Brooklyn Art Studios and Yashar Gallery

Brooklyn Art Studios and 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.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

'Solo' by James Edwin Hall


by James Edwin Hall

Curated by Sharon R. Reaves, Reaves Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 5, 6-10pm

On View: February 5-23, 2011

By appt only: 415-250-3201

Artist Website:

Image: Filius. Digital archival print. 16"x20". 2009

Reaves Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “SOLO” on Saturday, February 5, 2011. This solitary exhibition features the photography of James Edwin Hall on view through February 23rd.

James Edwin works in street settings, concentrating his efforts in high pedestrian environments. Working with variety of formats (digital, 35mm, and medium format TLR (Twin Lens Reflex)) he is able to create timeless pieces that ensure concentration on the subject and build the integrity of the work.

The timeless appearance is reinforced by the artist’s continuing efforts in cities from the West Coast to Western Europe. Having collected images from San Francisco to the Bible belt of the South, Tennessee, to the archaic scenery of the United Kingdom, the artist frames a plethora of individuals. This breadth of study further enforces the validity of his humanistic theories.

Lastly, all of the imagery put together for the show is of candid nature. By shooting fr
om the hip, sweeping his camera up before a subject’s face, and even concealing his focus with his TLR, the artist maintains the integrity of the human expression.

James Edwin Hall was born and raised in the United Kingdom in Manchester. He moved to the United States at age 11 to the state of Tennessee. He received his education at the University of Tennessee, where he graduated with a B.A. in Studio Arts with a concentration in photography.

He has been living in New York since 2008 continuing his photographic candid street portrait series and seeking inspiration for his continuing abstract figurative paintings. He works and lives in Brooklyn.

His work has been exhibited in galleries in Tennessee and New York, including the 2007 ‘Elixir’ show at the EWING Gallery in which he won Best Undergraduate Entry for his work. His work has also been featured in the Phoenix Literary/Arts Magazine, and online in BBC’s Portrait of Great Britain.

The opening reception for “SOLO” will take place from 7-10pm on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Yashar Gallery, 276 Greenpoint Avenue, Bldg. 8, Ground Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11222. The exhibition will run through February 23rd.

Yashar Gallery
276 Greenpoint Avenue, Bldg. 8, Ground Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11222

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Prince George Art Show opening night party...

From Time Out New York...

Prince George Art Show opening night party

Critics' Pick

The Prince George
Friday, January 14, 2011, 6-9pm
15 E 27th St (between Fifth and Madison Aves)
(212) 471-0870
Subway: N, R, 6 to 28th St
Get directions

Drink, schmooze and peep the work of such contemporary talents as David Pettibone (artwork featured above) and Michael Alan at the soiree. You can also take in some awesomely bizarre performances; watch as topless ladies draw using only their toes, and artist Valmonte Sprout creates paintings with Crayola crayons that she’s chewed up.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cupcakes and Concrete: Paintings by Brinn Flagg

Nanny Extraordinaire, 2010, Acrylic on paper, 33 x 50 in.

Cupcakes and Concrete
New paintings by Brinn Flagg

On view: January 7- 26, 2011

Opening reception: Friday, January 7, 6 – 9 PM

Imagine being a mother, day in and day out, at 23 years old and the child is not yours. Brinn Flagg has done just that for a year and a half now. With her job title as nanny, she has painted portraits of herself and a child that has shared specific experiences with her. She works from multiple photographs to create her compositions, while also establishing imaginative settings to enliven the difficult or frustrating times. A tense or challenging situation can be made humorous, whimsical, or playful when unique settings are created for the paintings. The narratives relived in the work are seen as her quest to exaggerate a mood through color, pattern and cool fashion.

The paintings on exhibit at Yashar Gallery are a reaction to being a full-time nanny, since graduating college. They explore the emotional undertaking in caring for an infant, not being able to meet new people and dealing with lack of creativity in the job. Coming to terms with the job, the strife has now informed the work. The inventive settings and fanciful outfits have invoked a comical outlook on the role of "surrogate mother". 'Cupcakes and Concrete' is a new series of paintings based on making light of the struggles people her age face. Brinn Flagg's paintings have been exhibited in group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the Ise Cultural Foundation in New York; the Copley Society of Art in Boston; the Turchin Center in North Carolina; and the Galleria Sotoportego in Venice, Italy.

Ms. Flagg is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She received a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and was published in Studio Visit magazine. She lives and works in Greenpoint and has recently left childcare to pursue other goals.

Yashar Gallery
276 Greenpoint Avenue, Bldg. 8, Ground Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11222

Brinn Flagg