Thursday, August 30, 2007

Utopia #1 (a brief introduction)

Pocket Utopia will open next Friday night, Sept. 7th, with a selection of artists from the esteemed Pierogi Flatfile:

Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson
Clement Bagot
Claudia Barthoi
Lee Boroson
Bethany Bristow
David Brody
Tamar Cohen
Guy Corriero
Tamar Cohen
Peggy Cyphers
Kate Drendel
Miriam Dym
Bruce Edelstein
clyde forth
Manfred Fuchs
Bill Gerhard
Fred Gutzeit
Michelle Ha
Theresa Hackett
Michelle Marozik
Mike Miga
Team Lump
Mika Yokobori

September 7 - September 30, 2007
OPENING, Friday September 7th 6:00 – 10:00 pm

1037 Flushing Avenue
[just off the Morgan L, Bushwick, directions below]

Open Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 and by appointment
Call, 718-303-2047

Pocket Utopia is pleased to begin its inaugural season with a selection of artists from the esteemed Pierogi Flatfile. Pocket Utopia opens the file and presents 20 artists and their various styles, all works on paper, and one site-specific installation.

As an artist-run space, Pocket Utopia seeks to pay homage to a pioneer of artist-run spaces in Brooklyn, Joe Amrhein. The Pierogi Flatfile, which now holds art from over 900 artists, also started by showing 20 artists in 1994 at Four Walls, another artist-run space. Pierogi is very much the same place as it was 13 years ago and it is also a very different place in an aggressive contemporary art world. Joe knows all 900 artists. I am presenting a pocket of Pierogi for us to get to know anew (a different 20), at a new artist-run space doing things in a very similar vein in a similar neighborhood, Bushwick, filled with artists. We serve egg rolls, not pierogies.

Pocket Utopia is an away-from center, off-center, exhibition, salon and social space run by artist Austin Thomas. Please also join us for a discussion with the artists on Wednesday night, September 26th, 6:00pm.

Directions to POCKET UTOPIA
1037 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, ground floor.
via subway:
coming from Manhattan take the L train to the Morgan stop. (the 6th stop in Brooklyn).
Exit at the front of the train. You will emerge on the corner of Morgan Avenue and
Harrison Place. Walk on Morgan, heading south towards Grattan Street. Cross
Grattan Street, Thames Street, and Rock Street, and turn left on Flushing Avenue.
Pocket Utopia is the 4th buildings on your left.

via car from Manhattan:
take the Williamsburg Bridge (inside lane) to the Humboldt Street exit. Turn right
at Humboldt Street, go 7 blocks and turn left on Metropolitan Avenue. Go several
blocks and turn right on Morgan Avenue. Follow Morgan to the where it become a V,
staying left, and turn left at the light – Johnson Avenue. Make the first right,
onto Porter Avenue. Go 5 blocks and turn right on Flushing Avenue.