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Witches of Bushwick Haunt Stream Gallery All Month Long (First Stop: Foot Paintings)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

In anticipation of the opening for the Witches of Bushwick residency at Stream Gallery, we stopped by the Bushwick mini-art front yesterday. We can’t say we didn’t look sort of ridiculous getting there right as the gate opened, but thankfully we were greeted not only by a singular, unopened bottle of red wine sitting by its lonesome on a pedestal but also by Christine Tran (co-founder of Witches of Bushwick along with Anne Alexander).

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Brooklyn Street Artist RAE Taps a Dingy Chinatown Basement to Unravel a Strange Tale

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

A scowling woman shoved a plastic bag in my face and gestured toward the mound of grapefruits at a Chinatown grocery like any other. “No thanks,” I smiled, pointing toward the rust red door with chicken scratch white paint that reads: 94 1/2. “Oh,” she said knowingly and smiled. Unlike everyone else clucking around the piles of produce, I wasn’t shopping. I was looking for an art show supposedly behind this dingy door. I tentatively knocked and heard no echo, no indication there was anything but darkness behind there, let alone an exhibition dedicated to work by the street artist RAE, some recent and some that might have otherwise been lost had it not been for a helpful neighbor.

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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes At SIGNAL

(Photo: Flyer for Signal Gallery's current Exhibition, "Fissure: Fog")

(Photo: Flyer for Signal Gallery’s current Exhibition, “Fissure: Fog”)

Walk into Bushwick’s SIGNAL Gallery and you might feel as if you’ve just stepped off a spaceship onto the surface of some distant moon. A thick cloud of fog dominates the room, and strangely its opacity seems to vacillate as you move across the room from painting to installation to sculpture. It can be disorienting but also sort of zen inducing, though the gallery cat doesn’t seem to be bothered one way or the other.

An exhibition curated by Bennet Schlesinger, Fissure: Fog, installed the cloud here at SIGNAL when it opened nearly two weeks ago at what’s become one of Brooklyn’s premiere galleries for emerging artists. Fissure features work by local artists including Nikholis Planck, Aidan Koch, Graham Hamilton, and Kayla Guthrie, among others. The works draw from a variety of mediums and artistic practices.

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A Beer-Splashed Showcase For Emerging Photographers Takes Root in Brooklyn

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

(Photos: Hannah McCarthy)

“We didn’t want it to be a party,” said Sarah Reynolds, a director at Root Studios, as a crowd gathered outside of the North 14th Street photo studio and Narragansett flowed freely in what’s normally its echoing room. “We wanted people to be able to talk and show their work.” But that didn’t stop over 300 from showing up to the first Works in Progress on word-of-mouth and a last-minute email blast alone.
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Two LES Galleries Get Out of Dodge

Cancel All Our Vows, 2014, installation view. (Photo: Martin Parsekian)

Cancel All Our Vows, 2014, installation view. (Photo: Martin Parsekian)

The art world was infinitely bummed to find out LES’s DODGEgallery will be closing its doors next month, on its fourth anniversary. Founder Kristen Dodge made the announcement via e-mail on March 10th, expressing her gratitude to the gallery’s roster of artists, staff and supporters.
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Rafael Fuchs Turned Some ‘Bitter Incidents’ With Landlords Into Art

(Courtesy Fuchs Projects)

(Courtesy Fuchs Projects)

Like to grouse about your landlord? Why not do it over Kosher rugelach at an upcoming art opening?

Later this month at his Bushwick gallery, Rafael Fuchs will show new work “based on true stories” about North Brooklyn’s Jewish landlords. For the appropriately titled “LandLords” series, the artist digitally manipulated photographs he had taken of landlords — wearing Shabbat fur hats and following after their children, among other things — by adding imagery, writing, and portions of other photographs. One print features a naked woman with an airplane about to fly into her ass, with a couple landlords in traditional Hasidic garb in the background.
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Chelsea Gallerists Are Partying in Their New LES Space Tonight, Sans the Art

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Chelsea gallery Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc. is celebrating its move to the Lower East Side tonight, two months before it actually goes down.

The gallery’s first show at 33 Orchard Street — featuring the work of Blair Thurman — won’t happen until September 20. In the meantime, the owners are throwing a party in the unrennovated room that they’re calling the “Raw Space,” with bare walls and wires hanging from the ceiling.
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