Taking Heart in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction at Equity Gallery
Oct
13
to Nov 25

Taking Heart in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction at Equity Gallery

Taking Heart is a joint exhibition by painter Jason Bryant and photographer Charles Cohen.

In this collaborative show, Bryant presents paintings of Cohen’s photographs of the iterations of four advertisements as they appeared throughout the New York City subway system. Cohen has created photographic copies of copies and Bryant has created photo-realistic, original paintings of Cohen’s copies. The process itself asks the often ignored question, what is an original?

While Cohen and Bryant direct us to Walter Benjamin’s landmark essay, Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction, as the conceptual basis, they consider it an entry point to diverse cultural insights into socio economics, gender, celebrity, humor and violence.

October 13 - November 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13, 6 - 8 PM

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Order/Disorder at The Yard: Gowanus
Oct
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Order/Disorder at The Yard: Gowanus

Porter Advisory is pleased to present Order/Disorder, a group exhibition with Charlotte Corini, Andrea DeFelice, Spring Hofeldt and TJ Volonis. This exhibition will be on view from October 21, 2017 through February 23, 2018 at the recently launched new location of The Yard, Gowanus, 157 13th Street, Brooklyn at Third Avenue. A launch party for the space and opening reception with the artists will be held Tuesday, October 17, 6 - 9 PM.

In coordination with the launch of The Yard’s new workspace in Gowanus, Jessica L. Porter, independent curator and arts advisor, has brought together four artists local to the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Each of the artists--Charlotte Corini, Andrea DeFelice, Spring Hofeldt and TJ Volonis--balances order and disorder within each piece. Corini balances spatial depth and color to appreciate the perception of proportion and geometry in each of her paintings. DeFelice moves between and/or combines forms of media from mechanical sculptures, hacked and re-built to be autonomous or interactive to video, digital art, and code-driven works, using motion, effects, and interactivity to bridge perceptions of reality with those of illusion. Hofeldt offers a unique offbeat vision to the familiar through her orderly paintings capturing the whimsical, the critical and the beautiful in a simple setting. Volonis, by creating natural shapes---stars, planets, treelines--through copper, reconstructs each element into a distorted version of its counterpart.

“For a neighborhood [Gowanus] going through great change I thought it was important to take these local artists and represent some of that order and chaos that is part of a neighborhood in flux” says curator, Jessica L. Porter. The combination of the works of these four artists cultivate symmetry with The Yard’s new workspace to merge a changing neighborhood.

Order/Disorder will be on view through February 23, 2018 and part of Gowanus Open Studio weekend on Saturday, October 21, 10 - 3 PM.

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