“Off the Wall” Recent Photography and Mixed Media by Shanee Epstein at The 440 Gallery

May 16 – June 23, 2013
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 19, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Shanee Epstein’s installation consists of large architectural photographs hung above small, collaged cigar boxes. One’s initial impression might be that the work was made by two different artists. In a way, this is true. Almost every working artist struggles or experiments with conflicting impulses. Most leave that conflict in the studio and choose to show work that “hangs together”. Epstein instead embraced this conflict. The abstract formal aesthetic of her photographs appear to be the antithesis of the colorful collaged boxes, but together they create a balanced whole.

The 440 Gallery is located at 440 Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, between 9th and 10th Streets, and is convenient to the F, G, and R subways. The gallery is open on Thursday and Friday, 4-7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm, or by appointment.


Image Credit: Firetruck, cigar box with papers, photographs, objects, 8″ x 17″, 2013

Materials for the Arts welcomes Ben Pederson, MFTA Artist in Residence – Spring 2013

Come meet Pederson and see him working in his MFTA studio during recipient shopping hours Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout April and May

Opening Reception: May 16th from 6 – 9 pm

Long Forgotten Song, an exhibition of Pederson’s MFTA artwork, will be on view Mon-Fri from 10:00 am-4:00 pm until the end of August. Visitors are welcome to come and see how our artist-in-residence repurposes materials from the MFTA warehouse.

materials for the arts
33-00 Northern Boulevard Fl 3
Long Island City, NY 11101


Erin Murray Artist Talk at Nancy Margolis Gallery

Erin Murray, whose inaugural exhibition “Settling” is currently on view, will be at the gallery this Friday, May 17th, 2-4pm to speak with visitors about her artwork and artistic process.

Nancy Margolis Gallery | 523 West 25th St. New York NY 10001


Early Open-Reel Video & Super-8 Films by Small-Gauge Pioneer Bill Creston

Bill Creston Mini-Retrospective: 1/2? Open Reel Video & Super 8 Short Films Selections from 1967-2003

Friday, May 17, 8pm

Millennium Film Workshop presents an evening of pioneering work in video and super 8 by one of the world’s most irreverent and absurdist media minds ever to hit the screen as both a performer, writer, director, cinematographer and editor. Bill Creston, now 81 years old, founded the video departments of both Cooper Union and The School of Visual Art, with his own equipment, and made the world’s first Video Diary. For his unusual visions of New York City, he was also the ONLY filmmaker to have truly been banned by the Collective for Living Cinema. The Museum of Modern Art honored him with a solo Cineprobe in 1989, but his work is rarely seen, so come to this wonderful event!

The program will include:

FIVE THIRTY AM TAXI REAR-VIEW MIRROR, 2003, color, sound, S/8. Captured on film in his rear view mirror while Creston is parked in his cab at dawn, a scene plays out between one man seeking the attention of another. Original voice-over dialogue. 1min 30sec.

LUNCH HOUR, 1996, b&w, sound, S/8. In this narrative, a young blue-collar worker and an old derelict (played by Creston), joined briefly by a young pan-handler, meet for a few moments in the sunshine along a wall in an industrial neighborhood one weekday at lunchtime. Also starring Dave Mumma and Clayton Brooks. 4min48sec

DUETS, 1996, color, sound, S/8. 5 mins. Funny dialogue by usually one but sometimes two or three people. Creston’s jokes are flawlessly timed and poignantly felt through his dead-pan humor. Starring Barbara Rosenthal, Dick Miller, Bill Creston, Cat Fisher, Ola Creston, Sena Clara Creston, Maddy Falk, David Falk, and others. 4mins50sec

CRIPPLE. 1970. Black and white, 1/2? open reel to digital. Uncomfortable travel on uneven crutches in an unlikely environment. Improvisation by Carl Methfessel. 6mins 40sec.

S.E.G. 1974. Black and white, 1/2? open reel to digital. A humorous experiment with a first-generation video Special Effects Generator, and the news story of an altercation between elderly roommates. 7 mins.

RUNNER, 1980, color, sound, S/8. Rapid segments shot in and around NYC with original music and sound usually cut in equal length to each image. The principle subject of the film is NY street Culture: birds, dogs, transportation, derelicts, pedestrians and seamy life intercut with a few fragments of nature, indoor and simple subjects. Each sound has been written as dialog or collected from the radio or produced by Creston on synthesyzer to accompany each image and establish attitude: amusement, amazement, contrast, bewilderment, humor, absurdity.” featured in Creston’s solo Cineprobe at MoMA, 1989.7min3sec

COUPONS 1989. color, sound, S/8. A day in the life of a couple in late middle-age. Starring Dick Miller and Lorraine Schanzer. 7mins 37sec

WYATT EARP, 1990. color, sound, S/8.. Segments of quick images from city and country, with original improvised dialog. Starring Dick Miller, Bill Creston, Barbara Rosenthal. 9min25sec

I SAW WHERE YOU WAS LAST NIGHT, 1985, color, sound, s/8. Segments of quick images from city and country, with original improvised diaglog. Starring Barbara Rosenthal, Bill Creston and Carl Methfessel. 14mins10sec

TAXI, TAXI, 1992, color/b&w, sound, S/8. Snippets of New York City caught during Creston’s 15 years as a NYC cab driver, with scenes scripted and edited, and some actual dialogue recorded. Starring Barbara Rosenthal, Bill Creston, Richard Osterweil. Original soundtrack and song ‚”Taxi-Taxi” by Bill Creston. This film was screened at the MoMA in “Big As Life: An American History of 8mm Film”. 1997-99. 15 mins.

Admission: $8/$5 Members By Contribution
Millennium Film Workshop, 66 E 4th Street, Basement, New York, NY

The LIC Arts Open 2013 May 15th – 19th

Open Studios Saturday May 18th & Sunday May 19th from Noon-6pm.

The LIC Arts Open attracts hundred of thousands of visitors over 9 days each Spring with participation from local emerging and established artists from a variety of disciplines. Guests have an exclusive opportunity to meet with artist in their workspace during the Open Studios series which allows access to over 200 studios. In addition, LIC is home to numerous galleries, stages and performance venues which will highlight talent ranging from the visual to the spoken to the musical to comical to the theatrical within a few city blocks.