Brooklyn artist, Mike Perry’s recent endeavor, Wondering Around Watching (WAW) IS A 7k square foot creative wonderland nestled away amidst rows of former industrial spaces lining Dean St. in Crown Heights.
Conceived and designed by Perry, WAW doubles as both a free exhibition space and community free space for life-long art making. WAW is a revolutionary new concept in the way an art space interacts with the community. Eschewing a typical NYC gallery opening process Perry began with a concept that everything had to be community-oriented and free ...free entry, free refreshments, free classes, free workshops, free concerts, and all of it had to be available to people of all ages and abilities. After several months of preparation WAW opened on September 15th with over 500 people in attendance. Several successful community workshops followed the opening of the space and their second full exhibit titled Happy Accidents will be opening this Saturday, October 6th at 6pm.
Here’s what’s on deck for the rest of the month at WAW:
Goodbye Brooklyn is a film-based performance that explores the greatest influences and tragedies the artist has faced during his 7 year stay in New York City. The performance will include three dances choreographed by Jennifer Mellor, musical performances by the artist as well as special guests Hospital Ships and sets designed with the spirit of what Wandering Around Wondering is trying to achieve in its vision to make art happen.
“I moved here to fall in love with the movies. And that’s exactly what happened. Now I’m leaving to make them.” – Andy Byers
Brooklyn-based drummer and songwriter Homer Steinweiss talks about the various elements that go into playing and creating rhythms for the drumset, and will attempt to perform a song with the help of the audience and special guests.
Explore the impact of writing and drawing at breakneck speed. With pencil, ink, and paint we'll craft spontaneous messages onto postcards, spending 1-2 minutes on each piece. In the end, we'll pin the postcards to a wall and discuss the meaning of both their individual and communal presence. Each postcard will be mailed to a random address with recipients encouraged to send in pictures of their unexpected gift to be cataloged online for ongoing dialogue and sharing.
Thursday, October 18
Open Drawing Night
Must be 21+ to participate.
Thursday, October 18, 8:00–10:00pm
Limited to 30 people - RSVP HERE!
We opened up a few more slots!
Let's create a large-scale modular drawing of an imaginary city! Participants will be provided with all materials needed for this active drawing session, during which everyone will draw individual pieces of urban space: a house, a park, a subway station, a bodega, a high-rise, a library, a farmer's market…or anything else that comes to mind (a dirigible launch pad, a hot dog factory?). The size and complexity are limited only by our imaginations. At the end of the session, we'll "build" the city on the wall of the gallery.
Vehicle is a dance created by choreographer Lindy Schmedt with her company GREYZONE. Inspired by the WAW space, the project involves five dancers as they create a dynamic landscape executing architectural forms. The work will be a special visual collaboration between GREYZONE and Mike Perry.
For more information, visit http://www.mikeperrystudio.com/waw.