RECAP: BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS

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On a hot Sunday in Brooklyn, we hit up Bushwick Open Studios to check out some of our friends’ work and make some new discoveries from New York’s emerging artists. First we stopped by 44 Stewart Street, and the studio of Charles Laib Bitton, who uses blue and black ink on paper to create stand alone pieces free of a binding statement. With impossibly straight lines that continue off the page in an infinity effect, and disciplined detail, the artist’s work is truly impressive. Down the hall, we entered the “secret garden” of artist, Daisuke Kiyomiya which revealed a small studio filled with intricate wood carvings of canoes, human forms, gears, glasses, and animals. The playful environment inside Kiyomiya’s studio felt unique and refreshing, and although his pieces filled up almost the entire room, his work resisted feeling cluttered or overwhelming. Finally, we headed down the road to the corner of Jefferson and St. Nicholas to check out the works of collaborative artists Tribble & Mancenido, who recently completed a photography series based on truck drivers, and were featuring their ‘Exposed Drawers’ series at this year’s Bushwick Open Studios. One of our favorite pieces from the duo is the photographs of their family members adorned with preserved moss.

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