Monday, June 6, 2011

Seen on the Streets and in the Halls at Bushwick Open Studios 2011

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Factory Freshs Bushwick Art Park takeover of Vandevoort Place.
  • Factory Fresh's Bushwick Art Park takeover of Vandevoort Place.

This weekend was the fifth annual Bushwick Open Studios, and though most artists whose studios I visited reported L train-outage-caused low attendance (except at 1717 Troutman Street and on Bogart Street), there were plenty of people and artworks milling around in the halls and on the streets. Before we getting into the actual studios, here's a quick roundup of art in in-between spaces at Bushwick Open Studios.

In the Factory Fresh courtyard, a mural and wall relief by Sweet Toof has been updated by Stikman.
  • In the Factory Fresh courtyard, a mural and wall relief by Sweet Toof has been updated by Stikman.

More of the Bushwick Art Park on Vandevoort, with pieces by Skewville, Veng and Sweet Toof.
  • More of the Bushwick Art Park on Vandevoort, with pieces by Skewville, Veng and Sweet Toof.

A stack of gold bars embedded with the words one day behind a golden velvet rope.
  • A stack of gold bars embedded with the words "one day" behind a golden velvet rope.

In a nearby trash can, someone threw out a perfectly good and similarly gold-painted camera.
  • In a nearby trash can, someone threw out a perfectly good and similarly gold-painted camera.

A sculpture by Tyrome Tripoli in the Bushwick Art Park.
  • A sculpture by Tyrome Tripoli in the Bushwick Art Park.

More of the Bushwick Art Park, including a new mural by Veng.
  • More of the Bushwick Art Park, including a new mural by Veng.

A turf installation by Skewville titled, presumably, Keep On Grass.
  • A turf installation by Skewville titled, presumably, "Keep On Grass."

Reverend Billy showed up for an impassioned sermon about gentrification.
  • Reverend Billy showed up for an impassioned sermon about gentrification, which was an unexpected treat.

In the 2nd floor hallway at 1717 Troutman Street, a huge sculpture by Jesse Walker.
  • In the 2nd floor hallway at 1717 Troutman Street, a huge sculpture by Jesse Walker.

Also in a hallway at 1717 Troutman, an owl perched on an oar (both bronze, it looked like).
  • Also in a hallway at 1717 Troutman, "Owl on Oar," a bronze sculpture by Joel Dugan.

Across the street from English Kills, and under a large, looming mural by Don Pablo Pedro, street artist Gilf had set up a pop-up gallery in a formerly-shuttered garage space.
  • Across the street from English Kills, and under a large, looming mural by Don Pablo Pedro, street artist Gilf had set up a pop-up gallery in a formerly-shuttered garage space.

Action painting in process by Naoki Iwakawa. A few minutes later he would play an electric guitar with a power drill, light the painting on fire and put out the flames by rolling in them.
  • Action painting in process by Naoki Iwakawa. A few minutes later he would play an electric guitar with a power drill, light the painting on fire and put out the flames by rolling in them.

Naoki Iwakawas action painting, when he was through with it.
  • Naoki Iwakawa's action painting, when he was through with it.

Veng RWK and Nathan Pickett working on murals at Curbs and Stoops.
  • Veng RWK and Nathan Pickett working on murals at Curbs and Stoops.

Great Swampy mural in the stairwell at 538 Johnson Avenue.
  • Great Swampy mural in the stairwell at 538 Johnson Avenue.

Bubbles and balloons outside 117 Grattan Street.
  • Bubbles and balloons outside 117 Grattan Street.

Photos from actual studios at Bushwick Open Studios, coming shortly.

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