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Norte Maar, Can Lifestyle, independent scene, Bushwick, Centotto, Pocket Utopia, English Kills, Bushwick

A painting by Brooke Moyse with Fern Dog at Norte Maar, Bushwick.

Can Lifestyle just posted this terrific look back at our early roots as an innovator in the independent art scene in New York.

“One New York neighbourhood that’s definitely one to be investigated is Bushwick,” writes Can Lifestyle, “the district has a lot to boast about with some of the best independent art galleries around. However, with this said, when thinking about touring around Bushwick, you have to move fast because some galleries might not be around next year.”

“The good news is,” the article continues,”the ones that do survive could be the galleries making a massive impact on the art scene – so it’s always good to keep an eye on them and an open mind when visiting them. Three independent galleries in Bushwick worth taking a peek at are English Kills, Norte Maar and Pocket Utopia.”

Another space definitely worth mentioning is the poetic Centotto, which has been an intimate force on the Bushwick hood since 2008. Run by artist Paul D’Agostino, the apartment gallery continues to do amazing things with his unique gallery program that is very reflective of D’Agostino’s personal artist statement:

The creation of visual art, at least in terms of my approaches thereto, entails processes of layered renderings closely akin to acts of translation, and thus akin to writing as well. Artwork and language, in other words, inhabit coterminous realms in my creative sphere—and the realms in which they dwell are coterminously broad.

For a related article (and a skip down the Bushwick memory lane) you can read this article Art on a Shoestring: that’s where creativity really thrives written by Jerry Saltz for NY Magazine, November 2008, which features Norte Maar among many of the early initiators of the Bushwick scene.

The timing of the article couldn’t have been sweeter as we gear up for our next installment of Beat Nite featuring new and alternative art spaces in Bushwick.

The complete article from Can Lifestlye can be found here.

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