Sometimes the push is worth it. This weekend, I headed out to Bushwick for the Open Studios art weekend.
Being the daughter of a writer and an artist, I have been around wildly creative people my whole life – and appreciate the commitment, talent and tenacity it takes to be an artist. At the same time, I have not made my community to be one of artists and craftspeople. So visiting studios and seeing people’s work is a bit like coming home for me.
I saw some amazing art work this weekend – from some amazing paintings by Tim Okamura that blew my mind a little (portraits of women as boxers, though the women themselves are not boxers, with butterflies in the background – I am SO not doing it justice, but if you can – check out his work) to wooden sculptures that were … well, kind of like cranes – with counterweights of various materials. And these sculptures were all different sizes, including one that stretched across half of the wall. I am not doing either of these mens’ work justice – but trust me, it was wildly impressive.
But the highlight of the day? Well, Tim and his work was definitely high up there, but… the street art in Bushwick. It blew my mind. Here are some samples of what I saw.