This is Robert E. Franklin, writer, painter, realtor, in the office of Brick Realty on Atlantic Avenue. He stands in front of a photogram by Amy Burchenal. It is part of an exhibit called Cultivated Shadows. The artist describes a photogram as a photographic image made without a camera— by placing objects directly onto the surface of photo-sensitive material, then exposing to light.
Burchenal’s images, stark and almost haunting, are stunning against the backdrop of exposed brick, and white walls. They range in price between $250 and $750. You could rent a one bedroom in Prospect Heights and buy a painting at the same time. Franklin explains that the office changes exhibits every four months. This type of mixed use space is a real boon during tough economic times.
A quick perusal of the Brick Real Estate website reveals a commitment to individualized service and a belief in equality “between buyers, renters, owners and sellers.” That’s new and refreshing in a business that is often characterized by wolves in sheep’s clothing. These are genuinely nice people. Who believe in art.
What mixed use space would you like to see? A church and a theatre? A restaurant and a reading series?