With the official press release for Bushwick Open Studios out there in the internet ether, artists are rushing frantically to not only make it look like they’ve actually been painting, sculpting, etc., but also to dirty-ify their studios with that distinct “Bushwick look.”
In order to do so, a careful amount of calculated begriming is necessary. This includes the scattering of just the right amount of empty beer cans, liquor bottles and used condoms on the ground of each artist’s studio in order to make it look as “artistic” as possible. Jill Studiomaker, a 29-year-old in charge of the Committee to Make Studios Look Right for Bushwick Open Studios, stated, “Even though I only have to perform the tasks of my title once a year, it feels like a 365-day job thrown into one month. Because it does take a full month leading up to the event to get these artists’ studios looking their optimal dirtiest.” Indeed, artists with meth or heroin paraphernalia present in their studio are up to five times more likely to get their art sold.
Part of the fee artists pay to participate in Bushwick Open Studios includes the sufficient sullying of their space. “Without Jill, my studio would look immaculate, and buyers wouldn’t be half as interested in purchasing my work. They come out here to see the little pauper/drug addict artist and throw him some alms. Dirtiness is a part of creating that illusion for them,” noted Frank Asiago, artist and contender in the Bushwick Mr. Basic Contest (he did not win). Bushwick Opens Studios will take place from June 5-7 this year, the same weekend as Governors Ball (that was poor planning on BOS’ part).
Written by Genna Rivieccio