...Repetti Gallery opened the final show at its pioneering art studio on 23rd Street in Long Island City last Saturday night.
With boyish good-looks and an affable manner reminding one of an outer-borough art world Jimmy Olsen, gallery director Sam Farnsworth plans to focus all his energies at Repetti’s new Greenpoint location.
One last hurrah for Repetti in Long Island City
Though he’s not sure what the landlords will do when Repetti vacates, Farnsworth is pretty sure the galleries will get subdivided into “studios,” a.k.a. office space. “And you can put anything in a studio,” griped artist Damien Crisp at last week’s opening.
When Farnsworth first found a rental notice taped to the front door of 44-02 23rd St. in 2002, this neighborhood just north of Court Square seemed like the jagged edge of the known universe.
Now dubbed the Long Island City Arts Center, the building’s lobby is packed on weekends with Manhattanites checking out Repetti, The Secret Theater, or any of the art shows going on in the hallway on the fifth floor. “We never felt like a part of all that,” Farnsworth said.
Making his way through Kerlin’s installation of sandboxes interspersed with images of the beach, Farnsworth was intent on not looking backward. His new space on Freeman Street in Greenpoint may be filled with rusty nails and mostly unfinished, but it holds plenty of possibilities.