Insider’s Guide to Bushwick Open Studios 2014
Twenty must-see studios during this year's massive art weekend in Brooklyn.
If Chelsea is the showroom, where art goes to be put on display and sold off, then the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick is something like the assembly line. An exceptionally dense concentration of New York City’s artists live and work here, from household names like Fred Tomaselli, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Jules de Balincourt, to hundreds of lesser-knowns and recent MFA earners. Every year, during Bushwick Open Studios (BOS), the doors to this sprawling art factory are thrown open, offering you the opportunity to meet artists, visit their spaces, and see and discuss their work up close.
True to form, BOS’s eighth edition, running May 30–June 1, is impossibly huge, with more than 600 open studios, gallery shows, pop-up exhibitions, performances, special events, and other assorted art happenings due to take place across a vast swath of land stretching from East Williamsburg deep into Ridgewood, Queens. To help you make sense of it all, we’ve compiled a 20-stop guide to BOS 2014 based on some familiar art world figures and art historical precedents.
The Maya Lin–like Environmentalist–Neo-Traditionalist: Ellie Irons at the Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture, Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Avenue).
The Ruin Porn Photographer: Phil Buehler (304 Boerum Street, ground floor).
The Julie Mehretu–like Postmodern Architectural Mashups: Ben Boothby (55 Meadow Street, #206).
The Wayne White–like 3D Text Additions: JF Lynch (41 Varick Avenue, #202).
The Andrea Zittel–esque Artist-Architect-Utopian Designer: Merav Ezer (274 Morgan Avenue, Studio G).
The Kadar Brockian Canvas Abuser: Jamie Sneider (56 Bogart Street, #225).
The Carrie Moyer–like Biomorphic Abstractionist: Patricia Satterlee (117 Grattan Street, #302).
The Ashley Bickertonian Tropical Mystic: Trish Tillman (117 Grattan Street, #414).
The I-Ain’t-No–Dale Chihuly Glass Sculptor: Dave Hardy (1828 Troutman Street).
The Neo–James Ensor Ominous Eccentric: Akira Horikawa (949 Willoughby Avenue, #203).
The Betty Tompkinsian Porn Paintings: Alexandra Rubinstein (910 Grand Street, second floor).
The Whimsical Cat Painter: Jessica Hargreaves (1013 Grand Street, #6).
The Rauschenbergian Combines in Fauve Hues: Sasha Cohen (1013 Grand Street, #20).
The 1960s Psychedelia Throwback: Peter Fox (1013 Grand Street, #26).
The Damien Hirst-with-a-Conscience Conceptualist: J. Robert Feld (1013 Grand Street, #28).
The Dali-Meets–Donkey Kong Geek Surrealist: Ryan Michael Ford (513 Johnson Avenue, #2).
The Art Fair: The NEWD Art Show at the 1896 (592 Johnson Avenue).
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