If you read The L Magazine
, chances are you like Brooklyn. Manhattan may have more art per square foot in Chelsea and the Lower East Side, but over the last several years, Brooklyn has cultivated its own art pockets. The Morgan L is a busy little section on that front, and this weekend, we went out there to bring you some gems. You like bright things? Dick pics? Playful sculptures? We found some art just like that.
Art Pick: This silly stack of art at English Kills.
Ben Godward, Studio Cup (eternal flame)
; Margaret Lee, Katahdin
; and Eric Doeringer, Lucky DeBellevue
Why You Should Go: Barry Hoggard and James Wagner have made a name for themselves as the “patron saints” of the art world. Over the years, the two have built up a collection of work by emerging artists, and a glimpse of that collection is now on view at English Kills. The exhibition is fun, marked with an air of whimsy and a couple of naked butts (Hiroshi Sunairi’s large-scale photograph shows a particularly good one). Why You Should Go:
Art Pick: Guido van der Werve’s Number Eight, Everything is Going to Be Alright at Luhring Augustine
Luhring Augustine’s video cave is perfect for watching Dutch artist Guido van der Werve’s beautiful, haunting films. In Number Eight, Everything is Going to Be Alright
, a huge ship lurches through an ice-covered tundra while a person walks in front: you’re never sure about the distance between the two, and if the ship’s path will collide with the solitary individual out at the frozen sea. For those with plenty of time, you can watch van der Werve’s Number Twelve
, a 40-minute-long film about chess, set to the artist’s own piano composition.
Random Gossip: Not only is van der Werve an artist, he’s a chess lover, a classically-trained musician, and a triathlete. For the past three years, he’s organized a 30-mile run from New York City to the grave of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.Why You Should Go:
Art Pick: The New Mountain by Oliver Warden at Storefront Bushwick
Earlier this year, The New Aesthetic was the byword of moment, sparking countless internet debates, a death match, and of course, a Twitter bot.
From the looks of things at Storefront Bushwick, any oomph The New Aesthetic once had has gone away and left some Blade Runner
stylings in its wake. That’s not to say the exhibition doesn’t have its moments; it’s just that many of the works in the show seem to be there based on stylistic similarities like bleeding gradients and “fishnet” design.Art Pick:
A table you can learn from thanks to Occupy Museum’s exhibition Occupy Your BFF.
at Momenta ArtWhy You Should Go: