Photo courtesy of Factory ArtSpace Instagram

New multipurpose art space Factory ArtSpace on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border will hold their inaugural exhibit this Friday, Sept. 23 from 6-9 p.m., as well as over the following two weekends — just in time and is in preparation for Bushwick Open Studios on Oct. 1-2.

The 17 artists showcased hail from Bushwick, Los Angeles, and Canada. Drinks provided.

After five months of searching for an art space, owner and self-taught fine art photographer Robert Mauriello came across a 4,000 square foot former knitting factory on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border. Because the name The Knitting Factory was already taken and Mauriello says “it connotes music too much,” Mauriello reveals that the name Factory ArtSpace was born from one of his assistants.

Mauriello has already been hosting various pop-up food events, bringing in chefs from Momofuku Noodle Bar, Hanjan, Esca, and Daniel, and assures us that “as the weather cools, I will have more food and art events.” Mauriello is currently seeking out musicians and in the future hopes to host film screenings.

The initial exhibit, “Frankenstein Admires a Flower,” inherits its name from a work by former artist duo Fischli and Weiss: the show’s anonymous curatorial collective Poissonblanc wishes to pay homage to the team after obtaining a truckload of pedestals from their recent Guggenheim show.

Poissonblanc’s “Frankenstein Admires a Flower” is an evaluation on the role the pedestal has held within contemporary art as an object and a sculpture of significance. In discussion with one of the artists about the idea of the pedestal, Mauriello says “however we slice it, the pedestal alters the relationship between us and them, subject and object, or me and you.”

Mauriello will in tandem have his photography show “The Mirror of Frankenstein” on display and says about the title in relation to his show that it’s “a play on Frankenstein but also references the uncanny”: as the story goes, the mirror of Frankenstein represents the first time Frankenstein sees and realizes that he is himself.

In challenging its interpretation and taking the self realization sentiment to new heights, “The Mirror of Frankenstein” depicts how figures interact and coexist with pedestals – Mauriello wishes to “subvert this classical arrangement” regarding the inferiority of the pedestal. “One of the models is a dancer, for which I was quite grateful, as there was a lot of balancing on unstable pedestals,” he says.

Consider bringing a friend along as this interlocking show is bound to stir up rich conversation, Ridgewood!

Artists on showcase include: Frank Bacon, Michael Buckland, Marcy Chevali, Stacy Fisher, Emilie Frohlich, David Kramer, Carter Kustera, Lisa Levy, Stephanie Lindquist, Glendalys Medina, Björn Meyer-Ebrecht, MTAA, John Please, Shannon Sberna, Samuel Alexander Galbraith Smith, Tania Roberts, and Thomas Tait.

Factory ArtSpace is located at 1630 Stephen St. and is right off of the Halsey Street L subway stop. It is open for rentals, galleries, and popup dinners.

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