artists & participants
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 21st, 6-9PM
Brooklyn, NY (January 14, 2015)—PointB presents a retrospective exhibition of works by international artists who have held short-term residencies over the last 18 years at PointB Worklodge. Since 1996, the blank façade at 71 North 7th in Williamsburg has held a secret: 8 live-work studios hand built by founding designer Mark Parrish that have hosted over 1,000 artists from around the globe, providing a base for exploring New York and contributing to the local community.
The exhibition featuring works from 80+ international artists including:
Alexandros Lambrovassilis, Ai Sugiura, Alwynne Pritchard, Ana Cardoso, Andy Slater, Andy Wauman, Anita Groener, Antje Christ, Antoine Toniolo, Ardan Ozmenoglu, Arp Raph, Azin Samari, Carlos Aquilino, Carlton Bright, Carolina Sevilla, Cat Poljski, Christian Ebert, Claire Zakiewicz, Claudia Chistoffel, Cleo Wilkinson, Collette Farry, Cornelius Völker, Deniz Kurtel, Elizabeth Gower, Emma Lindsay, Erika Gofton, Eugenia Gortchakova, Eva Pfitzenmaier, Eva-Jo Hancock, Fred Forest, Fred Truck, Gavin Hogg, Hamu Isen, Harold Linker, HC Gilje, Heidi Yardley, Hugo Curti, Ineke van Harten, Ioanna Tsinividi, Jan Gilbert, Javier Lozano, Jennifer Macklem, Jeroen Kooijmans, Jill Scott, Joerg Schwalfenberg, Johannes Hüppi, John Neeson, Julia Schwalfenberg, Kate Shaw, Kazuko Kizawa, Libby Heaney, Louise Blyton, Maria Dorner, Marieke Verbiesen, Marko Maetamm, Martin Pakvis, Maud Cotter, Mauricio Salazar, Merryn Trevethan, Michael Fritsch, Michiel Knaven, Mikkel Carl, Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter, Patricia Sousa, Patricio Sanchez Tasisto, Patrick Meagher, Peter Daverington, Peter Martensen, Quintana Martelo, Ralf Tekaat, Rosa Almeida, Ruth Nattermann, Sandra Becker, Sandra Parker, Serge Onnen, Samantha Shin, Shihori Oyama, Stefan Kuerten, Stephen Chambers, Sue Beyer, Susana Lopez Fernandez, Svetlana Jovanovic, Terence Main, Vanessa Montiel, and Wendy Barnes.
Resident artists were often connected to other New York organizations such as Anton Kern Gallery, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, LMCC, Asia Cultural Society, Residency Unlimited, Bertrand Delacroix, Art in General, Meulensteen (formerly Max Protetch) and Harris Lieberman. The network of lodgers speaks to the ever-changing landscape of contemporary art, as some organisations once key to those resident at PointB no longer exist, such as Silver Shed, Parker’s Box, and Location One.
Alongside their artworks the artists have provided fascinating photographs of their studios and surrounding neighbourhood from the mid-’90s that documents the changes and gentrification of Williamsburg.
Founded in 1996 by artist, designer and architect Mark Parrish, PointB’s mission has been to enhance and enable the mobile lifestyles of creative professionals by providing flexible, ready-to-use work and living spaces and developing a global network for interdisciplinary, cross-cultural exchange. This was accomplished through the provision of a suite of 8 minimalist and comfortable live-work studio spaces in Williamsburg, which have been inhabited by an ever-changing group of visiting artists. Over 1,000 visual artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, photographers and thinkers have been in residence at PointB, many repeatedly, in stays of a week to 4 months. PointB has always been about access to the city. Like a secret club, not known to New Yorkers but known to artists all over the world, the doors haven’t been open to the public because the studios were not designed to show work, but to make it. Now, nearly two decades after its inception, a number of past lodgers have sent in their works of art for this group exhibition, which celebrates their work, documents their interaction with the local community, and reflects on the changes in the Williamsburg neighbourhood.