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New 'Fleet' Exhibit Celebrates Artist Collections in Bed-Stuy

 "Fleet" showcases artists who have created a series or collection of work.
New 'Fleet' Exhibit Celebrates Artist Collections in Bed-Stuy
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A new exhibit showcasing entire collections from local and out-of-town artists opens on Friday at the Bishop Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The exhibit, at 916 Bedford Ave., is called "Fleet," showcasing artists who have created a series or collection of work.

Curators Jackie Cantwell and Molly Myer invited artists to come into the space, experiment and install their own work that they felt was stronger as a collection.

"The idea is that all of the objects work together to be one piece," Cantwell said. "A multi-artist, multimedia exploration of work that only exists in relation with other works around it."

Artist Vlad Golubev, a student from the School of Visual Arts, created a series of paintings of veterans with war injuries, and transfered images of the original photos onto leaves.

Margot Bird, a Bushwick artist, painted awkward portraits of people she photographed on the street, then surrounded them with bulging eyeballs.

The idea for the exhibit came from Washington, D.C. artist James Coleman, who created a series of short, bronze statues of fertility goddesses. He was looking for a home for the work when the two curators came up with the idea for "Fleet."

"He kind of inspired the idea of this collection of people or things working together," Cantwell said. "We came up with the title, and then we started asking people for stuff."

In addition to Golubev, Bird and Coleman, the exhibit features work from Brooklyn artists Alexander Perelli and Ryan Oskin, and Virginia artists Adam Lister and Matt Brett.

"Fleet" opens May 3 with an opening party sponsored by Kingfisher beer at 7 p.m. It runs until May 16.