Say Hello to Folioleaf, DUMBO’s Newest Gallery

Folioleaf is DUMBO’s newest gallery, focused on nurturing and supporting international artists through online portfolios, affordable print editions and curated exhibitions. Folioleaf will open its doors on February 6, as a part of DUMBO’s First Thursday Art Walk. On the eve of opening night, we caught up with Folioleaf founder Todd Masters to talk about his new project and why DUMBO is the perfect place for him to put down roots.

What is Folioleaf?

TM: Folioleaf's goal is to introduce international emerging and mid-career artists to fine art enthusiasts and to help build fine art collections through affordable handmade editions. We host a curated online forum, which periodically presents portfolios of work by a wide variety of new artists found across the world. We work hand in hand with a number of these artists and local printmakers to publish  a selection of handmade editions, which are available for sale through our online store and new exhibition space.

You’ve been in the New York art world for some time, why did you chose to open Folioleaf in DUMBO?

TM: We wanted an exhibition space that would focus on exploring various printmaking and photographic methods and to showcase site specific work by independent artists. Our decision to open the space in DUMBO's main gallery hub, at 111 Front Street, was based on its wonderful community of artists, gallerists and fine art enthusiasts. For us, DUMBO presents a type of non-elitist atmosphere, which we find perfectly fits our goal of introducing new artists and assisting fine art enthusiasts with building upon their fine art collections.

Tell us about MAKE/SHIFT, Folioleaf’s first exhibition.

TM: From Febuary 6 through March 22, we are hosting our inaugural exhibition,MAKE/SHIFT, which celebrates the contemporary techniques, style, and methods of screen printing as an art form through a selection of editions published in Brooklyn since 2009. The exhibition presents a broad range of artists who have integrated their unique variety of skills, training, and interests into the medium’s defining characteristics. We're very excited to be part of DUMBO's 111 Front Street family as well as participating in our first First Thursday Art Walk.

Image: In process detail of Karl LaRocca's “Encoded Transmission” 2013