Get ready for Michael Potvin’s next Bushwick project. The light installation and video artist behind the recently shuttered Steel Drums warehouse is opening Stream Gallery tonight. The premiere exhibition is a pop-up project called PowrPlnt that will occupy the space for the next two months. PowrPlnt’s first iteration will feature the work of several new media artists, and an evening of music and (rumor has it) free beer left over from Steel Drums.
Apparently there will be some “next level technology” on display tonight, along with work by Molly Soda (named one of Complex’s Most Important Artists of 2013 after her 8-hour reading of her Tumblr inbox) and Ivana Basic, who’s in the midst of creating a “hyper realistic 3D model” of herself. If spending your evening encased in a futuristic bubble buzzing with the hum of computers and being forced to spend even more of your waking hours staring at a screen surrounded by NET ART sounds like a blasphemous way to greet the summery weekend, consider that it’s probably going to rain anyway and the space will be filled with a bunch of hydroponic plants as well as technology.
After tonight’s bash, PowrPlnt — launched by artist Angelina Dreem, a founder of the Body Actualized Center and fixture on the underground party scene — will serve as a donation-based “digital arts collaboratory and indoor garden” where residents can use software-loaded computers and local teens can take free classes in phone photography, music video production, and beat making. More about that here.
POWRPLNT Opening Weekend May 30 (opening reception 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) through June 1 at Stream Gallery, 1196 Myrtle Ave, bet. Willoughby Ave. and Suydam St., Bushwick