If you live in Bushwick/Williamsburg, you should be attending the annual Bushwick Open Studios this weekend, June 3-5 – you’ll see some cool art, some terrible art, meet interesting people, get inspired, maybe score some drinks. Something for everyone! There’s a map and directory on the website, and area establishments (cafes, etc.) will have hard copies of the guide.
I highly recommend stopping by Oliver Warden‘s studio on Varet St – I came across his intensely colorful, information-dense paintings last summer via the Arts In Bushwick Facebook feed. I contacted him and he invited me to stop by for a studio visit. Whoa. The hues, texture, and complexity of detail in his work are incredible to see up close.
“To make these works I pour layers of oil medium onto digital composites that have been printed on stretched canvas. I grab these images from Hollywood films, satellites, video games, the Internet and many other digital sources. I cover that image with multiple semi-transparent pours in oil. This layering creates a low-relief topography inspired by many digital processes. These composites are landscapes that depict a world that communicates through the spectacle. ”
‘Electric Battle Masterpiece’
Oliver is also a super nice dude who had some brownies waiting for me, which I felt bad about not being able to eat (gluten intolerant). We had a fantastic conversation regardless.
‘The Great American’
‘The Great American’ (detail of topographic relief)
He takes photos of all his studio visitors in front of the painting above.
Oliver also has a brilliant photography series based on stills from various video games which you can check out on his website, or better yet, with your bare eyeballs this weekend.