Featuring: George Boorujy Josh Brand Joy Curtis Eric Doeringer Marta Edmisten Joel Edwards Elise Ferguson Bella Foster Anthony Fuller Allison Gildersleeve Jerry Gunn Joseph Hart Jacob Hartman Alex Hubbard Butt Johnson Theodore Kersten Andrew Kuo Jim Lee Eddie Martinez Brian Montuori Keiko Narahashi Ian Pedigo Zak Prekop Noam Rappaport Gretchen Scherer William Touchet Michael Vahrenwald Mandolyn Wilson Rosen Sam Wilson Erik Wysocan
Greater Brooklyn was conceived as an exhibition focusing on unrepresented artists living and working in Brooklyn and the surrounding boroughs.
Each summer hundreds of new artists, â€œfreshâ€ from art school, find themselves amongst their fellow classmates, cheap beer in hand in post-graduatory spirit, gazing at the Manhattan skyline from the rooftops of recently converted industrial buildings, each year a little more distant and each year a few stops further along the subway lines. What was once dubbed â€œThe City of Lost Soulsâ€ by a certain visitor to the Yale graduate program has become home, over the past few decades, to thousands of artists. In a commercial climate that seems to be constantly redefining the viability of newer and often younger artists, it seems there are fewer and fewer artists that [sic] can be called anything but “emerging,” or “emerged.” Still, there remain those that [sic] have yet to become noticed or “emergent,” and those that [sic], after many years of making art, could still be called unknown.
Greater Brooklyn seeks to find a different means of surveying new work by artists in New York. Inspired by a time when entire exhibitions are sold through e-mailed reproductions of artwork, the selection process involved an open call to artists in the form of an e-mail invitation distributed and redistributed as an undeterminable form of chain-networking. This resulted in hundreds of submitted applications and hundreds more digital images of the applicantâ€™s submitted work. No studio visits were made. Instead the exhibition was curated entirely on the basis of digital reproductions and submitted samples of writing. Thirty artists’ works were selected that represented unique and innovative approaches among largely unknown and unrepresented artists.
Greater Brooklyn was curated by Alex Dodge and Glen Baldridge.