Castle Braid is often in the Bushwick news–almost as much as the McKibbin–but this time it’s for something semi-positive, depending on how you look at it The Burning Bush supposes. For those of you who love “ungettable” art, you’re in luck, because Castle Braid has officially opened its doors to any experimental artist wishing to display his or her or their work there. But don’t think they’ll take just anyone.
Although the building is opening their doors to essentially any rando from the street, space for displaying work is limited, especially since most experimental art tends to be very cumbersome in size. The process by which management will decide to allow certain works in is based on three criteria: 1) Is the artist’s work as nonsensical as possible? 2) Is the artist’s work liable to make a non-Bushwick resident extremely annoyed? and 3) Is the art likely to fall apart if anyone touches it? Should you be an artist with work of this nature, Castle Braid is extremely likely to display at least one of your pieces.
One such artist, Luca DeMarco, a 29-year-old from Long Island who takes most of his inspiration from Flashdance, was able to get approximately six pieces (it was originally four, but some of them broke) to be shown throughout the property. The head of management at Castle Braid, Juan Artbyotch, gushed about DeMarco’s work to The Burning Bush, insisting, “DeMarco is changing not just the face of Castle Braid, but the face of the entire Bushwick art world.” We didn’t have the gumption to tell him that the entire Bushwick art world amounts to a few sprigs of graffiti on a gallery wall and an overturned empty wine bottle. But at least Castle Braid is adding to its breadth. Whether you live there or don’t (it’s usually a combination of both), check out DeMarco and other artists’ inexplicable works, particularly if you’ve just smoked weed.
Written by Genna Rivieccio