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

~DAN LOXTON . . caught the virus / zeitgest

just in case you didn’t process it / re: my last post . .
DAN LOXTON, a stubborn & gritty young artist, based upstate, near Hudson NY . .
def caught the current / novel corona virus crisis / zeitgest in his current show,
‘Dan in Real Life’, now up at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Newburgh, NY.

the tiny invader . . takes on the big institutions, and global humanity.

and more so, both figuratively and literally, re: pure painterly theory / but esp because Dan, as a hardcore indie ‘upstate’ (read: upstart) artist . . showing his work in an out-of-the-ordinary / but incredibly beautiful extraordinary location / very much represents the underdog, re the established art world / and he is a very much a small ‘particle’ – in the mainstream art world food chain, to pack such a great punch / such a huge statement.

the David Goliath myth / swings both ways.

the virus is def taking global humanity & civilization as we know it, or knew it / to it’s knees.

when you factor in, that this show must have been at least several months, in the planning, and as such predates the corona virus attack . . . damn / damn.
Dan nailed it.

go, go . . indie rebel / go, go . . Newburgh !!!
where you will also find: DANIEL GIORDANO, & VICKI ISLAND / SAMUEL BOEHM . . !!!
just to mention a few other, out-size / local & very ambitious talents . . !!


‘Dan in Real Life’ at . . the Karpeles Museum in Newburgh, NY
pictured: ‘Master’, 2019, oil on gypsum board with found text & watercolor on paper.


DAN LOXTON, ‘Master’, 2019.
you, WORLD: bend down before the tiny . . . master !!
the Karpeles pop-up site / a very austere & conservative venue / def underscores the message of the invader threat vs the widely rooted, in historical establishment & laws of being & commerce /
or: life as we knew it.
plus it’s a manuscript . . ‘archive’.


the brute quality of the work is really interesting, but so is it’s shallow, fluttering 3-d depth.
it comes across as a ‘particle’ – as opposed to a flat surface / an ‘invader’.
plus . . it has the urgency of a letter being delivered !!
harsh news / bad news, wake-up call . . . folks,
very very nice.

note: the exhibit runs thru . . . JUNE 2020 /
note: call ahead to see if it’s actually still open to the public ?
all non-essential locales are now closed.
not sure if this includes small town rural / urban museums, but probably, yes. closed.

all images via Instagram @danloxton
& pretty much the only way to ‘see’ art – now.
NYC & NY State, as well as Jersey, is in corona lock-down.


see: DAN LOXTON Instagram feed / @danloxton



~DAN LOXTON . . ‘DAN in REAL LIFE’ / KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM, NEWBURGH / OPENS SAT MARCH 14

this might be your best bet for getting to see art . . . IRL.
maybe it’s the fresh air, and less dense / up-state living situation ??

DAN LOXTON: ‘DAN in REAL LIFE’
OPENS SAT MARCH 14 / 4 – 6 PM
and remains on view thru . . JUNE 2020.
The Newburgh Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 94 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550

see: THE KARPELES MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY MUSEUM – NEWBURGH, NY
see: KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUMS – WIKIPEDIA


image via Instagram @danloxton
note: the 2 small red stripe minimalist works, are Dan’s.
great photo !!!!
minimalist – to the . . . . . . MAX !!!!!!!



~’ARTISTS TOOLS’ / SPECIAL SPECIAL

‘ARTISTS TOOLS’ – SPECIAL SPECIAL / A BIG BIG GROUP SHOW / incl PATRICK CARLIN MOHUNDRO !!
MARCH 12 – MAY 3, 2020 / TEMPORARILY CLOSED / COVID CITY-WIDE SHUT-DOWN
TOO BAD !!!!!!!!!!!! WAY TOO BAD !!!!!!!!
SPECIAL SPECIAL, 44 EAST 1st St, West Storefront, Lower East Side NY 10003

note:
the best way to access this for now, is via their virtual tour on: Instagram – @specialspecialnewyork

FYI:
via INSTAGRAM . . . . . . . . . !!!!!!!!


great graphics – BTW !!!!!


see: walkthrough video via Instgram


see: SPECIAL SPECIAL – ABOUT


FYI !!!!!!
PATRICK CARLIN MOHUNDRO . . at JACK BARRETT, MARCH 1, 2020
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH



~MOLLY SODA . . ‘YOU GOT THIS’ / JACK BARRETT / PIX FROM THE OPENING / incl. PATRICK MOHUNDRO

MOLLY SODA . . opened her second solo show at JACK BARRETT last weekend, too.

MOLLY SODA . . ‘YOU GOT THIS’
MARCH 1 – APRIL 19, 2020
JACK BARRETT GALLERY, Chinatown / Lower East Side

see: MOLLY SODA – ‘YOU GOT THIS / JACK BARRET GALLERY


MOLLY SODA . . . at her opening last Sunday March 1st,
with her video, ‘MY DESKTOP DECOR . . .’ / .


MOLLY SODA, ‘MY DESKTOP DECOR *RELAXING*’, 2019.
Video, 10 minutes 36 seconds / 1920 x 1080.
Dimensions variable / Ed. of 3 + 1 AP.
note: Haley Josephs exhibit, was in the adjoining main room to the right.
the 2 exhibits were an exceptional – pairing !!
both very personal, very art – focused / yet very very different.
esp with regards to graphics, plasticity, and of course: narrative.
while Haley’s exhibit was looking back . . at childhood, and childhood coming to an end / and maybe not so happily, but very profoundly.
MOLLY’S show was very minimalist . . and super clean / in other words a germ-free .. FUTURE VISION !!!!
but, still human ‘feelings’ . . dominate.


MOLLY SODA, ‘How I Stopped Being Self Conscious And Caring What People Think About Me’, 2020.
vinyl window, vinyl decals, window box, weeds /
24 x 36 in.


MOLLY SODA, ‘it just smells like literally like you’re sitting on the beach drinking a margarita and you’re loving your life
and you’re super rich and like you own a yacht’, 2020.
End cap shelf, soy candles
Dimensions variable.


oh oh / . .
somebody’s licking the ‘open’ product – call the cops !!!


PATRICK MOHUNDRO !!!!!!
he finally made it out of Hunter, and in one piece !!
besides some seriously intense & strange work, including a Soho sidewalk pop-up series / he also curated some pretty whack great art shows in the past few years, incl. the ground-breaking,’THE BIG SHORT’ /
a very inspired group show of 9 ‘alternative’ / very indie curatorial projects / which he co-curated with also then fellow Hunter MFA student, EMILY JANOWICK . . which took place in the Hunter Artists Institute basement office uptown.
see: ‘The BIG SHORT’ – artloversnewyork, FEB 2018

you can see, if you can / most probably temporarily closed to public right now ??
not sure. they seemed pretty Covid-ready for the opening 2 nights ago / wipes, fresh air from windows, etc. etc.
oh no: just checked TEMPORARILY CLOSED !!
Patrick’s work in the new group show ‘ARTISTS’ TOOLS’ / at Special Special NYC
44 E. 1st St, West Storefront, NYC / March 12 – May 3, 2020.
it looks pretty . . smazing !!
you can catch a virtual tour on their IG / @specialspecialnewyork

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER x PRECOG / HALEY JOSEPHS OPENING


NICHOLAS STEINDORF of Virtual Dream Center & . . . the women of Precog,
GABY COLLINS-FERNANDEZ, KELLIE KONAPELSKY / front: FLORENCIA ESCUDERO.

at the opening of . . .
HALEY JOSEPHS, ‘Paintings and Drawings for Childhood’s End’ /
JACK BARRETT GALLERY / March 1, 2020.

that March 1st weekend turned out to be the last window of time, for public gatherings in NYC.

PHOTO: NANCY SMITH



~HALEY JOSEPHS . . ‘PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS for CHILDHOOD’S END ‘ / JACK BARRETT / PIX FROM THE OPENING

file: in these frightening days . . childhood is worth contemplating.
though these paintings & drawings began as more personal explorations / December 2019 Wuhan China happened.

though, of course – really, it’s all about the expressive ‘maximalist’ painting,
which includes . . choice of ‘hot button’ subject matter / color, plasticity, etc.

Pix from the opening / March 1, 2020.

HALEY JOSEPHS . . . ‘Paintings & Drawings for Childhood’s End’
up thru . . . APRIL 19, 2020
JACK BARRETT, 73 HENRY ST / LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
HRS: WED-SUN / 12-6 PM

more info & images: HALEY JOSEPHS ‘PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS …’ / JACK BARRETT GALLERY WEBSITE


HALEY JOSEPHS at the opening, which was packed !!


behind her a large drawing on paper / in an artist-made frame, which she fabricated
especially – for this show.
HALEY JOSEPHS, ‘Hand on the Grindstone Heart on the Flower Eye on the Light’, 2020.
colored pencil on paper.
50 x 58 in.


HALEY JOSEPHS, ‘There Lives in Me an Image of All That I Should be’, 2020.
oil on canvas.
60 x 60 in.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~HALEY JOSEPHS . . ‘PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS for CHILDHOOD’S END’ / JACK BARRETT / OPENS SUN MARCH 1

HALEY JOSEPHS . . .

‘Paintings and Drawings for Childhood’s End’
OPENS SUN MARCH 1 / 6 – 8 PM
and continues thru . . APRIL 19, 2020
JACK BARRETT GALLERY, 73 HENRY ST / LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC 10002
HRS: WED-SUN / 12-6 PM

READ MORE: & SEE MORE IMAGES !! / HALEY JOSEPHS – JACK BARRETT


HALEY JOSEPHS, ‘One and Many Are the Same’, 2019
Oil on Canvas / 60 x 60 in.
image via JACK BARRETT



~HALEY JOSEPHS . . . YALE MFA OPEN STUDIO 2013


HALEY JOSEPHS / YALE OPEN STUDIO / MFA PROGRAM
APRIL 27, 2013


HALEY JOSEPHS – WIP / WORK IN PROGRESS / YALE MFA OPEN STUDIO 2013

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~JORDAN CASTEEL . . IN THE NEWS / YALE MFA OPEN STUDIO 2013


last week, in the WALL STREET JOURNAL . . . Pg. A12 / LIFE & ARTS SECTION, FEB 18, 2020.
“JORDAN CASTEEL’S 2013 portrait ‘Mom’, above, drew at least five bidders, selling for $670,000, a record price
for the painter . . . doubling it’s high estimate / when it kicked off CHRISTIE’S recent sale of contemporary art, in LONDON”.
PHOTO: of WSJ / CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD / FEB 18, 2020 . . . .


JORDAN CASTEEL, YALE OPEN STUDIO MFA PROGRAM / SPRING 2013
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / APRIL 27, 2013


JORDAN CASTEEL, YALE OPEN STUDIO MFA PROGRAM / SPRING 2013 / WALL OF WORK & WORKS in PROGRESS
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / APRIL 27, 2013


and, YES !!
I did catch . . ‘MOM’ . . !!!!
JORDAN CASTEEL, YALE OPEN STUDIO MFA PROGRAM / SPRING 2013
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / APRIL 27, 2013


JORDAN CASTEEL / 1st YEAR
YALE OPEN STUDIO MFA PROGRAM / SPRING 2013

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / YALE OPEN STUDIO MFA PROGRAM – APRIL 27, 2013


‘JORDAN CASTEEL: WITHIN REACH’ . . now up at the NEW MUSEUM, NYC
the 1st solo museum exhibit of her work in NYC /
JORDAN CASTEEL b. 1989 / Denver, Colorado
see: ‘JORDAN CASTEEL: WITHIN REACH’ – EXHIBIT / NEW MUSEUM


SAT FEB 29, 2020 / 3 PM
FEATURED EVENT / NEW MUSEUM
JORDAN CASTEEL in conversation with MASSIMILIANI GIONI / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of the NEW MUSEM
see: more info / NEW MUSEUM



~DANIEL GIORDANO / ‘HERMETIC PERVERSIONS . . .’ / HOFSTRA / LAST WEEK . . !!

LAST WEEK – TO CATCH . . . !!

DANIEL GIORDANO’S MIGHTY POETIC / SOLO SHOW at . . . at HOFSTRA !!

DANIEL GIORDANO . . . ‘HERMETIC PERVERSIONS: A CHARMING NIGHT WITH VICKI VERMICELLI’
JAN 29 – SUNDAY MARCH 1, 2020
ROSENBERG GALLERY, HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, HEMPSTEAD, NY 11549

note:the poster & text via ROSENBERG GALLERY, HOFSTRA
note: the black & white photo of upstate Hudson River, NY – is from Daniel’s childhood family photo album.


installation shot


DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘Study For Brother [M’Mubbafuggen Semi-Crunchy Satyr Adonis Asian Meatball Lovin’ Hero
(Foreva-Eva. Foreva-Eva?])’, 2016-2019.
Mascarpone, aluminum, glazed ceramic, plastic wrap, Tang drink mix, Shag carpet, epoxy, medicated itch powder,
acrylic polymer emulsion, phosphorescent acrylic, TruckNutz, enamel, nail polish, starch, wood, loose leaf binder clip,
casein, silicon, gold leaf, variegated leaf, copper leaf, glitter, butterfly wings, artificial tooth.
47.5 x 14.5 x 28 in. / includes pedestal


DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘Cannoli (My Artax)’, 2016-2020.
Glazed ceramic, bison, braided cord, Tang drink mix, epoxy, Stetson hatbox
23 x 18 x 15 in.


DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘Cannoli (Careless Whisper III)’, 2016-2018,
Glazed ceramic, goat skin cock rings, Tang drink mix, artificial navel orange, canned tomatoes, epoxy.
48 x 6 x 5.5 in.


DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘Self-Portrait as my Brother as the Weeper Who Weeps Under the Weeping Willow’, 2016-2019.
Moisturizing face mask, lady bugs, glazed ceramic, iron ore, Murano glass, limestone, strawberry Nesquik powder,
debris, tape, epoxy, phosphorescent acrylic, urine, wire hanger, hardware.
14 x 10 x 12 in.


DANIEL GIORDANO, JERSEY CITY HEIGHTS, NJ
aka artlovers HQ
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, FEB 17, 2020

ALL ART IMAGES: COURTESY of DANIEL GIORDANO / & THE POSTER/TEXT . . via HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
PHOTO of DANIEL GIORDANO: NANCY SMITH, JERSEY CITY NJ / FEB 17, 2020



~PRECOG x VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER / BIG LAUNCH PARTY / PRINTED MATTER ST. MARKS PL. / FRI FEB 21

TO-NITE !!!!! FRI FEB 21 / 6-8 PM
THE LAUNCH of:
PRECOG MAGAZINE ISSUE #5 . . . &
PRECOG x VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER: A PRECOG COLLABORATION WITH THE VDC / NICHOLAS STEINDORF & JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET /
DIGITAL ONLINE PROJECT / WHOSE ARCHIVAL PLATFORM is run as an INTERACTIVE ‘GAME ENGINE’ . . !!

COME . . CELEBRATE COLLABORATIONS !!

COME . . CELEBRATE ‘HARD COPY’ .. X .. ‘DIGITAL ONLINE INTERACTIVE GAME ENGINE’ . . !!

COME . . PLAY THE WONDERFUL COLLABORATION BETWEEN . . . PRECOG – & – VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER . . !!

COME FLIP . . THE PAGES of a richly illustrated / BIG CURATORIAL MAGAZINE / HARD COPY BOOK . . !!

COME STEP . . FROM DYNAMIC INFORMATIVE / WRITTEN TEXT & ILLUSTRATION . . INTO DYNAMIC INFORMATIVE / VIRTUAL REALITY TRANSFORMATION . . !!

at the BIG !! launch event to-nite for:
PRECOG MAGAZINE ISSUE 5: BUBBLE ORCHESTRA / A HUGE CURATORIAL GATHERING of MANY DIVERSE & DYNAMIC – COLLABORATIVE MINDS !!
with . . . PERFORMANCE by ROSANA CABAN & DANI MARI / 7 PM / SOUND INSTALLATION by ROSANA CABAN !!
& COME PLAY / THE ‘PRECOG x VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER . . BUBBLE ORCHESTRA’ / VIRTUAL REALITY GAME ENGINE !!

LAUNCH: PRINTED MATTER / 38 ST. MARKS PLACE / LOWER EAST SIDE NYC 10003

AFTER-PARTY: BEVERLY’S / 21 ESSEX ST. / SOUTH STORE / LOWER EAST SIDE NYC 10002
with SHRAF / ASHRAF RIJAL . . & NODE !!

see: Precog Magazine Issue 5 / Virtual Dream Center – PRINTED MATTER

note: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER announces it’s new ‘exhibition’ download – ‘BUBBLE ORCHESTRA’ /
VDC x PRECOG / VDC 4.1 x PRECOG MAGAZINE ISSUE 5
AVAILABLE FREE / FOR BOTH PC & MAC
DOWNLOAD HERE: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER.XYZ / ENG

YOU CAN ORDER: PRECOG ISSUE #5 / $30 ONLINE / PRECOG STORE



~ANDREW GUENTHER . . ‘ORCHID PARTY’ / OVER UNDER ROOM / PILGRIM SURF & SUPPLY / BROOKLYN / OPENS THURS FEB 20

OVER UNDER ROOM PRESENTS:
‘ORCHID PARTY’ – NEW WORK by ANDREW GUENTHER
OPENS THURS FEB 20 / 6 – 8 PM
and runs thru . . MARCH 22, 2020
OVER UNDER ROOM / PILGRIM SURF & SUPPLY, 68 N. 3rd ST, BROOKLYN
HRS: WEEKDAYS 12 – 8 PM / WEEKENDS 11 AM – 7 PM


some new works in the show . . .
image via IG @andrewguenther_art


ANDREW GUENTHER . . . at the opening of a big craft / art group show he curated & organized / last year,
at ANDREW EDLIN GALLERY, called ‘BIG RINGER’. it was huge. and groundbreaking in many ways.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, APRIL 27, 2019.

see: ‘BIG RINGER’ / APRIL 27 – JUNE 8, 2019 . . . curated by ANDREW GUENTHER /
over 100+ artists create their take on the ‘engagement ring’ / ANDREW EDLIN GALLERY

Andrew aka EAT THE LEAF, like many of us straddles both worlds / craft & art.
or maybe that is just: ONE WORLD !!
skills, content & . . mindset.

looking at the new work, image above / it appears that his ‘craft’ – jewelry-making, is coming full-on into his painterly side,
and all the better for it.
these seem to be mobile, kinetic free-standing / small metalallic sculptures, rather that his traditional painting on canvas work.

see: ANDREW GUENTHER – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

see: EAT THE LEAF & STORE


ANDREW GUENTHER PENDANT / EAT THE LEAF COLLECTION
image via EAT THE LEAF



~’RELATIVE FIELDS in a GARDEN ‘ . . CLOSING EVENT / with PRECOG & VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER / QUEENS MUSEUM

‘RELATIVE FIELDS in a GARDEN’ . . . by HEIDI HOWARD & LIZ PHILLIPS
OCT 7, 2018 – FEB 16, 2020
QUEENS MUSEUM

PHOTOS FROM THE CLOSING EVENT – SUN FEB 16, 2020


QUEENS MUSEUM assistant curator . . . SOPHIA MARISA LUCAS,
with the large mural, hand-painted by HEIDI HOWARD, and elements of the immersive / audio by LIZ PHILLIPS, behind her.

‘RELATIVE FIELDS in a GARDEN’ . . was organized by Ms. Lucas along with artist BASEERA KHAN.
support for the project was provided by AGNES GUND.


part of the beauty of the piece, was experiencing how it fit into the open, airy, steel & glass museum,
with natural light flooding through large windows & skylights.


the bamboo ‘pipes’ hanging from the ceiling – are part of the ‘audio’ component / an interactive ‘sonic’ landscape.
I believe they hold the ambient light ‘sensors’ ?

LIZ PHILLIPS . . “spends much time tending to and recording in her urban garden in Sunnyside, Queens. She captures shifts to the sonic landscape that correspond to changes in its physical conditions. In this process, she employs deep listening & recording as a way of learning,
and over many years has developed a keen attunement to the rhythmic cycles & intersections of her home – from bird species to
traffic flow. Her speakers emphasize & manipulate these subtleties, playing a continuously modulating composition which uses sensors
to respond to the progression & intensity of sunlight across the wall.”
~QUEENS MUSEUM


HEIDI HOWARD’S . . “paintings depict friends & loved ones (often fellow artist) in ways that convey not just the characteristics of her sitters, but also her relationships to them & their work. In ‘Relative Fields in a Garden’, her wall mural images 3 generations of women. With fantastical flora that bridge representation & abstraction, and sculptural elements including ceramic flowers, dried bamboo, and birch veneer,
the work transitions through the seasons, moving from left to right.”
~QUEENS MUSEUM
note: the large drawing of a woman tending a garden, is her mother, who is the audio artist / Liz Phillips.
so it really is . . . ‘Relative Fields’ .. in a Garden !!
it’s always really fresh & authentic, when ‘institutions’ in particular, can relate to . . intimate relationships, esp among women,
without feeling they will compromise . . their ‘seriousness’.


I’m thinking . . . this detail, so vivid with its 3D ‘ornamentation’, such as ceramic flowers that petal outwards /
must be . . Heidi’s grandmother / as the museum writings – refer to 3 generations ?

“The 3D elements animate the painting aurally as well as visually. Chosen for their resonant material qualities,
Phillips has turned them into speakers for her field recordings by connection them to transducers, which convert
electrical signals into tactile sound.”
~QUEENS MUSEUM


HEIDI HOWARD, with her mural.


LIZ HOWARD, at left, with her daughter, artist HEIDI HOWARD at right.
LIZ PHILLIPS, . . a pioneer in the audio arts / “has been making interactive sound installations for over 4 decades.”


GABY COLLINS-FERNANDEZ . . co-editor of PRECOG MAGAZINE,
joined them at the closing event / panel.
Heidi Howard & Liz Phillips / and their ‘Relative Fields in a Garden’ project, are some of the artists featured in the newest Issue #5 of . . Precog / launching at Printed Matter, St. Marks Place – this Fri Feb 21, 2020.


NICHOLAS STEINDORF, of VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER ,
joined the panel, which focused on artist collaborations.
apart from his collaboration with JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET, based in Paris / of VDC,
he is also a collaborative partner with KYLE WILLIAMS in their digital arts project: BLINN & LAMBERT.

note: as well as featuring ‘Relative Dreams in a Garden’, in their new curatorial issue / Precog also collaborated with VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER, to produce the issue . . as a game engine / digital project / on the VDC platform,
with the technical & creative help of Nicholas Steindorf.

pictured on the screen . . is the ‘Relative Dreams in a VR Garden’ immersive ‘game’.
all downlaods on the VDC platform – are free / download here: VDC / VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER.


in the audience, FLORENCIA ESCUDERO, another co-editor of Precog Magazine.


and at left, KELLIE KONAPELSKY, the third Precog co-editor.

see: PRECOG MAGAZINE

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’RELATIVE FIELDS in a VR GARDEN’ . . HEIDI HOWARD & LIZ PHILLIPS with PRECOG MAG & VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER’S NICHOLAS STEINDORF / QUEENS MUSEUM / SUN FEB 16

QUEENS MUSEUM INVITES YOU . . . TO JOIN THEM !!
FOR A SPECIAL EVENT . . . in celebration of the closing of the . . .
HEIDI HOWARD & LIZ PHILLIPS . . collaborative / interactive exhibit:
‘RELATIVE FIELDS in a GARDEN’ . . . !!

this Sunday Feb 16, 2020 . . 2 – 4:30 pm !!

Queens Museum presents:
‘Relative Fields in a VR Garden’ . . an interactive / digital project / by LIZ PHILLIPS & HEIDI HOWARD,
with special guests, Precog Magazine & Virtual Dream Center.

see: SPECIAL EVENTS – ‘RELATIVE FIELDS in a VR GARDEN’ & ARTIST DIALOG – QUEENS MUSEUM

from 2 – 4:30 PM . .
visitors are invited to interact with HOWARD & PHILLIPS’ . . ‘Relative Fields in a VR Garden’ /
in a game station in the museum’s atrium.

at 3 PM . .
NICHOLAS STEINDORF of Virtual Dream Center, an online VR platform / founded by JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET in Paris,
will be talking with LIZ PHILLIPS & HEIDI HOWARD, and GABY COLLINS-FERNANDEZ of Precog Magazine . .
about their new ‘Relative Fields in a VR Garden’ digital interactive project / with which both Precog & Virtual Dream Center / are partners with.

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note:
next FRI FEB 21, 2020 . .
will be the official launch of ‘Virtual Dream Center 4.1 x Precog Magazine Bubble Orchestra’ . . at PRINTED MATTER / St. Marks Place !!
Howard & Phillips’ ‘Relative Fields in a VR Garden’ – is part of the Precog Bubble orchestra / which is an online VR curation.
more info, see: Precog Mag Issue 5 – PRINTED MATTER

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but, BACK TO THIS SUNDAY – FEB 16, 2020 !!!!!!!!

don’t miss, A SPECIAL PRESENTATION !!! . . . ‘RELATIVE FIELDS in a VR GARDEN’ & ARTIST DIALOG,
with: HEIDI HOWARD / LIZ PHILLIPS / GABY COLLINS-FERNANDEZ of PRECOG / & NICHOLAS STEINDORF of VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER

at the: QUEENS MUSEUM / NEW YORK CITY BUILDING / FLUSHING MEADOWS / CORONA PARK / QUEENS NY 11368
see: Directions

see: QUEENS MUSEUM

again, see: SPECIAL EVENTS – ‘RELATIVE FIELDS in a VR GARDEN’ / INTERACTIVE GAMING STATION & ARTIST DIALOG – QUEENS MUSEUM

see: COLLABORATIVE / INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT:’RELATIVE FIELDS in a GARDEN’ . . by HEIDI HOWARD & LIZ PHILLIPS / QUEENS MUSEUM

from the QUEENS MUSEUM:
“On the occasion of Queens International 2018: Volumes, mother LIZ PHILLIPS and daughter HEIDI HOWARD present their first artistic collaboration, ‘Relative Fields in a Garden’.
A multimedia installation, the work combines Howard’s vivid, gestural portraiture on the surface of the 40-foot wall
with Phillips’ sound work, which creates interactive sound fields using wave transmissions.”
more: see that link .. ‘Relative Fields in a Garden’ by HEIDI HOWARD & LIZ PHILLIPS / QUEENS MUSEUM

interesting fact:
Heidi Howard b. 1986 New York, NY / Liz Phillips b. 1951 Jersey City, NJ.

remember:
tomorrow SUN FEB 16, 2020 – is the last day to see this exhibit.


see: HEIDI HOWARD – ARTIST WEBSITE


see: LIZ PHILLIPS – ARTIST WEBSITE


see: PRECOG MAG


see: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER


see: NICHOLAS STEINDORF ARTIST WEBSITE

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above image:
HEIDI HOWARD and LIZ PHILLIPS, ‘Relative Fields in a Garden’, 2018.
acrylic paint, ceramic, bamboo, birch veneer, mirror film, metal chairs, Serge analog synthesizer, sound transducers, light sensors and multichannel looping audio players /
PHOTO: HAI ZHANG / COURTESY: THE ARTISTS / COURTESY: QUEENS MUSEUM



~GRUMPY BERT . . RED ENVELOPE SHOW 2020 / YEAR of the RAT / last week !!!!!!


above:
JON CARLING, YEAR of the RAT . . !!!
each envelope is . . 3-1/2 x 6-1/2 in. / with flap down
($100 ea.)


above:
MAKE WEN, YEAR of the RAT . . !!!
each envelope is . . 3-1/2 x 6-1/2 in. / with flap down
($28 ea.)


POSTER IMAGE by . . SHIN (YEON) MOON / @shinnyoni on IG

FINAL WEEK to catch the always . . . incredible, fantastic !!

‘RED ENVELOPE SHOW’ – presented by GRUMPY BERT
this year happening in both NYC & LA !!
the NYC presentation is at CITY POINT BROOKLYN, DEKALB MARKET HALL / 445 ALBEE SQUARE, BROOKLYN, NY
the last day is: Presidents Day, MON FEB 17, 2020 – don’t blink !!

see: GRUMPY BERT !!!!



~HEATHER BENJAMIN, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY !!!!

HEATHER BENJAMIN . . Stray / PRAY
in . . ‘Fate in a Pleasant Mood’
182 Ave C / LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC


HEATHER BENJAMIN, ‘A Difficult Woman’, 2020.
gouache & acrylic on paper, mounted on wood.
31 x 44 in.



~’Fate in a Pleasant Mood’ . . curated by HEATHER BENJAMIN / POP-UP / TO-NIGHT / THURS FEB 13

Fate in a Pleasant Mood . . . . ???
my sentiments . . . exactly !!!!!

it’s prob . . . going to be the most edgey / indie / hardcore, rebel show – around these days !!

curated by . . . HEATHER BENJAMIN !!!!

‘Fate in a Pleasant Mood’ . . . curated by HEATHER BENJAMIN
BIG PAR-TAY !! TO-NIGHT !! THURS FEB 13 / 6 – 9 PM
182 AVE C, BTWN 11 & 12th AveLES / LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
HRS: THURS – SUN / 4 – 8 PM
for all inquiries contact: milespflanz@gmail.com

note: running thru March 1 2020 / by appointment

HEATHER BENJAMIN, NOEL FREIBERT, CHARLOTTE KOHLMANN, EMMA KOHLMANN, DIANA LOZANO, LEIGHA MASON,
MICHELLE GUINTU PETTY, ALEX PETTY, MIRA PUTNAM, HANK REAVIS



~Ghosts of the Lower East Side / Under the Volcano . . . 2020

me, and my R.I.P. artist / collector / art dealer hubby . . SIMON CERIGO,
we lived on Rivington and the Bowery . . from 1987 – 1996.
most of the time, about 9 yrs / rent free – thanks to landlord / tenant court.
where we raised our 2 young kids, Kate & Theo . . in a storefront.
it was pretty raw, but big / it had a great backyard garden / & no complaints about the rent, non-existent.
thanks to RICHARD HAMBLETON aka ‘The Shadowman’, from whom we had sublet the place / who took our money, $600 a month for the entire floor / but didn’t pay the landlord, hence the journey . . . into the court system.
Jean-Michel Basquiat lived around the corner – we chatted him up in the local deli / so did Keith Haring who we ran into at the Red Bar all the time, but of course our fav & dearest neighbor – was DAN ASHER !!


195 Chrystie Ave . . . Lower East Side, today.
at one point, me & Simon, we were in the money, and had a good sized studio, on the 2nd floor of this building,
on the left / a chic gentrified storefront, where the Agnes B. ‘Snap Cardigan Photography’ show is currently taking place.
back then it was dark, and very gritty. it was a big hub for cheap drug addict prostitution.
in fact, RICHARD HAMBLETON used to pimp out his red-haired run-down & addicted Canadian girlfriend, Bonnie out there.
you’d see her out there in torn black fishnet stockings, early in the morning, and late at night.
the streets were lined with dirty needles. the ‘park’ in the center of the avenue, where that row of large trees is . .
was a war zone.
enter at your own (very) real . . risk.


our studio was on the 2nd floor, something like that.
the building was so distressed at the time, CHARLIE FINCH / the notorious early 2000s artnet scribe, almost had an asthma attack when he came to visit / though he did buy a watercolor from me.


we lived just down the block, heading south on Chrystie / on Rivington St.
of course, those are still the original 5 story ‘tenement’ buildings,
now . . very very expensive apartments.


that now super chic, cheery bar/bistro on the corner, used to be a super religious Kosher meat packing plant !!
great slabs of raw beef arrived there daily, that’s how grubby the area was.
I think they made . . smoked meat there ?
because it had a huge smokestack, emitting huge dense plumes of spicy steam, that coated the block with pungent greasy fog.
every now and then, a stranger to the area would call the firemen, who would show up with many trucks & ladders to put out the ‘fire’/ that was only . . smoked meat, cooking.


turning right, at the corner of Chrystie & Rivington, heading west to the Bowery a short block away /
on the south side of the street, where a chic up-scale Japanese lifestyle & plant shop, GREEN FINGERS MARKET, now stands . . was our storefront !!
5 Rivington St. the East Storefront.
very early on, when we first moved in / the west storefront was the original . . Spiritual America gallery.


although the current landlords appear to have have painted over the large white hand-painted ‘5’ / that used to proclaim it’s identity above the entrance to the apartments above / the original steel ‘door’ buzzer from the 80s, still remains / caked with dirt, recalling the grit of the old neighborhood / and . . it’s history !!


you can still make out: RICHARD HAMBLETON … APT 1 !!!!!!!
I guess if he had been less of a douchebag, and more like ANDY WARHOL, or even BASQUIAT, there might be a plaque there, now / stating that:
RICHARD HAMBLETON . . once lived here / and set in motion the court case that allowed artists . . . NANCY SMITH & SIMON CERIGO .. to live here, rent free (!!!!!) in the heart of the most happening place on the face-of-the-earth at the time / for almost 10 years, and then were handed over a $90,000 cash settlement to finally vacate the storefront / & get the hell out / when the area had gentrified enough.


NANCY SMITH & SIMON CERIGO, with our young kids, Kate & Theo . . outside our storefront at 5 Rivington St.
ca. 1988

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / except the family portrait which is c/o SCOTTIE HARRISON


NANCY SMITH, just before I left Montreal for NYC, ca. 1981.
see: an interview with me / NOAH BECKER of WHITEHOT MAGAZINE – published last year, 2019.


SIMON CERIGO – last photo / PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
at the Carroll Dunham show, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, Chelsea, NYC / Dec 2012.
see: SIMON CERIGO OBIT / THE OBSERVER



~’… PHOTOGRAPHERS … ARTISTS AND THE SNAP CARDIGAN’ / AGNES B. / PIX FROM THE OPENING

‘…PHOTOGRAPHERS … ARTISTS AND THE SNAP CARDIGAN’ / AGNES B. POP-UP
opened SAT FEB 8, 2020
& runs thru . . . MARCH 1, 2020
195 CHRYSTIE ST, L.E.S. / LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC

SOME PIX – FROM THE OPENING:


PHOTO by . . JUERGEN TELLER


in background,
PHOTO by . . BALARAMA HELLER
artist .. SELMA SELMAN in front.


detail,
PHOTO by . . MALIK NEJMI


in the background,
PHOTO by . . PABLO JOMARON


Hand-drawn checkerboard on a white snap cardigan / & PHOTO by . . JIM JOE


DRAWING / & PHOTO by . . JIM JOE


a view into the pop-up /
of course, some 40+ years since the days of the rebel underground / downtown legends . . .
both . . . known & unknown /
the Lower East Side . . is very, very chic.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~PETER SUTHERLAND . . ‘SNAP CARDIGAN’ PHOTO GROUP SHOW / AGNES B. / DOWNTOWN / 195 CHRYSTIE ST. / OPENING TODAY / SAT FEB 6

PETER SUTHERLAND . . has a beautiful, beautiful photo portrait of MAIA / MAIA RUTH LEE,
in a classic Agnes B. ‘Snap’ cardigan, with their young son . . NIMA !!

in the BIG !! PHOTO GROUP SHOW !! at the AGNES B. / pop-up opening today . . . 4 – 8 PM

‘PHOTOGRAPHERS … ARTISTS AND THE SNAP CARDIGAN’
OPENS SAT FEB 8 / 4 – 8 PM
and runs thru . . MARCH 1
AGNES B. / 195 CHRYSTIE ST, L.E.S. / LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC


PHOTO BY . . PETER SUTHERLAND
image via Instagram story @petersutherland

archival fun fact:
me, and SIMON CERIGO . . had a studio at 195 Chrystie back in the late 80s / early 90s,
when we lived just around the corner, in the east storefront of 5 Rivington St.
those were rough & wild days back then / the area was quite distressed & very hardcore.
gritty . . cannot be overstated. but, it was the center of the universe as far as we were concerned.
BASQUIAT, (d. 1988) & KEIH HARING, (d. 1990) . . lived around the corner.
Soho, and the broader L.E.S was the epicenter of the gallery scene.
in fact, speaking about GRITTY . . we sublet our storefront /
from the notorious ‘Shadowman’ . . RICHARD HAMBLETON.