Live at the Archway

The DUMBO Archway

Jun. 8, 2017, 06:00 pm

Water St between Adams St and Anchorage Place in DUMBO

Live at the Archway is free performances + pop up gallery + interactive live art in a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting. Always free + all ages + rain or shine.

Each week, alongside a free musical performance, a different DUMBO-based artist is featured in The Artist Interactive–a twofold art experience that jointly exhibits artist’s work in a small pop-up gallery, “The Space Station,” and also offers an opportunity for audience members to directly engage with the artist and create a new collaborative piece together each week.


> Los Cumpleaños — 6PM
> Opening set by FogoAzul New York City in the Pearl Street Triangle to herald the opening of the season!
> Artist Interactive at the Space Station: Pop up gallery + live art experience with Tom Fruin — All night!


The Artist:
Working with plexiglass, steel, plastic, and scrap material, Tom Fruin takes on recognizably urban objects (houses, billboards, flags and the like), elevating their form to emblematic status and architectural scale. Sourcing sign shop offcuts and brilliantly-hued plexiglass scraps throughout Chinatown, Fruin weaves patchworks of primary colors into striated grids, recalling not only his earlier drug-bag quilts but also the energy and syncopation of New York City itself, very much in the vein of Piet Mondrian. Illuminated from within and constructed in municipal locales, Fruin’s structures flash and dim to their own internal rhythms, becoming beacons of color and temples of light that dot city skylines and community parks alike. Nocturnally radiant and visible 24/7, we find landmarks and city-specific artifacts which transform public space in the vein of both land art and light & space movements. Tom Fruin, originally from Los Angeles, CA now lives and works in New York City. At the age of 40, he has already exhibited in over 25 solo shows and over 30 group shows, and his works live in collections around the world. His Watertower now graces the Brooklyn skyline, as a beacon for passerby’s crossing the Manhattan Bridge.

The Gallery:
The Artist Interactive is presented in collaboration with This Friday or Next Friday. Tfnf is likely the tiniest, most inconsequential art gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn, probably in NYC, and maybe on the face of the earth. It was founded by Nathan Sinai Rayman, and he runs it with Zach Seeger, his Director of Programs.

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