— Drawing on the Utopic

Everyone needs a Bad Ass Art Bitch Beer!

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I am finishing up the beer bottle labels (neck label pictured above) for my just completed home brew and am really, really trying to save some for the grand opening of post pocket utopia at The Gateway Project.  The labels (neck and body) and bottle cap and the brew inside have been all made especially for both post pocket utopia, an art piece and for (Em)Power Dynamics : Exploring the Modes of Female Empowerment and Representation in America, an exhibition inspired by the collective body of flower paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, starting in 1924, and Ana Mendieta’s Untitled (Facial Cosmetic Variations), 1972.

Here’s the list of the exhibiting artists: Jaishri Abichandani, Renée Cox, Ayana Evans, FLUCT, Angela Fraleigh, Chitra Ganesh, Rachel Mason, Marilyn Minter, Sophia Narrett, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Michele Pred, Ventiko and Shoshanna Weinberger. (All amazing and curated by the amazing Rebecca Jampol and Jasmine Wahi.)

Also, Shoshana Weinberger will be graciously contributing an image to the main or body label on my beer bottle.  Although I’ve been working on this beer all summer and preparing my space, I feel so lucky that I basically get to drink beer that night and experience this great show.  My post pocket utopia is right off the main exhibition space so you might have to look for me, but just ask where the Bad Ass Beer is located, which is a little bit down the hall.  Here are the opening details for the main exhibition:

(Em)Power Dynamics : Exploring the Modes of Female Empowerment and Representation in America

September 9, 2015 – October 23, 2015
Opens: Wednesday, Sept. 9th 2015
Exhibition Reception | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

THE GATEWAY PROJECT
2 GATEWAY CENTER
NEWARK, NJ 07102

And more about the Gateway Project since it is a really amazing endeavor…The purpose of the Gateway Project exhibition space is to host socially engaging exhibitions and community programs to cultivate critical social dialogues. It achieves this mission through bold exhibitions, community programming, and support of artists that create work for social change. The exhibition space is co-directed by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol, two curators dedicated to activism, justice, and strong multi-disciplinary art.

The Gateway Project gallery space is a subsidiary of Project For Empty Space, a 501c3 non-profit arts organization.

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Picture above is The Gateway Center.

My post pocket utopia space will activate a portion of The Gateway Project’s storefront level (as mentioned above just down the hall) and will be an art piece geared to engage the community.

My inaugural project ‪is #‎SEEINGNEWARK‬, an open-sourced photography project collected through community submissions.

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Beer Label above with text added is Georgia O’Keeffe’s, ‘Special No.21’ 1916 (found on this cool blog – http://jamesrussellontheweb.blogspot.com/2011/05/richters-skater-paintings-lost-and.html)

Cheers!