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Bushwick Open Studios, 2012: Tidings from a New Frontier

by Paddy Johnson on June 7, 2012
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What do the results of navigating over 500 Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) look like? We don’t know—we didn’t attempt to see half that many galleries. Still, we were able to produce a few highlights from the work we saw. What we liked, what we sort of liked, and WTF, after the jump.

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Recommended Bushwick Open Studio: David McBride

by Paddy Johnson on June 1, 2012
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David McBride makes his paintings with a stencil and blue, red, and brown glaze. The result is a studio filled with what appears to be a lot of chocolate brown paint. The importance of the subjects is not immediately apparent: in one painting, he pairs a roller coaster with a clothesline of hanging flags, while in another, he fills the canvas with botanical illustrations. The key to understanding the work might be the 3D glasses painted above, which remind us that these paintings, like everything else we see, are constructed from light. It’s an almost obsessive interest in practice, and we like that.

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Recommended Bushwick Open Studio: Lee Lee Chan

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on June 1, 2012
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LeeLee Chan’s sculpture, painting, and photos all fit squarely in the same world. The paintings and photos focus heavily on reflection, while her sculpture combines reflective, industrial items with organic elements. There’s a preciousness in her placement and handling of delicate clusters that seems to talk about both nature and commodity. Evoking the language of Eileen Quinlan, Chan’s manipulation of scale and focal length produce paintings and sculptures that seem otherworldly.

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Recommended Bushwick Open Studio: MaryKate Maher

by Paddy Johnson on May 31, 2012
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MaryKate Maher’s work is a little like a Matthew Ronay sculpture minus the steroids. She’s got the hand-made abstract sculptures and the discrete arrangements of objects, but skips the cum finish lines and hanging anal cupcake beads. Instead, Maher opts for scary. In one piece, a lamb—covered in what appears to be human flesh—has had one leg transformed into gold. In another, what appears to be a witch’s broom is coated repeatedly with black resin. When Maher tells us there’s no intended narrative, it seems like the spookiest answer possible.

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Recommended Bushwick Open Studio: Max Razdow

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on May 31, 2012
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Gatherings of expressionistic figures communing in mythical settings define Max Razdow’s paintings and drawings. While some of his pen and ink drawings verge on storybook as in the “Future Myths” series, others are weirder, and more open to interpretation. “Man Speaking (to computer),” is one such a example, as we have no idea how to interprete a barrel-chested figure shooting blue mist out of his mouth into a black triangle. In addition to having exhibited multiple times in Belgium and Brooklyn, Max Razdow shows with Freight + Volume.

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