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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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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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Active Space Grand Opening with Criminy Johnson, February 24, 2012

So much more to tell about this show. But for now, here’s the press release and a pretty picture:

Brooklyn, NEW YORK—The Active Space opens an all-new exhibition space in its Bushwick facility with a reception for “Dreaming Without Sleeping,” a presentation of new works by Criminy Johnson | QRST, on February 24, 2012.

“Dreaming Without Sleeping” allows viewers to glimpse the artist’s view of our waking world: a bent, slightly pessimistic and occasionally hostile place populated by animals and people who are often reluctant to be interrupted by the viewer.

“Criminy makes oil paintings in his studio but often makes wheatpastes that relate to these in some way. Many people are familiar with Criminy’s work but may have seen it outside of a gallery setting, and QRST fans might be discovering Criminy Johnson’s paintings for the first time,” says curator Robin Grearson, who worked with Johnson last year on a group show at the Active Space.  “Criminy has been in Bushwick for a few years, and QRST’s street work often shows up here, so the Active Space is an ideal location to present the two styles together.”

“We opened in February of last year, so I’m happy that the first show in our building’s brand-new gallery space falls on our first anniversary,” says Ashley Zelinskie, director of The Active Space. “Robin is an accomplished writer, yet this is the third show she has curated here. Last year we discovered that we really work well together, and one thing I appreciate about my role as director of a Bushwick art space is the opportunity I have to support emerging artists and curators I believe in.” Zelinskie says.

The opening reception for “Dreaming Without Sleeping” takes place February 24, 2012, from 7-10 PM. The show will be open to the public by appointment through April 20, 2012. Email

Dreaming Without Sleeping
February 24, 2012 through April 20, 2012
The Active Space
566 Johnson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
media requests:
Robin Grearson, curator
Dreaming Without Sleeping

gallery requests:
Ashley Zelinskie, director
The Active Space

Image: Dichotomy, by Criminy Johnson. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.


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