Greenpoint Gazette

Bushwick: Brunch + Art

BY Talisa Chang

Fieldtrips are always fun but increasingly scarce after we leave elementary school—unless you know the right people. Every so often, Jason Andrew and Deborah Brown of Norte Maar’s STOREFRONT Gallery host a Sunday brunch and studio and gallery tour for friends and colleagues. Last Sunday, they carted over a dozen people of all ages and professions around the neighborhood in their cars, offering a diverse and well-curated selection of emerging and more established Bushwick artists.

The day started with brunch at Tandem on Troutman Street, and the tour commenced at STOREFRONT at 16 Wilson Avenue with sculptures by Norman Jabaut and a work by Robert Rauschenberg. The other gallery visits were at English Kills gallery at 114 Forrest Street to see the work of Andy Piedilato; Sugar at 449 Troutman to see a collection of photographs, A Sense of Humor; and Norte Maar (Andrew’s residence) at 83 Wyckoff Avenue for selected works of Bushwick artists. The tour also included artist studio visits with Brooke Moyse, Rico Gatson, and Jimmy Miracle.

“I think the other galleries like us a lot because Jason and I bring groups of people out to see not just our space but other galleries, and that helps expand awareness of their programs,” Brown said. “We recognize that it’s really good to identify each others as players and people who are doing different things. We’re so grassroots—we show a lot of Bushwick artists, and we’re in a position to help identify for the broader community, which can be intimidated by Bushwick, who artists are and who might be of interest, and I think that makes us a really useful conduit. People in Manhattan and other places know about Bushwick but they can’t imagine how it works. We and the other galleries, too I think, are serving that purpose by being publicly available. We’re really reaching out by inviting people to come on our tours and things”

Jabaut’s exhibition, fog walks, a collection of found-wood sculptures, will be up at STOREFRONT until March 28. The following exhibition will be the gallery’s own Deborah Brown, whose works, The Bushwick Paintings, will be up from April 2- May 16. For more information visit www.storefrontbk.com.

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