Despite our occasional appreciation of it, we here at Brokelyn are by no means art experts. Unless you’re counting Cowboy Bebop, some of us have seen every episode something like three times. Otherwise, stick us in front of an abstract painting or some experimental photograph and the best we’ll come up with is, “Yep, that’s a thing.” Still, even we were struck by the haunting new renderings of the long-dreaded Bushwick mall, delivered to the world in black-and-white instead of the usual splashes of color that developers try to show off with. What does it all mean? (more…)
New York City, the advertising hub of the world. Everyone here is keen on the effectiveness of advertising, even so far down the line as bodega owners with those classic food posters with pictures of what’s supposed to pass for delicious looking food. They have become an unmistakable staple of delis and bodegas, and have become so ingrained in the city’s landscape that they’re one of the many awesome definitive characteristics of the city. So much so that one man has devoted his time to photographing and mapping out all these signs and posters on his Tumblr, Deli Grossery. Depending on your perspective, this could be art, but at the very least it proves to be interesting. (more…)
Given that her introduction to America was feigning shock, shock that her sex tape with Ray J was made public, Kim Kardashian has managed to do exceptionally well for herself. Even if you don’t have a reason to know who she is, you still somehow do, kind of like The Pope or the president or Osama bin Laden. So, taking things to their logical extreme, ANIMAL informs us that artist Hannah Kunkler now has an exhibit up in Bushwick that imagines Kim Kardashian as a god in various religious settings. (more…)
If you majored in a fine art (or even the humanities), chances are you were like me and thought it was a get rich quick scheme. While your parents may have advised you to add an econ or poli-sci concentration alongside your sculpture major, you knew the real money was in experimental performance art flash fiction. And yet, you’re still reading Brokelyn. Over stolen wifi. On your roommate’s ex’s iPad.
After a long, brutal winter, people in the art world have been looking forward to Bushwick Open Studios more than ever. Finally, from May 30 to June 1, artists and art collectives threw open their doors for shows and a celebration of the neighborhood’s art. For people who make the trek out to Bushwick, BOS is not just merely art, it’s an experience, but it’s also special for those of us who live here, the creatives and art-lovers alike.
The following photos document only a very small portion the weekend’s endless art party, one I am happy to call one of the most amazing weekends I have ever had in Brooklyn.
You might have been under the impression that something as magical as the combination of drinking beer and playing skee-ball wouldn’t be controversial. We know that we were. Well, it turns out we were all wrong. The minds behind Brewskee-Ball, the skee-ball and drinking sport, are locked in a legal deathmatch with the Skee-Ball Inc., who say that “skee-ball” is a trademarked term and are looking to get Brewskee-Ball to change their name. Breskee-Ball is trying to raise money for their legal efforts with a crowdfunding effort, and now, an art show at Full Circle Bar with skee-ball-themed paintings called The Art of Skee-Ball. (more…)
In a mix of true artistry/creepiness, Rose snapped shots of sunbathers by stealthily wielding his camera, unbeknownst to the beachgoers. The right to privacy aside, the exhibition displays beautifully unguarded moments of people from all walks of life enjoying intimate moments in a public space. (more…)
You’ve been living here a few years now, but never summed up the wherewithal to sneak into the Domino Sugar Factory. And now that it’s a construction site/slated for demolition, you figure you’ll never get inside the mysterious old relic of New York’s industrial past. Well, you can stop crying now, because you’re gonna get to go inside the factory after all, and you can see some art, as this weekend will be the beginning of a two-month art exhibit called “The Subtlety,” from artist Kara Walker. (more…)
Eugene Mirman stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers the other night, and explained that since the Gowanus Whole Foods is trying to make nice with local artists, he had some paintings he’d like them to display. We’re no art critics, but we think the paintings, with names like “Couple Under A Tree Wishing They Were Biracial” and “Vegan On His Way To The Complain Store” would fit in perfectly with Whole Foods’ other ridiculous items. And as you can see below, Mirman also brought his campaign to Twitter. (more…)