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Bushwick Open Studios 2015 Guide: Ridgewick

Photo: Katarina Hybenova for Bushwick Daily

#5 Ridgewick

The consistent quality of art showcases happening on Ridgewood-Bushwick border for this year’s BOS is sure to get you on your bike and off the Dekalb and Myrtle-Wyckoff L train stops. Whether you want to keep it closer to the ‘wick or head further into Ridgewood, there’s no shortage of exciting artists working across all manner of mediums in the “northeast kingdom.”

1 Made in Ridgewood

Alternative Studio Space, 1902 Palmetto St, First Floor

Curated by Yulia Touchy of Coworker Projects, this exhibition will feature contemporary Ridgewood artists focused on expanding past the local and having an impact on the borough’s newly established role as a creative hub. The exhibition includes a wide diversity of artistic mediums, including installations, videos, performances, drawings, and more.

2. BBQ @ The Donk Studios

The Donk Studios, 18-28 Troutman St

SAT-SUN 12-7PM

Who says that high-concept art and good ol-fashioned barbecue can’t mix? Ridgewood art gallery fixture The Donk continues its annual feast with several surrealist works by artists like Jeff DeGolier, Lauren Portada and Robin Kang (who collaged YouTube footage of the NATO 2012 riots and projected them on huge wood blocks).

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3. Leah Yerpe & Jonathan Auch Open Studio

283 Linden St

SAT-SUN 10AM-7PM

Artist Leah Yerpe specializes in starkly detailed graphite and charcoal drawings of characters flailing through space in carefree, dreamlike poses, while photographer Jonathan Auch inverts that intimacy in gritty profile images of everyday New Yorkers.

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4. Dan Nation is THIS

16 Cypress Ave

SAT-SUN 12-8PM

‘THIS’ by Dan Nation is the perfect opportunity to purchase a few special pieces (such as scarves, trinkets and shawls) to take home with you along with your fond memories of BOS 2015.

5. Kings vs. Mullahs

16 Cypress Ave

SAT-SUN 2-8PM

Satirical art that takes aim at Islamic society has generated no small share of controversy in recent years, but Iranian artist Ali Chitsazzedeh’s whimsical depictions of smirking mullahs is more tongue-in-cheek than purposely incendiary, poking fun at American status symbols like the 10-dollar bank note as readily as Muslim clergy. Check out the exhibit and judge for yourself.

6. Reservoir Dogs

659 Woodward Ave

FRI-SUN all day

Operated by co-founders Jamie Powell, Joe Nanashe and Ronna Lebo, this collection of eleven semi-private art studios has a strong track record of curating sophisticated, thought-provoking shows that invite viewers to consider pollution as art and other environmentally conscious works. Their showcase several textile-based fine art pieces, along with other mediums.

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7. Elizabeth Waterman Open Studio

345 Eldert St

FRI-SUN 12-6PM

Waterman, a fine art black and white portrait photographer will be showcasing her ongoing series focused on New York City drag queens, performers, and revelers, as well as her signature triptych portraits of rising art stars, commissioned by EOS Magazine.

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8. Thunder Dome & Danger Zone Open Studios

1313 Halsey St

SUN 11AM-5:30PM

Visit Thunder Dome, the studio of Shayna Hawkins, a digital artist who works in print, vinyl, and more; and Danger Zone, the studio of Nick Brewer, a maker who creates 80s/90s nostalgic artifacts for the young at heart.

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9. Westernized, Watered-down Zen Philosophies… an exhibition of ceramics, sculpture and performance

18-66 Troutman Street, Car Park

SAT-SUN 12-6PM

A Ridgewood car park hosts showcase of local interdisciplinary sculptors, musicians, makers and performers whose work examines strategies for creating, resulting in transgressions of form, craft and the resulting ideas that arise out of watered down, misguided, and at times humorous interpretations of media, tools, techniques and traditions.

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10. Ridgewood Represent

Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave

SAT-SUN 12-6PM

The Ridgewood Artists Coalition Group Show has organized a group show of Ridgewood-area artists, showcasing an eclectic mix of works (painting, photography, textile, fashion, drawing/illustration, outdoor sculpture). Plus you can't beat the location--the show is at historic Onderdonk Farm House.

Art by Isabelle Schneider

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