Bushwick is where it’s Basqui-at! Artists opened up for the weekend

Rabbit following: Artist Cartoon Bacon wore a bunny mask to present his ruminations on cartoons and bacon.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Bushwick’s wildest and weirdest artists opened their doors to the world this weekend.

Bushwick Open Studios showcased the handiwork of neighborhood creators for the ninth year running, drawing thousands for three days of music, revelry, and most prominently, eye candy. Taking part in the Bushwick-wide art show is a relief from the pretension of the gallery world, one studio denizen said.

“It is so fun to participate and have people come see my work in a space that is not a gallery and just talk to me in a casual way,” said artist Amanda Gale, a sculptor who works with fabric, motors, and fake fur and shares a studio on Forrest Street with some of her friends.

More than 600 artists participated in this year’s Friday-to-Sunday shindig. Those featured set up shop not only in studios, but on neighborhood sidewalks and in parked trailers, giving the festivities a communal vibe. another artist said.

In the fold: Blythe Cain shows off her suede creations inside her Forrest Street work-space.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

“It is a great community and everyone is friends,” Theresa Friess said. “There are a lot of spaces here where you can connect with people and that is important.”

Many artists involved try to sell their work, but some just do it for the thrill of showing off what they have made.

“It sets a goal for me and gives me something to work towards,” said Gale. “It is a deadline.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Come on in: Jess Whittam shows off her sculptures at her Forrest Street studio.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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