Brooklyn Art Studios and Yashar Gallery

Brooklyn Art Studios and Yashar Gallery
Brooklyn Art Studios is a complex of artist spaces in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, housing a growing ensemble of professional artists, designers, artisans + creatives. Our onsite exhibition space, Yashar Gallery, exclusively features the work of our artists in rotating monthly shows. We also host seasonal Open Studio events.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Pretty Vacant: A Group Exhibition in a Modern Ruin

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 6:00 – 10:00pm

Exhibition Dates: May 2, 2011 – May 14, 2011 (by appointment)

Saturday, April 30 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Musical Performances: 7:00-9:30 pm

95 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY (F/G to Carroll St.)
Walk south and make left/east on 4th St. toward Hoyt,
between Hoyt and Bond.


For Immediate Release

There is a stalled construction site in Brooklyn sitting vacant, listless, half-built and deserted. Why is it there? Where did the people who built it go? Will it ever become something useful? Or has it already become a modern ruin?

Pretty Vacant is a group exhibition featuring more than 80 NY-based artists.

What would happen if 80 artists were given free-reign in an empty museum and 1 week to produce whatever they saw fit? What would they do? Would they make paintings on the walls? Or knock down the walls and build sculptures out of the debris? Who would be in charge? What if the museum was actually an abandoned building?

Pretty Vacant will be on view by appointment from May 2 – May 14. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 30 from 6:00 – 10:00pm.

What would happen if 80 artists worked independently in a shared space for 1 week and the only requirement was that each artist light their own work? Would the shell of a forsaken building provide a framework for a unified vision? Or would the crumbling walls, broken windows and scattered piles of left-over building-materials create a breeding-ground for disorder and fragmented ideas?

Pretty Vacant will take place at 95 4th Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn in an abandoned building.

Pretty Vacant is conceived, organized, funded, and produced solely by the artists involved. After the opening reception on April 30th, viewings can be arranged by appointment from May 2 – May 14th. Photo and video documentation will be made available.

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{Group Show w/Musical Performances}
Cy Amundson, Garen Barsegian, Boveda, Peter Bradley, Michael Budinger, Juanli Carrion, Hsiao Chen, Steven Darden, Trenton Duerksen, Noia Efrat, Fendry Ekel, Andrew Eklund, Jonah Emerson-Bell, FACADE/FASAD, Adriana Farmiga, Amy Feldman, Eric Fertman, Daniele Fraiser, Betsy Friedman, Simone Frazier, Yo Fukui, John Furgason, Patricia Gaeta, Elisa Garcia, Pablo Gomez-Uribe, Tracey Goodman, Joel Greene, Jonah Groeneboer, Group Therapy , Eric Hancock, Jessica Hargreaves, Carlson Hatton, Clara Chapin Hess, An Hoang, Kim Holleman, Aaron King, Richard Knox, Leo Kogan, Mirjam Kort, Camilo Leyva, Alexander Lee, Rena Leinberger, Greg Lindquist, Carlos Little, Lost Mermaids, Kathryn Lynch, Hector Madera-Gonzales, Yuri Masnyj, Esperanza Mayobre, Paul McMahon, Dennis McNany, Max Miller, Timothy Paul Myers, The Objectionists, John Orth, Kimberly Reinhardt, Andrew Reuland, Revel, Josh Rowley, Ama Saru, Matthew Schenning, Jeff Schweitzer, Damion Scott, David Sena, Antonio Serna, Joy Setton, Jee Young Sim, John Small, MiYoung Sohn, Ethan Spigland, Spirit Tours, Suzanne Stroebe, Anthony Titus, Justin Valdes, VizKult, Anton Vojacek, Uri Wegman, Matthew Wilson, Jacob Zurilla

{Musical Performance} Paul McMahon, Boveda, and Lost Mermaids