[Text and Photos by Sara Hopkins]
One chilly October night, people bustled into Fay Gold Gallery and the Westside Cultural Arts Center in Atlanta. As the guests began to warm up, it was undeniable: excitement was rising, that night they would be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Atlanta Celebrates Photography in style.
The night began with potluck tables set in the midst of an exhibition. As they dined on sweet and savory treats and visited the bar stocked with Brooklyn Brewery’s finest, guests perused the Gallery’s exhibition highlighting the world’s greatest street and graffiti artists. #Weloveatl, a local group of phone photographers that use social media to share their work and organize gatherings, had also made prints and hung them on the walls so those clustering around them could experience the many sides of Atlanta. When it came time for the night’s culminating slideshow, people scooped up the last of the potluck dishes and took their seats surrounding the white screen centered in the main room. Anticipation grew for the start of the Slideluck Atlanta show as the lights dimmed. A few words were said to introduce Slideluck Atlanta, and then show of local and international artist rolled on.
[Text and Photos by Casey Kelbaugh]
On a warm, sultry evening in Wynwood, a diverse group of Miamians gathered in the palm tree garden behind Gramps Bar for the final event Mash event of 2013 and the launch of Slideluck Miami. It was a sizzling sexpot of an event.
Brooklyn Pilsner poured like manna from heaven. Kids frolicked freely in the sand. Once in a while, people spoke in English. Many of the graffiti artists that made Wynwood Wynwood were in the house.
The potluck got real when the Design District’s hottest new restaurant, The District, donated a $250 for the best dish. After great deliberation, the grand prize was split in two and awarded to Leo Valencia for his Ceviche Cups and Alice Pedroletti for her Naked Frittata. The slideshow featured 26 local artists and four wild cards from around the globe.
The cream on top was when Slideluck Miami Director, Ruben Millares, got up on stage with his band Chicken Liquor and rocked the damn house. Before long, another member of the team, Antonia Wright, got up on stage to thrash about and bang on a tambourine.
It was at that point, that I said to the elderly person next to me: I’M IN MIAMI, BITCH!
[Text by Casey Kelbaugh]
[Photos by Winston Struye and Yasmine Beckley]
Our fundraiser at Domingo Zapata’s studio in New York City on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 was a grand success! With the help of Christie’s Emerging Collectors and hundreds of donors, we raised $70,000 for Slideluck and the Slideluck Youth Initiative! It was an amazing night for this organization and we are very grateful for all those that contributed.
The evening began with a cocktail reception in the parlor, some lovely and familiar tunes being played on the Steinway. This was followed by a lavish Spanish dinner for 28 people prepared by Calva. After Domingo made an appeal to sell some of the work right off his walls, things heated up quickly. One guest, Veronica Wong, walked out of the fray with 4 paintings for a song – an expensive song – and one that helped us make it halfway to our goal in one fell swoop! A lively party for another 150 guests or so followed. Domingo did a live-action edible painting on a large white cake, many a beer was consumed, more art was purchased, more funds raised, and the sounds of spontaneous piano and guitar jams carried on until early in the morning. Oh, and everyone got laid.
[Text by Jen Plaskowitz]
Monday night 30-some people gathered two by two inside The Living Gallery in Bushwick for the closing of Slideluck artist Phoenix Lindsey-Hall’s solo-exhibit, Flame Tempered. Inside they were greeted by smiling faces, the smell of warm soup, a projector screen, and a looming tumble of suspended ceramic baseball bats.
Back in July, when Slideluck Global was moving into its new home at Sandbox Studio Brooklyn, Slideluck began a collaboration with The Living Gallery that would allow one of the 26 Bushwick-area artists who participated in the Slideluck Bushwick II to have a one week solo show within the art space. On the night of the event it was Phoenix’s work that was selected by an audience poll and the show was announced officially a few weeks later.
Monday’s closing reception was the culmination of the collaboration. Slideluck regulars would recognize the signature red tablecloths laden with delicious home cooked dishes, and the groups of friends talking over Brooklyn Brewery bottles. As we chatted and dined, eyes were drawn to the ceramic sculptures that lined the walls, each one twisted and bent.
Although she was trained as a photographer, Phoenix’s current body of work, ‘After Kemf’ is ceramic. The pieces in the series are each based on a specific LGBT hate crime. As Phoenix explained in her artist talk, the objects are all of domestic objects, the most common in such crimes. Taken from their moulds’ early, she takes their pristine forms and significantly alters them with her hands, recreating the violent actions that they were derived from. At the center of the exhibition was the namesake piece, Flame Tempered, a tangle of curved and swooping bats. This beautiful and delicate installation was based off an incident that happened a few blocks from The Living Gallery in 2008.
Perhaps to lighten the mood after her artist talk, Phoenix chose to screen the cult classic documentary “Paris is Burning” for The Living Gallery’s movie night. The film thoughtfully and at times humorlessly explores sexuality, class, and gender relations, and documents the end of the “Golden Age” of New York drag ball culture in the mid-to late 80’s.
After the screening people stuck around for a few more beers and a lot more mingling. Something had changed over the course of the evening: before we had been strangers, talking mostly with friends. Now we were mingling freely, discussing the art and the documentary, how both resonated with our experiences, fashions, housing situations, and rumors of where the next ball would be. When The Living Gallery shut its doors at 11, everyone left with new friends, and I had a refreshed feeling of the community building power of Slideluck.
Slideluck Lehigh Valley III was held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, PA during the Olympus InVision Photo Festival. The backdrop was the spectacular Blast Furnace of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, which has been redeveloped as SteelStacks, an arts and entertainment venue for the community. Olympus, the title sponsor, has its headquarters for North and South America in nearby Center Valley.
Over 160 professionals and photography buffs attended Slideluck Lehigh Valley III. The Slideluck show featured the work of local artists, Olympus Visionaries and Trailblazers, and “Best of” shows from recent Slidelucks. The lively show drew appreciative applause for each segment. All featured Slideluck artists who attended were invited up on stage to take a bow at the end of the show.
The food was delicious and the beer was flowing, thanks to the generous donation from Brooklyn Brewery. Pennsylvanians know their beer and they drank up every drop of Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn Brown Ale. What could be better than great photography, great camaraderie and great (free) beer?
Mr. Nacho Abea, CEO of Olympus America Inc., was in attendance and made brief remarks. A bonus was a performance by Peripheral Vision, the Olympus corporate band. The band was just back from its appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland as one of eight finalists in Fortune’s “Battle of the Corporate Bands.”
Janice Lipzin, Director of Visual Arts & Education at ArtsQuest, and her staff pulled off another fantastic Festival, with Slideluck as a key ingredient. The local curating team of Jane Noel, Dave Rehrig and Dave Willard reviewed dozens of Slideluck submissions. Special thanks to Jen Plaskowitz and Mesha Bhansali from Slideluck Global who produced the show and came to Bethlehem to join the festivities. We love you, Slideluck, Brooklyn Brewery, and Viewbook. See you again next year!
[Text by Tina Mohns and Curtis M. Davey]
[Photos by Heather Renney]
On an usually clear and quiet Sunday night, over a hundred people came together at Performance Works Theatre on Granville Island for Slideluck Vancouver II, in association with the inaugural Capture Photo Festival.
The second edition of Slideluck Vancouver saw some drastic changes and innovative initiatives including a new venue, new partners and the introduction of community cooking workshops hosted by a new breed of local food businesses – Brown Paper Packages, Nice Pops YVR and the Woodland Smokehouse.
Although we suffered a few setbacks, such as our commissary kitchen burning down in the wee hours of the morning before the event, the community and our partners stepped up and Slideluck Vancouver II went off without a hitch.
We dined on delicious dishes from our partners, Potluck Cafe & Catering and Seasons In The Park restaurant, and we raised several hundred dollars for our community partners. The lineup for desserts from Brown Paper Packages and Nice Pops YVR seemed endless but was well worth the wait.
The atmosphere was west-coast casual as guests mingled from table to table while enjoying wine from Chile and New Zealand and Brooklyn Brewery beers, especially the Brown Ale. Some guests walked away with some serious swag as we had several two and three time winners in our raffle draw.
DJ Aimee Hawker spun some sweet, soulful tunes as the last slideshow finished and guests began exiting in preparation for another work week. Stopping on the way out to thank the amazing volunteers and to tell us over and over again how much they enjoyed it and look forward to the next edition.
On a pitch perfect September Saturday, hundreds gathered at Photoville, a pop-up community of shipping containers-turned-photo exhibitions, in Brooklyn Bridge Park for our 17th global mainstage Slideluck in New York City. The stage was set for an epic evening: a warren of shipping containers that led to an open space, with Greenwood Park serving icy Brooklyn beers on one side, an array of food trucks on the other, and beyond the big screen, the sun set behind the Manhattan skyline.
This was our first show devoted exclusively to multimedia – and though the work was compelling in many ways – it left some asking, what happened to the slideshow? What were all these moving images? These were the people that didn’t read the invitation, the program or listen to the speeches. Which is probably to be expected. However, this particular show intentionally put a spotlight on multimedia work and for this, we asked Kira Pollack, Director of Photography for TIME Magazine to make the selections.
It was a robust show, full of ambitious pieces, heavy moments, and applause from the audience. As dusk settled in and the crowd deepened, there was a feeling of one being a part of something incredible and something unique. The work and the experience generated a lot of excitement and discussion among friends new and old, which continued up the hill to Floyd’s, deep into the night.
[Text by The Slideluck Team]
[Photos by So Mei]
Slideluck Stockholm III was the first Slideluck show dedicated exclusively to video art. The venue, Bio Rio at Hornstulls Strand, in the south part of Stockholm city, was such a perfect place to host the Slideluck! The movie theater is one of Stockholm´s oldest and most loved venues.
The Slideluck concept was a great success. People were surprised and amazed that we could bring our own food to this beloved theater. And the complimentary beer was a hit! As everyone knows, Stockholm loves Brooklyn Brewery beer!
We had 170 excited guests, both video artists and creative minds from other disciplines. The screenings were very appreciated, and there were a ton of positive reviews for showcasing the moving image. One of the night´s biggest successes was that emerging artists discovered each other. We can’t wait to see what exciting new collaborations crop up from all that up and coming talent!
Sunday the 25th of August was one of the hottest days of the Swedish summer, which made the end of the night extra special. After the screenings at Bio Rio we strolled down the block to Rio´s other screening place, BarBro. The DJ started playing some tunes and people hung around on BarBro´s fantastic terrace, drinking beer and exchanging phone numbers on the last, hot night of a Stockholm summer.
[Text Walker Downey]
Tucked away in the heart of the Catskills, a region as renowned for its profusion of artistic talent and scrumptious cuisine as it is for its rolling mountain landscapes, the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) was alight with laughter, festivity, and flashbulbs as dozens gathered for SLIDELUCK Woodstock II hosted by CPW. The evening began, as all Slidelucks do, with a colorful, diverse, and deliciously fresh array of homemade and handmade dishes from both local haunts and attendees with an artisanal bent.
The food was piled high on CPW’s porch. The evening’s culinary delights featured simmering stews and crisp salads as well as cakes and pastries. Featured highlights from some of the region’s finest eateries included artisanal pizzas from Woodstock’s Cucina, delicious Asian Noodles by Yum Yum, tasty wraps by Bistro-to-Go, and Polenta with Dill Cream bites by Oriole 9. Jane’s Ice Cream and Lucky Chocolate satisfied the collective sweet tooth with sumptuous and decadent spreads, and a chilled variety of Brooklyn beers was on hand to help wash down the proceedings.
Traveling from such exotic locales as Chicago and New York City, attendees flaunted their culinary handiwork for the cameras as they filtered into the fanfare, and as the night wore on bowls were scraped clean and the crowds gathered in CPW’s galleries for the evening’s other main attraction: a stunning wide-ranging, and often pointedly poignant selection of photographic work from artists both local and international. The presentations traced every inch of the emotional and artistic spectrum, tugging heartstrings and provoking chuckles, dazzling in both technicolor brilliance and solemn black and white.
The musical components chosen by each featured artist were as thrillingly diverse as the work they accompanied. While the rootsy, home-grown aesthetic of wet-plate photographers Craig Barber and Francesco Mastalia found a perfect complement in plangent piano and plucky bluegrass, artists Mike Fernandez and Deborah Hughes respectively opted for spooky, static-laden noise and thrumming heart-beats, making for fantastically chilling viewing experiences. Mark Lyon, whose series “Landscapes for the People” set its sights on the appearance of scenic vistas on the walls of waiting rooms, offices, and other mundane interiors, drew a swell of laughter with his fantastically tongue-in-cheek audio choice: an ACE Hardware wallpaper installation tutorial.
After the lights fluttered back on and the slideshow ended with a sea of applause, guests in various states of satisfaction and overstuffing trailed back out front into the cool mountain air to commune, converse, and reach for just one more serving of cheesecake. Brooklyn bottles clinked in the glow of tea-lights, friends both old and new parted ways, and the masses dispersed with a series of fond farewells, having been treated to a truly singular Slideluck experience.