This article was written on 09 Jun 2014, and is filled under Openings, Reviews, Studio Visit.

Bushwick Open Studios: 2014

Every June Bushwick artists open their studios for an endless tour of painting, sculpture, installation, video, performance, and just about everything else. This year Art-Rated’s Jonathan Beer visited studio buildings on Bogart Street, Ingraham Street, Troutman and Montrose. Below are some of the stand outs.

BOS_ (7 of 64)Caedron Burchfield
Mt. Rose Gallery – 93 Montrose Ave.
Recently opened storefront gallery on Montrose Ave between Leonard St and Manhattan Ave. Caedron Burchfield was born in Portland, Oregon in 1981, and raised in the Nevada desert in and around Carson City. He earned a B.A. in Fine Art at the University of Nevada, Reno and now resides in New York City.


Shane Walsh
56 Bogart St.
Shane Walsh makes paintings that borrow the classical conventions of deep space and modeled light and combines these with the signs and symbols of 20th century abstraction in order to re-contextualize both. Walsh aims to create something uncanny in his work by remixing these historical signs and to celebrate the possibilities of painting today.

BOS_ (23 of 64)Shane McAdams
56 Bogart St.
Shane McAdams is an artist and writer commuting between Brooklyn, NY and Cedarburg, WI. My current work reflects the dueling relationships between natural and synthetic forms – those that look like nature versus those that are nature. My processes reflect the physical forces that are constantly working to fashion and sculpt the natural landscape, and, by bracketing them with hand-rendered, “traditional” images of landscape, I hope to set up a dialogue between the natural and artificial that makes the viewer question the nature of those loaded terms.


BOS_ (16 of 64)BOS_ (14 of 64)Esther Ruiz
119 Ingraham St. – Studio #311
Constructing her sculptures from hydraulic cement, colored Plexiglas, paint, and other industrial materials, Esther Ruiz uses a minimalist vocabulary to create relics of imagined experiences. Of her creative process, she says: ”The imagery I work with is born out of exploring and researching fictional places imagined in my mind…Ultimately, my work exists as an effort to visually explain an emotional state of mind with mathematical acuteness.” She begins with a collection of emotions, memories, impressions of light, and sounds, then translates them into an abstract geometric aesthetic. The cylinder, the semicircle, the triangle, and other Euclidean forms are combined into colorful and expressive freestanding sculpture.

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Chad Nelson
119 Ingraham St. – Studio #210
Chad Nelson was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on November 6th, 1974. He received a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999. He received his MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College in 2005. Mr. Nelson has taught Art at Hunter College and Montclair State University. His artwork makes use of various mediums but is primarily communicated through Painting and Video.


BOS_ (41 of 64)Sarah Elise Hall
1717 Troutman St. – Studio #246
Sarah Elise Hall is a New York and Toronto based artist and writer. Her work has been exhibited with  Janinebean Gallery ( Berlin), the Drabinsky Gallery (Toronto), MUSE CPMI  Center for Photography and the Moving Image ( New York),  Islip Art Museum, ( Islip, NY)  and Galerija Zvono ( Belgrade). Recently her work was  included in Michael Petry’s book, Nature Morte, published by Thames & Hudson Press.

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Rachel Pontius
1717 Troutman St. – Studio #246
In my work I am exploring both personal and propositional knowledge through storytelling, allusions, and experimentation. By referencing family photographs for my paintings, and then manipulating them, I am creating a self-portrait that delves into the idea of what makes them—their insecurities, neuroses, physical attributes, personality traits—me. Even through the execution—meticulous rendering, intuitive mark-making, and messy, clumsy strokes—discordant feelings of admiration, self-consciousness, insouciance, and frustration are expressed.

BOS_ (43 of 64)Ivan Stojakovic
1717 Troutman St. – Studio #246
Ivan Stojakovic is a Belgrade born, New York based artist-painter/sculptor. He studied at the Belgrade Academy of Fine Arts, Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where he received MFA degree.  “My craft of beauty stands for the ‘utopian impulse’ – our shared desire to build a more perfect world, be it trough technological progress, by going back to our primordial roots, or by a symbiosis of the two. The viewer is invited to explore.”
BOS_ (57 of 64) Heidi Elbers
1717 Troutman St. – Studio #318
My work addresses the balance between grace and awkwardness, strength and vulnerability, deception and honesty. Growing up in New Orleans, I developed a strong nostalgia for extravagant costumes and a culture that puts emphasis on physical beauty. As my sweet southern grandma would say, “You can’t possibly feel bad when you look so pretty.”  After an accident in 2011, I had a difficult time embracing reality and truth in my work. I transformed or concealed ailments and imperfections into something beautiful. The decorative outfits define the girls in my works and cover up any `flaws’ both physical and implied.


BOS_ (61 of 64) Fedele Spadafora
117  Grattan St. – Studio #209
Fedele Spadafora (b. 1968) is a Brooklyn based artist. He has had solo shows at Slag Contemporary, Gitana Rosa Gallery and Rooster Gallery in NY.

BOS_ (54 of 64)BOS_ (53 of 64)Beth Livensperger
1717 Troutman St.
Beth Livensperger is a painter who lives and works in Queens, NY. She holds a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union (2001) and an M.F.A. from Yale (2008), and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at SUNY Purchase. “My paintings portray the built environment, often carving out private moments within public space. They are often of places where work is performed, though the exact type of labor or study might remain unclear. Mirrors or glass cases often frame the space presented, affecting the viewer’s relationship to it. We are partially looking in, but partially also – by implication – standing among. I aim to highlight a kind of attention in my work: momentarily arrested by something curious, possibly something reminiscent of past experience.”

Jonathan Beer is a New York-based artist and writer. He began to write critically in 2010 while attending the New York Academy of Art for his MFA in Painting. His paintings have been exhibited at Miami Dade Museum of Art & Design, Tripoli Patterson Gallery, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, Flowers Gallery, Boltax Gallery and Sotheby’s in New York. Jon is also a contributing writer for The Brooklyn Rail, ArtWrit and for Art


  1. Name *
    June 9, 2014

    Next year come to East Bushwick… 345 Eldert St has a few worthy studios…

  2. Luis Arana
    February 2, 2015

    More than a few worthy studios. It’s a f**king Mecca.

  3. kevin gerien
    February 17, 2015

    I agree with Luis, the entire neighborhood is Original Bushwick Cultural Gold mine…

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