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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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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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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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Disco-era Bushwick

In the late 1970s and early 80s, Meryl Meisler, then a young photographer and self-described club kid, began documenting the bacchanalian nightlife of the city’s most notorious downtown clubs. In the early 80s, as a New York public school teacher, she also started photographing the near-total devastation of Bushwick, Brooklyn, a neighborhood looted, burned, and abandoned by the city and its landlords.

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