June 18, 2008

Press Contact:
Malika Granville, Associate, Marketing & Communications
Brooklyn Public Library
Phone: 718.230.2211
Email: m.granville@brooklynpubliclibrary.org



Brooklyn, NY, [June 12, 2008] – See the Brooklyn waterfront as you never have before. New art exhibitions opening on June 17 feature, among other things, a photographic glimpse inside the secret world of fenced-off factories, refineries and shipyards that line the waterfront. These exhibitions are free and open to the public. Central Library is located at 10 Grand Army Plaza. For more information, please call 718.230.2100.

June 17 – August 30:

New York Waters: Profiles from the Edge, in the Grand Lobby, features photographic portraits of the world of waterfront trades by Randy Duchaine. He has exhibited his work in many places including the American Library Association, Brooks Institute of Photography in California, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and the National Arts Club in New York.

Twilight on the Waterfront: Brooklyn's Vanishing Industrial Heritage, in the Grand Lobby, features photographs by Nathan Kensinger from inside restricted waterfront buildings as the threat of development leaves their future questionable. His award-winning photographs of industrial New York are regularly featured online at Gothamist, Curbed and Brownstoner, and in publications like The New York Sun and The Architect’s Newspaper. He is also a producer and director of award-winning documentaries.

Journeys, in the Lobby Gallery, shows suitcases transformed into sculptural expressions by Chanika Svetvilas using found objects and mixed media to examine the socioeconomic impact of border crossing. She has exhibited her work in the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, Denver International Airport, International Resource Center in Flushing, Gallery Three in Brooklyn and Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn.
Svetvilas discusses her work on Wednesday, June 18, at 7:30 PM in the Lobby Gallery.

Along the Way, in the Second Floor Balcony Cases, features book art and sculptural bases by Barbara Barnes Allen that are a link to what she has seen and felt around her.
The work reflects everyday thoughts and musings common to most people. She was exhibited at The Center for Book Arts in New York as its Featured Artist Project, as well as showing extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Visual Poetry in Artists’ Books, in the Second Floor Balcony Cases, displays fragmented words as images and images as words in photos, drawings and calligraphic marks in folded pages by Marilyn R. Rosenberg. Daily experiences are presented in altered states, as recorded in these disguised journals. She has been a part of more than 200 group exhibitions since 1977, including ones at Brooklyn College Library, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest and Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York.

Fairy Tales Retold, in the Youth Wing, features images by Fay Ku inspired by the myths, ghost stories and fairy tales of various cultures. She most recently featured her work in a group show at Galerie SAW Gallery in Ontario, Canada. Other recent exhibitions include solo shows at Sam Lee Gallery in Los Angeles and Kips Gallery in New York.

For an interview with the artists or more information, please contact Malika L. Granville at 718.230.2211

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Marketing & Communications
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