Bushwick Open Studios marked its 5th anniversary with this year’s showcase, opening artist’s studios, lofts and even private apartments to the public. Over 350 artists participated in the event orchestrated by Arts in Bushwick, a volunteer-based organization. Those undeterred by the temporary (yet seemingly endless) suspension of the L train made their way to the offbeat Brooklyn neighborhood via a series of shuttles, bikes, car services and the like. The Bushwick area is arguably the highest concentration of new artist studios and residences in the greater metro area. Similar to the progression underwent by Soho in the 1970’s, Bushwick is filled with industrial lofts permeated by a natural light that results in suitable studio spaces for artists. In this neighborhood, however, the art hangs not only in these “designated spaces” but is alive in the streets and sidewalks.
More images and links after the jump…
Ali Miharbi, Rythmanalysis – In this piece, set up in a residence opened as gallery, the artist distributed solenoids to points on the wall, floor and columns. The solenoids were fit with tags of words such as “love” “death” “drink.” Each time the word appeared on twitter the solenoid tapped metal into the surface of the wall, floor etc. rendering the physical space into a sonic representation of “twitterverse” dialog.
Marco Poggio, I Can’t Sleep – In this piece the artist set up a video art piece in a room at a residence. The piece could only be viewed by climbing up a ladder in the backyard to the roof and looking through the skylight.