Put down the mop and windex, don’t even think about tackling your closet! While spring days may mean a change over from winter to summer wardrobe transformations for some, to me all it means is longer daylight hours to explore more of Bushwick’s art! The season for MFA shows, open studios (only six weekends away from Bushwick Open Studios!), and thematic group shows is upon us, meaning more to see, not just in Bushwick but all over the city. To help get you in shape for this challenge, we’ll ease you into it with this week’s top five art events.
Are you shamefully hiding your body under layers of ugly sweaters after a series of Holiday eating extravaganzas? Does your 2013 resolution list contain a lot of exercise but you can’t seem to be able to identify the right workout for you? Breathe in, breathe out, straighten your spine, we’ve got you covered. How about an art workout? Run around the art openings this weekend, spring and hop above the hurdles. And you better sprint because there is a LOT to see…
It is sorta a public secret that Bushwick’s own brother, Ridgewood is in fact really really awesome. Hiding it’s coolness from Brooklyn under a Queens ZIP, it shows its loving face only to folks open to adventures outside of their favorite borough and simply open to finding that mythical elsewhereness. (more…)
By Katarina Hybenova
We will tell you right from the start: To Beat! Big things are being prepared in our beloved home sweet Bushwick. There will be so much art, you might easily overdose on it. And nobody, and I mean nobody, will escape!
While in the city thousands of art lovers will head over to the art fairs of Armory Week, Brooklyn is not falling behind. During Brooklyn Armory Night on Saturday almost every gallery in the borough will stay open late. In Bushwick, 15 galleries and art spaces will be participating in the biannual late night gallery walk, Beat Nite! This is the 7th Beat Nite in the history of Bushwick, and as 7 is a lucky number, this week’s Beat Nite is bound to be absolutely rad. We advise you to take friends, and maybe ride a bike, because you don’t want to miss awesome art spaces in Ridgwood. So join the crowds walking the streets of Bushwick and enjoy the overload of art!
In case you were getting overwhelmed, let us tell you what is what, and what to expect where!!
We are excited to see so many brand new galleries on the Beat Nite’s line up! Art is blooming, and it’s not only galleries from the city and Williamsburg coming in. Check out:
The converted feather factory at 566 Johnson Ave isn’t new, but they have a new huge gallery! Check out the new awesome space and a solo show of street artist Criminy Johnson (aka QRST) Dreaming Without Sleeping.
Art on Fire is a new art space of artist Sheryl Denbo. We are excited to check it out!
Is also oh so new. Look at their Group Show No. 1.
Camel Art Space is counting its last days at its location on Metropolitan Ave, only to officially open their new space at 1717 Troutman with a new secret name… Go check out First Truth and Yuka Otani in the project space.
Naturally, head to probably the most well-known apartment gallery in Bushwick! Paul D’Agostino will give you a tour of his current simposio Courtesy Roman Abramovich: The First Unveiling.
Guys at 950 Hart regularly turn their loft not only into a great gallery, but also into a great party spot with a cocktail bar. Seriously. Don’t miss this friendly bunch, and their exploration of figurative art Go Figure. (Sneak Peak: This show contains work of Bushwick Daily’s Maria Gotay!!)
Now we will all agree that to miss the apartment gallery of Jason Andrew who organizes Beat Nite would be a sin! Norte Maar will feature a solo show of Tamara Gonzales: Untitled, an exhibition of new paintings. In the project room you can check out a new sketchbook by Austin Thomas and recent sculpture by Kevin Curran. Sounds dandy!
Off the J train, right behind Little Skips, on the shortest Bushwick street, Charles Pl. is a great gallery of Elle Burchill and Andrea Monti. These guys are all about film and currently are presenting a series of films We Are Cinema, 50 Years of Fimmakers’ Coop.
Great show is promised at AIPLANE. Mirror, Mirror is a conceptual group show, which will address the phenomena of anticipation of 2012 Hollywood movie releases, with each artist taking on the film of their choice to generate a piece from.
If we say it’s worth it to make it all the way to Ridgewood, we mean it! Go check out Hypercolor, an excellent hyperly colored art show at Small Black Door, a basement gallery of Matthew Mahler and Jonathan Terranova.
If you haven’t seen Golem of Ridgewood, the film from 1940s discovered in a house at Seneca, go pay a visit to Fred Valentine on Saturday.
Cojo, who runs ArtSucks.com blog, undertook an ambitious project to feature 27 artists from the area in his apartment space. Sounds like you shouldn’t miss this one either…
Two galleries from the gallery arcade building off Morgan L stop are taking part in Beat Nite. Check out Studio 10 and a newly opened Theodore Art.
ISCP is a home to many foreign artists in residency in New York. Get a flavor of what’s being made at this cosmopolitan place and pay them a visit on Saturday.
Definitely one of the best galleries in Bushwick operates under careful eye of artist Deborah Brown. On Saturday go check out Martin Bromirski, Rachel LaBine, and Elizabeth Riley, and don’t miss the new sign created for Storefront by Skewville.
Have you been to Botanic yet? This space on Wycoff Ave had opened a couple of months ago, and its size and type reminds us a little bit of Storefront Bushwick. The Commons, the show the space is opening on Saturday, looks really awesome. Sarah Butler will be marking the glass window of the gallery, and transcribing text from the local graffiti and intertwining it with notional annotations from her personal experience. Another artist in the show Julie Trembley, has transformed the gallery into an artificial green space that is saturated with vibrant grass, bright sun, and an unlikely perch from which viewers are encouraged to take it all in….
Factory Fresh, Bushwick’s street art gallery is always fun to go to. On Saturday, you can check out the birthday show of the twin brothers duo, Skewville. Moreover, Bushwick Daily’s Jojo Soul will be DJing there – and those who know Jojo also know that you will dance like a crazy animal, and potentially have the best time of your life while at it.
English Kills should be your last stop, because that’s where the official after party is! Also take a look at the Permanent Collection 2 that is being exhibited, and features some of the coolest artists ever shown at English Kills like Tescia Seufferlein and Don Pablo Pedro.
By Katarina Hybenova
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Did you wake up this morning in panic looking at all the art opening invitations wondering How? When? So many? I personally did, but on the second thought I realized that there everything can be done with a proper planning. That’s why I prepared Weekend Art Map marking down the locations of all the Friday and Saturday art openings in Bushwick and Ridgewood. I hope that this Weekend Art Map will be a valuable tool when trying to locate and see all the art.
Here is also a small description of art happenings in the area. Good luck!
I am really excited for what is prepared for early Friday night in Ridgewood. The exhibition at Valentine commemorates a film made over 70 years ago on Cornelia Street in Ridgewood. In 2002 artists Jude Tallichet and Matt Freedman bought a building at Cornelia Street and turned it into a studio and living space. While exploring their new property and neighborhood, they discovered the half-degraded film, which documents the efforts of Rabbi Jacob Weiss to build a golem, a supernatural being made of animated clay, to protect his congregation from their anti- Semitic neighbors in the early 1940s.
On Friday, the long awaited and discussed inaugural exhibition of Luhring Augustine is being held in Bushwick. The “gorilla” of the art world originally claimed to had bought only a storage space in Bushwick. However, even Luhring Augustine couldn’t resist the growing hype of Bushwick and its Knickerbocker location will serve as an exhibition space as well. On Friday night, they will present The Illusion of Democracy, a solo exhibition of the American film and video artist Charles Atlas. I personally want to see it…
Openings at 56 Bogart St.
It is qiute convenient that the galleries located in the building at 56 Bogart coordinate their openings. You can go once, and see three and more exhibitions at the same time. This is what’s going on there on Friday night;
- # 3 NURTUREart: Systematic Risk 7-9PM
- #4 Studio 10: Sentinel 7:30-9:30PM
- # 5 Agape Enterprise: SAPC Opens in Bushwick! 7-10PM
The Parlour is a brand new gallery located at Bushwick Ave, and Group Show #1 is their very 1st exhibition. If you’re as curious as me, you’ll head there early, because Saturday will be really busy.
Microscope Gallery presents a series of events in connection with the 50th anniversary of Film-Makers’ Cooperative. On Saturday, a legendary filmmaker Ken Jacobs will present some of his early works; as well as and his recent anaglyph 3D video. The event is $6 (Ken Jacobs will be present at the screening).
One of our absolutely favorite new galleries in the area, Small Black Door, is having an opening of a hyper-colorful group show presenting some of the most hip artists in the area (Liz Atzberger, Joe Ballweg, Saira McLaren, Ziad Naccache, Douglas Einar Olsen, Jamie Powell and Eric Sall). A part of the night will belong to a collaborative performance by artists Lydia Ainsworth and Lara Gemmiti.
Legendary loft gallery of Paul D’Agostino will present another of its simposio exhibitions. Simposio means that artists not only show, but also give short talks about their art work.
You might be a little startled here. Fitness studio? Art show? Drawing? Music? And my answer is YES! Why? Because this is Bushwick…. Prepared by 950 Hart Gallery, I am positive the night will be fun! Expect a pop up art show from 950 Hart’s roster of artists, life drawing with exotic costumed models and live music. All until the sunrise, it seems
Thanks to Jason Andrew for this art map idea!
By Katarina Hybenova
While there is no end to my love for Bushwick, I have to admit a huge crush on Ridgewood lately. While Bushwick is sweet in its industrial tenderness, Ridgewood is like a time travel to an old timey hometown. The increasing number of artists and art spaces moving up north to Ridgewood is even more of a reason to go and show some love to our neighbors…
After the more famous, Famous Accountants, two new galleries found their home in Ridgewood- Small Black Door and Valentine. Moreover, the galleries are only a walking distance from each other, and both had openings on the Friday night.
Small Black Door is a gallery behind a small black door (unsurprisingly), in the basement of a Ridgewood town house. The space has a friendly feng shuei, and the co-founders Matthew Mahler and Jonathan Terranova, who are both artists, did a great job in bringing the community together. The reception at Small Black Door felt like the gallery has been around forever, and the party was great! The gallery presented The Unfunny Show, a collection of drawings that make you chuckle. The curator Matthew F. Fisher said he had the idea for a long time.
Over at Valentine, Fred Valentine, proud of his beautiful space, presented a solo show of Andrew Moszynski who focuses in his works on building and fucking. How adorable!
When the openings came to an end, we all, under the lead of the Ridgewood’s local Matthew Mahler, headed to Gottscheer beer hall at Fairview Ave. Did you know that Ridgewood was historically settled by Germans and Italians? Well, Gottscheer is an evidence of Ridgwood history; it is an old fashion German beer garten with green table cloths, bratwurst, and cheap tasty beer. We loved the old photographs on the walls- a 70s athletic team; several decades of winners of Gottscheer miss pageant competition; a jukebox; the ballroom prepared for a sweet 16 party (ocean themed)….
A couple of regulars were pretty shocked by the art crowd that suddenly emerged at their pub at first, but I think that we coexisted nicely at the end. We were all drawn by a mutual intention after all – to have fun or Viel Spaß haben.
Art: Small Black Door: The Unfunny Show, curated by Matther F. Fisher
Valentine: Andrew Moszynski at Valentine, through December 11, 2011
Drinks: GOTTSCHEER HALL, 657 Fairview Avenue, Ridgewood, New York 11385
By Katarina Hybenova
It is my pleasure to state that there are so many amazing galleries in Bushwick, that it’s getting harder and harder to check them all in one night. This time, 12 galleries and art spaces participated. Some of them were brand new (Airplane), others were still pretty fresh (Small Black Door), while some are good ol’ awesome Bushwick spots (Centotto). Take a look at our photo essay, mapping the best moments of the night!
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