Category Archives: Gallery

August 30: Leslie Jimenez & Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez’s Thursday Exhibit: Works on Paper

Leslie Jimenez & Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez/FEEGZ
Thursday Exhibit: 
Works on Paper
August 31–October 31, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

Thursday Exhibit brings together collective mates Leslie Jimenez and Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, two local artists, in a collaborative effort to share their work with the community. A selection of their mostly black-and-white drawings on paper about the neighborhood will be on display at Word Up Community Bookshop. Using simple elements such as line and contrast – with materials such as pen, marker, thread, tape and spray paint – these artist aim to capture snapshots of their relationships with Uptown Manhattan. In addition, a mural will be drawn by the artists inside the space before the opening, and will remain on view throughout the exhibition.

Leslie Jimenez makes art about the people and places of the neighborhood she calls home, which has become a great source of daily inspiration during morning walks with her daughter. In her practice, Jimenez explores the relationships children develop with public spaces, and the power of representation, by depicting parents as the humble heroes of the neighborhood. In her series Uptown Humble Heroes (a series of stitched drawings), she honors and celebrates the life, the work, and the diversity of Upper Manhattan residents.

Caribbean New Yorker, Atheist on some days, Non Theist Agnostic on others, Liberal, Socialist, Agitator, Ethical Polyamorist, Marijuana Advocate, HS dropout, GED holder, Autodidact, Educator, Debater, white people fearing, All people loving, LGBTQ allying, Hip Hop, Sneaker, Comic and Sci-fi loving Dominican Puerto Rican Interdisciplinary Artist born on a military base in North Carolina in 1976. Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez a.k.a FEEGZ, Figaro & Firo173 has exhibited taught and spoken in dozens of institutions nationally and internationally, really. NYC since 82.


Leslie Jimenez y Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez/FEEGZ31
Una exhibición para un jueves: Obras en papel
de agosto–31 de octubre, 2017
Recepción de apertura: jueves, 31 de agosto de 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm
Librería comunitaria Word Up
2113 Avenida Amsterdam (en calle 165)

En Una exhibición para un jueves Leslie Jimenez y Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, miembros del mismo colectivo, colaboran para compartir su trabajo con la comunidad. Se trata de una selección de sus dibujos en papel sobre la ciudad, en su mayoría  en blanco y negro, que serán exhibidos en la librería comunitaria Word Up.  Utilizando elementos sencillos, tales como línea y contraste – con materiales tales como pluma, marcador, hilo, cinta, y pintura con spray – estos artistas buscan plasmar instantáneas de sus relaciones con el Alto Manhattan. Además, un mural que también formará parte de la exhibición, será dibujado por los artistas dentro del espacio antes de la apertura..  

Leslie Jimenez hace arte sobre las personas y los lugares del barrio, al que ella llama su hogar, lo cual se ha convertido en una fuente de inspiración regular durante sus caminatas diarias con su hija. En su práctica artística, Jimenez explora las relaciones que los niños desarrollan con los espacios públicos y el poder de la representación al retratar a los padres como los héroes humildes del barrio. En la serie “Héroes humildes del alto Manhattan” (una serie de dibujos de puntada), ella celebra y honra la vida, el trabajo, y la diversidad de los residentes del Alto Manhattan.

Neworkino caribeño, ateo algunos días, No-teísta agnóstico otros días, liberal, socialista, agitador, poliamoroso ético, defensor de la marihuana, Abandonó la escuela secundaria, titular del GED, autodidacta, educador, polemista, le tiene miedo a la gente blanca, ama a todo el mundo, aliado de la comunidad LGBTQ, amante del Hip Hop, los tenis, comics y Sci-fi. Dominicano y Puertorriqueño, artista interdisciplinario nacido en una base militar en Carolina del Norte en 1976. Carlos Jesús Martínez Dominguez, alias FEEGZ, Figaro y Firo173 ha expuesto, enseñado y hablado en docenas de instituciones a nivel nacional e internacional, de verdad. En Nueva York desde el 82.


Nov 13 to Jan 13 – Gaga Pa’l Pueblo Gallery Exhibit



“Gagá pa’l Pueblo takes place every summer on Sundays in the Anne Loftus Playground on Dyckman Street as well as other places in the Heights and beyond. Gagá pa’l Pueblo is an all-out celebration of Afro-Dominican identity that welcomes, engages and entrances all who take part in it.” -Uptown Collective

We will be displaying photos from these traditional gatherings at Word Up through January 13, 2016 with an opening reception November 19th, 2015
with live performances by the Gaga group.

1 Alcibiades Garcia
2 Rafael De Los Santos
3 Jose Guichardo
4 Felix Ramirez
5 Radhames Morales
6 Narciso Polanco

Gaga Pa’l Pueblo Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

July 16 – Word Up Gallery – “En Route” by Greg Nuñez & Cecilia Tavarez

July 16 - En Route

Join us for the opening of En Route, a new art exhibition by local artists Greg Nuñez and Cecilia Tavarez!

In this series of new works, two New York artists explore their relationship to elements of nature and take us on a journey to their earthly roots. Assemblages and paintings invite viewers to consider ideas about primal elements of nature and to question: Can we dissolve illusions of separation and reclaim our alliance with the natural world?


Gregory Rafael Nuñez
There is a kind of shape shifting inherent in life, such as the rising and receding life cycles of ecosystems. Through animal archetypes Greg Nuñez explores these evolving versions of reality. He is interested in the spaces where these shifts intersect internally and externally and how they can sometimes reflect psychic and energetic mutations.

Greg was born in Washington Heights, New York City. Throughout his life, his family has lived and traveled between their two home countries, Dominican Republic and the United States. He graduated with a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design/The New School. He went on to earn an M.A. in Art Education from the City College of New York and has been teaching art in public schools for 16 years. He currently resides in Inwood and continues to create artworks in painting, drawing and mixed media.

Cecilia Ines Tavarez
Her source of inspiration for this new body of work comes from a love of nature as well as her travel experiences in Hawaii and Peru where she did volunteer work at various retreat centers. She has been exploring her interests in indigenous cultures and traditions, shamanism, spirituality and has been doing her own healing work with plant medicines, which has had a big impact on her work.

Cecilia is a rediscovered artist, who is a native New Yorker, raised in Washington Heights and is of Dominican descent. She began her formal art training at the High School of Art & Design, has taken coursework at Fashion Institute of Technology and studied abroad at Altos de Chavon, Parsons in Dominican Republic. Presently, she is attending CUNY City College and working on earning her B.A. in Studio Arts.

“En Route” Gallery Opening
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

May 10 – Mexico Season 1: Jalisco in Photos, by Emmanuel Abreu

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Word Up invites you to the opening reception of Emmanuel Abreu’s first gallery featuring his photos from Mexico.

In May of 2014, Emmanuel Abreu experienced his first artist residency in Jalisco, Mexico thanks to the 360 XOCHI QUETZAL artist residency. He was the first photographer ever chosen for this trip and he spent 42 days traveling around this beautiful state. Capturing people, landscapes, architecture and everything in between, he is now sharing this experience for the first time in a gallery at Word Up Community Bookshop in Washington Heights, New York City.

There will be light snacks and refreshments available.

Mexico Season 1: Jalisco in Photos, by Emmanuel Abreu
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

April 12 – Ed Askew: Brief Visits and Close Calls, Exhibition Opening w/ Ed Askew Band


Musician and artist Ed Askew is well known to fans of outsider folk music, who have been enchanted by the stark and memorable songs he has chronicled in records for labels like ESP, De Stijl and Drag City, and in recent tours with the Ed Askew band. He is perhaps less well known for his wide ranging painting career and his thirty + years as a resident of Washington Heights. Word Up: Community Bookshop – Libreria Comunitaria is proud to present his first solo exhibition of paintings in NYC in three decades. To celebrate, the Ed Askew Band graces our stage for the opening on April 12, 3-5pm.

The exhibition, a series of 10″x10″ abstract paintings, runs April 11-May 7. Below is a statement by the artist.



early 2006 i made a painting called SATIN, where i combined overlapping lines and rectangles. this was the first in a series of maybe 35 pictures that took me through much of 2012. in that year i ordered a bunch of 10”x10’ canvases, and started a new series called CROSSING LINES. these were simple overlapping, vertical and horizontal (somewhat brushy) lines. while working on the the new series i had covered a canvas in silver.
following an impulse , i made two horizontal slashes of red and green across the silver ground. realizing that this picture did not need the vertical lines. i decided i had a “finished” work. i had a sort of mini art-crisis. like the boy who has to decided what door to open, in the story. CROSSING LINES OR what?

the new paintings would be called BRIEF VISITS AND CLOSE CALLS, and i would make tons of them through 2013.
these are beef encounters, as it were. with almost no thought before hand.
if something doesn’t work out i would paint another one over it, witch i, by some miracle, almost never had to do.
these are true improvisations, i think; combining painterly, and hard- edge impulses.

ed, 1/28/15

Ed Askew: Brief Visits and Close Calls, Exhibition Opening w/ Ed Askew Band
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.
113 Amsterdam ave, (at 165 st)
New York, NY