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The Skypod Project

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The Fifth House and PointB are pleased to announce the exhibition The Skypod Project, an exhibition of sculpture, photographic, and audio-visual works by artist Mark Parrish.

Open Reception:
Friday, September 16th, 7 – 11 PM

Fifth House 198 N. 4th St, Brooklyn, NY
near the Bedford L Train Station

The Centerpiece of the exhibition, the Skypod itself is a collapsible light-weight tent structure capable of hanging from trees, cliff faces, telephone poles or building facades allowing for suspension over diverse terrains.

This portable experience structure creates a mobile habitat for site-specific projects to evolve. At The Fifth House we will exhibit a working prototype of the Skypod that explores the context for the piece and situates the research Mark is concurrently doing at Dreamland – a creative community, the Fifth House’s sibling organization, in the deep woods of upstate New York. Night skies, frog songs, Vista Tunnels (constructed poetics views into the wetlands and woodlands at Dreamland) will frame the work.

Inspired by recent trips to various locations around the world where he has been researching urban and natural settings for artistic and creative retreats, Parrish has returned to a project that has long been in gestation: designing portable habitats where individuals or like-minded groups can immerse themselves in a range of contexts from natural settings, to interstitial zones, and temporary spaces – to create, contemplate, and build cohesive communities.

“Parrish builds social sculptures, in a very literal sense”, says curator for the exhibition, Amanda McDonald Crowley. “Moreover he equally activates personal experience and group dynamics. It is exciting to see him alternate this thinking between urban contexts and out into nature – where so many of his personal creative interventions have operated in intimate settings – while continuing to develop conceptual frameworks that are equal part about social interaction, and solitary contemplation.”

The Skypod Project, Parrish’s first solo gallery exhibition in 20 years, combines his experiences building social sculptures as live-work spaces, with his ongoing project to make in-situ works in natural contexts, and his passion for creating ‘portable experience structures’ – artworks that operate as an enabling apparatus for his audiences, and often also collaborators and co-conspirators, to engage with their surroundings.

Artist: Mark Parrish
Creative Collaborator: Sebastian Bach
Curator: Amanda McDonald Crowley
Project Manager: Lauren Comito

All-Night Party at Marcy North (upstairs) to follow the opening!

Exhibition dates: September 16 through October 30. Gallery Hours are Saturdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm or by appointment.

About Mark Parrish
Mark Parrish is an American visionary, designer, and artist from Texas who has lived in New York since the 80’s. Primarily self-taught, Parrish started his own studio in Austin in the mid 70’s. His practice often involves analysis of movement and portability, cultural norms and systems of living. His work takes form in sculptural systems and synergetic architectural space, designed both as tools and as experiential spaces. For the last 20 years, Parrish founded and established an international artist community called PointB, which created short-term co-habitational spaces for mid-career creative professionals. Parrish also spearheads, the non-profit organization, PointB International, which continues to establish new locations worldwide.

About PointB
The PointB vision is a world enriched by the collaboration between global and local creative professionals questioning and transcending their familiar viewpoints while immersed in the social, scientific, and culturally enlightening challenges and inspiration of the moment.

Gallery Hours are Saturdays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm or by appointment.

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PointB Brooklyn | Closing Ceremony

pointb_panoramaic_10Join us on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00pm

Follow the White Rabbit. Saying Goodbye to the PointB Brooklyn Building.

Tomorrow there will be a full moon and a blizzard in NYC, so come out tonight before you’re stuck indoors for the weekend 😉

Guests will be invited to experience a virtual tour on an iPad or iPhone, as they navigate through the remaining and empty physical space. This augmented reality presents an opportunity to transcend time and preserve the memories held by the PointB Brooklyn location.

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PointB Virtual

PointB Virtual

 

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The PointB Virtual Exhibitions Space is being developed as an accessible space to easily conceptualize and virtually install thematic exhibitions, with the goal of becoming a platform for peer to peer artists’ inspiration and discourse.

In one sense PointB Virtual commemorates and immortalizes the PointB Worklodge Brooklyn location, that will soon be demolished. But more importantly, it is a tool to showcase ideas, directions and philosophies through exhibitions, lectures, screenings and conversations. These events are not being held in an unfamiliar simulated space, but in a place which holds memory of those who have previously inhabited and used the building in this way.

In keeping with PointB philosophy, it is a place to propose and question conceptual frameworks for ongoing discourse though themed exhibitions. It is a space to continue to build and strengthen our community of nomadic creative professionals.

For our inaugural exhibitions, we have included works by artists from across the world who have lived and worked at PointB Worklodge Brooklyn.

The first three thematic exhibitions have been developed around the following themes:

Exhibition 1 Network
Exhibition 2 Transcendence
Exhibition 3 Discovery

Exhibitions Feature the work of: Carlos Aquilino, Jana Astanov, Sandra Becker, Sue Beyer, Louise Blyton, Gene Buser. James Carman, Luzia Castaneda, Claudia Christoffel, Lauren Comito, Maud Cotter, Hugo Curti, Jacob Dahlstrup, Uday Dhar, Maria Dorner, Hilda Ekeroth, Michael Fritsch, Jan Gilbert, HC Gilje, Erika Gofton, Eugenia Gortchakova, Elizabeth Gower, Anita Groener, Libby Heaney, Gavin Hogg, Hamu Isen, Svetlana Jovanovic, Ienke Kastelein, Michiel Knaven, Stefan Kürten, Susana Lopez Fernandez, Jennifer Macklem, Peter Martensen, Patrick Meagher, John R Neeson, Serge Onnen, Ardan Ozmenoglu, Cat Poljski, Manuel Quintana-Martelo, Arp Raph, Antje Rieck, Joerg Schwalfenberg, Julia Schwalfenberg, Andy Slater, Patricio Tasisto, Ralf Tekaat, Antoine Toniolo, Cornelius Völker, Andy Wauman, Cleo Wilkinson, Heidi Yardley, Claire Zakiewicz

Exhibitions Organised by: Sebasian Bach, Lauren Comito, Amanda McDonald Crowley and Mark Parrish

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