Bushwick’s premiere non-profit arts organization, Norte Maar, presents its 12th installment of Beat Nite, Friday, March 6. Heralded as the most underground, exciting, and fiercely independent, Beat Nite is a late night Bushwick-wide gallery night. This edition is curated by critic Ben Sutton and features a range of the alternative and established. Don’t miss the art and the after party hosted by The Vazquez.
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On the Necessity of Thinking Big: A Talk with Jason Andrew
By Thomas Micchelli
Hyperallergic, Feb 25, 2012
A week ago, on the night of Friday, February 17th, two incongruently mirrored exhibitions opened on either side of the East River: Charles Atlas’ The Illusion of Democracy at Luhring Augustine’s new Bushwick outpost; and What I Know, a large group show of Bushwick artists, curated by Jason Andrew, at the New York Center for Art & Media Studies (NYCAMS) in Chelsea.
The exchange between these two events, which witnessed scores of Bushwick denizens heading to Manhattan for What I Know and then back again to attend the red carpet Luhring Augustine affair (joining such bold-face names as Marina Abramović, Klaus Biesenbach, Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith), demonstrated the complexity of the Bushwick community’s ambitions, its heady possibilities and inevitable perils.
It used to be simple: an alternative art scene would spring up in a scruffy neighborhood, and — in a scenario replicating the domination of the Neanderthals by the Cro-Magnons — the laidback outsiders either interbred with or were vanquished by the more aggressive high-end gallery elite. In the case of Bushwick, the levers are in place, but the outcome is not so certain.
Jason Andrew has been a longtime activist in the Bushwick artists’ community, which burst into unanticipated coherence and visibility last April at the Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, with the three-evening run of In The Use of Others for the Change, produced by Andrew’s nonprofit organization, Norte Maar. A ballet in three movements, In the Use of Others wedded the choreography of Julia K. Gleich and her troupe of dancers with the talents of artists Audra Wolowiec, Austin Thomas, Kevin Regan, Andrew Hurst, Shona Masarin and Amery Kessler.
Writing in The New Criterion, James Panero had this to say about the production:
One thought was that I was seeing the reincarnation of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Maybe that idea won’t excite everyone as much as it excited me. For a while I have harbored a belief that the groves of Bushwick grow the same special fruit and enjoy the same artistic climate that gave rise to Montparnasse a century ago. The reappearance of the ballet troupe of the Parisian avant-garde would seem to support my theory.
(image via Hyperallergic.com)
Norte Maar has been a proud member and facilitator, uniting artists and defining the creative neighborhood of Bushwick. Last Thursday The Bogart Salon hosted the first of what was announced to be a series of panels discussing the Bushwick art scene. Hosted by Peter Hopkins of Bogart Salon and moderated by Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic, guests panelists include Deborah Brown, artist and owner of StorefrontBushwick gallery, Thomas Burr Dodd, owner of Brooklyn Fireproof, culture writer Carolina A. Miranda of C-Monster fame and Marco Antonini, the gallery director of Nurture Art.
L Magazine in reporting on the panel quoted Norte Maar Director Jason Andrew:
How, then, to preserve this community in the midst of such rapid and widespread change? “If you want a cautionary tale,” [William] Powhida said, “Pierogi (in Williamsburg) is a place that has stayed true; it wasn’t washed away in the tide of money.” Jason Andrew, who runs the arts organization and gallery Norte Maar in his apartment, concurred with this sentiment about staying true to a scene’s origins. He warned: “The one thing that kills Bushwick is organization […] What keeps Bushwick interesting is the spontaneity.”
Art critic James Panero of The New Criterion commented from the audience that he hoped to see the continuation and preservation of the apartment gallery community. Speaking of apartment galleries, Paul D’Agostino of Centotto had the most poignant comment of the evening stating, “I’ve heard it said that ‘history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes,’ and I think that’s relevant here.”
As the neighborhood continues to change, Norte Maar will continue to do what it does for as long as it can with spontaneity and collaboration at it’s heart!
For additional reports on the panel follow the links below:
Alfred Steiner’s “Erased Schulnik (Diptych)” (2010) and “This Is Not a Work of Visual Art” (2010)
“I am excited by the new frontier Steiner’s work suggests,” writes Hyperallergic editor Hrag Vartanian of Steiner’s use of innovative 3D printing technology. Clancco‘s Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento discussed the same artwork, detailing the copyright nuances of Steiner’s move to reproduce another artist’s work. The original painting, created by Allison Schulnik, as well as Steiner’s replica, and several other of his works are on view at Norte Maar through January 29.
The latest edition of BEAT NITE drew hearty crowds to several familiar spaces and the inaugural group show of AIRPLANE, a newly launched artist run basement space. One of the first crisp evenings of the season didn’t discourage the neighborhood from coming out to take in the concrete triangles of Audra Wolowiec’s installation here at Norte Maar, the insect filled plastic tank included in Rob Andrews solo show at English Kills, and nautical themed musings in Centotto’s group show.
The after party at Bodega was star studded with all the neighborhood favorites in attendance. Lots to drink and some fabulous voguing too. Thanks to all the spaces, all the artists, and our great peeps that made this BEAT NITE one of the best! Anticipation for the seventh installment of this bi-annual neighborhood event is already building.
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As part of Arts In Bushwick’s day long BETA spaces festival, Norte Maar presented a Map n Mimosa breakfast to prepare visitors for a day full of special events all over the neigborhood .
Arts in Bushwick: Beta Spaces
by Kylie Jane Wakefield, Greenpoint Gazette
A Trip Through Beta Spaces
by James Daniel, Hyperallergic
Hyperallergic + Norte Maar Raise Over $1,300 for Camp Pocket Utopia
by Hrag Vartanian
Hyperallergic, June 23, 2010
We did it! Last night’s “One Image, One Minute: Significant People Present Significant Images” event was a success. The evening raised over $1,300 for Camp Pocket Utopia in upstate New York, and thank you to everyone who donated to this worthwhile project. The children of Rouses Point, New York, and the surrounding North Country also thank you!
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