Art + Culture

Live at the Archway: Brown Rice Family

This week at Live at the Archway, dance along to today’s freshest world roots band, followed by a DJ set by DJ Jigüe — in Brooklyn one week only straight from Havana, Cuba! Plus make some live art with Jaimie Walker.

  • Brown Rice Family 6pm
  • Dj Jigüe – straight from Havana! To follow
  • Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with Jaimie WalkerAll night
…bridging cultures while creating a fun atmosphere within improvisation. Amazing…
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THE BAND:
Guided by a strong belief in life’s natural flow, Brown Rice Family gives listeners a distinctively organic World Roots Music experience, encompassing reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, afro beat, jazz stylings, rock, Brazilian, Latin, and funk music. Comprised of eight members hailing from Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa, and the US, the members’ diverse national backgrounds set the stage for a musical journey that straddles ancient and contemporary global sounds.

THE DJ:
DJ Jigüe is a Cuban DJ and producer who got his start in music as part of the island’s hip-hop scene in the ’90s. Initially a rapper, he transitioned to production in search of more beats for himself. Over the past two decades, Jigüe has carved out a space in electronic experimentation, spinning new sonic tales with the riches of Cuba’s musical heritage. He is in town — from Havana — and joining us in a special appearance under the Archway!

THE ARTIST:
What do the Brooklyn Bridge, humming birds, the Manhattan skyline, discarded lottery tickets, and New York City subway signage share in common? These are the stock images that populate the hand-torn collage multi-media art made by Jaimie Walker.  After graduating from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communications Design, Walker moved to the then-derelict neighborhood of DUMBO, becoming one of the neighborhood’s pioneering artists, at the heart of a new generation re-inventing and re-instituting the hard earned ‘Live/Work’ way of life that followed in the footsteps of revolutionary artists in 70’s SOHO. Much like that pioneer community, Walker’s collage designs and their imperfections embrace lost property, re-purposed landscapes, and objects found unwanted by the wayside.

‘Living the Dream’ (6′ x 5′ canvas collage and mixed media) is one of Walker’s larger works and speaks plainly to what is a singularly American Pop Art concept. You could say Walker has built on the developer’s billboard invitation to ‘Live, Work, Play’ in DUMBO – by urging us to dream in addition. Live Work Play Dream. That is Walker’s daily life for almost twenty years and her art tells that story. The images do not forget to reach out to that much appreciated break beyond the city limits, to bring us the humming bird, the forest creatures, a flower, or the mountain range–all in partnership with the cityscape horizon.

The Brooklyn Bridge portraits stare out from the canvas much like an old friend or a familiar face.  The Bridges are something Walker sees every day, and still marvels at their beauty. The DUMBO waterfront is where Walker planted seeds and set down roots when the nearest way to the river was through a rusty old wire fence and a nimble walk along crumbling concrete and collapsed docks, where sparks of blades of grass pushed up through the abandoned warehouse floor framing the Belgian cobble stone. This is the foundation, the first layers that take a foothold in Walker’s collage.

Walker’s new canvases employ Goache, charcoal, acrylic, chalk, conte crayon, and ink as her work investigates the world around her: “I record data, collect information, gather evidence from the streets, and put them together with my own – and found – graphic art” she says. Photography, political statements and typography are all subject to interrogation; everything is re-cycled into a new vista, the view seen from an entirely new angle. It is one individual’s story of the ever-changing waterfront as Walker has experienced it, and the dreamscape territory her art celebrates, humbly and proudly.

2018 will mark twenty years of Jaimie Walker showing and selling her art right here in DUMBO.

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THE GALLERY:
The Space Station, by This Friday or Next Friday, premieres at this year’s Live at the Archway. Tfnf is likely the tiniest, most inconsequential art gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn, probably in NYC, and maybe on the face of the earth. It was founded by Nathan Sinai Rayman, and he runs it with Zach Seeger, his Director of Programs.


Live at
The Archway

Live at the Archway–a curated series from the DUMBO Improvement District & The Lighthouse–showcases the best of DUMBO and Brooklyn talent, presenting a broad range of music and performance genres. This season brings sizzling salsa, Colombian cumbia, swing dancing, world roots music, sultry R&B, an Italian modern dance troupe, puppetry, funk, DJs and more. With beer, wine and bites from The Lighthouse and epic scenery below the Manhattan Bridge, it’s the best place to be every Thursday night. Concerts & events take place on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

See the full lineup

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