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Things We (Can’t Believe We) Saw at Bushwick Open Studios

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Another Bushwick Open Studios has come and gone. In order to make sense of it all (though, let’s face it, there was no making sense of the above) we took some photos and talked to some artists whose work we dug. Click through our slideshow, below, to see this year’s highlights and lowlifes.

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Here’s Frank Ape Monkeying Around in a Former East Village Bodega

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

We knew Brandon Sines was taking over a former East Village bodega with a Frank Ape free-for-all. What we didn’t know until we got to Specials on C Saturday night was that the show would feature PORNO starring the artist’s hairy, deep-thinking (uh, not really) character. Yikes! But don’t worry: it was tastefully sequestered in the “XXX Adults Only XXX” section.
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A Guy Named Frank Ape Is Taking Over an Abandoned Alphabet City Bodega

john-lennon-vector-posterLast time we caught up with Brandon Sines, he was selling his witty work at the B + B Bazaar. Now the artist, whose studio is in Bushwick, is taking over a former bodega near his East Village apartment.

On May 3, Sines will bring his hirsute cartoon character, Frank Ape — whose mangy mug you’ve seen on the streets of Brooklyn, on T-shirts, and even on a line of wallets — to Specials on C, the bodega that was washed out by Sandy and has since been used for art exhibits, fashion launches and secret shows.
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