~JIM MANGAN . . KEN BLOCK ‘BLAST’ BOOK SIGNING

JIM MANGAN . .’BLAST’, a photographic ‘picture’ book collaboration with KEN BLOCK.
DASHWOOD BOOKS, PUBLISHER
the book signing took place last WED EVENING – NOV 19, 2014.
there is an exhibition of photos from the book – running at the gallery,
NOV 19, 2014 – JAN 15, 2015.
205-A, 205 AVE A – EAST VILLAGE, NYC


photographer JIM MANGAN . .

make that, hyper photographer . . JIM MANGAN


driver KEN BLOCK . .

make that, dare devil driver . . KEN BLOCK.


DAVID STRETTELL of DASHWOOD BOOKS.
he says, Dashwood is his . . middle name (!!).


co-founder of AVE-A, photographer AARON STERN


though usually worth a 1,000 words, photographs cannot convey the beauty of the book. it was made to be handled, the proportions are just right. large in plane, but not too heavy, easy to handle, beautiful paper stock, superb reproductions, great rhythm to the turning pages . . . an absolute exquisite cover. simple, but functional graphics rise to the state of an art form.


from . . ‘BLAST’.
damn, am I the only one to seek refuge in this need-for-speed winter ?
the 2014 FALL season on the underground art railroad was such a rush, from ‘PAT’S PIGEONS’, through JOHAN KUGELBERG’S ‘DEATH BY EBAY BOWLING’, the huge heat blast of SATAN CERAMICS, under the rebel leadership of miniaturist – JJ PEET.
the rushing ‘Utah desert’ of JIM MANGAN + PETER SUTHERLAND’S ‘FLASH FLOOD’ at MUDDGUTS . .
not to forget ANDREW GUENTHER . . holding up as the lone, but blazing mind-twister traditionalist i.e. – the guy paints, albeit thought-forms (!!) . . on canvas.


from ‘BLAST’.


large scale photos line the small storefront gallery, JIM MANGAN took the photos from a helicopter, as driver KEN BLOCK kicked up a storm, and tore doughnuts . . into the earth.
JIM MANGAN, ‘Untitled #10′, 2014. edition of 2, 24 x 16 in.
($1,200)


JIM MANGAN, ‘Untitled #13′, 2014. edition of 1, 50 x 34 in.
($3,500)


detail, JIM MANGAN, ‘Untitled #13′.


JIM MANGAN, ‘Untitled #14′, 2014. 36 x 24 in. editon of 2.
($2,000)


detail, JIM MANGAN, ‘Untitled #14′.


speaking of which, PATRICK McCARTHY aka the Bushwick Pigeoneer showed up just as we were leaving. I could talk to this kid forever . . he always has a take, and he always is ahead of the game.
his clay work at SATAN CERAMICS not only held it’s own, among a roomful of much more seasoned artists, but his pieces had an mistakable and unique . . ‘voice’. that show was such a blast – there goes that word again !! I was pretty sure Patrick had sold some pieces, and yes he did, a couple of mini ‘coops’ and some zine tablets. and probably more, he gets going and then he shuts up, I don’t blame him, look who he’s talking to – but come on !! how great.
he said they sold 80, or was that 800 ?!! SATAN CERAMICS T-SHIRTS. I think that number was 800, though Kate heard 500, impressive enough, what he doesn’t say is – that he designed them.
anybody with half a brain, who saw his show, PAT’S PIGEON CLUB at Muddguts this past summer – could remember the hand-writing on the ‘walls’, the pigeon supplies, and . . his zines !!

from CARRIER PIGEONS to RACING CARS, now that’s what I call . .
A-C-C-E-L-E-R-A-T-I-O-N !!

ACCCELERATION, S-P-E-E-D . . is the name of the game on the underground art railroad.
FULL SPEED AHEAD, while the mainstream art world, and all that sluggish artforum gibberish . . all the same names all the time, not one fresh face, have no idea what’s – hit them.
choke on the dust . . wannabes, is all I can say.
losers, move over.
either you have the talent, i.e. the goods, or you don’t, and you don’t.
while the underground voices just keep on . . rushing in.
and taking over.
and watching it happen, is SUCH A . . BLAST !!
there goes that B word, again.
talk about a need for speed, what a rush.
gonna be a big body count, let me tell you that, EN Restaurant and all.
it’s all fake, and it’s all . . gonna fall. fail, whatever.
and . . it’s been a long time coming.
yep, EPIC FAIL about to happen in NYC – watch out.
yep, we are talking . . FLASH FLOOD !!
and let artforum with it’s stagnant writing, not to mention pay-to-play board game – be the first to go under.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~JIM MANGAN . . KEN BLOCK: ‘BLAST’

PIX FROM THE ‘BLAST’ BOOK SIGNING . . POST SATURDAY !!

IN THE MEANTIME, FEAST ON THIS . . KEN BLOCK HAD A ‘BACK-UP’ PARKED OUTSIDE THE 205-A GALLERY.
NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE GRAPHICS – AND COLORS, WERE BUILT FOR SPEED, TOO.
BEAUTIFUL PAINT JOB. and LOGO’D UP . . HARDCORE FAB.
THE CAR LOOKED GREAT AGAINST THE NEW YORK CITY NIGHT – WINTER CHILL & ALL.
I-N-D-U-S-T-R-I-A-L.
A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N-A.
S-K-I-L-L-S.


the side door was open . .


all the better to get a glimpse . . inside.
wow. now, that’s what I call: graphics . . on speed.
as in . . GRAPHIC DESIGN, and A-R-T – y’all.
BUILT TO SPILL.
BUILT TO STEAL . . THE IMAGINATION, AND . . BREAK ALL LIMITS.
LIKE THEY SAY, PEDAL TO THE METAL.
or, as PETER SUTHERLAND WOULD SAY, in a nutshell: ‘FUCK FEAR’.

THIS CAR WAS KIND OF A ‘POCKET’ – 3D PAINTING, IN MY MIND – NO DOUBT ABOUT – IT.
POCKET ROCKET, or what.
THE BOOK IS JUST AS BEAUTIFUL. JUST THE COVER ALONE – IS ‘DEATHLY’.
yeah, JIM MANGAN and KEN BLOCK are talking . . . ‘BLAST’.
on all . . levels.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~JIM MANGAN . . COLOR’D

watch: a 4 min. video by JIM MANGAN – ‘COLOR’D’

“if you ask for a journey, I guarantee you, you will have a journey.”

‘COLOR’D’
DIRECTED, CREATED & PRODUCED BY: JIM MANGAN
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDREW SUTHERLAND
PETER SUTHERLAND . . IS ONE OF THE ‘ACTORS’.

put a little heat into your heart . . on a cold cold day.



~KEN BLOCK vs JASPER JOHNS . .

really:

PETER SUTHERLAND, JIM MANGAN & . . KEN BLOCK vs JASPER JOHNS

a JASPER JOHNS FLAG PAINTING, signed and dated 1983 . . just went for $36 MILLION in the recent NOV 11, 2014 – SOTHEBY’S CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION – here in NYC.
see: JASPER JOHNS’ FLAG PAINTING – NEW YORK POST

KEN BLOCK’S ULTIMATE GYMKHANA SIX GRID COURSE / NEED FOR SPEED . . VIDEO – has over 23,505,507 hits and c-o-u-n-t-i-n-g !!

and it is GORGEOUS, esp from an artist’s point of view, no doubt about it.

so all you collectors, put on your thinking caps !!
and put two and two – together.
I can’t do ALL your homework for you.
but here’s a big hint:
it’s all about . . the SPEED !!
‘FLASH FLOOD – JIM MANGAN & PETER SUTHERLAND’ at MUDDGUTS.

FLASH FLOOD.
yeah, you could kinda call this . . a ‘flash flood’ art review $$$ WARNING !!


the $36 MILLION AMERICAN FLAG PAINTING BY JASPER JOHNS – IMAGE: REUTERS via NEW YORK POST

watch: NEED FOR SPEED: KEN BLOCK’S GYMKHANA SIX – ULTIMATE GYMKHANA GRID COURSE

this baby – is NOT just for car geeks, teens, GO PRO FANATICS, and speed freaks !!

it’s all about the art of speed, the design of the course, and THE CONCEPT.

this baby – is for ARTISTS & GRAPHIC DESIGNERS.
THIS BABY IS: DESIGNERS & ARTISTS & CREATIVE TYPES In GENERAL – AT FULL THROTTLE PEAK.


omg, is that a real, live person on the course ?


yep.


in fact, there are TWO of them !!
and that Ken Block . is doing tight circles round them – at very high speed, leaving them in the dust, so to speak.


love it, they have POLICE on the back of their uniforms – kind of like a real action lego set, or what ?!!
graphics-wise, for sure.


inside the car – things are still . . colorful !!


the landscape is ace, and the graphics on the car – are, too.


nice job, KEN BLOCK !!

so what about that JIM MANGAN ‘BLAST’ collaboration picture book with KEN BLOCK ?

it launches next week, WED NOV 19, 2014 – at 205-A, EAST VILLAGE, NYC.

continues . . .



~JIM MANGAN . . BLAST !!

re: ‘FLASH FLOOD’ at MUDDGUTS.

don’t get me wrong, I would have bought a JIM MANGAN photograph, no sweat.
it was just beyond – my current price point.

but interestingly, just in time for the holiday gift buying season, yikes !!
JIM MANGAN has a book coming out from DASHWOOD – it’s called . . . ‘BLAST’.
no joke !! it looks to be action-packed and fab.
a fab, fab. full-on . . picture book.

the book launch is . . WED NOV 19, 2014 / 6:30 – 8:30 PM
205-A, 205 AVE A, in the East Village.

so you too, can get in on the action, go buy a copy and have it . . SIGNED !!


JIM MANGAN, from ‘BLAST’ – image via DASHWOOD BOOKS

JIM MANGAN, ‘BLAST’, DASHWOOD BOOKS, 2014
HARDCOVER FIRST EDITION – $45

“Professional rally car driver KEN BLOCK known for his enormously popular viral video series, GYMKHANA, took his deft driving skills to the remote southern Utah landscape between Capital Reef and Goblin Valley to collaborate with photographer JIM MANGAN.”

more info & pix: BLAST/DASHWOOD BOOKS


PHOTO BY JIM MANGAN – image via JIM MANGAN tumblr


PHOTO BY JIM MANGAN – image via JIM MANGAN tumblr

bye the way JIM MANGAN maintains a pretty impressive tumblr page, and page . . is not the word.
and, they are not all desert photos, or even landscapes. there’s a couple of human bodies rolling around in the mix, too.

most definite, check it out: JIM MANGAN tumblr



~PETER SUTHERLAND . . MUD FLAPS to CHARIOTS !!

INDUSTRIAL, don’t you love the resonant hard core . . chime !!

after writing up that ‘FLASH FLOOD’ show, I got to thinking more about those PETER SUTHERLAND mud flaps. they were so well done, so well fabricated.
so artisanal and hardcore mechanical – all at the same time.
the design / image, the concept, the ‘in-joke’ , in a nutshell . . the ‘product’ was so well integrated, and . . so unique.


PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘Fuck Fear’, 2014
Mud Flap, 17 in. x 20 in.
SOLD – $300/pair
COLLECTION: NANCY SMITH

so I wrote to MARK CROSS of MUDDGUTS and asked him . . to tell me, more about them.
I was so, so totally thrilled by his response:

PETER had them . . “made by a guy who makes mud flaps for trucks. They’re legit. They are molded and I’d imagine some sort of screen printing is involved. Very industrial.”

oh god I love that, ‘industrial’ is so the right word.
industrial and hardcore just rhyme . . so right – !!


detail, PETER SUTHERLAND, mud flap corner, ‘Fuck Fear’.

from a collector’s point of view what could be better.
the work, the image, the concept, the design . . is sure fire.
so is the trajectory of the artist.
the price, sure is . . right !! 2 solid well-sized pieces for $300 ?!!
plus unlike so many works in this price range, this IS not a work on paper that needs careful handling, and framing. this is a solid slab of almost 1/2 in. thick rubber, that attaches to the wall, and with 2 screws, and you can not get more sturdy or industrial, than that.


ALBERTO GIACOMETTI, ‘CHARIOT’ – image via SOTHEBY’S
SOLD – $100,965,000
COLLECTION: STEVE COHEN

when I first saw this 1950 GIACOMETI, approx. 5 ft. high sculpture, a chariot-man, publicized in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, just prior to the big art auctions this month – my heartbeat started racing, right off the map . . wow – I knew right away, only somebody really really smart would buy this. even though it was priced high, or high enough !! $100 million !!
it was just so . . ‘industrial’, ha.
so perfectly conceived and balanced and drawn-out !! just like a perfectly pitched . . bell.
hardcore, metal. hardcore stance – conceptually, too. Alberto G. was not messing around.
not only that, . . BUT:
“this version was cast in an edition of six, but only two are left in private hands”, plus . . “it’s also the only one version he ever painted gold.”
!! !! !!

sure enough, super smart, smart enough to stay out of jail, while his firm tanked and others took the rap !! hedge fund billionaire-collector STEVE COHEN snapped it up. they say he was the only bidder. he’s worth $11.1 Billion and apparently he’s proud to declare that he spends 20% of his income on . . art.
see: ‘BILLIONAIRE STEVE COHEN PAYS . . ‘ – PAGE SIX

if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from over 3 decades of collecting, trading, and hustling my art street smarts to make a living, or as we like to joke a . . “killing’ !!
you know . . death by art – it’s a tough survival game at the extreme cutting edge !!
. . is that there is no diff between the super rich and the dead broke artist-trendsetters who get in, at the very bottom.

$300 vs $100 million – no diff !!

same thrill !!

same percentage of GAIN !! maybe even more on the start-up side. both sides entail a RISK FACTOR but that just fuels the heart beat, gives you the rush. because you know you are coming out ahead, as always !!

fuck fear. like they say at Muddguts.
fuck everything in between, middle class collecting, what a joke. could it be any more banal.
the uninspired masses, the sheep leading the sheep, the blind leading the blind, the wannabes . . .

yeah, me and STEVE COHEN, we both got lucky this week. CA-CHING !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, except where noted.



~FLASHFLOOD . . JIM MANGAN, PETER SUTHERLAND / JULIAN GILBERT & ASGER CARLSEN

‘FLASH FLOOD – JIM MANGAN & PETER SUTHERLAND’
OCT 3 – OCT 17, 2014
MUDDGUTS – 41 MONTROSE AVE, BROOKLYN, N.Y.

this was a seriously awesome, and moving . . show.
so I’m putting up the pix right now, before they fall thru the cracks.

ERIK DEN BREEJEN paints a mural at ATLANTIC RECORDS – is up next.
DEATH BY ART, and . . 170 SUFFOLK will follow & we’ll leave the CAB/BROOKLYN COMICS ART FEST coverage for a little later – just in time to sync with, brighten & lighten the lead-in to the xmas holidays. time passes so quickly once you hit October, and then the summer is up and over and . . it’s Christmas ?!!


JULIAN GILBERT was handling the gallery the day I dropped by – Julian has a B.F.A. in Photography from SVA, class of 2009. he’s also a native New Yorker – having grown up on the east side of Manhattan, around 14th St. and trust me – that counts for a LOT !!

behind him is a large piece by PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘Seen, Not Heard’, 2014.
wood/vinyl, 4 ft. x 6 ft.
($9,000)

this was a nice lead-in piece to the show, silent – but immense in emotion, beautifully proportioned. speaking to the vast desert, and the ever-shifting, but also cohesive – infinite nano particles that compose it. a footprint, looking like concrete, and looking like sand shifting before your very gaze – a classic image – re-formatted.
speaking to deep friendships, passage of time, and finally . . to making – ‘your mark’.


yes, that’s an ASGER CARLSEN t-shirt, Julian is wearing.

check out: ASGER CARLSEN’S PORTFOLIO

and, follow some of this: ASGER CARLSEN GOOGLE SEARCH


actually, JULIAN GILBERT . . has a pretty amazing website, himself !!
that logo/banner: ‘dumbluck’ is . . a riot, and a great VISUAL.
like we like to say around here: indie NYC . . rules.

check out: JULIAN GILBERT / dumbluck


but, back to the show !!

JIM MANGAN, ‘Untitled (#23)’, 2014.
ink jet print, 50 in. x 33 in.
($1,800)
(11 in. x 17 in. edition of 3 – $500 ea.)
(24 in. x 16 in. edition of 2 – $900 ea.)

it’s exciting to see shows at MUDDGUTS, not only because they are so on the edge, but because the place itself – has a great hardcore, from-the-streets up . . vibe.


the desert, it’s loneliness, mystery.
JIM MANGAN also captures in exquisite compositions – it’s profound capacity for graphic . . tracery.


in the face of amazement at how pink things were – out there, I forgot to ask: what is this ?


JIM MANGAN, ‘Untitled (#21)’, 2014.
ink jet print, 60 in. x 40 in.
($2,500)
(11 in. x 17 in. edition of 3 – $500)
(24 in . x 16 in. edition of 2 – $900)

this photo – had a more literal snippet of a narrative, a red truck or monster SUV pulling a huge RV – and flying down the road, snow banks adding to the horizontal, never-ending journey . . .


JULIAN turned me on to the pretty obvious – JUM MANGAN likes to get to the tallest point around in any particular location and zero in, I get that.
I like doing that to the art I see, bringing up the details, the nano-world. ‘scale’ – is just so much of the – the real deal / total picture.


he must use a very high definition large format camera, most definite on tripod.
the pixel-ation up close – is intense. very very ‘active’, most def adds to the ‘unseen’ or ‘hidden’ emotionalism of the pieces – for sure.


JIM MANGAN, ‘Untitled (#20)’, 2014.
ink jet print, 45 in. x 32 in.
($1,800)
(11 in. x 17 in. edition of 3 – $500)
(24 in. x 16 in. edition of 2 – $900)

nature-made, not – man-made.


this desert / world . . has so much pink in it.

JIM MANGAN and PETER SUTHERLAND turn out to be close friends, who met in college. as the gallery notes: their works “celebrate a shared affinity for nature, particularly the mountainous regions of UTAH and COLORADO.” but, while JIM MANGAN remains Utah-based, with a very nomadic lifestyle, PETER SUTHERLAND lives and works here in NYC. but he’s also known to be very ‘nomadic’, in that he travels, and documents those travels, a lot – as well.
according to the Muddguts notes . . Peter Sutherland is also known as The Aging Skater, The Prophet Dube, Tree Beard, and best of all . . Prince Peh Peh !!


PETER SUTHERLAND had a huge, and very real ‘crystal’ on display, wonderfully imbedded with a man-made element / i.e. the human touch. the colors and details of this giant ‘translucent’ rock crystal – beautifully echoed that previous photograph by JIM MANGAN.

I can’t give you very much more info on it, as it’s not included on the gallery works list – except to say: it was sold immediately . . during the opening.
collectors of cutting edge art, take note, you just can’t blink.


a dissected crystal, that’s so metaphorically . . un-bound, organic, lush. almost porn – in it’s sensuousness. in contrast to . . it’s cold hard surface.
esp when one considers – a man-made ‘boundary’ runs through it.
in that, it very much echoes those photograph landscapes of JIM’S: I was . . here.


PETER SUTHERLAND’S . . wall.
although known mostly as a photographer and filmmaker, in fact Peter SUTHERLAND had more ‘objects’ in the show than . . photographs.


this is one of 2 vertical displays of . . hand-painted, silver reflective paint, ‘mud flaps’ – by PETER SUTHERLAND.


PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘Back Off’, 2014.
mud flap, with reflective silver paint, 17 in. x 20 in.
($300/pair)

$300 – for the PAIR, unique images . . on heavy-duty rubber ????

count me . . in !!!
I bought this set, on the spot.

PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘Fuck Fear’, 2014.
mud flap, 17 in. x 20 in.
(SOLD – $300/pair)


and my ‘friend’ who came with me to see the show, bought this set !!
after I bought mine, and I got so jealous – because then I noted her’s actually had “Peter Sutherland” inscribed around the lower right half of the ‘sun’.
damn, there is NO winning – even when you’re winning !!
fuck it – I still like MY ‘face in a truck-box’ – !!
it’s those sad sack – carton eyes . . that got to me.
and, come-on . . muddguts – mud flaps, hysterical funny, or what !!!!!!

PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘Keep On Truckin!’, 2014.
mud flap, 17 in. x 20 in.
(SOLD – $300/pair)


I would have bought this one, too – but I was tapped out.

PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘E-Z Trip’, 2014.
mud flap, 17 in. x 20 in.
($300/pair)


JIM MANGAN, ‘DISC’, 2014.
aluminum/stickers
($1,500)

Actually JIM also had some non-photographs in the show, he had some really colorful vintage aluminum snow discs, or one-person ‘sleds’ hanging from the gallery ceiling. they were covered in what I’m assuming were the vintage stickers, that the original ‘kid’ owner had put on them.


these were essentially very scary fast, one man sleds, that you hopped onto and held onto for dear life, as you went spinning, and hurtling – down the snowy slopes.
we used to do that a lot when I was a kid growing up, in Montreal. we used to head up Mt. Royal, in 3 or 4 layers of clothing – you know, that big mountain in the center of the city, and how we survived, I do not know. there were trees and brushes. no supervision, and everywhere – dare devil kids speeding by – right on course to hit you. man, you had to be . . quick. it was friggin steep, and icy !! you had to, literally – rock and roll your way out of danger, on those discs – as you hung onto those small leather straps, with your double layers of snow-encrusted, icy frozen mittens.

I bet they don’t let the kids do that – anymore !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. FRI, OCT 10, 2014.



~KEITH HARING – PHOTOS by BAPTISTE LIGNEL

there is NO . . escaping . . NYC !!

NEEDLES & PENS in SAN FRANCISCO . . .
IS PLEASED TO PRESENT A BOOK RELEASE & SIGNING FOR . . .
‘KEITH HARING STUDIO – 30/10/1988 – BAPTISTE LIGNEL’
SAT NOV 8, 2014 / 4-6 PM
the photographer, BAPTISTE LIGNEL was only 14 years old – when he took these photos.
NEEDLES & PENS – 1173 VALENCIA ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

I found a few more images floating around in cyber space:


KEITH HARING STUDIO PHOTO – BY BAPTISTE LIGNEL via OMS/ORIGINALMUSICSHIRT


KEITH HARING STUDIO PHOTO – BY BAPTISTE LIGNEL via OMS/ORIGINALMUSICSHIRT



~ANYA DAVIDSON . . OPENS TO-NITE at TOMATO HOUSE

ANYA DAVIDSON – ‘CHARACTER FLAWS’
OPENS To-NITE, FRI NOV 7, 2014 / 6-10 PM
the show runs thru DEC 6, 2014
TOMATO HOUSE – 301 SARATOGA AVE, BROOKLYN, N.Y.

FACEBOOK – TOMATO HOUSE

“TOMATO HOUSE . . is thrilled to present a solo show by acclaimed cartoonist, printmaker and musician ANYA DAVIDSON. ‘Character Flaws’ features a new series of 50 ink and marker drawings, a taxonomy of imaginary creatures and real people reminiscent of HOKUSAI’S sketchbooks, SEYDOU KEITA portrait photography and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS monster manuals.

. . . Her story ‘Barbarian Bitch’ appeared in Kramers Ergot 8 and her graphic novel ‘School Spirits’ was published in 2013 by Picturebox. ‘Band For Life’, her Ignatz-nominated online comic about the trials and tribulations of a group of young musicians, appears weekly on VICE.”

ANYA DAVIDSON IMAGES – COURTESY TOMATO HOUSE.



~DEATH BY ART . . CHRIS UPHUES

did you . . catch the: CHRIS UPHUES website ??!!

on that DEATH BY ART / DEATH BY AUDIO LINK ?

my most . . fave-rave-er-it !!!!


CHRIS UPHUES . . image via CHRIS UPHUES GALLERY



~DEATH BY ART

DEATH BY AUDIO – is closing, forever . . on NOV 22, 2014.

the good news is they are opening up the total space to a huge huge 16 day pop-up art show, installation, archive, you name it, which will be free and open to the public – this weekend, and next, from 2 PM – 7 PM – until NOV 22, 2014.

so, if you are heading to the COMIC ARTS BROOKLYN FESTIVAL this weekend, you can also pop over there.

the OPENING PARTY / RECEPTION is this THURSDAY, NOV 6, 2014 – beginning at 8 PM.

the whole list of participating artists and other installations – is here:

check out: DEATH BY AUDIO – ART SHOW

you should definite check out that link, because every artist is linked to their own website or venue – so you can time travel from your phone or desk – and see for yourself – just how huge !! – the indie art scene is here.



~HAPPY HALLOWEEN . . EVIL SWORD !!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN . . from EVIL SWORD (2013)
a zine out of PHILLY – made by KATE FERENCZ and BEN FURGAL.

see: EVIL SWORD on . . SINGLE GIRL MARRIED GIRL

see: NEWS . . SINGLE GIRL MARRIED GIRLS

EVIL SWORD: BEN FURGAL, KATE FERENCZ, and YIANNI KOURMADES, drummer.
PHOTO via EVIL SWORD – SINGLE GIRL, MARRIED GIRL

ps: KATE FERENCZ . . penned those super ferocious words, and the band would like to give a shout-out to ANDREW MAHER, for his – inspired lighting !!



~CODY HOYT . . STUDIO AT A GLANCE

GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN, N.Y.
SAT OCT 25, 2014


the fun thing is, when you turn the corner to access BRIAN WILLMONT’S own studio, from the public exhibition space of his GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY, you get to see the workplace of artist / master ceramist . . CODY HOYT.


this being the season of ‘CLAY’, ‘SATAN CERAMICS’ downtown , and uptown ‘FIRE’ – and all . . I wondered why I hadn’t made note of his work, although I had seen it, and even very recently at the big CINDERS tenth anniversary group show this past summer.


I think the oversight was based on . . 2 factors.

1. esp in the CINDERS showing, Cody’s work had to compete with so much other really strong pictorial visual art, and the pieces they showed by him were not large enough in scale, or well-lit enough, or whatever . . to compete.

2. Cody’s work requires more of a ‘setting’ to stand out in all it’s functional, playful weirdness and . . beauty. nobody should ever display his work, standing alone – on a cold empty shelf.
his work also needs . . plants, gorgeous living plants, and flowers. as in: greenery !!
to come alive. these pots need settings. lights. camera, action.
contrast, life, and – drama.
ok. well, they look pretty good ‘stand-alone’ on his website, but then they are just competing within their own context, and in some sense are re-inforced by that.


his sculptural shapes need an array, to make the whole and the individual . . come alive in all their wild inventive diversity, and well . . even: music.
of form.
and rhythm . . of design.
as I saw here, where there’s variety, ironically there’s also a chance to note the great restrained order of things. in these clay pieces. function, balance, order, raw-like surface finish, inner volume, outer volume, gesture. presence. etc, etc.

SO,
from now on CODY HOYT here’s some advice . .
don’t let anyone ever again, just pop a couple of your hand-wrought geometric vessels on a shelf. instead, build a setting for them, like you have in your studio, and let them stand tall, and be graced in all their gorgeous minimalist primitive clay being . . by the very contents for which they were designed and made to hold: and that is: g-r-e-e-n-e-r-y.
greenery and hand-built clay, a full-blown life force.
now, that’s what I call . . a win win.

definite, see more: CODY HOYT

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~BRIAN WILLMONT . . STUDIO VISIT

BRIAN WILLMONT STUDIO VISIT – GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN. N.Y.
SAT OCT 25, 2014

upon visiting the big and intense (!!) ‘DUCKS’ group show at his gallery, GREENPOINT TERMINAL – when Brian mentioned his studio was in a space just adjacent, of course – I asked to check it out.

if the whole, and really . . explosive – if you consider how mundane a show focused on ‘ducks’ sounds in the first place – visual and conceptual content contained in that small gallery space expanded it’s actual physical space by a factor of at least a 1,000 with the vibrancy of ‘DUCKS’ – then what can I say, the journey . . just kept on growing.


BRIAN WILLMONT with his work behind him, whole worlds opened up . . on the physical plane of the painted canvases . .


I’m thinking . . Halloween, of course, on some dumb seasonal primordial level, but also, really more !! more on how . . the depth that comes to an artist-run gallery, is usually reflective of the deep creative reach or vision of the artists who helm those start-up galleries, and what drives them, so strongly.


close-up you can see small slits of reflecting foil, or other shiny materials reflecting the darts of light – that light up the deep pool of the whole brooding mass. deep pool, is the recurring metaphor.


as my eyes adjusted to all the work, and works-in-progress, and other props in the room – I began to pick out pieces that made me feel I was in the presence of a formal . . illusionist.
or in art terms – somebody who plays with light !!
and shape.
and not . . just soccer balls.


but, let’s back up a moment, at the work/computer/desk station . .


I got to see some of Brian’s earlier works, and so the journey was multi-leveled, took many paths. I got the feeling that unlike many other artist-gallerists, Brian was also more open in the dialogs, as opposed to narrow or more focused agendas – he wanted to bring to his gallery space. that’s so rare, I found that a big breath of fresh air.


an earlier installation archive – re-inforced this experience.


BRIAN related that he grew up in NEW MEXICO on many folk stories about magic, rituals, witches, and all.
if you consider New Mexico was the birthplace of AGNES MARTIN, the great non-objective ‘abstract’ painter – than things start falling into place.

you can see more of his work, on his: website


on the other side of the studio . .
note: I should have grabbed a better photo, but that small romantic/visionary/ritualistic figure, a coppery and white plaster-type statuette – in the foreground, on the big table is . . by NICK VAN WOERT.
you can see a better photo of the work, if you scroll down the exhibition pix from Greenpoint Terminal’s last show, called aptly enough: ‘RITUAL MAGIC’.


another wall, for a smallish space – this studio packed a pretty big punch !!


close-up of a work on that wall.
yeah for sure, I was in the presence of an illusionist with a background in formal painting, magic and a big wide open . . mind ready and willing to populate the scene with new stuff, new people, and new visions.
look out: a new ghost army masses . . on the horizon.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~DUCKS . . PIX FROM THE EXHIBIT

‘DUCKS’ – CURATED BY RYAN TRAVIS CHRISTIAN
OCT 24 – NOV 29, 2014
GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – 67 WEST ST. #320 – BROOKLYN, N.Y.
HRS: FRI & SAT / 1-6 PM or by appointment


GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY is a small, but big ambitions . . artist-run gallery in Brooklyn, and the – artist who runs it is . . BRIAN WILLMONT.
he has his own studio behind the gallery, so making an appointment to see the shows – is . . NO BIG DEAL. he’s a very friendly, engaging, social is the word – and smart, guy. he’s definitely taking the ‘Brooklyn’ brand . . forward.
the contact is on the gallery website.


RYAN TRAVIS CHRISTIAN, ‘The Scientist’, 2014.
color pencil on paper, 10.25 x 12.75 in.
($900)

RYAN TRAVIS CHRISTIAN curated the show – pretty much everything was made specifically for the show. the many & very diverse contributors were given like 2 months – to come up with something about ducks !!
what is it about ducks, anyway ?

I asked BRIAN, why the ducky theme ?
and this is what he said: “I think RYAN chose ducks because they’re funny and silly. He has a history of ducks in his work and there’s a rich history of ducks in cartoons, which he works with a lot.”

it’s a very retro – theme. I was thinking DAFFY and Donald and all that, incl Mother Goose – must have been before ca. 1940, when more people grew up on farms, or closer to rural areas – and ducks had big CHARACTERS in the family yard. !! now we all live in cities and only know rats, dogs, cats – and, Sharks !!
and, oh yeah – pigeons.

sure enough in a nice essay on the show, ‘What the Duck ?’ posted by OPENING CEREMONY
we get to learn that RYAN “recently moved to a house with a pond in the suburbs of Chicago, so he’s had a lot of time to observe them” – who’s the leader of the pack, etc.

I’m thinking there is something about ducks – that goes counter intuitive to the fast paced and high risk world today, so it was even more interesting to see such a big group effort – trying to pin them down, or is that – set them free.
ducks, they not only seem akin to humans, but they get cut up a lot, comically speaking . . and hunted into food, more ominously. yum yum Peking duck. so there’s got to be a moral in there – somewhere.
but – on with the . . show !!


ERIC SHAW, ‘DuckDuck’, 2014.
vinyl paint and gauche on paper, 16.5 x 11.5 in.
($800)


MATT LOCK. ‘Ruffians Visiting an Art Exhibit’, 2014
mixed media on paper, 8.5 x 12 in.
($120) (wow – that’s a STEAL !!)


CASSIE MARIE EDWARDS, ‘Sitting Duck’, 2014
oil/alkyd on paper, 11 x 14 in.
($750)


SOFIA LEIBY, ‘DUCK (after Steinberg)’, 2014
acrylic on Arches paper, 7 x 11 in.
($350)


JOSH REAMES, ‘Fucked Up Mallard’. 2014
acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16 in.
($1,200)


MORGAN BLAIR, ‘Quack is Wack’, 2014
acrylic and sand on panel, 11 x 14 in.
($550)


detail, MORGAN BLAIR, ‘Quack is Wack’.


STACIE JOHNSON, ‘Ducky duck’, 2014
acrylic on cardboard and paper clay, 5 x 8 x 1 in.


LOUIS SCHMIDT, ‘Duck Study #12′, 2014
acrylic and graphite on paper, 11 x 14 in.
($350).
I liked this one – because the duck was so . . pensive, and sad.


MATT LEINES, ‘Duck Hunt, a Humorous Rifle Industry Publication Aimed at Japanese Children’, 2014
ink, colored pencil, and graphite on paper, 8 x 10 in.
($1,000)
it was great to see this piece in person, I liked it because it was so graphic as only MATT LEINES can be, in that twisty & funny . . offbeat, upbeat . . you know kind of way of his, you know . . aimed at children, and, Japanese at that !!
yep, looking a lot like a woodblock print.


detail, MATT LEINES, ‘Duck Hunt’
more like a tarot card, than a how-to-hunt, and KILL . . ?!!
your OWN species ?!!


EDRA SOTO, ‘Duck Parts (Milagros)’, 2014
Tooling metal, Dimensions variable.
($250)
talk about complete . . deconstruction.


CHRISTIAN REX van MINNEN, ‘Duckface’, 2014
oil on panel, 14 x 11 x 2 in.
(SOLD)
it’s the tattoo – on the face . . !!
awesome / gruesome, off the wall. funnie. lush. not a bad price – either.


ADAM SCOTT, ‘KALLE ANKA (Leave Me Alone)’, 2014
color pencil on paper, 11 x 14 in.
($800)


JEREMY TINDER, ‘Sliced Duck’, 2014
acrylic on wood, dimensions variable.
($400)


JAY STUCKWISCH, ‘Two Drakes’, 2014
Digital on canvas, 11 x 14 in.
($600)


BRIAN COOPER, ‘Empty Space is Not Nothing 9′, 2014
oil on wood, 9 x 12 in.
($1,000)


DANIEL ALBRIGO, ’3 1/2 Ducks’, 2014
gesso on linen wrapped panel, 11 x 14 in.
($500)

in the CHINESE HOROSCOPE . . to be DUCKY, is to be . . LUCKY !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~STREET MURALS . . at the exhibit

STREET MURALS
CURATED BY KEVIN MICHAEL NYC
OCT 24-27, 2014 / 11 AM – 7 PM
BE-ELECTRIC STUDIOS – 1298 WILLOUGHBY AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, N.Y.


ESTEBAN DEL VALLE

from the show’s title I was expecting large scale ‘murals’ – but this was the only large scale wall piece in the show. this had it’s ups and downs, you realized just how much of the excitement of street art came from it’s scale and locale on the streets, but this way you had access to a piece of the action.


KEVN MICHAEL NYC – the show’s curator.
behind him on the left – works by JOSEPH MELOY, and on the right – AINAC.


AINAC, ‘Gangs of New York’.
($620 – SOLD)


DOA


FUMERO, ‘STREET ART – FINE ART – SAME THING’
($800)

and sometimes maybe, even BETTER . . .


ADAM DARE, ‘BE UP TO SOMETHING’.

I really liked this piece a lot, black on black, with reflection, nice presentation re hanging suspended canvas, and the message, fab fab fab.
listen up, peoples.


detail, ADAM DARE – the surface reflections, swirly evolving shapes, with the stripe of block calligraphy running through it at just right the offset height – added up to: dynamic. great surface fun and painterly ‘formalism’.


NICOLE SALGAR, ‘untitled’.
($800)


CHUCK BERRETT.


SONNI, ‘Roll with it’.
($1,400)


CHRIS RWK, ‘Don’t Put Off Tomorrow, What You Can Do Today’.
($1,200)


MR.PRVRT


MR.PRVRT


the room was really big and wide open, it was interesting to see some pieces . . . suspended. it kept some of the original magic of the ‘pop-up’ street art magic – in the room.


DASIC FERNANDEZ, ‘untitled’.
($2,000)


ANGELINA CHRISTINA, ‘Symbolically Challenged’.
($1,000)


DAMIEN MITCHELL, ‘One Man’s Treasure’.
($1,300)


DAMIEN MITCHELL, ‘One Man’s Trash’.
($1,600)


DAMIEN MITCHELL, with work by MAGDA LOVE – to the right.
DAMIEN MITCHELL’S work was deceptively simple, I really liked it a lot. very smart. it also benefitted from being suspended against that curved base – wall.


PRAXIS . . just like we are seeing in the more traditional fixed wall – ‘fine’ art scene – earth ‘animals’ made a big presence.


CERNESTO, ‘The Many Truths of Being Human’.
($700)
yeah, I’d like to take home . . a piece – of that !!
many-splendored . . magic.


detail, CERNESTO.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~STREET MURALS . . A FEW MORE

STREET MURALS – CURATED BY KEVIN MICHAEL NYC
OCT 24 – 27, 2014 / 11AM – 7PM
BE-ELECTRIC STUDIOS – 1298 WILLOUGHBY AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, N.Y.


JOSEPH MELOY – image via TOKIDOKI, JACKIE HADEL


FUMERO – image via STREET ART NYC


DASIC FERNANDEZ – image via THIS IS CHILE


CHUCK BERRETT & NICOLE SALGAR – image via STREET ART NYC


DAMIEN MITCHELL – PHOTO BY JAIME ROJO via BROOKLYN STREET ART


JOHN ARTHUR CARR – image via JOHN ARTHUR CARR


CERNESTO – image via THE MUSEUM OF URBAN ART


JOHN PAUL O’GRODNICK – image via STREET ART NYC


ANGELINA CHRISTINA – image via THE MUSEUM OF URBAN ART


ESTEBAN DEL VALLE – image via 5 POINTZ NYC


MAGDA LOVE – image via STREET ART NYC



~STREET MURALS . . OPENS FRI

BIG STREET ART . . THROW DOWN !!

OPENS FRI OCT 24, 2014 / 6-11 PM
show is up thru OCT 27, 2014 / 11AM – 7PM
CURATED BY KEVIN MICHAEL NYC
BE-ELECTRIC STUDIOS – 1298 WILLOUGHBY AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, NY
L TRAIN TO JEFFERSON ST

here’s a small sampling:


AINAC – PHOTO BY JAIME ROJO – via BROOKLYN STREET ART


MR.PRVRT – OUTER RIM: INNER CITY, STAR WARS STREET ART – image via RETURN TO FLEET


PRAXIS – BOMBS BOGOTA (with surveillance reminders) – image via VANDALOG


VENG & CHRIS / RWK / ROBOTS WILL KILL – PHOTO BY JAIME ROJO – via BROOKLYN STREET ART


ADAM DARE – ‘KING, QUEEN’ – image via ADAM DARE


SONNI – image via THE CHEATS MOVEMENT



~DUCKS . . OPENS FRI / with added perfomance at 10 PM

what, DUCK !! again ?!!

DUCKS put out a few more images, that are hard to resist !!

‘DUCKS’ – OPENS FRI OCT 24, 2014 / 7-10 PM
with a PERFORMANCE BY ‘YETI and FIREBUSH’ – JUSTIN COOPER and ROSS MORENO . . at 10 PM
the big ‘duck-themed’ group show runs thru NOV 29, 2014
CURATED by RYAN TRAVIS CHRISTIAN – see: ‘DUCKS’ EXHIBIT PAGE
GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – 67 WEST ST #320, BROOKLYN, NY

interesting fact:
artist-comedian JUSTIN COOPER (b. 1976) & artist-comedian-professional magician ROSS MORENO (b. 1979) both have M.F.A. degrees in Sculpture from The School of Art, Institute of Chicago, 2005.
must have been some class !!


‘DANNY DUCKO’ – ERIC YAHNKER



~which brings us back to NYC, and CAB !!

up next:

1. FLASH FLOOD – JIM MANGAN & PETER SUTHERLAND at MUDDGUTS

2. SEAN VEGEZZI & 170 SUFFOLK – A KNOCK-OUT DIY POP-UP, that set the bar for STEALTH !!

in the meantime . . . SAVE THE DATE:

CATCH THAT . .. CAB !!!!!
IT’S BOUND FOR . . GLORY !!!!!

CAB / COMIC ARTS BROOKLYN 2014 – SAT & SUN, NOV 8 & 9, 2014 / 11AM – 7PM
FREE TO ATTEND – !!
MT. CARMEL CHURCH – 275 N 8TH ST – WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN
PRESENTED BY DESERT ISLAND

FOR: MORE INFO & SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – CAB 2014

so, cute & funnie !! DESERT ISLAND HAS CHANGED THEIR LEADER IMAGE !!

see: DESERT ISLAND – !!

and that’s why I generally stay away from the mainstream & blue chip scene, unless some really great art is going on, case in point: Satan Ceramics, Rob Pruitt – I’ve got absolutely no negatives . . for the NYC underground indies !!
indies . . rule !!