Featuring the work of Rachel Rossin, B. Thom Stevenson, Jillian Mayer, David B. Smith and Johannes Vanderbeek, The Hippies is an outdoor sculpture exhibition sited in a 25 x 60 foot lot between buildings on St. Nicholas Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
All artists work in a sculptural language that mixes sources across culture, history and genre. Bushwick is a culturally-diverse neighborhood teeming with public artistic expressions––murals, graffiti and curious arrangements of toys that hang from trees as you walk the streets. The Hippies aims to echo and harness the social and cultural atmosphere of the area and insert sculpture into the landscape. More specifically, the works chosen for this exhibition address social space, interpersonal communication and use the body and language as iconographic points of entry.
The Hippies is somewhat of an homage to the Emeryville Mudflats, a sculpture garden in the California Bay Area which was emblematic of the creative atmosphere present from the 1960’s through the mid-90’s. Visible from the highway, the sculptures were made from a century’s worth of industrial debris that had floated in from the bay. Innovative, radical, spirited, political and personal, the sculptures celebrated as much as they decried. They were built by people of all walks of life, not all of whom would have labeled themselves artists. It can be argued that the Mudflats was a precursor to Instagram: a creative outlet available to anyone and everyone which could be seen by anyone and everyone. Now, this formerly disused lot in the heart of Bushwick is a platform for public creative expression with the hope to further define the ethos of this time and place.