|Pocket U-niverse-ity – Ongoing sessions throughout the year held at
Pocket Utopia that are full of the esoteric, near-Masonic secrets
about how to Make It as an artist in this town that no one ever tells
Go to grad school. Fine. Then come to Our School.
We will give away the fine points, lay it all out for you, tell it to
August 4, 5PM-9:30PM
at Pocket Utopia
191 Henry Street NYC 10002
Cost – $195
In this evening intensive at "one of the more singular bright spots in
the Lower East Side firmament." (NYT), artists will reinvent
themselves. They will move forward with their creative goals in tangible
and measurable ways. A few lucky participants will be treated to dinner
complete with cocktails, collaborative activities, exhibition opportunities
and a lot of ideas. The approach will be experimental, intensive, invigorating, and
Sarah Schmerler, writer, curator, artist will teach you how to become articulate and not fall back on the "I’m a Visual Person and I can’t write about myself bullshit." We will provide pen and paper. You will be working and thinking and doing active exercises here.
Sarah Schmerler has been writing about contemporary art since 1996. You can read hundreds of her reviews, features, and news stories in TimeOut, Art in America, the New York Post, the New York Times, ARTNews and Art + Auction. She taught Writing for Artists at The New School for ten years, lectured on writing all around your career at Pratt, Parsons, and Montclair University. She’s developed a fool-proof methodology for teaching visual artists how to write about their own work.
Austin Thomas, "gallerartist," director of Pocket Utopia and artist will review work and assist with the articulation of career objectives. We will provide you with opportunities to exhibit your work.
Austin Thomas has exhibited nationally as well internationally in Australia, Hungary and at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna, Austria. In Washington, DC, Thomas has shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, where she is represented in the collection. In 2010, NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs awarded her a commission to create a permanent public piece for a new park in Brooklyn. Thomas’s work will be featured in an upcoming book titled "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists."