Guest contributor Allison Hale / Both days provided an excellent view into the studio spaces and the community of artists living and working in Bushwick. On Saturday I went to 1717 Troutman, a building packed with young and emerging artists. Julia Bland was the definite highlight. Bland creates wall-assembled pieces imbued with textile design. At the NEWD Art Fair I went to a panel called “Market is the Medium-‘Making it’ in the NYC Art World” organized by POWArts. Although the panel wasn’t necessarily prescriptive, the panelists shared their experiences navigating the art world and dealing with the market forces that continue pushing artists further from the city. I left NEWD and stopped by Jen Shepard‘s studio in the 1896 Building. I was struck by the play between surfaces of Shepard’s wall mounted sculptures and two-dimensional work. Over in Morgantown, I checked out the “Home Improvement,” the Rock Street sculpture show curated by Deborah Brown and Lesley Heller.
On Sunday, I walked from my Ridgewood apartment/studio to some of the Queens exhibitions. Era VI VII VI, a space that usually functions as an art studio, had a pop-up show featuring evocative work by Alina Tenser. The most encouraging visit of the weekend, though was at the Reservoir Art Space. Omari Douglin, who recently moved into a studio here after graduating from Cooper Union, had a number of new paintings in his studio and more stretchers on the way.
[Image at top: Omari Douglin @ Reservoir Art Space]
Shane Morrissey at “Home Improvement.”
Editor’s Note: Guest contributor Allison Hale is a 2013 graduate of the University of Connecticut MFA Program. She has been living in Ridgewood for the past year and is working on several photo-based projects about the the environment.
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