I recently experienced the art scene in Bushwick for the first time. I am part of the gallery affiliation program at Loft 594 Gallery, an artist-run gallery on Bushwick Ave. The group exhibition and conference was last weekend. It is incredible to be part of such an exciting group of artists who are in similar stages in their careers, a year or several years out of grad school and actively making and sharing new work. While most of the group included artists who reside in Bushwick, or other parts of Brooklyn, there were several artists from other parts of the country, myself included.
Here is an excerpt from the press release. I included many links so that you can check out the galleries and artists who participated. The artists who I didn’t link to can be found at the Loft 594 website.
Loft 594 is pleased to present “Material Disruption,” a group show
featuring the work of eighteen gallery affiliated artists. The pieces in
the show propose a dialog, presented as documentation of process, traces of
practice, and evidence of material manipulation. In these works, the
materials used and the concepts explored are inherently connected,
dictating the final product. Mirroring ideas surrounding technological
disruption, this show seeks to apply similar principals to the art making
process, inviting artists to realize moments of disruption that push their
work to another level. The show celebrates moments of artistic insurgency,
moments where new things can happen.
Two panel discussions open to the public accompany the show on Sat, April 5.
Process Versus Concept
The Spectrum between what you like to make and the images you want to
create. Moderated by Mark Sengbusch, (Artist and Arts Advocate),
panelists: Will Hutnik, Aubrey Roemer, Kala Jerzy.
Bushwicked: Art Our Way
With Bushwick’s ever expanding art community, this panel will bring
together local gallerists, artists and writers to discuss trends
specific to Bushwick.
Moderated by Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, (Artist and Co-Founder of Higher
Yourself), panelists include: Jesse Martin (Honey Ramka), Katherine Aungier, (Harbor Gallery) Kikuko Tanaka (Momenta Gallery)
Artists: Sally Novak, Carlton Herbert, Jessica Mongeon, Jen Shepard,
Kristi Arnold, Caroline McAuliffe, Ceaphas Stubbs, E. Diamond Wilson,
Aimee Hertog, Judith Shimer, Nathalie Collins, Claire Breidenbach,
Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Lauren Underwood, Scott Robinson, Susan Luss,
Kenneth Browne, Karen Tiliakos
Curated by Margaret Coleman
594 Bushwick Ave, 2nd floor”
Jessica Mongeon Acrylic, photo transfer, India ink on panel 24 x 24 x 2 in.
Neon sculpture by Margaret Coleman
Process vs. Concept
Bushwicked: Art our Way discussion
While in New York, I also saw the Whitney Biennial, “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937” at Neue Galerie, and “Ink Art” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I will be posting about these shows soon.