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Street Art Pop-Up Store: Success!



Thanks to overwhelming community support–from the Bushwick arts community as well as the street-art community–the Street Art Pop-Up Store for Bushwick Open Studios was an unqualified success. Artists were around all three days connecting with bloggers and fans and other artists. Collectors came looking for great deals on works by artists they knew, and had a chance to discover artists whose names or works they didn’t know. Even a few art galleries were sending people to check us out. The press helped us spread the word, but Instagram and the artists themselves also drove feet to our doorstep through their social networking efforts. We sold work before we opened and had strangers knocking on our door days after we closed. Please take a moment to check out  the support we received from such influential sources as Hyperallergic LABS, Brooklyn Street Art, 12-oz Prophet, Art Info, 3rd Ward and others. It was my pleasure to present the works of all of the artists involved: ASVP, Bethany Allard, Bishop203, Chris Stain, Criminy Johnson | QRST, Daniel Feral, Elle, Enzo & Nio, General Howe, Gilf!, Hellbent, Jon Burgeman, LNY, Moustache Man, Nathan Pickett, ND’A, Never, Quel Beast and Royce Bannon.



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Artist Info for Street Art Pop-Up Store, BOS 2012 June 1, 2, 3!

Check it out! Here’s what you can expect to see this weekend from each of our amazing artists, in alphabetical order.


ASVP has stocked the pop-up store with an exquisite print of “Yours Truly,” a signed and numbered 7-color screen print. Number 5 of an edition of only five. Rumor has it they’re bringing other images, too.


Bethany Allard

Bethany Allard has been part of Bushwick’s arts culture ever since she joined one of Bogart Street’s earliest galleries, the now-traveling Ad Hoc art gallery. Now a teaching artist in NYC schools, Bethany has been working recently with collage and screenprinting. For the pop-up store Bethany headed to Bushwick Print Lab to create two signed black-and-white prints of “Bee Clean.”



This summer, Bishop203 will be opening the Low Brow Artique, an art supply store at 66 Knickerbocker that Bushwick artists will want to check out. This weekend’s pop-up store features Bishop203 sticker packs as well as a signed, one-of-a-kind skateboard deck by Good Wood featuring his characters laser-cut into the underside.


Chris Stain

Chris Stain’s works evoke urban America exquisitely and illustrate the struggles of society’s unrecognized and underrepresented individuals.  Recently Chris has been prepping for a summer show at Dumbo’s Mighty Tanaka gallery with Joe Iurato, planning a Transportation Alternatives mural, and finishing up classes—as a teacher and a student. Somehow he managed to take a few minutes out of his schedule to drop off a few copies of his recently released book, Long Story Short, as well as a few hand-colored signed screenprints on wood panel.


Criminy Johnson | QRST

Criminy Johnson | QRST’s paintings depict the world as a bent, slightly pessimistic and occasionally hostile place populated by animals and people who are often reluctant to be interrupted, even by a viewer.  His oil paintings have been shown in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta. Street art by QRST is becoming familiar to New Yorkers but has also appeared in New Orleans and San Francisco. Criminy Johnson’s solo exhibition in Bushwick earlier this year featured a large QRST mural, which the artist hacked to bits at the closing party. The pop-up store has oil paintings, artist books, and a few remaining pieces of his “Eidola” mural.




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1441 at Pine Box Rock Shop for BOS2012

Bushwick writers collective 1441 has a literary reading right in the middle of Bushwick Open Studios, Saturday at 6 PM, at Pine Box Rock Shop. You have plenty of time to listen to some words, have a drink, and catch the 27 other parties on your list of things to do in Bushwick on June 2nd. So please come. I’m going to read a brand-new Bushwick-arts-themed essay. While you’re waiting, here are our bios…

Dolan’s work has appeared in The Lifted Brow, The Believer, Contrary, Field, apt, TRNSFR and numerous other journals. He spends his time mythologizing every airplane hijacking in history, and will throw your money away in the street if you buy his terrible book of reviews. More at

Michael Lala is the author of two chapbooks: Under the Westward Night (Knickerbocker Circus 2011) and [fire!] ([sic] Press 2011). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM; the Red Cedar Review; Sink Review; No, Dear; La Fovea; Explosion-Proof; and elsewhere. Currently, Lala curates for Recession Art/Culturefix NYC and Fireside Follies Reading Series.

Joel Marino is a short-story writer and full-time copy editor for UrbanDaddy (it’s an online magazine, not an escort service). He’s originally from Miami, Florida, where he worked several years as a crime reporter for a major daily newspaper. He specialized in homicide–writing about it, not committing it.

Eric Nelson has performed at Presentation Party in Bushwick and at the renowned Dixon Theatre in the Lower East Side. Nelson’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Volume 1 Brooklyn, We’ll Never Have Paris, Constellation Magazine and ZineWorld; and his book of short stories, The Silk City Series, was released in 2010 by Knickerbocker Press.

Matthew Zingg’s work appears in The Awl, Cider Press Review, Front Porch, The Rumpus, The Madison Review and Opium Magazine among others. He received his MFA in poetry from Adelphi University.

Robin Grearson is a nonfiction writer based in Bushwick whose essays have appeared in The New York Times and The Brooklyn Rail. She also writes about artists for and other outlets, produces art events and teaches writing workshops at 3rd Ward.

1441 is a collective of essayists, fiction writers, and poets based out of Bushwick, Brooklyn who meet regularly for workshops and to foster literary discussion and community. For more information about upcoming events or to contact 1441, please track us down on Facebook or something.

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Street Art Pop Up Store: June 1-3, Bushwick Open Studios

This year’s Bushwick Open Studios is going to be amazing. This project is the reason my studio has been under construction all week. Looking forward to opening up the studio. Please stop by if you’re in the area!


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