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.
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
“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.
The Mark of Its Tooth Yashar Gallery
August 23 – September 11, 2019
Reception Friday, August 23 from 6 – 9pm
Featuring: Kelly Olshan (@kellyolshanfineart), Andrew Schwartz (@schwartzstudios), Michael
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 OlshanandAndrew
designer Michael McHaleall 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