~FEATHER WEIGHT – BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS 2012 & the art bubble . . .
the card/invite to: FEATHER WEIGHT.
in which BROOKLYN-based artists ALLISON WALL and JESSICA SANDERS – restructure the ‘studio visit’ into a curated exhibition – featuring the work of: RAFAEL ABREU CANEDO, RYAN ESTEP, ALAN & MICHAEL FLEMING, ETHAN GREENBAUM, JULIANA CERQUEIRA LEITE, JANINE POLAK, JESSICA SANDERS, ALLISON WALL & SELDON YUAN.
JUNE 2 & 3, 2012
35 MEADOW ST., #307, BROOKLYN, N.Y.
BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS 2012
I didn’t make this show, but this card is a nice good-bye . . . to a great gig !!
the show’s title, artist curator-ship, and visuals (!!) sum up the cutting edge spirit of the Bushwick Open Studios 2012 weekend nicely: independent and smart !!
the best of the work, and the weekend’s most defining characteristic was to be found in the multiple independent studios – and NOT !! in the same old same old gallery formats – which looked and acted no diff from Chelsea, bye the bye, mall art. horrifically tacky pubescent gender pieces, included. light weight grade – obvious, is putting it nicely.
the best of the best – was visually hard-edged, minimalist, hyper-graphic, and FUN !! – just like this card.
hyper-graphic and fun – get the collision ? it’s a double-edged brain sword, without the aggression: FEATHER WEIGHT (!!)
the best work was supremely formalist, whether pictorial or absolute abstract – and off-the-charts, as in never-seen-before, as in FRESH !!
forget expiry date, most of this stuff ain’t even ON the shelf, yet !!
just like this card, with it’s off-the-routine color hue, primary computer-era icons, (the feather and the dumbbell, duh !!) . . . matched up with a pre-computer era typewriter font.
in other words: cute, as in user-friendly – but sharp as hell.
and bottomline: meaningful !!
Brooklyn army of one. Brooklyn army of 500.
psychedelic, NOT !! political, NOT !! retro, NOT !! street art, NOT !! angst-ridden, NOT !! gender-bending, NOT !! collage party, NOT !! !! that be way down the river, so over. so last year.
so way down the (downtown) Hole. so old scene. so, been there, done that.
so last decade. so played out. we got it already.
art lovers done took all the pix – that made the players. no credit. no like-ee.
independent and meaningful – go, BROOKLYN.
P.S. SOME AFTER-THE-PARTY settles down . . . NOTES:
NYC art writer dudes, seriously: it’s NOT about the ART MARKET BUBBLE about to burst, it’s about the new wave crashing in, and taking over.
though I have to admit “Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble” – is a great line – let alone title – for an art essay. ha. esp – one that has CHARLIE FINCH creamin’ in his pants !!
and the way OBSERVER scribe, and now, new gallerist – ADAM LINDEMANN segues from ultra-blue chip art into hi-end collectible cars – is priceless. now, that’s what I call, “feather weight”, HEAVY !!
bubbles. feather weight. get it ?
speaking of which, light weight, (just joking, calm down !! !!) . . . AFC has a little bit of trouble calling the art, but I have to admit she damn well pretty much calls the scene ‘shots’, straight-up.
damn that AFC girl – even I have to admit – YOU got the best line – aka diss – of the month, esp the way it just rolled right off your tongue, so casual like: ” . . . . winner OLIVER ZAHM”. (!!)
damn. how, just 3 little words – can say, so much.
esp with with reference to the Hole of the art scene. ha.
“yeah, right !!”
you said it, babe – but – count me in !!
there’s losers, and then there’s users. what’s worse, you tell me.
just don’t make me, laugh – when I’m trying to take your picture.
‘SCREAM’ – image c/o NY OBSERVER
count me – in !!