This year, we asked the Hyperallergic team to pick a few artists they deemed “worthy to keep your eye on” from their travals across the mega-swathe of Brooklyn and Queens known as Bushwick Open Studios (BOS).
Stocked with Havarti cubes and iced kegs, Bushwick artists swept up and opened their doors to the public this weekend for the 2013 Bushwick Open Studios (BOS). Air-conditioned workspaces became premium real estate as the festival’s seventh incarnation, hosted by nonprofit Arts in Bushwick, welcomed large crowds along with hot weather.
There aren’t as many outskirts to Bushwick Open Studios as there once were. The 2013 edition was brimming even at the very edges of designated “Bushwick,” which really oozes over into the adjacent East Williamsburg and Ridgewood, though it seems steadfast in not stepping over the Broadway line to Bed-Stuy. It was in this area just north of the Broadway border that I set out to explore this past weekend, and where even if it’s only getting more developed, it’s still anchored by some more offbeat places to see and create art. A 48-foot tractor trailer, for one.
One type of artwork Bushwick probably does not need more of these days is abstract painting. Another type it may or may not need more of is work in 3-D imaging and modeling (discuss). But two artists who use this medium in very different ways are being presented at gallery spaces near each other in Bushwick this weekend. The contrast is so good, it comes to seem like a purposeful pairing.
There are a lot of studios in Bushwick, and a lot of white boxes and apartment galleries, too. If you need a break from any or all of those, I recommend venturing out to 299 Meserole Street, where recent alumni of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Sculpture and Extended Media MFA program have taken over part of a warehouse.
So much to see, but here’s my short list of things you should most definitely check out today, the last day of Bushwick Open Studios.
Luhring Augustine holds forth, a garrison mirage, on Bushwick’s Knickerbocker Avenue. After several hours of 56 Bogart bohemia, that grey facade, all frosted glass and sleek surveillance, seemed less sinister than inviting, the kind of place a down-to-earth oligarch might pass the time after putting their name down at Roberta’s.
Tonight’s hot weather drew throngs of visitors to the galleries of Bushwick, which kicked off the 2013 Bushwick Open Studios event. Tomorrow, artist studios will be the focus of everyone’s attention, but tonight galleries across the neighborhood attracted hundreds of visitors eager to enjoy the good weather and celebrate the community-wide festival.
The 7th Annual Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) will be the focus of this week’s Art Rx. Stretching out across Bushwick, most of Williamsburg, and neighboring Ridgewood, but strangely still not Bedford Stuyvesant, BOS 2013 will include 604 shows that are impossible to navigate without some help … so that’s where we come in.
Arts in Bushwick, Tumblr, and Hyperallergic have resurrected Walking Into the Dashboard from The World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium for the 2013 Bushwick Open Studios.