For anyone who lives in Bushwick–and even those who’ve seen it from afar–it’s pretty clear that there’s not much in the way of traditional beauty (unless you count the plastic bags). And yet, this is where the “artists” flock for some inexplicable reason. The Burning Bush spoke to Quincy Hackneyed, a 26-year-old artist recently moved from Queens, who has managed to find more subjects to paint than any other artist in Bushwick so far. He was kind enough to share a bit about his technique.
“I learned everything I know from Bob Ross. And if he taught me anything, it’s that you can find beauty in the everyday. These Bushwick artists who claim they have nothing to paint clearly don’t know how to appreciate the beauty of a pile of excrement, smog or a black mother yelling at her child. I’ve painted it all. Everything I see. It’s all breathtaking.” Other artists in the Bushwick community tended to disagree with Hackneyed’s take on art. Belinda Media, a 23-year-old specializing in mixed media, stated, “Everyone hates Hackneyed’s art. If I wanted to buy into his style, I’d get some fucking Thomas Kinkade art.” And so, it would seem, that apart from Hackneyed, many artists are struggling with the concept of Bushwick as a source of visual inspiration.
Written by Genna Rivieccio