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

~’SKINNY LOVE’ . . BON IVER, 2007


yeah, that’s about . . sums it up.

check out: ‘Skinny Love’ by BON IVER, 2007



~NADIA BELERIQUE . . ‘Everything, All The Time’ / Stained Glass details / BABA YAGA / HUDSON, N.Y.

the world feels . . so skinny !!
in . . Covid.

SCOTT KEIGHTLEY . . is showing a singular & very curious sculpture by young Canadian artist, NADIA BELERIQUE / in his upstate gallery, BABA YAGA,
in a small group show titled, ‘Silhouettes’.

‘Silhouettes’ – BABA YAGA GALLERY
5821 NY-9G, HUDSON, N.Y.
HRS: SAT 12-6 PM / or by appt

it’s . . a great sunny, autumn crisp day / perfect for a rural road trip !!
Go check it out – today / if you can.
it’s Sat !!


NADIA BELERIQUE, ‘Everything, All The Time’, 2020.
Maple wood, stained glass, copper, tape, lead.
(it appears to be . . ‘human size’.)


what struck me as so interesting about this, otherwise at first glance – so, very simple piece / were 2 things.

one: the use of stained glass, esp. in such a narrative way, but also as a visual addition to a sculpture. and a wooden, stand-alone one at that.
glass, and stained glass in particular . . being a recurring subject here on artlovers lately, and trending, apparently in the art world . . in general.
this sculpture is notable for the beautiful, and well, the truly exquisite and subtle color of the stained, leaded stained glass detail, but also most curiously for the lack of, or at least / extremely narrow . . translucent and / or transparent ‘zone’. being fashioned, seeminggly flat . . onto the wood’s surface.
Being attached to the wood at a close call / the pale glass is not a window to see thru / but a kind of shallow light, or reflection.
yet, for all that narrowness, it retains a deft . . dynamic. very curious, & very skilled. and also so controlled by narrative vision, and yet: in a seemingly spontaneous gesture, too.

two: the narrowness of the entire piece, the narrowness of the 2 upright human silhouettes, and yes, even the distance between time, struck me so much – as it jumped to my mind immediately as a Covid metaphor, for today’s limited and, often wounded . . social interaction.
even the stained glass elements, pale yellow ?, white ? gray ?
struck me as . . sickly, pale in hope . . / certainly not bright and sunny.
but still: reaching out, for a pat. a touch. a connection.
this is no steamy ‘kissing’ embrace / this is Covid. cautious. limited. wounded. wavering on the brink of human contact.


Nada Belerique (b. 1982, Canada) / lives and works in Toronto.


see:: BABA YAGA, ‘Silhouettes’ installation photos / on their website


see: NADIA BELERIQUE – ARTIST WEBSITE

note: ALL PHOTOS / COURTESY of THE GALLERY via Instagram @babayagagallery



~JOSH HARRIS & MARK ENGER . . ‘GILLIGAN’ / BBB . . with a side of internet micro-theft (of my work)

without consent . . !!!

so, A-N-N-O-Y-I-N-G . . !!!

JOSH HARRIS . . of ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’,
and, MARK ENGER (sadly departed for several years now) . . of EXPLODING SKY /
definite deserve a shout-out for calling out the ‘influence’ & media-power of 1960s sit-coms / & popular culture, but esp. of ‘GILLIGAN’S ISLAND’.
they most definite narrowed it down.

apparently, legendary PIMCO co-founder, billionaire BILL GROSS . . chose to repeatedly blast the theme song of ‘Gilligan’s Island’, loud enough, and long enough to disturb his warring over Gross’s large Chihuly glass installation neighbor – billionaire MARK TOWFIQ.

it’s also a potent hard fact occurrence of an even more annoying war . . the blatant theft of original content / i.e. intellectual property theft, specifically photo copyright – on the web.
and, it’s up-close & personal !!
very annoying. it’s most def micro=theft to the highest degree.
if I had a penny for every photo of mine that is circulated without permission, never mind basic photo credit . . I’d be a billionaire, too. or, well at least: sitting pretty.

if you google Josh Harris and Gilligan . . this ‘orphaned’ photo is what pops up:


and, yeah: of course . . it’s mine.

there’s really nothing worse; neighbor’s illuminated, over-size Chihuly glass installation aside, than doing some research and having your own photo pop up, without credit.


here’s the full / original photo.
the old iPhone camera ‘auto-focus’ & the angle . . are the dead give-away ‘signature’ of ownership.

that’s a DAVID PERRY painting on the left / and the JOSH HARRIS ‘Gilligan’ on the right.

JOSH HARRIS, ‘Gilligan’, 1998.
silkscreen on canvas / 20 x 16 in. / signed & dated / unique image on canvas.
made in collaboration with master silkscreen artist / MARK ENGER of EXPLODING SKY WORLDWIDE.

of course, the ‘appropriation’ of the Gilligan image itself / is also part of the problem, & we have to thank the art world, and the people who set up the early rules on internet posting / for creating a vast & commonly accepted culture of intellectual theft . . as part of the price of disseminating free . . information across the globe – with a flick of a finger.
and, a finger in the face – to the photog, who was smart enough to catch the image in the first place, & then maybe . . not so smart to post it.

see: the aptly named (!!) original post . . ‘Without Consent’ / Amy Li Gallery, Chinatown. Oct 5, 2013 on artlovers


JOSH HARRIS, photo by NANCY SMITH, NYC NOV 19, 2002
first published on artnet / in one of my very first reports for Walter Robinsn, then the artnet editor.
see: ART LOVERS NEW YORK / artnet . . FEB 2003
ps: includes the absolute first art world / public mention of the GEE’S BEND QUILTERS !!!!!

yep.
my earliest posted photo of JOSH HARRIS / founder of Jupiter.com / and Pseudo.com which was a streaming, real-time web platform, the first basically & even more astounding / at a time when most everybody was still on . . dial-up internet !!
his (rise & fall) story – is the basis for the 2009 Sundance-winning documentary . . ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’.
note: when I first met Josh in the late 1990s, he wanted to learn about . . quilts !!
he was then at his (financial) peak, having sold Jupiter – the first online tracking company . . for $82 million.
and, he wanted advice on buying an American ‘heritage’ / antique quilt as a wedding present.
after a few tutorials, I brought him in an early $5,000 Mennonite wool / log cabin . . . which he was quite entranced by.
Gilligan ? not !!
including the background culture that gave birth to quilting / and specifically log cabins / how it was made and by whom /as well as its being an early settler American artifact, and a spiritual one at that / as well as, the whole over-all process of ‘sampling’ (textile piecework) & binary organizing systems / quilt patterns.


MARK ENGER, photo by NANCY SMITH, NYC. Nov 19, 2002.

this: photo of Mark Enger was in the same early artnet report /
see: ART LOVERS NEW YORK FEB 2003

MARK ENGER / R.I.P. 1963 – 2011
was an amazing amazing artist, and a real real cowboy. and a real real . . friend.
the absolute coolest guy, ever.
he was a diehard master silk screen printer . . who seriously, only ate peanut butter sandwiches, cigarettes, and coca-cola.
he bragged about never drinking water, and I never saw him use any filtration / inhalation masks, in the studio either.
not surprisingly, between the potent printer ink fumes & the diet, he left this earth . . way too early.
48.

see: MARK ENGER MEMORIAL / artlovers



~DALE CHIHULY GLASS SCULPTURE . . at heart of BBB / BILLIONAIRES BEHAVING BADLY . . with a side of JONNY CAMPOLO

YIKES !! SPIKES !! MELTED FUSION & COLORED LIGHTS !!

this is how ‘hot’ glass art work is right now . . .

from the fringes of the underground / Jonny Campolo’s exhibit in a hardcore indie Gazebo in artist Jonathan Hartshorn’s New Mexico backyard, amongst the random roaming chicken . . .

to the increasingly bitter warring . . of gazillionaire / billionaire Laguna Beach, ocean-front owning California neighbors: Pimco co-founder BILL GROSS vs tech titan MARK TOWFIQ !!
& each worth according to Forbes, over $1.5 billion.
at the heart of their dispute ?
a 20 ft. long / 10 ft. high cobalt blue / aggregate glass outdoor sculpture by Mr. Chihuly, installed by Mr. Gross, on his side of the adjacent property line.


DALE CHIHULY sculpture . . on Mr. Gross’ property / at center of the dispute.
Photo: Los Angeles Times

note: the fact that it can be ‘illuminated’ at night . . probably adds to the controversy.
hey, Jonny’s Calendar Gazebo, fused glass exhibit – could be lit, too.

note: in fact, ‘light’ illumination / goes quite nicely with transparent, or even opaque . . glass works /
apart from the intrinsic, wonderous surface of glass, of any kind,
could it also be: because it’s born from fire / and fire = light ?


the sculpture as seen from the neighbors’ side / the Towfiq family
Photo: Yahoo!finance

the view-obscuring netting / also has something to do with the bad tempers !!
Mr. Gross insists he needs the netting to protect the glass works from the elements, duh.
but, he also seems to be alleging ‘damage’ from a thrown ‘rock’ / in some reports.

JONNY . . was happy to attach his much smaller scaled glass pieces to (paper !!) cardboard & let the elements work . . their magic.
emphasizing the expected entropy . . with glued-on strips of masking tape !!

then again, Jonny’s pieces go for about a grand, maybe a grand and a half, max /
while, Finance.yahoo suggests the Chihuly sculpture array . . tops out at over or about $1 million.

there you have it / glass, glass, everywhere.
from desert to ocean / rural backyard to cliff-hugging mansion.
and at every . . price point !!
from doughnuts to caviar / glass is not just classy / it’s breaking glass ceilings / esp as hot collectibles / and, even for outdoor sculptures per se, which are usually of steel, wrought iron, if not resin, plaster, or wood.
breaking art collecting no-nos / as well as money-class divides . . anybody with a little art smarts – can easily hop onto glass collecting . . band-wagon.

Cinderella’s proverbial glass slipper returns to haunt a covid-fearing nation . . in need of a fairy tale / or at the very least . . . something, very very pretty !!



~JONNY CAMPOLO: HAPPY HALLOWEEN from ‘THE BIG ORANGE’

YO, HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!!!!!!!!

JONNY CAMPOLO – ‘THE BIG ORANGE’
UP THRU NOV 4 / BY APPT
CALENDAR GAZEBO / @calendar.gazebo / ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

looking just like a backlit . . . SKULL !!!!!
there’s an orange floodlight beaming down on the gazebo, bathing all in an orange glow at night.
orange-a glad !!
so.
just try telling me, ‘The Big Orange’ . . is just about early Dutch Settlers !!
nothing to do with – the mighty colorful Italian American immigrants ?
and, nothing to with Halloween. ha.
hey, it’s Jonny’s world, and everything is . . . F-U-S-E-D !!!!!!!!!

PHOTO: COURTESY of CALENDAR GAZEBO / JONATHAN HARTSHOEN



~JONNY CAMPOLO . . ‘THE BIG ORANGE’ / CALENDAR GAZEBO / ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. / UP THRU NOV 4

JONNY CAMPOLO & CALENDAR GAZEBO PRESENT:
‘THE BIG ORANGE’
UP THRU . . . NOV 4
CALENDAR GAZEBO / JONATHAN HARTSHORN . . an artist-run exhibition & research space
located in a backyard gazebo in Albuquerque, New Mexico
BY APPT ONLY
CONTACT: GALLERY or @calendar.gazebo/IG


that’s Jonny’s !!
fused glass pieces on cardboard, displayed on the wooden gazebo/porch railing.
see: a very sweet video of the installation, they even have . . . snow !!


JONNY made . . a trailer !!
to announce the show / sound on, for the fellow Italian-American crooner !!
watch: JONNY CAMPOLO – THE BIG ORANGE / Youtube


such a cool production . . esp. for a show in a gazebo !!


well, that’s where . . it’s at !!
Go !! Indie !!


the show runs OCT 4 – NOV 4, 2010


the work arrives all the way from NYC / the Big Apple . . . .
in a logistically ‘smart’, straightforward, & sturdy orange !! package /
and hurray !! super hurray !!
for indie pop-ups with chickens, maybe even roosters . . running thru it.


Jonathan Hartshorn, the artist behind Calendar Gazebo . .
probably in collab with Jonny . . choose to display the works on the wooden porch / railing.
and, that’s so !! mighty – fine !!


JONNY CAMPOLO, ‘Ensalada Disinteresante’, 2018-2020
fused glass, cardboard and tape / 15 x 23 in.
note: the tape is a permanent part of the piece.
it’s even glued on !! / to give the illusion that . . it’s falling off !!
Peel that orange !! – Jonny !!


JONNY CAMPOLO, ‘Garlic Ballad’, 2018-2020
fused glass, cardboard and tape / 6 x 12 in.
the theme of the show ?
an Italian breakfast . . . en plein air ?!!


JONNY CAMPOLO, ‘Tuxedo Rental’, 2018-2020
fused glass, cardboard and tape / 18 x 22 in.
for all the fun and games – that’s some serious thought going on.
tape & all. fused glass / low-fi cardboard.
great color palette, too.


JONNY CAMPOLO . . got the work all packed & ready to go / Big Orange all the way.
and so, yeah / the show definite . . lived up to the crazy wild Youtube animation.
THE BIG ORANGE . . straight up from The Big Apple /
the take-over of a rural gazebo in New Mexico / from the gritty concrete city.

Jonny relates the premise of the show . . is loosely based on a historical moment in time when NYC was briefly called New Orange by the early Dutch settlers.

Jonny himself . . is originally from New Hampshire (B. 1987), and is currently NYC / Brooklyn based.
he’s a had a hand in several group shows, as a curator as well:
notably ‘The Burn Show’ of last summer.


check out: JONNY CAMPOLO – ARTIST WEBSITE


check out: CALENDAR GAZEBO

NOTE: ALL PHOTOS COURTESY of . . JONNY CAMPOLO & CALENDAR GAZEBO, thank you !!

continues . . .



~’Fade into You’ . . . MAZZY STAR / Youtube

listen: ‘Fade into You’ by MAZZY STAR / Youtube

MAZZY STAR . . is an American alternative rock band formed in Santa Monica, CA / formed in 1989.
the song was written by the band’s lead vocalist HOPE SANDOVAL, and composer DAVID ROBACK, who also produced it.
‘Fade into You’ . . reached number 3 on Billboard in 1994.



~’FADE INTO YOU’ . . A.D. / OPEN TODAY

‘FADE INTO YOU’
open today . . Sat Oct 24 / 12 – 5 PM
thru . . NOV 14, 2020
A.D. Gallery, 19 Monroe St, NYC . . Chinatown / 3 Bridges
note: masks required / 3 visitors at a time

with: ISABEL ALICIA BAPTISTA, ZOE BARCZA, ZORA MONIZ, CATHERINE MULLIGAN, OAKLEY TAPOLA

MOST, DEF . . read more: ‘Fade Into You’ – A.D. / incl great artist BIOS !!

and, the complete lyrics for this, oh heart of mine:

“The strange light comes on slowly
A stranger’s heart is out of home
You put your hands into your head
and your smile covers your heart
Fade into you
Strange you never knew
Fade into you”
~MAZZY STAR


BTW: great poster by . . ZORA MONIZ


CATHERINE MULLIGAN, ‘Loyalty’,
oil & silver leaf on panel / 24 x 15.75 in.
image via Instagram @AD.NYC

NERD ALERT:
LOOKS TO BE AN
ALL STRONG, CRAZY WILD !! ALLGIRL !! – SHOW !!
oh, YEAH !!
BRING THE NEW GIRLS . . ON !!!

see: ISABEL ALICIA BAPTISTA

see: ZOE BARCZA

see: ZORA MONIZ / Instagram @oilsalad

see: CATHERINE MULLIGAN

see: OAKLEY TAPOLA



~’PSYCHO’ . . GROUP SHOW / EAST HAMPTON SHED & TOW / BROOKLYN / OCT 24 & 25

‘PSYCHO’ . . . !!!!!!!!!

BIG GROUP SHOW – THIS WEEKEND !!
SAT & SUN / OCT 24 & 25 / 12 – 5 PM
EAST HAMPTON SHED & TOW
BROOKLYN POP-UP . . . 1027 GRAND ST. WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN 11211
BY APPT ONLY – CONTACT GALLERY
see:EAST HAMPTON SHED & TOW – FB
see: EAST HAMPTON SHED & TOW – Instagram


HADLEY VOGEL & ABBY LLOYD co-founded & run EAST HAMPTON SHED & TOW
see: EAST HAMPTON SHED & TOW – CV



~DANIEL GIORDANO, MARCY HERMANSADER & CAITLIN MacQUEEN . . ‘THE HUNCH’ / MOTHER GALLERY, BEACON NY / OPENS SAT 31

DANIEL GIORDANO, MARCY HERMANSADER, CAITLIN MacQUEEN – “THE HUNCH”
OPENS SAT OCT 31, 2020 / 3 – 6 PM
the show runs thru NOV 22, 2020
MOTHER GALLERY, 1154 NORTH AVE, BEACON NY 12508



~DANIEL GIORDANO, KATY GRANNAN, KARA HAMILTON . . ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ / Art In America


Newburgh N.Y. based artist . . DANIEL GIORDANO,
Photo by KATY GRANNAN in her new portrait series, ‘We The People’, 2020,
named for the recent KARA HAMILTON series of brass pins calling upon the country . .
to vote !!
image via Art in America / courtesy SALON 94

Daniel is wearing one of the ‘We The People’ pins in his hat, and another at his neck.

the absolutely striking & deeply poetic photo . . is featured in a resonant essay, A NEW MEANING FOR ‘WE THE PEOPLE’, written by GLENN ADAMSON for Art in America, and posted this past Oct 13, 2020.
see: ‘A New Meaning for We The People’ by Glenn Adamson – Art in America

some take-aways:

~ “Toronto-based artist KARA HAMILTON (is) best known for her sculptures, featuring pieces of concrete, brass instruments, and other found objects . . originally trained as an architect / she also makes actual jewelry, a practice she’s been able to maintain during the coronavirus lockdown.”
~ “as a medium of communication, campaign buttons have been swept into the desk drawer of history / but for Hamilton, that made the genre all the more attractive.”
~ “she set to work, carving a series of designs in pink wax & then casting them in brass.”
~ “tears are a recurrent theme, rolling forth from an eagle, a bumblebee, an elephant, a flower.”
~ “repeated throughout . . are the letters ‘US’, referring at once to America, and those who live in it together.”
~ “KATY GRANNAN . . has been a close friend of Hamilton’s since the two women attended graduate school at Yale some twenty-five years ago.”
~ “Grannan’s signature strategy: making intimate (photo) portraits of complete strangers.”
~ “she says that photography, for her, ‘is almost an excuse to engage with people’ . .”
~ “For the photographs in support of ‘We the People’, Hamilton & Grannan chose Newburgh, New York, as their shooting location. . one of those rough-and-ready Hudson Valley towns that boomed for decades before finally going bust / but a few factories still operate & other s have been converted into artists studios, indicating a nascent wave of gentrification.”
~ “Newburgh is also a place of historic importance, having been Washington’s headquarters during the last year of the Revolutionary War.”

the pins are being sold via SALON 94, all proceeds going to charitable causes: FairVote & the Earthjustice Action Center.

some of my notes:

~ the varied & very diverse subjects of the series, don’t seem to be identified by name, least not as the photos are titled / presented . . in this article.
~ but, now you know, that’s . . Newbugh-based artist DANIEL GIORDANO, who in fact works out of an old squat brick warehouse – that formerly manufactured winter coats, and was his originally Italian immigrant family’s generations’ old business, now defunct.
~ sometimes the old industrial warehouse is also the site of pop-up shows / street parties curated by Daniel, often in partnership with friends / though now it is mostly a multi-level showcase / including storefront, for his own work / mostly sculpture. a huge upper floor serves as his studio. Daniel is like an intellectual-magnet-on-steroids, by nature, and so the place has become a hotbed of local artistic community energy, and of the growing Hudson Valley art community at large . . and is therefore, now referred to lovingly, or at least with honest respect: as ‘Vicki Island’ for its many facets !!
the pop-up gallery was indeed called: Vicki.
named for Daniel’s aunt Vicki, who used to run the last phase of the coat manufacturing.
~ go INDIE !!!!

~ one last / very personal take-away:
re Grannan’s . . ‘seeing photography as a way to engage with strangers’ / yes !! that’s for sure.
but in my case, I don’t take portraits of strangers per se, so much as I get drawn to ‘strangers’ to me, in the art world / drawn to their talent, like a moth to flame. the more unknown, and indie – the better !!
that’s how I know Daniel.

~ and, ps he wasn’t a ‘total’ stranger to Katy, as he has been friends with Kara – through her friendships within the Newburgh community.

~ and one last / very off-the-wall, personal observation:
it’s completely a vast vast wonderment, and very compelling to me, as to how . . a ‘blonde’ Italian or at least of said ancestry . . appears to channel, and so poetically: Native American.
and, it’s not just the hat, because it doesn’t channel: cowboy / at least, not to me.
its something about the posture. the spray of violet flowers at his wrist.
it must be that indie . . rebel spirit !!
that authentic connected-ness to the landscape.
and the way that landscape is staged around him /
such is the power of photography. and in this case, Katy’s.

Kara’s pins . . also speak to Native imagery, as re-told through her eyes.
and, it’s a good thing to re-tell native folkways / and in any means possible – keep it alive, and not just flickering. Native imagery and thought, has become a newly & increasingly powerful stylistic on the art & thought of this land again, and that’s always a good thing.
it is only: win win. and if it sends you scrambling / looking with new eyes at Native American art and folk crafts / seeking out written poetry, and origination tales – so much the better, and . . amen.

these photos, but obviously particularly with regard to this one of Daniel . . resonate with the need to give both ‘poetic’ and ‘political’ voice . . to all the ancestors / both Native & immigrant . . who smashed up against each other in the past / but now hold the fate of the country in hand.
as we realize the Native American ancestors – had so much right, and we had so much . . wrong.

long live the ancestors !!
long live the new . . rebels !!
long live . . Indie !!
long live . . DIY !!


VICKY ISLAND, Newburgh, N.Y
site of Vicky . . hardcore Indie / sometime pop-up gallery
DANIEL GIORDANO’s Studio, HQ . .
his authentic upstate ancestral / early industrial / family-run Hudson River warehouse.



~DIY: UTILITY INSTALLS / JEFFREY TRANCHELL & JONNY CAMPOLO

I don’t know if it’s the gritty times – we are living through,
but right now, I def like my DIY . . hardcore / utility.


JEFFREY TRANCHELL, Utility Installation. 2020. Detroit.
image via Instgram @jeffreytranchell


JEFFREY TRANCHELL, Utility Installation. 2020. Detroit.
image via Instagram @jeffreytranchell


JONNY CAMPOLO, ‘Turn On for Andy & Jordan’s new house’, 2020
electric utility switch with shaped glass.
image via Instagram @jonnycampolo


JONNY CAMPOLO, ‘Turn On’, 2020.
Utility switch ’embellished’ with fused / colored glass.
Image via Instagram @jonnycampolo


it’s super fun to see the pristine fluid shaped DIY glass, against the very
authentic / distressed basement wall.
as well, the black, screw-style . . ‘fantasy’ handle !!!!!


the video is quite the riot !!
sound on !! / you can watch it: here
video by @jonnycampolo



~DIY: DESIGN . . GLASS, GLASS & MORE GLASS / CERAMIC BRUT, FLOWER ARRANGING, and . . BRASS WORKING !!

DESIGN: YUSUKE HANAI / HENRY HAUZ T-SHIRT
GLASS: EVAN CHAMBERLAIN / JEFFREY TRANCHELL / JONNY CAMPOLO
CERAMIC BRUT: ELISA SOLIVEN / at HESSE FLATOW
FLOWER ARRANGING: KANA TOGASHI / of SAFFRON BROOKLYN & LES
BRASS WORKING: KARA HAMILTON PINS on DANIEL GIORDANO via MOTHER GALLERY, BEACON

A NEW GENERATION of ARTIST / ARTISANS . . is having a light bulb !! moment !!


screenshot / video posted by New York Times Style Magazine

& it’s totally dominated by new age: glass !!
hi-end, low-end. hot or cold process. stained, leaded, or fused / often functional, sometimes purely fanciful, it’s gorgeous to look at, and . . right through. luminous. rich, nuanced or primary bold colors – it’s a serious ‘surface’ that inter-plays with its surroundings, esp . . a window of natural light.
as. even . . the mainstream New York Times has discovered.
see: ‘Murano Glass . . a new generation of artisans’ – New York Times Style Magazine / Sept 30, 2020
here’s a key take-away:
“Brooklyn-based glass artist, ANDREW O. HUGHES 42, attributes contemporary interest in Murano (glass) to several factors (including): a bit of ceramic fatigue, (and) a desire for the luminosity of glass in an era of pared-down interiors…”

we would add, a new found appreciation for skills, and all things hand-made, and one-of-a-kind, and most importantly not able to be fully realized – on a (computer) screen !!

it can be opaque, or transparent, just like, well . . . people.
& in Jeffrey Tranchell’s hands, it’s even . . the new graffiti !!

but, don’t write off ceramics totally, yet. either.
somehow, in response to all this glass swanning, and fluid form, ceramics has become show-stoppingly: brutalist !!
and why do we feel, metal working, esp traditional gold – is the next big thing ?
and flowers of course, done with new flair – are always / the golden cherry – at the top.


Drawing for DIY Tee by HANAI YUSUKE,
for HENRY HAUZ, art gallery & retail store / Tokyo.
image via Instagram @grain_on _skateboards
see: @haniayusuke
see: @henryhauz

one of my very fav designer / illustrator / artists right now, Hanai Yusuke really gets both the outlaw, and the traditionalism of . . DIY.
it’s not just a new word for craft, it’s a community-based, often in-your-face . . attitude.
DIY also conveys indie entrepreneurship / in a way – all artists today are DIY, running their own little businesses, or at least pr / on the web & across social media.
to be DIY, doesn’t necessarily mean to be: functional . . but, it’s certainly cool, that this DIY anthem is !!
it is a basic tee shirt.
I also particularly like how,in Hanai Yusuke’s work, the ‘people’ who run through it – are the Shakespearean-like comic relief / peanut gallery – who are overlooked by the ruling classes, the status quo, the ‘privledged’, but who nonetheless . . dish up the real commentary, just as in the golden age of samurai films.


hand-blown glass / gold fumicello cruet . . by young Brooklyn-based EVAN CHAMBERLAIN.
Evan Chamberlain Glassworks / hand-blown glass art made in America.
DM for pricing wholesale & inquiry on IG @chamberlandia
image via Instagram @chamberlandia


fused glass art by JONNY CAMPOLO.
on the other extreme, boldly more art expressionistic, though great craft vestiges echo though-out.
& well, it is functional – if you consider uplifting your spirit & changing your head-set – a service.
but, no – no way craft, or DIY has to be functional, we got over that decades ago.
it’s more a working with traditional materials, and blowing upthe traditional – conventions.
image via Instagram @jonnycampolo

note: Jonny has a big / little (!!) show of his new fused work, titled: ‘The Big Orange’ . . . !!!
opening at the very indie / Calendar Gazebo space in Jonathan Hartshorn’s rural New Mexico backyard (!!)
Sun Oct 4, 2020 / tomorrow / more on that . . tomorrow !!
see: @jonnycampolo / @calendar.gazebo


JEFFREY TRANCHELL . . leaded ‘stained’ glass suncatchers.
I have to credit Jeffery Tranchell, a long time friend of mine / & more recently a founder/member/curator at Essex Flowers, who is now based in Detroit . . with turning me onto the new wave of DIY glass.
He’s always been into my DIY (!!) . . . repairing old quilts / all by hand-stitch and with a lot of ingenuity.
it’s interesting to note how vastly dissimilar the surfaces of glass (hard) and quilts (soft) are / as well as the techniques of working them. yet, (patchwork) quilts and glass – both have a very mosaic effect.
as well as a great potential for pattern, or non-pattern, total free-fall & artistic expression.
both are ancient hand-made arts providing both warmth, and symbolic wishes: stay safe / enduring marriage wedding bands, etc (quilts) / while we find stained glass windows in glorious cathedrals, and also humble abodes . . giving comfort, and allowing in light, as well as inspiration to the divine.
image via Instagram @jeffreytranchell


JEFFREY has . . followed the light (!!), by placing his glass suncatchers outdoors, and then in fact a-fixing them to gates, etc.
image via Instagram @jeffreytranchell


in effect, they become a new age ‘graffiti’, which is often very much prized by the new owner.
image via Instagram @jeffreytranchell


the stained glass projects, then evolved into bringing the lightweight, but weather-durable leaded glass pieces into the city, NYC city, specifically Brooklyn . . where they are basically non-invasive, although functioning as graffiti / & where people capture them ‘in the wild’ and post the I-saw-it photos. he’s even made a map.
& he even tries to hang them onto those ubiquitous NYC construction gates – with peep holes, or temporary windows !!
image via Instagram @jeffreytranchell


but mostly they are rather like this. stained glass – for contemporary ‘parkour’ worship.
image via Instagram @jeffreytranchell


Jeffrey screws them in with bits of wire and ‘one-way’ screws, so they are pretty much not easily removed.
these are all soldered, or leaded glass works – so pretty durable.
image via Instagram @jeffreytranchell


ELISA SOLIVEN, ‘Memory in the Shape of a U’ . . up thru OCT 17, 2020 / at HESSE FLATOW
read more / see images: Elisa Soliven – Hesse Flatow / gallery website
installation shot via Instagram @hesse_flatow


this weekend includes a flower arrangement / collab with . . KANA TOGASHI / of SAFFRON BROOKLYN, & L.E.S.
this is just one shot, there are larger arrangements thru-out, even in the bigger vessels !!
image via Instagram @hesse_flatow


ELISA SOLIVEN . . the vessels at first appear to be almost concrete, very brut / though I suppose that’s . . brutalist !!
but, because of the tiny colored tile or jewel-like / colored glass-like (!!) fragments imbedded into the clay surface, they also take on the aspect of those heavy metallic ornate, medieval be-jewelled manuscript covers.
image via Instagram @hesse_flatow


Elisa with a flower bouquet / designed by Kana Togashi.
flower arranging !! an equally revered traditional skill, esp in Japan – now caught up with the DIY 2020s.
Kana owns her shop, now with 2 locations / so she’s def a DIY artisan – entrepreneur.
note . . the DIY wrapping paper.
image via Instagram @saffronbk


DANIEL GIORDANO . . wearing DIY brass pins . . by Canadian artist . . KARA HAMILTON !!
yes, this is how the mighty !! love to play !!
DIY !! FOREVER !!
image via Instagram @mothergallery story / Photo: KATY GRANNAN
see: @danieljgiordano
see: @jkarah

DIY !! FOREVER !!
t-shirt / glass, glass, & glass
ceramic clay / flowers / brass.

note: DANIEL GIORDANO will be in the next group show at MOTHER GALLERY along with . .
CAITLIN MacQUEEN & MARCY HERMANSADER / titled ‘HUNCH’ . . opening: Sun Oct 31, 2020.
see: MOTHER GALLERY, BEACON



~’CUBED’ . . THE HOLE / more pix from the opening !!

‘CUBED’ – GROUP SHOW
THE HOLE, NYC
UP THRU . . OCT 11, 2020

read more: ‘CUBED’ – THE HOLE, NYC


JONNY NIESCHE, ‘Atoms Encode (Scarlet), 2020.
Aluminum, wood, autolack and voile / 63 x 48 x 1 in.
($13,000)


LUKE MURPHY, ‘Pixels, Stream, Speed’, 2019.
LED Matrix panels, MDF panels, mini PC, driver cards, power supplies, cables, software
30.5 x 25 x 25 in.
($20,000)


KRISTINE MORAN, ‘Mad Cap Swimmers – Opposing Strokes’, 2020.
oil & acrylic on linen / 60 x 48 in.
(inquire)


at left:
LUKE DIIORIO, ‘Untitled’, 2020.
oil on canvas over panel / 46 x 46 in.
($12,000)


detail:
LUKE DIIORIO ‘Untitled’.


ANDREAS ANGELIDAKIS, ‘KION’, 2020.
foam blocks, digitally printed vinyl upholstery
138 x 39 x 39 in.
($35,000)


LILAH ROSE, ‘Seabed’, 2020.
foam, muselin, fabric dye, plywood.
72 x 24 x 13 in.
($6,500)


detail:
LILAH ROSE, ‘Seabed’.


frame grab / “FAMILY”
ARA PETERSON, ’12 Ball’, 1997.
16 mm animation / duration: 3 min 29 sec


frame grab / “THANKS”
ARA PETERSON, 12 Ball’, 1997.
16 mm animation / duration: 3 min 29 sec

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / DATE: SEPT 10, 2020



~LUKE MURPHY . . ‘CUBED’ / called it !! Japanese develop UV lamp . . !!

don’t ever underestimate . . the power of heading into the . . light !!


LUKE MURPHY, ‘Pixels, Stream. Speed’, 2019
LED Matrix panels, MDF panels, mini PC, driver cards, power supplies, cable, software
30.5 x 25 x 25 in.
image courtesy: THE HOLE


Ushio Care 222 UV lamp / New York Post SEPT 22, 2020
“about the size of a hardcover book” . . !!


Ushio Care 222 UV lamp / New York Post SEPT 22, 2020

see: JAPANESE FIRM DEVELOPS FIRST UV LAMP THAT SAFELY KILLS CORONAVIRUS / NYP

in short:
“A Japanese company that teamed up with Columbia University has developed a first-of-its-kind ultraviolet lamp that can kill the coronavirus without harming people’s health.
Light equipment maker Ushio’s Care 222 UV lamp is expected to be used to disinfect heavily trafficked spaces where people run the risk of {infection}.
UV lamps have been widely used . . in medical & food processing industries, & JetBlue recently announced plans to use the technology aboard its planes.
However, conventional UV rays cannot be used when people are present because they cause skin cancer & eye problems.
Ushio’s UV lamp emits rays with a wavelength of 222 nanometers, as opposed to the conventional 254-nanometer wavelength, making them deadly to germs, but harmless to humans . . . .
The 2.6 pound Care 222 device which is about the size of a hardcover book, costs about $2,800.”

*well, they hope it is harmless to . . humans /
I mean ‘nano’ / begets .. nano, lol.
but sounds – good !!!



~LUKE MURPHY . . ‘Pixels, Stream, Speed’ / ‘CUBED’ / THE HOLE . .

A PENNY – FOR YOUR THOUGHTS !!

PIX . . . FROM THE OPENING / SEPT 10, 2020

‘CUBED’ / GROUP SHOW
THE HOLE / SEPT 10 – OCT 11, 2020

READ MORE / SEE GREAT INSTALL PIX: ‘CUBED’ GROUP SHOW / THE HOLE


LUKE MURPHY . . .


LUKE MURPHY, ‘Pixels, Stream, Speed’, 2019
LED matrix panels, MDF panels, mini PC, driver cards, power supplies, cables, software.
30.5 x 25 x 25 in.

yes !!

a penny for your thoughts . . as you fall into the wonderment of this 21st C. . . wishing well !!

if only it could suck in . . viruses !!

now, what a pretty ‘humidifier’ . . that would be.

imagine: everyone & every place . . would have one, twinkling away.

changing colors – as the light beams clean the air.

small ones like toasters / big ones like trucks.

maybe, even . . sooner than you think.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~LUKE MURPHY . . in THE HOLE / ‘CUBED’ / BIG !! OPENING !! THURS SEPT 10 / 6-9 PM

LUKE !!!!!

LUKE MURPHY . . in THE HOLE / ‘CUBED’ / GROUP SHOW
OPENS THURS SEPT 10, 2020 / 6 – 9 PM
THE HOLE, 312 BOWERY, NYC, NY 100012

LUKE MURPHY, ‘Pixels, Stream, Speed’, 2019.
LED Matrix panels, MDF panels, mini PC, driver cards, power supplies, cables,
software / 30.5 x 25 x 25 in.
image courtesy: THE HOLE

& YES !!!!
that is Luke’s . . ‘Resist’ LED-Deli sign – that runs across the top of this page !!
you can even, catch some of the same color palette / in both the LED matrix sculpture, and the online digitally animated ‘LED’ banner.
and, don’t we all need to . . . RE-ACCESS: RESIST, FOCUS & DE-BUBBLE !!
get your heads – into the future, people !!


see: LUKE MURPHY / LUKELAB / ARTIST WEBSITE



~FREDDY’S DEAD . . . GET THE T- SHIRT !!

FREDDY . . is a curatorial project by New York based artist, JOSHUA ABELOW.

this t shirt was produced to celebrate 5 years of programming / 2014-2019.
please visit: FREDDY / for more info
Artwork by: TED GAHL
Layout Design by: JONNY CAMPOLO
Silkscreen & production: ANDY MISTER aka HELEN SAID THIS
6 oz. 100% ring spun cotton tee
free shipping in the USA
from . . . $34

to order: FFREDDY’S DEAD – HELEN SAID THIS

the back is like a band tour T . . . it lists all the FREDDY shows & projects.

ALL IMAGES via: FREDDY’S DEAD – HELEN SAID THIS



~CHARLES WASHINGTON, CHARLIE SMITH / ‘ENTERTAINMENT & HISTORY’ / BABA YAGA / UP-DATE

BABA YAGA has just posted . . some great install shots !!

see: installation photos & some very good editorial commentary . . ‘ENTERTAINMENT & HISTORY’ – BABA YAGA GALLERY !!

note: CHARLES WASHINGTON & CHARLIE SMITH, are both artists living & working in Hudson, NY.

here are a few of my personal favs:


CHARLES WASHINGTON, NEWBURGH – BEACON BRIDGE


CHARLES WASHINGTON, GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE


CHARLES WASHINGTON, TAPPANZEE BRIDGE


CHARLIE SMITH, ‘LOOPER’, sculpture


CHARLIE SMITH, ‘LOOPER’ / from angle


CHARLIE SMITH, ‘Big Sculpture’


installation shot – for scale.

ALL PHOTOS VIA: BABA YAGA GALLERY WEBSITE



~JOHN-ELIO REITMAN & SCOTT KEIGHTLEY / BABA YAGA / HUDSON, NY / THURS SEPT 3

6 – 9 PM
WEAR MASKS

JOHN-ELIO REITMAN & SCOTT KEIGHTLEY . . . ‘INTERLUDE’
are showing some work, tonight . . THURS SEPT 3, 2020

CHARLES WASHINGTON & CHARLIE SMITH, ‘ENTERTAINMENT AND HISTORY’ . . is still up, too.
BABA YAGA , 5821 NY-G Hudson, NY


JOHN-ELIO REITMAN / PHOTO VIA INSTAGRAM @babayagagallery

I don’t know if you could call these guys, ‘matchey matchey’ to their face and live,
but . . great color palette.

if it weren’t a 2-1/2 hr. drive for me / one way . . . I’d def be there.