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/

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

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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

Goodbye Lullaby Land

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We are proud to welcome yet another talented artist to grace the walls of Lucky Luna.  Please join us for the opening reception for “Goodbye Lullaby Land” by Rachel O’Donnell on Monday, April 6th from 7- 9 pm at Lucky Luna Restaurant and Bar, 167 Nassau Avenue, BK 11222

“Goodbye to Lullaby Land encapsulates work from the portrait series, Motherhood (2015), In Cold Blood (2014) and The Brides (2013). The title for this show symbolizes a shift in my approach to painting and my hesitation to embrace adulthood’s austerity.

The Brides and In Cold Blood series both share inspiration from 1950s & 1960s imagery and focus on a more traditional style of portrait composition. The Brides represent my first use of oil sticks in painting and juxtaposes the very formal and imposing institution of marriage with naïve childlike doodling. The two paintings from the In Cold Blood series are inspired by the revolutionary Truman Capote book which shocked America with its depiction of the 1959 Clutter family murder in Kansas.

My newest series, Motherhood, utilizes another method of creating I call, sticker painting. Sticker painting uses different characters or forms that are seemingly flat, like a children’s sticker, collaged into a singular piece. It represents a large change from the looming singular portraits of my other series. The three paintings from the Motherhood series explore the ideas and fear of becoming a mother and loosing your singular identity in society.

Painted exclusively on canvas, these oil stick portraits are fiercely depicted and unapologetically feminine. With my work, I hope to show that abstract work does not have to be masculine, genderless or monochromatic to be important or good. The theme of the pieces may vary but they all center around the paradox of a creating a vulnerable monster who gains your sympathy but paralyzes you with fear. My artwork serves to express one of the greatest human flaws: the desire to connect and communicate crippled by the inability to do so.”  – Rachel

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Motherhood- This first piece in my Motherhood series explores a new approach to painting using a method I call “sticker painting”. Sticker painting uses different characters or forms that are seemingly flat, like a children’s sticker, collaged into a singular piece. In Motherhood, I wanted to capture the overwhelming anxiety of the subject and used Jean Fouquet’s Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels as inspiration from my central figure.

 

 

 

 

 

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Motherhood: En Colère – This second piece of the Motherhood series also uses a technique I call “sticker painting” where I use different characters or forms that are seemingly flat, like a children’s sticker, and collage them into a singular piece. I wanted to capture the madness and chaos that often follows raising children and the feeling of losing your singular sense of identity. The title of the piece is wordplay on the similarly sounding French phrases en couleurs (meaning to be in color) and en colère (to be angry).

 

 

 

 

 

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Werewolf– This is the first piece from my In Cold Blood series and depicts the tormented and violent Perry Smith. Murderer Perry Smith conjures up dark feelings of sympathy and disgust, making for a rich and challenging subject to paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bonnie- This second piece of my In Cold Blood series depicts the fragile and melancholic housewife, Bonnie Clutter. Although she played the part of the Mid-western homemaker, her neighbors first wondered if she could have been behind her family’s shocking deaths in Holcomb, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Dallas, Texas, Rachel O’Donnell is an artist based out of the Brooklyn, New York area. With her BFA in Fine Art from Pratt Institute, she has spent the last six years pursuing an art career on the east coast. Her work has been featured in art galleries, such as, The Painting Center, Westbeth Gallery, Greenpoint Gallery, and in the famed Seagram building for a Gagosian Gallery sponsored show. She has also been published online by Vice Magazine, ArtbombNY, GAMBA Zine and has been featured in the New York Times reviewed Bushwick Open Studios twice. Painting primarily portraits, Rachel O’Donnell’s work is known for its intriguing use of colors and expressionist qualities. Working primarily with acrylic paint and oil sticks, Rachel creates her works at her studio located in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Lucky Luna’s MARCH EVENTS

Events are at Lucky Luna 167 Nassau Avenue, BK 11222

unless otherwise noted.

Monday, March 2 @ 8pm

(Event takes place at Forrest Point)

Three of Lucky Luna bartenders will be competing at the Brooklyn Preliminary Contest for the NYC Bloody Mary Mix Down. Come and support us and enjoy drink specials @ Forrest Point located at 970 Flushing Avenue. Brooklyn, NY 11206

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloodymarymixdown

Instagram: http://instagram.com/nyc_bloodymarymixdown/

Wednesday, March 4th @ 8pm:

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

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Wednesday, March 11th @ 8pm:

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

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Monday, March 16th

Doors at 6:30pm, movie starts @7:30

Join us for our first ever Monday Movie Night! We will start out screening Amores Perros (2000) R 154 min. by award-winning filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel, Biutiful, etc). Screened in Spanish with English subtitles. Bar service only. Free.

“Three stories of life along the margins in Mexico City converge in this inventive thriller. Octavio is sharing an apartment with his brother, which leads to a serious problem when he falls in love with Susanna, his sister-in-law. Octavio and Susanna want to run away together, but Octavio has no money. He does, however, know a man who stages dog fights, and he volunteers his dog Cofi for the next round of fights. Cofi bravely rises to the occasion, but the dog’s success in the ring leads to a violent altercation. Elsewhere, Daniel, a successful publishing magnate, leaves his family to take up with a beautiful model, Valeria. Valeria, however, soon loses a leg in an auto accident, and as Daniel tends to her needs, her tiny pet dog gets trapped under the floorboards of their apartment. And finally, El Chivo (Emilio Echeverria) is an elderly homeless man who is trying to contact his daughter, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Desperate for money, El Chivo is hired by a businessman to assassinate his partner; however, as he’s following his target, he’s interrupted by an auto accident, from which Octavio and his injured dog stagger in search of help. Amores Perros (aka Love’s a Bitch) was the debut from director Alexandro Gonzalez Inarritu.” RottenTomatoes.com

Tuesday, March 24th @7pm

(Event takes place at The Greene Space)

The Taiwanese Table: Cuisine and Identity

Join us in The Greene Space for a tour of what’s cooking now led by Cathy Erway, author of the just-released cookbook The Food of Taiwan. Lucky Luna’s very own chef/owner, Ken Ho, will participate in a panel discussing the world of Taiwanese food and identity with James Beard Award-winning sommelier Belinda Chang; Brian Tsao, Executive Chef at Mira Sushi & Izikaya and Matt Gross, “The Frugal Traveler” columnist for the New York Times and former editor of BonAppetit.com.

After the panel, Cathy Erway will do a cooking demo of the gloriously messy, slurpy sensation that is the Taiwanese oyster omelet. And before you leave you’ll enjoy authentic treats prepared by local Taiwanese restaurateurs including Chef Tsao, Bian Dang, and Lucky Luna.

Tickets on sale now at The Greene Space located at 44 Charlton Street, NY

$25 includes one drink and tastings from 3 Taiwanese restaurants. Seating is limited/ general admission.

Monday, March 30th @7:30pm

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 Magazine 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”

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Sorry folks, no food- Bar Service Only.

Musicians:
~ Lola D. Pearl
~ Jenny Wren
~ Rickee Stevens

Literary/Visual Artists and Performers include:
~ Nathan Thornhill
~ Autumn Kioti
~ Melissa Hunter Gurney
~ Raquel Penzo
~ Chris Campanioni

Many more to come. . .

Re-imagining Puerto Rico: Lucky Luna’s Cocina Criolla Supper Club

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Re-imagining Puerto Rico

Lucky Luna’s Cocina Criolla Supper Club

7pm on November 17th, 2014

Lucky Luna’s first supper club aims to complicate popular notions of Puerto Rican cuisine and re-imagining traditional dishes. The evening is centered around bilí — a rum that is  infused with vanilla bean, bay leaf, peppercorns and cinnamon that originated on the island of Vieques off the coast of Puerto Rico. In collaboration with Von Diaz,  writer, cook, and journalist, we bring you a sit-down dinner with recipes from her Puerto Rican food memoir and cookbook in progress, Gordita, complete with beverage pairings that feature bilí and other Puerto Rican flavors. Each dish will be presented within cultural and historical context, introducing diners to Puerto Rican ingredients and techniques. In an effort to keep the night intimate and allow for conversation, we are limiting the supper club to 20 guests. The $80 ticket includes the 5 courses with drink pairings.* Reservations are required, cancellations are honored though Nov. 14th.

 Tickets can be purchased at: luckylunasupperclub.bpt.me/

For more information about this event, please email: info@luckyluna-ny.com

To learn more about Von’s project, please visit: Vondiaz.wordpress.com/cocina-criolla/

*Please review menu for allergies or dietary restrictions and note that we will be unable to make substitutions

The Menu

 

Bilí

dark rum, quenepas, vanilla bean, bay leaf, peppercorns, cinnamon, brown sugar

Sopa de plátanos fritos

fried plantain and beef soup

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Mas que un mojito

white rum, culantro, lime, raw sugar, vanilla, pineapple, mineral water

Pernil Bao with salsa aji-li-mojili

pork shoulder stuffed steamed bun

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Cono Sur Sauvignon Blanc

2012/Central Valley, Chile

Ensalada de Chayote, Habichuelas Tiernas, Tomates, y Aguacate

chayote, green beans, tomato and avocado salad

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Cono Sur Pinot Noir

2012/Central Valley, Chile

Conejo Estofado

braised rabbit with chorizo sofrito and chard

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Cafecito de Naranja

coffee, coffee liqueur, dark rum, orange bitters

Cazuela

pumpkin, sweet potato and coconut milk

La Vida de los Muertos

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El Día de los Muertos is not Halloween.  It is not about trick-or-treating. It is not a celebration of death.

What it is, is a celebration of life.

It is a time to honor and remember the lives of those who have passed.

It is a time for friends, family and communities to gather and rejoice in life.

Muertos is just as much about color, brightness and laughter as it is about mourning, reflection and stillness.

Skulls and skeletons comprise much of the iconography surrounding Muertos, yet the darkness of their morbidity is juxtaposed by the sweetness of sugar from which they are made.  The silence and sorrow that surrounds a funeral, is contrasted by the comparsas band, leading family and friends in a joyful dancing frenzy as they wake the sleeping spirits.

 

Candles illuminate tombstones and altars, covered in marigolds (the flower of death) and gifts of the dearly departed’s favorite beer, tequila, snack and sweet.  Altars and sand “carpets” (tarpetas de arena) also pay homage to the symbiotic relationship that is shared with the earth, using naturally different colored tierra, sand, maiz, seeds, fruits and nuts to illustrate stories of pre-hispanic time and detail the cycle of life.

In Mexico, the word death is not taboo.  It is a part of life and therefore cannot be removed or ignored.  Irrespective of religious beliefs (and at times contradictory), death is not viewed as finite.  El Día de los Muertos (which is actually more than one day), is a chance for the living to gather and visit with loved ones who have left this world.  It doesn’t matter if the spirits – or whatever they may be called –  actually come back to the world of the living— the significance, rather, is in the life of those that have passed, relived in the festivities of remembrance.

 

Lucky Luna’s final show this year, La Vida de los Muertos, is a photojournalistic journey through Oaxaca, Mexico with nearly 100 images taken during Day of the Dead in 2009 and 2010.  Lucky Luna will also feature food and beverage specials October 31-Nov 2 in recognition of this holiday. 

La Vida de los Muertos is dedicated to Lucia Ana Flores Cadena, Jesus Cadena, Herminia Cadena, Tommy Jenkins, Sandy Rademacher, Richard Belski and Daniel Schingeck. 

 

 

La Sirena by Melissa Hunter Gurney and Zhenya Bernadskaya

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La Sirena: A collection of words and photos

July 7th – September 29th, 2014

Opening Reception July 7th, 7pm – 10pm

Lucky Luna Restaurant and Bar, 167 Nassau Ave., BK 11222

La Abuela was magnificently named. In many cultures the only women who aren’t identified as gifts of sensual pleasure and desire are the old ones, the ones who are no longer pleasing to the eye. Because of fallen skin covering once lush curves they resemble dried up flowers and no longer arouse us. We don’t want to smell the soft necks of wilted tulips or run our fingers over crispy hydrangeas – nothing about a wilted, dried up flower appeals to the senses but we still respect these flowers because they remind us of certain truths – their age and lack of moisture tells a story of a moment or an emotion we were unable to express.

La Abuela was different, she was an enigma, she was given the name “The Grandmother” inciting the idea that she was more than the wise, wilted, orchid storyteller but she was all the wise, wilted, orchid storyteller’s: the bird of paradise, the bougainvillea, the daffodil, the rose and the peony. She was given this name before her skin fell, before her hair greyed and before her walk lost the same flavor as her eyes – the flavor of desire, passion and the hunt. Men treated her as if she birthed them, pausing in her presence to ponder the confusion of lust and maternal love.

La Abuela was granted a passage in-between worlds.

La Abuela spoke to her sisters in metaphors and made the English language sound like a poem.

“You are 100 petals without a stem to hold you, without soil to keep you in place. The wind divides you and the sun changes the color of your complexion giving you a different name each day: begonia, carmelitilla, aguilena.” She whispered their names softly paying homage to a goddess.

“First you must trust the people. Their lives and their places will bring you pedals again. Then, you will go in search of a stem – you only find a stem by looking mi hermana.”  When she called me her sister I felt the pleasure of a little girl with fruit dripping from her mouth and hands.

“In some countries a woman who rebels is referred to as La Puta, in other countries she is called La Sirena – an individual, a rebel who cannot be chained by the shackles of tradition.”

“Do not misunderstand mi hermana. Not every woman is granted the freedom to use her talent as she pleases. A man knows a woman who chooses frivolity and insecurity over intellectuality and confidence – only one is called La Sirena because she is other worldly, a temptress made to breath in two lands – the air of tradition and the water of the wild. Every woman must know who they are before entering into a life of lust because if she is merely human she will be spit on for the choices she makes.” 
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Melissa Hunter Gurney is an independent writer and the founder of GAMBA Zine – a literary magazine dedicated to art and rooted in passion and thoughtfulness without the politics of publication. She is connected to the artist life as seen throughout South America and writes for La Gente Descalza (The Barefoot People).  You can follow M.H. Gurney’s work at www-brokenbraids.tumblr.com and gambazine.tumblr.com

 

Zhenya Bernadskaya is a Brooklyn based photographer from Ukraine. Zhenya combines her background as an Occupational Therapist, working with children, with her passion for photography and travel. She spends her time wandering the streets of NYC and beyond with her camera. Most of the images from this exhibition are from her travels in South America. You can follow Zhenya’s current work at travelallways.tumblr.com

Please join us at Lucky Luna (167 Nassau Ave., BK) on July 7th, 7 – 10pm, for the opening reception and artist salon where Melissa and Zhenya will be accompanied by other local artists sharing their work over wine and cocktails!

Creosote by Tessa Estelle Kramer

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April 14th – June 15th, 2014

Opening Reception April 14th, 7 – 10pm

Lucky Luna Restaurant and Bar, 167 Nassau Ave, BK 11222

From a young age I was drawn to textiles and fabric.  My Grandmother taught me how to hand-sew when I was a child and since then I have always gravitated towards fabric, the more textural and vibrant the better.  When I was introduced to weaving, something clicked – I can make my own cloth- my own fabric!  Using natural fiber yarns, raw wool, found and up-cycled pieces of fabric and paper I create ‘landscapes’ and textural planes on a turn-of-the-century, four-harness table loom.  The pieces in this exhibit are all pieces I have made in New York since I moved here eight months ago from Tucson, Arizona.  The colors, plants, and sunsets of the Southwest are all strong influences and let me explore my roots, while also helping me process and embrace my new home in Brooklyn.

This exhibit is named Creosote after one of the most prominent plants in Southern Arizona, Mexico and Texas.  The Creosote bush has many indigenous uses and reigns most prominent in people’s minds for the lovely scent that it brings the desert during the summer monsoon season.

-Tessa Kramer April 2014, Brooklyn, New York

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    Lucky Luna’s inaugural show,”New New Yorkers”, responded to the journey that every non-native New Yorker experiences when acclimating to this great city, manifested through sometimes extreme existential, emotional and physical metamorphosis.    Tessa Estelle Kramer’s “Creosote” reflects the delicate balance of sweet nostalgia for the ethereal desert and magical sunsets of the southwest, and the energy and fire that fuels life in New York.   Tessa’s works weave together a melange of textures and colors, much like the city.  Unlike New York, however, which can sometimes have a dark edge, Creosote is a series of pieces that reflect a lightness that Tessa has brought with her from Arizona and cultivated in this city.  

Please join us for an opening reception April 14th from 7pm – 10pm at Lucky Luna Restaurant and Bar, 167 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11222