Lucky Gallery Presents “Honey I Shrunk Red Hook” Exhibition


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Brooklyn-area art gallery will feature an on-site installation and public art project by Luis Blackaller and Andy Cavatorta

From August 8 th to August 30th, Lucky Gallery will present an on-site installation and public art project with several associated community events, “Honey I Shrunk Red Hook”. This is a collaboration between Luis Blackaller and Andy Cavatorta, who aim to start a creative discussion about Red Hook, the inhabitants and folklore. The exhibition will function as a public action, interactive installation and participatory performance. This mission of this project is to bring together a diverse mix of members of the Red Hook community to use art and gallery space as communication devices.

“Red Hook has an air of mystery that I can’t find anywhere else in New York,” explains Blackaller. “It feels somewhat uncharted, perhaps separated as it is from the New York comprehensive subway network. When thinking about making art for Red Hook, I immediately feel like using this art as an excuse to get closer to the people in it, and learn about the place from them hopefully helping them learn from each other in the process.”

Blackaller and Cavatorta will create a cardboard model of the streets surrounding Lucky Gallery, and build a collection of photorealistic dolls representing Red Hook dwellers. Visitors to the Gallery will be encouraged to play with the dolls and have the option to have their own doll made. The familiar sites and people everybody knows will be the one’s in the imagination, giving visitors the chance to meet (or even be!) the familiar strangers all around them.

There are several events associated with “Honey I Shrunk Red Hook” exhibition including an opening reception on Saturday, August 8, from 6-10 PM, in Lucky Gallery. On Sunday, August 16, from 1-6 PM, a small living room set will be set up on the sidewalk in front of Lucky Gallery and people will be invited for interviews which will be video taped expressing their feelings and stories about Red Hook. A selection of the material collected will be shown during the closing event. On Saturday, August 29, from 6-10 PM, in Lucky Gallery there will be a closing reception in which a short film will be projected outside the gallery featuring highlights from the show, interviews and the photorealistic dolls of Red Hook inhabitants will be given to their rightful owners.

Luis Blackaller
Luis Blackaller is an artist from Mexico city with an interest in culture, technology and media. He graduated with honors as a Mathematician in the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has worked as a Designer, Art Director and Motion Graphics Artist in the Mexican film industry for 10 years. He recently graduated with a Master of Science Degree at the MIT Media Lab under the mentorship of John Maeda, where he explored online creative social systems and their relationship with artistic expression and communication.

Andy Cavatorta
Andy Cavatorta can’t stop making things: robots, bikes, art, music, software and films. Sometimes the robots make more music, the software makes more art and the bikes shoot movies. He is currently developing musical robots and large-scale performances and installation with Ensemble Robot. Cavatorta is currently a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab.

Lucky Gallery
Lucky Gallery is located at 176 Richards Street in the heart of Red Hook Brooklyn, New York. Lucky Gallery works with underrepresented and emerging artists looking for a venue to share creativity and ideas in a supportive environment. For information, please contact Laura Arena at laura@luckygallery.com.

Exhibition Dates: August 8, 2009 – August 30, 2009
Opening Reception: August 8, 6-10 PM
Closing Reception: August 29, 6-10 PM
Gallery Hours: Sat/Sun 1-6 and by appt. only
Gallery Address: Lucky Gallery, 176 Richards Street, Brooklyn, NY. 11231

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