Long before Bushwick Open Studios and the Bushwick Collective there was Ad Hoc Gallery in a part of Brooklyn better known for bullet proof plexi-glass at the corner deli than being any kind of artists haven. Kool kids were actually filtering in to find cheap rents and space in the early 2000s and Garrison and Alison Buxton and a few other closely knit creatives, teachers, entrepreneurs, and activists created a gallery/community center that welcomed Street Artists and graffiti peeps.
Rubin 415 and Joe Iurato (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Their gallery featured solo and group shows that included Shepard Fairey, Swoon, C215, Chris Stain, Know Hope, and many others over a five year period and Ad Hoc provided an entrance to the contemporary art world. Somehow they did it in a way that honored the roots of the culture, not simply cashing in on it. Smart and worldly, they also had open hearts to other people’s projects. We even had our inaugural BSA show and book launch there in 2008, donating all the money to Free Arts NYC and selling work from an impressive number of talented artists whose name you might recognize.
I am Eelco (photo © Jaime Rojo)
10 years later the actual gallery is long closed and they moved to Vermont to get more space to raise their daughter Halcyon, but the Buxtons still sell art, curate the occasional show, and have stayed seriously in the New York mix by hosting an annual street mural jam called Welling Court for the last half decade. True to their community roots, they keep the roster very wide and inclusive. This year the mural painting continued long after the actual event, so we recently went back to Queens to catch the ones we didn’t during this summers jam.
Coming up this weekend there is a big 10th Anniversary party for Ad Hoc here in Brooklyn again, we thought we’d show you the murals we missed for the first collection of 2016 murals HERE. Hope to see you at this weekends Ad Hoc 10th Anniversary event at 17 Frost.
Free Humanity (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr. PRVRT (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SeeOne and Hellbent (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SONI (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Daze . Crash (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Crash (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Daze (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Esteban Del Valle (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Werc and Zèh Palito (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lady Pink . J Morello (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Epic Uno . M7Ser (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr. June (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sinned (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Katie Yamasaki . Caleb Neelon (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Depoe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Queen Andrea (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ramiro Davaros-Coma (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ad Hoc Art. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Halcyon from Ad Hoc Art Crew… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ad Hoc Art 10th Year Anniversary and Luna Park’s book launch Art Show will take place this Saturday, October 22nd at 17 Frost Gallery in Brooklyn. Click HERE for further details.