Factory Fresh is not messing around when it comes to their plans for the upcoming BOS. Inside their walls goes up their newest show Surrealism, curated in conjunction with Jason Andrew of Norte Maar, featuring a staggering 20 artists as they delve into their unconscious. And just ouside on Vandervoort Pl they will be showcasing their proposed Bushwick Art Park complete with a street art sculpture garden. There is a lot of major preparation in the works. Here is an inside look at whats going up:
As the days count down to Bushwick Open Studios our neighborhood is buzzing with creative energy. The people are at work. Art is being made.
Carolanne Leslie has surrounded herself with glass. Scouring the streets for broken window panes, smashed bottles and cups, she builds portals of fragmented light and color; gateways into self fused with chakra energy and resin. What is broken, rebuilt. What is solid dances with fluidity.
Carolanne Leslie will be opening her studio on Sunday June 5th, noon-7pm, and will be enacting a multimedia performance; Muladhara on the corner of Jefferson St and St Nicholas at 2pm. You should go.
If you are reading this now you've already missed it. Last evening for a period of a couple hours California based Find Art Magazine opened their mobile art gallery to the people of Bushwick as part of their nation wide tour. Their custom-made truck unfolded to reveal some incredible artwork, and their most recent issue was being handed out; a pocket sized mag stuffed with vibrant photos of art, and great articles and interviews. They will be in NYC for the rest of the day, so go find them.
While the walls of this neighborhood are the domain of artists, it is the light polls that are fair game for all and may truely reflect Bushwick and its people. Treated almost as vertical community boards, these steel columns are where the people go to advertise, connect, share ideas and art, and find that missing cat. Next time you're waiting at that traffic light, just take a look. You may find something interesting.
Below are a few poles spotting during a short stroll through Bushwick.
"While wandering during this week of rain and rapture, I was lucky enough to stumble across these ... wheatpastes around Bushwick, Brooklyn. Young girls carrying some heavy shit. While the concept could easily look cheesy, they instead are quite striking, due to their realism, and the piercing expression in the girl's eyes. The jeans skirt and the pajama onesie are comforting images of innocence, but the bandanas betray our assumptions. I like to think of them as our lost idealism taking us to task."
Content via Throw Away Art
Last night(5-14) English Kills Gallery opened to reveal The Mother Ship; a diverse collection of art from twenty members of the English Kills family and friends. It was a fulfilling night through aesthetics and libations.
Show runs till June 19th English Kills 114 Forrest St. Ground Floor Brooklyn, NY 11206
As you may have heard, last night gun shoots rang out on Knickerbocker as an undercover police officer killed a gun trafficker. The NYPD immediately went to work shutting down the surrounding neighborhood. It seems that their first action was to come down on a bbq taking place on Jefferson St., grabbing everyone of Latin persuasion at gunpoint as fellow neighbors scrambled to gather the children of those being detained. Everyone was lined up, thoroughly searched and questioned. After about an hour all were released. No arrests were made.
As a side note, while shooting these photos I was grabbed by the police and was told I could not do so without a "license". This is false. In NYC it is legal to take pictures of an officer or a police action at any time, no matter what bullshit they tell you.
Today in the back courtyard of Factory Fresh Brooklyn based sculptor/street artist known as Leon Reid IV and his associate known simply as "Joe" are putting together something uniquely engaging. It's all part of the driving force behind Bushwick Art Park and a show opening on May 7 at New Museum called, Festival of Ideas for a New City. Here's a sneak peak....