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

~QUINTIN RIVERA TORO / ZAWAHRA ALEJANDRO, SAN JUAN PRESENTATION / DAVID KENNEDY CUTLER, TURN ONZ / NADA House 404A

FROM DISTRESSED, FAKE FLOWERS – to – CARVED & INCISED REAL TREE WOOD.

in other words;
FROM LIGHT SWITCHES – to – BAR TABLES.
AND, FINDING BOTH TO BE . . POETIC & POLITICAL CREATIVITY – on UTILITARIAN OBJECTS /
MY FIRST STEPS – into a NADA House, on GOVERNORS ISLAND.

looks to be a great !! weekend !!
to visit the NADA House 2021 presentation . . on Governors Island !!
see: NADA House 2021
it is . . quite the lovely – staycation.


it’s so pleasant / the ferry ride is fun, easy to book & cheap.
see: FERRY TICKET INFO
this is on the way, to the several residential / historic military houses, which NADA has taken over / with multi-disciplinary, varied exhibitor curations / until . . . Aug 1st.
leafy, green-ey, & not too city, at all / open & spacious.
a little world all its own.
calm & delightful.
but, I got to tell you – the art is world class & fresh, fresh, fresh.
but, none of it is screaming at you, oh happy day. seriously.
except maybe to say: hey . . . look at me.
it’s like walking into a book, and the pages are mighty fun to turn.
and, so are the . . . old, wooden staircases !!


a DAVID KENNEDY CUTLER LIGHT SWITCH / TURN ONZ, DETROIT
greets you, as you enter NADA House 404A / it is so well-made, and so well integrated !!
you might just take it . . for granted, so,
I’m just letting you know, again / look out – for those light switches !!
they be popping up, and rocking !! through-out . . the houses.

I don’t know why I picked this particular NADA house to check out, first.
but sure enough – it was personally relevant, I’ll just hold onto that secret for a post or so /
but sure enough . . the archival staircases led to many enchanting surprises, and it was all so much fun.


QUINTIN RIVERA TORO, presented by ZAWAHARA ALEJANDRO, SAN JUAN.
wooden, functional sculptures – in the ‘cloak room’, on the first floor, NADA House 404H
see: ZAWAHARA ALEJANDRO, SAN JUAN

of course, the cloak room is the first space that greets you as you enter / thus this was the first ‘exhibit’ I saw,
and, it just stopped me in my tracks, literally. it was so imaginary, narrative, full of skill & beauty / yet functional. the wood was incised to perfection, and burnished to a deep hues.
it definitely caught my eye and apparently, that of other reviewers, as well.


detail, QUINTIN RIVERA TORO, previous photo.
this looked to be a table, or shelf.
there was something about riding a ferry, over water . . and waking among huge old trees, that really made this word ‘work’ resonate – for me. that it held a message ?
very acceptable, actually. very cool. deeply meaningful, & within full embrace of the skills, context / and, concept.
a little sad. a bit hopeful. it went heart-to-heart, but, it also made a point.


QUINTIN RIVERA TORO, bench.
note . .
the honey tones of the wood, called out like a chorus, by the natural sunlight streaming in through the windows.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, MAY 8, 2021


Photo via NADA / CATALOG / QUINTIN RIVERA TORO

this is the installation photo of the work, published in the NADA House catalog.
so, I hope you can begin to see the total ‘magic’ of the NADA project, sparked by the historic Governors Island architecture: including staircases, ceiling fixtures, old world spatial layouts, pane glass windows, old plastered (?) walls, & wood. wood. wood.

on a persona note,
I think, the small ‘distressed’ elements, like the old peeling paint, etc adds much depth to the overall experience, and to the visual richness. making the modern city explorer, just that much more aware – in a very subtle way, of the underlying historic – beauty. and architectural, as well as cultural story.
404A was a . . Colonel’s house. it was large, spacious and designed for entertaining as well as living.
it’s really nice, that these buildings haven’t been torn down, and that they have been re-imagined & filled with art / so superbly.

I’ll leave you, with this description of the work, from the NADA catalog:



~JOEY FRANK, JONNY CAMPOLO, DAVID KENNEDY CUTLER / TURN ONZ, DETROIT / NADA HOUSE 2021 / & ARTIST CREDIT LINKS

FORGET ABOUT, CRY ME A RIVER !!
START ME … A FIRE !!!!!

SO, NADA . . . .
recently published the (full) artist credit list for: TURN ONZ, DETROIT / NADA HOUSE 2021 / GOVERNORS ISLAND.
but, unless you are a dedicated puzzle solver / a first grader, or just a regular-to-super web stalker !!
it’s a bit hard . . to find – so, here’s the links info !!

OPTION 1: For a complete list you can scroll easily . . .
try for: Turn Onz / exhibition check list
apparently, there’s no technical way I can provide a direct link /
so use your intuition – it’s your . . best hope.
start here: Turn Onz, NADA / scroll down past the paragraph text, and then hit: EXHIBITION LIST
-> you will see thumbnails of all the participants, example:


JOEY FRANK, presented by Turn Onz, Detroit / NADA ARTIST LIST
PRETTY, PRETTY – SPECTACULAR.
GREAT NARRATIVE . . . in a row.

or,
just go to: that LINK / TURN ONZ / NADA & see . . . large installation shots / with artists’ credits.

-> so you will see, for example:


JOEY FRANK, presented by Turn Onz, Detroit / NEW ART DEALERS ALLIANCE
PRETTY . . SPECTACULAR, For sure.


JONNY COMPOLO, presented by Turn Onz, Detroit / NEW ART DEALERS ALLIANCE

of course,
it’s not just the images of the light switches themselves, but their on-site installation, that really gets this process – on FIRE !!!!!
ABOVE PHOTOS: VIA NADA HOUSE 2021 / DIGITAL CATALOG


DAVID KENNEDY CUTLER, presented by Turn Onz, Detroit
Photo: NANCY SMITH

the very first light switch, I saw . . . !!
when I visited opening day / Sat May 5, 2021 . . . was this one by DAVID KENNEDY CUTLER !!
it graced the entryway of NADA HOUSE 404A / and it hit me with such unexpected force.

it was, placed as it was – on a strange, but superior / ‘vintage florist’ green light switch cover –
as plain-spoken, and everyday ‘un-spectactular (!!) . . . as a left-over bouquet / from last night’s date.
until you realized . . in quick succession:
1. wow, this was a Turn Onz !!
2. it was ‘dead flowers’, about to turn to dust, literally
3. until you realize that they are . . fabricated !!
4. and so deadly Romantic !! and Final !! and REALISTIC.
5. all-in-one-breath.
6. plus, the gorgeous sense of historic architecture, just behind . . somehow went so hand-in-hand.
historic gestures, all around.
last night’s dead flowers, and all.

and, still !!
greeting you !! – none-the-less / at the ground floor entryway – to Nada House 404A !!
and no doubt, turning on . . the ground floor electric lights.


detail, DAVID KENNEDY CUTLER / Turn Onz light switch
Photo: NANCY SMITH

it was like, kissing the Nada Info Graphic / it was so great to see art in real life.
and, all the light switches have to be 3-D, even if shallow, by nature.
something hard to convey – in a photo.

I’m not sure exactly how these flowers are fabricated, but after scanning his IG page, I think they involve:
inkjet transfer, acrylic, armature wire, etc. etc. something like that.
see: @davidkennedycutler Instagram


detail, David Kennedy Cutler – Turn Onz light switch
Photo: NANCY SMITH

could anything be, more . . . breath-taking ?
both in beauty, concept / fabrication, utility & downright: poetry !!
NOTE: ABOVE 3 DAVID KENNEDY CUTLER LIGHT SWITCH PHOTOS – TAKEN ON-SITE / NADA HOUSE 404A

SIDEBAR:

DAVID KENNEDY CUTLER . . recently had a comprehensive exhibit of his work,
at HALSEY McKAY GALLERY,
79 Newton Lane, East Hampton NY 11937.

it was titled: ‘Shadow Metier’ . . . !!!! / METIER: A TRADE / A PROFESSION

for more info & pix see: ‘Shadow Metier’ . . on the gallery website

here are 2 installations shots from the gallery archive:


DAVID KENNEDY CUTLER, ‘Shadow Metier’ installation shot
Photo via: Halsey McKay


DAVID KENNEDY CUTLER – Check out / the vases !!
Photo via: Halsey McKay



~NANCY SMITH . . ‘MAYBE…’, TURN ONZ LIGHT SWITCH / FOR JEFFREY TRANCHELL / NADA HOUSE

YEP !!
CREATIVE WORK – ON UTILITARIAN OBJECTS


NANCY SMITH – LIGHT SWITCH for ‘TURN ONZ’
CURATED BY JEFFREY TRANCHELL / DETROIT
INSTALLATION SHOT / NADA HOUSE 2021
TAKING PLACE – ACROSS SEVERAL HISTORIC MANSIONS / GOVERNORS ISLAND, NYC / distressed, peeling paint & all !!

I’m so – happy to be included in this show !!!!
all the work is so crazy innovative & cutting edge.

it’s also interesting to be in that visual ‘sphere’ of immediate ‘dimension comprehension’ . . !!
a standard plastic light switch cover – anchors pretty much every piece.

NANCY SMITH, ‘Maybe…’, 2021
Light switch cover, vintage photocopy of an early ink drawing of mine /
‘Self-portrait as an Edo Period woodblock print’, vintage photocopies of
vintage red & white woven embroidery ribbon, Mylar, multi-colored & metallic binder hole reinforcement stickers.
push pins. 27 x 12 in.
($450.)

kind of realize now, that the ‘Turn Onz’ / NADA House contribution,
is also: site-specific !! utilizing the electric light outlets – already in place.
& for decades, apparently.
so . . .
does that make my piece: ‘vintage upon distressed’ … ?!!
and, is that – a bona-fide art category ?!!

the title, ‘Maybe…’, is up for – interpretation !!

Photo: via Turn Onz / DETROIT



~’TURN ONZ’ . . DETROIT / CURATED BY JEFFREY TRANCHELL / NADA HOUSE / LET THERE BE . . LIGHT SWITCHES !!

TURN ONZ, DETROIT . . !!
GAME ON . . !!!!!!!!!!!!!

OPENS – THIS SAT, MAY 8th !!

NADA HOUSE / GOVERNORS ISLAND HRS: FRI, SAT & SUN / 11 am – 5 pm
click here: visitor information – Governors Island

‘TURN ONZ’ – an experimental / artist-run, curatorial project / out of DETROIT,
run by JEFFREY TRANCHELL . . . will be participating in this year’s NADA House . . !!

JEFFREY . . a dynamic, hard-to-define guy with many friends, and many interests, including stained glass, and light fixtures . . of any and all kinds,
asked some 21 artists, or artist groups (Hamtramck Ceramck) / to make some light switches / or light switch covers, to show at this year’s . .
NADA House, on Governors Island !!
MAY 8 – AUGUST 1, 2021.

Interestingly, the light switches will be installed through-out the exhibitions / on real (and, maybe a few fake ??) outlets – in common areas, hallways, & entry ways, etc. / not sure about the functionality – except pretty sure !!
that’s a pretty big part – of it.
they will – add to the cutting edge ambience / one turn-on, at a time !!
that’s for sure. the buzz – is already: AWESOME !!
and, they are all – very, very different.

apparently . .

‘CRAFT CREATIVITY’ – is like the night sky: FAR-OUT & . . INFINITE !!
and in this case: very much, & truly . . LIT.

‘LIGHT SWITCH’ BY JONNY CAMPOLO / STAINED GLASS
JONNY . . . ALSO MADE THE ‘FLYERS’.
images via Instagram @jonnycampolo

NADA HOUSE 2021 – The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) . . is pleased to present the 3rd edition of NADA HOUSE,
in an expanded format, with exhibitions presented in over 50 rooms of 3 neighboring historic houses.
GOVERNORS ISLAND, NYC / OPENING THIS SAT – MAY 8, & running thru AUGUST 1, 2021.

see: NADA HOUSE – 2021

note: you need to reserve & pay for the FERRY TICKET in Advance /
admission is FREE & OPEN / social distancing & masks, of course.

see: FERRY TICKETS & SCHEDULE



~LUKE MURPHY . . ‘BENT FIRE WALL’ / CANADA / FRIEZE / LET THERE BE . . LIGHT !!

don’t miss this . . beacon of LED LIGHT / at FRIEZE


LUKE MURPHY, ‘BENT FIRE WALL’, LED LIGHT SCULPTURE
CANADA NEW YORK BOOTH C1 / Level 4 – FRIEZE ART FAIR, The Shed.

image via Instagram @lukemurphy49



~BAST . . . OCT 14, 2015

PROLIFIC BROOKLYN STREET ARTIST, BAST . . HAS LEFT & DEPARTED.
& WILL BE . . SADLY MISSED BY HIS MANY FRIENDS.

FLASHBACK:


from left:
LANCE de los REYES, JOE GRILLO, and . . . BAST.
at the closing party for TAYLOR McKIMENS’ 2015 exhibit – at THE HOLE, The Bowery, NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / Oct 14, 2015.



~KYOKO HAMAGUCHI . . ‘LONG STAY’ / ATM GALLERY, NYC / OPENS THURS APRIL 29

all that being said:
the bio of it / as in both: (virus) / (human) biology -&- (self) (future/survival) (climate change/world) biography
recycling & small gestures / pictorial scaling . . . .

BILL BRADY – HAS RETURNED TO NYC & PRESENTS:

KYOKO HAMAGUCHI / ‘LONG STAY’
OPENS THURS APRIL 29 / 4 – 8 PM
and runs thru . . . MAY 30, 2021.
ATM GALLERY NYC / 54 HENRY ST / CHINATOWN / LOWER EAST SIDE / NYC 10002
hrs: WED – SUN / 12 – 6 PM
see: ‘template’ to make an appointment / gallery-contact

looks to be a ‘simple’ / as in: anything but simple pictogram !!
– our collective bio-future – is at hand. . . !!

a simple diagram / drawing / pictogram of a home,
on a (recycled) well-designed / industrial design / transparent / commercial . . hand sanitizer dispenser.
but, still made of . .. plastic. so hard to figure this stuff out.
but, still better to find a home on your wall – than in the ocean, or a landfill, eventually.
hopefully, after much long, good use, sanitizing !!

plastic & plastics & plasticity – all of them / is/are such an irony.
don’t get me started.

Ms. HAMAGUCHI was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1989 / and currently lives & works in NYC.
she has an MFA from Hunter, NYC (2002), & a BFA from TOKYO UNIVERSITY of the ARTS (2015).


see: KYOKO HAMAGUCHI – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE


see: KYOKO HAMAGUCHI on Instagram @kyoko.hmg



~BILLY GRANT . . SPIDER GALLERY / some images & thoughts

‘BAD BOY BILLY’ . . might not exactly be . . your cup of tea,
but, 2021 – isn’t the year to be . . shy.
in fact – that might actually be . . a YOU PROBLEM.

or: BILLY MAKES – LIKE A SQUIRREL !!

BILLY GRANT at SPIDER GALLERY / WITCHITA, KANSAS


BILLY GRANT . . makes like a squirrel / video
see: BILLY GRANT VIDEO at SPIDER


BILLY GRANT, drawing of a baby in flour.

so, flour baby . . . !!
I find this simple image so frighteningly compelling.
first off, I had to ask – what is this ?
there’s no knowing right off the bat / i.e. Instagram, but any digital image in general.
so there’s a big potential for fear – right there.
real, fake ? appropriated ? constructed . . photographed, etc etc.
are we on another planet, or just looking down – on ours from outer space – a huge site specific man made land/work ?
and, that brings us to – scale / dimension.
today – there is just really: 2 scales.
one: you know it’s a pants pocket lining, so, no matter how big the digital image / you get, as in you can comprehend & factor in the – the actual reality dimensions.
two: there is no way to know the dimensions – unless you ask.
which is where Billy’s image lies, and, I’m pretty sure – that’s by design. by deliberation.
plus, it’s so damn surreal & of science fiction, and not actually so much pretty – as formative.
what if this was drawn, huge – on the dark side of the moon ?

so I asked.
and was told, “it’s a drawing of Conner’s baby, I did in flour.”
which again, brings several thought to mind.
in end times, or at the very least . . any stressful present / future times – well, you mind has got to go human survival, biology & babies.
for example: how will socially-driven human babies / survive enforced social distancing, and school closures, viruses, vaccines, etc etc.

is it ?
also all about artists today – responding to climate change challenge by scaling down, and using / recycling simple materials.
is it about: not holding on / not making art to frame and archive and hold ‘forever’ in museums.
will there even be museums, or will they all crumble too, eventually. like they always have. ancient cultures / civilizations.

is the whole point ?
creativity, not the resultant creation.

is it . . an outsider vs insider war / esp re the status quo art world.

is it: a kind of unwritten poetry ? a thought ?
just ask the ancient Tibetan scrolls – how powerful a thought / can be.

just think on: how far away we have come from the Impressionists, the Expressionists, the Hudson School of Landscape painting ?? . . the Jackson Pollocks, and Rothkos – with their heroic statements on manknind, choice, the m-o-m-e-n-t.
the profiund moent.

have we reached: the ultimate profound singularity / moment.
in effect, a point of unity – before the great cell divide / of life.
the moment of the living organism – the baby.

all images via Instagram / courtesy @spider.gallery



~BILLY GRANT . . at SPIDER GALLERY / WICHITA, KANSAS

oh yeah, bubble bubble & trouble !!
the eternal rebel child . . is outta state !!

BILLY GRANT OPENED . . a solo show at the very indie, rebel
SPIDER GALLERY, a “domestic exhibition space in Wichita, Kansas”.


images via Instagram @spider.gallery

follow: @spider.gallery on Instagram



~TIM JOHNSON . . ‘TRANQUILIZER’ / A.D.NYC

one of the interesting facets of this solo show, besides its startling originality,
and . . pocket poetry !!
is seeing the images of the work posted up large, yet still comprehending the true scale /
knowing that they are comprised of old linings torn from denim jeans pockets.

TIM JOHNSON – ‘TRANQUILIZER’ / at . . A.D.NYC /
thru . . . MAY 22, 2021
HRS: SAT 12 – 5 PM / OR BY APPOINTMENT


TIM JOHNSON, ‘Butterfly 40’, 2021
sharpie on pants pockets
image via Instagram @qd.nyc


watch: a video of the installation on Instagram / @ad.nyc



~TIM JOHNSON . . ‘TRANQUILIZER’ / A.D.NYC / OPENS SAT APRIL 17 / 1 – 8 PM

seriously, an artist going after . . my own heart.
rip those old denim pockets out, dude !!
and, let the . . tattered poetry begin !!

‘TIM JOHNSON: TRANQUILIZER’
OPENS SAT APRIL 17 / 1 – 8 PM
and runs thru . . MAY 22, 2021
A.D.NYC, 19 MONROE ST., CHINATOWN / 2 BRIDGES

A.D.NYC . . . presents ‘Tranquilizer’, a solo exhibit by Detroit-based artists TIM JOHNSON.

” . . made of seam ripped pocket linings cut and splayed open, Johnson’s marker on fabric works takes
the silhouette of a butterfly as form. Originally conceived as a project to mark each year of the artist’s life,
the series has since extended beyond that original constraint.”
~A.D.NYC

read more: “Tim Johnson, ‘Tranquilizer’ – A.D.NYC

see: TIM JOHNSON / @timmj on Instagram



~TAYLOR McKIMENS . . in ‘NATURE MORTE’ / THE HOLE, THE BOWERY / OPENING TO-NITE / THURS APRIL 8

NATURE MORTE . . a ‘still life’ painting depicting objects, esp dead flowers, that might still be in bloom – but, NOT FOR LONG !!!!!

TAYLOR McKIMENS . . has a big painting – in this 60 artist show !!

‘NATURE MORTE’
OPENS THURS APRIL 8 / 6 – 8 PM
and runs thru . . . MAY 9, 2021
THE HOLE / on THE BOWERY
312 Bowery, N.Y, N.Y. 10012
HRS: WED – SUN / 12 – 7 PM

see: mission statement / THE HOLE / ‘NATURE MORTE’


TAYLOR McKIMENS, ‘SEE THE U.S.A.’, 2021
acrylic, metal leaf & glitter on canvas
75 x 120 in. / that’s approx 6-1/4 ft. x 10 ft. !!!!!
($30,000.)
image: courtesy The Hole


check out: TAYLOR McKIMENS on INSTAGRAM / @taylormckimens

ARTLOVERS FLASHBACK:

not . . one of my earliest photos of Taylor, my photos of him & his work started posting on artnet – in 2003 !!
but, def one of my . . . FAV !!!!


TAYLOR McKIMENS . . . in front of his painting,
at the opening of . . . ‘TAYLOR McKIMENS COMMISSIONS by BRIGHT LYONS 2008-2015’, a pop-up show in Chelsea /
produced by PAUL BRIGHT, winter 2015.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, Feb 3, 2015.



~TIM WILSON, ‘Between Either and Or’ / NATHALIE KARG / last week !! up thru SAT APRIL 10

if, you want to know the difference, between a line drawing vs. a painterly surface /
a work of straight imagination vs. a poetic re-creation . . .
then, this exhibit – is your joyful mission /
last week’s post was all about the (freestyle) line drawing / this week we’re all about . . the (studied) painterly / composition.

NOTE: this week is the last week, so don’t blink !!

TIM WILSON, ‘Between Either and Or’
March 2 – SAT APRIL 10, 2021
NATHALIE KARG GALLERY, 291 Grand St., NY, NY 10002
HRS: TUES – SAT / 10 AM – 6 PM

see: great installation shots & background info – NATHALIE KARG GALLERY


TIM WILSON, ‘Stairway III’, 2021
oil on paper mounted on linen stretched panel / 18 x 12 in.

note: that most lovely left hand wall & the light reflection.

TIM WILSON: works his painterly ‘retro’ magic . . .
“portraying domestic interiors gleaned from television and film.”
~gallery website


TIM WILSON, ‘Nightable’, 2020
oil on paper mounted on linen stretched panel / 16 x 12 in.

it’s obviously, the lamp / especially the base, that rocks this ‘retro dreamscape’.

Photos: courtesy Nathalie Karg Gallery


see: TIM WILSON – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE



~TOM FORKIN, RAUL de NIEVES & COLETTE / ‘HEAVEN’S TAB’ / A.D. NYC . . SAT APRIL 3 / last day / don’t blink !!

‘HEAVEN’S TAB’ – TOM FORKIN, RAUL de NIEVES & COLETTE
this weekend / is the
last day: SAT APRIL 3, 2021
A.D.NYC GALLERY
19 MONROE ST, TWO BRIDGES / CHINATOWN, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC

check out: great images & background text / ‘Heaven’s Tab’ – on the gallery website

this 3 person show .. !!
it was kind of bewildering, at first.
been thinking about it – for a while. how to define ?
what about: . . . a return to industrial / fantasy ?

the fresh, neon pastel color palette – in the Justin Beiber ‘Peaches’ video /
is what finally broke down the walls, on this exhibit – for me.
I had already cracked the Tom Forkin code:
wryly funny, but still New Age . . . Industrial /
subtext: clay, skills, functional / yet . . in a fictional ‘narrative’.

also, only after I had my mind-blown by the Beiber video, did I lock onto the saturated, but vibe-y color !!
of the RAUL de NIEVES work. very ‘fast-forward’ color Industrial, plus the ‘micro-bead’ fabrication. check, check.
though, there’s definitely a very dark edge, that I personally would not want to interface with, too casually.
no, no & no.

and, Colette ?
well, she’s just someone I always wrote off, as just. . another old school East Village local.
colorful, but always way too predictable. though in truth – I really only knew her for the outlandish, though not very varied costums, big hats, big platform shoes.
kind of like a Christo, but on a smaller scale.
wrapping her body, and not buildings.

but then, my longtime friend . . fearsome curator / gun artist / and fake BASQUIAT forger / ALFREDO MARTINEZ, told me he’s planning to present . . a big ‘WOMEN’S GROUP ART SHOW’, and COLETTE will be included !!
so that piqued my interest / with regard to this current A.D.NYC show.
and, it was: check, check, check. all good.
who knew.

at any rate:

‘HEAVEN’S TAB’ / is a really great, and very apt . . title.

people are really into titles – these days, have you noticed ?


TOM FORKIN, ‘Untitled’, 2021
Travel bar, epoxy clay & acrylic paint / 17.25 x 8.5 x 15.75 in.


looks to be some metal hardware, too.


damn, that’s good.
note: all 3 photos via Instagram @ad.nyc


‘Heaven’s Tab’ installation shot, with TOM FORKIN (foreground) & RAUL de NIEVES (background)
Photo: courtesy A.D.


RAUL de NIEVES, ‘Rhythmic Red’, 2019.
plastic beads & plaster on wood panel / 24 x 24 x 6 in.
one word: scary intense. ritualistic, too. industrial re: assembly of parts.
let’s, hope not: functional.
Photo: courtesy A.D.


‘Heaven’s Tab’ / installation shot with TOM FORKIN / foreground, surrounded by COLETTE.
Photo: courtesy A.D.


COLETTE, ‘Justine joins La Rocka (Modelling Agency)’, 1981.
Photograph, polyurethane, fabric & glitter / 19.5 x 26 in.

which just goes to show:
nothing is written in stone – in the art world / long live the 1980s NYC art scene.
Brava, Colette !! the young kids – dig ya !!
Photo: courtesy A.D.



~ ALEX MILLER . . ‘SILVER WINGS’ – MERLE HAGGARD / American Idol

I’m completely done . . !!
with American Idol after they bounced – this guy.
what a bunch of losers – they completely missed the music, & the zeitgeist.

watch: high school student, ALEX MILLER croon Merle Haggard’s . . ‘Silver Wings’.

he reminds me of a baby-faced / young John Mayer, he’ll lose the pudginess & become a killer performer /
mark my words.



~’PEACHES’ . . JUSTIN BIEBER ft. DANIEL CAESAR & GIVEON / CO-WRITTEN + PRODUCED BY HARV

yeps. Iam definitely aging . . . backwards !!!!

such a great song / infinite in inspo & so, wise-funny / the song music, lyrics, voices, layers.
mood, visuals. love. all good.
just that tight cut / puts it above the rest.
#1 song in the world / that’s such a great global synch-up.

but, I know a lot of people in the art world, bubbled-up in their own studios, and ambition-driven mind-sets /
outsiders roiled by emotion & doubt / insiders licking their wounds or tracking the next big break /
& esp the academics, have their head in the sand most times . . . so:

“I get my peaches out in Georgia / I get my weed from California . .”

come on . . !!


watch: ‘PEACHES’, Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon / written & produced by HARV . . !!

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see: @harv / Instgram

hey – great color palette, btw !!!!!
nice car !! / great night scenes.
great acrobatic cruising.
great neon !! off-color / transparent, translucent big acrylic letters.
great typeface. size. tunnel effect. the entire mood.
just rolls / like a butter knife . . thru the grey-ness.

if people can create as much as well & even better / as others do make war & set about global / bio troubles,
maybe that’s all good.
maybe . . inspo can prevail.
I think that’s called . . religion.



~JOE W. SPEIER . . ‘YOU LIKEY’ / KING’S LEAP / TRIBECA, DOWNTOWN NYC

line drawings, especially leaning to the biographical fantastic / are trending.
that’s great.

‘JOE W. SPEIER – YOU LIKEY’
MARCH 26 – APRIL 24, 2021
KING’S LEAP, 368 BROADWAY, 506 & 302 / DOWNTOWN, TRIBECA NYC 10013
HRS: THURS – SUN / 12 – 6 PM
DIAL 506 to enter & in elevator

see: KING’S LEAP / PROJECTS


JOE W. SPEIER, ‘Landscape Portrait’, 2021
ballpoint pen, acrylic medium, glitter, and metal microbeads
60 x 48 in.
image via IG @KING’S_LEAP


JOE W. SPEIER / via Instgram Story @hows_nick aka Nick Sullivan


see: JOE W. SPEIER – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

yes, yes, YES !!
check out that website – that should get you through the . . . weekend !!



~DAN LOXTON . . ‘Pillow for Durer’ / JIR SANDEL, COPENHAGEN / OPENS THURS MARCH 25

great flyer – drawing & exhibition title / Bravo !! Dan !!

‘DANIEL GRAHAM LOXTON: PILLOW FOR DURER’
MARCH 25 – MARCH 31, 2021
OPENING HRS:
14:00 – 18:00 THU March 25th
14:00 – 18:00 FRI March 26th
12:00 – 16:00 SAT March 27th
12:00 – 16:00 WED March 31st
JIR SANDEL
Sankt Hans Gade 14
2200 Copenhagen N
Call upon arrival: (+45) 91 45 86 97

solo exhibition in DENMARK !! – for this up-state, Cold Spring NY artist.

see: ‘DAN IN REAL LIFE’ – artloversnewyork / MARCH 14, 2020

see: ‘DAN CAUGHT THE VIRUS ZEITGEIST’ – artloversnewyork / MARCH 31, 2020

see: DANIEL GRAHAM LOXTON – artist website



~GREGORY KALLICHE & KRISTEN WALSH . . ‘THE MANNER OF WORKING EVENTS’ / HELENA ANRATHER / OPENING SAT MARCH 20

INDUSTRIAL . . NOW !!!
THE MANNER of WORKING EVENTS / of WORKING . . . THINGS — IS, A GOOD WAY TO PUT IT !!!!!!!

‘THE MANNER OF WORKING EVENTS’
GREGORY KALLICHE & KRISTEN WALSH
OPENS SAT MARCH 20, 2021 / 11am-7pm
HELENA ANRATHER GALLERY
28 ELIZABETH ST., FLOOR 3, NY NY 10013
HRS: TUES – SAT / 11 AM – 6 PM



~NANCY SMITH / PRECOG THOUGHTS / ALFREDO MARTINEZ . . GUNS, GUNS, GUNS / INDUSTRIAL 1990s

Industrial, back then . . 1990s


ALFREDO MARTINEZ, assembling DIY guns from various found & commercial parts.
EXIT ART, NYC / MARCH 25, 1999
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

someone said, I said ‘Guns’ about 100 times, ok maybe 30 . . during my Precog interview. Lord.
20 years ago – was such a different time.
Alfredo traveling around to his various exhibits, with a small metal suitcase assembling his guns from a mix of found,
& commercial gun parts was as close to skills, craft, DIY & industrial – as it got / back then.

for me personally, being a quilter, who did mostly hand-stitched textile / fabric repair with both new & vintage material . . it was totally fascinating to see someone, and especially someone who came from a very different background than my own – piece together gun hardware from various parts. a resourceful / creative scavenger – basically just like me. except with very opposite materials, with very very opposite functions.
but, still about . . guarding the homefront, esp way way back then / all the way to colonial / Revolutionary times.

a DIY craft / skills person just like me, when craft & skills were words to be looked down upon – in the art wold.
and Industrial art – what was that ?

ps: ALFREDO . . will be curating / presenting a big huge hardcore group show, ‘FOLO’ next month / April 15 . . on 23rd St. between 10th & 11th Avenues.

I will be exhibiting a big, brand new . . paper quilt, a ‘tribute’ quilt to Alfredo,
on the occasion of his most Aires Birthday !!
comprised of archival photographs, & some of his old / archival exhibition card invites.
see you – there !!