Bushwick Open Studios 2014

Post image for 10 Artists to Watch from the 2014 Bushwick Open Studios

This year’s Bushwick Open Studios were as sprawling and eventful as ever. After recovering from last weekend, we’ve taken some time to reflect and asked Hyperallergic editors and contributors to suggest a few artists, none of whom we’ve previously highlighted, to watch.

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Post image for Painting with the City’s Invasive Plants

Many of the native plants in New York have been pushed out of the city’s concrete expanses, but that’s not to say the boroughs don’t have a botanic profile. Artist Ellie Irons has spent three summers cultivating and creating pigments from the invasive plant species that have taken root in vacant lots and urban gardens.

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Post image for Gutsy Artists: Outpost’s Heart Gymnastics

For those determined to see art in Bushwick off the beaten path, Outpost should be a staple. What’s so lovely about this space is that it seems centered around community and dialogue. The current exhibition, Hearts Gymnastics, curated by Yevgeniya Baras, is no exception.

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Post image for Heady Dreams Collide in Bushwick

The current joint exhibition Stone Dreams at apartment-turned-gallery ORGY PARK features the space’s founder/resident, Steve Mykietyn, and London-based artist Keef Winter.

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Post image for Thoughts on the Present and Future of Bushwick Open Studios

People’s reactions to Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) generally fall into two passionate camps: those who love the event and those who despise it.

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Post image for Dancing to the Beat of a Different Drumstick

The landscapes of the body and of the universe collide in a series of new works at Marissa Perel’s solo show The Voyager, the inaugural exhibition of Pseudo Empire gallery in Bushwick.

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Post image for Is the Planet Screwed? Artists at Bushwick Open Studios Ponder Nature’s Future

It’s no secret that climate change and pollution are wrecking the planet. Many artists at the Bushwick Open Studios were internalizing the doom and visualizing the gloom.

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Post image for Adventures in Styrofoam, Maximalism, and Photography During Bushwick Open Studios 2014

Stepping off the L at the Morgan stop on Friday afternoon, the first thing I saw was two girls lugging giant canvases across the platform; just outside, there’s a pair of white humanoid busts surrounded by cans of spray paint, seemingly inviting passerby to contribute. The main event may be over the weekend, but Bushwick was clearly ready for the beginning of this year’s Open Studios.

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Post image for Standouts from 17-17 Troutman During Bushwick Open Studios 2014

From hard-edge geometric abstraction to messy paintings to video works and photography, the range of the output was vast, and the quality often surprising. Though crowds were thinner than at the centrally-located 56 Bogart, which offers strong galleries but weaker studios, 17-17 Troutman remains a veritable a juggernaut, one whose standouts, enumerated below, can hold their own with any studio building in New York.

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Post image for Behind-the-scenes of Bushwick Art at 56 Bogart

Crowds flocked this Saturday to 56 Bogart Street, one of the main stops on the Bushwick Open Studios circuit.

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