Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Reporting from Camp

Pocket Utopia is an art project run by Austin Thomas that initiates community by connecting artists.

From July 21 - July 28, 2010, we will be hosted by the community of Rouses Point, NY

For a highlight of camp of events: click

Camp Calendar available on google

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Drawing on the Utopic

In an effort to lessen the density of my online and otherwise life, I am trying to have one blog (Drawing on the Utopic.) I'm posting a collection of photos here and will concentrate on posting in one place.

Pocket Utopia is home to Matthew Miller's studio this summer. I am organizing the second and final year at Pocket Utopia, details to follow.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

current show

Pocket Utopia's current show and public art project:

Pictured here are the images from the current show: Brece Honeycutt and Audra Wolowiec.

Graham Coreil-Allen's Visionary Crosswalks:

Friday, May 9, 2008

Visionary Crosswalks - Graham Coreil-Allen

Visionary Crosswalks
May 10 – June 1, 2008

OPENING CELEBRATION/project launch, Saturday May 10th 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

1037 Flushing Avenue

Pocket Utopia is pleased to present it’s second neighborhood public art project: Visionary Crosswalks by artist Graham Coreil-Allen. Presented in-situ, Visionary Crosswalks will be a series of interactive crosswalk installations throughout Bushwick.

Graham Coreil-Allen will create five temporary "crosswalks" demonstrating some of the casual paths that pedestrians take when navigating various intersections in the northwest section of Bushwick. Coreil-Allen will also install interactive posters around the crosswalk sites and other locations. The posters will consist of a neighborhood map will detail particular intersections, and will posit this question: "How did you get here?" and "How did you cross the street?". Each map will also include a marking pen so that passers-by may answer the questions. Coreil-Allen will periodically collect these maps and use the participants responses as plans for installing additional crosswalks.

As part of Pocket Utopia’s ongoing “Social Saturday” series, Coriel-Allen will screen a video documenting the crosswalk footage on May 24th from 4:00 pm. The “Visionary Crosswalks Social Saturday” will be a fun and casual opportunity to watch videos, hang-out, and foster discourse on the pedestrian experience in Bushwick.

Interested participants can find maps and installation locations for Visionary Crosswalks at Pocket Utopia.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Brece Honeycutt and Audra Wolwiec exhibition opens May 9th

Audra Wolowiec, Image: Fabric Wall Drawing 2008 dimensions variable pencil on the wall

Brece Honeycutt, Image: Arachne #1 2008 24 x 24 inches homespun wool & stainless steel pins May 9 – June 1, 2008

OPENING, Friday May 9th 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
1037 Flushing Avenue
[Just off the Morgan L, Bushwick]
Open Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 p.m. and by appointment
Call: 917-400-3869

Pocket Utopia is pleased to present an exhibition of artists Brece Honeycutt and Audra Wolowiec. In conversation with the physical space and with an acknowledgement of history, particularly the history of feminist art (materials, production, and execution), both artists create an open dialogue or a presence.

Honeycutt, literally in attendance, working as a Pocket Utopia artist in residence, knits and weaves within a cultural context, referencing myth, memory, and the web that may or may not hold it all together. Using her fingers to knit and sometimes incorporating plastic bags, she spins the space into a place of permission.

Wolowiec removes and receives space from the architecture and the body, by drawing on the gallery walls, embedding human hair within it and removing circles of it in a wall exchange program or what she terms “points of exchange.” Wolowiec also “exchanges” a freckle with a friend by getting a tattoo; here a circle of ink is shared. Certificates and photographs document her process.

Wolowiec finds; presenting a series of drawings on discarded lottery tickets, investigates and replaces. Whether made in the space, as in the case of Honeycutt, or drawn on the wall or cut out of it, as in the case with Wolowiec, both artists reside in a pocket utopia. A utopia of the egalitarian hand-made and marked. The resulting social fabric of the exhibition is a work space turned worked space where there is a deeper understanding of an artist space.

There will be a salon discussion on Wednesday, May 28th at 6:00 p.m. where the artist will be present to discuss fiber, feminism and ephemera. Refreshments will be served. This discussion is a part of Austin Thomas’s salon series titled, “Excuse me, you have art in your teeth.”

Pocket Utopia is an away-from center, off-center, exhibition, salon and social space run by artist Austin Thomas.

Sunday, April 27, 2008