Delve Networking #5 at Brooklyn Art Space

Our last DELVE Networking event of 2013 was a great one on November 21st. We were really happy to host the event at Brooklyn Art Space's (BAS) Trestle Gallery in our neck of the woods, the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. We really appreciate BAS since their mission is to help artists and create community, just like what drives our DELVE events. In addition they provide affordable studio space, workshops and great things like open critiques. They are a great resource.

Artist  Gina Beavers  

Artist Gina Beavers 

Our two guest speakers for the night really inspired the crowd with their work, sense of humor and insightful look into their professional paths as artists. First, Gina Beavers, a talented painter and teacher, talked about different projects and techniques in her work, and what she uses for inspiration, such as images sourced from the internet. Gina is based in Brooklyn, NY and has a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from the University of Virginia, an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College. She has an extensive exhibition record and let everyone know that her first big shows developed from what we were all there in the room to do: networking.  That has led to reviews in the New York Times, Artforum, The New Yorker and Modern Painters, among others. Her work is smart and incredibly painted, and we were really excited to hear more about her process. 

Annica Lydenberg of  Dirty Bandits 

Annica Lydenberg of Dirty Bandits 

It was great to see the path of Annica Lydenberg from Dirty Bandits through a fun journey in pictures of how she got started and found her true passion: type. Annica is a Brooklyn-based designer, illustrator and screen printer with a deep obsession with type as art.  Each word she draws is treated as image in and of itself rather than a word rendered in a particular font. She works with screen printing, painting and pen and ink, pulling stylistic influence from an ever growing library of found type. Annica started as a designer and was brave enough to show us some really, really (hilarious) early work from her commercial design career so we could see just how far she has come. Always a self-starter, she sells her work on-line and in local stores, has trained with professional sign painters in San Francisco and is working on some really cool projects. You will definitely want to follow her on Instagram to get your daily dose of witty, gorgeously painted words and keep up with all she has going on.

Check out some more photos and below and be sure to join us for January's DELVE event. Sign up for our mailing list to learn more. Thanks to our speakers, Brooklyn Art Space and all of the creative forces in attendance. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Five Alive- Krista Saunders and Jill Benson of Ground Floor Gallery

On today's Five Alive, where we ask people we admire five questions about their creative lives, we are featuring the two lovely, energetic owners of Ground Floor Gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn: Krista Saunders and Jill Benson.

Krista Saunders

Krista Saunders

Jill Benson

Jill Benson

Ground Floor Gallery is a welcome addition to the New York area because it connects local, emerging artists to residents of Brooklyn and beyond through curated solo and group exhibitions of original, affordable art. Their welcoming space at 343 5th Street (off 5th Avenue) is the second project by these two long-time collaborators. They were behind the G-Train Salon, a roving curatorial platform of living-room exhibitions by emerging artists, all taking place off G-Train stops between Brooklyn and Queens from 2009-2012. Now their permanent gallery space is making it easy for everyday New Yorkers to buy great work for their spaces, as well as supporting talented artists. 

Take a glimpse into their worlds below, and be sure to stop by the gallery!

What is your favorite art making tool? 
‪Krista: Pen and paper! I love to take notes during studio/gallery/museum visits or anytime I have an idea about a cool show to curate.

Jill: For curating, Open Studios are the best for seeing as many new artist's work at once. I am always amazed by the diversity. Sometimes one artist will stand out, and we will work a show around them.

What music/band/artist are you listening to the most right now?
Krista: Sade. Eminem.

Jill: I'm into contemporary Indian and 'Radio Paradise' online radio out of California.

‪Where do you go for peace and quiet?
Krista: A museum.  If I’m in Florida, my parents’ house.

Jill: A run in Prospect Park. The Catskills.

Where is your next dream travel destination?
Krista: Back to Turkey or an African safari.

Jill: A riad in Morocco and the desert.

Is there a color or palette that you are drawn to?
Jill: I am really drawn to blacks and grays because I find it so interesting to see how artists find texture within those confines of color. But I really love all color!

Krista: Definitely.  I find that I love to mix coral and gray. Gray is my favorite color and best with a bright accompaniment.  And like Jill, I really love all colors!

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October's shows

October 3-5: BRIC opens in downtown Brooklyn! There are 3 days of free programs to celebrate the opening of their new facilities on Fulton Street, which include a flexible performance space, a 3,000 square foot gallery, artist studios, a public access TV center, a cafe, and much more!

Through October 13: Cary Liebowitz at Invisible Exports

Installation view of  Julian Pretto Gallery  at Minus Space, courtesy of  Minus Space

Installation view of Julian Pretto Gallery at Minus Space, courtesy of Minus Space

Through October 26: Julian Pretto Gallery: Historical works by 45 artists at Minus Space.  Julian Pretto ran many galleries in New York from the 1970s-1990s. He died of AIDS in 1995. "He put a lot of art into circulation and helped dozens of artists. Some scored big; others are all but forgotten. Many of the names in the show are likely to be unfamiliar. Let’s hope plenty of artists—and dealers—stop by and pick up on some of the rich material that he championed." –Gallerist (review by Andrew Russeth)

October 19: Between the Door and the Street  by Suzanne Lacey and Creative Time: "On October 19, some 300 women and a few men–all selected to represent a cross-section of ages, backgrounds, and perspectives–will gather on the stoops along a residential street in Brooklyn, where they will engage in unscripted conversations about a variety of issues related to gender politics today. Wander among the groups, listen to what they are saying, and form your own opinions!" 

Opens October 2: Chris Burden: Extreme Measures at the New Museum, the first New York survey of the performance artist-turned-sculptor's work.

Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800, at the Metropolitan Museum, not only promises to be a display of dazzling patterns and textures, but also is a great example of contextualizing a museum's collection: be prepared for a fascinating history lesson.

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Five Alive- Sam Cohen

We thought it would be fun to ask people we admire 5 questions to get a glimpse into what they're currently into.

Today we chatted with Sam Cohen from one of our favorite bands, Yellowbirds.  Before he started playing with his band (drummer Brian Kantor, vocalist/bassist Annie Nero, and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman), he had a musical project called Apollo Sunshine. Yellowbirds' new album, Vanished Frontier, is laden with "spectral harmonies and backmasked voices, decorative percussion and interwoven textures," plus they have some great videos you can watch below. We can't get enough if it. 

Get a glimpse into Sam's world below. Thanks, Sam!

Sam Cohen of  Yellowbirds , courtesy of Sam himself

Sam Cohen of Yellowbirds, courtesy of Sam himself

What is your favorite art making tool?

I'm a pretty serious dork when it comes to gear, so it's hard to pick just one, but it'd probably have to be Lefler, my classical guitar.  I bought it in a pawn shop in San Francisco about 5 or 6 years ago, and it's been there for about 90% of the songs I've written since.

What music/band/artist are you listening to the most right now?

I've been pretty psyched on the music my friends are making right now.  The other Yellowbirds finished a record recently of songs by Josh and Annie with Brian on drums, and I've been wearing that out (proverbially, it's not physical yet).  I'm working on a record with the band, Mesiko, right now, too, and I can't get enough of them.  Productive time!

Where do you go for peace and quiet? 

I take my dog, Bozo, down to Greenpoint's "Nature Walk", which my wife, Sarah, more aptly dubbed "Rodchenko Park", because you walk through a long narrow path of concrete angles that smack of Russian Constructivism.  Eventually, the nature part is revealed amidst barges of smashed cars and the water treatment plant.  Needless to say, nobody goes there.

Where is your next dream travel destination?

I'd like to travel the entire world, and I'd like it to be because people everywhere want to listen to my friends and I play, and I'd like to also have at least one day off everywhere, and I'd like for Sarah and Bozo to be there too.

Is there a color or palette that you are drawn to? 

I like seeing multiple shades of the same color.  Haven't narrowed it down to one or two.


From the album "Songs From The Vanished Frontier" (2013, Royal Potato Family). Video by Sarah Lynn Graves and Sam Cohen.

From the new album, Yellowbirds 'Songs From The Vanished Frontier', out May 28 on the Royal Potato Family label. Directed and Animated by Sam Cohen with Artwork by Kara Smith 

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Gowanus Project + Wednesday Facebook Give-Away

We are busy at the studio today working on a new project about one of our favorite neighborhoods in Brooklyn: Gowanus. 

Stay tuned-- this Wednesday, September 25th, a lucky winner will have the chance to win one of these special objects and have it mailed straight to their doorstep. To qualify and enter the drawing, like us on Facebook!

For now, here is a sneak peek: 

A little glimpse into our project.

A little glimpse into our project.

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Friday Links- September 20

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Taking Leaps at 3rd Ward, Delve Networking #2


On Tuesday, April 23, we were happy to host our second DELVE Networking event at 3rd Ward in Bushwick, Brooklyn. If you’re not familiar with 3rd Ward, it has become a staple for New York City creatives and freelancers. You can take classes and workshops on almost anything (urban gardening to oil painting to business development), and their new event space often hosts free events such as ours. This place offers a way to engage with a creative community around Brooklyn.

Our DELVE events are ways for creative individuals to show up to a fun spot, hear some inspiring speakers, have some drinks and meet others. We were so happy to meet so many new faces. The night started off with some presentations by our guest speakers: Molly DilworthRob deOude, Enrico Gomez, and Dan Teran. Each person offered new insight into the art world and their personal paths but a few currents connected their disparate projects: taking risks and creating community.

Molly Dilworth is an artist who started painting rooftops around New York for the Google Earth Satellites in 2009, all with donated and free materials. After winning a competition, her vision on rooftops translated to the ground when she painted Times Square in New York City. By taking us through her recent history of the past ten years or so, Molly spelled out the trajectory of how she got into making such massive public works. Her work is really inspiring and her latest piece is open now at the James Hotel in Soho on permanent display!


Dan Teran, the creative director at Artsicle, told us about how he got involved with the contemporary art world, having come from a law background. Through friends and following his interests, he found himself shaping the growth of an important new venture. Artsicle has handpicked hundreds of New York based artists to rent and sell their work online, forgoing the traditional gallery model. They help artists find buyers who want to have work hanging in their homes or offices. This is all original work that helps support the artists directly. Dan also announced some new steps for Artsicle coming up, where artists will be able to build their own sites for selling their work and they will extend outside of New York.

Rob de Oude and Enrico Gomez have both been in the Williamsburg/Bushwick area for a number of years. Both talented artists, they walked us through the formation of Camel Arts Space, now closed, in Williamsburg to the creation of  Parallel Art Spacein Bushwick. By asking friends and acquaintances to show work that they liked, they created an active, alternative exhibition space. As they said, it took a lot of hard work and asking the artists who were showing work to take leaps of faith with them. After running into landlord and building issues in the former building that housed Camel Art Space, they moved to the famous Troutman building in Bushwick where they have now created Parallel Art Space. Enrico and Rob had a lot more control in building the gallery space they wanted, in addition to keeping their own studio spaces in an adjacent room. Their current, and first solo, exhibition is by an artist whom they fervently admire. By taking the steps to show what they think is important and worthwhile, they create opportunities for other artists to show work, meet each other, add value to the art world in Brooklyn and beyond, and create a dialog that is all about the work.

And what last Tuesday’s event showed us, it is all about the work and creating community. Check out photos below!

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