Nearly 200 artists were kicked out of the infamous 5 Pointz building in Long Island City after a staircase collapse a few months back. Many have gathered inside a building in Greenpoint to yet again build a progressive community of creative folks. Brooklyn Art Studios are having open studios this weekend, surely not to be missed:
Former Crane Street Studio artists bridge the Queens/Brooklyn gap and open the doors to their new artistic home in Greenpoint…
(Brooklyn, NY) – Following Crane Street Studios devastating staircase collapse in April, 2009, a creative community of over 200 artists was forced to vacate the legendary 5 Pointz “graffiti building” of Long Island City, Queens. Fortunately for the neighborhood, many of these artists only moved a bridge’s distance away to the nearby vibrant, multi-cultural, budding art community of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to set up their new artistic digs at the Brooklyn Art Studios – a new and improved art and industrial center, only a few short blocks from the Greenpoint Avenue G train subway stop.
The sixteen former Crane Street artists include: Davide Balliano, Installation Artist; Jess Benston, Painter; Erica Buhl, Painter; Tomas Casas, Film Maker; Karen Y. Chan, Film/Video/Sound Artist; Christina Anastasia Dallas, Photographer, Eric Levine, Painter; Kim Luttrell, Painter/Sculptor/Mixed-Media Artist; George Panagi, Painter; Lorenzo Powell, Portrait Artist; Hernando Restrepo, Painter; Carla E. Reyes, Painter/Mixed-Media Artist; Sol Tanne, Portrait Artist; Yu-Whuan, Sculptor/Installation Artist; Kiyomi Yamagishi, Jewelry Designer; Ian White Maher, Sculptor/Installation Artist. They are joined by: Ken Bae, Graphic Designer/Illustrator; Michele Beck, Multidisciplinary Artist; Johnny Bergmann, Filmmaker; Meredith Binder, Filmmaker; BiZZiD, Painter; Joel Columpang, Designer; Astrid Farruggia, Textile Designer; Rose Frisenda, Painter; Cassy Giacci, Painter/Mixed Media Artist; Julio Granados, Illustrator/Graphic Designer; Trisha Max, Painter; Susan Metrican, Painter; Tyeakia Miles, Fashion Designer/Sculptor; Trina Ong, Painter/Mixed-Media Artist; Elizabeth Polish, Industrial Designer; Emily Raively, Graphic Design; Ana Paola White, Painter; Rufus Tureen, Film Maker; as well as writer, Michael Tyrell, and Ally Latourelle of Earthventure Capital LLC.
This unique ensemble of talent will open their doors to the art world and local community to host their first open studio event on Friday, November 6, 2009, 6-9pm, and Saturday, November 7, 1-6pm. Many of the artists will be present at the event to discuss their work, and a wide range of original artwork will be available for purchase just in time for the holiday season!