Having two entities using the same word to identify similar services is likely a problem. Case in point, Booklyn.
This past June, artist and curator Aimee Lusty took over as Booklyn’s gallery director. Lusty proposed a program that promotes artists primarily working in print: each show she curated would include print artists showing fine art work, and each show would result in a zine catalogue with contributions and samples from every artist (a concept us at Hyperallergic are familiar with). Hunter/Gatherer, Booklyn’s most recent exhibit, features artists Evan Roberts, Jason Kachadourian, Jessica Williams, Jon Bocksel and Scott Meyers.
This year’s Northside Open Studios (formerly Greenpoint Open Studios) benefited from the publicity associated with the major north Brooklyn art, film and music festival, but what it didn’t have was the art world buzz that the Bushwick Open Studios enjoys after years of promotion. I personally think north Brooklyn is big enough for two major open studio events and, in my opinion, any opportunity to discover new talent or see artists in their natural habitat is more than welcome.
In his month’s WG News, Hyperallergic devotes its “Off the Wall” column to our picks for what to do and see during this upcoming weekend’s Northside Open Studios.
If you don’t know the names of Pen15 Press, Wild Isle, For the Birds collective, Birdsong Collective, Burn Books and Brooklyn Arts Press yet, you probably should. These groups are producing indie art books worth a look, and form the center of Brooklyn DIY arts publishing. Yet even given the ready scene of indie publishing and willing artists and writers, creating and selling good work remains a day-to-day battle in the cacophony of Brooklyn creative production.