Brooklyn Vigilantes Nab Art Thief by Taco Truck , Cab Catches Fire In Snowy Williamsburg
My Zen is at the peak of productivity. Between morning and afternoon meetings, doctors appointments, a run at the gym, jazzed up on cappuccinos, deadlines looming, I take a minute to focus on my breath, I inhale the city’s car-fumed air … Blackberry still in hand, podcast tunes pumping through my brain, scanning the daily paper … and I exhale. OMMMMMMmmmm.
When Mikal Hameed opened up 99% Gallery and Art Center in Williamsburg in June 2010, it took off, presenting seven shows in six months showcasing prominent under-ground artists to large crowds, all while becoming the latest de facto haunt for Brooklyn’s cultural extroverts. By December, almost as swiftly as it emerged, 99% Gallery was closed.
Andrew Ohanesian doesn’t just create art; he creates art that passes for reality. The 30-year-old Bushwick transplant—when he isn’t working at his “day job” as studio manager for NYC-based new media artist Jon Kessler—is busy in his studio (site of such detritus as a working stove, piles of raw lumber, a man-sized safe, and dismembered mannequins), plotting out how to best create his next, accurately textured, convincingly lit, art installation that feels, looks, and smells so real, it blurs the boundaries between art and life.
Best known as a performance and video artist who dabbles in occult mythology, Micki Pellerano demonstrates talent as a draughtsman in this exhibition of allegorical drawings. While Pellerano’s style carries on the classical tradition of idealized bodily form, much of his iconography comes from Rosicrucian mysticism.
A fat, worn cardboard box sits in the center of the living room. A friend has carried it back from Chile for us, Tito tells me. Its tattered corners testify to the thousands of miles it’s traveled. This is Tito’s first package from home. He seems content just to looks at it. He tells me he was waiting for me.
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It’s our secret by consensus, our neighborhood pothole. From the front seat of a car, nothing betrays how deeply it falls beneath the pavement. Up close it looks like nothing more than a shallow indentation. The sensible driver, rather than swerve into on-coming traffic, will opt to drive through it. “And pah! El hoyo gets him,” Tito tells me each night.
A Greenpoint Development Project Grows Through Underwater Deal Another project in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has raised the ire of freshman City Councilman Steve Levin, who last year fought, with limited success, to reduce the size of the Domino Sugar housing development. Last month, the city sold underwater property to rookie developer Jonathan Bernstein for $60,000 so more…
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