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.
HERE In THE YEAR 2038 – A WOMAN WILL WALK A DOG, WHICH hAD BEEN CLONED 4 TIMES
unaccredited street art from Montreal – posted on Instgram by @streetart.vs.fineart
ahhh, the (anglophone) Homeland.
now I know from whence I sprang – the melted snow waters up north – have been laced . . with – future vision ?
image via Instagram @nastyneckface1
damn, what a brutal week.
DANIELLE DEJESUS – SOLO SHOW
opening FRI JULY 15, 2016 / 7-9 PM
the show runs thru AUGUST 14, 2016
GRUMPY BERT – 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN
2 images via Instagram @danielledejesus1
BLONDE ART BOOKS presents:
BABZ / Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair 2016
SAT & SUN – JULY 16 & 17, 2016 / 1-7 PM
hosted by SIGNAL
260 Johnson Ave, BROOKLYN
image via Instagram @stoishere
tomorrow, THURS JULY 13, 2016 . .
is the last day you can catch ‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ at the Anthology Film Archives, here in NYC. the film then travels to Los Angeles, and eventually it will land on Netflix, where I’m sure it will become a huge sleeper hit.
People will be watching it, every Thanksgiving.
‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ – A FILM BY ZACHARY TREITZ (2016)
REVIEWED BY NANCY SMITH – JULY 13, 2016.
with a shout-out to the entire crew. gorgeous production, haunting sound, beautiful acting, deep not wordy screenplay, and really . . the cinematography – thank you BRETT JUTKIEWICZ !!
. . . for an indie film, wow.
last week was so heavy, with sad events in the life-blood of this country, apparently ‘civil war’ and the ‘slavery/black/white’ issue have still not been resolved, even though the Civil War took place over a century and a half ago, and brought 1/3 of all the country’s men to their death . . . that I felt I caught a really lucky break, first to be able to act upon the great reviews this sweet young film received in the mainstream press and then, even luckier . . to have the director ZACHARY TREITZ show up, unannounced . . and bring along as well – the 2 lead actors: TIM MORTON and DAVID MALONEY.
my heart stopped beating during the film, and my imagination froze to watch the Q & A in person, up close and personal, afterwards.
this film is a unique take on the Civil War. yes, it is a war ‘capture’ . . . but even more so, it is a peephole look into the heart of the maelstrom as seen through the eyes of 2 struggling Kentucky farmer brothers. when you are later informed that the director, Zachary Treitz, and the 2 lead actors, David Maloney and Tom Morton, all grew up in Kentucky, you understand why this small indie feature speaks – with such a deep, and authentic voice.
the film, in fact is the inverse of all the action-driven civil war projects you may have seen . . which doesn’t diminish the horror and sadness, but perhaps brings it closer to home. from the very first frames, the brilliant intense sun on the fields, and one man walking, your heart begins to skip beats, as you realize you are entering new cinematic territory. this film is just so intense and so hazy, just like that sun. I want to say it’s ‘new age’, a ‘millennial’ take: ‘hipsters’, ‘artists’, ‘friends’, locals’ . . going back for another deeper look – but, only to alert you to the power and newness of the filmmaking, itself. the story is timeless. but everything in this film is . . close up. singular. silent. and yet still – rewarding. fulfilling, unfolding, and ultimately, moving.
‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ vs ‘THE REVENANT’ . . . AN INVERSION.
equally powerful, one film is a young, low budget unknown director production, the other as you know: huge $$$. the American landscape, the sun, the trees, the earth itself of this young sweet passionate land . . loom just as large, if not larger . . than the greed, violence, hope, dreams, family love/bonds . . that are used to tell the tale of times – not so long ago.
while ‘THE REVENANT’ indulges in great action & fight scenes, a big budget helps – ‘MEN GO TO WAR’ narrows in on the singular exposure that implodes one brother & sets the other on a very different path, a low budget helps in that, narrow defining . . . too, truth be told. but both films focus on family ‘bonds’, in one case of a father and his half-breed son, and in the other two hard-scrabble farmer brothers . . and use them to show . . what went asunder. what got lost, what kind of terrible growing pains, and biases – and struggle to survive and beat out the other – this country shuddered under, on a very personal scale. in the face of the broader history.
and yet, still . . where are we ?
what can you say, what could be more heart-stopping than to hear an intense, and not least of all innovative filmmaker, who has absolutely captured a dramatic moment in the nation’s collective history . . . and who has just won the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL – BEST NEW NARRATIVE DIRECTOR AWARD, with his film . . . say hi, and start quietly introducing his film. a young man, who looks out at you, the way he will never be able to from the Netflix platform, and wonders . . . if you will get it ?
will his story unfold, will his film . . travel ?
I couldn’t help thinking of the first time I encountered & was able to catch a photo of the incredibly talented ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU, in the Fall of 2003, at a Julian Schnabel opening, when he was also a young filmmaker wondering if his films would travel. he still wasn’t big in the press, even though ’21 Grams’ had just opened, and he had won a Best Film Drama, Golden Globes award the night before – for ‘Babel’.
that was, what .. 13 years ago ? and of course he swept the Oscars with ‘The Revenant’. such a powerful piece of filmmaking. and here stood this young director, just the same way. so passionate, so driven, so wondering.
like I said, the great . . inversion.
see: ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU/artlovers archive
I read that ZACHARY TREITZ is now a New York City based writer and director, and I believe he said that the two lead actors were also now NYC based, but that originally they all hailed from Kentucky. so put that in your pipe, and smoke it. that’s so deep, what can you say in a sentence. it’s liking taking one of those old Appalachian Civil War era, patchwork farm quilts, that jump up for a few frames in the movie . . . stitching it up, making it whole again – and sleeping in it, which I do.
the story, and the story-telling . . is in their blood. Mr. Treitz even related . . that his ancestors were on the same trajectory of the successful Small family / Small’s Corner . . . that was depicted in the film, who also had everything taken away by the land burning / men maiming Civil War, and had to go back to the log cabin that their ancestors had first homesteaded in.
he looks in person just like he looks in the film, a ‘local’. a wise-cracker, fire-cracker, hard working striver. he reminded of nothing so much as (former New York City) gallerist BILL BRADY. in looks, and in his Kansas City drawl, and easy ways, and the climb. the big climb . . up.
‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ vs ‘The NIGHT OF’ . . or: THE GAME OF KNIVES !!!!!
oh lord, yes. I was actually going to call this essay, THE TRIFECTA Of KNIFE GAMES, lol but I couldn’t remember if the defining deadly blows in ‘THE REVENANT’ were by blade or bullet. though I know a lot of steel was flashed. but . . if you caught the first installment of HBO’s fabulous ‘The Night Of’ . . . the knife game that Civil War era Francis plays on Henry, (and which sets the whole narrative re the Smalls and the future Francis Mellon marriage – in motion) . . . is focused on a very unlucky, but very probable, and not accidental !! knife wound to his bro Henry’s hand / and ego . . . is very eerily reminiscent of the future world of America, NYC after 9-11, a sinister urban disaster just waiting to happen to the wonderful young actor, RIZ AHMED . . as Queens ‘resident’ and would-be hipster partier/cabbie . . Nasir “Naz” Khan, who he gets his hand sliced in a knife game – gone wrong too.
this was the character I struggled to understand. maybe that’s a metaphor for THE WHOLE DAMN TIME.
it’s not the dominant bro, Francis whose path the film follows, it’s Henry’s. even though it seemed at the beginning, he might be the smarter of the two, or at least about money and mules !! or two are always better than one. his bro, the taller and perhaps older Francis gets increasingly aggressive with frustration, and out of hand, and stabs him in the hand . . in a knife game. which sets him in motion to being rejected by the rich town daughter and so, humiliated, both by wound, sibling rivalry, and girl .. and, plus the farm ain’t going nowhere anyways, he sets off for the Civil War. he just gets increasingly dumb-ed down and zoned out by the horror and loneliness, but then . . he gets smart again (lucky?) (well he wakes up intact under a mighty pile of dead young soldiers) and, when he comes back, sees his bro married (to the girl who rejected him) steals some dough $$$, from a squeaky wooden dresser in the ole cabin . . and rightfully so !! and sets off again, hopefully . . for happier adventures.
but, you just don’t know, because he seems kind of . . well, wounded.
you know: the walking dead.
as American as apple pie.
los dead boys.
WATCH: ‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ – TRAILER
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, ‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ screening, Anthology Film Archives, NYC. Sun July 10, 2016.
unless otherwise noted.
TAYLOR McKIMENS: Detail of a new painting for ‘Swapping Paint’,
opening at Dio Horia Mykonos, tomorrow . . .
‘TAYLOR McKIMENS: SWAPPING PAINT’
opens FRI JULY 8, 2016 / 8 PM onwards
the show runs JULY 8 – JULY 25, 2016
DIO HORIA / CONTEMPORARY ART PLATFORM / PANAHRA SQ, HORA, MYKONOS, GREECE
read about: DIO HORIA
& YES !!
you can always have fun browsing: TAYLOR McKIMENS STUDIO – WEBSITE
ps: don’t forget to check out . . those: 3-D PLANTS !!
TAYLOR McKIMENS . . 3-D PLANTS – image via his studio website
so, fresh off his huge success at THE HOLE this past spring,
TAYLOR McKIMENS has packed up his Williamsburg studio, brushes, paper and real cactus and all . . and lickety split for Europe, destinations: unknown !!
(I dunno. maybe I’ll make a stop in Berlin ?)
(and then, I’ll relocate in LA ?)
(but, I’ll always be . . coming back & forth to the homeland, NYC !!)
except for the first: an art residency in Greece, well, duh.
if you were a Greek, and an art patron, and saw his HOLE show – you might act in the same exact way. oh yeah.
the best part is I got to visit his studio twice, before he left.
do – I know my peeps !!!!!!!
yes, I do.
pix posting this week, oh yeah . . . banish those summertime blues.
in the meantime, just to set the scene,
TAYLOR has been posting some great pix & travelogue updates, on his Instagram feed: @TAYLORMCKIMENS
TAYLOR MCKIMENS: night time image from the studio, Athens, Greece.
note . . the cacti / cactuses ? – on the porch (!!)
damn, the architecture is interesting, sort of a close cousin for parts of (gentrified) Brooklyn, if you squint.
but, yeah. that sunset . . . is all GREECE. all pink & mauve blue muscle.
TAYLOR MCKIMENS . . . posting some random street inspiration . . from Athens.
anybody else – see some Misaki Kawai in there . . ?
Misaki musta thought so, she commented: macho boy ‘smiley face’ (!!)
TAYLOR MCKIMENS . .
the eyes have . . it.
the mouth, the split lips . . express the awe of the universe, no joke.
interface between the drama of the Greek sunset, and the drip of the American outlaw . . a brush between past, present, and future . . unknown.
all images via Instagram @TAYLORMCKIMENS
fire works, when pigeons fly ?
talking about celebrity ‘roastings’ . . . !!!!!
with this comment, now scrolling, lol
@elizabethmeggs: She’s trying to decide between Garlic & Rosemary or Cornbread Stuffing . .
image via Instagram @dukerileystudio
file under: MERRY POP-INS !!!
can’t resist, such a h-u-g-e friggun’ fan of Abe’s . . .
image via Instagram – @dustyrebel
ps: that’s Abe code for . . . TAYLOR SWIFT SUCKS !!
I told you Chinese New Year 2016 Monkey smartypants – was all about the shoes. grey suede ones !!
go, do your own Taylor Swift homework !!
NYC-based street photog, DANIEL ALBANESE is . . THE DUSTY REBEL: “documenting creative & rebellious fringes of urbanity.”
YES, check out: TheDustyRebel.com
news flash by way of . . . PAT McCARTHY – aka Born to Kill:
8 BALL ZINE FAIR – NUMERO 9 .. TODAY !!!
SUN JUNE 26, 2016 / 2-7 PM
SPACE BILLIARDS – 34 W. 32nd ST, NYC.
with music from 8 Ball Radio, videos from 8 Ball TV
& . . . STICK-POKE TATTOOS from PACING TIGER !!
many of you know TIFFANY GRACE POLLACK – as ANDREW GUENTHER’s wife, and the mother of his 2 young children.
TANJA GRUNERT is pleased to announce . . ‘TIFFANY POLLOCK: HOLDING SPACE’ (as part of the next 3 women exhibition). Pollack’s exhibition ‘HOLDING SPACE’ explores the way she has held space for herself and her family, and the ways in which it has been held for her.
“We all hold space. There is a continuum on which we provide support by observing mindfully, letting go of judgement. I’ve found that if I practice awareness and gratitude, and surrender my thought illusions around fear, anger and control, I feel closer to Love, Self-Actualization, God, The Infinite, or whatever you want to call It – It’s so profound I find that assigning words feels limiting.” ~TIFFANY POLLACK
(from the press release)
‘TIFFANY POLLACK: HOLDING SPACE’
opens THURS JUNE 23, 2016 / 6-8 PM
the exhibit runs thru the summer
TANJA GRUNERT, 524 WEST 19TH ST, CHELSEA, NYC
see more images: TIFFANY POLLACK – HOLDING SPACE
@tiffanygracepollack . . #schoolsoutforsummer #lastday #luau #sharkbiteunite
and . . . here’s a FLASHBACK !!
FROM THE ARTLOVERS . . . ARCHIVE !!
speak of the . . . !!
ESTHER RUIZ . .
is in another group show, this one curated by @alt_esc_ . . .
opening tonight / WED JUNE 22, 2016 / 7-10 PM
‘POST REAL WORLD’ – with: WICKERHAM & LOMAX, ESTHER RUIZ, JONATHAN CHECLER
curated by ALT ESC: a curatorial platform, magazine & subculture archive located in Brooklyn & run by . . . ALISON SIRICO & IRINA V MAKAROVA.
opening WED JUNE 22, 2016
the show runs thru JULY 5, 2016
STREAM GALLERY, 1196 MYRTLE AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.
AFTER-PARTY: HappyFun Hideaway / 10 PM – 2AM !!
HappyFun Hideaway . . brought to you by . . . “the free spirits who brought you – Secret Project Robot”. (!!)
read more: Alt Esc Platform
YES, get more info & see exhibit pix: Post Real World – Alt Esc Platform
YES, get another take on the show & more info: Post Real World – STREAM GALLERY
yep, I’m definite into the industrial chic . . the functional mundane that crosses over . . from the concrete, (not to forget Home Depot and wood grain !! even if it’s just the background for this photo !!) . . . industrial mirrors and neon light i.e. the ‘wild card’ functional — into the night, the unknown, the magic, . . and mmmmmmulti-cosmic.
‘Ritual that transcends’ . . does come to mind, too.
all images via instagram @alt_esc_
cooler than . . . cool.
‘It’s So Cold’ – PETER SUTHERLAND, PATRICK HILL & JOSHUA ABELOW
opened last Fri, June 18, 2016
BAHAMAS BIENNALE – 1600 Clay St, Suite 220, Detroit, Michigan
COLD STEEL METAL, indeed.
get me to Detroit. p-r-o-n-t-o !!!!!
all images via Instagram: @bahamas_biennale