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Space Pussy Encourages all to Express their Desire for Freedom

I was born in Latvia and am currently based in Brooklyn. My installations, mixed media works and paintings have been shown in exhibitions throughout NYC and across the country at venues including Arcilesi and Homberg Fine Arts and Lesley Heller Projects in New York, Local Project in Queens, Trestle Gallery and Gallery 440 in Brooklyn, Arizona State University, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Evanston Art Center and Galesburg Civic Art Center in IL. I have participated in 5 funded artist residency programs, including LindArt in Slovenia and Studioworks in Eastport, ME.

In 2016 I was a recipient of Individual Artist Grant from Queens Council on the Arts. I hold an MFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University.

What are five hashtags that describe your work?

#sexuality #femininistart #womanpower #romance #feminine

What is your artist origin story?

I have been studying and creating art since I was 10 years old. I was born and raised in Latvia and moved to Chicago in 1998. I studied graphic design in undergrad and later received an MFA from Northern Illinois University. Grad school and moving to NYC in 2014 were the best decisions of my life.

What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?

Creating with wood allows for sturdy pieces that can have fine details while not being fragile.

What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?

I plan on producing more work in the Space Pussy series. I have recently created 3 large scale wood cut pieces and will me creating other variations of designs and sizes.

How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?

My neighborhood is laid back and mostly quiet. I feel at home here.

In a parallel universe, if you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you be doing?

I would be a film director or a dj/producer – need other parallel universes.

You can learn more about Maria Dmimanshtein here.


As part of the Arts in Bushwick activities and events, like Community Day and Bushwick Open Studios, we are showcasing the many artists participating.

Local Teaching Artist Loves Rose Quartz and Sacred Geometry

Suzanne Stroebe was born in San Francisco, California and raised in the coastal forests just north of the city. She received an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design, and a BA in Drawing and Painting from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Stroebe makes works on paper, installation, and sculpture. She occasionally works on curatorial projects with a focus on emerging feminist artists. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and alternative spaces in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Canada, Europe, and Turkey. She is the recipient of the Ellen Hoffman Memorial Fund, a Puffin Foundation Artist Grant, was named a Distinguished Alumni by the UC Santa Cruz Fine Arts Department and was recently awarded a solo residency with the TLC Foundation on Martha’s Vineyard Island.

Stroebe is a teaching artist at PS123K in Bushwick, with Studio in a School. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

What are five hashtags that describe your work?

#rosequartz #healingcrystals #sacredgeometry #love #brooklynmade

What is your artist origin story?

I come from a family of scientists but was born an artist.

What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?

I love having a studio in my apartment, because during summer vacation I can get right to work in the morning in my PJs.

What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?

This summer I am planning to build some large papier mache sculptures…

How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?

I have lived, worked, exhibited or taught in Bushwick for almost ten years and have watched the neighborhood change so much in that time. There are many performances and exhibitions, in white boxes and DIY art spaces that have inspired me, but none more than the community and especially the students of PS123K. The inventiveness and wonder they bring to art making never ceases to blow my mind.

What Bushwick artists do you admire and why?

Anyone running an artist-run space in Bushwick. We need them but I don’t know how they do it.

In a parallel universe, if you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you be doing?

I would be an acupuncturist living in California.

Was there something you want to share that was not asked?

About the Rose Quartz Project:

Rose Quartz is the Love Stone for this Age

The Rose Quartz is known as the “love stone” as it emits is a strong vibration of unconditional love, joy, warmth and emotional healing. Not only will it assist you with healing yourself but its energy may bring faith and hope to all in the vicinity, allowing you to see the beauty in the world, as your heart resonates to a new tune.

The Rose Quartz Project began in November 2016 and is ongoing, one response to the current political climate. The project is an unlimited series of unique watercolor paintings, given away to those in need of healing energy.

You can learn more about Suzanne Stroebe here.


As part of the Arts in Bushwick activities and events, like Community Day and Bushwick Open Studios, we are showcasing the many artists participating.

Rethinking Waste with Abstract Artwork from Recycled Materials

Laura Mychal is an artist and art educator living in nearby Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She creates out of her natural abundant energy watching as the process affects her work. Sometimes it is completed quickly, in fluid movements of gestures and other times she engages in a deep conversation with the piece, adding layers of paint or pieces of recycled materials, scraping, cutting or sanding the surface until the work feels complete. Little discoveries occur and so the process is key to her work.

She is forever influenced by the environment, both natural and human made. Her organic marks reflect this, as does her use of recycled and found materials. Resourcefulness is an important concept of the work. Laura believes that by utilizing what one has a greater sense of understanding can occur.

What are five hashtags that describe your work?

#abstract #organic #recycled #colorful #intuitive

What is your artist origin story?

I have always been an artist. I inherited the natural inclination for art as a child with two artistic parents. I remember always getting art supplies for birthdays and holidays and loving it. Once when I was in elementary school I nearly won a drawing competition, but lost because my work didn’t look like a child did it according to the teachers. I always excelled at art and was supported in pursuing my passion by my awesome mom and dad. I grew up north of San Francisco and was always playing out in the woods or at the beach. Nature is deeply rooted inside me and appears in all aspects of my abstract work. I took classes at the SF Academy of Art, obtained a BA in Studio Arts from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2010), and an MA from the University of Arizona in Art Education (2015). I took a few years to do the Peace Corps in Peru and made environmental murals and recycled art projects with my community. I just moved to Brooklyn to pursue my dreams and passions of being a full-time artist!

What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?

I am lucky to have a large open space to work in with a lot of windows. If I catch it at the right time of day I have the perfect amount of sunlight streaming in while I work.

What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?

I’ve started to incorporate portraits into some of my work, being inspired by the beautiful and diverse community that exists here in NYC. I am also pushing my textural paintings so that they are more sculptural and use found materials in new and challenging ways.

How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?

The materials I come across and the people I see in Brooklyn are making their way into my work. The energy of this city definitely is affecting the marks I make and the colors I choose. Interestingly I think it’s pushing me further into my reverence for nature because of the lack of it around me. I am inspired everyday here.

If a movie is made about your life, who would play you?

Emma Watson I think.

If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?

My mom, cause she’s the best.

In a parallel universe, if you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you be doing?

I would be a National Geographic photographer and journalist, traveling around the world meeting people and having epic experiences.

Was there something you want to share that was not asked?

Come see me on Instagram @LauraMychal

You can learn more about Laura Mychal here.


As part of the Arts in Bushwick activities and events, like Community Day and Bushwick Open Studios, we are showcasing the many artists participating.

Best of BOS in Group Portraits: Youth Expo at Silent Barn, May 6, 2017

Here’s a more recent portrait from this past Arts In Bushwick Youth Expo at Silent Barn in May that we took in their courtyard.

Here’s a more recent portrait from this past Arts In Bushwick Youth Expo and Skillshare at Silent Barn this past May. We took this shot in the courtyard with the staff from Mellow Pages whose library sits in a trailer there. The event, which featured local artists teaching their craft local to youngsters, was a wonderful opportunity to reach out to a community that I see mostly at nighttime in the company of adults. When taking my group portrait for their first expo two months previous, I gave a short lesson on how I gather folks together using at least two instant film cameras. Many of the kids seen here were present for the first one so tried to give a ‘201’ version of the talk I’d given before.

Starting with an announcement that the portrait would be taken in front of Mellow Pages’ trailer library, I proceeded to add signs, arrange staff members and feature surrounding art.

‘A good documentary photograph is loaded with information,’ I told them, ‘and the title sign of this library, the mural above and the participating artist’s logo on the stickers some of you hold will give future observers an accurate idea of where and when your were in Bushwick at this moment. And you guys are information as well. These future observers will be better able to determine what time of year it was is by your clothes, the clothes themselves can date the era and with so little contrast over your faces under our outdoor lighting they can correctly theorize that it was overcast day.’

Explaining the features of my medium to folks as diverse culturally as they were age-wise was a delight and its instruction coupled with practice makes the whole of my work worthwhile.

To participate in Nick’s next Arts in Bushwick group portrait please join us for Community Day on June 17 at House of YES, and be at the main stage by 3:15pm.

Talented Draftsman Cures World of Banality and Narrow-Mindedness

Davis McLane Connelly is an emerging Brooklyn artist and a prolific nonprofit administrator. Davis’s time is split between his artworks and creating educational programs for youth in arts, literacy, and social emotional development.

Davis’s figurative drawings combine a playful surface narrative with a visual subtext encoded with esoteric puzzles. The pieces may include iconographic stuffed toys, anthropomorphic animals, or mysterious human figures. The compositions pose variable technical challenges for the artist as a draftsman, while engaging curious viewers in a dialogue concerning the regret of lost youth, or the metaphorical process known as individuation (the individual psyche’s quest to become whole).

Davis holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology (2004) from State University of New York at Cortland, with residencies in Drawing and Painting in Corciano, Italy (2006), and the Chautauqua Institution (2007).

What are five hashtags that describe your work?

#charcoaldrawings #charcoalonpaper #haunting #realism #caravaggiowouldcry

What is your artist origin story?

I grew up in upstate New York in the Schenectady area. As a kid I loved drawing pictures and continued to do so through graduating college with a degree in Psychology. Eventually, I was invited to a couple of art residencies for my skill in rendering realist portraits and other figures. After traveling a bunch, I settled in Brooklyn in 2008 where I continued my drawing practice and also got involved in youth programming due to my unique cross-section of skills, my commitment to altruistic community practices, and my connection with youth and educators..

What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?

I have developed a pretty intimate fluency with condensed charcoal on cotton papers over the last several years. The durability of the paper creates a resilience to the intense erasures I need to make in order to sculpt tonal reality into the compositions. However, the tooth of the paper allows for a depth of shadow that is difficult to compete with in other similar mediums.

What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?

I am working on a series of figure drawings which will revolve around the concept of mortal, conscious mammals. I have recently returned to the practice of creating human figures in space as opposed to plush or anthropomorphized animals.

How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?

In general, New York has really pushed me to be a greater version of myself. I have seen communities in need where I can contribute skills and effort for the betterment of youth and families. I have seen extremely committed and determined individuals claw their way to success despite all the competition and distraction. I also feel like Bushwick is an especially conscious place where there is potential for impactful community collaboration, whereas other neighborhoods with a similar socioeconomic history have ignored prevalent issues.

What Bushwick artists do you admire and why?

We have a “mayor” figure on our block named Benny. He is kind and loves sunny weather. He keeps up with all goings-on in the neighborhood (Thames) and always shows the utmost stewardship of our beloved block, come what may.

Tell us your most memorable exchange during Bushwick Open Studios.

A father and his son were so captivated by my drawings one year. I wasn’t there when they visited my studio, so they came back the next day so they could ask me questions about how I make the pieces. I thought it was so nice.

If a movie is made about your life, who would play you?

I’ve been told Justin Timberlake or Ryan Gosling, but I’m probably ignoring the less flattering comparisons.

If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?

Charles Darwin. I am curious to know what it was like to live in a pre-evolution theory world and hear how people responded to the ideas. I went to Galapagos recently, as well- that would be fun to discuss.

In a parallel universe, if you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you be doing?

Musician without a doubt. Better yet, Writer and Director.

Was there something you want to share that was not asked?

I can be very long-winded when enabled, better not to ask.

You can learn more about Davis McLane Connelly here.


As part of the Arts in Bushwick activities and events, like Community Day and Bushwick Open Studios, we are showcasing the many artists participating.

BAM! #bluhop between Skyscrapers and Mountain Streams

BAM! are the artists Bosch, Ara Savala, Mii. We are bicoastal music makers playing somewhere between skyscrapers and high mountain streams. We’ve come together as a traveling pyramid a hundred thousand years in the making. Three rising stars, three hearts united.

#bluhop is our art, and joy.

What are five hashtags that describe your work?

#yeee #hailmary #whatisgoingon #bambambam #bluhop

What is your artist origin story?

BAM! incarnated in the Dead Head sanctuaries of the far West before being summoned by the crystal mountains of the East. We recognized each other, and remembered. Our initiation continues to unfold.

What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?

We love heavy bass, honesty, bravery, and vulnerability in whatever form we find them.

What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?

Follow us to California! We’re going back to the Bay for a minute, sitting a Vipassana in Massachusetts for ten days, and playing as many shows as possible.

How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?

Bushwick welcomes all our weird. We brought our recording equipment to a grimy, magical apartment, cooked up some tunes, danced with abandon, sang to ourselves, yelled out the windows, saw our friends’ art in the streets, and smiled.

What Bushwick artists do you admire and why?

We love Nicole Brydson, founder of Misfit Media and Interchanges, for her unwavering integrity and commitment to uplifting artists of all kinds.

Tell us your most memorable exchange during Bushwick Open Studios.

We stumbled upon a beautiful hyena suspended in many panels of glass that held our gaze and spun us in circles.

 

Was there something you want to share that was not asked?

We love you.

You can learn more about BAM! here.


As part of the Arts in Bushwick activities and events, like Community Day and Bushwick Open Studios, we are showcasing the many artists participating.

Best of BOS in Group Portraits: Opening Party 2015

Here’s another difficult panorama from BOS 2015’s opening party at Be Electric Studios. My friend Scott Cramer is one of the studio co-founders who granted me the permission to assemble the crowd as another friend Bill Tucci gathered everyone together. The Impossible Project color film that works better in low light was hard to come by that weekend and I had to take my chances with their higher contrast black and white formula.

This photo was also notable as one of Patrick McMullan’s staff photographers took a digital copy that popped up online a few days later. Some folks have asked if I get jealous when pro shutterbugs stand behind me and take photos while I exasperate myself to their benefit. The answer is on the contrary because my exclusive use of Polaroid ensures a physical copy of the photo that could appreciate with value over time. The digital copies locked inside the DSLR’s clicking behind me offer tedious electronic storage options at best and that file is not something you’ll see on the Antiques Roadshow years from now. Creating memories you can hold in your hand is major part my art and stay tuned to this blog from more memories as we get ready to make new ones this Saturday’s Community Day at House of Yes!

To participate in Nick’s next Arts in Bushwick group portrait please join us for Community Day on June 17 at House of YES, and be at the main stage by 3:15pm.

The New Factory Girl Lady Con Locs

Lidia Santana is considered a visionary in different art forms. She was born and raised in New York City. At a very young age her parents exposed her to the streets where fashion, film, art and music were heavily influential. Her favorite subjects in her early school days were music and art.

She graduated from Five Towns College in 2001 as a Jazz Commercial Performer. She has performed in various schools, weddings, orchestra pits and holiday functions. Although she spent most of years being a musician she has recently developed a passion for painting and photography.

In 2014, she participated in her first group exhibition at the E Gallery in Brooklyn where her self portraits were featured, dubbed the selfie queen and a modern day Frida Khalo. There is an art to her photography work.

Towards the end of 2014 she decided to expand her visual artistry by becoming a painter and from there she has participated in several group show throughout New York City.

What are five hashtags that describe your work?

#LadyConLocs #HouseOfWarhol #SancochoArtist #NYCARTIST #UMXS

What is your artist origin story?

Born and raised in New York city. My home consisted of art from modeling, music, photography and film. I was a visionary at a very young age. All the schools I attended provided classes in art and music, and I did very well in both subjects. Over excelled on creative assignments. To this day my ideas start out as a general concept then become a lot more.

What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?

My space and medium is my favorite place in the world. It is where most of my ideas are put to work which is why I call it “The Factory.” I have been inspired by the original factory owner Andy Warhol. He was involved with different types of mediums. Each and every medium was impactful. My goals in the art industry is to be just that, impactful.

What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?

My goal is to make my mark in the art world.
There have been many trials and tribulations that have occurred throughout this process. It’s all part of it. The work and efforts are fun to me. Hopeful that it will make it into art institutions through out the world.
My first solo art exhibition will be taking place on the 24th of June.
UMXS ARTS™ Presents Lady Con Locs’ Solo Art Exhibition.
Curated by Renowned Graffiti Artist Kacer-171
The Westchester Square Art Center
2616 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461

How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?

It’s really nice to know that there is a place for artists to be totally immersed in their work and be able to share it with the public.

What Bushwick artists do you admire and why?

I admire Juan Miguel Palacios Lopez’s work. I had the pleasure of visiting Bushwick Open Studios last year. My cousin who was the last person I expected this invitation from put me on to the advertisement. His work was something I’ve never seen or knew what was quite possible to do.

Tell us your most memorable exchange during Bushwick Open Studios.

The overall environment was like something I imagine my life to be in. Surrounded by creativity and culture. The studios were set up nicely and displayed fantastic work. I’m humbled to be considered for House Of Yes.

If a movie is made about your life, who would play you?

I don’t know who but I’m sure if I had the time I can find her. She has too be eccentric and naturally beautiful.

If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?

Andy Warhol and John Waters. They play a very big role in who I am today.

In a parallel universe, if you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you be doing?

Sitting at home watching tv

 

You can learn more about Lidia Santana here.


As part of the Arts in Bushwick activities and events, like Community Day and Bushwick Open Studios, we are showcasing the many artists participating.

Arts in Bushwick Polaroid Portrait by Nick McManus: Seeking Space 2016

As AiB’s community day approaches this Saturday, June 17 at House of YES, we wanted to share some of Nick McManus’ best Polaroid group portraits and we’re starting with a triple panorama from opening night of Bushwick Open Studios Seeking Space 2016 group show at David & Schweitzer Contemporary.

It was difficult walking in off the street in the pouting rain and squeezing apple-box through the packed hallway so my camera could see over the 50+ group I was tasked in documenting but well worth it after making that many folks smile together.

Look out for more portraits this week and I can’t wait to see all the smiles at our Community Day at House of Yes!

To participate in Nick’s next Arts in Bushwick group portrait please join us for Community Day on June 17 at House of YES, and be at the main stage by 3:15pm.

New York Native Keren Hasson is used to Strange Creatures

What is your bio?

I am a 28 year old native New Yorker, illustrator and printmaker, currently residing in Brooklyn. When I was originally enrolled at Bennington College, Vermont in 2007, I was a student of literature and fine art. In 2011, I transferred to the BFA program at Parsons School of Design, where I passionately studied illustration and printmaking. This is where I discovered silkscreen; which I still pursue professionally in parallel to my career as a freelance illustrator.

I love books about ships, skulls and bones, Rick and Morty, my dogs, and dumplings and pocket shaped foods from all cultures.

What are five hashtags that describe your work?

#strangecreatures #occult #otherworldly #supernatural #dreams

What is your artist origin story?

I was born in the woods under a dark moon, and live alone with my little black fox dog.
At night we run together across the meadows. We eat moths and night blooming flowers. Catchflys, jessamin, and primrose.
We go to sleep when the sun comes up and we wake up in our dreams, living our human lives in Brooklyn.
When night falls in Brooklyn, we go back to sleep to wake up living our nocturnal forest lives.

What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?

I work in two spaces, my desk at home and the studio I work in and make my prints. I love my desk space at home because I am surrounded by my plants and windows and its so relaxing when I need to be away from the bustle of my studio building. However I love my studio building because there are huge wall to wall windows with one of the best views of Manhattan I’ve ever seen. Also because I love meeting and collaborating with all of the different artists we share a space with here. Everyone is doing something different and sometimes we help each other out. Its great.

What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?

Within the next year, I’m hoping to start taking some of my work off the two dimensional page; turning some of my creatures and worlds into the 3d world. I also hope to create functional garments from fabrics I print with my designs and work on/or finish/develop my graphic novel “Days of Midnight”. Or at least do some more writing and comic making. And do better at shipping out my orders.

How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?

My discovery of the cheap tall boys that fuel my late night manic printing. Also being surrounded by a close community of artists and stuff.

What Bushwick artists do you admire and why?

I love the BBQ lady on St Nicholas between Troutman and Starr. She’s out there in the summer feeding us with amazing burgers and food ALL DAY and she loves it and we love her!! There’s always a crowd outside her house when shes there. She is the best.

Tell us your most memorable exchange during Bushwick Open Studios.

Someone bought one of my prints, but I hadn’t signed it (accidentally), and was out of the studio for a bit. When I came back after a little while the man who bought my print came back, saying he was waiting for me to sign it. I think I blushed too much and said thank you too much.

If a movie is made about your life, who would play you?

Shannyn Sossamon

 

You can learn more about Keren Hasson here.


As part of the Arts in Bushwick activities and events, like Community Day and Bushwick Open Studios, we are showcasing the many artists participating.