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Sat, Jan 08


The Boiler @ ELM Foundation

8 BALL Opening Reception

Join us for an immersive exhibit pairing a photographic series of portraits and reportage imagery with site specific gaming elements exploring the joyful, raucous, competitive and codified community centering around the bar billiards scene across dives and honky-tonks in Brooklyn and beyond.

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8 BALL Opening Reception
8 BALL Opening Reception

Time & Location

Jan 08, 2022, 6:00 PM

The Boiler @ ELM Foundation, 191 N 14th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA


About the Event

Elm Foundation welcomes Nathan West as our first exhibiting artist for our 2022 season.

West’s photographic project, entitled “8 Ball”, combines a series of portraits and reportage photographs with artifacts from various bars and honky-tonks, transforming the Boiler’s interior space into an ersatz dive. The work explores the wild, vibrant, boozy world that is the bar billiards scene. In images collected over a five year period West captures moments of joy, abandon, determination, and nihilistic revelry with a cinematic feel. West’s work concerns itself with intimacy, the portraits and reportage imagery fluctuate from unguarded candids to considered portraiture, with West as both observer and participant. By incorporating the tactile and physical aspects of the environment explored in the piece, exemplified in a fully functional bar pool table, West playfully invites viewers to involve themselves in a version of that world, creating an immersive experience and by doing so extends and enriches the community.

The exhibition will run from January 8th - February 12th 2022.

Gallery hours - Tuesday - Sunday 1-6 PM - Closed Mondays

Private Pool Club hours- Tuesday - Saturday 7PM - 12 AM 

VIP ONLY Pool Club hours- Tuesday - Saturday 6 PM- 7 PM including happy hour sponsored by Misguided Spirits

Private Rentals available Sunday evenings and Monday's - information available

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