AUNTS, an underground platform for dance, creates events in unconventional spaces with multiple performers, overlapping performances, open dance parties, multi-disciplinary, body/non-body based, time oriented, finished/experimental/unfinished/process art. AUNTS has partnered with public venues such as the famous Clipper City schooner at the South Street Seaport, littlefield, and OfficeOps; art organizations such as The Chocolate Factory, Dixon Place, Movement Research, TAMTAMTAM in Berlin, Germany, The American Dance Festival and Chashama; as well as many repurposed spaces including The Secret Works Loft, St. Cecilia’s Convent and The Event Center.
CLASSCLASSCLASS nurtures a continued future of dance pedagogy in New York City by engaging and developing a new generation of dance and performance artists as they teach their craft, while simultaneously making the act of taking and teaching class affordable to all. CLASSCLASSCLASS has partnered with Movement Research, Gibney Dance Center, BRAZIL, Rod Rodgers Dance, Center for Performance Research and Chez Bushwick to offer low cost dance classes throughout the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Two venerable DIY dance forces join powers to create Time Share, a pop-up venue linking artistic process and community. The temporary performance and research hub, located in the repurposed garden level of an old hospital on the Williamsburg/Greenpoint border (St. Nick’s Alliance/Arts@Renassaince), will host a variety of low-cost movement classes, performances, lectures, and community dinners. The space will also feature a permanent “free boutique” that functions as a depot for non-monetary exchange of clothing and recycled materials. Taking advantage of each organization’s ability to shape-shift and respond to the needs of its community, AUNTS & CLASSCLASSCLASS will not attempt to replicate this structure in the future. Time Share is a three-month experiment that says, “this isn’t a hole, we made it.”
See here for a full schedule of events.
Soria’s photomontages consist of layered photographs, cut and pasted in plexiglass. His work chronicles the decay of abandoned factories and explores the transformation of neglected industry. In a series of time-lapsing documentary works, Soria collages thousands of photographs to rebuild fallen complexes, reconstructing locations and revealing the succession of nature over time as they transform in the changing seasons and weather. Where and when pluralize, time separates, space is replaced, and everything becomes an record of what is past.
A muralist and public artist, Soria has created large scale murals and public works of art for numerous institutions, schools, universities, and private and public spaces internationally. As an educator, Soria is a Lead Artist with Groundswell, bringing together artists, youth, and community organizations, using art as a tool for social change. Chris Soria is currently accepting commissions for 2013.
Co-creator of Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Chris Soria and lifetime friend and partner, Marc Evan, have pioneered pumpkin carving, making an art form of medium and pushing the limits of pumpkin sculpture. Maniac has appeared on Food Network, MoMA, and numerous publications nationwide. To learn more, visit maniacpumpkincarvers.com.
Chris Soria received his B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Lynne Margaret Brown is a Brooklyn, NY based artist. Born in Queens, NY, she attended New York City public schools. She received a Bachelors degree in fine arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. After receiving her BFA, she began working as the personal archivist for the artist Arman (New Realist). Following this position she returned to the university and graduated with a Masters degree in art and art education from Teachers College Columbia University. After receiving art teacher certification she held the position of art teacher in New York City public schools and then as a lecturer of art education at Kean University and William Patterson University. Currently she works with a small non-profit organization, which focuses on community programming in Brooklyn and Queens. As of August 2013 she has completed a Masters in studio art program, through NYU which took place in New York City, Venice, Italy and commenced in Berlin, Germany. This Summer/Fall she will begin a low residency terminal degree in fine arts (MFA/Ph.D program), through the TransArt Institute. This program will take place in Berlin, Germany and New York City.
Lynne has had the opportunity to study both visual art and movement. Different forms of traditional and cultural dance and music, as well as local and diverse communities and cultures have influenced and had an impact on her artistic approach and thought process. Her artwork reflects thoughts, movements, ideas, architecture, sights and sounds of the world and the community that surround her. Personal experience and history with movement influences her imagery, which predominantly features the figure and/or energy, metamorphosis and transformation. She photographers everything around her for reference as well as for inspiration and new ideas. Her focus is upon cultural identity, psychology, transfiguration, deconstruction, construction, the body, community, freedom, humanity, aesthetics and it’s meaning in our contemporary global society. She is interested in exploring traditional visual art forms such as sculpture and drawing in combination with visual technology, physical movement, sound and film to create new work in the future. Lynne focuses upon the concept of bringing art from the studio, to the street, to the venue (exhibition space).
Lynne loves New York City for it’s greatness as well as how incredibly hard and terrible it can be.
Tamara Gubernat is a documentary filmmaker, artist and activist born and raised in
Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Her creative process involves documenting personal geographies
within the constantly changing social and physical landscapes of New York City.
Through her work, Tamara sets out to demystify urban planning and policy and to
empower individuals to take proactive roles in shaping their communities. Her upcoming
feature-length documentary film, “Open Process: local democracy in one corner of
Brooklyn” reveals a slice of life within Community Board 1 in Greenpoint and
Tamara has exhibited her work extensively both locally at venues such as the Queens
Museum of Art; Socrates Sculpture Park; and G train subway stations throughout
Brooklyn and Queens, as well as, internationally in South Korea; France; Costa Rica; and
Canada. She is currently teaching video production at Hunter College. Tamara is excited
to continue editing “Open Process” at Arts@Renaissance this summer, with the
opportunity for community feedback on the film in progress, in the heart of Community