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Sight unseen: Artists collaborate blindly in Greenpoint exhibit

Work by artist Elana Adler will be featured in the Fowler Arts Collective’s new show, “Exquisite Show,” opening on Saturday.
Photo provided by Elana Adler

Love is blind — and apparently so is art.

Four artists are coming together for a group show in Greenpoint, and much like the gallery-hoppers who wander into their exhibit at the Fowler Arts Collective, the creators themselves won’t know what’s going to be on the walls until they walk into the West Street venue.

Artists Elana Adler, Miles Debas, Dave Singley, and Stephanie Terao came up with the idea of revealing their work to each other just before the public opening of “Exquisite Show” in order to give them motivation to pump out new work.

“Unplanned stuff seems to have the most energy and I think the guests will coopt the celebratory vibes from us and our work,” said Adler, who also has a studio in the building. “It’s a nice artist community and I am glad to be a part of it.”

Located in the former Greenpoint Terminal Building, the collective has been a focal point of the neighborhood’s emerging arts scene for several years and a host of large-scale arts events including Greenpoint Open Studios and Nuit Blanche.

But audiences should be excited to enjoy the more intimate setting of its latest artist-directed collaboration, which offers nods to surrealism and the human body.

Fowler co-founder Lia Post said she treats the gallery like a “project space” and lets the artists run wild to create interesting exhibits.

“Approaching the exhibition program this way keeps the space and collective fluid and collaborative, which is the main reason I wanted to start such a place,” said Post.

“Exquisite Show” at Fowler Arts Space (67 West St. between Milton Street and Noble Street, Greenpoint, no phone) April 21, 6-10 pm. Visit www.fowlerartsbrooklyn.org.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at ashort@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2547.

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