When I received an email about the upcoming Kairos Market at the Brooklyn Art Library, I knew I had to share it with others. As an artist I will always jump at the chance to support local artists, and I’m also just a huge fan of markets in general (as you may remember from my trip to Dallas last year.)
I’m trying to move some things around in my schedule so I can make it out to Brooklyn for the Kairos Market this weekend, and I hope you will too! Here’s all the event details:
Venue address: 28 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (between Union Ave. and Lorimer st.) The closest trains to the venue are the Bedford L and the Nassau Ave G trains.
Event dates and times: May 20th (11am-4:30pm) & May 21st (11-6pm)
Event price: Free
Telephone number: The number for the Brooklyn Art Library is 718-388-7941
So credit for this list really goes to my friend Kali. When I visited her last weekend she was armed with knowledge of all the goings on around town, and as a local obviously knew all the interesting areas to visit and places to eat. I have to say being an east coaster I didn’t have very high expectations for Dallas (I was mostly just beyond pumped to be seeing my friend) but Dallas really surprised me!
Nasher Sculpture Center
I had read about this Ann Veronica Janssens installation at the Nasher Sculpture Center. I love light art, so every time I hear of an exhibit I like to check it out. This work, entitled Blue, Red and Yellow, is a free-standing box that you walk into. The room inside is filled with smoke from a smoke machine, so that you can barely see your own hand in front of your face. The room is also filled with light, and as you slowly Marco-Polo your way around, the light gradually shifts in color. It was a very odd feeling, Kali said it was almost like being an a sensory deprivation chamber. Honestly, it was worth the $10 entry fee just to experience it! The rest of the sculptures in the gallery are pretty worthwhile, too–Picasso, David Smith, Richard Serra–the list goes on and on.
White Rock Lake
Later that day we went for a walk around White Rock Lake, a reservoir with a running/biking path and water sports. Way back when it used to be open for swimming, as well. Unfortunately, we got stuck in a pretty crazy rain storm so we didn’t make it as far around as we’d like, but had it been a sunnier day I bet we’d have made it much further.
We thought we saw an alligator in the water…
…it was just a stick.
After escaping the rain, we took a drive around the lake’s perimeter to gawp at the enormous houses in this waterfront neighborhood. (Sorry, no pictures to share, didn’t want to be too much of a creeper.) But we had such a good time creepin’ that we decided to check out a couple more amazing Dallas neighborhoods. I would definitely recommend a drive through Preston Hollow to see some really beautiful examples of modern and contemporary architecture, as well as some truly baller mansions. George W. Bush even has a house there (yes, we tried to see it–yes there was a giant gate at the end of the road so that didn’t pan out.) It’s also worth taking a drive through neighboring University Park for some smaller, yet still gorgeous homes.
Katy Trail and Reverchon Park
Beautiful stairs and a boardwalk in Reverchon Park
Katy Trail is an excellent walking/running/biking path that runs through Uptown Dallas. Like the High Line in New York City, it was built following the path of an old railroad line (except Katy Trail’s been around much longer!) It’s beautifully wooded and serves as a fantastic respite from the city. Reverchon Park runs alongside part of the trail. The part we were in had some really cool stone steps that winded their way uphill, with little sections for sitting and hanging out. We followed a path that looped back around to the trail over boardwalks beside Turtle Creek, which ended up being much less crowded than Katy Trail on a Sunday morning.
Trinity River and Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge
These pictures of the awesome new Sylvan Avenue bridge were taken from the newly-converted Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge. The converted bridge used to be for driving, but now it’s lined with landscaping and benches for pedestrians and cyclists. It spans the Trinity River (which doesn’t look like much from these pictures, but I was told it had recently flooded to span the entirety of the grassy area you can see!)
Bishop Arts District
The Bishop Arts District is a really cool area of the North Oak Cliff neighborhood that has undergone a revitalization over the past couple of decades. We visited for a pop-up market that featured wares from local(ish) Texan craftspeople, but we also popped into a few of the trendy shops lining the streets. One of those shops was The Wild Detectives, an awesome little bookstore that had a cafe/bar and a lovely outdoor space in the back.
I love a climate where my favorite plants grow year round
I think this is a just a leasing office, but you gotta love the color scheme!
The most incredible piece of Nutty Honey pie from Emporium Pies. A layer of salted honey-nut sauce with peanut butter cream filling, topped with house whipped cream and crushed honey-roasted peanuts in a graham cracker crust. To die for.
Alright, I should start off by saying this is by no means a definitive list, it’s really just my favorites and photographers that I believe are essential to a good educational foundation in the field. So let’s just start things off with my favorite photographer.
“It’s always been my philosophy to try to make art out of the everyday and ordinary…it never occurred to me to leave home to make art.” – Sally Mann
If you’ve talked to me about art for more than 5 seconds, you’ll have heard me mention my favorite photographer, Sally Mann. Kinda obsessed. (In fact, I even run a side blog on tumblr dedicated to sharing her work, fansofsallymann.tumblr.com. Not weird at all. Go follow it.)
Sally Mann, while already a respected photographer for her work At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women, came to global attention in the early 90s after publishing Immediate Family. A monograph of exquisitely composed photos of her children, Mann’s work was met with some controversy for the sometimes-nude state of her subjects.
Personally, I don’t understand what all the fuss was about with the nudity. Kids are kids, and sometimes kids don’t wear clothes–especially when they’re running around their bucolic farm in Virginia, as Mann’s children did.
The pictures were made with an 8×10″ view camera (in case you’ve never seen one, they’re impressive.) Sometimes they’re posed, sometimes they’re spontaneous, sometimes she saw her children doing something interesting or poignant and asked them to hold the pose or recreate it. Whatever the case, it’s quite clear that these photos would not have been possible without the full cooperation of her children.
Mann’s family pictures perfectly depict childhood in all it’s facets–perfect, messy, sun-dappled, dark, fun, unpleasant, and everything in between. It’s a powerful work of art coming from a female; it declares that being both an artist and a mother do not have to be mutually exclusive, by depicting the beauty of motherhood and childhood.
After the Family Pictures (or somewhat concurrently) came the landscapes in Motherland and Deep South–Mann’s celebration of the south she grew up in and lived for most of her life. At this time Mann also began transitioning to wet plate collodion, a tricky photographic technique that dates back to the 1850s. The photographic artifacts caused by Mann’s implementation of this process are clear in the final prints, adding to their ethereal feel.
Other works include What Remains, a brilliant exploration of mortality and death, Proud Flesh, portraits of her husband and the effects of muscular dystrophy on his body (also a rare example of the female gaze), and The Flesh and the Spirit, a collection of some of her past work and the self portraits she made while recovering from a horse riding accident. Most recently she wrote the memoir, Hold Still, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.
A documentary about Mann was filmed during the period she made the What Remains work. Described by The New York Times as “One of the most exquisitely intimate portraits not only of an artist’s process, but also of a marriage and a life,” I highly, highly recommend it.
“One of the things my career as an artist might say to young artists is: The things that are close to you are the things you can photograph the best. And unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art.” – Sally Mann