Monday, August 30, 2010
Every year The 4heads hotwire an abandoned military barracks on historic Governors Island in beautiful New York Harbor - launching a sizable exposition of independent artists and galleries known as the Governors Island Art Fair. Entering its 3rd year this fall, this extensive exhibition once again features an exciting and diverse selection of artists from around the world. As working artists living in New York City, The 4heads Collective takes a unique swing at the art fair tradition with its "hands-off" curatorial technique. At the Governors Island Art Fair, over 100 independent artists are selected solely on the merit of their work, and, once chosen, each is given a room where they are set loose to create an environment of their own design. The 4heads Collective chooses the artists - the artists choose the work. This year the Fair will present a new section with select galleries showcasing their featured artists. By including these exceptional galleries Fair organizers hope to foster a constructive dialogue between artists and their representatives.
The Governors Island Art Fair commences with an opening party that is free and open to the public on Saturday, September 4th from 11am–6pm. No advance registration is required. The Fair continues every weekend of the month. With no admission fee to enter the Fair, visitors to the island are free to stroll more than 120 rooms of the abandoned army barracks that have been commandeered by participating artists throughout the month of September. Musical acts, performance artists and interactive creative programs will be on-going every weekend in addition to the plethora of paintings, photographs, sculpture, video, and sound and object installation pieces that delineate a vast cross-section of the New York and international art scenes. The public is invited to view these collections every Saturday and Sunday from 11am–6pm, September 4–26th. “The Governors Island Art Fair is about giving artists, art lovers, curators and art collectors the opportunity to meet on this beautiful island that is like a historic time capsule,” says Nicole Laemmle of The 4heads Collective. "We are excited to bring our event to the island for a third year."
Just a (FREE!) 7-minute ferry ride from Manhattan and a 3 minute ferry ride from Brooklyn, Governors Island includes a National Historic Landmark District featuring 18th century fortifications, pre-Civil War arsenal buildings, Victorian and Romanesque Revival housing, as well as early 20th century neoclassical architecture. Twenty-two of Governors Island's 172 acres comprise the Governors Island
National Monument, which is owned and operated by the National Park Service. The island boasts acres of open green space and a 2.2 mile esplanade for biking, jogging and walking which features New York's closest view of the Statue of Liberty from land.
About The 4heads Collective
The 4heads Collective is a New York-based arts group that specializes in revitalizing and beautifying unused spaces - developing unique environments for the purpose of exhibition, installation and
performance - so that artists from all over the world can make good use of dismissed areas. Ernie Sandidge, Nicole Laemmle, Jack Robinson and Antony Zito make up the founding core of the group
which was formed in early 2008 with a mission of forging new opportunities for the growing community of artists in New York City and beyond. Visit them at www.4heads.org The Governors Island Art Fair is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
Directions to the Governors Island Ferry -
Free ferries run between Manhattan and Governors Island on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Manhattan ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street) in Lower Manhattan.
By Subway -
1 to South Ferry Station
4, 5 to Bowling Green
R, W to Whitehall St. Station
By Bus -
M6, M9 and M15
By Car -
There is no public parking at the Battery Maritime Building. There is garage parking across the
street for a fee.
Free ferries (starting at 11am) run from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 on Saturdays and Sundays only. Pier 6 is located at the end of Atlantic Avenue, at Columbia Street.
There is no Friday ferry service from Brooklyn.
By Subway -
R to Court Street
2, 3 to Clark Street
4, 5 to Borough Hall
By Bus -
B63 at the terminus of Atlantic Avenue, at Columbia Street
Opening Party: Saturday, September 4th from 11am-6pm
Dates & Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday, September 4 - 26, from 11am-6pm
Show Information: www.4heads.org - 212.673.9074