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June in the Borough


While the official beginning of summer isn’t until mid-June, the season starts with a bang on June 1st, with what literally amounts to hundreds of offerings for your visual choosing. Bushwick Open Studios, Arts in Bushwick’s yearly studio walk boasts over 500 participants/events this year; surely offering something for everyone. Opening on Friday evening, June 1st, at Storefront Bushwick (16 Wilson Ave.) find the precious, treasure-like work of Abdolreza Aminlari, who creates captivating yet restrained minimalist compositions with gold thread on paper. At Studio 10 (56 Bogart St.) that same evening, see “Text” a group show opening that includes the thought-provoking constructions of Audra Wolowiec and the meditative and dazzling work of Meg Hitchcock, who excises language from sacred texts and reassembles them in painstaking pattern and arabesque form. While in the building, pay a visit to the inaugural show of Robert Henry Contemporary (formerly RHV Fine Art). The artist/gallerists Henry Chung and Robert Walden have moved their fine programming from their former location in South Park Slope to Bushwick and open with a solo show of polygonal collage, paintings and rare sculptural work from Renaissance talent, Andrew Zarou. Also in the building and opening Friday night is a solo exhibition of fantastical landscapes from artist Justin Barry at Interstate Projects and an opening for curator Rachel Steinberg’s Videorover series, which moves from the project space at Nurture Art to a simultaneous screening of various video shorts within Nurture Art’s main space.

You can catch many of these galleries on Saturday & Sunday as well at the “Bushwick Basel” Art Fair (108 Starr St.); a gathering of 11 neighborhood galleries invited by artist Jules de Balincourt to take up weekend residence in his Starr Space studio. Along with Studio 10, Parallel Art Space, Interstate Projects and Storefront, you can see booths from English Kills, Regina Rex, Valentine (with works that are charming yet also seem to possess dark undercurrents churning just below their colorful surfaces) and the always engaging Norte Maar.. In fact, you should start your Saturday art walk at Norte Maar (83 Wykoff Ave. #1B), where gallerist/curator Jason Andrew will treat you to a map of the day’s events and a mimosa! While there, enjoy the collages of local artist/musician Oliver Ralli, from local band/art collective PassKontrol. Later, at The Active Space (566 Johnson Ave.), you’ll find “Freewheeling”, a solo showing of the paintings of Storefront Bushwick’s Deborah Brown, which include vivid, multi-hued landscape views of the local environs. Lastly, to close the weekend, make sure to catch the final days of Sculpture Garden, a group show of three-dimensional works curated by Deborah Brown and Lesley Heller at the Onderdonk House (1820 Flushing Ave.).

If you still have energy (and eyes) left after the first weekend in June, Northside’s Annual Arts Festival happens in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, June 14 – 21, as well as a photo-festival taking place entirely within re-purposed shipping containers! Entitled “Photoville” , the festival is said to include a photo dog run and a camera greenhouse and will take place from June 22nd – July 1 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park

—Enrico Gomez