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Bushwick Beat

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Bushwick has proven to be NYC’s most lively and growing arts community.  This is no small feat, seeing as its competitors range from the ever-expanding blue chip Chelsea, with its horde of elite galleries, to the slightly more scrappy Lower East Side, where storefronts have been popping up from Chinatown to 1st street for a couple of years now.

Below are some highlights from a trip through the local gallery scene in Bushwick.  From established greats to newcomers, hidden gems to old hat and everything in-between, the variety of work is always a pleasure, even if not always a treasure.

We started with a visit to Microscope Gallery where a group show explored the interplay between technology and the construction of identity.  The show, entitled “Play,” features video, painting, installation and sound work by established luminaries such as Martha Wilson and Mickalene Thomas. Conceptually well-founded, the themes of “Play” unite the distinct voices of the individual artists who as a whole speak strongly about the pressures and absurdities of how culture portrays women.

Martha Wilson at Microscope Gallery

Martha Wilson at Microscope Gallery

We proceeded to TSA gallery down the hall for “An Argument for Difference,” where bizarre eggplant abstraction (compliments of Nicholas Hatfull) greet the visitor before a number of other little objects and colorful constructions.

"An Argument for Difference," at TSA Gallery

“An Argument for Difference,” at TSA Gallery

Leaving the Jefferson L stop, we headed to 56 Bogart, the converted manufacturing building off the Morgan Ave L that is home to an abundance of galleries and studios.  Here we visited Soho20 Gallery, where Lindsay Packer turned a number of small brown paper bags into otherworldly objects simply by the way they were lit.  Hidden in a small alcove, masked by looming black drapes, the incandescent bags were as visually dazzling as self-effacing and hilarious.

Lindsay Packer at Soho20 Gallery

Lindsay Packer at Soho20 Gallery

Black and White Gallery featured a site-responsive installation by Anastatia Ax in a rather advanced state of decay, aptly titled “THE WORLD AS OF YESTERDAY.”

Anastatia Ax at Black and White Gallery

Anastatia Ax at Black and White Gallery

 Samuel Laurence Cunnaneat shows off a series of powerfully textured and gnomic photographs at Theodore:Art

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Samuel Laurence Cunnaneat at Theodore:Art

 

 

An exhibition of contemporary art about socialism, “Really, Socialism?” offered a fresh look at practices of subversion at Momenta Art.

Paintings by Yevgeniy Fiks featured in “Really, Socialism?”

Paintings by Yevgeniy Fiks featured in “Really, Socialism?”

 

Finally, Life on Mars Gallery featured a new body of work by Todd Bienvenu, a painter whose imagery is sentimental for a grungy, crushed beer can styled youth offers proof that the crudest objects can also be the most cared for as well as the most loveable.

Todd Bienvenu’s paintings at Life on Mars Gallery

Todd Bienvenu’s paintings at Life on Mars Gallery

This is only a small selection of work on view at the dozens of galleries throughout Bushwick.  Make sure to check out the galleries featured in the article for more detailed information, and to check out their future programming.  We will be reporting on our favorites regularly, so look forward to future editions of the Bushwick Beat!