An Urban Folk Art Halloween

On Friday, October 28th, in unseasonably nippy weather, I visited the newly combined Gowanus, Brooklyn-based studio of Hypothetical Island/Hang Dai Studios and attended the opening of a Halloween-themed art show in the evening which featured the work of many local artists. The Urban Folk Art Gallery and Boutique, a partnership with Brooklyn Tattoo on Smith Street, has been showing unique exhibits for a number of years, and bringing together the multi-media work of folks in their community, and this was their 6th year presenting a Halloween group art show.

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From the fantastic to the surreal, from pop-art inspired themes to traditions re-assessed, the show evoked horror tradition in many forms.

From cartoonist Gregory Benton, creator of B+F, Smoke, and more, there were two pieces on show:

Cartoonist Jason Goungor also contributed two pieces, one an Afterlife with Archie cover:

Christa Cassano, contributing cartoonist to Ghetto Klown, exhibited her Bride of Frankenstein:

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Painter, cartoonist, and illustrator Jen Ferguson showed several mischievous pieces:

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Cartoonist and writer Dean Haspiel of The Red Hook, The Fox, Billy Dogma, and many more created a horror-movie style poster and his own monster gallery for the show:

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The show’s opening lured a lively crowd and original works as well as prints were for sale. It was a chance for artists to catch up with fellow artists and for locals to get a fresh look at the work of their peers, Halloween style.

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[Benton, Goungor, and Haspiel at the opening]

A second show had opened in another wing of the gallery the week before, and was also geared toward the spookiest of holidays–called “#EverydayHorrors” by photographer Jason Schaltz. Outrageous, hilarious, definitely thought-provoking, his photos present horror film characters mixed in to crowded, daily life in New York, or in simple banal settings.

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Both shows are continuing at Urban Folk Art Gallery until the middle of November, and I highly recommend viewing them for sheer variety of creative vision and their gothic theme. Also make sure to check out Brooklyn Tattoo and the Boutique selling Brooklyn-themed design work by Adam Suerte.

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