Elizabeth Hazan

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Tell me a little bit about your studio practice and your new project space.

I’ve been working in DUMBO for over 15 years. I make paintings that explore how visual information systems, such as maps in all forms, influence our experience and memory of landscape.

This year during DUMBO Open Studios I’m excited to launch a new project space called Platform alongside my studio practice. The first show will be Jennifer Sirey: Sculpture, featuring both new and old work by the Brooklyn-based artist. Jennifer builds liquid-filled glass tanks that are penetrated by bulbous handblown glass vessels. She then introduces layers sheets of bacterial growth to make work that contrasts formal abstraction with organic, visceral forms that reference the body. I’ve been a big fan of her highly original work since I first saw it at a Yaddo residency, and I hope people will come by Platform to check it out.

What do you enjoy about DUMBO’s art community?

I have a core group of fellow artists in DUMBO. We meet regularly for studio visits and (mostly) art related discussions over lunch, which is not only a pleasure but also really important to my work.

It’s very easy to get to DUMBO by train, so people are happy to come for studio visits. Often they’re as delighted as the tourists with the unexpected things you see in the neighborhood, like the marching band that I used to hear out my studio window, the movie shoots with vintage cars, and of course all the wedding and fashion photography that use the up close views of the bridges as their backdrops.

Whose studios are you excited to visit this year as a part of DUMBO Open Studios?

I’m looking forward to seeing work by the stellar group of artists who are at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program this year, including Derek Fordjour and Doron Langberg. Olive Ayhens, who just moved to my floor at 20 Jay Street, and Jennifer Riley, over at 45 Main Street, are definitely worth making it over to see.