August 21, 2012

Brooklyn Museum Go: Bushwick short list

Brooklyn Museum GO, a sprawling open studio event that takes place throughout Brooklyn on September 8 and 9, is in overdrive, sending out announcements, posting to their blog, making videos, organizing meetups, and all the while tweeting updates along the way. An astounding number of artists are participating (and just as many, disappointed that the museum has resorted to crowdsourcing rather than traditional curation, are not). The idea is that people will register to vote in advance, visit a minimum of five studios, and nominate three artists to be considered for inclusion in an exhibition. Curators from the museum will visit the studios of the ten artists who garner the most nominations and select work for for a December 2012 exhibition.

I hope readers will stop by Two Coats HQ at 117 Grattan Street and say hello. New work will be on display, and I'll also be handing out those excellent new tote bags (see sidebar on right) to the first fifteen visitors each day who ask for one. 248 artists are registered in my neighborhood alone, so to make the weekend less overwhelming, I've compiled a short list of some emerging but mostly mid-career artists whose nearby studios are worth a visit. The links will take you to the GO page for each artist, where you can register to vote and add them to your itinerary. But of course, everyone is welcome to stop by, whether registered with the Brooklyn Museum or not.

Ben Godward
 / 49 Wyckoff Ave

Steven Charles / 238 Melrose St, #4

Björn Meyer-Ebrecht
 / 1182 Flushing Ave


Deborah Brown / 322 Stockholm St

Meg Lipke
 / 347 Troutman St, #223


Eric Heist / 505 Johnson Ave, #5A

Jeanne Tremel / 119 Ingraham St, #418

 Sharon Butler / 117 Grattan Street #419
This is a recent snap from the studio--some new work, but, sheesh, what a mess!


From clicking through the GO directory, I discovered these painters, but I've never seen their work in person. Could be worth a visit.

 Chris Gartrell/ 566 Johnson Ave, #33


 Max Yawney / 538 Johnson Ave, #404


 Rachel Phillips / 791 Bushwick Ave


 
Todd Bienvenu / 119 Ingraham St, #410


And. last but not least, here's a handy map with locations for each studio.
Stay tuned: Short lists for other neighborhoods are in the works.


GO, organized by the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY. September 8 and 9, 2012, 11 am to 7 pm.


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