The Best of Bushwick Open Studios 2015

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In case you missed it, New York’s largest open studios event occurred this past Spring weekend in one of New York’s most burgeoning art districts. Now in its 9 installment, Bushwick Open Studios delivered the same unsurpassed variety, fresh content, and general weirdness as it has in past years, but on an increasingly inclusive scale. Over 1000 artists opened up their studio doors to welcome an even greater number of arts enthusiasts and Bushwick first timers alike. 

I represented the former as I spent my Sunday stumbling into private studios, homes, and dialogues with an array of individuals within the neighborhood’s creative community. Amongst these exchanges, some BOS veterans in fact expressed lament at the festival’s growing size. Coupled with the intended lack of curation, it can be difficult for organizers to stop the creeping elements of commercialism and theatricality (looking at you, Morgan Ave) and near impossible for participants to visit all of the “good” sites. However, there is nothing “bad” either. 

While individual opinions will form on the quality of work shown and people may talk of dilution, that is not the concern of BOS. Rather, it is open up this otherwise segregated artist community and provide a fun platform to inspire beyond its typical reach. That may mean adding more artists and expanding beyond original map boundaries, but as long as the end result is increased energy and interaction amongst those within Bushwick’s creative community and those willing to step inside, I am already excited for BOS 2016.

 

Writing and photography by Lisa Marsova

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Ready-made sculpture on Ten Eyck
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DBBS at Storefront Ten Eyck
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Franklin Evans at Storefront Ten Eyck for the group show Re / Post curated by Ian Cofre.


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Storefront Ten Eyck director Deborah Brown stands in front of her own painting. Brown’s recent body of portraits plays on new Baroque and Classical symbolism, but maintain the abstract and scribbled style of the Bushwick landscapes she is most famous for.
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Another painting by Deborah Brown.
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Merav Ezer of A Couple of Artists, a trio operating independently and together in their shared studio at 274 Morgan Av
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Cate Woodruff poses by the bright window in her studio at 395 Johnson Ave
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Vicki Kuzami’s studio at 395 Johnson Ave
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Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine Gallery, on view till June 20th

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 CHASM Gallery at 56 Bogart

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Jennie Booth’s Dark Matter statue outside the Opposable Thumbs exhibit at Friday Studio Gallery
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Justin Randolph Thompson, Moldy Figs at Momenta Art
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Puppet Panic at Honey Ramka, an exhibition featuring work by Paul Bergeron, Katrina Fimmel, Jason Reyen, and Ana Wieder-Blank
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Abscissas and Ordinates: Lars van Dooren and John O’Connor at Honey Ramka

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Hartmut Stockter, Starlings Over Yellowstone at Slag Contemporary
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A Random Meander: James Cullinane, Nene Humphrey, and Taney Roniger at Robert Henry Contemporary
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Thank You: Raul de Nieves and Erik Zajaceskowski at Black & White Gallery
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Juan Miguel Palacios

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Shinji Murakami’s 3D-8Bit sculptures

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Christina Papanicolaou’s studio

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Art Guerra, founder of Guerra Paint and Pigment in New York’s East Village. Guerra encourages his studio visitors to come close and touch his mixed-media works, which are thickly layered with gobs of paint, beads, and tire rubber.

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Daniel Greenfield-Campoverde
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Nothing Space
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Performance piece in progress at Sigman/thinkdance
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Canvases on display at Bil Donovan’s studio

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Leonora Loeb

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Yun-Woo Choi

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E. Thurston Belmer
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Lena Viddo

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A colorful photographer snaps a shot of Dan Bainbridge’s eerie mixed media creatures in Art 3 Gallery

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NEWD Art Show returned again this year as a satellite event, acting as a strong curatorial supplement to BOS

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Rodney Allen Trice / T.O.M.T.
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Julia Sinelnikova’s ethereal wire sculptures at Nonbinary Studios
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Dan Gausman

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Pablo Garcia’s baroque silk and spray foam sculptures

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Bushwick Print Lab

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Lawrence F Mesich, Highest and Best Use (Brooklyner)

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Lisa Marsova

Lisa Marsova

Lisa Marsova is a financial analyst moonlighting as an art writer. She resides in the East Village and likes anything contemporary.

4 Comments
  1. Wonderful, thanks for posting those photos.
    I was looking for a James Kalm report but he and Kate went to Chicago.
    I haven’t seen anything else as comprehensive as you’re post here on FB.
    Thanks again,
    Jeffrey 🙂

  2. Thanks for taking the photos and time to report the event. It is great to share our studios with the public and also see our talented studio mates work! Bil Donovan

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