The Owl’s Head Sponsors New Stand4 Exhibition
Bay Ridge wine bar continues support of neighborhood artists with sponsorship of “The Way We Were”
November 27, 2017 - Bay Ridge, Brooklyn -- The Owl’s Head, a bar specializing in unique wines and craft beers, announced its sponsorship of the second exhibition at Stand4 Gallery and Community Art Center. The exhibition, entitled, The Way We Were, is organized by John Avelluto, the Owl’s Head co-owner and practicing visual artist. A public opening reception will be held Thursday, November 30th, from 6-9pm. The exhibition will run through December 23rd.
This sponsorship continues the bar’s ongoing support of Bay Ridge artists. This is especially important in the Bay Ridge community where access and funding to contemporary work across the disciplines has been limited.
“My tree rubbings are a way for me to reconcile the loss of my mother, the loss of my local landscape and the losses we are contributing to as we continue to ravage our environment. The world is changing rapidly, leaving little behind to remember…landscapes, peoples, flora, fauna, collective memories, all vanishing beneath our crushing consumerism and market driven hostilities. Disconnected from the land and each other we continue to spiral towards an event horizon guaranteed to make our lives hell.
My study of trees has been a constant. I am always drawn back to them for their beauty, their symbolism and their holy alliance with life on Earth. I often feel like there is a code in the rubbings stolen from the tree. The marks are a language.
In my tree rubbings, my hands and body become my sight. I am collecting instant recordings, using humble materials to create complex images. The use of paper to steal an image from a tree as a rubbing highlights the symbiotic relationship we have with trees as well as life’s continual cycles. Making my own mark over the lifted image underlines the arrogance of our own human nature as well as the shared alliance.”
“The 5 sculptures that make up the work ¨Build Up¨ are very much related to how I have experienced architecture, ruins and new constructions throughout my life. These pieces express both my nostalgic and melancholic view on structures and buildings and the way architecture shapes our existence and cultures. From a very early age I was interested in architecture, I remember seeing sides of buildings that were left exposed after the building next to it was taken down, looking into what was once someone´s bathroom or kitchen, the plumbing sometimes, still attached to the walls. The interior was now the exterior and I would imagine the history of the space, visualizing the history and filling in the blanks when the structure was minimized to just a shell. This moment in the cycle of construction/destruction is an omni-present reminder of a basic human desire to build and at the same time, especially in our modern societies a gesture of our decadent desires to construct up, at such a pace and with such impermanent materials that the idea of a young child, curious like myself will not have the opportunity to imagine the history of a space like I could while walking down the street and therefore the idea of having any type of physical evidence of our specific story is lost, so many stories will be left untold. The idea of place will no longer have importance.”
:Berlin: Domani e il Giorno Dopo was born out of my accumulated knowledge of Berlin, a knowledge that was part myth and part truth, gained through cinema, news and history books. It’s a piece about nostalgia, memory, and site, but also very much about misplaced nostalgia, counterfeit memories and places that live in the shadows of history books. My work, at large, is a means to understand what happens when I bring my preconceived ideas of a city to that city as a way to explore issues of temporality, geographical shifts, and mental displacements. “
“The works from this body have a lot to do with nostalgia, particularly from my youth. The material and utility of loose-leaf paper and hand-writing nears obsolescence and, one would think, soon extinction through the use of digital media. The notes seemingly jotted upon the surface are lyrics from popular songs from the 90’s that also have to do with memory. Words are pushed away, but still somewhat discernible via what seems to be white-out, erasure and burning. Similarly this conversation occurs surrounding painting (the demise thereof), which is why I use paint to physically create the object that it represents (the “paper” and all contained on it are made entirely of acrylic paint) rather than rendering an image of it. “
Exhibition hours run through December 23rd. Regular weekly hours are Fridays 6-9pm and Sat-Sundays 12-5pm.
This event is sponsored by The Owl's Head Wine bar.
About the Owl’s Head
Since 2011, The Owl’s Head has poured Bay Ridge an eclectic, distinct, and affordable selection of global wines and craft beers, paired with ever-evolving menu of savory and sweet artisanal bites. The offerings are carefully selected from small producers by owner John Avelluto and served in a rustic setting that pays homage to the original design of the 1904 building. Avelluto was recently named “Best Bar Owner in Brooklyn” by the Village Voice. Visit the Owl’s Head at 479 74th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Connect: @theowlshead, Facebook.com/theowlshead, www.theowlshead.com