Art links Brooklyn, Kingston

Slideshow image: A detail from a work by Shakhed Hadaya.

A new group of artists, called the Brooklyn-Kingston Exchange Project, will be shown for the first time at Gallery One Eleven in the Shirt Factory. Although most live in that hippest of all New York boroughs, they represent a global community, with some members coming from Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. The show, which consists of videos, paintings, installations, sculptures and performances, opens this Saturday, Sept. 10 (the reception is from 5 to 8 p.m.) and will run through September 25.

It’s more evidence that Kingston, which will host the second annual O+ (read as O-Positive) festival showcasing exciting art and music, much of it Brooklyn-born, is on the cusp of becoming a dynamic center of culture vying with the most forward-looking of urban centers.


Lynn Herring, at her Shirt Factory studio. (Photo by Lynn Woods)

The curator of the Cornell show is Brooklynite Meir Gal, an artist, lecturer and screenwriter who teaches art theory and studio art at the School of Visual Arts. With one exception, all of the 17 artists are his former students and have continued their explorations by participating in a “visual literacy and visual studies workshop” founded by Gal.

The Kingston connection is Exchange member Lynn Herring, who graduated from SVA in 2008 and has rented a studio at the Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell St., since moving to Woodstock with her husband in 2010.