"BRIC House," lists many spectacular features. Above, Bay Ridge artist Drew Hamilton created this "Street-Corner project" for the BRIC House gallery space. The baby is mine, but the rest of the set-up is a quarter-scale repro of an actual Bushwick street corner. Below, I try to play the 24 foot lamellophone with Kate, but she's a bit distracted by our company. We're surrounded by creepy puppets, TVs, and music. It was incredible, and is the inaugural "Fireworks" artist residency program. Hopefully a harbinger of much more top-tier artwork to make its way into the neighborhood.
|Armchair Parade is a collaboration between designer / director Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter, Big Fish), musician / composer Mark Stewart (Bang on a Can All-Stars), & filmmaker Ragnar Freidank (The Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn)|
From October 5th through 13th the Rockwell Place Community Garden (behind the rotating BAM sign) hosts a fresh and fun art installation by local artist Dianna Leidel. Community gardens are increasingly seen as alternative art spaces, and this exhibit shows you why. The garden is brimming with life of all kinds, though my untrained eye can only identify some obvious green beans and figs. Various flowers and trees run along a curvey path dotted with small clearings. The plants are obviously well cared for, and as I walked around the garden, it was relaxing even despite the opening night crowd. The art exhibit can be seen as a playful take on typical plant identification signs... like the ones you would find at the nearby Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Liedel installed sixty signs printed on commercial corrogated plastic. They are convincing as oversized didactics, but minus the plant info and long latin label. Seemingly random bits of dialogue or instruction appropriated from books and newspapers alter the usual garden experience. The art turns visitors from traditional garden relaxation into active partners in dialogue with the plants. Open-ended questions and comments hang from brambles and blossoms: "Right now, of course, they are asleep." or, "Tell us a dog story." forced me into an odd relationship with these flowers and saplings. I suppose its not that far off from seeing Little Shop of Horrors, but with the fresh air of a live garden. And the quotes are delightfully ambiguous. I challenged myself to understand each quote in the context of the plant, and looked at them from different angles. How do the leaves look? Does the plant have flowers or fruit, and where are they in relation to the quote? Is the flower male, female, or both... and how old (a question prompted by the feminist quote below)?
|Is this plant a 3rd generation feminist?|
"I wasn't there, or you got someone who says I was?"
"On a surveillance camera everyone looks guilty."