• Profile of a Gowanus Artist: Part 1

    Profile of a Gowanus Artist: Part 1

    Artist Charles Miller by Jonathan Hack As promised, we’ve chosen 3 Gowanus artists to showcase and get to know a little better as we countdown to ‘GO Brooklyn Art‘ on September 8th and 9th. Allow us to introduce the first artist in our series, Charles Miller. We asked him a few quick questions and here’s what he had to say…   Where are you from originally? Charles: Grew up all over the place.  Santa Barbara, California for high school, which are really the only years I sort of remember…the ones that left a mark. When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?  Charles: Sometime around my third year at Bennington College back in the early eighties.   Is art your main source of income?   Charles: Yes  Where did you get your education from?  Charles: Bachelors from Bennington College in Bennington, VT, Masters in Architecture from Harvard University Who are your influences? Charles: Heinrich Von Kleist, Franz Kafka. Bach, Django Reinhardt, Thelonious Monk, Akira Kurosawa, Bruce Lee, Diego Velázquez, Édouard Manet, Edward Hopper, Tex Avery… I could go on for a long time. Favorite piece by another artist?  Charles: Impossible question for me to answer.  Favorite piece of your own?  Charles: An archive I designed for Franz Kafka which consisted of a diary, a portable desk, a suit jacket, quilt, reliquary, and two small portraits of Kafka and his favorite sister, Ottla, who perished in Auschwitz in 1943.  Also a large glass beaded curtain I made for this terrible movie called Autumn in New York with Richard Gere and Winona Ryder, directed by Joan Chen.  I wish I still had that piece.  It was made of thousands of antique beads and took months to make.  It enjoyed about thirty seconds of screen time. Then the director took it I believe. The movie tanked.  Media? Charles: Quite a few! In which neighborhood do you live?  Charles: Currently Park Slope.  Where is your studio?  Charles: Gowanus area, next to Lowes.  How did you get involved with ‘GO’?  Charles: A friend and neighbor, Joe, a performance artist who works with sand.  Being a surfer, I love sand. In addition to finding Charles’s work on the ‘Go’ tour you can see his work on his two site: sixmoremiles.com and jewishboxers.com     Support Artist and create a better world!

  • ‘GO’ Invades Gowanus – Brooklyn multi-gallery art exhibit

    ‘GO’ Invades Gowanus – Brooklyn multi-gallery art exhibit

    GO invades Gowanus! by Jonathan Hack There’s an extensive new visual arts initiative ‘happening’ in our hood that you need to know about!  GO Brooklyn Art is a Brooklyn-wide, ‘community-curated open studio project’. What does that mean?  The Brooklyn Museum, in association with literally hundreds of local artists, is putting together a free show throughout our entire borough and you’re invited!  The aim is to transform how Brooklyn communities engage in the arts by opening local studios to the public and bringing our small town of Brooklyn together. It has been a project many months in the making that will culminate on September 8th and 9th from 11AM-7PM both days when you, the good people of Gowanus and the World, are invited into the artists’ studios and asked to vote for your favorite artist.  Gowanus alone has 176 registered artists featured at Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn Art Gym, Gowanus Print Lab, and Proteus Gowanus; to name a few. GO marks the largest ever initiative by the BK Museum based solely on voter participation.  How does it work?  First you have to register to vote!  Please visit gobrooklynart.org and gobrooklynart.tumblr.com/ for a wealth of information including FAQ’s, voter registration, artist bios, interactive maps and meet-up dates. It’s that easy! Once registered you can create a custom itinerary based on your interests.  You’ll find using GO’s search engine highly intuitive as you easily use filters to pinpoint neighborhoods, media and accessibility (ie: Gowanus, sculpture and strollers).  On September 8th or 9th or both, you’ll check in at each studio you visit using the GO mobile app. And must visit at least 5 studios to be eligible to vote.  Each artist will have a unique number posted on a sign in their studio which you will text or submit later on the website.  The 10 highest voted artists throughout Brooklyn will be visited by a team of BK Museum curators who are choosing artwork for an exhibit running December 1st, 2012- February 24th, 2013 at the Brooklyn Museum. This week I sat down with the Gowanus Neighborhood Coordinator, Matt Allison, and picked his brain about the upcoming awesomeness. Allison, an artist himself (afuturememory.com), looks at his position as an opportunity to involve our community in an already huge arts movement. Allison’s excitement were infective when describing his efforts to put Gowanus artists on the map.  As neighborhood coordinator Allison works to impart knowledge of [...]


Gowanus, Brooklyn

The crack between two hipster neighborhoods, home to the now superfunded Canal, the flash point for the new 'Buy Local' and textile revolutions, & filled with brilliant bohemians. . . this is Gowanus & it’ll awesome your face off.