With another summer comes another edition of Bushwick Open Studios, the vastly popular arts open that brings a flood of visitors, artists and events to one of North Brooklyn’s strongest arts communities.
This year, BOS is featuring an impressive number of curated and independently produced exhibitions on top of the usual range of open studio tours, gallery exhibitions and special performance events. The events of BOS 2015 will center around the event’s main exhibition, Seeking Space, at Be Electric Studios, an opening that marks a slight shift to the east from the event’s usual center around the Morgan Avenue L Train, perhaps a result of the rapidly accelerating gentrification in the area. Opening Friday night, the show will feature over 60 artists, taking up the full expanse of the space, and will also feature music and food. The Sugarlift Gallery, located close to the now-defunct Bushwick arts/workspace hub Third Ward, will also play a central role in the weekend’s proceedings, hosting a rooftop party and event during the course of the week. Microscope Gallery, one of the neighborhood’s standout exhibition spaces, will also be presenting during the fair, showing its recently opened solo exhibition of the work of Kevin Reuning.
The studios themselves remain the draw for BOS, and the communal nature of the event will be sure to promise rewards for the intrepid festival-goer. Major artist hubs like 17-17 Troutman (technically on the other side of the Bushwick-Ridgewood border), as well as Brooklyn Brush and the 56 Bogart Street building will continue to serve as major draws during the course of the weekend, considering the sheer numbers of artists still maintaining studios there. Another recommended stop is 59 Jefferson, where the EyeBodega design collective will be hosting a pair of music performances as well as new works in their signature freewheeling style.
The NEWD Art Fair is also returning for BOS weekend, opening the doors of the impressive industrial spaces of The 1896 on Johnson Avenue for its tightly curated program. Only 11 galleries will take part in the fair, including neighborhood mainstays Signal and Regina Rex (which recently moved its offices over to Manhattan), as well as its Bed-Stuy neighbors American Medium. Other spaces include Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, the illustration-centered exhibition space that recently hosted a massive exhibition of works focused on the duck as a subject, as well as the Department of Signs and Symbols, which has earned impressive attention after a strong presentation of Daniel Horowitz works earlier this year.
The sheer density and number of studios in Bushwick makes for a compelling event, but also makes it nearly impossible to summarize in total. Running from Friday through Sunday, interested art viewers are encouraged to lose themselves in the crowded hallways and homes of Brooklyn’s young arts community.
— D. Creahan