How long have you been based in DUMBO?
I have been based in DUMBO since 2015 when I was awarded a DUMBO Cultural Space Subsidy.
What do you enjoy about working in DUMBO?
I enjoy everything about working in DUMBO. The landlords keep up the space beautifully and adapted it to COVID very quickly. DUMBO is convenient to both Brooklyn and Manhattan and I have found that my studio visits from collectors and curators increased 200% once I moved my studio here from Clinton Hill. I also enjoy the proximity to the park, and to the dozens of other creatives, I’ve met during my time here.
What makes DUMBO’s art community different from other arts neighborhoods in the city?
The ease of meeting other artists in DUMBO, whether in the elevator going up to my studio or through events like this one is unparalleled. I also enjoy meeting other creatives – architects, designers, and writers- and speaking to them about their work.
What artists are you excited to see?
There are so many interesting artists on the list this year. I’d like to highlight the work of Etty Yaniv and Beth Dary. Both artists create abstract works out of man-made materials that resonate very deeply with the natural world. Also, I haven’t seen Mark Tribe’s work in person, but I love the images he included in this year’s open studios and hope I will be able to meet him and see more of his work one day. Our studios are in the same building, so I will have to make that happen! Marney Fuller’s paintings also look magical!