This past Saturday at the Open Source Gallery

Of course, one of the best things about the city is stumbling upon the unexpected.  Brooklyn is rife with random finds.  Among many other chance encounters, I’ve ran into raging warehouse parties, and even costumed “headless” horsemen trotting down dark residential streets.

This past Saturday, on an afternoon wander through Park Slope, we came upon an open garage on 17th Street that was adorned with the art of James Leonard, an exhibition entitled “927 Days at Sea”

Later on, in the refreshingly clear early-autumn night, there was a dance performance, “if you look up”, by Anna Azrieli.  A modest audience gathered on the sidewalk in front of the garage, which was a beacon of light along an otherwise dark block overlooking the Prospect Expressway.  The piece was serene and silent, focused on exploring the relationship between the subtle and strong energies of movement.  Most of the performers moved softly and expectantly while a lone dancer became increasingly drawn into confident and broad motion.

if you look up

"if you look up"

There is something rare and amazing that sometimes happens in these moments.  Everyone was completely quiet, from the kids sitting on the ground to the rest of us drinking beer, and in this humble garage on this dark street, with the hum of the nearby highway, there was a certain unspoken coming-together.

The Open Source Gallery hosts a multitude of performances and exhibitions and has been on the Brooklyn scene since 2008.  Remarkably, the community surrounding the gallery has rebounded from a fire which last November completely destroyed their original home.

Check them out here:


About ventilateblog MUSIC Classically trained cellist. Attended Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University - degree in Music Composition, and three years of recording arts and audio electrical engineering. Multiple works for chamber groups and orchestra have been produced and performed. Singer-songwriter with rock and folk roots.. Electronica. Today, it's about mashing together all these things into improbable hybrids. Also, a longtime educator of music. PHOTOGRAPHY Unpredictable and in the moment is what I love. Streets, architecture, and people. Ruined places. History. Frozen moments. Great love for imagines wrought by beautiful mystery of film and vintage cheapy cameras. WRITING The vague, ephemeral. The historical - the ghosts behind the veil of time. Delving deeply into the intricacies of our physical and cultural world. Relaying memory and longing. And sometimes the absurd. Life runs deep. Life

Posted on September 19, 2011, in art, NYC present, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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