The Dumbo Arts Festival was this past weekend. If you follow me on instagram you may have seen how much fun I was having there on Saturday. The 3 day festival featured over 500 artists throughout Dumbo, Brooklyn and it’s impossible to see everything! I attended the festival on Saturday with friends and loved everything I saw. I also got to follow a fabulous performance artist around, but more on that later!
When I first arrived I saw several artists dressed in back, carrying white wooden backpacks. They were carrying Backpack Galleries! Each backpack has a door that opens, gallery lights, a folder that hold’s the artist’s information as well as a guest book. There are also magnetic pieces that contain the artist’s mission statement. Ok yes, the backpacks were pretty awesome, but the artwork inside was equally as cool. I couldn’t get over this genius idea and the wonderful work inside!
There were several performance artists, and they were all so much fun to be around! On the left is a performer from Spontaneous Art. The nervous dental patient had candy stuck in his teeth! Don’t worry, we helped him get it out. In the middle is my friend and artist, Anoush Froundjian. She was asking visitors to write their super hero names on her. In a few days she’ll be answering a few questions, and you’ll get to see more pictures of her work. The things people were writing were hilarious! On the right is Amisha Gadani, showing off one of her animal inspired defensive dresses. This dress represent the skink and the pieces represent the skink’s spikes that are able to be sacrificed when attacked.
The Brooklyn Arts Council was transformed into a Wishing Tree. Visitors were able to write their wishes on cards and hang them from the tree. The idea was adapted from many cultures. It was interesting to see so many people writing their true hopes and dreams, without fear, and hang them for the world to see.
One of the funniest pieces I saw was the Vegan Pizza Party by Jerstin Crosby. I really couldn’t get over this once I saw it! It’s just so adorable. I didn’t get a great picture of the interior, where the party was going on, but it was so funny. The party had a strobe light and a disco ball. Stop by Jerstin’s site to see more of the party. Really, so funny!
Did you have a chance to visit the Dumbo Arts Festival? What was your favorite piece of artwork?