In his studio, an artist stenciled unicorns to disco music, while upstairs a poetry reading was taking place in the same room as a makeshift tattoo parlor.
The weather’s getting hotter — at least it was last weekend — which can only mean one thing: it’s time for Bushwick Open Studios!
The Bushwick boom continues. When it opens its doors on Friday, October 4, the painting-focused Life on Mars gallery will be the newest entrant to the Bushwick art scene, joining the bustle at the 56 Bogart building.
The impetus for the Bushwick Open Studios weekend is the concept of the “open studio.” It’s an opportunity for artists, curators and dealers to visit and talk to artists about their work in their spaces. But this past weekend, 56 Bogart Street served as a microcosm of the new Bushwick, where dealers with commercial galleries and artists with studios were presenting work to the public together, creating a larger event in which artists and dealers were functioning both in concert and at cross purposes at the same time.
Hyperallergic has always kept its finger on the pulse of Bushwick’s growing art scene. This Thursday Hyperallergic editor, Hrag Vartanian, broadens the discussion, as he moderates the “Confronting Bushwick: A Discussion on the Nature and Future of the Bushwick Art Scene” panel at Bushwick’s Bogart Salon, one of the galleries in the burgeoning 56 Bogart Street art building.
In my art explorations around Bushwick I ventured off the beaten track and visited a few new art spaces.