If you made it to Bushwick this past weekend for the open studios extravaganza, chances are you are just returning to your senses right about now. The intensity of the event continues to grow exponentially each year. Uninvolved locals find their neighborhood suffocatingly swamped with people, insiders wander around with their heads down attending to their phones or the available neighborhood maps, artists network and chit chat until their brains are bread pudding, and outsiders wade through the crowds with their heads on a swivel, wondering what where the fuck we all came from. It’s entirely overwhelming, even for New York.
Every art news source seems to want to announce who or what they thought was the best thing to be seen through all the madness, but one wonders how any publication could ever have assigned enough people to the event to have seen it all. Instead, we’ve put together a handful of moments that may easily have escaped your attention. Here are our BOS 2014 hidden gems:
Cate Woodruff: Lovely, brightly colored light abstraction photographs that almost seem to be manipulated, but are actually digital images shot through a beautifully distorted hand made lens.
Sarah Anderson: Quirky kinetic sculptures made from selectively composed elements which are equal parts serious and tongue in cheek.
Noah Loesberg: Everyday things relating to architecture and the movement of bodies in space are squashed, rearranged, and presented to us anew.
Shane McAdams: Seemingly eroded styrofoam which is then sprayed a range of pigments that serve to both give volume to and illuminate the complexity of the abstract receding forms.
Killer Drinks: One studio included this rosemary and rhubarb reduction spicy salted rim frozen awesomeness. It was exactly what we all needed in the midst of all the running around. The delicious experience was provided by Jessica Grindstaff and Stephanie Draves Dunn.