March 12 – March 27, 2011
Wide Open is a juried show, receiving close to 1600 entries annually, of which only ten percent are accepted for exhibition. The works represent a diverse range of outstanding, contemporary artwork. The generous proportions of our gallery space enable the exhibition of wall pieces, sculptures and installations of a scale not often found in other shows. As well as work of monumental dimensions, there are many smaller works and an Affordable Art wall, where all pieces are priced at $1000 and under.
This year, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition was again fortunate to be joined by a prestigious juror.Nat Trotman is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where he has worked on the exhibitions of David Smith, Richard Serra, Constantin Brancusi and Matthew Barney. He recently co-curated the exhibition Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance and curated the current exhibition, Found in Translation.
Said Trotman, “In reviewing the many entries for Wide Open 2, I was consistently impressed with the variety and quality of the works. I was struck in particular by a sort of fervent surrealism that repeatedly appeared across all the mediums submitted. Many works mixed obvious concerns about the war in Iraq, the state of the economy, and other contemporary issues with colorful, often humorous, otherworldly visions. These scenes, together with a rich selection of abstract work and strong installation pieces, should make for a powerful and compelling exhibition.”