Labs New Artists II Open Call
“The people here are very renegade, very do-it-yourself,” Jimmy Moffat, Founder of ‘Red Hook Labs’, 2015. Jimmy Moffat opened ‘Red Hook Labs’ in April 2015, an 11,000-square-foot photography studio and exhibition space in Brooklyn. The industrial, hardscrabble setting seems a fitting one for Moffat, who famously launched the photography agency ‘Art + Commerce’ in the early 1980s with Anne Kennedy and Leslie Sweeney out of Kennedy’s West Village apartment. Whenever they had meeting at Kennedy’s apartment they would move her bed out and put a little table down. ‘Art + Commerce’s’ dedicated phone line was set up for them at ‘Texarkana’ the bar downstairs where Moffat’s friend was bartender. Moffat could take his phone calls there. Much to his humble surprise, the agency thrived and it swiftly amassing a roster of superstar photographers, such as Steven Meisel, Robert Mapplethorpe and Annie Leibovitz. ‘Art + Commerce’ eventually expanded its coverage to include stylists, hair and makeup artists and creative directors. Today ‘Art + Commerce’ remains a fashion industry powerhouse. Moffat, however, has also recast his focus back on square one with ‘Red Hook Labs’ — a solo venture he began contemplating three years ago when he started visiting the up-and-coming neighbourhood. Surrounded by the nearby studios of artists like Dan Colen, Urs Fischer and Dustin Yellin — the last of whom has made a strong creative hub of the south Brooklyn peninsula — the space will serve as a destination for professional photographers studio shoots, while also generating enough revenue to fund programming for emerging artists and public schools. ‘Red Hook Labs’ has dedicated its cavernous South Brooklyn gallery space to titans of fashion portraiture (Jamie Hawkesworth, Willy Vanderperre) and local high school students. The ‘Labs New Artists II Open Call’ is for all unrepresented international artists. ‘The open call is live until May 1st; all chosen artists will be shown at Red Hook Labs Gallery (133-135 Imlay Street Brooklyn, New York) in June 2018.
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