Come Along With Me: Escher Exhibit, Industry City, Brooklyn

This past weekend some friends and I finally got to do something we’ve been wanting to do all summer, but were never all available on a Saturday – and this was a visit to Brooklyn’s new(ish) Industry City in Sunset Park…and the MC Escher exhibit.

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Industry City used to be just dilapidated, mostly unused warehouse space along the waterfront of Sunset Park in south Brooklyn. Back in the day, ships would carry product/materials to Brooklyn’s waterfront area so it was mostly covered piers and warehouses for offloading and storage. Over time, this part of commerce has diminished, and with it, the need for so much storage space. Piers, so exposed to the elements and water, eventually crumbled or were disassembled…and giant warehouses were abandoned. There’s little to no residential space in these areas, so destruction and crime were rampant. But now, with space in the “cool” parts of Brooklyn becoming so so expensive, developers are looking for new frontiers…and they found it in South Brooklyn.

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Someone had the genius to buy up like 5 blocks of these old warehouses, renovate them, and turn them into trendy retail and community space. The buildings house shops, studios, galleries, food courts – all with magnificent high ceilings and giant windows creating incredible light-filled spaces. The outdoor spaces between the buildings have cafes, walkways, green spaces, a concert stage, art and seating. We browsed The Brooklyn Flea, had lunch, and partook of some photo opps in the many scenic spots.

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But wait! There’s…

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While just browsing the different sights and sounds (and snacks) of Industry City was fun for the day, the main attraction for us was the MC Escher exhibit. As I shared in my last post, a lot of people know the works of Escher from wall calendar pictures of never-ending staircases and other optical illusion type drawings. But there was so much more to his work and life.

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He lived from 1898 to 1972. That is an amazing period of time to have experienced! Many say his work was more mathematical than artistic because of his frequent use of geometric shapes and exploring the concept of infinity in one dimension. The exhibit was so interesting because I never knew of his other kinds of work.

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He frequently used tessellation in his work – which means repeating shapes without any overlaps or empty gaps. In the center of the image below you see the repeating shapes of white geese…and the space between them is repeating images of black geese.

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And red bulldogs…and the opposing white bulldogs. I can’t draw ONE bulldog, ha!

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Do you see Evil Black Bats? Or White Angels??

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Tessellated flooring!

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I love this one, almost like a botanical print, but see how everything fits in together almost like puzzle pieces?

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I wonder if something like this….

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…inspired someone like Keith Haring?

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He created woodblocks, painstakingly carving out detailed images….and lithographs from the woodblocks.

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And the most fun were the interactive features of the exhibition.

From this…

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to this!

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In this drawing he showed a keen control of perspective…

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Then we got to play with real life forced perspective.

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No perspective here, I was just pooped. We walked almost 3 miles that day. That’s a lot for fat old me!

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Some final words from Mr. Escher.

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One of the buildings in Industry City painted in a pop art comic book style.

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After Escher and some lunch, we headed to Red Hook – another waterfront area in Brooklyn. We found a nice view of lower Manhattan – The Financial District – from a park.

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And we ended up at Steve’s Key Lime Pie where I had one last treat before heading home.

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It was a good day. I love exploring different neighborhoods and finding new things to see and do. Brooklyn is just an endless bounty of goodness for me. I hope you enjoyed “going along with me” and seeing some new places yourself.

I’ve been struggling for fashion-related content again with the very hot humid weather and so many rainy days. I like doing posts like this…as I like seeing where you live and what you do! I’m thinking about doing a feature like this a couple times a month-ish. Since I’m not doing Sentence-a-Day anymore, this might be a nice replacement. Thoughts??

What I Wore:

Thanks to my friend Linda and That Other Friend Who Shall Remain Nameless for the pictures of me.

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Week in Review: Week 131

Which is actually Week 132 cuz I noticed going back through some old posts that I’d named the WIR post the same thing two weeks in a row. Whatever. So, here we are in Week 132 posting Week 131. Not confusing at all.

Back to work this week. I don’t know if the week was truly easier, or if I’m just still in Time Off Zen mode, either way, it was not too bad. And here it is, a 4-day weekend!

Last week was:

A clothing challenge I saw mentioned on Thriftshop Fashionista’s Instagram – I thought, ooh, that’d be fun to do…and immediately forgot about it til I just scrolled back and found this picture. Guh. Maybe next month 🙂

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Pretty shadows on the wall…complete with Janey silhouette.

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Why. Why. Why.

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Windowboxes.

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Office desk birthday party.

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Beach sunset birthday party.

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Flower birthday cake from my daughter.

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My boss brought her new puppy in to meet us. I have a weird face on.

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Trying to do “outfit of the day” again. That’ll last 5 minutes.

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Dress: Rachel Roy Tencel, size 2x

Dinner out birthday party.

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Office mate’s desk birthday party. But she was home sick and missed it 😦

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Wow, look, two “outfit of the day” days in a row!

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Dress: Sheragano rust Tencel swing dress, size 3x; Old Navy Palomino cardigan, 2x

We were supposed to go to Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday (which would have been my Bucket List Leaving the State item) but then the rain came…so we opted for another outing we’ve been trying to do, seeing the Escher exhibit at Industry City in Brooklyn. It was a perfect day for that, cool on and off light drizzle, no traffic or crowds (has everyone left NY??). The exhibit was EXCELLENT, but you will hear more about that this week.

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While many people think of Escher as the guy who drew those never-ending staircases, there is so much more to his work. This was one of my favorites, “Three Worlds,” representing the three “worlds” – 1) the surface of the water with the leaves floating on it; 2) the forest, shown in the water’s reflection; and 3) the world below the surface, shown in the large fish swimming just below the water’s surface. The depth of the drawing, when you’re looking at it in person, was just amazing.

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We finished up our day at Steve’s Key Lime Pie in Red Hook. I had a magical treat on a stick, which was a mini key lime tartlet w graham cracker crust, a layer of raspberry puree, all covered in dark Belgiany chocolatey goodness. Oh.

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Today the rain cancelled my plans again, a multi-outfit photo shoot that I so desperately need…and the forecast is showing rain for days. So today I will be straightening up the apartment and doing laundry, watching movies and other at-home quiet things…and hoping for another peaceful week ahead.

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