The second edition of Cultural Fluency (culturalfluency.info), an interview series examining the exchange between place and creative practice, will be launched Winter 2017/2018.
Vermont Studio Center Residency
Thrilled to announce I've been selected for a VSC Residency and awarded a VSC merit grant! Will be in residence during January 2018.
Dark Salon: Le Mot Juste
Dark Salon: Le Mot Juste: Thursday, October 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Accompanying my exhibition "The Tug" at FiveMyles, is the public event "Le Mot Juste", a continuation of my Dark Salon series. A Dark Salon is an open discussion exploring the philosophical ideas behind the exhibition. All participants are blindfolded, discovering ways to navigate group conversation without the visual cues we typically rely on. Following the salon will be an informal tour of the exhibit and an Artist Q&A.
558 St John’s Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238
October 14 – November 1, 2017
The Tug - Solo exhibition at FiveMyles Plus/Space
558 St John’s Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238
October 14 – November 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 14, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
The Tug brings together a collection of artworks by artist Erin Gleason that examine the tension between lived experience and the points of calculation by which we measure life. This exhibition at FiveMyles Plus/Space will be on view October 14 – November 1, 2017. The opening reception is Saturday, October 14 from 5:00-8:00pm. The public event Dark Salon: Le Mot Juste will be held on Thursday, October 19 from 6:30–8:30pm.
Part installation, part exhibition of drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture, The Tug addresses how our sense truth is pulled between lived experience and terms of categorization through the lenses of the feminine, the beautiful, and the sublime. With playful nods to Henri Bergson, Hypatia of Alexandria, Immanuel Kant, Joseph Kosuth, and Virginia Woolf, the artworks challenge our habits of finding security in equating measurement with truth across the terrains of architecture, cartography, history, technology, and language.
Curating the group exhibition "Tympanum" at Wayfarers
Wayfarers, 1109 Dekalb Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Opening Reception: October 6, 2017, 6-8pm
On view through October 22, 2017
Artist Talk and Q&A: October 22, 2017, 4-6pm
Tympanum brings together eight artists whose work examines the interface between the inner life and the outside world of the other through the membrane of the body. Artists include Wendy Copp, Zachary Fabri, Leslie Fry, Paul Higham, Vishnu Seesahai, Sandra Stephens, Julie Ward, and Lindsey Wolkowicz.
OtherPeoplesPixels Featured Artist Interview
It was a pleasure being interviewed by artist Stacia Yeapanis for the OtherPeoplesPixels Featured Artist Blog. In the interview, I discuss a couple new artworks in progress that examine our relationship to virtual space and aesthetics.
Featured in Urban Omnibus
I'm honored for my artwork and essay to be featured in the Portfolio series of Urban Omnibus, The Architectural League's online publication dedicated to defining and enriching the culture of citymaking. In Portfolio: Third Spaces, I discuss the intersection of stoop architecture and third spaces in my art.
Fieldwork Publication Available Online on Issuu
Originally published in 2009 as a limited-edition collective artwork, the book is now available as an online publication on ISSUU. Fieldwork gathers together a series of conversations with leading international artists, anthropologists, landscape architects, and composers including Joseph Kosuth, Dan Peterman, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Alan Johnston, Tim Ingold, Eelco Hooftman, and Martin Parker. Each interview reveals a complimentary vision of what it means to do fieldwork today, and the stimulating challenges of site-specific enquiry and practice.
Artist Talk and Dark Salon
On May 10, 2015 I gave an artists talk and interactive Salon at the Church of Monika series at Open Source Gallery. Copernican Views explores our connection to light, voice, and space through a "dark" Salon. Inspired by the re-birth of cultural, scientific, and philosophical thought that marked the Renaissance, the experimental talk will explore how we navigate conversations and spaces by shifting our reference point from one of light to one of darkness. Watch the Salon and Artist Talk on Livestream.
Philosophy, Art Theory and Aesthetics
I'm thrilled to announce acceptance into Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) where, beginning summer 2015, I will be pursuing a PhD in Philosophy, Art Theory and Aesthetics.
Short List Curator for BRIC
I'm honored to curate the most recent Short List for BRIC's Artist Registry. This digital image database contains the works of artists who were born, live, or work in Brooklyn, New York. Established in 1983, the Registry became an online resource in spring 2010; it is the oldest registry of visual artists in Brooklyn, and one of the largest and most comprehensive artist registries in the country. Check out the latest work from a fantastic group of artists on the Registry here.
Curator Lesley Johnstone Selects "Rise of the Greenlandic Metropolis" for Shortlist
I'm thrilled to be included in Curate NYC 2013 shortlist online exhibition, curated by Lesley Johnstone, Curator at Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. You can see "Rise of the Greenlandic Metropolis" and other works from a great group of selected NYC artists here.
"Spheres Revealed" Opens
Spheres Revealed, the third public art collaboration with Salt Design Studio and Irvin Services, opened at Fulton Elementary School in Lancaster, PA, as part of the city-wide Poetry Paths Initiative. These projects demonstrate the power of collaborative endeavors between art, landscape architecture, education and fabrication to shape the urban environment and improve public space.
Crown Heights Film Festival 2013
Join us October 21 - 26 for the 4th season of the Crown Heights Film Festival, a social forum in Brooklyn, NY, that showcases a diverse range of exceptional local and international films. The festival is curated to encourage dialogue and audience interaction. For film previews, schedule, and full festival information, visit www.crownheightsfilms.org.
Co-founded by Erin Gleason and Pedro Marti, CHFF is a movement fueled by an active community of filmmakers, artists, musicians, and Brooklyn residents to increase public access to evocative and innovative films. CHFF aims to provide a voice and opportunities for filmmakers, to foster cross-arts collaboration, and to provide a framework for discourse between filmmakers and the wider Brooklyn community. The festival venue partners are FiveMyles and FREECANDY. Production partners are Secondary Sound and Five Block Sound. The nonprofit festival is generously supported by the Brooklyn Arts Council and fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.
This summer, one block of St Johns Place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, comes to life with a fresh take on what Brooklyn has always meant - late evening front stoop conversation, cultural integration through chance encounters, storytelling, interactive performance and play. Stoop Series takes place on the front doorstep and open garage space of FiveMyles Gallery gallery. Co-curated by artist Erin Gleason and poet Lynne Procope, Stoop Series challenges traditional notions of 'authentic' performance, venue, and audience. Each night begins with sidewalk games and chatter, gathering passersby and encouraging an audience of all ages to stay for the evening’s performances. In between sets, the audience is encouraged to participate further by giving their own impromptu performances. Visit stoopseries.wordpress.com for more information about the performers and to share your own stoop stories and favorite sidewalk games.
July 31: Aisha Cousins, Sabrina Chap
August 7: Karen Harvey, Laura Simms
August 21: Roger Bonair-Agard, Mark "Boogie" Brown & Douglas Guthrie
Stoop Series is supported by the Brooklyn Arts Council and is fiscally sponsored by Studio Six Theatre Company. Sound and technical support are provided by Five Block Sound.
Urban Omnibus Reviews "Cultural Fluency" Exhibit
"Jonathan Tarleton visits an exhibition at BRIC Rotunda Gallery that doesn't look at the work of a lone artist, but rather products of a specific place and time, mirroring a Brooklyn that birthed both the works and the gallery itself."
Cultural Fluency: Engagements with Contemporary Brooklyn
March 14 - April 27, 2013
BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
I'm excited to announce two of my projects this year being awarded grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council: a Local Arts Support Grant for "Front Stoop Series" - a series of performances and events I'm co-curating with poet Lynne Procope at FiveMyles this summer; and a Community Arts Fund Award for the 2013 season of the Crown Heights Film Festival.
Opening Reception: "Cultural Fluency"
Please join us for the opening reception of Cultural Fluency: Engagements with Contemporary Brooklyn, an exhibition I'm honored to be curating at BRIC Rotunda Gallery. The exhibition examines the creative exchange between urbanism and art practice, and features artworks by David Court, Aisha Cousins, Malesha Jessie, Hiroki Kobayashi, Martin McCormack, and Mark Reigelman.
Cultural Fluency: Engagements with Contemporary Brooklyn
March 14 - April 27, 2013
Opening Reception: March 13, 7-9pm
BRIC Rotunda Gallery
Interview by Ryan Wells in Cinespect
Cinespect recently spoke with Erin Gleason, co-founder and co-director (titles she shares with Pedro Marti) of the Crown Heights Film Festival. Hurricane Sandy be damned, the festival is proudly up and running from October 31 to November 10 in the eponymous Brooklyn neighborhood.
Huffington Post Reviews Crown Heights FIlm Festival
In her article, "Evoking Race at the Crown Heights Film Festival", Atim Oton previews this year's festival with co-founder and director Erin Gleason, filmmaker Lindsay C. Harris, and filmmaker Jason Scott Jones.
Crown Heights Film Festival Featured in DNAinfo
DNAinfo reporter Sonja Sharp interviews Co-Founders/Directors Erin Gleason and Pedro Marti in "Crown Heights Film Festival Debuts Fright Night Features".
Radio Interview with Muse Salon
My Crown Heights Film Festival co-director, Pedro Marti, and I had an interesting discussion with Muse Salon about cross-arts collaboration, Central Brooklyn, and the relationship between arts and social justice. Listen online
Open Studio Featured in Hyperallergic
In "GO Crown Heights: Away from the Hype", Jillian Steinhauer visits artists Erin Gleason, Engels Engels, Eric Wiley, Silvestre Preciado, Mariano Henestrosa and Rheanna Abbott, Travis Iurato,Mildred Beltré and Scott Dolan, Francis Hollenkamp, Nina Meledandri, Jonathan Hull, Nickola Pottinger, and Naomi Safran-Hon in her coverage of Brooklyn Museum's GO! Open Studios.
GO! Brooklyn: Open Studio Sept 8 & 9
My studio will be open to the public on the weekend of September 8th and 9th from 11-7. I'm participating in GO!, a borough-wide open studio project organized by the Brooklyn Museum. Community members registered as voters will visit studios and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Brooklyn Museum in December.
Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellowship at BRIC
I'm excited to announce I've been awarded a Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellowship at BRIC Contemporary Art. The exhibit Cultural Fluency opens at BRIC on March 13, 2013. Many thanks to the wonderful artists who agreed to be part of the proposal, and now, upcoming exhibition: Malesha Jessie, David Court, Mark Reigelman, Hiroki Kobayashi, Aisha Cousins, and Martin McCormack.
"I Scultpure" in the News
Bernard Harris covers the public opening of the "I Sculpture" at Lancaster Public Library, a public artwork I collaborated on with Sara Pevaroff Schuh of Salt Design Studio. The project is the first of three commissions to be completed for our team as part of Poetry Paths, the City of Lancaster's public art initiative directed by Kerry Sherin Wright.
Opening Ceremony: Public Artwork, Lancaster PA
We're excited to announce the opening of our latest collaboration: a public artwork for the City of Lancaster. The artwork is part of the city-wide initiative Poetry Paths, a public visual and literary art project founded and produced by the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House at Franklin & Marshall College.
Please join us for the opening ceremony and celebration on Friday, March 2 at 5pm outside the Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke Street, Lancaster PA.
Sara Pevaroff Schuh & Erin Gleason
NY1 NEWS Features Crown Heights FIlm Festival
NY DAILY NEWS Covers Crown Heights FIlm Festival
Reporter Clem Richardson visits FiveMyles to cover our second year of the festival. "'Mix tape' of a film festival"
Crown Heights Film Festival 2011
The Crown Heights Film Festival celebrates local and international film in the heart of Brooklyn. With the generous support of Five Myles Gallery, the festival will showcase short narratives, documentaries, experimental/fine art films and animations from Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15, 2011.
"To Gather;" Opens at FiveMyles Gallery
Part performance, part installation, part gathering place, To Gather; is a collection of performative and architectural artifacts from a cross section of Crown Heights’ social spaces. Bringing a local perspective to urban flux, the artwork raises questions about perceptions of ‘authenticity’ in a rapidly changing Brooklyn neighborhood.
Visitors to the installation in FiveMyles Garage are encouraged to hang out on the stoop, converse in the makeshift pulpit, and relax in the barbershop chair. Erik da Barber will be on hand opening night, as well as hip-hop duo DobleFlo, vocal artist Malesha Jessie, poet Lynne Procope and comedian Elon James White. For the remainder of the exhibition, the public is invited to linger and use the artwork as their own gathering place.
Exhibition: August 6–14, 2011. Opening Reception: Saturday, August 6, 5–8pm. Performances begin at 6pm. Location: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn NY 11238. Gallery Hours: Thursday–Sunday 1–6pm or by appointment. Subway: 2,3,4,5,S to Franklin Avenue.
"Sikurluk" at Shetland Museum & Archives
Please join us for a Kaffemik at Shetland Museum & Archives, Lerwick on Saturday 12th December 2009, 2-4pm.
This event shall serve to open SIKURLUK, a group exhibition by artists Jacob Bee, Hamer Dodds, Erin Gleason, Melissa MacRobert and Julia Martin. Kaffemik is a Danish term for a Greenlandic social gathering around a cup of coffee to celebrate occasions and exchange news. The artists shall be on hand for an open dialogue with guests to talk about their fieldwork in Greenland, the projects that have grown from there, and the showcased works themselves.
In May 2008, the group took part in a research trip to the mouth of the Jacobshavn glacier in Ilulissat, north-west Greenland, with internationally acclaimed artist Elizabeth Ogilvie as part of her ongoing arctic research and International Polar Year project.
Shetland Museum & Archives
Hay's Dock, Lerwick, Shetland
Exhibition: 12 Dec 2009 - 11 Jan 2010
Preview: Kaffemik, Saturday 12th Dec, 2-4pm
Public Artwork Opens at Abbeyview Park, Scotland
Open to the public October 2009. A 4-year text and sculptural based public art project in Abbeyview Park in Dunfermline, Scotland. Commissioned by Abbeyview Regeneration Forum and Arts and Theatres Trust Fife.
"Fieldwork" Publication Launch
I'm excited to announce the launch of FIELDWORK, the first publication by A/S/N Mutual Press. FIELDWORK gathers together a series of recent conversations with leading international artists who have visited Edinburgh in the last year, as well as anthropologists, landscape architects, and composers including Joseph Kosuth, Dan Peterman, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Alan Johnston, Sanna Marander, Tim Ingold, Eelco Hooftman, and Martin Parker. Each interview reveals a complimentary vision of what it means to do fieldwork today, and the stimulating challenges of site-specific enquiry and practice.