Exhibition: Works Progress: A Recession Art Show

April 24-May 2, 2010

Just as the Great Depression promoted visual arts through the Works Progress Administration, artists today need support to keep creating through this modern recession. Works Progress: A Recession Art Show will exhibit 12 artists who are working with little money, but great talent. Works Progress will have an opening reception Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 6 pm to Midnight, and run through May 2 at the Invisible Dog Gallery in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

The 12 Works Progress artists are Megan Berk, Amanda Boulton, Zach Chupa, Julie Floersch, Emily Fran?ois, Katerie Gladdys, Angela Jann, Jonathan Kambouris, Ian Trask, Cubby West, Alison Wilder, and Shawn Yu. Each piece has a $500 price limit and includes everything from paintings to installation sculpture to interactive art. Emily Fran?ois will show dollar store commemorative plates and Amanda Boulton will explore how we relate to wealth with money-themed shrines. Repurposing material waste, Ian Trask builds trash art sculptures and Cubby West paints on salvaged car parts. Organic life in urban worlds flourishes through Katerie Gladdys? edible weeds documented in urban Florida and Jonathon Kambouris? portraits of vegetable and fruit decay. Angela Jann will work with a realtor at the opening reception to sell homes being sold in Detroit for under $500, as well as paintings of those homes, to see whether the art or housing market is suffering more.

Works Progress is the third exhibit presented by Recession Art, an organization devoted to helping emerging artists show and sell their work while giving art lovers and collectors opportunities to buy original work at reasonable prices. Recession Art is an art stimulus plan that aims to break open the traditional gallery model and make showing, buying, and enjoying art more accessible for people who have been hit by the recession. Recession Art is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations.

The Invisible Dog Gallery is located on the third floor of 51 Bergen Street between Smith and Court Streets accessible through the Bergen F/ G stops. Gallery hours will be noon to 8 pm Sunday through Thursday, and noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

To learn more about Recession Art and Works Progress, visit www.RecessionArtShows.com or email us at info@recessionartshows.com. More Works Progress events will be announced on our website.