By Katarina Hybenova
Bushwick has officially kicked off the art season of the fall 2011! You could tell by the scandalous number of art opening being held almost every day. Walking in Bushwick feels like a never-ending art walk. Here are some impressions from the art-heavy second week of September.
950 Hart is one of the new galleries in Bushwick; for me and many others at the opening it was the first time there. It was a raining mayhem in Bushwick, but regardless, I undertook to attend, and it was a great decision…!
Over at Microscope Gallery, they opened the season with a group show called Independence Returns, of video, photographic, and mixed media works, featuring some of their favorite, previously showcased artists. Jonas Mekas, Allison Somers, Nick Zedd, to name a few.
The very first show opened at Momenta Art Bushwick at 56 Bogart Street. Look at the pieces that caught my attention.
I gladly accepted the invitation to visit a studio and the home of Bushwick-based artist, Mary Judge (we featured Mary as a Tuesday Person here). Mary invited over Simona Frilici, her year-long friend from Italy. As part of Simona’s ongoing studio project, Mary surrendered her studio to Simona for couple of days. Simona told me that this is a studio #3. The first one took place in Italy, when she opened her studio to the public in her home Perugia. She was really excited when I told her that we have a similar, annual event in Bushwick, when virtually everyone opens their studio to the public. Simona is fascinated by the intimacy of workspace of other people, where you can see their thoughts being transformed into tangible items. She didn’t make any plans about the installation at Mary’s studio, she said she would see. The only thing she brought with her, was a screen to project her own window into the window of Mary Judge.
The finale of the acclaimed series of Friday art shows WE ARE at NURTUREart made me a little nostalgic. Well, the summer is over, and so will be the awesome roof deck at 910 Grand Street in October when NURTUREart is moving to the new space at 56 Bogart Street. And however, the new location will be closer to Bushwick folks and right in the Bushwick art center, Marco Antonini, a director of the non-profit, sadly admitted there is no roof there…. However, we enjoyed the roof dearly and partied to celebrate all the great work NURTUREart has done there.
Featured art shows:
Worm Carnevale: Dream As We Live @950 Hart Gallery
Independence Returns @Microscope Galley
Simona Frillici @Mary Judge’s studio
Mobility @Momenta Art Bushwick
WE ARE @NURTUREart