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This week we’re sharing a new gallery show to stop by, urging you to mark your calendars for LOTS of upcoming events, and introducing you to a cool new friend: Maria Ylvisaker. 

Culture Corner

COOL NEW THING
While Corridor has been making amazing menswear in NYC for a few years now (we <3 the new open-knit cardigans), they just expanded into a new Brooklyn space! The shop, located just steps from Ft. Greene Park is full of shirt jackets, bucket hats, and other summer gear. Next time you’re that way for a Summer picnic, be sure to stop in! 

LOOK
We know we gave you a list of galleries to hop to last weekend, but we’re back with one more to squeeze in because it’s THAT good. Stop by both of Karma Gallery’s locations to see Kathleen Ryan’s new show featuring a giant daisy chain and even bigger bedazzled fruit. gogogo!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
WOW. New York is back, baby!! We’re so excited this Summer is starting to feel like old New York and full of fun events happening all szn long. Here are some going on this week that you should know about. Put these in your cals ASAP!

IXV DOG DRAWINGS

Where: IXV in Boerum Hill

When: June 5th, 10a-4p

What: Our favorite coffee shop in Boerum Hill is inviting 3 illustrators to the cafe next Saturday to draw your dogs, your trucks, or your alpacas for FREE. Stop by and grab a Coffee in a Cookie Cup and a family portrait w/ yr pup.

 

RECREATION CENTER SAMPLE SALE

Where: 471 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook

When: May 30th

What: One of BKLN’s most colorful ceramicists is having a sample sale. Need we say more? Stop by the Recreation Center studio to snag some seconds pieces!

 

LA CANTINE SPRING MARKET

Where: La Cantine in Bushwick

When: June 6th 12-5p

What: Bushwick’s best, La Cantine, is hosting a Spring Market featuring some of their favorite artists and pals with artwork and goods for sale. Each vendor will donate a % of sales to Comida Pal Pueblo.

SPRITZ BY AMOR Y AMARGO

Where: Amor Y Amargo, East Village

When: All Summer bb

What: Amaro bar, Amor Y Amargo, is switching things up for the summer with a new concept: Spritz. The whole outdoor area of the recently expanded bar will be redecorated to look and feel like an Italian piazza...oh yeah and LOTS of new and interesting Spritzes.

FANTASY EXPLOSION SOUVENIR POP UP 

Where: Bryant Park

When: May 31-June 20

What: Vintage curator, Fantasy Explosion, has curated a whole host of New York City-centric vintage clothing and accessories that will be on sale in the heart of Midtown. With new pieces added every day, there will be something for every Zizmorcore fan in the city!

GERTIE SUMMER NIGHTS

Where: Gertie on Grand St in Wburg

When: ALL SUMMA LONG Thurs-Sat

What: Gertie’s Summer Nights series is bacccckkk! Stop by their restaurant Th-Fri (7-9p) & Sat (3-9p) for comedy shows, vinyl sets and ice cream-filled block parties.

Cool Friends:
Maria Ylvisaker

This week we have a very special Cool Friends interview brought to you by fellow Brooklyn-based newsletter writer Becca Stickler. Becca is the author of Read Something Queer, a weekly newsletter about queer books and queer pop culture.

Meet Maria, a Brooklyn-based artist who makes art on paper about memories of home and food. She’s headed to Montana soon for a residency with Open AIR, and in the meantime she’s working on fixing an old Riso machine in her Bed-Stuy apartment. Read on to learn more about how she got started and why she loves living in NYC.

How did you get started as an artist? 

I studied art in college, then took a break for a couple of years after that to work in bakeries and figure out my life. I worked in restaurants for a while, worked in non-profit communications, and was trying to build up my art practice on the side. I was really just doing stuff that I had space for in my apartment, which has kind of been the theme of my practice. What can I do on a small scale? 

I was always after this nostalgic look — an old-timey, colorful, super-saturated look. Then I found Riso, and I knew that was how I wanted my stuff to look. It’s amazing. So I signed up for three workshops, three weekends in a row, in 2019. I went to Secret Riso Club, and The Arm, and The RisoLAB at SVA, and took classes with people who were in love with these weird machines. 

Can you explain what Riso printing is? 

A Riso machine is a “stencil duplicator” that basically functions as a giant printer/copier/scanner.  It has two cylindrical drums that get covered with a rice paper screen, then you send an image either through the scanner bed or a computer and it digitally burns the image onto the paper. Then, the machine wraps that “master” around the print drum, and ink is pushed through it to create copies. 

[Ed note: If you’re a visual person like me, I found this PDF from the University of Illinois very helpful.]

What are you working on right now? 

I’m making watercolor paintings and doing a series with stuff in my apartment that I’ve collected from estate sales and flea markets and family. I’m working with antique objects and thinking about how I want to portray them, and also thinking about why I’m doing it in the first place. 

I’ve been reading up on nostalgia, because I’ve always been really into photographs and images of homes in the past. I’m curious about why I’m interested in these things and why I’m so attracted to them—and why so many people are. Nostalgia can be harmful in the way it glosses over bad things that happened in the past, but it can also be an entry point to look more closely at something. I’m interested in the ways nostalgia might actually be helpful or hopeful. So what I’m doing right now is both working with those ideas and seeing how they fit with watercolor, Riso, and other media. 

What do you like about working and living in New York?  

I just love the city, and I didn’t even realize how much I’d find what I needed here until I moved. When I figured out that Riso was what I wanted to do, it was like, of course even though there’s a relatively small number of people doing this super niche, super specific practice, there’s a whole community of people here doing it. For every little niche, your people are here. 

Check out Maria’s prints and paintings at: 
www.mariaylvisaker.com
@maria.ylv on Instagram 

Palette
Strawberries on the Stoop, Park Slope Brooklyn

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