With Bushwick Open Studios a mere 10 days away, many galleries are preparing for openings set for that wild weekend. But as we all know, Bushwick never sleeps and never takes a break from art happenings. Here’s a handful of creative events happening in the next couple of days…
By Allison Galgiani & Katarina Hybenova
While many people will be flocking to Randall’s Island for the second annual Frieze New York Art Fair and the plethora of other fairs that have temporarily infiltrated our fair city, the art galleries of Bushwick/Ridgewood have put together a collaborative Gallery Late Night in honor of the art-centric occasion. This weekend’s installment will prove to be even bigger and more exciting with over FORTY participating galleries spanning across our entire neighborhood! As we take pride in our dear Bushwick and Ridgewood, and congratulate ourselves on its prowess. From 6-10PM come enjoy the gorgeous weather from and check out some fabulous art! Don’t forget to follow the fabulous beta version gallery map!
While I am always waiting with bated breath for the weekend to awaken me from my weekly doldrums, I am especially antsy due to the upcoming deluge of amazing art openings happening in Bushwick this week and next! As with the first buds of spring popping up along Knickerbocker, many galleries lie in wait for the spring exhibition season to hit and they have brought the goods with them this time. An especially difficult decision to make this time, here are the top five art events happening this weekend.
Interested in spicing up your Sunday night with something totally different that also benefits charity? Look no further than The Painting Takedown presented by Matt Timms. 20 artists will take over The Active Space (566 Johnson Ave) from 6 to 9PM, in a competition to create the best Bob Ross landscape painting! (more…)
By Allison Galgiani and Katarina Hybenova
It has taken us all a few days to convalesce after the excitement surrounding the plenitude of events, openings and parties that surrounded Armory Arts Week. The whole city seemed to come alive as artists, gallerists, dealers and arts enthusiasts actively engaged and buzzed around all corners of the five boroughs, and our own home-grown Bushwick Armory Gallery Late Night was no different. Despite the fact that many of the galleries were also participating in other events including Volta, Fountain Art Fair, SPRING/BREAK and Scope, thirty galleries rallied to stay open past their normal business hours to welcome the swarms of visitors who participated in the gallery tour.
Because there is always too much good stuff to see, Katarina Hybenova and Allison Galgiani decided to divide and conquer, choosing some of their favorite shows of the night to share.
“What is it about Bushwick?” I keep hearing this question from out-of-towners. I tell them, “Well, mostly it is the incredibly uninhibited, authentic culture and community.” “Well, is it worth the train ride?” they usually ask. The answer has to be: “It is worth a lifetime, not just a train ride!” Here are five art shows you’ll want to check out this weekend.
The gallery of The Active Space is large and unusual. To hang any sort of cohesive show might propose a challange — just imagine, one of the long walls consists of 10 foot wide sections interrupted by partitions. However, The Quantum Effect curated by David Gibson has successfully conquered this task. The overarching themes that link all of the works in the show are mysterious familiarity and otherworldly perceptions.
Bushwick, embrace yourself for jingles, Christmas trees, carols and awesomely tacky lights that every proper Bushwick house hold should have installed by now! Holidays are around the corner and that means an influx of holiday parties, craft markets and whiskey blended egg nog. Yum!
Before we indulge ourselves in the seasonally festive atmosphere, let’s take a look at the coolest cultural and art events happening in the hood this week!
On Friday evening do not even think about missing out on recent works by Naomi Safran-Hon and Shirley Wegner at Slag Gallery located at 56 Bogart. Once you’re there, say hi to energetic gallery owner Irina Protopopescu who is so charmant that you will be crushing on her in no time, whether you’re a boy or a girl. No joke…
As we get older the toy objects we crave change, but the desire for the toys remain strong. New art show at Parallel Art Space (17-17 Troutman) explores the concept of the toy and how it changes as we move into different stages of life. Sounds like a fun night to us!
Put that bow tie on and get ready to sip some cheap beer while intellectually discussing art! Friday in Bushwick means A LOT of art openings, and here are four of them you should definitely pencil into your social diary!
CCCP stands for Creative Curator’s Collective Program and North Light is for sure one of the most liberal galleries at 56 Bogart. They have an event called Molotov Cocktail Hour scheduled for today to accompany their current art show Exogenesis, so pay them a visit today 6-8pm.
At 56 Bogart you are rather likely to see more than one gallery show, which is very practical especially in an eventful neighborhood such as Bushwick. NURTUREart, one of the area’s most significant non-profits is having an opening of Monochrome, the first solo exhibition of Scott Lawrence. Lawrence works in sculpture, painting, drawing and manipulates everyday objects.
Big cheers for Bushwick Film Festival is happening tonight at The Loom Gallery! Holly Shen Chaves has been invited to curate an art show related to film to support Bushwick Film Festival. Holly who has been involved with Arts in Bushwick as a lead of the in the bloggers for Bushwick Open Studios and recently also with Bushwick Daily, has curated an exhibition to offer a contemporary response to structuralist film concepts from the late 1960s and 70s.
Multitalented artist and blogger Jen Hitchings decided a couple of moths ago that it’s time she opens her own gallery. She divided her studio at The Active Space into the part where she works and into the part that serves as a gallery, proving everyone that everything is possible if you only want it… micro/MACRO is the second exhibition curated and held by Jen Hithcings.