Gowanus Open Studios, aka GOS, is a free annual weekend event that takes place in October. Artists in the Gowanus neighborhood open their studio doors and welcome the public to view art, meet the artists, learn about the process of art-making, and get a glimpse of the life of artists.
This year, we welcomed more than 1,800 guests to Spaceworks Gowanus to visit the studios of Spaceworks artists Mary Chang, Tegan Brozyna, Peter Patchen, Patrick Campbell, Nia Love, Lindsay Taylor, David Leventi, Hermann Mejia, Barbara Norman, Gabriel Zimmer, Alexandra Rubinstein, Victoria Morales, John Thornton, John Richey, Mores McWreath, Rachel Selekman, Bonnie Steinsnyder, Anne Blenker, Christina Martinelli, Taylor McMahon, Katarina Jerinic, William Howard, Valerie Gladstone, Kate Fauvell, Anne-Marie Lavigne, Ai Campbell, Caitlin Masley, Crys Yin and Karen Mainenti.
We also partnered with Abby Subak of Arts Gowanus to curate Identity in Flux, an exhibit at the Spaceworks Gowanus Gallery. You can read more about the exhibit below.
Identity in Flux / Gowanus
Curated by Abby Graf Subak, Director of Arts Gowanus
Who are we / Who am I?
Where am I / Where are we?
The exhibition grapples with questions of identity and how we view ourselves, both as individuals and as society. What defines who we are? And what defines who we want to be? And what is the interplay between individual identity and the collective identity?
Our identity is in flux—as a nation, as Gowanus, and as individuals.
These artworks address how gender influences how we are seen and see ourselves (Karen Mainenti, Rachel Selekman, Alexandra Rubinstein, Bonnie Steinsyder) and how objects come to define us (Karen Mainenti, Crys Yin, Victoria Morales). Peter Patchen's work considers how relationships impact our identity and our stories about ourselves. Johnny Thornton's self-portrait overlays crisp realism with the gestural lines—perhaps more true—of how we see ourselves. The geometric pieces also contemplate how we see our own role in the world, alluding also to mapping and locating ourselves, some in an organized and controlled way (Christina Martinelli, John Richey), some in a more organic, less precise way (Tegan Brozyna). A few pieces consider literal landscape and geography as part of our shifting identity (Anne Blenker, Kate Fauvell).