If you’re one of the 200,000 people to descend upon Austin’s city limits to partake in SXSW (and you know how to do it right now), and you want to see some of your favorite Brooklyn/Bushwick bands, you can do so at one of two places – at an official showcase (where festival badges/wristbands ARE required) or at one of the many free shows they will be playing next week. We’ve picked one free show per artist but all bands are likely to be playing different days and venues as well. Hint: if the bands have an official show, they’re doing pretttty well for themselves.
It’s December 10, and if you’re like me, you are likely still frantically looking for the Perfect Holiday Gift. I understand very well how things are. Not only we are busy living the amazing Bushwick life, but also we are looking for certain attributes in a present. We want to give something original; thoughtful; preferably hand-made and we want to buy it locally to support a local business. This year you can easily buy all your presents in the neighborhood. In fact, you don’t even have to leave one building. Go straight to The Loom! The Loom is a big loft building on 1087 Flushing Ave, groundfloor of which is a home to 20 lovely stores. We took a walk and hand-picked the nicest gift ideas for you.
#1 Hand-Made Leather Jewelry from Nouveau Vieux ($45-85)
You will make every female in you life really happy if you start your Holiday shopping stroll at Nouveau Vieux. Nouuveau Vieux means New Old in French, and so is the collection of rare clothing and accessories in this cute little store. We picked this beautiful leather necklace specifically because the owner Shelby Lawson made this jewelry collection herself, and also because it’s wildly beautiful.
*Crunch crunch* If that’s how your back sounds, maybe it’s time for you to get a massage. And I’m not talking about a back rub from that Chinese lady who lives on your street. I mean a proper medical, deep tissue massage that will restore and heal what needs to be healed. The wonderful news is that Loom Yoga just launched their wellness program and now offer massage sessions with a licensed therapist. I did some serious field journalism and tried the massage out for you. Here’s how it went…
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.
Bushwick let its freak flag fly this past weekend. The Bushwick Zoo AKA Bushwick’s Fashion Weekend, it allowed the chance for Keyboard Sunshades, Lego/KNEX Corsets, and local designers to congregate in the same space. (more…)
Rafael Fuchs in a dress and Meryl Meisler setting up a photo shoot with the Rabbi from the Chabad. This is how The Studio at the Bushwick Community Darkroom’s opening looked after a few bottles of wine were down.
All the cute and hand-made stuff calls Better Than Jam its home. This lovely boutique located at The Loom in Bushwick has been around for a couple of years now bringing together a community of local designers, crafters and artists. If your eyes are hungry for cuteness, Better Than Jam is you destination! I stopped by on a whim to say hello to Karin Persan who runs the store and see what’s new. (more…)
By Sean Alday
Photos by Patrick McInerney
Wizard Skull is a sometimes-bearded, ubiquitous face of the Bushwick art scene. But Alexander Duke is also a super friendly artist who has probably seen more artwork and galleries in Bushwick you ever knew about. He was (sort of) on a quest to be invited to be a part of a show but at first was too polite to ask.
He’s created deck designs for Consolidated Skateboards for over 7 years, produces freely distributed zines of original pop art, and is now getting his full sized artworks into art shows around the neighborhood. The first of which was a one night affair at Silky’s Skate Shop in the Loom replete with McDonalds’s burgers and fries as hors d’oeuvres.
Alex: I tell people that I’m an artist. I work fulltime at a jewelry store. I ride a skateboard. I guess that’s what defines me.
Sean: Do you work at Silky’s or do you silkscreen there?
Alex: I don’t work there. I’m friends with them, they let me silkscreen there. I hang out while they print my shirts.
Sean: So if I went there now I could find your shirts and zines?
Sean: How did you get into producing your zines?
Alex: I wanted to be in art shows. But I didn’t have the space to produce large pieces and I didn’t know how you get in an art show. So each zine would be a themed art show for myself. It’s easily accessible by people and I can just hand them out.
That’s kind of how that started. You know the Sexy Olympics, the Sexy Man book, etc.
Sean: You put together a video of a lot of different art shows that you went to around the neighborhood. How many shows would you say you’ve been to in the past year?
Alex: Uhh… All of them. [laughs] I don’t know, a lot. Sometimes there would be five or six shows a night and I would map out my schedule of where I’m going in Bushwick and what my path is to other shows so… I went to a lot of them.
Sean: Can you name any favorites off the top of your head?
Alex: The one I went to in the video where they’re doing the butt flexing. That was… you know where the church space is? That performance was diagonal across the street from that church. They had a bunch of cool performances that night.
They were friendly. That was another thing. There are a lot of shows you go to where the gallery is just starting out and everyone there will be friends with each other. So you might not get acknowledged unless you’re outgoing yourself and it sometimes feels weird.
Sean: How many shirts have you designed? You wear a lot of your designs, but you always have something different.
Alex: Before I started doing my own apparel, I would design shirts for other companies. So I have a lot from that. Now that I started my company I have eight designs that I’ve released publicly.
There’s a lot of one offs that I made for myself. I just wanted more control over what was on my shirt and didn’t want to wear someone else’s logo.
Sean: When you were out and about, you said that you didn’t know how to get into art shows.
Sean: Did you ever think about just asking if you could be in a show?
Because, I didn’t think that my art was good enough. I would set all these arbitrary goals, one thing I thought was that I had to get a studio before I could have a show.
I guess I was looking for validation from galleries and thinking that someone would ask me. I don’t know if that was ever going to happen. So I called up Silky’s three days before the first Friday at the Loom and asked if I could have my own show in their space.
Sean: Did you pass out your zines at the art shows?
Alex: Sometimes. At first I wouldn’t because I thought it would insulting for me to show up and start handing out my artwork to everybody. It started in bars and coffee shops. There are five different zines and I’ve made 100 of each.
Sean: How did you get involved with Consolidated Skateboards?
Alex: Persistence. I called them, emailed, and mailed them drawings. I kept doing that over and over until they finally used some. By then their art director quit and I knew the process of how to submit the board design so it could be silk-screened, so I started doing a lot. One year I did twenty designs. Now it’s about one or two a year.
Sean: Why didn’t you go that route when you were wanting to get you art into the galleries?
Alex: I thought about it. When I was working with Consolidated I lived in a really small town and these designs would be sold all across the world. But the only feedback I’d get was “Oh this is awesome.”
Or if I saw someone skating I could say I designed that and they’d say “Oh that’s awesome.”
So even though my work was seen all over the world, the feedback I got was a few people telling me it was pretty cool. I didn’t have much self value attached to my art at the time.
Sean: How did you come up with the McDonalds French Fry wrappers for the zines during the show at Silky’s?
Alex: Well, one of my characters is Ronald McDonald. I called them up and ordered $100 bucks worth of food. It didn’t faze them. I didn’t want to do the normal wine and cheese thing, and people ate it up. There weren’t any burgers left after that show.
Sean: Any parting thoughts?
Alex: Look at my work. I’m going to try to be in more shows so that people can see them in person.
By Katarina Hybenova
Lazy, lazy are the dog days of summer. All an average Bushwick person wants to do is to ride a bike through the sprinklers. In Bushwick, we report less events than on very productive weeks but this week’s events are truly awesome, which in the end is an equation we like. Here is what you should not miss!
Here at Bushwick Daily, we are really proud because we are helping to put up some really weird experimental electronic bands. It started with Paradise Club, a band of Eric Trosko and Kiowa Hammons, who just recently released their debut album titled Sountrack to a Car on Fire (note: we love the name among other things). So we were like, hey why don’t we do a release party, and Paradise Club were like hey, why don’t we invite more bands. This Thursday, at 8pm the madness starts at Brooklyn Fire Proof. The admission is free (sweet), and additionally you will see Water Brain, Rarefaction, H.Home Wells, Fall of Another Year. This entire electronic craziness will be accompanied by trippy video projection by visual artist Lars Rasmussen. See ya all there on Thursday!
Another great event to be held at Brooklyn Fire Proof this week is (most likely) the greatest Bushwick reading series curated by Mike Lala and Eric Nelson, Fireside Follies! Fireside Follies has had a great summer run, and this Friday will be hitting its finale, so don’t miss it. You can look forward to awesome readers Robert Tumas, Chiwan Choi (Abductions), Kendra Grant Malone (Everything is Quiet) and Dan Magers (Partyknife).
Music in the courtyard, films in Bushwick Community Darkroom and, above all, 25 vendors and 13 shops to provide you with fresh produce and flea items The event is organized by Bunna Cafe, Bushwick vegan pop up Ethiopian restaurant (yum)!
Sardine is one of the most lovable shops/galleries in Bushwick. Run by Lacey Fekishazy, Sardine carries a bunch of super cute jewelry and other accessories made by Brooklyn artists. Additionally, we love their gallery! This Wednesday, Sardine will open a solo show of Gabriel Hurier titled Drift. Swing by and say hi to this friendly folk.
Presentation Party Night is one of the nicest events we have in Bushwick. The evening consists of 6 short presentations and Q&A on any topic followed by free beer and food while it lasts. This time the presenters will talk about Aesthetics, L Train History (we wanna know!!), Cider (hmmm), Self-Confidence (needed), History of Riddles, PPN Past, Present, and Future! The best news is that PPN is celebrating 2 years this month! Congratulations and happy birthday to everybody involved, and keep up the good work!!
By Erin Moore
Nyssa Frank posted a couple of announcements asking Bushwick artists to come to The Living Gallery and hang there their own art on Saturday. “BYO Art” said the announcements. This community-based exhibition is a project that allows artist to display their work without the limitations that are often a part of getting one’s work into a gallery.
Nyssa, the owner and founder of The Living Gallery clad in a faded tutu and war paint explained that having a gallery has always been a dream of hers. Once the Living Gallery was up and running she began to focus her attention on creating a space that was inclusive. BYO Art is indicative of the diverse community living in Bushwick. Nyssa’s idea was to have a show that represents artists’ imaginations and concepts through different mediums. It actually works, running the risk of hanging art that could potentially have been less than gallery worthy didn’t factor in to the end result. The show provides over 25 local artists the ability to publicly display their sculptures, drawings, paintings or whatever you want to call it.
The Living Gallery in all its unconventional splendor has given the community a unique opportunity to promote the flow of ideas and unite people. Good natured Nyssa is on to something here. She loves Bushwick and its inhabitants and has willingly worked to combine the work of her fellow artists into one cohesive exhibit. Inspired by a show that she participated in at the Loom earlier this year where artist could hang their work, Nyssa extended that idea by having anyone participate and continue to contribute to the show while it is on display.
Nyssa is planning on having BYO Art a mainstay for the gallery. Every few months there will be a new show with different artists and it will not be limited to studio art. If you play an instrument or can do something that exceeds the coolness of your friends then please come and share it with us at the next BYO Art exhibition.
BYO Art on view at The Living Gallery (The Loom, 1087 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY) daily (Mon-Fri 11am to 4pm and weekends 1-6pm) until May 25, 2012.