Interstate Projects

For BOS ’11 Interstate Projects will act as one of several Hub Spaces, which are sites for visitors to congregate for information about BOS. Pop into the space and say “howdy,” during the festival, or visit during Interstate’s regular hours on Saturdays 12-6.  They are located at 56 Bogart Street, right across the street from the Morgan Avenue stop of the L train.

Through Interstate Projects, Tom Weinrich brings the work of contemporary artists from all over the nation into Bushwick. In this profile, we get to glimpse the type of energy it takes to bring that all together.

Audrey Tran: Tell us about your current projects.

Tom Weinrich: Our current exhibit is the first solo show by Natalie Westbrook, a recent MFA graduate from Yale.  She makes really incredible paintings and drawings of tropical plant life.  The show explores her progression from large baroque allegorical works to her more recent experimentation with abstraction.  The next show, Composite Factor, opens on Friday June 3rd, and features Justin Berry, Arielle Falk, Jesse Hulcher, and Alyssa Taylor Wendt.  We’ll also be doing an outdoor video project at night during the whole weekend of BOS called “Videos on the Front.”  There will be more than 30 artists involved from all over the country.  The videos will be projected onto the wall of a steel yard across the street from the gallery at the corner of Bogart St. and Grattan St.

AT: What inspired you to open your space?

TW: I’d say the main reason is an interest in supporting artists that I really admire.  There are a lot of other reasons: timing, frustration with working in Chelsea, real estate, etc… But the overriding factor is the really interesting work being made all over the country that I want to show here in Bushwick.

AT: What do you enjoy about Bushwick?

TW: Bushwick is one of the only neighborhoods in New York that reminds me of the rust belt (I’m from Pittsburgh), and I think that I am really attracted to the way industrial production and normal life coexist.  The difference is the vibrancy and just sheer amount of things happening here.  Every inch of space gets used for something, sidewalks, the street, open lots.  I also really like that every week I hear about a new space someone has opened, or a new bar or restaurant.

AT: What would you do if you were not running a gallery/working in the arts?
TW: Sleeping a lot more.

AT: Seen any must-see shows around town, or in the neighborhood?

TW: I’m a big fan of Mathew Miller’s show over at Famous Accountants. There was a good show over at 319 Scholes by the collective Just Chillin in March.  I like what they do over there.

AT: Are there any recent readings/articles you’d like to share?

TW: I’ve been rereading Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita.  Seems appropriate right now.

AT:  If you could choose to be apart of any moment in history (not including the present one), what time would you choose?

Reading the DisUnion blog on the NY Times the past year has been really interesting, but I’m not sure the 1860’s would have been all that fun.  It would have been nice to live in California in the 20’s, before it got overcrowded.