For the most part, if you’re being truly honest with yourself, the art in Bushwick is, shall we say, affected…or maybe infected is a better word. Infected with falsity. In any case, the only reason people go to these confounded art shows is for the free drinks throughout. But the art world has been dealt a severe blow from local legislation determined to stamp out the serving of alcohol at all galleries throughout the neighborhood–which could mean a surge in speakeasy type gallery experiences.
The person at the helm of this new initiative? Eileen Antifun, of course. Her recent bid to revoke and block the application for liquor licenses throughout the neighborhood has now spread to Bushwick gallery favorites like Fuchs, The Living Gallery, Low Brow Artique and Silent Barn. Her reasoning? “It is illegal to consume alcohol in a non-residential space not specifically in business for this purpose. Our local art galleries have gotten away with government laxity long enough. It’s time to crack down.”
The Burning Bush offered Antifun a glass of chardonnay as she continued, “Art should be appreciated soberly anyway. The mark of a good artist is someone who doesn’t need a drunk audience.” In Bushwick, this could not be further from reality, and we fear utter chaos and self-doubt will ensue in a gallery milieu without a minimum of a 12% alcohol volume.Written by Genna Rivieccio