Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Body Politic: Success!

REPUBLIC Brooklyn and The Brooklyn Art Collective present The Body Politic, started out with a bang and continued to please throughout Saturday night. Those who arrived early received free record bracelets from Wrecords (made by Monkey) and had the pleasure of seeing a breathtaking performance piece by Jennifer Mills. Navigating blindly (literally), Jennifer wore a blind-fold and felt her way through a midst of inanimate household objects hung on clear string from the rafters, stopping occasionally to eat fresh fruit. Every piece in the show, from the three video projection pieces and mixed media installations to photography and paintings, was stunning and provoked much appreciation. Guests were able to see how the artists explored the anatomy, physicality, biology, and substance of the human body; its functions and failings, its fervor and vivacity, in order to extrapolate the idea of using the human body to represent a larger political, philosophical, and social whole.

The enthusiasm of the crowds really sparked as the bands begun perfomring at 9:30 and the dance-party continued as they played on until midnight. ASARanson's energy was infectious, then Buke and Gass slowed the vibe down with some awesome folky tunes. Anamanaguchi got JUNGLE bumping again, playing a few well-known hits and some high energy songs of their own. Guests danced, laughed, mingled, and overall enjoyed the massive space, the art pieces that filled it, and each other's company and rousing energy.

We are lucky to have the space throughout this week, REPUBLIC and Brooklyn Art Collective are putting on an additional Body Politic event on Wednesday June 17 from 8p to midnight. We invite all of those who were unable to make it - and those who were - to come back for more! Then there will be a gallery closing event on Friday June 19. Both events are $10 and will have live music and booze will be available. More information to follow.

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