nyc art scene

a carefully curated calendar & cumulative catalog of new york city's most interesting art exhibitions and events. hand picked by Arthur Seen & Team

begins tonight, runs all weekend:BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS 2014Now in its eighth year, Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) is a free three-day arts and culture festival celebrating the neighborhood’s vibrant community and local art scene. Open studios hours vary per artist, so check the directory for precise times. Most studios are open 12pm - 7pm on Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1st. BOS is New York’s largest open studios event, encouraging hundreds of artists to open their doors and share their work. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a series of events, performances, and panels, coordinated by Arts in Bushwick (AiB).

DIRECTORY —> artsinbushwick.org/bos2014/directory

begins tonight, runs all weekend:

BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS 2014

Now in its eighth year, Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) is a free three-day arts and culture festival celebrating the neighborhood’s vibrant community and local art scene. Open studios hours vary per artist, so check the directory for precise times. Most studios are open 12pm - 7pm on Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1st. BOS is New York’s largest open studios event, encouraging hundreds of artists to open their doors and share their work. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a series of events, performances, and panels, coordinated by Arts in Bushwick (AiB).

DIRECTORY —> artsinbushwick.org/bos2014/directory

opens Fri, Feb 21, 7-10p:“Sump Pumped Sentiments” Todd Bienvenu, Gideon Bok, Shara Hughes, Jason Mones curated by Matt Phillips Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 44 Stewart Ave. #49, Brooklyn, NYC [Google Map]Van Gogh sought to stretch painting’s frame with The Potato Eaters. Essentially, he wanted to invite some different people over for dinner. The conversation in art has continued to broaden in the 125 years or so since that piece was made. Sump Pumped Sentiments gathers a few works by four contemporary artists that are in loose conversation with Van Gogh’s painting and his desire to portray a gritty yet entirely holy gathering. Using the supper as a standard, the pieces presented in this show examine painting’s constant transformation and inevitable mutation.

opens Fri, Feb 21, 7-10p:

Sump Pumped Sentiments
 Todd Bienvenu, Gideon Bok, Shara Hughes, Jason Mones
 curated by Matt Phillips
 
Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 44 Stewart Ave. #49, Brooklyn, NYC [Google Map]

Van Gogh sought to stretch painting’s frame with The Potato Eaters. Essentially, he wanted to invite some different people over for dinner. The conversation in art has continued to broaden in the 125 years or so since that piece was made. Sump Pumped Sentiments gathers a few works by four contemporary artists that are in loose conversation with Van Gogh’s painting and his desire to portray a gritty yet entirely holy gathering. Using the supper as a standard, the pieces presented in this show examine painting’s constant transformation and inevitable mutation.

opens Jan 11, 6-9p:“Heand” Heather Guertin INTERSTATE, 66 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn, NYCHeather Guertin’s first solo exhibition in New York. “The first thing you see is the color. The palates are specific and varied but share a quality of light. There are hues that compliment, dissolve, heighten and erase. There are shapes, squares, swirls, and areas of fade that remind you of a room or a field or a curtain, someplace indistinct yet familiar somehow. Then there are these people. These faces in profile, some with eyes, most blank, some in three quarter turn… These figures in these colorscapes are not built into the paintings. They do not inhabit the space that surrounds them. Instead, they are carved out from the paint with a knife-like swiftness. These faces, bodies, and hands make you think of stories. They make you imagine that the colors, the opacity and lightness of the surface are more then just pigment. Each brush stroke becomes something. Each color means something. They create traces and these traces lead you to a story. The story is loose, it is yours” - Jamie Sterns

opens Jan 11, 6-9p:

Heand
 Heather Guertin
 

INTERSTATE, 66 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn, NYC

Heather Guertin’s first solo exhibition in New York. “The first thing you see is the color. The palates are specific and varied but share a quality of light. There are hues that compliment, dissolve, heighten and erase. There are shapes, squares, swirls, and areas of fade that remind you of a room or a field or a curtain, someplace indistinct yet familiar somehow. Then there are these people. These faces in profile, some with eyes, most blank, some in three quarter turn… These figures in these colorscapes are not built into the paintings. They do not inhabit the space that surrounds them. Instead, they are carved out from the paint with a knife-like swiftness. These faces, bodies, and hands make you think of stories. They make you imagine that the colors, the opacity and lightness of the surface are more then just pigment. Each brush stroke becomes something. Each color means something. They create traces and these traces lead you to a story. The story is loose, it is yours” - Jamie Sterns

opens tonight, Fri, Jan 3, 7-9p:“One Trace After” Elizabeth Orr, Carlos Reyes, Claudia Weber, Geo Wyeth curated by Alison Burstein exhibition’s Tumblr: onetraceafter.tumblr.comNURTUREart, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NYOne Trace After investigates a question that traditional, tidy exhibition narratives rarely consider: what can the visitor of a gallery see, experience, or know at any given instant? Rather than suggesting a prescribed or definitive answer, this exhibition embraces the fact that a visitor can never fully take in an artwork or a group of artworks in a single viewing. Since an artwork’s characteristics reveal themselves in pieces as they circulate through discourse, emerge in relation to a context, or unfold over an extended duration, visitors can only ever grasp a “trace” of an artwork in one encounter—a moment of the work’s dynamic existence that reflects both its immanent conditions and its immediate surroundings.  - thru Jan 31

opens tonight, Fri, Jan 3, 7-9p:

One Trace After
 Elizabeth Orr, Carlos Reyes, Claudia Weber, Geo Wyeth
 curated by Alison Burstein
 
exhibition’s Tumblr: onetraceafter.tumblr.com

NURTUREart, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NY

One Trace After investigates a question that traditional, tidy exhibition narratives rarely consider: what can the visitor of a gallery see, experience, or know at any given instant? Rather than suggesting a prescribed or definitive answer, this exhibition embraces the fact that a visitor can never fully take in an artwork or a group of artworks in a single viewing. Since an artwork’s characteristics reveal themselves in pieces as they circulate through discourse, emerge in relation to a context, or unfold over an extended duration, visitors can only ever grasp a “trace” of an artwork in one encounter—a moment of the work’s dynamic existence that reflects both its immanent conditions and its immediate surroundings.  - thru Jan 31

opens tonight, Fri, Jan 3, 7-10p:

Paintings and Recent Work
 Hermine Ford and Joan Witek
 

OUTLET, 253 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn, NYC

paintings by Hermine Ford and recent works by Joan Witek, two New York artists exhibiting since the early 1970s. For Witek, who has been exhibiting extensively in Europe, this exhibition marks the first focused show of her work in New York City in over a decade.

I am attracted to black is because of the beauty of the color and for me, its infinite variety. It is a color that has been my inspiration since I began painting.” - Joan Witek

For a long time I’ve been stealing oddly shaped forms from nature and the color of artificial overlays that scientists use to diagram natural processes… While there are decorative elements, found all over both the ancient and modern world, these themselves were derived from natural forms and patterns.” - Hermine Ford

Opening Fri, Jan 3, 7-9p:“One Trace After” Elizabeth Orr, Carlos Reyes, Claudia Weber, Geo Wyeth curated by Alison Burstein exhibition’s Tumblr: onetraceafter.tumblr.comNURTUREart, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NYOne Trace After investigates a question that traditional, tidy exhibition narratives rarely consider: what can the visitor of a gallery see, experience, or know at any given instant? Rather than suggesting a prescribed or definitive answer, this exhibition embraces the fact that a visitor can never fully take in an artwork or a group of artworks in a single viewing. Since an artwork’s characteristics reveal themselves in pieces as they circulate through discourse, emerge in relation to a context, or unfold over an extended duration, visitors can only ever grasp a “trace” of an artwork in one encounter—a moment of the work’s dynamic existence that reflects both its immanent conditions and its immediate surroundings.  - thru Jan 31

Opening Fri, Jan 3, 7-9p:

One Trace After
 Elizabeth Orr, Carlos Reyes, Claudia Weber, Geo Wyeth
 curated by Alison Burstein
 
exhibition’s Tumblr: onetraceafter.tumblr.com

NURTUREart, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NY

One Trace After investigates a question that traditional, tidy exhibition narratives rarely consider: what can the visitor of a gallery see, experience, or know at any given instant? Rather than suggesting a prescribed or definitive answer, this exhibition embraces the fact that a visitor can never fully take in an artwork or a group of artworks in a single viewing. Since an artwork’s characteristics reveal themselves in pieces as they circulate through discourse, emerge in relation to a context, or unfold over an extended duration, visitors can only ever grasp a “trace” of an artwork in one encounter—a moment of the work’s dynamic existence that reflects both its immanent conditions and its immediate surroundings.  - thru Jan 31

opens Wed, July 31, 6-9p:“Multiple / Universal” Hans Baumann, Christian Berman, Jon Blank, Palma Blank, Ted Gahl,  Field Kallop, Karl Larocca,  Lyman Richardson, Kristen Schiele, Oliver WardenStorefront Bushwick, 16 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn NY (original location)“Multiple / Universal deals with the role of art and abstraction as a universal engine for self-differentiation and universal communication in the age of the internet. The artists in the show navigate the visual landscape by material experimentation, geometry, and color play in ways that vividly illuminate individual preference and experience.  These works exhibit the connectedness of a universally vibrating network.  The underpinnings of this curatorial effort lie in the basic study of quantum physics. We live in a time where humanity is approaching a confluence between universal electronic consciousness (the internet) and an inchoate but growing understanding of the way that energy and consciousness are drawn from a universal field. How do easy access to information and the shift away from a mechanical view of the universe affect abstraction?” - thru Aug 25

opens Wed, July 31, 6-9p:

Multiple / Universal
 Hans Baumann, Christian Berman,
 Jon Blank, Palma Blank, Ted Gahl,
 Field Kallop, Karl Larocca,
 Lyman Richardson, Kristen Schiele,
 Oliver Warden

Storefront Bushwick, 16 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn NY (original location)

“Multiple / Universal deals with the role of art and abstraction as a universal engine for self-differentiation and universal communication in the age of the internet. The artists in the show navigate the visual landscape by material experimentation, geometry, and color play in ways that vividly illuminate individual preference and experience.  These works exhibit the connectedness of a universally vibrating network.  The underpinnings of this curatorial effort lie in the basic study of quantum physics. We live in a time where humanity is approaching a confluence between universal electronic consciousness (the internet) and an inchoate but growing understanding of the way that energy and consciousness are drawn from a universal field. How do easy access to information and the shift away from a mechanical view of the universe affect abstraction?” - thru Aug 25

just opened:“Ão, 1981” TungaLuhring Augustine, 25 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn, NYTunga’s seminal 1981 film installation, Ão, in the gallery’s Bushwick location. The work is comprised of a 16mm filmstrip that moves through a projector and around the exhibition space on a series of roller bearings. The projected image shows the interior of a curved segment of the Dois Irmãos Tunnel in Rio de Janeiro; it is looped to appear as though the camera moves along a continuous, ring-shaped path, as if traveling through a particle accelerator. The unending loop, or torus, is an important recurring motif throughout Tunga’s body of work and is duplicated in the structural form of the installation: the rollers that allow the filmstrip to traverse the space are arranged in a large circular configuration. The audio component of the piece, a looped excerpt from Night and Day sung by Frank Sinatra, emphasizes the installation’s endless nature, creating a sense of space and time as cyclical. - thru Aug 29Tunga was born in Palmares in 1952 and is one of the leading Brazilian artists of his generation. His principal mediums – sculpture, installation, and performance – are customarily presented as a single integrated body of work that underscores a complex relationship between the individual pieces.

just opened:

Ão, 1981
 Tunga

Luhring Augustine, 25 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Tunga’s seminal 1981 film installation, Ão, in the gallery’s Bushwick location. The work is comprised of a 16mm filmstrip that moves through a projector and around the exhibition space on a series of roller bearings. The projected image shows the interior of a curved segment of the Dois Irmãos Tunnel in Rio de Janeiro; it is looped to appear as though the camera moves along a continuous, ring-shaped path, as if traveling through a particle accelerator. The unending loop, or torus, is an important recurring motif throughout Tunga’s body of work and is duplicated in the structural form of the installation: the rollers that allow the filmstrip to traverse the space are arranged in a large circular configuration. The audio component of the piece, a looped excerpt from Night and Day sung by Frank Sinatra, emphasizes the installation’s endless nature, creating a sense of space and time as cyclical. - thru Aug 29

Tunga was born in Palmares in 1952 and is one of the leading Brazilian artists of his generation. His principal mediums – sculpture, installation, and performance – are customarily presented as a single integrated body of work that underscores a complex relationship between the individual pieces.

just opened:“On Hold” curated by Alma EggerNURTUREart, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn NYOn Hold aims to alter our perception of daily occurring pauses, transforming anxiety-producing events into opportunities for reflection. Some of the works examine the ubiquitous intermissions in everyday life, gaps caused by public signage and other symbols, others depict more or less direct occurrences of wasted time and labor. All featured artworks focus our perception of time and space by suspending the sense of urgency, a suspension that inspires a transformation of events and objects typically categorized as a “waste of time” into touch points of contemplation and value creation.Artists: Margaret Coleman, Jeff Feld, Tracy Grayson, Jennifer Gustavson, Allison Maletz, Andrea Suter, and Jeanne Verdoux.

just opened:

On Hold
 curated by Alma Egger

NURTUREart, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn NY

On Hold aims to alter our perception of daily occurring pauses, transforming anxiety-producing events into opportunities for reflection. Some of the works examine the ubiquitous intermissions in everyday life, gaps caused by public signage and other symbols, others depict more or less direct occurrences of wasted time and labor. All featured artworks focus our perception of time and space by suspending the sense of urgency, a suspension that inspires a transformation of events and objects typically categorized as a “waste of time” into touch points of contemplation and value creation.

Artists: Margaret Coleman, Jeff Feld, Tracy Grayson, Jennifer Gustavson, Allison Maletz, Andrea Suter, and Jeanne Verdoux.

thru June 30:”The Report: Information Worship and Where has Gone the body” David ShullSecret Project Robot, 389 Melrose St., Brooklyn, NY (near Knickerbocker)David Shull’s work is a response to the effects and modes of manipulation applied both overtly and inadvertently throughout our lives. Seeking sentimentalities, or short- cuts to deeper places in the viewer’s mind, Shull’s art employs many forms and medias to create alternate realities; forcing the notion that their “regular” reality may have farcical roots. His “alternate realities” are often made up of emotive modernist forms that subtly attempt to re-write a history at odds with its utopian goals.the artist will also be curating performances every Thursday evening in June.

thru June 30:

The Report: Information Worship and Where has Gone the body”
 David Shull

Secret Project Robot, 389 Melrose St., Brooklyn, NY (near Knickerbocker)

David Shull’s work is a response to the effects and modes of manipulation applied both overtly and inadvertently throughout our lives. Seeking sentimentalities, or short- cuts to deeper places in the viewer’s mind, Shull’s art employs many forms and medias to create alternate realities; forcing the notion that their “regular” reality may have farcical roots. His “alternate realities” are often made up of emotive modernist forms that subtly attempt to re-write a history at odds with its utopian goals.

the artist will also be curating performances every Thursday evening in June.