Living Gallery curating anything-goes 3D collection

Open season at Bushwick sculpture garden

Over easy: Nyssa Frank shows off a Fabrege egg made by students that is one of the first installations at the Bushwick Sculpture Garden on Broadway.
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Call it BYO-sculpture.

At the new Bushwick Sculpture Garden, which started up in a community garden on Broadway between Stockton Street and Lewis Avenue over the weekend, caretakers have an open submission policy for three-dimensional artwork. That means sculptors who want to show their work in this corner of the of Bushwick, beneath the elevated J, M, and Z tracks, don’t have to endure the scrutiny of dealers, critics or focus groups — or even be particularly good.

“I’m not going to say no to something that I think is ugly,” said curator Nyssa Frank, who runs the Living Gallery also on Broadway. “The only criteria is that the work is positive and not offensive.”

In its first weekend, the garden boasted a large, Faberge-style egg, a teepee made of wood and plastic, and tiny ceramic eyes hanging from trees. During the warm months, the garden will rotate through works people drop off.

The garden, which is run by the New York Restoration Project, will be open each weekend for poetry readings and performance-art events. The garden will also be featured as part of this year’s Bushwick Open Studios at the end of May.

Updated 6:15 pm, April 9, 2014
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diehipster from Mauling Masons says:
Although it says that egg was made by students, you can bet that in the end that place will be filled with amateurish sculptures made by homeless looking yet upper middle class 30 something year olds on their Brooklyn playdate.

April 9, 2014, 6:48 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
It is so very different from the past, a complete 180 from the pall of the old urban blight. Imagine children once growing up in these neighborhoods whose only exposure to the numinous would have been through baneful episodes of religiosity and superstition. And the environment all around was overcast with that dim aspect of things. Whereas here we have only half a generation later an urban environment that signals transparency and laughter.
April 9, 2014, 1:43 pm

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