an artists-run space for contemporary art and culture
382 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Over 90 exhibitions presenting the work of hundreds of artists and 2 decades developing community built the social sculpture that we call Metaphor. Our projects have been like a pebble dropped in a pond rippling, rippling outward further and further, where various ages and sensibilities have interconnected and Metaphor affiliated artists have made new and rewarding connections with other artists, curators, and audience.
As two working artists ourselves, we have built this project while remaining equally committed to our own studio practices and demanding personal exhibition schedules. To view our work please visit: Julian Jackson and Rene Lynch Metaphor has always been first and foremost an artist project, and labor of love. We are devoted to contributing to the cultural conversation beyond our own art practice.
Our varied curatorial programs highlight exceptional underrepresented artists and place them in dialogue with contemporary social and aesthetic ideas. We run our programs on a shoestring and elbow grease, but always with a view to contextualize the art with provocative installation and insightful curatorial concepts.
Metaphor was founded in 2001, as an artist project in a space carved from our own studios. Quickly the New York Times, Art in America, ArtForum, Washington Post, TimeOut, NY Observer, The Brooklyn Rail and other publications, were writing about our artists' eye for curating and installation. We developed a large following of citywide and international visitors; professional colleagues, museum curators, collectors, and art consultants as well as those new to art galleries who appreciated and supported us.
From 2001-2010 our former gallery metaphor contemporary art, first in our original space in Dumbo and then our current space on Atlantic Avenue in Downtown/Boerum Hill Brooklyn, presented dozens of solo and group exhibitions by over 200 artists and consistently encouraged artists with the freedom to explore their most ambitious dreams and projects. We hosted artists talks and art and cultural panel discussions, produced catalogs and presented at numerous international art fairs.
Since closing our first gallery, metaphor contemporary art in 2010, in addition to our own active studio practices, we have worked on several independent projects, organizing two major retrospective exhibitions and the creation of a catalogue for the estate of abstract painter Ward Jackson, curated hundreds of artists and presented them at fundraisers for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, additionally we curated an art fundraiser and auction for the Costa Rican White Hawk Conservation Foundation at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and served as co-curators and on-site presenting artists for New York Art Lab, a museum scaled exhibition featuring the work of 35 artists in Osaka, Japan.
Now we are re-imagining and recharging our curatorial focus with Metaphor Projects, as an artists run gallery and cultural space in our newly renovated ground floor Atlantic Avenue location.
Metaphor Projects is dedicated to presenting solo and group exhibitions of underrepresented artists. Our program of exhibitions focuses on stimulating dialogue with contemporary social and aesthetic ideas and have accompanying artist talks and panel discussion events creating a crossroad for artists and audience. The space will also present occasional multi-disciplinary art events including music and literature. Our mission is to bring challenging art and discussion to our vibrant diverse downtown Brooklyn neighborhood in a welcoming gallery space.
We are free and open to the public Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm
Metaphor Projects is located in the former metaphor contemporary art gallery at 382 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, near the cultural venues of BAM, BRIC, Urban Glass, Mark Morris Dance, Roulette, The Center for Fiction, 490 Gallery, and the Barclay Center. The gallery is located within a couple blocks of all subways. There is street parking available. Contact us: