Greenpoint’s biannual celebration of its art galleries returns September 18, with eight galleries throughout the neighborhood taking part in the celebration.
Much like the open studio programs held in Chelsea and Bushwick each year, Gallery Night invites neighbors and art aficionados to check out the work neighborhood artists have been up to and to interact with these creators in their setting.
This year, the event is being organized by Owen Houhoulis, who runs the Owen James gallery on Greenpoint Avenue, and Scott Chasse, who runs Calico on West Street.
Houhoulis takes over for Lia Post who oversaw the Fowler Gallery before it closed down due to rent increases last year.
Each Gallery Night is different, with the participating galleries and artists choosing the programs within their spaces during the course of the three-hour event.
Hence attendees can walk away with substantially different experiences from one gallery to the next.
“It’s great that everyone has their own shows because you really get to experience the diverse group of galleries in this neighborhood,” said Houhoulis. “It’s a great celebration of the neighborhood, and we always have a nice turnout of locals and people coming from outside.”
Houhoulis’ gallery will feature an exhibit titled Strange Days that opens on the night of Gallery Night.
The title of the show, which references a Doors song, is also a nod to twisted narratives. Each of three artists showcasing their work as part of that show examines how the mundane or normal can quickly be turned on its head.
Houhoulis’ gallery supports up and coming Brooklyn artists, but also focuses on supporting artists from South East Asia, and two of the artists featured in the show are from Manila, in the Philippines, namely Mariano Ching and Robert Langenegger, whose paintings will focus on surrealist, psychedelic themes, and vulgar, cartoonish narratives spoofing “High Art.”
The third artist, Brooklyn’s Danny Licul, will examine a messy childhood and middle-school experiences through his work.
The featured galleries in September 18th show are:
Dusk Editions: http://duskeditions.com/
Greenpoint Terminal Gallery: http://www.greenpointterminalgallery.com/
The Java Project: http://www.thejavaproj.com/
Owen James Gallery : http://www.owenjamesgallery.com/
Superchief Gallery at Tender Trap: http://superchiefgallery.tumblr.com/
Three Kings Studio : http://www.threekingsstudio.com/
Yashar Gallery : http://brooklynartstudiosnyc.blogspot.com/
Brouwerij Lane : http://brouwerijlane.com/
Dandelion Wine: http://dandelionwineshop.tumblr.com/
Greenpoint Open Studios, September 18, 7-10 p.m., with an afterparty starting at 10 p.m. at Broken Land, 105 Franklin Street.