Open Studios in Dumbo

I participated in DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk October 1. All of DUMBO’s amazing galleries were open. It included twelve galleries, four neighbourhood spots, and the work of eighteen artists on display.

Water NYC
Water NYC

After dining on the obligatory American/ Italian Pizza Experience at Grimaldi”s,  I went to this on a dark, wet night in Dumbo, Brooklyn, under the bridge and was impressed by what I saw.

Bridge New York
Bridge New York

A lot of the gallery spaces were shiny, commercial enterprises with expensive art hung on the walls. One had a Shepard Fairey, of street art fame, piece that had already been sold, but giving no indication to its price. I also visited artists studios, including the Triangle Residency, who provide a fantastic program to engage in artistic practice in Brooklyn,  for international artists. Whilst many of the galleries were all about selling the work, some were artist run and owned, as they were literally just selling their pieces from their workshops or studios. It gave a valuable insight into the working artists life, in the crowded New York Art Scene, and was inspiring and informative to talk to the actual artist, and not to just to view the end product, in a commercial gallery space.

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
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Popps Packing 

I went to @ open studio last night at Popps Packing, Detroit. I met artist in residence, German photographer, Franziska Klose.
She is based in Leipzig, a German city, home to a thriving creative community.

 Her work looks at how vegetation is growing in abandoned, damaged houses. This shot has chicory growing, an agricultural business my grandparents, Bess and Cuthbert Kiernan, pursued on French Island, circa 1917.

Two Nick Caves

I saw the African American artist, Nick Cave,  exhibit at Cranbrook academy in the ritzy part of town, outside of Detroit.

He makes sounds suits of gathered objects, festoons, feathers,fabricates and fascinates his viewer with these splendiferous creations.

 

 One room room is an installation of boxes with found objects, referencing violence, eg a glass gun, and is a visual, silent comment on race relations in the states .

 


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I hope to see his performance piece of young black detroit youth dancing in his suits.

And yes I did think I was going to see the Australian, Nick Cave, there are two!

 

Paul Borg’s Studio

Paul in studio
Paul in studio
father in law portrait
father in law portrait
portrait
portrait

Today our Victoria University Artspace class, visited Paul Borg‘s studio. Based at home, in St Albans, he runs a workshop and studio out of his converted garage. The yard and surrounds are a plethora of found objects, recycled items and gathered paraphernalia. I got lost several times enroute, the VW’s nose not used to being pointed in a westerly direction. 

Paul Borg
Paul Borg

Inside the studio boasts a cornucopia of work. Vast, skilfully executed oil paintings of his, and surrounding backyards, local landscapes, religious icons, and unique portraiture. An exemplary brushman, he taught at VU Flinders Campus for many years, and showed us a series of drawings he completed on his daily train commute. Application to his craft, long working hours, self discipline, and inspiration from unlikely sources, are all building blocks of his creative practice.

Paul Borg studio visit
Paul Borg studio visit

An informative Q&A session rounded off the interview, and we left his studio feeling privileged to be granted an expose to his  work, specifically the family portraiture, which comprises a large part of his creative practice.

Paul in studio
Paul in studio