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Wandering Around Bushwick’s Second International Gallery Biennial

(all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)
Inside the Buggy Factory were projects by Enrico Gomez of the Dorado Project, who worked with Grey Cube Projects, based in Bogotá, Colombia; 12ø, based in London, England; and Proto Gallery, based in Hoboken, New Jersey. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

On a chilly October weekend, Exchange Rates spread a foreign invasion of art across a particularly industrial area of Bushwick and East Williamsburg. Islands of art in small galleries throughout the neighborhood forged surprising, playful alliances between artists from London, Germany, Colombia, the Netherlands and elsewhere. A sampling collection of “non-objective artists” from the Netherlands presented at Transmitter gallery, while at Fresh Window three British artists all in their 70s — Douglas Alsop, Adam Barker-Mill, and Alan Johnston — all displayed work that all played with ideas of light and perception. The Buggy Factory, a gorgeous renovated brick barn with enormous skylights, was home to a particularly diverse crossover: Enrico Gomez of the New Jersey-based Dorado Project was paired with Grey Cube Projects, a group of artists from Bogotá, Colombia, alongside 12ø, based in London, and Proto Gallery, based in Hoboken.

Theodore:Art hosted several speakers Saturday afternoon, including Chris Stiegler of the Institute For American Art, a tiny “no-profit” art space that’s only intermittently open to the public. “A romantic way of thinking about it is that we’re a flowering plant,” he told the audience. “We show up, we do beautiful things, and then we close back up again.” An hour or so later, in the same space, Faye Scott-Farrington opened her Ate Gallery, a table full of white square plates piled high with snacks — mainly gummi candy — that each referenced an important work of art (a heap of gummi skulls to represent Damien Hirst’s “For the Love of God,” bears to represent Jeff Koons’ “Winter Bears.”) The art could be purchased for a dollar an ounce: “Build your collection of sought-after historical masterpieces,” a promotional flyer advised, but added, as a warning, “Art can never be guaranteed nut free, the art world is full of them.

Gummi candy popped up again at a show hosted by SHIM, an art exhibition company inside the ArtHelix space. There, the candy was more of a straightforward bribe, with sour belts and licorice ropes offered in exchange for Instagramming pictures from the show. Downstairs in the same space, QWERTY took over a back room, a gentle, goofy art collective from Denmark. They offered visitors various forms of “therapy:” one wrote personalized lullabies, while another stocked a makeshift bar. “Every bartender should have a little psychology training,” he said, winking.

Detail of a large painting by Raphael Fenton-Spaid, Star Garden, at BLAM
Detail of a large painting by Raphael Fenton-Spaid, Star Garden, at BLAM
Image from a video by Heather Raquel Phillips, Sextra Curricular Activity, at BLAM
Image from a video by Heather Raquel Phillips, Sextra Curricular Activity, at BLAM
Part of Transmitter's Walk the Line exhibition, featuring a work by Jason Hughes
Part of Transmitter Gallery’s Walk the Line exhibition, featuring a work by Jason Hughes
A work by Annette Sonnewend at Tiger Strikes Asteriod gallery
A work by Annette Sonnewend at Tiger Strikes Asteriod (TSA) gallery
Inside Tiger Strikes Asteriod gallery
Inside Tiger Strikes Asteriod gallery
From the Three British Artists in Their 70's show featuring work by Douglas Allsop, Adam Barker-Mill and Alan Johnston.
From the Three British Artists in Their 70s show featuring work by Douglas Allsop, Adam Barker-Mill and Alan Johnston. This is a box piece by Adam Barker-Mill.
Detail of a sculpture by Michael Kukla from The Buggy Factory. It is presented by PROTO Gallery.
Detail of a sculpture by Michael Kukla from The Buggy Factory. It is presented by PROTO Gallery.
Jackie Mock's “366 Wishbones (Leap Year)" from The Buggy Factory
Jackie Mock’s “366 Wishbones (Leap Year)” from The Buggy Factory
Detail of a piece by Miler Lagos, The great tree of Water, from Greycube at The Buggy Factory
Detail of a piece by Miler Lagos, The great tree of Water, from Greycube at The Buggy Factory
Handmade Thrasher shirt from The Buggy Factory
Handmade Thrasher shirt from The Buggy Factory
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Inside the Buggy Factory
A view of the 10 minute talks event at Theodore:Art
A view of the 10 minute talks event at Theodore:Art
Artist Faye Scott-Farrington's Ate Gallery, which consisted of a table full of white square plates piled high with art-inspired snacks.
Artist Faye Scott-Farrington’s Ate Gallery, which consisted of a table full of white square plates piled high with art-inspired snacks.
A sculpture by Alice Jane Woods at Theodore:Art gallery
A sculpture by Alice Jane Woods at Theodore:Art gallery
A work by Johannah Herr
A work by Johannah Herr
Works by Bridget Frances Quinn and giant paper airplanes by Michael Scoggins
Works by Bridget Frances Quinn and giant paper airplanes by Michael Scoggins at ArtHelix, which is part of the Wassaman Projects display in collaboration with Butter Projects
One of the projects at ArtHelix
One of the projects at ArtHelix
One of the projects at ArtHelix
One of the projects at ArtHelix
Inside QWERTY's show in ArtHelix
Inside QWERTY’s show in ArtHelix
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A view of the QWERTY therapy sessions at ArtHelix
A view of the QWERTY therapy sessions at ArtHelix
A view of the QWERTY therapy sessions at ArtHelix
Hanging works by Kat Ryals at ArtHelix
Hanging works by Kat Ryals at ArtHelix
Detail of a piece at the Arthelix exhibition by Peter Hopkas
Detail of a piece at the Arthelix exhibition by Peter Hopkas
Part of Shim's display at ArtHelix
Part of Shim’s display at ArtHelix

Exchange Rates II took place at various Brooklyn galleries on Thursday, October 20 until Sunday, October 23, 2016.

 

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