The seventh annual Bushwick Open Studio festival organized by Arts In Bushwick is here with more artists than ever before. The organizers expanded the geographic boundaries and added new programs that embrace the eclectic activities of the neighborhood. Debut events include CinemaSunday, a curated series of films and talk-backs; Community Day, family friendly hubs for crafts and live music throughout the area; and the BOS Electronic Music Showcase at Bossa Nova Civic Club featuring Octo Octa, Datalog, Tomeeo, Nanohumans and Stephanie Bonenfant.
In the heart of the bustle, on Troutman Street, stop by map #144 to see Claire Lachow’s eerie inks on paper. At a glance these black and white paintings may seem like straightforward studies of abstract composition and gesture, but you quickly notice a swirl of smudged faces emerging from the weightless ovals that populate the work. Farther North you’ll find #75 at 41 Varick Street, a delight for those interested in process, abstraction, installation and unconventional materials. Here you will meet Will Hutnick, Nikki Nolan, Caitlin Peluffo, Polly Shindler and Kelly Worman. Between these artists, visitors will likely come across glitter, faux fur, velvet, spray paint and gobs of tape in addition to oil and acrylic.
Studios are open this Saturday and Sunday, noon to 7 pm.