Northside Art: 12 Must-See Events and Studios at Northside Open Studios

06/16/2011 8:58 AM |

Last Exit to Skewville at Northside

I’ve already gone over some of the best gallery exhibitions that are opening, closing, or ongoing (with parties) at Greenpoint and Williamsburg galleries during Northside, but what about that thing called Northside Open Studios and all its attendant parties and events? Well, there are about 160 of them, and the following dozen are at the top of my highly subjective list.

Last Exit to Skewville” (North 11th Street between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street): This massive new mural (pictured in progress above) by Skewville, the renowned street artist and co-founder of Bushwick’s Factory Fresh, spans that huge stretch of North 11th Street just west of Beacon’s Closet, across the street from Brooklyn Brewery, and features the NYC skyline in his typically blocky cityscape style. Check it out while you walk from, say, Brooklyn Bowl to the Steve Madden Stage.

Presents: Three Months of Mail Art for Hyperallergic HQ at Hyperallergic (181 N 11th Street, Suite 302): For the past few months the Williamsburg-based blogzine has been receiving mail art of all sorts—one piece arrived in a bottle, another bundle turned out to be a hand-sewn textile zine. And now we get to see curators (and bloggers) Kate Wadkins and Hrag Vartanian’s favs from more than 100 pieces of mail art.

India Street Art Festival, at West Street, Sunday 12-5pm: If you’re going from a show at, say, Coco 66 to one at, oh, maybe, Public Assembly, and hopping the new East River Ferry, you’ll want to dally in this alley, where local artists of all sorts (including performance art by Ryan Fitzgerald, and live painting by Julie Torres) will turn the whole waterfront block into an outdoor art fair.

Kristine Moran (255 Calyer st, Floor 3, Studio 11): I’m a big fan of Moran’s abstract oil paintings, which are full of curvy, fleshy shapes and ominous, stormy backdrops. I’m curious to see what she’s been up to since her 2009 show at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery.

Raphaela Riepl (87 Richardson Street, 3rd Floor, 300H): Her sculpture of a green wooden monster arm was among my favorite pieces in Open Source Gallery‘s superb Associated show. Come see her latest quasi-minimalistic constructions and surreally glowing sculptures.

111 North 10th Street (at Berry Street): One of the last remaining studio buildings in North Williamsburg, and all the artists and artisans on the ground floor will be holding open studios on Sunday from 12-6pm.

Jae Kyung Kim (250 Greenpoint Avenue): She paints these incredible, sprawling, mural-sized gouache, ink and watercolor compositions that resemble something between dark storm clouds, crawling vines, and rainbow-hued bonfires. I hope her studio is full of such expressionistic cloudscapes.

Esperanza Cortes (87 Richardson Street, 3rd floor, 300M): Cortes’ surreal, ornate and baroque sculptures are full of ominous symbolism and exquisite details, from Hirst-style skulls covered in beads, to incredibly intricate installations that incorporate ceramic, jewelery, sculpture and painting.

Fowler Arts Collective (67 West Street, #216): Yes, I mentioned Fowler’s gallery show yesterday, but their sprawling warehouse loft space also includes 24 artists’ studios, most or maybe all of which will be open Saturday and Sunday from 12-6pm (following Friday night’s party, 7-11pm).

Emily Noelle Lambert (960 Manhattan Avenue, 4th floor): Her increasingly abstract expressionist paintings and totemic sculptures are incredibly colorful, unpredictable and, often, weirdly funny. Come see her latest work, as she seemingly continues to develop in the direction of total abstraction.

Dan Sabau (77 McGuinnes BLVD, 2nd floor): In incredibly beautiful, slightly stylized but mostly straight-up figurative watercolor portraits, Sabau finds bold hues and precise lines painting wondrous, grotesque creatures and arrestingly frank faces.

James Dinerstein (1205 Manhattan Avenue): This sculptor’s draped bronze forms, so beautifully finished they could be fragments of classical bronzes, are endlessly fascinating, like puzzle pieces that remain inassemblable no matter the angle of approach. Come see the equally beautiful molds he uses to cast his pieces.

(Image: Jaime Rojo/Brooklyn Street Art)