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

~’BUBBLE ORCHESTRA EXHIBITION’ / PRECOG MAG / NARS FOUNDATION / OPENING FRI OCT 15

PRECOG MAGAZINE . . is excited to announce their latest curatorial project for the NARS FOUNDATION / EXHIBITION SPACE
‘BUBBLE ORCHESTRA’ . . is the first physical exhibition based around Issue 5 of Precog Magazine.

Bubble Orchestra. . . prompts ideas around the concept and materiality of bubbles: as a metaphor for thinking through ideas of individuality & group cohesion; echo chambers and their tenuousness; algorithms; and the fragility of identity.”
~Precog

with:
ALISON KUO, AMIKO LI, ANJULI RATHOD, BEN ROSS DAVIS, BLINN AND LAMBERT, CARLOS FRANCO,
OLOLADE ADENIYI, PATRICIA DOMINGUEZ, UMBER MAJEED, and VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER.

OPENING: FRI OCT 15 / 6 – 8 PM
and running thru . . . NOV 5, 2021
NARS FOUNDATION / MAIN GALLERY: 201 46th St, 4th Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11220.
see: NARS INFO & HRS

see: Precog Magazine

see: NARS Foundation

more info: ‘Bubble Exhibit’ – NARS



~FLORENCIA ESCUDERO / ‘CANCIONES en la COLMENA’ / KRISTEN LORELLO . .

a few more images !!
the show is up thru . . NOV 9, 2021
KRISTEN LORELLO

‘Canciones en la Colmena’ / Songs Inside the Beehive

Brooklyn-based Florencia Escudero – was born in Singapore in 1987 / she is also a co-founder, co-publisher & co-editor of Precog Magazine

the sound elements – are by Mexico-based artist and writer Lucia Hinojosa Gaxiola with a “techno-futuristic vibe”.

more info: Florencia Escudero – Kristen Lorello


FLORENCIA ESCUDERO,’Odalisque’, 2021.
Hand-sewn digitally printed satin, hand-dyed and silk-screened ribbed cotton over piping, silk-screened vinyl, crocodile-stamped pleather, cast pewter, handbag chains, foam, and crushed velvet hand-sewn over foam.
28 x 18 x 15 in.
Photo courtesy: Kristen Lorello


FLORENCIA ESCUDERO, ‘Gitana’, 2021.
Hand-sewn digitally printed satin, cast resin, cast resin with speaker, cast resin with cst resin lips, vinyl hand-sewn over piping, foam, speaker, wires, metal, amp, and MP3 player with original sound piece by LUCIA HINOJOSA GAXIOLA: ‘Mass of Branched Decomposition’, MP3 recording from live performance, and field recording made with voice, SK-5 Casio sampling keyboard, rocks, dry lichen, dry leaves, bark, sticks, wood, tin bucket, 12 mins, looped.
26-1/2 x 24-1/2 x 20 in.
Photo courtesy: Kristen Lorello



~FLORENCIA ESCUDERO / ‘CANCIONES EN LA COLMENA’ / KRISTEN LORELLO, UPTOWN / BEGINS SAT OCT 8

‘SONGS inside the BEEHIVE’ – how pretty !! complex, strong, gentle, fantastical & . . . poetic !!!!!

FLORENCIA ESCUDERO – ‘Canciones en la Colmena’
open to the public / SAT OCT 8
running thru . . . . NOV 9, 2021
KRISTEN LORELLO, 23 E. 73rd St., Manhattan / 5th Floor, Buzzer 5F
HRS: TUES-SAT / 11- 6 PM

see: KRISTEN LORELLO GALLERY / IG

see: FLORENCIA ESCUDERO / IG


image via Instagram @floescu
FLORENCIA ESCUDERO / in her studio.
everyone calls her: FLO, and ‘flow forth’ (!!!) – she does !!

FLORENCIA . . . wears many hats, she’s a co-founder / co-publisher & co-curator of Precog Mag /
and, she works in many mediums / mostly . . in the ‘soft’ realm.
it would be very hard – not to say limiting / to try and put a label on her, or her work.
unless you want to say: experimental, hard-worker / with, a huge imagination & a heart of gold.


image via Instagram @floescu
FLORENCIA ESCUDERO – large fabric sculpture


image via Instagram @floescu
FLORENCIA ESCUDERO / I guess that’s – the ‘hive’ !!
a kind of, and kind !! metaphor for community – mindset !!



~JACK HENRY / P.A.D. / SOHO / SAT OCT 9

JACK HENRY, part of: ‘Or a Moon’s Surface the Planet Admires’,
P.A.D. / PROJECT ART DISTRIBUTION / PATRICK MOHUNDRO / SIDEWALK POP-UP / SOHO
this Sat, Oct 9, 2021 / 11am – 8pm
Spring & Mercer !!

see: P.A.D.
see: JACK HENRY @jackbhenry


JACK HENRY / image via Instagram @project_art_distribution
“casting trash into treasure, Jack Henry’s resin objects keep us attuned to the little. overlooked
things in our New York lives.’
~P.A.D.


JACK HENRY, ‘lock’. image via Instagram @project_art_distribution
“come pick up – a small momento of your daily commute !!”
~P.A.D.



~’HENRY FOOL’ / TRIEST / BROOKLYN

looking good !!!

‘HENRY FOOL’ – 11 person group show
opened OCT 5, 2021
runs thru . . . ????
TRIEST, 526 WILSON AVE., BROOKLYN 11207 / BUSHWICK
OPEN BY APP’T

with: JOE SPEIER, DANI ARNICA, JAMIE LYNN KLEIN, JAKE SHORE, ERIC SCHMID, HUNTER HUNT HENDRIX,
WALTER SMITH, JACK LAWLER, DEVON LOWMAN, RYAN FOERSTER, & BROCK BIERLY

see: TRIEST / INSTAGRAM @triest.es

here’s a small sampling:


JOE SPEIER, ‘Millennial Painting 10 (Sunny Day Girl)’,
acrylic medium, acrylic paint, glitter, ballpoint pen, marker on canvas.
48 x 60 in.
image via Instagram / @joe_sleepover


JACK LAWLER, ‘Frustrated’, oil on canvas.
image via Instagram @triest.es


‘HENRY FOOL’ – POSTER
image via Instagram @triest.es



~ANDREW FRANCIS / P.A.D. / SOHO, NYC / TODAY – SAT OCT 2 / 11 – 8 PM

ALL HAIL . . THE ‘REBEL’ VERNACULAR !!
IT’S COMING TO BITE – YOUR TOES !!

ANDREW FRANCIS in . . .
PATRICK MOHUNDRO – PRESENTS P.A.D. / PROJECT ART DISTRIBUTION
in his latest NYC sidewalk pop-up / ‘Head, Shoulders, Feet and Toes’
SAT OCT 2, 2021 / 11AM – 8PM
SPRING & MERCER / SOHO, DOWNTOWN / TRIBECA, NYC

see: ANDREW FRANCIS – INSTAGRAM

see: P.A.D. / PROJECT ART DISTRIBUTION – INSTAGRAM


image via Instagram @andrewmeriwetherfrancis
ANDREW FRANCIS,’KIM & KANYE GO TO THE MUSEUM’ aka ‘KIM & KANYE SPLIT’ (!!!)
DYE-SUBLIMATED IMAGES / VIA A COMMERCIAL PRINTER / MEN’S SOCKS / UNIQUE SET, 2021.
cost: sliding scale $40-$25 / go get . . yours !!!!

Language, cynicism, community, and real ‘care’ – about this world we inhabit,
and, a big big vibe of wicked smart humor – are all a big part of this creative’s – going wild on ‘utilitarian’ / commonplace & functional / body warmth – objects / aka ‘your clothing’ !!
and, very much – a wicked step-cousin to quilt-making – btw.
warmth, communication & visual . . hurrah !!


image via Instagram @andrewmweriwetherfrancis
Andrew posted this photo – of the work-in-progress in home / studio !!

it interests me for the energy, but also as a kind of answer – to those of you who may be thinking / Soho ? Lord !!
what would . . . JACKSON POLLOCK – be thinking ?
well, squint your eyes at the image / ha,ha not – so far off.


image via Instagram @andrewmeriwtherfrancis
Andrew will also be hawking some of his . . . ‘I Love Judy Woodruff’ / custom printed shirts !!
for all of youse – heading back into on-site work spaces and/or offices, and needing to re-fresh your work-from-home Covid attire !!!

Andrew says: “come bask – in her moral rectitude’ . . . &
I say: yeah, for sure: be part of the new / . . . hand-made DIY vernacular !!
and, maybe help change people’s dumbass – mindset / along the way.

can you imagine finding these – in a thrift shop / 20 years down the road ?
and, the world just keeps on – turning !!



~ERL / A$AP Rocky / MET GALA QUILT / DATING CONTROVERSY / LOST & FOUND . . .

the ERL / A$AP MET GALA QUILT is QUITE . . the ‘VERNACULAR’ – STAR !!

but, NO, is is not ‘ANTIQUE’ – it is . . ‘VINTAGE’.

AND DATES – FROM THE 1970s.

so, a woman came forward on Instagram – to claim that it was she who had donated the ‘Puff’ quilt / used by ERL as the basis for his show-stopping . . A$AP Rocky Met Gala ‘cape’ . . to the thrift shop, where ERL found it.
so interesting / what social media makes possible.
see: ‘A$AP Rocky’s Met Gala Quilt – Backstory’ by JOYANN JEFFREY, BUZZFEED / posted SEPT 26, 2021.


IMAGE VIA Instagram @books_n_babies

funny how – this story has . . . legs !!

but, also in being found – some info – got lost . . or ‘confused’, esp regarding the ‘originality’ of the quilt, and its . . date.

VOGUE – the ‘fashion bible’, lol / did not help by terming the quilt ‘antique’.
as per that BUZZFEED link above /
According to VOGUE, “Linnetz purchased ‘the antique quilt’ from a thrift shop.”
well, unless an object is over 100 years old, it is not antique / it is vintage.

also, Sarah . . the IG woman who claims to have given away the quilt, says it was made by her great-grandmother . which probably also confused some people. if you take 20 years as a kind of average generational indicator / that still gets us back to the 1970s,
when all things DIY, but esp quilts, knitting, and crochet began to grow in popularity, leading to a new advancement of skills /starting life in 70s as ‘hobby projects’, and leading to the full flower renaissance we see today. though there is still a heirarchy of ‘ making’. with top s designers like RAF SIMMONS making incredible hi-end sweaters with PRADA, through hand-knit ‘amateur’ hats & scarves, to the truly vernacular kid DIY projects such as puppet-making, or even . . . yarn dolls.

in the textile world, it is actually quite solid, not much grey area / and, easy to date things, such as quilts – by the fabric / for example: woven (very antique !!), or printed / which in turn breaks down into early / such as woodblock, or roller-printed textiles (colonial times) to silkscreens, to more modern, contemporary mass production factory techniques. and any decent textile reference book, would clearly find this quilt to be of 1970 manufacture.


detail ERL – A$AP Rocky MET GALA quilt / via full scale BUZZFEED image

another big clue, as to the dating of this quilt, would be that, although it is ‘pieced’ / i.e. made up of small units of cloth sewn together to make a whole bedspread, this is not the case here / in that, in the pattern we can easily see there was enough of a big yardage of each color, that permitted the quilt-maker to cut out as many squares, to makes as many ‘Puff’ pockets, as she needed to complete the grid pattern, without resorting to an i old-fashioned ‘scrap bag’. when this quilt was made, whole textile yardage, and micro-printed yardage at that / reflects ‘store-bought’ yards of material, and it was cheap, and widely available – so VOGUE, you can scratch off . . ‘antique’, once – and for – all.

PIECED:

the concept of ‘pieced’ quilts dates back to colonial times , when cloth was rare, and printed clothe even more rare / as it was imported from England, and therefore very very expensive. thus collecting, cutting out the remaining ‘good’ bits, and re-using these ‘pieces’ / from worn-out clothing – was the American pioneer way . . to make ‘sustainable’, large ‘bed’ coverings. think Amish quits, etc.

and, regarding the cloth that was local, woven & home-made, hand-dyed, maybe be even / roller-printed, woodblock printed with a rudimentary pattern / was also expensive, and labor-intensive / and, so it was harvested as well, from older garments – saved up, as ‘scraps’ in a ‘scrap bag’ / to ‘piece’ into larger quilts. obviously, not – the case here. in fact, one way to date real ‘antique’ quilts, or to assess the wealth or lifestyle of the maker / is to examine the ‘variation’ in the different, maybe ‘red’ textiles used to innovate – to complete – a continuous, over-all pattern, obviously – not the case here.

then we come to ‘feed sacks’ !!
dry food goods, such as flour or sugar, or animal feed, seeds, etc / at a little bit later time, think ‘Little House on the Prairie’, came in big multi-pound sacks made from cotton. (there was no synthetic fiber, or plastic at the time), and at some point these dry goods merchants realized if they roller-printed or woodblock printed) these cottons, that would increase their (i.e. sustainability) re-use, and also encourage the farmers’ wives to pick the brand of flour, or sugar that had pattern they coveted, and also women would gather scraps and trade, like a form of early trading cards. so that era also had ‘pieced’ quits.

by the mid 1900s, ‘piecing’ – was a conceptional ‘conceit’ / not done through necessity, cost or
industry, but as a ‘project’, as a way to follow and emulate older quilt traditions. this ‘pieced’ quilt falls under that evolution.

‘Puff’, ‘Biscuit’, or even ‘Bubble’ quilts, such as this ERL found vintage quilt / . . . actually have a history going all the way back to the late 1800s, Victorian times / when the little individual ‘pockets’ were stuffed with cotton batting filling, and again were made as a way to utilize small ‘scraps’, such as velvet, or silk from more elaborate handiwork, or expensive clothing.
so again . . unless it is an historic ‘stand-out’ / that has been carefully kept – even old, as in really old, 100 year old / truly antique ‘Puff’ quilts still fell very much so, under the ‘vernacular’ genre.

so, back to now !!

although, it would help to know what was used to ‘fill’ the ‘bubble’ pockets of this ERL / A$AP Rocky quilt / was it cotton batting, was it used panty hose or nylon stockings ? . . or synthetic fiberfill ?
it’s really not necessary to know, to be able to date the quilt, but it would help.

that no one was curious enough to inspect the filling, or if they were close enough to it, as Zak Foster must have been . . to make mention of it / speaks volumes to how woefully uninterested, or unaware – all the ‘founding’ parties involved with the quilt were – in terms of quilt history, and quilt-making / in general . . .
but, especially Zak Foster, the supposed quilt expert guy who repaired it, and didn’t think twice to mention – what it was stuffed with ?

no matter,
we know from the specific cotton cloth, the specific pattern, and especially the specific color dye used – that this was 1970s fabric.
further it was cloth made specifically – to support the new-found interest in quilting, and hand-made DIY projects in general, especially of the ‘vernacular’ / outsider genre . . which called for . . . traditional-looking, cheery small floral prints, in a range of many different colors.

it also helps . . if you have an original / ‘vintage’ bolt of this kind of printed cotton – with the maker, and the actual date – stamped into the selvedge, or yard cloth . . border !!!
and, yeah.
of course . . . I do !!


this a sampling of 1960s textile / it does not match,in sheen, brightness, nor intensity of color, nor in the size or style of – the tiny printed floral repeat.
~mass-produced cotton / textile technology – still had a way to go to match the ERL found quilt.
textile source: ‘Dating Fabrics, A Color Guide 1800- 1960’, by Eileen Jahnke Trestain.
Publisher: American Quilter’s Society, Kentucky / 1998.
Photo: Nancy Smith
Collection: Nancy Smith


but, this is more like it !!!!

this . . 1970 ‘craft’ fabric – is a dead ringer !!
Photo: Nancy Smith
Collection: Nancy Smith


1970s cotton fabric such as this – was used to make . . STUFFED – DIY / Christmas ornaments !!
Photo: Nancy Smith
Collection: Nancy Smith


some more Xmas / hand-sewn & stuffed ornaments
Photo: Nancy Smith
Collection: Nancy Smith

talk about . . vernacular !!


and . . other folk art projects / a wooden clothespin doll / and probably a Xmas ornament.
Photo: Nancy Smith
Collection: Nancy Smith


the cloth came with instructions, and . . . the date the fabric was printed.
Photo: Nancy Smith
Collection: Nancy Smith


1976.
Photo: Nancy Smith
Collection: Nancy Smith

ps:
yes !!
all the above 1970 / DIY hand-sewn craft Xmas ornaments, and the wooden clothespin doll, all came from local thrift shops, including my prized . . . ‘DIY’ bolt of cotton – with the DIY ornament cut-outs & instructions, the date printed into the border selvedge.
and, none cost more than $2.50 – if that / including the historic DIY fabric.

no wonder, I got so excited seeing that A$AP Rocky waltz down – the Met Gala red carpet !!!!

.



~ERL / A$AP Rocky / MET GALA QUILT / YO, DIG-GITTY !!! THE FINAL BREAK-DOWN !!!

OK, SO HERE’S THE FINAL GONNA-BREAK-IT-DOWN / YO, DIG-GITTY !!!
ART LOVERS TAKE / ON . . . THAT SLIGHTLY RAW, WILD, YET MUTED MULTI-COLOR, TINY FLOWER DANCING PRINT – GLOBAL-AUDIENCE-REACHING / HISTORY-MAKING / MET-SHAKING / JUST AWESOME !!! VINTAGE THRIFT SHOP / PROBABLY BARGAIN BIN FIND !!!
AMERICAN AS PIE DIY, AS LOW-FI AS THEY GET, EVEN SLIGHTLY SEEDY, BUT TURNS OUT TO BE – FASHION NIGHT’S KNOCK-OUT LOOK – AMONGST A SEA OF CONTENDERS & SOME EVEN BASICALLY NUDE / THIS ERL / A$AP Rocky – MET GALA QUILT- DRAPED ON THE SHOULDERS OF A RAPPER WITH THE CUTEST SMILE & HAIR – SWEPT BY & JUST CAUGHT THE ETHOS, & TOOK . . . SAIL. LIKE A CHILD’S LULLABY.

SOOTHING EACH & EVERY ONE OF US, WITH ITS NEWFOUND RECOGNITION, AND HOPEFUL SWAGGER.

just ONE word ‘wraps’ – it up, and . . .
that word – would be: ‘VERNACULAR’.

up from the streets / just like the amazing creative / artist / musician who wore it.


A$AP Rocky in his ERL / found vintage ‘Puff’ quilt / at the recent MET FASHION GALA.
image via Instagram @highsnobity

if you refer to it just as a ‘quilt’ / as everyone from the ERL founder himself, to the Brooklyn artisan guy who got to repair it, and make a custom backing – with which to (garment) line it, to the entire media talking heads who covered it, but who don’t know a knitting needle – from a crochet hook, let alone a specific quilt ‘genre’, / and, just call it: ‘magic’, you are so missing the point.

this quilt was, just simply put: the runt of the quilt-making lexicon / the runt of the litter . . it was highly unlikely to have set foot in the MET, let alone a Folk Art Museum, unless said venue had a small niche for . . lowly ‘arts & crafts’ & family projects, of yore.
I mean maybe eventually, like in a hundred years. and then, just out of curiosity, and for the record.

talk about . . . vernacular / folk art, and hobby – all in one ‘loser’ breath.

this quilt was:

~most likely,’Appalachian’ basement – DIY !!! I haven’t seen any up here in the North East (?).
~btw ‘Appalachian’ said here, with a great deal of respect. early mountain quilting, is quite renown / those old timers have an amazing legacy – that goes way back. they were mostly focused, just eking out a subsistence living . . providing, originally / all hand-stitched functional, utilitarian / farm quilts, for their neighbors. with young children helping out, starting in early, learning the skills.
but, with a rich individuality & great, great needle skill, much like their country music. ditto children learning.
~but these ‘Puff’ quits were by the 1970s / with the advent of factory-made bed covers / Mother-&-young-kids craft / family project – DIY !!!
~these ‘Puff’, or ‘Biscuit’, or even ‘Bubble’ quilts – had become by this time / more of a ‘hobby’ project / the old skills & patience, and time, need / had been lost. it was all about cutting out simple square shapes, sewing them together on 3 sides, followed by the super easy fun of ‘stuffing’ – the resultant ‘Puff’ pocket, and then simply assembling the over-all grid.
-following a straight-forward ‘template’, that indeed we can see here, in this ERL / A$AP Rocky quilt. ~probably straight out of the pages of your average ‘Womens Craft Magazine’, found monthly in the supermarket aisle.
~a template quilt. to be followed. and strung together, and not deviated from much.
~if you look into blogs on the web, writers recall working on them, with their mothers, and sisters, stuffing the ‘puffs’ – with old pantyhose. busy, and happy.
~yet they were mostly successful as ‘projects’ / they were not really comfortable, let alone snuggly, truth be told. too heavy. too bulky. too stiff. too much fabric.
~today they are mostly made as small baby ‘rugs’, gentle things babies can be placed on, where they can roll around a bit, but not too much, among the gentle cushioned pockets, but also not get – too far off.
~but back, to the older full sized ones / their lumpy fate was finally, to be, not even wanted / even as low-fi ‘hobby’ quilts / they got no respect – and after a generation or so, families were happy to discard, or ‘donate’ them to thrift shops, which in turn dumped them into the $1 bin.
~I doubt if Eli Russell Linnetz paid even, much more than $3.50 / for his ‘Puff’ quilt, in which he was to find so much delight & new inspiration, and the resultant recognition.
sometimes, it just takes another person’s genius / and . . vision. sometimes it just takes a talented person – from another cultural background, to see the truth in our own eccentricities.

yet, this was to be the beginning of the new – American Quilt revival !!

interest in everything DIY, hand-made free-will expressive, or simply decorative / and yet functional, sparked after Woodstock, after the 60s . . . after ‘The Age of Aquarius’ !!
and, there was no going back. and, to prove it /
we have quite the DIY culture today, don’t we. from Granny Squares, to BODE, and back.
interest in all things DIY, hand-made & functional, yet individually expressive – have made made a tremendous renaissance.

this ERL / A$AP Rocky Met Gala quilt was at – that very tipping point.

there’s . . the magic.

and, yet for all its humble origins,
when A$AP Rocky sashayed down that Met Gala red carpet, on Rhianna’s arm, draped in this almost ‘generic’ mass of . . cheerful, craft project color, with the big 3-D puffy pockets, like nothing so much as . . . big textile ‘Chinese dumplings’ – everybody, but everybody caught . . the vibe.

A sense of warmth / an emotional support – that would / could envelop you, soothe, empower, and protect you. all in a great big bubble – of gentle / popping fun.
it was all about the industrious, thrifty voices of our proud American past – a rallying call to arms / our kind of arms – the ‘creatives’ ones.

afterward:

in fact I was going to title this little essay:
‘AGE Of AQUARIUS, not’
vs.
‘Age of VERNACULAR, yes’.

but luckily, I decided maybe I had better look it up first / see what ‘cosmic’ era, this is anyway ?

& GUESS WHAT . . . . EVERY-BODY !!!!
ROCK – YOUR BODY !!!

WE ARE . . . APPARENTLY, JUST ENTERING – A NEW AGE of AQUARIUS !!!!
SO, SURPRISE, SURPRISE, not !!
it seems we are to be in a hopeful cosmic vernacular ‘corridor’.
that the ‘vernacular’ / up from the streets / self-taught, and driven from with-in, and in turn / from within our wider community, propelled by a strong creative drive / will rule.

it’s also supposedly hitting real hard, real, real, super powerful hard / because they say this ‘2021 Age of Aquarius’ is super rare / as it involves / a meeting of 2 STRONG PLANETS, specifically: “a great COSMIC conjunction of Jupiter & Saturn” / that only comes round – every 800 years.”

so, yeah. magic. might be the word that comes to mind. as in a spectacular & happy leap of faith / that lands just right / in a sheer moment of creative thinking / setting all things right – and moving forward with more wisdom, and kindness / and creativity.
if, only.

even among quilts – there is a . . . ‘hierarchy’.
there are quilts that are so skillful, so splendidly colorful, so visually inventive or spiritually compelling, or that are such well pieced historical records, or personal poems . . . that they are cherished, and wrapped in tissue, and only taken out – on holidays, and handed down from generation to generation, with care and pride / until usually, or hopefully, ending up in a museum collection that will not only care for, but share them.

A$AP Rocky’s ERL quilt / was quite – the opposite. totally vernacular in voice,
its composition was generic, following a simple ‘template’ / lifted from a women’s handiwork supermarket magazine.

I’ve been reading about Leonard Cohen, lately.
he said: “there is a crack in everything, and that’s how the light gets in.”
A$AP Rocky in that old, lumpy vintage / not so skillful, not so unique quilt, was just that primordial crack & everybody could feel the light.



CONGRATS !! ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ / CFDA EMERGING DESIGNER AWARD 2021 / NOMINEE

SUPER CONGRATS !!
ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ / ERL . . L.A. !!

it has just been announced that ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ of ERL,
is one of the 5 nominees . . . for the very prestigious CFDA FASHION AWARD /
AMERICAN EMERGING DESIGNER of the YEAR 2021 . . .


ELI RUSSSELL LINNETZ / ERL
PHOTO VIA INSTAGRAM @cfda / Council of Fashion Designers of America

ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ is the one who made . .
global fashion headlines, American Quilt history, and, even sparked . . social commentary !!

sending ASAP Rocky . . draped in an ERL / up-cycled, one-of-a-kind vintage 1970s ‘Puff’ quilt / down the red carpet – at this year’s SEPT 2021 / MET GALA.

PHOTO VIA INSTAGRAM @erl______

QUILTS RULE !!
WRAP – YOUR BODY, NOW !!



~MEET ERL / ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ . . . with VOGUE UP-DATE

meet: ERL / ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ . . .
the multi-talented designer/producer,
behind the ZAK FOSTER produced ASAP Rocky – MET GALA QUILT / CAPE !!
he is most def a creative powerhouse.
and, he seems to love – old school quilts !!


ELI RUSSELL lINNETZ, founder of ERL . .
image via ERL / c/o COMPLEX MAG

CHECK OUT: ‘Meet ERL, the New Brand You Should Know’ – by KARIZZA SANCHEZ / COMPLEX MAGAZINE / JAN 24, 2020


ERL – MEN’S FASHION / image via ERL STORE

apart from his dynamic interest in everything chic / ahead of the curve & esp authentic Americana / hand-made / and vintage embellishment . . it’s obviously his sunny, easy-going pastel ‘California’ palette / that sealed the deal / towards his . . . wrapping that soft-hued, Zak Foster found, DIY / vintage 70’s, ‘puff’ quilt – around ASAP Rocky / at the MET GALA /
and the rest – is History. history – with a capital H.

the softness of the overall loose grid pattern / as opposed to a rigid repeating grid, (think Burberry or Vuitton) also fit right in – with the ERL vision.


ASAP Rocky – in an ERL / ZAK FOSTER VINTAGE QUILT / as a cape at the MET GALA 2021.
image via Instagram @diet_prada

but, was it truly – a collaboration ?
yes, it was !!
and, a most excellent partnering – at that.

while ZAK FOSTER produced the (double-sided) finished aggregate / contemporary quilt,
and, I’m thinking based on the photos Zak posted to his IG / @zakfoster.quilts, that, or at least initially . . . the more detailed & complex red plaid / ‘crazy’ quilt, which he had he hand-stitched so meticulously, . . that that red side was probably his primary side / A side. with the found ‘puff’ quilt being the lining & the back.

ELI / ERL . . . is probably the one who jumped – to cloak ASAP Rocky with the plush, multi-color pastel, vintage 3-D ‘Puff’ quilt side / as the primary side. which was the absolute key decision, to propelling this unconventional, but ironically old school 70’s design – to the top of the Met Gala – pack.

though btw, as ASAP Rocky dropped the quilt from his shoulders, to reveal the sharp black ERL suit beneath / the red plaid side – was stunning as pat of the hidden reveal / on that.

ERL . . also probably provided the funding, of course, made sure the work was seen on an amazingly huge platform / and, not to forget / his imparting his ERL brand overall / very chic fashion vision, and, thus inspired edit / and, the curation, as per the sentence above.

so, yes !!
was it a collab ? / yes, yes and more YES !!
an absolute brilliant meeting of creative minds – in a moment of rapt expression.
not forget – the sheet magic of them ole quilts / to be able to step up to the plate, even in 2021.

ERL & ZAK FOSTER – BRAVO !!


CHECK OUT: ERL – FASHION & STORE

NOTE: VOGUE MAG / UP-DATE / SEPT 16, 2021

it’s been . . . a bit of a complicated ‘quilt’ story – to follow. it doesn’t help that many of the first media reports didn’t have a clue re: re-cycled quilts, vintage quilts, contemporary aggregate quilts, repaired quilts, etc etc.

according to the article (link below) that VOGUE just circulated /
and from what I can make of it, the Vogue article / and, after listening to the videos posted on Zak’s Instagram, over & over / it seems:

Eli Russell Linnetz . . . found the multi-colored ‘Puff’ quilt in a thrift shop, though it isn’t specifically referred to as such, it’s only referred to as a ‘vintage’ quilt / not surprising, as on-the-spot . . . Eli wasn’t seeped in quilt history – but, as I already stated above, you could immediately see why he would be attracted to it,
and then . . .

he reached out to quilt-recycling artisan ZAK FOSTER & . . commissioned him to make a red plaid-based ‘memory’ contemporary / aggregate quilt . . using various red plaid vintage textiles, as well several personal clothing items & remnants of sentimental ‘Linnetz’ family value / also on that red plaid theme, and then he had Zak attach the ‘Puff’ vintage quilt – which seems to have been more or less intact – but, perhaps lacked a backing (?), to the red plaid quilt top.
the newly constructed, red plaid ‘memory’ quilt top, in effect became the inner secret ‘lining’ – of the newly worked . . . ‘quilt-as-a-cape’, with the older ‘Puff’ quilt – becoming the top layer, or the – outside.

at any, rate no matter how you cut it !!
magic happened, that’s for sure !!

for me, the key bit of magic – was in ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ finding that gorgeous ‘Puff’ quilt – in the first place /
you love quilts / they love you back – is all I can say.
their power – in how they were made, and the thoughts they were infused with / and then, how they move around, and come forward even, today / is beyond the simply . . . rational.

as the first sentence of this Vogue article states / through the combined efforts of ERL & ZAK FOSTER / hand-worked old quilts – barrelled their way back – to their rightful place, at the top (!!) – in the “Lexicon of American Fashion” . . . !!

“There were plenty of exciting looks on the MetGala’s red carpet, but none captured the spirit of ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ theme quite like ASAP Rocky’s custom ERL quilt. Since colonial times, the handcraft has been an integral part of the American experience, and quilts have served as historical documents, family keepsakes, and contemporary art.”
~Janelle Okwodu, Vogue

CHECK OUT:ASAP Rocky and ERL’s Rule-Breaking Quilt Captured the ESSENCE of American Fashion”, by JANELLE OKWODU, VOGUE MAGAZINE / SEPT 16, 2021.



~ZAK FOSTER / ERL / ASAP Rocky Quilt / Met Gala

congratulations !!!!
to originally from North Carolina, now Brooklyn-based quilter . . . ZAK FOSTER !!!!!
who made the ASAP Rocky / ERL branded / vintage-based quilt . . . that upstaged the entire fashion world – at this year’s MET GALA !!


see: ZAK FOSTER QUILTS – website


see: ZAK FOSTER / Instagram @zakfoster.quilts


ASAP Rocky . . .
wrapped in a one-of-a-kind “ERL” co-branded / authentic vintage quilt assemblage / handmade by Brooklyn’s own . . . ZAK FOSTER.
image via Instagram @diet_prada

so . . .
wouldn’t it be funny to see a whole city of men running around in re-cycled quilt ‘capes’, or, even full-body throw, ‘granny square’ crochet afghans, for that matter / draping their hurried bodies !!

why cut them old quilts up – for custom suits, ala BODE ?
just leave em as is / to let their deep soothing magic & rockin’ power emanate, true to form / for: protection, for comfort, for warmth, for ease, for . . . emotional support !!
as the world burns, floods, freezes, dries up, and as always, fights / with not enough water & not enough food – up next.
next Afghan-based/Qaedea terrorist attack . . on the American horizon / within one or 2 years,
and, that’s in newspaper hard copy print – according to even: . . . WYNKEN, BLINKEN, BIDEN, & NOD.

Antony Blinken, being our current Secretary of State, you obviously know who sleepy Joe Biden is, as some people call him. I’m not going to say the ‘T’ word, but F all of them.
what the hell.
ok, it’s a tough job, wear a quilt !!

Influencer ?

ASAP Rocky is my vote for . . INFLUENCER of YEAR / 2021.
hands down.
and, with just one sweep . . . of the cape.

&
&
&
some brief notes – for the Millennials, among us !!

I remember growing up, not one of my teachers died.
I mean, maybe I went to one teacher-related funeral in grade 7, and that was her dad, that died.


this is . . . EUGENE FIELD / 1850-1895
he wrote the (once) famous, ultimate / childhood lullaby rhyme, ‘Wynken, Blyken and Nod’,
where children could fall asleep knowing their world was full of stars, and glittering fish in a twinkling / sky / sea.
when, there were only a handful of planets in the sky, most people lived on farms, and climate change ? – an absolute non-topic.

funny . . . how we went from 9 planets / to an ‘infinite’ universe of constellations / well, in my lifetime / yet, to diminishing . . . shrinking resources – with NO real global plan in sight.

when they start mining on the moon, and, oh yes !! – they are planning it as we speak – then, trust me, the whole global, bio-survival game plan implodes,
and, not just for the wave-seeking surfers.
that ‘man in the moon’ controls the tides, our reproduction cycles, and of course – oversees our emotions.
it’s not – just a rolling rock full of minerals to be . . mined & extracted 7 sent back to earth.
mark my words, and don’t blame me.
I’m with the ancient Greeks, and all indigenous peoples . . who believe the planets, the stars, the sun, and the moon – are the Gods.
the sky is frigging sacred / hands off, dudes.
or may you be doomed to living in caves – with only synthetic fiber to keep you warm.

so, I’m thinking . . newspaper men,
and ‘writers of light verse for children’ . . . aka the ‘influencers’ of their generation,
maybe, just maybe . . . they should have thought ahead – just a tiny little bit.
but, even at that – just a little bit of some forward thinking, was beyond the era’s mind-set / industrial revolution evolution.
as, is ‘moon mining’ – for ours.
and yes, it’s most definite – in the works.

but even so,
what do our children – fall asleep to ?
I don’t want to ruin your day, but it’s not starry skies.
it’s a mighty long list / a mighty coarse & scary list that veers from web predators, global food shortage, bio virus attacks & teachers dying / to other endangered species, including wild animals & trees / pinging extreme weather alerts, amber alerts – onto porn, to violence . . and, even onto their own contemporary Greta Thunberg . . . on repeat. gentle good-night verse ?
not.

no wonder people everywhere, with all manners of skills, clothing, or even education levels,
loved, loved loved / Zak Foster’s ‘Memory Quilt’ on . . . ASAP Rocky.

no wonder people love . . vintage and antique quilts, & . . . in fact – handiwork of all kinds.
it’s not – just the skills,
it’s their comfort – zone . . . !!!!
it’s their thriftiness, mindfulness of resources, and re-cycling sustainability.
not to forget: joyful, cheerful patterns, colors & fabric / and all cotton, btw.

CONCLUSION:
in the paper today, I read that the new AUKUS alliance / Australia, United Kingdom and USA, deems their paramount goal is to help Australia develop nuclear-submarine capability . . to counter China’s growing ‘influence’ in the Indo-Pacific region.
no no no.
that’s so dumb-ass backwards.
what about the marine life, the barrier reefs, what kind polluting greenhouse footprint does a project like that entail ? why does talk of war – continually push up against our already stretched-to-the-limit psychic
ambience day-to-day / dream to dream.
no, don’t frigging build another nuclear-powered submarine / just frigging do the world a favor, and ban them – all. across the globe / no exceptions.
just start shutting it down, people.

no wonder, all people want to contemplate – are . . . QUILTS.
creative, sustainable, peaceful solutions – let the alternative world – begin, already.
we miss you, so much . . John Lennon.



~9-11 / MY STORY . . .

on the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, here’s my story.

‘9-11 / MY STORY: NANCY SMITH’
and, yes !!
a quilt can very much ‘turn over’ with the same significance . . of a tarot card !!
you better – believe it.
there’s some, deep dark magic . . in them there / old quilts.


after our landlord bought us out, from the storefront on Rivington St. & the Bowery, in 1996 we moved to help ‘warehouse’ a one bedroom / penthouse apt on the top of a 20 story building on Grand & FDR – in the Lower East Side. it even had this really nice, but tiny narrow terrace – that opened up to the outdoors.


and, yes. that’s my watercolor !!


the place had a great view of the East River, and the railing was perfect – for hanging out my vintage quilts in the sun, as I worked on them, to repair them / restore, and make them alive again.
this was 20+ years ago, btw.


facing due south, you could even see . . .


. . . the World Trade Center, towers.


but. because the terrace was so narrow, you had to really contort your body to get a decent view of a quilt / against the Twin Towers, so I only did it once.
in the Spring of 1999. this is NO . . photo-shop.
this is a 35mm photo & I have the negatives to prove it.


here, it is in full view / it was a ‘barn’ quilt, an old, raggedy quilt that had finally been relegated to the last step / to cover old machinery in a barn.
you can note the holes and worn areas, especially on the borders, and these are what I repair.
as well, in this case I fully re-quilted this old faded beauty, with all repairs done by hand.
I only hand-stitch, I don’t even know – how to operate a sewing machine.
I couldn’t use one – even if my life depended on it.
and of course, working by hand, gets your very up-close & personal with the history of each quilt, and, each quilt maker.

so of course, while working on it . . I started to research – its history and pattern.

LO, and behold !!
turns out, it’s an old American frontier / pioneer . . . pattern called: “Lightning Strikes”.
it was a reminder to be super careful especially around the wooden barns, regarding fire, and in the wooden homes, whose only warmth came from burning hearth fires / and especially on the prairies, to be vigilant also re: wild fires.
and, in being a reminder: it was a warning, to be conscious / to stay aware, and being aware – you will feel safe, and you are wished comfort, warmth, and safety by the quilt maker / who is probably your mother, wife, or sister . . . as you lay asleep, and dream your dreams.

so . . .
what 800 number are you going to call, when your quilt project divines: danger, a threat of fire, a deadly . . . lightning strike ?


so yeah, less than 16 months later, I watched this tragedy unfold from the same birds-eye-view of my 20th floor terrace. I came running out upon hearing the terrible first impact, and I actually even watched as the 2nd plane come north up the East River, and then made a sharp u-turn, and at full speed flew directly – into the second tower.
so, while the clueless TV anchors were proclaiming, that a small airplane, or helicopter, had ‘accidentally’ collided with the World Trade Center, I was calling my kid’s middle school, and telling the principal, not to let the kids out for recess – because . . . “we are under attack”.
at first, she thought I was just plain dang crazy, but not for long, like maybe 5 – 10 minutes at the most, later / and, the whole city was in . . lock-down.
and shock. it was unbelievable.


I hadn’t even had – my morning coffee yet. I felt so ill, and so aware of: history.
I do still remember so vividly, thinking . . how did it even come to pass, that I – as a Canadian, who grew up in Montreal, had came to be here, to witness this ?
that all this time / quite unknowingly, I had been stitching, & putting hands to – a real warning.


when my kids finally got home, we actually had to go get them in person / this is what they saw.


and then, it was . . . gone.
along, with the many people inside, & the sadly fated first responders – who had rushed in, to save them, only to perish as well.
the worst part was when the buildings pancaked / and you heard millions of screams, like many birds in panic – for a few minutes / and then: complete silence, and a horrible, horrible smell of burnt human flesh, that hovered overhead, for days.

NEVER, NEVER – FORGET.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’SHAKE THE PATTERN’ / SHELTER / L.E.S. / OPENS TO-NITE THURS SEPT 2

SHAKE THAT – BODY !!!!!!!

‘SHAKE THE PATTERN’ – GROUP SHOW
OPENS THURS SEPT 2 / 5 – 7 PM
& runs thru . . . OCT 2, 2021
SHELTER GALLERY, 179 East Broadway, NYC 10002
HRS: TUES-SAT / 12-6 PM
note: the venue is down one fight of stairs

An Ambitious, Radical-leaning, Pictorial & Narrative / Revolt-Proclaiming – group show of 10 Women Artists:
RAQUEL ALBARRAN, NICOLE APPEL, KARIN CAMPBELL, JACQUELINE CEDAR, HYEGYEONG CHOI, MYASIA DOWDELL,
LILY GIBEON, REBECCA GOYETTE, CHRISTINE LEWIS, & JUANITA ROGERS

see: the exhibition statement – SHELTER GALLERY

some highlights:


NICOLE APPEL, ‘untitled’, 2019.
collage on paper / 6 x 4.5 in.
image via Instagram @shelter_gallery


JACQUELINE CEDAR, ‘NY Ninja’, 2021.
Colored pencil on paper / 9 x
image via Instagram @jacquelinecedar


KARIN CAMPBELL, ‘Drawing’.
image via Instagram @karinhcampbell


HyeGyeong CHOI, ‘I wish I was hiking with her’,
acrylic on canvas / 36 x 30 in.
image via Instagram @choiry_g

note: all images via Instagram



~MARIE LORENZ / WATER TAXI / of DEATH / JAG x NADA x FORELAND / CATSKILL, N.Y. / AUG 28 & 29

MARIE LORENZ: “Anyone need a ride across the River STYX this weekend ?”


MARIE LORENZ, ‘WATER TAXI, TIDE TAXI, DEATH TAXI’, AUG 28-29, 2021 / CATSKILL CREEK. UPSTATE N.Y.
#charon #death #taxi #underworld #catskillcreek

looks like: deadly cold water, slow rowing, with only the eerie sound of the dipping rhythmic oars & the bittersweet music sound of funeral chimes,
layered by . . darkness & solemn sadness.

presented by: JAG Projects x NADA x FORELAND, CATSKILL, N.Y.

image via Instagram / @lorenzmarie


usually a passage of delight & exploration / history, science & indie rebel art – on a small indie scale /
this is a funerary boat /

listen to the sad chimes & feel the sad coldness of the deep dark water:
MOST, DEF – HIT: . . this link / to the clip on her IG / @marielorenz

artlovers flashback:


MARIE LORENZ, at her ‘sweeter-minded’, but still history-looking / display of her hand-made ancient water ‘vessels’ /
at this summer’s 2021 – NADA / GOVERNORS ISLAND, N.Y.C.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artloversnewyork.com
MAY 7, 2021

note:

STYX . . . “in Greek mythology, STYX is one of the Rivers of the underworld / In Homer’s ‘Iliad & Odyssey’, the gods swear by the water of STYX as their most binding oath.”
~Wikipedia

CHARON . . . “in Greek mythology, the son of EREBUS & NYX (Night) . . whose duty it was to ferry over the Rivers STYX, and ACHERON those souls of the deceased who had received the rites of burial . . .
and who eventually became to be known as the image of death & of the world below.
~Wikipedia / Charon



~P.A.D. x CRAIG POOR MONTEITH x NADA x FORELAND, CATSKILL, N.Y. / SAT & SUN AUG 28-29

the summer of 2021.
it’s already in the military history books / but, if as the start of WWW III, remains to be seen. it might be the summer of love & creative freedom / up in the Catskills, but not around the globe.
the targeted civillian as well as U.S.A. military killing / has begun.
surprise, surprise, Not.
what a . . bloody b-o-d-y / cruel death trap that excuse for an ‘airport’ is.
it’s not an airport, it’s a killing field.
with a wretched, talk about ‘medieval’, sewer-infested moat, aka ‘canal’ around it . . to catch the dead / once fleeing / bodies. bodies. bodies.
is it only the artists – with their sense of volume & space – that could have told you that weeks ago ?
maybe they need more artists – in the Pentagon.
you know, maybe when we are all ‘trans-morphed’ into robotic A.I., it really won’t be so bad.

and, if you are looking for your art – without political, and / or social awareness / community commentary / temperature . . all isolated & pure, well, you are looking in all the wrong places, if you’re looking here.

as you might have already – intuited by our LUKE MURPHY / LukeLab.com animated, digital . . ‘RESIST’ banner – that runs across this page.

FUN FACT: I do, as I write this / remember when I first met PATRICK MOHUNDRO, who runs P.A.D. / who as a 2nd year MFA student presented: ‘The Big Short’, a brilliant compendium of small, alternative, indie curatorial projects / in a cramped Hunter office basement, in Feb of 2018 . . that one of the first things he said to me, was: how much he liked the ‘RESIST’ banner – on the artlovers website, just btw.

see: ‘THE BIG SHORT’ / MOHUNDRO & JANOWICK – HUNTER / artloversnewyork – FEB 2018

well, get out there, to the Catskills, and show your ‘freedom’ colors – people !!
I wanna say, don’t jump up and down / on the glass floor !!!

as, you listen to early 60s Rolling Stones blaring through your car radio, as the perfect, angry anthem soundtrack – c/o CHARLIE WATTS, RIP this past week.

P.A.D. x CRAIG POOR MONTEITH / DON’T STEP ON THE GLASS !!!!


CRAIG POOR MONTEITH, ‘Leaded Stained Glass’ packing pad / will be presented by P.A.D. – this glorious summer weekend.
note: JESSI LI lamp including limbs / aka body parts – at the top.


CRAIG POOR MONTEITH, ‘stained, leaded glass Moving Pad’, 2021 / P.A.D.
ps: well, ‘glass’ . . has only been a really really big topic – on artlovers this year. D.I.Y. and, people sick of the screens & and a grass roots / peaceful . . intellectual revolt vs. the high price / elitist ticket / blue chip / art market / auction circuit.

JEFFREY TRANCHELL, of ‘Turn Onz’, Detroit / & my go-to for all things D.I.Y., but esp. glass & the associated field of electric lamps & light switches / & just artists going (sustainable) crazy, creative wild on functional objects in general . . . tells me:
“I know CRAIG . . very well, he learned to solder glass at my house in Detroit.”
surprise, surprise, NOT.


CRAIG POOR MONTEITH, ‘stained, leaded glass Moving Pad’, 2021 at P.A.D.

as well, my other D.I.Y. stained glass maven, JONNY CAMPOLO who is a Brooklyn-based friend of Jeffrey’s / whose fused glass light switches, where presented by ‘Turn Onz’, Detroit – at the recent Nada, Governors Island / and covered on these pages, told me:
“Craig is a friend of mine, and Jeff’s. Craig has a cool story – his mom [quite the craftsperson, esp ceramics I believe, or was that his grandfather ? – Nancy],
was a stained glass artist, and taught him everything.”


both images above, the ‘light’ & the ‘dark’ . . . . !!!!!:
CRAIG POOR MONTEITH, stained, leaded glass floor piece . . at P.A.D. x JAG Projects x NADA x Foreland.

note: the fluctuation of color / as the light hits the glass, dependent on ambiance and time of day & type of camera, I guess / and how it is reflected / recorded back to us – via a camera.

isn’t . . stained glass, such a wonderful, mysterious, man-made of natural materials – object / surface ? it plays with light. it plays with spatial perception. it can be transparent, it can be opaque.
it can be strong, or fragile.
and, for this . . to be a parody of the whole P.A.D. / Project Art Distribution / soft moving pad – concept ?

that’s so, so . . .
unbelievable – ACE !!!!!!!!!

artlovers flashback:


CRAIG POOR MONTEITH, March 7, 2013, NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artloversnewyork.com

see: CRAIG POOR MONTEITH / PETER HUTCHINSON OPENING, FREIGHT & VOLUME, Chelsea, N.Y. – March 7, 2013

artlovers flashback:


co-curators: EMILY JANOWICK, and . . . PATRICK MOHUNDRO – at ‘THE BIG SHORT’, HUNTER /
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artloversnewyork.com
FEB 3, 2018

see: ‘THE BIG SHORT’ – HUNTER / artloversnewyork

all images: via Instagram c/O P.A.D. / @art_project_distribution / unless otherwise noted



~P.A.D. x JESSI LI / SCULPTURAL LAMPS / JAG x NADA x FORELAND, CATSKILL, N.Y. / SAT & SUN AUG 28-29

ok, People !! listen up !!!!!
we are still !! talking about . . rock your ‘body’, with these JESSI LI – lamps !!
and, subtext: it’s still – creative art played out on . . functional objects !!
in a word: from light switches . . to lamps / turn on . . the lights, world !!
both via Indie artist-curators: ‘TURN ONZ’ being presented by JEFFREY TRANCHELL,
and ‘P.A.D.’ by PATRICK MOHUNDRO.

and still, on the NADA platform.
thank you as well, to another artist-curator, involved here: JESSE GREENBERG / JAG Projects.
though interestingly enough, we jumped from an island surrounded by the big Apple waters, to the Hudson Valley mountains /
though we still find ourselves, in sustainable historic / exhibition housing, thank you, FORELAND x NADA.

though I do ask myself:
how can there be so much joyful, creative freedom – on this side of the geo-political world / and, so little – on the other.
you can celebrate your body here, / or – be running for your life, there.
the lush, free environs of the ‘Big Apple’, NYC vs. the deathtrap deadline this weekend portends / for the ‘graveyard of the nations’ – Afghanistan.


JESSI LI, sculptural lamp, 2021.
note: the body – limbs.
which you can find at:
P.A.D. pop-up / JAG x NADA x Foreland.
image via Instagram @project_art_distribution / P.A.D.


JESSI LI . . Functional, Sculptural . . . Lamp.
image via: @project_art_distribution
check out: Jessi Li on IG / @jessililili


JESSI LI . . .
image via IG / @project_art_distribution


JESSI LI . . .
image via IG / project_art_distribution

ROCK YOUR BODY – !!
& YOUR . . CREATIVE FREEDOM / & SUPPORT ARTISTS – NOW.
EVEN, IF IT’S NOT PERFECT, IT IS STILL DEFINITE – REACHING FOR THE LIGHT.



~P.A.D. x REBECCA BALDWIN / MENDIETA TEE / JAG x NADA x FORELAND, CATSKILL, N.Y. / SAT & SUN AUG 28 – 29

YOUR BODY IS – YOUR E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G !!
TRAGEDY – MEETS DEFIANCE !!
SHOW – YOUR COLORS !! EVERY-BODY !!
#metoo #women #artists #real #history #NYC

PATRICK MOHUNDRO of P.A.D. / Project Art Distribution
presents / among other items . . .
a new . . . ‘MENDIETA’ tee by REBECCA BALDWIN
via a one weekend only – pop-up / SAT & SUN / AUG 28-29, 2021
c/o JESSE GREENBERG / JAG Projects x NADA at FORELAND /
in partnership with Upstate Art Weekend /
Sat Aug 28 & Sun Aug 29 / 11am – 8pm
361 Main Street, Catskill, N.Y. 12414
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

see: ABOUT FORELAND
see: INTRO NADA x FORELAND
see: JAG PROJECTS
Follow: P.A.D. on IG / @project_art_distribution


Foreland, Catskill N.Y IMAGE / via JAG Projects


new ‘MENDIETA’ tee by REBECCA BALDWIN /
presented by P.A.D.
Image via: IG DANA NOTINE / @dananotine
see: REBECCA BALDWIN / HUNTER MFA THESIS 2019


REBECCA BALDWIN / MENDIETA TEE / P.A.D.
Image & Graphics via: P.A.D. IG / @project_art_distribution


REBECCA BALDWIN / MENDIETA TEE / P.A.D.
Image & Graphics via: P.A.D. IG / @project_art_distribution

COME – ON !!

EVERY-BODY !! / ROCK THAT – BODY !!



~P.A.D. x D.o.R. / SIDEWALK POP-UP / SOHO / SAT AUG 21, 11-7 PM

P.A.D. x D.o.R / SIDEWALK POP-UP, SOHO, NYC / SAT AUG 21, 2021
11-7 PM / in front of the Donald Judd Foundation / SPRING & MERCER.

the art world moves on, with the ‘fluidity of water’, and no blue chip paddle – can stop it.

SO,
EVERY-BODY / ROCK THAT BODY . . !!!
ROCK – YOUR BODY !!
with . . HEAD / BRAIN GAMES !!
small local gestures, on-point souvenirs, info graphix / & big global thoughts.
TIME – TO BE: TIMELY !!!

see: PATRICK MOHUNDRO & ‘BELONGING TO P.A.D. (Project Art Distribution)’ / ART SPIEL / SOPHIA MA, March 12, 2021

D.o.R. / DEPARTMENT of REFLECTION . . .
seems to be a diverse, evolving artist collaborative based in Miami, Florida.
driven by a passionate ‘awareness’ consciousness / they ironically use great ‘info’ graphics.
see: D.o.R / Department of Reflection website / & hit up all the pages
esp: their about page


image via D.o.R website

some advance images via the P.A.D IG:


‘GOLDEN FLYING FISH’ by SEBASTIAN DUNCAN-PORTUONDO / D.o.R.


SEBASTIAN DUNCAN-PORTUONDO / D.o.R.


SEBASTIAN DUNCAN-PORTUONDO / D.o.R.


NINA SARNELLE / D.o.R
a small ‘momento’ of Santa Monica Beach aka ‘Silicone Beach’, with remnants of microchips, hard-drives & dvds.


NINA SARNELLE / D.O.R.


NINA SARNELLE / D.o.R.


‘Little Birches’ – hanging car air fresheners – by misael soto / D.o.R.
image via IG / @misaelsoto


misael soto / D.o.R
an editioned series of hanging sculptures – for your vehicle.
made to be hung from the rear view mirror / the air suppressors are made of asphalt tar.
image via IG / misaelsoto


‘Git ahead’ – ANGEL GARCIA / D.o.R.


‘Git Ahead’ – ANGEL GARCIA / D.o.R.


‘Git Ahead’ – ANGEL GARCIA / D.o.R.


JAN WEINGARTEN / D.o.R.


JAN WEINGARTEN / D.o.R.


ANGEL GARCIA & misael soto / D.o.R.


“come collaborate with ANGEL GARCIA & misael soto – to determine which hand will touch misael’s body, next.”

misael soto – is the founder of D.o.R. / Department of Reflection.
born in Puerto Rico in 1986 / now based in Miami, misael received their MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 2018.

EVERY-BODY !!
ROCK THAT BODY – NOW !!!!!!!!

ALL IMAGES: VIA INSTAGRAM @project_art-distribution / unless otherwise noted



~dugudagii / ‘Worried’ / Tokyo, Japan

just in case you didn’t realize how bad / & just how fast, bad things – were getting /
one word: Afghanistan
I’m so not into brutality – in the name of religion, or . . . gov’t.

ROCK YOUR BODY – DON’T DESTROY / IT.
SAFEGUARD – YOUR BODY.
NOTHING / COULD BE – MORE, TIMELY.

btw: have you noticed ?
we are so no longer in the era of . . . JACKSON POLLOCK or ROTHKO.
everything is coming up: narrative, figurative and, totally bio-based / even down to the veggies.


dugudagii – ‘worried’, posted on Instagram – Aug 17, 2021
image via Instagram @dugudagii

dugudagii . . born in 1977 / Tokyo
“started self-taught painting & graphic production in 2000. (that would put him in his 20s)
Started creating three-dimensional objects using resin in 2009.
His works are mainly composed of transparent shapes in which plants – are encapsulated.”
~Gallery Target / Tokyo, Japan



~’TIMELY’ / CURATED BY TESSA KRIEG / 11 NEWEL / OPENING PIX

hitting all the right – ANXIETIES !!

‘TIMELY’ . . . a big, ambitious, somewhat themed, diverse group gathering / debut show for this gallery,
curated by the gallery’s founder / director: TESSA KRIEG
runs thru . . . SEPT 6, 2021.
11 NEWEL, 11 NEWEL ST., GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN, N.Y. 11222.
HRS: SUN-MON / 11-4 PM

WHAT’S A HUMAN BODY – IF NOT, A MEASUREMENT OF TIME ?

SO,
EVERY-BODY !!
ROCK YOUR BODY !! NOW !!


GALLERIST / CURATOR . . TESSA KRIEG.
works by DAN BAINBRIDGE behind her / artist IRENA JUREK, to the right.

TESSA invokes her show, with a poem of her own making / loosely blocking out – a series of ‘timely’ scenarios.
I’m taking these lines – as my guide:
“Read the clock Read the signs” /
“Cosmic simplicity bracketed into good and evil” /
“Running out of time” /
“Quantum extinguishment”.

a word about the space. it’s quite nice, I knew a few people in the room who who would die for a ground floor space like this. it’s deceptively large, and runs more narrow than wide, which actually suits exhibitions of art, while casting an intimate spell.

looking back on the evening, and how to break down what was a bit of a wide open theme, with a lot of players,
about 20 artists – I recalled the sensuous, snake-like / and surprising venue and how it moved, most of all.
it was alike a: BODY !!
a ‘TIMELY’ BODY – OF THOUGHT.
a . . give-me-more-time – to be a living, thriving artist – body, on this earth / kind of cosmic sci-fi – game board.

and, like any ‘body map’: it started with . . . THE TOES !!!!!

1. TOES:


DAN BAINBRIDGE – BIC LIGHTER FIGURINES
tiny clothed / Star Wars like, survivor-like human-leaning furry puppet-like tiny animals, the size of a Bic lighter / approx 3 in. in height / they were amusing, wiggly, balanced in small groups – arrayed on shelves, at the entrance to the show, which at this point remained hidden behind a corner /
they were indeed: the toes.


they were so charmingly imaginative, and yet so real . . esp with the little red gears in their mouths, I had to ask: are they animated ?
no . . .


but, they do set a fire in motion.
hot enough for ya, climate change ?


DAN BAINBRIDGE, with his tiny fire brigade !!
setting the intro – for ‘Timely’ / body.

I might have been more open to them, than your average NYC art reviewer, who cringes at cute – because I’m such a fan of the cutting edge & super endearing work . . of what are called the ‘illustrators’ – in this current culture / still considered by many, part & parcel of the graphic design scene / incl. video/digital games, animation etc.
(why play as a human – when you can be a . . . squirrel ?)
esp when Chinese New Year rolls around, and Grumpy Bert tosses the most delightful imaginary animal / people
horoscopic designs – on lucky red envelopes / up into the creative ether.
see: GRUMPY BERT – THE RED ENVELOPE SHOW


oh no. here come the enemy – start your fires !!
I couldn’t help thinking: lord, how long before we are all reduced to wandering survival tribes – dressed in animal clothing.
seriously.

2. THE LEGS / THE WINGS / THE SPINE / THE EVOLUTION of MOTION
turn the corner into the main room – and here is: THE LEGS, THE SPINE, THE BACK BONE of MOTION !!


DAN BANBRIDGE, ‘Echolocation Pegasus’, mixed media / 72 x 16 x 90 in.
except this large-sized model – really was animated – with moving parts !!


DAN BAINBRIDGE, ‘Pegasus’ detail.

3. MOVING UP THE LEGS into THE real BIO WORKS – THE INTESTINES & DIGESTIVE ORGANS !!
and, then: arms & hands.


ANDY RALPH, a kind of very biological morphing of horse – to man ?!!
ANDY RALPH, ‘FIVE LEGGED SLAB’,
rose gold mirror, stainless steel kidney bowls, lettuce, glazed ceramic tiles, sanded grout, tar,
wood, tin cans, black socks, and uncooked pinto beans / approx 20 x 20 x 42 in.

note: on the right, a painting by JAQUELINE CEDAR /
acrylic on stretched spandex / 72 x 60 in.


JAQUELINE CEDAR, ‘Put me Out’, acrylic on stretched spandex / 72 x 60 in.
image via Instagram @jaquelinecedar
note: she’s got both limbs / the legs & arms !!


ANDY RALPH, the top.
image via the gallery website

4. THE GONADS – THE MIDDLE BODY / GENDER FLUIDITY /SEX ORGANS & if bio appropriate / REPRODUCTION


JUSTIN ORTIZ, ‘Trona’ / 6 x 8 in.


JUSTIN ORTIZ, ‘Wall person’, 6 x 8 in.


RENFIELD PEALE, ‘Gender Fantasies (#2)’, acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 in.


IRENA JUREK . . with her acrylic on sculpy figure, ‘Luck Guy’.
which I’m classifying under: sex. & juicy. fruit.
just because . . isn’t is obvious ?

5. THE HEART / LOVE & HATE / CONFLICT vs HARMONY


NOELLE VELEZ, ‘Bubblegum Stretch’, acrylic on panel
8 x 12 in.


also under: matters of the HEART !!
JOE W. SPEIER, ‘Millennial Painting #1’, 36 x 48 in.

6. and finally – THE HEAD, THE MIND / COMPREHENSION, TIME & MEMORY


CATHERINE MULLIGAN, ‘2014’, oil on board
8 x 10 in.


in the further-back room, TIME . . TICKS ON WITHOUT – PAUSE !!
BLINN & LAMBERT animated / digital wall projection . .


BLINN AND LAMBERT / NICHOLAS STEINDORF & KYLE WILLIAMS
‘At Work’, 6 minute / animated digital video loop


watch: the animated loop – on Instagram c/o @artloversnewyork

NOTE: the BLINN AND LAMBERT / animated ‘At Work’ loop – as originally posted to their @blinn-and-lambert IG story in advance of the opening / & photographed by them.


EMMY THELANDER and ANDREW FRANCIS at the opening / outside on the typical Greenpoint, Brooklyn street- at dusk.
Emmy teaches drawing in the BFA program at Hunter, and Digital Design at Hostos.
Andrew will teach sculpture this semester in the Visual Arts Department at Wagner, on Staten Island.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / unless otherwise noted
from the opening / FRI AUG 6, 2021.