Andrew Birk was one of the first painters I met in New York when I moved up in Oct of 2010. We met in person for the first time at one of the last exhibits at the former space of the HOLE gallery. He has been cool ever since. He was telling me about his work for some time now. I love visiting studios but he made me wait. Turns out Mr. Birk was upgrading studio spaces and was going to plan a party to invite everyone at once. That sounds like a great idea to me. His studio is in the deep bloody heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn. I couldn’t find the address at 10pm at night. The streets were valcant and luckily for me I ran into a group of about 10 other people that were trying to find the studio as well.
After walking for about 2 blocks we found it. We walked up a few flights of steps and we were there. The studio was already packed with friends, artists and collectors. He was in the thick of it talking to everyone. I was happy to see his work in person. It’s very aggressive, which I like. It plays off of words and random clipped imagery. Most of the paintings are done with spray paint. They have a dirty feel to them.
I totally dig the thrash/punk counter-culture vibe I get from them. I asked him if he likes Christopher Wool. He said yes, but again of course he does. You can see it in his work, but its not overbearing in anyway. It was a good time, good vibes and good music. I got to meet a lot of new people. Keep your eye out for Andrew when you’re in the New York area. He’s an artist’s artist, a good friend and something exciting to look out for.
Andrew Birk and I...I was about to head back home after a good night of being social and plenty of drinks.