GO! Brooklyn Art Open Studios

Round Robin Collective members Mary Billyou, Caroline Burghardt, and Christopher Rose are opening their studios to the public this weekend, Sept 8th - 9th from approximately 11am-7pm both days. Find their studios via their artist pages here: http://gobrooklynart.tumblr.com/ 
You may also register to vote for your favorite artists, and download their nifty app! The winning artist gets a show at the Brooklyn Museum. Check it out!



curated by audra wolowiec
june 8 – 21, 2012

soapbox gallery 
636 dean street 
brooklyn, ny 11238 

opening reception  friday, june 8, 6-8pm 

works by  adam overton, austin thomas, caroline woolard, elana mann, emcee c.m.,  g douglas barrett,  gary schultz,  huong ngo,  las hermanas,  lisa young,  man bartlett,  mary billyou,  melanie manos,  mimi cabell,  naomi miller,  nina horisaki-christens,  sal randolph,  seth weiner,  shanti grumbine,  sophie barbasch,  steve roden,  temporary services. 

soapbox gallery is pleased to announce re/spond/re/peat, a group exhibition that brings together artists and artist groups working across disciplines from performance, sound, and print media, all of whom invite dialog through incorporating language in the form of text or speech. 

using the idea of the soapbox as a starting point, the artists will ask the viewer to become an active participant by extending an invitation to respond or repeat to the works on view. from take-away works on paper, audio and live performances, to books and business cards, these experimental actions will subtly diverge from the historic use of the soapbox as site for political address, creating a more intimate platform for exchange. the individual act of 
making will be shifted into the realm of the collective, drawing us towards a poetic activism. each piece will be documented and included in an independent publication at the end of the exhibition. 

audra wolowiec is an interdisciplinary artist based in brooklyn, new york. her work explores the physical and ephemeral nature of communication, allowing experiences that merge the sensory with the conceptual. for more information, please contact audra.wolo@gmail.com

the soapbox gallery is an experimental project space dedicated to providing a forum for visual artists to engage in the issues of our time and express themselves publicly without censorship. in the tradition of the humble yet mighty soapbox that encouraged free speech and played a role in the development of our social contract, provocative work can stir public debate, raise consciousness, and even spur social evolution. www.soapboxgallery.org 

hours  wednesday - thursday 2-7pm  /  saturday - sunday 1-6pm  /  and by appointment 


Tomorrow Williamsburg: 6pm Panel on Arts + Economic Development

FREE FOOD! ...with Councilman Steven Levin:
Arts in Economic Development Flyer


Greenpoint Community Meeting Tomorrow!

Wednesday, Mar. 21, 6:30 PM
Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave.

An open invitation to Greenpoint residents to discuss how to use the ExxonMobil environmental community-benefits settlement. An important meeting for artists, designers, and young advocates in particular to contribute ideas and be part of imagining the future of the neighborhood. 

Think of sites that could be transformed and ways of using the money that could benefit sustainability, connectivity, urban design quality, and help build a better neighborhood. 

Let's stick around and have a beer after, or head over to Lomzynianka for blintzes and borscht. 

In attendance: NY State Representatives, Enviro-Sciences Engineering ("ESE": the independent community outreach consultant), and the Greenpoint Community Advisory Panel ("CAP").  



Journey Into Darkness

Journey Into Darkness: Films by Kerry Laitala
March 10, 7 pm
Arts@Renaissance (former Greenpoint Hospital)
2 Kingsland Ave.
Basement Level

Using techniques gleaned from early cinema and animation, San Francisco-based filmmaker Kerry Laitala's work is a kaleidoscopic array of imagery and optical alchemy. Ranging from hand-made films to performances, installations and sculptural works, her projects explores cinema's relationship to sex and death, illness and illusion, lies and lyricism. On March 10th, at the former Greenpoint Hospital, Laitala will present Journey into Darkness, films with medicine and madness as a theme. The program includes Secure the Shadow..., a "meditation on disintegration and mortality" using Victorian era medical photography; Out of the Ether, a dizzying exploration of institutions and infection; Awake but Dreaming, an uncanny, alchemical constellation of image and sound made and processed in a former youth prison.

Laitala writes: Experimental film encourages the viewer to engage with and have a dialogue with the screen. Like pieces of a puzzle the viewer is encouraged to actively participate with what they see on an intellectual level. But why does a film need to be understood or explained? It only needs to be experienced as one would experience a painting or sculpture.

This is a rare East Coast visit from a regular participant in the New York Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival!


Greenpointer's Gallery Tour

We're on the tour along with friends Camel Art Space, Fowler Arts Collective, + Ugly Art Room.

Come EARLY to check out the installations + see fantastic filmmaker Kerry Laitala, who will be screening her Journey Into Darkness at 7pm (she's coming all the way from San Francisco)!



Hospitality = photos of the events!




AUDIO LIGHT LEAP, Wednesday, February 29, 7-10 pm

With works by Caroline Burghardt + Amanda Tiller, David B. Smith, and Audra Wolowiec
Arts@Renaissance, 2 Kingsland Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (off Graham L stop)

Double Oval Fantasy presented by David B. Smith. This piece layers Bob Ross's monotone yet supportive voice with two spotlights that shift hue and position according to his use of paint. The image from the 200th episode of The Joy of Painting is removed, opening a space of possibility and imagination. The large room, filled with Ross' voice triggering shifting colored lights provides a chance for meditation on creativity, positivity, and loss.

Listening Loops presented by Audra Wolowiec
What does it sound like to listen? Can you hear someone hearing?
Interdisciplinary artist Audra Wolowiec will present a participatory event that explores listening through altered medical devices. This experiment in connective listening both join and separate while allowing participants to hear internal sounds just below the surface.

To Be Determined: Caroline Burghardt and Amanda Tiller present a mash-up collage musical movie, the narrative of which is drawn from classic Disney romances. The original songs will be replaced with well-known songs taken from other live-action musical movies. This video performance is a revision of our childhood notions of love seen through our jaded adult eyes. Audience members are encouraged to join in and sing along. BYOB encouraged, popcorn provided.
(screening at 8:30 & 9:30 pm)


A-Maize-ing Grain: Sunday, February 26, 12-4 pm

2 Kingsland Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (off Graham L stop)

Suko Presseau, farm-educator for McEnroe Organic Farms in upstate NY, along with Caroline Burghardt present a family friendly food and crafts day that will explore Maize (corn) through a variety of hands-on activities. There will be information on the history of the cultivation and use of corn; activities of grinding cornmeal through traditional and contemporary techniques; cooking and eating corn cakes; an interactive cornfield landscape drawing with scarecrow which will be used as a photographic backdrop and as an education tool to discuss farming; and a coloring area with corn-themed pages. Children welcome with parental supervision as well adults who like corn and farms!


30 – 30 Vision

At 7pm Thurs March 1st, 2012, Round Robin Collective will present 30-30 Vision, a program of experimental films and videos exploring medicine's charged relationship to the body. Showing work by both mature and emerging filmmakers, the works delve into fantasies surrounding photography's proximity to rational study, the social structures control, and left-over institutional spaces of empty corridors and rooms. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Caitlin Berrigan, Katherin McInnis, and Mary Billyou will be in attendance for conversation afterward.
Program is as follows:

Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained, Martha Rosler, 1977 (shown as a loop)
1-9, Mary Billyou, 2008
Concoctions, Caitlin Berrigan, 2004
Underexposed: The Temple of the Fetus, Kathy High, 1994
Shelter, Katherin McInnis, 2012
Sanctus, Barbara Hammer, 1990

TRT: 105 mins.
Near the Graham Ave. L subway stop.
This screening is supported by a grant from NYSCA's Electronic Media Presentation Funds.


Paper Snowflake Workshop Day - Sunday, Feb 19, 12-4 pm

We would like to invite you to a day of fun and crafts and art! Tap into your childhood or bring a child (you can probably borrow one).

Let's make what may be the only snow storm this 2012 winter. We are building a PAPER SNOWFLAKE BLIZZARD. Bring on the storm, bring on the snow!

Caroline Burghardt, Shannon Finnegan, Lisa Leighton, Deirdre McConnell, Breanne Trammell, & James Weingrod are building a collaborative interactive installation of not-just-paper snowflakes & we want you to participate. Flakes have been forming since the "Hospitality" exhibition started but the storm will really get going on our installation workshop day, Sunday, February 19 from 12-4 pm. The installation and activities will be at Arts@Renissance, 2 Kingsland Avenue, Garden Level (off Graham L stop), Brooklyn, NY 11211. (It's through the gates down the stairs and through the courtyard - look for our signs.)

We invite you to bring flakes from home or come make some with us. The flakes can be any color (preferably white, blue, grey, pastels but Cheeto orange is great too!), any kind of paper (regular, metallic, clear, tissue, etc.), or any material you fancy (paper, wire, fabric, yarn, etc.). We have materials but feel free to bring your own (especially scissors - we have a limited number).

We will have coffee, donuts, and other treats to warm you up and keep you going.

This is an ALL AGES event. Kids welcome (with parental supervision).

If you can't make it Sunday you can bring or make them any time you visit the show. By the end of the exhibition we will have the wildest, most colorful storm this winter!


Prismatic Vortex – Sewing Day Sat Feb 18th 1-5pm

2 Kingsland Avenue, Garden Level, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Join Round Robin Collective member Amanda Browder on Saturday, February 18th from 1-5pm for a collective sewing day to make a large scale
 fabric installation in the Art@Renaissance space. Donate / Trim / Sew / Install - all of these processes will be different acts of sculptural collaboration in the making of a fantastic new piece. Learn how to sew, donate your extra fabric, or chat with your neighbors. Bring yourself, bring your fabric, and contribute to a community-driven collaboration.

Contribute your unused fabric to help make the piece! We are making a fabric vortex and we need a lot of materials! We are looking for cotton, sheets, pants, and non-stretchy fabric in all colors and/or patterns. Donations of sewing tools such as needles, thread, and scissors would be greatly appreciated too. Recycle your fabrics into a spectacular piece of collaborative art!

For questions or to arrange donations, contact amandabrowder@gmail.com or ailsa.cavers@gmail.com or pop in and drop off donations to any Round Robin event planned on the calendar :

If sewing is not your interest, help cut the sections of fabric to make this large scale art work!

Help sew with easy straight stiches on a sewing machine - All levels of experience are welcome and tutoring is available! Together we will to physically bind the donated fabrics into an awesome shape!

CONVERSE – Help cheer on people working, make new friends and meet other community members, learn and collaborate
It will be a fun day of volunteerism and artmaking! Bring your craft-loving family members and friends! All groups are welcome: kids, families and elderly friends!


Four Solo Shows at Hospitality

Round Robin Collective members Amanda Browder, Christopher Rose, Caroline Burghardt, and Mary Billyou will each be exhibiting work for one week at the exhibit, Hospitality, beginning February 14th and ending March 11th. Works on view during events only.

Amanda Browder: February 13th – 19th 
Christopher Rose: February 20th  – 26th 
Caroline Burghardt: February 27th – March 4th 
Mary Billyou: March 5th – 11th.