The Urban Tarot by Robin Scott

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The Urban Tarot 

by Robin Scott

May 9 – July, 2016 at Lucky Luna Restaurant and Bar 

“Too often we are told that magic and wisdom belong only to the forgotten forests, the places untouched by human hands, and to ages long lost to memory.

I reject this idea. I look around my world, and I see the beauty, the wonder, the magic in the metropolis, the power under the pavement.

I created The Urban Tarot upon the belief that the ideas and truths referred to by the Tarot are eternal and universal, even if many of the images and symbols that have become connected to the cards no longer resonate with a modern reader. What once might have seemed familiar to the layperson of centuries ago is now arcane and confusing. The Urban Tarot is an attempt to reclaim the power of that old magic and bring it within the reach of the 21st century seeker of truth.

The deck began its life in 2003, during my senior year at Parsons School of Design. At the time, I was mostly unfamiliar with the Tarot, and I did not personally own a deck. I was commissioned, along with three other artists, to create a Tarot deck that was intended to be a tie-in product to a role-playing game. Although the original project fell through, I found myself drawn to the images of the Tarot as an illustrative challenge. Over the years, I often found myself wishing I could return to the project and see the deck completed.

In 2012, I ran a campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds to finally complete the deck. Hundreds of people came forward to support and be a part of the project, and the campaign not only met its goal, but ended up raising much more than I had originally asked for. Humbled and grateful, I began the journey of completing all remaining cards, working on the series full-time for the next three years.

This deck’s structure is based heavily on the Thoth Tarot, conceptualized by Aleister Crowley and painted by Lady Frieda Harris between 1938 and 1943. It uses, with few exceptions, the same card names as the Thoth deck, and has a similar emphasis on the elemental associations within the set. The deck also draws significant inspiration from the older Rider-Waite deck, originally published in 1910 and illustrated by the incomparable Pamela Colman Smith.

The meanings I assign to each card should be considered no more authoritative than anyone else’s. The Tarot is a tradition with centuries of history, and this particular deck is but one small part of that long story. In creating it, I have drawn upon the work of many others, and found meanings through the lens of my own life and the world I live in. I encourage every seeker to do the same, finding their own individual truth in these cards; your interpretations are ultimately as legitimate as my own.

Those who are familiar with the earlier decks and their associated magical traditions are encouraged to find correspondences in this deck which reference those older systems. Those who are new to the Tarot are encouraged to seek their own truths in the images contained here; to find resonances to their own life and to the world around them. All readers are encouraged to let their intuition be their guide, and to see the miraculous in the mundane. ______ Robin Scott

Robin Scott is an artist, an illustrator, a graphic designer, and a web developer.  She is a transgender woman, a feminist, a radical optimist, a futurist, and a utopian socialist.  She is also a hostess, a chef, a comic book fan, a
gamer, and a huge geek.  She lives with her wife and some other amazing ladies in a castle in the sky on the Upper West Side of New York City. More of her work can be found online at RobinScottArt.com

Join us May 9th from 7-10pm at Lucky Luna, 167 Nassau Ave, BK 11222 for the Opening Reception where you will have the opportunity to meet Robin, hear her talk about her project, purchase prints and tarot decks on site, and maybe even get a reading….

Free and Open to the Public.

Bar Service Only

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Lauren Goldstein’s “Break Through” Opening Reception Feb 1st!

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Break through
There’s a disconnection
From mind to body
Artist to viewer
From one to another
Plaster is a language in which I can express what I can’t put into words
The duality of the material
Displays disintegration or reconnection
Broken plaster that doesn’t fully create a body
The casts are never fully satisfied as a human form
I can control the plaster
But there’s always unexpected moments
Like my emotions sometimes leaking in
The segments of living plants
Breaking through
Filling the gaps
Becoming whole again

“Breaking Through” represents the parts of me that I rarely get to express.  This series of sculptures are a personal transition, symbolizing the empowerment in vulnerability that often gets repressed in society.  The display of these sculptures tells a narrative of the disintegration or rebuilding of the human body.  It shows us the duality of the connections and disconnections associated with human sexuality; the same duality that happens within my own mind.  There are tactile transitional aspects of the sculptures which are achieved through the use of plaster as medium.  Plaster mutates the realistic areas to the coarse texture, showing the tearing of insides and meshing of two textures; the disintegration and repairing of the emotional elements.  Plaster has become a language in which I can express what I can’t put into words; it’s something I can control.  Yet there are always unexpected moments like where the bodies allow plants to break through and fill the voids.  The plants play a part in the duality of the contrasting material; still captured life with living growing life creating a wholesome and balanced feeling.

____ Lauren Goldstein

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Lauren Goldstein is a Brooklyn based figurative sculptor focusing on the human form and the connections people have with one another. With a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology, her sculptors mainly feature plaster forms, and more recently the incorporation of organic life. The life-size pieces leave the viewer with a very humanistic view and make you question the connections we make within ourselves and with the people around us.

Please join us for the opening reception:

Lucky Luna, 167 Nassau Ave. BK 11222

from 7-10pm on February 1st, 2016!!

Music, merriment, beverages and art! 

Facebook invite/info: https://www.facebook.com/events/210243102652251/

For more on Lauren: http://www.laurengoldsteinart.com/

The end is only the begining

It’s been a crazy beautiful year for Lucky Luna and friends.  We wanted to take the opportunity to share with everyone some of our most memorable moments of laughter, love, food and fun.

We started out the year participating (and winning some) bloody mary festivals.  Ken also was invited to speak about Taiwanese food and culture with the awesome author and foodie, Cathy Erway, in an event to launch her book, The Food of Taiwan.

 

While enjoying some of Greenpoint sights, we also reveled in a little press attention- from Edible Magazine and Thrillist to Brooklyn Magazine.

We also were honored to host so many amazing talents at Lucky Luna, through our gallery shows, Comedy Nights, musical performances, and Artist Salons.

And of course, we focused on some food exploration and experimentations.

And cocktails, too!

We also were able to share in the joys of our neighbors, friends and made new ones!

And as always, our darling Drake (@DraketheUnderDog) is there for comfort and comic relief.

Here’s to an amazing new year!

Thanks to each and every one of you, 2015 is one for the books!

 

Fall news

Lucky Luna EVENTS

Monday, November 16th Doors @ 7pm:

Comedy Night @ Lucky Luna

Come to the last Comedy Night of the year! Funny lady Amanda Hurley will be hosting and is bringing a solid line-up of local lady comedic talents: Blair Socci, Carmen Lagala, Katie Haller and Peggy O’Leary.

Doors are at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm. It’s totally free, going to be hilarious and drinks will be drunk. Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only.

Thursday, November 26th AND Friday, November 27th

We will be closed for Thanksgiving and the following Friday so that we and our awesome staff can spend quality time with loved ones. We shall see you all for brunch at noon on Saturday!!!

Monday, December 14th @ 7pm:

Gamba Z and Lucky Luna Artist Salon

Save the best for last! Join us for the final GAMBA Z’s Artist Salon of 2105!!!

GAMBA Z’s Artist Salon is a monthly gathering of artists to showcase/celebrate their work and the power of creativity as a means of collaboration, consciousness, perspective and change.

Come on out and support GAMBA Zine and Lucky Luna’s efforts to build, connect and collaborate with the Brooklyn and beyond artist community. If you have questions or are interested in performing, reading, dancing, singing or any type of presentation please feel free to email info@luckylunany.com w/ subject “Artist Salon”. Bar Service Only. Line-up TBA.

Thursday, December 24th AND Friday, December 25th

We will be closed for the holidays again so that the Lucky Luna crew can spend quality time with loved ones. We shall see you all for brunch at noon on Saturday!!!

Thursday, December 31st: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

We will be open and running our regular hours (12pm – 11pm)

Friday, January 1st

We will open at 5pm for regular dinner service.

Urban Chaos: Lucky Luna featured artist, Jason Palmeri

Jason Palmeri is a Brooklyn-based artist inspired by the beauty of urban chaos.  His professional experience includes photography, printmaking, and mural painting. Current works of his have been shown in both group and solo shows throughout NYC.  Influenced by pop art and street art culture, Palmeri uses mostly found materials such as leftover house paint and spray paint to begin a process of drip work, layering, and scraping of vibrant colors that prep his canvas.  This first step creates a backdrop reminiscent of well-worn city walls covered in decades of graffiti.  Over these abstract landscapes he paints imagery evocative of the difficulties and triumphs associated with city living.  The accessibility and humor of his ever-evolving style offsets the often dark subject matter of his paintings.

Join us October 12th from 7-10pm at 167 Nassau Avenue, BK 11222, as we welcome Jason and his art to Lucky Luna with drink specials and sweet jams.

You’ll also have the chance to hear Jason talk about his art and be the first to get your hands on his new stuff. 

www.palmeriart.com

Jason Palmeri in the press:

Lips the Magazine

Hypoallergic

Citybuild

Bedford and Bowery

¡Viva!

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 Mexican Independence Day!!!

September 16th

6pm-10pm 

Lucky Luna

167 Nassau Ave, BK 11222

Independence Day celebrates the day Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the cry for independence (El Grito de la Independencia) in the town of Dolores, in the north-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo was one of the nation’s leaders during the War of Independence in Mexico. There is no scholarly agreement on what was exactly said by Hidalgo, but his speech, also known as the cry of Dolores (el Grito de Dolores), was made on September 16, 1810 to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers in the fight for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico’s independence was not declared until September 28, 1821.

In honor of this day we will have Montelobos mezcal tastings and cocktails, Mexicali beer specials and some new tacos stylings.  Plus, we’ll have some old school lucha libre/luchador movies rolling and maybe a surprise or two….. ¡Oralé!

Lucky Luna Fall Events

 

Lucky Luna EVENTS

Events are at Lucky Luna 167 Nassau Avenue, BK 11222 and FREE, unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, September 9 @ 8pm:

Wino “Wren”sday!

Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren!

https://soundcloud.com/jennywrensounds

Monday, September 14th @ 7pm:

Gamba Z and Lucky Luna Artist Salon

GAMBA Z’s Artist Salon is a monthly gathering of artists to showcase/celebrate their work and the power of creativity as a means of collaboration, consciousness, perspective and change.

Come on out and support GAMBA Zine and Lucky Luna’s efforts to build, connect and collaborate with the Brooklyn and beyond artist community. If you have questions or are interested in performing, reading, dancing, singing or any type of presentation please feel free to email Lucky Luna at info@luckylunany.com with subject “Artist Salon” Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only. Line-up TBA.

Check out the Gamba Z blog: http://gambazine.tumblr.com/

For more info and to apply for Gamba Z Artist Residency: http://issuu.com/gambazine/docs/gamba_z_s_residency_brosure_

Wednesday, September 16th

Mexican Independence Day

Independence Day celebrates the day Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the cry for independence (El Grito de la Independencia) in the town of Dolores, in the north-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo was one of the nation’s leaders during the War of Independence in Mexico. There is no scholarly agreement on what was exactly said by Hidalgo, but his speech, also known as the cry of Dolores (el Grito de Dolores), was made on September 16, 1810 to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers in the fight for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico’s independence was not declared until September 28, 1821.

Join us in celebration with sweet specials on Mexicali beer, Montelobos mezcal, and mezcal-inspired cocktails! Of course we’ll pair these bevies with some tasty food deals, too. Plus, we’ll have some old school luchador movies rolling and maybe a surprise or two….. ¡Oralé!

Monday, September 28th Doors @ 7pm:

Comedy Night @ Lucky Luna

OMG last month’s inaugural COMEDY NIGHT was so hilarious that we had to put another one on the books. Chuckle-master Gerrit Elzinga will be hosting again and has invited a stellar crew of local comedians to share their funnies. Stellar line-up: Amanda Hurley , Paul Hooper, Drew Whitney Morgan, Nick Padilla, John Jorif, Graham VanBach, Justy Dodge, and Mike Recine!

Doors are at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm

It’s totally free, going to be hilarious and drinks will be drunk.

Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1689046747982839/

Wednesday, September 30th @ 8pm:

Wino “Wren”sday!

Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren!

https://soundcloud.com/jennywrensounds

Monday, October 12th @ 7pm:

ART Opening Reception for Jason Palmeri

Jason Palmeri is a Brooklyn based artist inspired by the beauty of urban chaos. His professional experience includes photography, printmaking, and mural painting. Current works of his have been shown in both group and solo shows throughout NYC. Influenced by pop art and street art culture, Palmer uses mostly found materials such as leftover house paint and spray paint to begin a process of drip work, layering, and scraping of vibrant colors that prep his canvas. This first step creates a back drop reminiscent of well worn city walls covered in decades of graffiti. Over these abstract landscapes he paints imagery evocative of the difficulties and triumphs associated with city living. The accessibility and humor of his ever evolving style offset the often dark subject matter of his paintings.

Join us as we welcome Jason and his art to Lucky Luna with drink specials and sweet jams. You’ll also have the chance to hear Jason talk about his art and be the first to get your hands on his new stuff. More info to follow.

www.palmeriart.com

Monday, October 19th @ 7pm:

Gamba Z and Lucky Luna Artist Salon

GAMBA Z’s Artist Salon is a monthly gathering of artists to showcase/celebrate their work and the power of creativity as a means of collaboration, consciousness, perspective and change.

This week we are happy to welcome a few international artists to our evening’s list of performers!

Come on out and support GAMBA Zine and Lucky Luna’s efforts to build, connect and collaborate with the Brooklyn and beyond artist community. If you have questions or are interested in performing, reading, dancing, singing or any type of presentation please feel free to email Lucky Luna at info@luckylunany.com with subject “Artist Salon” Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only. Line-up TBA.

Check out the Gamba Z blog: http://gambazine.tumblr.com/

For more info and to apply for Gamba Z Artist Residency: http://issuu.com/gambazine/docs/gamba_z_s_residency_brosure_

Monday, October 26th @ 7pm:   POSTPONED

Drink-n-Draw Karaoke   

Join us for our first ever drink-n-draw karaoke! A night for introverts and extroverts alike! We’ll supply the tunes, some drawing tools, libations and good vibes. Bring your friends, any drawing materials you’d like to work with and your warmed-up pipes to belt your heart out! More info coming soon.

Bar service only. Must be 21.

Stay tuned for more events!!!!

August Events at Lucky Luna

Lucky Luna EVENTS

Events are at Lucky Luna 167 Nassau Avenue, BK 11222 and FREE, unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, July 29th @ 8pm:

Wino “Wren”sday!

Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren!

https://soundcloud.com/jennywrensounds

Monday, August 3rd @ 7pm:

A.J. Springer works

Andrea Jane Springer artwork from show, Submerged, on display now at Lucky Luna

 

 

Gamba Z and Lucky Luna Artist Salon

GAMBA Z’s Artist Salon is a monthly gathering of artists to showcase/celebrate their work and the power of creativity as a means of collaboration, consciousness, perspective and change.

https://www.facebook.com/events/424697481050327/

Come on out and support GAMBA Zine and Lucky Luna’s efforts to build, connect and collaborate with the Brooklyn and beyond artist community. If you have questions or are interested in performing, reading, dancing, singing or any type of presentation please feel free to email Lucky Luna at info@luckylunany.com with subject “Artist Salon” Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only. Line-up TBA.

Check out the Gamba Z blog: http://gambazine.tumblr.com/

For the digital versions of issues #2 & #3: http://issuu.com/gambazine

For more info and to apply for Gamba Z Artist Residency: http://issuu.com/gambazine/docs/gamba_z_s_residency_brosure_

Monday, August 10th Doors @ 7pm:

Comedy Night @ Lucky Luna

We are stoked to hold our first ever COMEDY NIGHT!! Funnyman Gerrit Elzinga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cs9G_lDDZE will be hosting this premiere event featuring a slew of local comedians: Derek Humphrey, Jericho Davidson, Liz Magee, Matt McClowry, Josh Chudnovsky, Peggy O’ Leary, Andrew Casertano and Sam Evans (and maybe a few more….)

Doors are at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm

It’s totally free, going to be hilarious and drinks will be drunk.

Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1689046747982839/

Wednesday, August 12th @ 8pm:

Wino “Wren”sday!

Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren!

Wednesday, August 19th @ 8pm:

Wino “Wren”sday!

Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren!

 

…………………………And more events to come!!!!

Submerged

 

 

 

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Lucky Luna is thrilled to announce our next featured artist, Andrea Jane (A.J.) Springer.  Springer’s show, “Submerged”, will be on view throughout the summer, commencing with the opening reception, Monday, June 22nd at 7pm, where guests will have a chance to be among the first to view the works,  meet the artist, and enjoy a cocktail or two with the other art lovers.  facebook event page
 
 
       “Submerged”  is hauntingly beautiful, belonging to a both morbid and graceful dance.  When asked to elaborate on her pieces, her motivation and intention, A.J. explains that her work, “reflects the idea of diverse connotations and emotions people associate with what is not just a depiction of another human, but is also a projection of their own inner core. I focus on innate primordial truths held by human curiosity such as duality in nature, sexuality and violence, instinctual reactions and fragmentation of the figure. I’m interested in pushing the viewer into an awareness of the body and their ever-changing relationship to it.  In this work, the forms are submerged. I use water as a symbol for the universal struggle we all experience with not only others but also ourselves, and use this environment to explore the dialectic metaphors and narratives the act of drowning can evoke based on primal instinct. I want to push the feeling of suffocation, a subconscious fear that resonates both emotionally and physically. By challenging the viewer to process and internalize these impassioned moments unfolding in the deep, I hope to build connections between my work and a universal understanding, and to bring the viewer to reevaluate their role and experience in the human condition.
This series is dedicated in memory and honor of Jeffrey K. Fisher.”
 
A.J. Springer attended Fashion Institute of Technology and received her BFA in Fine Arts and Art History. Despite her original training as draftsmen, her interests have also expanded to various types of painting, printmaking, and sculpture, including wood and metalworking. A.J. is continually looking for new mediums and methods with which to experiment. A.J. is an active member of Urban Studio Unbound, a Non-profit artist collective of FIT students, alumni and professors dedicated to providing members with a bridge between their studio/classroom studies and the external art world via public art projects, exhibitions and other art related activities. More info about about Unbound can be see on www.usunbound.org
Samples of A.J.’s work can be seen on her website, www.andreajanespringer.com

Lucky Luna Summer Events Pt 1

Lucky Luna EVENTS

Events are at Lucky Luna 167 Nassau Avenue, BK 11222 and FREE, unless otherwise noted

 

Wednesday, June 17th @ 8pm:

Wino “Wren”sday! Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren!

https://soundcloud.com/jennywrensounds

Monday, June 22nd @ 7pm:

Opening Reception for Andrea Jane (A.J.) Springer’s solo show, “Submerged”

Make new friends, bring old ones, see some art, sip some bubbles, listen to some music, and meet the ridiculously talented mixed material artist as she discusses her work.

https://www.facebook.com/events/680509645426645/

Check out A.J.’s art http://www.andreajanespringer.com/

Wednesday, June 24th @ 8pm:

Wino “Wren”sday! Enjoy $2 off all wines by the glass/ $10 off all bottles with the musical stylings of Jenny Wren!

https://soundcloud.com/jennywrensounds

Monday, June 29th @ 7pm:

Gamba Z and Lucky Luna Artist Salon

GAMBA Z’s Artist Salon is a monthly gathering of artists to showcase/celebrate their work and the power of creativity as a means of collaboration, consciousness, perspective and change.

Come on out and support GAMBA Zine and Lucky Luna’s efforts to build, connect and collaborate with the Brooklyn and beyond artist community. If you have questions or are interested in performing, reading, dancing, singing or any type of presentation please feel free to email Lucky Luna at info@luckylunany.com with subject “Artist Salon” Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only. Line-up TBA. https://www.facebook.com/events/109869559349221/

Check out the Gamba Z blog: http://gambazine.tumblr.com/

For the digital versions of issues #2 & #3: http://issuu.com/gambazine

For more info and to apply for Gamba Z Artist Residency: http://issuu.com/gambazine/docs/gamba_z_s_residency_brosure_

Saturday, July 4th

CLOSED

Lucky Luna will be closed Independence Day. We will resume normal operating hours Sunday, July 5, opening at noon.

…………………………And more events to come!!!!