on my way to the ‘CAP MATCHES COLOR’ – ‘TWO DECADES OF DIGGING’ – book signing at LOW BROW ARTIQUE, last week, in BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN – I had to marvel at how big the hardcore mural street art had blown-up, yet I was totally struck dumb – at the same time by all the downtown chic, hipster & very chi chi upgraded bars and restaurants, yes even the wine shops. how nightlife populated the hood had become, since the frontier days of the hardcore EASTERN DISTRICT, and then . . AD HOC, and then just a tiny bit later, FACTORY FRESH.
I mean, even in what 2008 ? it was still pretty industrial, and deserted except for indigenous bodegas dotting every corner, and then ROBERTA’S PIZZA came on the scene. and that was – it !!
flash forward a few years, and some wine bars opened up, with folk music in the basements. now it’s still deserted streets, but dotted, and densely – with ultra hip eating & drinking venues.
I vividly remembered, going to Roberta’s in the very first week it opened !! half empty to, after a great fab opening, a big . . . AD DeVILLE show at Factory Fresh, which ran in Dec of 2008 – just before the Bernie Madoff scandal – broke, lol !!
it seemed such appropriate timing.
see: DeVILLE’S HOLIDAY SPECIAL – FACTORY FRESH, DEC 2008 !!
there was a JAYE MOON lego diorama – stuck to the wall. center – second image up from the bottom – just outside where AD HOC GALLERYused to open its doors, on Bogart Street. besides the historic location – the piece also had an historic theme: the American Revolution !!
it said: NO MORE ENGLISH !!
a miniature HISTORIC RICHMOND TOWN ‘document’, still in there, intact. and not glued down, or in any other way secured.
JAYE MOON is a young female street artist, from Korea, North or South ? Korea is as specific as the bio got. being an immigrant myself, from Montreal . . I recognized the newcomers attraction to American history, esp the part about the founding fathers. it really wasn’t that long ago either, as these things go, and so much change in just a couple hundred years. it also served as a statement to the . . violence and war – that carved this nation, just as violence and the war have carved every other territory throughout time memorial, going back to Stonehenge, and prob even past that. the gun won the West, subdued the ‘first’ natives & even settled the Civil War.
with more than a nod, to BARBARA KRUGER.
amazing to reflect upon how influential, and insightful that 1987 show of hers, ‘I SHOP / THEREFORE I AM’ – was. at MARY BOONE, lol.
and ps: BARBARA KRUGER, born 1945 in Newark, NEW JERSEY. go Jersey !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
MAAYAN ZILBERMAN – NEW AGE CANDY MAKER
3RD FLOOR – M BAR
NOV 11, 2015 – JAN 10, 2016
FORT GANSEVOORT – 5 NINTH AVE – MEATPACKING DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN NYC
MAAYAN ZIKBERMAN . . .is running a pop-up of her new age sugar crystal rock candy line, SWEET SABA at the the M Bar on the 3rd floor.
MAAYAN is . . “creating an alien library of edible candy and chewing gum inspired by chakra & birthstones that are thought to have healing qualities. During workshops, customers can watch Maayan at her counter making candy from scratch & testing ingredients. This mystical shop will be exclusive for the holidays, offering people a way to restore themselves through fun sweet things just in time for the New Year.” ~ gallery press release
an array of rings ? no . . . sweets !!
candy cure – anybody ?
some ingredients are paired to soothe . . hurt feelings, or even broken hearts ?!!
feeling down ? suck on one of these !!
MAAYAN works with a “flavor scientist to pair each shape with an unexpected taste.”
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
JULIA ZANGRILLI – ARTISANAL PERFUMER
2ND FLOOR – S BAR
NOV 11 – JAN 10, 2016
FORT GANSEVOORT - 5 NINTH AVE, MEATPACKING DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN NYC
NOVA PERFUMER . . . JULIA ZANGRILLI
at her unisex custom scent ‘pop-up’ shop at FORT GANSEVOORT, on the second floor – S Bar.
“JULIA ZANGRILLI . . . began as a self-taught perfumer, instinctually mixing custom scents for friends in her home lab. in 2011 she attended the Grasse Institute of Perfumery, in France, where she developed an understanding for the oil dynamics & chemistry behind fragrance composition. Julia then began to develop custom fragrances that she could tailor to an individual’s taste & body chemistry using only high quality phthalate-free materials. This marked the beginning of her company NOVA.
She has since released a retail fragrance named CHAKRA, and done collaborations with OPENING CEREMONY, ANNA SHEFFIELD & LOUP CHARMANT. She will be releasing a series of musks with URBAN OUTFITTERS shortly.” ~ gallery press release
“JULIA ZANGRILLI will set up a unisex custom scent bar inspired by the collaborative & entrepreneurial atmosphere surrounding Fort Gansevoort & she will also host astrological fragrance-making workshops & natural raw material classes where attendees will leave with custom eau de parfums.” ~ gallery press release
KATE, a Capricorn, a more grounded version of a hoof-footed Zodiak beast . . and not one to follow impulse alone !! was very very attracted to the NOVA CAPRICORN fragrance, and hopes to go back and score a customized version.
while I, being an alpha Aires !! and a hoof-footed animal too, bye the way, but definite not ‘grounded’, more like forging new paths on the teetery-top of the mountain heights !! was totally . . set on fire, as I approached the NOVA Aires offering – at the beginning of the counter.
literally, my body chemistry went up at least 10 fiery degrees !!
a vial costs about $125. something like that. and in fact, when you purchase it from Julia in person at Fort Gansevoort, she will even custom tweak it to your own chemistry, and I guess, inner Zodiac being !!
absolutely chic. absolutely tres, in fact pretty completely reasonable . . . for a custom high quality blend that works so well, and delivers such – magic !!
I also really liked how, in the midst of such a highly, as in . . well-designed, albeit craft/artisanal/fashion presentation, the labels were . . . in a ‘hand-lettered’ font style.
and, seemingly with a sharpie, at that.
they might even have been . . hand-lettered.
gorgeous, magical . . or what ?!! and hand-letterd, !! how brave new world !!
and I mean that most sincerely, with designer fonts so easily available via digital world – all things done-by-hand seem to have gotten off to a brand new start, a new life.
at one time, hand-lettered signs were such a no no, I cannot not even begin to tell you.
so, such Aires . . thought-cloud, or what !!
LEO !! the Lion apparently gets . . on fire, too.
bring out the – claws !!
and, get your inner fire on – with NOVA, fer sure.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
CARA MARIE PIAZZA – NATURAL & ARTISANAL DYER
NOV 11, 2015 – JAN 10, 2016
GROUND FLOOR – BAR L
FORT GANSVOORT – 5 NINTH AVE, MEATPACKING DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN, NYC
SAT NOV 14, 2015 – CREATE A COSMIC NEBULA / NATURAL DYE 101
SAT NOV 21, 2015 – BUNDLE DYEING with HEALING FLOWERS
SAT DEC 5, 2015 — HOW TO MAKE an ORGANIC INDIGO SUGAR VAT
SAT DEC 12, 2015 – DYEING with FOOD WASTES
the workshop fees range from between $125-$250 & include materials.
basically the going rate, even in Brooklyn !!
sign up: for workshops
on the night of the JASON HARVEY opening, FORT GANSEVOORT was also debuting “S,M,L – a creative platform that merges art, artisanship and commerce. S,M,L will feature a rotation of unique creative talents who will be making and selling their products. Organized by KAT TYPALDOS and CAROLYN ANGEL, the first group includes custom perfumer JULIA ZANGRILLI, candy maker MAAYAN ZILBERMAN and natural dyer CARA MARIE PIAZZA, for an eight-week long artist residency.” ~ Fort Gansevoort press release
CARA MARIE PIAZZA . . natural and artisanal dyer at the L Bar, Fort Gansevoort.
“committed to sustainable & ethical production, Cara manufactures all of her pieces locally, here in NYC. She creates one-of-a-kind textiles using only natural dyestuffs such as botanicals, plant matter, minerals, non-toxic metals & food waste. She treats her fabrics through alchemical dye sessions, ancient SHIBORI techniques, bundle dyeing & waste dyeing, transforming each textile into its own story.” ~ press release
the detailing on the shirt was phenomenal.
just sheer, enough. if you can come up with $596 for a custom shirt – which is a very good price for how these things go !! this is your . . baby !!
you can have it custom hand-dyed, by Cara . . to your specifications, as part of the package.
CARA MARIE PIAZZA . . will also curate a color apothecary & natural dye bar at the L bar, on the ground floor. In addition to natural dyes, the apothecary will sell locally grown fresh & dried flowers, earth pigments, barks, spices & clays that customers can use at home.
as well, she will present several workshops.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
talkin’ about transitioning !! whoa.
how about . . .
NYPD detective to cutting edge artist.
walking the art scene walk, on the wild, west side . . of town.
‘JASON HARVEY – FANTASY COMPOSITES’
opened WED NOV 8, 2015
the show runs thru JAN 19, 2016
FORT GANSEVOORT – 5 NINTH AVE, MEATPACKING DISTRICT, NYC
the opening was packed !!
the venue was . . quelle picturesque !!
and the work was – off the grid !!
heavy in the drawing skills, in fact: skillz, yes with a . . z.
a definite street vibe & edge, very graphic. just like the best street art happening today.
and fresh !! fresh as farm-to-table eggs.
in the city that never sleeps, but whose art scene has become . . well, let’s face it, pretty sleepy !!
I’d even say: lame.
along comes a cop detective who can draw circles around anybody.
it was . . . a mad wake-up call – for the jaded !!
and a nice, and very surprising west side throw down – to the more populist, street-cred hogging, small indie galleries of Brooklyn, who have been stealing all the art buzz of late.
hey, ever since the mighty GBE picked up his art & split big to Harlem . . it was bound to happen, a new meatpacking blow-up – to fill the legendary west side/walk on the wild side void.
but who – knew !! and Gavin liked BBQ, too.
let’s hope this unconventional newcomer, that is Fort Gansevoort – can keep up the momentum !!
if, the originality of vision and high skill quotient of this off-the-grid show are any indication – this gallery/bbq/pop-up/event outpost, situated in a most historical NYC location, (which the venue seems to really appreciate judging from the IG/Instagram photos they post), is going to be one west side twirl – that’s going to be worth the watching.
put me down – on the dance card.
it reminded me of my high flying days with . . JOSH HARRIS and PSEUDO.COM !!
Josh loved to party, loved off-the-wall talent, the more off-the-beaten path, the better.
our venue – was hardcore downtown, and multi-plex too. art parties, pop-ups, free-flowing booze, check.
and, the media ? – the media was always his go-to number 1 target !!
the NYPD ?
it came next, usually to shut the party – down !!
along with the guys from FEMA & . . the FIRE DEPT !!
ha, if you go back that far – you know what I’m a-talking about !!
QUIET & WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – rock on !!
talk about . . transitioning !!
both themainstream media, the New York Post – Josh’s fave !!, and the NYPD, (lordy, the bomb squad !!) showed up !!
for this first time exhibit – by artist JASON HARVEY, whose day job just happens to be: a professional NYPD crime scene forensic artist . . !!
“Members of the NYPD Bomb Squad showed up to gallery space Fort Gansevoort . . not to defuse anything, but to see an art show.” !! !! !!
read the full article: NYPD Bomb Squad takes night off . . . PAGE SIX, NEW YORK POST/NOV 12, 2015
JASON HARVEY . . . at his Fort Gansevoort opening, NYC. Nov 11, 2015
a 10 year forensic artist with the NYPD, Jason Harvey’s frontier carving path to the west side & Fort Gansevoort, began with the apparently sharp-eyed for talent & action . . indie filmmaker JOSH SAFDIE, who apparently is a crazed & dedicated fan for . . the NYPD twitter feed !!
the story goes something like this:
Mr. Safdie, struck by Jason Harvey’s crime scene sketches on the NYPD feed, asked Mr. Harvey to do some crime sketches for a film project, but Mr. Harvey could not use official ones, for obvious reasons, so proposed doing some fictional ones . . . or ‘composite fantasies’ based on all the diverse characters that populate New York, that have caught his gaze, and maybe even some, or ‘composite’ parts of some, who lurk in the dark & gory tragic, mean side of things, aka his day job. impressed with the ‘fantasy’ work, (the why is obvious from the exhibit), and realizing the depth of the find, Josh Safdie in turn brought it to the attention of his friend, art consultant & indie curator, ADAM SHOPKORN, who had just recently opened a gallery space of his own.
and who, it seems, was just as open to new, and surprising talent.
they are both credited on the gallery web site as: ‘co-organizers of the show’.
it takes a rare bird to scout talent, esp outta the conventional box – so I’m really getting behind them on this. so many great natural-born artists are left out in the cold to wither on the vine, labelled as ‘outsiders’ – by the ingrained, and most of all cliched, narrow-minded – NYC art scene. these, in truth the real ground-breaking, authentic voices, are left aside, totally neglected & snubbed – with their only option, to wonder . . if death will redeem their legacy.
or, if they are really passionate fighters, they take up the sharpie & spray can, destined to become . . graffiti/street artists. pretty much the only way out of establishment box dead-end, except for fast forward . . Brooklyn, of course.
but, then you pretty much have to be part of the circle of friends that already ring a gallery space, and it’s a pretty close-knit little circle.
CAROLYN ANGEL, co-founder of FORT GANSEVOORT GALLERY . . “a platform for experimentation and collaboration that exhibits emerging and established artists whose practices bridge relationships between old and new and high and low culture.” ~ gallery press release.
there was also, concurrent to the JASON HARVEY exhibit, a fashion-centric/artisanal pop-up, 3 person offering on view – as part of the ‘S,M,L.’ program at Fort Gansevoort. more on that – next post !!
suffice to say, it was unexpectedly, quite . . sensational.
with a capital S !!
JASON HARVEY, the drawings look to be done in pencil, on paper, 10 x 14 in.
they went all the way from grotesque, in the art world sense of the word, lol !!
I’m thinking: Berlin, German Weimar art of the 1920s.
twisted !! utterly fab in . . the war vs fascism.
no, I do not want to talk about the terror attack in France today, but WEIMAR – does come to mind.
not completely an ‘outsider’ to the art world, just to the ‘art scene’ – JASON HARVEY b 1973, did receive a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, 1996. he has worked as a detective, doing forensic sketches for the NYPD for the past 10 years, completing the Facial Imaging Course at the FBI Academy in 2010.
it wasn’t just the range of the assorted characters, from high grotesque to surreal, and then back to your ‘usual’ suspects: cowboys, hipsters, street hipsters, gangstas, and gals – that had people captivated. nor, was it the truthfully, awesome cross-hatch rendering !!
but it was the way these quiet, unassuming, fictional – drawings, based on memories gathered over years of encountering and observing real life in NYC, and prob as well through his grim, gritty police work . . all had a real depth of emotion, and BEING – that is so hard to describe in words, and that’s why people freak out when they see it – locked-down on paper, in such a natural-born, casual, yet studied way.
lots of people can catch a portrait, not all can get to that depth.
plus: yeah, ‘Heads’ are the big thing in the art scene right now, in case you did not notice, one word; TAYLOR McKIMENS.
which is why, this show is a-gathering attention – like a rolling stone collects moss . .
it’s NOT . . just the ‘fun’, ok, novel police back story, let me assure you of that.
just like the girl that kicked that hornet’s nest. you know, the girl with the dragon tattoo, you hope the culture vultures don’t get eat . . this guy, alive.
hopefully he doesn’t quit his day job, for now, anyways, and more importantly, he stays grounded. he looks pretty strong, and hard to knock off balance. but, you also hope he keeps on drawing. fictional, surreal, grotesque, dryly comical, ethnically exotic – the whole gamut.
and, perhaps even from life – too !!
you just don’t want to see him devolve into that typical Kehinde Wiley, and many others before him, ‘formula’ trap . .
that . . get big, get large scale & blow-up, ego-wise route that takes almost everybody it entices . . . down.
no diss, KEHINDE. it’s just like an old Greek fable.
that’s why a lot of us stay out, and far away from the established gallery scene.
and stay: indie strong.
go, indie. stay, rebel strong.
and that’s also why a lot of us – stick to watching the underground, where these rebels flourish.
because once they hit big, above-ground, that green light – that flashes ‘go’, more often translates d sadly, as: o-v-e-r.
way too often, failure is a built-in, add-on, that comes pre-packaged with success in this town, and let’s just leave it at that.
ok, in a few quick words: Jeff Koons. even DAN COLEN has become obvious & formulaic.
in fact some may just say, that Jean Michel was lucky. that the art world success he so desperately wanted, ate him up, and almost simultaneously spit him out. Basquiat, R.I.P.
lucky: DASH SNOW, R.I.P. dead.
likewise: JACK GOLDSTEIN, R.I.P. dead.
omg, how did we get here.
scratch an art fan – find a cynic.
must be the ‘transitioning’ part . . . and, the double-edged lure of the art world.
on a more positive note, which is what this show deserves:
there’s always hope – that you will . . survive the art world !!
maybe your natural gift for insight and ‘detachment’ . . will give you the winning edge.
as they say, stay hungry – my friend !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
in a contemporary auction that saw many pieces not sold, because they failed to reach their rock bottom minimum – CAROL BOVE’S iconic bookcase, ‘Innerspace Bullshit’ – was a star, achieving $106,250 or, easily 3 times !! it’s low-ball estimate of $20,00-$30,300 !!!!!
CAROL BOVE, b 1971. NYC based, Red Hook, Brooklyn.
‘Innerspace Bullshit’, 2007. 14 books, comic book, letter, bronze sculpture, Marfa rock, ocean ephemera, mirror, and pamphlet on wood and metal shelves. 42 x 36-1/8 x 12 in.
SOLD FOR: $106,250
LOT 117 – PHILLIPS
20Th CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART DAY SALE – NEW YORK AUCTION – TUES 10 NOV 2015 / 11 am
SOLD for slightly above – it’s high estimate.
DASH SNOW, 1981-2009, RIP. NYC-based.
‘Polaroid Wall’, 2009. 20 chromogenic prints each 19-6/8 x 19-6/8 in.
Signed “Dash Snow” on a paper affixed to the reverse of one element. This work is unique.
ESTIMATE: $40,000 – $60,0000
SOLD FOR: $68,750
LOT 203 – PHILLIPS
20Th CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART DAY SALE – NEW YORK AUCTION – TUES 10 NOV 2015 / 11am
SOLD . . for almost DOUBLE !! – it’s high estimate !!
go, CORY !!
CORY ARCANGEL, b 1978. lives & works out of Buffalo, NY.
‘Photoshop CS:84 by 66 inches, 300DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient “Russell’s Rainbow’ …’, 2009.
Chromogenic print face mounted to Diasec, in artist’s own frame. This work is unique.
ESTIMATE: $100,000 – $150,000
SOLD FOR: $269,000
LOT 141 – PHILLIPS
20TH CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART DAY SALE – NEW YORK AUCTION – TUES NOV 10 2015 / 11am
I guess the pricing was too high, and the imagery ‘too-in your face’ ?
it’s not that big a piece . . for the price ?
he’s not as cute as . . Jean Michel Basquiat ?
and his back story – doesn’t get out in front of the buyers,’ ?!!
from the results, looks to be a fairly staid – bunch of buyers.
next time !!
no doubt about it.
CARROLL DUNHAM, b 1949. works in NY and Connecticut.
‘Green box in Yellow Field’, 1995. Acrylic & pencil on linen.
46 x 59 in.
ESTIMATE: $200,000 – $300,000
SOLD FOR: DID NOT SELL.
LOT 136 – PHILLIPS
20TH CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART DAY SALE – NEW YORK – TUES 10 NOV 2015 / 11am
this piece sold for just under it’s high estimate, not bad !!
unless you check out how her shelf piece did – in same auction: sky rocketed !!
this piece composed solely of real peacock feathers, did not do as well as her shelve piece, which is way less interesting in my opinion (!!) probably because buyers were wary of buying anything ‘organic’ – that could degrade through time. in my opinion this buyer – made out like a thief !! good one !!
CAROL BOVE, b 1971. NYC based, Red Hook, Brooklyn.
‘Untitled’, 2009. Peacock feathers on linen in artist’s own Plexiglas frame.
38-3/16 x 24-1/2 x 5 in.
ESTIMATE: $80,000 – $120,000
SOLD FOR: $93,750
LOT 109 – PHILLIPS
20TH CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART DAY SALE – NEW YORK AUCTION – TUES 10 NOV 2015 / 11am
a sweet – new age, Brooklyn-themed statement, (organic composting artisanal hipster !!) – this piece did pretty good all things considered, selling for almost $10K above it’s higher estimate.
it’s a nice painting, will look great on the living room wall, isn’t too big to handle, and the young artist, just turning dirty thirty !! looks to be on a roll;
plus anything UK, London – is always: chic !!
NEIL RAIIT, b 1986. London, UK based. ‘Cabinectomy’, 2015.
oil on canvas, 40 x 29-3/4 in.
ESTIMATE: $12,000 – $18,000
SOLD FOR: $35,000
LOT 108 – PHILLIPS
20TH CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART DAY SALE – NEW YORK AUCTION – TUES 10 NOV 2015 / 11am
at 247365 !!
LAST WEEKEND – TO PICK UP . . THE PHONE !!
‘SURPRISE PHONE CALL’ . . . MARK DELONG, JOEL HOLMBERG, JESSIE STEAD
Oct 16 – Nov 8, 2015
247365, 57 STANTON ST, LOWER EAST SIDE
MARK DELONG . . .
LEFT: ‘Bottled Up Anger on Syrup (One side for The Talking Clock, Four Sides for Halle B.)’, 2015
RIGHT: ‘Reaper Resting, Crushing Skulls on Crunching Numbers [All Sides for Reaper Dan], 22015
each: cotton thread on cardboard, 105 x 13 x 15 in.
JOEL HOLMBERG. ‘Prior To That’, 2015.
Dustbuster with vacum attachments, votive candle, pin wheel, beard trimmer, wet/dry vac attachment, USB powered LED light, foam microphone covers, gooseneck microphone extension bar, stereo microphone bar, tripod microphone stands, fixed boom. 24 x 40 x 63 in.
all images courtesy: 247365
heads up !!
WALTER ROBINSON RETROSPECTIVE – CURATED BY BARRY BLINDERMAN
UNIVERSITY GALLERIES of ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
CATALOG SIGNING !! – TO-NITE: THURS NOV 5, 2015 / 6-8 PM
MAX FISH – 120 ORCHARD ST, L.E.S. NYC
and, the show is . . . moving a little closer to home.
next month it begins an almost 3 month run at The Galleries at MOORE COLLEGE of ART & DESIGN, Philadelphia. PA / JAN 23 – MARCH 12, 2015.
check out some pix from Jordan’s first show at Sargent’s Daughters, Fall 2014, it’s easy to see the big one year leap in her painting skills & content/vision . . plus also view the work of some of her Yale contemporaries . .
see: Dark Times ..
I first saw Jordan’s work at the Yale MFA Open Studios weekend of April 27-28, 2013. it was no random coincidence that I was there, (my first time at Yale, ever !!) the graduating class of 2014 was dynamic, with a capital D !! super super talented. super super intense. it was overwhelming, and I choose to post coverage of the 4 or so grad students I already knew personally from following their work – in the city previous to their heading to Yale.
but Jordan definite made an impression, and I’m looking for a few of those early Yale photos – to post now !!
ps: I later learned that each incoming Yale graduate class is chosen by a different set of professors, so that accounts for the wide divergence in the dynamics of each graduating class, and for sure whoever vetted the class of 2014 – did a knock-out job !!
JORDAN CASTEEL, a multi-media piece featuring a younger photo of herself, entitled or notated: “as I approached . .”
of course the best part of visiting any artist’s studio – is seeing into their process, the works in progress, the inspirations, the . . notes !!
JORDAN CASTEEL, a larger painting, no holds barred !!
great technical infrastructure, beautiful surfaces, and gorgeous, gorgeous light – at play. great volumes to the body, etc etc.
you could see the potential for sure.
yep, that Yale MFA class of 2014 . . watch out !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
JERRY SALTZ hits back . . with a definite on-your-mark take, for . . young JORDAN CASTEEL.
and bye the way, though he’s slow and sexist, in the wrong way !! Jerry has one very big claim to fame – he turned everybody onto CARROLL DUNHAM, way before his daughter, and seemingly his paintings come-to-life !! LENA DUNHAM . . made such huge media waves. I still remember reading an early review he wrote on Carroll Dunham, must have been decades ago, it stuck in my mind like . . . bubble gum under a school desk.
Jerry Saltz: bumble, bumble, stumble & . . . hit !!
installation shot – via BARBARA GLADSTONE GALLERY
CARROLL DUNHAM, OCT 31 – DEC 4, 2015
GLADSTONE GALLERY – 24th Street, NYC
see more images: CARROLL DUNHAM – GLADSTONE GALLERY !!
not quite, stung by a bee – but, still . .
bumble, bumble, stumbled on it, COUNTS !!
art critic JERRY SALTZ hits up, thumbs up !! – JORDAN CASTEEL’S 2nd solo show at Sargent’s Daughters on the Lower East Side, up thru . . NOV 15, 2015.
often labelled a ‘lounge critic’ for his fondness for all things naked, esp women & even more so, with a horrible focus on anything with their exposed & blown-up . . private parts !! !! and a contrarian, worn-out – slightly whining & very annoying . . public stand stand for politically correct, art world neglected subjects . . as in women artists, and artists . . “of color”.
memo to Jerry:
art is not a democracy, Jerry . . it’s a meritocracy.
skills, vision . . trump gender and race.
all of which, might have been how Jerry first got turned onto this young female, Yalie’s work, which was formerly focused on strong, no-holds barred portraits of naked black men . . a young black, African-American is prob the better term, woman artist painting young African American males, often harsh in vision, harsh in painterly expression, often explicit . . wow !! all the Jerry elements bundled up – in one sentence !!
but, although it seems an obvious choice for him: nakedness, woman artist, ‘minority’ woman artist, ‘minority’ subjects, Yalie, Harlem studio, figurative, etc etc – he did in fact stumble upon – a true blue vein of creative vision.
go, JERRY !!!!
JORDAN CASTEEL, ‘Miles & Jojo’, 2014. Oil on canvas, 54 x 72 in.
image: Sargent’s Daughters
read more about JORDAN CASTEEL . . .
and see more of her work on the gallery website: Jordan Casteel-Sargent’s Daughters
take the time to get into that gallery website to contrast Jordan’s first show – with this one. she really took the ball, of opportunity – that was thrown at her . . . and ran with it. a great show !! a big leap in maturity, artistic/plastic interest and above all: VISION and . . WARMTH !!
a big evolution – in just 2 years !!
go, Jordan !!
MOTTO OF THIS STORY:
in the art world, nothing is written in stone !!
though the tattoo world can sure, get under your skin.
DUKE RILEY . . has been going IG ballistic over stogey ole JERRY SPRINGER, I mean . . . Saltz !!
not totally 100% my opinion. but close, but hey . . where would I be ?
if the whole lot of them were cool, or cool . . enuf !!
which is quelle rare, going ballistic on IG !!
because we all know . . Instagram is supposed to be . . bad vibes – free.
listen up or you get . . bullied & bounced off the grid – with NO warning and no explanation !!
it’s quite . . the new age – fascist enabling platform !!!!
bully, bully, bully.
so, this post also pretty much – speaks for itself !!
or, are we just headed that way, no words, thanks: Emojis & Instagram !!
ah, the power of the IMAGE !!
ah, the power of the mighty . . . (tattoo) pen !!
NOTE: all images off the Duke’s Instagram feed . . @dukerileystudio
dukerileystudio: JERRY SALTZ DAYS at East River Tattoo. Pick any raunchy antiquated image off art critic @jerrysaltz Instagram feed and I’ll tattoo my version of it on you. Bookings: email@example.com
there ya have it . . . communication in the digital age – !!
one tattoo, at a time.
life . . . in a nutshell.
art review . . . in one image & a few, good words !!
the beauty of randomness / the chart of ups & downs !!
life in the ‘dhat’ fast lane !! digital version !!
LUKE MURPHY: Light < --> Dark < --> Screen < --> Void
image via Instagram – @lukemurphy49
‘SURPRISE PRIZE’: CAROLINE WELLS CHANDLER, NICK PAYNE & JAMES ULMER
GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY - up thru NOV 28, 2015
nail in the coffin !!
nails it !!
if you could write art reviews in emojis . . . this would be it:
PHOTOS & CROPPING: NANCY SMITH
‘SURPRISE PRIZE’ . . . CAROLINE WELLS CHANDLER, NICK PAYNE & JAMES ULMER
opened: FRI OCT 23, 2015
the show runs thru NOV 28, 2015
GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – 67 WEST St. #320 – GREENPOINT. BROOKLYN, NYC.
CAUGHT MANY, GREAT PIX – FROM THE SUPER FUN !! OPENING . . . !!
BRIAN WILLMONT opened a Pandora’s Box – with this show.
3 really diverse artists – hitting the most divergent sweet spots – and blowing up !!
in a funny visual, musical chairs . . . curatorial game of: who am I, and what’s my world . . .
touching on human communication in the digital age, self-awareness, self-expression, bio codes, bio behavior codes, bio gender codes. avatars, icons, glyphs. neo-glyphs, and one-touch emojies !!
an on-going inter-active list of questions, passions, and . . warning.
JOE GRILLO . . a walking one man enigma . . emoji !!
his show ‘#%@&?!!!’ – is currently up at THE HOLE.
fracturing the unconscious and turning the ‘glyph’ into a multi-faceted mirror !!
there is no ONE man, here.
which is to say, maybe there is – and he’s an outsider ????
tell me about it.
DREW GILLESPIE on the right, with LINDSAY.
I first encountered Drew at the very first BOBO, the now defunct Philly art band, performance in NYC. just backed into it. will never forgot the night, thought fer sure the old wooden floors of the forgotten dive bar on the Lower East Side, were going to give way any moment, what with the mad, throbbing, thrashing jumping crowd. the 3 person band were all dressed as . . newspaper boys !!
you can catch up with Drew, now NYC-based, at CONNOTATION CHUMP !!
CHRIS WATTS, another Young Turk. this is what happens . . in the ‘no photo zone’ !!
so, don’t listen to Nicholas Steindorf, unless you want to come across as a street artist !!!!
just joking !!
my old apple keyboard don’t have single stroke emojis – damn !!
and yes, that is in essence, what this show is talking about, expression – in short hand !!
and in fact,
that is also what this show is talking about:
SURPRISE: this is who I am, this is what I do.
detail, JAMES ULMER, ‘Black, White, Red’.
one got the feeling this was a distinctly . . . male world ??
an existential. . man cave ?
the Greek drama of life – reduced to a short list of 3 basic & bold colors . . . a comic book genre – gone expressionistic.
taking my temperature, as the world turns, and tossing ya – a ‘sign’, a smoke signal.
a 9 square glyph grid ?!!
you know, almost Egyptian . . . !!
JAMES ULMER, ‘I Feel Good About Myself’, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 32 x 40 in.
so, can you see how this black, white and red – road map is . . happier ?
in expression. still very introverted, no (obvious) women, or children ? bio-speaking-wise. vs James Brown . . ‘it’s a man’s world … but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl’ ???
or: why write a novel, when you can lay it out, in 6 easy steps. hieroglyphs.
the beginning, and end .. of language ?
by contrast, Caroline Wells Chandler’s work was all about: gender bender.
cut-out shapes vs the stretched canvas square. multi-colored soft fibers vs hard surface acrylic primary color paint. thematically, it was about ‘dancing’ on the edge vs ‘looking inward’.
but: it was still – all about the glyph, the basic symbols that tell . . a story, in short bursts. our story. vs history.
now, that’s a . . head shot. all warm, and fuzzy, yes it’s a glyph, one that has gone from detached, to . . . all intense with (human) emotion.
a bio-bearing encoded . . animated popular media cartoon character.
go figure, it’s way too complex & vast a subject – for these brief notes.
I was really glad I went to see this show in person, just for the opportunity it afforded to get to see the real ‘gist’ technically – of Caroline Wells Chandler’s work.
pictorial, photographic images alone don’t do it. there is real hard-core skill-set to how the fibers are handled. very consistent, tight. almost more like clay or metal sculpture, or even hard-molded plastic. the surface dynamic is very honed, as opposed to the easy ‘gait’ of . . ‘crafts’. in these pieces, DIY that has most definitely crossed-over – into the ‘artist’ zone.
detail, CAROLINE WELLS CHANDLER, ‘Super Painter Impersonator’.
this iconic Superman logo was exceptionally well done.
was this – the very first: emoji ?
super hero glyph. a brand-ing.
it was also speaking to how comic book artists really inspired us, and influenced the course of our culture.
like I said . . dancing on the edge. the male / female conundrum. the snake that eats its head.
catch me . . if you can.
define me . . if you can.
particularly liked the subtle technical skill in this rendering . . the part where the yellow section – is over-worked, over-stitched: to bring the temple of the head, to life. to model it, make it more 3-D, less flat. but still very much on that . . sharp flat plane.
so if, James Ulmer is all about . . simple locked-down primary code, for taking the internal temperature of a ‘man’s world’, and Caroline Wells Chandler is all about the gender bender dance, well I guess NICK PAYNE is .. BIBLICAL ?!!
the great drama, life-force, confusion, outta control, shape-shifting, messy. organic cell splitting world. free-form, wild pastel drawing. gestural, but not bold. per se. not flat.
‘in motion’ . . might be the way to say it. splitting cells. with atomic force.
James Ulmer is defining his world, in as much as he can contain the variables (!!) in a very straight-forward, albeit expression-istic & primal black and white, and (passionate) red way. he’s observing. he’s locking it – down.
Caroline Wells Chandler is skipping rope between the sexes. and the stereotypes of both the social, and the external world.
and how that defines us, if we let ‘em !!
and Nick ?
well, Nick . . is just off the wall !!
caught up in the lust and confusion of the outer forces of the eternal war of the human bio cells, I mean . . sexes !!
SO, in this strange trio which is the surprise . . prize ?
I think it all depends on which corner you’re sitting in. you might think it’s Nick. but actually from James and Caroline’s point of view – he might just represent . . the status quo !!
and so it goes, round and round, the room.
ps: NICK PAYNE was a member of BOBO, too. well I remember him from that night too. he had ashes all over his face, you know: poor boy !! and a newsie cap on.
and, with a nod to TAYLOR McKIMENS – it’s still about . . . HEADS !!!!!
I mean all 3 artists, here are about . . portraiture !!
imaginary bio – portraiture.
as opposed to landscape, or abstract gestures, or patterns, or color field, or even graphic retro signage.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
TAYLOR McKIMENS . . . went to the next level – with this show of heads only !!
to celebrate, there was a closing ‘party’ & catalog signing – on WED OCT 14, 2015
TAYLOR McKIMENS – STOIC YOUTH
SEPT 12 – OCT 11, 2015
THE HOLE, 312 BOWERY, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
the catalog itself was small – 6 x 7-1/2 in. – kinda ‘pocket-sized’, in terms of traditional exhibition productions, but drop dead gorgeous, to the very last drip. I mean drop !!
chock-full of full color images . . very very EXCITING, to hold, handle & . . behold !!
well worth the $15, whether signed or not, go get yourself one, or order one – for sure !!
Taylor is all about: swirling color, drips, drops, eyes and mouths – right down to the eyeball pupils, and the teeth !!
and, oh yeah: the dynamic / funny . . faux ‘engraving’ lines – for 3D modelling !!
the narrative cartoon / comic book character of his earlier works – has receded, a bit.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH