After hitting up the Flying Fortress opening at Mighty Tanaka I broke out and drove to Gowanus to see what the hype behind community based art and music event collaborative Oxheart's new 2 night art party Letter Red . The event was supposed to start at 8, and considering I didn't leave Dumbo till around 8:30, I got to the Gowanus Ballroom at 9pm (found street parking a block away), and when I got there I found I was early. They were still in the process of setting up for the live entertainment. This gave me a chance to walk around and take in the work and the environment.
The building itself is a massive warehouse with a cathedral style ceiling. Except for the front room the massive overhead industrial lights were off, leaving purplish-blueish mood lights and small spot lighting to guide you from piece to piece. Some rooms were lit better than others.
The focus seemed to be the large scale sculptures and the live acts. Paintings and video work were almost an afterthought.
The metal sculptural work was intense. There were two of these metal horses that were mounted to wheeled tripods so they would be moved around.
This large sculpted head by Agy Sioud was impressive just in how huge it was.
Others were impressive for being multiples, like little heads by Kim Junpyo which were small and reproduced en masse.
Between the two floors there is a non-functioning steam-punkish stairway which seems to be a work in progress.
A view from the second floor reveals what looks like a white washed wooden sculpture suspended in 5 levels of unique pieces dangling above you in space.
View from directly underneath
Like a rickety mobile.
Here it is without the harsh purplish lighting.
Art by Jessica Slagle.
Art by Jim Gentry.
Art by Ed Adler.
Art by Duwenavue Sante Johnson.
Art by Nick De Sena.
Art by Evelina Bochenska.
When the fire breathers and the people dangling from the ceiling on hoops, triangles, and fabric started doing their acts the vibe of the whole event went up a notch.
After one round of performers I had seen all I needed to see. Being that I had driven there and was stone sober I was getting tired. Having shot all of the painterly work I decided it was time to hit the road.
I arrived home and found a parking spot directly in front of my apartment (after 4pm this is usually impossible). A great day for seeing art in Brooklyn, and an even greater day for finding parking.
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