Mirkwood Estates blog now up!

09 04 30 Mirkwood Performance Night - JJR Bob Calusari Jared Josh 05

MIRKWOOD ESTATES BLOG

Mirkwood Estates is comprised of Mirkwood and Tinges Commons. Mirkwood is a home and performance space. In the last week of each month come enjoy domestic happenings, experimental sound performance, spoken word readings and installation art. Tinges Commons is a community garden and collaborative, contemporary public art space on the vacant lot at the southeast corner of Frisby and 33rd Streets. Mirkwood Estates is located at 701 East 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.

09 04 30 Mirkwood Performance Night - JJR Bob Calusari Jared Josh 05 09 04 30 Mirkwood Performance Night - JJR Bob Calusari Jared Josh 14

New Public Sites – Symphony Terrace Vista

Symphony Terrace Vista is a continuation of the New Public Sites installation series where I invite participants to explore invisible or unseen public spaces. For NPS-STV I set up neon pink “x”s leading people to the circular, landscape brick terrace structure in front the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra building at Preston Street and Park Avenue. After climbing the odd HVAC structure, one finds three yellow strips of tape that both orient the viewer and frame a fantastic cityscape vista.

This installation was a part of the Wandering: You Are Here show at MICA’s Middendorf gallery that ran December 3-10, 2008.

Click here for full documentation.

Visionary Crosswalks – MTR

Last week I set up my first public art intervention in Baltimore. “VXW-MTR”is a continuation of the Visionary Crosswalks project I started in Bushwick, Brooklyn last spring. I set up the installation along Mount Royal Ave, between Lafayette and Lanvale, next to the MICA green. After jaywalking across this block on a weekly basis – and seeing many others doing the same -, this became the first public space in Baltimore I felt comfortable working within.

For this crosswalk I enhanced my original singular, neon-orange, over-spray design by drawing three parallel lines connected by corresponding “X” markings. The overall layout is derived from the surrounding architecture of the plazas in front of the MICA Brown and Main buildings. The Brown building’s diagonal layout opens up to Mount Royal Avenue, clearly suggesting a visual and pedestrian connection to the historical Main building. It no surprise then that students, professors, and workers are constantly cutting across Mount Royal Avenue mid-block. VXW-MTR is my attempt to both highlight this casual path to motorists, and “legitimize” the experience as a pedestrian.

In addition to the street markings, I am also bringing an element of performance to my Visionary Crosswalks project through my inclusion of “G-Mack the Construction Guy”. G-Mack is the character which I embodied during the nighttime installation of the crosswalk. As a character he serves three purposes: 1) to convince possible authorities that whatever I am doing in the middle of the night is legitimate, 2) as a personal/social entry point to the project for other pedestrians, and 3) as humorous acknowledgment of my role as the artist in creating this piece of slightly absurd direct-actionist, intervention art. Look out for future appearances from G-Mack, both as a construction worker and soon-to-be crossing guard!

Click here for full documentation.

Visionary Crosswalks Social Saturday @ Pocket Utopia, 4pm

Visionary Crosswalks Promo

Visionary Crosswalks Promo

Social Saturday at Pocket Utopia, May 24th, 4-6pm, come walk a visionary crosswalk

As part of Pocket Utopia’s ongoing “Social Saturday” series, I will screen video documentation of my interactive crosswalks on May 24th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

In addition I will also screen video and sound art by a few local artists featuring crosswalks and area street life; as well as entertaining internet clips dealing with crosswalks and pedestrian challenges.

The “Visionary Crosswalks Social Saturday” will be an opportunity to watch videos, hang-out, and foster discourse on the Bushwick pedestrian experience.

Pocket Utopia is an away-from center, off-center, exhibition, salon and social space run by artist Austin Thomas.

Hope to see you there,

Graham

Pocket Utopia
1037 Flushing Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Visionary Crosswalks public art interventions in Bushwick

Visionary Crosswalks Promo front

The installations are up, check em out. PICTURES COMING SOON>>>

Visionary Crosswalks Promo front

Visionary Crosswalks Promo back

POCKET UTOPIA
1037 Flushing Avenue
[Just off the Morgan L, Bushwick]
Open Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 p.m. and by appointment
Call: 917-400-3869
Pocket Utopia is pleased to present it’s second neighborhood public art project: Visionary Crosswalks by artist Graham Coreil-Allen. Presented in-situ, Visionary Crosswalks will be a series of interactive crosswalk installations throughout Bushwick.

Graham Coreil-Allen will create five temporary “crosswalks” demonstrating some of the casual paths that pedestrians take when navigating various intersections in the northwest section of Bushwick. Coreil-Allen will also install interactive posters around the crosswalk sites and other locations. The posters will consist of a neighborhood map with a detail of particular intersections, and will posit this question: “How did you get here?” and “How did you cross the street?”. Each map will also include a marking pen so that passers-by may answer the questions. Coreil-Allen will periodically collect these maps and use the participants responses as plans for installing additional crosswalks.

As part of Pocket Utopia’s ongoing “Social Saturday” series, Coreil-Allen will screen a video documenting the crosswalk footage on May 24th from 4:00 pm. The “Visionary Crosswalks Social Saturday” will be a fun and casual opportunity to watch videos, hang-out, and foster discourse on the pedestrian experience in Bushwick.

Interested participants can find maps and installation locations for Visionary Crosswalks at Pocket Utopia.

Pocket Utopia is an away-from center, off-center, exhibition, salon and social space run by artist Austin Thomas.

Pocket Utopia
1037 Flushing Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
www.pocketutopia.com
read the blog at:
http://pocketutopia.blogspot.com/

New Public Sites – Bushwick (new art!!!)

07 10 07-14 New Public Sites - Bushwick 46



New Public Sites – Bushwick

By Graham Coreil-Allen
October 7th – the future

New Public Sites – Bushwick, is a collection of four site-specific installations located in appropriated “public” spaces in Bushwick. The sites differ from traditional public spaces in that they are privately owned and have fallen into various forms of “disuse”. The installations consist primarily of subtle incursions of surveyors tape. Gestures of bright pink lines suggest possible paths or points of focus. Participants are invited to investigate each site with caution and curiosity. Explore at your own risk.

New Public Sites – Bushwick google map

DISTRIBUTION PIT
Between Mckibben St., Bogart St., and Boerum St..
Entrance on Boerum, next to concrete plant.
“Rooms” marked in central field.

NEW TOWN XING
Rail road tracks between Morgan Ave. and New Town Creek.
Entrance on Morgan Ave., between Johnson Ave. and Meserole St., heading east.
Path suggested along tracks.

CENTRAL KNOT
Between Myrtle Ave. and Dekalb Ave., South of Central Ave. M station.
Entrances on Myrtle Ave. and Dekalb Ave.
Trees tied together as pivoting point.

CONDO DRIVE THROUGH
358 Grove St. parking lot, between Irving Ave. and Wyckoff Ave.
Elliptical track suggested.

Learning How To Make New Friends opening reception, mack b – oct 6, 6-11pm

Hi everybody,

You are invited to “Learning How To Make New Friends”, the inaugural show at mack b gallery’s new project space.  The reception will run from 6-11pm, with live music starting at 9.  I will be showing a new installation, entitled ” Sarasota Densification Fantasy Map”.  Stop by and let me know how it goes!

Your friend,

Graham

Learning How To Make New Friends
6-11pm
mack b gallery
500 Tallevast Rd, suite B
Sarasota, FL 34243
941.363.9025