This is the biggest one yet!!! BOS2013 features 598 registered spaces with a map that divides them into six zones stretching the geographic lines which make up the creative neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. We spent our Memorial Day Weekend studying yet another year’s daunting event program and came up with a relatively short survey of events, exhibitions, and studios that should not be missed… or at least those that we’ll not miss!
Official 2013 Launch Party
@ Shea Stadium, 20 Meadow Str, Fri, May 31, 8pm-2am
The Official Bushwick Open Studios Launch Party is a one-night celebration composed entirely of local talent, showcasing music by Brooklyn favorites: Eula, Lodro, and Darlings. Open bar compliments of Brooklyn Brewery. Photo booth with live digital feed courtesy of The Bosco.
@ Norte Maar, 83 Wyckoff Ave, #1B, Sat, Jun 1, 11am-2pm
This event has been the obvious tops for six years running. Stop by Bushwick longest running apartment gallery, Norte Maar, have a morning mimosa with us, meet up with your art posse and grab your maps. While there check out the exhibition Portraits of Fern featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture and installations celebrating one of Bushwick’s most beloved dogs, Fern.
Community Mural Launch Party
@ Moore Street Market, 110 Moore Str, Sat, Jun 1, 12pm-5pm
Celebrate the unveiling of a new public mural in the outdoor aquaponic farm space at La Marqueta de Williamsburg. Artist and Bushwick resident, Miriam Castillo and students from the Beacon Center for Arts and Leadership, developed the mural titled “How Does Food Unite People”. The event will feature live music and of course foods from the market. For another kid friendly event check out Rockit Boy (1009 Broadway, #203) featuring kids’ sticker art. All donations support Educated Little Monsters Youth Group.
Electronic Music Showcase
@ Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Ave, Sat, Jun 1, 10pm-4am
This late-night event encourages party-goers to dance the night away to beats spun by local, up-and-coming electronic music masters at one of Bushwick’s best after-hour scenes. Cash bar, 21+ over. Featuring Octo Octa, Datalog, Tomeeo, Nanohumans, and Stephane Bonenfant.
Zone 1 / BOS#004
Art Hoarders @ The House of 157 Pleasures, 157 Manhattan Ave, #1F
House of 157 Pleasures presents a representation of art we all make and art we all hoard… 20 yrs worth! Most of which has never been seen! Expect the wall covered in art, tables stacked with books on magick and poetry that’s been published by roommates, plus a variety of handmade jewelry in addition to an art making station. We can’t wait to get lost in this totality!
Zone 2 / BOS#202
What I Like About You @ Parallel Art Space, 1717 Troutman, rm#220
This show, organized by artist Julie Torres, invites 19 international artists to Bushwick to select one work from a Brooklyn artist, and show that work alongside their own. As Bushwick has quickly become an international artist’s mecca with artists from around the globe flocking here to connect creatively, we look forward to meeting a totally new group of artists while celebrating a few of our own. AIRPLANE (70 Jefferson Str) hosts their own international exchange as they collaborate with Studio B104 of 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo transmitting art between both spaces.
Zone 3 / BOS#079
Hotel @ 796 Broadway, 2nd & 3rd flrs
Hotel features two floors with a concierge of six artists in building that has been a live/work space for 11 years: Cat Glennon (collage), James Reeder (analog photographs), Matt Brownell (collage), Rahaul Alexander (installation/painting), Nesta Mayo (drawing/painting), and Ken Madore (collage). Expect a meticulous presentation of art and terrific views from the third floor. Also opening at 796 Broadway is the inaugural exhibition for Silver Projects featuring a group photography exhibition.
Other exhibitions on our short list:
Zone 2 / BOS#042 Legend of Drafts @ Centotto, 250 Moore Str, #108
Rock Street 2013 @ Outdoor sculpture installed on Rock Str
Zone 5 / BOS#215 Hart Haus @ 1042 Hart Str, curated by Oliver and Jessica Ralli
Zone 6 / Hub I Enlightenment @ Outlet Fine Art, 253 Wilson Ave
Zone 2 / BOS#70
Studio of Ryan Michael Ford
513 Johnson Avenue #2 (btwn Porter + Varick Ave)
Ryan Michael Ford is one of the most imaginatively gifted and technically skilled artists of the Bushwick scene. His comic surreal oil paintings are so far out that they escape definition. This guy loves what he does.
Zone 4 / BOS#139
Studio of Abel Macias
1049 Willoughby Ave
For those interested in crossover of fine art and graffiti you’ve got to check out Abel Macias. Stop by and be prepared to loose yourself in his “rabbit hole” studio.
Zone 5 / BOS#177
Studio of Liv Mette Larsen
386 Jefferson, Ground flr
Liv found a garage complete with a dusty old Cadillac to exhibit twenty paintings inspired by the Bushwick skyline as seen from the artist’s studio.
Zone 5 / BOS#180
Studio of Andrew Szobody
Studio of Natalie Simon
382 Jefferson Street (btwn Wyckoff + Irving)
We’ve been following both artists for quite some time. Both artists have been working feverishly and well under the radar. Andrew does these labor intense drawings and sculpture while Natalie does painting and sculpture addressing themes of information, language and society. Both artists function within a conceptual framework.
Zone 5 / BOS#219
Studio of Amery Kessler and Mary Jane Ward
1710 Himrod (btwn Himrod + Seneca Ave)
This studio pushes more than just the geographic borders. Amery is deeply involved in a new social performance project call “Drum Casket USA” and Mary Jane Ward makes pristine drawings from life.
Other studios on our short list:
Zone 2 / BOS#066: Bruce Dow, 119 Ingraham Str, #407
Zone 2 / BOS#071: Patricia Satterlee, 117 Grattan Str, #312
Zone 4 / BOS#137: Tyrome Tripoli, 217 Troutman Str
Zone 5 / BOS#176: David McBride, 1182 Flushing Ave, 2nd flr
Zone 5 / BOS#179: Meg Lipke, 347 Troutman Str, #223
Of Special Mention:
Lastly, making this BOS even more special is the one-person exhibition of Chloë Bass. Her The Bureau of Self-Recognition opens Fri, May 31, at Momenta Art (56 Bogart Str). For those of you that need a history lesson, Chloë was one of the few amazing individuals, which included neighborhood great Laura Braslow, who way back when integrated themselves into the resident Bushwick community. Chloë helped make BOS what it is today, so everyone should swing by Momenta Art and check out her show that is bound to amaze!
Hats off to that core group of lead organizers that continues to make BOS one of the greatest art events in New York City!