Saturday, September 06, 2008

Artists lecture series at Bidonvillle Cafe (sept.7)

So some friends of mine decided that they were tired of all the careerism and complaining about being an artist in NY so they decided some grassroots connections were needed. The result is a new forum for artists to present their work to other artists via the "lecture circuit" at Bidonville Cafe.

The first talk of the Fall will be this Sunday, Sept. 7 @ 7:00 PM with photographer Lucas Thorpe and painter Michael Lee.

Bidonville Cafe
47 Willoughby Ave. (b/w Clermont & Adelphi)
Bklyn, NY 11205
G or C train to Clinton/ Washington and march north

Lucas Thorpe:

“Airsoft is a military simulation game in which players equip themselves with the same uniforms and gear – shooting plastic BBs – that are currently used by military personnel and security contractors worldwide. To photograph The Green Mountain Rangers Lucas Thorpe joined them for practice sessions on Long Island; at an urban combat training center at Fort Knox, Kentucky; and during a four-day event on an island off the coast of Sweden with over 2,000 participants from around the world.”

Lucas Thorpe was born in 1970 and raised in New York City. He was a professional sailor and attended Maine Maritime Academy before shifting his interest to art and completing a BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico. He began developing his photography in 2003 and has shown his work at the Jen Bekman Gallery in New York and in a number of Tiny Vices projects curated by Tim Barber. His photographs have been published in The Journal, Dear Dave magazine, Wired, and Guernica magazine. Lucas completed an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in 2008 and he currently resides in New York City.

Michael Lee:

“ I have been working for several years with the idea of “de-stabilized” landscape painting. Landscape that permits little access or is otherwise blocked, completely filled up, or rendered in impassable perspective ends up being less about specific geography than with all of the things artists do to comment upon their relationship with the world.

Repetitive imagery itself composed from repetitive line and other types of pattern conveys a desire for some kind of order but ultimately serves to undermine an attempt at rational understanding in favor of the romantic, comedic, and chaotic nature of sorting through one’s life in real time.”

Come by and sign up to present this fall!

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