Soapbox Gallery 636 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 http://soapboxgallery.

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KICKIN IT: 11 ARTISTS USE OF ONE WINDOW Saturday April 30- Thursday June 23, 2011,

ARTISTS: Paul Anceau, FL Elaine Angelopoulos, NY Howard Better, NY David Borawski, CT Melanie Carr, CT Ellen Hackl Fagan, NY Chere Krakovsky, NY Lisa Lala, MO Robert Lepre , NY Tony Juliano, CT Kim Mikenis, CT

Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, NY is featuring a month and three week long series of community based performance and installation projects that encourage audience participation. Residing in the vein of Soapbox’s mission! dedicated to providing a forum for visual artists to engage in the issues of our time and express themselves publicly without censorship. In the tradition of the humble yet mighty soapbox that encouraged free speech and played a role in the development of our social contract, provocative work can stir public debate, raise consciousness, and even spur social evolution. Soapbox Gallery challenges artists to speak out and be relevant!eleven artists have been invited to rethink the window space in relation to the surrounding neighborhood and their own work. This lively series promises thoughtful fun, new perspectives and big crowds. Guest Curator, Installation & Video Artist Suzan Shutan of New Haven, CT comes from a background of inclusiveness, developing projects that activate space, engage an audience and create dialogue. www.suzanshutan.com Director and Sculptor Jimmy Greenfield, decided three years ago to create a community of artists interested in making work about relevant issues free of the commercial constraints of the art world. His intent was to provide an opportunity for emerging, midcareer and noted artists (who may be restricted by their own notoriety to exhibit a specific style of work) to show in a gallery turned inside out, where work is imposed on the street and passers-by can interact spontaneously.

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WINDOW INSTALLATION WITH VIDEO BY DAVID BORAWSKI SATURDAY, APRIL 30 –SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2011 Reception- Saturday. APRIL 30, 2011- 6:00pm-10:00pm Emphasizing the dynamics of Soap Box’s Window space, a silhouette of NBA star Carmelo Anthony (born and raised in Red Hook and who now plays for the Knicks), is frozen in mid jump shot, literally 'pealed' out of his circle, floating in the forefront for all to look up to. A video using in-game imagery and footage shot at an empty neighborhood basketball court mixed with the future stadium construction site across the street reflects upon changes and real space. This piece speaks of class and education, and that to some kids, basketball and the dream of playing in the NBA can be the only ticket to success. David Borawski lives and works in Hartford, Connecticut, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. A conceptually based installation and video artist, he uses common materials to address socio-political issues, while leaving the interpretations intentionally fluid. The inclusion of video acts as an extension of the sculptural elements, expanding the visual field and the abstract forum. http://www.rot8tor.org

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SWAP SHOP: LIVING STORE PERFORMANCE BY MELANIE CARR SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2011 Reception- Saturday. May 7, 2011- 6:00pm-10:00pm STORE HOURS: Saturday May 7, 4:00-10:00pm & Sunday May 8, noon-3:00 pm SWAP SHOP is a participatory public piece about exchange. SWAP SHOP allows participants/the public to set the market by their willingness to contribute in an exchange of goods where the “swap” becomes the market price; one item equals one item, etc. The Swap Shop becomes social sculpture with restorative power for human connectedness. The SWAP SHOP depends upon public participation where one’s willingness to partake in an alternative system spur’s the creativity of its makers and viewers, where viewers become producers of an experience, and life and art are finely integrated among all. Melanie Carr was born and raised in Connecticut. She earned a B.A. in painting at Central Connecticut State University in 2000 after serving in the United States Military. She is an M.F.A. candidate of the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University 2011. www.examinatioroom.blogspot.com & www.melaniecarr.com

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ColorSoundGrammer: A COMMUNITY INTERACTIVE GAME BY ELLEN HACKL FAGAN SUNDAY, MAY 8- MAY 12, 2011 Reception- Sunday May 8, 2011, 2:00-4:00pm The public is invited to partake in a playful interactive game in which viewers get recorded in their selection of colored squares that best represent each note of the Do-Re-Mi musical scale, later getting translated into pseudoscientific meditations, and ultimately, paintings on the blended language of color and sound. Looking for consistencies in peoples colorsoundgrammar choices can demonstrate that there is an innate grammar we all posses, perhaps used more consistently at an earlier phase in our evolution. Participants leave with a personal awareness of color’s sonic potential and its communicative breadth. Ellen Hackl Fagan earned a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Interdisciplinary Media in 2005 from Hartford Art School, CT. She has been a RADIUS artist at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT and has exhibited her work extensively throughout New England more recently, in New York City. She maintains a studio in Harlem and works on ceramic sculptures at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York. http://ehfaganstudio.com/

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XRU & FRIENDS PRESENT WORLD PERCUSSION AND PROTEST MUSIC WITH MUSICIANS PAUL ANCEAU & ROBERT LEPRE SATURDAY MAY 14, 2011, 7:00pm-10:30pm Reception: May 14, 6:00-7:00pm XRU and friends perform modern American music with an emphasis on percussion, experimenting with a wide range of sounds from current styles through world music and made from found objects, synthesizers, computers and globally influenced rhythmic events using hand drumming. Audience participants will be invited to step up and speak their mind via a “junk-rap” style vamp. Music provides a spirit for expression and can enhance a message or persuade people to feel different. In a world of light speed messaging and conflict, having a chance to wonder out loud or cry foul is important and just plain fun. XRU intends to provide an energy that will inspire people to speak out. At the core of XRU are musicians Robert LePre of NYC (http://www.robertlepre.com) and Paul Anceau of FLA, both life long professional percussionists. Robert Lepre is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and is actively engaged in the Electro music scene in NYC. Paul Anceau graduated from California Institute of the Arts and has toured with the Repercussion Unit, a ground-breaking award winning group of percussionists who originated in California. Both Bob & Paul met performing together with the Repercussion Unit.

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TRAVELING: A KINETIC INSTALLATION BY KIM MIKENIS SUNDAY, MAY 15 - MAY 21, 2011 Reception- Sunday May 15, 2011- 2:00pm-4:00pm
A controversy is brewing in Atlantic Yards. Nine Brooklyn brownstones were excavated to make way for a NY Nets Sports Arena. This small-scale model represents 20 blocks that were in peril of being demolished, in this case, by a giant remote control operated basketball. The neighborhood is spring-loaded and resilient, as are the residents who continue to spring back up in opposition to having their homes replaced with a sporting arena. Traveling is a term used in basketball when a player walks while holding onto the ball possessively without dribbling or passing. This piece is meant to draw much needed attention to this issue and to promote the preservation of historic Brooklyn. Kim Mikenis has performed her self-written and constructed puppet shows throughout NY in locations such as Galapagos, Dixon Place, Tank with Drama of Works- a company granted numerous Henson Foundation Grants, New Britain Museum of Art in CT and ArtSpace, New Haven, CT. Her most recent work based on the phenomena of the McGurk Effect was featured in Mindsets, a linguistics inspired show at Yale University. www.sharkinmysink.com

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MOVIE NIGHT FOR ALL AGES: A RETROSPECTIVE OF FILMMAKER HOWARD BETTER (POPCORN & CHAIRS PROVIDED) SATURDAY MAY 21, 2011- 7:00pm-10:00pm Reception: Saturday May 21, 2011- 6:00pm -7:00 pm Using the window as a projection screen, a retrospective of thirty years of moving images that use a mixture of animation, collage and live action will be shown by Filmmaker Howard Better. His work investigates relationships between time, space, and perception. "My movies unfold in time like music, with reoccurring themes and patterns. Although I do not tell stories, there is a narrative element that appears. I always carry a video camera, and I am constantly capturing images from the world around me. Much of my work from the last few years has been about New York City as it is and as it could have been. I am fascinated by the flow of time, and how our thoughts refer not only to the world around us, but are manifestations of that world. Movies, like consciousness itself, are works in progress." Howard Better is an artist living in Uptown Manhattan. He is currently working on animated video installations and 3-D collages. He graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA focusing on film. Better has exhibited nationally and has shown work at P.S. 1 and The Anthology Film Archives. He received a grant from the Puffin Foundation and teaches Video and Animation in the NYC school system.

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CLEANING DAY DAILY PERFORMANCE BY CHERE KRAKOVSKY SUNDAY MAY 22, 2011- Saturday May 28 Reception: Sunday May 22, 2011 – 2:00-5:00pm Home in all its familiarity, arrangement and structure is a constantly shifting environment, a stranger at times. Cleaning Day will be completed over a period of 6.5 days. Each day from 5:00PM to 7:00PM the arrangement of furniture and personal items from the artist Chere Krakovsky’s East Village home will be dismantled and new objects added creating a new configuration, from kitchen into library, from sitting room into study. The Soapbox window will be cleaned in and out, a daily practice, a meditation, a blank page, or empty canvas. The public is invited to participate by bringing a personal object to include in each days new arrangement. Home is shared as the artist reconstructs the familiar, making the personal- public to those who pass by. Chere Krakovsky received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts and her MFA from Goddard College in Vermont. She has performed in various nontraditional settings in New York City; Iowa City, IA; Providence, RI; and Philadelphia, PA. http://newsgrist.typepad.com/chere_krakovsky/

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THE BIG SKETCH-IN: with Tony Juliano SATURDAY, MAY 28 – 5:00pm-10:00pm Reception- Saturday, May 28, 6:00pm-7:00pm Attend a free “not your typical still life drawing session”. Bring a sketchbook or, camera, video recorder and flashlight to artistically interpret a series of five one hour STILL LIFE and the occasional LIVE MODEL window vignettes. Know that you are in for total surprise. The designer of "The Big Sketch-In" tends to be more silly than serious, so do not expect your standard bowl of plastic fruit or life drawing models. You can expect giant blow up props and chia woman with poodle-haired boyfriends. Professional satirical artist and producer, Tony "Baloney" Juliano has created many parodies and puns on famous artworks and other pop/social lifestyles since the turn of the new century 2000. Tony has exhibited all over the world from CB'3 313 Gallery in NYC to The Walker in Liverpool, UK. Tony also has created commissioned murals for Yale's Peabody Museum and Corona Beer. Moonlights as an art teacher and art lecturer and is also the producer and ringmaster of Forgot to Laugh: Sideshow and Animation Festival. Tony has worked with puppeteers Big Nazo and famous animator, Bill Plympton. To see more visit agooart.com and forgottolaugh.com.

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WHEN THE GROUND BREAKS BY ELAINE ANGELOPOULOS SUNDAY, MAY 29-JUNE 8, 2011 Reception: Saturday June 4, 2011 2:00-4:00pm A giant window map with arranged artifacts and ephemera loaned from residents of the neighborhoods surrounding Atlantic Yards pays homage to the local community dedicated to challenge big business and government dealings surrounding the Atlantic Yards Project. Elaine Angelopoulos will conduct public events that focus on the construction project in process and in direct view across the street of Soapbox Gallery. Local residents are invited to record their stories to serve as an archive of their experiences on how the neighborhood has changed. Angelopoulos has had a dynamic twenty plus year practice as an exhibiting artist and a collective practitioner amongst activist for civil liberties. She activates her installation works with performance to connect with her audience. The Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine; Five Myles in Brooklyn; ABC No Rio in Manhattan; and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London are among the exhibition venues that have featured her work. Awards most noted are the Jerome Fellowship through Franconia Sculpture Park, Foundation for Contemporary Art, and an Honorarium from SUNY Plattsburgh. http://www.re-title.com/artists/Elaine-Angelopoulos.asp

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THE LIST WALL PROJECT: NATIONALLY TOURING INSTALLATION BY LISA LALA FRIDAY, JUNE 10 - JUNE 22, 2011 Reception- Saturday, June 18, 7 - 10pm "The List Wall Project is a grassroots-driven conceptual art installation that invites the public to aspire by submitting anonymous, handwritten lists of their goals." Originating in Kansas City, this project has been touring nationally since February of 2010. As the List Wall moves from city to city, the public at each new venue may add their own lists by tacking them to the wall. The artist will be at the Soap Box gallery each evening from 5-7pm, so the public may read the wall or add their own list in person. www.thelistwall.com Lists Should be: -A list of short term or long term goals -Handwritten -Anonymous, but you may add an identifier (such as "architect" ) if you like - 8 1/2" x 11" paper or smaller Lisa Lala is most commonly know for her luscious oil paintings exhibited coast to coast and held in many private, public and museum collections. Born near San Francisco, California, Lala was raised with a global perspective as her family often traveled to impoverished countries as medical volunteers. Lala received her BFA from the University of Kansas, and also studied with Wolf Kahn and Tjasa Demsar (in France). Lala has been moderating the List Wall Project since it's inception in 2009. www.LalaStudio.net

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