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

~GIFC . . good-bye from NYC / had a super great time !!

. . . ART FORAGING !!!!

at: GIFC / GOT IT FOR CHEAP . . .

where: ARMORY WEEK / THE HOLE, THE BOWERY / DOWNTOWN NYC.
when: SUN MARCH 10, 2019 / ONE DAY ONLY – ALL WORKS / ALL SIGNED ORIGINALS / NO PRINTS . . . $30 / CASH & CARRY !!!


NH DEPASS . . .


JANE FERRY . . .


yep !!
I found one of mine !!
a ‘cut-out’ paper collage / riffing on both:
Japanese Edo Period woodblock prints & contemporary Japanese love for all things, folk art & esp. ‘Americana’.

I cut-out images from a vintage, kid’s ‘Japanese Art’ coloring book !!
& flowers are cut-out from standard issue – Garden Catalogs.
Signed & dated, March 2019. 9 x 11 in.


OONA BRANGAM-SNELL . . .
it was a such trip . . watching the pieces ‘talk’ to each other.


setail, OONA BRANGAN-SNELL.
I def was, so . . feeling a kindred, magical, ‘impish’ . . spirit.


oh, and under there / there’s another one of mine !!
hello .. Mr. Samurai !!

painterly faces by . . GRETA DONAHUE.
the randomness / the diversity / the infinite parade of so much unique expression – was a big part of the excitement.


foraging for art / seriously !!
watch: my GIFC CLIP !!


foraging for art / seriously !!


foraging for art / seriously !!
you had to be quick, the moment you put something down, in hesitation, it was gone.
and then you felt real bad, as it walked away – to another home !!

ps: you could also, in a blink: turn around, and come face-to-face . . with the main exhibit.


the space between the tables, laden with GIFC !!
and, the formal exhibit walls – was excitingly, perilously – lit purple, and very narrow.


I hadn’t really noticed til then – that THE HOLE gallery walls, were actually ’rounded’ where they meet the floor.
a way to break down that . . White Cube ?
very very nice.


I mean, seriously: rounded corners, too.


and seriously, you could turn around & look at the exhibit too.
RY DAVID BRADLEY.

ok.
a few more . . . !!!


SOTYMAE . . .


ANGELA LEYVA . . .


ANNA SIMSON.

ps: yes, there were – a lot of women artists – on the GIFC table !!


Madeleine . . .


and . . the most curious of the lot ?
‘primitive’, loose / realist paintings of birch branches . . holding smokin’ ciggies ?
by AUSTIN SIEGURT.

and yes, a good time – was had by all.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~GIFC . . THE HOLE / ARMORY EDITION /TO-DAY . . SUN MARCH 10 / 5 – 8 PM

BIG, BIG GIFC / GOT IT FOR CHEAP . . . POW-WOW at THE HOLE, today !!
SUN MARCH 10, 2019 / 5 – 8 PM
EVERYTHING . . is $30 a pop !!

THE HOLE, 312 BOWERY, NYC 10012

check out: GIFC / GOT IT FOR CHEAP / O-OLA aka ZERO ZERO GALLERY, LA

The Hole is proud to announce their . .
“second year hosting the GOT IT FOR CHEAP (GIFC) guys in the gallery. This Sunday March 10th we host the armory Edition of their international traveling worlson paper extravaganza. Hundreds of artists participate making works on paper and every piece is $30.
Well-known artists and lots and lots of emerging artists come together to contribute over a thousand works, laid out on tables throughout the gallery. It is $30 to enterwhich gets you one work of your choice; first come, first served !Yiu can buy as many as you want.Or just hang out and have some drinks and enjoy our current exhibitions.”
~THE HOLE Press Release

the range of works coming in – is as amazing and diverse as you would expect.

some of my faves:


above:
DEAN CHRISTENSEN . . .
image via Instagram @deansace_official


above:
JUSTINE NEUBERGER . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
ELIOT GREENWALD . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
NH DEPASS . . .
image via @nhdepass


above:
JULIA SERVINO . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
KIRSTEN DEIRUP . . .
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide


above:
NANCY SMITH . . . collage, 2019. 9 x 11 in.
yes !! lol !!!!
I have 4 pieces – in the show !!
image via Instagram @gifcworldwide

GIFC . . .

at THE HOLE – AMORY EDITION / ONE DAY ONLY / SUN MARCH 10, 2019 / 5- 8 PM


plus there are . . 2 totally absolutely awesome exhibits – up at the THE HOLE !!
RY DAVID BRADLEY


RY DAVID BRADLEY, ‘$S”xx{‘, 2019.
Dye Cotton tapestry. 55 x 75 in.
with . . stage lighting !!

this is the room – where the GIFC tables are going to be set up.


and, in the side room !!!!
‘SNAKE PIT’ – by JOAKIM OJANEN !!!!!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / except where noted.



~ANTONE KONST . . DISTURB THE NEIGHBORS

on the other hand,
if you are looking to figure out the best ticket, among the absolute ‘horde’ of
’emerging’ artists . . clamboring on top of each other, to get your attention this weekend,
ANTONE KONST . . . would be a best bet.

ANTONE KONST, in . . . ‘Hi Friends’
a 3 person group show / opened MARCH 27
& runs thru . . . APRIL 24, 2019
DTN / DISTURB THE NEIGHBORS 339 E. 90th St, Suite D, Uptown, NYC 10128

note: with extended hours this weekend


ANTONE KONST, ‘Juggler’, 2019.
epoxy clay, glitter, acrylic, oil, canvas.
78 x 48 in.
(>$10,000)
image via Instagram @annntone


ANTONE KONST, ‘Juggler’, with a peek . . at a STEPHEN BENENSON canvas, at right.
image via Instagram story @annntone @jpirello

ps: the top/first image . . has the truer hue of blue,
but, the this image – is great for scale & general context of the show.
check the show out, for sure.
this small apt art gallery, albeit with big ambitions (!!), and a most dedicated following, will provide a much welcome respite – from the vast & chaotic art fairs.



~SCHOONY . . DISTASSI X CONTRA / POPPIN’ MAD . . GREAT !! / & BIG PARTY TO-NITE SAT MARCH 9

HEADS UP: IT’S A BRIT INVASION !!!
BIG !! PARTY !! TO-NITE AS WELL !! / SAT MARCH 9 / STARTS at 6 PM
DRINKS, MUSIC, GREAT ART & GOOD COMPANY !!!

DISTASSI ART X CONTRA GALLERIES !!!
LONDON X NEW YORK !!!

A LDN X NYC COLLAB / SHOWCASING . . . THE GREAT SCHOONY !!!

at CONTRA GALLERIES
122 W. 26th St, Floor 5, NYC 10001
HRS: FRI til 6 PM / SAT & SUN: 12 – 6 PM

RUNS THRU . . . SUNDAY MARCH 10

PIX FROM THE WILD, OPENING PARTY . . LAST NIGHT / MARCH 7, 2019:


great to finally see them up, up close & personal.
capturing the maybe / could very well be . . future in a heartbeat.
beautifully rendered.

Schoony, ‘Boots’ graphite Edition, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)


Schoony, ‘Boy Soldier Panel’
Fiberglass, 2019
($13,000)


detail, ‘Boy Soldier’
unbelievable . . what a statement.
a promise.
a dare.


classical modelling – with a determination,
that seems . . ingrained into the very DNA.
just you – dare me !!
KA-BOOM.


get it together, world / or . . this I promise you.


street fashion . . meet up.


I see your true colors . . .
from left:

Schoony, ‘Branded Off White’, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)

Schoony, ‘Branded Louis Vuitton’, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)

Schoony, ‘Branded Supreme’, 1/10
Fiberglass, 2019
($19,500)


that is, so !!! so !!!
in-your-face / in your arm.
Schoony, ‘Branded Louis Vuitton’, 2019.


‘XL’
in-your-face.
in-your-arm.


The Love Child kills the . . DJ station.
the party temp goes way way up, when this ‘artist/dude’ gets behind the audio.


as JOSHUA will attest to.
the show attracted . . a supremo, gritty / edgy crowd.


CHRIS MARTINE of . . Contra.


DISTASSI X CONTRA !!! . . . . . LONDON X NYC !!!
KA-BOOM !!!!!

MICHAEL HOWES/LONDON, MATT McGLYNN of CONTRA, ED SANDERS/LONDON, BOE/DISTASSI/LONDON.

see: DISTASSI ART


also noted, Delta2 got the color up and running, on the custom subway car.

Delta2, Aluminum subway train, 2019.
($3,000)


they . . moved the RICHARD HAMBLETON down lower . . all the better to see.
the large, horizon-focused, gloriously metallic ‘landscape’, had been hung high up previously.
now it was eye-level, an eye-poppin’ eye-level at that.
it’s outrageously . . gorgeous.
if he hadn’t been so street bitter, Hambleton could have been a modern-day . . Turner.

RICHARD HAMBLETON, ‘Beautiful Painting’, acrylic on wood panel, 1994.
signed & dated. incredible condition.
(price upon request)


you could feel Hambleton’s tightly wound, aggressive energy . . in the way the surface was obsessively . . incised.


even his signature – was like a knife wound.
a branding, not unlike the Schoony arm-branding . . above (!!)


ALFREDO MARTINEZ, Gun Drawing.
I’m always going to be a die-hard fan.

ALFREDO MARTINEZ, gun drawing. 2017.
on hand-made collage paper, with colored marker.
at $1,000 / an outright . . steal.
wake-up . . my peeps, run & jump. & put your $$$ down.


just as we were about to say good-bye . . .


AL DIAZ (SAMO) shows up . . .


to make his mark !!


SCHOONY X AL DIAZ
LDN X NYC
DISTASSI X CONTRA

I always thought, or imagined, that ‘Schoony’ . . stood for: schooled by NY ???


LDN X NYC
DISTASSI X CONTRA

HERE’S YOUR – TICKET !!!
THIS WEEKEND ONLY / DON’T MISS THE . . . JOY-RIDE !!!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~SCHOONY !! . . at CONTRA / OPENS TO-NITE / THURS MARCH 7

‘NYC X LDN’ !!!!!!

‘DISTASSI X CONTRA’ !!!!!!

CONTRA GALLERIES & WHITEHOT MAGAZINE . . .

present . . ‘NEW YORK via LONDON’

a ‘transatlantic’ collaborative exhibition during Armory Week which will feature works . .
from the esteemed collections of London’s Distassi Art and New York’s own . . Contra Galleries.

Original pieces by such legends as: RICHARD HAMBLETON, SCHOONY, and Delta2 will be on show . .
“giving contemporary art fans a unique opportunity to see them all in the same room.”

see: ‘NEW YORK VIA LONDON’ / CONTRA

OPENING – THUR MARCH 7 / 6 – 9 PM
and running thru . . . SAT MARCH 9, 2019
CONTRA GALLERIES, 122 W. 26th St, Floor 5, NYC 10001


@mistermatttoyou: The Kids Are Alright . . . Come see our special collaborative exhibition ‘New York via London’ . . . featuring works from the esteemed collections of London’s @distassiart (Distassi Art) / thanks to my guys across the pond @howzi888 and @boe_distassi (Boe Distassi). The show will include never before seen works by British sculptor . . @schoony_art . . aka SCHOONY (!!),
and NYC street legend . . Richard Hambleton.
image via Instagram @mistermatttoyou


@mistermatttoyou: From London with Love.
ps: in the background . . work by @_smetsky / Art of Smetsky
image via instagram @mistermatttoyou



~MY . . INTERVIEW / on WHITEHOT MAGAZINE – BY NOAH BECKER

NANCY SMITH – INTERVIEWED ON . . ‘SURVIVING – THE 80s ART SCENE’ !!!
EDITED BY NOAH BECKER, who chose . . the BEST PHOTOS, btw !!

thank you, Noah !!
so sweet.

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check it out: INTERVIEW WITH NANCY SMITH – BY NOAH BECKER / WM / WHITEHOT MAGAZINE

ps: loving some of the feedback, all the way from: go girl, to “omg you ROASTED Walter Robinson”,
to . . “you were such a natural beauty”. (!!)

pss: Oh Walter, hush up, that’s the way it was !!
I don’t know why people are driven, to kill the very things – they love ?
he gave me my first break, and then he gave me . . the pink slip !!
keep the pink slips, in the paintings – darling !!

back in the early naughts, (lol)
at artnet, we used to have a saying: ‘what Walter giveth, Walter can taketh away’,
because he was quite fickle in building somebody up, art critic-wise, and then – giving them cold shoulder, next time.
little did I know, how true that was.

of course, the elephant in the room – is MARY BOONE.

she just got a little more time in the Big House, 2-1/2 years / 6 months more than Alfredo got – for his Basquiat scam.
I remember going to her openings, and being just dumbstruck, speechless.
everybody was there, it was electric, and that’s not even the half of it.
she was so cute and chic, a gamin, and she had everybody . . around her little finger.

now, she’s going to jail, for fraud, and I’m . . an indie cult star.

it’s . . def hard to grow old, esp coming up through the rough & tumble / stab-you-in-the-back art world,
but, there’s also something ‘irresistible’ about hanging around long enough,
to see how it all – shakes out.

Thank you again . . Noah !!

and, a big, big shout-out to my friends at ESSEX FLOWERS, who blew the interview up so big – on Insta !!
I’m really grateful, it’s been a hard-knock / hard-core life.
hey, but at least I ain’t . . ‘art blind’.
life is good.



~MADAME ROSA’S 80s ART PARTY / CONTRA / PARTY PIX !!

MADAME ROSA’S 80s ART PARTY
CONTRA GALLERIES
THURS FEB 28, 2019

note: the exhibition – is still up, and running.

things were really – starting to come together.


a great series of clips, focusing on goth street legend, RAMMELLZEE,
screening at the entrance.


looks like the ‘subway car’ was taken over by Delta2 !!
in clean black script.
Delta2, aluminum subway train, 2019.
($3,000)


left: street legend COSE TDS, with the show’s curator: LINUS CORAGGIO.


COSE shows me his work, on his iPhone !!


in the back room, custom ‘motorcycle’ by LINUS CORAGGIO, in the foreground.
in fact, all the metal work sculpture was by the show’s curator, LINUS CORAGGIO.
the first painting on the left, looking very Mondrian, with the big Keith Haring influence is by LA II.
and, yes !!
that is an early KEITH HARING on cardboard – at center, 1983.


a much smaller, metal ‘bike’ sculpture, by LINUS CORAGGIO.
great display table, btw / Restoration hardware !! Airplane series.


yes, that’s my famous Keith Haring, ‘chalk Angel’- on cardboard, from 1983.
Keith drew this white chalk angel, on a large discarded refrigerator box he had picked up off the street, outside the Red Bar, in the East Village . . one night – drew the chalk angel, and then handed it over to me, as thanks for returning his sketchbook, which he had passed on to me, for safe keeping – at his super chaotic, wild, & scarily over-crowded opening, at Fun Gallery, a few months back.

when we got it back home to our storefront on Rivington St, my hubby, East Village gallerist, collector, and artist . . SIMON CERIGO, painted the background white / thinking to add it to his appropriation work (!!). a few days later, Haring had sky-rocketed to international fame, and we framed it. so, it’s in pristine condition, Simon’s ‘signature’, and all.

KEITH HARING, chalk Angel on cardboard. 1983
60 x 23 in. (unframed)
the area of the actual drawing, approx. 19 x 23 in.
collection: NANCY SMITH, KATE & THEO CERIGO.


ANTHONY HADEN-GUEST.
my KEITH HARING 1983 chalk angel, behind him.


RICHARD HAMBLETON’s art works at Contra, they command a pretty hefty price, the larger ones – in the hundred thousand $$$ range.


ALFREDO MARTINEZ gun drawing. colored marker on DIY collaged paper.
I guess Alfredo is pretty much, 80s – in spirit.
($1,000)


Delta2 at Rosa’s Art Party, a peep of his new work to the side.


Delta2’s new work looked supremo – in the all-white ‘film shoot’ room.


RAMMELLZEE, mixed media , 1988.
I had never seen these before. very cool. very nice.


a newer work by Fab 5 Freddy. 2018.


M. HENRY JONES, with one of his signature lenticular portraits.
fun fact: his (bouncing-off-the-walls) studio on Ave A, was the original site of Simon’s early East Village gallery,
SIMON CERIGO GALLERY on AVE A.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~ALFREDO MARTINEZ x DELTA2 / BIG ART PAR-TAY !! MADAME ROSA’S at CONTRA / THURS FEB 28

HEADS UP:
if you are too hardcore to score $25 tix to the event, tell the doorman: Alfredo sent you.
that should get you in, no prob.

BIG ART PAR-TAY !!!!
THURS NIGHT / FEB 28, 2019 / 6 – 10 PM !!!!

BE THERE !!!!
MADAME ROSA’S . . . ‘SPIRIT’ . . . is in the house !!!!

CONTRA . . . where the BIGGEST BUZZ in the art scene – is happening, RIGHT NOW.
122 W 26th St, FL 5 / just west of 7th AVE / so, is that . . . ‘midtown’ CHELSEA ?!!!!
because it sure is . . gritty !!

hit: their website for VIP TIX – $25 !! and party like a KING.


@alfredomartinezartist . . “the subway car I had made in aluminum for a graffiti project at CONTRA.”
image via Instagram @alfredomartinezartist


@delta2nyc . . “Style from N.Y.C. the realist” (!!)
image via Instagram @delta2nyc

YEAH !! YEAH !! THAT’S RIGHT – FOLKS !!!!

DELTA2 . . is gonna paint up Alfredo’s subway car !!!!
that’s a WIN / WIN !!! if I ever did see one.

and, I’ve seen some, trust me.



~MADAME ROSA’S 80s ART PARTY at CONTRA / THURS FEB 28 / 6- 10 PM

CONTRA GALLERIES PRESENTS: MADAME ROSA’S 80s ART PARTY
THURS FEB 28, 2019 / 6 – 10 PM
CONTRA GALLERIES, 122 W 26th ST, Floor 5, NYC

go to the gallery website: & hit: ‘TAKE ME To THE 80s’. . . for VIP TIX $25 / INCLUDES LIMITED EDITION DELTA 2 PRINT



~’THE ART of NEW YORK: 1980s’ . . CONTRA GALLERIES / OPENING PIX – PART II

‘THE ART OF NEW YORK: 1980s’ – CURATED by LINUS CORAGGIO
OPENED FEB 13 & RUNS THRU . . FEB 28, 2019
CONTRA GALLERIES, 122 W 26th St, Fl 5, Chelsea / Midtown Manhattan

read more: ‘THE ART of THE 1980s’ – CONTRA

PIX FROM THE OPENING – FEB 13, 2019 / PART II


the show’s curator . . LINUS CORAGGIO stands beside his own work.
Linus founded the notorious ‘Rivington School’, and ‘Gas Station’, alternative spaces that played a dynamic role,
in the 80/90s Lower East Side underground art scene.


LINUS CORAGGIO, ‘Multi-Chop’, 2018.


the ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ lightbox by JOSH HARRIS – seems to have found its . . niche.
metal chairs by LINUS CORAGGIO.
left: painting by FA-Q / right: painting by FA_Q / LINUS CORRAGGIO.
watercolor on paper, 1985.


great piece by FA-Q aka KEVIN WENDALL !!
‘Untitled’, 1985.
mixed media collage. 48 x 36 in.


great piece by FA-Q / LINUS CORAGGIO


works by AL DIAZ aka SAMO and LINUS CORAGGIO, 2017.


AL DIAZ . . was at the opening.


left, NIK LESANTE, creative director and studio manager/production at Contra, with Contra founder STEVE MAZZ.


NOAH BECKER of Whitehot magazine, helps ALFREDO MARTINEZ tour the show.
they both contributed input to the event.


M. HENRY JONES . . ‘KEMBRA’.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’THE ART of NEW YORK: 1980s’ . . CONTRA GALLERIES / OPENING PIX – PART I: DELTA 2 & RICK PROL

think: raw !!
think: from the street up !!

don’t let . . ‘scruffy’ fool ya.
coz that’s ‘scruffy’ – as in . . GRITTY / NYC GRITTY.

there’s a lot of heart, soul, & big big ambitions . . in this here place.
a real, hardcore . . old school / ‘downtown’ vibe.

‘THE ART of NEW YORK: 1980s’ . . CONTRA GALLERIES
122 W 26th St. Fl 5, Chelsea / Midtown Manhattan
OPENED FEB 13 / & RUNS THRU . . . FEB 28, 2019

more on the exhibit: ‘The Art of New York: 1980s’ – CONTRA GALLERIES

PIX FROM THE OPENING FEB 13, 2019 / PART I: DELTA 2 & RICK PROL


Delta 2 . . . painting, 2019.


detail . .


detail . .


detail . .
bottom right-hand corner.


Delta 2, not really a ‘revival’ / not just history.
the painting is current, 2019 – raw, powerful. free flying. & attracting new fans, like a . . magnet.

I really like how this painting is presented on boxes / something real real street about that.
something improvised, of the moment.
‘scruffy’ – as opposed to, hmmm: staid / minimalist / staged.
there’s a real life force flowing – thru the show.


Delta 2.


yeah, that right-hand corner !!


Delta 2 . . .
some small RICK PROL paintings to the right.


RICK PROL.


RICK PROL.


RICK PROL / NYC RIP.
that’s so DARK. Mack the Knife.
maybe it’s a portrait of Richard Hambleton ?
one of my fav pieces in the show / sccruffffy.
skin off your teeth – raw. ragged. true.


what . . ?
‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – ?!! in an 80s show ?
you know what ? damn yes !! hardcore as hell.
JOSH HARRIS, ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ lightbox.


at the opening, ROBERT FERNANDEZ aka NOVA THE WRAITH.


most def: YES.


YiYi . . making the scene / she just re-located to New York – from Texas.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’THE ART of NEW YORK: 1980s’ . . CONTRA GALLERIES / OPENS WED FEB 13

‘The Art of New York: 1980s’ – CURATED by LINUS CORAGGIO
OPENS TODAY – WED FEB 13 / 6 – 9 PM
the show runs thru . . . FEB 28, 2019
CONTRA GALLERIES, 122 W 26th St, Floor 5, Midtown Manhattan

The work of both late and living legends of 1980s New York City street art, graffiti and other seminal styles of urban work has been assembled by curator LINUS CORAGGIO – sculptor, painter and instigator of the notorious Rivington School & Gas Station spaces in the 80s/90s Lower East Side underground art scene.
The creative luminaries featured include living pioneers such as Fab 5 Freddy, LA2 (Angel Ortiz), Al Diaz (SAMO), Delta 2 & Rick Prol: as well as departed masters like Richard Hambleton, Keith haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat & FA-Q, along with surprise notables.
~CONTRA GALLERIES PRESS RELEASE



‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ / ROGER EBERT review from 2009 (!!)

when a little slice of the hard-core downtown art scene – was WIRED !!!!

and I mean . . w-i-r-e-d in every great way & sense of the word / you can imagine.
from 24/7 surveillance, (wired) to public real-time monitors (wired) . . to outrageous art & thought, beyond the beyond !!
wired . .
beyond your wildest dreams.
talk about . . spinning out.
guns, quilts, & orgies to . . light shows, politicians, extreme video games, and goths.
survival, comfort, Americana – before it hit / Calvin Klein & RAF SIMMONS 2018 . . big.
‘bio’ drives, zen gardens, & interrogation rooms,
and always, lots & lots of that green stuff / as Cardi says: money money money !!!!
open bars on every floor, and a 4 star chef in the kitchen.
talk about . . wired !! this was so wired.

and,
way, way before . . YOU were wired !!, on your cellphone, FB, SNAP & IG / believe it.

while, catching up with ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, this review by the renown movie critic ROGER EBERT, popped up.
published back in OCT 14, 2009 – it makes some interesting insights.


JOSH HARRIS . . in the MARIA ALEJANDRA GIUDICI / MARIANO AIRALDI transparent, communal shower at ‘Quiet’ – the millennial party / downtown art residency . . that kick-started ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’.

it starts off:

“I’d never heard of Josh Harris, who is billed in ‘We Live in public’, as “the greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of.’ I can be excused for thinking Harris was the fictional hero of a pseudo-documentary, until the film quickly and obviously became authentic. It’s not often you see a doc that’s been filmed over a period of 15 years.

Josh was involved in the early days of Prodigy, back in the CompuServe era, and in 1993 founded Pseudo.com which forecast audio and video Webcasting, YouTube, Hulu and countless other streamers. he was, to put it kindly, ahead of his time. In 1993, 300-baud modems were commonplace, and 1200 was fast.

Harris was a myopic visionary, a man who saw the future more vividly than his own life. He was a prototype nerd, a lonely kid who raised himself while planted in front of an old black-and-white TV set, using ‘Gilligan’s Island’, as a vistual famly . . .

In the 1990s, he became one of the early dot.com millionaires , a celebrity on New York, where he threw lavish parties intended not so much for the famous as to attract brilliant and artistic kids to work for him.”

correction: Mr. Ebert gets his $$ facts a little confused here / although he does real good with the gist of it. It was Josh’s first company ‘JUPITER.COM’ . . the very first internet / trend tracking service . . which Josh started with $700, & went on to sell, shortly thereafter for $81 million dollars (!!) / then those mega $$$$ funds when into ‘Pseudo’ – which was to become the multi-channel incubator online streaming endeavor & which threw the real wild parties.

this is true: “Pseudo.com is remembered from that time as Nerd Heaven, with good pay, perks, free creature comforts — demanding only your body and soul”, and this was esp true for the other side of the Pseudo game plan – the artists who put on the outrageous parties.

this also true, when modified: He sold Jupiter, not Pseudo . . for something like $80 million dollars, and that was the end of his good timing.”

well, financially.
he did go on to become the star of a Sundance winning doc, & is still being hailed as the godfather of ‘social media’, for better, or for worse. and now his story is about to become a bonafide Hollywood feature directed by BEN STILLER, ‘Escape From Dannemora’ (!!), and the super bad / super hot . . JONAH HILL will play Josh . . !!
Josh always claimed his goal was to be known as an artist, so if it took losing it all – so be it.
down with good timing, & up with the creative respect & social media ‘props’.

ok – back to the review !!

excerpt: “The filmmaker ONDI TIMONER had already started to document Harris’ life,”
(ps: Josh hired her after seeing ‘DIG! – nancy / for all you Brooklyn ‘DIG!’ fans ),
“and was on the scene when he began a notorious project named ‘Quiet’. Try to imagine this: About 100 of the best and brightest he could find agreed to live 24 hour a day in a cavernous space below street level. They would be under video surveillance every moment. Their lives would be streamed on the web.” (remember, this is 1999 – dial-up internet !! – nancy)
“They shared dining and recreational (!!!) facilities and even a shooting range. They were given state-of-the art computers . They lived in cubicles with the square footage of perhaps six coffins.” (actually much less, maybe 2 coffins – nancy)
“These were stacked atop each other like sleeping pods in a Japanese airport.”

“And this was to be the future, in which we would all live virtually on the Internet.”

& my fave line of all:
“Remarkably, no murders claimed any of Quiet’s eager volunteers; whether any births resulted is not reported.”

& one last correction: we were NOT volunteers – we were paid, and . . well !!!
no wonder the well, ran dry.
performance artists ? I guess so, but certainly – not scripted !!!!!!

damnit, I can’t do your homework, all the time.

well, here’s the link: go read it for yourself !! – ROGER EBERT REVIEWS ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’.



‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ / NYC SCREENING w ONDI TIMONER / WED FEB 13 – 5 PM

in celebration of its . . 10th Anniversary !!

‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . . the 2009 Sundance winning documentary,
which tells the story of web entrepreneur, social media visionary, artist / in the sense that Andy Warhol was, in the greater picture, & very outrageous master of ceremonies . . . JOSH HARRIS.
along with his very merry band of wild crazy artists !!

screens . . .
tomorrow Wed Feb 13, 2019 . .
at The Roxy Hotel, in Tribeca, NYC / a location just blocks from the original downtown ‘bunker’ !!
The Roxy Cinema, 2 Avenue of the Americas / cellar level of the Roxy Hotel.

DIRECTOR ONDI TIMONER . . . will be on hand to do a Q & A, MELISSA GIRA GRANT will be moderating.

GET TIX, here: ROXY CINEMA – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC


JOSH HARRIS . . . as the bunker, or pod hotel / for the 99+ in-house resident artists was being constructed.
it was designed & built by JEFF GOMPERTZ. it was totally wired and each pod had a screen and controls.
Josh is wearing the ‘standard’ issue / in-house crew work uniform.
actually a huge party celebrating the 2000 millennium, which Josh termed: ‘QUIET’- in a most contrarian way.
it was open 24/7 to the public, with open bars (of course) & it was a madhouse, so yeah !!
it was actually, really necessary for the ‘production’ crew – to be set apart.


the communal dining room – for the 99+ resident artist & guests !!
the party, (parties !!), and art installations . . took place in a huge 4 store / empty textile warehouse on Broadway, downtown in Tribeca, corner of . . . I wanna say, Leonard St.
but Josh also rented the empty storefront right next door, I think it used to be a Civil War era photographer’s studio ?
this inflatable, ‘bubble’ dining room ,was definitely, a showstopper.
Josh commissioned MARIA ALEJANDRA GIUDICI to make it, and damn, she did . . a great job.
Maria, and her then-husband, MARIANO AIRALDI, also built and designed the notorious transparent communal shower.


you can imagine among that group, there were . . quite a few, characters, and true-to-life, exhibitionists !!
a kid we called, ‘Cowboy’ – was one.
okay, not to break the ‘spell’
spoiler alert: there were actually a couple of standard private bathrooms, in the basement / but, as for the shower ?
just the transparent communal one. lucky the building had been a textile warehouse, and there were lots of scraps and rolls of fabric lying around, so my solution . . was to shower under a fleece ‘cape’.
because, yes !!
there were omni-present cameras – filming all the time & the footage was screened real-time /
you could be eating dinner, and there’d be somebody, or more likely somebodies (!!) naked in the shower, carrying on, carefree as a bird / on the dining room monitors.
it wasn’t called . . ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – for no reason.
& Ondi was actually there, in charge of all the footage.
did we mention: The Interrogation Room’ ? the zombies, and the techies.


screenshot: NANCY SMITH, in the ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ trailer.

if you notice the ‘gypsy-like’ life-force . . caught in melt-down, a classic hard-core NYC artist, in the green & yellow puffer jacket, that would be . . me.

of course, there were all kinds of ways, ‘living in public’ – could affect you, could become / ‘living in hell’.
esp when the only rule was: you couldn’t leave !!
there was nothing in place to restrain you, but: if you left, you couldn’t come back.
that was cause enough.
and if you were looking for a mayor, Josh was not . . he.
he was too busy judging live sex contests. and I was supposed to be doing a ‘quilting bee’ — ha ha ha ha.
I mean, someone else was tending a Zen garden, (RIP) Mark Enger of Exploding Sky was silk screening. it wasn’t all neon red light, and war zones, for sure. that was what was so interesting, and talent, really, talent in the end . . was what counted, incl entertainment talent, or as the straight-laced art world calls it . . performance art.
someone was growing a Zen garden, ALEX ARCADIA had goldfish swimming in a moat of water, around a life-size Zen temple (to Arcadia, btw, not to the ‘gods’.)
(RIP) MARK ENGER, of EXPLODING SKY, another cowboy, was silk-screening concentric circle ‘targets’ . . onto crew members’ work shirts.

it was a self-contained artificial world, no windows, no sunlight. things got unreal.
it was much like a spaceship, except instead of astronauts . . it was filled with knock-down artists, with nothing to lose, & (plenty of Pseudo big bucks $$$ to gain) / hardcore all-day, all-night partiers / extreme video gamers, full-on goths & not to forget, Alfredo’s full-fledged shooting gallery, with assault rifles for all (for real), in the sub-basement.
things got unreal, things got hyper, people got un-hinged.
(not to forget, the professional ‘sex workers’, Josh seeded the place with.)

forget getting naked on camera, in my case it was my my life that un-raveled before the all-seeing cameras. and I guess, imprinted into history, now.
I got provoked, taunted, in a way nasty way, and in that 24/7 hyper-speed world, I responded quite singularly.
I got . . into a fight. knocked the dumb, groupie art chick ‘art dealer’ – out with one punch.
I almost killed her, (for real). the cameras didn’t catch the action, Ondie was cursing over that / it was an obscure corner where we made ourselves coffee, but the story-line runs through-out.
lucky I didn’t kill the dumb chick, I mean, how was I to know – she was sitting on flimsy plastic 99 cent store chair, and it rocked over backwards, with a hard thwack on the old concrete floor / with just one impassioned punch to her neck. who’d I ever hit before, anyways ? ok. maybe Rene Ricard, back in the Fun gallery days. slammed a door on his face. he deserved it.

hey, don’t come into the kitchen – if you can’t take the HEAT !!!!!
I was pretty upset as it was. and I was supposed to be one of the ‘grown-ups’ at the party !!
the folk art / historian . . ‘quilt lady’.
but imagine, if that little lady, we call luck – wasn’t with me, I’d prob be in prison, and prob so would Josh.
I mean, there was a ‘toxic waste’ installation (for real), right next to the 99 sleeping pods, which could have blown up at any moment, and how many people in there – knew that ?

that was also – a big part of it.

just how willing people were to put themselves – ‘online’, in public / with no knowledge of whose watching / or who the other players are, & just what . . hidden forces could be at work.

not to mention, apparently . . . nothing fades away / on the web.



~LUKE TODD . . ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’ / PIX FROM THE OPENING

the quiet . . SPIN.

LUKE TODD – ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’
OPENED . . FRI JAN 25, 2019
GALERIE MICHAEL BARGO, CHINATOWN

PIX – FROM THE OPENING:


LUKE TODD, at the opening.


industrial, yet graceful.
set in a specific motion, opaque in color, and yet: a void / a mind-set.


the surfaces, their metallic nature . . violated the white walls.


the struggle between my camera, and the flat sculptures – was more ‘kinetic’, than the actual gear movement.
the interlocking, interloping teeth, of the almost random-shaped . . circles / ovals . . moved very very slowly,
as if grace were more important, than raw speed ?


it prob had a lot to do with the complexity of the shapes, and it might have been more effective visually, to have seen the shapes move . . more dynamically, more graphically, but then ?
would we be thinking – about them, so much ?


prob your best bet, for realizing the ‘wheels’ . . ‘turn’, and eat, or meet and greet . . each other,
would be the wired, mechanical works in the back.


that was an interesting ‘angle’, to entertain . . at an art show.


not all the ‘mechanical works’, were wall pieces . .
some were . . free-standing, yet still quite – wired.
their contrast to reality, was heightened by the Chinatown window scene.


and they weren’t all black – some were red.
but again, a perfect pitch – for a mechanical piece.

very much in contrast, to the world – we have to move through.
“your taxes were lowered / but your refund is less, much less.” / wtf
nothing is black & white.
nothing is what it seems / or what we are told. nobody really believes anything, they are told.
it’s all . . smoke & mirrors.
it’s all . . spin.


there was something about that barely moving, quiet ‘spin’ – that was so pervasive.
& in a way, in which a more aggressive, or obvious ‘gear’ spin – would not / have not been.
a kind of . . spiritual ‘temperature’.

and yet, also a . . VALENTINE.

red ‘hearts’, running along the wall.


people got real social, at the opening.
the quiet accomplishment of the show / pulsed in a warm way – strange, considering it was so mechanical ?!!
it’s hard to condense the beauty of this show, or define . . it’s effectiveness.
quiet . . interlocking ?

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~LUKE TODD . . ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’ / 2 scoops of butter

LUKE TODD . . . ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’/ GALERIE MICHAEL BARGO


@lukemichaeltodd: etch bath

watch the clip: video via Instagram @lukemichaeltodd

note: it’s super fascinating to see beyond an art work’s final production, esp re: those with technical platforms /
but, in this case it’s also . . like lifting a veil, and finding pure magic.
the warm, luminous color, and the thick liquidity, of the ‘etch bath’, contrasts so brilliantly against the end-product.
the cold steel, and it’s hard surface. and then, factor in . . how like honey, the etch bath moves, in deep undulating waves.
with a rocking, rhythmical chorus – heavily sloshing back & forth, within the perimeters of the container /
versus the hard-won, rigid & measured ‘turning’ movement of the teeth of the gears.
with nothing random in that final action, that purrs silently on the wall, plugged into its electric socket.
a warm, deep ocean vs. the precise clockwork of a . . large large watch.



~LUKE TODD . . ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’, GALERIE MICHAEL BARGO / OPENS FRI JAN 25

LUKE TODD – ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’
OPENS FRI JAN 25 / 6 – 9 PM
& runs thru . . end of FEB 2019
GALERIE MICHAEL BARGO, 103 BOWERY, 3rd Fl, CHINATOWN, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC 10002

well, better than . . eggs.
& as with regards to Cardib & her gang twerking /
to twerk, . . or NOT TO TWERK !!
NOT !!!!

the art world coming in . . . industrial, but smooth – as butter.



~’WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . honored at SUNDANCE 2019 / WALL STREET JOURNAL INTERVIEWS DIRECTOR ONDI TIMONER – TODAY / FRI JAN 25

who knew !!!!!!
our ‘turn-of-the-century’, rebel hardcore, underground downtown NYC art crew is going . . . conservative business / mainstream !!!!!!!!!

‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . . the original 2009 documentary, is being honored at Sundance today.

none less than the WALL STREET JOURNAL is honoring ‘WE LIVE In PUBLIC’,
on the 10 year anniversary of its Sundance Grand Jury Prize, by interviewing the film’s intrepid director, ONDI TIMONER. They will be asking Ondi about . . “the technological dystopia the film prophesied & where we’re headed from here.’

the talk is 4-5 PM with cocktails, from 5-7 PM on Main St at the DELL DEN.


FILE UNDER: THE FUTURE of STORY TELLING (!!!!!)

& . . . ‘THE REALITIES of the Internet – today (!!!!)


at left, ONDI TIMONER, the illustrious director of ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, 2009 . .
flying into the festival, last night.
she looks pretty happy.
as well, her newest venture, ‘MAPPLETHORPE’ is opening to great acclaim, & will come to NYC this March.
image via Instagram @onditimoner

so,
a few of my friends got together & held a BIG, BIG MILLENNIUM PARTY – the rest, apparently, is HISTORY !!!!!!!


JOSH HARRIS, “the greatest internet entrepreneur you never heard of”, or as some people like to call him: the “Andy Warhol of the web”, and the focus of the documentary, was the king of the way-off-the-mainstream, downtown art scene – when he threw the biggest art party NYC has ever seen.
that’s ALFREDO MARTINEZ, at the right of the frame. Alfredo is notorious for the live shooting gallery, with BIG GBG guns, that was in the basement of the 2 building art installion & full-on million dollar / millennial par-tay !!
Josh had recently sold his baby brainstorm, JUPITER.COM, the first internet, trend tracking company, for $81 million buckeroos.
so to say, he had deep pockets . . is NOT an exaggeration.

def, watch: the trailer – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC !!!!

lol, that’s me . . in the trailer.
I guess I became the ‘poster’ girl for . . . ‘DYSTOPIAN’.
talk about . .
when your most humiliating moment, is caught on tape, and goes on to become . . a Sundance winner.

this was the poster for the NYC premiere of ‘WE LIVE In PUBLIC’ at MOMA, back in 2009.
at the start of the doc – I was the poster girl for . . Utopia, lol.
that’s me and my kid, Theo in the pod hotel.
note the wires, cameras, and monitors !!!

over 99 artists worked & played in the week long crazy wild art party / artist residency / installation.
spread out over 2 old buildings downtown, it was open to the public 24/7 & it was PACKED !!
and probably completely illegal. above all, were the 24/7 surveillance cameras & live-streaming video.
tiny cameras & tiny screens wired beside every artist ‘pod’ / and . . (notoriously) through-out, incl showers.
the web – was being born, in real time.
it was the birth – of social media, though little did we imagine.
it was only in ‘looking back’ – that the big big picture emerges & for that, we have to thank . . Ondi Timoner , and her truly, cinematic in the fullest sense, story-telling.
she caught the action in real time, and set the story in context, 9 years later.


our fearless leader, JOSH HARRIS . . in the futuristic, ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ communal shower.
did we say, see-thru ?

& of course !!
the new elephant in the room !!

BEN STILLER . . is set to make a feature-length recreation of the doc !!!!
and the newly hot hot hot / hot as hell !!!! JONAH HILL will play . . JOSH !!!!!!!

as if BEN isn’t hot as hell now – either.
just 3 words – says it all !!
‘ESCAPE FROM DANNEMORA’ !!!!
BRETT JOHNSON, who co-wrote the SHOWTME winner, will also be scripting the ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ feature.

oh lord,
if Tilly is any example, of what I have to look forward to, even if it’s just a ‘milli-second’ of screen time / I’m gonna have to hide away, forever.



~ALFREDO MARTINEZ SUPER FAN . . !!

APPARENTLY . . Alfredo’s show in Japan – is a BLAST !!!!!

LABEL THIS: ‘A PERFECT FAN’.

ALFREDO MARTINEZ . . ‘NORMAL ACTIVITY’ / MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY, TOKYO !!


from the opening – last night:
this is such a riot – a true super fan !!
watch the clip: ALFREDO MARTINEZ – INSTAGRAM / SUPER FAN at the MEGUMI OGITA opening / JAN 24, 2019


this is the gun he is melting down – over !!
“so, I’m a Big Fan of the Mauser Broom handle . . .”


well, YEAH !!!
that is a great funny gun handle !!
Broom handle !!!!!
and, according to the kid – it has some note-worthy art world / comic book / anime ? history !!!


& check out his t-shirt: “JIHAD OF THE ABSURD” !!!


and those skinny harlequin pants (!!) & pointy toe boots.
def a . . . 10/10.

ALFREDO MARTINEZ, ‘Mauser C96 / Broom Handle’, 2019
on hand-made collage paper, 20 x 30 in.
in Alfredo’s studio at MANA CONTEMPORARY in Jersey City – just before it got shipped out.
fresh off the walls – so to speak.
go Jersey !!
Jersey to Tokyo, by way of NYC – now that’s traveling.

all images via Instagram @alfredomartinezartist
see: ‘A PERFECT FAN’ – POST / @alfredomartinezartist



~ALFREDO MARTINEZ, ‘NORMAL ACTIVITY’ . . MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY, TOKYO / OPENS FRI JAN 25

talking about . . JAPAN !!
Alfredo’s in a 2-person show – opening tomorrow, in Tokyo. Ginza District !!
‘NORMAL ACTIVITY’ . . . ?!!!
I guess, so. & great name for a show (!!)

ALFREDO MARTINEZ & BRIAN LEO – ‘NORMAL ACTIVITY’
OPENING FRI JAN 25 / 17:30 – 19:30
& running thru . . FEB 9, 2019
MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY, TOKYO

CONGRATS !!! ALFIE !!!


TOP: BRIAN LEO / BOTTOM: ALFREDO MARTINEZ / advance flyer: nice & raw !!
ps: I’m liking Brian’s work, too.
talk about strange bedfellows !!
they make for a real nice . . contrast / in both style & context.


ALFREDO MARTINEZ, ‘CZ (Ceska Zabrojovka) model 83.380 acp’, 2018
50.8 cm x 76.2 cm. / 20 x 30 in.
acrylic on collage paper / Alfredo’s ‘signature’ hand-made paper
image via Instagram @megumi_ogita_gallery