BROOKLYN ART STUDIOS & YASHAR GALLERY

BROOKLYN ART STUDIOS & YASHAR GALLERY
BROOKLYN ART STUDIOS IS A COMPLEX OF ARTIST SPACES IN GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN, HOUSING A GROWING ENSEMBLE OF PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, ARTISANS & CREATIVES. OUR ONSITE EXHIBITION SPACE, YASHAR GALLERY, EXCLUSIVELY FEATURES THE WORK OF OUR ARTISTS IN ROTATING MONTHLY SHOWS. WE ALSO HOST SEASONAL OPEN STUDIO EVENTS & PARTICIPATE IN GREENPOINT GALLERY NIGHT WALKS.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sew and the city: Artist makes a skyline in cloth

 

Deeply felt: Textile artist Ann Cofta will show her embroidered cityscapes at Greenpoint’s Yashar Gallery starting on Nov. 2.

She quilt this city!
A local artist has stitched a series of patchwork, pop-art visions of the New York City skyline, which will go on display at a Greenpoint gallery next week. The textile artist behind “You Are Here,” opening at Yashar Gallery on Nov. 2., said that she did not intend to make the Big Apple her muse, but the endless opportunities of the city gave her little choice.
“The city structures have just continued showing up in my art,” said Ann Cofta, a native New Yorker who says that she notices a different facet of her hometown every day.
Brooklynites who visit the gallery show might recognize their own neighborhoods in the embroidered cityscapes, but Cofta, who lives in Queens but works at her studio in Greenpoint, says that she is just as likely to incorporate elements of both boroughs, and the skyline of distant Manhattan, into a single piece, as the inspiration takes her.
“It’s funny because a lot of times I start with a particular place,” she said. “But then, as I am sewing pieces together, it just evolves.”
In addition to her hand-sewn quilts, Cofta also creates Native American–inspired beaded pouches in the shape of city icons, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Wonder Wheel, and the Empire State Building, along with three-dimensional watercolor pieces she calls “tunnel books.”
Water towers are another iconic image that is speckled throughout Cofta’s art. Sometimes the structures serve as the focal point in a piece; in others, they help to make an abstract piece more identifiable as a cityscape.
“It can be very abstract until I put the water tower in,” she said. “It is that structure that makes you say ‘Okay, now we have a skyline.’ ”
“You Are Here” at Yashar Gallery (276 Greenpoint Ave. at Jewel Street in Greenpoint,  
brooklynartstudiosnyc.blogspot.com). www.anncofta.com 
On display Nov. 2–10; Sat–Sun; 1–4 pm. Opening reception Nov. 2; 5–8 pm. Free.
Reach reporter Jessica Parks at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jparks@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @_JessicaParks.

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

UPCOMING AT YASHAR GALLERY


"YOU ARE HERE"

NEW WORKS BY

ANN COFTA

OPENING RECEPTION NOV. 2ND  5-8PM

Show runs Oct 28 through Nov 13


 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

UPCOMING AT YASHAR GALLERY 
 
Opening Friday Sept 20 7-9pm

"ANIMAL VEGETABLE MINERAL ANIMAL"

Curated by Vladimir Maicovski

featuring resident artists
ALLISON MALETZ, MARCUS PIERCE, EVAN HALTER

and guest artist
STEVEN NORTON 

Artist Talk  Oct 10th 8-9pm


 

Monday, August 19, 2019








 UPCOMING AT YASHAR GALLERY
OPENING FRIDAY AUGUST 23 6-9PM


The Mark of Its Tooth
Yashar Gallery
August 23 – September 11, 2019
Opening Reception Friday, August 23 from 6 – 9pm
Featuring: Kelly Olshan (
@kellyolshanfineart), Andrew Schwartz (@schwartzstudios), Michael McHale (@michaelmchaledesigns)
Curated by: Erin Gleason

“Real duration is that duration which gnaws on things, and leaves on them the mark of its tooth.” – Henri Bergson, Creative Evolution, 1911
The Mark of Its Tooth brings together two artists and a lighting designer whose work reveals Bergson’s premise that everything is in time, everything changes inwardly, and that the same concrete reality never repeats. Curated by Erin Gleason, this exhibition at Yashar Gallery will be on view August 23–September 11, 2019, with an opening reception on Friday, August 23 from 6–9 pm. Yashar Gallery is located at 276 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11222.
Artists Kelly Olshan and Andrew Schwartz and lighting designer Michael McHale all examine our relationship with space, time, and materiality through experimental processes and playful juxtapositions that reveal the marks of time’s tooth. Through their processes, each artist honors the internal time of the object while revealing the uniqueness of its moment in the present in order to convey meaning: Olshan uses “artistic waste” and iterative references in her examinations of architectural space, Schwartz uses his body and repurposed objects including bedsheets and pillowcases to create landscapes of color and light, and McHale uses uncanny objects in a utilitarian design to playfully transport the viewer to another time and space—in this instance a chandelier sparks visions of dancing the hustle in a midnight’s summer garden.  
Each artwork is a play between lived time (what Bergson calls duration), memory, and repetition. The artists embrace the fluidity of internal time and object-ness, astutely using abstraction as an inherent part of the process of repetition in order to convey meaning. “Repetition,” Bergson declares, “is only possible in the abstract. [Solely] preoccupied in welding the same to the same, intellect turns away from the vision of time. It dislikes what is fluid, and solidifies everything it touches.” He continues, “We do not think real time. But we live it, because life transcends intellect.” Through their works, these artists turn us toward the vision of time, offering us an opportunity to un-weld ourselves from depending on the intellectual tricks of categorizing the world according to an atemporal sameness and to instead live more playfully and fluidly, leaving our own unique marks.
Erin Gleason

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

UPCOMING AT

YASHAR GALLERY

"BRINN FLAGG"
"NEW WORK"

Stop by the Gallery for 
Live Drawing Every Weekend in the Month of July 
Opening Friday August 2 7-9pm



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

 

STOP BY BROOKLYN ART STUDIOS DURING 
GREENPOINT OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND


ON VIEW OVER 40 RESIDENT ARTISTS WORK

STOP IN & MEET THE ARTISTS IN THEIR SPACES & GET TO KNOW THEM & WHAT INSPIRES THEIR CREATIONS 
(refreshments for all)

Paintings, sculpture, video installations, performance, fire art, mixed media, works on paper 

Stop by Yashar Gallery during the event or from 7-10 PM for the opening reception of 
"THE HORSE PART"
Works by Lenny Reibstein  

Map and Guide at
YASHAR GALLERY
OPENING
 
"THE HORSE PART"
WORKS BY LENNY REIBSTEIN 
 
SATURDAY JUNE 8 
7-10pm 
(Following Greenpoint Open Studios)