Monday, June 22, 2009

Busy Weekend in Dumbo -- Art Openings, Hip Hop

Lots of activities in Dumbo this past weekend. Beside the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, which brought crowds to Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, two exhibitions opened Saturday -- one at DAC, Structured Simplicity, and one at Smack Mellon, Beauty Underfoot.

Structured Simplicity presents a group of artists -- Mai Braun, Hilary Harnischfeger, Elana Herzog, Fabienne Lasserre, and Amy Yoes --who work in sculpture and site-specific installation. Above, in the left side of the photo, can be seen Mai Braun’s stacked cardboard boxes.

Beauty Underfoot at Smack Mellon is based on the John Cage remark, “Beauty is now underfoot wherever we take the trouble to look.” Artists include Adriana Farmiga, Petrova Giberson, Isola and Norzi, Fawad Khan, Gareth Long, Alison Owen, Mike Quinn, Yumi Janairo Roth, Jen Schwarting, Secret School and the K.I.D.S., Charwei Tsai. Above, Fawad Khan’s Hood (background) focuses on everyday objects that come to life around a car in a junkyard.

Yumi Janairo Roth works mother-of-pearl inlay into shipping pallets.

Decent crowds showed up at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, video below, in spite of the rain. Review here.

Photos by MK Metz
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