Ben Godward‘s madness of an art studio is the exact antithesis of Jason Andrew’s spotless apartment gallery, Norte Maar. When visiting him in September of 2012, he told me about being a kid in the midwest and going to all-night coffee shops. There, he and his friends would get hopped up on coffee and buy jelly doughnuts. They’d take the doughnuts to Kinko’s and smear them across the copy machine’s glass to match the speed of the machine’s light. Upon paying for the copies the late night clerk would give them a sly smile – aware of the hijinks they’d wrought and the clean up ahead of him.
Bushwick’s beloved Beat Nite returned to the neighborhood last Friday night in its eighth iteration, supplying an eclectic mix of art ranging from grafitti-inspired art, abstract painting, to full-blown installation and performance. Entitled The Limited Edition, this “nite” boasted an artfully and well-curated selection of ten participating galleries between the Jefferson, Dekalb, and Myrtle Avenue stops. According to Beat Nite curator and Outlet Fine Art co-founder Julian Jimarez-Howard, his goal this time around was to be more selective in choosing the participants in order to make the gallery crawl a manageable size for attendees, and to highlight certain newer galleries on the tour in order to build excitement and momentum into these new spaces.
Biannual Bushwick gallery stroll produced by Norte Maar is coming back this Friday, February 15, 6-10PM!! This time, Beat Nite is coming in a limited edition of 10 participating art spaces/galleries, many of which you probably don’t know. Take this awesome opportunity to check out the spaces curated by Julian Jimarez-Howard from Outlet Fine Art that will include:
For Norte Maar, year 2012 will forever be connected with John Cage, and the 100th anniversary of his birth. A year ago, Bushwick’s premier non-profit for arts joined the world movement to celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest composers and artists of the 20th century. Monthly events dedicated to John Cage speaking a number of artistic languages has been titled Cage Transmitted: 12 evenings of performance. In creating the series, Norte Maar collaborated with Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), namely with its leading figure, legendary Julie Martin.
Lectures, poetry, ballet, electronic and classical music, Norte Maar has not only ventured across the boarders of the artistic disciplines but also far beyond the boarders of Bushwick. They have introduced a night of Cage at Dumbo Arts Center; at Park Avenue Armory or at National Academy Museum. Norte Maar has been consistently proving, and the Cage Transmitted series has only confirmed that they have branched out from Bushwick and became a strong voice on the New York art scene, and thus fulfilling the Bushwick ideal – developing a successful home base for arts on an alternative basis outside of the old structures; in a small scale reaching a large audience and importance in New York.
We took a moment to reflect on the Cage Transmitted series as it reaches its final installment this Thursday at English Kills with curator Jason Andrew and choreographer Julia Gleich from Norte Maar, as well as with Julie Martin from E.A.T.
The long version Bushwick Open Studios 2012. The world has changed in a generative way and they are on the forefront of defining a new American culture.
By Sean Alday
I think I’m going to write a story about how the common thread tying the show together was ‘ego.’
An artist without an ego is a corpse.
The thing that struck me as I wandered from place to place during Bushwick Open Studios was the field day Freudian psychologists would have with the percolating ego in every direction. Some obvious, some subtle, some well-intentioned, some well-executed and some none of the above.
Let’s start with the low hanging fruit as many of us are still holding on to our printed maps. It was large, as Jason Andrew pointed out it was almost the size of the New York Times. There were over 500 studios and galleries this weekend.
“The size is warranted.”
That was my first thought. Until I looked inside.
Something had gone awry with the design. The first page made sense, even if it was a tad sloppy. My only critique would be to have limited the existing text to one page. Following that were two pages filled with what looked like a whole bunch of nothing, two full pages promoting “Seeking Spaces” and several pages of promotion.
Finally a map appears. This is what many will see first when they arrive off of the L train at the Morgan Stop and it’s telling them that four air-conditioned stops ago is where the weekend began. Except for many of them the weekend began at No Name. Which is to say 56 Bogart.
After you make your way into the building a smorgasbord of art madness ensues. Everyone is talking about everything. There are four floors and a basement. You kind of want to take your clothes off. The galleries on the first floor stop you from going through with it. But you kind of want to all weekend. The older gallery directors are wiry and spry. You can feel them reflecting a lot of energy, they are usually artists themselves. The younger gallery directors are bursting with similar energy. The world has changed in a generative way and they are all on the forefront of defining a new American culture.
Peter Hopkins is filming a Bollywood Soap Opera with several of Emtee’s alter egos. Brendan Carney is considering his printmaking business with you. Marco Antonini will talk you through NURTUREart’s maze of videos. John Holt will draw you to C.C.C.P. by both of you haven taken a chance. Nathaniel Lieb will explain that life is fairly simple to complicate.
Once you’ve talked to a few people and get a sense of where to go, you may have spent two to three hours in 56 Bogart. So you might wander down to 117 Grattan where Austin Thomas had curated a show in Sharon Butler’s new studio. Good pieces by Larry Greenberg were found here. I spoke with a friend for a few moments and then wandered around the room, three drawings of incense smoke stood out for the artist’s choice of color. Next to her studio was Jae Song showing dual projections of a conversation between reflections. A building with open spaces on each floor, this will become de rigueur for your explorations.
Next stop seems to be Brooklyn Fireproof. Off the top of my head Holly Shen Claves, Matthew Brennan, Sarah Nelson Wright and Gili Levy were hosting people. The bar was ready for happy hour and the chefs were preparing to enter their zone.
The serendipity of curiosity worked well this weekend. If you’ve stepped into the unexpected places on your route then you’re starting to get a sense of how many artists are in this neighborhood. If you think about how much energy is going in to every single thing to make this happen, the map fades away and you are on your way.
You arrive at The Active Space on 566 Johnson. First of all there is the gallery itself. Deborah Brown made a huge leap in the past year. It felt like the world she painted became less romantic and more urgent. The landscapes matured in the right way and devolved in sublime manners. Looking at the card table makes you realize that her projects are all over. Remember to congratulate Ashley Zelinskie on her curation of this excellent show.
Katarina Hybenova is exhibiting the “Vegan Pizza Party” and the title piece is like a sculpture of a flashing .gif file. Turn around James George has taken pictures of the way a computer might see you. The studios around are fun and full of different kinds of approaches to art from J.R. Larson’s wooden bones on canvas to Cathy Choi’s tasteful resin on canvas works. This building is sunny and the name reflects what it feels like.
There’s the Onderdonk House up the road on Flushing. The Sculpture Garden show is in the expansive backyard. You can get a view of the skyline from the top of the hill and remember that you’re in New York City. There’s a home at the bottom of the hill built in 1709 where a band called Pass Kontrol is the real live session band for an ensemble of performances that can include you.
Head to 1717 Troutman for a wild session of studio hopping. Glass portraits, video, music, and paintings to say the least. Don’t forget to swing into galleries Parallel Art Space and Regina Rex. It was my first time in the building and I felt it. There was good energy touched with enough anarchy and bohemianism to keep the galleries from resting on their laurels. By the way, I’ve seen Rob de Oude’s small works before, but I was blown away by the large pieces in his and Enrico Gomez’s shared studio. There was a wall showcasing the evolution of the simultaneously-linear-and-swirling pieces.
From there I went to Wyckoff Avenue. If you’re hungry there are two good options: wait for a table at the Northeast Kingdom or wait at the tortilla factory and restaurant. Afterwards, it may be time for an iced coffee. Just to top off the great weather (including the quick rain shower on Sunday) stop by the Wyckoff Starr where Paul Rome and Roarke Menzies were set up on the sidewalk doling out coffee and water. If you go inside have a Grasshopper.
There is a studio belonging to an interesting artist named Myles Bennett. His painted canvases hung like shawls without a mannequin. This place reminded me of why it’s good to talk to the artist. He made these pieces to be worn, there was a look book, and there were canvases stitched into abstract figures of what it would look like to wear them.
Down to Norte Maar for original collages of Pass Kontrol posters by Oliver Ralli. Two that stuck out were a Warhol and Basquiat imagined conversation and a “Cut a hit record with Pass Kontrol” flier from Bushwick Open Studios past.
When I wasn’t running around I was around the corner at my space 950 Hart Gallery for our final gallery exhibition. We made a lot of new friends, sold some prints and wrote the showing artist’s names on the wall.
Down to Starr Street and stop at quite a few places along the way. The first stop was the huge warehouse with Julie Torres’s cooperative show ALLTOGETHERNOW and another several rooms of art. I could not figure out who was behind each room but there was always something around the corner. Mind your eyes and loose clothing; sculptures are coming out of the wall. From there it was off to the building that houses the Bushwick Starr. A collective that showed work featuring Christina De Roos and sculptures made with tenacity out of milk cartons and canvas. I even spotted a former roommate in one of the photographs. I recognized him looking right at home naked in the midst of a throng of moving people.
I stopped at Olivia Swisher’s home. She stood at the refrigerator with the door wide open when I walked in. I was puzzled. She offered me a beer and a series of poems by Chiara Di Lello written on eggs and milk cartons and packages of butter. I read everything in her fridge.
On Bushwick Basel, that was a name game and many people fell for it hook, line and sinker. But let me say that I enjoyed visiting NURTUREart, AIRPLANE, Studio 10, and Storefront Bushwick’s booth in that order. Norte Maar’s booth had a collage that summed up everything that I felt: “I am having such a good summer.”
Up to Wilson, past Miles and Cain’s Tavern. Two drinking spots with unique flavors that both appeal to me. I stopped at Storefront Bushwick to see what was happening. In the project space I saw celestial patterns by Paula Overbay and two new pieces by Matthew Mahler. This made me reflective as one of his older, angular pieces hung in my gallery. He is cornering his style, this is a part of the artist’s hunt.
From there I went to the arena that spoke to me more than anything else this weekend. It began in English Kills. First of all, Chris Harding puts on some of the best new exhibitions in this city. This show was no exception. David Pappaceno’s sculptures were arranged to give you a center of gravity and the bases were excellently arranged. The wall was a mind warp of colorful patterns and frames enclosing drawings similar to the sculptures. And don’t miss the paintings in the next room. Influences that are maturing shine through the originality of the compositions.
Across the street Don Pablo Pedro sat cross legged and conducted a court of Bacchus. His work is quite good. I hope that you didn’t miss the Dirty Little Cunt.
Next door I found myself in awe of Jim Herbert’s enormous paintings. I climbed to the second level for a different perspective. I can’t wait to see what he unveils for the next solo show. These pieces need light and their own company.
From there you’ll stroll up to Bush Gardens for a view of Centotto’s “Charting the Not” curated by Paul D’Agostino. Here you’ll run into Austin Thomas’s work and Gili Levy’s for the fourth or fifth time. Next door is Tim Kent’s studio. There was a piece entitled “Leviathan” made with charcoal and paper that I had been wanting to see for a long time. This studio did not disappoint. It’s hard to appreciate the masterful technique of his paintings of European Homes online. It’s instant gratification in person.
After all of that, I was a bit tired and went home to nurse a whiskey bottle and feel good about the world.
If the trend continues I’ll have to be fitter than Jason Andrew and his dog combined to see everything next year. In the meantime I’m keeping my eye on you Bushwick. Stay classy.
By Katarina Hybenova
Mild hysteria is okay. A panic attack here and there is also fine. The fact that not everything is exactly the way you planned doesn’t matter in the end. As long as the air bubble in your level is strictly between two lines you are fine (and if it’s slightly off, you can always blame it on crooked Bushwick floors). The feelings of panic and chaos, and expectations belong to the Bushwick Open Studio experience; they make us feel the festival spirit. Once the art is hanging, the beer is cold in the fridge, the cards are printed, everything will be just fine…
After our selection of top 15 studios not to be missed off Morgan L train stop, we are moving to Jefferson!
Artist Julie Torres is not only known for her energetic abstract paintings, but also for organizing some of the most original art events in Bushwick and beyond. This year, Julie Torres invited to Bushwick 11 artists from across the country and abroad to participate in a collaborative show. In a very contemporary fashion, Julie met this group of abstract painters on the internet and through interaction on art blogs and social media. They have brought their own work, as well as they have collaborated on pieces with Bushwick artists. All this work will be exhibited at The Coin Locker on 234 Starr St. The show opens on Friday night!
#2 Bushwick Basel
Jules de Balincourt, an ultra-successful Bushwick artist of French origin is hosting the first art fair in Bushwick right there in his studio, aka Starr Space. He invited 11 Bushwick (and Ridgewood) galleries to participate, and it is looking pretty good. After the shout out from NY Times, we are sure that the crowds are on the way! The opening reception is on Saturday, 7-9pm.
#3 The Bushwack Series
Once on Starr St., take a peek at The Bushwick Starr. This iconic Bushwick black box theater will be hosting The Bushwack Series, an annual performance festival devoted to the development of new work within the neighborhood of Bushwick.
#4 Pioneers of Bushwick
At Diana H. Jones Senior Center you can experience a little different BOS… Bushwick photographer Daryl-Ann Saunders created a series of portraits of long time Bushwick residents aspiring to create another platform for discussion between “old” and “new” Bushwick.
#5 Amy Lincoln Studio
In the live and work space of Amy Lincoln and Kevin Curran on Wycoff Ave, you will see sculpture by Sarah Kohn and Kevin Curran, paintings by Caetlynn Booth and Amy Lincoln.
#6 Parallel Art Space
In the famous studio building at 1717 Troutman on the Bushwick/Ridgewood boarder, don’t miss the new and beautiful gallery, Parallel Art Space, committed ”to showcase exceptional visual art.” Parallel will present Same Same But Different, a selection of works from artists Jay Gaskill, Fabian G. Tabibian and Amanda Valdez, who form the exhibition collective of the same name. The opening reception is on Friday, 6-9pm.
#7 Deborah Brown
Deborah Brown is widely known in Bushwick and beyond, mostly through her curatorial activities and community involvement, so it’s a little surprising that some Bushwickians don’t know her work. Deborah Brown is an exceptional painter whose solo show opens on Saturday from 7-10pm at the Active Space. Deborah’s pieces are inspired by industrial landscape of Bushwick and vary from very large to small paintings. Dystopian aesthetic meets beauty - this is a show you must see.
#8 Jen Hitchings Studio
While checking out Deborah Brown’s show, don’t miss Jen Hitchings’ studio on the same floor. This young ambitious artist and curator is certainly someone to watch out for!
#9 Theresa Daddezio Studio
Right next to Jen Jones is Theresa Daddezio. Her studio is filled with gentle colorful abstract oil paintings and is certainly worth a visit.
#10 Invisible Furnace
Also on the second floor at The Active Space is a show titled Invisible Furnace. Jason Mones, Jessica Sanders, and Ryan Estep will present interesting sculpture an 3D objects and painting.
#11 Norte Maar
It wouldn’t be a proper BOS without Norte Maar and their community involvement. Their traditional Saturday morning Maps n Mimosas provide for some of the best moments of the festival every year. Addionally, they will present a collage show of Oliver Ralli titled Welcome to Your New Statement. The show opens on Friday, 6-8pm.
#12 Pass Kontrol concert
After Oliver Ralli’s visual show at Norte Maar, get some of his music and then head to Tandem at 9pm on Friday for a concert by Bushwick cult band Pass Kontrol.
#13 BOS Official Launch Party
This year’s official BOS Launch Party is looking really sweet. In proper Bushwick style, it will be held in a warehouse at 44 Wilson. Bands + comedy promise good combination of Bushwickism. It’s on Friday!
#14 Video Womb
At Body Actualized Center they have have a collaboration between visual stimuli and the confines of being in utero going on…
#15 Meg Lipke Studio
Meg Lipke’s painting remind us of illustrations in old timey children’s books. They are gentle and dreamy. Go get lost in her world behind the Northeast Kingdom.
By Katarina Hybenova
It’s been subject to whispering and rumours for a couple of weeks now. This year’s Bushwick Open Studios will bring much news. A smart phone app for better orientation; more studios and art spaces than ever; the L train running (!); and Bushwick’s first very own art fair.
By Katarina Hybenova
Bushwick-based non-profit for collaborative arts, Norte Maar, is currently finishing their works on a new ballet, The Brodmann Areas. New ballet explores the relationship between human brain and human mind; ventures into neuroscience and delves into it through dance. Loyal to its mission to collaborate across the arts, Norte Maar’s Jason Andrew (production) and Julia Gleich (choreography) invited several visual and sound artists to contribute their ideas and their art. As a result of the broad collaboration, The Brodmann Areas is a gracious hybrid between dance, video and sound art. Julia Gleich told us that the concept of the ballet was born through the talks with several Bushwick artists that included Paul D’Agostino, Roarke Menzies, Andrew Hurst, Audra and Margo Wolowiec, Dennis Pelli, Lawrence Swan among others, and naturally Jason Andrew. The ballet is musically produced by composer Ryan Francis.
On Friday morning, I attended the rehearsal of the ballet in progress at the Center for Perfomance Research in Williamsburg in an attempt to capture its essence and several photographs. The dance was beautiful, and to observe Julia Gleich’s collaborative approach to creation of choreography is always fascinating.
The Brodmann Areas is a unique collaborative endeavor created from Bushwick that should not be missed on your social diary! The ballet premiers this Thursday, April 12 at 7:30pm at the Center for Performance Research and will continue through Sunday. The tickets are only $25 ($20 if you’re a student or a senior) and can be purchased here.
Event though Bushwick scruffiness is lovable, sometimes it’s nice to get all fancy. And if it’s for a good cause, than there is even more of a reason. On Monday night, supporters of Norte Maar from Bushwick and elsewhere, all gathered at Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery in Chelsea for a benefit night of this Bushwick-based non-profit organization. The night honored Julie Martin of E.A.T. who was introduced by a noted curator Barbara London. After Julie Martin received an award made by Bushwick sculptor Ben Godward, we enjoyed David Tudor’s Rainforest I performed by Composers Inside Electronics, and a preview of Norte Maar’s upcoming ballet The Brodmann Areas. The evening was simply lovely, even outside of our beloved pigeon town, and as it is unclear when we will be able to witness Bushwick artists in fancy attire again, here is a little photo documentation of the special occasion….
By Terri Ciccone
Imagine taking a tour of an art gallery through someone’s mind, where each and every fold of the brain is another corridor leading you to a brilliant piece someone had once seen or thought of. What I Know, a group show curated by Jason Andrew is currently on view at NYCAM Gallery in Chelsea feels exactly as a physical tour through an art gallery of the mind.
What I Know is a show that features over 40 artists from the tight nit and burgeoning art scene in Bushwick that the curator and collector himself is very much a part of. The opening night was packed with a sort of who’s who of the Bushwick art scene, those one would normally see hanging around Norte Maar or Storefront. It was as if a space ship had sucked them all up and dropped them off in Chelsea. Some speculated that this was the slightly less than unintentional plan of Jason Andrew himself, to swipe the artists from their homey-digs as Chelsea big-wig Luhring Augustine opened their new space in Bushwick on that very night.
There is less than a visual theme that ties the show together. Paintings seemed to work with drawings, drawings with sculpture, sculpture with collage. But despite a theme not being visibly apparent, it was clear that these pieces were tied together by community. In a statement in the gallery, Andrew ponders the fact that we live in a very uncertain era, and all we can really rely on is our creative wits. So whether it was Paul D’Agostino’s collage of clock cut outs ticking along near Brooke Moyse’s abstract painting “Kalied,” or Ben Godward’s giant blob of paint that looks like it had once wreaked havoc on a street, swallowing bottles and license plates in its colorful path – these ideas juxtaposed against one another in one space created a solidness and a comfort.
What we know, or can take from the show, is these great works are being thought of and created, and don’t just exist in a Bushwick vacuum. The show is unapologetic in being simply a massive collection of great, solid pieces. And because of that, there was a different feeling in the air in Chelsea that evening. A shift, a change, a quake could be felt in the art world.