The eighth annual Bushwick Open Studios kicks off today with hundreds of artists throwing open their doors, a good chunk of the neighborhood’s art spaces launching exhibitions, and even a brand new NEWD art fair. With the frenzy of activity, we set out to distill the madness into a digestible list. Below, six local artists point us to the studios of their peers and we also make a few suggestions of our own.
Shane McAdams at 56 Bogart #3D
Brooklyn-based painter Ryan Mrozowski, who currently has work in a three-person show at Knowmoregames, advised us to check out McAdams’s studio. “I always enjoy going to Shane’s studio to see the unexpected materials he’s using to make his paintings, things like styrofoam, Bic pens, and Elmer’s glue,” Mrozowski explained via email. “Our conversations about the work inevitably veer off into strange places, much like the work itself.”
Reed Anderson at 400 Jefferson Street
Williamsburg-based artist and Pierogi gallery founder Joe Amrhein recommends Anderson’s studio. “Reed Anderson develops his highly chromatic and textural works on paper through a dynamic studio practice which is well worth seeing in person in his studio,” Amrhein told us in an email. Amrhein’s work will be on view at Odetta gallery’s inaugural four-person show.
Jamie Sneider at 56 Bogart Street 2nd Floor
Bushwick-based painter Sharona Eliassaf pointed us to her studio neighbor Sneider, whose abstract works incorporating bleach and squid ink can also be seen at Thierry Goldberg Gallery through July 3.
Glenn Wonsettler and Jeff Schwarz at 1040 Metropolitan Avenue #4
Williamsburg-based artist Justin Amrhein — who will have drawings in “Chocolate Rabbit Hole” at FINE and RAW chocolate factory — suggested The Active Space’s 220-artist show “Seeking space” and the shared space of Wonsettler and Schwarz.
Kristen Scheile at 1717 Troutman #326
“What I love about Kristen Schiele’s work is her ability to pull off work that is playful yet contains a powerful subtext,” artist Colette Robbins told us via email. “She weaves seemingly vapid images of graffiti or a cat growling into intricately layered reliefs, paintings, wooden totems, and screen prints.” Look out for both Robbins and Scheile in a group show at LA’s 101/Exhibit this June.
Troutman Street and Beyond
Artist and director of Bushwick gallery Honey Ramka, Jesse Patrick Martin, had quite a few suggestions for us: Salman Toor at 203 Harrison Place #308, Elizabeth Ferry at 1828 Troutman, Ivan Stojakovic at 1717 Troutman #246, Katrina Fimmel and Tamara Gonzales at 122 Central Avenue, Will Hutnik and Polly Shindler at 41 Varick Avenue #202, Peter Lapsley (Saturday only) at 1013 Grand Street #13, Zoe Field & Heather Mckenna (Saturday only) at 1717 Troutman #228.
Brent Owens and Jenn Brehm at 5 Central Avenue, Garage
Owens makes routed-wood works that resemble intricate Persian rugs, as well as pieces that transfer a Christoper Wool-like sense of textual experimentation into sculptural forms. Brehm focuses primarily on drawing — we’re fans of her older series of large-scale landscapes. How large-scale, exactly? “The size of a large pelt, such as a calf pelt,” her website helpfully explains.
Jim Herbert at English Kills Art Gallery
Because if you’re going to make paintings depicting vaguely gruesome, hardcore sex, they might as well be gigantic paintings depicting vaguely gruesome, hardcore sex.
Hiba Schahbaz (with Peter Calvin, Cindie Kehlet) at 56 Bogart #220
Schahbaz was a student of miniature painting in Pakistan, and her elegant works give that tradition a contemporary spin.
Erik Den Breejen at 117 Grattan Street #317
Den Breejen makes wild “text portraits” of subjects from Ricard Pryor to Karen Carpenter, many of which can currently be seen in his exhibition, “There’s A Riot Goin’ On,” at Freight + Volume. We’re excited to visit his studio and see how he makes all those words add up.
“Demo” at Signal
A three-person show — Andrew Laumann, Nicolas Gottlund, and Jesse Hlebo — of artists who work within “similar vocabularies of heavily processed industrial and architectural materials.” That means a good amount of scorched wood, cinder blocks, and shredded paper — suitable materials for the surrounding neighborhood, in all its post-apocalyptic glory.
(Photo: Installation Shot; Courtesy Signal)