Staring into Space at the House of Contemporary Art in Hungary (2006), Baltic Raw in Hamburg (2005), Swedish Hearts at the Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden (2004), and The American Effect at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2003).
You can see some Jannicke Laker work here.
Julika Rudelius (born in 1968 in Cologne, Germany) currently lives and works in Amsterdam and New York City). Solo exhibitions have been presented by the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz, Austria (2006) and the Stedelijk Museum Bureau in Amsterdam, NL (2004). Group exhibitions include Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York (2007); the Gwangju Biennale in Korea (2006); The Youth of Today at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, DE (2006), and Populism (2005), which traveled to institutions in Vilnius, Oslo, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt.
You can see some Julika Rudelius work here.
Ruba Katrib is the Assistant Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami. Katrib holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and recent curatorial projects include Dark Continents and The Possibility of an Island, both at MOCA.
A two-artist exhibition with Jannicke Låker & Julika Rudelius
Curated by Ruba Katrib
Exhibition: March 7 - April 26, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 2009, 6-9 PM
Curator and Artists' Talk: Saturday, March 7, 5PM (moved from Sunday, March 8, 7PM)
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12-6 PM
“Ecstatic truth” is a term used by the German director Werner Herzog to describe a filmmaking technique that favors emotional accuracy over detail-oriented accuracy in a documentary context. To achieve a sense of “ecstatic truth,” a filmmaker, instead of attempting to portray characters or events in an objective or factual way, fabricates a situation that plays with the emotional intensity of the subjects and reaches a level osincerity that the facts alone could not achieve. In Herzog’s manifesto, the Minnesota Declaration: Truth and Fact in Documentary Cinema written in 1999, point five states:
“There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization.”
Following Herzog’s thoughts on attaining a “deeper strata” of truth in cinema, the exhibition Ecstatic Truth brings together two European artists; Jannicke Låker and Julika Rudelius, who share affinities in their attempts at reaching an emotional accuracy through their selected subjects and the techniques they use.
The exhibition presents "Running Woman" (2006), by Jannicke Låker and the premiere of "Adrift" (2007), by Julika Rudelius.* Both Låker and Rudelius are concerned with how production and reception is constructed, the boundaries between fiction and truth as well as the differentiations between acting and non-acting. A central question being: is art a realm in which human truths can unfold or is does its designation to the realm of representation pose an inherent contradiction?
Embedded in a tradition of documentary approaches, a central construction to the works in the exhibition is the utilization of the “crisis structure.” The crisis structure can be described as a fabricated situation in which subjects are filmed or recorded participating in a certain activity in which they become completely absorbed. The “crisis structure” has its roots in cinéma vérité and can be witnessed today in the proliferation of reality TV shows and aggressive documentaries. The intended effect of the “crisis structure” is that the subjects become so involved in an activity that they forget the presence of the camera and can then begin to act naturally, allowing for revelation of truth about their behavior and character.
The works included in Ecstatic Truth employ similar techniques and are linked to a tradition of filmmaking that endeavors to achieve a sense of truth or reality. Låker and Rudelius are committed to revealing emotional vulnerability through the means they find necessary.
*Filmed at the Dumbo Arts Center in 2007.
The exhibition, Ecstatic Truth, was made possible in part by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.
DAC would also like to thank Magic Hat Brewery and Yelp for their in kind support.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
You can also see them on our website.
Remember that on February 21st:
5:30PM SPECIAL EVENT
Collecting Art on a Budget: Silent Auctions, Non-Profits and Loving Art
A Talk, by Amy Goldrich
6:00- 8:00PM Auction Party and Raffle
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
A Silent Auction to benefit the Dumbo Arts Center (DAC)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2009
Auction Party and Raffle 6:00- 8:00PM
SPECIAL EVENT from 4:00- 6:00PM
Collecting Art on a Budget: Silent Auctions, Non-Profits and Loving Art
A Talk by Amy Goldrich
Silent Auction art works will be on view and open for bidding in the gallery and online from February 14 through February 21, 2009.
SILENT AUCTION ARTISTS:
Eduardo Tomás Basualdo
David Kennedy Cutler
Gina Fuentes Walker
César GablerJim Gaylord
Karin GiustiRebecca Graves
Christopher K. Ho
Jason Clay Lewis
Paul Miller (D.J.Spooky)
Stephen B. Nguyen
Sarah PetersGary Petersen
Mark TaberBarbara Takenaga
Ian L. Cofre
DAC extends a special thank you to Greg Abel, Amy Goldrich, Andrea Hyde, Carmen Knoebel, Annie Leibovitz, Raphael Miles, Shoko Mizuguchi and Julian Schnabel. DAC would also like to thank the Robert Miller Gallery and Remy Toledo Art Projects.