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

~SKOWHEGAN TAROT . . feat. wands by MELISSA BROWN / OPENS TO-NITE , SAT FEB 18

talk: about MICRO ART BUYING . . !!

don’t blink.
turn over – your card. & your cash !!

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@boogiebrowntown / MELISSA BROWN:
tonight! Launch Party for the #skowhegantarot featuring designs by 74 artists, wands by yours truly.
Magic by TA DA #rossmoreno *What’s in the cards 4 U * ?
SAT FEB 18, 2017
6-9 PM
16 WEST 22nd ST. CHELSEA NYC.

IMAGE & TEXT: via @boogiebrowntown / MELISSA BROWN

MORE INFO: THE SKOWHEGAN TAROT LAUNCH PARTY



~HAPPY BIRTHDAY . . LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY / MET AMERICAN WING

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@metamercianwing:

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY to LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY,
born on this day, FEB 18, 1848 !!

ALTHOUGH TIFFANY worked in nearly every artistic medium, including painting, watercolor, ceramics, furniture, textiles, and metalwork, he is best known for his work in glass.

A TRUE VISIONARY, TIFFANY worked with expert glass makers to create new glass formulas that resulted in revolutionary colors and textures, such as the rough Lava or ‘volcanic’ glass used for this bowl.

Bowl, by Louis C. Tiffany and Tiffany Studios, ca. 1908.”

IMAGE & TEXT: via Instagram @metamericanwing / MET MUSEUM AMERICAN WING.

note: I’m thinking it should read, “worked in nearly every artistic medium”, . . . available during his life.
he handled many precious materials that not easy to get hold of today, and many skills have been lost; on one side – on the other . . digital imaging, or even acrylic, or even spray paint – was to be, born.

note: #UndertheVolcano



~ZACH NADER, ‘STAGE BLIND’ . . MICROSCOPE GALLERY, OPENING TO-NITE, FRI FEB 17

ZACH NADER: ‘STAGE BLIND’
OPENS FRI FEB 17, 2017 / 6 – 9 PM
the show runs thru MARCH 26, 2017
MICROSCOPE GALLERY , 1329 Willoughby Ave, #2B, Bushwick, Brooklyn
HRS: THURS thru MON / 1 – 6 PM / or by appointment

MICROSCOPE GALLERY was founded in 2010 by artists & curators ELLE BURCHILL & ANDREA MONTI.

The gallery . . “specializes in the works of moving, sound, digital and performance artists.”

This is ZACH NADAR’s second solo exhibit at the gallery.

“IN new prints on aluminum and single-channel videos – many of which use advertising campaigns as their underlying sources – ‘stage blind’ considers notions of invisibility as reflected in content as well as with respect to the limits of the human eye and its technological extensions, including the camera, lens, software, and screen.” – gallery website

read more: ZACH NADER – ‘stage blind’

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ZACH NADER, “tidal pull”, 2017. UV print on Dibond, 25 x 35 in.
Image courtesy of the artist & Microscope Gallery.

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~from BUSHWICK . . to ATLANTA, DAY & NIGHT PROJECTS / OPENS TO-NITE, FRI FEB 16

TWO EXHIBITS . . from BUSHWICK / ‘MIRROR, MIRROR’ & ‘IN TIME OF SILVER RAIN’
GOING TO: DAY & NIGHT PROJECTS / in ATLANTA, GEORGIA !!!!!
OPENS TO-NITE / FRI FEB 17, 2017 / 7-10 PM

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DAY & NIGHT PROJECTS IS PLEASED TO PRESENT:

‘MIRROR, MIRROR: NICHOLAS STEINDORF & RAUL VALVERDE’ – curated by MOUNTAIN, BUSHWICK

‘IN TIME OF SILVER RAIN: MICHI MEKO & SAIGE ROWE’ – curated by SELENA, BUSHWICK

OPENING – FRI FEB 17, 2017 / 7 – 10 PM
the show runs thru MARCH 12, 2017
DAY & NIGHT PROJECTS, 585 WELLS ST. SW, ATLANTA, GEORGIA

MOUNTAIN and SELENA . . are both artist-run spaces in the Bushwock neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

MOUNTAIN . . introduces Atlanta viewers to New York-based artists, NICHOLAS STEINDORF and RAUL VALVERDE.
“This exhibition is about simulated realities, intangible form, and the reflective nature of abstraction.”

interestingly, although SELENA is a Bushwick-based gallery, they will be curating a show with 2 Georgia-based artists, and I guess there’s some inherent dialogue, just in that.

SELENA . . will pair Georgia artists MICHI MEKO and SAIGE ROWE, in a concurrent show whose title ‘IN TIME OF SILVER RAIN’ “shares the same title as LANGSTON HUGHES’ poem from 1947, which speaks to a time of change when winter is ending and spring is beginning.”

read more:DAY & NIGHT PROJECTS – ‘Mirror, Mirror / In Time of Silver Rain’ . . !!!!!!!!
where you can also find out – a little more about the artists – themselves.



~’DRAWING ISLAND’ . . incl. AUSTIN LEE

AUSTIN LEE . . also has a piece in the big drawing show at THE JOURNAL GALLERY, in Brooklyn.

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AUSTIN LEE . . . DRAWING.
currently on view – in the big survey show: ‘DRAWING ISLAND’, at THE JOURNAL GALLERY.
up thru MARCH 26, 2017.
PHOTO BY @majadjordjevic / MAYA DJORDJEVIC
IMAGE via Instagram @austinlee

thanks to @katecerigo for the shout-out !!

I haven’t seen anything so haunting, since those first early / ghostly paintings . . of what looked to be early Shaker or Amish women by . . VANESSA BEESCROFT.



~TAYLOR McKIMENS . . STUDIO VISIT, B-B-BROOKLYN. APRIL 13, 2016

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inside TAYLOR McKIMEN’S studio . . .
letting in . . . the LIGHT !!
Williamsburg, Brooklyn. April 13, 2016.

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TAYLOR McKIMENS . . large Stoic Youth paintings, acrylic on canvas.

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TAYLOR McKIMENS . . smaller Stoic Youth canvas, still P-L-E-N-T-Y . . FAR-OUT !!

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TAYLOR’S worktable, including a pretty distressed, well maybe just thirsty !! yet happy . . desert / cactus, kind of plant.
Taylor is from the South West, so what do you expect ?!!

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I heard some buzz, that Taylor’s scrappy, 3-D ‘plants-in-a-can’, papier-mache sculptures . . are making a big get-away.
translation: selling off the hook.
this is how – they start out.

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TAYLOR McKIMENS . . signing a real nice full color / good scale zine of his work – for me !!
on . . the wings of magic – meets SKILLS.
go, TAYLOR !!!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’DRAWING ISLAND’ . . incl. JOE BRADLEY, TAYLOR McKIMENS, SARAH BRAMAN, MELISSA BROWN. LEIF RITCHEY & CARROLL DUNHAM / THE JOURNAL GALLERY, BROOKLYN – OPENS TO-NITE, THURS FEB 15

‘DRAWING ISLAND’ – BIG GROUP SHOW
OPENING TO-NITE / THURS FEB 16 2017 / 6 – 9 PM
the show runs thru MARCH 26, 2017
THE JOURNAL GALLERY, 106 North 1st ST, BROOKLYN

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@taylormckimens: Detail from ‘Glory’, approx 5 x 7 ft. – part of Drawing Island
at The Journal Gallery, opening Thurs.

image via Instagram @taylormckimens



~WALTER ROBINSON . . posters at UNIQLO, cash in !! $34.90 a pop !!

ever hear of micro investing, folks ?
well, this is . . micro art buying !!

WALTER ROBINSON, ‘cash’ posters for sale – only at the UNIQLO store, on Broadway – in SOHO !!
don’t know how many are left, we bought . . 3 !!
$34.90 ea. / run, don’t walk.

it’s an offset print of the original, WALTER ROBINSON, ‘Cash’, 2016 / a limited edition of 30, when first printed.
and god only knows, how much – now ?!!

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image via Instagram @walterrobinsonstudio
where he thanks JEFFREY DEITCH for the Uniqlo hook-up, in the caption.

go . . . WALTER !!!!!!!!



~SIMON CERIGO . . wants to know !! yo, . . WALTER ROBINSON !! what up ?!!

so, even though SIMON is R.I.P. . . .
he did manage to whisper a few little nothings . . in my ear, for Valentine’s Day, yesterday.

this is what – he wants to know:

“IS WALTER a millionaire . . . yet ?
I got a couple of DAN ASHERS . . . to sell him !!”

and,

“what took him – so long !!”

good question !!!!

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WALTER ROBINSON . . large painting, at the right – at the WHITNEY Museum, featured in the New York Times Art section this weekend, headlining a review by Roberta Smith.

who cares what she wrote, and . . more annoyingly, what took her so long ?
more than 3 decades (!!) to get that Walter – was a genius American painter ???
no matter:
that half page photo by JAKE NAUGHTON for the New York Times – is worth a thousand words !!!
gorgeous !!!

left: KATHE BURKHART, ‘Prick’: From the Liz Taylor Series (Suddenly Last Summer), from 1987, reprises a movie scene with Elizabeth Taylor & Montgomery Clift.

lol, and Walter could be a prick, too. if truth be told, ha.
just . . if any hard-core insiders are reading.
ok. ok. people say bad things about me too, & prob well-deserved, I don’t “suffer fools gladly”, and they wonder why I’m . . .”bitter”,
but . . hey, it’s just very funny – if you are in the know !!

right: WALTER ROBINSON, ‘Baron Sinister’, acrylic on child’s bed sheet, from 1986.

PHOTO of the NEW YORK TIMES page: KATE CERIGO, Simon’s (and mine) daughter, who was born in 1986 / and lived through it all, & is just starting to . . . tell-the-tale, from the inside track !!
“Under the Volcano” . . . !!!!
SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH.

and apparently . . it’s a tale that needs – to be told !!
I don’t see any of these 80s painters – in that Whitney show !!

but, you know what they say, the longer it takes you to rise up to the top, the more critically acclaimed & important – your spot at the top shines. so, wtf !!
#dontbelievemejustwatch !!

I figure it’s no accident / I’m still around to kick the news up, good and hard.
#fate #destiny #NYCartcrticsaresodumb
the NYC art market is so slow / & can we say: as in, retarded, as well ?!!

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a young SIMON CERIGO, he was just 34, when this photo was taken, in 1986 . .
in his short-lived SIMON CERIGO GALLERY on AVE A, in the East Village, with an early WALTER ROBINSON painting, often referred to as ‘Ape Reporter’. it’s actually titled, by Walter – on the back: ‘DAD’.
Simon was one of the first to buy & exhibit Walter’s work.
archival photo: NANCY SMITH

ps: fashionistas . . note the totally buttoned-up shirt / with no tie.
was the guy on point, or what ?
way too-ahead of his times, no wonder his life feel hard, into . . ‘forget my woes’ partying.

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WALTER ROBINSON, ‘Revenge’, 1982. acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 ins.
this was in our collection, from day one !! meaning the early 80’s.
it still has the original Metro Pictures label – on the back.
we had to sell it, to feed the kiddies / to Simon’s sister, Helene Cerigo Lupatkin, the doctor, lol,
but at least it stayed – in the family.

an absolute gorgeous / early painting, ‘Revenge’ was included in the the big WALTER ROBINSON retrospective, and it was also shown at . . DEITCH PROJECTS, recently.
PHOTO: taken in her home, by HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN, MD.

so, yeah.
me and Simon owed at least 10, if not more (!!) of Walter’s works, including one on a large white bed sheet, in varying sizes and of different subject matter, from the 80s on.
any time any dough came our way – we bought another.
Simon, was sure they were no-brainers, (and so was I) but no matter how hard he tried to sell them, there were . . no takers. he couldn’t even give them away. yes, it was that bad.
no help from the ‘Times’.

it took the art world . . over 30 years to catch up to – us !!
I just wish Simon was alive – to see this.
#revenge

I bet a lot of Simon’s rich, but useless collector pals, are kicking themselves in their sorry fat asses – now.



~LUKE MURPHY . . CANADA GALLERY, ZONA, MEXICO CITY

LUKE MURPHY, whose ‘RE-SIST’ / animated digital ‘LED – DELI’ BANNER . . .
is at the top of this page . . .

has 3 light boxes at the CANADA booth, ZONA MACO, Mexico City, Mexico – this weekend.

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LUKE MURPHY, 3 animated LED MATRIX LIGHTBOXES – at CANADA BOOTH, ZONA MACO.
yes, that’s a Katherine Bernhard canvas, at the extreme right, wall.
PHOTO: courtesy of LUKE MURPHY



~PETER SUTHERLAND . . ANONYMOUS GALLERY, ZONA, MEXICO CITY

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IMAGE: PETER SUTHERLAND

FLUCT
BRENDAN LYNCH
PETER SUTHERLAND

ZONA MACO – FEB 8-12, 2017
ANONYMOUS GALLERY – BOOTH NP14
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
IMAGE VIA Instagram @petersutherland / Mexico City, Mexico

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PETER SUTHERLAND – INSTALLATION . . is at center / back.
BRENDAN LYNCH is on the left wall / FLUCT is on the right.
IMAGE VIA Instagram @anonymousgallery

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PETER SUTHERLAND INSTALLATION – ANONYMOUS GALLERY, BOOTH NP14 / ZONA MACO, MEXICO
PETER SUTHERLAND: perforated vinyl wall & framed works.
IMAGE VIA Instagram @magentaplains / Mexico City, Mexico



~’THE GARDEN of FORKING PATHS’, incl PETER SUTHERLAND . . MAGENTA PLAINS: LAST DAY

‘THE GARDEN of FORKING PATHS’ – ORGANIZED BY ADAM MARNIE
JAN 8 – FEB 12, 2017
MAGENTA PLAINS, 94 ALLEN ST, BTW DELANCEY & BROOME, LOWER EAST SIDE

TODAY, SUN FEB 12 . . is the LAST DAY to see the show.
the gallery is open from . . 11 am – 6 pm

see more on this exhibit: THE GARDEN of FORKING PATHS/gallery website

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PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘SAN ARCO’, 2017.
inkjet print on perforated vinyl, 91 x 244 in.
PHOTO: COURTESY MAGENTA PLAINS

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if you get to the gallery too late in the day, like after 5 PM as I did, when it’s darker outside in the street / than it is in the gallery . . you can’t see Peter’s storefront window photograph !! so you kind of have to move the door a bit to change the exterior light / to catch a glimpse of it, which is pretty fascinating, in and of it’s own ‘technical’ narrative.

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the shiny metallic vinyl ‘perforations’ become the ‘subject’. it’s just really strange to wonder about the static vs mutated photographic image, properties of light, a multitude of holes, and the . . whole.
it’s an image shifter, depending on the light. & we usually consider photographs so: indelible.

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CHRIS DORLAND . . one of the three co-directors of MAGENTA PLAINS,
with THATCHER KEATS, ‘Honey Shelf’, 2013, to the right.

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detail, THATCHER KEATS, ‘Honey Shelf’ . . Tupelo Honey.

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detail, THATCHER KEATS, ‘Honey Shelf’.

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RONI SHNEIOR, ‘Cheers’, 2017.
ceramic, paper, glue, epoxy, steel mesh, spray paint, nail polish, beer can, flashlight.
54 x 24 x 12 in.

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HEATHER BURSCH, ‘Hinge: Periphery to Mark an Interior’, 2016.
marble, brass, brass leaf, magnets.
installation: dimensions variable.

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detail, RYAN FOERSTER & HANNAH BUONAGURO, ‘and the people sat down to eat and’, 2017.
wood, glass, paint, linoleum, c-prints, duct tape, string, wax, paper, plastic, fabric, wire, polyurethane, tomato plants, bagel.

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EDUARDO ALFONSO, gallery associate at the desk downstairs,
where there are more artworks, interesting original architecture, and . . a selection of magazines and artist zines, including . . the new issue of F.

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PETER SUTHERLAND and MAIA RUTH LEE, ‘WOOZY’ . . in the new F magazine, pg 8.
F . . is a biannual magazine published and edited by ADAM MARNIE.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, JAN 20, 2017 – unless otherwise noted.



~NEW VIDEO SCREENING . . GOOD WORK GALLERY, BROOKLYN / TO-NITE / SAT FEB 11 / 7PM / incl NICHOLAS STEINDORF / PHILLIP BIRCH . . + show curated by JERRY BLACKMAN

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“SCREENING EVENT” . . .
VIDEOS BY: PHILLIP BIRCH, NATHANIEL LIEB, MAYA MANVI, MORGAN PEARSE, DEIRDRE SARGENT, NICHOLAS STEINDORF

IN CONJUNCTION WITH:
‘THE SPUTTERING, HUMAN-SHAPED MACHINE’ – curated by JERRY BLACKMAN

SAT FEB 11, 2017 – starts at 7 PM
GOOD WORK GALLERY, 1100 BROADWAY, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN

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~TOMMY MALEKOFF . . ‘PERENNIAL SHADOWS’ / JEFFREY STARK

10 DAY SHOWING . . .

‘PERENNIAL SHADOWS’ – a film by TOMMY MALEKOFF
DEBUT SCREENING: THURS FEB 9, 2017 / 8 PM
the exhibit will run thru SUN FEB 19, 2017
JEFFREY STARK, 88 EAST BROADWAY #B11 / basement level / / LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
HRS: see gallery website

‘Perennial Shadows’ features original music by JOE WILLIAMS & a reading by PROJECT PAT.

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from the press release:

“‘Perennial Shadows’ is a film that surveys kudzu, a plant native to eastern Asia & which is considered an invasive species in the United States.

THE FILM was shot over Fourth of July weekend throughout various small towns in North Carolina and explores different ways in which kudzu can consume the landscape of a town, as it is seen in fields, on roadsides, in parking lots and other affected areas. The plant is ubiquitous, but it is unclear whether it is considered a menace or accepted as part of a regional heritage.

KUDZU was introduced from Japan into the United States in 1876 at the World’s Fair Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. It was presented as an exotic, ornamental plant that could decorate porches in the form of a vine. In 1935, as dust storms began to damage American prairies, Congress declared war on soil erosion and KUDZU was hailed as the miracle plant that would combat it. Farmers were encouraged and even offered money to plant the vine on properties in hopes of making Southern farms “live again.”

BY 1946, it was estimated that three million acres of Kudzu had been planted in the United States. The plant thrived in the climate and environment of the American Southeast and began to grow at an uncontrollable rate of nearly a foot per day. Kudzu supports itself by killing and growing on top of other plant species, making it completely capable of smothering anything form small grasses to mature trees. Killing kudzu itself is nearly impossible – it grows back almost immediately after being cut down and it can take up to 10 years for herbicides to effectively contain it. By the early 1950s, promotion for the growth of Kudzu had come to a halt.

THE PLANT that was once regarded as a miracle was now considered “the vine that ate the south”. Kudzu became a staple in southern literature as a way to establish a setting, but also as a metaphor for topics such as racism, politics and poverty. In ‘Kudzu’, a well-known poem by the novelist JAMES DICKEY, the plant provokes horror amongst a community that shuts their windows at night in fear that snake infested kudzu vines wil creep into their homes. Myth began to take over science as southerners speculated a world completely covered in the invasive vine.

KUDZU continues to spread throughout the southeast at an estimated rate of 120,000 acres per year . It consumes buildings, destroys power lines and kills native vegetation in its path. Although the plant is intrusive and not native to the United States, it is well adapted and widely established in the regions where it thrives. Kudzu has settled as a force of nature that remains essential to the landscape and culture of the American South.”

so:
and, I guess it’s inedible, and not a ‘fuel’ source . . . ???
and I guess if it shows up on your property, you have to devote a dedicated amount of labor – to keeping it at bay ??
damn, it’s the veritable terrorist . . weed.

TOMMY MALEKOFF (b. 1992) is an artist from North Carolina. He currently lives and works in New York City.

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TOMMY MALEKOFF, at the recent ANDREW KASS / JIM JOE installation,
a downtown pop-up . . . titled: ‘VACANT POSSESSION.
which ran JAN 28 – FEB 4, 2017.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

hmmm, Vacant Possession . . to Perennial Shadows, and back again, NO DOUBT !!!!!!

FLASHBACK: FEB 20, 2016

I first really noticed TOMMY MALEKOFF, at his first pop-up NYC screening, which took place just about a year ago, FEB 20, 2016.
the short film was called, ‘THE OUTDOOR WORLD’, and it blew me – away.

check out the artlovers review: TOMMY MALEKOFF – ‘THE OUTDOOR WORLD’ (2016)

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musician, composer, & DJ JOE WILLIAMS . . .
who writes & produces the original music for Tommy Malekoff’s films.
at the pop-up screening of ‘THE OUTDOOR WORLD’, Feb 20, 2016. Lower East Side, NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH



~GOLDLOXE . . gets a PINK PUSSY HAT

RESIST: SEXISM
RESIST: artworld bias vs STREET ART
RESIST: artworld bias vs crafts / KNITTING – is an ART !!

SUPPORT: WOMANS RIGHTS !!

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goldloxe: “NYC Lafayette and Prince. Great photo by @artdognyc”
re-post / image via Instagram @goldloxe

for all ya sister quilters out there . .
this is our iconic ‘Sunbonnet Sue’ – re-imagined & updated . . for the contemporary art / street art / 21st C. times.
love how she plasters – the street.

see more: GOLDLOXE . . on tumblr

read: brief history of SUNBONNET SUE & even . . her 70s haters !!



~MICHAEL C. HSIUNG . . GRUMPY BERT – ‘RED ENVELOPE SHOW’

one more !!
GRUMPY BERT . . ‘RED ENVELOPE SHOW’ . . up thru FEB 19, 2017.

I think this one is a riot – because:

a) every mass retailer in the USA is trying to flog their mass-produced goods with up-dated ‘Brooklyn’ branding, lol. but this one seems to be – so genuine. because it is !! hand-made & one-of-a-kind.
& therefore its both tongue-in-cheek & authentic – at the same time.
b) I spy – a little ole ‘magic’ mushroom, polka dots & all.
watch out: the shrooms are taking OVER !!
c) esp love the photo, it’s hand-held, & the juxtaposition of the small ‘lucky’ envelope vs. the slim drawing ‘markers’ is so, so very . . snappy.
d) it cries out: HOWDY !!

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image via Instagram @michaelchsiung

MICHAEL C. HSIUNG is a Los Angeles, California based artist.

see: FIGHT TO THE DEATH / BIG CARTEL

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~DINKC & HEYITSMEU . . GRUMPY BERT – ‘RED ENVELOPE SHOW’, YEAR of the ROOSTER – OPENS TO-NITE

YEAR Of THE ROOSTER: FIRE AWAY !!

HEYITSMEU . . has some mad crazy white ‘line’ work & graphics going on !!

DINKC . . has also got, some super great / black & white ‘line’ work & even some $$ ‘deals’ !!

in this . . even more huge & always fantastical celebration of the CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR.
this year, is YEAR of the ROOSTER . . time to get ‘woke’ people – !!!!

RED ENVELOPE SHOW #2 – WITH 100 ARTISTS
OPENING RECEPTION: SAT FEB 4, 2017 / 7-10 PM
the show runs: FEB 4 – 19, 2017
GRUMPY BERT, 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN

WITH . . SPECIAL ‘LION DANCE’ PERFORMANCE at 9 PM

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HEYITSMEU – YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
image via Instagram @grumpybert

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DINKC . . !!!!
image via Instagram @dinkc

DINKC . . even has an exclusive ‘offer ‘going on – for this show:
“I will be giving away my original sketches for the RED ENVELOPE SHOW – with any purchase of (one of my) envelopes, which are also filled with custom goodies.”

DON’T BLINK !!!

and, check out: DINKC’S WEBSITE
lordy, lordy . . he has the most excellent video – UP on the homepage !!

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DINKC IMAGES: screen grab / DINKC – WEBSITE – HOME PAGE

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~MERCER TULLIS . . new Realism !!? hyper-surrealism ?!! bring it – on !! also feat: NEIL JENNEY, LARRY KAGAN, KATHLEEN GILJE, ROBERT LOBE & LEONARD DUFRESNE,

YES, BRING REALISM . . back !!

speaking of MERCER TULLIS . . .

MERCER . . has an amazing sultry mysterious painting – in an amazing sultry minimalist, but luxury high end / mysterious space.
the space is the home / studio / exhibition space of the very notable American painter – NEIL JENNEY, who shot to prominence in the 70s.
the eclectic group show is still up – and, well worth a visit, and includes a great overview of Neil Jenney’s work, too. all the various stages.

‘AMERICAN REALISM TODAY’ – GROUP SHOW / WINTER 2017
WEST BROADWAY GALLERY – 383 West Broadway – 4th Floor / Soho
HRS: SUNDAY 11am – 8PM & by appointment

except for this weekend: open Sat Feb 4, 2017 / closed Sun Feb 5, 2017 – due to Super Bowl / football’s big endgame !!

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MERCER TULLIS – with his {REALIST} painting, sweet !! dark, & strange.

MERCER TULLIS, b. 1994.
‘Nothings going on’, 2015-2016.
49.5 x 29 x 2.5 inches, fixed graphite on gessoed plywood.
with artist’s frame.
($14K- SOLD/private collection)

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oblique . . transparency ???
dark symbolism, erotic heat – new ‘goth’ realism ?
but also very very . . American / re; the history of American painting.

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gold gilt detail, bottom of the hand-made frame.
the frames in general, throughout the loft – were amazing, skills skills skills.

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Neil Jenney’s bedroom – in the midst of his work & sparse furniture / I was allowed to walk back into the full floor Soho loft, behind the formal gallery / exhibition space.
I’m guessing, Jenney must have purchased it, back in the late 70s ?

oh, lucky day !! \ for me. for him.

Neil-Jenney---bedside-'Shaker'
NEIL JENNEY lives like a modern day . . Shaker.
austere, and . . FUNCTIONAL.

Neil-Jenney---archival-posters
archival posters of his past shows – are on display.

Neil-Jenney-'bad'-paintings-&-chairs
he seems to be very much into antique American chairs – just like a Shaker, at heart.
those are some his ‘ugly’ paintings, that launched his career – in the background.

Neil-Jenney---overview-of-loft
the space is huge & very traditional – in its own way. very respectful of the arts & ‘skills’ in general.

Neil-Jenney---later-hyper-realist-work
NEIL JENNEY, later . . hyper-realist / nature – work.

NEIL-JENNEY-riffs-on-Pablo-Picasso
NEIL JENNEY also took time to converse with the masters, interestingly here is a Pablo / Pablo Picasso riff.

NEIL-JENNEY---the-space-is-huge
back in the gallery space, the space is huge. light-filled, quiet.

Zora-my-akita-puppy
my son Theo (Cerigo) . . came along, with our American Akita puppy: Zora.
very well-behaved & loving . . her art. and of course, people !!

Jasmine-Lobe
gallery associate, writer JASMINE LOBE, in front of her parents’ collaboration.

KATHLEEN GILJE & ROBERT LOBE, b. 1945
‘Appalachian Forest’, 2010.
87 x 87 x 9 inches. oil on canvas & hammered aluminum.
($140K)

Kathleen-Gilje-&-Robert-Lobe---detail
detail, ‘Appalachian Forest’, KATHLEEN GILJE & ROBERT LOBE.

Leonard-Dufresne-painting
LEONARD DUFRESNE, b. 1941.
‘Sweeping’, 2011.
11.25 x 14.25 x 2 inches. acrylic on panel.
($16K)
feeling both very contemporary, and very turn of the century . . , Americana too.
I bet this guy is due for a . . big revival !!
just like WALTER ROBINSON.
collectors, pull out your checkbooks. that’s a very low ball price.
and a sweet series of paintings, no doubt. American realism – at its folk art heart / best.

Theo-&-zora-gaze-upon-Mercer-Tullis-painting
last shot, just to show you how big, and awesome – the space is.
esp for viewing art.
Theo and Zora . . gaze on Mercer’s painting.

to the left:
LARRY KAGAN, b. 1946.
‘The Candidate’, 2016 – inspired by the recent presidential elections, no doubt.
55 x 40 x 13.5 inches. steel and wood.
($38K)

at extreme left:
KATHLEEN GILJE, b. 1945.
‘L.H.O.O.Q.’, 2015.
30.75 x 21.5 x 1.5 inches. restored oil on panel.
($80K)

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. NOVEMBER 20, 2016



~VACANT POSSESSION: JIM JOE / ANDREW KASS . . OPENING PIX

VACANT POSSESSION: JIM JOE / ANDREW KASS – A DOWNTOWN POP-UP
51 MERCER ST, SOHO, NYC / JAN 28 – FEB 4, 2017 / 3-7 PM VIEWING HRS.
the show opened last SAT JAN 28, 2017 / 7-9 PM

PIX – FROM THE OPENING:

vacant-possession---approach

Andrew-Kass---light-machine
yep, the monster light machine was part of the install . . .

Andrew-Kass---light-machine-outside
the journey begins.
the dark journey into night.

Vacant possession . . can mean many things. here it’s about taking over a (vacant) storefront.
but the possession – is anything but . . ‘vacant’.
yes, it is minimalist – it is mostly black & white / or: literally – electric light vs. black.
silent, profound, it’s meanings are stealth ‘invaders’. aka metaphors.
the landmarks inside are stark. it’s a huge mind-set – ‘set’ in reverse.
the black curtains, the theatrical drapes, are pulled aside yet obscured with bright, stark . . light.
what turns out to be NYC landmarks are small, and smaller – but the possession of the space – is ‘large’ – and larger. visually, conceptually, art-wise . . .
well, one could even say: like Alice In Wonderland – this relatively ‘small’ show by 2 indie artists – gets . . LARGE.
it is a vacant possession – with goals.
while the inverse:
the huge Trump apparatus – is a ‘vacant’ possession – of a ‘huge’ land by / ‘small’ . . minds.
the narrowness of the room – enhances the artificial aspect of . . ‘possession’.

Andrew-Kass---journey-begins
inside-out. as you move inside & look back: the scene grows.
as you realize the industrial-sized light machine’s impact on the interior space / accentuated by the theatrical drapery.

this drapery / light install – is the work of . . ANDREW KASS.
mostly known as a photographer, of people, though I’ve seen other 3-D installations of his, he has a photographer’s understanding of light, and . . dark.

it was very much a kind-of optical . . illusion, like a fun house, like a magician.
you were inside. b-b-but you were always looking, back, and forth. the narrowness of the space worked to an extreme advantage.
vacant – NOT !!!!

b-b-b-black: there was such a somber feel, to the ‘fun’.
Don’t look back. caught between extreme & opposing . . poles.
b-b-b black, and white.
oppositional / singularity, of black & white . . direction / elasticity.
no gray areas, except for the space – YOU, the viewer inhabited.

Andrew-Kass---install
the full-on . . Alice in Wonderland effect.
yes, they did – hand-paint that black and white checkered floor.
game of chess anybody ?

Andrew-Kass---disco-ball
moving backwards, into the room.
it’s: your . . ‘move’.
‘spatial’ possession / intervention ?

Andrew-Kass---disco-ball-&-chain
which brings us to that – hanging, half draped-in construction material / glittering disco ball, also by ANDREW KASS.
here, it’s more of a . . ball and chain.
the next century, of our city’s urban growth / is not the city of 1980 night clubs.
glittering mirrored illusion, urban reality.

ANDREW-KASS---Vacant-Possession-Jan-2017
ANDREW KASS.

Paris-venture
PARIS VENTURE.

TOMMY-MALEKOFF
TOMMY MALEKOFF.

ELISE-GALLANT
ELISE GALLANT, taking photos for PURPLE MAG.

Spencer-&-MERCER-TULLIS
SPENCER & MERCER TULLIS.
Spencer at 26, is the older bro, he is a ‘realist’ sculptor.
Mercer 23, is a ‘realist’ painter. I caught his work recently at the NEIL JENNEY space, West Broadway Gallery, in Soho. – in a show titled: ‘ American Realism Today’.

in a way, this show, VACANT POSSESSION . . was very literally, REALIST . . too.
albeit, stylized, and theatrical.

SPENCER-TULLIS---sculpture
SPENCER TULLIS showed me his newest work, on his phone.

Spencer-Tullis---sculpture-from-back
it was also a matter, of moving . . back and forth. and around.

Tristan-Hughes-freeland
TRISTAN HUGHES-FREELAND.

Carlo-McCormick
CARLO McCORMICK.
also a matter of literally moving back and forth, Tristan is Carlo’s son.
from a rough & tumble street critic / a beautiful artist kid is born.
tell me about it, Kate & Theo. RIP Simon Cerigo. must have been that inner city water – they drank / growing up on the Lower East Side in the 80s & 90s, surrounded by the now, art history legends . . of urban grit.

Spencer-Tullis-&-SEAN-VEGEZZI
tip of the ‘most excellent’ / downtown iceberg: SPENCER TULLIS, SEAN VEGEZZI.

Daniel-Duron-Jan-28,-2017-NYC
ok, we will show some generosity to ‘outsiders’.
DANIEL DURON, an artist from Mexico, now NYC-based.

MARKUS---wall-mural-
not an ‘outsider’ to this crew, but maybe to the world-at-large, and then again, maybe not !! @theonewhoknows showed me some of his new murals.
this one was painted somewhere in South America, specifically Santo Christo, Rio de Janeiro.

also: of course . . QUILTS is my ‘middle name’ – so, after everybody totally ignoring my skills for so long, like from the 80s, hello !! except for when I write about myself, how astounding to see ‘Quilts’ – on the cutting edge, straight up, FRONT & CENTER.
plus: I was for over 20 years, an ‘undocumented’ immigrant aka ‘illegal alien’ from north of the border: Canada.
lol, a refugee from French Quebec . . escaping the French Quebecois . . anti-anglophone cultural wars.
and . . they were VICIOUS.
this country was made by . . outlaw ‘thought’ rebels. so wtf. #DumpTrump.
and, come on.
get real: unless you are a native first peoples & therefore indigenous – you ARE AN IMMIGRANT, from somewhere else, down the pipeline.
stop the false / fictional / delusional APPROPRIATION.
unless you are a Native American tribesperson – you are claiming: Vacant possession. (!!)

JIm-JOE---NYC-landmarks
but, back . . to the show !!
walking the walk, right on that sharp edge of the . . underground.
talking the talk: in the other direction, of the space: JIM JOE.
3 sharply stylized paintings of . . NYC landmarks.
a very Alice ‘n wonderland, effect. the floor – helps !!

but, yeah: in these paintings, the city seems razor sharp, cold. and full of bad bad habits.

JIM-JOE---statue-of-Liberty
ah, LADY LIBERTY: give me . . ?????
ah, LADY LIBERTY, you’ve grown so ‘spikey’ over time.
well, what did you expect, 3 words: WORLD TRADE CENTER, 2 words: TWIN TOWERS, 1 word: down.

JIm-JOE---miniature-souvenir-landmarks-NYC
JIM JOE . . also presented this mini-spectacle on the floor, in like a collapsed kid’s swimming pool, sort of, but not exactly.

JIM-JOE--ONE-WORLD-TRADE-CENTER
the visual richness of the ‘small’ – can never be . . under-estimated.
One World Trade Center.

I was . . kind of surprised, knowing this crew, that there were no World Trade Center / doomed Twin Towers, maybe you can’t find them as souvenirs any more ?
I have a bunch.
but, maybe, this was: NOW.
another kind of vacant cultural . . ‘possession’ ?

JIM-JOE---LADY-LIBERTY---GIVE-ME--
ending . . without: words.
r-e-a-d . . my art.
make my day !!

JIm-JOE---Empire-State-building
JIM JOE.

a wondorous, intelligent . . collab.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~VACANT POSSESSION: JIM JOE / ANDREW KASS . . opens to-nite SAT JAN 28 / extended thru SAT FEB 4

note: the viewing hours have been extended – thru SAT FEB 4, 2017 / 3 – 7 PM

VACANT POSSESSION: JIM JOE / ANDREW KASS
51 MERCER ST, SOHO, NYC / JAN 28, 2017 / 7 – 9 PM

NEW WORKS BY: ANDREW KASS & JIM JOE. THE OPENING WILL BE TODAY, SAT JAN 28, 2017 / 7PM – 9PM.
51 MERCER ST, IN SOHO, NYC.
THE SHOW WILL BE UP FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS FOLLOWING – FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T MAKE THE OPENING.

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