AO Onsite (with photoset) – Bushwick, Brooklyn – Bushwick Open Studios, Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th

June 7th, 2011

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.

Alana Fitzgerald with her work at Splinters and Logs Studio

More images and links after the jump…

Kyu Seok Oh at his studio with “Counting Sheep”

“Sunglasses for the Face” installation by Arielle Falk at Interstate Projects

William Kirwan’s Studio

Eric Lindveit’s studio

Mike Schreiber at his studio

An installation by Kohei Fujita

Artist Sam Simon posing in his studio

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.

Artist Ohio Mike creating 30 second portraits of passersby on matchbooks

Laurel Lueders in her studio – Behind her are archival prints of composite images.

Work by Amanda C. Mathis

Oliver Warden at his studio

A performance of Joe Jagos’s ‘Second Life Wedding’ in a backyard residence

Street art in production.

Cynthia Lovan at Cuckoo’s House of Cats

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.

Preparation for a performance at 49B Studios

Peter Lapsley’s studio

A dance performance by local Bushwick students

Related Links:

Arts in Bushwick [Main Page]
Seen on the Streets and in the Halls at Bushwick Open Studios 2011 [L Magazine]
DIY Bushwick [Brooklyn Rail]