Gallery Grand Opening Exhibition

February 24th – April 20th 2012

Criminy Johnson

“Dreaming Without Sleeping”

“Dreaming Without Sleeping” allows viewers to glimpse the artist’s view of our waking world: a bent, slightly pessimistic and occasionally hostile place populated by animals and people who are often reluctant to be interrupted by the viewer.
“Criminy makes oil paintings in his studio but often makes wheatpastes that relate to these in some way. Many people are familiar with Criminy’s work but may have seen it outside of a gallery setting, and QRST fans might be discovering Criminy Johnson’s paintings for the first time,”says curator Robin Grearson, who worked with Johnson last year on a group show at the Active Space. “Criminy has been in Bushwick for a few years, and QRST’s street work often shows up here, so the Active Space is an ideal location to present the two styles together.”

“We opened in February of last year, so I’m happy that the first show in our building’s brand-new gallery space falls on our first anniversary,” says Ashley Zelinskie, director of The Active Space. “Robin is an accomplished writer, yet this is the third show she has curated here. Last year we discovered that we really work well together, and one thing I appreciate about my role as director of a Bushwick art space is the opportunity I have to support emerging artists and curators I believe in.” Zelinskie says.

The opening reception for “Dreaming Without Sleeping” takes place
February 24, 2012, from 7-10 PM.

The show will be open to the public by appointment through

April 20, 2012.

Email ashley@566johnsonave.com.

Past Exhibitions

“All Your Art Are Belong To Us”

Group Exhibition

October 28th – November 28th 2011

Exhibiting Artists: Brian Maller, Jonathan Chapline, Wilfredo Ortega, Fernando Pacheco, Louisa Marie Summer, Sarah Young, Justin Richards.

Outdoor Installation/photo op “The Rainbow Machine” by Reid Bingham and Sean McIntyre.

“Is Between”

Group Exhibition

October 28th – November 28th 2011

Exhibiting Artists: Liz Ainslie and Sarah McDougald Kohn

“Is Between.” Show Catalog.

“Are We Not Drawn Onward to New Era?”

Solo Exhibition

October 28th – November 28th 2011

Exhibiting Artist: Evan Chamberlain

“Are We Not Drawn Onward to New Era?” Show Catalog.

“Word Problem”

Group Exhibition

October 28th – November 28th 2011

Exhibiting Artists: Michael Aitken, Ted Gahl, Alex Markwith, Stephanie Rudig, Emily Ludwig Shaffer, Meghan Sha- piro, Lauren Smith, Allie Surdovel and Hans Tursack

“Word Problem” Show Catalog.

“Goodbye Space Shuttle.”

Group Exhibition

July 29th – August 19th 2011

Exhibiting Artists: Taylor Baldwin, John Bianchi, Matthew Capezzuto, Jane Corrigan, Bill Donovan, Jen Durbin, Sue Havens, Alexis Knowlton, Andy Lane, Beth Livensperger, Sakura Maku, Brian Maller, Vasken Mardikian, Jason Mones, Wilfredo Ortega, Jen Schwarting, John Silvis, Lee Vanderpool, Peonia Vázquez-D’Amico, Letha Wilson Bushwick Open Studios.Bushwick Open Studios.

“Goodybye Space Shuttle.” Show Catalog.

“Directional Float.”

Group Exhibition

Sebas­t­ian Vallejo, Rachel Labine, Jason Mones, Jonathan Chap­line, Ted Gahl, Alan Flem­ing, Sarah Young, Samuel Adams, Gina Beaver, Fedrich Tor­res Ond­ina, Brian Matthew and Chi­natsu Ikeata.

“Directional Float.” Show Catalog.

“Stay Gold.”

Group Exhibition

Don Pablo Pedro, Nathan Pick­ett, QRST, Quel Beast, and Vahge.

“Stay Gold.” Show Catalog.

“Tuesday People.”

Group Exhibition

Andrew Birk, Axel Dupeux, Kate­lan Foisy, Ryan Ford, Rafael Fuchs, Richard Haines, James Mar­shall, Lena Mar­quise, Ali­cia Papanek, Frank Rath­bone, Tes­cia Seuf­fer­lein, Alli­son Somers, Veng, and Jason Zucker.

“Tuesday People.” Show Catalog.

“Island Hoppers.”

Group Exhibition

Angel Otero, Christopher Rivera,Hector Arce, Jeffrey Pena, Sebastian Vallejo, UR New York Collective

“Mister Mr.”

Duo Exhibition

Sebastian Vallejo
Brian Maller

“Suspended Animation.”

Group Exhibition

Brian Mathew, Jason Mones, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Maya Eliya Stein

“Gritty City Rockin Pretty.”

Group Exhibition

Lapiztola Collective, Hector Hernandez,
Pep Williams

“Won’t You Guess My Name?”

Group Exhibition

Jonathan Chapline
Rachel LaBine