~BAZAAR TEENS . . ‘TREE-TECH’

at . . . SPRING BREAK 2015,
although there were many combinations of exhibit presentations, from group to solo, cutting edge to soft contemporary, art historic, and archival as in the BASQUIAT rooms, and even some soft porn illustrations, as in the MARINA T. SCHINDLER presentation . . and, a few bonafide albeit ‘faux’, and sometimes, as in the case of BHQFU . . actually, real replica working offices – it struck me as strange – that there weren’t any working, or even fictional, as in prop ‘workshops’ per se ?
esp strange for such a devoted DIY generation.

BAZAAR TEENS – came the closest, . . their fictional but working ‘set’ installation – seemed like the work space of the not-so-fast-forward . . bio-hazard future !!

BAZAAR TEENS gave BHQFU a run for their money . . . with their install, a ‘work’ space, in action – with their ‘TREE-TECH’ showroom, office, and warren of ‘offices’ – which were really satellite exhibition spaces.


one of their their closest moments to presenting an actual workshop-in-motion – was if you caught a crew member nailing bread (dough ? money ? get it ?) to any entryway wall. the bread, esp as it rotted . . was a nice visual, sensual contrast to the ‘forever’ stable concrete blocks – in the picture frame, above.


note the ‘little’ nano – detail, the ‘TREE-TECH’ logo at the bottom of the concrete block image.


the ‘TREE TECH” organization’s . . inner sanctum – slightly rowdy, and chaotic, though actually a very deliberately placed, and curated chaos, was the epitome of futuristic – industrial, archival chic.


Blade Runner – watch out.


shabby chic, on a pedestal – or what ?!!
you can see the off-shoot exhibition ‘cubicles’ in the background. TEEN BAZAAR was a very complex installation, lots of depth, lots of intrigue.


just like the ‘working’ BHQFU office, BAZAAR TEENS had moved in tons of miscellaneous gear, which made their ‘TREE-TECH’ ‘office’ . . all the more convincing.
it breaks down to detail, detail, detail . . with the smallest unit – adding up, with the whole becoming greater than the parts. a classic idea when you think about it.


a ‘TREE-TECH’ worker – folds the company brochures and disperses the super well-designed, company . . logo / decals.
working (fictional) office – check.


this was the room, in the ‘TREE-TECH’ complex – that had generated a lot of pre-SPRING BREAK buzz, supposedly $10,000 worth of USA money / cash bills – cut up into tiny strips – and stuck, glued to canvas, in the form of conventional ‘painting / collage’. a brilliant stroke of showmanship, but as an ‘art piece – it kind of left me . . cold.


money, money.


I found the inner ‘office’ much more interesting. compelling, in fact. amazing, in truth.
kind of JEFF KOONS, fast forward if Koons was cool, and hip – again.
but I guess they needed a big-game art ‘product’ to sell, money, money, thus . . the money paintings.
they also were not that well conceived, the money paintings, done with just a little more imagination / guts – they might have rivaled DAN COLEN’S ‘Bubble Gum’ paintings – ?!!
if he were cool, and hip – again, too.


I actually found their free give-away, no money exchanged !! eerie ‘TREE-TECH’ decal logo – a much more fascinating, and better conceived – theoretical object – both in concept, metaphor, pure design graphics – and of course, as in . . ‘TRANSACTION’ – READY – AVAILABILITY.

it was all of 1-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches – in a right-on perfect shade of olive green that went beautifully ‘ombre’ in the middle, just like a tree . . casts its shade.
the decal shape was a gorgeous, perfectly balanced ‘oblong oval’.
the ‘ombre’ shading, and the tree shade lined up nicely, too.

in fact, metaphorically – it was very much a ‘nano’ – symbol of the entire BAZAAR TEEN install . . . casting ‘shade’ or ‘diss’ on the prospects of a healthy human-bio-future on the planet, that we love, but have . . ruined.


the give-away ‘TREE-TECH’ brochure – was right-on, too.
seamless informational graphics . . that brilliantly replicated perfectly the every day commercial brochures that are shoved under our doors, or slipped into our mail – all the time, NYC 2015. brilliantly conceived and produced – these ‘mini-me’ commercial adverts – were full of double-talk gobbedly-gob !!


this is an actual commercial brochure that landed in my mail box – yesterday !!
so, dot dot dot !!


back to BAZAAR TEEN, ‘TREE-TECH’ . . read their mission statement – for yourself.


the back of the brochure with the . . ‘TREE TECH GUARANTEE !!

including:
“A supportive, transportive family program”, and, “A commitment to ongoing nonspecificity” .

more on the BAZAAR TEEN artworks in their satellite rooms, beyond the ‘money. money’ pieces . . posts next.
there were a few very contrarian statements, maybe NO surprise ?!!
with a brief introductory shout out, n-o-w – . . to DANIEL KENT, and JOHN GORDON GAULD.
that I liked, very, very – much.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~BAZAAR TEENS . . intro to ‘TREE-TECH’

BAZAAR TEENS – CURATED BY DUSTIN YELLIN

if NICHOLAS STEINDORF & DARREN WILL . . were the live wire digital artists of SPRING BREAK 2015, and BHQFU were the dead-pan live wire office act, then BAZAAR TEENS . . were the live wire traditional painters – gone wild !!

and we’re still on a nano, micro / scale . . . break-down !!

talking about which, nano / micro, mini, mini-me . . . aka the small vs the large,
I ordered Chinese take-out last night, and this was my fortune cookie fortune:
‘No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible’ . . ?!!
dot dot, dot !!


well for one thing, BAZAAR TEENS was all about . . showmanship !!
(among other things . . )
this radical, light-beamed gateway, industrial chic . . was about the only real ‘lit up’ space entry – ?!!
I guess this gift for the far-out. a form of self-promotion, that transcends all expectation to become an art form unto itself, comes from their older, wiser, even crazier juiced-up . . leader – DUSTIN YELLIN.
apparently it’s just not in this twenty-something generation’s . . bones.

walking around this ole post office . . turned alternative exhibition/convention hall – I couldn’t help but sadly remark on the lack of imagination and ingenuity in getting people to come into one’s booth, and then socking – it to them, and . . posting the prices !! ‘transaction’ – dudes !!
I could not believe how tapped-down most of this young generation was. and they probably think I’m a live wire – light bulb, best toned down 4 shades of grey ?
good luck with that. purple, purple. purple.

I told NICHOLAS STEINDORF and DARREN WILL, of the flashing emitter / evolving bio impulse – videos, one is actually titled “PURPLE” – though ?!! that they should set up a card table in front of their room, and/or a bunch of lawn chairs, something anything, a banner that ran 2 ft high: proclaiming ‘video animations $1 per 1 MB’ – but they were having none of that, they were not budging.

so this neon sharp citric purple light was – great . . . a little drama, a little fun, super electric daisy . . doorway.
magic . . beckons.


BOSS YELLIN . . !!
give him credit, he pr – amped up the fair, for everybody.
his curatorial project, Bazaar Teen – was like the deconstructed heart beat, the friggin’ heart, cut live from the body .. and still beating, beating, bleating, and b-l-o-o-d-y.


the ‘TREE-TECH’ . . showroom.


loved how everybody, including the boss, was wearing disposable haz-mat suits.
you can just make out, their . . BIG TEEN ‘NANO’ MOMENT, the tiny green ‘TREE-TECH’ logo, on their chests.

it reminded me of ‘QUIET – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, except the ringmaster was JOSH HARRIS, not Dustin, it was downtown NYC, not Red Hook, and it was wild !! all over. a million dollar Millennium party to beat all. it was 90+ uniformed live-in artists, not 6. whatever.
I hit the wall, when I realize that was 15 years ago, and most of these Spring Break kids are barely 27 if that, so how old were they then, 12 ?
well you can always catch up and see the movie of that wild 24-7 party / tech start-up that won Sundance 2009 – ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, it’s all there, in it’s deconstructed . . 24/7 surveillance- wired glory !!


omg, the future looks sludge-y !!
a DIY fountain, spouting day-old coffee – starting to get the picture ?!!


lonesome and forlorn, the ‘pot’ of liquid gold – under that rainbow . . ‘arch’, awgh.
yuck-y !!
the water has gone . . . all yuck-y !! surprise, surprise, NOT.


it would get much worse, as the days passed. just like our own earth. damn.
realism, quelle vie.
they just needed a few random . . shooters, desert rats come to take over the leaking, broken ship.


the plants in the window – would go south too, all things come to an end.
entropy, hubris, the compost – of it all !!

more on BAZAAR TEENS go wild – tomorrow, got to run.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~office space: JIMBO, BHQFU / FOR THE RECORD – JOHNNY MISHEFF


SPRING BREAK 2015 . . in the old post office building, was itself – a warren of small spaces, you never knew what you would find once you stepped into a room. mostly it was art exhibits, group, singular, projections, installations, and even a few . . faux offices !!


painter JIMBO BLACHLY . . in his ‘deadpan’ office at SPRING BREAK 2015.
curated by EVE SUSSMAN.
I guess that would be . . category: fictional replica !!


BHQF / BRUCE HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION . . . seemed to have transported their entire BHQFU headquarters over to SPRING BREAK, and it was . . . business as usual.

and, yes . . that is JOHNNY MISHEFF, of FOR THE RECORD . . that I just happened to catch – on the right !!
Johnny . . be good !!

see: BRUCE HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION

see: BHQFU – with a super great homepage illustration


JOE KAY – BHQFU events director.

BHQFU / BRUCE HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY – was an installation that was always in flux or, business as usual . . !!

at the moment a one-sheet ‘broadside’ called . . FOR THE RECORD – was the object of interest. this is the back page, an illustration/line drawing . . by JIM KREWSON.

like a random connect-the-dot, dot dot dot . . that sticks: FTR / FOR THE RECORD caught not just the moment, but the greater ‘formalism’ and ‘ethos’, alternate reality . . of BHQF in general. a very low-fi, on the move, constant start-up, in-your-face, art world weary, contrary, stubborn, even if slightly convoluted, no diss – as in COMPLEX . . . raging indie spirit held in check by . . played-down, pared-down – ‘visuals’.

the focus on ‘learning’ is accentuated, in fact – by a most minimal visual style, a kind of grey on grey, with special attention paid to . . text, type, as in type-face / fonts, text-related graphics. this was a room, a simulated office, probably even an exact ‘mini-me’ replica ? . . . with a lot of stuff, but ironically presenting . . with a very minimal look. you can skip ‘pictorial’ saturation, and even, color. industrial hardcore . . does come to mind.
steely, a bit cold. not so much at play, as . . in play.


detail, JIM KREWSON, ‘Group Therapy’, 2015.
Sharpie and pencil on paper.


the most ‘arresting’ visual in the BHQF room, and most suitably for a place in flux . . variable upon the light !!
this summed up the BHQF aesthetic – in a snap-shot. very subtle, very minimal, fluid, stark, idea-centered, text-driven, and, curiously ‘organic’ for such . . grey-on-grey.


this was their best . . ‘nano’ – moment – their biz card.


the graphics were superb, even on the reverse.
FU. take it or leave – it.


meantime, a closer look at FOR THE RECORD, revealed some choice, pared-down, but more expressionistic !! and, outright MOODY . . ‘nano- moments’.

like a tiny magician’s trick, or those stacking, I guess that’s ‘nesting’ Russian dolls – that keep on giving, while getting smaller and smaller . . in size.

kind of like a one-man ‘snow’ globe of thought, FOR THE RECORD is put out by editor/founder JOHNNY MISHEFF.
this is ISSUE NO. 2 **** FREE **** – & – ‘distributed early in 2015′.


the illustration on the front page – is by BRIAN MONTUORI.


the . . FOR THE RECORD mission statement:
“I wrote a dorky Facebook post recently about the importance of ppl letting each other know when they like something another person did. If you like this newspaper, I’d love to know. Haters can go and suck a donkey dick. Email me. Johnny Misheff, at 4therecord411@gmail.com”


right there on the front page, for all to see: is a apt, and well-deserved poke at that annoying, elitist, poser organization known as NADA, and sad to say based in NYC.
as if.


with one last communication, to send you on your MFing way, category: intellectual ‘transaction’.
FOR THE RECORD:
‘One last quote for ya: “Our heads are round so that our thoughts can fly in any direction.” – FRANCIS PICABIA’

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~nano elements add up: ERIK DEN BREEJEN, RIITTA IKONEN, ELEKTRA Kb, MARK WAGNER, JASON CLAY LEWIS, DAVID PACKER , ANNE NOWAK

then, there were the artists who used ‘smaller’ elements – to build up a . . . whole.
and yes, the whole was . . . greater than the parts !!

the show also swung from the serious . . to the novel, from political rage to sad sentiments, touched on folk art, and hit the cutting edge – sometimes soft, sometimes hard – and, back again – many times over.


ERIK DEN BREEJEN, ‘JONI MITCHELL (California)’, 2014 and NEIL YOUNG / ‘Albuquerque on the Beach (Alone at the Microphone)’, 2011.
both acrylic on linen, 28 x 22 in.


detail, ERIK DEN BREEJEN, ‘NEIL YOUNG’. the word ‘blocks’ are . . lyrics from the songs.


ERIK DEN BREEJEN, ‘ROBIN WILLIAMS at the MET’, 2015.
acrylic on linen, 72 x 68 in.
($18,000)


detail, ‘Robin Williams’.


detail, ‘Robin Williams’ – the words are from his early stand-up routine.


VINCE CONTARINO, who with KRIS CHATTERSON, of PROGRESS REPORT – curated the ERIK DEN BREEJEN paintings. yes, I consider Erik den Breejen’s work . . to be hitting the cutting edge, and HARD. color field painting, for our . . times !!
they are also very ‘quilt-like’, if you extend the . . formula.
meaning-wise: souvenirs of a time past.
formal construction: block lettering, connected patterns, etc. etc.


curator YULIA TOPCHIY of CoWorker with an ambitious ‘in the mail’ project – by RIITTA IKONEN.


RIITTA IKONEN – small, strange objects were addressed, with no envelope or other packing . . and put in the mail, as is – by this Finnish artist. over 200 were sent out since 2001, and only 5 were lost.


the objects, all about 18 x 18 cms. in dimension – were arranged on top of small display towers, themselves made from small, mini ‘crates’.


RIITTA IKONEN, ‘mail art’. she will be having a solo show of these pieces in Nov 2015 at the Postal Museum in Helsinki, Finland. yes, she is from Finland.


the reverse of the paint brush piece (above).


some of the RIITTA IKONEN pieces were also displayed on the wall.


RIITTA IKONEN, ‘I’m Here’, mail art, 2004. postcard (thread) 18 x 18 cms. unique.
curated for SPRING BREAK 2015 – by Yulia Topchiy.


curators MICHAEL VALINSKY and ARIELLE de SAINT PHALLE . . presented a hand-sewn book project by Elektra Kb. the project, a hand-crafted ‘soft’ book . . which is bound by buttons and button holes, which jumps way past ‘artisan’ – to ‘artist’ !!
was separated, and hung on the wall – for SPRING BREAK 2015.

Electra Kb, ‘Untitled (Book of the Cathara Insurgent Women)’, 2013
pigment prints on canvas, fabric felt, thread. each square: 12 x 19-1/2 in.
unique.


Elektra Kb – note the buttonholes used to bind the cloth book, running down the left-hand side.


Elektra Kb . . note the button holes on the left.

I totally loved these . . . minimal graphics – in play. just for themselves, and against the more narrative, or pictorial . . blocks.
very cutting edge, quilt. very cutting edge, graphics.


Elektra Kb – mission statement:
“WE ARE NEITHER ARTISTS NOR ANTI-ARTISTS WE ARE CREATIVE WOMEN REVOLUTIONARIES”.
nice, hand s-t-i-t-c-h-i-n-g.


Elektra Kb, girls on swings, and girls in k-i-l-l-e-r masks ????


Elektra Kb …”where we live is liberated territory”.
I wish.
I really don’t know what to make of that statement, but the stitching, and the background – are amazing.
well, art is liberating. craft, skills – are liberating. freedom to create and create political expression – is/are liberating.
I think humans get hung up on the ‘territory’ part. one tribe does not want to share with another, basic bio code. even in human relations, the ‘nano’ . . reigns.
and divides.

see: Elektra Kb
she is an artist, born in Soviet-era Odessa, and currently studying for her MFA at Hunter College, here in New York.


on a less solemn note . . . but perhaps just as . . militant ?
it’s subversive to cut up . . US currency.
detail, MARK WAGNER . . a political statement, as well ?
women’s work ?
clean up – the economy ? I don’t know whether to laugh, or cry.


MARK WAGNER, ‘Very Expensive Push broom’, 2008 – curated for SPRING BREAK by TESS SOL SCHWAB.
mixed media assemblage, 61 x 61 x 6 in.
edition of 6 out of 9.
($10,000) (he wasn’t joking).


curator TESS SOL SCHWAB . . at SPRING BREAK 2015.


another, true replica . . miniature !!
a mini-me !!
JASON CLAY LEWIS, ‘d-CON Plagueship’, 2009.
d-CON boxes, wood, string.
curated by GUY NELSON, of AQUARIUM for SPRING BREAK 2015.


talking about . . ceramics !!
though these seem full scale, even life size . . . they are still, in a series, and thus: parts equal the whole !!
DAVID PACKER, ‘Short Circuit’, cast ceramic, 2011.
curated by GUY NELSON, of AQUARIUM for SPRING BREAK 2015.


curator GUY NELSON, of AQUARIUM.


last, but not least on the nano parts equal the greater . . whole.
small, tiny clay sculptures by ANNE NOWAK – lined up on the floor, outside the door.
they scared me, they . . s-p-o-o-k-e-d me.
anybody else know the late DAN ASHER’S tiny white clay figurines . . exacto !!
then I find out the exhibit is called: ‘The Dead People’s Dead Flowers’ – !!
the dead n-e-v-e-r die, get it straight – already.
Dan Asher died on Earth Day, coming up this very month, and apparently he’s STILL roaming this earth.


ANNE NOWAK, mini-me . . RIP Dan Asher !!


ANNE NOWAK, mini-me death . . parade, becomes . . you.


artist ANNE NOWAK . . . at SPRING BREAK, 2015.


CASSANDRA M. JOHNSON . . curated ANNE NOWAK, ‘The Dead People’s Dead Flowers’ – for SPRING BREAK, 2015.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~URBAN FLUX MINIATURES: JENNIFER + KEVIN McCOY, TIM PORTLOCK

URBAN FLUX – ALSO HIT . . . THE SWEET NANO SPOT.


curators ELLIE CLARK and LEIGH SILVER . . titled their group exhibit: URBAN FLUX, interestingly it also included a small imaginary perhaps .. . futuristic, city headquarters as a ‘replica miniature’, and presented a larger scale photo-based work, a downtrodden urban city portrait – that was characterized by its attention to ‘minute’ . . detail.


JENNIFER & KEVIN McCOY, ‘Old Headquarters’, 2012. mixed media sculpture, LED screen, media player, electronics, coming it at a small, even for a miniature !! scale of: 12 x 12 x 10 in.
unique
($12,000)

an imaginary ‘replica’ . . now that’s a interesting thought.
a mini-me, not !!


yes, the little screen – was animated.


a city road map of traffic patterns ?
on a sharp pink background !!


graffiti and language ‘code’ on the base . . . urban scrawl !!


TIM PORTLOCK, ‘Farm’, 2011. archival pigment print and visual effects software. 72 x 54 in.
unique
($5,400)

Farm, ha.
maybe devolving back into farmland – in a 100 years ?


even though the piece itself was in the ‘larger’ size format, re: dimensions (72 x 54 in.) . .
it was still a ‘mini’ slice of urban abandoned reality / decay. and it depended on attention to ‘minute’ details – to get its point across.


the ubiquitous white van . .


the rusty billboard . .


the abandoned warehouse . .
watch out, the artists are going to move in, and bring the hood – back to life !!


the ‘little’ houses . .


the trash and litter – on the dirty snowy streets, tell me about it !!


is that a paint can ?
have the artists already begun to trickle in ?


urban habitat gone to weed, and blight. gone to the . . dogs.
gentrification, just around the corner – no doubt.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’NANO’ . . NICHOLAS STEINDORF, ‘MINI-ME’ . . DUSTIN YELLIN, ‘MINI-ATURE’ . . ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT at SPRING BREAK / UP-DATE: FRI MARCH 13 – 11:15 am

UP-DATE: see photo of CURATOR NATALIE KOVACS – with the ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT ‘BROTHEL’, just added to bottom of the post.

coming up – watch out world !!!!!!

THE SPRING/BREAK 2015 – BREAK-DOWN !!

in the over-wrought art scene, the dumb-downed critical masses of the commercial art fairs & the mad, mass crush of aspiring artists with their non-stop production . . .
the big big stand-out trend is: SCALE !!
scale, such an ugly word. like fish . . scales.
or, the scales of law . . that the ‘blind’ justice chick, holds.

‘size’ . . works for me: and, the more ‘nano, bite-sized / mini’ . . . the better – !!

just plain ole size . . as opposed to let’s say, concept-driven, hyper-realism, minimalism, narrative, or purely pictorial-based works. I began to really notice this, back in June 2014 with that . . deep-dish, indie 170 SUFFOLK pop-up.


JACK SHANNON, mini or toy replica USA flag, stuck in a tiny hand-made clay ‘rock-like’ foundation.
170 SUFFOLK – a pop-up group show curated by SEAN VEGEZZI, ANDREW KASS & ABELINE COHEN,
LOWER EAST SIDE, MAY 31 – JUNE 5, 2014.
see: HELLO, 170 SUFFOLK

of course, a scant summer passed, when . . SATAN CERAMICS, JJ PEET & CREW – nailed that mini-ature . . notion !!


JJ PEET, miniature cup, SATAN CERAMICS, SALON 94 FREEMANS ALLEY, LOWER EAST SIDE.
SEPT 7 – OCT 25, 2014.
see: SATAN CERAMICS, OPENING NITE PIX

hello . . .
for absolute sure, appropriation is NOT THE KEY WORD any longer . . .
for what’s going on, and being thought about – on and around the scene these days !!
e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y is so over that . . everybody is so on board with original statements, and . . one-of-a-kind hands-on / artisan-like vibes.
rebel rebel, indie . .
means . . original CONTENT !!
call it the BROOKLYN HAND-MADE ONE-OF-A-KIND MINDSET . . vs. RICHARD PRINCE & JEFF KOONS – IMAGE / PHOTO THEFT . .
or, go a-w-a-y: BARBARA KRUGER wannabes. that’s so stale.

IMAGE & PHOTO COPYRIGHTS, ARTISAN, LOCAL-BASED, ORIGINAL-TAKE VOICES of the social network, and, even yes – the cult of the SELFIE, it all comes down to SINGULARITY . . how funny is it, how powerful ironic – that this is where the easy-to-rip-off-digital world has brought us. full circle.
back . . to the preservation of intellectual property ownership, and the appreciation of the hand-made, and singular . . both in craft and art object & video, and thought/concept/voice.
in popular culture think, mini series, big stars.
think: GIRLS & HBO. HOUSE OF CARDS, etc. etc. HOMELAND. endless list.

with a just little shout-out to the music world / and those Marvin Gaye copyright rip-off artists: ROBIN THICKE & sad sad day, PHARRELL WILLIAMS – making headlines this weekend.
I understand moving those ole-time music genres ahead, but come on Pharrell – admit to duping the drumstick riff, at least. give credit where credit is due.

NANO, MICRO, PIXEL, BITE-SIZED, MINI, MINIATURE . . YOU NAME IT !!
they all spell: BIG MESSAGE – POWERFUL LITTLE PACKAGE !! GETS YOU AHEAD OF THE MADDENING MASSES !!

1. ‘NANO’ . . NICHOLAS STEINDORF / DARREN WILLS – CURATED BY YULIA TOPCHIY.


NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL, ‘PURPLE’ – a 30 SECOND (!!) VIDEO PROJECTION, of a TINY RED & BLUE COLOR ‘CARD’ – DIGITAL ANIMATION BY NICHOLAS STEINDORF / ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK BY DARREN WILL.

SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW, 2015 – a truly indie fair, was subtitled: ‘TRANSACTION’ this year.

just as SPRING BREAK, was my best take . . on the sheer madness of ARMORY WEEK, these guys were my best take on SPRING BREAK . . !!

I thought they were among the best young ‘un-kowns’ of the entire week, it’s easy to call the celebs, and the guys who have been around the block. and to auction.
it’s hard to call . . the new-found talent.
‘knowledge’ . . . transmission = transaction: check !!

but also importantly, and why I’m putting them at the very starry top of the dizzing-ly vast mostly young new artist pyramid, that was SPRING BREAK – is that these two young BROOKLYN-based collaborators, NICHOLAS does the digital imaging, DARREN did the original sound . . totally got, as in . . ‘deep’ & profoundly, understood: ‘TRANSACTION’, ca-ching.

it wasn’t just about . . shredding dollar bills.

they priced their short videos at a concept-inducing . . $1 PER MB.
this one, ‘PURPLE’ coming in at 36.28 MB – was $36.28 (plus a small sales tax !!)
all sales were limited editions of 3, and included a signed 11 x 14 in. print specific to the video – ca-ching, count me – IN !!

talk about nano: this was the king of all nano video loops, all of 30 seconds, nano-sized, in fact . . micro-sized image, and . . micro-priced !!
it’s a . . win, win, win.


‘nano’ was such a good word, for this work, and in fact for their whole short series of 4 clips that ran on a loop, ‘nano’ as in . . birth – the smallest bio/biological unit / in-the-beginning, the most basic unit. so small, it is literally the life force – pulse !!

‘PURPLE’ was like stumbling upon the nano universe building block. like walking into a moon beam, but more powerful. less dreamy. more tech-based. it wasn’t so much a ‘representation’, as in an ‘object’ . . it was literally a life force pulse. it was an ‘emitter’. a literal ‘beam’ of hi-energy life. the beginnings of life, it even struck me as perhaps, the portal to life, and perhaps other universes. the beyond.
plus . . red and blue make purple.
in a nutshell: ‘PURPLE’ was . . nano birthing !!
constructed from digital nano pixels, even the music was the sound of nano spheres, Darren Will took the actual sound of the computer, that is usually NOT AUDIBLE it is so small, and enlarged and manipulated it – as the computer actually processed each image – as it was being processed, ‘animated’.

walking through the fair, which was itself like an immense bee hive, with many smal ‘cells’ pulsing with ideas and art, this was a pure energy ‘beam’ – encountered, in the first person. it was like a truly 3-d, make that 4-d ? sculpture . . as much as it was a ‘video animation’.

I just read this morning that the JAPAN AEROSPACE EXPLORATION AGENCY, or Jaxa (!!) in “one small 55 meter step” . . said “it succeeded in transmitting electric power wirelessly to a pinpoint target using microwaves . . an essential technology . . for space-based solar power.”
talk about: a high power beam !!
oh, yeah. for sure – the future is nano / micro !!
read: Japanese Agency Snares Solar Power


NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL, ‘Model’.
this clip was slightly larger, more in the scale of: ‘MINI-ATURE’, as opposed to purely empirically n-a-n-o. ha.
132.52 MB or . . for $132.52 – it’s yours !!
so, yes the sequence itself – was . . birthing. in scale, and concept.
here was the birth of civilization – the Greek mind-set. man. culture, art.
it was also very nano, formally – in its composition, the head placed way up there in a small corner.
very un-conventional. all about color pulse, as well.


NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL, ‘JAMES, TOBEY POND, NORFOLK, CT, USA’
212.07 MB – $212.07.
so, bio life progresses . .
to a modern-day swimmer, a man, a young man on a dock . . diving into the ocean. the poetics, the narrative become complex. the image starts off small and ghostly, it wavers, it fades, it literally bobs up and down on the screen, just like the swimmer.


NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL, ‘THE ROSE, NEW YORK STATE’.
861.58 MB – $861.58
nano – in all its complexity . . the unfolding of a flower.
the unit vs. the group.


NICHOLAS STEINDORF used an ‘hommage’ to JACK GOLDSTEIN’S, ‘THE KNIFE’ as the metaphoric / symbolic glue or bridge that linked all parts of the brief individual clips – to each other, and to the whole.
it was interesting to dwell on Goldstein’s now ‘vintage’ use of this common household object and how it was to become a huge sensation, or, eventually at any rate, and at the time for a lot of us . . when he filmed it so minimally, and so . . LARGE !!
there’s the neat trick. that was that . . era.
and please note, Pharrell: Nicholas did make a formal footnote – as to the source.

watch: NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL .. ‘SPRING BREAK 2015 – SEQUENCE’, in its entirety . . on VIMEO

2. ‘MINI-ME’ . . GLASS SCULPTURE BY DUSTIN YELLIN – CURATED BY NATALIE KOVACS.

unique edition, can be yours. . for somewhere in the range of $30,000 – which is actually a mini-priced opportunity for followers of this better known art scenester !!
his work usually goes in the $100,000 range.

what’s so fun about this piece, is that not only is it a table-sized mini rendition of Dustin’s classic glass pieces, which are usually human-sized, and often, far larger !! and free-standing. but since it is a smaller rendition of his work, think hotel room mini-bar !! it can, with glee . . be termed a ‘mini-me’ – !!

Dustin Yellin . . is one strange cool cat, I don’t care what anybody says. a lot of it is jealousy, or ceiling-on-the-’so-called’-art-critic-brain. I’m the one who first stood up, in print – against Roberta Smith who dismissed his work with one flick of the academic, stogy hand as: “kitsch”.
bite your tongues, my friends. well I remember, the days back in the early 80s when all my proto-hipster artist friends on the Bowery – used to laugh at JEAN MICHEL, that’s Basquiat to YOU . .
Jean Michel couldn’t give his art away, in those days and times. famous last words.
in fact I remember the same action happening around . . DASH SNOW, RIP.
I also came out then – as a big fan.

I don’t think it’s gonna be an RIP situation here, but it’s funny – life.
there’s no . . WINNING.
you get the feeling that although Dustin has so much, though he does spread the wealth around nicely when he wants too, that he can’t ever feel, truly . . secure. he craves so much attention, so much validation. one wonders, does he ever feel that he’s made the moment . . inside of himself ?
of course this makes for great showmanship, something a little bit in short supply at SPRING BREAK, esp for such a young with-nothing-to-lose-bunch, still in their 20′s, but we’ll leave that for the next post – TEEN BAZAAR, hoo-ray !!


magic carpet ride.
make that . . mini magic carpet ride !!
I love (glass) transparency, and I love – fables.
come on, I’m not the only one to note, the huge fab ride, the major ‘trend’ crush . . our littlest bio humans have, with their huge fascination with: all things . . U-N-I-C-O-R-N-S.
if you guys are the ‘millennials’ – then wtf are these little kindergarten babies going to be called, the ‘unicorn-ists’, aka the ‘unicorns, for short ???!!
on one side of the globe you have kids pointing unicorns at each other, on the other . . guns.
what gives ?
yin yang ?


I love fortune telling, tarot cards, CRYSTALS !! magic rocks. omens, and oracles.
rituals. patterns in rugs. folk art, fables, trips in the imagination.


it’s the same piece, mini-sized, just from a close-up view.
I love glass piled up. stacked up – so it turns, green.
must be the proto-autistic in me, loving surfaces. esp transparent glass, and esp . . plastic.
I love how the collage-d images disappear . . magic in the making, magic in motion.
superficial vs. profound ?
who’s to say. or maybe it’s yin yang. just that simple.

3. ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT, ‘MINI MODULAR BRONZE BROTHEL’ – CURATED BY NATALIE KOVACS.


ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT, 2014. bronze sculpture, 48 x 30 x 51 cms. editon of 3.
no price given.

this has to go under the internationally FAMOUS, but totally un-known and new . . to me !! category – which is what art fairs are supposed to be all about, and it was super cool to find this here, and not at INDEPENDENT or the ARMORY.
so, there. SPRING BREAK, apparently does trump all.


I thought at first Atelier Van Lieshout was an artist collective with a made up . . name !!
my bad !!

JOEP VAN LIESHOUT founded this artisan design, art workshop in 1995 in ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS . . in large part to dis-spell the myth of the “single genius artist.”

talking about: PLASTIC – as in RESIN . . !!
workshops, and . . ARTISANS.

do yourself a favor !! and read: his own words – about . . ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT

and, then check out: ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT


yeah, it was even . . wired for light.
red light . . district, huh.


every brothel has its wash basin . . .


curator NATALIE KOVACS . . in her SPRING BREAK 2015 exhibit, with “Mini Modular Bronze Brothel’ by ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT, in the center.

all I can say is:

follow the bread crumbs . . . when the work is good, responding & pulsating to the ‘creative’ universe, it all lines . . up !!


PAT McCARTHY, ‘MINI PIGEON COOP’. 2014. mixed media, mostly clay, exhibited in SATAN CERAMICS, SALON 94 FREEMANS ALLEY, LOWER EAST SIDE, SEPT 7 – OCT 25, 2014
see: SATAN CERAMICS – OPENING PIX

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~BILL CUNNINGHAM . . .

DID !!
post some . . . lively coverage on SPRING/BREAK.

and, from the website, i.e. this website !!
artlovers . .
whose motto is: REBEL, REBEL INDIE !!
I most definite dig that first snap-shot on his slideshow – a large and proud, and ‘found’ . . ‘REBEL’ street mural – scrawled across the background.

BILL seemed to be particularly entranced with how the ‘indie’ curator-based fair took over the . . old post office, and set loose it’s creative force . . upon the building’s currently ‘distressed’ state.

this is the screen grab for the audio/visual post he rushed up over night, with the link . . . following below:

watch: BILL CUNNINGHAM . . A FRESH BREATH OF AIR !!

note: you have TO HIT THE MAIN CENTRAL IMAGE on the link – to get to his audio and the slide show.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY – TO CATCH THE FAIR !!



~CA – CHING !! SPRING BREAK !! up-date 4:49 PM

UP-DATE: you can find the NICHOLAS STEINDORF / DARREN WILL PROJECTION in rm 4005.
I just heard, legendary lensman BILL CUNNINGHAM . . swung by today !!

TRANSACTION . . . C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E-D !!

NICHOLAS STEINDORF VIDEO – SOUND BY DARREN WILL
‘PURPLE’ – limited edition of – 3 !!
DELIVERED IN SD MEMORY CARD FORMAT
COST: $1 PER 1 MB – !!
THAT’S: $36.28 + TAX for a GRAND TOTAL OF: $39.50 – !!

PLUS: it comes with a 11 x 14 in. print, a still from the clip – signed & numbered by the artists.

yeah, YOU !! – watch:

‘PURPLE’, 2015 – by NICHOLAS STEINDORF with SOUND TRACK by DARREN WILL / VIMEO

don’t blink – it’s only 30 secs !!!
of sheer, PURE . . ELECTRICITY !!

Now, that’s the way I like to play the . . ART GAME !!



~NICHOLAS STEINDORF & DARREN WILL . . YULIA TOPCHIY – SPRING/BREAK


artist NICHOLAS STEINDORF, and musician DARREN WILL . .
at the 2013 YULIA TOPCHIY/CoWORKER presentation of their ‘SWOLLEN FOOT’ – a ‘startling’ and at the same time ‘poetic’ and deeply felt . . re-telling of the ‘Oedipus Rex’ tragedy. their collaboration was . . very cutting edge: a wordless, mostly abstract and pattern-based digital animation projection on a loop – with original soundtrack.
did I say, no words.
‘SWOLLEN FOOT’ was presented at Entwine, Downtown NYC. MAR 1, 2013.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

NICHOLAS STEINDORF and DARREN WILL – will be presenting 6 new digital animation/sound videos – short pieces that will run on a loop . . . at YULIA TOPCHIY’s booth at SPRING/BREAK this week. the theme of her group exhibit is . . . ‘UNSPOKEN DIALOGUE’.

I’ve heard . . . the videos are going to be both “subtle and strong” , so . . I’m curious !!
I’m a huge fan.

when I asked for a little more info, I got:
“We are selling work for $1 per MB”. when I asked for a little more clarification, I got:
“The size of the files range from like 58 MB to 1.3 GB. Meaning that the work ranges from $58 to $1.300. The size of the file (video) is directly related to the price. Much like the size of paintings, photographs, drawings, etc are typically contingent on the size to price ratio. Video can empirically be any size when projected, but there is still a ‘size’ that no one is aware of. Also videos that are most black (empty) are lower in MB size because they don’t have any pixel information. Files that are filled with color and bright whites are typically higher in size because every pixel is being used.”
rock on, indie.

and I guess that covers . . ‘transaction’ !!

so, I asked for just a little more information, and I got:
“The work is a collaboration of Darren and I going back and forth. I put together a batch of videos/drawings and he selected which he thought inspired the kind of sound he wanted to do. Then I made them a bit better, then he did some sound, and then I made them a bit better, and then he made the sound better, etc etc. – Let me know if you want anything else ?” . . . !! !!

can’t wait to see this . . at SPRING/BREAK tomorrow !!
rock on .. Unspoken Dialogues, for sure !!



~YULIA TOPCHIY . . SPRING/BREAK

indie curator YULIA TOPCHIY, will present a small, very focused group show at this year’s SPRING/BREAK 2015.
titled ‘UNSPOKEN DIALOGUE’, it features the work of: RIITTA IKONEN, LUCIE KIM + FELIX VON DER WEPPEN, YASUE MAETAKE, YOLA MONAKHOV STOCKTON, NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL, and BEN K. VOSS.

and, man I am digging that D-I-V-E-R-S-I-T-Y.

and, C-O-D-E . . GRAPHICS !!

note: NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL . . have been reviewed in artlovers for their very original art/music collaborations. Nicholas, a visual artist has been reviewed here many times . . on his own. artlovers’ ‘NICHOLAS STEINDORF vs ANDY WARHOL’ . . does come to mind !!
in their collaborations, Nicholas does the visual/digital loop element, while Darren produces the original music – a most notable, epic ? example of which – we reviewed back in 2013, was their excellent, neo-classic, new wave, poetic, lyrical & most original video production . . titled, ‘SWOLLEN FOOT’. a re-telling of the OEDIPUS REX myth in digitally animated ‘abstract’ images and patterns . . accompanied solely by music, no words . . was presented at ENTWINE . . by Yulia Topchiy’s . . CoWORKER PROJECTS.
singer songwriter LUKE RATHBONE, and NICK STUMPF of FRENCH KICKS – also worked on the sound production.

see: NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL .. OEDIPUS REX, MARCH 1, 2013.

see: CoWorker Projects

see: SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW

/ FAIR.
New York City based, indie curator YULIA TOPCHIY aka CoWorker Projects . . at her booth at last year’s . . SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW / FAIR 2014.
YULIA just put on that break-out show, ‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’, co-curated with KELLI BURTON . . an interweaving mosaic of writers, artists & musicians – at the NARS FOUNDATION.
the show’s email flyer featured a super graphic, dreamy, awesome skin-some, gorgeous mysterious photograph by JESSICA WYNNE, one of the artists in the show. the flyer was in turn featured on artlovers.

see: ‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’ – NARS FOUNDATION

YULIA TOPCHIY . . . is a good representation of the many many indie curators who will be presenting mini-exhibits of new work, at SPRING /BREAK this year. many of them work ‘behind-the-scenes’ – in the art industry, staffing galleries and museums, the unspoken masses of media ‘creatives’, other manning tech start-ups, some slogging away as artist ‘assistants’ and fabricators, others, art handlers, and archivists. often they start life as part of the many off-shoot organizations that support this new age multi-faceted activity, pop-ups, and other more mainstream art events. many of them work in ‘front-of-the-scenes’, as writers, reviewers, and producers. many of them are curatorial collectives, composed of artist, and just as likely, non-artists. a diverse group . . many of them are just a bunch of whole lucky people . . who just happened to ‘back’ into some crazy great happening scene, most likely just next door !!

the city and esp Brooklyn is alive and kicking on this level – there are 90 curators in this year’s SPRING/BREAK show – who will collectively be exhibiting more than 400 artists !!

so the list goes on and on, the city is just jumping with talent. at artlovers we like to term these art-related workers – the worker bees !! and from their ever-swelling ranks . . the most motivated, ambitious, and show-man spirited develop into . . indie curators !!
and, of course: small venue gallerists.
and the writers, artlovers included . . that cover ‘em.
yeah, I’m a . . worker bee.
where’s the . . decal/sticker.
tattoo ?

anyways, these ‘worker bees’, often in the past overlooked, and edged out by the big boys, mostly due top lack of funds, and a lack of insight in the mainstream media, are now making their presence FELT, mainly due to the sheer numbers, their crisp creative edge, and, of the course the power of the ground-up social media !!
. . . they often put out the first buzz, as they swarm around all over the scene, formerly known as ‘the underground’ , buzzing about, infiltrating the media, and putting out the word. indie curators flit from low-rent, even no-rent pop-ups, non-profits, and alternative spaces . . anything, any venue will do . . all looking to put out that fresh taste of newly minted art honey, and put on YOUR PLATE.

determined, vivacious, inventive, entrepreneurial by nature, they encapsulate the ‘go-local’, artisan-based small business ethos of Brooklyn and, the against all odds downtown pop-up shows of street artists like SEAN VEGGEZZI, and PPP/PETER PAN POSSE. from sabotaging billboards, the skyline off the Williamsburg Bridge does come to mind (RAMBO) . . to ‘don’t blink’ storefront pop-ups, to small venues on 3rd floors just open on Saturdays !! – they can survive and thrive in good part because of the internet, which allows for a viable presence on the web: enabling sales, archives, and of course power distributing events and putting pot info, and it’s locavore gone global, all the way.

there’s a lot of opportunity for the creative and skilled here, and there is this huge wave, an influx of talent, that is just as determined and ingenious when comes to staying alive here in NY as the great past ghosts of Soho were, JACKSON POLLOCK comes to mind. and so, despite high rents, and all, those Soho days are long over . . the young worker bees with big dreams . . just keep on pouring into NYC. no matter about L.A. and parts remote – NYC is where kids from all over the USA, still want to come to make their art dreams happen, to burst out, break out, get out from behind that day job . . and make a name for themselves – as curators, or artists – or in fact, very often, a combo of both.
rebel, rebel, indie.

YULIA TOPCHIY . . writes that:

“When I worked for Phillips Auction House, I met so many talented artists who held day jobs working as administrators, or art handlers that I wanted to create a supportive environment where the works could be shown in traditional settings, and ideas and feedback can be exchanged. I started CoWorker Projects to engage my former coworkers in conversation with each other and showcase their works to the public for the first time. For some of them it was a networking experience, for others it was a step in the career path. I enjoy working with all my artists by providing them an opportunity to show their work in an un-traditional setting where they can get the feedback and expand their network.

I love what I do. but I now concentrate on curating shows at nonprofits where I can also give exposure to their programs. During the day I work for ARTSY . . in a Gallery Relations Team where I support Galleries and their programs. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a team which changes how people look and collect art.”

CoWorker Projects . . led by Yulia, specializes in art curation, events production, and performances.


last year, MARCH 2014 . . YULIA’S booth at SPRING/BREAK featured a pretty far-out installation by BRUNO POGACNIK WUKODRAKULA, shown here in the mouth of the cave !!

so Yulia’s curating really does swing far & fab: all the way from NICHOLAS STEINDORF’s new wave ‘classicism’ – which is often presented in digital projection format, to the dreamy narrative surreal and musical !! not to forget ‘group interactive’ of ‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’ . . to the blow-out shamanism of this mystical, psychedelic bio-drama masquerade ‘power’ cave.


talk about . . alter-egos !!
in fact, BRUNO’s electric installation was titled . . ‘POWERCAVE’.


now, would you classify that as . . organic, or inorganic ?
locavore, or ‘invasive’ species.
human evolution heading, or alien visitation ?
the way man/robots . . will be ‘encased’, ca. 3015 ?

how bout . . what bio-people machines will evolve to, to enable them to navigate the toxic mess earth will become after . .
one nuclear power plant accident by tsumani, natural disaster, & poor planning . . . too many.
one atomic test, too many. RIP BIKINI ATOLL.
one nuke attack, in the wrong hands. panic room gonna work, I don’t think so.


BRUNO POGACNIK WUKODRAKULA !!
son of a quartz crystal – jungle.
gotta love that his last name rhymes with . . DRACULA.

I’ve always been the most proud, that as a lowly ‘worker bee’ myself . . buzzing around the art scene as a photo journalist/commentator, and many a-times a back-scene production assistant, my co-workers at artnet, when it was manned by that awesome twosome, WALTER ROBINSON and CHARLIE FINCH . . used to call me: CRACKULA !!
rhymes with DRACULA !!, and you just might know – why !!

BUZZ, BUZZ, BUZZ ON . . ALL YA INDIE CURATOR – WORKER BEES !!

REBEL, REBEL, INDIE – !!
YOU RULE.
NYC – 2015.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~AMBRE KELLY . . SPRING/BREAK


AMBRE KELLY, co-founder with ANDREW GORI . . of the SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW, at the 2014 edition, held in the old red brick schoolhouse building on Prince St and Mott, Little Italy. NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, MARCH 9, 2014

this year’s SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW, the 4th annual edition . . has been moved to a much larger venue, the JAMES A. McFARLEY POST OFFICE – on WEST 31st ST at 8th AVE, NW corner.
that’s . . Midtown Manhattan.

see: SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW

with 90 CURATORS and 400 ARTISTS – taking up 3 floors of vacant office space !!

curators are where it’s at in NYC today – !!
these aspiring worker bees are all over the scene, from upscale to down, downtown to Brooklyn.

witness the huge critical success the Brooklyn-based CLEOPATRA’S curatorial collective had with . .
their take on the annual ‘LOOKING BACK’ SHOW at WHITE COLUMNS earlier this year !!
see: ‘LOOKING BACK’ – CURATED BY CLEOPATRA’S, JAN 13 – FEB 21, 2015

this year’s theme at SPRING/BREAK is: ‘TRANSACTION’. haha.

l-o-v-e the URBAN DICTIONARY DEFINITION:

but think they mean more, the MERRIAM WEBSTER TYPE DEFINITION,
but insert ‘ART’ & keep that . . URBAN DICTIONARY . . . . FLAIR — !!!!!

REBEL, REBEL – INDIE !!
IS WHAT IT’S . . ALL ABOUT – !!



~’ARTISTANCE’ CURATED BY: CHE MORALES . . extended !!

next week . . is the so-called big NYC ART FAIR WEEK.

as far as I can see, there are exactly 2 hot picks for the week:

‘ARTISTANCE’ a gritty straight-up-from-the-streets show of about 26 artists presented by indie curator – CHE MORALES, in the new format event venue/gallery/community center I.M.A.G.E in BUSHWICK . . .

and the other, the bigger venue . . ‘multi-pack’ SPRING BREAK ART FAIR re-located to mid-Manhattan this year – but still . . indie curator-based. just . . many many curators, instead of one, and many many artists, way more than 26, especially new ones, and a small entry fee to cover the organizational costs. unlike most art fairs, no ‘canned’ goods here.
all fresh produce. you just never know . . what’s around the corner.
(more on SPRING BREAK – next post !!)

for sure, it’s the young indie curators, whether the single voice, or seen as a group . . who have their fingers on the fast-paced pulse of the city’s art scene right now. they are like worker bees, always seeking alternative spaces, alternative ways of drumming up money, constantly unearthing, and presenting the newest wave of talent, that un-endingly makes its way to New York City, and struggles hard to call this damn will kill you city, home. all of them, curators and artists, wanting to break free, to be HEARD. SEEN. & LISTENED TO, while they dance in the moonlight – on that, bleeding edge curve that has always made . . NYC legend.

so, I was happy to hear that CHE MORALES had his show extended, and if you want to get away from the maddening, dumbed-down, ‘no-see’ crowds, this is a great place to start, and then you can just day trip all over Bushwick, and Williamsburg, and Greenpoint.
(including all the hot artisan ‘pottery’ stores, and restaurants, lol.)

which brings us back to CHE MORALES, who just sent in some great pix of his show, and what can I say . . except that, if you are a start-up ‘collector’, this show is a no-brainer, probably your best bet for your art buying $$$ – right now. just very raw, very authentic, and very . . real.
very intense. definitely trying to say . . something about the world we live in.
straight up from the streets, just the way we like it.

‘ARTISTANCE’ – CURATED BY CHE MORALES / ’26 ARTISTS – ONE STANCE’
EXTENDED THRU FRI, MARCH 6, 2015

IMAGE GALLERY – 1501 BROADWAY AVE, BROOKLYN (BUSHWICK), NY.
GALLERY HRS: TUES – FRI / 12p – 6p


MAS PAZ, with his street art style, font-driven, ‘Tierrita Compartida/Shared Land’, acrylic and aerosol on wood panel, 18 x 24 in.
($400) . . what did I say, no-brainer.


MAS PAZ, CERN, the show’s curator CHE MORALES, and . . DANIELLE MASTRION, whose wild painting, ‘The Bronx is Burning’, is exploding into flames . . behind them.

on the wall, the golden Egyptian ‘Foremost of Noble Ladies’, oil on canvas, by CHRISTINA DUARTE. 16 x 24 in.
($1,200)


a ‘storm’ of a painting . . if I ever did see one.
CERN, ‘Muntadar al-Zaidi (the shoe thrower)’
mixed media on wood panel, 20 x 24 in.
($600) (!!!!)


DANIELLE MASTRION, ‘The Bronx is Burning’, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 36 x 48 in.
($1,200) tempting, very explosive, political, and crosses over nice with folk art.
bet it would be a show stopper, on the living room wall. back home.
this is what I bought in NYC, y’all.


TMO PLATTER, ‘X-MAN’, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 in.
($600) no-brainer.


ALBERTUS, ‘Revolutionary Gaze’, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 in.
($2,500) tough grit. vs the powers that be.


BKFoxx, ‘Immolate’, oil on linen, 24 x 36 in.
($600) tough grit. protest. ethos vs dominant power. we are ALL FEELING THE STRESS.
don’t get me started on the TIBETANS vs the CHINESE.
HUMAN CAGES & FASCISM.
NATIVE RIGHTS. FREEDOM FROM INTERNET REGULATION.
EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN, way to go . . PATRICIA ARQUETTE.
set yourself on fire, girl. set yourself . . FREE.


MARTHALICIA, ‘SACAGAWEA’, mixed media. 12 x 27 in.
($500) !!!!

wow, and yes I do know who . . SACAGAWEA is.
I met MIZOU PECK . . the lovely actress who plays her in BEN STILLER’S – ‘NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM’ series, at the JEFFREY SHAGAWAT opening, just this past DEC 2014.
see: pix from the opening – JEFFREY SHAGAWAT -’SELFIE’
and yes, BEN STILLER – was there.


CASEY CAULEY, ‘The Boy in Red’, acrylic on canvas, 33 x 30 in.
($500) . . . !!!!

so, that’s . . BUSHWICK.

instead of BBW, BUYER BE WARNED,
it’s . . B-WAY !! BUYER, WHERE ARE YOU ?

ALL PHOTOS: COURTESY CHE MORALES



~OWEN JAMES BRINGS PHILIPPINE ART . . TO JUSTMAD6 / SPAIN

BROOKLYN’S OWEN JAMES GALLERY . . .
BRINGS CUTTING EDGE, CONTEMPORARY PHILIPPINE ART – TO SPAIN.

‘CONTEMPORARY ART from the PHILIPPINES’ . . .
OWEN JAMES GALLERY – is pleased to present some of the leading contemporary artists from the Philippines:
MARIANO CHING, DEX FERNANDEZ, DINA GADIA & ROBERT LANGENEGGER

JustMad6 – The Emerging Art Fair
Feb 24 – March 1, 2015

Booth B2.02 (floor map # 3.04.B)
COAM – LaSede
Calle Hortaleza, 63, 28004 MADRID, SPAIN

coinciding with ARCO, Owen James Gallery is part of ‘JUST BROOKLYN’ . . .
a selection of young Brooklyn galleries within JustMad6 – The Emerging Art fair.
they have a great website: JustMad / EMERGING ART FAIR, MADRID
aka ‘travel’ – by digital wings.


DEX FERNANDEZ, ‘Untitled (2)’, 2013, acrylic, ink & embroidery on digital photograph.
30-1/4 x 20 in.
see: DEX FERNANDEZ, OWEN JAMES GALLERY

“While Southeast Asia has blossomed in the global contemporary art market over the last 10 years, the art coming out of MANILA stands out as dynamic, colorful, with a wide range of influences and materials. The emerging artists of Manilla reflect globalization, the deep impact of colonialism, and the topsy-turvy nature of their current political reality and recent history.”


MARIANO CHING, ‘Pale Moments After the Explosion Series: Man’, 2013
acrylic and oil on shaped canvas, 18 x 18 in.
see: MARIANO CHING, OWEN JAMES GALLERY

“For example, the pervasiveness of Catholic traditions, as introduced by the Spanish, are heavily contrasted with disillusionment over the Church’s inability to confront the overpopulation, political corruption, and the squandering of economic resources that is so rampant in the country. The images of American pop culture, from inane movies and television shows to comic books, brand-name luxury products and fast foods are often used not in admiration, but in defiant rejection of their presumed authority.


DINA GADIA, ‘Fear of Nice things’, 2012. collage. 9-1/2 x 8 in.
see: DINA GADIA, OWEN JAMES GALLERY

wow: the more I see of Ms. GADIA’s work – the more I eat my words . . !!
she is most definite ready for . . PRIME TIME !!


ROBERT LANGENEGGER, ‘As long as our artwork remains committed to the poorest of the poor and does not end up serving the rich the work will prosper.’, 2012.
diptych, acrylic on paper, 11-7/8 x 18 in.
see: ROBERT LANGENEGGER, OWEN JAMES GALLERY


JUSTMAD / EMERGING ART FAIR – MADRID, FEB 24 – MAR 1, 2015 – COAM – La Sede



~DINA GADIA / TAYLOR McKIMENS . . HORSING AROUND

of course as soon as I write that, I find a a very very strong piece by DINA GADIA.
and my question is: is, ETHOS . . always peaceful ?

and what about: KRATOS . . power.

DINA GADIA vs TAYLOR McKIMENS, it’s not so much a ‘versus’ . . as a dialog.
a contrast of visual style and expression.
a contrast of . . intention.
the common element being the . . horse.
a strange enough pictorial symbol . . ?
a political symbol ?
a dream symbol ?
a fantasy-powered unicorn in Taylor’s hands, a retro-charged symbol of power in Dina’s.
in Taylor’s painting the horse is tired, and bound by barbed wire, choking him at the neck.
he seems almost a unicorn, he is so other-worldy and surrounded by eerie light.
a dreamy sub-conscious . . ethos.
in Dina’s work – the horse is a cowboy (American ?) power play, trampling the (foreign ?) wrestlers / culture / ethos.
kratos vs ethos ?

in both artists’ hands, a human has been bounced. in Taylor’s painting he wears a cast.
in Dina’s, 2 strong men – are trampled underfoot.

I offer you DINA GADIA & TAYLOR McKIMENS . . horsing around, just because
. . . I can !!


DINA GADIA, ‘Body Western’, acrylic on thrift painting, 2014.
too bad she doesn’t include the scale ?
a political commentary ?
a fantasy ?
a power play within the imagination – projected out onto the world stage ?
image via DINA GADIA, hold yr horses


TAYLOR McKIMES with his painting, ‘Cactus Rider’, 2015. 84 x 101.75 in
more like a ‘fate’ / a ‘constellation’ of stars in the sky, than a dream.
a political statement ? a social statement ?
a power play within the imagination – projected out upon out our deeper psyche ?

PHOTOS OF TAYLOR McKIMENS & HIS WORK: NANCY SMITH
TAYLOR McKIMENS: 2008-2015 COMMISSIONS BY BRIGHT LYONS, FEB 3 – 17. 2015, NYC

PHOTO OF DINA GADIA,’Body Western’ – from her website



~DINA GADIA . . ETHOS !! & still time to catch MAS PAZ !!

ETHOS:
another way to say . . in a PEACEFUL WAY, new cultures bubbling . . up !!

‘ETHOS BELOW’ – ILLUSTRATION BY . . DINA GADI,
a young artist from the PHILIPPINES who is represented by a new gallery in Brooklyn . . with a, how fun !! global voice: OWEN JAMES GALLERY.
where they will be showing Dina’s work this Spring, MAY 2015.

see: DINA GADIA, hold yer horses, etc

I’m posting this image because, apart from the nice theoretical, political, cultural, & social resonance – to last Saturday’s MAS PAZ special on artlovers – !!
and, of course focused first . . on the great art, visuals, graphics and vision !!
I particularly like how diverse cultures, previously quite ignored in the contemporary art world, i.e. South America, Philippines . . are coming up through the cracks, in small venues in BROOKLYN !!
and I totally dig, how it’s coming up as ‘cutting edge’, which IT IS – as opposed to being pegged as ‘outsider’ or ‘folk art’.

I also think it’s interesting to contrast Dina’s work with Taylor McKimens’ !!.
both have a comic book retro feel, but that’s where – the line stops !!
DINA GADIA vs TAYLOR McKIMENS ?
hmmmmm, well Taylor has it up on Dina, come on, be respectful !!
he’s been around a lot longer, and is more of an original expressionist as opposed to Dina’s more quiet, appropriation collage ways, but those ‘hands coming up from the muck’ – of her’s . . are pure gold !! could be a gold mine – over there in Manilla, give or take a few more years !!
I mean, Taylor has been cooking in the fires of the underground NYC scene for quite a while, which definite toughens you up, Dina could do well to look at his work. and then . . go her own way – of course. and watch out !!

and, go BROOKLYN.
because this global voice – is just so much more real than the big $$$ mainstream galleries who show for example, Chinese contemporary ‘art’ – as they chase the big $$$ Asian art buying market !!

BROOKLYN, is so ahead of the curve. and that’s the way – we like it.

OWEN JAMES GALLERY will be showing Dina’s work, along with 3 other young artists from the PHILIPPINES in his booth at the JUSTMAD6 – THE EMERGING ART FAIR – in SPAIN, that happens next week, coinciding with their big ARCO ART FAIR over there – more info on OUR NEXT POST !!

shout out again to CHE MORALES at IMAGE GALLERYfor including MAS PAZ in his ‘ARTISTANCE’ show, which you can still catch this week – the show runs thru FRI FEB 27, 2015.

UP-DATE: THE ‘ARTISTANCE’ SHOW HAS BEEN EXTENDED THRU . . FRI MARCH 6, 2015
see: IMAGE GALLERY

see: OWEN JAMES GALLERY – 61 GREENPOINT AVE, suite 315, GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN. NY

MAS PAZ – WALL MURAL, ‘Protected from the Sun’ – Barra De Navidad, Mexico
see: MAS PAZ



~THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER . . CLOSING PARTY / UP-DATE: SAT FEB 21 – FIRST BUZZ on SPRING BREAK !!

UP-DATE: SAT FEB 21, 2015:

on an ‘exciting’ note: YULIA TOPCHIY will be presenting what looks to be a very dynamic ‘group’ offering in the highly anticipated SPRING BREAK ART FAIR – during ARMORY WEEK. what makes this new fair so exciting is that it is . . curator-based, as opposed to . . gallery-based.

SPRING BREAK . . founded by ANDREW GORI & AMBRE KELLY, has a new location this year, looking to be a better and bigger exhibition space. good-bye little red schoolhouse on PRINCE ST, hello:
SKYLIGHT at MOYNIHAN STATION, 31st Street entrance – 307 West 31, NYC at 8th Ave.

on a ‘well-deserved’ note: artist & graphic credits for the incredible awesome ‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE’ closing poster image – have just been listed below the poster, scroll down !!

‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’ – CURATED BY KELLI BURTON & YULIA TOPCHIY
CLOSING RECEPTION: FRI, FEB 20, 2015 / 6-9 PM
with readings by:
CATE MARVIN – Nostalgia Is A
JAMES Yeh – Sayonara
Cate Peebles – Waking Up
NARS Foundation Gallery – 201 46th St, 4th Fl, BROOKLYN, NY

gallery hours: MON-FRI 12-5 pm / and by appointment

the group show runs JAN 24 – FEB 20, 2015 / don’t BLINK !!

for more info: CO-WORKER PROJECTS

‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’ … includes original writing, music, and visual art created specifically for this event. In conjunction with NARS Foundation curators KELLI BURTON and YULIA TOPCHIY have organized a creative project that involves 30 New York-based artists. The participants consist of 10 writers, 10 musicians, and 10 visual artists …

The 10 writers were asked to craft a new poem or short story. The writing pieces were then distributed anonymously to the 10 musicians and 10 visual artists. They then had one month to use their designated writing piece as inspiration for an original song recording and an original visual artwork in the medium of their choice. The opening which took place on Sat, Jan 24, 2015 revealed the collaborators to each other as well the display of the artworks. There will be printed books available which contain the 10 writing pieces with an attached sound card containing the 10 digital recordings of the inspired songs.

the participating artists:
Chris Bors, Eric Brown, Anelise Chen, Michael Crowe, Matt Duncan, Alaina Ferris & Matt Schlatter, Alan and Michael Fleming, Catherine Foulkrod, Rita Ikonen, Invisible Things, Melissa Godoy Nieto, Alison Kuo, Cate Marvin, Noveller, Cate Peebles, Walter Robinson, Bill Santen, Adam Sipe, Amanada Stern, Christopher Swetals, The Tablets, Tarwuk, JD Walsh, The Westerlies, Whale Belly, Woodsy Pride, Writer, Jessica Wynne, and James Yeh.

Alan and Michael Fleming’s shows have been reviewed several times on artlovers, as have those of my long time friend, and former editor at artnet – Walter Robinson.

the photograph is by – JESSICA WYNNE – an artist in this show.

JESSICA WYNNE, ‘How Mourning Goes’, 2014.
Digital C Print, 30 x 40 in. edition of 10 + 2AP
her project was inspired by the story with the same title by AMANDA STERN, and the song with the same title – was composed and recorded by The Tablets.

the graphic design is by – CASEY BURTON who goes by the name PIO.



~how low – can you go . . ? / UP-DATE: SAT FEB 21

pretty far, actually.

funny how things synch up, funny how round the world . . turns,
direction: WEST !!

all the way from KKK/KANYE WEST & O.J. via AMBER ROSE, onto MM/MICHELE MACCARONE, via how-low-can-you-go NATE LOWMAN and ending up with . . JERRY SALTZ ?!!

you might have caught my big rant on SAT FEB 14th ?
turns out it was a really hot weekend, Saturday was Valentine’s Day and yesterday, was FAT TUESDAY aka MARDI GRAS !!

so things were heating up mad, and . . YES, I DID FEEL THE HEAT.

in the pop culture that rocks us hard, whether we know it or not, things were hot as hell.
BBW in the art word, ‘n BBQ in the fashion-celeb word !!

BBQ – ?
AMBER ROSE goes commando ballistic mad, or as she calls it, ‘South Philly’ !! on her ex KANYE WEST via KHLOE KARDASHIAN . . and nails it very nicely in just a few words, and, of course little North sporting a bullet proof vest c/o KANYE – priceless. I love little North. I hope she gets to watch cartoons, and if they ever put her butt naked on the beach – shilling Guess jeans, ala GIGI HADID, I’ll have a fit.

so, who knew Amber was such a creative genius – posting the meme of all mothers, o lordy, while briefly stooping to call O.J. (“the man who got away with murder”), and in a sense he is . . Khloe’s dad !! !!

of course this bloody Valentines Day massacre goes down just as Kanye gets his mement, I mean moment !! in the fashion world sun, and his song with Taylor Swift, and Paul McCartney, at the Grammy’s – was hardcore . . wow.
gritty. and so are his – boosts. and his referencing of VANESSA BEECROFT.

read: AMBER GOES ‘SO PHILLY’, CALLS KIM . . a WHORE !! and, worse !! – DAILY MAIL

didn’t I tell you that, just last week, at Taylor’s opening: it’s a PHILLY INVASION – !!

so much for crispy well-burnt celeb BBQ,

in the art world proper, it was:

BBW – BUYER BE WARNED !!

MICHELE MACCARONE GOING SOUTH, and we don’t mean her upcoming expansion to L.A. – !!!

actually Michele Maccarone is someone I love to hate, so I actually did go off on her on Sat, but then I thought twice about putting out so much negative derision on the Day of Hearts, and retracted.

but funny how the world spins, and things started to line up in such a groovy connect-the-dots fashion, I just have . . to re-visit.

first up, was the crazy cozy pairing, after the fact – of NATE LOWMAN and his ex MARY KATE OLSEN, aka THE OLSEN TWINS in the ‘OFF DUTY’ section of the WSJ – just in time for VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND.


so are MARY KATE & her sis . . justified or what / and big time !!
BOHO – that was their look !! before they clamped down, went THE ROW – in the face of mass criticism.

and just inside, on PAGE 4 – thanks to the recent contemporary art auctions, a little art world BUYER BE WARNED /BBW – chart !!
and, guess whose on it, and . . tanking ?
yep, sad to say .. NATE LOWMAN thanks in part to the careful, translate: awful . . curation and representation of, by one MICHELE MACCARONE, his dealer.


‘ARTISTS TO WATCH’ – compiled by KELLY CROW, WALL STREET JOURNAL – ‘Sotheby’s Shakes Off Doubts’.

and note: there are only 4 artists who made the list, and ONLY ONE is going south, and that be: NATE.
and, yes – that is a god awful ‘MM” painting by the way.

“Art world wild child NATE LOWMAN, 37, scored at auction in 2013 with a series of works that look like giant bullet holes on walls. But sellers looking to flip the American artist’s works for a quick buck this week found a soft secondary market . ‘Six Shooter’, a series of “bullet holes” from 2005, attracted low interest at Phillips, and sold below estimate at $170,000. The seller of 2011′s ‘Trash Landing Marilyn #12′, (the painting in the chart) who bought it in 2013, took a 10% loss at Phillips when the work sold just above its low estimate for $650,000.”

boo hoo, BBW !! HOW LOW CAN YOU GO – NATE LOWMAN ?

but what really go me to re-post, connect-the-dots !!
was that I had pegged Michele Maccarone, and very nicely I thought – as having her “nose-out-of-joint” meaning unbearably snobby, wrong, and just plain . . stuffy.
you know, stuffy . . nose.

when on quite another cyber research project yesterday, I actually stumbled across JERRY SALTZ and his wonderful chronicle of MICHELE MACCARONE and her BROKEN NOSE . . at VENICE !!
too funnie !!
and, JERRY SALTZ taking pix !! hilarious !!
well you only need to catch the moment if it’s hysterical, by that I mean newsworthy, and so yes he even had a pretty awful photo of Michele and her broken nose, kudos . . JERRY.

but BTW BBW, Jerry – don’t lose the day job !!

read: JERRY SALTZ with the tale of Michele Maccarone’s broken nose – artnet


NATE LOWMAN, ‘LOSER’, 2009.
‘A DOG FOR EVERY COUNTY’, MACCARONE GALLERY, NYC. Feb 10 – April 2009.

now this was from when NATE was GREAT, but that was the last time I ever set foot in that god-forsaken place, talking about . . tragic ‘maccaroni’ westerns, west side NYC, and all.

ALL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH

UP-DATE: SAT FEB 21, 2015

first of all, turns out to be a classic Western frontier, CLASSIC AMERICANA story . . or what ?!!!!
slice and dice, . . and all.

and there’s more on the . . PHILLY FRONT – !!

while I was stabbing, o.k. slice and dice metaphorically . . MICHELE MACARONE here in the fringes of west side NYC, some bad action was going down, in where else .. Philly !!

two members of NICKI MINAJ’s tour crew got stabbed in the CHE BAR & GRILL in PHILLY the night before this was published, that would be Tues night FEB 17, 2015. the news has just started to surface. De’Von Pickett a stage hand for Nicki died, the other crew member is hospitalized. they were only in Philly for 2 days !! for tour rehearsals with Nicki’s BF rapper MEEK MILL – who’s from ?
where else: PHILLY !!

see: NICKI MINAJ – ROADIE .. DEAD / TMZ

something bad-ass in the water – in Philly.



~MAS PAZ . .

MAS PAZ . . MORE PEACE !!

MAS PAZ, my bad !!

MAS PAZ . . the ‘anti-executioner’ – !!

MAS PAZ making his statement . . with such tenderness, and way ahead of the curve.

MY BAD, MAS PAZ, for ranting and raving . . when you do it all so underhandedly.
so sweet, so caring.

MAS PAZ bringing art to the table, in more ways than one.

check out: ‘MAS PAZ’

do not miss: MAS PAZ – WALLS

and, FOR SURE: HIS VIDEOS

ARE FOR ALL . . ‘TAKERS’.

I couldn’t pick out a fav – so just go with the flow, and watch them – all !!

YO !!!

you can see work by MAS PAZ at the big ‘ARTISTANCE’ group show curated by CHE MORALES at IMAGE GALLERY . . thru FRI FEB 27, 2015

IMAGE GALLERY



~ARTISTANCE OPENS . . FRI FEB 13

ARTISTANCE . . . CURATED BY CHE MORALES
26 ARTISTS – ONE STANCE
OPENS FRI FEB 13, 2015 / 7-10:30 PM
the show runs thru FRI FEB 27, 2015
IMAGE GALLERY – 1501 BROADWAY AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, NY

more info on the show: ARTISTANCE

FEATURING WORK BY:
BKFOXX, CERN, TMOPLATER, DANIELLE MASTRION, LEXI BELLA, MAS PAZ, MARTHALICIA, COCAINE&CAVIAR, LAVAN WRIGHT, CLUB BUM, THEO MIGHTY, MIGHTY MATH, CHRISTINA DUARTE, KID KUUP, AARON VALENTIN, DEREK PEREZ, SARAH BERMAN, RAOUL ANTONIO ALBERTUS, SID LOPEZ, CASEY CAULLEY, JON RODRIQUEZ, MATT STANTON, KAHEIM ARCHER, MURJANI, IKE SLIMSTER.

AFTERPARTY: BIZARRE BAR – 12 JEFFERSON St, BUSHWICK.
will include a special video presentation by performance artist AKIL DAVIS, then dancing to Latin sounds of DJ’s DIGITAL GUARACHA

JMZ @ MYRTLE / BROADWAY AVE



~TAYLOR McKIMEN’S: THE HISTORY OF ART & bye the way: HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY !!

‘TAYLOR McKIMENS: COMMISSIONS BY BRIGHT LYONS, 2008-2015′
FEB 3 – TUES, FEB 18, 2015
BRIGHT LYONS, POP-UP – 455 West 19th St, Chelsea, NYC

“THE STARRY MESSENGER” . . .

well, lookie here, Taylor’s show – is in synch with the . . stars !!
that means . . for sure, I’m up, for taking . . another LOOK !!


TAYLOR McKIMENS, ‘You and I’, 2014, acrylic paint. 14 x 10.75 in.


HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, Y’ALL . . !!

though actually I’m not 100% if this is . .’You and I’, or: ‘Far from Me’ ?!!
the artworks weren’t listed exactly in synch with the installation at the opening, they must have done some last minute re-arranging.
so I didn’t get the note, and somebody else can do the . . grad school paper.
but I do see hearts, and plenty of them on her dress, and they most def . . are in the POP vernacular, or what !!
though that ‘chain around her neck’, pardon the expression (!!) is causing me some mystery, and sleepless nights.
whose got the other half ?

and ps: in case you didn’t pick it up, the narrow hem around her t-shirt – clearly speaks: comic book.


this is a close-up of the woman’s head, in Taylor’s ‘Victory’, 2015 painting, discussed at some length in the previous post. what’s so strangely interesting about these paintings, is that while they most strongly project ‘cutting edge’ contemporary art – they also carry secret passageways to and from great ART, mostly vernacular, and definite outcasts . . from the past.

so, is ‘ex-outsider’ a formal term ?

and, now of course very revered and respected painters, in this case: it’s clear to see the ‘hand’ of the mighty outsider, now a god . . VAN GOGH.
in short in Taylor MCKimens’ paintings – Van Gogh meets comic book story-telling & neon color spurts – in 21st C Brooklyn !!

off-tangent: the definition of ‘outsider’ has morphed & changed, and in some sense remained exactly the same – incredibly through the centuries.
you better thank your lucky stars – there’s a fluid path . . in the rat world. I mean: art world. even if it does take .. centuries.


“CLOTHED IN GLORY – An 1889 self-portrait painted in Saint-Remy, where Van Gogh spent the final year of his life.” – WSJ, BOOKS SECTION, Sat/Sun Jan 17-18, 2015.
VAN GOGH making the . . news.
and damn, that’s a true . . ‘SELFIE’, if I ever did see . . one, not to repeat myself, but . . just laying out the cultural cards, as they plainly fall.
in black and white, and read all over.

but back to TAYLOR:
it hadn’t really dawned on me why I was so haunted by the show, until I noted this Wall Street Journal, Books section – on the top of my reading desk !!
yep, weekend of Jan 17-18, 2015, VINCENT VAN GOGH is not only in the news, his self-portrait, his ‘SELFIE’ . . . is headlining . . . the cultural pack heading into New Year 2015, and if you dwell on these kind of things, trends, even slightly, you can well pause to consider why the WSJ editors picked a ‘selfie’ instead of let’s say, a landscape – as their large format, go-to-image ?!!

anyway, so it’s not just American painter Taylor McKimens who is looking back.
look look . . lookie back, young dudes.
apparently Brit painter JULIAN BELL is also looking back, and he seems to have astounded everybody with his new Biography, ‘Van Gogh: A Power Seething’. (great title). a quote form the book: “My existence is not without reason,” the artist once wrote to his brother Theo. “There is something inside me, what can it be ?” the WSJ reviewer, JONATHAN LOPEZ, says Julian Bell “answers that question forcefully”.
see: ‘THE STARRY MESSENGER’, ‘Van Gogh: A Power Seething’ – by JULIAN BELL, WSJ


close-up, detail, TAYLOR McKIMENS . . ‘You and I’, 2014.
which brings us back to . . Valentine’s Day, 2015 – where you can also observe the animated gestural Van Gogh influence, that Taylor borrows to 3-D ‘model’ his figures, but you can also pick up some – GAUGUIN . . kind of his contemporary evil ‘twin’.
in the flat planes, esp across the face. the flower in the hair. the expression – etc, etc. the passion.
so, GAUGUIN’S also in the news, too.


“Paul Gauguin painted ‘Nafea Faa Ipolpo (When Will You Marry?)’, a portrait of two Tahitian girls, in 1892.” – WALL STREET JOURNAL, FRI FEB 6, 2015.

‘GAUGUIN PAINTING SELLS FOR NEAR $300 MILLION’ – BY KELLY CROW.

in short: “A colorful painting of two Tahitian women by Paul Gauguin has reportedly been sold by a Swiss family foundation to a group of state museums in Qatar for nearly $300 million, a record sum for a single work of art.”
read the article for yourself: “Gauguin Painting Sells …”, WSJ – FEB 6, 2015.


but what’s also interesting about this painting is how it speaks to the forward direction of Taylor’s work, which seems to be leaving the pick-up truck, dive bar culture of the southwest desert, and Brooklyn (!!), the exotic women of the hot islands of Gauguin, and the even hotter, thicker emotions – of Van Gogh – and taking the whole heap, kit and kaboddle / comic book art and all, flat planes and painterly gestures, animated inanimate details . . and moving them all . . . towards THE LIGHT !!
as opposed to the . . HEAT.
big diff.
and there’s a wonderful strangeness to that – too.


detail, TAYLOR McKIMENS, ‘Greek Head’, 2015. 14 x 11 in.

the L-i-g-h-t of the . . THE GREEKS – !!
moving forward, by going even further backward ?
that’s an interesting concept – as well.
one can just feel the light, refracting & reflecting off the coolness of that cold hard white marble, desert ? what desert. it’s all gods and civilization, thought. marble, and water-dwelling oracles !! the linear color areas, and crazed messy details of LIFE – are morphing into patterns of stained glass reflection that speak to answers, order and pattern. entropy is banished, and a flood of optimism shines rays over the small, but very alive, and evolving universe of the living – in a word: Brooklyn. just joking, calm down !!

Happy Valentine’s Day, from artlovers – your original content provider, and her take on the art scene . . multiplied by the everyday tarot cards, life in media-driven NYC throws at us, all.
a ‘selfie’ is a ‘blog’ is an . . insider/outsider ?
better believe it !!

oh, to the Greeks . . and their Starry Constellations !! Cupid and all.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH