February First Thursday Pick: Smack Mellon

As a lead-up to each First Thursday, we highlight one not-to-be-missed exhibit.  This month, we are featuring three solo works at Smack Mellon, a nonprofit gallery in one of the most spectacular settings around (92 Plymouth), whose mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work.

On view at Smack Mellon are three new solo exhibitions which stand out for their dramatic use of the high ceilings of the former boiler house for cardboard maker Robert Gair: Tamara Gayer's The Final Contraction, Stephen Sollins' Piecework and Heeseop Yoon's Still Life #1.  The exhibition program at Smack Mellon is at the heart of their mission; through the program artists to create site-specific works that creatively respond to their space, and work that explores innovative uses of both new technologies and traditional materials.

Walking towards the gallery on Plymouth Street, you will see Tamara Gayer's work on the massive windows overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Covering all 24 windows with various colors and textures of vinyl, Gayer presents an alternate all-encompassing prismatic cityscape.

Heeseop Yoon's Still Life #1 also can been seen from the street and through Gayer's window piece; covering the entire back wall of the gallery, Still Life #1 povides a dramatic view of chaotic interior spaces using black masking tape.

But don't just stand and view from the street (it is cold out there!), venture inside to the back gallery, where Stephen Sollins' Piecework is made entirely of collected mailing envelopes.  The large scale work intersects the artist's mathematical approach with his interest in the sentimental results in the form of a traditional American quilt.

And if our recommendation isn't enough, the exhibitions were recently an editor's pick in Flavorpill and on the New Yorker's Short List.

First Thursday hours are 6pm-9pm at Smack Mellon at 92 Plymouth Street.  A full First Thursday Itinerary, complete with bar and restaurant specials, is available through The DUMBO Decoder.