Last year Back to the Lab had the honor of partnering up with AlterWork Studios to grant two artist residencies in AlterWork’s community darkroom. We were pleased and excited to have Lissy Gonzalez and Judyta Grudzien on board as our first-ever darkroom residents. During the residency, they were given access to AlterWork’s darkroom for two weeks to work on their projects and produce prints for an upcoming exhibit. We are now excited for the public to enjoy on location at AlterWork Studios and online starting April 9th.
Flux Factory is happy to be hosting THREADS, an exhibition curated by an international collective of arts organizations from Bogotá, NYC, Manila, and Chicago: Bliss on Bliss Arts Projects, Maleza Proyectos, Nodo 51 Area Cultural, Poets of Queens, and Yara Arts Group.
The THREADS Project and its expanding global network help artists and audiences establish a dialogue between images and poetry to find greater connections and understanding in these difficult times. This exhibition at Flux Factory is an introduction to a THREADS future and an opportunity to stand in solidarity against the violence being enacted upon our Asian family members and communities.
THREADS is curated by Virlana Tkacz, founding director of Yara Arts Group, a resident company at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York since 1990. Olena Jennings, the curator, and founder of Poets of Queens, acts as a poetry
Threads clothe us, threads expose us, threads bring us together.
Catalina Bolivar, Juliana Canal, Waldemart Klyuzko, Cayla Lockwood, Isabella Lopez, Ged Merino, Nadenka Art Group, Aze Ong, and Jevijoe Vitug.
Pichchenda Bao, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Olena Jennnings, and Wanda Phipps.
One of the homes for THREADS is Bliss on Bliss Art Projects founded by Ged Merino. Bliss on Bliss Art Projects has been bringing arts and culture to the Sunnyside neighborhood in Queens since 2011. It provides a venue for new and established artists. The shows at Bliss on Bliss Art Projects have consistently led to cross-cultural collaboration.
Other core participants of THREADS include Nadenka Art Group made up of members from Omsk, Novosibirsk, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. They were formed in 2014 in Omsk. The group includes Anastasia Makarenko, Masha Alexandrova, Maria Rybka, Nadezhda Valetskaya, and Alena Isakhanyan. Videos of their textile book projects will be shown at Flux Factory. The poets will address awareness of anti-Asian sentiment and acts. Artists Cayla Lockwood and Jevijoe Vitug will unveil a banner to encourage action against Asian hate.
Finally, videos by Waldemart Klyuzko, Aze Ong, and Nadenka Art Group will be shown, bringing another aspect of textile art to life. In his video, Waldemart Klyuzko weaves the words of Serhiy Zhadan’s poem “Home” in tape. Aze Ong performs to Wanda Phipps reading an excerpt from her poem “Womb Dreams.” Nadenka presents textile books that allow us to experience the pages along with them.
Red Carpet Comes To Queens, NY. Join Us In-Person or Virtually for the Best of Indie Movies, Dance, Music, Poetry Videos, Web Series Episodes with Live Performances and spectacular Vendors for 4 Days of non-stop Action, Comedy, Drama, History and Networking with Filmmakers, Business Leaders and Neighbors.
DATES: April 16, 17, 24 (6pm -10pm) & 25 (3pm – 6pm)
New Projects Each Day
Filmmaker Panels on both Saturdays
Outdoors, Rain or Shine
Limited Space In-Person and Tickets are Selling now.
This is the “Don’t Miss Event” Of The Season with projects submitted from 15 countries. This is where Indie Filmmaker Talent Lives.
Still Time To Submit Before March 15th. Visit Website For Details.
Don’t Let It Slip Through Your Fingers is acrylic painted and assembled work that is inspired by the loss of a cherished object. Objects are endowed with the power of reference to memories, philosophies and in some cases, spiritual connection. Very often when an object is lost, so too are the memories that they inspire. This work is to honor those memories and experiences by memorializing what was lost.
Dario Mohr is a New York City-based interdisciplinary artist. Born in 1988, Mohr received a BFA from Buffalo State College and an MFA from The City College of New York. He creates interactive sanctuary experiences using an interdisciplinary approach. In addition to work created in painting, sculpture, or made digitally, he often includes assembled objects to build immersive “sacred spaces”. These often exist in unexpected places, using mundane objects. Because objects are endowed with the significance that the viewer blesses them with, his work can provide a lot of space for divergent perspectives and interpretations. The recycling of old work is also fundamental to Mohr’s practice. You will see previously created paintings and sculptures as well as the reuse of objects, textiles, cushions, and other elements in future works. Sometimes a previously used item provides the perfect juxtaposition to enhance or add depth to new explorations. In addition to his individual art practice, he is also the founder and Director of AnkhLave Arts Alliance, Inc. which is a non-profit for the recognition and representation of BIPOC artists in contemporary art.
Celebrate the publication of Rob MacKay’s new book, Historic Houses of Queens. Dive through the history of your favorite borough and discover the little-known history of impressive locations.
Rob MacKay is a longtime, award-winning community journalist who currently works for the Queens Economic Development Corporation. As part of his job, he operates various social media channels that promote the borough’s restaurants, shops, and tourism attractions. His interest in writing this book grew organically—and intensely—after he became a trustee of the Queens Historical Society.
Contemporary choreographers around the world reimagine oral traditions, which may or may not “belong” to them, as emotionally and politically potent dance works. What types of transformation become possible in these physicalized reinterpretations? Join an international panel of dancemakers as they explore how the global movement of narrative, people, and dance has shaped personal and national identities as well as the dancemakers’ respective bodies of work. This sharing of dance and ideas brings together Seeta Patel (Seeta Patel Dance, UK), Michael Keegan-Dolan (Teaċ Daṁsa, Ireland), Neil Ieremia (Black Grace, New Zealand), Roxane D’Orleans Juste (Limón Dance Company, USA), and Sameena Mitta (MeenMoves, USA), and will be moderated by Dr. Henry Daniel (Simon Fraser University & Full Performing Bodies, Canada).
QUEENS CELEBRATES #JUNETEENTH
Commemorating 156 years of Black Power on Juneteenth at Roy Wilkins Park since the last enslaved people in Galveston, TX was freed.
A sustainable and historic festival for the South East Queens community that highlights, celebrates, and commemorates our Black Ancestors and their journey to liberation through Juneteenth. In partnership with community leaders, elected officials, community organizations, Black Greek life, public safety, parks, small businesses, and more, the collective committee will execute Juneteenth’s worth remembering for years to come.
Assembly Bill A10628, sponsored and introduced by our very own @aliciahyndman State Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman of the 29th Assembly District in June 2020 to finally have Juneteenth recognized as a New York State Holiday.
On October 14, 2020, this empowered bill was signed into law. 156 years later, in 2021 we will celebrate Black Power, and Liberation for the first time as an NYS Holiday on Juneteenth at Roy Wilkins Park!
Local Project is pleased to present Concrete Utopia, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist and graphic designer Saneun Hwang. Featuring digital prints of the artist’s photography, digital collages, and visual poetry, the show will explore the artist’s interpretation and impression of living in NYC, a city with a constantly changing urban landscape. The opening reception will be held on July 23rd from 6-9 pm and the show will last through July 31st.
“Put your hands where my eyes can see” is a group exhibition about imaging.
On view October 8 – October 22nd
Location: The Chocolate Factory Theater, 38-33 24th St, Queens, NY 11101
Chocolate Factory COVID-19 safety policies
Participating Artists: Tyler Davis || Jen Everett || Kearra Amaya Gopee || Terrance James Jr. || Komikka Patton || Sasha Phyars-Burgess || Brianna Robinson || Ricky Weaver
Curated by Cameron A. Granger in collaboration with Makeba Rainey & Haiba Hamilton as part of the Rhizome Project.
About the Exhibition
Let’s think about the shared history of Black Folks in the same way poet Hanif Abdurraqib describes the Soul Train Line: A narrow, writhing, seemingly endless tunnel of Black Folks smiling and clapping. Where, in the center, partners are brought together – sometimes by intention, many times by fate. And together, using what knowledge they have of themselves and their bodies, they must make their way out – to the other side – urged on by the blooming claps around them.
These shared stories become less visible as we move through the present and into the future. Our histories are often confined to the margins (a tunnel of its own) and redacted to a distorted past tense. In their place, a violent vernacular has been built, creating an imaging that finds Black Folks – to quote sociologist and scholar Ruha Benjamin: “trapped between regimes of invisibility and hypervisibility”
The work on view considers both the capacity that images have to influence our collective memory & imagination, and how, through maintaining control of images in the mainstream, the powerful have effectively privatized that imagination; distorting entire histories, presents, and suppressing our possible futures in the process. The work included moves to, like Ms. Toni Morrison said, “carve away at the accretions of deceit, ignorance, and sheer malevolence” embedded in the images & language of the powerful, of The Empire, so that new ways of imaging, and thus new futures are “not only available, but inevitable”
The exhibition will be archived in a zine created by Danielle and Kevin McCoy of Work/Play, to be released at the exhibition’s closing reception on October 22nd.