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Shop Art debuts three new exhibitions

Local art gallery Shop Art celebrates the opening of three exhibitions next month at its ground floor space on Bergen Street.

In “Visual Vernacular,” opening October 3, artists show collage text and images, and traditional and non-traditional art-making tools to comment on contemporary and urban culture.

Those showing include Iviva Olenick, who creates small-scale, hand-embroidered pieces incorporating text and images that document her idiosyncratic dating life in Brooklyn; Pauli Ochi, who places cartoon characters and elements that our culture has deemed popular or important on large, painted grounds, removing familiar icons from their ordinary contexts and subverting their meaning; Lionel Pratt, a self-taught artist who works with mixed media on canvas and paper and whose work has a raw, edgy quality, with an evident reminiscent of the street; and Jeff Zorabedian, who photographs graffiti and street paintings of the city of Berlin.

The latest installation of “No Longer Empty” fulfills the not for profit’s mission to bring art to the public in unexpected places and revitalize empty storefront when a group of some 22 established and emerging artists will enliven the gallery with inventive art works that allude and respond to both the history and present circumstances of the space.Artists will also be given the opportunity to work with the many trimmings, reels of fabric, leather and other materials excavated from the factory.

A supporting program of events is being planned that will include band performances, dance and conversations with the artists. Educational programs for the local Montessori school and PS 29 are also being planned.

Lastly, Recession Art, a new arts organization devoted to helping emerging artists show and sell their work while giving middle-income art lovers and collectors an opportunity to buy original work at reasonable prices, presents its second edition.

The shows open October 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and are free. Shop Art is located at 51 Bergen Street. For more information, go to www.shopartstudio.com or call 718-858-4535.

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