so, like I was saying . . .
one of the most fun times I had last year was visiting the Fort Greene home/studio of TRICIA KEIGHTLEY, and DANIEL DAVIDSON. it was on a weekend: Sat Feb 20, 2016 – to be exact.
Tricia’s studio visit has already posted.
KAYROCK . . has a great slideshow animation of the book on their website, under ARTIST BOOKS,
here’s the link: ‘A MORE BRIGHTER IDEA’ by DANIEL DAVIDSON.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA – is re-issuing the DREW MILLER t-shirt !!
$15 pre-order . . here: Neoglyphic Media T-shirt !!
don’t forget to check out: Neoglyphic Media !!
DREW MILLER . . .
at the MARIE LORENZ – BRIAN CHIPPENDALE ‘music in the water pond’ event, with NICHOLAS STEINDORF handling the loops & sound controls . . . at RECESS ART, SOHO, NYC.
MAY 5, 2016.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
check out: DREW MILLER – tumblr
DREW MILLER . . also designed their super logo . . . hand lettering at it’s best !!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – SEAN VEGEZZI . . SKY-WALKER.
ANDREW KASS: SUMMERS NOT AS LONG AS IT USED TO BE — HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEAN
image via Instagram @andrewkass
ps: great photo . . Andrew Kass, very much digging the collage detail, on the right – too.
it’s a sad day in NYC – we are losing another iconic shop.
it’s particularly sad news for me. TEKSERVE has been a long standing patron of artloversnewyork, ever since I first began posting my photos and art scene coverage on artnet, more than . . 14 years ago.
I’ve been really proud to post my photos and voice my thoughts under their banner – and I guess I’ll have to take it down, though I might leave it up for a few more months – as a kind of digital ‘ghost army ‘ homage.
getting that pay check was often my only source of income and it kept me going through, often raw and thin times. but it also kept me indie and I never . . sold out. the TEKSERVE banner was like the proverbial ‘carrot before the horse’ – it kept my camera and me running around – to keep the traffic numbers up – that kept the checks on coming.
it’s a sad day, and a sad New York: no more Pearl Paint, no more Other Music, no more Tekserve.
the auction will take place . . .
next TUESDAY, AUG 23, 2016 / starting at 11am – and running through 7pm.
at the store: 119 West 23rd St just west of 6th Ave.
definitely – come by !!!!!
you can also bid online – if you can’t make it to the store in person.
there are also 2 previews at the store:
this SAT AUG 22, 2016 / 11am – 6pm
and MON AUG 22, 2016 / 9am – 6pm
you can see a preview online – where bidding has already started at: Rolandauctions.com
ok, and here’s a head-up !!!
DICK & his visionary collection . . will be featured on an upcoming . . . HISTORY CHANNEL – ‘AMERICAN PICKERS’ !!!
I kid you – NOT !! and I heard FRANK & MIKE bought quite a number of items, too.
the episode has already been filmed, and will be aired sometime this NOV 2016 !!!!!
so: wow !!!!
in fact, true his contrary, creative and yet scientific nature . . DICK had quite a jungle of live plants growing down there – flourishing under the artificial light, of the basement under the retail store.
I have to say . . true to form, he is a very ‘curious’, and talented ‘creative’ and again: contrarian . . . long live contrarians !!
who was the first to ‘get’ what would become, within another 2 decades – the dominating Mac revolution, and . . TEKSERVE, for a long time was the place to go – for all things APPLE.
as a vintage collector, and not just a tinker-er . . his passion for the history of things, and the future vision of all things sci-fi . . cannot be easily articulated in a few words, I mean: how many other bosses in this city . . look like they just walked off a space ship colony !!!
DICK, through TEKSERVE . . supported many important, innovative, independent, & future-leaning causes throughout the years, among them the green re-cycling of computer hardware, and a broad range of NPR radio shows, and independent podcasts.
artloversnewyork – is proud to have been a part of that family.
drop by the auction – this Tuesday, and see what I’m talking about !!
maybe you can score yourself – a piece of technical, sci-fi, or even – retro signage history.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, except for the Roland Auctions banner.
jokers, clowns & . . whack as crack !!
ANDY CAHILL, prob via his new bff/collector KAWS – who is also in the show & is repped by the gallery, is going . . megastar international.
he’s got work in ‘CHARACTER’ – a big group show at trendy V1 GALLERY in COPENHAGEN, opening this FRI AUG 19, 2016 & continuing thru SEPT 17, 2016.
for the complete line-up & mission statement: current show – V1 GALLERY
to see more pix from the opening: ‘ANTHEM of the SUN’ – artlovers
TO JOHHNY DEPP: LOVE THAT – RIPPED MIDDLE FINGER DIPPED IN INK, WRITING ON THE MIRROR – STORY !!!
damn, now that’s what I call: an a-r-t-i-s-t !!!
BOOTH GALLERY PRESENTS: “FOURTH WALL” . . .
a big group show with a big lineup – including . . . AARON JOHNSON and BEN TOLMAN
curated by CASEY GLEGHORN
OPENING TO-NITE – SAT AUG 13, 2016 / 7 PM
the show runs Aug 13 – Sept 10, 2016
BOOTH GALLERY – 325 W. 38th St (Store #1) midtown Manhattan, NYC
& it looks to be a real . . mind – blower & block – buster !!
MERCEDES HELNWEIN, ‘Table’, oil pastel on paper, 44 x 66 in.
image courtesy BOOTH GALLERY WEBSITE
from the gallery:
read more: FOURTH WALL – BOOTH GALLERY
BEN TOLMAN: Canal (detail), 2016. ink on paper, 40 x 60 in. Debuting @boothgallery NYC,
‘The Fourth Wall’ exhibition opening Aug 13th #inkonpaper #shantytown
image via Instagram @bentolman
AARON JOHNSON: New painting on paper, “walkin’ the walk” will be on view in the exhibition ‘Fourth Wall’ at Booth Gallery. Opening tonight 7pm in NYC.
Alongside works by Odd Nerdrum, Mercedes Helnwein, Will kurtz, Barnaby Whitfield, Chris Gulander, Mike Cockrill and etc.
image via Instagram @aaronjohnsonart
!! – looking to be a blow-out – !!
looks like – the Fall season 2016 – is already: A BLAZE !!!!!!!!!!!!
STOIC YOUTH – HISTORY !!!!!!
DEATH BY AUDIO.
taylormckimens: Honored to have my mural featured so prominently on the new ‘Death By Audio’ live album “Start Your Own Fucking Show Space”.
can’t wait to get this in my hands . .
reposted from @threeminuterule
he’s not the only own – wanting it !!!
taylormckimens: the first appearance of these stoic youth heads was the mural behind the stage at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. Was sad to see it go but proud to have been a part of it!
Photo by @wlodarczyk
image via Instagram @taylormckimens
ps: artlovers reviewed SISTERS – ‘GHOST FITS’ – back in MAY of 2011 . . .
MATT CONBOY . . is local legend. MATT ran the DEATH BY AUDIO venue.
sadly, DEATH BY AUDIO got eaten up, translate: real estate displaced, by VICE.
or . . as we like to say: DEATH by VICE.
TAYLOR McKIMENS . . will have work in the SWIZZ BEATZ / BACARDI NO COMMISSION ART FAIR NY, opening tomorrow THURS AUG 11, 2016 at % PM & running thru SUN AUG 14, 2016/3 PM.
in the SOUTH BRONX.
TAYLOR McKIMENS . .
in his Williamsburg, Brooklyn studio – just before he left for Greece, and further travels.
he’s now in LONDON !! heads up, all ya art lovin’ BRITS !!!
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, APRIL 13, 2016.
this is the painting Taylor will be exhibiting in the SWIZZ BEATZ / BACARDI – NO COMMISSION NY ART FAIR, AUGUST 11-14, 2016.
it’s pretty large, just over 7 ft x 5 ft.
go, TAYLOR !!!!!!
you can follow Taylor’s trip & adventures: on Instagram @taylormckimens.
PABLO POWER . .
will have work in the SWIZZ BEATZ / BACARDI / NO COMMISSION NY ART FAIR, opening tomorrow THURS AUG 11, 2016 at 5 PM – running thru SUN AUG 14, 2016 at 3PM / in the South Bronx.
PABLO POWER with his ‘measuring cup’. . .
15 WARREN ST . . a SEAN VEGEZZI, ABIGAIL COHEN, ANDREW KASS DOWNTOWN POP-UP / a huge rebel outlaw underground show that celebrated New Year’s Eve 2014. it took place in a huge empty raw space downtown in TRIBECA, MANHATTAN, NYC & it blew everybody – away.
this is PABLO POWER (!!) at the opening, SAT DEC 28, 2013.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
JOHN AHEARN . . will have work in the SWIZZ BEATZ / BACARDI – NO COMMISSION NY ART FAIR, taking place in the rapidly gentrifying South Bronx. & with all the tensions – that ensue.
opening tomorrow . .
THURS AUG 11, 2016 at 5 PM & running thru SUN AUG 14, 2016 – 3 PM.
UP-DATE: FRI AUG 12, 2016 / 11:34 AM
KAWS just posted this photo of JOHN AHEARN portrait sculpture at NO COMMISSION NY
kaws: Great John Ahearn portrait of @biotatscru at #nocommission part two in the #Bronx
image via Instagram @kaws
MIND OVER MATTER – FANTASY MEETS PRECISION
A STUDIO VISIT WITH TRICIA KEIGHTLEY – BROOKLYN. FEB 20, 2016
ONE OF THE MOST FUN TIMES, I had last year was visiting the home/studio of TRICIA KEIGHTLEY and DANIEL DAVIDSON. it’s always an exceptional experience to see the work totally fresh, at the birthing place – where it’s made, and dreamed up, and . . in context. it’s also a rare look behind the lifestyle, and into the reality of a Brooklyn existence.
part those old school Brooklyn brick walls, here we come.
TRICIA and DANIEL co-exist in a small apt/condo niche that has two floors. the top floor, on the ground level of the small apartment – now condo building, is for living. the bottom level is for their 2 studios.
a determined, and focused harmony speaks quietly, throughout.
this is the entry living room, very spare and modernist in temperament – it’s a perfect foil for one of Tricia’s larger minimalist ‘fantasy’ canvases. very flat, but still strange, and even trippy. though in a ‘precision of the mind & hand’ – kind of way.
as opposed to say full-on . . psychedelia.
and therein lies – the beauty.
kind of like . . spiky plants vs. white-washed brick walls !!
the paint looks to be applied very very flat, but actually close-up & in person – there is brushwork, a very subtle world dwells within.
MOEBIUS and future vision – did come to mind.
as did architectural toys & . . funny thing: TRAVEL !!
gears & geometric shapes – all in flat planes. with wheels, and levers, wing flaps and strange knobs. matte colors, directional ‘clues’, as in the mechanical levers – add some perspective, but all in all – shapes with no shadows ?
this a hot air balloon, without the ‘hot’. everything is on the down-low and cool – but the imagination . . rumbles.
it’s the mind – that sparks up.
I really like . .
1. how architectural/mechanical & ‘real’ it all seems, like a blueprint. yet is so . . ‘unknown’.
2. the spatial concepts
3. the mechanical aspect
4. the super ‘mixed’ hues & color pigments. the matteness.
5. the draftsmanship
6. it never falls off – into surrealism, or cartoon narrative, or indeed any specific story, or mood. nor descends into abstract expressionism, gloop-iness, or ‘collage’, for even a second. no ‘primitive’ ‘fruit’ ‘shark’ ‘watermelon’ trending here.
7. it flies it’s own . . course. literally.
anybody else know what Tinker Toys are ?
as opposed to say: Legos. or wooden Lincoln log sets.
but what I really meant to say, was: dig those KNOBS !!
all playing about on a very flat, very shallow surface. re: depth.
IN FACT: this work is just as much about the one-on-one, custom-made ‘toned-down’ pigment & paint hues, – as it is . . about the mechanical rendering & the fantasy trippin’ (lightly).
come to think of it: ‘lightly’ rhymes with .. KEIGHTLEY – !!
precision ‘coloring’ – is the absolute key to these works, and why they work so well, even though they are so ‘flat’.
and ‘flat’ – is way harder than you think.
that’s why they say . . super-flat !! as out of Japan, and going back to their traditional woodblock prints.
mechanical color field of the sunshine of the mind – in Tricia’s head.
precision of the imagination . . jump-off.
bikes for Mars ?
the beauty of the grid meets the flight . . of the Keightley go-lightly – imagination.
for more background, CV, & images, see: TRICIA KEIGHTLEY – ARTIST WEBSITE
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
LOU REED, PACE WILDENSTEIN GALLERY, NYC. JULIAN SCHNABEL OPENING. OCT 16, 2003.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
FIRST PUBLISHED ON ARTNET: ART LOVERS NEW YORK – FALL 2003
STEVEN PARRINO, RIP – and KEEP YOUR DIRTY, DIGITAL PAWS – OFF THE PHOTO – IT’S MINE.
STEVEN PARRINO, at his opening at TEAM GALLERY, NYC, OCT 7, 2004
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH – first published on artnet.
see: FALL 2004 – ART LOVERS NEW YORK PHOTOS by NANCY SMITH / People section, artnet magazine, when the mighty Walter Robinson . . was editor.
glad to see interest continues unabated, esp in Europe . . in this brilliant, but tragic artist’s short-lived, but hyper-presentient, hyper-minimalist, ‘brute’, and rock solid . . concrete-ist work.
my photo of him, taken at his very last opening – pops up everywhere – and usually . . unattributed – what else is new /
the photo was originally posted on artnet, in my column ART LOVERS NEW YORK – PHOTOS by NANCY SMITH, overseen & edited by WALTER ROBINSON, on NOV 17, 2004.
the show took off, like a lit match, and so did . . Steven. he celebrated by buying a, think it was a huge Harley ?? and, less than 2 months later – he was dead. he sadly died New Years Day 2005. got on that bike and accidentally crashed it, in front of his house, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn – bye the way, back in the day.
glad to see his work is still cruising strong, but – I get real upset and mad, when I see my hard-won photo – lifted, stolen & unattributed. and yes, I hold grudges.
LOS DEAD BOYS
“ART’S A DYING, NOT A LIVING”: SIMON CERIGO, RIP – FAMOUS LAST WORDS.
REPEAT: KEEP YOUR GRUBBY PAWS – OFF MY PIX.
YEAH, YOU: SYLVYE DUMAS of FRANCE – YOU ARE A GRUBBY, LOWLIFE – THIEF.
if you seek an online reputation – do some ORIGINAL WORK & stop riding on the coattails of others.
so, do I !!!!!!!
image found, photographed by & posted to Instagram . . . by @STREETART.VS.FINEART / NYC – 5 BROZ – TUGBROOKLYN
ROY MIRANDA’S . . SUMMERY, BEACH-Y SWEET & MAGICAL . . SELF PORTRAIT !!
on a new flyer for the WILD YAKS . .
ROCKAWAY BEACH PARTY – AT RIPPERS – TODAY – SAT JULY 23, 2016 / 6 PM – FREE.
“GONNA BE A – SIZZLER” – !!!! ~ WILD YAKS !!!!
roy_miranda_: new flyer for the @wild_yaks family . . and self Rockaways portrait . . rambling dreamer art studio – East Williamsburg New York USA
let the good times roll children of summer . . Rockaway Beach Queens New York USA.
image via Instagram @roy_miranda_
ANDREW GUENTHER recently posted this saying, that SIMON CERIGO, RIP . . . was quite well known for.
I see . . it still rings true.
it’s also exactly replicating Simon’s notorious handwriting.
now that’s a . . ghost army !!
eattheleaf: Art’s a dying, not a living.
#plate #artquotes #artistquotes @kennyschachter @artloversnewyork @katecerigo
image via Instagram @eattheleaf – plate by ANDREW GUENTHER
& also bringing on thoughts of . . PABLO !! (Picasso).
EAT THE LEAF, half man/half robot: stay HUMAN. PABLO PICASSO, anybody ?
which brings us back, full circle . . . to ANDREW GUENTHER !!!!!!
the Brooklyn-based painter, and new ‘era’ . . . jewelry craftsman/designer/creative – who goes by the name: EAT THE LEAF.
ANDREW greets us, Oct 2015.
we, me & Theo, my son . . . went to visit Andrew several times over the past year.
we started off looking for a special custom gold EAT THE LEAF ‘signet’ ring for Kate, for her birthday, and along the way – we fell (deep) in love with his design work. Theo bought a handful. literally, of pressed stencil ‘message’ rings for himself, he bought me a sweet pinkie ‘SMILE’ stencil ring in gold, & then, a month later – even a lovely, lovely, lovely . . . “ALREADY DEAD” gold pendant . . for Christmas 2015 !!
yeah, that good.
Andrew’s house in Greenpoint, where he lives with . . TIFFANY GRACE POLLOCK, and their two young children, Easter Lily & Ivo.
we actually had been to Andrew’s house, his studio is in the lower level basement, once or twice before, probably for a Greenpoint Open Studio weekend.
Andrew’s EAT THE LEAF sketches . . .
really, so fun !! to get so close to his thinking, and thoughts. designs – in the making.
EAT THE LEAF designs . . at the moment of birthing / processing.
NASA . . on a human scale.
Andrew shows us some sample rings.
over time, we got a couple of variations on those ‘message’ stencil rings, one in gold for me that says ‘SMILE’, something I need to know, or at least remember. and a handful – for Theo in various hardcore ‘guy’ metals !! bronze and copper, something like that.
and – we decided on the ‘signet’ ring, at the left – to be the base for Kate’s birthday ring, and asked Andrew, since he actually knows Kate – to come up with some special designs just for her.
that was back in October, OCT 2015.
it actually says ‘Smile’ too, like mine, except in script – interwoven into the almost free form face. very poetic. nice bond. and – it’s very Picasso-like, which I really like. it’s kind of a wake-up call. it’s very very interesting, style-wise. a sort of revival of someone who had ‘died’ re relevance & over-marketing / there, for awhile ?
it strikes me, as so curiously: very . . avant-garde.
it’s also interesting in terms of artists today being very multi-disciplinary, even craft-wise, right, right now. just like Pablo. the KANYE . . ‘life of Pablo’, even. including those who cook, make bread, or sew. take video. post social media. hand-dye. are into ancient indigo, flower arranging. raise animals, fly pigeons & honor bees. grow gardens. build boats & travel waterways. collect mid-century furniture. etc etc. huge wave of graphic design, both commercial & commercial/indie, indie book making, DIY publishing. zines. marbling. DIY script/fonts, street art. tea ceremonies. pottery. one-of-a-kind ceramics. endless. filmmakers. ‘creatives’ are a big force today, there’s no denying their role vis-a-vie – the digital world.
can we add (ttttrump) . . speech writers to the list ? & the growing respect for the laws/rights of intellectual property / & original thinking . . amidst all this freely accessed/published info (and photos) that surrounds us. thanks to our new century / human bio google robot component.
the human / computer .. the man bio / robot age is here, it’s just we’ve MERGED our brains first. augmented our brains – first.
we are wired into the web. we are . . HALF MAN / HALF MACHINE.
here’s my . . EAT THE LEAF pendant. it’s solid gold.
it says: ALREADY DEAD. think about it.
totally love the goth rose, and the bone-y skeleton hand. a hand holds a rose. nature. romance. aroma. even . . the thorn.
but the hand. the hand speaks to . . skills. hand skills, human skills, hands-on skills !!
sKILLs / kill. as in . . . ‘kill it’ – rule.
the power of the creative mind. the power of nature, the power of the leaf. growth & creativity.
hand sKills . . in my case: once also known as ‘fancy stitching’, embroidery / quilt repair / sewing, craft work, painting. writing. documenting, even photography is a form of handiwork. and so is archiving . .
and in Andrew’s case: jewelry making.
‘already dead’ is very different from . . the ‘walking dead’.
it’s not about being the ghost army, it’s about being – the army.
it’s about being ‘hard’, as in hard-nosed. persevering. focused.
I s/wear it all the time – it’s my day-to-day motto.
I got it – the moment I saw it.
in all ways. but especially, quite literally. if you see me, you see it.
EAT THE LEAF !!!!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
TRAIN ART aka MONIKER ART . . . a diamond in the RAW !!!!!!
also makes my mind – take off, esp the drawing side, . . of my mind.
moniker art by: Chukshun, 10/14 . . . ‘FEED YOUR GHOSTS’ – (!!)
posted on Instagram by REEFER SUTHERLAND aka @thesavageland
not only is this a great depiction of a clay pot, albeit one with earthy, magical ancient First American native roots – but, it says: “FEED YOUR GHOSTS” !!!
respect . . your ancient ones.
and. in that: it makes me think of that film I just saw – ‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’.
and, it makes me want to draw, again. too.