Photo Essays

Musings & Images from the 2011 Bushwick Open Studios

by Hrag Vartanian on September 13, 2011

I admit it, sometimes I’m slow to post something. Case in point, my article on the 2011 Bushwick Open Studios was published in the summer edition of the Brooklyn Rail but I never got around the publishing in here. So, here I go. Posting this piece I wrote before summer started right before the season ends. I’ve also uploaded a whole bunch of photos from my tour of the neighborhood. For more photos from BOS 2011, visit the Hyperallergic Facebook page:

What a difference five years makes. From a scrappy and dispersed open studios festival, Brooklyn’s — if not New York’s — largest  such event, Bushwick Open Studios (BOS), has grown to 161 locations, including 16 information hubs and hundreds of artists over a three-mile stretch of  the nebulous neighborhood known as Bushwick.

In 2008, I wrote in this publication about that year’s BOS and mentioned that “If living in the neighborhood once felt like an urban exile, today it’s starting to feel like a form of prescience.” I can assure you the future has arrived.  The visual arts community has more than quadrupled, but, like most fortunetelling, it’s not quite what you expected.

Full article here.

Skewville’s giant boom box dominated Flushing and was a nod to old skool New York, which has almost completely disappeared in Bushwick.

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Mike Olin’s studio demonstrates his has a thing for leopards eating (or is that humping) people.

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An installation at the English Kills Art Gallery show with a work by Don Pablo Pedro, “Peony Creampie” (nd), flanked by smaller works by Judith Supine, “Serpent Handler” (nd) and “Black Death” (nd)

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Cardboard works by Susan Hamburger that resemble porcelain and depicts well-known Wililamsburg landmarks.

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Artist Lori Kirkbride demonstrating her punch card system. She punches in every time she goes to comes into and leaves her studio.

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Shawn Gallager, previously known for his Star Trek: The Next Generation-related work, has moved onto art about comedian Gallagher.

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This artist, Kohei, gathered retail bags from stories across New York and Tokyo. The silk works are by Mayuko Okada.

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Interstate Project’s Tom Weinrich during BOS 2011.

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The art-filled epicenter of artistic Bushwick, Bogart and Grattan Streets.

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A view of the attendees of Sharon Butler’s “The Economics of Open Studios” discussion, which was part of Austin Thomas’s Meet me At the Market at the local Moore Street Market.
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Kevin Regan of Famous Accountants in Tatiana Berg’s studio at 1717 Troutman.

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A beautiful ribbon work by Stephen Lichty, “Ribbon (Blue)” (2010) at 1717 Troutman.

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A work by Paul Gagner in the foreground.

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Some of the watercolors in Warren Thomas’s studio. Thomas is currently a contributor to Hyperallergic but wasn’t when I snapped this pic. The work on the right is titled “Whack-ak-ak-a” (2010).

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Lovely paintings by Angelina Gualdoni.

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A lovely view from a patio at 1717 Troutman.

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Joann Kim and Angel R. Núñez chilling in the Factory Fresh backyard. Tamara Gonzales and Ben Godward are sharing a moment on the right.

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Aaron Short and Ali Aschman have an affectionate moment in a “house” she painted.

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A quiet moment in the garden of the Onderdonk House.

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An orange sculpture by Tyrome Tripoli amidst a very Bushwick setting in the backyard of the Onderdonk House with chicken coop and facotry building.

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A work by Mary Schiliro, “Dripped dry in Bushwick” (2011), outside Norte Maar on Wyckoff Avenue.

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A work by Ryan Ford at Curbs and Stoops.

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This New Orleans transplant, Heidi Elbers, was offering hurricane and King’s bread to visitors to her studio.

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A child soldier street art piece in the warehouse land near the Montrose L stop. It is by Enzo & Nio.

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A view of the “Blood, Sweat and Tears: The Work of Art and Tragedy” show at Nurture Art. Boris Raisin’s “Godzilla Does Right” (2011) dominates the space.

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Jenny Morgan’s paintings in her studio.

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A view of Andy Jordan’s “You + Me,” which is a sculpture “investigating the impact we have on each others’ thoughts.”

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Part of the display for Miriam Simun’s “The Human Cheese Project,” which I guess is pretty self-explanatory. There were no samples available for tasting.

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A work by Ben Finer in a case.

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Thickly “painted” works by Mathieu Lefevre.

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Works by Ivy Mix. Thank you, Twitter!

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Leah Tacha’s “Golfing Buddies” (2011).

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Paintings by Beth Letain, both from 2011.

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A view of Lo-Fi Asian Folk’s Gestures of Orbicular Topology show out of a garage/studio on Wilson Avenue, near Willoughby.

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Bushwick Open Studios took place from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5.

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  • Anonymous

    omg I want that Godzilla in my apartment.

    p.s. great photos, thx for posting these!

  • Anonymous

    omg I want that Godzilla in my apartment.

    p.s. great photos, thx for posting these!

  • Anonymous

    omg I want that Godzilla in my apartment.

    p.s. great photos, thx for posting these!

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