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

~SOPHIA NARRETT, PAUL ROUPHAIL . . ‘HEART-SHAPED FACE’ / NATHANIEL DE LARGE . . ‘JAN’S POND’ / JACK BARRETT

subtext: CRAFT
and, no doubt – about it.

in these 2 side-by-side shows, ‘craft’ – as a concept / figures large.

SOPHIA NARRETT, PAUL ROUPHAIL – ‘A Heart-Shaped Face’ /
NATHANIEL DE LARGE – ‘Jan’s Pond’
MARCH 15 – APRIL 28, 2019
JACK BARRETT, 173 Henry St., fringe of Chinatown, NYC.
HRS: WED-SUN / 12-6 PM & by appointment


JACK BARRETT . . the day after the opening.


seems to be a natural-born . . poetic.
puts on some great shows.
reminds me of a young Gavin / GBE.

SOPHIA NARRETT, ‘Path’ embroidery – at right.

he founded 315 Gallery in Brooklyn, where he gave Haley Josephs some great outings.
recently re-booted & re-located to the LES / Lower East Side / Chinatown, under his own name. prob a wise move.

see: HALELY JOSEPHS ‘Finger in the Hive’, 315 Gallery. Sept 7 – Oct 7, 2018 / artloversnewyork
see: HALEY JOSEPHS, 315 Gallery at Sunday Art Fair, London. Oct 4-7, 2018 / artloversnewyork


SOPHIA NARRETT, ‘Path’, 2019 / slightly cropped
Embroidery thread, fabric, acrylic, aluminum.
5 x 4.25 in.


detail, SOPHIA NARRETT, ‘Path’.
‘craft’ & ‘metaphor . . loom large in these works.


PAUL ROUPHAIL, ‘Lavender Room’, 2019.
oil on canvas.
54 x 36 in.


detail, PAUL ROUPHAIL.
I would say, that can of soda – was well crafted.


the main room was more of a complete . . environment.
with craft, concept, technical skills, & . . metaphor / message aplenty.
NATHANIEL DE LARGE, ‘Jan’s Pond’.


from a distance it had the trappings of a giant . . paper cut-out.
the hanging canopy was actually a piece.
NATHANIEL DE LARGE, ‘Ethical Future’, 2019.
Corn and soybean biodegradable bags, LED lights.
dimensions variable.


this was the ‘pond’.
NATHANIEL DE LARGE, ‘Gig of Pride’, 2019.
Plywood, carpet.
72 in. diameter, 5 in. height.

it reminded me of that, audacious, ‘banal’, industrial, brown shaggy carpet,
JOE BRADLEY exhibited in his very first outing, c/o Kenny Schachter, back in early 2000s.
some people in the ‘art wold’ were quite affronted by it.
I thought it was – sublime. funny & smart – it was definite aimed at the right targets !!
the usual suspects parading as art critics – dragging the whole scene & everybody in it down.
20 years later, this is quite the (victory) circle – come round.


NATHANIEL DE LARGE, ‘Trevor’, 2019.
Chain mail, cyanoacrylate.
dimensions variable, (life-like)
craft &industry – these truths we take as self-obvious.


Chain mail, hand-mgde. diy. but, why is it beside Jan’s pond ?
Environmental . . S.O. S. ?


‘Jan’s Pond’ . . looking in from the other direction.


NATHANIEL DE LARGE, ‘HT125’, 2019.
Anodized titanium, Dibond, human hair, steel.
24-1/4 x 9-3/4 in.


Nathaniel de Large’s technical skill . . was sublime & subtle, witness the ‘swan’.
industrial, and crafty – in the same breath.


damn, the conclusion ?
looks like our natural habitat . . . just might be going completely, down the drain.

read more & images:A Heart-Shaped Face’ – SOPHIA NARRETT & PAUL ROUPHAIL / JACK BARRETT

read more & images: ‘JAN’S POND’ – NATHANIEL DE LARGE / JACK BARRETT

wonderful show, absolutely – on point.
go see it / up thru APRIL 28


EXHIBITION INVITE / IMAGE

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~PETER SUTHERLAND . . S.L.O.P. / MAST BOOKS

subtext: CRAFT
subtext: INDUSTRIAL

a prime example of ‘Craft’, closing in on . . . ‘Industrial’

PETER SUTHERLAND – ‘SHIFTING LANDSCAPES OPPOSING PROPHECIES (S.L.O.P.)’
APRIL 18 – MAY 9, 2019
MAST BOOKS, 72 AVE A, NYC


installation shot
image via Instagram @petersutherland


the book . . .
image via Instagram story @petersutherland / @migrationofwolves



~LUKE MURPHY . . SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY, CHICAGO

subtext: CRAFT
subtext: industrial
subtext: digital arts
subtext: historical American quilt patterns
subtext: high level tech knowledge
subtext: craftsmanship / artisan skills / incl both digital & actual 3~D constructs
subtext: communication – digital banners / new age signage

‘LUKE MURPHY – 2019’
SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY – LINCOLN PARK, CHICAGO / BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
APRIL 13 – MAY 31, 2019

LUKE MURPHY . . . is a digital / tech-wiz, light, animation & 3-D construct .. artist,
who has a long time & many-layered relationship with: CRAFT.

when . . . ‘creating’ new accessories in even, online games, such as Minecraft – are referred to as ‘crafting’, as opposed to let’s say ‘producing’, or ‘building’ . . . as in:
‘How to make a Bell in Minecraft: This Minecraft tutorial explains how to craft a bell with screenshots and step-by-step instructions.
In Minecraft, a bell is a new item in the game that does not have a crafting recipe yet. A bell can be found in the center of a Village. Bells can be attached to a floor, ceiling, or the side of a block and they will make a sound when you ring them.’
~source: basic online search for: ‘craft’

Mine – craft (!!!!!!!!!!!!)
as in: mine/mein / belonging to me / a set of skills – mastered by ‘me’ / mine.
& mine / as in a (resource) mine (gold mine) (tech mine) / or, as in . . mine/research a topic / and,
or . . dig this !!

it’s no wonder – there is such a new-found & profound respect / ans understanding for the term,
in the new gens/generations.
they are encouraged to be ‘artists’, & ‘creative’ explorers – from the time someone puts an iPad or iPhone . . into their little toddler hands.

Luke . . ‘crafts’ objects & pulsating wall ‘boards’ – out of his digital & experimental knowledge, which are often in turn, actually combined with historical ‘craft’ references, as in his LED light / pulsing ‘quilts’ & even: signage.

and, note: that’s . .
Luke Murphy’s animated ‘DELI-LED’ banner running across the top of this page / ‘UNIFY NOW’ . . (WORLD)


LUKE MURPHY, DIGITAL ‘LOG CABIN QUILT’ / installation view


LUKE MURPHY, ‘StarQuilt’, 2019.
P4 LED Matrix panels, animation code, mini-PC running Linux, power supplies, aluminum, wire or MDF armature.
Technical: Python3 scripts & software, Gigabyte brand i3 mini-PC, running Lubuntu Linux, Linsn receiver card,
sender card, 5v$oA 125/220v AC power supplies.
63H x 41W x 3D in.


LUKE MURPHY, ‘On Leaning Lights’, 2019.
P4 LED Matrix Panels, etc . ..

re:‘INDUSTRIAL’ / ‘CRAFT’
note: ‘craft’ . . . does NOT necessarily mean ‘craftsy’, as in arts & crafts /
I take it to mean, more: the ‘craft’ of building / constructing / imagining . . something really really well, with . . both ownership & authenticity.

it’s interesting to see, in this show, with this piece – that Luke is moving over to the dark side, lol !!!
it could be, in reaction to showing in what appears to be a high-end lifestyle / home furnishing / exceptionally inspired / concept store / gallery, that he didn’t want to just come off – as all soft & cuddly ?!!
as if, a rigidly framed LED Panel quilt was soft and cuddly, but you know – what I mean.
this piece is like straight out of Star Wars, a light saber collection, or better . . ‘Hal’. (!!!)
this is ‘craft’ . . pushed to a colder, more minimal ‘take’, what we in the art world call: ‘industrial’.
it doesn’t mean factory-produced, it means: later age civilization . . proto-modern / contemporary minimalist.
its usually very: GRAPHIC / as opposed to purely expressionist, as in / no brush stroke, please !!
it’s got a colder / harder ‘wall’, that pushes ‘creativity’ . . to a finer, more stringent – visual tension.
it’s like, the range or polar opposites of the craft mind-set / the yin yang.
CRAFT – INDUSTRIAL.

see more: LUKE MURPHY 2019 – SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY
and, where you can also watch – some animation clips, of the pieces in ‘motion’ !!

all images via SHANE CAMPBELL GALLERY



~MELISSA BROWN . . ‘The Pictionary Individual’ / REAL PAIN FINE ARTS / last day

subtext: CRAFT

MELISSA BROWN . . in ‘THE PICTIONARY INDIVIDUAL’
A GROUP SHOW – ORGANIZED BY: PETER HARKAWIK
closes today – SAT APRIL 20, 2019
REAL PAIN FINE ARTS, 1819 3rd Ave., L.A. CA 90019

I’ve always found Melissa Brown’s paintings – to be very craftsman-like.
they are built tight – like ships.
they are completely made-well, and functional – as vessels . . of daydream & mystery.

this might be because Melissa’s first focus was – printmaking.


MELISSA BROWN, ‘Interior Life’, 2019.
flashe, acrylic, oil on aluminum panel.
48 x 30 in.

image via REAL PAIN FINE ARTS – ‘The Pictionary Individual’ CHECK LIST



~TH’US . . MARSHAL HOPKINS & BARBARA REID / The Corner Lounge, Nanaimo, B.C. / CRAFT loves FOLK ART loves OUTSIDER ART

TH’US . . MARSHAL HOPKINS & BARBARA REID – ‘On The Way To The Lovfest’
TO-NIGHT / THURS APRIL 18, 2019 / 9 PM
The Corner lounge, 121 Bastion St., Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

subtext: CRAFT

subtext: FOLK ART & OUTSIDER ART

a new respect & interest in Craft, actually began with a corresponding interest / and new found admiration for both traditional folk art, and outsider art.

and they two twined well around each other, like enduring lovers.

it was (maybe) first ushered on the music of the 60s / of Woodstock, and the Folkies, and the folk festivals.
Bob Dylan, The band, and Janice Joplin. and of course all those self-printed psychedelic posters !!
with their wild paisleys, incredible (craft-inspired) tie-dyes & ground-breaking diy typefaces & far-out fonts.
‘signage’ – became a really big thing.

the gen / my gen, and Reno & Marshal’s (!!) . . that seriously studied art in the 70s, could smell the new brew of coffee – already perking. we were bing ded & trained . . tehortrcyoal art / non-objective art / color field theory, but we wandered off into more priniv e and narrative ways.
I went from non-objective, large acrylic grid painting, think Agnes Martin meets Tibetan color palette, switched to smaller size watercolors on paper, and went radically ‘narrative’, my biggest influence ?
Traditional Japanese Edo period woodblock prints.
and Amish quilts.

Barbara Reid, or Reno as she was called . . was always into watercolor, and folk art. landscapes, and such.
very Scottish / spiritual rural / Celtic.

Marshal was just plain always, marching to his own drum / but the theory was there . . like a dirty dog.
there’s no arguing with the Irish.

our teacher was the famous Quebec color theory (stripe) painter Guido Molinari – and I think in a great way, he enjoyed seeing his pictorial theory put to . . such, subversive use.

what is art – if not: rebellion.


POSTER BY – MARSHAL HOPKINS



~HEATHER BENJAMIN . . MERCH, SALES & CRAFT

subtext: CRAFT

arts & crafts, NOT.
sales & craft . . YES.

the line between ‘arts’, vs. ‘crafts’ – has basically disappeared, or become very very thin.
too skinny to notice.

I mean, maybe the color theorists like Barnett Newman, or drip painters such Jackson Pollock are under the line.
but today, that line is not – an enemy camp.
it’s not so much about theory so much anymore, as it is about: craft, skills. legacy / ingenuity. authenticity.
though it’s always about . . creativity, expression, and soul.

though it’s funny to realize, that while this generation cannot afford the huge canvases of the Pollock gen /
it’s like they have instead . . ‘fractured’ into a million smaller pieces.

Artist-made DIY & CRAFT, such SILK SCREEN PRINTS on any kind of fashion, you name it: dresses, caps, T-SHIRTS, & all kinds of textiles, incl. beach towels (Selenasmountain), and shower curtains (Home Edition at ESSEX FLOWERS), have all been exhibited in cutting edge galleries.
not to forget xerox, digital & even letter press . . self-published paper print editions, & ZINES . . .

really kicked off seriously, . . when artists were able to sell their products, at indie art & book fairs, and most importantly – via their own websites, and/or other indie, digital ‘storefront’ platforms.
easy payments via Paypal, and Venmo, tipped the scale – to an all-out explosion.


@heatherbenjamin_: “a few totes now available online. will not be reprinted.”


@heatherbenjamin_: “last couple remaining book fair tees are at the link in my bio * worn by angel @meiow_mix.”

images via Instagram @heatherbenjamin_

to purchase . . .

see: HEATHER BENJAMIN – WEBSITE



~BCT / BEN CHARLES TROGDON . . ANOTHER PHOTO / PINK COWBOY HAT / of HEATHER BENJAMIN

subtext: CRAFT.

since we are currently seeing the world, increasingly through the lens of CRAFT these days.

let’s pause for a moment, and give a proper high-five to the photographer / behind that photo of Heather Benjamin,
just posted, and, add another . . ONE !!

it’s so easy to take photos for granted, these days.
but, still, they aren’t all – so . . equally haunting.

as well, as Mr. Trogdon’s photos travel to us, through the (now highly recognized) new age medium of craft explosion / we call/ the DIY SELF-PUBLISHED . . ZINE !!
there’s a double or halo- effect – to the dimensions of craft, invoked here.

and, since we get his photos . . from or nor from his zines / off what he posts to IG / Instagram,
by extension, does that make IG . . . a craft ?
is social media – just another albeit ‘future world’ . . craft ?

I mean, it is kind of like . . scrimshaw ? !!! quilting. souvenir collecting.
18th C Japanese woodblock printing. type-setting. fonts. illustration. early travel books & essay.
colonial broad-sheets. posters / advertising, movie, show posters, etc . .
digital zines for sure,
the endless paper . . ‘banners’.
like quilts were the endless . . textile banners.
self-published – the key word.
and in craft, too: hand-made / self-made / self-published.


@vbdbct: “HEATHER BENJAMIN, unused pic taken for ‘FUGITIVE’, Heather and I’s newsprint poster fanzine . . ”

image via Instgram @vbdbct / BEN CHARLES TROGDON

see: BCT – TATTOO PUNK FANZINE / seems based in “New York, New York”.
or, rather a mailbox in New York, New York, 10013
that would be a Tribeca, Manhattan mailing address.
he seems to post photos from many locations, incl Brooklyn, Queens, LA and . . Chile.

damn. of course,
yeah, that’s – right.
zines, check.
photo portraiture, check.
illustration, & diy printing, custom typeface, check.
custom website / blog, check.
tattoos are . . craft, too.



~HEATHER BENJAMIN . . LAABF / TABLE P95

HOWDY Y’ALL . . .

LAABF / see: PRINTED MATTER’S – LA ART BOOK FAIR

THIS WEEKEND / APRIL 12, 13, 14, 2019.

@heatherbenjamin_: howdy y’all. come see me at LAABF all weekend, table P95.
**PHOTO** by @vbdbct / BEN CHARLES TROGDON / for our new collab fanzine . . . “FUGITIVE”.

*RELEASE PARTY* *TOMORROW / SAT / AFTER THE FAIR* *THESE DAYS GALLERY & STORE IN DOWNTOWN LA*

*HEATHER BENJAMIN – PHOTO BY: BEN CHARLES TROGDON / @vbdbct*
*image via Instagram @heatherbenjamin_*

IT’S ALSO A RECEPTION / OPENING PARTY . . . !!!!

for HEATHER’s solo exhibition / “COWGIRL DENTAL FLOSS” / being concurrently exhibited at . . . THESES DAYS.

def, check out: THESE DAYS . . . .



~EMMY THELANDER . . ‘Outfits for Acrobats’ / PRACTICE GALLERY, Philadelphia / April

talking about . . . ‘disembodiment’ !!!!!

EMMY THELANDER – ‘Outfits for Acrobats’
April 2019
PRACTICE GALLERY, 319 North 11th St., 2nd Fl., unit 2g. Philadelphia, PA 19107
HRS: FIRST FRIDAYS & SAT & SUN 2 – 6 PM & BY APPOINTMENT

“If a free-floating person spins fast enough they could turn into an electromagnetic wave.
Flying trapeze artists are halfway toward disembodiment.”

more about: ‘Outfits for Acrobats’ – THE PRACTICE

more about: THE PRACTICE / AN INDIE – COLLABORATIVE ART SPACE

def, check out: EMMY THELANDER / ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE


EMMY THELANDER, at the opening.
I wonder if the show is has anything do with her . . surname ???


EMMY THELANDER . . Acrobat drawings
& looking very much . . spun out !!!
2 PHOTOS ABOVE, from the opening – thank you, NICHOLAS STEINDORF.


EMMY THELANDER, ‘Outfits for Acrobats’ video clip.
image via Instagram @practicegallery



~’Love of the Common Man’ . . GAZEBO / DANIEL GIORDANO . . one last look

I really am fascinated by this piece.
the title.
the materials.
the lightness of the construct / yet the dark, underworld – undertones.
the sense of craft, as well as . . art.
a lightness of being / and yet . . an entry to a way scary place.
dust to dust.
and . . a lightness of being. perfecto.

up at GAZEBO thru April 14 / 12 – 6 PM

see: GAZEBO

DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘Self-Portrait 150 Years From Now’, 2018-2019,
moisturizing face mask, cuttlefish ink, dust, acrylic polymer emulsion, urinal cake, epoxy paste,
wire hanger. 15.5 x 12 x 7 in.

PHOTOS via Instagram @danieljgiordano



~’Love of the Common Man’ . . GAZEBO / INSTALLATION PIX

that cold hard, hot !! cutting edge.

‘Love of the Common Man’ – RUSSELL BARSANTI, DANIEL GIORDANO, SAM SIEGEL
presented by GAZEBO
hosted by Mery Gates, 1345 Dekalb Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn

open: SAT & SUN APRIL 13 & 14, 2019 / 12 noon – 6 PM & BY APPOINTMENT


above:
RUSSELL BARSANTI, ‘Untitled’, 2019.
UV prints on sintra and adhesive vinyl, artist’s steel frame.
56 x 32 in.


above:
DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘Self-Portrait 150 Years Ago’, 2017-2019′,
moisturizing face mask, rabbit fur, 24 karat gold, Tang dink mix, epoxy paste, wire hanger.
11.5 x 8.5 x 22.5 in.


above:
SAM SIEGEL, ‘For my loving’, 2019.
chromogenic print, artist’s aluminum frame.
14.375 x 11.375 in.

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY: SAMUEL BOEHM / GAZEBO



~’Love of the Common Man’ . . RUSSELL BARSANTI, DANIEL GIORDANO, SAM SIEGEL / presented by GAZEBO / OPENS SAT APRIL 6 / 6-9 PM

GAZEBO PRESENTS:

‘Love of the Common Man’ . . RUSSELL BARSANTI, DANIEL GIORDANO, SAM SIEGEL

opening TODAY – SAT APRIL 6, 2019 / 6 – 9 PM
on view April 7th, 13th, and 14th / 12 – 6 PM & weekdays by appointment
hosted by MERY GATES, 1345 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn
see: GAZEBO / gazebo.space

GAZEBO . . is pleased to present ‘Love of the Common Man’, an exhibition of new work by Russell Barsanti, Daniel Giordano and Sam Siegel. Utilizing contemporary materials, the 3 artists produce work that references both the mechanized and the workaday. Each of the artists lives and works in the New York City metropolitan area.

RUSSELL BARSANTI . . is displaying 2 wall works. They portray varied subject matter but partly function as portraits. The works consist of UV prints on adhesive vinyl & sintra and are mounted inside heavy-duty steel frames. Both were made in 2019.
Barsanti was born in Norwalk, Connecticut.

DANIEL GIORDANO . . is presenting 3 new sculptures. Two resemble face masks and a third appears as a large column. They are made from a variety of materials and are pieced together in his sstudio on the the top floor of a former factory in the Hudson Valley. The sculptures were completed in 2019.
Giordano was born in Poughkeepsie, New York.

SAM SIEGEL . . is showing several photographic works. The works are chromogenic prints that depict various laser-etched crystals. They are matted and enclosed in aluminum frames. They were produced in 2018 and 2019.
Siegel was born in Los Angeles, California.

note:
This is GAZEBO’s inaugural exhibition. Gazebo is a new project by SAMUEL BOEHM.
According to Wikipedia, a gazebo provides: ‘shade, shelter, ornamental features in a landscape, and a place to rest.” Much like an actual gazebo, Gazebo will move around as needed.
Gazebo would like to thank MERY GATES for hosting this first exhibition.
~Gazebo press release


all images courtesy: GAZEBO



~’THE SOCRATES ANNUAL 2018′ . . CLOSING PARTY / PART II . . AMY BRENER, LEANDER MIENARDUS KNUST, SHERWIN BANFIELD

MORE PIX !!!!
‘THE SOCRATES ANNUAL 2018’ – CLOSING PARTY / Sunday, March 24, 2019

see: SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK – SOCRATES ANNUAL 2018 EXHIBITION

changing gears !!
heading into the light, literally & yet still . . very very curious.


AMY BRENER, ‘FORT-DRESS’, 2018.
steel, plexiglas, resin, pigment, found objects. 12 x 3 x 3 ft.

although quite static, the piece lifts upwards, translucent, pink and fluttery.
it must really glow in strong sunlight, unfortunately this day was a bit overcast.


‘FORT-DRESS’ . . “is a partial shelter within an abstraction of the female form. Viewers may walk into the back inhabiting the dress as if wearing it, and look out through its panels made of translucent pink resin and embedded with an arsenal of functional tools and gadgets.”
~SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK – AMY BRENER


also speaks to re-cycling, but more in terms of . . memory jars ?
memory jar of the street / of random foundness.


civilization / tools.


future forward / contemplation.


from translucent pink – to BLUE !!
again, one can only imagine how gorgeous these transparent blues are, on a sunny day.

LEANDER MIENARDUS KNUST, ‘Re-Material Wall’, 2018.
hot rolled steel, reclaimed pine, soil, golden trumpet vine, glass jars, copper sulfate and water, copper piping, rubber coated wire, polychrome wire, solar panel.
10 x 2 x 2 ft.


“The solar panel atop Leander Mienardus Knust’s ‘Re-Material Wall’, powers an electroforming process that slowly transfers copper molecules from suspended pipes to individual wires each floating in a solution-filled jar. Over time these molecules accumulate and take unique forms as a physical trace of their carrier electricity, while the steel rusts, wood warps, vines grow, and piping disappears.”
~LEANDER MIENARDUS KNUST – PROJECT / SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK


it’s interesting to contemplate how static re: objects . . Amy Brener’s piece is, and how ‘active’ this one is re: its objects.
in both, objects become: subjects. archival artifacts in Amy’s / decomposing science in Leander’s.
in both – colored light flickers about, animating the ‘composition’.

I’ve seen Amy’s work before, most notably up at Bobo’s Hudson Valley Art & Music Fest, a few summers ago – but this is my first time coming upon Leander.
also a show stopper. in a real nice way. plus science is cool.

LEANDER MEINARDUS KNUST, b. Philadelphia 1991, now lives & works in NYC. received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. “His work reflects an interest in growth and decay, and he uses methods that demonstrate the process of change and ephemera.”
~LEANDER MEINARDUS KNUST / ARTIST BIO – SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK


SHERWIN BANFIELD and his 3 part sculpture, ‘A CYPHER IN QUEENS’, 2018.
steel, winterstone, wood, resin, cement, paper.
9 x 10 x 4 ft.

while most of the projects centered on human-made objects, whether sheltering, harming, self-destructing, questionable, encasing, and even embracing nature / 2 projects were straight-out . . . PORTRAITS.

unlike ANTONE KONST’S imaginary, world-weary but giving ‘Free Peddler’, SHERWIN BANFIELD’S sculpture grouping was about real people, now dead. further these 3 men are cultural heroes that belong to the Queens community, as Queens is the NYC borough where the Socrates Sculpture Park is situated, this proved to be a deeply emotional work, very moving, against a field of theory, in a sense.
his was a memorial to reality.


the abstract designs, a kind of graphic ‘street code’ – on the reverse of the columns, were just as compelling as the realistic, powerful faces.

SHERWIN BANFIELD’S . . ‘A CYPHER IN QUEENS’,
“is a 3-part audio sculpture combining the busts of Queens’ Hip Hop legends Jam Master Jay, Phife Dawg, and Prodigy – with their music. The sculptural forms are inspired by stacked speaker boxes seen on streets during Carnival celebrations & . . ‘slit gongs’, tall painted wood musical instruments made by the Tin Mweleun peoples of Ambrym Island in the Pacific Ocean.”
~SHERWIN BANFIELD PROJECT – SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK

note: a ‘Hip Hop Cypher’ . . is a ‘participatory gathering of onlookers forming a circle to experience the frequencies of a freestyle battle between Emcees, DJs or breakdancers.’ (the web)

Mr. Banfield was born in Trinidad & Tobago in 1976, and lives & works in Astoria, Queens.
see: SHERWIN BANFIELD / BIO – SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK


SHERWIN BANFIELD “received his BFA from Parsons, The New School for Design in 1999. He works primarily in illustration, sculpture and painting. A dedicated portraitist, Banfield believes people’s stories can be told through gesture, texture, and composition.” (Socrates Sculpture Park bio)


which makes his ‘graphics’ (re: the advanced ‘schooling’), even more . . compelling.
soulful. wild. expressionistic. unpredictable. deeply of the street. etc. etc.
there seems to be a lot of his island culture – still deep at heart.


P / PRODIGY


JMJ / JAM MASTER JAY


5 – PHIFE DAWG

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’THE SOCRATES ANNUAL 2018′ . . CLOSING PARTY / PART I . . ANTONE KONST, RONEN GAMIL, NICHOLAS MISSEL

I did . . .
make it to ‘THE SOCRATES ANNUAL 2018’ closing party / Sunday March 24, 2019.
it was quite the wonderful time, with beautiful outdoors weather, right on the water, overlooking the iconic East River – with clear views Manhattan.
and, with many charming, very approachable, often clearly, and/or inadvertently . . interactive pieces, to wander about.


ANTONE KONST, with fellow Brooklyn-based artist, JOHN SZLASA.

note: large MARK di SUVERO raw metal sculpture in the background / his outdoor sculpture studio, is adjacent.
I was told di Suvero actually donated the slice of land, Socrates Sculpture Park is located upon.


ANTONE KONST, ‘Free Peddler’, 218, seen from the back, where all the interactive action is.
note: the “Lady and the Tramp” vibe, most jolly, loyal . . little dog.


the cutest . . albeit slightly ‘deconstructed’, doggie.


the ‘free exchange’ ‘backpack’ / ‘shelves’ of the ‘itinerant peddler’.
the was the ‘interactive’ element: take something / bring something. free exchange.
I got a free pot of garden blooms to take home, I guess my pix – are what I brought in exchange.


but make no mistake, this peddler is . . female.
with quite the strangest, most stubborn & determined, but maybe weary . . face.
it’s a lot of . . walking, with a heavy load.


well, at least she has a nice Woody Allen-type . . sun hat.


RONEN GAMIL, ‘HOME (-) AND GARDEN’, 2018.
Steel, drinking cans, aluminum, copper wire, plexiglas, flooring, paint, perennial woodland plants, compost, bulbs, woodchips, bricks.
each tent – assemblage: 18 x 32 x 32 in.

moving on from Antone’s larger-than-life, story-book peddler, the next thing to catch my fancy . . . .
were these ‘hobbit-sized’, or perhaps . . even tinier ‘houses’, for ‘fairies’, wood nymphs, or just plain ole Beatrix Potter squirrels, and the such. they seemed both magical, and shamanistic.


little ‘habitats’, made from re-cycled materials, surrounded by very cozy woodlands, they def seemed lived-in, home to small creature families, and most curious . . in a wonderful, innocent, smoke coming out of the chimney, childhood book way.


this set seemed like . . little hi-rise McMansions, with multiple floors, and big floor-to-ceiling windows, fit for a prosperous mouse family !!


these seemed more like tents fit for small adventurous . . hobbits, or gnomes.

so imagine my surprise, when I looked up the artist on the Socrates website, and found that, however playful and imaginary & also storybook – they seemed in person, in text . . they lived a more ‘political’ reality !!
with talk of “homeless encampments” ???

I had trouble connecting the dots, though maybe an agenda was . . necessary to get the project taken seriously, and/or considered ?? considered ??

see: RONEN GAMIL – PROJECT / SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK


I mean, wasn’t it enough of a creative leap, to connect re-cycled soda cans – with animal shelters, albeit of the Beatrix Potter fashion ?
it’s an interesting case of theory – leads to Fiction and Fanciful day dreams.
I could see him selling brightly colored nylon ‘tents’ for American dolls, at Wallmart – as opposed to making human-size tents for stressed-out & desperate homeless. though I suppose instant, mobile ‘nylon’ or recycled material shelters are perhaps a very good idea – for humanity.
such as where the present world is & where, it’s heading to be.

interestingly, Mr. Gamil’s real-life travels, have included homeless camps, around the glove. According to his bio on the Socrates website, he’s a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn in 1980. He received his B.A. in 2008, and a Masters of Urban Planning in 2009, from the City College of New York, so he def has some very bona-fide academic roots / pun intended . . because he’s also a professional gardener !!
in fact, he is currently the horticultural supervisor at Prospect Park !!

see: RONEN GAMIL – BIO / SOCRATES SCULPTURAL PARK


things took a decidedly more desolate, and brute / dystopian tone, with these collapsed forms – of human making.
one part, after-STAR WARS / one part, pre- MAD MAX.

NICHOLAS MISSEL, ‘The Read Deal: Soft Touch & A Gentle Push’, 2018.
Silicone Rubber / 12 x 7 x 4 / 10 x 6 x 5 ft.

“A pair of enormous limp silicone machines, the Park’s compact loader, and a decommissioned bulldozer, that will lie sprawled across Socrate’s lawn. Cast from working pieces of equipment involved with traces of dirt, rust and debris, the sculptures can be understood as a meditation on global patterns of industrial production, material circulation, and the sustainablity of existence on earth.”
~Socrates Sculpture Park
see: NICHOLAS MISSEL – SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK WEBSITE


funny, how old machines – have such . . old human souls.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~ANTONE KONST . . GOOD-BYE for now, ‘FREE PEDDLER’ / SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK / CLOSING PARTY SUN MARCH 25 / 3-5 PM

‘THE SOCRATES ANNUAL’ GROUP SHOW – is closing today, SUN MARCH 24, 2019 . . with a reception / 3 – 5 PM
SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, Queens NY 11106

entrance is free, but please RSVP at their link above.

more on: ‘The Socrates Annual 2018’ – Socrates Sculpture Park

image via Instagram @annntone



~JOSH HARRIS . . scoops up the press, NEW YORK POST, WALL STREET JOURNAL & WIRED !!

JOSH HARRIS – THIS MAN, COULD TELL THE FUTURE.

or:

FERAL . . . is a 5 letter word.

ANDREW SMITH’s book on Josh . .
and the early 1980s dot.com era in general,


‘TOTALLY WIRED’ / ‘THE RISE AND FALL OF JOSH HARRIS AND THE GREAT DOTCOM SWINDLE’
,

originally published in 2012, has just been re-released, by Black Cat publishers . . hot on the heels, of the 10th anniversary of the astounding, 2009 Sundance Grand Jury prize – win of the documentary, ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . . the story of Josh Harris / which netted director ONDI TIMONER, her notable, second Grand Jury prize at Sundance.
(Her first was for ‘DIG’ . . Brian Jonestown Massacre & The Dandy Warhols).

the new release just came out on the 19th of March 2019, & it’s already burning up the charts / if the reviews are anything – to contend with !!
it’s . . . hot. hot. hot !!

Josh, and his ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ brand – is just so complicated / and has so many facets, so many depths of field, all the way from wholesome, ritualistic artifact (lol, Quilts), to evil, to creative, to visionary, to web innovation, to commercial product (i.e. art, movies and book), that it’s no no surprise that the 3 reviews I know of, . . not only reflect Josh, in vastly different ways, but also reflect the agenda/program, of the publisher on which – they have popped up.

which makes for a really, jolly literary party.

1. of course, being a . . New Yorker (!!),
my fave is the one that surfaced today . . in the NEW YORK POST !!!

BAD BOY, JOSH !!!

side note: my kid, Theo, now all grown-up and very fine, thank you, . . .
was the 9 yr. kid shooting off the big guns !!
I mean, it was a party about the FUTURE, right ? kids, future, get it ?
when all the press came out back then, and some of it was very very X rated, & over-the-top notorious, & TRUE (!!) I got called into the principal’s office to explain why I should not be sent to child protection services immediately / turns out my kid’s middle school philosophy teacher was sitting at the ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ MoMA NYC premiere, almost directly behind us, (scratch a middle school teacher, find a movie nerd), and he had also recognized Theo in the film . . (amazing what a small world NYC can be !!).
Long story, short: it was just gun props, (under Alfredo Martinez supervision, OY).
and the ‘quilts’ were in a separate area. (not) (ok, sort-of).

oh, lord how can you not love . . the NEW YORK POST.

there’s JOSH, in full-blown Luvvy the Clown persona, (in the dark shades), looking like a serial killer clown, if not worse.
right next to: OMG !! AOC / Ocasio-Cortez !!!
though they got one fact wrongo, it was $80 million !!, not $50.
but, otherwise . . it’s pretty much all Josh, all true, and all . . BAD, BAD, BAD to the bone !!!
quick, and witty – it’s a great read.

sample paragraph:

re: the Pseudo ‘tech’ offices . . .
“Pot smokers held ‘Code Green’ meetings during office hours, and at night things got even wilder. Though Harris usually stuck to whiskey and cigars, he acquired a 6-foot-high glass bong for one party, described by one eyewitness, as ‘bigger than my bathroom’.”

re: future-vision, the web & being declared the godfather of social media . . .
“And yet, despite his highly public failures, there was one thing Harris was successful at – predicting the future. As he told one interviewer in 2009, ‘We’re moving into a world where our status and value will be measured by how many people are watching us’.”

have some fun tonight, read it for yourself: ‘How Josh Harris, a dot-com party boy worth $50M lost everything in an instant’, by RON HOGAN, NEW YORK POST / MARCH 23, 2019

2. second up, is the review in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, that surfaced yesterday, FRI March 22, 2019 – on their prestigious OPINION PAGE.
and, if you google it online now – it’s at the top of their most read list. (!!)
btw: it refers to Josh’s fortune as . . “$75 million on paper”.

most remarkable features ?

the article’s title !!: “Social Media’s Patient Zero” (!!!!!!!!!)

and second, written by someone name of, WILL LEITCH . .
it is written from the point of view, of someone who 19 years ago, had been a young kid who had just caught the tail-end of the Josh Harris experience, the smoke trail / just missing out on the ‘party’ – by under 30 days !!

“I moved to New York in January 2000, fascinated by Mr. Harris even if I didn’t know him personally. At the time the tech bubble popped in April of that year, however, Mr. Harris’s company was already in tatters. His investors had pulled the plug, and he retreated into odd art projects like ‘We Live In Public,’ for which he outfitted a loft in Soho with cameras in order to document every moment of his and his then-girlfriend’s life for an online audience. Like many undertakings of that era, ‘We Live In Public’, was grander in concept than in execution, and by around Day 70 both Mr. Harris and the girl had moved out. So who lived in that apartment instead, to entertain the theoretical (but mostly non-existent) on-line audience ?
Me, actually . . .
“I had cameras on me, but I wasn’t doing anything worth watching, and no one was paying attention anyway. The audience had changed the station entirely. As we now know, they were about to tune into something much more interesting: themselves.”

read: ‘TOTALLY WIRED’ REVIEW, by WILL LEITCH, WALL STREET JOURNAL / MARCH 22, 2019

3. third is for nerds only, and/or people who want the facts, and raw details – from the source. and I mean source.
as in: sacred water / running stream / journalist meets medicine man.

‘This Guy Predicted Society’s Thirst for Internet Fame – in 1999’ / WIRED
written by the book’s, ‘TOTALLY WIRED’ . . author, ANDREW SMITH !!!


(note: classic quilt – grid / organization = riff on social networking inter-linkedin-ness)

“Josh Harris may have been the first internet millionaire in New York.
As founder of Jupiter Communications and New York’s first online media portal, Pseudo.com, he rode the web 1.0 dotcom boom to a fortune of $85 million.
But as the 1990s ramped up, his view of what the internet would do to us, darkened, and he spent his fortune on a series of lurid social experiments aiming to demonstrate what he saw. The biggest was an ambitious millennial happening called ‘Quiet’, which Andrew Smith writes about in his new book, ‘Totally Wired’.

“1999 …

“Where to start ?” . . . .

“There are similarities between ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Quiet’, but the dissimilarities are significant.
Where ‘Big Brother’ would be tightly edited, directed and as stage-managed as ‘The Truman Show’, ‘Quiet’, would be feral, unedited, and interactive, with each participant given their own Japanese-style sleeping pod, fitted with CCTV camera streamed live to their own channel . . .”

read up & . . BE AMAZED: ‘This Guy Predicted the Future’ by ANDREW SMITH, WIRED / March 15, 2019



~GIFC . . good-bye from NYC / had a super great time !!

. . . ART FORAGING !!!!

at: GIFC / GOT IT FOR CHEAP . . .

where: ARMORY WEEK / THE HOLE, THE BOWERY / DOWNTOWN NYC.
when: SUN MARCH 10, 2019 / ONE DAY ONLY – ALL WORKS / ALL SIGNED ORIGINALS / NO PRINTS . . . $30 / CASH & CARRY !!!


NH DEPASS . . .


JANE FERRY . . .


yep !!
I found one of mine !!
a ‘cut-out’ paper collage / riffing on both:
Japanese Edo Period woodblock prints & contemporary Japanese love for all things, folk art & esp. ‘Americana’.

I cut-out images from a vintage, kid’s ‘Japanese Art’ coloring book !!
& flowers are cut-out from standard issue – Garden Catalogs.
Signed & dated, March 2019. 9 x 11 in.


OONA BRANGAM-SNELL . . .
it was a such trip . . watching the pieces ‘talk’ to each other.


setail, OONA BRANGAN-SNELL.
I def was, so . . feeling a kindred, magical, ‘impish’ . . spirit.


oh, and under there / there’s another one of mine !!
hello .. Mr. Samurai !!

painterly faces by . . GRETA DONAHUE.
the randomness / the diversity / the infinite parade of so much unique expression – was a big part of the excitement.


foraging for art / seriously !!
watch: my GIFC CLIP !!


foraging for art / seriously !!


foraging for art / seriously !!
you had to be quick, the moment you put something down, in hesitation, it was gone.
and then you felt real bad, as it walked away – to another home !!

ps: you could also, in a blink: turn around, and come face-to-face . . with the main exhibit.


the space between the tables, laden with GIFC !!
and, the formal exhibit walls – was excitingly, perilously – lit purple, and very narrow.


I hadn’t really noticed til then – that THE HOLE gallery walls, were actually ’rounded’ where they meet the floor.
a way to break down that . . White Cube ?
very very nice.


I mean, seriously: rounded corners, too.


and seriously, you could turn around & look at the exhibit too.
RY DAVID BRADLEY.

ok.
a few more . . . !!!


SOTYMAE . . .


ANGELA LEYVA . . .


ANNA SIMSON.

ps: yes, there were – a lot of women artists – on the GIFC table !!


Madeleine . . .


and . . the most curious of the lot ?
‘primitive’, loose / realist paintings of birch branches . . holding smokin’ ciggies ?
by AUSTIN SIEGURT.

and yes, a good time – was had by all.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~GIFC . . THE HOLE / ARMORY EDITION /TO-DAY . . SUN MARCH 10 / 5 – 8 PM

BIG, BIG GIFC / GOT IT FOR CHEAP . . . POW-WOW at THE HOLE, today !!
SUN MARCH 10, 2019 / 5 – 8 PM
EVERYTHING . . is $30 a pop !!

THE HOLE, 312 BOWERY, NYC 10012

check out: GIFC / GOT IT FOR CHEAP / O-OLA aka ZERO ZERO GALLERY, LA

The Hole is proud to announce their . .
“second year hosting the GOT IT FOR CHEAP (GIFC) guys in the gallery. This Sunday March 10th we host the armory Edition of their international traveling worlson paper extravaganza. Hundreds of artists participate making works on paper and every piece is $30.
Well-known artists and lots and lots of emerging artists come together to contribute over a thousand works, laid out on tables throughout the gallery. It is $30 to enterwhich gets you one work of your choice; first come, first served !Yiu can buy as many as you want.Or just hang out and have some drinks and enjoy our current exhibitions.”
~THE HOLE Press Release

the range of works coming in – is as amazing and diverse as you would expect.

some of my faves:


above:
DEAN CHRISTENSEN . . .
image via Instagram @deansace_official


above:
JUSTINE NEUBERGER . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
ELIOT GREENWALD . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
NH DEPASS . . .
image via @nhdepass


above:
JULIA SERVINO . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
KIRSTEN DEIRUP . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
NANCY SMITH . . . collage, 2019. 9 x 11 in.
yes !! lol !!!!
I have 4 pieces – in the show !!
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide

GIFC . . .

at THE HOLE – AMORY EDITION / ONE DAY ONLY / SUN MARCH 10, 2019 / 5- 8 PM


plus there are . . 2 totally absolutely awesome exhibits – up at the THE HOLE !!
RY DAVID BRADLEY


RY DAVID BRADLEY, ‘$S”xx{‘, 2019.
Dye Cotton tapestry. 55 x 75 in.
with . . stage lighting !!

this is the room – where the GIFC tables are going to be set up.


and, in the side room !!!!
‘SNAKE PIT’ – by JOAKIM OJANEN !!!!!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / except where noted.



~ANTONE KONST . . DISTURB THE NEIGHBORS

on the other hand,
if you are looking to figure out the best ticket, among the absolute ‘horde’ of
’emerging’ artists . . clamboring on top of each other, to get your attention this weekend,
ANTONE KONST . . . would be a best bet.

ANTONE KONST, in . . . ‘Hi Friends’
a 3 person group show / opened MARCH 27
& runs thru . . . APRIL 24, 2019
DTN / DISTURB THE NEIGHBORS 339 E. 90th St, Suite D, Uptown, NYC 10128

note: with extended hours this weekend


ANTONE KONST, ‘Juggler’, 2019.
epoxy clay, glitter, acrylic, oil, canvas.
78 x 48 in.
(>$10,000)
image via Instagram @annntone


ANTONE KONST, ‘Juggler’, with a peek . . at a STEPHEN BENENSON canvas, at right.
image via Instagram story @annntone @jpirello

ps: the top/first image . . has the truer hue of blue,
but, the this image – is great for scale & general context of the show.
check the show out, for sure.
this small apt art gallery, albeit with big ambitions (!!), and a most dedicated following, will provide a much welcome respite – from the vast & chaotic art fairs.



~SCHOONY . . DISTASSI X CONTRA / POPPIN’ MAD . . GREAT !! / & BIG PARTY TO-NITE SAT MARCH 9

HEADS UP: IT’S A BRIT INVASION !!!
BIG !! PARTY !! TO-NITE AS WELL !! / SAT MARCH 9 / STARTS at 6 PM
DRINKS, MUSIC, GREAT ART & GOOD COMPANY !!!

DISTASSI ART X CONTRA GALLERIES !!!
LONDON X NEW YORK !!!

A LDN X NYC COLLAB / SHOWCASING . . . THE GREAT SCHOONY !!!

at CONTRA GALLERIES
122 W. 26th St, Floor 5, NYC 10001
HRS: FRI til 6 PM / SAT & SUN: 12 – 6 PM

RUNS THRU . . . SUNDAY MARCH 10

PIX FROM THE WILD, OPENING PARTY . . LAST NIGHT / MARCH 7, 2019:


great to finally see them up, up close & personal.
capturing the maybe / could very well be . . future in a heartbeat.
beautifully rendered.

Schoony, ‘Boots’ graphite Edition, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)


Schoony, ‘Boy Soldier Panel’
Fiberglass, 2019
($13,000)


detail, ‘Boy Soldier’
unbelievable . . what a statement.
a promise.
a dare.


classical modelling – with a determination,
that seems . . ingrained into the very DNA.
just you – dare me !!
KA-BOOM.


get it together, world / or . . this I promise you.


street fashion . . meet up.


I see your true colors . . .
from left:

Schoony, ‘Branded Off White’, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)

Schoony, ‘Branded Louis Vuitton’, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)

Schoony, ‘Branded Supreme’, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)


that is, so !!! so !!!
in-your-face / in your arm.
Schoony, ‘Branded Louis Vuitton’, 2019.


‘XL’
in-your-face.
in-your-arm.


The Love Child kills the . . DJ station.
the party temp goes way way up, when this ‘artist/dude’ gets behind the audio.


as JOSHUA will attest to.
the show attracted . . a supremo, gritty / edgy crowd.


CHRIS MARTINE of . . Contra.


DISTASSI X CONTRA !!! . . . . . LONDON X NYC !!!
KA-BOOM !!!!!

MICHAEL HOWES/LONDON, MATT McGLYNN of CONTRA, ED SANDERS/LONDON, BOE/DISTASSI/LONDON.

see: DISTASSI ART


also noted, Delta2 got the color up and running, on the custom subway car.

Delta2, Aluminum subway train, 2019.
($3,000)


they . . moved the RICHARD HAMBLETON down lower . . all the better to see.
the large, horizon-focused, gloriously metallic ‘landscape’, had been hung high up previously.
now it was eye-level, an eye-poppin’ eye-level at that.
it’s outrageously . . gorgeous.
if he hadn’t been so street bitter, Hambleton could have been a modern-day . . Turner.

RICHARD HAMBLETON, ‘Beautiful Painting’, acrylic on wood panel, 1994.
signed & dated. incredible condition.
(price upon request)


you could feel Hambleton’s tightly wound, aggressive energy . . in the way the surface was obsessively . . incised.


even his signature – was like a knife wound.
a branding, not unlike the Schoony arm-branding . . above (!!)


ALFREDO MARTINEZ, Gun Drawing.
I’m always going to be a die-hard fan.

ALFREDO MARTINEZ, gun drawing. 2017.
on hand-made collage paper, with colored marker.
at $1,000 / an outright . . steal.
wake-up . . my peeps, run & jump. & put your $$$ down.


just as we were about to say good-bye . . .


AL DIAZ (SAMO) shows up . . .


to make his mark !!


SCHOONY X AL DIAZ
LDN X NYC
DISTASSI X CONTRA

I always thought, or imagined, that ‘Schoony’ . . stood for: schooled by NY ???


LDN X NYC
DISTASSI X CONTRA

HERE’S YOUR – TICKET !!!
THIS WEEKEND ONLY / DON’T MISS THE . . . JOY-RIDE !!!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH