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

~PHIL COTE . . ‘Almost Everything’ / JAG Projects / HESSE FLATOW / closing event SAT FEB 13 / 4-6

time . . . is relentless.

it’s already . . . the last days to see:

PHIL COTE: ‘Almost Everything’
curated by JESSE ARAN GREENBERG / JAG Projects at HESSE FLATOW

PHIL . . will be at the closing party / event, today – SAT FEB 13, 2021 / from 4 – 6 pm.


PHIL COTE, ‘Strange Presence’, 2019.
oil on canvas / 24 x 24 in.


detail.
artwork images via Instagram @paintco

yeah, BRO !!
in these uncertain, ancient ferocity / times.
wishing you . . . well.



~DREW GILLESPIE . . ‘Wishing Well’

wishing you, WELL !!

DREW GILLESPIE, detail installation . .
“Drewy ‘Good Enough’ Andrews”, 202l.
multi-media installation in ‘The First Story: A Show about Twinning’.
presented by JAG Projects, hosted by Marinaro Gallery
up thru . . . Feb 28, 2021.


DREW GILLESPIE, detail install photo of his ‘Twinning’ installation.
image via Instagram @bobo_newyorkcity

such . . . a loaded image.
I’ve written about ‘wishing wells’ lately, specifically with regard to the big LED animated floor ‘cubes’ that LUKE MURPHY has been exhibiting.


this one is from his recent show at THE HOLE /
install photo via THE HOLE – ‘CUBED’.

to my mind, traditionally the phrase ‘Wishing Well’ was a symbol for deep inner reflection, a dive into the ‘personal’ unknown, and perhaps . . even a lucky dream come true.

Drew’s wishing well, is a lot more bizarre.
and yet somehow, in twisting out like this, the whole concept of ‘wishing well’ got twisted out too, but in a good form, and in a more outward . . narrative. I mean maybe his evil twin, aside /
‘wishing well’ ?
wishing YOU, well !!
in these politically fraught / mask wearing, global / deadly pandemic times.



~DREW GILLESPIE . . “Drewy ‘Good Enough’ Andrews” / ‘TWINNING’ / JAG PROJECTS, MARINARO

Twinning ? it’s complicated . . !!
especially when you’re stuck at the bottom of a wishing well, and . . talking to a therapy bot.

DREW GILLESPIE . . gives it a shot.

JESSE ARAN GREENBERG / JAG Projects presents a group show . .
‘The First Story: A Show about Twinning’ – running thru FEB 28, 2021
Marinaro Gallery, Sub-Basement


(above 2 images edited from Instagram @jesse_aran_greenberg)


some projects are not made for flat screens !!
watch: the video / @bobo_newyorkcity on Instagram

the text:
“. . . a sculpture of a wishing well about the relationship between 2 identical twin brothers.
the well includes a ‘live’ video feed of a therapy session between a therapist chatbot and a paranoid twin, named Drew Andrews, who is stuck at the bottom of the wishing well.
He is mostly complaining to his therapist about his annoyng twin brother, Andy Andrews, who obsessively follows him around and imitates his every gesture.”


DREW GILLESPIE, “Drewy ‘Good Enough’ Andrews”, 2021
mixed media, dimensions Variable
image via Marinaro Gallery

see: ‘The First Story’ . . Marinaro Gallery

FLASHBACK:


DREW GILLESPIE . . .
BOBO / JAG Projects present . . . ‘MUD FEST’ / Hudson Valley, upstate NY, weekend of July 22-23, 2017.
archival photo: NANCY SMITH, July 23, 2017.



~JESSE GREENBERG . . is on a roll !! . . . ‘A Show about Twinning’

when the deep, dark sub-basement . . . lights up /
can be . . magic.

JESSE ARAN GREENBERG / JAG Projects presents:
‘The First Story: A Show about Twinning’ – a Group Show with:
Sophie Parker, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Lizzie Wright, Luke Barber-Smith, Drew Gillespie (of BOBO), Max Bushman, & Laura Hunt
Jan 28 – Feb 28, 2021

the second in a series of JAG PROJECTS / curated by Jesse Aran Greenberg
hosted by Marinaro Gallery / 1 Oliver St, NY NY 10038
in . . . their Sub-Basement.

FLASHBACK:


JESSE ARAN GREENBERG / JAG Projects
at ‘Mud Fest’, presented by BOBO & JAG Projects / Hudson Valley, upstate NY, July 22-23 weekend of 2017.
archival photo: Nancy Smith, Sunday July 23, 2017.



~PHIL COTE . . ‘ABSOLUTE REALITY’

PHIL COTE . . ‘ALMOST EVERYTHING’
up thru . . FEB 13, 2021
HESSE FLATOW

more painterly, than it seems on first impression,
yes . . a Bic lighter can be indeed / a profound meditation.


detail,
PHIL COTE, ‘ Absolute Reality’, 2019.
oil on canvas / 32 x 32 in.
image via Instagram @paintco

Phil . . writes of this painting on his IG page:
“I like thinking about the moment at a concert when everyone puts their lighters (or nowadays phones)
in the air, in a collective expression of euphoric appreciation.”

I was thinking in no order: plastic vs glass / expressionism vs realism / flame vs spark / euphoria crowd vs vandalism riot /
change vs entropy & finally, when I first came to stay in NYC, seeing Gerhard Richter candle paintings in the early 80s, and thinking: this guy is going to be very famous.



~PHIL COTE . . ‘ALMOST EVERYTHING’ / CURATED BY JESSE GREENBERG / HESSE FLATOW / OPENING THURS JAN 14

and then, there was . . . light.
ok, maybe . . . a Bic lighter ?

PHIL COTE . . ‘ALMOST EVERYTHING’
curated by JESSE GREENBERG / JAG Projects
opens Thurs Jan 14 / 4 – 8 PM
the show is up thru . . FEB 13, 2021
get appt / timed entry tickets from the gallery
HESSE FLATOW, 508 WEST 26TH ST, CHELSEA NYC 10001
HRS: Tues-Sat 11-6


PHIL COTE , ‘Absolute Reality’, 2019.
oil on canvas, 32 x 32 in.
image via Hesse Flatow

“a title . . which emerged from a soft concept hinging on self-awareness & coinciding with moments of inner peace;
a survey of our shared experiences, magical or otherwise.”
~PHIL COTE / @paintco on Instagram


see: PHIL COTE – ARTIST WEBSITE /
see: @PAINTCO / Instagram

ART LOVERS / COSMIC . . . FLASHBACK !!!!!


BOBO . . .
from left: singer DREW GILLESPIE, NICK PAYNE on keyboards & PHIL COTE on guitar
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, NYC / March 24, 2007

I first encountered BOBO, a wild, at that time Philly-based 3 person artist-performance band / art collective.
by sheer luck, I had stumbled upon them at their very first NYC gig, at some after-party in a huge old dive bar,
in the East Village. they were dressed as old timey newspaper boys.
the crowd grew quickly & alarmingly, from 12 fans to a packed packed house.
everybody jumping up and down to the music so hard – on an old creaking wood floor, they NYC floors – used to be.
I thought – seriously !! the floor was about to give way at any moment.


PHIL COTE, at the most incredible / BOBO & JESSE GREENBERG produced . . ‘Hot Mud Fest’, summer of 2017 !!
at the rambling farm where BOBO has relocated in Hudson Valley, N.Y.
a weekend of on-site . . crazy great art, poetry, yes, even pond wading & a pop-up BBQ from Brooklyn.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, HUDSON Valley, NYC / July 23, 2017



~JONNY CAMPOLO . . . ON / OFF SWITCH

9 days into 2021 . . ?
& whaaaaaaaaa…………….
where’s . . . the turn-off switch ?

JONNY CAMPOLO, ‘Turn-On’.
leaded colored glass / posted on IG Dec 26, 2020
image via IG @jonnycampolo

two different boots / two different colored hands ?
one body.
is it a stretch . . to say: a divided USA ?
vibrant, intense, but dysfunctional. or at least . . troubled. opaque.
apparently, if you read about the founding fathers, nothing much is . . new.

I’m thinking, for whatever that’s worth (!!),
it’s not the concept of ‘country’ per se /
it’s more . . human nature. and that’s nano/bio human nature as well: cells vs cells.
but I mean just generally, left all alone on an island, a person would prob hang themselves.
unless maybe they started star-gazing, making friends with the stars, or the fish / or making some kind of art.
it’s always . . war vs creation.
and then . . there was light.



~PETER SUTHERLAND . . ‘PSYCHIC / TREE RINGS’

just 5 days in & 2021 isn’t exactly going the way we hoped / fake psychic media narrative, I . . guess ?!!
2 words: Rapid Corona
so, what I want to know is: what’s . . DNA vs RNA ?!!


PETER SUTHERLAND, MAIL ART: ‘Tree Rings’.
ink jet on mesh decal over c-print / 9 x 6 in.
image via Instagram @petersutherland / posted Jan 3, 2021



~PETER SUTHERLAND . . ‘Our Home Take Care’, 2021

Happy New Year, y’all
this sentiment – we take to be true, and most . . critical.


PETER SUTHERLAND, MAIL ART: ‘Pop Up Earth’.
ink jet on mesh decal over c-print / 9 x 6 in.
image via Instagram @petersutherland / posted Jan 3, 2021



~’EDGE OF LIGHT’ . . Interview with BLINN & LAMBERT / SAT DEC 19 / 2:30 PM

Interview with . . . BLINN & LAMBERT / NICHOLAS STEINDORF & KYLE WILLIAMS

>>tune in at: www.holocenter.org



~’EDGE OF LIGHT’ . . PHOTOS FROM the EXHIBIT !! / IRL !!

PIX FROM A BLACK LIGHT EXHIBIT . . !!

A MOST DYNAMIC . . REALIST, FUTURISTIC, EXPERIMENTAL, & DIVERSE GROUP SHOW
THAT RUNS FROM SCIENCE THRU SCI FI . . . & BACK TO COMMUNITY PROTEST & CLIMATE CHANGE !!

‘EDGE OF LIGHT’ . . . A GROUP SHOW
CURATED BY . . JONATHAN SIMS
PRESENTED BY . . CENTER for the HOLOGRAPHIC ARTS
CULTURE LAB at THE PLAXAL GALLERY, 5-25 46th Ave, LIC / LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS, NYC
DEC 3 – 27, 2020
timed entry from 5 – 9 PM / Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
book free at holocenter.org

def, check out / more info: ARTISTS’ PAGE – ‘EDGE OF LIGHT’ / HOLOCENTER / SCROLL DOWN !!

YES !!
I GOT TO SEE THE EXHIBIT . . . IRL !!


BLINN & LAMBERT / NICHOLAS STEINDORF & KYLE WILLIAMS . .
with their stereoscopic installation . . ‘NNAATTUURRAA MMOORRTTAA’
“Get Your Anaglyph Glasses . . On !!”


BLINN & LAMBERT, ‘NNAATTUURRAA MMOORRTTAA’ . . .
stretched across an eeennntire wall . . !!


EMMA HENDRY, ‘FOREST FIRE’.
“I use neon & LED lighting to make objects . . . in nature, seem surreal.”


firrrrreeeyy !! flowery !! detail . . . for sure !!
EMMA HENDRY, ‘FOREST FIRE’.


RACHEL GUARDIOLA, ‘VEGA Project / Bio-MYNE’
“A signal goes out and makes contact from a location that is unknown.
Projections of Madame Vega a bio-pirate comes through.”
read more narrative: Rachel Guardiola / ‘VEGA ..’ / HOLOCENTER


foreground: NOOSHIN ROSTAMI . .


NOOSHIN ROSTAMI, ‘ZAMAN’.
“Between physically shaping and shining light on an idea I get lost myself.”


outside the gallery, in real . . (kind-of-bright-wintery) daylight / SHOHEI KATAYAMA,
“a Japanese American artist living in Pittsburgh, PA / Pennsylvania.”


SHOHEI KATAYAMA, ‘Ancient Voices’.
an . . “Installation with Strontium Aluminate, Kopp Glass 40 filters, UV light, audio of deep-sea / surge glacier currents captures captured via goPro, sea sponges.”
see: a better rendition at Shohei Katayama / ‘Ancient Voices’ / Holocenter


KAMARI CARTER & JULIAN DAY, ‘Blissville’.
“within a darkened gallery, ‘HMS NT HTLS HOMES NOT HOTELS’ sizzles in bright neon . . .
the phrase quotes a sign from a recent protest in Blissvile , a ‘forgotten neighbourhood within Long Island City in which long term residents oppose the erection of a third homeless hotel branded as a short-term shelter.”
note: a full-color video runs on a small screen to the right, on the adjoining wall.


KAMARI CARTER & JULIAN DAY, ‘Blissville’ video / footage


KAMARI CARTER & JULIAN DAY, ‘BLISSVILLE’ video / footage


JONATHAN SIMS, the curator of ‘EDGE OF LIGHT’ /
a totally dynamic, diverse, visionary & . . in it’s own way: immersive . . exhibit.

def, go see the entire show – in its own (dark) light / not everything can be caught on camera, least of all . . . LIGHT !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / SOME PIX from the ADVANCE VIEWING / SUN NOV 28, 2020



~’EDGE OF LIGHT’ . . HOLOCENTER NYC / PLAXALL GALLERY LIC / VIRTUAL OPENING: THURS DEC 3 at 7 PM

A ‘DARK SPACE EXHIBITION’ . . . !!

HOLOCENTER NYC / CENTER of HOLOGRAPHIC ARTS
PRESENTS: ‘EDGE OF LIGHT’ . . .
“Explore a series of installations created by artists working with light as a material & medium.
Sculptural projections have been created on-site by combining digital and optical manipulation with precision-made and found objects.
Light is deconstructed, shaped, and streamed in these stunning new works.”

the exhibit runs from DEC 3 – DEC 27, 2020

this diverse, fascinating, & often radical group show . . .
which yes !!, I did get to see . . via a private advance viewing last Sunday /
is curated by . . visual artist JONATHAN SIMS / @chromadetic on Instagram
is presented by the (roving) HOLOCENTER NYC / CENTER of HOLOGRAPHIC ARTS
at the . . CULTURE LAB LIC at THE PLAXALL GALLERY, 5-25 46th Ave, LIC, LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS NYC
is an interesting / large, and somewhat raw indie, non-for profit venue . . in, and of itself.
more community, than commercial platform – for sure / with a river – running by it !!
a great city views, & not to forget . . sometimes / live music, and a great taco truck, too !!

see: Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery, LIC / FB

because of the resurgent Covid numbers / there will be a . . . VIRTUAL OPENING !!
tonight – THURS DEC 3, 2020 at 7 PM !!
see here: for details.

otherwise: book free entry / timed visits: at holocenter.org

and, most def check out: HOLOCENTER NYC / CENTER of HOLOGRAPHIC ARTS



~BLINN and LAMBERT / CMYK

as surely as . . night follows day,
light . . follows glass.

or: ‘light’ . . as the artists’ medium.

BLINN and Lambert . . . NICHOLAS STEINDORF & KYLE WILLIAMS
‘CMYK’, NOV 2020 / studio photo.
Photo: via Instagram @blinn_and_lambert

CMYK: Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black
“if printers are using a digital printing method, they would print color on paper using CMYK colors. This is a 4 color mode that utilizes the colors cyan, magenta, yellow, & black . . in various amounts to create all of the necessary colors when printing images. It is subtractive process, which means that each additional unique color means more light is removed, or absorbed, to create colors.
When the first 3 colors are added together, the result is not pure black, but rather a very dark brown.
The K color, or black, is used to completely remove light from the printed picture, which is why the eye perceives the color as black.”

RGB on the other-hand . . “is the color scheme that is associated with electronic displays, such as CRT, LCD monitors, digital cameras and scanners. It is an additive type of color mode that combines the primary colors red, green, and blue, in various degrees to create a variety of different colors. When all 3 of the colors are combined and displayed to their full extent, the result is pure white. When all 3 colors are combined to the lowest degree, or value, the result is black.”
source & more info: AshworthCreative.com

well . . .
apart from the obvious technical properties of ‘light’ vs ‘glass’ as art mediums . . both require decision-making / that become in effect: hands-on projects.

glass: stained glass, hand-blown glass, molded glass, melted glass, etc . . is an old old art form, with both artisanal & artistic values.
though the ‘light’ effects / being produced by the final outcome . . is dependent on exterior light sources playing on the glass surface. glass artworks are absolute tangible, but their light reflections and colors, . . are ambient / and very much dependent on where they are being displayed, and how they have been made . . . and most importantly: as to whether natural or artificial light is animating their surface, and of course, the degree of transparency with which the piece has been made.

using ‘light’ as your medium of expression is an ultra-contemporary art form, dependent on technical, and digital knowledge.
it usually requires darkened rooms, projection, and often computerized . . ‘animation’.

you can put your hand through light, but you cannot . . put your hand through glass.



~’SKINNY LOVE’ . . BON IVER, 2007


yeah, that’s about . . sums it up.

check out: ‘Skinny Love’ by BON IVER, 2007



~NADIA BELERIQUE . . ‘Everything, All The Time’ / Stained Glass details / BABA YAGA / HUDSON, N.Y.

the world feels . . so skinny !!
in . . Covid.

SCOTT KEIGHTLEY . . is showing a singular & very curious sculpture by young Canadian artist, NADIA BELERIQUE / in his upstate gallery, BABA YAGA,
in a small group show titled, ‘Silhouettes’.

‘Silhouettes’ – BABA YAGA GALLERY
5821 NY-9G, HUDSON, N.Y.
HRS: SAT 12-6 PM / or by appt

it’s . . a great sunny, autumn crisp day / perfect for a rural road trip !!
Go check it out – today / if you can.
it’s Sat !!


NADIA BELERIQUE, ‘Everything, All The Time’, 2020.
Maple wood, stained glass, copper, tape, lead.
(it appears to be . . ‘human size’.)


what struck me as so interesting about this, otherwise at first glance – so, very simple piece / were 2 things.

one: the use of stained glass, esp. in such a narrative way, but also as a visual addition to a sculpture. and a wooden, stand-alone one at that.
glass, and stained glass in particular . . being a recurring subject here on artlovers lately, and trending, apparently in the art world . . in general.
this sculpture is notable for the beautiful, and well, the truly exquisite and subtle color of the stained, leaded stained glass detail, but also most curiously for the lack of, or at least / extremely narrow . . translucent and / or transparent ‘zone’. being fashioned, seeminggly flat . . onto the wood’s surface.
Being attached to the wood at a close call / the pale glass is not a window to see thru / but a kind of shallow light, or reflection.
yet, for all that narrowness, it retains a deft . . dynamic. very curious, & very skilled. and also so controlled by narrative vision, and yet: in a seemingly spontaneous gesture, too.

two: the narrowness of the entire piece, the narrowness of the 2 upright human silhouettes, and yes, even the distance between time, struck me so much – as it jumped to my mind immediately as a Covid metaphor, for today’s limited and, often wounded . . social interaction.
even the stained glass elements, pale yellow ?, white ? gray ?
struck me as . . sickly, pale in hope . . / certainly not bright and sunny.
but still: reaching out, for a pat. a touch. a connection.
this is no steamy ‘kissing’ embrace / this is Covid. cautious. limited. wounded. wavering on the brink of human contact.


Nada Belerique (b. 1982, Canada) / lives and works in Toronto.


see:: BABA YAGA, ‘Silhouettes’ installation photos / on their website


see: NADIA BELERIQUE – ARTIST WEBSITE

note: ALL PHOTOS / COURTESY of THE GALLERY via Instagram @babayagagallery



~JOSH HARRIS & MARK ENGER . . ‘GILLIGAN’ / BBB . . with a side of internet micro-theft (of my work)

without consent . . !!!

so, A-N-N-O-Y-I-N-G . . !!!

JOSH HARRIS . . of ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’,
and, MARK ENGER (sadly departed for several years now) . . of EXPLODING SKY /
definite deserve a shout-out for calling out the ‘influence’ & media-power of 1960s sit-coms / & popular culture, but esp. of ‘GILLIGAN’S ISLAND’.
they most definite narrowed it down.

apparently, legendary PIMCO co-founder, billionaire BILL GROSS . . chose to repeatedly blast the theme song of ‘Gilligan’s Island’, loud enough, and long enough to disturb his warring over Gross’s large Chihuly glass installation neighbor – billionaire MARK TOWFIQ.

it’s also a potent hard fact occurrence of an even more annoying war . . the blatant theft of original content / i.e. intellectual property theft, specifically photo copyright – on the web.
and, it’s up-close & personal !!
very annoying. it’s most def micro=theft to the highest degree.
if I had a penny for every photo of mine that is circulated without permission, never mind basic photo credit . . I’d be a billionaire, too. or, well at least: sitting pretty.

if you google Josh Harris and Gilligan . . this ‘orphaned’ photo is what pops up:


and, yeah: of course . . it’s mine.

there’s really nothing worse; neighbor’s illuminated, over-size Chihuly glass installation aside, than doing some research and having your own photo pop up, without credit.


here’s the full / original photo.
the old iPhone camera ‘auto-focus’ & the angle . . are the dead give-away ‘signature’ of ownership.

that’s a DAVID PERRY painting on the left / and the JOSH HARRIS ‘Gilligan’ on the right.

JOSH HARRIS, ‘Gilligan’, 1998.
silkscreen on canvas / 20 x 16 in. / signed & dated / unique image on canvas.
made in collaboration with master silkscreen artist / MARK ENGER of EXPLODING SKY WORLDWIDE.

of course, the ‘appropriation’ of the Gilligan image itself / is also part of the problem, & we have to thank the art world, and the people who set up the early rules on internet posting / for creating a vast & commonly accepted culture of intellectual theft . . as part of the price of disseminating free . . information across the globe – with a flick of a finger.
and, a finger in the face – to the photog, who was smart enough to catch the image in the first place, & then maybe . . not so smart to post it.

see: the aptly named (!!) original post . . ‘Without Consent’ / Amy Li Gallery, Chinatown. Oct 5, 2013 on artlovers


JOSH HARRIS, photo by NANCY SMITH, NYC NOV 19, 2002
first published on artnet / in one of my very first reports for Walter Robinsn, then the artnet editor.
see: ART LOVERS NEW YORK / artnet . . FEB 2003
ps: includes the absolute first art world / public mention of the GEE’S BEND QUILTERS !!!!!

yep.
my earliest posted photo of JOSH HARRIS / founder of Jupiter.com / and Pseudo.com which was a streaming, real-time web platform, the first basically & even more astounding / at a time when most everybody was still on . . dial-up internet !!
his (rise & fall) story – is the basis for the 2009 Sundance-winning documentary . . ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’.
note: when I first met Josh in the late 1990s, he wanted to learn about . . quilts !!
he was then at his (financial) peak, having sold Jupiter – the first online tracking company . . for $82 million.
and, he wanted advice on buying an American ‘heritage’ / antique quilt as a wedding present.
after a few tutorials, I brought him in an early $5,000 Mennonite wool / log cabin . . . which he was quite entranced by.
Gilligan ? not !!
including the background culture that gave birth to quilting / and specifically log cabins / how it was made and by whom /as well as its being an early settler American artifact, and a spiritual one at that / as well as, the whole over-all process of ‘sampling’ (textile piecework) & binary organizing systems / quilt patterns.


MARK ENGER, photo by NANCY SMITH, NYC. Nov 19, 2002.

this: photo of Mark Enger was in the same early artnet report /
see: ART LOVERS NEW YORK FEB 2003

MARK ENGER / R.I.P. 1963 – 2011
was an amazing amazing artist, and a real real cowboy. and a real real . . friend.
the absolute coolest guy, ever.
he was a diehard master silk screen printer . . who seriously, only ate peanut butter sandwiches, cigarettes, and coca-cola.
he bragged about never drinking water, and I never saw him use any filtration / inhalation masks, in the studio either.
not surprisingly, between the potent printer ink fumes & the diet, he left this earth . . way too early.
48.

see: MARK ENGER MEMORIAL / artlovers



~DALE CHIHULY GLASS SCULPTURE . . at heart of BBB / BILLIONAIRES BEHAVING BADLY . . with a side of JONNY CAMPOLO

YIKES !! SPIKES !! MELTED FUSION & COLORED LIGHTS !!

this is how ‘hot’ glass art work is right now . . .

from the fringes of the underground / Jonny Campolo’s exhibit in a hardcore indie Gazebo in artist Jonathan Hartshorn’s New Mexico backyard, amongst the random roaming chicken . . .

to the increasingly bitter warring . . of gazillionaire / billionaire Laguna Beach, ocean-front owning California neighbors: Pimco co-founder BILL GROSS vs tech titan MARK TOWFIQ !!
& each worth according to Forbes, over $1.5 billion.
at the heart of their dispute ?
a 20 ft. long / 10 ft. high cobalt blue / aggregate glass outdoor sculpture by Mr. Chihuly, installed by Mr. Gross, on his side of the adjacent property line.


DALE CHIHULY sculpture . . on Mr. Gross’ property / at center of the dispute.
Photo: Los Angeles Times

note: the fact that it can be ‘illuminated’ at night . . probably adds to the controversy.
hey, Jonny’s Calendar Gazebo, fused glass exhibit – could be lit, too.

note: in fact, ‘light’ illumination / goes quite nicely with transparent, or even opaque . . glass works /
apart from the intrinsic, wonderous surface of glass, of any kind,
could it also be: because it’s born from fire / and fire = light ?


the sculpture as seen from the neighbors’ side / the Towfiq family
Photo: Yahoo!finance

the view-obscuring netting / also has something to do with the bad tempers !!
Mr. Gross insists he needs the netting to protect the glass works from the elements, duh.
but, he also seems to be alleging ‘damage’ from a thrown ‘rock’ / in some reports.

JONNY . . was happy to attach his much smaller scaled glass pieces to (paper !!) cardboard & let the elements work . . their magic.
emphasizing the expected entropy . . with glued-on strips of masking tape !!

then again, Jonny’s pieces go for about a grand, maybe a grand and a half, max /
while, Finance.yahoo suggests the Chihuly sculpture array . . tops out at over or about $1 million.

there you have it / glass, glass, everywhere.
from desert to ocean / rural backyard to cliff-hugging mansion.
and at every . . price point !!
from doughnuts to caviar / glass is not just classy / it’s breaking glass ceilings / esp as hot collectibles / and, even for outdoor sculptures per se, which are usually of steel, wrought iron, if not resin, plaster, or wood.
breaking art collecting no-nos / as well as money-class divides . . anybody with a little art smarts – can easily hop onto glass collecting . . band-wagon.

Cinderella’s proverbial glass slipper returns to haunt a covid-fearing nation . . in need of a fairy tale / or at the very least . . . something, very very pretty !!



~JONNY CAMPOLO: HAPPY HALLOWEEN from ‘THE BIG ORANGE’

YO, HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!!!!!!!!

JONNY CAMPOLO – ‘THE BIG ORANGE’
UP THRU NOV 4 / BY APPT
CALENDAR GAZEBO / @calendar.gazebo / ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

looking just like a backlit . . . SKULL !!!!!
there’s an orange floodlight beaming down on the gazebo, bathing all in an orange glow at night.
orange-a glad !!
so.
just try telling me, ‘The Big Orange’ . . is just about early Dutch Settlers !!
nothing to do with – the mighty colorful Italian American immigrants ?
and, nothing to with Halloween. ha.
hey, it’s Jonny’s world, and everything is . . . F-U-S-E-D !!!!!!!!!

PHOTO: COURTESY of CALENDAR GAZEBO / JONATHAN HARTSHOEN



~JONNY CAMPOLO . . ‘THE BIG ORANGE’ / CALENDAR GAZEBO / ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. / UP THRU NOV 4

JONNY CAMPOLO & CALENDAR GAZEBO PRESENT:
‘THE BIG ORANGE’
UP THRU . . . NOV 4
CALENDAR GAZEBO / JONATHAN HARTSHORN . . an artist-run exhibition & research space
located in a backyard gazebo in Albuquerque, New Mexico
BY APPT ONLY
CONTACT: GALLERY or @calendar.gazebo/IG


that’s Jonny’s !!
fused glass pieces on cardboard, displayed on the wooden gazebo/porch railing.
see: a very sweet video of the installation, they even have . . . snow !!


JONNY made . . a trailer !!
to announce the show / sound on, for the fellow Italian-American crooner !!
watch: JONNY CAMPOLO – THE BIG ORANGE / Youtube


such a cool production . . esp. for a show in a gazebo !!


well, that’s where . . it’s at !!
Go !! Indie !!


the show runs OCT 4 – NOV 4, 2010


the work arrives all the way from NYC / the Big Apple . . . .
in a logistically ‘smart’, straightforward, & sturdy orange !! package /
and hurray !! super hurray !!
for indie pop-ups with chickens, maybe even roosters . . running thru it.


Jonathan Hartshorn, the artist behind Calendar Gazebo . .
probably in collab with Jonny . . choose to display the works on the wooden porch / railing.
and, that’s so !! mighty – fine !!


JONNY CAMPOLO, ‘Ensalada Disinteresante’, 2018-2020
fused glass, cardboard and tape / 15 x 23 in.
note: the tape is a permanent part of the piece.
it’s even glued on !! / to give the illusion that . . it’s falling off !!
Peel that orange !! – Jonny !!


JONNY CAMPOLO, ‘Garlic Ballad’, 2018-2020
fused glass, cardboard and tape / 6 x 12 in.
the theme of the show ?
an Italian breakfast . . . en plein air ?!!


JONNY CAMPOLO, ‘Tuxedo Rental’, 2018-2020
fused glass, cardboard and tape / 18 x 22 in.
for all the fun and games – that’s some serious thought going on.
tape & all. fused glass / low-fi cardboard.
great color palette, too.


JONNY CAMPOLO . . got the work all packed & ready to go / Big Orange all the way.
and so, yeah / the show definite . . lived up to the crazy wild Youtube animation.
THE BIG ORANGE . . straight up from The Big Apple /
the take-over of a rural gazebo in New Mexico / from the gritty concrete city.

Jonny relates the premise of the show . . is loosely based on a historical moment in time when NYC was briefly called New Orange by the early Dutch settlers.

Jonny himself . . is originally from New Hampshire (B. 1987), and is currently NYC / Brooklyn based.
he’s a had a hand in several group shows, as a curator as well:
notably ‘The Burn Show’ of last summer.


check out: JONNY CAMPOLO – ARTIST WEBSITE


check out: CALENDAR GAZEBO

NOTE: ALL PHOTOS COURTESY of . . JONNY CAMPOLO & CALENDAR GAZEBO, thank you !!

continues . . .



~’Fade into You’ . . . MAZZY STAR / Youtube

listen: ‘Fade into You’ by MAZZY STAR / Youtube

MAZZY STAR . . is an American alternative rock band formed in Santa Monica, CA / formed in 1989.
the song was written by the band’s lead vocalist HOPE SANDOVAL, and composer DAVID ROBACK, who also produced it.
‘Fade into You’ . . reached number 3 on Billboard in 1994.