PAST BROOKLYN In Time
MARGARETE AND JAKOB HENTZE
MAY 24-29, 2016
The Hollows is pleased to present Bushwick Monologue, a new iteration of artist duo Margarete and Jakob Hentze's long time joint project series titled Monologue. As an ongoing project that originated in 2006, it is comprised of a performance carried out by Jakob Hentze with a geometrical object he develops, while filmmaker Margarete Hentze directs and documents the performance in film form.
For Bushwick Monologue, Hentze’s chose places which do not need to be specially prepared, but where it is possible just to perform in everyday life as they explore the town. During the performances, Jakob wears a plain black suit, and form several different figures with the geometric object without a clear goal as he looks concentrated and isolated. Out of the filmed documentation of the performance, Hentze’s develop a video installation for the exhibition at The Hollows as they put the Iceland iteration in dialogue with their New York piece. As the bold, animation-like form of the geometric object and Jakob Hentze’s dark color suit and gestures provide stasis for the eye, the backgrounds -in the case of this piece, another main actor of the film- differ dramatically from each other, deserted and populated, rural and urban…
Jakob Hentze studied painting and graphic arts at University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria, completed with MA degree. He works and lives as free artist and designer in Munich. In 2009, he founded the design- label 5leuchten.de. The main subject of his work is geometry and its relation to man.
After the Vocational College for woodcarving and carpentry in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria and the birth of the first child, Margarete Hentze studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. After the birth of the second child, she completed her studies with Diploma as master student in 2006. As a multimedia artist and a filmmaker, the main focus of her work lies on participatory projects with social implications. She has recently finished her participatory documentary Doing Nothing All Day - FREISTUNDE about democracy in school education.
US AND THEM
The Hollows is pleased to present Us and Them, a video installation portraying the segregated lives of Bushwick’s residents. Through an observational filmmaking style, Rehana Esmail’s video installation captures everyday situations in Bushwick and bring the notion of bodily privileges to the surface.
Bushwick’s segregation can be seen as an example of a larger global pattern in which the cycle of movement, migration, settlement, and displacement continue to shape our surrounding environments as well as our psychological perception of them. More than ever, we need to raise the question of how our own bodies contribute to this process. Through her two channel video installation of two contrasting spaces in Bushwick, Esmail exposes the normalized daily tensions and paradoxes produced by the presence and absence of privilege. A spatial experience is created where Bushwick’s segregated lives are compressed into one room.
Rehana Esmail is a Brooklyn based independent filmmaker and holds an M.A. degree from The New School. Her work ranges from poetic cinema to documentary filmmaking while having a particular interest in the relationship between cinema, philosophy and anthropology. She is currently working on her first feature documentary about a post disaster landscape and its impact on local communities in the northern areas of Pakistan.
BRICKS, FOAM, PAPER: NEIGHBORHOOD VOICES
ANA LAURA GINDIN
OPENING RECEPTION: TUESDAY, 22 MARCH 2016, 7PM
ON VIEW THROUGH SUNDAY, 28 MARCH 2016, 1-6PM
CURATED BY PIRIL GUNDUZ
"Bushwick is my home,” H says. “It is part of my upbringing." P guards the community garden and clarifies, "el perrito no habla inglés.” To him, Bushwick is his "familia". For L, Bushwick is graffiti and art. For T, "it is that beat, the sound of the M slowing down at Myrtle Ave." She never leaves Bushwick. E only thinks of Bushwick in terms of music. S complains of the artsy wannabes who think Bushwick is cool, and B feels guilty about living off the L line. All these voices combined in Spanish and English make Bushwick, what it is today."
The Hollows is pleased to present Bricks, "Foam, Paper: Neighborhood Voices", a solo show by resident artist, Ana Laura Gindin, as part of the Bushwick in Time series. As the central piece, Neighborhood Voices features a walk-through painting and sound installation. Wall-to-Wall paintings reflect on Bushwick’s urban landscape and varied building materials. These are combined with voices of Bushwick neighbors who were interviewed about life in this barrio latino that is changing to an up and coming hipster paradise.
Rent and real estate in Bushwick are increasing astronomically as the young and hip (and others not so young and not so hip) are moving in. Hispanic communities-Dominicans and Puerto Ricans- along with African Americans are being displaced, as they can no longer afford the high rent.
"Neighborhood Voices" presents two intertwined changes happening in Bushwick: people/life and building materials. Prewar brownstones stand alongside aluminum facades built after the fires from the 1977 blackout. The third stage of buildings, from the 21st- century, look like jails or grey boxes with seemingly perfect sod (a cut-rate grass) and nostalgic copies of the beloved neighborhood brownstones. Noble brick is replaced by construction foam, creating a cheap, temporary facade that seems like it could melt away after the first snow.
With this installation, the viewers will experience the neighborhood walls while listening to genuine voices of its people. Cement and brick transition into fragile paper and painting. The voices -new and old, gentrifier and long-time inhabitant- play off of each other. The audio is intentionally bilingual; this is the sound of Bushwick.
The show also includes an installation with actual bricks, Signs, along with small urban landscape paintings done over puzzles, Neighborhood Puzzles.
Brick is the most noble material in Brooklyn brownstones. For Signs, the intention is to pile up the bricks, then crumble them as well. They should be seen from above, as all they may represent: waste, garbage, matter, industry, money, displacement. The viewer is invited to be rebellious, if only just a little. If a hard hat is required to enter a construction zone in NYC, enter the work on display with an uncovered head, and see what happens.
Neighborhood Puzzles are small urban landscape paintings of Bushwick on puzzles, symbolizing the ever changing nature of cities, neighborhoods, and the life in them. Puzzles are made to be built and broken apart, to take a piece away or to search for the one that's missing. Should one fill up the holes, or leave the crack open?
For the opening night only, a performative piece titled A Square Meter of Bushwick Canvas will invite viewers to participate and play the role of lease holders, new landlords, and/or displaced tenants, simulating the effects of financial transactions on the neighborhood.
Ana Laura Gindin is a visual artist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With a BA degree in sociology, Ana Laura Gindin ́s visual art work involves painting, sculpture and other media to present narratives on subjects of our contemporary life. Since 2014 she researches the idea of tearing, understood as the tearing of social fabric and urban fabric. Her work has been shown in Argentina, including a 3 artist show at Fundación Pasaje 865 (2014), a group show at Centro Cultural Borges (2013) and 2 solo shows at CNBA alumni foundation.
Elevations: An Exploration in Structure
Christina Cassone's work is a personal narrative exploring memory through industrial landscape. The elevated train is industrious not only in it’s massive construction, but also in commuting many residents between Manhattan and Brooklyn daily.The pieces created for “Bushwick in Time” focus on the elevated train and the abandoned section of steelwork on Myrtle Avenue, which survives as a remnant from the original Brooklyn elevated railroad. Every place, like every person, has its own identity fabricated over time through a combination of use, value, and physical features. Her work considers what happens when these elements are removed or obscured. Through painting and contemporary metal works, she explores different processes related to this idea. Jewelry forms reflect and interpret the structure as objects, while paintings capture the landscape inhabited by it.
Christina Cassone was born in Bristol, Connecticut and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She discovered an interest in industrial structure while living amongst the remains of Pennsylvania’s mining industry. Christina attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA degree in studio art, working in both 2D and 3D mediums to explore the various components of “structure”. Recently, her work was featured in the Bartram’s Boxes: Remix exhibition at Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood, with an accompanying catalog.
NOVEMBER 24TH, 2015
CURATED BY PIRIL GUNDUZ
For the November event of the Bushwick In Time series, hosted by The Hollows and curated by Piril Gunduz, artist Genco Gulan is producing a new body of work entitled Contrails. Working from photographs of the Bushwick neighborhood, many of which feature the conspicuous presence of the elevated railway line, Gulan transfers the compositions onto paper with ink. Juxtaposed with the drawn renderings of neighborhood views are futuristic space ships meant to invoke the alien-like experience of living in Bushwick as a foreigner, or as someone experiencing its rapid urbanization