On April 16th, the Brooklyn Museum will host its fourth annual Brooklyn Artists Ball in celebration of the borough’s creative community. Leading up to the event—which honors artists Jenny Holzer, Ai Weiwei, and Kehinde Wiley, and features a benefit auction, dinner, and dancing—we spoke with artists who’ve contributed to the cause about their local art scene, their donation, and who they hope to run into on the dance floor.
Our chat with Alejandro Guzmán follows:
Artsy: What is your personal relationship to Brooklyn?
Alejandro Guzman: My personal relationship to Brooklyn is simple. Brooklyn goes hard!!! It’s an innovative global community that is at the forefront of my practice: to serve and protect culture through art.
Artsy: And what’s exciting about the current Brooklyn art scene?
AG: Currently, I think Interstate Projects is the most exciting art space in Brooklyn. Innovative, provocative exhibitions and performances with a common space for artists and community to come together—also with the best empanadas & chicharrones right across the street.
Artsy: What are some of the most important resources for Brooklyn artists?
AG: I would say the energy of Brooklyn itself is the most important resource there is.
Artsy: Can you tell us a bit about the work you’re donating to the benefit auction, which will be supporting the museum and the Brooklyn artist community, and why that’s a cause you’re happy to contribute to?
AG: The work for donation to the benefit auction is a drawing study—part of a series—of a sculptural performance that was created for an exhibition. This particular sculpture is titled Mendacity, and was created from collected broken mirrors discarded from apartment buildings with swimming pool grout made of glitter and Swarovski crystals. The drawing study allows me to choreograph the performance and design the sculpture. Reciprocity is a must for any community to move forward in a positive manner.
Artsy: At the Brooklyn artist ball, I want to dance with:
AG: Solange Knowles!!!! I hear she lives in BK, lol, but I do want to get down with everyone because the ball represents a celebration of a great museum that is always connecting art and community.
Auction bidding begins April 7th at 12:00pm EST. Register to bid and explore the Brooklyn Artists Ball on Artsy.