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

~’FEVER LURE: CHRISTINA YUNA KO, SHANA SADEGHI, EMMA STERN’ / SELENAS MOUNTAIN, RIDGEWOOD / OPENING SAT JAN 19

if, living in the art world feels like living in a bubble, sometimes.
well, maybe this will burst your . . . bubble ?!
POP / POP / POP !!!!!

‘FEVER LURE’ – CHRISTINA YUNA KO, SHANA SADEGHI-RAY, EMMA STERN
OPENS TO-NITE / SAT JAN 19 / 7 – 10 PM
show runs thru . . FEB 16, 2018
SELENAS MOUNTAIN, 63 WODWARD AVE, #6321, RIDGEWOOD, QUEENS, NY 11385
HRS: SAT 1- 5 PM & BY APPOINTMENT

more: ‘FEVER LURE’ – SELENAS MOUNTAIN


IMAGE via Instagram @selenasmountin
FLYER, acrylic on MDF – CHRISTINA YUNA KO
@christina_yuna_ko

ps: I spy a little Japanese ‘anime’ – top right-hand corner, lol.


3-D work by SHANA SADEGHI-RAY
@scorpioncharge: I will be showing new work such as this pearled basketball net at @selenasmountain
Image via Instagram @scorpioncharge


oil on canvas by EMMA STERN
@lava_baby: catch her & a few more . .
Image via Instagram @lava_baby



me & . . RUFUS !!!

just realized . . . knock knock !!

me & RUFUS TUREEN share a similar fascination for mysterious, dramatic creatures, all glamed up in . . mask-like white make-up,
and very BIG hair with lots of cascading ringlets.
except, while his ‘connect’ is focused . . boldly pantomiming 17-18th C. French courtiers, mine is half-way around the world, though very much in the same time period (1615-1868) but with the opposite sex, the women of the great Edo period Woodblock prints of japan.
and, though I also try to “lift the mask”, my pursuit is purely graphic, pencil or, pen & ink on paper, or more recently vellum.
but, at then end of the day, I believe we are both using these ‘attractions’ to find out more – about . . ourselves.
the elusive, infinite . . search / the never-ending story.


NANCY SMITH, self-portrait, ‘after Ukiyo-e woodblock print’.
early 1970s, Montreal. pencil.


detail, NANCY SMITH, self-portrait, ‘after Ukiyo-e woodblock print’.
early 1990s, NYC. pen & ink on vellum.


close-up / detail.

PHOTOS & ARTWORK: NANCY SMITH


RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’. solo performance, Essex Flowers, Nov 3, 2018
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH



~BEST of 2018: RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’ / ESSEX FLOWERS – PERFORMANCE & ART

2018 . . . was the year I finally caught up with this guy !!!!!!!!
& QUELLE FAN-TAS-TICK !!!!!
it was.


RUFUS TUREEN . . . !!!!!
setting up for ‘Olde Man’, a Saturday night solo performance piece he presented, in a stage of his own making,
at Essex Flowers / in the newly opened, tiny but hey . . it packs punch !! back room.


this in fact was Rufus’s first solo show at Essex Flowers . . but, he’d been popping up, in various costumes on Instagram rather intriguingly, & with increased rabid fandom at every new turn.
so, even though I’m not normally into ‘performance’ – I was ready to engage at the nearest best opportunity, turns out his first solo show at Essex Flowers, coincided with Jeffrey Tranchell’s / Jonathan Hartshorn – ‘Suckers …’ show – so, game on !!!

the early visuals were also quite enchanting – wtf, Louis the 16th ?
I was like: oh oh, I better wear a hat to hide my own unruly white mane. lest I become an unwitting participant, and perhaps up for some ridicule in the process, damn these smart-ass interactive/performance artists !!
been there/done that.

when I caught that first sight of him, above . . I was, of course !! epiphany. light bulb. this is . . him.
this guy’s got to have that really neutral face, a rubbery, generic, accountant’s face, no great stature either, all on the down low / who you’d walk by in the street & you wouldn’t notice / the perfect mime face. the blank canvas.
it was kind of like an art world ‘blind-date’ meeting of the minds, albeit 2 very, strange, expressive minds !!
I had heard of him, but had no idea what to expect / except the grin on his face made huge promises.

It seemed like he had heard of me, but didn’t know who I was or looked like, but he got my number, too.
& right away / I was taking a million photos, and talking a mile a minute, asking a million questions, and grinning non-stop,
he got me. & he was impressed too, that beyond the normal obsession with info, that precedes me,
I actually did my homework.
what ? had no one asked him before – if he had a famous father ?
he was shocked.
what, does no one else in this town . . do their homework ?
or maybe it’s more like: watch out . . very late night, world wide web ‘stalker’ – on the premises.
you can dish it – I can find it.

wow, so far . . . the blind date’s doing pretty damn . . . GOOD !!!!


of course, the tiny back room was like the hugest stage – I knew right then,
I was in the hands of a . . magician.
an illusionist.
a painter.
bearing . . tales.

and, of course (!!) it confronted, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, that I thought I stood for & had a grip on, namely simple, functional, found, industrial, DIY, hard. conceptual, art. I mean, I had just spent the better part of the afternoon immersed in the brilliant, quietly joking, small-sized / art works floating in great white space, offering up Tootsie Roll pops, . . that was Jonathan Hartshorn’s show / and I literally, turn a corner, literally, one step in that small storefront space,
and, voila: damn. …… whaaaaaaaaaa !! whaaaaaa !! again.
in-your-face, BOLD.
wild expressionism. wild abandon. hedonism. crazy-driven brush strokes. passionate paint, lyrical imagery, with . . real human ‘figures’. and, historical ones at that.
picturesque, poetic & about to bare their porcelain breasts !!


I remembered this hand-painted yellow & blue ‘screen’, from the Essex Flowers ‘Home Edition’ show, but – where it had once been a backdrop, for other people’s fancies, HERE . . EVEN IN THIS TINY, SHALLOW ROOM, IT WAS A-GLOW – WITH A SECRET LIFE.
let the . . PERFORMANCE BEGIN.


what, what ? is that a tease ? is my future true love – a sly romantic, or what !!!
dangling a tiny handkerchief, beckoning: come, come, follow me, into my secret world.


my heart was a-flutter, like a little bird it beat against my chest.
I was already powerless at the joy unfolding . . there was no escaping.


and just in time, for hark: the ‘Olde Man’, looking quite the dashing, young, French, mischief-bearing, elfish . . pied piper, doth handily . . appear.


RUFUS TUREEN . . ‘OLDE MAN’
you, broke my heart in half, with joy & unsurpassed / surprised delight – in 2018.


Yes, world . . I am Rufus Tureen, come to steal you away, tonight.

oh my fluttering soul, took off, without a thought & into much deep fancy.
no wonder, all those court people wore all that make-up, and those huge huge wigs, with waves-of-curls, powerfully descending & twirling in the glory.
all the better to transform, my dear.

RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’.
OCT 13 – Nov 11, 2018
ESSEX FLOWERS

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. NOV 3, 2018.



~BEST of 2018: JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘LOLLIPOP HOLDERS’, curated by JEFFREY TRANCHELL / ESSEX FLOWERS

JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Suckers, copycats, lollipops, fast cash, fashion, one hit wonders and heat lamps’
curated by JEFFREY TRANCHELL
Oct 13 – Nov 11, 2018
ESSEX FLOWERS, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC

see: Jonathan Hartshorn – it’s all about ‘exchange’ / Essex Flowers

this, should really be captioned, BEST of 2018 . . that I have not already posted about !!
sometimes, contrarian that I am / it’s because I hoard my fav pix, yes I do !!
often, it’s because too much else is coming on own the never-ending pipeline / when it rains it pours in this BIG art scene !!
& sometimes . . it’s because I need to process the experience, run it around inside my soul for a little bit.
& sometimes . . it’s because / I am just stunned.
that’s / all of the above !!
why I’m so late to publish my photos & thoughts, on this show which really was . .
stark, curious, inventive, pretty & . . . profound.


at the exhibit . . JONATHAN HARTSHORN’S whimsical pieces overhead,
the show’s curator JEFFREY TRANCHELL, with his friend & fellow artist PHILIP BIRCH at right.
it seems right to post a photo which has Jeffrey in the company of a friend, and fellow artist.
Jeffrey is very much an artist who is about . . community.
it’s my experience that most artists are very self-centered & focused on their own art, but then there are the rare ones, who really like to look at other artists’ work, and either write, or curate shows reflecting those interactions. Jeffrey is an artist who understands, in a very concrete & yet far-reaching way, other artists’ art & visions, motivations & influence.

to that end, this show is a sad landmark as it is Jeffrey’s last curatorial contribution to this communal, artist-run gallery. A founding member of Essex Flowers since its initiation in 2013, Jeffrey has resigned due to his gradual relocation & growing involvement in the burgeoning art scene over in Detroit, centering around the Hamtramck.
It’s a 10 hr. drive between NYC and Detroit, one way – and I guess after a really intensive few years here, and increasingly over there, the scale tipped.


JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Lollipop Holder’, 2018.
acrylic and lollipops on sculpey. 9 x 4 x 2-1/2 in.

so, that’s the thing about seeing something, like you’ve never seen before !!
to the extreme / because most art . . is.
and it’s ironic, because the premise is . . so playful.
functional, realist & fanciful.


JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Lollipop Holder’, 2018.
acrylic and lollipops / looks like ‘found’ hardware base. 8 x 8 x 4-1/2 in.

these strange, quiet yet intense pieces are quite telling, re: the Jeffrey Tranchell . . ‘effect’.
he could rescue DIY, from crafty.
he could take function & separate it from old-fashioned, & old-fashioned technology, & point to archival, historical and playful.
he could arouse curiosity from the mundane / art from the everyday & bring new ways of looking at things, and art / and new ‘faces’ onto the scene . . .


JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Lollipop Holder’, 2018.
acrylic, hardware and lollipops on sculpey
13 x 8-1/4 x 3-1/2 in.

from sculpey to . . . ‘found’.
AND BACK AGAIN.

playful. functional. ‘re-discovered’ industrial ?

the show was quite worth seeing, esp in person / so many angles to the objects.
so thoughtful, and yet so engaging, so entertaining.
such a great potential to both tell a ‘story’, illuminate a function. create ‘influence’, exploit ‘pop’ culture.
OG hardware. young kid treasure. society moves on in mysterious ways.
encapsulation of idea / context, form.

I guess that sums up Jeffrey, too.
great show / but, big loss.
can somebody please give me, a great big, fruit-flavored tootsie roll pop – to suck on. whaaaaa.
I wonder just how many people were forward-thinking, and innovative enough to snag one of these, I def def would want one.
talk about a ‘zen’ poem.

‘Essex Flowers Home Edition’ – 2018 . . . what a great year of conversation !!!!!
Jeffrey Tranchell – had alot to do with that.
best show – worst moment ?

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. NOV 3, 2018.



~RED ENVELOPE: DIANNA XU . . GRUMPY BERT, FLUSHING TOWN HALL / OPENING RECEPTION SAT JAN 5

RED LIGHT / GREEN LIGHT . .
LET . . DIANNA XU come over !!!!!!!

2019 . . is the ‘CHINESE YEAR of THE PIG’ & once again, GRUMPY BERT . . .
presents this wildly popular group show, showcasing a wide and diverse range of illustrators – at their creative & imaginative . . BEST !!!!

working on traditional ‘lucky’ red Chinese New Year coin envelopes, these glorious pieces can usually be yours – for the taking, starting at $50 each / all of which are one-of-a-kind.

GRUMPY BERT, ‘RED ENVELOPE SHOW’ – OPENING RECEPTION SAT JAN 5, 2019 / 5 – 7 PM
show runs thru . . . JAN 27, 2019
FLUSHING TOWN HALL, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, N.Y. 11354

more info: ‘RED ENVELOPE SHOW’ – GRUMPY BERT / FB

see: “PIGS have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life” . . . . (!!) / 2019 EARTH / YEAR of the PIG

so, 2019 could be . . . SWEET & MEATY ?!!!!
I’m in.


DIANNA XU – PORK BELLY for YEAR of the PIG
image via Instagram @diannaxu



~GREEN LIGHT: ANDREW GUENTHER, SARAH HOOVER & TOM SACHS, ANDY CAHILL . . & BUGS BUNNY !!

shiny, saturated neon green . . such a strange color to kick off a new year.
2019 . . what up ?!!!


ANDREW GUENTHER, ‘Green Birds’, 2018. oil on canvas. 16 x 12 in.
& to be found, in his current show at SOFT OPENING, BROOKLYN
image via Instagram @andrewguenther_art

I did jump, when this image came down my Instagram pipeline 2 days ago.
it made everything that was going on in my head – stop.
it was just so dark, and brood-y, so unexpected from all the previous images, that had been posted for this small ‘plant’ shop show. so unique. so emotional. such a call for . . love ?
it made everything I was thinking about, stop. except, for one thing.
my contempt, or really boredom, capital B !! for all the so-called art collectors. you know, the big ones who post great holiday travelogue pix, or divorce drama. oh, so what.
you have Hirsts, Koons, Basquiats, Harings and Warhols.
same old, same old. so predictable, to the point where its meaningless. that is so stuck in the 80s. it’s so un-impressive, really.
break out a JACK GOLDSTEIN. a DAN ASHER. a TAYLOR McKIMENS.
an ANDREW GUENTHER. this is the art scene, not a French patisserie doing all the same classic holiday faves – year after year.


SARAH HOOVER & TOM SACHS on holiday in Hawaii.
image via Instagram @sarahhoov

then I really did . . JUMP !!
the very next image – on my IG thread was this !!!!
2 REAL ‘LOVE – BIRDS !! – all encased in that same, shimmery but gooey honey dark, glowing shiny green glow.

TOM is such a contrary bird, such a bad boy. sincerely, it’s nice to see he has found someone who can handle him, give him a much needed (leaning humorous) pr make-over, and apparently, make him happy / no small thing.
and, she’s quite the Instagram raconteur / quite the ‘bird’ herself !!
I mean, dig that fab fab mini dress, is it Chanel ? never mind. it could be, or not. it’s HOT.

I mean, this is also just after they were in St. Moritz for Tom’s solo show with Vito / so skiing, (where her skis got stolen), and, then (trying hard) to surf the waves, 1/2 way around the world / in one week – classic/fantastic.
we should all only trip – so lightly.
plus she’s so good at laying it down. nothing off-putting, ever. or you know, I’d be mouthing off.
plus I mean, you know . . I’m already a huge fan for anything he slaps that crazy NASA sticker / logo onto.
plus I used to run into early Tom, back in the golden artnet days (2002-2004) and what amazed me (I now realize), was – he was the first ‘distressed’ fashionista, everybody (successful) was so proper, or maybe Schnabel schlumpy, but he was truly distressed / wearing a beat-up black or was it blue (?), puffer jacket – held together with duct tape.
& apparently he’s still pretty much the same, or maybe it’s a ‘performance’-worthy, nerdy ‘tech’ jacket, or a hi-end (I guess) pair of print all-over pjs / and, she’s holding up the other end, encased in classic black velvet Chanel sheath, with a string of pearls as shoulder straps.
in a 5 star bistro. yep, that’s quite the gal – for Tom.
and apparently right on the mark, color-wise, just like magic. dancing on the perfect line between where the underground meets the mainstream big stakes.


image via Instagram story @andycahill

and, then speaking of green lit – love birds !!
wouldn’t you know, I check out maybe just one, or 2 of the scrolling video clip stories – at the top of the very same IG page, & one of the young turks of the underground, ANDY CAHILL has a story which looks to be, from the swinging haircut, to be him dancing with his girl / painter GRETTA JOHNSON.

and, it’s weird because . . .


image via Instagram @artloversnewyork

all I could think of, meaning: was compelled (!!) to post on Christmas Day, for no real good reason, except maybe I’m high functioning / outsider / borderline . . with strange non-linear, more often than not, ‘presentient’ radar . . . & always attracted to shiny foil surfaces, but esp to this shiny, reflective, fade-to-dark saturated / Bugs Bunny new ‘old stock’ Xmas retro stickers, which I had just unearthed in an old school, (Jersey City) Heights thrift shop, catch-em while you can, the whole area is going mad crazy with gentrification.

NASA and LOONEY tunes . . is that a rhyme ?
strange call, or what.
oh, the (shamanistic) patterns we all use – to navigate reality.
I mean, in one way, or another.
name one. other than myself ?
how about:
MELISSA BROWN / fortune-teller, games theorist, and magic-realist painter – extra-ordinaire.



~ANDREW GUENTHER . . ‘NEW PAINTINGS’ / SOFT OPENING, BROOKLYN / OPENS FRI DEC 28

RAINY DAY – PARADE !!!!!!!

ANDREW GUENTHER WELCOMES . . . ‘SOFT OPENING’.
NEW LOCAL BROOKLYN / GREENPOINT SPOT for all things . . HAND-MADE & ORGANIC, incl . . ART !!

ANDREW GUENTHER – ‘NEW PAINTINGS’
OPENS TO-NITE FRI DEC 28 / 7 – 10 PM
SOFT OPENING, 570 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn NY 11222

see: SOFT OPENING PLANT STORE & GALLERY SHOP – PLANTS, CERAMICS, BOTANICALS/ HOME GOODS & ART / FACEBOOK
IG: @softopeningbk


@andrewguenther_art: “Pick up some real plants when you get my fake ones.”
image via Instagram @andrewguenther_art


@andrewgueenther_art:”Okay, okay. I’ve added a few photographs . . This one was taken in
Berlin several years ago.”
image via Instagram @andrewguenther_art


def, checkout: ANDREW GUENTHER – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE


when he’s not doing ‘art’, Andrew is making jewelry, where his line is known as . . ‘EAT THE LEAF’.
def, checkout: EAT THE LEAF – by ANDREW GUENTHER

ps: if you ever wondered where I got that shiny, hand-made / golden “ALREADY DEAD” (!!!!) pendant that hangs around my neck, now – you know !!
and . . FOR REAL / THAT’S HOW I FEEL – in 2 words !!
plus obviously I got a GHOST ARMY – many dear, now departed friends . . in that big ole / DEAD ARTIST CLUB – UP IN THE SKY.

FLASHBACK . . . !!!!!

since, it’s a super rainy day, after a false alarm “Alien Invasion over Manhattan” night . . . it was a utility sub-station explosion, or so they – say.
(I’m personally waiting for the big headline . . “ALIENS – HAVE LANDED” !!!!)

here’s something to divert ya, a little digital trip !!!

ANDREW & ME – go far back. he was the intern at the now defunct Daniel Silverstein Gallery, on 21st St. in Chelsea, when I was showing there, in late 1990s.

I have a ton of pix of him, and his WORK !! over the decades.
he’s such a colorful and super talented figure, who wavers like a flame, about to spark – on the fringes of the ever-changing underground.
I hope one day, before I am REALLY DEAD / that some gallery will finally wake up – and show them ?!!

here’s one:


ANDREW GUENTHER . . . with his paintings, in his home studio.
GREENPOINT OPEN STUDIO WEEEKEND, OCT 5, 2014.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

I picked that one, because, well !!!!!!! no words needed !!!!!

but also because, it’s in a nice run of artlovers articles, covering topics & with photos of:

1. a great, early – “FADE” piece . . by ROB PRUITT.
2. PAUL McCARTHY – offends PARIS !!
3. MATT LEINES painting . . in an early, big GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – group show.
4. WALTER ROBINSON – his big RETROSPECTIVE – was just setting out – to conquer the art scene.
5. archival pix of SIMON CERIGO, R.I.P. & his work . . . truly already dead & representing the splendor of the DEAD ARTIST CLUB / still, just short of taking over big time / ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’, and, most def . . a ring leader of my own personal . . GHOST ARMY.
SIMON a was the director of the DANIEL SILVERSTEIN Gallery in the late 90s, and as such, was the one to give a young Andrew Guenther, fresh out of some university art school, his first job in NYC.
5. and finishes up with . .
an extensively documented STUDIO VISIT, with ANDREW GUENTHER, including that photo above / GREEN POINT OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND. OCT 5, 2014.

SURPRISE BONUS . . ?
NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . . new wave ‘ringleader’, in his own right / shows up !!!

most def: SCROLL DOWN / ARTLOVERSNEWYORK – 2014 !!!!


SIMON CERIGO, ca. early 1990s.
toy model with custom paint job. if this image doens’t ‘encapsulate’ Simon,
I don’t know what – would.
a huge lover of art, and it’s . . ‘fanciful, yet meaningful’ flight.
it’s best, is most often . . it’s most elusive – in a broad-based, dumbed-down mass market.
talk about . . . ‘soft’ openings (!!!)
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


WALTER ROBINSON, ‘REVENGE’, 1982.
acrylic on canvas.
SIMON was a big, and very early fan . . of both Andrew Gunther, and Walter Robinson.
we owned a stack of early Andrew Guenther 1990s drawings, and ‘Revenge’, was among our first early Walter Robinson purchases.
PHOTO: HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN



~LITTLE NORA BROWN . . THE LOCAL, NASHVILLE / THURS DEC 27 6 – 7 PM

another regret, not making it into the recent, LITTLE NORA BROWN performance . .
at the American Folk Art Museum, NYC.

you can catch her tonight, if you’re near Nashville !!
while visiting her grandparents, in the area – she’ll be playing an early set.
THE LOCAL, 110 28th Ave N., Nashville, TN / Tenneesee


image via Instagram @little.nb.


LITTLE NORA BROWN – WINTER 2018
image via Youtube

def, check out: LITTLE NORA BROWN – ‘Morphine’, Pewter Sessions / Youtube
Beehive Productions – Published March 2, 2018
Filmed live at THE HOOT! – WINTER 2018
note: traditional Appalachian folk song

note: as of today, Dec 27, 2018 . . there are 4,751 views for this clip,
I can only imagine it’s going to be much much larger, by this time – next year.

and, yep.
she’s got a GHOST ARMY !!
“most of the songs I like are by people that are dead.”

‘The Key Changers: Little Nora’ / A Short Film Presented by Tribeca Studios
Published May 17, 2018.


IMAGE via Youtube

yes, meet: NORA BROWN, 12 years old, out of BROOKLYN !! – ‘THE KEY CHANGERS’

here’s . . . to the dead,
and, the young . . future.


image via FACEBOOK
follow: Nora Brown Banjo / FACEBOOK



~TAYLOR McKIMENS . . PAPER HOLI-DAZE !! ORNAMENTS !! at MUDDGUTS . .

the other reason to swing by MUDDGUTS – TODAY !!

A WILD !! ASSORTMENT !! of PAINTED, PAPER / ONE-OF-A-KIND, ORNAMENTS BY . . TAYLOR McKIMENS !!!!!!
$150 – $200 a pop.


image via INSTAGRAM STORY @taylormckimens


image via Instagram @muddguts


image via Instagram @muddguts


image via Instagram @muddguts


image via Instagram @muddguts



~CARAMEL BOBBY . . ‘CHAOS’ / ‘GLOBAL WARNING’ / MUDDGUTS

1. what I like best about Instagram . .
is that you can follow the art world in a much more efficient and all-encompassing way, with a kind of drone-like, micro-precison, which can be tuned to your own likes and wants . . but, which also comes armed with a potential . . for random and mind-widening opportunity, and ‘play’.

2. what I like best about artlovers, besides being able to spill the contents of my mind, so they don’t overflow and implode, and which also enables me to encourage, engage & promote singular, often underground, talent / with an eye towards the cultural and world moment . . is seeing those Instagram pictures blow-up, big on a larger screen.


CARAMEL BOBBY / CALI THORNHILL DEWIIT, ‘CHAOS’, 2018
mixed media & paint on canvas, 3 ft. x 3 ft.

image via Instagram @caramelbobby

see: CALI THORNHILL DEWITT – ‘GLOBAL WARNING’ on MUDDGUTS

up thru FEB 2019 – MUDDGUTS, BROOKLYN.



~CARAMEL BOBBY aka CALI THORNHILL DEWITT . . ‘ GLOBAL WARNING’ / MUDDGUTS

BIGGEST REGRET of the YEAR ?
that I didn’t make this opening.

def, def def !! gonna try to go by & see the work.

CARAMEL BOBBY / CALI THORNHILL DEWITT – ‘GLOBAL WARNING’ at MUDDGUTS
UP THRU . . FEB 2019.


CALI THORNHILL DEWITT, ‘FLAMES’, 2018
3 ft. x 3 ft. / mixed media, paint on canvas. unique.
image via Instagram @caramelbobby

what’s . . .
growing on me about the work, through the posted images – is how it’s so insanely bold, and in-your-face, and yet very subtle as an art form – to process. it’s like the ‘graphics’ button has been pushed – to high alert, and so you get the message, the images are very clear, and assume it’s simple & sort of ‘spiritually’ . . walk away. nice job.
of course, that’s a big, big mistake.
there’s quite a lot of resonance here, both in context & message, & visual punch.

but more, as an artist myself . . it slowly dawned on me, that the surface of this work really doesn’t lie in the clear narrative, ‘collaged’ photographic images, nor even – in the big red “X” . . !!
the surface here . . is in the moment of walking through the wall of fire / an artist, at their height, deep into their work, and so it comes across very blindingly bright for the rest of us, but once that ‘brightness’ of perfection/achievement / serial creative stepping forward, slows down a little, with a little more viewing, the dynamics of the gesture, the organization, the ‘running’ of a finely honed thought / craft & vision . . becomes something that’s hard to put into words, a 4th dimenson – an aura, takes over.
and that’s even more interesting to me, as it rises from such graphic straightforward imagery. & organization.
and yes, I most def, want to jump into . . that – in PERSON !!!!


install shot.
image via Instagram @caramelbobby

1. definite quilt overtones.
on many levels, grid organization, story-telling.
communal & community context.
some carry warnings. some carry ‘protection’.
amulets.
my fav is . . ‘FILTH’ / ‘REAL FILTH’.

2. I feel there might be a great conversation here with . . VIRGIL ABLOH !!!!!

3. those black walls, beckon !!

4. def, like the ‘tag’ effect of the ‘cut-out’ images & how they just got ‘placed’ / seemingly by chance / random. they are so askance / yet, the big red “X” is so – centered, and measured.
you def get the feeling, this artist . . .
no matter what the ‘legend’, the ‘history’ / he paid his dues. he’s so superbly on point, and immersed.
and, we all get invited – to the DANCE.

5. the color hues – are . . . off the chart.



~CARAMEL BOBBY . . ‘GLOBAL WARNING’ / MUDDGUTS / BROOKLYN / OPENS SAT DEC 15 6-8 PM

CARAMEL BOOBY – aka CALI THORNHILL DEWITT !!!!
the roadie who KURT COBAIN & COURTNEY LOVE . . let baby-sit little Frances Bean
& has gone on to become a . . . major CALI DESIGN ICON !!

CARAMEL BOBBY – SOLO SHOW !!
‘GLOBAL WARNING’
OPENS SAT DEC 15 / 6 – 8 PM
MUDDGUTS, 427 GRAHAM AVE, BROOKLYN
HRS: WED-FRI: 4-8PM / SAT-SUN: 12-8 PM

def, CHECK OUT: CALI THORNHILL DEWIITT – MUDDGUTS



~’I’LL BE HOME FOR KRAMPUS’ . . incl. LUNGEBOX, ROY WADE & IMAMAKER / POP-UP HOLIDAY MARKET / THE LIVING GALLERY OUTPOST, L.E.S. / SAT DEC 15 12pm-9pm

‘I’LL BE HOME FOR KRAMPUS’- POP-UP HOLIDAY MARKET & ART SHOW
SAT DEC 15, 2018 / 12-9 PM – FREE !!!!!!
THE LIVING GALLERY OUTPOST, 246 E.4th St, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC 10009

with:
A LUCKY RABBIT, ANNABELLE POPA, CARYN CAST, HISxx, IMAMAKER, JCORP, LOVE & ANTENNAS, LUNGEBOX, MIGLET1, MIISHAB, ROY WADE, SARAH MYERS, TRASHY DREAMS, TURTLECAPS, ZERA


LUNGEBOX . . matchbooks, acrylic paint & paint pens on wood.
approx 1 ft. x 1 ft.
($40) ea. (!!!!!!!!) / NOT AN EDITION !!!!! & on WOOD !!!!!
image via Instagram @lungebox


artwork by .. ROY WADE
image via Instagram @roywade


@IMAMAKER . . “I have my eye on Krampus !!!! #eyes #ornaments #krampus #puffpaint
image via Instagram @imamaker



~DACHAL CHOI, EMILY WANG & CICI WU . . ‘LOOKING INTO SPOTLESS RAIN’ / ASSEMBLY ROOM

‘LOOKING INTO SPOTLESS RAIN’ – CURATED BY YULIA TOPCHIY
DACHAL CHOI, EMILY WANG, CICI WU
OPENED . . FRI NOV 30
the show runs thru . . JAN 19, 2019
ASSEMBLY ROOM, 191 HENRY ST., LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC 10002
HRS: WED-SUN 12 – 6 PM

ASSEMBLY ROOM . . .
is a new indie / curator-run storefront gallery / project space on Henry St. in the L.E.S.
aiming to be . . “a platform for independent women curators” – the space invites Both diversity and community / as well as offering “open calls” . . for ideas & programming.
The space opened this past SEPT 2018 & this is only their 3rd show – I was quite engaged by the 3 young artists at their opening.

read more about: the 3 co-founders – PAOLA GALLIO, NATASHA BECKER, YULIA TOPCHIY


DACHAL CHOI . . at the opening.
born in Seoul, KOREA, her work questions . . “instability and uncertainty within individuals and the societies of which they are members . . .”
~ASSEMBLY ROOM


DACHAL CHOI . .
‘Untitled (After Eutheria)’, 2018.
mouse trap, engraved metal, silicone, resin, hair & RFID chips.
dimensions variable.

I found it intriguing that this was a ‘grouping’, and yet so stone cold.
and yet . . so dark and curious. the small scale, as well as the fact that most of the sculptural grouping, lay on the floor . . led to audience / interactive impulses. so imaginative, so ‘narrative’, & yet exceptionally . . industrial at heart / but, with a cachet of magic & ancestral fables (the long black pony tail) at heart. dark heart ? playful, IDK.
I also half- expected the metal boxes – to get up, and skitter away . . on nano-robotic feet !!


so, I later read that the cold steel / metal boxes were actual mouse traps – which only intensified the context / and amplified logic of the floor setting.


a friend of the artist, told me at the opening . . that the resin ‘mini-sculptures’ were “3-D” print-outs of Brancusi sculptures.
again, the implied poetry and, the industrial level . . both – raised up a BIG, couple of notches.


though, vs Brancusi (‘The Kiss’), overall, I did feel overall, there was a deep, sad heart at play here.


I guess you should go walk amongst this . . mini-sculpture park for yourself, get lost in reverie, sensuousness. and technical abandon / & come to your own . . conclusions.


EMILY WANG, in front of her large watercolor.
both an artist and a musician, Ms. Wang performs under her solo project Lima Rei, and with the band Dies Smely.


EMILY WANG, ‘At the edge of time’, 2018.
watercolor, pencil, charcoal, oil on paper.
46 x 34 in.

again, this is really something you need to get up close and personal with / to experience at the fullest. secrets & emotions . . run subtle, deep and powerful in this show.
“spotless rain” . . . ???


detail, EMILY WANG, ‘At the edge of time’.
there was also a very ‘technical’ side to this piece as well, all was not . . poetry.
the subtle / powerful yin yang / give & take . . technique of watercolor painting, vs the effect of ‘colored’ oil paint on paper, the effect of water, equated the presence of passing time.
passing thoughts: brush in hand / in free-fall.


CICI WU, a large and seemingly . . fragile hanging.
Cici Wu was born in Beijing, and raised in Hong Kong.
Her work has been exhibited at 47 Canal, as well as other venues, both here and abroad.
She has been the co-organizer of an artist-run residency & exhibition space, PRACTICE, since 2015.


one gets the sense of fragile, yet ready-made / strong and sturdy despite the willow-i-ness. plastic is indestructible, and though (organic) flowers do come and go, flowers hopefully, will always . . bloom.
a happy thought to depart on. & a sense one gets about all 3 of these young women.


a cosmic diagram in a basket ?
the power of the life force / the universe, the creative impulse ?
the tantric road map. the signs that a pencil can make.
let’s hope so !! or maybe, then again . . . not.


grounded !! humbled.
the kite / the ribbon. the thought ‘balloon’ . . is tethered to the floor.
what does this say, about our humanity & shared experiences.., limitations and also genetic ‘common sense’ / despite our diversity and very different origins.


PAOLA GALLIO, NATASHA BECKER & YULIA TOPCHIY – the 3 co-founders of ASSEMBLY ROOM.
Yulia Topchiy . . curated ‘Looking into Spotless Rain’ / their 3rd show.

‘Looking into Spotless Rain’ . . is up thru JAN 19, 2019.



~HELLEN JO . . POSTER / CALA 2018 / COMIC ARTS LOS ANGELES / THIS WEEKEND DEC 8 & 9

MEANWHILE . . in L.A.

HELLEN JO . . made the great poster !!!

def, check out: COMIC ARTS LA

def, check out: HELLEN JO – ARTIST WEBSITE & STORE



~DAN MANDELBAUM, MARVIN GARDENS . . UNTITLED / MIAMI / LAST DAY

the smallest for last / calm down.
just joking.
writing an art blog is like being a mini-pilot / on a high flying drone.
B2 BOMBER ?!!!

DAN MANDELBAUM – SCULPTURE
MARVIN GARDENS – UNTITLED ART FAIR, MIAMI – BOOTH B2


DAN MANDELBAUM – SCULPTURES
image via Instagram @marvin_gardens
BOOTH PHOTOS BY DAN BRADICA / @danbradica



~MELISSA BROWN . . in ‘The Strangeness Will Wear Off’ / DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY, MIAMI / OPENING SAT DEC 8

‘The Strangeness Will Wear Off’ – BIG GROUP SHOW !!
incl: MELISSA BROWN
OPENS TO-NITE / SAT DEC 8 / 7 – 10 PM
the show runs thru . . JAN 31, 2019
DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY, 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 300, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Art Basel Week HRS: Dec 5 – 9th / 10 AM – 6 PM

more about: ‘The Strangeness Will Wear Off’ – DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY


image via DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY



~TOM SACHS . . NASA CHAIR / WORLD WIDE WEB / ORDER YOURS NOW !! THE CLOCK IS TICKING !!

lol, meanwhile b-i-g switch-up . . from car travel – to SPACE !!

from $250 to . . $1,000 / but, s-t-i-l-l worth every penny !!

if I had $200 x 5 !!!!!!!

Bad Boy, TOM SACHS . .
is offering up a limited release of his NASA ‘chair’, for $1,000. a pop.
limited time only . . .
“available for 24 hrs on our webstore” / and, the clock started ticking 35 mins. ago. FRI DEC 7 2018 – 12:43 PM

def, check out: TOM SACHS / STORE / NASA chair & where you can order YOURS !!


image via Instagram @tomsachs

@tomsachs: Space program / NASA Chair, 2012
Mars ‘Flown’ Chairs available for 24 hrs on our webstore.
Limited release of Samsonite Model 2250 Mission Control and audience NASA chairs.
Each 31.25″ x 17.25″ Samsonite folding chair was used during the mission (i.e. ‘flown’ that took two astronauts
to the surface of Mars at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC 2012.
Each High Density Polyethylene (H.O.P.E.) and zinc plated, powder coated steel chair is made in U.S.A.
screen printed with NASA, and and labeled with an individual hero’s name and unique serial number.
Chairs contain dust from the Martian surface, and signs of use.
No choices, no returns.
Signed by the artist.
Each NASA chair comes with “Chairs” zine.
Published July 12, 2012

NASA Chair
($1,000.00)


TOM SACHS SWISS PASSPORT DESK

def, see: TOM SACHS WEBSITE

FROM THE ARTLOVERS ARCHIVE: JAN 21, 2003 !!!! 15 YEARS – AGO !!!!


TOM SACHS at his NUTSY’S INSTALLATION / BOHEN FOUNDATION, JAN 21, 2003
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH



~MELISSA BROWN . . LIMITED EDITION PRINT / NADA & ABSOLUT ART. / MIAMI

KNOCK-OUT.

“I get obsessed with the way a mundane experience can suddenly take on a universal symbolic meaning.”

read more: ‘Rear View Mirror’ by MELISSA BROWN / ABSOLUT ART.


image via Instagram @boogiebrowntown

MELISSA BROWN, ‘Rear View Mirror’, 2018
linoleum cut print / 15.7 x 19.7 in.
limited edition of 15 / signed & numbered / archival ink jet print
($275)

FROM THE ARTLOVERS ARCHIVE: 14 years ago !!!!!


MELISSA BROWN, ‘ROWDY REMIX’ opening, Bill Brady / ATM Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC. MAY 29, 2004
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

oh yeah, Melissa may project ‘buttoned-down’ and ‘straight-forward/, lol
but def, there’s a big crazy & wild heart – beating inside.

see: ARTNET, SPRING 2004 – for the original report.



~TOKEN / PRESENTS: ‘GOOD TASTE’ . . incl. PETER SUTHERLAND, JOE GARVEY, CHASE HALL & JULIAN KLINCEWICZ / NYC POP-UP / MIAMI OPENS WED DEC 5

ALL THE POWER – TO YA.

OPENING PARTY – TONIGHT !!

PERFORMANCE BY: JULIAN KLINCEWICZ

‘GOOD TASTE’
curated by KATJA HORVAT & PAIGE SILVERIA
presented by: TOKEN / NYC Pop-Up Shop / see: tokentokentoken.nyc/
Miami Design District
3802 NE, 1st Ave
Miami, FL / Florida
OPENS WED DEC 5 / 6 – 9 PM
show runs DEC 6 – 9, 2018
HRS: 12 pm – 6 pm

GOOD TASTE . . . is a group exhibition platform – curated by KATJA HORVAT & PAIGE SILVERIA


FLYER via Instagram @paigesilveria

JULIAN KLINCEWICZ . .
is a multi-disciplinary artist based out of . . SAN DIEGO

def, listen: JULIAN KLINCEWICZ – SOUNDCLOUD


JULIAN KLINCEWICZ . .
IMAGE VIA SOUNDCLOUD/JULIAN KLINCEWICZ

def, yes: MY FAV !!
PLAY THIS: GLIMMER OF HOPE / JULIAN KLINCEWICZ – SOUNDCLOUD