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Pocket Utopia is pleased to end its 2-year\, 20-exhibition run with “Finally Utopic\,” a group exhib ition\, and Bushwick Biennial venue\, of artists from the neighborhood. As an artist-run space\, Pocket Utopia is an extension of a social practice an d is a social sculpture. It is also a gallery and a post-studio artist resi dency that blurs the lines between artist\, dealer\, gallerist\, viewer and participant.

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In this last show\, at a nicely renovated old storefr ont in Bushwick\, we artists are looking at other pocket utopias\, and cont inuing to discuss art-world issues\, art-making\, and community. Valerie He garty helps box up this pivotal moment by creating a paper monument\, Andre w Hurst completes a Pocket Utopian performance trilogy\, and Rico Gatson al so returns to the space with two adjacent or mirrored images of his particu lar pocket utopia.

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Kevin Regan\, who has been working in the space as the resident artist\, installs himself and serves us all coffee. Ben God ward will serve beer. From cups of coffee to bottles of beer\, all the arti sts are like studio mates\, contemplating their ineluctable states of becom ing. Another returning artist\, Jonathan VanDyke punctures the space with d ripping paint and Molly Larkey compliments VanDyke’s drips and puddles of c olor with a series of drawings that attempt to capture a sculptural aura. A ustin Thomas displays a definitive statement with a small text piece that d efines the mood.

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Whether dripping or serving\, mirroring or becomin g\, all the artists and by extension the surrounding community unite in one small place that has made the best of what was on hand\, a temporary pocke t of utopia. Pocket Utopia is and has always been a relational exhibition\, salon and social space run by artist Austin Thomas.

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