Beginning in March 2014, poet Terence Degnan curates and hosts “How to Build a Fire: Advancing the Oral Tradition”, a storytelling series at Open Source Gallery, which takes place on the last Thursday of every month through March of 2015.
New York City has seen its share of storytelling series over the years. From The Moth, to Long Story Long, to How I Learned, and everything-in-between, New Yorkers have been upholding the “spoken tradition” since the inception of the boroughs, themselves.
In How to Build a Fire, Terence Degnan explores the course of the narrative, not only as it is heard, but also as it experiences its reiterations.
The title lends itself to two binding concepts: That language, in its primitive forms, must have been used to “pass on” the vital information of fire-starting from one generation to the next; that one story can bind an audience and possibly bolster our common threads.
Each months sees four storytellers (or stories), who will weave tales, ad hoc. Playwrights, actors, poets, bartenders, artists, doctors, social workers, psychologists, barbers, skaters, politicians, and community members from all walks of life will be asked to tell their pivotal tales. Storytellers are not asked to memorize and recite their accounts. “Truth” is not empirical to the stories themselves, as many truths bend with time, and many stories surprise their tellers. Some stories may be told by dual participants in alternating dialogue (spouses, siblings, etc.), whom lived them out; to explore how many narratives can have complex, and oftentimes hilarious, truths.
Storytellers invite their friends, kindred workmates, and families to come listen. In this manner, the oral tradition has an opportunity to advance. An audience is an intricate member of our modern-day folktales. What an audience hears, a borough can know. What a borough knows can become a thread in our braided history, if we tell it well.
Terence Degnan is a poet in Brooklyn. He sometimes edits books of poems for Sock Monkey Press. He’s published a book, and written and released a play. His voice can be heard in a few spoken word albums released in 2006 and 2008. Another book of poems by Terence, entitled “Still Something Rattles” will be released in 2014. He lives in Park Slope with his wife and daughter.
If you have a good story to tell, and would like to participate, contact the gallery for more details.
April 26th, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Join Fuse-Works for a book launch for Carts and Rafts by Celeste Fichter
also congratulate Matt Richards on his new book
and check out a useful new multiple by Christina Kelly and Maddalena Polletta
“A picture shows me at a glance what it takes dozens of pages of a book to expound.” – Ivan Turgenev
Join us this Saturday April 26th at Open Source Gallery for drinks, multiples and books at a party celebrating Carts and Rafts by Celeste Fichter published by Fuse Works, a new “sketchbook” by Matt Richards and a multiple by Christina Kelly and Maddalena Polletta.
Fuse Works is pleased to announce the publication of Carts and Rafts a new book by Celeste Fichter. Fichter’s new book uses found imagery culled from the internet. The resulting collection of transportation-related pairings include all manner of carts (golf, ice cream, shopping) and rafts (inflatable, log, of the Medusa). Fichter’s pictorial slapstick contains a covert object lesson. The diptych pairs created by the book’s spreads summon pre-linguistic associations, like cognitive portmanteaus, or a psycho-visual Esparanto. Witness, for example, an image pairing in which a familiar blue “Granny” cart against a white background faces a blue bikini-clad model reclining on a blue inflatable pool raft. The two images are carefully color-matched, but that simple equivalence belies a rabbit warren of potential relationships. Certainly the association of this cart with old ladies and groceries is in deliberate contrast with the youthful sexuality of the cavorting model. But what of the cart’s slender rails, do they not parallel the blue bikini worn by the model which conceals so little? And yet the cart is empty, it’s rails conceal nothing. Is this a suggestion in relation to the sexuality of the model or the geriatric associations of the cart? And what of the raft and the pool? Other pairings are less hermetic, as when a still from the film “Jaws” of a boy on a raft is paired with a white cart labeled “Ice Cream”. “Ice Cream” quickly becomes “I Scream” in proximity to “Jaws”, though the pun is easy to miss. In Fichter’s handling, it may at first seem that photographs have a similar currency as the clever “click bait” entertainment available on the internet. But the snap and spark beneath the surface is there, creating a currency far greater than the proverbial thousand words. Fichter’s Carts and Rafts will be available Saturday, Fichter will be on hand to sign and dedicate copies. Other titles by Fichter will be available including her new and equally stellar Inactivity Book.
If Lost Please Return to Matt Richards is a sketchbook full of the daily drawings of Matt Richards, who is an artist who haunts New York City as it haunts him. Images made on the subway studying his fellow strap-hangers are interspersed with more fantastical and sometimes twisted musings. If Lost… can be had in one of two ways. The standard edition of If Lost… is signed by Richards. The deluxe edition features an original drawing on the last page and is dedicated to the purchaser by Richards. Richards will be on hand to dedicate and vandalize copies of his book.
New York is quickly approaching the one year anniversary of the roll-out of Citibike. The highly branded bikes have proven quite popular and the response to their impact on city life has been overall positive. Now Christina Kelly and Maddalena Polletta have produced a multiple which allows users of the Citibikes to circumvent the brand, dispensing with the discomfort it may cause to cyclists who are also thinking people. As Kelly reminds us: “Citibank is, after all, one of the big banks that misled investors on exposure to subprime mortgages and used Federal bailout funds for bonuses.” Citibank’s logo appears five times on each of the 6000 bikes. To avoid publicizing the bank while cycling, Kelly and Polletta have produced removable City stickers that obscure the crucial part of the logo. After the ride the sticker is removed and the bike resumes its function as the advertisement that Citibank is entitled to through its sponsorship. The set includes four City stickers to cover the Citibank logo on the wheel and frame, and one Citybike sticker to cover the front basket.
A bronze casting workshop will be offered in conjunction with Some Assembly Required.
Learn bronze casting via the “Luted-crucible” method. Piers Watson will teach a workshop in the method, that differs from all other bronze casting methods, in that it can be done with natural materials; no refined materials of any kind are needed. Watson learned the technique in India and has perfected it at his studio near Toulouse.
The method is described by Katherine F. Hacker in her article “Traveling Objects: Brass Images, Artisans, and Audiences”: “…Small [clay] bowls…are filled with scrap metal, and then attached directly to the clay-coated wax forms…At the end of the firing process when the craftsman takes each object out of the fire, he quickly inverts it, allowing the molten metal to run down into the cavity created by the lost wax.”
The workshop will involve three short classes during which students will sculpt their wax models and prepare them for casting. The final class will take place outside the city (carpooling can be arranged) during which Watson will oversee the casting of the students’ pieces in a wood-fired foundry constructed expressly for this workshop. Each student will make one bronze artwork weighing 150- 300 grams (the weight of the final cast object will depend on the number of students participating in the workshop).
The workshop will take place the evenings of February 11th, 12th, 13th at Open Source Gallery from 7-9pm. The final casting will take place Saturday, February 15th in upstate New York. Contact Ethan Crenson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Limit 12 students.
Cost of the workshop is $175 and includes materials. Downpayment is $50.
The workshop is currently full. To be placed on the waiting list please email Ethan Crenson
Contact Ethan Crenson for more information.
Jan 30th, 7:30 pm
We are pleased to announce the screening of LUCKY, a documentary by Laura Checkoway.
Spanning five years on the streets of NYC, this intimate story of survival follows Lucky Torres, a homeless mother masked in tattoos who longs to rise from a life of darkness.
December 8: 6pm -10pm
Each year in December we host a fundraiser for Open Source Gallery.
This year’s fundraiser will include an art auction, which artist Miho Suzuki has initiated. All proceeds from the art auction will go to Open Source’s general fund, which allows us to provide year-round exhibitions, lectures, and events for the public.
This year’s fundraiser will be on December 8, 2013.
6pm: Doors open, bidding starts.
7pm: Dinner starts, bidding continues.
Tickets are $40.00 with dinner and drinks included.
RSVP at: email@example.com
The following artists have donated work:
images of some of the artwork
Thursday Oct 24th, 6-9pm
Come along to the Identity Workshop on Oct 24th at Open Source Gallery!
idBrooklyn is a large-scale design project aimed at creating the graphic identity of Brooklyn through your participation.
An idBrooklyn workshop is an informal group exploration of what Brooklyn means to you. Anything goes. A song, a childhood memory, an anecdote from this morning, a joke, a doodle—there’s no wrong answer.
As Brooklynites and Brooklyn-lovers, idBrooklyn wants to tap into the borough´s pulse and make it the world’s first community branded by participatory design. There goal is to create simple and attractive icons that will visually explain the unique cultural facets of Brooklyn. They want this graphic identity to be something enjoyed by all, not an abstract logo that says nothing and that nobody can relate with.
idBrooklyn is a group of artists and icon-designers who also happen to be branding professionals. They are experts in iconic and cultural branding and have designed for everything from the iconic identity of Argentina the cultural identity of Berlin.
Photo by Miho Suzuki
Miho Suzuki’s sentiment of ‘kids at play’ and ‘spontaneous theater’ are the concepts behind “me, us, (play)”. Theater and performance is deeply rooted in a sense of play. Such processes like Drama in Education tap into the notion that play is considered a significant learning medium for children, with effects seen in literacy development and social interactions. This live performance merges and diverges from the exhibition ‘Our Children Today’. The performers re-create Suzuki’s images from the book in real time. They aim to tap into the spontaneous playful worlds of children by exploring how these worlds are inhabited by adults. The notion of spontaneity is explored in real time. Yet the contradiction is that the sense of play is contrived for the theatrical event.
Our question then is, how is the “play” interpreted when it is performed by adults?
In Conjunction with Our Children Today Margaret Leng Tan will give a concert on toy piano and toy instruments on Friday, October 18th at 7.30 pm. Don’t miss this unique performance by Park Slope resident and “queen of the toy piano” (The New York Times)!
Suggested donation is $15 at the door. For reservations please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Margaret Leng Tan
Photo by Michael Dames
Margaret Leng Tan has established herself as a major force within the American avant-garde as a visionary pianist whose work sidesteps perceived artificial boundaries within the usual concert experience and creates a new level of communication with listeners.
Embracing aspects of theater, choreography, performance and even “props” such as the teapot she “plays” in Alvin Lucier’s Nothing is Real, Tan has brought to the avant-garde, a measure of good old-fashioned showmanship tempered with a disciplinary rigor inherited from her mentor John Cage. This has won Tan acceptance far beyond the norm for performers of avant-garde music, as she is regularly featured at international festivals, records often for adventurous labels such as Mode and New Albion and has appeared on American public television, at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
The collaboration between Margaret Leng Tan’s toy piano performance and Miho Suzuki’s photography is meant to create a surreal and nostalgic experience that will touch the audience as they are swept away by the magic of the toy piano.
Nicole Hefner Callihan
and special guest youth poet:
Hosted by: Scott Adkins
October 26th and 27th: 2-6pm
Performance/play with participants on Halloween, Location to be determined.
Workshop with Children 8-50 years old. Maximum 8 kids.
Free, but RSV with subject line “The Tittanno Beast vs The Super Force”.
The collective known as “The Tittanno Beast vs The Super Force” will be offering a monster and robot costume making workshop. We will help those who are participating in the workshop to create monster and robot costumes that are influenced by Japanese Giant monster movies, Power Rangers, and Japanese animation made from cardboard and other recycled materials. The costume making workshop will take place both the Saturday and the Sunday before Halloween. The participants are invited to be involved in a street performance involving the costumes that we have created and noise making sonic swords that are created by Ethan Crenson which will take place around at 8 pm on Halloween night.
My Stripes | Images | cv | press release April 23rd – May 5th, 2014 Opening Reception: April 23rd, 7-9pm Arne Schreiber, #484Z, 2014, Chalk Paint, 50x50com For “Your Stripes,” Schreiber’s floor drawing uses both the private, indoor space, as well as the public, outdoor space of the gallery as a reference upon which to […]
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