COMPANY Picks of Bushwick Open Studios 2011

COMPANY Picks of Bushwick Open Studios 2011

(June 7, 2011) The MTA may be conspiring to keep us away, but we can’t be daunted!  We trekked out to Bushwick this weekend to find the best emerging artists of the Open Studios 2011.


Meg Hitchcock  -  696 Hart St - this artist dissects religious texts such as the Bible, Baghavad Gita, and Torah and uses the individual letters to create maddeningly complex, interwoven 2-D and 3-D collages which are subtly subversive. Her latest work includes pairing the Satanic Verses with the Koran…..oh my.

Francesco Longnecker – Factory Fresh, 1053 Flushing Avenue between Morgan and Knickerbocker  - rising star abstract artist ; his abstract canvases comprise a complex synthesis of diverse references - abstract masterpieces, street art, and flea market finds. Although comfortable with historical references, Longenecker infuses his work with the physicality of graffiti – specifically the struggle of layering which occurs when blocks of color similar to the original color of the wall are applied in an attempt to obliterate it. You want to come back over and over again to discover things that you missed.

Kyu Seok Oh – 56 Bogart Street, #3L - this is the Japanese-Korean sculptor who installed a herd of sheep made from handmade paper in Times Square earlier this year has been keeping the surviving members of the flock in his studio at #3-L 1 Grattan Street, while working on many more of his paper sculptures. He uses his own paper created from paper pulp he initiates. 
Sweet Toof – Factory Fresh, 1053 Flushing Avenue between Morgan and Knickerbocker - this well known street artist has gone canvas on us….actually linen. Sweet Toof ‘s juxtaposes his saccharine jawbone icon onto Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman from the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” creating a goofy yet brilliant nightmare.  Very painterly no less.
Ellie Ga – Storefront, 16 Wilson Ave - After an eighteen-month residency in the archives of the Explorers Club in New York, Ellie Ga became the sole artist-in-residence from 2007 to 2008 aboard The Tara––a research vessel lodged in the ice of the Arctic Ocean. Her photos are part of  Dunkle Wolke , a  group show curated by William Powhida and that features artists who “have some experience with darkness in all its forms, from the purely formal to the emotional weight of loneliness,” according to Powhida’s exhibition text. A perfect fit, her photos evoke Sugimoto’s shadows and light in possibly the loneliest place on Earth – the Artic. Like staring into the abyss of a deep water admiring its stillness but afraid of what could be.

Steven Schreiber – 56 Bogart Place, studio 216 – If you can tell me why I cant stop looking at this artist’s small, geometric collages then you win….a cookie. But it’s the truth. Maybe it’s the DIY aesthetic ( even the glue ripples are evident in spots) I gravitate to or the rhythmic motion of varying bands of color. The snippets of a magazine image hint at a memory growing hazy with time.


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