ArtsinBushwick’s BETA Spaces 2010 on Sunday promises to be a spectacular neighborhood-wide art event, the gist of which is that, in addition to galleries and studios. exhibitions are mounted in spaces not typically accessible or available to artists and art fans. The second annual BETA (which, btw, stands for Bushwick Exhibition Triangle of Alternative Spaces) runs from noon to 7pm on Sunday, with over 50 exhibitions spread between galleries, studios, apartments, temporary, mobile, outdoor and digital spaces. And, here to help you make sense of it all—or perhaps just narrow down the incredible and slightly overwhelming range of possibilities—are 10 must-see picks for your Sunday in old Bushwick town.
DOWNLOAD/DESTROY at the Fortress to Solitude (245 Boerum Street): This exhibition exploring the ways in which our technologies clash with and compliment human nature features the impressive roster of Kate Gilmore, Amanda Long, Siebren Versteeg and Ash Sechler. Expect lots of mediated, uncomfortably close explorations of the human body.
The International Society for the Promotion and Recognition of the Collaborative Art Gang Bang at 2 Harrison Place, 2nd Fl #214B: Though we don’t condone the use of sexual abuse as a punchline, we get that the associations of violation are apt in this instance, where artists working in every medium from textile, video, sculpture, sound and photography to performance and martial will interfere in one another’s work more or less gently. Mostly less.
Liminal at 56 Bogart Street #220: Peter Calvin curates (and participates in) this show of artists whose work straddles was of being and looking. From Arielle Falk becoming sculptural in “Alegrias” (2007, above) to Hannah Herr‘s fashion-sculpture-performance pieces, definitely a promising show.
FLAN at 1 Grattan Street # 225: There’s remarkably little information about this gelatinous desert-themed exhibition (save the involvement of promising artists Christiana Depedrini, J. J. Garfinkle and Layton Hower), but we wanna know how exactly the works on view and accompanying manifesto will create “a visual aroma of pleasure.”
Mythologized at 49 Bogart Street #19: With paintings by Coral Silverman and Karen Dana, and sculpture by Julie Tremblay and Kevin Andrew Curran, among others, this exhibition curated by Ann Meisinger and Jeremiah Jones looks at the ways history and experience turns to myth; how memories are invested with meaning to take on mythical proportions.
Digital Chiaroscuro at Brooklyn Fireproof, 119 Ingraham Street: Arguing for the enduring relevance of the art historical term “chiaroscuro,” the strong contrast between a work’s light and dark areas, artists working in media and styles both classical and contemporary (from the figure drawings of Todd Casey and paintings of Remi Cardenas to digital works by Phillip Stearns) take it to extremes.
Make Yourself at Home at 538 Johnson Avenue # 209: “Home” being such a loaded term, whether it refers to a homeland or one’s childhood home, so the artists brought together here ponder what one is really being invited to do when hosts suggest you “make yourself at home.” The Lala Montoya and Darya Golubina-curated show includes paintings by Jill Cleary and Darya Golubina, collages by Lisa Case, and photography by Danny Walton (above).
Half Invisible at 114 Forrest Street Buzzer #9: Art, to some extent, relies on viewers being able to imagine the invisible, what’s outside the frame or beyond the scope of a work, the context and history of a project or place, and artists in this exhibition exemplify this notion that art is often only half visible, which is completely alright, maybe even ideal. Artists include Erik den Breejen, Julie Torres, Kelly McRaven and Maria Calandra.
B is for Bear at Leinad Services Inc. After School Center for Children, 1031 Flushing Avenue: As a reaction against the recent art world trends towards owls, antlers, trees and taxidermy of various sorts, the artists in this after-school center show (one of BETA Spaces’ biggest) take up ursine mythology of massive power, warmth, nobility and mystery in new works in many media. Especially promising are pieces by Rachel Phillips, Kent Rogowski, Kyle Garnett (work pictured) and Jackie Hoving.
Check out the full directory of BETA Spaces shows here.