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Come to Bed For Some Pillow Talk With This Artist

(Photo: Angelica Frey)

(Photo: Angelica Frey)

Sure, it was cool to see Tilda Swinton sleeping in a glass box, but what if the artist was present for some pillow talk?

That’s exactly what’s happening at a new show at Bosi Contemporary, “Come to Bed!”, which uses three queen-sized beds to focus on the different types of communication that take place under the covers. “You can sleep,  you can eat in your bed, you can have sexual experiences,” said the show’s curator, Roya Sachs. “At each age, you experience it differently, which is nice because they’re all of different ages, the artists, so they have different relationships with the bed.”

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What the Artists Wore to Greenpoint Gallery Night

At Greenpoint Gallery Night on Friday, the eye candy wasn’t just on the walls. We did some gallery hopping and asked some artists what they were wearing.

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(Photos: Rick Perez)

Jason Rohlf, Dusk Editions
I’m wearing a Stormy Kromer hat purchased from In God We Trust, in the neighborhood, but local to Michigan. The sweater is a Norwegian fishing sweater that was my father’s. I’ve been wearing it for a long, long time. The scarf is Hickory’s, made by Hillside. I like to support the local shops.
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Oh Hey, It’s Greenpoint Gallery Night Tonight

Rodseth-MenTwelve of Greenpoint’s best art spaces will open their doors to show off their latest projects and exhibitions tonight. Scott Chasse (Calico Brooklyn) and Lia Post (Fowler Arts Collective) created Greenpoint Gallery Night two years ago in “an effort to connect the spaces here with each other, as well as to bring more attention to the neighborhood gallery scene,” according to Chasse.

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Photo Show Says RIP To 30 DIY Venues of Yore, But Punk Ain’t Dead Yet

Nicki Ishmael, curator of  "RIP DIY" exhibition at Cloud City (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Nicki Ishmael, curator of “RIP DIY” exhibition at Cloud City (Photo: Nicole Disser)

You might remember a show space in Williamsburg called Dead Herring. It was around for six years — practically decades in DIY years — before it closed in 2013. “I knew it wouldn’t last forever,” Nicki Ishmael admitted. “It’s that whole DIY has-an-expiration-date thing.” But it’s a wonder Nicki can keep it together when reminiscing. DIY’s the only home she’s ever had in New York City. From the moment she arrived here Ishmael has been deeply involved in the underground music scene. “I immediately moved into a DIY space when I moved here back in 2006,” she recalled. So it’s only natural that Ishmael and others from Dead Herring refused to let their own closure, and dozens more around them, get them down.

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Keith Boadwee May Or May Not Have Painted These Poppies With His Butt

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Keith Boadwee is known for provocative photographs like this NSFW one of a compromised Homer Simpson doll as well as his “scatological” paintings. About 20 years ago, at the insistence of his art dealer, Keith shared the documentation of his artistic process and became an instant sensation. In this case, the process involved filling his body (and you know which part I’m talking about) with paint and splashing it out onto a blank canvas.
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Inside the Psychedelic, Orgiastic Rituals of Bushwick’s Wildest Art Collective

Wild Torus (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Wild Torus (Photo: Nicole Disser)

When I first walked in to Torus Porta, it was difficult to understand exactly what was happening. After opening a door at the bottom of a staircase, all I could see were a number of sweaty, naked bodies covered in stickiness and powder. On the floor a human-centipede-like blob of people thrashed about. I thought maybe this was an illusion or some optical trick brought on by the kaleidoscopic glow of multiple projections, but even after a few minutes of adjusting I found I couldn’t distinguish between men, women, and blow-up dolls.

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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes At SIGNAL

(Photo: Flyer for Signal Gallery's current Exhibition, "Fissure: Fog")

(Photo: Flyer for Signal Gallery’s current Exhibition, “Fissure: Fog”)

Walk into Bushwick’s SIGNAL Gallery and you might feel as if you’ve just stepped off a spaceship onto the surface of some distant moon. A thick cloud of fog dominates the room, and strangely its opacity seems to vacillate as you move across the room from painting to installation to sculpture. It can be disorienting but also sort of zen inducing, though the gallery cat doesn’t seem to be bothered one way or the other.

An exhibition curated by Bennet Schlesinger, Fissure: Fog, installed the cloud here at SIGNAL when it opened nearly two weeks ago at what’s become one of Brooklyn’s premiere galleries for emerging artists. Fissure features work by local artists including Nikholis Planck, Aidan Koch, Graham Hamilton, and Kayla Guthrie, among others. The works draw from a variety of mediums and artistic practices.

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LES Artists ‘Still Looking Quirky and Funky’ at This New Exhibit

People gather to celebrate the Lower East Side's working artists, at "All | Together | Different." (Photo: Lindsey Smith)

People gather to celebrate the Lower East Side’s working artists, at “All | Together | Different.” (Photo: Lindsey Smith)

Woody Allen wannabes mingled with finance types in cowboy boots and a few fellas who looked like they could be Keith Richards’s little brothers last night at at the opening of “All | Together | Different,” an exhibition celebrating nearly 100 artists working on the Lower East Side.

“I recognize a lot of faces here from the East Village in the ’80s,” said John Lloyd, a painter who was not featured in the show. “It’s good to see so many old farts still looking quirky and funky. It’s a wonderful reminder of what was going on. We took it for granted and it disappeared, but it’s good to see that everyone is still around.” The camaraderie was palpable, like a high school reunion with just as much booze and half the awkwardness. 
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At New Museum, Pole Dancing Without the Tassels and Police Hassles

(Photo courtesy of New Museum)

(Photo courtesy of New Museum)

If you thought pole dancing was just a thing for strippers and dance instructors (or strippers turned dance instructors), you thought wrong. It’s a thing for art galleries too. This Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. artists Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly will be showcasing their exhibition P.O.L.E.—People, Objects, Language, Exchange—at the New Museum Lobby Gallery. The exhibit will be on daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. from February 4 to 15. The main attraction is Two Brothers, where a colorful array of entertainers—from exotic dancers to contemporary artists to those ever embattled subway performers —will perform around two 16-foot brass poles.
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From the Streets to the Suites: ’80s East Village Shows in Modern-Day Midtown

(Photos: Giulia Alexandra)

(Photos: Giulia Alexandra)

After talking to photographer Ken Schles last week about his exhibition opening at the Howard Greenberg Gallery I headed to the Midtown East last Thursday to check it out. Ken captured the East Village during the 1980s heroin haze and I wanted to see the glittering carnage up close. What I found was something else entirely.
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With ‘Respond,’ The Anti-Police-Brutality Movement Reaches The Gallery

Smack Mellon in Dumbo (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Smack Mellon in Dumbo (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Walking in to Smack Mellon last Friday, I was immediately overtaken by a sense of urgency. Respond is the current exhibition taking place at the non-profit space in Dumbo. It’s brought together over 200 artists– working in a variety of mediums, from painting and sculpture to photography, mixed media, and film– whose contributions are all united by their concerns with police brutality and institutionalized racism in America.
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The City Reliquary Adds Relics From Brooklyn’s Distant and Not-So-Distant Past

Paintings by Ivan Koota (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Paintings by Ivan Koota (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Perhaps you haven’t been to City Reliquary in a minute. And if you’re too cheap to cough up five measly bucks, then maybe you just haven’t been at all. A place for tourists, you ask? Maybe cool ones. But for real, if you’re even slightly intrigued by Brooklyn history, you should pay attention to what this mini-museum has lined up for programming, because chances are it’ll be something fascinating.

Ben Wigler, who goes by the long-winded title of “volunteer and visitor experience director,” greeted me jovially from his perch behind the front desk when I walked in today and was happy to give a run-down of one rather, er, gangster exhibition and a newly expanded gallery space in the front. Oh, and if you’re still too cheap to drop five bones, you can check out a series of really amazing paintings by Ivan Koota living in the front room — where the Huntress Home pop-up closed last month — for exactly zero cents.

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