BLICK IN BROOKLYN
Here at A Life in the Day of Andrea, we love to highlight local art events in NYC and abroad, especially when the event has a cool initiative. For the first time ever, art supply giant Blick unveiled its first curated gallery exhibition, featuring works from their associate artists.
THE CROWD ON OPENING NIGHT
The exhibit, curated by Jackie Cantwell and Wilson Duggan, featured the art of thirty Blick Art Materials associate artists in a range of mediums and color patterns. I attended the opening night festivities in which all artists were present. The vibe was chill, and many of the works really spoke to me, specifically those that were a bit more colorful with pop culture references.
JULIUS PEARSON & HIS WORK
Without even knowing initially, all of my favorite pieces happened to be from young artists of color. This made me quite happy, as I personally know from experience how difficult it can be to have your work shown in the proper setting and light. This event served as the first gallery exhibit for many of the artists.
SARA JEAN-BAPTISTE & HER WORK
The painting above by Sara Jean-Baptise was one of my favorites, as the colors and shapes she used reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. The woman portrayed is strong, and it appears that she is the heart of the city, in a way.
FELIX CABALLERO & HIS WORK
Being the Brooklyn girl that I am, it kind of goes without saying that my favorite piece was the painting above of Biggie by Felix Caballero. The iconic portrait of BIG in his Coogi sweater takes on a new light in this rendition. If you look closely, it almost appears that there is a halo around his head. So fitting.
Blick In Brooklyn is on view until December 21st at ArtHelix in Bushwick. Admission is gratis!
299 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
12PM – 6PM
*Photos courtesy of Blick