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“Anatomically Incorrect” Closing Party

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“Daily Porn” Opening Reception

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“Anatomically Incorrect” Closing Party, Feb 6. 6-9pm

Saturday evening, Feb. 6th from 6-9PM, Lucky Gallery is hosting an a closing party for the exhibition “Anatomically Incorrect” which is an an on-site collaborative drawing installation by Anastasia Akulinina/Kaerfkrahs, Brian Butler, Downer, Faro, Scott Ferguson, Fish McGill, Maxwell Piersol, Cardon Webb, and Eunjeong Yoo.

Local Brooklyn-based band, Descender will be performing. Taking their name from an obscure typographic term, Descender is a band made up of four graphic designers. Drawing on influences ranging from early ’90s indie and punk rock to hardcore and new progressive metal, Descender effortlessly fuses together a sound that defies easy classification. Often sidestepping traditional verse/chorus conventions, their songs are short and to the point, but also richly textured. Try to imagine a hint of Sonic Youth’s wall of guitars, Snapcase’s brutal breakdowns and Fugazi’s anthemic energy mixed with Slayer’s unrelenting metal riffs and you’ll have a reference point for Descender.

Over the last year Descender has been making a name for itself playing regularly in NYC-area clubs, basement venues and DIY loft spaces. Lucky Gallery is excited to have them perform along with a live drawing performance from local Red Hook artists, Todd Von Ammon and Nate Luce.

Bring your earplugs and have a drink or two and say good bye to “Anatomically Incorrect”.

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“Daily Porn” Opening Reception, Feb 13, 6-9PM

Daily Porn

Spend part of your Valentines weekend at Lucky Gallery, join us Feb 13th for the opening reception of “Daily Porn.”

It might be cold outside but things are heating up in Red Hook with a pornographic bonanza of erotic books, collages, drawings, sculpture, and performance by artists Greg Beyer, Will Kurtz, John Lennon, Morgan Miller, Mark Mulroney, Kevin Muth, Hannah Nelson, Tara Sinn, Alix Sorrell, and Iulia Toacaci, exploring the ever-changing role of pornography in the realm of the contemporary art.

Curated by gallery director Laura Arena and artist Iulia Toacaci, Daily Porn aims to explore and define what is erotic and titillating to different creative individuals, displaying a diversity of sensibilities and approaches that range from the humorous and raunchy, to the personal and the intimate.

DJ Spacey Sissick will be spinning records, special Valentines Day treats made by Hannah Nelson, live drawings done by Alix Sorrell. Food and drink will be povided!

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“Anatomically Incorrect” Opening Reception

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“Wearing Whitman’s Words; A Typographic Exploration” Opening Reception, Dec 5, 6-9 pm

Illustration by Portal Porfavor

Illustration by Portal Porfavor

Lucky Gallery invites you to join us on Saturday, December 5th from 6-9 pm for the opening reception of “Wearing Whitman’s Words; A Typographic Exploration,” curated by Ben Peterson.

This exhibition features new works created specifically for this show by; Friends of Type, Jennifer Heuer, Jessica Hische, Justin Thomas Kay, Pablo A. Medina, Ed Nacional, Meg Paradise, Pillow Fort, and Travis Simon.

These designers were asked to make selections from Leaves of Grass to visually explore letter forms. The designed words will be displayed on the front of t-shirts with the selected text written on the back in a font consistent across each of the shirts. This contrast will highlight how the shape of letters can add meaning to the words we read.

Everyone attending the opening will receive a free shirt from the show, extending the exhibition beyond the gallery walls.

This show is supported by generous donations from Monotype Imaging and Portal Porfavor.

The typefaces featured in this show are Slate, a versatile humanist/grotesque sans serif and Egyptian Slate, its slab serif counterpart. Both typefaces were designed by Rod McDonald, the award-winning typeface designer and lettering artist and are available from Monotype Imaging.

DJ Spacey Sissick will be spinning records, food and drink will be provided.

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Lucky Gallery Presents “Nighttime is for Dreaming” Closing Reception, with Rap/Danceattack Project, Big Digits, October 31, 8-12 PM

Michael Gutowski

Michael Gutowski

On October 31st, from 8-12PM, Lucky Gallery is hosting a closing reception for “Nighttime is for Dreaming”, a Halloween celebration under the lights with special guests, Big Digits, a rap/danceattack/computerkiller project based in Cambridge, MA.

“Nighttime is for Dreaming” a collaborative installation of light, sound, imagery and text, from New York artists’ Christoper Coggiano and Alix Sorrell and New Jersey based artists’ Ralph Maratta and “War of the Lightning Bugs”.

Big Digits is MC Mac Swell and TD, the two primary components handling beats, rhymes, and death defying live shows but have recently added the phenomenal live re-mixing and WiiJ skills of DJ Mark E. Moon.

Big Digits consistently play shows in and around the Boston area, varying in venues from basements, to arenas, to art galleries, and college dorms. They have also toured across North America several times; being met with both enthusiastic acclaim and swarms of this continent’s dancing sweaty youth. While keeping the original spirit of rap music nearby, they explore the possibilities and avenues of a genre without heed to the dogma or orthodoxy of any style of music.

Big Digits has been described in variety of ways from: “art rap nonsense” (The Village Voice) to “twisted genius” (The Northeast Performer) to “You guys dress like mummies and hit drums and dance, that shit’s awesome” (some dude on the street), they kind of all fit.

Libations will be provided and special treats to those that are in costume. “Nighttime is for Dreaming” but it is also for dancing.

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“Carving Out the Light”, a Pumpkin Carving Workshop hosted by Christopher Coggiano, October 23, 8-10PM

Jack O' Lantern

Jack O' Lantern

Pumpkin carving is a popular part of modern America’s Halloween celebration. Come October, pumpkins can be found everywhere in the country from doorsteps to dinner tables. People have been making jack o’lanterns at Halloween for centuries.

The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul.

The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

Come make your own version of a Jack-O’-Lantern with Christopher Coggiano, featured artist in the current exhibition at Lucky Gallery “Nighttime is for Dreaming”, on October 23, 8-10PM. Bring a pumpkin if you can we might not have enough for everyone! We will have all the tools and will provide food and drink.

Happy Halloween!

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Lucky Gallery Outdoor Film Event ‘When Clouds Clear’ by Danielle Bernstein

When Clouds Clear

When Clouds Clear

‘When Clouds Clear’ is an award winning feature-length documentary that delves into one remote community’s radical resistance to a proposed copper mine that would level and destroy their way of life forever. Set in the isolated cloud forests of the northern Ecuadorian Andes Mountains, the film is narrated by the founders and children of Junín who depict how the village’s daily life has been affected by copper that were discovered beneath their land.

As two invading mining companies become increasingly brazen in their attempts to infiltrate and control the area, the community forms a united resistance in order to survive. Still, some citizens side with the wealth that the companies promise, causing irreparable divisions, pitting friend against friend and father against son. Suddenly these once-peaceful farmers find themselves thrust into a dangerous world of corruption, splintered households, murder and arson as they fight tenaciously to protect their land and families.

Danielle Bernstein
Danielle is a New York based filmmaker from Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. In 2006 she started the production company Clear Films and went on to co-direct, produce and shoot the award winning film ‘When Clouds Clear’, released in 2008. Clear Films is in the process of becoming a green production company and supports filmmakers and artist whose projects address social issues and strive to move audiences to action. Danielle is currently working on a new film, Mothers of a Nation.

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