Bronx River Art Center’s The Economy of Food Opening Reception Today

The Bronx River Art Center’s third exhibition, The Economy of Food,  opens tonight at Bronx Art Space featuring work from

Jonathan Blaustein, Michele Brody, Lisa Hein, Alberto Bursztyn, Andrea Callard, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Martine Fougeron, Project 59, Ian Trask, and Chee Wang Ng. The reception is from 6 pm – 9 pm.

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The exhibition analyzes the economics of the food system, the multifaceted operation sustaining our lives. The exhibition addresses the food system’s major components: the economy of food production, the economy of trade and food distribution, the economy of food consumption and the economy of recycling the system’s aftermath.

The Economy of Food is an inescapable fact that affects us on an everyday basis. Artists participating in the exhibition are responding to this universal issue with installations, photography, performance and video works. They trace, underline, critique or mock issues of: corporate vs. sustainable farming, local food distribution in the Bronx; the new geopolitics of food; multinational food culture; commercial and creative recycling of food waste and packaging; and attempts to balance low budgets while providing nutrition and feeding our families in “the hungriest borough in NYC”.

Curated by Irina Danilova, The Economy of Food is part of BRAC’s larger curatorial effort to draw attention to food as a creative medium, muse and indicator of culture; and to highlight social and political issues, especially those impacting the Bronx community.

Jane’s Walk Bronx Art Spaces was a Success!

As tired as I was after the Jane’s Walk of Bronx Art Spaces last weekend, I was really pleased with how everything turned out. People from all over New York City and even from overseas, visited the No Longer Empty exhibit at the Old Bronx Courthouse, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx Art Space, and House of Visual. Even local restaurants Mott Haven Bar and Don Pancho’s Steakhouse offered specials to participants of the walk. The Saturday walk serendipitously coincided with Ceetay’s third anniversary celebration and an opening at Wall Works gallery, so some participants decided to stick around for that, which was amazing. Below are some of the pictures from the weekend. 🙂

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5 Reasons to go to the Jane’s Walk Exploring Bronx Art Spaces this Weekend

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1. You love art. 

The Bronx is filled with so many wonderful artists. This walk introduces you to what’s current in the borough and you’ll have a chance to speak with some of the artists themselves!

2. You love the Bronx.

The Bronx is awesome (obviously.) But maybe you want to get to know it a little more. This walk will make you fall in love with the Bronx all over again.

3. The only time you have ever been to the Bronx was to go to a Yankee game.

That’s quaint, but expand your horizons. There’s so much more to the Bronx than a baseball team!

4. You didn’t know the Bronx even had an art scene.

We do. And it’s amazing.

5. Your weekend plans involve spending a copious amount of time watching Netflix.

The weather’s going to be nice. Come outside and experience something new.

Bonus:  After the walk, local restaurants Don Pancho’s Steakhouse and Mott Haven Bar  will be offering specials to participants. And, though they weren’t able to be a part of the walk, Wall Works gallery’s having an open house on Saturday AND Ceetay will be celebrating 3 years in Mott Haven. It’s just going to be an overall awesome weekend to be in the Bronx.

Check out the details here. 

Armory Art Show 2012: Bronx Day

The Armory Art Show is the largest art fair in the city, so, you know, it’s kind of a big deal. As the Daily News reports, this year was the first year that Bronx galleries and studios have gotten a chance to participate. So, of course, I had to take it upon myself to check out some of the venues. I’m going to preface this post by letting you know that I have a horrible sense of direction, which is exacerbated by the fact that I refuse to ask for directions in the city I live in.

Upon arriving to Studio Building I, at 250 E. 139th St. I was greeted with a sign that said to enter through the tire shop. It was real WTF moment, like this how people get killed type situation. Alas, I threw caution to the wind and with the assistance of a mechanic, found my way upstairs to the studio. There was such a wonderful/stark contrast between the grimy and industrious car repair shop and the bright artist studio right above it.

The artists working in Studio Building I include: Daze, Juanita Lanzo, Matthew Burcaw, and John Ahearn. It was actually very cool to see the behind the scenes space where the artists labor away to get the polished products we eventually come across in galleries. Among some of the works-in-progress were sculptures ( similar to the ones found in Parkchester) and large, vibrant floral-quasi-sexual paintings. I didn’t take any pictures here since the projects were still being worked on.

My next and final stop was Studio Building II at the Bronx Art Space, which I previously visited to see the Work Office exhibit. The latest artwork on display is part of an exhibit called Vital Signs. My personal favorite piece was Artist’s Books w/ DVD by Matthew Burcaw. Curator Linda Cunningham’s studio was also open for viewing. It was a great representation of what I’ve always thought of the artist’s process to be, if that makes any sense at all. When I work on my stories for example, I’ve got my notebooks open around me, any other relevant material is also nearby, pencils, my computer, probably a can of Pepsi. So I feel like her studio was a more advanced, cooler sort of version of that….again, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

There were a bunch of other exhibits going on that I didn’t get a chance to see. I am glad, though,  that the Bronx art world was able to showcase itself as part of such an important event

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