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.

Brooklyn Madness: Crest Fest 2011 and Northside


Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)

It was a busy weekend here in Williamsburg & Greenpoint, with the opening of the Crest Hardware Art Show (C.H.A.S.), Northside Open Studios, and the India Street Art Festival. Highlights included the Brooklyn Street Art curated Skewville mural “Last Exit to Skewville”, Jon Burgarman’s “Racing Lines”, Veng’s reworking of the “Welcome to Greenpoint” mural, and Olek’s crocheted performers.


Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)


Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)



Jon Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)


Jon Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)


The handsome and charming Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art is a lovely accent to Jon Burgerman’s work (photo by Becki Fuller)


Aakash Nilhalani (photo by Becki Fuller)


Aakash Nilhalani (photo by Becki Fuller)


Aakash Nilhalani (photo by Becki Fuller)


Chris Stain (photo by Becki Fuller)



Veng RWK (photo by Becki Fuller)



Zachary Armstrong, You Byun, and Jon Burgerman (photo by Becki Fuller)



Mike Graves (photo by Becki Fuller)



Mike Graves (photo by Becki Fuller)


Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)


Olek (photo by Becki Fuller)


Haze (photo by Becki Fuller)


Leon Reid IV (photo by Becki Fuller)


el Celso and FDLM (photo by Becki Fuller)



Skewville (photo by Becki Fuller)



Skewville (photo by Becki Fuller)



Skewville (photo by Becki Fuller)



Veng RWK, Skewville, Chris Stain and Logan Hicks (photo by Becki Fuller)



Putting the Anxiety into Anxieteam

Anxieteam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Anxieteam (photo by Becki Fuller)

It’s always a pleasure to watch Anxieteam (aka Jim Avignon and Jon Burgerman) in action – Saturday’s performance at Factory Fresh as part of Bushwick Open Studios was no exception. The multi-talented duo sang, danced and painted simultaneously. Jim’s beats and Jon’s droll texts were as charmingly infectious and upbeat as ever. I defy you to name me a more delicious tune about the joys of eating soy beans!

Anxieteam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Anxieteam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Anxieteam (photo by Becki Fuller)
Anxieteam (photo by Becki Fuller)

If you missed the gig at Factory Fresh, you’ll have another opportunity to see them live Sunday, June 13th at Goodbye Blue Monday. Update: Jon Burgerman will also be at Kid Robot on Friday, June 11th.

Bailout Bushwick

jim avignon @ factory fresh

If you missed last week’s opening of Brooklyn Bailout Burlesque at Factory Fresh, you can make up for it by attending the Live Music Special tonight from 8 to 11pm. The group show features work by Jon Burgerman, Jim Avignon, Roman de Milk & Wodka, Ema, Asuka Ohsawa, Daniel Dueck and Christine Young.

Several of the artists will be providing the evening’s musical entertainment: Roman de Milk & Wodka as Larry Bang Bang and Jim Avignon as Neoangin will be joined by special guest Kim Vermillion Boekbinder. As city backyards go, Factory Fresh has one of the best (see above) – leave your sweltering apartment behind and come out for a night of art and music, Bushwick-style.

If you’re not in New York or can’t make it to Factory Fresh in person, be sure to have a peak at the (very reasonably priced) show here.