Gowanus Wild book launch dates

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

It's been a long journey through the wonderful world of book design and manufacturing for the last year, but I'm happy to announce that the Gowanus Wild books are now officially printed (they look awesome) and currently en route via ship - YAY!!! The estimated arrival is the 2nd week of November which means we now have some official launch party and show dates set up:

Thursday, November 17th, 7-9pm - Launch party and artist talk

Gowanus Canal Conservancy
543 Union Street, Brooklyn

Featuring an artist talk with Miska Draskoczy and Gowanus Canal Conservancy director Andrea Parker.

AND

Sunday, December 4th, 4-6pm - Launch party and artist talk
December 1st-4th - Exhibition of Gowanus Wild prints

Gowanus Souvenir Shop
567 Union St, Brooklyn

Featuring an artist talk with Miska Draskoczy and photo editor Emily Shornick. A selection of prints from Gowanus Wild will be on view at the shop from December 1st-4th.

If you live in the NYC area, please join us for one of these events where you'll have the opportunity to pick up a signed copy of the book. And if you can't make it or live outside the area, you can order the book online and it will be shipped approximately 11/15.

Gowanus Open Studios 2016

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

This weekend, October 15-16, is Gowanus Open Studios, the beloved annual event here in Gowanus where over 350 artists open their studios to the general public.

I will have very limited advance copies of the Gowanus Wild photo book available for Gowanus Open Studios so please stop by and check it out (or purchase online, ships 11/15). I'll also have prints and other projects, books, and works in progress on display at my home studio. I'll be jumping around a bit for the weekend so here's the details:

  • Saturday, October 15th, 12pm - 4pm - I'll be at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy's block party, 431 Carroll St., Brooklyn, showing the Gowanus Wild photo book.

  • Saturday, October 15th, 12pm - 6pm - My home studio will be open to visitors at 698 Sackett Street #2R, Brooklyn. Come check out prints, books, and new projects in progress (I'll be a few blocks away though at the 431 Carroll St. location above).
  • Sunday, October 16th, 12pm - 6pm - I'll be set up with Arts Gowanus in the lobby of 543 Union St., Brooklyn, showing the Gowanus Wild photo book.
  • Sunday, October 16th, 12pm - 6pm - My home studio will be open to visitors at 698 Sackett Street #2R, Brooklyn. Come check out prints, books, and new projects in progress (I'll be a few blocks away though at the 543 Union St. location above).

There is also a great show of Gowanus Wild prints currently up at Nu Hotel at 85 Smith Street, which is participating as a sponsor of Gowanus Open Studios this year. Stop by and check them out if you're in the area!

There's tons to see and do during the Gowanus Open Studios weekend, so don't miss it! You can find maps, artist studio listings, and other visitor info on the Arts Gowanus website.

Shooting for Harper's Magazine in Gowanus

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

Back in March I was commissioned by Harper's Magazine to shoot for a story on urban planner Eymund Diegel and his fascinating project mapping the ghost streams running underneath Gowanus. These streams are vestiges of the original watershed and to this day still flow through sewers, basements and underground passages, unbeknownst to locals walking above them. I couldn't ask for a more fun assignment releveant to my personal work and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to further explore Gowanus. Read the full article here and check out the two shots from the article and some behind the scenes shots of what went into the shoot below.

Tufts University exhibition - Man Made: Art as Environmental Communication

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

Later this month, Tufts University will be featuring two images from Gowanus Wild in a group exhibition of environmental photographers drawn from their permanent collection. Centered around the theme of 'Art as Environmental Communication', the show will feature works from Olaf Otto Becker, Richard Misrach, Marilyn Bridges, Lewis Baltz and Frank Gohlke, a group I am very honored to be included in.

The exhibitions opens this Thursday April 21st, 5-7pm at the Aidekman Arts Center in Medford, MA. I will be giving an accompanying artist talk on the role of art in affecting environmental change and with Dr. Silvia Bottinelli from School of the Museum of Fine Arts will be speaking on the relationship between art, sustainability, and ecology. Many thanks to Boston gallery Tepper Takayama Fine Arts for facilitating Tufts University's acquisition of my work.

If you're in the Boston area, please join us for what I expect will be an interesting evening!

Spring Tangle, 2013

Spring Tangle, 2013

Fluorescent Tree, 2013

Fluorescent Tree, 2013

Fitchburg Art Museum: Recent Acquisitions

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

I was thrilled to recently have two prints from Gowanus Wild in the Fitchburg Art Museum's Recent Acquisitions: Photography show. The museum held a reception on April 10th where I got to meet many of the museum's delightful staff and patrons. Many thanks to Martha Takayama of Tepper Takayama Fine Arts for facilitating the acquisition, museum director Nick Capasso and museum curator Mary Tinti for their support and Stephen Jareckie for curating the show.

Gowanus Wild walking tour

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

Thanks to everyone who came out for yesterday's Gowanus Wild walking tour! We had a lot of fun touring some of the sites I photographed for the series and comparing reality to image, as some sites are unrecognizable or completely gone now. Bonus, we even managed to score some free apple turnovers from a local industrial bakery! (no, they did not fall off a truck).


Gowanus Open Studios 2014

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

Gowanus Open Studios is this weekend and I'll be participating this year in two locations. First up is Gowanus Wild at Ground Floor Gallery, a show conceived to take place in conjunction with Gowanus Open Studios and highlighting the wild and unique character of the neighborhood. It's a great place to start your open studios day (hint, hint...) and Hyperallergic agrees - check out their concise guide to Gowanus Open Studios which has Gowanus Wild on their shortlist of things to see:

Gowanus Wild @ Ground Floor Gallery
October 10th - November 9th
walking tour Sunday November 9th, 5-7pm (RSVP here)
343 5th Street (@ 5th Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11215 (google maps link)

Next, stroll down the street a few blocks from the gallery where I'll have my home studio open to visitors for those who want to stop by and chat while checking out more Gowanus Wild images and behind the scenes demos of how the photos are captured and refined. I'll also be showing new work from two projects in development, panoramic shots from Raw Are the Bones of My Earth, a new series about adventure and the elemental, and book dummy mockups from Adverse Reaction, a very NYC project exploring ad graffiti in the subways. Light snacks and drinks will be served, so come by and enjoy some art and conversation:

Gowanus Open Studios
October 18th & 19th, 12pm-6pm 
Studio of Miska Draskoczy
698 Sackett Street #2R
Brooklyn, NY 11217 (google maps link)


Gowanus Wild solo show @ Ground Floor Gallery Brooklyn

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

I'm thrilled to announce that a new solo show for my series Gowanus Wild will be opening Friday October 10th at Ground Floor Gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn. With the gallery right next to Gowanus, this is the first time I'll be publicly showing the series in its local habitat, a real treat! Please join us for the opening on October 10th or for a special event I'll be leading to close out the exhibition: a walking tour around the neighborhood to revisit some of the sites I photographed for the series.

Gowanus Wild @ Ground Floor Gallery 
opening Friday October 10th, 6pm - 8:30pm 
closes Sunday November 9th, w/ Gowanus walking tour 5pm - 7pm 
343 5th Street (@ 5th Ave) 
Brooklyn, NY 11215
F, R or G train to 4 Ave – 9th Street


Photo Center Northwest

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

Several images from Gowanus Wild have been chosen for the Documentary: 19th Annual Photo Exhibition at Photo Center Northwest in Seattle, WA. I'm honored to not only have my work chosen for this show by juror Whitney C. Johnson of The New Yorker but also to have won an Honorable Mention / Director's Choice Award from director Michelle Dunn Marsh. It was a lot of fun to go out for the opening weekend and meet so many other passionate practitioners of our craft. If you are in Seattle, go check it out, this is an excellent organization!.

Mapping Gowanus

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

I was recently asked to participate in Mapping Gowanus, an interesting project of friend and fellow Gowanus resident, Marin Gazzaniga.  Marin asks local Gowanus artists to investigate one particular block of Gowanus and produce a piece inspired by what they find there.  My assignment was Douglass Street between Bond Street and the Canal.  This just happens to be the site of the recently reactivated Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel and so after shooting some raw material down there, an idea was born to make my first ever Vine animation.  I call it 'Infinite Flush' in homage to the flushing tunnel and you can read more about it here on the Mapping Gowanus blog.

 

CURRENT: Gowanus show

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

My photo 'Sunflower' from Gowanus WIld is in this week's CURRENT: Gowanus group show here in Brooklyn, NY. The show is curated by Benjamin Sutton of Artnet from 44 local artists who live or work in Gowanus, an industrial neighborhood with a traditionally high concentration of artist studios and fabrication shops. The event is run as a benefit by Arts Gowanus, the organization which puts on the very popular Gowanus Open Studios event in the fall. Come check out a full slate of activities including panels, talks, parties and art from May 14th-18th. Full details here

Dreams Less Sweet screening at BAM

Added on by Miska Draskoczy.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge founded the pioneering industrial music group Throbbing Gristle and later went on to form 80's experimental electronic group Psychic TV. With video always at the forefront of Psychic TV, Breyer commissioned a group of 47 artists to produce a full length music video commemorating the 30th anniversary of the band's seminal album Dreams Less Sweet. Each artist was given a secret code word, a magic number, and approximately one minute of music from the album to which they could set any moving images they wanted. The pieces were then reassembled into a massive video collage that continues the arc of avant-garde cut-up cinema, whose frontiers Psychic TV helped forge in the early 80's.

Below is my contribution to the piece and I'm thrilled to announce that after debuting at the Andy Warhol Museum last year it will have its NYC debut at BAM Rose Cinemas on Tues, May 13th.