Resist LED-Deli sign by Luke M. lukelab.com

~WIZARD SKULL . . the REAL FAKE INFLATABLE MICKEY !! . . . w THE LONDON POLICE on MOOSEY ART

‘MUTANT MICKEY ‘ . . . . lol !!!!

just keep putting that GMO/pesticide-laden food on our plates & chemicals in our water / and guess what ?
you, or your grandchildren . . are next !!

just in case, you were wondering, as I was !!
if, the inflatable ‘Mutant Mickey’ was j-u-s-t a concoction on paper, no.

WIZARD SKULL did fabricate it & he’s got the pix – to prove it !!

and, yes !! damn it.
time for JEFF KOONS – to move the hell over.
the 80s are long gone.
Miami: time to replace that over-size condo-ballerina with – a real sign of the times !!
art decorating goes stale, if it’s not updated – every decade or so.
ditto: Brant Foundation / Eli Broad Foundation
& stop being so DAMN STODGEY. this is the art world, dudes.
try to muster at least a tiny bit of . . vision & imagination ??

I wanna see an over-size ‘Mutant Mickey’ out there, pronto / and, not by Urs either.


image via Instagram @wizardskull

WIZARD SKULL COMES TO MOMAPS1, as a life-size . . ‘MUTANT’ MICKEY !!
SEPT 25, 2018

PS: I def think Wizard, you could go commercial with that !!
Halloween 2019 / Walmart – next !!


image via Instagram @wizardskull

WIZARD . . also made a small resin ‘MICKEY’ . . !!

WIZARD SKULL, hand-painted resin figure, ‘Mutant Mouse’, edition of 17.
about 10 left as of Nov 7, signed & numbered. 16.5 cm. x 12 cm. x 6 cm.
available thru > > MOOSEY ART, UK. / mooseyart.co.uk – which is apparently a total trip unto – itself !!

Happy Sunday browsing !!!!

lol: moosey art

& see: WIZARD SKULL- ‘MUTANT MICKEY / moosey art !!


THE LONDON POLICE, ‘Dissected Lad’ . . Moosey ART / PRINT SECTION

give it a few decades . .
lol, this is definitely – where we are heading.
a combo of mutant biology & robot / computer augmentation !!
and, that’s without – even getting into Nano & AI / & Alien Astronaut Ancestor Theory.



~’UNAUTHORIZED’ MICKEY . . incl WIZARD SKULL & ROY WADE / CON ARTIST, L.E.S. / OPENS FRI NOV 16

note: even though the press release (quoted below) clearly states work by WIZARD SKULL,
will be featured in the show, his work is on the (supremo) flyer / with no other pieces in the show. but I still think that makes him a very big PART – of the show.
it’s a great image.

lol, Brandon M. Wisecarver, Managing Director of Con Artist Collective writes:
“He was going to be in the show, but got pulled away to be featured in the official show in Australia.’ !! (SUN NOV 19, 2018)

Long Live . . all the Mickeys, mutants, con artists and real fakes . . everywhere !!

ta-ta-talk about . . BRANDING !!

and, yes.
File under: the REAL FAKE !!!

‘UNAUTHORIZED’ – MICKEY !!!!
OPENING PARTY !! FRI NOV 16 / 7 – 11 PM !!
the show runs thru . . NOV 23, 2018
CON ARTIST COLLECTIVE & GALLERY, 119 LUDLOW ST., L.E.S,, NYC, NY 10002
HRS: MON-SAT 11am – 7pm

“JOIN US . . in celebrating 90 years of a cartoon icon with this unauthorized exhibition of artwork featuring the world’s most famous rodent. An open-call to the general public, this show will feature work from collective members like WIZARD SKULL, DEAN MILLIEN, JAUAD BENTAMA, SASHA LOV, and TERRI FROHMAN as well as newcomers making their Con Artists Collective debuts like JASON MALSTROM, EMMANUEL LAFLAMME, SHITHOUSE MOUSE, IKORA and . . more.” !!
~CON ARTIST COLLECTIVE


INFLATABLE MICKEY SUIT by WIZARD SKULL
image via CON ARTIST


ROY WADE -‘MICKEY MINAJ’
looks like colored pencil on paper, maybe 8 x 10 in.
image via Instgram @roywade

&&&&&&&&&&&&&&: *check-out* *check-out* *check-out* !!!!


def, check out: WIZARD SKULL / WIZARD$KULL


def, check out: ROY WADE



~NIGO . . just posted this

NIGO . . just posted this / re: MERCH PRICES
just in case you were wondering . . . ????!!!!!!

not too pricey / not too shabby, either.
just about right.
I mean, a bandana is just . . . $16 !!

image via Instagram @nigo



~NIGO / HUMAN MADE X KFC POP-UP / NYC !! . . TODAY – ONE DAY ONLY !! FRI NOV 16

HUMAN MADE ORIGINAL RECIPE COLLECTION . . . !!!!!

NIGO . . HUMAN MADE X KFC – POP-UP !!
ONE DAY ONLY !! – FRI NOV 16, 2018 / 11 AM – 6 PM
KFC – 242 E 14th ST, DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN, NYC NY 10003

they say: NIGO !! will be in attendance !!

it’s gonna be a mob scene, I bet !!


image via Instagram @nigo

def, def, MOST DEF, CHECK OUT: NIGO HUMAN MADE X KFC & EVERY LOOK . . on HYPEBEAST !!!!


NIGO / behind the scenes . . NIGO X HUMAN MADE X KFC
video screengrab via Instagram @KFC

LEARN MORE – LISTEN UP !!!!
AMERICANA – RULES !!!!
so, DOES JAPAN !!!!

GRAPHIC ARTS / FOLK ART / BRANDED PRODUCT / BRANDED ART / ART + ILLUSTRATION + FASHION
HIGH ART MEETS LOW ART or . . ‘LOWLY’ ART (!!)
RIGHT DOWN TO THE +++ PERFECTO FONTS / COLOR & COMMERCIAL DESIGN / UTILITY !!!!
NOW, THAT’S WHAT I CALL – A GREAT SOCIAL MEDIA + ART CAMPAIGN.



~LETHA WILSON . . ‘LANDED’, CURATED BY MILLEE TIBBS / DETROIT DARKROOM, DETROIT / OPENS FRI NOV 16

LETHA WILSON . . has several pieces in a group landscape photography show, ‘LANDED’, & looking . . GOOD !!!
curated by MILLEE TIBBS !!!

‘LANDED’ – CURATED BY MILLEE TIBBS
OPENS FRI NOV 16 / 6:30 – 9 PM
the show runs thru . . DEC 15, 2018
DETROIT DARKROOM, 1111 Bellevue St, Suite 110, Detroit, MI / MICHIGAN 48207

FREE PUBLIC WALK-THROUGH . . . of the exhibit with the curator & artists on FRI NOV 16 at 6:30 PM
with reception to follow.
RSVP – on WEBSITE


LETHA WILSON, ‘Joshua Tree Steel Cut (Slash)’, 2015
C-print, steel. 24 x 20 x 1/2 in.
Image via Instagram @letha.wilson


LETHA WILSON, ‘Diamond Sunset Steel Pipe’, 2015.
archival inkjet print, aluminum & steel. 56 x 56 x 10 in.
image via LETHA WILSON – ARTWORKS

LETHA WILSON . . .
born in Honolulu, Hawaii was raised in Greeley, Colorado / currently lives & works in Brooklyn, NY.
1999-2003 MFA in Combined Media, Hunter College, NY
1994-1998 BFA Syracuse University, NY
see: more & CV / exhibits


LETHA WILSON, ‘SLOTTED SUNSET’, 2015
archival inkjet print, aluminum 72 x 8.3 x 4.1 in.
image via LETHA WILSON – ARTWORKS

check out: LETHA WILSON WEBSITE – ARTWORKS



~NICHOLAS HAMILTON . . ‘if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself’, ESSEX FLOWES / OPENING FRI NOV 16 /

ESSEX FLOWERS . . seems to be on a roll !!!
of . . . RELEVANCE !!!!!

NICHOLAS HAMILTON – ‘if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself’
OPENS FRI NOV 16 / 6 – 8 PM
the show runs thru . .. DEC 16, 2018
ESSEX FLOWERS, 18 MONROE ST, CHINATOWN, NY
HRS: SAT & SUN 12 – 6 PM & BY APPOINTMENT

“WE have witnessed abuse, harassment, troll armies, misinformation campaigns & increasingly divisive
echo chambers . . . JACK DORSEY, CEO TWITTER”

read more: NICHOLAS HAMILTON – ESSEX FLOWERS PRESS RELEASE



~RYAN CULLEN . . ‘A NEW KIND of TOGETHERNESS’, by way of BUNK CLUB, BRUSSELS / ESSEX FLOWERS BACK SPACE / OPENS FRI NOV 16

RYAN CULLEN – ‘A NEW KIND of TOGETHERNESS’
OPENS FRI NOV 16 / 6 – 8 PM
the show runs thru . . . DEC 16, 2018
ESSEX FLOWERS BACK SPACE, 19 MONROE STREET, CHINATOWN, NY
HRS: SAT & SUN 12 – 6 PM & BY APPOINTMENT

A NEW KIND of TOGETHERNESS . . a solo exhibition by RYAN CULLEN is organized by Bunk Club, a non-profit
contemporary art initiative founded in Brussels. The exhibition will consist of 3 recent paintings and a number of sculptures
that explore the notion of anamorphosis as a critical tool to investigate subjective vision.

Among the many paintings and reliefs adorning the walls of any museum’s medieval art wing, what lacks is audio . . .”

READ MORE: RYAN CULLEN – ESSEX FLOWERS / PRESS RELEASE

def, check out: BUNK CLUB, BRUSSELS
BUNK CLUB is co-founded by: LAURENCE DUJARDYN & MATHIAS WILLE



~HENRY CHAPMAN . . ‘THE BLAST’ / T293, ROME, ITALY / OPENS TUES NOV 13

HENRY CHAPMAN & FABIAN HERKENHOENER . . . ‘THE BLAST’
OPENS TUES NOV 13
show runs thru . . . DEC 17, 2018
T293 GALLERY, Via Ripense 6, Rome, ITALY

see: HENRY CHAPMAN & FABIAN HERKENHOENER – T293


@henryachapman: Me and Crystal in LA, circa late August 2018.
Happy this work traveled safely to @t293_gallery for my two person show with @fabianherkenhoener in November.
image via Instagram @henryachapman


HENRY CHAPMAN . . .
at the opening of: ‘NEW VIDEO by KYLE WILLIAMS & NICHOLAS STEINDORF’, MICROSCOPE, BROOKLYN, NY. FEB 19, 2017
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

see more pix: ‘NEW VIDEO by KYLE WILLIAMS & NICHOLAS STEINDORF’ OPENING / MICROSCOPE



~’YELLOW CITY ART ‘ . . incl. EMMANUEL LIMON & ASHLEY EPPS / CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, PLAINVIEW, TEXAS / OPENS SAT NOV 10

‘YELLOW CITY ART’ – CURATED BY JON REVETT
OPENS SAT NOV 10 / 7 – 11 PM
show runs thru . . FEB 9, 2018
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM PLAINVIEW
219 E. 6th St., Plainview, Texas 79072


EMMANUEL LIMON, ‘Plato-o-Plomo’, 2017
leather & spur, 21.5 x 27.5 x 3 in.
this is one of the pieces Emmanuel Limon will be exhibiting in the show.
Photo courtesy of the artist


EMMANUEL LIMON, at the opening of his last solo show in NYC, ‘SIN COYOTE’, which ran in the spring of 2017.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, April 18, 2018

‘Sin Coyote’ / ‘Without Guide’ . . took place at the very cool, and fiercely indie / independent & artist-run . . ‘DRESS SHOP’ gallery.
Located in an old, but cavernous storefront space in Bushwick / it was more of an ever-changing collective / project in feeling, but in fact it was founded & run by / curated by . . Emmanuel Limon, himself.
it is now very sadly closed.

a big loss for NYC, and the art community as a whole. it was a very hardcore, authentic, diverse and . . innovative venue.
very cutting edge / & way ahead-of-the-curve, in many ways.
it’s a really sad commentary on the art scene here, that it closed.

see: more pix from the ‘Sin Coyote’ opening !!
incl. street scenes with Emmanuel’s customized chopper, the Dress Shop Gallery building . . . and even,
PETER SUTHERLAND – at the opening.


ASHLEY EPPS, with one of his metallic finish on resin pieces.
I don’t know what exact work he will be showing – in this particular exhibit, but I imagine there will be some of these !!
this photo is from a studio visit I did with Ashley, in his East Village, NYC studio, on FEB 15, 2018.
Photo: NANCY SMITH, Feb 15, 2018.


def, check out: EMMANUEL LIMON – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE


def, check out: ASHLEY EPPS – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE



~’SPECIAL FX’ . . incl LUKE MURPHY / SUSQUEHANNA ART MUSEUM, PHILLY / OPENS FRI NOV 9

‘SPECIAL FX’ . .
with AMBER HEATON, BRIAN WIGGINS & LUKE MURPHY
OPENS FRI NOV 9

the show runs . . thru FEB 24, 2019

S. WILSON & GRACE M. POLLOCK EDUCATION CENTER GALLERY
MARTY & TOM PHILIPS FAMILY ART CENTER
SUSQUEHANNA ART MUSEUM
1401 NORTH 3rd ST., HARRISBURG, PA 17102

‘SPECIAL FX’ . .

“features works that explore pattern, optical illusion, and the art of Dazzlement.”

“During WW1 a team of artists and military strategists conceived of a new way to camouflage naval vessels, known as ‘DAZZLE CAMOUFLAGE’. Instead of blending in like typical camouflage, D.C. overwhelmed enemies with overlapping patterns, contrasting colors and optical illusions. German U-Boat operators had difficulty identifying the type of naval vessel they were targeting and its course of movement.

At present, D.C. remains an influential aesthetic in art and design. Though no longer weaponized, the physical sensation of dazzlement can be pleasurable, unnerving, and even a tad painful. The artists in this exhibition similarly harness a combination of pattern and optical illusion in their work, as they both create and destroy systems of form and color, our eyes as viewers become overwhelmed or .. dazzles.” (!!!)

read more: ‘SECIAL FX – SUSQUEHANNA ART MUSEUM

check out: AMBER HEATON – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

check out: BRIAN WIGGINS – ARTCLOUD

check out: LUKE MURPHY – ARTIST PORTFOLIO & PROJECTS WEBSITE / aka LUKELAB


LOOK BACK !!
THE OPENING of . . . ‘LUKE MURPHY: ‘EVERY PIXEL BRIGHT’, CANADA GALLERY, NYC / JUNE 1 – JULY 21, 2018


LUKE MURPHY at the opening,
his programmed ribbon of LED lights / ‘I thought it was a ladder, she said it was a serpent’, 2018 / wriggles and shimmies on the floor behind him / very hard to ‘read’ what’s flat and . . what’s not.


detail, ‘I thought it was a ladder, she said it was a serpent’.
digital ssculpture comprised of LED panels programmed by the artist.


LUKE MURPHY, ‘LOG CABIN QUILT’, 2018
Python scripts and software running on Intel based PC with Linux Variety OS, LED matrix panels.
62 x 41 x 5 in.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH

NOTES: interesting to note that with this exhibit, LUKE . . finds himself in Amish quilt country !!
this LOG CABIN pattern, patterns in general & esp those that resulted in optical illusions / had a great moment – over there.



~CHRIS ZACHER . . ‘THE GROUND UP’ / STEP SISTER / OPENS THURS NOV 8

‘CHRIS ZACHER: THE GROUND UP’
OPENS THURS NOV 8 / 6 – 8 PM
the show runs thru . . DEC 9, 2018
STEP SISTER, 122 NORFOLK ST, LOWER LEVEL, L.E.S / LOWER EAST SIDE NY 10002

CHRIS ZACHER . . (b. 1988) lives & works in Massachusetts.
BFA School of the Museum of Fine arts, Boston
MFA SYRACUSE


CHRIS ZACHER, ‘Foosball Table’, 2018
table, suitcase, wood, broom handles, clothespins and ping pong ball / 30 x 22 x 30 in.
image via Instagram @sstepsisternyc

def, check out: CHRIS ZACHER PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

I’m thinking, it’s . . very industrial / rock bottom industrial.
shabby chic / found / innovative & very pictorial in the deepest wildest, coolest, not calculating, well maybe. most void, kind of way.
very funny in a hard, yet gentle – way !!

here’s a few peeks, but, yeah . . scroll down for yourself !!


CHRIS ZACHER / face page – website


CHRIS ZACHER – install photo / from his website (!!!)

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~FIONA ALISON DUNCAN . . JEFFREY STARK / OPENS SUN NOV 3

READING !! / PERFORMANCE !! / & STRANGELY, or NOT ?!!
even a . . BOOK SALE !!
TO-NIGHT !!
6-8 PM !!

FIONA ALISON DUNCAN . . as HARD TO READ
presents ‘Love A Loves Me!’
OPENING . . . with 14 SPECIAL GUESTS READING THEIR FAVORITE PASSAGES . . BEFORE HER CAMERA (!!)
TO-NITE . . . SUN NOV 4 / 6 – 8 PM
show runs thru . . . JAN 6, 2019 (!!)
JEFFREY STARK, CHINATOWN MINI-MALL / 88 E. BROADWAY #B11, BASEMENT LEVEL / LOWER MANHATTAN

see: ‘LOVE A LOVES ME!’ – JEFFREY STARK


image of FIONA ALISON DUNCAN via Instagram @jeffrey.stark



~RUFUS TUREEN . . ‘OLDE MAN’, ESSEX FLOWERS / TO-NITE, SAT NOV 3

RUFUS TUREEN . . ‘OLDE MAN’ !!!!!

TO-NIGHT IS THE LAST NIGHT – TO CATCH THE ACCOMPANYING PERFORMANCE / SAT NOV 3, 2018
NEW PERFORMANCES TIMES HAVE BEEN ADDED / BY POPULAR DEMAND: 7PM, 8PM & 9PM
GET YOUR . . . . FREE TICKETS . . . on: EVENTBRITE-ESSEX FLOWERS !!!!
SPACE IS LIMITED & IT’S THISCLOSE to . . CLOSING OUT.

RUFUS TUREEN – ‘OLDE MAN’
up thru . . NOV 11, 2018
in the back room
ESSEX FLOWERS, 19 MONROE ST, CHINATOWN
HRS: SAT & SUN / 12 – 6 PM

READ MORE ABOUT IT: RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’ / ESSEX FLOWERS


RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’, live performance / image via Instagram @essexflowers


RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’, exhibit / image via Instagram @essexflowers



~JONATHAN HARTSHORN . . ‘LOLLIPOP HOLDERS’, ESSEX FLOWERS . . up thru NOV 11

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – ON AN OTHERWISE, WAY, WAY GRAY DREARY DAY !!

OPEN TODAY & TOMORROW / SAT & SUN !!

DON’T MISS – THE LAST SHOW JEFFREY TRANCHELL / ORGANIZES FOR THE ESSEX FLOWERS GANG.

LIGHTEN UP / BRIGHTEN UP !!
YOUR MIND-SET !!!!

DANCE THE SPECTRUM: FROM INDUSTRIAL to ORGANIC !!

QUESTION: YOUR REALITY & HOW OUR ‘CULTURE’ GROWS.

JONATHAN HARTSHORN . . ‘Suckers, copycats, lollipops, fast cash, fashion. one hit wonders and heat lamps’
up thru . . NOV 11, 2018
ESSEX FLOWERS, 19 MONROE ST, CHINATOWN
HRS: SAT & SUN / 12 – 6 PM & BY APPOINTMENT

READ MORE ABOUT IT: JONATHAN HARTSHORN – ESSEX FLOWERS


JONATHAN HARTSHORN, image via Instagram @jeffreytranchell


JONATHAN HARTSHORN, image via Instagram @essexflowers


JONATHAN HARTSHORN image via Instagram @essexflowers


JONATHAN HARTSHORN image via Instagram @essexflowers



~DAN SCHEIN . . MARVIN GARDENS / OPENS FRI NOV 2

DAN SCHEIN . . ‘PAINTINGS OF HORSES AND OTHER THINGS ALSO’
OPENS FRI NOV 2 / 7 – 9 PM
show runs thru DEC 8, 2018
MARVIN GARDENS, 1540 DECATUR ST, RIDGEWOOD, NY 11385
HRS: SUN 1 – 5 PM & BY APPOINTMENT

more info: DAN SCHEIN – PAINTINGS OF HORSES AND OTHER THINGS ALSO / MARVIN GARDENS / PRESS RELEASE


image via Instagram @marvin_gardens



~’SCORPIO RISING’ . . BEST WESTERN, RIDGEWOOD / OPENS FRI NOV 2

‘SCORPIO RISING’ . . GROUP SHOW FEATURING WORK BY 20 SCORPIO ARTISTS
CURATED BY 4 SC0RPIO ARTISTS (!!)
OPENS FRI NOV 2 / 7 – 9 PM
show runs thru Nov 25, 2018
BEST WESTERN / PROJECT SPACE NEXT DOOR TO MARVIN GARDENS
1540 DECATUR ST, RIDGEWOOD, NY 11385
HRS: SUN 1-5 PM


image via Instagram @westernsbestwestern



~PAT McCARTHY . . ‘SEA SICKNESS’ / in . . an all things watery screening / ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES / TO-NITE THURS NOV 1

& well, Manhattan is an island, after all.
and hopefully not a sinking one, at that.
I’ve been reading that ‘they’ are wanting to close down the East River Park, to build a gigantic wall, oh no.
can that be that the only way ?

from PAT McCARTHY comes this water-y invite:

@pigeon_pat: “Sea Sickness”, my contribution to ‘Avec le Vent’ (‘With the Wind’) / an art exhibition on the Mediterranean initiated by NICO DOCKX 2016, Marseille. Nico’s film documenting the happening is playing tonight at Anthology Film Archives, along with films by other ‘Avec le Vent’ contributors / including JONAS MEKAS, JOYCE WIELAND, and mega bonus MARCEL BROODTHAERS & his ‘A Voyage on the North Sea’ !!
Tonight / THURS NOV 1 2018 / 7pm – 9pm / FREE !!!!!

see: ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES – THURS NOV 1, 2018

note: THE FILMMAKER, NICO DOCKX – WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE


PAT McCARTY – ‘SEA SICKNESS’ / the writing is on the . . sails !!
image via INSTAGRAM @pigeon_pat / PAT McCARTHY



~EMILY JANOWICK . . ‘WATER 8 WAYS’ / 55 WATER ST / TODAY THURS NOV 1 / till 4 PM

funny how things got very water-y, right way & so FAST !!

EMILY JANOWICK . . is over at 55 Water St. in downtown Lower Manhattan aka The Financial District . . until 4 PM today.
where she will be presenting her new piece, ‘Water 8 Ways’ . . . !!
@pleather_mommy: Come spend some time with water (and away from yr phone).


with: JENNA BEASLEY & CHRISTOPHER LINEBERRY

PHOTOS: ‘WATER 8 WAYS’ / EMILY JANOWICK via Instagram @pleather_mommy



~LUKE MURPHY . . FIAC / & a real nice ‘dialogue’ with SARAH BRAMAN !!

Anything but, Square !!
catching up with FIAC PARIS 2018.

LUKE MURPHY & SARAH BRAMAN at FIAC, PARIS 2018.

or: the tale of the ‘wake-up’ call of the arm-less chair vs the pulsating spectre of the end-less . . wishing well.

I’m thinking,
there was such a real nice ‘unspoken’ dialogue / going on between these two artists /
& their very different . . . ‘romancing the cube’.

all the better to perceive . . the depth, & potential of both.
more in terms of pure art analysis, rather than narrative ‘meaning’, but making the jump into philosophy and/or emotion, etc. etc. all the more splendid & wide open, if that’s something you require in your art.
and sometimes you do, need to understand that aspect of an artist’s expression, but in both these cases, I think it’s safe to say the priority here is the visual . . adventure. and such a contrast of ideas, within the form of a . . square.

I’m thinking . .
here, in these two cube-based sculptures, lies 2 dynamic but very differing worlds – just rocking, and rollin’ on the purely / visual realm.
not too wild, not too flamboyant.
very centered. very specific. very focused / in composure.


here’s an image of Sarah’s ‘cube’, again.
which was shown at MITCHELL-INNES and NASH.
image via Instagram @canada.nyc


LUKE MURPHY, ‘Every Pixel Bright’, 2018.
Digital sculpture comprised of LED panels programmed by the artist / wood, straps & hardware
with custom computers. 30-1/4 x 25 x 25 in.
exhibited by CANADA GALLERY, NY . . at FIAC PARIS 2018
image via Instagram @canada.nyc

FIRST OFF . .
I liked right away, how both cubes appear to be about the same dimension, and yet so different. and: so square / NOT.

even more, I was drawn to how the ‘top’ surface, in both . . caught swatches of light-sourced, neon-colored, abstract patterns, a lucky shot in Sarah’s case, a manipulated one in Luke’s / an abstract moment – that seemed at once solid / yet totally transitory .. in Sarah’s case, being a random environmental reflection, though clearly the surface was intended to do just that / reflect. and a ‘wired’ computed optical illusion / reflection in Luke’s . .
and so, let the opposing but equally brilliant . . . art games, begin.

TALK ABOUT . . .
“Lovely Bones’, those 2 poetic cubes !!!!!!
well, maybe that’s a bit crude of a metaphor / too much (horrible) Halloween TV.
but, still . . shifting clues, the mysterious fictional & the outright factual . . . layer-up, over-lap, and start a mutual reaching-out.

cubes . . the ‘bones’ of many a standard package, box or gallery . . . or check-off box on a multiple choice form. and, often looked down upon in contemporary culture as lowly, restricting, rigidly structured & defined. unless purely minimal, as in Donald Judd. hinting at conformity, within-the-lines behavior.
here ?
so, very very . . NOT.

EVEN . .
if you are unfamiliar with Ms. Braman’s work (aka msgrauer on IG), it’s easy to deduct from the photo what you are looking at, and what probably is quite a curious experience to actually walk around. in fact, I don’t think you have to be too experienced of an art lover to deduct that those are reflections of the room, on the cube’s surface. so the fiction . . begins !!
the ordinary chair . . lacks arms. some kind of man-made creative block of wood holds the cube into place, and the cube itself – sits there in a very ‘unreal’ yet solid (?) spacial territory. the cube itself looks to be only surfaces, and these seem to be of a reflective nature, probably glass or plexiglas. often Ms. Braman’s sculptures comprise of transparent plastic – so that could still be happening ? kind of like ‘catch and release’, both happening at the same time, think: fishing. so the forms, and the surfaces themselves take on a big role in pushing your head-space into the . . art realm.
warning: entering the art zone, so please . . put on your thinking, viewing, experiencing hats.it’s just lovely to consider, and ponder all the pieces. the surfaces, oblique vs transparent, transparent vs reflective . . organic, fictional, or squarely ‘square’ / play with each other, embrace each other, and yet fit – tight.
all is really really solid, very tactile. not too complicated. kind of a hardware store made simple, except for that middle base – that almost looks like an 18th C writers desk. all is really real – yet all is really really, NOT.
this is ‘beauty’ handed over to you – on a plate / a chair. or the illusion of a chair. the illusion of tactile. the illusion of all is right.
I guess despite all I said about purely visual properties, I’d have to confront myself / this piece in its tactile gentle wanderings, does greatly open the door to . . philosophy / and the world around us. and it is going where ?
and my world is gentle at the moment, but perhaps ready to topple over, to deconstruct at a moment’s notice / Ms. Braman’s work doesn’t reflect, or shine translucent light, or colored transparent on its surroundings, for naught (!!)
and its not just a puzzle, it’s more of a gentle ‘woke-up’, don’t take things for granted / nothing is as it seems. the world, or is that the . . WORD, is not written in stone. it’s a balancing act – and you are just assuming, it’s all going to go – your way.
it can all come tumbling down.
take care – people. of the land, the world. your spiritual selves.
walk about this small (one-chaired) fictional event, seemingly so simple – and up-grade that . . mindset.
I think also, in terms of the chair referencing ‘history’, I start thinking Henry David Thoreau and Walden (?), but where this chair ride takes you, the variation of human experience that we as individuals draw upon to understand what’s put before us, & the infinite riff of imaginative thinking – is also what animates a piece that started life as a chair, and ended up as . . a prism.

and, on further thought, I’m compelled to interject:
well, really, and I mean . . . REALLY.
that could be all that’s left of us, in the 22nd C. !!
a digital ‘mind box’, no bio-body, sitting in an historical-referencing chair, all the better / not to freak out . . our ancestor DNA.

ALL THE BETTER TO . .
access . . Luke’s work / which is really unlocking the secrets of what, unlike Sarah’s work – cannot be as easily ‘decoded’ from a stand-alone photograph.

I mean, it looks beautiful as is. but, unless you knew Luke to be the sci-fi master of the LED matrix (!!) . . you might think that the cube’s top was some kind of glass or vinyl collage / a photo illusion, though not the reflection of the room, as the case with Sarah’s piece. This turn-of-the-century Petit Palais doesn’t look to own a radical, LED ceiling !!

and, if HENRY DAVID THOREAU comes to a far-fetched imagination, with Sarah’s work, damn ft this ain’t referencing . . . S & M goodie, but oldie . . ‘DUNE’ !!!!!!!

You, could also make a far-out case for this structure . . to be alluding to the final resting place & evolution of human kind – all digital brain / no body. perfect for a parched and destroyed world.

but, if you saw Luke’s recent show ‘Every Pixel Bright’ at Canada (June 1-July 15, 2018), you know this to be very much more than what it seems, esp in this photo. you really need a video. if not, to be there in person. that’s also a crazy off-shoot of seeing both of these artists’ works in tandem, centering on a shared form, a box. it’s easier to grasp the real tenets, through comparison.

Luke’s magical, though foreboding box is ’empty’, that is. it has inner volume, unlike Sarah’s, which has only 6 sides, & no inner volume, (unless the walls are transparent, & then it’s implied.
how best to say it: Luke’s wired contraption . . is like a wishing well !!!!
you can look into, you could throw a penny into it / the table-top effect is jusy an illusion created by the LED lights that have been programmed to light up the inside dimension, in patterns of vertical streaks !!

so where to begin, how bout with the basics ?
Sarah’s work creates it’s own physical ‘construct’ & metaphorical dynamic with tactile surfaces & solid, albeit DIY forms / Rev Luke on the other hand, constructs his sculptures with non-tactile colored light, as produced by LED lights run by custom computers, which he builds and programs himself. he’s a systems guy, she’s more of a hands-on materials ‘purist’. She walks into the hardware store, and finds random things to cobble together, he builds the hardware / store.

the macabre, bondage exterior of his ‘cube’ here . . is literally, just that: a bondage / or ‘infra-structure’ / aka ‘form’ . . on which to house or support his colored LED systems / and a big part of his work is the ingenuity and differing form these ‘bondage’ or scaffolding takes. In fact, this specific work is rather untypical, his LED pulses usually come in the form of ribbons, monolith, even animated ‘campfire, and more increasingly, as new age riffs on antique Americana quilts.

Unlike Sarah’s work, which is based on the things that make a forest or a city, or a home, & never include any wired ’embellishment’ . . and work like jigsaw puzzles / Luke’s work is all about the ‘wired’. . though, they both look ‘back’ – to look forward. While Sarah’s work revels in being ‘plain spoken’ surfaces, that can go magical and transparent, quasi-functional, manipulative & poetic, but otherwise are not technically ‘animated’ / Luke’s begin, end & cross-over . . into that which cannot be held, but only . . be-held.

in the end, beyond the visual ‘plasticity’ and conceptual ‘simplicity married with complexity’ constructs, both artists, and their almost, some would say, I would say: ‘self-portrait’ box / cube / sculptures . . bring a spell-binding, and story-telling experience to a world, a planet / on the verge of . . destruction / or enlightenment.
that’s the question. that’s the balancing act – so clear in Sarah Braman’s work.
that’s the digital age ‘spark of hope’, i.e. science put to wondrous evolution, though innovation, respect & beauty . . in Luke’s.


LUKE MURPHY, ‘epic’ LED monolith at FIAC PARIS 2018
image via Instagram @canada.nyc

that’s why, it was quite striking, even in just a photograph, where you could only really ‘intuit’ . . what was going on in Luke’s piece, to see it in such a revered, and seriously skilled, craftsman, old world, wise-old / incredibly patterned / infinite mosaic environment.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:


1. looking into Luke Murphy’s . . LED lit box, cube, chest, wishing well.


2. down the proverbial rabbit hole. the light pattern fluctuated, to an extent.
it was illuminating & bright, but not paisley psychedelic / more, spatial gravity-defying & ultimately . . sci-fi.
LUKE MURPHY, ‘Every Pixel Bright’, at the opening, CANADA, NYC
THESE 2 PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / June 1, 2018.



~SARAH BRAMAN . . FIAC, PARIS / with an ARCHIVAL ALFREDO MARTINEZ sidebar (!!)

anything, but . . square.
catching up with some . . flashes of light !!


SARAH BRAMAN . . . !!!!
at the Mitchell-Innes and Nash presentation, FIAC PARIS, Oct 18-21, 2018.
image via Instagram @canada.nyc
SARAH BRAMAN, ‘Paula’, 2018.
wood, glass and chair / image copyright Sarah Braman

AN ARTLOVERS FLASHBACK:

SARAH BRAMAN, with her son, Jody, who is now in college . . . OCT 25, 2003.
at the opening of ‘Touching Fantasy Through Color’, which included sculptures by Sarah.
at Canada Gallery, when it was situated in its first space on Chrystie St, in Chinatown / Lower East Side, NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artnet Fall 2003

def, check out: the original post / FALL OPENINGS of 2003 – on artnet
also including . . .
JEANNE GREENBERG in the early days of SALON 94, JEFF KOONS at his ‘Popeye’ opening, JULIAN SCHNABEL, JAMES TURRELL, street artist SP.ONE / among . . others.

and . . even:
the opening of . . . ‘Prison Drawings of Alfredo Martinez’,
large portraits of inmates, which Alfredo made on handmade paper, with torn magazine pages, flour & water as glue, & using coffee and jell-o mixed with water as coloring pigments / when he was incarcerated for 2 years, for real.
for selling phony Basquiats, as the real deal, instead of as . . . the “REAL FAKE” . . !!!

MICHAEL DIAZ, beside his prison portrait by ALFREDO MARTINEZ, at THE PROPOSITION, Chelsea, NYC.
Alfredo was still in prison at the time,
having smuggled the drawings out to friends, via the US postal service in bulky manila envelopes (!!)
OCT 24, 2003
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artnet Fall 2003