What do you get when you mix blank garage doors, some of the city’s best artists and a sponsorship from Sixpoint brewery? If it isn’t abundantly clear – you get some outlandishly cool collaborative artwork, a better looking neighborhood and a damn good party.
This Saturday, September 10, join Tamara Santibanez & Alex McWatt of…Read More
Brooklyn bands are known for their innovation, and Comandante Zero is no exception. This electro-funk group features an artist who creates live music videos during their shows.
“I’m painting the color of the songs,” explained the band’s resident illustrator, 0h10m1ke, over a beer at Williamsburg’s Ontario Bar. The artist, who taught…Read More
This weekend in Williamsburg, the St. Cecilia’s Convent-turned Gallery space, will be transformed into a multi-story, musical and visual wonderland. On Saturday the 18th and Sunday 19th, 24 artists, musicians and performers will come together to create what they are labeling “a world based in magical realism” and transform four…Read More
When describing music, one is often discouraged from using the general term, “catchy.” But that is exactly what Darwin Deez’s self-titled album is. From the first track, “Constellation,” you are thrust into a world of finely strummed guitars, intricately woven lyrics, and a chorus that gets your head rocking….Read More
We have some pretty talented photographers submitting to our Flickr pool and here’s our first stab at highlighting their work. If you want to see more from each photographer just click the photo which links to their portfolio.
If you’d like to see your work highlighted here, submit photos to our…Read More
Emily Dickinson is a bitch and Dick Cheney gay… says Melissa Broder, the author of acclaimed poetry collection WHEN YOU SAY ONE THING BUT MEAN YOUR MOTHER. She is also the curator the Polestar Poetry Series, and the Chief Editor of La Petite Zine!
What is characteristic of contemporary…Read More
“Friends of Dorothy: An Oz Cabaret” brings a fun modern edge to the classic Wizard of Oz story, featuring some of NYC’s best in burlesque, drag, aerialists, magic, and the downtown performing art scene. The production is fresh off the NY Fringe Festival debut.
The show runs all weekend, starting tonight…Read More
In beautiful portraits of dignity and joy, photographer Wyatt Gallery shows us the reality of Haitian living nearly a year after what is arguably the worst natural disaster in modern history, the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake.
An exhibition of Wyatt Gallery’s photography will display at the Umbrage Gallery in DUMBO…Read More
Swoon – our favorite Brooklyn based street artist – has teamed up with the creative design co. Upper Playground to release a limited edition print – “Walki” – to benefit a unique housing initiative in Haiti. This is a cool opportunity to buy a gift for yourself or a friend…Read More
I’m sitting on a bench on Bogart Street, sipping my latte and observing crowds emerging from the Morgan subway stop melting into Bushwick. It’s a perfect autumn Sunday, you couldn’t possibly ask for a better weather. The air is crystal clear and the sky is ridiculously wide and blue. Bushwick is vibrant today. People have been carrying obscure objects, preparing, assembling, attaching blue posters since the morning. The art festival Beta Spaces 2010 is about to start.
Under the lead of a volunteer organization Arts in Bushwick, the visual artists have opened their studios, apartments, lofts and galleries to the public. There are 50 locations and more than 400 individual artists participating.
Ali Ashman, the lead organizer, curator and an artist explains that Beta Spaces is a self-organized festival where all the participants are responsible for their show. Despite the large number of participating artists, there are recurring motives, common themes and ideas, such as a notion of home, recycled or found materials and visitor involvement. Frequently, visitors get to participate in the show and become part of the art creation. You can have brunch at Marni Kotas’ house or you can have your broken piece of art fixed by Jefferson Orgy Body. You can play a GPS scavenger game or observe virtual objects alongside reality using a smart-phone application.
Bushwick is bursting with creativity and you cannot remain uninspired when exploring warehouse labyrinths, talking with artists and curators. The festival manifests how massively rich the art scene is in Bushwick and how incredibly unique the neighborhood is with such a large concentration of visual artists per square feet. But art creation is not the only motive of the festival, Beta Spaces provides a platform for a dialogue on the role and impact of the artists in the neighborhood, neighborhood changes and gentrification.
–Katarina Hybenova is a writer and a photographer based in Brooklyn, the author of www.bushwickdaily.com