DIGITAL . . WORK IN PROGRESS / D-WIP ?!!
NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . is re-creating our ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’ pop-up show – for the VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER platform.
see: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER
the show took place the weekend of JUNE 6-7, 2013 . . in an empty storefront in Chinatown, on the Bowery.
curated by KATE & THEO CERIGO . . who grew up with us, and all our art and drama . . on Rivington St, smack dab in the Lower East Side, when it was raw and truly popping, in the early 80s-mid 90s.
the show was an on-point ‘group’ retrospective, was very well received, and attracted a huge, and young flash mob – at the opening.
it was like all of Brooklyn came out for the . . underground art scene – of days, long past.
it’s really exciting to see the first early advance . . ‘replica’ – digital ‘photos’ – come to life, below.
if you caught the show – you will know . . what I mean !!
bravo – Nicholas !!
& thank you – Paris-based JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET !!
founder/art director of VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER, for your interest in our show !!
and allowing it to come to life, again – in the timeless, digital realm.
the first ‘wall’ inside the show – as you entered.
large ‘Lemon Head’ t-shirt painting by SIMON CERIGO. I did the the title wall, ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ – in spray paint, the night of the opening. and a large scroll ‘painting’ by DAN ASHER, black oil stick on paper.
ps: check out the floor & wall baseboard details, Nicholas is really building up the raw storefront – true to it’s character.
all 3 images: digital re-constructions, based on photographs – by NICHOLAS STEINDORF / courtesy of the artist.
the invite card:
SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH, ca. 1981.
archival photo by SHELDON MOSKOVICI, Tribeca loft on Franklin St, NYC. Fall 1981.
the photo was / is mounted to one of Simon’s early, oil pastel . . newspaper collages.
sadly, RIP SIMON, RIP DAN.
KLA / Keeping the Legacy Alive / Nancy: “ya got a platform, use it !!”
funny, how things . . work that way.
‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith’
A pop up painting show: Lower East Side 80’s art scene, New York City
June 6 Saturday 2-10pm
June 7 Sunday 11am-6pm
Opening reception: June 6, 2015, 6-10pm
169 Bowery Street New York NY 10002
email@example.com – curated by KATE and THEO CERIGO
the show’s young curators, KATE and THEO CERIGO – on the night of the opening, June 7, 2013.
in front of their dad, SIMON CERIGO’S . . large acrylic painting, ca late 1980s, on found ‘canvas’, un-stretched.
they grew up right in the thick of it, the glory days of the Lower East Side, in a raw, hardcore art-filled storefront, the west storefront.
5 Rivington St. – just 2 doors up from the Bowery.
great photo by – DOUGLAS TURNER.
read his review: ‘Under the Volcano’ – AOT / ARCHITECTURE of TOMORROW / ART & CULTURE
OH, YEAH !!
UNDER THE VOLCANO, watch out !!
MARTOS GALLERY is offering several ‘knock-you-out-of-the-box’ works, of varied sizes & mediums . . .
by the late, great . . DAN ASHER.
they are on view at their BOOTH #2.04, NADA.
ok, so listen up.
DAN ASHER . . has not seen his glory days yet, in terms of the market, but that’s just because – the market is slow, and d-u-m-b.
everybody who is anybody in NYC, has a couple of, if not 10 of . . Dan’s works tucked away.
& filed under: BEST POTENTIAL – TO BLOW UP . . BIG !!
I would take one DAN ASHER – for any 10 pieces YOU are buying.
that’s for sure.
if you have any art ‘eyeballs’ whatsoever, you’d be rushing over & buying them – up.
MARTOS seems to have priced them – as close to the bone as he can.
see more images: DAN ASHER at MARTOS – scroll down
all images courtesy: MARTOS GALLERY.
OBJECT-IVITY . . . . . !!
JEFFREY TRANCHELL, ‘Jankee Bean’, 2016. (lamp.)
Latex paint, spackle, stucco, concrete patch, and faux stone on wood with light bulb, socket and cord.
at THE JOURNAL GALLERY, NADA Miami Beach – Booth 3.03
OBJECT-IVITY . . . . !!
ALT ESC presents: ‘CACHED OUT’ – a collaborative installation which is . .
“a sculptural tableau vivant centered around the spiraling paranoia of a fictional protagonist whose fears have manifested into a hoarder’s repository – the installation seeks to explore our future-oriented anxieties & the ways in which we prepare for the unknown.” ~ ALT ESC PRESS RELEASE
ALT ESC / SATELLITE ART SHOW / SUITE 12 / THE PARISIAN HOTEL / NEXT TO AQUA / 1510 COLLINS AVE / MIAMI BEACH, FL.
STERLING CRISPIN / JAMES MOORE / JESSICA CIOCCI / TRAVIS EGEDY / BRIAN BLOMWERTH / JAMES ORLANDO
CURATED BY: ALT ESC & KATE LEVITT
OBJECT-IVITY . . . . !!
LANCE MARCHEL . . is showing work at LOS OJOS, UNTITLED, booth A09
check out: LANCE MARCHEL – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
but, if you are in MIAMI, this is probably one of the earliest, & hottest tickets:
MIAMI BEACH – HAPPY ENDING POP UP . . at CUCU’S NEST
incl: HELPER GALLERY / PROJECTS
TUES NOV 29, 2016 – 10 PM
2805 COLLINS AVE./ 27th STREET, MIAMI, Fl.
for tables & reservation: Beni@302broome.com
if you are staying in NYC this week, the big anticipation & excitement – is for this show !!
‘JAMES MILLER, PAINTINGS’
OPENING FRI DEC 2, 2016 / 7-10 PM
the show runs thru JAN 22, 2017
MEYOHAS GALLERY, 181 EAST 90th ST #28B – UPTOWN, NYC.
HRS: by appointment only
THIS IS JAMES MILLER’S first solo show in NYC.
“MEYOHAS presents selections from an ongoing body of abstract works by painter JAMES MILLER.
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, where he spent his teenage years and early twenties working construction, he attended the Yale School of Art (MFA Painting), and was later awarded the prestigious Dedalus Foundation Fellowship in New York.
His paintings approach the fidelity of mechanical representations and misdirect their resemblance to information. These fixed traces call to mind filmic artifacts, blueprints, x-rays, and projections. Using handmade tools, Miller records the surreal residue of his local landscape. Impressions of light and motion appear as retinal afterimages.” ~gallery press release.
FLASHBACK . . . !!
that was such a great opening, so much fun.
catch it . . . in the artlovers archives,
check-out !!: JAMES MILLER & FRIENDS, at the DEDALUS FOUNDATION
A LOVE – SUPREME . . . !!!!!
YES . . . !!!!!
I caught the new, and totally engrossing . . JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY – ‘CHASING TRANE’, directed by JOHN SCHEINFELD on the very last night of the superb DOC NYC 2016 FESTIVAL – last Thursday.
totally wonderful experience, the film’s director, JOHN SCHEINFELD attended & we, the enraptured audience . . had the intimate opportunity to hear many sweet stories from behind-the-scenes & to have many of the powerful, inspiring & esp spiritual moments of this talented, beyond-the-beyond ‘spiritual’ man’s life & music journey – brought even closer to us.
the film brings the music and the man to life – what more can you say.
a film that fills the venue with Coltrane’s music, richly accompanied by many many archival clips, even some . . just found . . early color (8MM?) DIY home movies. a long lost old recording studio clip, many various voice-overs, and profound, seriously: inserts/clips of the few surviving jazz era musicians, who knew and played with John Coltrane – were among my personal fave.
to help ‘tell’ the story, DENZEL WASHINGTON reads emotionally – from old John Coltrane interviews (which had been published in magazines throughout the years) . . as if he were the ghost come back. and then, there were some surprises. some very moving, archival, black & white video . . of when John Coltrane, and his ‘deep waters’ / wife ALICE COLTRANE, went to Japan on tour – and stopped in Nagasaki to honor the victims of the horrific atomic bombings.
and even fast forward, an amazing snippet . . of: one-helluva-crazy . . ‘super fan’ in Japan, today.
does this movie ‘catch the Trane’ – no doubt about it.
as much as a man of this stature, can be . . caught.
it tells the story, and it plays . . the music.
notably, the film also features JOHN COLTRANE inspired / illustration / artwork by RUDY GUTIERREZ, who to my total absolute delight was sitting right . . behind me !!
on the left: JOHN SCHEINFELD, veteran documentarian (The U.S vs. John Lennon), Director of ‘Chasing Trane’ – who weaves together a visual & truly spiritual portrayal . . of the music and the man.
at the right: veteran Jazz musician, JIMMY HEATH, aka ‘Little Bird’. his cameos in the film are just so off-the-cuff profound, wise and smooth – as to be some of the most memorable ‘living’ moments in the film.
also not to forget: Jimmy’s super snazzy, but low-key style: that hidden front-buttoned, gray shirt, oh my.
JIMMY HEATH: so vibrant, yet calm. handsome. Soho ‘minimalism’- on point . . !!
this man has had some life, and the strength of inner soul – to prove it.
THOM POWERS, the Artistic Director of DOC NYC.
see: DOC NYC
I had noticed Mr. Gutierrez, earlier that evening, when I was standing in line to enter the SVA theatre. he seemed really super-charged and very dynamic. animated. my inner radar went: ping. so when John Scheinfeld, said the artist who had contributed the drawings at the beginning of the film, was in the audience, & gave him a shout out, & asked him to stand up, to much applause – I turned around and there he was, same guy. right behind me. indeed, I got a little spooked.
backtrack slightly: Mr.Scheinfeld, besides using words & interviews, historic photographic footage – and most of all . . plenty of the music itself !!
to get across John Coltrane’s infinite musical ‘universe’ – esp as the music evolved, also tries using visual ‘art’ to engage the viewer more fully with the music. the film opens with the infinite cosmos, the stars and skies. and then at some point Mr. Gutierrez’s raw and powerful drawings, with their African American roots & free-form, sensuous vitality – are called into play.
spiritual, rambling, rolling, evocative – they have the feel & visual depth of black folk-telling, ‘outsider’ art, & ancient/contemporary woodblock design, the influence of the great Black Panther artist – Emory Douglas ? in a word: cultural illustration at its best. they hold in their fluid lines, and honey gold colors the inherent celebration of our country’s black roots / soul, blues and jazz. slavery, gospel, spiritual heartful-ness. America – the whole damn mess & the once invisible, black African cultural attainment – coming forth, poring forth painfully, and yet ultimately: joyfully . . just as John Coltrane’s music surely did. and does.
the colors of these paintings are not just the color of so-called ‘folk art’ but they are radiant, like colored glass. truly: the light they cast is radiant, like that of a stained glass window, in a church.
stained glass windows . . in the Cathedral of Jazz.
I don’t want to get too into it, but Coltrane’s music is not just for / or a case for: the ‘initiated’. plenty of the participants, like the wonderful showman / philosopher CORNEL WEST . . knew Coltrane’s life well, and ‘got’ the intent of the music . . but, as he himself readily admitted, Mr. West could not fully ‘fly’ with the sound / that is, some of the initiated, people who loved & admired Coltrane, just could not fully let go & do the free-fall, follow the musical stream of conscious / while others – who might not know his whole life story at all – barely had words for the rapture they felt on just, just: hearing the music.
the art of Rudy Gutierrez danced to the music – and, hopefully opened a sensory pathway.
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR:
go to the film’s official website . . ‘CHASING TRANE – The John Coltrane Documentary’ . . scroll down a bit & watch the trailer !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, SVA THEATRE, CHELSEA, NYC. DOC NYC FESTIVAL / NOV 17, 2016.
unless otherwise noted.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING – TO ALL.
DRAMA, FIRE, ROMANCE . . REALISM.
CLAY, FIRE, MAN: SACRED.
PAT McCARTHY . . ‘BORN TO KILL’ – ISSUE 90 – ‘BUILDING A FIRE – IN EDEN’
PRINTED IN NEW YORK CITY – OPEN EDITIONS ONLY – FALL 2016
8 x 10 in. copy paper sheets / folded in half & bound with 2 staples at the ‘spine’.
‘SYLVAIN COUZINET-JACQUES: EDEN’ / which included a PAT McCARTHY ceramic clay miniature replica of the historical school house, & made on-site in North Carolina, & fired using a DIY kiln – also built by PAT.
that’s a really nice quality, hi-contrast color photograph, 4 x 5 in. on shiny photo paper, scotch-taped to the cover – really nice touch. nice contrast to the low-fi quality of the black & white ‘zine’ and totally . . pumps up the DIY vibe.
like how it slightly lifts off the page, from where the corners are taped down. very sculptural.
very interesting, dramatic . . heat seeking to the imagination.
that must be a view, looking down – of the DIY kiln, Pat built on site to fire the ‘school house’.
fire burns bright, but so does that cold steel blue – metal.
THE VIEW FROM MY DESK.
THEY SHOULDA . . BLOWN UP THESE 4 x 5 in. pgs & PLASTERED – THEM ALL OVER THAT APERTURE – GALLERY.
AS A BACK-DROP.
or, at least in that gloomy – entry.
it’s like the true beauty, mystery, stark history + potential of the show, got cut off at the knees, by a lack of inspiration – in the exhibit design.
ironically, it’s amazing how it comes so alive – within the flimsy pages of a low-fi . . zine.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
SYLVAIN COUZINET-JACQUES: ‘EDEN’
with additional works by FRED CAVE, THOMAS HAUSER, JESSE HOYLE, AMELIA RINA, PAT McCARTHY, and UGO SCHIAVI
NOV 16 – JAN 19, 2016
APERTURE FOUNDATION GALLERY
PIX FROM THE OPENING – WED NOV 16, 2016
PAT McCARTHY at the opening, with his ceramic . . ‘mini mini mini me’ tiny little ‘replica’ school house, sitting on a stack of low-fi zines, which he had also made – for the project.
and they are wonderful.
though you couldn’t get to them obviously – or even divine what they were, in this stodgy and misguided presentation.
‘BORN TO KILL’ – ISSUE 90 – ‘BUILDING A FIRE’
‘IN EDEN’ – !!
luckily Pat laid a copy on me.
get ready for a rant – KANYE more over !!
because then, as you will see, burn baby burn, then it’s all downhill, from there.
ps: in the background, higher up, . . that is a ‘composite’ photographic / historical piece / collage by JESSE HOYLE.
nice. I most definite wanted to step in closer to see it, but no could do. there was a serious glass wall in front of this constructed wall box – display ???
sometimes . .
no matter how much you to look forward to the actual ‘hard copy’, esp when, as was the case here, the online images are so exceptional – and, the accompanying concept just jumps double time – it just doesn’t pan out, and unfortunately this evening was one of those ‘things gone – south’ quickly . . kinda nights.
I got completely undone – by the exhibit’s ‘construct’. so frustrating.
put me in such a bad mood.
the problem was with the display production & the exhibit design more specifically. it was hung badly. the worst. if there is a word for poetic – then what’s the word, for . . NOT ?
the room, the displays were too dark, to the point of no visibility. the pieces staggered against their backdrop and could realize no conversation with their neighbors.
this display ‘wall-box’ was how the show began, and it was totally un-accessible, both visually and physically. the gallery itself, was a huge space, so why was crowded up against wall ? and barricaded behind a floor-to-ceiling . . shallow, airless box of a viewing ‘window’ ? here you see Patrick is standing in front of the glass wall. the wooden beams support it. you couldn’t walk into the actual display space.
it was a construct that made no sense, and took away – even more.
and, if trying to view the show was frustrating, forget trying to photograph it.
and this from a venue that specializes in photography shows, and has done so, for decades.
yep that bad.
the works might have been good, they sure looked good online – and I know for sure Pat’s is, and JESSE HOYLE’s piece was also so so intriguing, but it was just like looking at the road – through a downpour, there was – no seeing it.
it was possibly the most appalling and frustrating show ‘design’ – that I have ever stumbled upon, and since I’m not one to endure poor quality workmanship / vision . . after saying hello to Pat, I abruptly left. and I didn’t see the rest of it, and if it got better, that’s good, but . . you lost me at the first wall,
if you think these words be cruel, this is a tough town, and people have to work very very hard, and be very very sharp to stay in the game, be at the top of their game & make their money.
there’s no free lunch in this town.
if you can’t take the heat, this is one kitchen you should stay out of, altogether.
put it this way:
I see indie, shoe-box venues with poverty line budgets – muster better showings, ALL THE TIME !!
and by that I mean visually dynamic, accessible and damn it . . ‘inspired’ presentations, that run the gamut from straight-up classic . . to free fall deconstructed, all of which make you shiver when you walk in, all the time.
name two recent ones ?
still up: ‘Aethelred Eldridge’ at ESSEX FLOWERS, & the ‘SHROOM SHOW’ at HELPERS.
so if you think this is harsh, you are walking the wrong streets, with your head – on the wrong setting.
sorry to crash your party, but . . you break the vase, you buy it.
who dropped the ball, here ?
well, I don’t know what the hell was happening on the left, could anything be more dim, more black and more un-view-able ?
it’s only because I know Pat’s work so well, that I know how much they bungled this.
this is a painstakingly & lovingly hand-built, piece that needs to stand, or sit . . . on a pedestal at eye-level, so you can really gaze at length, and with clarity – at all the glorious / poetic / industrial detail.
it needs to be perched on a pedestal or table,
so you can walk around it and get the ‘big picture of the little wonder’ . . from all angles.
this was the only view. this is a 3D piece, a miniature replica of a 3D building.
this is . . NOT A PHOTOGRAPH.
. . . you need to WALK AROUND IT.
and even that STATIC view – was un-accessible, lying as it was, despite the stacking of the zines, too low to the ground.
like they say:
what I was supposed to do, twist my head off my body . . and lay it down on the floor – the better to see ?
not to mention the lighting is horrible.
the floor and walls couldn’t be more boring if they tried, where’s Yayoi Kusama when you need her.
just joking. desperate.
a classic standard ‘gallery’ setting – would have been quite fine.
like how they did up that decade old . . WIILLIAM CHRISTENBERRY retrospective. (google it)
anybody out there – catch that ?
JESSE HOYLE, ‘(re)Write Yesterday’, 2016.
cyanotype on glass, paint, vintage photograph on loan from the Eden Historical Society, 28 x 12 in.
I mean, I guess this was meant to be ghostly, but I don’t think, quite as ghostly / as in absolutely un-viewable . . ghostly – !!
ps: they have a nice post card of that great, romantic / fizzy red SYLVAIN COUZINET-JACQUES ‘schoolhouse’ . . . at the front desk.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
APERTURE FOUNDATION and the HERMES FOUNDATION . . present:
‘EDEN’ – by SYLVAIN COUZINET-JACQUES
with additional works by: FRED CAVE, THOMAS HAUSER, JESSE HOYLE, AMELIA RINA, PAT McCARTHY, and UGO SCHIAVI
OPENING TO-NITE . . WED NOV 16, 2016 / 7 – 8:30 PM
the show runs thru JAN 19, 2017
APERTURE FOUNDATION, 547 West 27th St, 4th Floor, Chelsea, NYC.
“. . . COUZINET-JACQUES purchased a small, historical building in Eden, North Carolina, as a site for an immersive exploration of the ideas of property, community, and image-making. The resultant output is eclectic . . . the better to articulate and grapple with the often contradictory theme of utopia and home, the inevitable gaps between representation and reality, and the work of art as a means of re-enchantment.”
read & see, more: SYLVAIN COUZINET-JACQUES – EDEN, APERTURE FOUNDATION
PAT McCARTHY: “It’s a ceramic I made and fired in a homemade gas kiln in North Carolina a couple of weeks ago, perched atop copies of the zine about the trip.”
TOP IMAGE VIA APERTURE FOUNDATION
BOTTOM IMAGE COURTESY: PAT McCARTHY
IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM – @8ballcomunity
‘SHROOM SHOW – the zine’
organized by NICHOLAS MOENICH
with special contributions from . . CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY, BEN KINSLEY & JESSICA LANGLEY, ALTA BURDEN and, LILA PEARL SHAPIRO.
‘SHROOM SHOW’ – organized by NICHOLAS MOENICH
OCT 22 – NOV 19, 2016 / by appointment
THE . . SACRED MUSHROOM.
connected with God / or the gods. dedicated to religious purpose & so deserving . . veneration.
religious rather than secular.
considered to be holy & deserving respect.
inspiring . . awe.
I wonder what all those many many, countless !! (there are so many of them in the surrounding ‘nabe’, blocks and blocks of them. and even many on a block. google street view – it.)
. . . Holy Roller storefronts would think of this sacred show – that has landed, quite by random, right smack dab – in their ‘mighty’ midst ?
(that little ‘reference’ on my desktop in the background, is to PAT (McCARTHY) & his also totally totally awesome group show . . SATAN Ceramics. in which case, that is like saying ‘SICK’ . . for great.
so I decided to leave it in – thinking it was kind of profound to be writing sacred, and have the name that ‘cannot be spoken’ pop up, by random. even though it means good – in this case.
sacred/good vs evil. can’t have one, without the other, apparently.)
(just like they always said – across the board, all cultures.)
Whoa. the title page is way strange !!
a secret warning – lies before your very eyes.
that’s a TOXIC . . mushroom !! forager / beholder . . beware !!
it’s an ‘amanita’ . . . I’m gonna eat cha / a man-eatah – man-eater . . !!
it’s a poison mushroom.
see: Mushroom – wikipedia
lord, lord, lordy rollers . . how such a small thing – can take a ‘big’ man, down.
be humble. pride goes before a fall.
the fragility of mankind – in a nutshell, er .. tiny fungus.
‘AMANITA MUSCARIA’ . .
image via wikipedia
RED . . . means STOP.
RED means . . . NO.
now you know where RED as a warning – comes from.
Mother Nature beat ya to it.
well at least, if you pick it up, and eat it RAW.
funny, where a little hidden knowledge – will take ya.
if you read further . . you will see:
“although classified as POISONOUS, reports of human deaths resulting from its ingestion are extremely rare. after PAR-BOILING . . it is eaten in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. ‘AMANITA MUSCARIA’ . . is noted for its HALLUCINOGENIC properties.”
is Sacred Knowledge . . only for the initiated ?
medicine men, shamans.
Nicholas Moenich . . . shaman ?
& in fact: “there has been much speculation on possible traditional (translate: first native) use.
The MAN-child Born of a Virgin
Describing the growth of the mushroom (boletos), PLINY says: ‘the earth . . . produces first a ‘womb’ (vulva) . . . and afterwards (the mushroom) itself inside the womb, like a yolk inside the egg: and the baby mushroom is just as fond of eating its coat as is the chicken. The coat cracks when (the mushroom) first forms; presently, as it gets bigger, the coat is absorbed into the body of the footstalk (pediculi) . . . at first it is flimsier than froth , then it grows substantial like parchment, and then the mushroom . . . is born.”
from: The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross by JOHN M. ALLEGRO.
A-LLEGRO / AH LE-GROW ??
are you kidding me.
this zine is just so . . damn, o-r-g-a-n-i-c !!
such a magic text / like reading a . . written MAZE.
mushroom / much – room ???
the fizzy red . . view from my desk.
somebody should spike – the food at the WHITE HOUSE !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
make sure to pick up a zine – when you’re there . . !!!
the best $5 – you’ll ever spend.
full of poetry, photos, art, text, stories & growing / foraging . . tips !!
plus . . it’s a gorgeous FIZZY RED / RISO PRINT.
on . . awesome eggshell toned paper !!
it was printed at Small Editions, 60 Sackett St, Brooklyn.
that’s what I mean – the whole show, gorgeous top-notch, production.
on every level – in every . . way.
WAY TO GO, IN A DARK, DREADFUL WEEK — NICHOLAS MOENICH . . !!!
GET OVER, on . . TRUMP !!
of course, I got one !!
the view from my desk.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
‘SHROOM TALKS’ – at HELPER, to-nite !!
at . . HELPER
more details: HELPER – FACEBOOK
LONG LIVE NYC – ESP, THE NITTY, GRITTY UNDERGROUND, REBEL / INDIE ART SCENE !!!!
‘SHROOM SHOW’, HELPER . . . LIVES UP TO – IT’S NAME !!
LORDY, Lordy, help is on the way.
of course, things are very hard here in NYC, where something like 9/10 people voted for Hillary. Hillary might not have been their first choice, but anything . . trumps the Trump. all I need is to wake up and see Rudolph Giuliani’s ugly mug – in the morning papers alongside Trump – and I feel REPRESSION burn into my consciousness, just as if I’m a cowboy robot . . on WEST WORLD.
so funny . . how that works.
just when NYC is plunged into fear, depression and loathing, the greatest ‘alternative’ indie show pops up, at the small HELPER GALLERY in Brooklyn, Prospect Park/Lefferts Gardens hood.
innovative, creative, profound. and well produced.
it’s visionary, visual, wide open to interpretation, spiritual, organic and . . well, magic.
it’s also very ironic, to come upon this ‘huge world of mushrooms’ . . . in a postage stamp of a gallery. the show, which focuses just as much on the ancient & new age foraging, and growing of mushrooms, as it does on the folklore and spiritual quest / magic mushroom vision . . is also rather picturesquely . . right around the corner from entire blocks, and I do mean blocks of Born Again / Holly Roller Storefronts. it feels like what Harlem is supposed to be, or was.
and then, just immediately beyond . . the waves & waves of Brooklyn-ensconced Hascids !!
talk about a spiritual urban ‘sweet’ spot, or what !!
the show was organized by . . NICHOLAS MOENICH,
whose name came up just recently with the WON EH alternative, ‘doemestic’ & very indie . . gallery/residency presentation of ANDRES LARACUENTE / ‘Seasonal Year’ . . in the Brooklyn home he shares with LAUREN CLAY.
amazing, multi-layered exhibit & concept . .
tons of talent. every piece is mind-stopping, and that’s not an exaggeration.
the last group show that grabbed my heart, soul & mind like that. and squeezed them together into a higher consciousness, must have been the New Years Eve 2014 / SEAN VEGEZZI, ANDREW KATZ & ABELINE COHEN curated & produced ’15 WARREN St’ that popped up, literally . . in downtown Tribeca. a whirling, hard-core & hard-driven . . alternative curatorial project, that hit its mark, double time.
except, while that show’s supreme charm was in it’s huge, raw, abandoned building ‘venue’, unconventional free-fall / de-constructed presentation . .
SHROOM is every bit as dynamic, but just . . very well laid-out, precise.
just like, well . . a garden.
‘SHROOM SHOW’ – Organized by NICHOLAS MOENICH
the opening was SAT OCT 22, 2016.
the show is up thru . . SAT NOV 19, 2016
HELPER PROJECTS/GALLERY . . 495 ROGERS AVE, Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
HRS: by appointment see the ABOUT PAGE
for a full list of participating artists, hit EXHIBITIONS, then . . go to CURRENT
HELPER IS: NATHAN GWYNNE, ZEREK KEMPF & CHRISTOPHER RIVERA
also, check out Instagram:
@NICH_MOE-NICH – NICHOAS MOENICH
sustainability. community. ethereal (in a sense).
BRIC BIENNIAL: Volume II, Bed Stuy/Crown Heights Edition
Opening reception: TO-NITE . . WED NOV 9, 2016 / 7-9 PM
the show runs NOV 10 – JAN 15, 2017
curated by ELIZABETH FERRER and JENNY GEROW
BRIC HOUSE, 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, N.Y.
enter on Rockwell Place
RACHEL FRANK . .
the Field Projects co-partner, & several other artists, such as ILANA HARRIS-BABOU and McKENDREE KEY who have exhibited at Field Projects are included in the show.
for more info, see: BRIC BIENNIAL – Volume II
I liked the word . . ‘ethereal’ that jumped up & about that previous pumpkin carving post, implied & directly.
so much of my own art was, and is . . ‘ethereal’.
and plus: this is my #current #dark #mood.
NANCY SMITH, paper banner.
Halloween. hanging in my backyard at 5 Rivington St, East Storefront. Lower East Side, NYC. 1994.
ethereal. sinister. hanging / twisting . . in the wind.
I was always very . . ‘light-handed’.
low fi, low budget. scissors, paper, soul.
UNDER THE VOLCANO – WATCH OUT . . . !!
NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . is up to something !! re: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER . . !!!!!
in times like these – all you can do is hunker down.
double down on the creativity, the freedom of expression, the smart, the alternative, and the . . skills.
turn the dial, way up . . . to to o-r-g-a-n-i-c.
as in . . of the Mother Earth – and stay there.
as in: Pumpkins, Pigeons, and . . mushrooms.
what !! you haven’t heard about the amazing . . ‘Shroom’ show, now up at HELPER ?
coming up next !!!!
I mean, did anybody else notice a DIY / Woodstock era kind of thing, revival in pumpkin carving – this past Halloween ?
not joking, there’s hope in these old ways. that burn brighter – today / next generation . . . rising.
first up, was this gorgeous spooky hand-carved, ‘lit’ . . pumpkin by KLAUS NOMI, posted by JEFFREY TRANCHELL.
it really pushed the limits of the traditional carved Halloween – Jack O’lantern – that we were all used to, you know you cut in a couple of triangle eyes and a big crooked grin . . but it sure jumped the gate.
it looked like ‘Biggie’ to one commentator. to me it looked like . . OBEY GIANT.
the negative spaces on the sides were . . . super fab, unique & dramatic.
OBEY PUMPKIN ????
then @katecerigo hooked me up with this MoMA / Museum of Modern Art beauty !!
@themusuemofmodernart: Loving this year’s #Halloween pumpkin !
An interpretation of Pablo Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ – Thank you @maniacpumpkins.
that was my first sense of . . pumpkin art gone 3_D – or, the next step.
shallow relief carving !!
and, then in came DANIELLE DE JESUS, you k-n-o-w . . .
the miniature ‘pop’ portrait painter – on the $1 bills !! at GRUMPY BERT.
yeah. that DANIELLE !!
YODA – BY DANIELLE De JESUS ..
@danielledejesus1: So I’ve been attempting to teach myself how to sculpt pumpkins this weekend. This is my third attempt at sculpting anything ever, other than #playfoam hahaha. Ok maybe playdough when I was like 5 but whatever that doesn’t count.
Anyway, here is my attempt at Yoda.
Can’t wait to get better at it and – learn from my bros at @manicpumpkins . . .
OMG – check out: MANIAC PUMPKINS !!
& definite, read their ‘about’ page !!
which has a great video !!
still from: ‘The Pumpkin Carvers’ (video) – for The New Yorker, by SKY DYLAN ROBBINS and NATE LEAVEY.
on their . . . ‘ABOUT PAGE’.
here’s that link, again: ABOUT – MANIAC PUMPKINS – video
MANIAC PUMPKIN CARVERS, is based in BROOKLYN – & is joyfully, run by . . founders by MARC EVAN (@marcmaniac) and CHRIS SORIA (@chrissoria).
who state: “THE NATURE OF PUMPKIN CARVING BRINGS YOU INTO THE MOMENT, CAPTIVATING YOUR SENSES. IT IS EPHEMERAL and TEMPORARY AND ALL ABOUT THE . . NOW.
ALL IMAGES VIA . . INSTAGRAM / and the MANIAC PUMPKIN CARVERS website.
CASH4SMELLS – MOCK THE VOTE !!
ELECTION PARTY – ELECTION DAY EXHIBITION
“FREE BEER & COVERAGE of the GREATEST SHOW on EARTH !!”
“TWO CANDIDATES GO IN – ONLY ONE COMES OUT !!!”
99 BOWERY – at HESTER, LOWER EAST SIDE / CHINATOWN
TUES NOV 8, 2016 / 7 PM – MIDNIGHT
CASH SMELLS – but, “you know, you – want it.”
ps: the last time I saw a CASH4SMELLS exhibit, was at DRESS SHOP GALLERY, in Bushwick, BROOKLYN & . .
the ‘vinyl’ signs – were going for $100 a pop.
all images via Instagram – @cash4smells