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November 12, 2008

Heiresses on Terraces

Lisa Cooley is pleased to present Alan Reid's first solo exhibition with the gallery, Heiresses on Terraces. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist on Saturday, November 22 from 6 until 8 pm and continues through Sunday, December 28, 2008.
Reid's new paintings, delicately rendered in colored pencil, depict a seemingly affluent and predominately female cast. His elegant, attenuated figures revel in the moment, dignified despite preposterous circumstances leopard-bitten, floating mid-air, or festooned with underwear. In addition, disjunctive formal conceits mirror the protagonists befogged psychology observe missing heads, horse bridal leads, preposterous proportions, flattened perspective and occasionally ham-fisted rendering.
The paintings are fabulous as well as ridiculous: they laugh as they tell. Witness European aristocracy summer in Marrakesh, placated lovers lounge in trashed hotel rooms, weary fashionistas absorbed in ennui, and more than one woman leaving the house wearing improbable equestrian tack. Reid is a narrative painter with conflicted interests He is both a viewer and an instigator, conjuring and enjoying scenes rich with yearning, absurd psychological logic and love-of-life insouciance. Suffused with the aura of Serge Gainsbourg, Helmut Newton, Fellini, Godard, Antonioni, Klossowski, Ian Flemming, Michael Caine these images put male libido at the wheel, and under examination. Reid simultaneously fleshes-out and attacks this driving force, setting desire up for a pratfall. One frequently observes a knowing, ludicrous descent from the exalted to the commonplace an anticlimax. Note this in "The Credits," an absurd rethinking of Cinematic performance annotation set, props, and an actor adrift in the frame.
These paintings undermine the idea of weight as a metaphor for seriousness. The exhibitions title implies as much the words heiress and terrace both pun on being in the air. Reid suggests that lightness can not only convey us towards more reflective, weighty conversation, but also, that lightness can assuage the weight of seriousness and its myriad anxieties.
Alan Reid lives and works in New York. He attended Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of North Texas and Yale. He received the Edith Brattell Stockell Award at Yale and the Kimbrough Award from the Dallas Museum of Art. The gallery is located at 34 Orchard Street between Hester and Canal in the Lower East Side of New York City. The closest subway is the East Broadway stop of the F line. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information or images, please email the gallery at frontdesk@lisa-cooley.com or call 212-680-0564.

November 21, 2008

2009 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for Scene: Brooklyn

SCENE: BROOKLYN Independent Film and Media Arts April 30 - May 6, 2009 Scene: Brooklyn will feature several exciting events in the spring of 2009 to be presented at the newly redesigned Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo and the Spike Lee Screening Room at LIU. * "Spotlight on Brooklyn," two programs of independent films made by Brooklyn-based filmmakers and/or filmed in the borough * an industry panel with film and media arts professionals discussing current issues and trends * the Eighth Annual Women of African Descent Film festival * a perennially popular screenwriting workshop given by award winning screenwriter, Ella Thier
2009 CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS Please read the Submission Guidelines at http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/documents/1087 before applying. Spotlight on Brooklyn We are accepting animation, documentary, experimental and narrative films in short and feature lengths by independent filmmakers who live or work in Brooklyn, as well as films that are principally made in Brooklyn and/or films that are about Brooklyn. APPLY NOW at https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1015. 8th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival. We are accepting films by youth, college and independent filmmakers in animation, documentary, experimental and narrative categories, in short and feature lengths, by women filmmakers of African descent - local, national and international (including screenwriters, directors and producers). APPLY NOW at https://www.withoutabox.com/login/6442 . Cash and other prizes for outstanding film submissions will be awarded. Online application deadline: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 Late deadline: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 ABOUT BAC'S FILM AND MEDIA ARTS PROGRAMMING BAC's re-invigorated and re-named film program, continues the Council's 43-year tradition of supporting independent filmmakers and presenting free media arts programming to the public. Formally the Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival, Scene: Brooklyn features screenings of films by and about our borough and its residents; the Woman of African Descent Film Festival, which is presented every year in partnership with the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links; professional development services, like our annual screenwriting workshop; and lecture/discussions with industry professionals and prominent filmmakers. We are proud of our tradition of supporting film and filmmakers. Among the many talented directors we are fortunate to have worked with is Spike Lee, whose first film, Joe's Bed Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983), was made in part with BAC support. More recently, director Ryan Fleck, best known for Half Nelson (2006), showed Struggle in our 2002 Festival.

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