Call for Bushwick is an open call for Artists that had submissions from across the globe, entering it’s 4th year now, it was the most competitive to date. There were 23 winners this year picked by an esteemed panel of jurors from a pool of thousands of applicants. A nomadic show founded by Alessandro Berni, Call for Bushwick has taken place in multiple locations across the ever changing neighborhood of Bushwick in the past; 1st year at 56 Bogart street, second year at 299 Meserole street, 3rd year at Utopia and this year at the ex-Third Ward building, 195 Morgan Ave. The theme of this years contest was “Don’t Stop Me Now” a declaration of progressive momentum that is in mid swing which generates a chill of excitement in the spine of the believers in a positive effort generating progressive results. Opening night brought in a slight challenge to the show, namely the weather was monsoon-like with heavy rains and high winds. This did not stop the show, aptly named, from pulling in guests from the area and the artists themselves who made their presences known amongst the party. This show kicked off the first night prompting the weekend of Bushwick Open Studios.
A group show of stellar talent, 23 artists graced the raw studio walls of this Bushwick loft. Blond Jenny and her magnetic personality, drew in many guests to view her hologram pieces with her own signature doll-like character (also name Blond Jenny) featured in front of some very intriguing backgrounds which represent the dichotomy between life in South Korean and life in New York City. Mo Kong whose works are deeply impacted by social events, showed his video “I wanna to talk to the government, shut up!!” which features the artist waiting patiently while patrons write a note on a white wall (presumably one to their government) and once they have finished, the artist paints over their note with a Tom Sawyer size white wash paintbrush. Additionally in the room were the undeniable sculptures of Elizabeth Keithline whose wire woven animals of “Only the Strong Survive” made a strong presence. She is known for having invented a sculpture technique called Lost Box, wherein wire is woven around an object which is then burned, leaving only a wire mesh. Scanning the walls further you notice Hong Yun, a media artist whose work “explores the absurdity behind this contemporary systematic and manicured world”. She had a stand-out video installation drawing many viewers to her absurdly curious “The Green Project” which with its heavy use of the color green and spirited performances seemed to have an incredibly fun and mocking tone about them with a core of political comment. On the opposite side of the space, Dawn Kramlich’s word sculpture which incorporates language, repetition and text specificity stretched 9 feet long and left viewers pensive. A conversation was happening between all the artworks speaking across the room the each other in many different languages with many types of personalities with an underlying theme of hard work, determination and artistic journalism that brought this selected group together for a fantastic show on an important date of the year for Bushwick Art. Also notable artists of the show were the sculptures of Younghoo Lee, Joseph Dolinsky and Mary Mattingly, the barbed nests of Pamela Casper, the paintings of Henry Kim, Masaya Nakayama, and Barbara Ishikura and the photographs of Torreja and Jack Toolin.
Next year, the show will be leaving the nest of it’s past to fly away to Chelsea, sporting a new theme for the future. It will take place on December 14-16 2014 and the title of the contest is “Environmental Vibrations“.