|Who would win in a fight involving a horse versus a zebra -- true question indeed.|
|Sizing up the llama|
As we made our way to the G train (my first time!), we stopped by The Invisible Dog gallery in Cobble Hill. March 9th happened to be the opening night of Oliver Jeffers and Aaron Ruff's "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang." The exhibition was fantastic -- as soon as you walk in, you are transformed to a boy's small room and surrounded by his many large drawings of animals. I loved the paintings "profiling" an animal, which would outline its strengths (e.g., can climb mountains at up to 60 degree angles) and its weaknesses (e.g., its really stupid). Clearly, Mulholland Hwang is on a quest to find which beast is the mightiest of them all in the animal kingdom.
Oliver Jeffers was awarded one of the best illustrated children's books in 2012 from The New York Times Book Review, and "The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" demonstrated why. For children, the paintings and sculptures were fun and easy to understand, but there was a beauty that adults could appreciate. In little corners, you would find miniature sculptures of a scene in the wild, with such detail that made you wonder, how did they do it? My absolute favorite piece of the exhibit was one of lobsters battling butterflies that had a caption of "Fighting the Monarchy." Not only were the colors of red against the blue absolutely gorgeous, but the idea of two lobsters fighting against a swarm of butterflies just made me laugh our loud. I loved it so much that the SO considered asking the curator how much it cost, but then we got discouraged by the "Price Upon Request" sign and what it always means -- that you can't afford it. Maybe next time.
|Lobsters fighting the monarchy|
|A pig on an island|
After finally catching the G train to Williamsburg, we went to the Bunnycutlet Gallery to view "Printmouse." The "Printmouse" exhibit is a collection of silkscreen prints by 23 artists employed by an animation studio based in LA and NYC. The prints were also fun, but maybe not as safe for kids. The subject matter tended to be more adult (e.g., the live bunny and bunny skull conjoined together in "Bunny Twins") or, at the very least, more teen (e.g., the many states of Buddha, including a Buddha that was going to the bathroom, in "Fun W/ Buddha"). My favorite of the exhibition was "KUDZU" by Alexandria Kwan. The little forest character on a quest seemed to remind me of Saturday morning cartoons or the anime I used to watch, like "Kiki's Delivery Service." For $50, you could take one of the prints home with you, but unfortunately I couldn't think of where I would put "KUDZU" in our home.
|A close-up of the disc|
|Animation of a couple riding bikes|
From our point of view, "Brooklyn Night" by Armory Arts Week was a success. It reminded us that we have these wonderful galleries at our disposal, and we left the night vowing to not wait until next year to visit again.
|Pyramid of bricks|
|Nicest parking lot I've seen|
|Uncle Sam leaving the theater|
51 Bergen Street, Thurs to Sat (1-7), Sun (1-5)
"The Exploded Mind of Mulholland Hwang" runs until May 18th.
158 Roebling Street, Wed to Sun (2-8)
"Printmouse" runs until March 24th.
Front Room Gallery
147 Roebling Street, Fri to Sun (1-6) and by appointment
"Rust Belt" ended on March 10th, but Sean Hemmerle will present "Rust Belt" at the New York Public Library in May.