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On Tuesday June 11th we'll be celebrating the opening of Tess Michalik's show, The Progress of Love. Tess's work moves me. Her paintings are layered and the paint is thick. She gestures toward decorative interiors: wallpapers and elaborate finishes, sometimes explicitly and sometimes more impressionistically. The paintings are luxurious and rich while expressing both freedom and claustrophobia. I adore them. I want to eat them.
I hope you come see for yourself.. as much as they reproduce beautifully, and they do, they are so much better in person.
As an added bonus, and also a stylistic counterpoint, we will also be joined by Althea Simons and her collection, Grammar NYC. Althea makes crisp white, and occasionally black, shirts out of organic cotton. They are manufactured here in NY and fulfill all my minimalist dreams: elegant in their simplicity, fresh and clean.
Here we are at the end of 2018. It was a fast-forward kind of year here in DK-land. So much happening in the world and so many moments of feeling both powerless and powerful. There is pleasure and purpose in realizing that although things are broken, we each individually can make them better.. and when there is SO MUCH room for improvement, you can dig in wherever you want, it ALL helps.
To wit: we expanded our collaboration with artist Jenny Belin, showcasing more of her portraits of feminists, including more contemporary women: gun-control activist Emma Gonzalez, writer Rebecca Solnit, artist Amy Sherald, professor Anita Hill, and more. We created buttons of many of them, so you can carry their images out into the world, because REPRESENTATION MATTERS.
In October we hosted the glorious Turning The Tide: Blue Wave Project from the Pen and Ink Brigade, a collective of women artists and illustrators. We raised over $8000 for voteriders.org, ensuring that people who needed assistance getting to the polls would have it. The artworks were spectacular, as was the opening party :)
This year I dug into it all by co-creating Persisticon. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do. It's a passion project: a social enterprise full of art, laughs, love, and making a difference in the world. Our ultimate goal is the election of pro-choice progressive women, but along the way we seek to foster community, provide platforms for funny women, support our local small businesses, make some art, and have fun. Here's the award winning poster Johanna Goodman did for the first Persisticon event, held in late March at the Bell House in Brooklyn:
When I started this post I planned to include a bunch of pretty new things from the resort collections pooling on the racks in the store.. but it's gotten so long I'm just gonna make another one...
Wishing you and yours all the blessings this world has to offer, and looking forward to seeing you in 2019.
“For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
—Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Feminism and resistance take center stage in the exhibition Nope: The Women’s March on Washington, Photography by Torz Dallison, currently on view at Diana Kane’s project space in Brooklyn. Dallison’s photographs capture the vitality, human compassion, and strength of the millions of protestors who participated in the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. On this historic day, an overwhelming sense of synchronicity and collective unrest unified the nation and the globe in the pursuit of a commitment to human rights and equality. Dallison’s singular portraits and large-scale panoramas respond to a universal and incisive question: Why do we march? Embodied among the strident interlocked figures, and the solitary heroines, we find a reservoir of tenacity, urgency, and activism. Above all else, Dallison’s photographs seize the subtle yet critical directive of the Women’s March to assemble and resist with civility.
Accompanying the installation is a beautiful catalogue for purchase, with an introduction by art historian Aliza Edelman, featuring over fifty images by Dallison. Nope is Diana Kane’s second feminist project following the presentation of Portraits of Women: Icons and Feminists, and will be on view through May 17. A closing party will be held at Diana Kane on Saturday, May 13, 5-8PM.
I'm very pleased to say our lovely neighbors, Red, White, and Bubbly, and Acme Wines & Spirits are sponsoring our opening party for Portraits of Women: Icons and Feminists Thank you to Adam and Donald for your generosity, we will raise a glass to you.
I'm also happy to report that Brooklyn Frameworks is offering a framing deal to any of you who purchase pieces from the show. There will be examples of the frame style (simple, clean, modern) on a few of the pieces so you can see them. George does excellent work and has been a pillar of our community for over 18 years..
Shop local people, and appreciate the small businesses in your community who contribute to making us the vibrant community we are!
In a first for our store, I have organized an art show with many contributing artists. There will be somewhere between 25-35 by the time the show goes up, on September 17th.
Each artist was given a 12" x 12" wooden board and asked to create a portrait of an inspiring woman of their choice.
It's been an absolute pleasure to see the pieces come in, and they are awesome.
There's something so valuable in original artwork, it's an expression from a human being meant to excite your heart/ mind. I'm fascinated by what we respond to, and why... please take a scan and see what you respond to.
The inspiration behind this show is equality in representation. What we encounter is invaluable in forming our views of the world and what is possible for us; what we see teaches us what to aspire towards.
Too much of our history is told and framed by the stories from and of men. Don't get me wrong: I love men. But the truth is we don't see anywhere near an equal number of female contributions and contributors. It's time to see more of the women who succeed in impacting the world.
I hope you can join us for our opening party, please check out the Facebook event for more info. If you can't, don't worry, the show will be up for at least a month, and if it goes well, longer- in my perfect world we can continue to add new work as the first pieces sell.
And do check them out here!