Scott Avenue Associates Unveils Studio Skate Art Ice Rink by Artist Christopher Myers

 

 

 

Studio Skate Art Ice Rink. Image courtesy of the artist and Studio Skate

This winter, Scott Avenue Associates (SAA) presents the second edition of Feathers Studio Skate, its annual pop-up holiday community retreat. Open to the public from December 1 through January 15 at 99 Scott Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the destination features a 2,500-sq-ft ice rink activated by a new large-scale commission by artist Christopher Myers, as well as a marketplace, alpine café, underground speakeasy, and a private dining space available for rentals.

Curated by Zoe Lukov, Myers’ commission, titled Feathers on the Waves, is situated beneath the open-air ice rink and dynamically unfolds for skaters as they glide across it. The artwork celebrates the inherent grace of the Black figure through a series of symmetrical forms reminiscent of the artist’s work in stained glass. Feathers on the Waves interacts with the ice rink to create a gathering spot for the New York City public, becoming a site for leisure, community, and celebration.

Studio Skate with performer Alicia Hall Moran. Photo credit: Daniel Greer.

The Studio Skate art ice rink is the centerpiece of the ‘town square’ located within the private courtyard of 99 Scott, and will be activated by a robust schedule of programming, a highlight of which will be a public performance by award-winning multidimensional conceptual vocal artist Alicia Hall Moran – outfitted in a costume designed by Myers. The space will be framed by pop-ups offering opportunities to eat, shop, and gather, including the Studio Skate Market designed by multidisciplinary agency (ab)Normal, featuring wares from Dolores, Luar, Andrew and other brands, as well as treats and healthy options from Happier Grocery. Onsite dining and entertainment include Chalet; an Alpine themed restaurant featuring such alpine classics as fondue and charbonnade; andUnder’s, an underground speakeasy and smoking lounge where visitors can warm up after a skate session.

Studio Skate is free and open to the public from December 1 through January 15. All spaces will be closed from December 25 through January 7. Access to the ice rink is free, and skates will be available to rent onsite.

Opening hours for the rink and market are:

  • Wed – Fri, 6pm – midnight
  • Sat – Sun, noon – midnight

Chalet is open for dinner Wednesday through Sundays, and for lunch Saturday and Sunday. Reservations can be booked via Resy.

Patrons looking to host their own events have the option to rent out Daylight, a sundrenched private dining lounge suitable for private dinners, intimate gatherings, and more.

Studio Skate Art Ice Rink. Image courtesy of the artist and Studio Skate

About Feathers on the Waves

In creating Feathers on the Waves, Christopher Myers drew inspiration from trailblazers, such as figure skater Surya Bonaly, whose daring backflip on one blade during the 1998 Olympics defied conventions and inspired generations, and whose artistry – reminiscent of a fragile feather dancing upon the waves of the ocean – lends the work its title. Myers’ works spans mediums, including tapestries, sculptures, and stained-glass, which each delve into diverse worlds rooted in the art of storytelling, depicting narratives that bridge the realms of history and mythology, while bringing the forgotten to the forefront.

In a time where narratives concerning the Black community often revolve around trauma, Feathers on the Waves challenges the normative and envisions a state of lightness and play. As the public glides over these luminous images, all people have the opportunity to see themselves within the artwork. Visitors can feel the stories of their ancestors reflected in the patterns they traverse, creating a profound connection between their own experiences and the art before them.

About Scott Avenue Associates (SAA)

SAA (Scott Avenue Associates) is a constellation of spaces in Bushwick, Brooklyn promoting community, culture, and the arts. In addition, SAA offers production studios for artists, musicians, and designers; a spa and gym; a rooftop bar, lounges, outdoor swimming pool and 60-seat restaurant; and over 30,000 sq ft of event space. SAA host events for its community and creatives, and is also currently home to Habibi the Restaurant, recently listed #1 on Eater’s list of the “Most Funnest, Most Wildest, Most Unbelievably Extra Restaurants in America.”