The Brooklyn Art Spring Event comes to Industry City

March 21, 2017 Jaime DeJesus
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The arts are coming to Sunset Park!

The Brooklyn Art Spring Event’s (BASE) immersive art and auction experience will be held at Sunset Park’s Industry City.

The event, whose proceeds will support art education at P.S. 295, 18th Street, is held at Industry City and slated to bring over 100 artists including some with work at the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art for a day of celebrating art, music, drinks and more.

“The event is very much an art experience, starting with the layout of the space, which is done by architects that work on really high profile projects,” said one of the event organizers Claire Goldwitz. “The space itself almost becomes an art element. And then within the space, there’s going to be art installations by a number of different artists.”

Goldwitz also mentioned other festivities taking place. “Art is going to be made available for sale,” she said. “There’s going to be a live music component including one of the drummers for Enrique Iglesias, Gilmar Gomes, who is going to be doing an art installation with music. He’s also going to be jamming with our deejay, DJ J Nyce. There will be a raffle provided by Bed, Bath and Beyond, which has a location nearby and coffee from Illy.”

Attendees are going to get a big bang for their bucks, according to organizers. “It’s going to be an amazing event,” Goldwitz added. “For the price of a couple of drinks that you would get at a bar, you get a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Although the art event is its fifth iteration, this is the first time it has expanded. “Up until now, it had been kept small between artists,” Goldwitz said. “I was astonished by the quality of the artwork last year and thought this is something people from outside the local community would be interested in so I approached Industry City and talked about the project. They got really excited so we blew it up this year.”

Art by Joan Snyder
Art by Joan Snyder

According to Goldwitz, the spacious venue will add to the experience. “Industry City is such an exciting space and they have a lot of cutting edge artists and manufacturers and great brands,” she said. “It felt like the right creative space. It’s gorgeous and with huge windows and 15,000 square feet.”

Attendees can expect something for everything. “It’s great for someone from the outside, to see Industry City and all it has to offer, but also attend a special event where everyone feels invested. It’s like going backstage to the art world a bit,” Goldwitz said. “You see a collection of artwork you wouldn’t see in ordinary commercial shows. The pricing of the art is going to be amazing. The pieces have been majorly discounted in support of the fundraising effort.”

Established artists slated as part of the show include Betsy Damon and Joyce Kozloff; emerging artists include SunHe Hong and Katherine Kane.

“It’s nice to have a show where there’s a little bit for everyone in terms of dimensions, colors, textures, messages, pricing” Goldwitz said. “It’s a huge range. Visually, it will be very appealing. There are some art installations that are going to wow people. When I go to an art gallery, I usually get the feeling that I can enjoy the art, but have to be quiet. This is a celebration that’s going to be an experience, in part due to the work done to the space and the installation, but also because there will be music, food and drinks. I think it’s going to be a fun event, no matter why you’re going, whether for a fun evening with friends or to pick up your next piece of art.”

The Brooklyn Art Spring Event will take place Saturday, April 1 from 6-10 p.m. at Industry City, 233 37th Street. Early bird tickets are $35, and regular tickets are $50. For more information, visit www.bkartspringevent.eventbrite.com.

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