The Con Artist Collective Celebrates 5 Years on Ludlow Street

Posted on: April 24th, 2015 at 10:00 am by

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Con Artist entrance, May 2011

Con Artist is one of the few businesses on Ludlow Street in Hell Square that still caters to creativity. Something other than nightlife. What began as an ambitious basement workshop and thrift boutique in 2010 (formerly home to The Cast), is now a fully-fledged artist collective with storefront workspace and a membership counting in the hundreds. During this time, the gallery has hosted nearly 200 shows featuring dozens of artists and their original works.

So, now Con Artist is celebrating five years of success at 119 Ludlow (and its brief detour on Suffolk Street). To mark the occasion, they’re throwing a fete later tonight at HQ. The crew is also crowdfunding to publish a book documenting this first stage of development. A Kickstarter page is now in effect to raise $9,000.

The concept of the book will be a visual documentation and catalogue of work, relying heavily on images and photographs. We’ll be focusing on high quality reproductions of the many amazing artist’s works, photographs of hundreds of events, and the diverse projects organized by the collective.

The $9,000 goal is not random, but a sort of magic number. We are going to print a beautiful book, with hundreds of pages on the highest quality paper. We’ll also be releasing stretch goals which will give us the chance to increase the size of the book, add more pages, and consider extras like embossing, spot colors and much more.

We’re currently sorting and editing 30,000 images for the book, we’ve begun the process of laying out the book, and we’re currently on schedule to send everything to press in November 2015.

And here’s a gallery roundup of past Boogie coverage of Con Artist happenings…

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