March 17 2015 05:06 PM

New group of artists rotates work at Bottlecraft and has big plans beyond that

Spenser Little installs his piece at Bottlecraft
Photo by Carly Ealey

Folks who've wandered into Bottlecraft's Little Italy location at 2252 India St. may have noticed Dolan Stearns' peculiar "Ghost Painting" hanging above the myriad beer bottles on the shelves. And another piece, "Multiface Design 1 & 2," by wire artist Spenser Little was recently added near the entrance of the craft-beer store. But neither of the pieces was exactly hand-selected by Bottlecraft. Rather, they're part of a monthly collaboration with Cohort Collective, a contingent of artists loosely based out of SILO in Makers Quarter in East Village. 

"We were already doing art shows together, and you end up hanging out after the show talking about: 'We should do this or that,' so we decided to start our own collective," says Cohort member Carly Ealey.

Other artists in the collective who'll have work at Bottlecraft include Christopher Konecki, Exist1981, Neko and Joey Vaiasuso, each of whom will either create or install a new piece, depending on that artist's medium, when one of the other's work comes down. It will culminate with a group show at Bottlecraft in August; before then, Cohort will hold a group show at SILO in May that will include the Cohort gang, as well as a few dozen other artists outside of the collective. 

"We want to put up the best local lineup that we can," says Konecki, who previously curated the giant Parachute Factory pop-up exhibition in 2013. "Then the idea is to eventually have a small gallery space and infuse that with a lot for live paintings—basically, just do as much cool shit as we can."

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