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A group art exhibit and events series addressing the ideal design, planning and use of local public parks and recreation spaces.

BROOKLYN UTOPIAS:
PARK SPACE, PLAY SPACE

Artists' visions for public space

An exhibit at the Old Stone House, Spring 2012, curated by Katherine Gressel 
Visit our website at brooklynutopias.wordpress.com
Above image: detail from Rebecca Hackemann,The Idea of the Gowanus Extension, 2012, drawing, archival ink on archival paper, 11.5” x 15.5” (created for upcoming exhibit)

Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space/Play Space  brings together 19 artists and arts groups responding to differing visions for ideal park space or play space, or proposing their own. Exhibiting artists are tackling issues like parks’ relationship to eminent domain and gentrification, the challenges behind collaborative public space design, and debates around the use (or mis-use) of public/private space raised by the recent Occupy protests.

Above image: Will Pappenheimer, sketch from upcoming BU project, Sky Mills.  

Projects in all media include abstract “utopian” maps, visions of imaginary play spaces, a virtual park smartphone app (see above image), text-based public art and photographs and views of Brooklyn’s hidden natural environments.  Temporary outdoor games, art workshops and performances will further engage viewers in a dialogue around public space.

WHAT DO WE NEED?                       

A generous Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) regrant covers about 50% of production, transportation and installation costs of artists’ original projects for the show. Please help use raise the remaining necessary funds so all Brooklyn Utopias artists can realize their most ambitious projects.

We're really excited to have met our goal in a short time. But if we can raise even more than the $1100 (maybe as much as $1500!!), it will help prevent artists from paying any out-of-pocket expenses for their BU projects. It will also help compensate artists and curators for their hours of time devoted to making this show a success. We will be able to provide things like marketing support, refreshments, and new equipment to make our events really amazing.


WHY AN EXHIBIT ABOUT PARKS? WHY NOW?

Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space corresponds with opening ceremonies for the newly renovated Washington Park/J.J. Byrne Playground surrounding Brooklyn's historic Old Stone House, where the exhibition is being held. This will bring thousands of visitors to the exhibit and provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on the future of our parks.

Above image: Installation shot from 2009 Brooklyn Utopias? exhibit at the Old Stone House.


WHAT IS BROOKLYN UTOPIAS?

Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space is part of the Brooklyn Utopias (BU) exhibit and event series, founded in 2009 by artist and curator Katherine Gressel, in which artists, youth, activists, architects, designers and urban theorists consider differing visions of an ideal city through the “concrete” example of Brooklyn. Since its inception, BU has produced 4 successful exhibitions, including thematic Brooklyn Utopias? (2009) and Brooklyn Utopias: Farm City (2010) shows at the Old Stone House.


THE DETAILS: WHO, WHEN, AND WHERE?

Exhibition dates: April 5-June 24, 2012

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30-9:30pm
**Patrons' Reception and Curator/Artist tour: 6:30-7:30pm--with kickstarter pledges of $10 and up!**

Project Director and Curator: Katherine Gressel

Aritst Selection Committee: Katherine Gressel, Curator; Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Arts & Antiquities, NYC Parks Department;  and Kim Maier, Executive Director, Old Stone House.

Exhibiting Artists: Stephanie Beck, Lynn Cazabon, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Tamara Gayer, Christine Gedeon, Groundswell Community Mural Project, Rebecca HackemannHusk, Bettina Johae, Karen Kaapcke, Jess Levey, Cheryl Molnar, Will Pappenheimer, Marina Zamalin

With temporary workshops and events led by: Tracy Candido, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Circle Rules Federation, Gigantic MechanicGroundswell Community Mural Project, Bettina Johae, Will Pappenheimer, Triada Samaras, Kat Schneck

Visit our project blog for a complete calendar of events, images of all artists’ work and more info about the role of artists in shaping a "utopian" Brooklyn!


WHAT DO THE REWARDS LOOK LIKE?

NEW REWARD FROM WILL PAPPENHEIMER!!
BU artist Will Pappenheimer will take the first 20 drawings for a $10 pledge or more that will be the first to be drawn in the virtual sky above the Stone House and Washington Park area! They will be part of the launch of his project, Sky Mills. See above for a sample image of what the virtual skywriting will look like!

Be a $25 "Postcard Patron," and get a set of 10 postcards from  Bettina Johae's Eminent Domain NYC project--front and backside view pictured above. Get 5 for just $15. Postcards will also be displayed in the exhibit.

Be a $40 "Book Club Patron I" and receive a book that contains images of all 5 of these above paintings of Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park, by artist Karen Kaapcke, plus several essays, including all the writing from the original Hyperallergic blog post about Karen's paintings.  The original paintings will be displayed in the exhibit.

Be a $50 "Book Club Patron II" and receive this artist-designed book by Cheryl Molnar. Photo collages from this project will also be on display in the exhibit.

Be a $100 "Art Patron I" and receive the above stereo photo print by Rebecca Hackemann, "The Dream Catcher." Has a 3-D viewing component. See more info about this photo here.

Be a $100 "Art Patron II" and receive the above stereo photo print by Rebecca Hackemann, "The Toll." See more info here.

Be a $200 "Art Patron III" and receive an archival print from a high-quality digital photo by Lynn Cazabon, from her series Uncultivated (sample photo pictured above). Photos from this series will be on display in the exhibit.

Be a $300 "Art Patron IV" and commission an original, small acrylic painting based on photos of your favorite park or play space (or other photo(s) of choice!), by curator Katherine Gressel. An example of one of Katherine's existing paintings, created for Brooklyn Utopias 2009 and which is now in the Old Stone House permanent collection, above; more at www.katherinegressel.com.


WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT PAST "BROOKLYN UTOPIAS" PROJECTS?

"Brooklyn Utopias? is a merger of classic American optimism plus each individual artist’s take on living in this ever-changing burg."
- The Brooklyn Paper 

“It allowed me to come back to what I love: imagining the future. It’s important to remember why we are doing our day-to-day activities: in response to some utopian vision.”
- Stacey Murphy, Founder, BK Farmyards, guest presenter, “Do it Yourself Utopias” public program at the Old Stone House

“Having a forum for people to come together and discuss ways for change in this community through the use of art is ideal to me.”
- Katie Hall, participating artist

The Brooklyn Utopias? exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society received mention in Time Out New York's Perfect Weekend section in January 2010.

Above image from the 2009 Brooklyn Utopias? exhibition: Michael A. Rippens, Civil Rides (2009), tape on recycled cardboard, 48.5" X 49.5"

Song from Video: "My Home Town," from Live at WFMU with Irene Trudel December 12 2011 by Melaena Cadiz 

Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

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    Be a “Park Space, Play Space” Friend! Add your name to our website, facebook page, and exhibition catalogue. Also, you can send us a photo and/or description of your favorite park space or play space, for possible inclusion on our blog!

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    Call for the 1st Sky Drawings: As part of the Kickstarter campaign artist will Pappenheimer will take the first 20 drawings for a $5 pledge or more that will be the first to be drawn in the virtual sky above the Stone House and Washington Park area! They will be part of the launch of his project, Sky Mills. <http://www.willpap-projects.com/Sky_Mills/Sky_Mills.html> After you pledge: Instructions are easy: Use a sheet of paper scanned or photographed or a drawing program (like Photoshop) or make a simple line drawing or word sequence in a square area. Send it as a JPEG to the artist Will Pappenheimer at willpap at gmail.com with subject heading “Brooklyn Utopias Sky Drawing” and he will convert it into virtual airplane trails for the sky by the opening on April 5. If you pledge $10 or more and select this gift, you will also automatically receive free admission to our Patrons' Reception at 6:30 on April 5.

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    Be a “Park Space, Play Space” Patron! In addition to all friend perks, attend our VIP Patrons’ Reception, from 6:30-7:30pm, right before our general Opening Reception on Thursday, April 5. You’ll receive a complementary beverage, and a special preview tour with the curator and artists (tour starts at 7). Can’t make it to the opening or any of the other events? At your request, we will send you an email summarizing the talk or any of our other events, and answer all your questions!

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    Join the “Park Space, Play Space Playgroup” and receive all friend and patron perks, plus 5 “Eminent Domain” postcards (see below), AND gain advance reservation privileges to all our other events (including outdoor sporting events and art workshops) which are expected to fill up fast. Check our project blog for a full calendar.

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    Be a “Postcard Patron:” Receive all “Playgroup” perks, and a set of 10 postcards from BU artist Bettina Johae’s “Eminent Domain” project. Each postcard tells the fascinating story of a different park or other public site in New York City that resulted from the use of eminent domain.

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    GREAT NEWS! Karen Kaapcke has offered to print another limited edition of soft-cover artist books as $40 rewards! Be a “Book Lover Patron I” and and receive all “Postcard Patron” perks plus a signed, artist-designed book by BU artist Karen Kaapcke, "Painting Occupy." This book is a record of 5 en plein air paintings with accompanying text that Kaapcke did over the course of several weeks at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park. Approximately 20 pages with color images, the book includes an article originally printed in Hyperallergic, and an essay by John Seed, professor and arts critic for Huffington Post.

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    Be a “Book Lover Patron I” and and receive all “Postcard Patron” perks plus a signed, artist-designed book by BU artist Karen Kaapcke, "Painting Occupy." This book is a record of 5 en plein air paintings with accompanying text that Kaapcke did over the course of several weeks at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park. Approximately 20 pages with color images, the book includes an article originally printed in Hyperallergic, and an essay by John Seed, professor and arts critic for Huffington Post. The first to pledge at this level will get the ONLY hardcover copy available; each subsequent supporter will receive a softcover copy. Act fast!

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    Be a “Book Lover Patron II” and receive all “Postcard Patron” perks plus a limited-edition, artist-designed photography book by BU artist Cheryl Molnar, "Catalog - Greenpoint Williamsburg 2001 - 2011." This book features 178 pgs, 8.5" x 11,” cataloging and providing side by side visual comparisons of the changing Greenpoint and Williamsburg waterfront area from 2001 to 2011 - which is before, during and after the rezoning amendments in 2005.

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    GOOD NEWS! If you missed the limited first edition of $50 books by Cheryl Molnar, you can still be a “Book Lover Patron II” for a slightly higher price, so the artist can be reimbursed for printing a new edition. Receive all “Postcard Patron” perks plus an artist-designed photography book by BU artist Cheryl Molnar, "Catalog - Greenpoint Williamsburg 2001 - 2011." This book features 178 pgs, 8.5" x 11,” cataloging and providing side by side visual comparisons of the changing Greenpoint and Williamsburg waterfront area from 2001 to 2011 - which is before, during and after the rezoning amendments in 2005.

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    Be an "Art Lover Patron I” and receive all “Postcard Patron” perks plus a limited edition stereo photograph, "The Dream Inspector," printed 3" x 6" on 8.5" x 11" paper, by BU artist Rebecca Hackemann.

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    Be an "Art Lover Patron II” and receive all “Postcard Patron” perks plus a limited edition stereo photograph, "The Toll," printed 3" x 6" on 8.5" x 11" paper, by BU artist Rebecca Hackemann.

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    Be an “Art Lover Patron III” and receive all “Postcard Patron” perks plus a signed archival digital 20" x 13" print by BU artist Lynn Cazabon, from her Uncultivated series, which documents the perimeters of parks in different cities.

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    Be an “Art Lover Patron IV” and receive all “Postcard Patron” perks plus commission a signed, original 9” X 12” acrylic painting on canvas by BU curator and painter Katherine Gressel, based on photographs of the park of your choice (or any place of your choice!).

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