“Berlin is like New York City in the 1980’s. Rents are cheap, graffiti is
everywhere and the air crackles with a creativity that comes only
from a city in transition. –NY Times 12/06

Nearly two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the cultural life
of the city has suddenly exploded again and is propelling it on its way
to becoming the new New York. -The Observer UK 10/07

Nearly everywhere you go, from the cafe-lined streets of Kreuzberg to
the leafy schoolyards in Grunewald, hastily drawn “tags” stream across
the sidewalk and crawl up the side of buildings, in an elaborate zigzag
of cartoonish graphics, puffy letters, photo-like wheat pastes and bold
stencils. Parts of the city look as splattered as a New York City subway
car from the 1970’s. –NY Times 3/08

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Brooklynite Gallery is proud to present the exhibition entitled, TIME MACHINE,
featuring artists DAIN, VARIOUS and GOULD, October 18 – November 15.
Opening Night Reception, October 18th from 7-9pm.

TIME MACHINE, the show’s title, derives from the constant comparisons being
made to the current art scene and freedom of expression in present day Berlin
as compared to what was going on in New York City in the late 60’s, 70’s and
80’s. TIME MACHINE brings together DAIN, a native New Yorker, who seems
to be very much hell-bent on reviving NYC street art back to it’s heyday, with
VARIOUS and GOULD from Berlin, two artists who are prime examples of why
comparisons to the two cities are even being made.

If you haven’t noticed DAIN’s bold, sexy, thought provoking wheat-pastes
plastered throughout the city, you must either have a lot on your mind or are
too busy looking down at the ground for something you’ve lost. He’s everywhere!

With a strong affection for the 1920’s glamour girl and their come-hither
glances, to the pop culture icons of the past in classic poses, to the stark
innocent stares of children in need, DAIN creates images that are ‘moments
in time’ —drawing you in from many angles. Incorporating hints of neon
color that pops in just the right places, repeating shapes and figures in ways
that create new ones, DAIN’s work may be moments of style, of humor or of
sympathy… but make no mistakes about it… they are without a doubt ‘moments’.

VARIOUS and GOULD sometimes conspire as a team, other times they go it alone,
either way there’s always one constant variable —brazen, affirming imagery.

As part of the upcoming TIME MACHINE exhibition, VARIOUS and GOULD will
continue collaborating on a series of silkscreened, stereotyped word and portrait
images they have plastered throughout the streets of Berlin called, IDENTIKITS.
Persons, places and words come together to reclassify, word associate and
challenge the mind to reconsider what we ‘think’ we already know. Look closely
enough and you may find your deep-set eyes, ethnic nose or cleft chin in their
dead-on, stark portraits —proving once again how we are all quite
stereotypically similar in features, yet worlds apart on our opinions of what they
actually symbolize…

IDENTIKITS are only part of the work that will be on display at Brooklynite; hence
the name, VARIOUS —as she thrives on constantly exploring different themes,
with varying media, on changing surfaces —using distinct styles. Her main
interest is to alienate or change the context; to irritate and work with contradictions.

GOULD’s paste-ups of photocopied or silk-screened drawings, photographs and
collages include images of human/animal hybrids and characters with exaggerated
facial expressions, as well as enclosed dictums communicating a range of ambiguous
emotions. One of the main subjects he deals with is human shortcoming in all its
tragicomic ways.”




— Anthony P. Munoz