Bushwick’s latest art gallery happens to be tax deductible!
The awning outside Storefront on Wilson and Flushing avenues may say “PM Taxes,” but don’t be fooled. There’s an art gallery inside.
Bushwick artist Deborah Brown and curator Jason Andrew opened the sliver-sized space in January on one of the coldest days of the year. Despite the cold and with barely any advertising, throngs of art scenesters flooded the space to get a glimpse of works by Bushwick artists Rico Gatson, Aurora Robson, Kevin Regan, Matthew Miller and Austin Thomas, a one-time Bushwick gallery director.
“The January opening was the biggest revelation,” said Brown, who points to Thomas for inspiration. “People like the idea of a little offbeat gallery that is the next incarnation in Bushwick.”
On Friday, April 2, Brown’s own surreal landscape paintings went on display. Her works capture a beautifully strange Bushwick at twilight, when the sky turns pink or green depending on the light.
“Some things are in sharp focus, others in haze, but there satellite dishes, barbed wire, shoes hanging from trees, pink skies,” said Brown. “It’s kind of my love letter to Bushwick.”
Andrew, who curated the solo show, is pleased to finally show Brown’s work in a space he manages after showing smaller canvasses at his Wyckoff Avenue apartment/gallery, Norte Maar.
“Deborah’s paintings were actually the impetus to open Storefront,” said Andrew. “These paintings are indicative of Bushwick; beauty found through a struggling nature framed with an industrial edge.”
The gallery is also serious about expanding their reach beyond the Bushwick art scene. Brown and Andrew, both Community Board 4 members, reached out to neighborhood youth to participate in two weeks of shows in May their own artwork.
For Brown, Storefront’s priority is to showcase art from Bushwick-based artists and act as a liaison between Bushwick artists and the New York arts community
“It’s our opportunity to show the broader arts community what’s going on in Bushwick and I’m a part of that,” said Brown. “We are Bushwick.”
And no, they won’t do your taxes, but will politely recommend an accountant down the street.
Storefront Gallery [16 Wilson Ave., at Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, (646) 361-8512] is open on weekends or by appointment. Deborah Brown’s “Bushwick Paintings” will be on display until May 16.
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