Plans were to be out of town, but a fortunate change in my schedule kept me from leaving, so I was more than happey to find myself crawling around Bushwick to the various spiked cider art affairs that were happening on this nippy pre-Christmas Friday evening. The night, like many of my other art crawls, took some interesting turns.
My first stop was at Norte Maar where they were opening a one weekend only group show titled BUILT which was independently curated by Hannah Daly.
The signature piece of the show had to be sculptor Anthony Browne's Badly Built Cube #17. It was a nine foot wooden cube constructed of discarded lumber and boards he found around the streets of Bushwick.
Norte Maar Owner Jason Andrew showing off the badly made joints
After speaking with Anthony he told me that he had created 16 previous miniature cubes leading up to this room sized cube which you can stand beside, or in, as the dog prefers to do. Jason Andrew didn't realize the previous cubes were miniatures and wanted one in the gallery.
They apparently look larger in photos, so this prompted Anthony to start scavenging for larger scrap. Now at actual size the cube is hard to photograph as you can't get it entirely in frame when the room itself is only a few feet wider and taller than the cube itself.
Curator Hannah Daly standing in front of some of the pieces in the show.
Artist Letha Wilson and her three pieces in the show.
Artist Eric Wolfgang Eisenhut's Untitled, 2011 push pins and one Marlboro 27.
After having a few glasses of wine and hot rummy apple cider I joined artist Julie Torres whom I've teamed with before on her collaborative show So Happy Together, for the walk over to the second venue of the night Brooklyn Oenology.
BOE is a classy wine store and tasting room which carries signature wines with labels painted or drawn by Brooklyn Artists.
Leaving there wine in hand we walked the few blocks to CENTOTTO, a show curated by Paul D'agostino in his "legendary" home gallery about the ending of the year and the beginning of the next.
Artist Layton Hower and some works dedicated to his newborn son "Otis Is His Name 1-4".
Art by Paul Gagner.
Three pieces by Vilaykorn Sayaphet.
Artists Julie Torres, Shanna Maurizi and Rebecca Lit
I got to talking with Judith Braun and L Magazine's Art Editor Benjamin Sutton. Judith and I left and went up to Paper Swan Loft for Bushwick Daily's Holiday Party and the launch of Bushwick Gallery.
Judith Braun talking with Bushwick Daily's founder Katarina Hybenova.
It was a little rainy and I didn't notice my lens got a little smudged when I stepped outside so the next group of pictures are a bit blurry in the middle.
Tom from the upcoming art and lit zine kittyBOOGER.
Artist Nate Anspaugh
Sculptor Ashley Zelinskie and The Bushwick Dream's Jeniece Primus.
Artwork by Julie Torres - view on Bushwick Gallery.com
Artwork by Eric Trosko - view on Bushwick Gallery.com
Artwork by Nate Anspaugh - view on Bushwick Gallery.com
Katarina Hybenova introduced the art on the wall, as well as the writers whom would be reading a short story (or a few short stories) each. It was highly entertaining, and the two kegs they had tapped made everything more entertaining.
Writer Paul Rome reading. They even had closed circuit TV for the people in the back.
Writer Zuska Kepplova who writes a lot for Bushwick Daily did some reading.
The Vagabond Bailsmen.
Katarina Hybenova and artist Ken Kocses.
After the readings ended the party started thinning out, but directly across the hall a party of actors, singers, and playwrites wearing costumes were having a time. Most of them went to Kutztown University, where I lectured a few years ago. A lot of them live in Allentown, and Bethlehem, PA (near where I grew up), and most of them were in "Christmas Circus" themed costumes, as was the theme of the party.
How could I not want to join in? I started talking to some of the partygoers who were chillin in the hallway. Then I was invited to enter the Christmas circus.
Actor Jamie Mohamdein and Actress and Firebird Theatre director Marcie Schlener.
Artist Jason Palmeri and actress Becca Serra.
Playwrite Trystin Bailey hitting a balloon in the air.
Rebecca Brunskill and Julie Remus sitting with the pimp tiger.
I did mention that it was going to get weird didn't I? I didn't get home till the sun was coming up. Just another day in the life of an art juggernaut.
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