Business Is an Art: Bay Ridge SAW 2014
By Paul D’Agostino
Successfully running a small business entails more than just abundant patience, energy and entrepreneurial ardor. As many shopkeepers and small business owners would agree—whether they’ve been at it for months, years or decades—it also entails a great deal of compromise, creativity and unforeseen adjustments. It’s not exactly a stretch, then, to say it involves a particular sort of artistry.
It was perhaps with a keen awareness of such aspects of entrepreneurship that artist and small business owner John Avelluto, who manages The Owl’s Head wine bar in Bay Ridge, conceived Storefront Art Walk, a.k.a. Bay Ridge SAW, an annual affair that brings artists into collaboration with shop owners up and down the neighborhood’s bustling Fifth Avenue to create exhibits in storefront windows and waiting rooms. If the creative aesthetics of running a small business might seem unsung with respect to those of the visual arts, Bay Ridge SAW is an ode to the relative beauties of both[...]
We are pleased to announce the artists selected to participate in the 2014 SAW!
UPDATE 5/7/2014: Click here for this year’s map of artists and merchants!
2014 Jurors: Paul D’Agostino, Jodie Dinapoli, Chandra Hira, Rita Leduc, Benjamin Sutton, Meenakshi Thirukode, John Avelluto
Stay tuned for more information about the artists, merchant information, and a map of the 2014 Storefront Art Walk.
On Sunday, January 26th from 5:30-6:30pm, past SAW artist Don Porcella will give an artist talk at The Owl’s Head, 479 74th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Porcella will discuss the mural he recently created for The Owl’s Head as part of their new mural series, as well as his artistic process in general and creating public art. The talk will begin with a brief introduction to SAW and how artists can apply for the upcoming 2014 program.
About Don Porcella
Born and raised in Modesto, California, Don Porcella has exhibited his artwork at galleries and museums across the U.S. and in Berlin, Paris, and Copenhagen. Porcella’s art has been reviewed in the New York Times, NY ARTS, Fiber Arts Magazine, Chelsea Now, San Francisco Magazine and the Village Voice to name a few. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego, a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Porcella’s work is included in public and private collections across the United States and Europe. Porcella has received grants from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. Porcella is a 2012 recipient of the competitive West Collects Prize and a 2014 recipient of the SWATCH Art Residency in Shanghai.
About the Mural
Don Porcella is interested in the intersection between visual and written language and what defines objects in our physical realm. Some have stated that art is defined purely by the image, and therefore words have no place in visual art. Porcella disrupts this preconception by creating a mural entitled “Wordscape”, utilizing only words to create the visual image.
The 10 Biggest Developments in Brooklyn Art of 2013
by Paul D’Agostino
The annual Storefront Art Walk organized by a couple of locals and hosted by the neighborhood’s businesses saw its fourth iteration this summer—and it was a bit bigger, a bit more funded, and a lot more visited. Organizers have already announced their new nonprofit status and plans to keep art athrive in Bay Ridge in 2014[...]