fish + braids = fishwithbraids

fish + braids = fishwithbraids
the experience of art thrives at the top of the bell curve in a place of speculation (and not consensus), hypotheses (and not conclusions) and belief (not knowledge).
To stay at the top of the bell curve, as Buergel and Noack might say,
the best art must make us not understand,
which corresponds to a state of sustained curiosity that provokes us to change something about ourselves in an effort to understand.
anthony huberman

Thursday, June 20, 2013

evening of performance art

performance art June 25 2013   at Fish with braids gallery, 190 Columbus drive
                                                                                                                 Jersey City

8.30pm        Hector Canonge     "Twirling Sacra". Interdisciplinary artist, 

9.15pm        Erin Parsch             "Like So Much Lost Time."  Music by Patrick O'Hearn,  
                                                    set design by Erin Parsch.
                                                    Set against a veil of white fog, dirty tutus and a handmade musical stool.
                                                                The artist is present in a solo of intense sensuality and a sense of

                                                                memories lost.
10.00pm     Wyme of the Audiobodies              spoken word

10.45pm    Caridad Rivera           "spirit waker" a sound and movement installation
photography Maria Fernanda Hubeaut
doors open at 8 pm
$10 donation accepted to support the performers and the creative spirit

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


  workshops, talks
@ Fish with Braids Gallery, 190 Columbus drive, Jersey City
     April 22 - 27    2013

A WAY TO DRESS  with Steffen Hedlund
slide show and talk with Steffen Hedlund, a fashion blogger in NYC, 
exploring the sightings of style and attitude in fashion.
Steffen captured innovative and creative individuals who set new trends.
any age welcome
2.5 hours
April 25,  7 pm   $20
Steffen Hedlund came to NYC in 1988 from Denmark, working for
Yves Saint Laurent, retail and wholesale fashion industries.

CLOTHING SWAP   with Melissa Lockwood, Iqtest clothing
A workshop that begins with participants bringing garments they no longer want. 
The group collectively places all their unwanted garments in a pile at the beginning of the workshop. 
Then the participants pick things they like out from the pile, these are the items we will discuss transforming.
Melissa will show some examples of how to reuse a variety of garments, making them into fun new items
and show how to do a few transforms.
 Any age over 8
2 hours
April 25th,  5 pm    $25
bring: old garments, scissors, embellishments if desired
Melissa is passionate about Urban salvage and repurposing, she keeps creating lines with
salvaged fabrics in Williamsburg Brooklyn. participant of the Williamsburg Fashion Weekend

SEW your own ANIMAL BEAR HAT  with Uta Brauser, famous animal hat originals
Sew with precut fabrics a fake fur bear hat with lining
size Toddler or Big Baby(adult). You leave with a bear hat you made.
age 14 and up
2 hours
April 24th, 7 pm    $35
Uta Brauser created the now world wide popular animal hats,
made the silly fun accessories a hot trend. They started with baby Ezra in march 2000

BUILD YOUR LOOK FOR LESS with Fashion Designer Katrina Sappe
Learn how to look good on a budget
ACCESORIZING TIPS from style blazer Rayshawna Fraser for GLAAM Inc.
Get involved with JERSEY CITY FASHIONWEEK SEPT 2013.
Learn about the event from JCFW Coordinator and Program Manager of DLJ Give to Live Community Foundation Desha Jackson, Esq.
1.5 h
April 22    7 pm         $20
Jersey City Fashion Week Coordinator Desha Jackson, Esq., CEO
DLJ Sports & Entertainment Connection LLC

turn your garments into wearable art
Eva Moll is guiding you through the process of sketching, painting and splashing your T-shirt as a wearable piece of art from start to finish.
2.5 hours    April 23        6.30                   $80
Eva Moll is an acclaimed artist and teacher for interdisciplinary process work with exhibits, installations and performance art. She is active in New York and Frankfurt Germany

PLARN = plastic yarn    with Uta Brauser
Learn how to cut up plastic bags to make yarn out of it,
save the landfills from the plastic overload. Good for crocheting, knitting, weaving or
any textile work.
age  10 and up
1 hour  April 22 , 5 pm    $10   bring throwaway plastic bags
Uta Brauser uses plastic for her fashion creations as plarn or cut up and sewn in various forms.
Presenting  at the Williamsburg Fashion Weekend

Make your own stencil for spray painting
Cut into cardboard a stencil to be sprayed onto anything.
Can spray onto garments, walls, wood, metal
age  15 and up
2 hours 
April 23rd   7.30pm        $20 all materials included

STYLE HUNT IN JC Downtown with designer IDILVICE
Follow New Yorker designer IDILVICE from her new fashion empire studio on Grove Street, see how she picks out stylish wardrobe pieces that can compete with the world!
3 h shopping tour at some of IDILVICE's favorite downtown boutiques including
Rainbow. Participants get hands on advice from an experienced designer and stylist how to shop frugally, how to combine styles, incorporate vintage with contemporary wardrobe, how to super emphasize style
with accessories, know the classics.
3 hours
April 26        4-7 pm        $40  meet at CREATIVE GROVE
NYC designer Idil Vice has been designing, styling and making fashion for many years.

FACE MAKE UP SPECIAL  with Angela Testa
Tips, techniques, hands on with a model,
practice on yourself during this workshop
ages 18 and up
2 hours
April 24   6.30pm            $25 make up included
Angela Testa is a freelance make up artist, for photoshoots, fashion and casting


With Arthur Arbit
videos and talk with following PARTY about the independent runway shows created and put together by Arthur Arbit
and his team. Learn about the approach of sustainability, originality and style promoted by living examples as Arthur and the designers who joined the Williamsburg Fashion Weekend.
Hang with the Urban NYC metro fashionistas, the trend setters, independent designers, models and
saturday night
April 27, 8 pm-- until    $10
Arthur is a fine artist, designer, event producer, tailor who lives in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

fashion workshops sign up
Fish with Braids Gallery     646-573 7164

This series of workshops and lectures is part of the educational and skills program offered by Fish with Braids Gallery and Arts in Action a non profit, to foster
the culture of ancient and new skills, to empower local creativity and economy.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Happening art action Eve splashing balloons every day

      april 4 2013,     8pm - midnight at Fish with Braids

German artist Eva Moll, based in Frankfurt and New York with her Performance-Happening Eve Splashing Balloons Everyday:
canvas, color, performers, balloons, audience relations and participation as a medium.

Eva Moll defines artistic intent  beyond artistic creation and exhibition making with the interactive participatory process.
Through her art and art-figure EVE she explores and expresses the structures and processes of the cultural activities she works in.
Her Ĺ’uvre ties autobiographical themes to contemporary phenomena and positions it in the dynamics of popular culture and art history.

With exhibitions, happenings and performances in Europe and the United States for more than a decade – including P.S.1 MoMA, La Mama Gallery, The Armory Show New York, Art Forum Berlin, Slot Zeist Utrecht, Kunstverein Familie Montez in Frankfurt am Main, the Dokumenta (13) in Kassel and the Fountain Artfair At The Armory New York 2013 – she has been receiving critical acclaim.

Since 2012 Moll holds chair at the Academy of Interdisciplinary Processes in research and instruction. In 2012 Eva Moll received an award of the "maecenia frankfurt – foundation for woman in science and arts" for her achievements with art, in Frankfurt Germany.
Moll continues to bridge the boundaries of the transcultural.

Hector Canonge
The excess of our culture prompts me to reflect on the influence of media, our sentiments and how we have learned to reach to human interaction. Passivity is not encouraged, shyness is not understood, aggressiveness could be rewarded. All in one, and all in a continuous live action performance that promises to give you a frantic rush you never experienced before. 

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist whose work incorporates the use of media technologies, physical environments, cinematic and performative narratives.  He explores and treats issues related to construction of identity, gender roles, and the politics of migration.  Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes.  Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His work has been presented in museums, galleries and art spaces in the USA, Latin America, Asia and Europe.

From June to December 2012, Canonge lived in South America exhibiting, performing, and giving workshops in Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. In 2013, he participated in the Encuentros 2013 of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has recently returned to the United States to start working on his new project, LABORAL, as part of his Franklin Furnace Award 2013, and he will be participating in the Month of Performance Art in Berlin to present his controversial public performance “SUD.AKA” at Alexanderplatz, and “Besame Mucho” at ACUD Kunstverein-Serendipity Gallery.

Canonge curates and organizes the monthly artists’ program A-LAB Forum at Crossing Art Gallery, directs the monthly independent film series CINEMAROSA, and organizes the annual city wide Performance Art Festival, ITINERANT. His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, ART FORUM, New York Daily News, Manhattan Times, by major networks ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, UNIVISION, etc., and by online art publications such as Art Experience NYC, NYRemezcla, Turbulence, ART CARDS Review, NYFA Newsletter, and Hyperallergenic among others.
photo Allison Wwonderland

MoonFire Tower/ Bryce LeVan Cushing,
a NYC performance artist and sculptor will play a set of his new punk rock musical   
Camp Squirt
The piece is co-written by playwright Justin Sayre and explores MoonFire's childhood growing up queer in rural Montana.
MoonFire Tower's Queer Expression Performances grew alongside Joey Arias, 
Sherry Vine, Enya Buttox, Raven-O, K-Tel in New York
over the past 20 years.
His figural mosaic sculpts are on display.

Shapes on Location
Erin Parsch dancer and performance artist introduce the viewer to  Shapes on Location. Staged with a wide roll of thick white vellum, the work gradually encompasses the dancers until they are entirely concealed, from which one or the other emerges like a primordial hatchling from what has become a cocoon. An embryonic life form, not yet able to walk but still a statement of rebellion against her de-humanizing environment. The sequence of dance and performance seemed an abstract re-enactment of a birth and re-birth ritual. There’s harmony, there’s menace.  The inanimate cover takes on a life of its own as the base substance comes alive to the dance.

City Language
Kevin Marcell displays his  Urban depiction of New York City and its boroughs,
printed on maps, newspapers and found objects with silkscreen prints of his photographs of the City, Murals and added Graffiti paint 

Venezuelan born Brooklynite Kevin Marcell presents his vision on an unorthodox canvas: New York City's recycled and repurposed subway and cycling maps ("re-cycling maps")
With a variety of techniques such as silkscreen prints, stencil spray paint and free hand aerosol paint-draw Marcell depicts the Urban portrait with the mood of the City.

Suzanne by Leonard Cohen
Donald Gallagher, performance art.
A longtime performer with the radical fairies, The Reverend Billy Church-of-no-shopping,
artist extraordinaire, master of colors, Jersey City resident
He is performing with Peter Moffit

Caridad Rivera,
live bodypainting action and performance
The body becomes the canvas for Caridad's visual expressions  combined with
physical motion, the energy of the human body responding to sound and
She choreographs with her team of performers and musicans.
Caridad is a Cuban American, dancer, choreographer, painter, action artist

weapons of mass seduction
Messias Schneider
brings a bold statement for peace and the power of the female
in color and shape
Fashion photographer, former fashion model,
Sao Paolo Brazil, currently resident in NYC

Romelio Rivera
visual confessions
abstract expressionism,

Romelio was born in Havana, Cuba and lived in Europe as a child.   With a child’s understanding that he would be leaving behind his world for ever, he wrestled with the concept of finality and at the same time the allure of the adventure ahead of him.  These elements set him up for a lifetime of dualities and contradictions that still haunt him today.   The absence of normalcy served as a catalyst for obsessions involving control and unmasking of hidden things.

got armor?
Uta Brauser offers a proposal for civilian response to an unnecessarily armed US population.
Activism expressed through  fashion and a series of drawings with the hope for
continued dialog in regards to gun regulations in the US.
Uta Brauser, multidisciplinary artist, visionary, curator, art activist
organizer of Creative Grove artist & designer market, a public platform for social interaction
through art in the community. Also owner of Fish with Braids Gallery

Uta Brausers large body of work with drawings, sculptures, art dolls,
installations and curated exhibits developed between Germany, Italy and the united States over 30 years.
New York resident since 1993, now in Jersey City

Friday, February 8, 2013

got armor ?

is Uta Brauser's response to the continued gun violence in the United States.
"As long we have gun laws that make weapon ownership this easy, we,
the unarmed Civilians, who insist on civilized interaction and
unarmed conflict solution, need to shield ourselves.
Armor up! "
" Human Civilization is approaching a stage of intelligence and technology where the use of guns should slowly become obsolete. Come on America.."
quotes of Uta Brauser

Using fashion as a wearable art expression, Uta Brauser is presenting on the runway stage
with the Williamsburg Fashion Weekend a line of bullet proof gear combined with a playful take on armor to instigate the continued dialog and activism against gun rights.
got armor runway video
sound DJ Pastiche with rare German electronic music,
performers: Alex Psyraider, Janice Ducate, Rodina Mikhail, Caridad Rivera, Yoshan Churnov, Angela, Lee Wilson, Samuel Gato, Andres Freeman

our official shooter. with a nerf gun

jena cumbo photography

our men reacting to bullets, revealing the bulletproof  vests
(jena cumbo photography)
Caridad with mask and dress
(jena cumbo photography)

Uta Brauser style ladies. new age, new realities
(jena cumbo photography)

rehearsal at gallery

most pix were taken with my google phone which has issues with night time light conditions..
others by Jena Cumbo
T shirt line in the making for your anti gun violence

The 25 min performance piece goes on stage  Feb 15th 2013, at the event space  Villain,
50 N 3rd Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn Waterfront  at 9pm

here some press attention

NY Times.thelocal.eastvillage:
Uta Brauser
Showing Friday at 9 p.m.
More activist than fashion designer, Ms. Brauser looks to clothing design as a way to push forward political dialogue. Her collection for the show includes paintball masks and visors to invoke a sense of “shielding” as a response to the repeated occurrence of gun violence in schools.
Favorite thing about WFW: “Williamsburg Fashion Week still maintains that core of genuine, non-gentrified artistic expression that you used to find in the East Village and Lower East Side. It all moved to Williamsburg. Williamsburg now contains the urban core of designers that makes New York such an extremely creative capital.”
$500 shopping spree: Live Astro
on News12 Brooklyn

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Databendings of the Mind

Art Exhibition by KALIPTUS
Curated by Uta Brauser

Fish with Braids Gallery, 190 Columbus drive, Jersey City
PATH to Grove street,  2 blocks west from station
drive Holland Tunnel, left 2nd light after west bound exit,  all the way to C Columbus drive

The opening reception is December 7th, 6-11pm
exhibit dates: Dec 7 - 16  2012

For  DATABENDINGS OF THE MIND, Kaliptus explores glitch art and databending techniques with photography which eventually get printed to be cut, collaged and reassembled into "psychedelic gems" that are both digitally-crafted and hand-made. The work itself  translates as a stream of consciousness and abstracted reflection of the artist's past experiences.

Sounds by Christopher Van der Essen of pSyncUs

About the artist:
Kaliptus a young artist born in Portugal, grown up in the US,  NY/NJ graduate from SVA with a BFA in animation and an MFA in computer art. Kaliptus is a prolific, multimedia artist who spends most of his time bridging the Intuitive Brain with the Technical Brain to create works of art that 
reveal the Transpersonal Realms of Consciousness. 

the dvd of the animation is available as a limited edition of 20

part of JC Fridays,  Dec 7 2012    Jersey City,
the art crawl on first fridays.