For & About: Art & Reactions to Superstorm Sandy

September 27, 2013 - February 14, 2014

For & About: Art & Reactions to Superstorm Sandy is a new group exhibition featuring artwork by 14 Brooklyn-based artists commemorating the 1st anniversary of Sandy. 

Curated by Michele Jaslow and Spring Hofeldt of Radar Curatorial, For & About includes work made for those who were and continue to be affected by the aftermath of the storm, and art made about the storm and its impact. It is the curators’ hope that the show will inspire, commemorate and remember all who were affected by Superstorm Sandy. The work in this show takes its humble place in the long standing tradition of artistic and literary explorations of nature. Beginning with the Hudson River School, the oldest art movement in American Art, artists reveal the sublime and sheer power of nature. All of the artists in the show have found unique ways to explore the time honored relationship between artist and nature.

Friday, September 27, 6 - 9PM 

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 11am – 5pm.  
The gallery will be open extended hours on Saturday, September 28, from noon – 8pm and Sunday, September 29, from noon – 6pm as part of the Dumbo Arts Festival.

Whether it's Brock Mills' "Reddy Or Not," a photograph of red pigment pouring out of a Sandy flooded studio or Ilias Koen's embossed topographic map of New York after a dramatic sea level rise, these artists use new and traditional materials to relate to and explore natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy.

Some artists use materials and “marks” from the storm as a kind of collaboration. Kim Hoeckele used the actual storm water and dirt on silver gelatin paper in her work “Ninety-Eight Days.” Miguel Garcia incorporates such marks on canvas that strike a balance between the heroic and whimsical.

Nathaniel Kassel’s textile work attempts to convey the sense of helplessness he felt upon hearing a friend had lost his home in the storm. In the work "Between Earth and Heaven" Asya Dodina and Slava Polishchuk directly address loss among detritus.

For some, Sandy was a pivotal life changing experience. A year after he began volunteering to help victims of the storm, artist Jason A. Maas became employed full time with Respond & Rebuild, a disaster relief organization working in post-Sandy Rockaway. He is currently starting a nonprofit that connects artists with volunteer opportunities: The Artist Volunteer Center. His work "Three Volunteers" was inspired by PPE, the (Personal Protective Equipment) that all volunteers are given when remediating mold from flood-damaged homes.

Emile Dubuisson's “Blue Storm” makes use of his expertise in film and still photography to capture the beauty of a raging ocean. Similarly, Josh Raab, a documentary photographer and an editor of the online magazine "Jay Pegs" as well as photojournalists André Malerba, Gaia Squarci, Cassandra Giraldo contribute works to For & About that document the storm and its effects.

Sheila Goloborotko takes on reporting of the storm in her piece "Anachronic Patterns". She wields her experience as a master printer to create a lithograph installation that depicts a reconfigured order of meteorological patterns presented in the local weather forecast during the time Sandy was forming.

A limited-edition zine For & About: Art & Reactions to Superstorm Sandy, which will include works from the Sandy Storyline project, among others, will be available for purchase in the gallery and digitally online.

The publication is a visceral collection of thoughts, observations poems and stories of remembrance from those in Brooklyn who were hit hardest and those who reached out a helping hand to them. 




Michele Jaslow is principal curator at Radar Curatorial, an arts curatorial team based in Brooklyn, New York, dedicated to working with artists, museums, galleries, arts institutions, corporations, and private clients to help meet their exhibition needs. She has served as a Board Member for the arts organizations the Volunteer Coders For The Arts, The BAG Fund and is currently serving both on the Board of the Open Source Gallery and on the American Alliance of Museums Curator's Committee.  Michele holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from SUNY Purchase. She studied Interactive Multimedia Technologies at New York University, Drawing at the Arts Students League and Applied Physics at the University of California San Francisco.

Spring Hofeldt is a principal curator at Radar Curatorial. She has facilitated exhibitions and events throughout the Capital Region of NY State, and Brooklyn. While serving as a Gallery Assistant at the Brooklyn Artists Gym from 2008-2009, she met and worked closely with then Gallery Director Michele Jaslow.  Spring holds a BFA in Commercial Art / Illustration from Central Missouri State University. Along with curating, Spring continues to exhibit her paintings across the country.


For and About is made possible, in part, by support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation. Additional support for BAC programs is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.