February First Thursday

February 2
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk is February 2, and we’ve got your guide to the robust line-up of openings, performances and cultural activity right here!

First, stop by the Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge to see Drift, a new public sculpture by DUMBO-based artist Leonard Uraschi. The piece consists of concrete casts of driftwood salvaged from the Brooklyn banks of the East River and the river’s old wooden piers. Uraschi positions the tree trunks root-side-up, disorienting viewers’ perceptions and expectations. It will be on view in the Archway through March 2017.

This month, be sure to check out the collection of openings that explore themes of land, place, and architecture, including the AICAD’s group show concerning Infrastructure, A.I.R. Gallery’s SLOWDOWN/DONT’T STOP, and TPIC’s Origins. Don’t miss a special reading of Jarrod Beck’s The Moon from 7-8pm at Smack Mellon, a traditional Japanese sake cask breaking ceremony at Usagi, and  celebrate CreativeBloch’s second anniversary – on the 2nd!

Plus, projected onto the Manhattan Bridge, Light Year will present “Neo-Fast-Forward” curated by Lee Wells / IFAC Arts, a disjointed narrative of complex thoughts, emotions and contemporary discourse. Projections start at 6pm in Pearl Street Triangle and continue until 10pm. As this is silent show, you can watch (with dinner! a glass of wine!) from the windows of Love & Dough or Archway Cafe, and stay out of the cold.

Galleries will stay open ’til 9 – plenty of time to scope out new art and pop into one of DUMBO’s small shops and grab a bite at one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants and bars.

About Light Year presents “Neo-Past-Forward” 

LIGHT YEAR 22: NEO-PAST-FORWARD Single channel videos projected onto the Manhattan Bridge Thursday, February 2 6 - 10pm In the Pearl Street Triangle (Water St & Pearl St.) DUMBO, Brooklyn Curated by Lee Wells / IFAC Arts Artists: Bibbe Hansen, dnasab, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Lee Wells, Patrick Lichty, Raymond Salvatore Harmon, Sean Capone International Fine Arts Consortium (IFAC Arts) presents a disjointed narrative of complex thoughts, emotions and contemporary discourse. Godard said, “The so-called ‘digital’ is not a mere technical medium, but a medium of thought. Yet theorists try to define our times through terms like Post-Internet, Post-Truth, and Post Reality, artists return

About Infrastructure: Land, Mind, Country Artists 

The exhibition, curated by Sharon Butler and Rachel Farber, aims to be an investigation of our nation, illuminating the structural relationships among three elements – Land, Mind, and Country. Briefly, land is a raw material of country, and country is an indispensable element of mind. The three elements are not practically divisible, but rather are constructed, perceived, and interpreted in coordination with one another. While land can exist and function in a natural state, it also can be enhanced or destroyed by human action that the mind conceives and executes. Country comprises not only land so altered or maintained, but

About The Moon: Jarrod Beck, STAR FISH: ruby onyinyechi amanze 

Smack Mellon is pleased to present two solo exhibitions. Jarrod Beck's text, collaborative performances, and astounding site-specific installation comprise The Moon. For the duration of the exhibition, a 60-foot-diameter, handmade paper moon will hover over the gallery floor and reach upward into the coal trough ceiling infrastructure. ruby onyinyechi amanze presents STAR FISH: new large-scale, dimensional drawings. The work is part of an ongoing, non-linear narrative where aliens, hybrids, and ghosts reside in a magical world of constructed realities, memory, and make-believe. The exhibition ends, February 26th.

About SLOW DOWN / DON’T STOP: Eleanor King 

Titled after SLOW DOWN / DON’T STOP: A Manifesto authored by the artist in May 2016, the installation is created specifically for the A.I.R. fellowship. King bifurcates the gallery with a 19ft plywood painting which simultaneously acts as a wall, reminiscent of common barriers built around scaffolding. Within the newly created space in the gallery the viewers access the video Pang, in which the artist uses Google Earth to survey the landscape. By virtually traversing the region of a remote Arctic village -Pangnirtung, Canada, where the artist once lived- she exposes us to that scenery constantly discussed but seldom seen.

About Sinister Feminism: A.I.R Gallery 

Sinister Feminism. We fortify veneer into armor. We appropriate from misogynist sources. We exceed the cinematic ideal. We vibrate the sound of the city. We endure. Our physicalizations we know are transgressive. We are a halation of line. We throw shadow across the page. We teach the tongues of the past. We mock the habit of metonymy. We transmit the sense of hysterics. We smell. We hurl what we are required to withstand: our bodies, our selves. We are trying to reach you. We wildly grin. The exhibition ends, February 5th.

About Jan Groover and Hanno Otten: GEOMETRIES 

A conversation of photographs by Hanno Otten and Jan Groover Geometry is defined as “the shape and relative arrangement of the parts of something.” In their photography Jan Groover and Hanno Otten are pursuing the notation of size, shape, planes, and space. A preoccupation with picture space is what drives the work of these two photographers.  

About TIPC 2016: Origin 

At a time of increased uncertainty and tension on both the interpersonal and global stages, photography’s role in helping us negotiate our daily existence has never been stronger. The fourth edition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition presents a group exhibition exploring the meaning of "Origin". The Exhibition ends, February 25th. Image caption © Kai Caemmerer, "Unborn Cities No 2, 2015"

About CUT/PASTE: KLOMPCHING GALLERY 

Klompching Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photo-collage and assemblage, featuring eight dynamic artists, whose artworks collectively touch upon notions of identity. With artworks made between 2005–2016, they represent contemporary practice in the staging of photographic narratives, incorporating a range of collage and assemblage techniques. The exhibition ends, February 18th.

About Winter Remix and Gallery 2 Year Anniversary!: BLOCH & CAIAZZA 

Come see the latest work from Alejandro and Joe. The gallery and studio will be open, come learn more about their art and techniques. Prints and originals will be available for sale. Come celebrate our 2 year gallery anniversary! The exhibition ends February 24th.

About The Extirpation of Animism: Jakob Kudsk Steensen 

The Made in NY Media Center by IFP is proud to present "The Extirpation of Animism," a new exhibition by Danish-born and New York-based artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen. Throughout February 2017, the Media Center will be enveloped in a living virtual forest developed and designed by Steensen using the Unreal Engine. Projection mapping around our 360-degree space and video content on our media wall will plunge visitors into a virtual North American winter forest, dense with glimpses of post-apocalyptic futures that overlap with residues of past romantic landscape imaginations. Join us for free wine and beer, with the artist in

About Imperfect Landscapes: Jeffrey Brosk 

usagiと_newyork is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculptural work created by MIT-trained architect-turned-artist Jeffrey Brosk. His signature wall-mounted wood sculptures, which make ample use of the juxtaposition between the natural variations in the texture of wood and refinement of slate and gold accents, invoke the stark, understated Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. In honor of the first exhibition of the new year, the opening reception of “The Imperfect Landscapes of Jeffrey Brosk” will be celebrated with kagami biraki, the traditional Japanese sake cask breaking ceremony. During the kagami biraki ceremony, the lid of the sake is opened using a kizuchi

About Drift drifts into the Archway 

A new public art sculpture takes up residence in DUMBO