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Bushwick Artists’ Studio Tour Sunday November 13th, 2pm

October 31, 2011

Sunday, Nov 13th, we head to the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn at 2pm for our final tour of the year.

We will be visiting the Artists

Shingo Francis, Kristen Jensen, MaryKate Maher and Kristof Wickman

We will meet at 2:00pm at the Wyckoff Starr30 Wyckoff Ave Brooklyn, NY 11226, (between Troutmann & Starr Streets) – just one block from the Jefferson St, Brooklyn Subway stop (L Train).

Our tour will conclude at 5pm with a drink reception held in the non-profit gallery NURTUREart‘s brand-spanking new space at 56 Bogart Street – also the home to many other exciting new Bushwick galleries!

Tickets for the tour cost $75 and may be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets
Please email us at to inquire about our reduced rate for artists, students and for groups.

This is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes. Tours are rain or shine.

InContext Tours brings you into each artist’s studio, where they will talk about their work and why they make it. You will have the opportunity to see new art works being created and also finished pieces. This is an insider’s opportunity to get a better understanding of the creative process and the inspiration behind the work, with different contemporary artists working in diverse manner.

We welcome people of all levels of art knowledge and interest!

Shingo Francis received his bachelor’s degree in 1992 from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. Francis was awarded the Fumio Nanjo Award in 2003. He has had several solo exhibitions at Hino Gallery, Tokyo and Galerie Paris, Yokohama, while participating in multiple projects and group exhibitions including ArtXDance at the Art Forum Azamino, Yokohama. In 2008, Francis was selected as a Solo Project artist by Tsutomu Mizusawa for ARCO08 in Madrid, Spain, and was an artist in residence at both Art Omi, NY and Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA. In 2010, Francis’s exhibitions included a three-person show at the ISE Cultural Foundation, NY; Elements of Nature at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; and his first exhibition at the Seonhwa Art Foundation in Seoul, Korea.  He was an artist in residence for LMCC’s Swing Space program at Governors Island, and installed a site-specific art project for Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. In 2011, Francis executed a site-specific installation for a satellite project to the Yokohama Trienale in Yokohama, Japan along with a solo exhibition at Galerie Paris, Yokohama, and an installation at the Residence of the U.S. ambassador to Tokyo. Francis is currently preparing for a group exhibition “The UnseenRelationship: Form and Abstraction” at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Japan opening in January 2012.

Kristen Jensen (b. 1976) is an artist living and working in New York City. She received her BFA in printmaking from Syracuse University and her MFA from Hunter College in Combined Media. Jensen’s projects are media specific often requiring her to learn new artistic skill sets to realize each new idea, such as ceramic mold-making and furniture making. Her projects explore an area of art that has been termed Romantic Conceptualism including her relationships with friends, collaborators, and mental/physical disorders. Her work chronicles and counters difficult emotional subjects with obsessive and exhaustive series of sculpture, photography, and recently painting. Her work has been included in Pop Up Portrait show curated by Austin Thomas at Scot Cohen, NY; Anomalous Urges curated by Courtney Tramposh at Vaudville Park, Brooklyn; Haute Romantics (with Cian McConn), curated by Paddy Johnson at Verge Gallery, CA; and Magicality at Platform Gallery, Seattle. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo project at Twin Kittens Gallery, Atlanta.

MaryKate Maher received her MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2004). She has also studied at the Glasgow School of Art, UK (1999) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008). Maher is a 2011 NYFA sculpture fellow, past resident of the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center and upcoming resident at Yaddo. Maher’s work has been exhibited at the Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; NurtureArt, NY and Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Germany.

Kristof Wickman is a sculptor and recent graduate of the Hunter MFA program. He currently has a solo show on view at the Brooklyn Museum and has participated in many group shows in the US and abroad, including A Person of Color/ A Mostly Orange Exhibition, curated by Jose Lerma and Other Spaces, curated by Jayne Drost. He is a cofounder of the OODA Group collective and is a Macdowell Colony fellow and recipient of a Vermont Studio Center fellowship.

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