Feelin’ superstitious? Come join the guys of Cannonball Press this Friday August 13th for an exhibition of 20-dollar woodcuts and massive woodcut collages. Born Under A Bad Sign is a show not to be missed.
Neo-Pagan World Kings of scruffy musky-pirated black-and-white hillbilly printmaking, New York’s legendary Cannonball Press hits Williamsburg’s 99% Gallery with a huge new pile of limited-edition prints (seriously, they’ve been printing new stuff all summer), two massive woodcut collages of sordid debauchery, and huge new 4×8 foot woodcuts on canvas.
For a solid decade, Martin Mazorra and Mike Houston have been publishing high-quality limited-edition relief cuts for a mere twenty bucks and are proud to represent the following wicken of printmakers: The Amazing Hancock Bros., Ms. Katy Seals, Joseph Velasquez, Prof. Derrick Riley, Bill Fick, Damarak the Destroyer, Meghan O’Connor, Bill “Creeper” McRight, Sean Star Wars, and many more.
The Willoughby Windows Project, curated by Ad Hoc Gallery last summer was a big hit that helped revitalize a downtown block.
A developer who bought the block had made it look ugly by kicking out the mom-n-pop businesses that made their living there, so the street artists made it look super cool by putting art in the windows.
These four talented and insightful Brooklyn students in 4th,5th, and 6th grades made an excellent documentary about the project and it’s impact on the people they met who passed the windows. It is very funny and entertaining. Oh yeah, it’s educational too.
The team really studied the topic and explained why they did the project. Here are some quotes from the documentary, to give you a flavor:
“We decided to make a documentary film about the different stores and that had art in them.”
“We had some questions and we wanted to find out what the general public thought about the art.”
“Personally I think the stores closed because of the economy.”
The documentary includes discussion about the project, how it came about, and interviews with people on the street. Garrison Buxton of Ad Hoc, and one of the featured artists in the project Dennis McNett, are also interviewed. The whole documentary was edited by the class instructor, Sam Bathrick.
Three cheers for after school programs! Three cheers for teachers! Three cheers for these amazing students!!
It’s a great idea to go window shopping these days —as opposed to actual shopping.
Since 70% of the American economy is fueled by shopping instead of manufacturing, we’re all supposed to be doing our patriotic duty accordingly. But sometimes the wallet is bare, bro. And sometimes the local dollar doesn’t stay local.
In yet another case of Street Art improving a community, the Willoughby Windows project in downtown Brooklyn officially opened this weekend with 17 artists, babies, scooters, costumed dancers, a sidewalk DJ, and inquisitive mildly bewildered citizenry slowing down to peek through the glass into artists’ clever minds.
Artist Logan Hicks leans into his multi-layered screenprint piece depicting crowds of New Yorkers on the street. (photo Steven P. Harrington)
A stupendous animal centric 3D installation utilizing the full space of the display window by print expert Dennis McNett can only be appreciated fully in person (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Garrison and Allison Buxton; anchors and visionaries, bring Willoughby Windows to Brooklyn (photo Steven P. Harrington)
In a joint effort with Ad Hoc Gallery and the local BID (Business Improvement District), Garrison Buxton and Allison Buxton and all the Ad Hoc interns have worked tirelessly for a few weeks with artists to install this show behind glass and to revive a moribund block in this sector of retail Brooklyn.
A detailed storyline from Cannonball Press also features a giant old -style cash register (not pictured) that reminds you there once were real businesses and customers here (photo Steven P. Harrington)
At the very least, it’s not so friggin depressing to pass this block on the way to work. At most, it can inspire creative impulses and conversations. Friday’s opening featured many children, gawking families, kooky creative types, chalk games on the side walk, even a feeling of “community”. Huh.
Willoughby Window gazer (photo Jaime Rojo)
In a window display case that featured bagels and home-baked goods, the late afternoon shadows slide across photographs of shadow-tracing by street artist Ellis G. (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Ironically a neighbor to bailout-happy JPMorgan Chase, whose skyscraper casts a shadow over this district of mom and pop businesses displaced by developers, the Willoughby Windows Project gives creative stimulus to the community with a fresh way to think of the shop window.
Stencil artist Chris Stain invokes the imagery of Brooklyn neighbors (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Josh MacPhee brings his Celebrate People's History poster series to this window, creating a patchwork of text and images (photo Steven P. Harrington)
In the wake of boom-era blustery press conferences and erect Powerpoint bar-graphs that fell limp, this project doesn’t bring back the businesses or feed their families, but it does invite a conversation about what a locally created economy means to the people who live here. Pedestrian? Yes, actually. Moribund? No way.