Theo Coulombe—WATER DOWN A DRAIN

AOT Project Salon - Art Opening Water Down A Drain Theo Coulombe Douglas Turner

installation of photographs by

THEO COULOMBE

16 SEPTEMBER – 15 OCTOBER 2016

OPENING RECEPTION

FRIDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2016 | 6 – 9 PM

AOT Project Salon is pleased to begin its fall season of programs with photographer Theo Coulombe

A Photoscape of Personal Anxiety

Un-Exact | Un-Scientific | Totally True

Time: emptied office of one photographic hero, gone before we could talk a second time

Pain: razors nick to a familiar cyst only I knew about, it will happen again

Vision: Rain drop patterns of dirt on jail windows I could not clean

Past: Historically aggressive objects shared with an ancient friend I regretfully never see

Waiting: Sitting and fidgeting with inner chaos my chair squeaking loose dry joints

WATER DOWN A DRAIN

Theo Coulombe

AOT Project Salon - Art Opening Water Down A Drain Theo Coulombe Douglas Turner

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Robert and Patrick Murphy Digital Exhibition

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The naked truth of sensory impressions find full voice in this ongoing exhibition of photographs “From Vilnius to Miami” by the well traveled brothers Robert and Patrick Murphy.

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These highly successful images were shot in diverse locations such as the Amazon, Siberia, North and South Carolina as well as Miami, Florida.

 

Each of the photographers has a unique vision that results in works that engage the world’s beauty through keen observation of the glory of landscape, the violence of Nature, man’s architectural achievements and the human comedy. Not fully formal but steeped in quantitative creative risk, the images divide space, command color, embrace humanity and encourage personalized identification. Utilizing their extensive global experience,the Murphy’s arrive at descriptive clarity ripe with artistic ambition.

 

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Patrick Murphy sums up he and his brother Robert’s purpose, strengths, and metaphor with a reference to a Spanish proverb quoted by Samuel Johnson and inscribed on the wall of Union Station in Washington, D.C. “He that would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him. So it is in traveling. A man must carry knowledge with him if he would bring home knowledge.”

Fred Duignan

 

 

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AOT Project Salon a nonprofit art organization in brooklyn

AOT Project Salon is located in the heart of Williamsburg’s thriving bar and restaurant scene right off of Metropolitan Avenue. The Salon’s gallery is an emerging force in giving new, committed and alternative voices a nurturing venue in which to offer the public an opportunity to experience an ongoing program of exhibitions, projects, music, poetry, and events.

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AOT is a nonprofit art and cultural organization dedicated to providing opportunities for underrepresented artists and artists at their various stages of emergence with exhibition space and resources. We create arts-based education programming for children in underserved communities in Central Brooklyn, NY. We fill a gap in arts programming and curatorial initiatives creating diversity through action that consciously works for all people and with/for people of color and communities of color, engaging in contemporary art dialogues beyond community-based initiatives that fail to challenge the status-quo. We are entrenched in creating positive solutions to longstanding issues of inequality, standing strong for vulnerable communities.

Douglas Turner is the curator and Director for all AOT programs . Douglas’ commitment to the Brooklyn community is most evident as the organization’s driving force in providing art programming (The Equal Education Initiative) and public mural programs for children in underserved communities with the cooperation of State Senator Jesse E. Hamilton III, District 20. His wide-ranging creative taste has developed a 2015 and 2016 exhibition program that includes multiple discipline artists with varied approaches from the entire New York Metropolitan area and beyond.

History

The Architecture of Tomorrow art and cultural journal began in 2010 as an expression of Douglas Turner’s love for art, culture, and creativity. Stemming from his studies in Social and Cultural Theory at the New School for Public Engagement, Douglas has always sought to bring a greater perspective when creating context. The name, The Architecture of Tomorrow, comes from a manifesto that Mr. Turner is composing. It says, a sentiment many of us presently experience—that we have to be an active participant in creating a society as we imagine. The journal seeks to side-step the PR machine and head straight for a confident and well-informed opinion, presenting artists and ideas with thoughtful reportage in the form of feature writing, interviews, and studio visits. As of 2015, the journal is press accredited with most major museums in New York City.

AOT Project Salon’s gallery, founded in January of 2015, is an emerging force in giving new, committed and alternative voices a nurturing venue in which to offer the public an opportunity to experience ongoing programming, including curated exhibitions, panel discussions, readings, a podcast, and community events. 

Following suit with the organizational mission, the gallery will present the works of contemporary artists challenging perceived norms and issues of social and cultural justice.  We will also conduct offsite curatorial projects.

AOT Inc. and AOT Project Salon are located at “The Wedge House”—a small single-family two-story townhouse in Williamsburg Brooklyn, and the home of AOT Founder, Douglas Turner. The house is a unique property with a fantastic location on a mixed-use block. We are a two-minute walk to the Lorimer/Metropolitan subways station that services the L and G Trains. We are a five-minute car ride from the Williamsburg Bridge. Including a basement, the property is a 750 square foot, three-floor building. The floor plan is open with no dividing walls or doorways. The second floor is our gallery space.

The Equal Education Initiative is our education program and was launched in the summer of 2015, with the network support of Senator Jesse E. Hamilton (District 20). T.E.E.I. is designed to spark the imagination, instill confidence and build critical thinking skills. The program was fully funded by Community Solutions and The Brownsville Project. In 2016, we hope to secure funding to expand the program.

AOT is about strengthening individuals and building community through art. By sustaining a physical hub, it allows easier entry points for individuals seeking to benefit from our services, whether that be an artist, supporter of the arts, or teen benefitting from our art education program.

Tomorrow

If you are reading this it is most likely that you have learned about our plans to grow The Architecture of Tomorrow into a membership-based organization. In one year we have accomplished much and these accomplishments happened in a collective environment. We hope that with more voices will come more accomplishments.

In addition to expanding both programming for artists, public (including exhibitions) and our education program, here is an evolving list of 2016 goals:

  • Obtain 501(c)(3) status
    • Get Grants!
  • Launch our Podcast
  • Hold our first off-site exhibition
  • AOT Project Shop (Online store for fine art, prints, etc)

The AOT Objective

AOT is a nonprofit art and cultural organization dedicated to providing opportunities for underrepresented artists and artists at their various stages of emergence with exhibition space and resources. We create arts-based education programming for children in underserved communities in Central Brooklyn, NY. We fill a gap in arts programming and curatorial initiatives creating diversity through action that consciously works for all people and with/for people of color and communities of color, engaging in contemporary art dialogues beyond community-based initiatives that fail to challenge the status-quo. We are entrenched in creating positive solutions to longstanding issues of inequality, standing strong for vulnerable communities.