Vacancy: An Art Show by Pufferella

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Street Spot gal pal Pufferella is having a one-weekend, one-woman show in the Factory Fresh Penthouse, upstairs from her former gallery space. She’ll be showing her newest hand-sewn artworks.

Vacancy: An Art Show by Pufferella
Saturday, May 31st: noon-6pm
Sunday, June 1st: noon-6pm

Factory Fresh Penthouse
1053 Flushing Avenue, 1 Flight Up
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Bushwick Open Studios Space #266

Jon Burgerman’s Doodle Domination

Jon Burgerman: Master of Puppets (photo by Becki Fuller)

If you ever find yourself wondering what the British born/Brooklyn based artist Jon Burgerman is up to, you are asking the wrong question. The real question should be what ISN’T he up to? In the last year alone, he has released a puzzle poster, a limited edition t-shirt for Azita, silk screens for 1xRun and Random Number, designed a Bathtime Favourites Tin for Lush, installed a flower bed outside of the Nottingham Castle Museum, penned the soon-to-be-released book “My American Summer”, released a CD and music video with his band Anxieteam…and that’s not even touching on his various projects, commissions, installations, performances, residencies and exhibitions throughout the world!  Ahhhh, I need a nap just from writing about his life!  I guess that may be why he occasionally shows up around town in various states of undress.

Doodle on Doodle action by Jon Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)

Even before meeting him it was easy to see why Burgerman is such a popular artist. His “doodling” often showcases his great sense of humor and enjoyment of the world, with all the meals it has to offer.  After meeting him it was easy to see how he maintains the viewer’s initial interest and has turned it into quite the rabid following: aside from said sense of humor, Burgerman is not someone who is afraid to experiment with his style, even if it risks alienating fans who want to see him produce variations of the same work over and over again.

Putting the (veggie) burger in Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)
Jon's upcoming book "My American Summer"

During our studio visit, it was exciting to see how he experiments with different materials, colors, shapes, form, technique and scale.    For some artists, once they have found success, it can be especially intimidating to mess with what can be viewed as a “winning formula”.  It was interesting to hear Jon talk about his work and what appears to be a compulsion to continue moving artistically in order to keep his work interesting to himself.

charcoal on paper drawing by Jon Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)
a recent painting by Jon Burgerman

And clearly, whatever he is doing is working. Burgerman currently has two street installations on display here in NYC: his own rendition of the Garden of Eden in the courtyard of Factory Fresh in Brooklyn and Groundbreak in Manhattan, along side artists Abe Lincoln Jr. and Ellis G.  He is also set to head out to two European exhibitions later this month: Heitsch Galerie in Munich, opening on the 13th and Galerie Issue in Paris, opening on the 28th.  While in Europe, Burgerman and his musical collaborator Jim Avignon will also be performing as Anxieteam in London and his hometown of Nottingham.

"Pens Are My Friends" (photo by Becki Fuller)
A peek into Burgerman's book "Pens Are My Friends" (photo by Becki Fuller)
Single Line Drawings (photo by Becki Fuller)
Putting Pen To Paper (photo by Becki Fuller)
some of the smaller paintings that Jon has been working on (photo by Becki Fuller)
Anxieteam, in the felt, by The Felt Mistress (photo by Becki Fuller)
Jon Burgerman's installation for Groundbreak
Jon creates the Garden of Eden in the Factory Fresh Courtyard

I hope that you all enjoyed this look into Jon Burgerman’s studio as much as I did! And if you need another fix before the next time we see him, just step into the Burgerplex.

In The Dream: Chris Stain, Billy Mode & Voke mural in Bushwick

“In The Dream” mural by Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Pat Voke (photo by Becki Fuller)

During the final steamy days of July, artists Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Pat Voke braved the heat and humidity of NYC to paint the Factory Fresh curated Bushwick Art Park on Vandervoort Place. Together these childhood friends conquered the seemingly endless 25’ x 200’ wall, which had most recently been painted by Veng RWK.  For more pictures and information, go to their website at www.inthedream.org (which has apparently been scientifically proven not to be full of horseshit, so there you go!).

“In The Dream” mural by Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Pat Voke (photo by Becki Fuller)
Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Pat Voke mural detail (photo by Becki Fuller)
Chris Stain, Billy Mode, Pat Voke mural detail (photo by Becki Fuller)
"In The Dream" mural detail (photo by Becki Fuller)
INTHEDREAM.ORG (photo by Becki Fuller)

Bushwick Art Park

Bushwick Art Park: El Celso (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Skewville x El Celso x Sweet Toof (photo by Luna Park)

Some images from yesterday’s Bushwick Art Park at Factory Fresh: featuring sculptural pieces by Skewville, El Celso, Sweet Toof, Leon Reid IV, Infinity, Specter, and others & with a block-long mural by Veng.

Bushwick Art Park: Infinity (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Infinity x Veng RWK (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Skewville (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Skewville (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Leon Reid IV (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Leon Reid IV (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Skewville x El Celso (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Skewville x El Celso x Sweet Toof (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK x Leon Reid IV  (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK x Leon Reid IV (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK x Leon Reid IV (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Veng RWK x Leon Reid IV (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Specter (photo by Luna Park)
Bushwick Art Park: Specter (photo by Luna Park)

YO! Come out to Bushwick Open Studios today!

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Skewville and Bast (photo by Becki Fuller)


Luna already covered the details in this post, but here are a few more shots of local artists preparing for this weekend’s Bushwick Open Studios and the Bushwick Art Park (today only!).

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Skewville (photo by Becki Fuller)

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Bast (photo by Becki Fuller)

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Veng RWK (photo by Becki Fuller)

veng painting

Veng RWK (photo by Becki Fuller)

Veng @ Bushwick Open Studios this Saturday

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Robot Will Kill’s Veng has been working around the clock to complete a new, block-long mural in time for this weekend’s Bushwick Open Studios. On Saturday, Vandevoort Place by Factory Fresh will be shut to traffic and transformed into Bushwick Art Park, a one-day sculpture garden featuring works by Bast, Leon Reid IV, Specter, Skewville, Ben Godward, Infinity, Garry Nichols, Tyrome Tripoli and El Celso.

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Factory Fresh also celebrates its third anniversary on Saturday – congrats, Ali and Ad! – with the opening of a new show co-curated with Jason Andrew. Surrealism includes works by Jim Avignon, Kevin Curran, Ryan Michael Ford, Paul D’Agostino, Jake Genen, Ben Godward, Tamara Gonzales, Andrew Hurst, Amy Lincoln, Rebecca Litt, Francesco Longnecker, Norman Jabaut, J.P. Marin, Brooke Moyse, Garry Nichols, Patricia Satterlee, Pufferella, Kevin Regan, Skewville, John Sunderland, Sweet Toof, Tyrome Tripoli, Marjorie Van Cura and Veng.

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Veng will further demonstrate his painting skills at the nearby Curbs & Stoops Active Space, where he and Nathan Pickett will be live painting. The space also opens a group show, Stay Gold, featuring Don Pablo Pedro, Nathan Pickett, QRST, Quel Beast, and Vahge.

Saturday, June 4th
1:00-7:00pm
Bushwick Art Park + Surrealism
Factory Fresh
1053 Flushing Avenue
(between Morgan and Knickerbocker)

7:00-10:00pm
Stay Gold + Live Painting + Open Studios
Curbs & Stoops Active Space
566 Johnson Avenue
(at Stewart)

You’ll find more info on the full slate of weekend festivities at Bushwick Open Studios!

Sweet Action

Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)

Last month, British artist Sweet Toof’s first solo show in NYC opened at Bushwick’s Factory Fresh. But after a month long trip stateside, the gallery is not the only place in Brooklyn where he has left his mark…

Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof Rooftop (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof x Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof x Deeker (photo by Becki Fuller)

Skewville Goes Greener


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photo by Becki Fuller


No matter which side of this picket fence in Bushwick you are standing on, Skewville wants you to know that the other side “ain’t greenr”…

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photo by Becki Fuller


…but in just a couple of weeks one side will become a lot more beautiful when Skewville, Trust Art and Ali Ha of Factory Fresh come together for the Bushwick Art Park project. For one day (and in conjunction with Bushwick Open Studios), this artistic power trio will transform an underused and garbage-strewn street into a community sculpture park, featuring the work of Leon Reid IV, Specter, and Skewville. There will also be a brand new mural painted for the event, as well as local vendors and a corresponding group show inside of neighboring Factory Fresh Gallery.

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photo by Becki Fuller

Bushwick Art Park

Saturday, June 4th from 1-7pm

Vandervoort Place, between Flushing Ave and Thames St

Sweet Toof’s ‘Dark Horse’ opens at Factory Fresh 4/29

Sweet Toof's Dark Horse (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof’s Dark Horse (photo by Becki Fuller)

Last spring London’s Sweet Toof came through New York just long enough to paint a few roof tops & murals and to charm just about everyone and anyone who he met. This spring he’s back again, with the promise of more painting, more charming, and his first New York solo exhibition at the Bushwick gallery Factory Fresh.

Dark Horse, which opens this Friday, will showcase Sweet Toof’s more classical painting chops in works heavily influenced by the Vanitas paintings of sixteenth century Europe, Mexican Day of the Dead iconography, Subway Art, and the underground comics of Vaughn Bodé. All made complete, of course, with plenty of his signature ‘gummy chompers’!

Sweet Toof's Dark Horse (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof’s Dark Horse (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof's Dark Horse (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof’s Dark Horse (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof's Dark Horse (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof’s Dark Horse (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof's Dark Horse (photo by Becki Fuller)
Sweet Toof’s Dark Horse (photo by Becki Fuller)

Sweet Toof presents Dark Horse

Opening April 29th, 7-10pm
On view till May 22nd, Gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday from 1-7pm

at Factory Fresh
1053 Flushing Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(917) 682-6753

Roa on the East Coast

Roa - Brooklyn (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Brooklyn (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa - Brooklyn (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Brooklyn (photo by Becki Fuller)

With a successful show with LA’s Thinkspace Gallery at New Puppy Gallery in November under this belt, Roa flew to Miami to participate in Primary Flight. His lengthy wall on a yellow background was the first thing I saw upon arriving in the Design District (photos below). This week he’s been busy again in Brooklyn, adorning the gates at Factory Fresh with a pair of squirrels.

Roa - Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa - Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa - Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa - Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)
Roa – Miami (photo by Becki Fuller)