It doesn’t get more authentic than arting in a factory that’s still operating as a factory. As part of its new community relations initiative, Bushwick staple Boar’s Head is embracing neighborhood creatives by offering ‘barebones’ studios to the neighborhood’s fledgling artists.
Boar’s is offering about 30,000 square feet of studio space, the rooms having been newly freed up as a result of the factory undergoing a recent $5 million equipment upgrade. “One robot the size of one man does what 30 men used to,” said shift manager and director of artist admission Michael Ottomashun. To qualify for the studios, there are three requirements: (1) you must have lived in Bushwick for at least six months but not more than four years (2) you can’t be vegan for conflict of interest reasons and (3) must promise to subtly portray the “essential ethos of Boar’s Head” in some way through each work produced within the studio.
If you’re wondering why you should set up shop in Boar’s Head, wonder no further. Admitted artists are awarded with a “never-ending supply of meats and cheeses.” As Ottomashun reminds us, these are hot off the presses, “basically still squealing and mooing.” He added, “It’s surprising what six months under bodega glass will do to mitigate the taste.”
Written by jaytoles