Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hungry for Art about Hunger

Do you live/work near Clinton Hill/Fort Greene?  Do you make art that in some way explores hunger, be it on a physical, spiritual, or social level?  Then get in touch with me!  St. Luke's Lutheran Church (259 Washington Ave, Brooklyn) is teaming up with Pratt to host a salon exploring the concept of "hunger."  The event will happen Thursday, Oct. 25th, 7-10pm and the price of admission is a donation of canned food or toiletries.  Building off of last year's event, the plan is to create connections between local artists, Pratt students/alums, and the neighborhood while helping food pantries and shelters prepare for the winter months.
(from last spring's show where an experimental film was project on the ceiling of the sanctuary)

When:  Thursday, Oct 25., 7pm - 10pm 
Where:  St. Luke's Lutheran Church (259 Washington Ave, Brooklyn) 

For artists who'd like to show work exploring hunger (physical, spiritual, social), please send me by Oct. 19th :
  • Name
  • Pictures of artwork along with title/medium/dimensions and price, if for sale
  • Public contact information
While the event is not primarily designed for selling work, we would like visitors to be able to contact artists about purchasing their art if they so desire.  St. Luke's and Pratt will not ask for a percentage of sales or handle sales logistics.   

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Crossroads and Crosswords

Sometimes the internet does what it's supposed to.  Out of the blue, I received an email from a woman named Margaret from an Anglican church in South Carolina. Turns out she was planning a trip to New York to pick up an old school bus and turn it into a mobile art studio!  A crew of people were coming with her and they wanted to know if they could do some interactive art with me when they were in town. 

Because it was raining when they arrived, I decided we should do a project conceived, by Taylor Spong, whom I met when I did the PVC string sculpture. The premise was simple: use the tiles on the wall of the subway to make a giant crossword puzzle.  This way, instead of having each commuter filling out his or her own newspaper crossword puzzle individually, the subway platform could work as a team to complete the crossword together.  And maybe we could even make the commute just a little bit fun.

As soon as we started taping up the grid for the crossword puzzle, people were intrigued.  At first folks were hesitant to participate or would stick the paper letters to the wall and quickly walk away.  But the South Carolinians turned on their southern charm and soon even the grumpiest New York commuters got into it by arguing with each whether the “world’s most popular pet” is a cat or a dog. 

See how you fare with the subway crossword!  Remember, there’s no internet access underground, just a lot of people from all over the world.

4. Trip at 9; trip at 5
7. Metropolitan on the L  
8. Building blocks of hadrons
9. Most popular pet in the world
12. By any other name smells as sweet
13. “The Bambino”
15. pachyderm
16. Founder of Theatre of the Oppressed
19. Hebrew name meaning “He will laugh”
21. Had a vision of our Lady of Guadalupe
22. Ancient Emperor of Persia
23. Sanskrit word meaning “union”
1. Spanish “palabra” in English
2. A friendly embrace
3. Safe place for wildlife
5. Home continent of Queen Dido and St. Augustine
6. Ten pin
9. End of G
10. Star of Mexican Mural Movement
11. Formerly Edo
14. 3 is 1, 1 is 3
17. All you need is ___
18. Both in the ear and pleasing to it
20. Has 8 protons in its nucleus

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Parable of the Podcast: Ruth

The very first episode of Parable of the Podcast! People called in and shared their stories and thoughts on the first chapter of the Book of Ruth.  From a story about caring for dying man to battling co-dependence, hear where people see Ruth in their lives today.

Next month's podcast will be about Eve, Adam, and the Serpent; the story found in Genesis 3.  Call in and share your stories at 862- 243-2763  (862-2HearMe).

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