Those arriving at 17-17 Troutman today may have been surprised to find a small canopy out front advertising free refreshments consisting of dry cookies and minuscule cups of water and lemonade, compliments of the building’s seemingly agreeable management, “David Steinberg and Crew.” But beyond the stunning views of the Manhattan skyline offered by its elevated Ridgewood locale, landlord turbulence is threatening 17-17 Troutman. Despite the rocky fate of many key tenants, an impressive array of participation was on hand for this year’s Bushwick Open Studios. 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 juggernaut, one whose standouts, enumerated below, can hold their own with any studio building in New York.
Bushwick Open Studios continues at 17-17 Troutman (17-17 Troutman Street, Ridgewood, Queens) through Sunday, June 1.