October 20, 2012
The Closing and Continuation of The Bogart Salon

To All of our Friends and Supporters…

On October 29th I will be leaving as Director of The Bogart Salon. The space itself will be on short hiatus while the owner makes decisions on the direction it shall go in. Since I founded the salon back in May of 2011 I imagined a new concept for what an art gallery can be, and I feel in an incredible 14 months, we achieved those original goals. To open a “living room” for the art world, where art, artists, curators, critics, and the audience could all be in one place exchanging ideas, arguing about the nature and role of art in this new century, and most importantly treating art as something “sacred” and magical, full of play and messy connectivity; where the art might be “made” by the collectors (Peoples Art Collective), or perhaps the audience itself (Dejuener Sans L’Herbe). Where the gallery might become nothing but a virtual space, an internet hub where the show is the critics and bloggers themselves discussing the previous show (War Room).

The incredible pace of change here in Bushwick was already under way when we opened in September of last year, but in that time we believe The Bogart Salon played a crucial part of that development. Whether it was the hosting of seminal panel discussions such as Confronting Bushwick, or Capital and Its Discontents, the filming of a Isha: a Tell All Tale the world’s first ever Bollywood style soap opera filmed in a gallery, citydrift/Bushwick the first iteration of a multi-city, multi-nation meta art event that will travel abroad in the coming years, or simply elegant art exhibitions with unique artists from around the world we feel proud of our re-imagining the art gallery as a “meeting place”, a 21st century version of a salon; an analog room with a digital interface that could be at once intimate and expansive.

I (and the rest of our team) will soon be relocating to a nearby space under a new name, and with an even bolder and more expansive vision for art and contemporary culture. We will update all of you in the coming weeks with our plans for the future, but extend our deepest thanks for your support these past months, and finally please come and celebrate the closing of the final show under our direction, Vacationland, and share with all of us the joy of these past months…Friday, October 26th from 6-9pm.

Sincerely,
Peter Hopkins, Meenakshi Thirukode, Maya Meissner, Wilson Duggan

September 29, 2012

Vacationland Installation Photographs by Maya Meissner. 

September 13, 2012
VACATIONLANDSept 21st - Oct 29th 2012
OPENS: SEPT 28TH 6-9 PMArtists: Astrid Bowlby, Eric Brown, Joanne Freeman

Vacationland is an exhibition that is centered on three artists who grew up, or have spent a great deal of their formative artistic years in Maine. The title refers to the state’s idea of itself as a place for retreat, both literally and, (in this case) spiritually. The understanding here is that this title refers to some imaginary place somewhere just outside the boundaries of the art world and its “gravitational pull”, somehow mysteriously free from the hyper-consciousness and market forces exerted by the “black hole” of New York City. This “place”, this Vacationland is, of course fictional, the artists here are all formally schooled and highly regarded inside this system, but in some fashion all are currently engaged in a twenty to thirty year struggle to carve out some freedoms for themselves and their new works which can each be traced back individually to some original impulse, some geist that comes from Maine: the ambient northern light of a late September, the remoteness and harsh winters and how those conditions might form a spirit of quiet resolve, these ideas all contribute to the “how” of that place, and what it means emotionally, and finally for all the artists here… visually.
 
The Bogart Salon is open Friday through Monday 12-6 pm
56 Bogart Street opposite the Morgan exit on the L train
www.bogartsalon.com
 

VACATIONLAND
Sept 21st - Oct 29th 2012

OPENS: SEPT 28TH 6-9 PM
Artists: Astrid Bowlby, Eric Brown, Joanne Freeman

Vacationland 
is an exhibition that is centered on three artists who grew up, or have spent a great deal of their formative artistic years in Maine. The title refers to the state’s idea of itself as a place for retreat, both literally and, (in this case) spiritually. The understanding here is that this title refers to some imaginary place somewhere just outside the boundaries of the art world and its “gravitational pull”, somehow mysteriously free from the hyper-consciousness and market forces exerted by the “black hole” of New York City. This “place”, this Vacationland is, of course fictional, the artists here are all formally schooled and highly regarded inside this system, but in some fashion all are currently engaged in a twenty to thirty year struggle to carve out some freedoms for themselves and their new works which can each be traced back individually to some original impulse, some geist that comes from Maine: the ambient northern light of a late September, the remoteness and harsh winters and how those conditions might form a spirit of quiet resolve, these ideas all contribute to the “how” of that place, and what it means emotionally, and finally for all the artists here… visually.

 

The Bogart Salon is open Friday through Monday 12-6 pm

56 Bogart Street opposite the Morgan exit on the L train

www.bogartsalon.com

 

September 12, 2012
Katarina Hybenova of Bushwick Daily's Photo Essay on citydrift

Soap bubbles, tiny tequilas, violently damaged Golem of Bushwick, poetry, industrial landscape, multi-person ping pong, Joy Ride…and I have barely started to describe how was the Friday night in the name of citydrift.”

September 12, 2012
Charles Kessler of Left Bank Art Blog Reviews citydrift!

I spent most of Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Bushwick attending (and participating in — it was that kind of event) Citydrift, an exhuberant, chaotic, playful, all-embracing art-community undertaking. Among other things, it included night-time scavenger hunts for art, artifacts and about 100 mini-tequila bottles; an art time-capsule (the art was documented and placed in a dumpster, and the whole thing eventually will be buried somewhere); a large golem erected at Momenta Art, brought at night to the nearby Brooklyn Fire Proof cafe/bar/gallery where later that night, with supreme irony, some drunks set it on fire; Lisa Levy’s Ego Evaluations (her diagnosis was that I have an inflated view of myself - oy); 4-person ping pong (played crosswise); Barry Duncan palindromes; and many panel discussions. And these are just the events I remember or heard about — I’m sure I missed a lot. “

September 6, 2012
Writer Jessica Dailey of Curbed Features citydrift !

"Artists are taking to the streets this weekend in Bushwick, and they want you to join them. "

September 1, 2012
Bushwick Daily features an essay on citydrift!


"To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; We need meaning, understanding, and explanation…And we need freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves. We may seek, too, a relaxing of inhibitions that makes it easier to bond with each other…We seek a holiday from our inner and outer restrictions, a more intense sense of the here and now, the beauty and value of the world we live in.

Oliver Sacks of the New Yorker 8/27

August 25, 2012
citydrift


The Bogart Salon is pleased to announce our participation in first Bushwick galleries event of the 2012-13 exhibition season, citydrift, which will open Friday, September 7th.

Over a continuous, three-day period, there will be a series of intrusions by artists in the Bushwick neighborhood surrounding the gallery collaboratively organized by artist Peter Hopkins with several Bushwick galleries. Attempting to circumvent the standard hermetic interior presentation of art, citydrift will locate art in unpredictable and unannounced exterior locations, effectively engaging the viewer as an active seeker and participant in the process of looking. On the opening evening, Drift sites will serve as an empty starting point for “drifters” to enter the grid of Bushwick; to walk, find gestures, and then return to it over that night and the following days to discuss and relate their experiences.

citydrift is an investigative/inter-connective event that utilizes the Situationist concept of the “drift” or dérive, as a starting point for re-engaging the art act as “simple play” or as a series of unplanned actions. The “drift” itself, as the founding member Guy Debord describes it …is an authentic experience, or as “a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances, usually urban. Today we re-evaluate this concept by questioning the ability to locate “authenticity” itself within the contemporary world, and in this manner citydrift will serve to critically test this historic concept through action and discussion.Created over the past three years by artist Peter Hopkins in a partial homage to his original gallerist Colin De Land, and the groundbreaking American Fine Arts Co., citydrift treats the gallery not as a “container of meaning”, but rather as a starting point for creating meaning through direct individual convergences.

citydrift is designed as a means for galleries themselves to connect to each other in this process. It will engage several Bushwick galleries (Studio 10, The Bogart Salon, NurtureArt, Ethan Petit Contemporary and more…) as host “nodes”, so that the participants will be leaving from and moving to other sites inside this urban “grid”. Panel discussions will follow on the weekend of the 8th and 9th that will focus on the curatorial initiatives that compose citydrift, allowing the event to act as a launching point to re-inspect what it means to make, exhibit, or write about art in this moment of doubt and uncertainty. Finally, citydrift is designed as a “replicable” art event, which means that though it is being produced here first in Bushwick, it will, we hope soon start traveling around the world, reproducing and re-imagining itself in coming months and years, to Detroit, India and parts yet unknown.

For more Information check out http://www.citydrift.org/

July 27, 2012
Hyperallergic lists their top "must see" shows for Summer and includes The Bogart Salon!

"We’ve written about Bushwick’s wonderfully creative 56 Bogart before. This week, the building’s own Bogart Salon opens its first annual “Bogart Invitational summer exhibition.” According to the press release, the show, Intimate Planet, “allows for the 56 Bogart building to highlight itself as a creative hub of art making in Bushwick,” which sounds a bit self-congratulatory, a bit like the artists’ and residents’ way of tooting their own horn, and which might therefore be annoying — if we didn’t expect some really good art.”

-Jillian Steinhauer

July 21, 2012
Come visit the final weekend (plus Monday) of the exhibition of Shingo Francis, Bound for Eternity. Seen here is his amazing 60 foot long master painting on paper.

Come visit the final weekend (plus Monday) of the exhibition of Shingo Francis, Bound for Eternity. Seen here is his amazing 60 foot long master painting on paper.

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