Hope everyone has a good Rosh Hashanah.
About the exhibition
Peter Krashes’ studio painting over the past decade stands as one complete body of artistic research growing directly out of his other practice as an unpaid community organizer in the Dean Street area of Prospect Heights in Brooklyn.As Peter says, “My work as an activist and my work as an artist extend from the same set of values. All of my works are derived from meetings I attend or events and initiatives I help organize. There is no room in political or governmental processes for many of the activities we involve ourselves in, but perhaps none more so than painting a nuanced image in the studio. As a result, the paintings are the last step in a process I have been engaged with from beginning to end. The imperatives I feel outside the studio are explicit so the outcome in the studio is particular and linked directly to the real world.”
Linking the practices of painting and of activism points out the problematic of actions that can be consumed, ignored, and considered irrelevant by those in official political power. Their human scale and material presence as paint on canvas positions these paintings outside the processes in which decisions are made instead of seeking recognition in political discourses of power.
Taking a different approach to generating cultural power, Krashes has generated this body of paintings through working out questions that arise in his range of collaborative activist practices. For example, frustration with the narrow, sometimes apparently biased focus of the media has led Krashes to make paintings depicting the glare of cameras pointed in elected officials’ faces or expansive interiors of government chambers with recurring images of empty microphones. He also paints the flipside of this equation, namely that individual voices speaking collectively can exercise power. Neighbors painting protest signs, children’s face painting, Easter egg hunts, seedbombs tossed into empty lots, and block parties claim space—marking the presence of the communities willfully neglected by those in power.
Please plan to join us on Monday, October 2nd at 7pm for our monthly block association meetings. Location – 535 Dean Street, #706.
On the agenda:
- Board elections
- Updates on key topics such as 587 Bergen, rodents, and neighborhood construction
A certificate will be provided to all participants
Come and learn about:
• Lead poisoning and sources of lead
• Preventing and getting rid of bedbugs
· How to control pests safely
· Listing of Locations:
· Bronx- West Farms Library, Tremont Library, and Pelham Bay library
· Brooklyn-Bushwick Library, Eastern Parkway Library, Flatbush Library, Crown Heights Library, Sheepshead Bay Library, and Brighton Beach library
· Queens- Woodside library, Rosedale library, Central library, Lefferts library, Queens Village library, Ozone Park library, South Jamaica library, and Richmond Hill Library
· Manhattan- Columbia Community Partnership for Health, Seward Park Library, and Chatham Square library
· For times and dates, you can call 646-632-6022
[This is a singe riders experience without supportive data.]
This morning I biked to the lovely Red Hook Swimming Pool for early bird lap swim. This ride is sixteen minutes from our block. Below are my two routes (left – to the pool; right – back to our block).
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the most comfortable city biker. 95% of my rides involve getting to Prospect Park and doing loops. This morning I learned, first-hand, how unnerving bicycling on Dean Street is. To me, the most anxiety-riddled part of the ride is crossing Hamilton Avenue (under the BQE). Next though is riding Dean Street between 6th and Vanderbilt. On my way home, I encountered:
- FDNY pulling out and going the wrong way on Dean to get to 6th Avenue
- 3 different double-parked vehicles in front of 535 Dean, syncopated with double parked automobiles (presumably) associated with Temple of Restoration creating a slalom-like experience
- 2 construction works unloading materials on Dean Street for 535 Carlton Avenue
- 4 illegally parked USPS vehicles narrowing the street and frustrating the driver behind me as we form a bike-to-car caravan
DOT: let’s not be regressive and await accidents (like these on Vanderbilt Avenue and the original MPT reducing sight lines). Let’s also not discuss the inability for the DOT to enforce. The DOT has high-quality planners that have expertise on improving these situations. Please assist.
Last night, a lively group covered:
1). DOT’s proposed new Citibike location on Carlton Avenue north of Dean Street.
2). Block Party Planning: raffle, activities, food
3). 587 Bergen Street proposal/Zoning block 1129
4). School Update
5). Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park: Ongoing and Upcoming Issues