While the various crews at Monster Island prep for the building’s final Block Party this weekend, the collective’s flagship Secret Project Robot gallery is gearing up for a move into deeper Bushwick. By the time the wrecking balls come for the strangely painted building at 270 Kent Avenue sometime after it clears out on September 30, Erik Zajaceskowski, Rachel Nelson, and probably a few of the old space’s cats will have established their new base at 389 Melrose in Bushwick, where they’ve signed a five-year lease (with an option to renew for another five).
Nelson reports that Secret Project Robot’s new home—situated about halfway between the Morgan Avenue and Jefferson Street L train stops, just over the Flushing Avenue line into actual Bushwick—will be slightly smaller than the warehouse on the Williamsburg waterfront. It will, however, contain a 4,000-square-foot yard. “The inspiration is Secret Project Robot Art Camp,” she says. “We’re going to have art studio shacks and a log stage outside, plus a gallery the same size as Secret Project Robot is now inside.” Fellow Monster Islanders Oneida, as well as the Live With Animals gallery, will make the trek to Melrose, too.
Given how fully (and often) they transformed the former warehouse in Williamsburg, a giant empty lot in Bushwick seems like a promising canvas. Art shows will begin in the new year, and the schedule is already filling up with “a few real small personal barbecues” and a full roster of fall events that’ll likely begin with Allison Awesome‘s Call of the Wild birthday party on October 24 and Brah recording artists Pterodactyl’s record release party a few days later. October 29 and 30 will be given over to a “haunted graveyard Halloween party” featuring Jonathan Toubin.
But there’s still plenty going on at Monster Island before it closes. Tonight, Kayrock Screenprinting namesake Karl LaRocca opens a sound installation (“a live synthesizer happening”). On September 20, Knyfe Hyts will close down the venue with the final installment in their their series of monthly gigs, each of which happens on the 20th of the month and is commemorated with a new cassette release.