GO BROOKLYN OPEN ART STUDIOS
8 and 9 September 2012
For art lovers (and artists and just curious people alike) there ‘s nothing more exciting than to go and sneak into the artist’s very own studio.
Instead of seeing canvas, sculpture, installation and video in the white cube of a gallery, you get the chance to see the space where everything happened.
It’s like entering into the artist’s own private world. And sure enough, some studios look like temples, shrine included. Others proudly and clearly bear the marks of frenetic brainstorming and handling of loaded paint brushes. One thing is for sure: they all reflect the artist’s personality.
For the first time GO offered the opportunity to all its Brooklyn artist folk to open up their doors and let people walk in. Invitation nor introduction needed.
For the occasion an app was launched. A free download allowed you to register as a visitor. A map and a list of all participants made it easier to plan your itinerary well in advance. A matter of making a first selection, according to your personal taste and interest.
On the open weekend itself, and once you had started paying visits to the studios, each individual artist’s code could be entered on the app. Visiting five or more studios allowed you to actually vote for your three favorite artists. This interactive way of planning and visiting the studios, gave the whole event this special “audience participation” feel. And the best part: the artists you vote for become eligible to participate in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum which is scheduled December 1.
Yes, I have visited several studios.
Of course I will vote.
And I can’t wait to see which of my absolute favorites have made it to the December exhibition!
(the images here include work of the following artists, in order of visit : Newlyweds (Mark Bischel and Annette Rusin), Anne Gilman, John King, George Spencer, Joseph O’Neal, Marc Lambrechts)