We got issues
Over the weekend we trekked out to the Gowanus to finally make our first visit to Issue Project Room, a recently relocated space in the Old American Can Factory to see the haunting James Blackshaw and the magnificently chill duo Mountains.
Great show, but equally as cool was finally making it out to Issue Project and seeing that the place has landed on its feet again after losing their old Grain Silo spot. As the Times reported last year:
Perhaps the biggest wow factor lately comes from seeing a show at a former oil silo on a stretch of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Occupied for the last two years by Issue Project Room, an experimental arts organization, the silo is hidden behind an imposing metal gate with a small sign just off the Carroll Street bridge. Between the lapping (if occasionally stinky) water, the courtyard filled with poplar trees and the warm glow emanating from the two-story performance space the top floor is reached by an exterior metal ladder its as far from mainstream clubland as you can get.
Rebecca Moore, a singer and violinist active in the protests over the closing of the Lower East Side club Tonic, performed at the silo last week. I am very grateful for Issue Project Room, she said from the stage: a rug at the front of the room. We couldnt get away with playing staplers at many other places.
And thats exactly the point, said Suzanne Fiol, the founder of Issue Project Room. We are trying to be a breeding ground for experimental work, and we need spaces like this to nurture it, she said.
And the old factory is a great spot, built over 100 years ago and with a courtyard and long spooky hallways and cool doors. We can't wait for the rooftop films this summer.
Photo courtesy of NY Times
by David Freedlander