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Joy Decision

Damali Abrams
Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
Sarada Rauch
Andre Springer
Aya Uekawa
Rachel Eulena Williams


October 20th - November 19th 2017
Opening Reception: October 20th, 7 - 9PM Performances on Friday November 10th, 8-9PM

“You are an extension of the power that created the whole universe. You are God in drag. You are dressed up in this outfit of a body, which is temporary. You are eternal. You are forever. You are unchanged. And this is a dream you're having. So don't get to attached to it. Make love. Love people. Be sweet. Have corn dogs. Dance. Live. Love. Fuck shit up. But it's all good. You can't fuck it up because you're eternal.”
-RuPaul

This show is an ode of sorts to RuPaul, a performer who inspires many as a cultural icon, artist and guru. Bringing a range of both media and approaches, Joy Decision takes a cue from Rupaul’s philosophy to present artists who subvert dominant paradigms with a sense of irreverence, purpose and joy.

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Around About is a podcast of conversations, in the spirit of horizontality. It is created by artists Georgia Elrod and Sarada Rauch with an intent to expand the circle, investigating art within larger contexts. Each episode brings together guests from a variety of backgrounds and diverse disciplines. The approach is open, we start with a topic and we see where the conversation leads. www.aroundaboutproject.com

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Soblé: Literacy Project in Senegal / WAAW Residency

"Soblé" is a book created by Georgia Elrod and Oona Ibar at the WAAW Residency in San Louis, Senegal in February 2014. Long-time friends and collaborators, Georgia and Oona came together to create a book of stories and drawings that fuses art with reading and language basics.
The story begins with a young boy in Senegal and follows him through his day, introducing recognizable and practical vocabulary. The book develops around this first group of words, and over four chapters the story becomes more complex and surreal. The book is titled "Onion", or "Soblé" in Wolof, meant as metaphor for the many layers of a culture, or a dream.
Loosely based upon narratives collected from Senegalese friends, and Oona's son's family, this book merges the imaginary with the practical. Similar to a zine, the book is an artwork but also a teaching tool. aiming to help children and adults alike. The book is made simply and cheaply, and is constructed of xerox and staples to enable a wider distribution.
With the help of those at WAAW, the books have been distributed to children and adults via the Charles Amadou Diallo Legrand school in the Pikine neighborhood, an underprivileged area of Saint-Louis.

Thanks to all those that contributed and made the project happen via our crowd-funding campaign.

For more info check out:
http://senegalcollaborations2014.blogspot.com/
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IN ON

Mike Cloud
Maureen St. Vincent
Karla Wozniak

December 13th- January 17th
Opening reception December 13th 7-10pm

Curated by Georgia Elrod, Baris Gokturk and Sarada Rauch

We wanted to do a painting show about weird places. In our discussion, we realized we had different understandings of what that meant. Was it in or on a place? We were intrigued by this shifting idea, and it became the basis for this show. The artists in IN ON explore the simultaneity of “place” as depicted and also as surface.

Heliopolis
154 Huron St,
Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY
www.suncityprojectspace.com

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Witness my Hand: Paul Ramirez Jonas at Heliopolis

March 1- 24th, 2013
Opening Reception March 1st, 7-10 PM

Curated by Georgia Elrod, Sarada Rauch and Baris Gokturk.

"Witness My Hand" is based on a simple premise: A copy machine is a form of active pedestal. A sculpture is placed on top, and its bottom can be “published” by the viewer.
A photo copier is a magic base. Originals go on top, endless copies come out of it. The structure of this machine is very simple: There are things on top that get to be copied, they are the originals. There are things inside, they are the raw material. And there are things that come out.
All pedestals are a form of frame, and it could be argued that they transform whatever is on top of them. Piero Manzoni made a series of pieces called Base Magica: A pedestal that a viewer could climb onto and become a sculpture. Manzoni also made a piece called Pedestal of the World: A pedestal, with that inscription on its base, turned upside down so that the world was on top of it. Lets re-imagine those pieces with a copier in the place of the pedestal.
A notary public has its origins in the role of scribe. A scribe was a recorder of facts, a copier and transcriber, and the notary public grew out of that. They now offer a service to the public--one of testifying to the originality of the mark. Thus, the copy center is sometimes a space to publish and broadcast, and sometimes it is a space for appropriation. Is the copy center the original, decentralized? Like a copy center, Heliopolis becomes a space to publish, broadcast, or appropriate.

Heliopolis
154 Huron St.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY
www.suncityprojectspace.com
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Ticklish Object

Judith Linhares
Jeff Grant
Zoe Sheehan Saldaña

December 6th, 2013 - January 5th, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6th 6-9PM

Curated by Georgia Elrod, Sarada Rauch and Barıs Gokturk

Think of a snap shot, capturing the point right after the peak where things are just starting to decompose. As a freeze frame it is an image of something that is in its nature, moving. Still life, in its traditional painterly framework, functions as such. A seemingly conservative genre that pioneered the transformation of the commodified object to the aesthetic one in the Dutch tradition, it paradoxically lead to a few revolutions in 20th Century. In the contemporary setting a collection of objects is overly indexable. The works in Ticklish Object revolve around a transient idea of reconfiguring the object between still life and archeological artifact.

The artists in this show deal with contemporary reverberations of still life, navigating this web of indexing objects by investigating object-hood and re-presentation. Each of the separate objects points away from the collection it is grouped with toward other meaning. The subtleties and vibrations of arrangement can create multiple layers and simultaneously active and quiet readings. These works show us the cultural coronations of artist-as-archeologist, the manipulative gaze of the maker, and the contemporary artist as hunter-gatherer.

Heliopolis
154 Huron St.
Brooklyn, NY
www.suncityprojectspace.com

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big window little field

Zachary Fabri
Float Masters
Christina Freeman
K. J. Holmes
David Kagan
Shaun Leonardo
Dhira Rauch
Samita Singh

Two nights: April 11th and April 25th
A participatory work all month long

Curated by Georgia Elrod, Sarada Rauch and Baris Gokturk

Though humble in its square footage, Heliopolis’ storefront space proposes itself as a condensed field for activating, intervening and questioning what constitutes a performance.

What does it mean for the audience to anticipate, experience, participate in such an event? How passive or active do we behave with this type of experience that resists commodification yet brushes against entertainment? Is it possible to talk about this expansive terrain as egalitarian, breaking away from established hierarchies?

The works in "big window little field" consider these questions through a variety of practice and scope. Like the genre of performance, the artists in this show are from a large breadth of definition. Their discipline, age, sex, orientation, outward and inward identity cast a wide net over the medium. These artists transport Heliopolis into an activated state.

Heliopolis
154 Huron St.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY
www.suncityprojectspace.com
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Circled the Man

Daniel Bozhkov
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Erkan Ozgen and Sener Ozmen
Ji Hye Yom
Susana Gaudêncio

Opening Reception: Friday, November 9th, 7-10pm

Curated by Georgia Elrod, Baris Gokturk, and Sarada Rauch.

"You could say that a reckoning has to be made with the coyote…”
Joseph Beuys on I Like America and America Likes Me, 1974
 
When Joseph Beuys came to New York to live and communicate with a wild coyote in a small room he fascinated people. In I Like America and America Likes Me (1974) Beuys assembled a parallel mythology; through symbolism he proposed a different perspective on America, both current and historical. Using an alternative lexicon of ancient myths, he attempted, through his work, to "fix" or heal the rampant global effects of American foreign policy at work during that time. Following this lead, the works in Circled the Man extend parameters by investigating parallel mythologies at work today--traditional, political and otherwise. A show inviting expansion and insight, these are international artists whose work questions, navigates, or provides a broader perspective on political and social paradigms.
 
It is the common practice of political entities, states and institutions with access to power to churn their respective mythologies, amplifying their raison d’etre and justifying their actions beyond ethical frontiers. The fabrication of such mythologies is followed by the aestheticization of their message sponsored by these very same machines. The individual, the artist, and the independent mind finds itself on the edge of these official narratives. This displacement at its best can result in an alternate current, an adjustment, and a healing. The artist can respond to the officially sponsored spin-of-authority with their own individual practice, placing a stick into the spinning wheel.

Heliopolis
154 Huron St,
Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY
www.suncityprojectspace.com


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Rum Punch!

July 3rd - July 17th, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 3rd, 6-9 PM

http://theqatparkside.blogspot.com/2014/06/leffets-goes-arty.html

204 Parkside
204 Parkside Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

“Rum Punch!” is a group exhibition featuring artists living or working in south Brooklyn. It is the inaugural show at 204 Parkside, quite possibly Brooklyn's only event space and art gallery that doubles as a tax preparation office. Organized by the participating artists and the proprietor of the venue, Derek Noel, this exhibition showcases a variety of work and media. Inspired by the uniqueness of the space, much of the work is site specific and made especially for this show.

Bursting with a feeling of collectivity and integration, the diversity of the works and the artists who made them mirror the ever-changing population of Flatbush. Like a big bowl of rum punch we hope that this exhibit serves as a mixing and a gathering, the artwork inspiring a blending of neighborhood artists with the local community.

Juan Pablo Baene
Rory Baron
Darell Day
Francks Deceus
Georgia Elrod
Baris Gokturk
Sarah Elise Hall
Mckendree Key
M P Landis
Rachel Ostrow
Sarada Rauch
Orlando Richards
Carrie Rubinstein
Rosemary Taylor
Witts
Ezra Wube
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Watch Man

Witts
Dave Mishalanie

June 4th – 18th, 2010

Curated by Georgia Elrod

Dave Mishalanie and Witts have some unexpected connections in their work. Incomplete narratives, bizarre characters, a sense of apocalypse. Figures and grounds commingle. There is a curious humor lurking, a comic-book kind of finesse.

Heliopolis
154 Huron St.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY
www.suncityprojectspace.com

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