Season 10 comes to The Invisible Dog

Season 10 at The Invisible Dog

Season 10 comes to The Invisible Dog

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On Saturday September 8, 2018, The Invisible Dog invites you to celebrate the beginning of their second decade with two recently commissioned - site specific exhibitions and one celebratory installation.

Little did we think that The Ant would bring such longevity to Brooklyn's unique Art Center on Bergen Street where a little known leather factory became the purveyor of a novelty called The Invisible Dog, a stiff dog leash that gives the center its name. The Invisible Dog Art Center opened in October, 2009, and over the last two years, over 50,000 people have attended events that included visual art exhibits; dance, theater, and music performances; film screenings; literary arts and poetry readings; lectures; and community events.

Season 10 opens in the main gallery with Brooklyn artist Abraham McNally presenting a series of over 100 hand carved sculptures made of wood and wool. Poplar and cedar logs were cut and milled with a chainsaw at his childhood home; a Christmas tree farm in Northern Vermont.

McNally describes himself in this way:

My sculptures develop from a set of relationships: material and tool, past and present, scale of sculpture and body of viewer.

I’m drawn to materials from the rural northeast: cedar shingles, firewood, woolen cloth, boards from trees I cut with my father on his Christmas tree farm in Northern Vermont. These materials are naturally distinct and often hard for me to control. My history and personal associations with a material are critical, pulling me into an active conversation with the material and the past.

The tools I use are commonplace but often have personal stories associated with them. Growing up in Vermont I would help my father cut trees for firewood or help my mother wedge clay in her shop. When I use a chainsaw or plaster mold in my studio in Brooklyn that history is always present.

An opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 6pm to 9pm and will continue on exhibit through October 14, 2018.

In the Glass House, Montreal based artist Caroline Cloutier will use the mirror as an extension of the photographic device to produce images. She thus brings the out-of-field space inside the Glass House and exploits the visual qualities of its surroundings. The effect is a complex spatial composition that leads the viewer in a contemplative experience about the in-between.

Caroline Cloutier is particularly interested in the reflective function inherent to specular and photographic images and their capacity for suggesting virtual spaces. In recent years, she has arranged mirrors and large-scale photographic prints to create monumental collages that section and modulate the exhibition space. Blending in with the architecture of the occupied venues, her installations modulate the space, open virtual passages, and effect a mise en abyme within the exhibition setup. They provide contemplative experiences that suggest a space that one might imagine or discover beyond the image. Mental projection leads the body to inscribe itself in these virtual spaces.

Caroline Cloutier will use the mirror as an extension of the photographic device to produce images.

Caroline Cloutier lives and works in Montreal (Canada), where she practices photography and installation. Her works have been shown in Montreal, Toronto (CA), New York (US), Linz (AT) and Rome (IT). She has had a number of international residencies: Linz in 2014 and 2016, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland (CA), in 2016, and Rome in 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal and she is currently pursuing a MFA in Photography at Concordia University (Montreal, CAN). Her last installation, In-Between (2018), created especially for the Invisible Dog Center is her first solo show in New York.

At the entrance of #51Bergen, Invisible Dog's artist Mac Premo will create a sculptural number "10", permanently installed at the entrance for 12 months. Each month, a different artist will be asked to replace the face of the "1", offering their own interpretation of what it means to welcome.

The Invisible Dog Art Center is located at 51 Bergen Street between Smith & Court streets in Brooklyn. Gallery hours are Thursday to Saturday from 1–7pm and Sunday from 1–5pm.