On Friday, October 28th, in unseasonably nippy weather, I visited the newly combined Gowanus, Brooklyn-based studio of Hypothetical Island/Hang Dai Studios and attended the opening of a Halloween-themed art show in the evening which featured the work of many local artists. The Urban Folk Art Gallery and Boutique, a partnership with Brooklyn Tattoo on Smith Street, has been showing unique exhibits for a number of years, and bringing together the multi-media work of folks in their community, and this was their 6th year presenting a Halloween group art show.
From the fantastic to the surreal, from pop-art inspired themes to traditions re-assessed, the show evoked horror tradition in many forms.
From cartoonist Gregory Benton, creator of B+F, Ashes, and more, there were two pieces on show:
Cartoonist Jason Goungor also contributed two pieces, one an Afterlife with Archie cover:
Christa Cassano, contributing cartoonist to Ghetto Klown, exhibited her Bride of Frankenstein:
Painter, cartoonist, and illustrator Jen Ferguson showed several mischievous pieces:
Cartoonist and writer Dean Haspiel of The Red Hook, The Fox, Billy Dogma, and many more created a horror-movie style poster and his own monster gallery for the show:
The show's opening lured a lively crowd and original works as well as prints were for sale. It was a chance for artists to catch up with fellow artists and for locals to get a fresh look at the work of their peers, Halloween style.
[Benton, Goungor, and Haspiel at the opening]
A second show had opened in another wing of the gallery the week before, and was also geared toward the spookiest of holidays–called "#EverydayHorrors" by photographer Jason Schaltz. Outrageous, hilarious, definitely thought-provoking, his photos present horror film characters mixed into crowded, daily life in New York, or in simple banal settings.
Both shows are continuing at Urban Folk Art Gallery until the middle of November, and I highly recommend viewing them for sheer variety of creative vision and their gothic theme. Also make sure to check out Brooklyn Tattoo and the Boutique selling Brooklyn-themed design work by Adam Suerte.