Kickstarting Brooklyn: Political Horror

As if this election season weren’t scary enough, arts group Creative Time and artist Pedro Reyes are proposing to turn the Brooklyn Army Terminal into a political haunted house. Reyes wants to fill that amazing space with the “horrors of our political landscape.”

Creative Time is the .org that two years ago commandeered the defunct Domino Sugar plant in Williamsburg for Kara Walker’s A Subtletythe spectacularly successful art installation that drew “yuge” crowds. At press time, the haunted house project was tantalizingly close to its funding goal. Donating now will ensure an October surprise. (Or like us,  you can just stay curled up in a fetal position under the blankets until election day.)

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The Factory Floor: Meet Makers This Weekend

FURNITURE TAKES THE STAGE at The Factory Floor in Industry City in Sunset Park. The ground-floor venue is a former industrial space newly converted to showcase local design work. Sponsored by Industry City, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, The Pratt Center for Community Development and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, The Factory Floor is presenting primarily Brooklyn furniture makers, designers and builders. Last weekend’s show coincided with the Sunday opening of the Coming Together: Surviving Sandy art exhibit in the adjacent building. If you are interested in the art and craft of design, this is the weekend to make it out to 241 37th Street, Sunset Park, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Bring the kids, Construction Kids has set aside an area where they can build their own objets d’art.

Here are a few highlights from Brooklyn Artisan’s visit:

Annie Evelyn at New Colony Furniture takes hard materials and makes soft seats. Really.

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Diverse objects, from seats and shelves to vases and trivets at Souda’s space.

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Funny and quirky pillow commentary from Alexandra Ferguson.

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Beautiful maple stools and a passel of refrigerator magnets made from the leftover bits by Bower.

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Weekend To Do List: Sept. 28, 29, 30

Saturday only: Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Chili Pepper Fiesta featuring local producers The Saucey Sauce Co and Raaka Chocolate among others.

Last weekend for the Dekalb Market. Sunday’s a goodbye party.

Dumbo Arts Festival, a three-day celebration of art, music & performance.

Sunday only: Atlantic Antic, one of the original street festivals in New York City and Brooklyn. Food, craft, music. (Guaranteed to be more than just tube socks.)

Brooklyn Navy Yard, BLDG 92. Exhibitions and free tours.

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