COSMIC JERKS vs the microbe.
so, um . .
I’m thinking the lowly, but tricky mosquito is just the ‘vehicule’ of choice for the ZIKA virus. could be, we . . are way behind the tiny microscopic things we can’t see. evolution-wise. maybe we are the Dinosaurs. and about to go extinct, too. well, in a century or so – with the way things are going. a century – is just a pin hole – re the millions and billions of years our earth has been around.
the virus – is the real animal / predator smart ass sitting on top of that mosquito and directing it – like it’s a one super tiny mini nano space craft. how better to take down mankind, than to manifest as small. we don’t care about small – we only are about . . big.
but here’s the deal. when small things ‘aggregate’ – and think as one community, a beehive, a ant colony – with one collective brain – than watch out: aggregation is bigger than big. maybe with social media & the web . . we ‘brain luggers’ are just catching up to a higher form of ‘wireless’ social – communication. telepathy ? intuit ? supreme connected-ness ? maybe they do communicate, maybe they do have languages. what do we know – we are just being able to . . see them. maybe viruses are the true life force, not just of our earth, but the universe. when our space ‘probes’ keep coming back with ‘there’s no life out there’, (yet) when our lowly planet is teeming, or was teeming . . with life. maybe they just mean . . as in our size.
so. the ‘aggregate – finger tip’ combo, that we call INFO – on the web says:
“VIRUSES are even smaller than bacteria and require living hosts – such as people, plants or animals – to multiply. Otherwise they can’t survive. When a virus enters your body, in invades some of your cells and takes over the cell MACHINERY, re-directing (!!) it to produce the virus.” OCT 24, 2014, Mayo clinic.
so talking bout unimaginably . . small, and the power of the small and the one voice, in the aggregate community . . especially if it’s a bold GRAPHIC design like this bug, or a razzy, catchy logo on a contemporary art sticker, lol. . .
the Wall Street Journal said yesterday in an article by ROBERT LEE HOTZ . . that two independent research teams identified 36,985 (!!) genes in the ‘pin-head’ sized bed bug. yikes. we are like dinosaurs. so big and so blind-sided by our natural range of vision.
further: “the common bedbug .. has infested humankind for so many that today it survives solely on human blood”. as for their adaption, mutation & evolutionary prowess / community skills: “Almost eradicated by DDT & other chemicals bedbugs after WWII, bedbugs today can withstand levels of pesticide a thousand times greater than the lethal dose of a few decades ago . . and the have rebounded world-wide”.
can we do that ? no.
and, in fact the level of pesticides (& antibiotics) we engage in the global pest war -is poisoning our environment & water – & most definite, if nor outright killing our babies, (and adults who get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time – when a careless ‘fumigation’ occurs usually in the 2nd world resorts we love so much, btw. google it) and most certainly mutating our babies & children.
in other words, these invisible no-head (?) warriors . . are turning our arsenal against ourselves. keeping the host alive but damaging the babies. go figure – predatory smarts – or what. in the art world, we call that kind of thinking: skills. creative skills.
further, “in the new genome studies, the researchers found more than just bedbug DNA . . (they also) found genetic traces of 400 different kinds of bacteria (on EACH single bedbug !!) . . that form a key part of the creature’s life-support system . . by providing nutrients missing from human blood.”
like I said, nano micro skills, or what ?!!
damn: it’s a little, tiny parallel BROOKLYN D.I.Y. world – out there, just one bedbug.
and, just one (out of 400 – of those bacteria, on each pin head-sized bedbug) . . “provides its bedbug host with a ‘cocktail’ of B vitamins essential for reproduction & development”. and let me tell ya, the other 399 ain’t siting around doing nothing either.
in a nutshell – pun intended, yes.
it takes 400 maintenance guys to keep one tiny bedbug up and running. we are basically talking . . a whole ‘village’ of trained workers on each bedbug.
and you want to know what infinity – means, lol.
tell me again, there’s NO other life out there . . so far.
we are such cosmic . . . JERKS.
so in other words, if genetic scientists were ARTISTS !! – this might be how they would describe ’400′ workers – on each bedbug.
get a grip, world. scale – is EVERYTHING.
and certainly not chauvinistic big heads with huge jerky brains . . 2 legs.
with limited nano micro eyesight.
leave it to an artist – to get it first !!
FILE UNDER: TINY = IMMENSE
SUBJECT: STICKER ART
& all of this – that’s been coming up on these pages:
NUDITY, BIO-NUDITY, BABIES, MOTHERS, (IN DEPRESSION), HUMAN SURVIVAL, FUTURE FORWARD / RATS EATING BABIES, CHILDHOOD gnarly scenarios, and now, sticker art & the scale of things, from the large ZROPRO birds chirping on street murals, to his tiny birds chirping on tiny stickers, and even including a brief run on . . the thirst for all things RETRO & DIY !!
is leading up to . . . the BIGGEST & BEST – ‘BLUE CHIP’ SHOW OF THE SEASON . . . can you guess ?
one hint: it’s in Chelsea.
posting – next !!
is a ‘sticker’ . . like a snowflake ?
each snowflake is so tiny & individual. each a perfect art work. they fall where they will. the sun is never more beautiful than on a snowy day – after the storm.
and yet they . . . cover ground in masses that stops whole cities, these fragile puffs – even kill people.
they are so mini . . nano small, breathes of cold air on their own, but perfectly express: infinite. aggregate. a huge huge concept – infinite.
so, is a ‘sticker’ . . . like a virus ?
and . . in how many ways ?
and in how many ways – NOT.
the micro . . ‘cannot-be-seen-by’ the naked eye – ZIKA VIRUS.
very small things – can be very distressing, our human babies are being threatened globally – in a very ‘sci-fi’ come-to-life . . scenario.
forget the ROBOTS WILL KILL of Blade Runner, tiny microbes will kill. or worse create a sub-human genre – they can feed off of.
4,000 and counting.
though I would be willing to bet – it just might be the insecticides they are spraying that is causing the DNA damage.
the super tiny enemy virus microbe using the tiny mosquitoes . . to bring us down ?
the mosquitoes in turn engage the human chemical repellent – response.
damn, they are using our own ARSENAL – against us.
brilliant. why do we – as a whole overlook the really really tiny ?
why do we assume that what is super tiny – has no power to think, organize, evolve, destroy, feed. as in build a food chain ?
just because we need to carry big brains around, why do we think that’s the only way – to world domination.
relative ‘scale’: big vs small . . is such an amazing thing to consider. it’s right up there with the concept of . . ‘infinity’. and . . aggregate.
from the tiny beetle that is destroying our forests, to the Zika virus deforming our babies . .
to the nuclear ‘particle’ of the CERN / Hadron Collider – Nobel scientists . . to the far flung reaches of the cosmos. and the search for . . microscopic life – coz no big, little green ‘fellows’ seem to be within our range, as of . . yet !!
and right back – to the digital screen upon whixh you gaze, and all the tiny pixels that make up your incoming photos.
no to forget all the varying size formats – that your different ‘devices’ can call up. and how easily we all adapt.
even these words aggregate, from keystroke, (what a pin drop used to be) – and flow outward – from a tiny pinpoint on a GPS map. in a house. in a room. with a desk. and a computer.
‘social media’ – is a good example of both:
1) the concept of infinity – the mass / the web of non-stop information and data, and . .
2) the tiny. the infinite millions of individual contributors tapping away on their keyboards & uploading their photos, thoughts and info – all over the globe. and even out in space.
our whole communication universe is so accessible democratic. and so huge.
and it all comes down to the – pixel. the point.
the keyboard stroke. the small finger tip going – tap tap tap.
and thus, scale.
scale in a digital word, is the new . . geometry.
SCALE, or the size of things . .
is really important to artists, and graphic designers, (and let’s keep things simple and NOT get into music.) the size of the things you draw or paint, the focus & the pattern & the volume of the details, the brush stroke, whether on an 8 x 10 inch paper or on a large 8 x 10 foot street mural scale is the first ‘stop’. the first thing that needs to be considered. a tiny plastic anime figure on my desk – or a giant KAWS sculpture in an outdoor park – SCALE is the absolute basic – that every artist has to consider, and work with. from fonts to 3D hatch work – from early cave men to contemporary large projected CGI.
in a word: scale is . . an infinite topic in & of . . itself.
artists get this. it’s just one of the tools in their tool box. it’s just a given. Quilters get this – even more. the infinite world of quilt patterns – that never once repeat. even within specific patterns. no two quilts are EVER the same. also: the tiny pieces that make up the patchwork patterns, the tiny stitches that hold those pieces together. the aggregate blanket itself. . no, Quilters do not dismiss the tiny, oh no.
one stitch gone wrong – can put the whole thing out of kilter. so much so that a mistake – is seen as the ‘hand of God.’ in that – it’s considered prideful to think a human can be perfect. a concept that is universal among all hand skilled-based communities from ancient times, around the globe. including knitters & weavers.
of course, there have always been stickers, as in retail ‘price’ stickers, ‘star’ for school achievement stickers, opaque labels to cover typos, etc etc. in the 50s they had a big culture of Christmas ‘stickers’ to place on your Xmas card envelopes.
back in the early 90s ‘stickers’ – had a big renaissance with books of photographic animal stickers – that you moved into the correct place in the accompanying text. and then, of course . . . ‘Hello Kitty’ hit hard.
Kate used to collect tiny, colorful & so sweet . . . books of KERROPI stickers !! back in the early 90s.
KEROPPI STICKER BOOK – COPYRIGHT 1995. Sanrio, produced in Hamburg, Germany.
all of 2-1/4 x 2 inches.
and so: sunny side up.
damn, no wonder the Millenniums turned out – they way they did.
lol, and NO. I’m not joking.
so, STICKER ART . . is in a big revival / renaissance right now.
it seems to make perfect sense, given the ‘fracturing’ of the whole society / global community we are entering into, big time.
the digital evolution.
as well, technically, computers with their DIY graphics platforms – and DIY home self-printing helps. incredibly, of course.
also the way we see things now, so ‘birds eye’, from the little circle ‘logos’ & icons of our profiles on Instagram . . to the way way we scroll through small ‘mini’ images – on our phones.
and the way we do things now, like this blog: you just put it out there.
it’s like street art – but the ‘walls’ – are the ‘web’.
brick and mortar walls vs digital walls ?
that’s also a matter of: scale.
like bite-sized ‘street art’ . . stickers, they come in very different sizes and . . voices.
but the key is: voices. and, yes . . it’s global.
sticker art – the ‘creative’ VIRUS !!
some are unique, one-of-a-kind hand drawn images, maybe repeated by hand, others are printed, and even die cut. some are stenciled. and so yes, calligraphy is a big thing now too, esp free style / hand style.
some are on ‘found’ labels, USPS – I hear are ideal. and free. others on new, specifically designed permanent sticky back product. eggshell stickers are stickers that can NOT be peeled off like run-of-the-mill . . decals.
they will just fragment and splinter / shatter into a million pieces – just like, well: an eggshell. so these are more designed for the street. so people can’t grab them. the best way to collect these is take a photo – and yes, there’s a whole mini sub-culture devoted to just that !!
finding and identifying them. esp on IG / Instagram. they travel further on the IG than then do on the street, anyways – and they fit that format perfectly. as witness this page of re-posting. personally I don’t mind seeing them on a utility pole in Brooklyn, but I hate the smart u guys s who slap them on bus shelters. it’s like silence – can be golden.
also: damn, did SHEPARD FAIREY initiate the calling, with his small square shaped OBEY GIANT paste slaps ?
whole, small DIY companies have grown up around this. I guess the question that is next – is when are the commercial ‘albums’ . . in which to collect them gonna . . spring up ?
you can order many different kind of stickers, some are even seasonal, i.e. red Chinese New Year stickers are hot right now . . .
it makes TOTAL SENSE. in a digital world and, ergo . . it’s a ground up . . phenom.
we live on & via . . social media. everyone can put their voice out there.
– everybody can print out, draw on . . scribble, type, stencil, voice their thoughts, and fears and dreams. on stickers. it’s not a huge commitment either. which perfectly suits the IG world.
it’s like a huge, collective . . ‘canary in the coal mine’.
anybody can make their mark on stickers, and disburse them. esp over the web. they make for excellent Instagram posts. but they are also tangible. people collect them and exchange . . they are not all destined for slapping on streets and mailboxes.
they are, in essence the tangible side of social media. little birds, little messages . . that fly & flitter, online – and, offline.
not many things can experience – both lives.
and they are tiny. individual units – like, well SNOWFLAKES.
and they rule.
an infinite universe.
I think it also – works into . . TATTOO CULTURE. putting messages on your skin. expressing individuality.
TRUDIE KAISER . . painting on a Boundless Brooklyn DIY water tower, from the recent Jan 2016 . . ‘TAT IT UP’ exhibit at GRUMPY BERT, in Brooklyn.
I think these kind of custom-izable – DIYSMALL cardboard kits . . are an incredibly creative – outgrowth of both street & sticker art.
plus it gets the art inside, and on platform where it can really be kept safe, appraised, experienced, and maybe help . . the artist make some coin.
plus it’s small and easy to keep, and collect.
like a sticker . . . anyone can make a kit – and paint it.
it’s a great ready-made ‘stake-out’ – for your ‘footprint’. just add your voice to the ongoing Babylon. and it’s so fun, and so . . . retro !!
it’s very democratic.
it’s your voice – damn it, speak !!
plus eventually with tattoos you run out of skin.
and re: street art – do we really want it stuck up all over the place, no. so from ‘stickers’ to kind of . . 3-D ‘stickers’, si all fine with me.
the key is: SMALL.
the key is: UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE & and infinite. and, c-a-t-c-h-y.
like a virus – just a more creative one.
did somebody say . . VIRUS ?
a deadly Virus . . . threatening human babies ???
TRUDIE KAISER, painting on a Boundless Brooklyn water tower kit, Jan 2015 – in ‘TAT IT UP’, GRUMPY BERT, BROOKLYN ($200)
COLLECTION: NANCY SMITH . . . oh yeah !!!
it was adapted from my ‘business card’ in the days when I was a young art student in MONTREAL, the late 70s. I was so counter-culture even back then, I was in an MFA program and it was all about color field painting and AGNES MARTIN !! – so you can just imagine !!
rebel, rebel INDIE !!
it was derived from an HENRI ROUSSEAU image, the early version / business card had a galloping horse. I’ve posted it on artlovers, a few times. just recently – on the 2016 New Year’s CRISIS – rant, lol.
I always thought the horse was a bit dorky – so I deleted it.
and then I stopped using it, even altered – because the ‘girl’ was too idealist, but there I go. nothing’s changed !!
so – yeah, I could have been a sticker artist !!
I guess artlovers is kind of a digital sticker – if you really think about it.
and, I do.
SATAN CERAMICS . . will be showing at ART LOS ANGELES, in the EVER GOLD PROJECTS booth, JAN 28-31, 2016 – i.e. this weekend !!
FACT: the word ‘PORCELAIN’ derives from the old Italian term for the cowrie shell – ‘porcellana’, due to “their similar translucent appearance.” – wikipedia.
EVER GOLD [PROJECTS] is proud to announce:
‘SATAN CERAMICS, Tenderloin Edition’ – opened SAT JAN 23, 2016
the show runs thru MARCH 26, 2016
Ever Gold [Projects] – 441 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA
SATAN CERAMICS is: MARY FREY, PAT McCARTHY, JJ PEET, and TOM SACHS
more info: SATAN CERAMICS at EVER GOLD
TOM SACHS, ‘Breakfast’, 2016. Wood, steel, stoneware, porcelain, toaster, tv, pirated DVDs, water boiler, coffee, sugar, maple syrup, whiskey, stereo amplifier, speakers, surveillance cameras, loudspeaker, epoxy resin and fiberglass. 70 x 42 x 30 in.
SATAN CERAMICS PHOTOS: COURTESY EVER GOLD [PROJECTS] via PAT McCARTHY
UP ON . . THE ROOF. 5 STORIES HIGH.
BABYLON – in WINTER !!
PHOTO courtesy: PAT McCARTHY
lol, PAT McCARTHY just sent me this photo of his pigeon coops, (he has 2, one for the breeders and one for the young teens) collectively called ‘BABYLON COOPS’, up on his Brooklyn roof-top. he has a friend watching over them, while he is out west – and he said yes, they survived the last week’s wintery blast.
and, yes – I have been up on that roof – but in the fall, no snow. and it was dizzying-ly dis-orienting around the edges, but super amazing. he waves a big black flag to get the pigeons to fly out into the vast Brooklyn sky. he throws real reindeer pelts over the coops to protect them from the harsh winter weather. he bought them off eBay, straight from Norway, or some place life that. I was too entranced by the pigeons, and the homemade gear he devised for them – to remember all the facts.
you can see the reindeer pelts piled onto the coop on the left in the photo. that’s technically the ‘Babylon’ coop for the breeders. the coop to the right, is for the young jerks, lol. it’s called ‘JOEYS COOP’.
ANTONE KONST . . also did the cover art for the newest WAND LP & CD – ’1000 DAYS’.
– in a word: fab. and primitive & full of meaning.
symbolism gone animal-istic, 2015 style.
that is . . with just a tinge of DIY.
’1000 DAYS’ . . . is WAND’S 3rd LP – released Sept 25 2015 on ‘Drag City’.
this is what . . the back looks like, in a lil’ ole Jersey City Heights house.
yep, it’s signed.
best XMAS gift ever – somebody had to run around pretty hard, I heard to chase down the man – to get it signed, he’s a busy guy !!
and fer sure, you DO NOT want to unwrap it !!
cellophane . . . .
this is the back – I love how it’s black & white, esp as the LP cover is a gorgeous acid, stone wash-y, expressionistic, big on the brushwork . . yellow !!
kind of a ‘ruby’ yellow, if you know what I mean ?
I love black & white in general these days – it’s really up to speed.
also . . the gnarly ‘fable’ dudes – too much !!
sorry, can’t say where.
something to do with SEAN VEGEZZI, and ‘CRISIS’ . . . and if you know Sean Vegezzi, then we can just leave it . . at that !!
all red & black this place – was. and scary. the future zone. void & scary.
a few handmade artifacts. the quiet eeriness of the aftermath. in a deserted building.
except, for the mechanical grinding of the still running escalators !!
not quite music to my ears, but the only . . . damn sound.
if T-shirts . . could talk.
ah, the future . . . forward.
just go listen to the music . . wave that – WAND.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
Brooklyn-based artists, NICHOLAS STEINDORF & ANTONE KONST, both Yale MFA 2014 graduates – have been invited to participate in a big, fast forward / online exhibition space – that is taking shape in Paris.
one of the main organizers of this far flung & global endeavor of the imagination is . . . JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET.
you can find him on . . FACEBOOK.
the VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER is an online contemporary art ‘museum’ that will exist solely in your dreams, not.
but . . close !!
it’s exhibition space that is solely . . DIGITAL !!
great graphic design, or what !!
their kickstarter campaign successfully raised their goal of 2,861 Euros.
the page is in French, bien sur – but if you open the page in google Chrome – it should auto translate for you.
see: their kickstarter page
this future-tense, forward looking, & most definite cutting edge . . VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER – arises out of Paris and all the exhibition space is . . . digital.
the digital space is organized around a video ‘game’ format . . wherein the ‘users’ / translate ‘exhibition goers’ (lol) will “walk-through’ the exhibition using their keyboard ‘arrow’ keys & ‘mouse’.
needless to say – the ‘lay-out’ and graphics – are to be noted !!
tres chic and, well . . . . d-r-e-a-m-y !!
though the spirit is global – and ultimately: hopeful, it seems to have an apocalyptic edge – I wonder why, duh.
it’s also interesting, form both a digitial & symbolic point of view, as well as a matter of graphic industrial design – that this virtual ‘display’ case – has walls of . . concrete.
here’s a peek . . into the entrance of the main exhibition ‘hall’ !!
this is an image from the: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER – HALL DES SCULPTEURS
interesting, right ?!!
I like the manipulation of ‘space’, the minimalism, the construction / desconstruction graphics.
very futuristic, full of infinite potential & ‘concept’ – yet it also seems very ancient Greek.
see more: Virtual Dream Center – Hall Des Sculpteurs
The first set of shows are launching in JAN 2016 – with 3 shows:
1. a large group exhibit curated by ANTONE KONST that takes the form of a ‘sculptural garden’ with digital work by . . JON MERRIT, AUSTIN LEE, MAAYAN STRAUSS . . and including NICHOLAS STEINDORF & ANTONE KONST, and a “ton more super talented people.”
2. a solo show by JONATHAN MEEESE.
3. a solo show by NICHOLAS STEINDORF, showing his ‘ZACH – VERSION 1′.
here’s some images from . .
NICHOLAS STEINDORF’S . . . ‘ZACH – VERSION 1′ – Virtual Dream Center installation:
ps: I told you, nudity – is creeping back, though not in the sexualized, glammed-up, or even twisted-out, 70s, 80s, or 90s way.
but more . . back to bare bones, humanity & survival. bio wonder. life.
he shows lots of vintage signage !!
very interesting dude, & NYC-based !!
see: DAVID TRISTMAN, artist, designer, coder, teacher / about !!
see: his work – tristman.com
DELIVERS – is – my middle name !!
when it’s not . . . ‘trouble’ !!
‘No Regrets’ – by DAVID TRISTMAN
limited edition of 10 giclee prints, 8 x 10 in, signed & numbered on acid free paper.
$20 in USA / $30 outside – available on his website
see: David Tristman – ‘No Regrets’
image by @zeroproductivity / zropro
for the @centrefugepublicartproject
REPOST from @scene_in_nyc
UP-DATE: SUN JAN 24, 2016 7:53AM
the event has to be cancelled today – due to the severity of the snowstorm.
too sad, but see y’all – next month.
BROOKLYN: READY or NOT!!
CASEY McVICKER & DAYNA MOORE PRESENT:
MAGASIN . . . a monthly pop-up – in the Band Room
BAR MATCHLESS – 557 Manhattan Ave – Brooklyn
this SUNDAY, JAN 24, 2016 / 2-9 PM
if the snow don’t – snow too much . . . AS OF NOW – ITS ON !!
a TAG SALE – in a BAR !!
CASEY + DAYNA will be there, selling vintage + not so vintage clothing.
KANA TOGASHI / SAFFRON BK will be there, selling fresh flowers.
ANDREW GUENTHER of EAT THE LEAF, will be there selling his one-of-a-kind artist made rings, and things.
NANCY SMITH of ARTLOVERSNEWYORK, will be there selling her one-of-a-kind, skilled but way off the usual chart . . I’m bringing a few hand-knit hats & 2 very, very long scarves.
as well, some super vintage bar ware, and other chic collectibles, under the JERSEY PICKERS banner, along with my super fab ‘Jersey picking’ – partner in crime – . . ERIN JENSEN.
ANDREW GUENTHER will be sitting at our table.
CASEY McVICKER . . is also one of KATE’S long time school pals.
just in case – you didn’t make a mental note . . that this is . . a TAG SALE – in a bar !!
Casey just posted this fab, fab bad girls, mid-century modern collage – on the magasin_popup Instagram page.
I heard BAR MATCHLESS has killer BLOODY MARY’S – so you know just where to ride this winter storm out.
SEE YOU SUNDAY.
RED ROVER, red rover, let the bad girls . . come over !!
so, here we go . . .
from KANA’S FLOWER SHOP . . . to PORN !!
in 5 seconds !!
with a quick stop in Buenos Aires, and landing finally in pop star – Japan.
you know, connect the dots – artlovers style !!
hold on to – your seats !!
you just never know what’s going to happen when you walk into a flower shop !!
walk on the wild side, Brooklyn !!
I mean, we were just talking about porn.
and the current, mostly ‘void of’ — state . . in the contemporary art scene. except for:
LISA YUSKAVAGE & her fantasy nudity.
LANDON MORGAN & his water tower tattoo bondage.
SAFFRON FLOWER & DESIGN SPACE
31 HANSON PLACE, BROOKLYN, NY – FORT GREENE
so my friend, KANA TOGASHI . . runs a very cool & very special flower / design shop in Brooklyn.
she also shows art work sometimes, and hopes to show more.
she’s an artist herself, and long story short . . I’ve known her, seriously: as in deeply understood . . . ever since she meet my Kate at LaGuardia High School, back in the late 90s – 2000 years.
Millennials !! kids grow up fast – in New York City.
they are so . . put together, so smart.
so Indie fierce, yet so able to function, & excel from within the system.
the first real digital generation – I wonder if that, has something to do with it ?
KANA, and her husband TETSUJI sell the most gorgeous, unusual and fresh flowers. you can custom order, big and little events. they deliver, as well as input on design. they did the remarkable flowers for our show, ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ last June.
they are the go-to flower artisans – for many private events, such as weddings y’all – and special events in public places, esp in Brooklyn.
name one, one word: FRANNY’S . . !!
they also design gardens, big and small, indoor & outdoor – corporate & private.
and . . maintain them.
check out: SAFFRON-BROOKLYN
they are also the go-to florist for many local artists – who actually use flowers in their work, or want to stage photo ops with the freshness of well, come on guys – stay with me, the velvet-y power of . . bloomin’ hyper realist flower . . ‘porn’.
name one: KAREN AZOULAY, who presented the well received . . ‘The Perennial Sunday’ at THE GRECIAN SHELTER, Prospect Park, Brooklyn last August 2, 2015, using flowers custom-provided by SAFFRON.
Karen also used Saffron flowers for her beautiful catalog, ‘Flowers and Their Meanings – A Guide for deciphering’.
see: KAREN AZOULAY project – on the SAFFRON WEBSITE
I love it so, because it reminds me of MUURZ’s work, her ‘bunny’ sticker.
translate: cutting edge. not just cuddly.
and the street artist GOATBUNNY, from Montreal – too. animals – rule the streets these days. whether in stickers, or in logos. lots of critters, mostly warm & fuzzy – as opposed to predatory / jungle. and esp canaries, and little chickies and, yellow ducks. hello . . Abe Lincoln, JR.
a lot of them are riffs off traditional Japanese woodblock print art, the flatness, the line work – meets Snoopy by way of Looney Tunes, if . . you know what I mean.
it’s also super funny, and great. how some of the really far-out and yet unrecognized artists of my generation – are finally getting some time in the limelight, thanks to people like Kana.
skills. and imagination.
way ahead of the pack. and I’m not just talking about Outsider Art. Mihoko, and I – could have been sticker artists – if born in a future tense.
I coulda been a sticker artist – put that on my tombstone.
ps: MIHOKO means RICE FLOWER, and KANA means . . vegetable flower, so. so sweet. and so . . apt.
so, the store was closing, and we still had a lot to talk about – so we moved over to Kana’s place in Bushwick.
that’s ADRIANA MINOLITI. Kana calls her Adri, she’s just arrived for a 2 week visit from Argentina, and she’s an artist . . whom Kana has known for quite some time. I got the feeling right away, even though she was so low key, that there was a bigger picture just around the corner, the tip of the iceberg, as they say.
and, long story short: yes.
and OMG – there it was: ABSTRACT PORN . . . . on her website.
I can’t explain, it’s just a full-on CGI animation.
you have to just watch it – for yourself !!!!!
if you missed that link: ADRIANA MINOLITI – ABSTRACT PORN VIDEO CLIP – ON HER HOMEPAGE
I mean, here I was, I had just walked into a flower shop & I was hot on the trail, unknown to me . . of what I had just written about – the day before: NUDITY, and . . BONDAGE.
I mean how often do things line up like that.
bench by ADRIANA MINOLITI – photo via artist
this piece wasn’t typical of her work, one reason it grabbed my attention, but, besides the beautiful forms, gorgeous light, and function – it dialoged with me and the recent work . . NYC-based PETER SUTHERLAND . . had exhibited in London. those concrete minimalist benches with the far-out desert landscape photo screens.
and then this project from her 2015 show: ‘PLAYPEN’, 2015 – curated by CARLOS HERRERA.. at the CENTRO CULTURAL RECOLETA in Beunos Aires – jumped at me. so, retro.
image also from her website.
retro porn collage – by ADRIANA MINOLITI.
wow, suddenly I was confronted by more naked art in 2 days, than I had seen in years.
at one point it was all over: Soho, Chelsea, uptown.
from JEFF KOONS to THOMAS RUFF . . to JOHN CURRIN.
that got us starting to talk about the bondage art that’s all over the IG, esp the riffs . . on traditional Japanese bondage art.
Lordy, if KANA doesn’t pull out . . the LINDA YAMAMOTO – BOOK !!
apparently, besides the traditional ‘art’ forms – it’s quite the norm for young Japanese music pop stars to put out what amounts to glamorized selfie – nudie . . books.
often quite racy, well it’s naked photos, duh . . including a little ‘bondage’.
in a word: dig that plastic – covered body.
‘LOVE HOTEL’ – by MARIKO MORI does come to mind.
her expression – is priceless.
someone else can write . . the Masters thesis.
well. it’s not so far fetched. one word: KARDASHIANS.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
Adriana Minoliti is currently represented by the AUGUSTINO FERRERIYA GALLERY – in Puerto Rico, and that’s where she’s heading to, after New York.
Adriana is also a part of a (famous) woman’s art collective based in South America: PINTORAS.
yep, check them out: Pintoras on the web,
and . . PintorAs on FB
SAFFRON FLOWERS & SPACE DESIGN . . will selling FLOWERS at MAGASIN POP-UP . . a monthly event organized by CASEY McVIKER, at BAR MATCHLESS in Brooklyn – 557 Manhattan Ave, just off McCaren Park . . in the band room.
a yard sale & DIY / artisan showplace . . in a bar – love it !!
it’s this Sunday Jan 24, 2016 / from 12 noon until 9 pm.
that is, if it don’t get . . snowed under.
it will happen monthly, anyway. so let it snow, or let it . . not.
see: BAR MATCHLESS
not, not. KNOT.
art is a big big knot, right now. fine art. porn art. photography. calligraphy. design. social media. DIY. CGI. stickers. water towers. street art. traditional art. global art. flower art. digital art . . to egg shell stickers. canvas to kits. ephemeral to carved in stone, burned into buildings, and flicking on your screens all night long.
and in the heart of that knot – ?
all roads lead to . . Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is the new Black.
Brooklyn is the new . . SILK Road.
GRAND OPENING of BKLYN HOUSE GALLERY
SAT JAN 16, 2016 / 6 – 9 PM
9 BEAVER ST, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.
POWERED BY I.M.A.G.E
CO-CURATED BY SAVIOR ELMUNDO – @saviorelmundo
take the J train to FLUSHING.
it’s Bushwick, but right ‘on the border’, as they say lol . .
of what’s now called . . East Williamsburg.
SUPER HYPE – HITS BROOKLYN ART SCENE !! BIG TIME !!
IT’S . . A BIG SCENE – HEAD-ON COLLISION, or what !!
esp if you factor in the D.I.Y. & STICKER contingent.
Hipsters, locals, Yale grads & street artists – all pumping up the scene / Indie style !!
BROOKLYN is . . e-x-p-l-o-d-i-n-g.
also at CAM !!!
‘LISA YUSKAVAGE: THE BROOD’
JAN 15 – APRIL 2, 2016
CAM / CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST.LOUIS
one of my very fave artists, right at the top.
among her gender, if we have to break it down . . . and, time it: right up there with KARA WALKER.
I consider CINDY SHERMAN, the generation – preceding.
LISA YUSKAVAGE . . was born in Philadelphia in 1962, and is NYC-based.
from the CAM mission statement:
this show . . “is not so much a comprehensive survey as it is a thorough account of YUSKAVAGE’S development & identity as an artist.”
‘LISA YUSKAVAGE: THE BROOD’ . . is curated by CHRISTOPHER BEDFORD, Henry & Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University & organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by JEFFREY USLIP, chief curator.
read more & see more images: ‘LISA YUSKAVAGE: THE BROOD’ – CAM
LISA YUSKAVAGE, ‘TRIPTYCH’, 2010-2011, oil on linen, 77-1/4 x 210-3/8 x 1-1/2 in. / each: 70-1/2 x 77-1/4 in.
Collection: LIZ & ERIC LEFKOFSKY
IMAGE: screen grab off … CAM
LISA YUSKAVAGE, ‘Brood’, 2005-06, oil on linen, 79-3/4 x 70 in.
Collection: JEFFREY A. ALTMAN
IMAGE: is slightly cropped & via screen grab off … CAM
card for: ‘LISA YUSKAVAGE’, September 27 through November 5, 2011 / David Zwirner, 519 West 19th Street, NYC.
the image is: ‘Triptych’, 2011 (detail), oil on linen, Triptych, Each: 70-1/8 x 77-1/4 inches
the card itself is hard stock and measures 8 x 8-1/4 in.
this is the original . . invite card for Lisa’s 2011 show at DAVID ZWIRNER.
as you can see, it still sits on my desk, and that includes one major move !!
besides the fact that it looks like it was slightly ‘photo-shopped’, between the legs, lol in the CAM pr !!
this image represents so much that I love, including how brave it is !!
plus: folk art & history, composition. landscape imbued with artistic power, color theory. graphics. narrative etc etc. and obviously it’s still ringing, and THRILLING – with .. that key moniker: RELEVANCE.
and, her sister . . DYNAMICS.
but, it has an even more personal significance, or if you will . . . code (!!) – for me.
sis-tah !! keep them eyeballs . . open !!
and, free your soul !!
I didn’t get Lisa’s work for a long long time.
I thought it was way too kitschy, and cutie pie. wrong.
when I walked into this show in the Fall of 2011 – I was dumbstruck. it was like a big samurai sword crashed through my whole body, starting at the top of my head, and split me – in half.
I think they call that a eureka moment.
the bigger the mistake, the harder the fall ?
so, it reminds me of 2 things:
1. in art, NOTHING. nothing – is written in stone.
2. and keep your eyes – open. push past your ‘zones’.
I also find the show relevant – on a few more levels, at this very EXACT point in time – on the underground art scene.
I’m talking about the resurgence of strong, figurative, in-your-face young female artists, on the current, and very popping !! street scene.
name two: murrz & goatbunny !!
with their outrageous femme/wicked kitty/food stickers. very femme, but totally . . KILLAH.
keep those peepers – open !!
at the same time, it’s also interesting to consider how nudity – in general has vanished from the contemporary art scene.
ok, maybe young Harlem scene queen JORDAN CASTELL references nudity, but it’s not exactly the ‘playboy’ pop-up kind. and its: male. (mostly).
and psychological in nature.
in the street art mural / translate graffiti scene . . nudity is a big no no, I guess because that would be, and rightfully so !! – crossing the line – re what the public would tolerate.
but on the smaller. more intimate art scene, such as the world of tattoos, obviously – nudity reigns as ever. and it has many super chic faces too. as well as classic.
but watch out – it’s creeping in closer, to the art world in general – again.
I’m thinking about the sweet spot – where tattoo artists and street artists collide, as in the recent ‘TAT IT UP’ curated by MURRZ & ZROPRO at GRUMPY BERT, in Brooklyn.
specially: the water tower of . . tattoo artist LANDON MORGAN !!
and within that genre – there is also a strange, but very apparent, and very BIG esp on IG – resurgence of a very, very classic Japanese art form: bondage !!
who would – guess ?!!
lol. THE BROOD – THE BREEDERS vs THE BONDAGE MASTERS !!
LISA YUSKAVAGE to LANDON MORGAN . . in a flipped-out, in-your-face – nutshell battle of the ‘naked’ !!
THAT BEING – SAID !!
I HOPE THE CAM show on LISA Y . . includes some of her newer paintigs , which includes some very far-out images, esp of ‘wizard / guys’ – that were featured in her most recent show at David Zwirner, that ran APRIL 23 – June 13, 2015.
check it out here: LISA YUSKAVAGE – DAVID ZWIRNER
in terms of the current street scene & yes, . . . even – bondage !!
these airy, fairy paintings of Yuskavage become even more relevant, and are super interesting, and more easily understood for their vivaciousness, and in fact, their TOTALITY: of content, narrative, context. yes: vision !! and painterly / formal issues — within a contrasting dialog, and a new scene of ‘illustrative’ . . pop art dreamers, painters & . . stickers !!
Go forth young collectors, and . . pick your magic !!
it’s out there, big time.
LISA YUSKAVAGE, ‘HIPPIES’, 2013. oil on linen, 82-1/4 x 66-1/2 in.
PHOTO: via DAVID ZWIRNER
‘PETER SUTHERLAND: FORESTS & FIRES’
JAN 15 – APRIL 3, 2016
CAM / CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST LOUIS
This is Michigan-born (1976), NYC-based . . . PETER SUTHERLAND’S – FIRST SOLO MUSEUM SHOW !!
3 cheers for – Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Chief Curator . . . JEFFREY USLIP !!
read more & see more: Peter Sutherland: Forests & Fires / CAM
IMAGE: PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘ROCK’ via CAM
PETER SUTHERLAND, NOV 21, 2008
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, NYC
this photo was taken at the opening of an early solo show at ATM GALLERY, NYC, called . . . ‘BLAME IT ON THE DOG’.
the show ran Nov 21, 2008 – Jan 10, 2009.
that is one of Peter’s ‘heavy-duty’, shaggy . . . custom ‘carpets’, behind him.
this is one of PETER SUTHERLAND’S photos from that 2008 ATM / NYC show, ‘BLAME IT ON THE DOG’.
it’s a SELFIE !!, lol – before the word existed !!
that’s Andrew Sutherland, Peter’s bro & a great, super inventive/creative artist, himself !! – and PETER.
one of my . . faves.
COLLECTION: NANCY SMITH, oh yeah !!!!!!!
PHOTO – FROM THE EXHIBIT: NANCY SMITH
TAT IT UP – GRUMPY BERT !!
BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN & GRUMPY BERT PRESENT:
‘TAT IT UP’ – CURATED BY MURRZ & ZPRPRO
the show opened FRI JAN 8, 2016
and runs thru . . SUN JAN 31, 2016
GRUMPY BERT – 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN, NY
BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN’S FIRST SHOW IN BROOKLYN !!
AN ART SHOW WHERE BOTH TATTOO & STREET ARTISTS CREATE THEIR INTERPRETATION of TATTOO ART ON BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN KITS & CANVAS.
more info: TAT IT UP – GRUMPY BERT
PIX FROM THE AMAZING, DYNAMIC & SUPER FRESH . . OPENING:
close up on some . . GOATBUNNY STICKERS.
it’s all about fluidity, commercial riffing, a bit of cartoon & illustration / bubble work, a touch of personal commentary & . . . lots of breakfast !!
‘brrrrr’ . . . GOATBUNNY hails from MONTREAL !!
ps: you’ll notice I’m not saying . . anything – about the prices !!
but damn, you could buy up the whole show – for what one entry-level piece of art in Brooklyn usually goes for !!
these are one-of-a-kind, hand painted pieces. think about it.
no-brainer. the hard part – would be choosing !!
ADRIAN K, illustrator, animator, artist, street artist / @adriankart . . . water tower
PHOTO via GRUMPY BERT / sorry !! it’s the only one I missed.
BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN . . . WATER TOWER MODEL KIT.
an almost fully assembled, un-painted Boundless Brooklyn water tower.
the D.I.Y. – is that YOU paint it yourself !!
made from cardboard – and a good enough reason, or WAY better than most – !!
to cut down a tree.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH – unless otherwise noted.
MURRZ . . is one of the co-curators, along with ZROPRO / @ZEROPRODUCTIVITY . . .
of the big BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN & GRUMPY BERT . . ‘TAT IT UP’ show, opening to-nite – JAN 8, 2016 / 7-9 – at GRUMPY BERT – 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN, NY.
& LOOKS LIKE, it’s going to be . . . HUGE !!
see: ‘TAT IT UP’ – GRUMPY BERT !!
MURRZ STICKER, 2015
I met her, just wandering around the opening, at the big ‘COLOSSAL’ – NYC local street scene / art group show, last November 2015 . . at VOLA VIDA on Grand St. on the Lower East Side. NYC.
what struck me first were – the small file of hand-drawn decal/slap/stickers she was showing a friend. The stickers were in slightly different sizes, with different colors, and inserted into what looked like her sketchbook. it had a hard cover, so I guess that was the best way to keep them clean, and flat & safe.
and still be able to show them. they all seemed to be unique images, hand-drawn originals, lol slapped down with sharpies – not repros – which intrigued me.
the whole moment – intrigued me !!
but esp – this image !!
so strange, so hardcore. so mad max meets girly. but moves . . on !!
that’s the important part – the work moves, and moves . . . on. if you know what I mean.
it just gets past the initial idea, and takes flight – is the best way I can put it.
the quality of the black line drawing – was so fluid. the over-all concept – so ruff.
and, mysterious. the narrative was mysterious – but in that way, that doesn’t need . . answers !!
and, the background.
the background – just took off, visually.
the scribble scrabble, the free-ness, the yellow ‘mess’ of the void vs. the bold fluid, & strongly directed subject lines – it all bounced.
this sticker, went from street art – to just ART, for me, me almost instantaneously.
very futuristic child / make the best of urban ‘crisis’- and come up: survival.
this one prob would have taken me a little longer to get into, if I hadn’t seen the above one – first.
what started to clue me in – was realizing it was a . . two-part-er !!
actually two . . partners-in-crime.
the ‘sister’ images – split apart into separate stickers at the center line – the ‘mouth’, lol.
it worked so well, both ways. great ‘design’ puzzle element.
great bold lines in totality. same rapid fluidity.
great future vision, re: the joined-at-the mouth, maybe ‘mutated’ kitty – and then, that . .. ‘Mad Max’ crossed-out eyeball. lordy !!
and then, that . . the worried look, on the other not so .. matching kitty. the sweet, but maybe wounded, vulnerable expression of that OTHER pair of eyeballs. so much story-telling go-ing on !!
talk about talk about: check out that non-working eye, and then circle round !!
kind of like, one of those classic vintage Americana black nanny dolls, where one side is the white woman doll, and lift up her skirt – and there is the black woman doll – !!
and oh, the stories they can tell.
and, yeah. I of course, I also liked that small bit of pink & yellow & blue . . scribble scrabble.
you know, how I like details, that you know – fall off . . . !!
into the . . . VOID !!
free fall, free form, down the rabbit hole.
mini . . abstract expressionism. the unknown. the wide open. spaces.
narrative & lyric forces – the drive to have answers. move over !!
bio-human at work. and, gestural is where it’s – at.
PHOTOS & SCAN: NANCY SMITH
BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN & GRUMPY BERT PRESENT:
‘TAT IT UP’
CURATED BY MURRZ & ZROPRO / @_MURRZ & @ZEROPRODUCTIVITY
OPENING FRI JAN 8, 2016 / 7-9 PM
the show runs thru . . . SUN JAN 31, 2016
GRUMPY BERT, 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN, NY
BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN’S . . . first show in BROOKLYN – !! !! !!
“An art show where both tattoo and street artists create their interpretation of tattoo art on BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN kits and canvas.”
DANIELLE DE JESUS
if you go to:
TAT IT UP – GRUMPY BERT
they have a LINK to the work/website of each artist !!
‘THE END PAPERS – EXPERIMENTS ON PAPER BY STO LEN’
opens Fri Jan 8, 2016 / 7-10PM
the show runs JAN 8 – FEB 7, 2016
WAYFARERS GALLERY, 1109 DEKALB AVE, BROOKLYN.
for more background info on STO & his monoprints: STO at WAYFARERS
STO at the new CINDERS HAUSCLUB, a gallery and work/studio space in Brooklyn.
STO is the co-founder, along with KELIE BOWMAN, of CINDERS.
behind him, works by JEREMY BRADLEY EARL.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, APRIL 2015.
WAYFARERS GALLERY – Photo from their online archive.
yes: check it out . . WAYFARERS ONLINE PHOTO ARCHIVE !!!!!!
it’s where you will also find this photo of STO – in action, as Dub no Dub, an experimental new music – one man noise band.
Photo: WAYFARERS GALLERY ARCHIVE
last weekend to catch . . .
REZOLUTION – by REZ SHAOLIN
DEC 11, 2015 – JAN 2, 2016
IMAGE GALLERY , 1501 BROADWAY, BROOKLYN, NYC
HRS: TUES – SAT / 12pm – 6pm
“From an early age I’ve been fascinated by TYPOGRAPHY & VINTAGE DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION . . . ”
to keep reading & more info: on the show
STICKER: ‘UNDERGROUND TILL WE UNDERGROUND’
STICKER BY: CHRIS RWK/ROBOTS WILL KILL & JOS-L, NYC.
just because, I like how it looks, esp as a ‘cap’ – !!!!
nice colors, too.
and, good line drawing. fun. sweet but also: UNKNOWN & FRAGILE !!
and, MESSY. as in, real life . . calling !!
pick up that – phone !!
I wonder if he ‘stole’ the last name from Keane – the Big Eyes, retro artist ?
~HAPPY NEW YEAR . . let’s just call it a ‘crisis’, and leave it at that – FEAT: SEAN VEGEZZI & NICHOLAS STEINDORF
1. Make Art – not War
2.YOU ARE – the TARGET, PRESENT TENSE.
3.THE INCREDIBLE, & FULLY UNKNOWN DIGITAL FUTURE BECKONS, if we can bio-survive . . .
FUTURE UNKNOWN, TRANSFORMATIVE, AVATAR-BASED, BIO-COMPUTER, REALITY-BLOWING, REALITY-MERGING, LIGHT FORCE & CODE: GREEN . . .
WHAT’S GOING ON, . . or what ?!!!
HEED, THE SPEAKER. FOLLOW UNKNOWN REALITY – THRU THE ANIMATION.
I just read, in the WALL STREET JOURNAL- SCIENCE PAGE . . that EVOLUTION IS . . really, THE EVOLUTION of ‘CHILDHOOD’. believe it.
into the looking glass, what’s up with last century, (really 19th C – published 1865 !!) ALICE & beginning this century ZACH ???
‘crisis’ child assassin/killer kid sick reality clips vs CGI child science geeks.
vs Video games ??? and, you think we yarn knitters deal in . . knots, ha.
omg, intensity. and the human urge – to kill. control. contain.
ZACH – code for: anti-violence ?
& whatever happened to . . release, let fly. set free. believe. & wonder.
beauty. life & creativity.
the DIMENSION of TIME – IS . . KEY
TO REALITY, FICTION & . . . SPACE TRAVEL ?
4th DIMENSIONS ?
is TIME . . the MISSING & perhaps even GHOSTLY, SPATIAL LINK ?
DIY CLOCK. 2008 – BY ANDREW GUENTHER
ACRYLIC PAINT on stretched canvas, AA battery operated clockwork on the back.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, against a retro metalwork garden/patio bench – spray painted white. Jersey City Heights, NEW JERSEY. 2008.
5. TIME. FUTURE TIME. TIME TRAVEL. DIGITAL TRAVEL. PLANETARY TRAVEL.
the unknown ‘spatial’ dimensions of TIME.
are, I’m thinking – the next big EINSTEIN type moment to unfold. time as origami ?
wait and see.
in the meantime, my 4th dimension GHOST ARMY hovers about.
6. TIME: THE PAST
7. WE ALL NEED TO GET MORE . . SPIRITUAL, as well as smart. AMERICANA . . . at its best !!
GO . . INDIE !!!
GO . . . INDIE ARTIST / WITH A MAINSTREAM, LOL STATUS of: UNKNOWN !!!!
OFF THE CHARTS !! literally & only way to go !!
LORDY, THANK YOU. FOR YOUR INSIGHT, STRUGGLE, VOICE & ASPIRATIONS.
ORACLE ? OCCULUS ? NAVIGATOR ? STORY TELLER ?
PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE ?
REFLECTOR, DIVIDER. DIVISION, MULTI-FACETED. 3-D, LUMINOUS. METALLIC. ALSO, INWARD GAZING. INFINITE. ANIMATED. NON-STATIC.
MAGICAL, DIVINE ? FORCE-FIELD ? ALL SEEING, just DIY ?
IMAGINATION, FABRICATION. SPIRITUAL ?
a little bio/geo diversity (see title) doesn’t hurt either.
one thing’s for sure: 100% INDIE !! GO, JAY !! (rhymes with ‘REY’, lol you know: Star Wars).
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
‘POETIC DYNAMICS’ – SCULPTURES BY JAY HENDERSON
CURATED BY: ADAM TYSON & LILI CHIN
OCT 30 – DEC 5, 2015
ATP GALLERY, STOREFRONT/NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH of GREENWICH VILLAGE, 269 BLEECKER ST, NYC. NY