Art in DUMBO features First Thursday Gallery Walk

Art in DUMBO has announced its First Thursday Gallery Walk, scheduled to take place Feb. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring exhibition openings and other special events.

Join Art in General for its inaugural exhibition “Beyond Credit,” a selection of contemporary Georgian artists, at their new gallery space at 145 Plymouth St..

At A.I.R. Gallery, Sharon Butler of Two Coats of Paint will award one female artist participating in the Generations X: Razzle Dazzle showcase a prize.

United Photo Industries will present Tahir Karmali’s Jua Kali, meaning “fierce sun” in Swahili.

The series of portraits show Nairobi workers who have created surreal identities for themselves, with found objects as personal adornment, and more.

On the first Thursday of every month, DUMBO’s galleries stay open late for a night of art, gallery openings, artist talks and live performance.

Visitors can enjoy incredible views of the East River and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges as they walk along the waterfront from one gallery to the next, and can enjoy local drink specials after their tour.

The event is free and open to the public. All Gallery Walk events, and the many other art events happening year-round in DUMBO, can be found at ArtinDUMBO.com, a new website with information about the neighborhood’s many galleries, artists, studio programs, and more.

The participating Feb. 4 Thursday Gallery Walk venues include: A.I.R Gallery (155 Plymouth St.) presents Generations X: Razzle Dazzle.

The exhibit features more than 200 women artists of many generations and styles.

On Feb. 4, Sharon Butler Prize will present her eponymous prize to one lucky artist whose work will be chosen as her favorite piece and win $100!

The gallery also presents “Tuscan Spring,” in which Nancy Azara used a “leaf” theme with scroll works on Mylar, made in Greve, Italy. These collaged scrolls with tracings of leaves and trees and marks made from woodcuts, are painted and slashed sections, cut out and often reversed and glued.

The leaves are from a New York domestic rhododendron plant as well as from the fields of the Tuscan countryside.

And Fanny Allié’s Vessels builds the structure of a story in which characters coexist with makeshift, handmade dwellings along with domestic objects related to an everyday vernacular imagery.

From fragments of images extracted from the daily news, snippets of persistent personal memories or simple observations of her surroundings, she presents a narrative thread that solidly connects humans to each other. On view through Feb. 7, 2016.

Art in General (145 Plymouth Street) presents its inaugural exhibit Beyond Credit, featuring Thea Gvestadze, Mamuka Japharidze, Nika Machaidze, Nino Sekhniashvili, and Gio Sumbadze.

“Beyond Credit” is an Art in General International Collaboration curated by Wato Tsereteli, Center of Contemporary Art, Tbilisi, Georgia.

This group exhibition features a selection of contemporary Georgian artists who are highly regarded in Eastern Europe but relatively unknown in the United States.

Beyond Credit seeks to explore the artist’s process, as a mixture of modes involving rational thinking, intuition, contradiction, accident, mistake and absurdity, all of which serve as the building blocks for not only their artistic practices but also their lives.

As an exchange program, Art in General also brings New York-based artists to exhibit new works at international partner institutions. This is on view through April 2, 2016.

Brooklyn Bridge Park (99 Plymouth Street) presents The Wonder Under by Matthew Jensen, which uses collection and photography to explore the place histories of public landscapes in New York City.

The exhibition features hundreds of meticulously cut photographs of found objects collected from the surrounding landscape.

These are displayed in two-dimensional curiosity cabinets that reference museum vitrines but without employing the logical order commonly associated with such forms of display. On view through March 31, 2016.

KLOMPCHING GALLERY (89 Water St.) features work by Cara Barer. The artist transforms outdated, abandoned and obsolete books into coiled, crumpled and sculptural objects.

Following this labor-intensive reconfiguration, she photographs them and presents the final artworks as large-scale pigment prints — lush in color and highly detailed.

Through this process of re-imagination, the books segue into a carefully considered commentary on their changing role of how society accesses and values knowledge in a technologically advanced context.

Ultimately, Barer’s work questions the value of the book itself. On view through Feb. 27, 2016.

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