~GENE CHANDLER . . DUKE OF EARL

check out:

this sound track, made to measure for a sad world / GENE CHANDLER’S ‘one hit wonder’ – DUKE OF EARL, from 1962 – !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9PoUsRibtE



~STEVE POWERS . . EARL IS TODAYS VICTIM !!

SYRIA’S ANTIQUITIES – ARE TODAYS VICTIM, SUMMER 2015.
THE TRUTH – NEVER GOES AWAY.
DESTROYING ARTWORK FROM CENTURIES AGO – SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE (SORRY) STATE OF OUR WORLD – AS IT TURNS, TODAY.

EARL, such a great name, right up there with ELVIS, what happened to it ?
Duke, Duke, Duke of Earl . . . sweet harmony, of oppressed peoples, USA – console me.
well, at least we have photos – of those ruins, but nothing beats the real thing, for a real good time travel, not to mention real time commune with fellow artists from way back.
it’s war on art and civilization, not jest religion and politics.
what else is new. I’m so distraught.
tell me, Banksy didn’t call it – boatloads of migrants and all . . DISMALAND, in-deed !!

he should have had a 2,000 years-old artifact crushing station, or ride, whatever.
souvenir ?
replica key chain: lost ancient temple, Palmyra, Syria, $10. and it’s yours. to cry over.


STEVE POWERS aka ESPO . .
on the very last day of his DREAMLAND ARTIST CLUBHOUSE, CONEY ISLAND BROOKLYN, NYC.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, OCT 13, 2007


so I actually ended up scoring that piece . .
‘EARL IS TODAYS VICTIM’ – a riot, or what !!
turned out this yellow background, metal sign format – was an important prototype for the kind of signage Steve was going to put up at DISMALAND.
the coloring is based on authentic retro New York City – street signage.


I was such a huge fan, Steve signed me a real nice ‘signature’ on the back !!


I considered myself very, very . . lucky to acquire the piece, it’s about 22 inches square, metal on a frame base, unique. for the grand total of: $250 !!
basically: zip !!
but still, every friggin’ cent I had to my name – but, hey: CA-CHING $$$$$$!!!!!!


STEVE was handing out these stickers for free.
so, YOU LOOK STUPID – if you don’t have at least that, a sticker give-away by ESPO !!
you can always make up for stupidity & lost opportunity – by visiting Steve in his ICY STUDIOS – and see what you can wrangle, he’s usually up to whatever you have – you get something. though his prices must be up there for any thing substantial. at this point.
damn, he’s prob even charging for the stickers, now. ha. he’s a hustler, very fun guy !!
so don’t be . . more stupid, than YOU already are. get your sorry ass up there.
I got your number, don’t worry !!

more archival pix: STEVE POWERS – LAST DAYS DREAMLAND ARTIST CLUBHOUSE

and for an ultra enjoyable digital day trip,

check out: Steve’s website . . First and Fifteenth

http://www.firstandfifteenth.net/

where among other stops, you can find:

links to his studio:

and the always popular, ICY SIGNS:

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~BANKSY . . DISMALAND !! D-D-D-Duh DYSTOPIAN !! go . . ESPO !!

& FREE THE KILLER WHALES – !!

my dystopian dreams – come true !!
look at that. snap, snap, snap.
well, it’s cause the whole world is going to hell and back, and who doesn’t know it.
yeah give nukes technology to Iran – blow the whole globe to smithereens, already !!
ruin the water, ruin the air, enslave the animals. go for it.

you know all hell is breakin’ loose – when ‘putrid’ yellow – replaces the sun sun sunny side of the street.

DISMALAND – BANKSY’S NEW ART PROJECT / INSTALLATION . . a d-y-s-t-o-p-i-a-n dreams come true, POP-UP theme park !!
is blowing up – big !!
and it’s going to get even bigger.
bigger than JEAN MICHEL !! yes. bigger than Keith Haring – in his heyday.
Bigger than the Beatles ?!!!

damn. the ghost of JOHN LENNON – must be strolling about. in that – twisted toxic playground.
it’s more of an installation, than a piece by Banksy per se, because there are a lot of guest/starring role artists involved, and one of them is NYC’s – own ESPO !! aka Steve Powers !! hur-ray !!

DISMALAND runs thru AUG 22 – SEPT 27, 2015 – and if I could, I would run jump on a plane to the UK right now !!

the best read on it so far is: Welcome to Dismaland – COLOSSAL


Dismaland photo by CHRISTOPHER JOBSON for COLOSSAL

did anybody else see that great sad doc on the enslaved Orca killer whales of sleazy SEAWORLD, that aired on CNN this past weekend ?


must be an ESPO !! aka STEVE POWERS – - metal (traffic) sign !!
Dismaland photo by CHRISTOPHER JOBSON for COLOSSAL

a little bit of heavenly s(c)ent street smart NYC – vibes !!
go Banksy.
go ESPO – making NYC proud !!

MADE IN NYC & DON’T . . KNOCK THIS CITY – !!
ev-ah !!



~BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . FLASHBACK, dystopian on my mind !!

yep, got DYSTOPIAN on the brain.


BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . . at the opening of a 3 person show, ‘EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM’ – that included his own art work, yes, that’s it . . perverse and wicked, and real-time . . behind him on the wall.
this was at Cinders, when it was on Havemeyer, in Williamsburg.
the date, was: Nov 17, 2007.


BRAIN CHIPPENDALE, collage/painting on stretcher, 2007. unique.
up until this show, I had only seen his zines, comic books and screen prints, so I thought these larger pieces were a total knock-out, and real twisted, sister !! and boy, did I want one, but alas, they were $1,000 and I was broke, though I have several of his earlier limited edition prints, bought at Cinders for about $60 a piece. pre-2007.
so I’m – GOOD !!

but next time my piggy bank explodes, I’m gonna get me of these collage paint pieces, for sure.

ARCHIVAL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~TOXIC SLUDGE vs BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . ?

CHIPPENDALE . . NAILS IT !!

NEWS FLASH:

TOXIC SLUDGE YELLOW – TAKES OVER FROM – RADIATION SICKNESS GREEN – AS THE ‘GO-TO’ COLOR OF THE MONTH !!!!

2 things made me speechless, this past mid-summer 2016.
the first was that awful, huge as in epic unbelievable, profoundly disturbing toxic gold mine EPA ‘spill’ er, . . ‘accident’.

and yeah, they should let me re-name, and up-date a couple of those sturdy crayon hues, in the CRAYOLA MULTI- PACK.
yep, time . . to re-boot CRAYOLA, unless urban Outfitters hasn’t already done it.
kids, our future leaders !! need to be able to express their – disgust !!

yep !! color me – disgusted !!


“dissolved iron is what turned the waste plume an alarming orange-yellow, a color familiar to old-time miners who called it “yellow boy.”
Yellow mine waste water from the GOLD KING MINE collects in a ‘holding’ pool in San Juan County, COLORADO.”
Photo: REUTERS via NEW YORK POST

source: Residents want a straight answer – NEW YORK POST


“an 80 mile stretch of mustard-yellow water laden with arsenic, lead, copper, aluminum and CADMIUM is working it’s way south toward NEW MEXICO and UTAH.”
PHOTO: AP via NEW YORK POST
source: EPA’s toxic waste spill might be a lot WORSE than anybody thought – NEW YORK POST

are we surprised ? not.
the NAVAJO NATION intends to sue the federal gov’t. good luck on that. let me know . . how it goes.
I”m definite not gonna hold my breath on that case – snaking its years long journey through court.
the jurors will probably al be be mutated, or half-robot by then, anyways.
no wonder I bury my head in comic books.

so, art-wise:
just as ‘green’ no longer stands for bio-heath, organic sprouts, or even, green light … means GO.

YELLOW no longer stands for the sun sun sunny side of the street.

it’s PUTRID YELLOW – all the way, now – baby.


image: BRIAN CHIPPENDALE – via Instagram / @chimpendale

I was waiting for an ‘art’ image to pop up – that spoke to the issue, when this ‘old’ piece by BRIAN CHIPPENDALE – hit the spot.

he wrote under the image: “I drew this thing years ago and it’s been hanging from a clothes-pin in my studio ever since, still cracks me up . . .”

the sad truth, it’s message is . . TIMELESS.

CHIPPENDALE, one of my most fave disaster, visionary collage / comic book artists, ever.
Cinders, has been a great, and early platform for his art, prints & collage ‘paintings’ & indie publications . . of which, yes I have several.

so, are we gonna have to start calling him . . ole ‘yellow boy’ Chippendale ? for sure !!
and plus, he takes great PIX, as in Instagram photos – bye the way.



~SUMAKSHI SINGH . . . the green light that means: GO !!

when green is alive, and ‘bio-full’, and sings with the light of . . HOPE, and new growth.

and, reminds us . . of when even Persian miniatures – were of a most . . . BEAUTIFUL NATURE, even the fierce ones.


SUMAKSHI SINGH, ‘In, Between the pages: 2014′ – image via sumakshi.com
an “interactive, multi-media installation that plays with perspective to create the illusion of a manuscript book, in which viewers see themselves and others moving about as miniature characters.”

last year SUMAKSHI SINGH .. “worked on a 70 ft. illusion-based installation for the KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE, an animated painting for the INDIA ART FAIR, a projection based installation for KUNSTHAUS LANGENTHAL in Switzerland, and is currently in GURGAON, working on ..” her upcoming USA exhibit . . .

SUMAKSHI SINGH opens a new solo exhibit in the USA, SAT SEPT 26, 2016 – at WOOD STREET GALLERIES, 601 Wood St, PITTSBURGH, PENNSLYVANIA.

SUMAKSHI . .
has just updated her website – it’s fresh, sweet. a time travel/art journey, for sure.
touched with an ancient ‘miniature’ elegance, as if a squeeze of lime was turned into . . pigment.
the greatest of empty spaces, ‘tiny’ illustrations.
check it out: sumakshi.com

flash from the past:


SUMAKSHI SINGH, at her NYC debut opening, Feb 17, 2006
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


the full archival photo:
gallerist VAN HARRISON, artist SUMAKSHI SINGH, friend CARL PETRUCCI, and TRAVIS HARRISON, at the opening of Ms. Singh’s debut NYC show, at the now defunct VAN HARRISON Gallery on 26th St in Chelsea, NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, Feb 17, 2006.

the first, and only time I met Sumakshi Singh (and got to see her work in person) was at her debut NYC solo show: ‘Lumps, Bumps and Things that are Art’, 2006 – in Chelsea, at the now defunct Van Harrison Gallery.
the show held out a lot of promise, and a very light, light hand . . in both the painting, and the actual site specific installation – and esp re: a very ‘bio-beautiful’ – ‘future vision’ . . . for things to come.


the invite card for:
SUMAKSHI SINGH, ‘Lumps, Bumps and Things that are Art’.
FEB 17 – MARCH 18, 2006.
VAN HARRISON GALLERY on 26th St. Chelsea, NYC



~THE ACID GREEN LIGHT . . of Nuclear Radiation

Q: What’s worse than your hubby fffffucking the household nanny ?
A: the green glow of radiation ssssickness.

and you think, we don’t . . eat our – young ?

THE ACID GREEN LIGHT . . of the SUMMER of 2015 – !!

well, I can categorically report that Instagram is great platform for trend-spotting.
and – telepathy. or as we like to call it: T & T to the maxxxxx !!!

take GREEN LIGHT.
Green, once the grassy warm fuzzy huggy color of bio-health, organic farming, and positive thinking things like . . Green Lit – to happen !!, is now the subconscious color of fear, chaos, in a word: nuclear destruction, nuclear explosion, & including nuclear plant accidents, radiation sickness, putrid water, barren soil for devades if not cneturies.

hell no, I don’t want Iran to have nuclear capability, I don’t want anybody to have nuclear capability, we are just not advanced enough, as a PEOPLE to handle it. I mean, we can eat our young, with our bare hands – so, thank you very much.

shout-out to the YELLOW DOGS, the ex-pat Iranian band that got blown away in Brooklyn a few years back. tell me their anti-Iran repressive gov’t big mouths – didn’t get them blown to smithereens. we never did hear how that ‘disgruntled’ band member got his hands on that big assault rifle, did we.

and of course the USA is right in there like a dirty shirt, make that a dirty pair of shit smeared underwear. natives of Bikini atoll, lend me your island for a weekend and $60 each. 60 years or so on, and it’s still not safe for the native sons – to return.

and what about JAPAN. damn, they got it coming and going, just like a used-up porn star. they got bombed, and then half a century later, they shot themselves in the nuclear ass, ok – foot. too.

so, what’s the coolest color this summer, or what ?

acid green light, and then like an collective empathy, a kind of ‘fellow-well-meet’ cosmic dusting, a small puppy brood – of fruit ‘loopy’ colors – of all neon hues, spins the art world, from . . NYC EVIE FALCI rhinestones – to LA. KB, better known on these pages as: ‘ain’t KARMA a BITCH’.
you know . . like, watermelon slices . . adorning Venus.


PHOTO: NANCY SMITH. NJ, AUG 2015.

I guess the neon radiance had been seeping in all summer, til it jumped right back at me, as I was bemoaning my sorry financial state, due to lowlife ‘Christianos’ Jersey City tenats not paying the rent, (yeah, karma is a bitch, tell me about it !!) and I caught the evil-green hue – shining as sickly magnetic radiation like morning-light on my vintage green glass, in a lower case window.


SADIE LASKA – at Marlborough Gallery on Broome St.
image via Instagram

no sooner do I go to post it, when what pops up before my very eyes: @SadieLaska’s green light spilling on figure. I’m dumb-struck. I feel like – Japan !! double whammy. T & T.
Trend-spotting & Telepathy – !! – I guess that should be . . T’NT !!


and it just keeps on . . rollin’.
DAN McCARTHY, SEPTEMBER 19-NOVEMBER 01, 2015
VENUS OVER LOS ANGELES – image via gallery website


TAYLOR McKIMENS, summer 2015 – image via Instagram


TAYLOR McKIMENS, summer portrait sketch, in acid wash colors – image via Instagram

TAYLOR McKIMENS Instagram feed – was the first . . to tip me off.
though truth be told, he was leaning in this direction . . in his recent NYC Indie show – produced by Paul Bright of Bright Lyons.


not to forget the scintillating summer sketches of NYC ex-pat MIKE PARE aka @easyjammer.

of course, getting back to . . WEIRD KARMA !!
nobody – escapes !!


ARTLOVERS FAN MAIL – from PACO, in WASHINGTON DC !! – image via Instagram

I GOT ‘FROOT-LOOPY’ FAN MAIL, inspired by the enemy: KB – ain’t KARMA A BITCH !!
boomeranged back at me – like a real sick banana – or what !!

OK: for the uninitiated, I have a top ten ‘user’ list,
and, coming in at the top 3 slots are:
KG, KB & BB – and, trust me – they know who they are !!

YEP, artlovers glows with the toxic light – too !!



~AMY . . new edit: AUG 6, 9:14 am

‘AMY’, (2015) – a film by ASIF KAPADIA
FILM REVIEW by NANCY SMITH, AUGUST 4, 2015

yep, we DO eat our young.

AMY WINEHOUSE – A YOUNG TEEN ON SUMMER VACATION.
IMAGE VIA @amy_filmuk

AMY. a young teen on vacation, much as many of you are. talented. and with dreams as big and, as unknown – as that big summer sky.

no, no, no. it’s not just a “sad and depressing” story. it’s a powerful, fascinating document – an epic film painting a vivid, living 3-D portrait of an epic talent, an astonishing voice, an astonishing song writer, and an astonishing personality. Now playing to packed houses, at the Sunshine theater on Houston St. in NYC. and for good reason – it’s a powerful, powerful, soulful film composed entirely of archival footage, and the voices of the people who knew her, and above all . . her voice, dark and dusky, illuminating her shadowy lyrics, and her life. and all, up front, up close, and in the first person personal . . early home movie clips, archival media interviews, recording sessions, and performances. and, above all – her music, her big voice, her phrasing, her song writing – all deeply black magic – and absolutely hypnotizing . . on the soundtrack.

the first few frames of the films trailer summation-capture it all in a couple of e seconds: back to bbbblack. the brilliant musicality that rolls right out of her, like water off a duck’s back. natural talent – if you need a definition. that’s Amy.

I knew her dad was an ass-hole, and that he left the family when she was 9 years old, but in this film he actually says he ‘left’ the family way before that. he fell in love with another woman when Amy was at the ripe old age of 18 months, but he didn’t have the guts to leave until she was 9. so tell me why she keep saying “he was never there”, even when he was “there”.
tell me, we don’t eat our young. and of course the most talented, the most rare, the most brilliant are going to be – the most tragic victims.
no wonder evolution has us so dumbed-down, we can’t manage to parent the naturally numb-ed ones, let alone the ones that shine and . . divine, like the natural-born stars they are.
natural-born stars vs. natural born killers ?
I hate to say who wins the equation on this specific playing field.

watch: the ‘AMY’ TRAILER



~DANNY’S LOT – by JOCKO WEYLAND . . book release WED AUG 5, NYC

BOOK SIGNING FOR THE RELEASE of:
‘DANNY’S LOT’ – by JOCKO WEYLAND
Published by DASHWOOD BOOKS 2015 / PRICE $35
Limited edition of 400 copies
softcover / 146 pages

WED AUG 5, 2015 / 6-8 PM
DASHWOOD BOOKS – 33 BOND ST, btw LAFAYETTE & BOWERY

from the press release:
Danny’s Lot is a compendium of color photographs taken over a two-year period of a truly remarkable temporary autonomous zone situated on the shores of the famously befouled GOWANUS CANAL, a domain benevolently and mischievously ruled over by the eponymous DANNY TINNEY of the title. A ramshackle steel and concrete magical oasis behind barbed wire fences . . . ”

aka as hard edge industrial !!

to: pre-oder & check out a few more images from the book

4 YEAR – OLDIE, but GOLDIE – RED & BLACK CHECK-IE:


JOCKO WEYLAND, a huge underground mover & groover – at his one night only pop-up, ‘SERGEJ VUTUC & LELE LIVE – FROM USA’, Rockaways, NYC. Sept 17, 2011
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

if you are just hanging out in your backyard, or leaning against the window escape, or even faraway camping, beach crawling, maybe surfing ?

check this out, what a great night !! – THE BEST !!

see: ‘SERGEJ VUTUC & LELE LIVE FROM USA’ – CURATED/PRODUCED by JOCKO WEYLAND !!

ps: and, another example of . . GREAT, GREAT SIGNAGE !!



~THREE PAINTERS . . NEEDLES & PENS, SAN FRANCISCO

totally, totally digging this signage !!

THREE PAINTERS – NEEDLES AND PENS – 1173 VALENCIA – SAN FRANCISCO
ASHLEY FUNDORA, LAUREN D’AMATO, HOLLY McHUGH – PRODUCED BY LITTERBUG aka DAVID BENZLER

OPENING TODAY – SAT AUG 1, 2015 / 6-9 PM – WITH D.J. SAUVECITO SOULDIES SPINNING – SOUL JAMS



~JJ PEET . . MAGiCSTANCE – LAST DAY !!

oops, it’s summer !!
and you know, I’m thinking . . Christmas in July ?!!
while tomorrow, FRI JULY 31, 2015 . . . is the last day to catch . . JJ PEET downtown.

JJ PEET – MAGiCSTANCE
JUNE 17 – JULY 31, 2015
ON STELLAR RAYS – 1 RIVINGTON ST, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC

more gallery info: on the show

PIX FROM THE OPENING – WED JUNE 17, 2015


On Stellar Rays, the sunny south side of Rivington, just literally a few steps west of the Bowery . .
open the doors, and up you go . . one flight of stairs.


JJ PEET, munching on HONEYCOMBS !!

we get ya, I think.
honeycombs are . . such an ‘mazing shape. natural technological wonder. futuristic and ancient, organic structure. but cereal ? so did we forget something ? cereal is supposed to be so ‘out’. and yet, eating them straight out of the box, never seemed so cool.
this guy can do . . NO WRONG IN MY BOOK.
even the Egyptians . . ate honey.
didn’t they find some thousand-year-old honey in a tomb, and wasn’t it still good, to eat ?
yes, yes and yes.

which brings us to the title of this show: ‘MAGiCSTANCE’ – !!
which refers to . . . “the idea that when a viewer is alert, aware, and attuned to a greater consciousness, unexpected connections and coincidences are more likely.”

and I would say from the subject matter – stay alert at all – times.
it’s scary – out there.

so, yeah. STAY – ALERT !! even without . . the ‘unexpected’ connections.


JJ PEET, ‘CLOWNEWS’, 2013.
ok, so this was the only piece with a ‘ceramic’ vessel, a hand-built ‘cup’ – in it. and although the clay cup was standard size, for JJ !! the piece, and actually – all the other pieces in the show – were actually kind of mini / nano in size – for what they actually were, which was wall- mounted multi-media sculptures – that posed many strange and wonderful objects against – the bad news of our cruel, nasty world as it turns, on its axis !! and pulls us along.
so, no.
clay potters – aren’t just artisans, who are good with their hands. and, no – they don’t have their heads – in the clay, I mean . . sand.


J PEET, ‘CLOWNEWS’, 2013. the title says it – all.
Stoneware, porcelain, cedar, copper, brass, and fabric.
7 x 12 x 4 in.


on the right, CANDANCE MADEY, founder-director of On Stellar Rays.


JJ PEET, ‘SHiELDNEWS’, 2015.
Porcelain, aluminum, c-print, rubber, fabric, plastic, and acrylic on panel.
25-1/4 x 11-1/2 x 6-1/2 in.

well, the title surely makes clear, what the narrative-type image does . . express.


it’s quite a wonderful little scenario.
I wonder if that little classic, storybook porcelain couple – is ‘found’ ?


whereas the figure on the left – is all i-m-a-g-i-n-a-t-i-on !! contrast.
free-form, STAR WARS !! KAWS ? X marks the KAWS ?
I love how that super creative blob – is animated.
it’s my favorite one single element in the whole entire show.

what’s even more currr-ious is how JJ PEET has NO animals in his works, except for the humans, of course. I mean the web, social media – is absolutely overrun by pets, esp cats and dogs.
it’s amazing – you can see even the most hunky of guys, and they’re posting the cutest videos of their little kitty-cat furballs ?!!
must be the – stress ?!!


damn, I like that. surface vs surface. matte vs shiny . . strange vs glossy.


likewise, with the smallest of details, and color ‘points’.


and then, the bad news . . kicks in.
just on the other side of that sunny day umbrella.


I was told that this exhibit was also very unique for JJ in that usually his ‘sculpture’ shows, as opposed to his pottery shows, are just all over the place – with pieces hanging from the ceiling, etc and free-standing etc, and I got the impression, somewhat chaotic – but this show was very precise, and just wall-mounted.


JJ PEET, ‘INFO’, 2013.
Porcelain, paper, pine, acrylic, and aluminum.
11-1/2 x 21 x 6 in.

as you can see, the element of ‘light’ – and, in particular . . ‘cast’ colored light – was also a big part of the design. beautiful. transparent light vs opaque clay. light ‘art’ vs bad news.


unglazed organic-shaped matte clay, reflective shiny flat acrylic, transient red ‘rays’.


very STAR WARS, or is that Mad Max ?
it’s certainly not Egyptian !!
love the tiny ‘red’ carpet !!


white-out, the classic retro industrial . . tipping point.
and so annoying, to use. you guys are so lucky, you have NO idea.


oh no, missing. the heart-breaker.
lost ? stolen ? tortured ?
alive ? dead ? hurt.


bad news, the white-out may as well be the stand-in for the (doomed) Twin Towers.


the beautiful intersects with the unthinkable.
new-age rays of industrial light vs ages-old hand-wrought raw porcelain.


with . . almost a battleship element, going on. trouble in a bottle.
industrial chic. matte terror.


surprisingly, there was also a large ‘painting’.


JJ PEET, ‘REPORT_CODE_1′, 2015.
Acrylic and ink on panel. 94 x 60 x 2-1/4 in.


it was full of strange code, glaze recipe code ? bio-code ?
but I’m pretty sure – this was a camera.


it was also very binary – in contrast !! starting with the black line vs the purple ‘haze’, the well delineated vs the sublime drop-off. strangely, not too much cartoon imagery, if any. nor pets !!
honeycomb – yes. pets – NO. not even birds.


suitcase – yes. where’s Waldo – NO.


the exhibit was under-stated, but made its point(s).
plastic (art 101 – surfaces, matte, shiny, etc) . . and, political/social commentary/content-wise.


JJ PEET, ‘INTO’, 2013.
Stoneware, photograph, pine, aluminum, acrylic, rope, and paint.
19 x 32 x 7 in.

this one was the most Mad Max, futuristic, and the most brutal, and also had that ‘raising the red flag’, of danger – red light.


I mean, gorgeous, in a nano – scale way, right ?
a very sweet harmony . . of contrasts.
almost . . a ‘song’. a theater-piece. a diorama.


this piece really rocked . . mini !!
right down to the ‘caution – orange’ .. beads. on a teeny tiny dollhouse clay plate, of course !!


I’m thinking . . binary code ?
offerings ? hospitality ? would you eat a ‘fruit’ from the hand of – this man ?
yin yang. good vs evil. Alice in Wonderland ?


so, not cool. evil.
it’s like our media culture got thrown back at us, revoltingly. not . . as in: rise & revolt.
inverse rag & bone society. twisted out.


pop culture – not. pulp fiction > not.


JJ PEET, ‘UPLiNK’, 2015.
Porcelain, ink, aluminum, granite, sealed form core, and black and white c-print.
31-3/4 x 18 x 24 in.

JJ PEET, made for contemplation.
JJ PEET, made in the USA.


shiny, conservative, sneaky, not preachy.


but, definitely . . messag-ing.
on point.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~FLASHBACK: EVIE FALCI . . at CAKE SHOP, 2008

also making a big buzz, this summer . . . EVIE FALCI !!

EVIE FALCI – the rhinestone princess, I’m tempted to say, goddess – whatever !!

though funnie . . about BRENDAN MONROE at LITTLE CAKES, and EVIE FALCI at CAKE SHOP !!
the BIG APPLE must have a . . sweet tooth.


the poster invite for EVIE FALCI’S first solo show in NYC, at the music venue, CAKE SHOP – on the Lower East Side, NYC.
the show ran Jan 10 – 28, 2008.

now, – if that isn’t COSMIC – I don’t know . . what is !!


a very young EVIE FALCI . . at the opening.
yep, for sure. definite had her pegged for success, too.


EVIE FALCI, colored bead ‘mosaic’. she even showed some early compositions of her now signature, intricate, colored bead . . ‘mandelas’.
very tantric – to behold, indeed !!
and soooooo cutting edge, even now.
esp vs falling, sloppy seconds, wall-to-wall watermelon slices. ugh.
L.A. come on – give us a break. if, not a real !! . . break-dance !!


now, don’t get me wrong !!
I totally love, love, love her multi-colored pieces, but I esp love this black and white study, she showed at the time – mostly because of how . . well, ghostly – it is !!
but also because it looks like some crazy luminous tantric . . crochet !!
and yes, it’s made from craft ‘google’ – eyes.
if anybody can use simple craft ‘supplies’, and totally transform, and TRANSCEND their every-day DIY – it’s EVIE !!


EVIE FALCI, glow-in-the-dark, google eye, EYEBALL !!
on shaped canvas . . 14 x 12 in.

yep, I did manage to score a small piece from the show – and, I adore it.
because it transcends it’s ‘arts & crafts’ heritage, and because it is GLOW-IN-THE-DARK, and because it’s an . . . EYEBALL !!
eyeball, c’est . . . moi !!

see: EVIE FALCI – CAKE SHOP, JAN 28, 2008

see: EVIE FALCI ‘GLOW-IN-THE-DARK’ EYEBALL on IF I HAD $200


image: EVIE FALICI
ps:
EVIE runs a fab portfolio/archive website, which also includes installation shots – from her recent gallery shows.
this one is from her exhibit – at JEFF BAILEY GALLERY, NYC.


image: EVIE FALCI

it also includes close-ups . . of the ‘rhinestones’ – at play.
DAN COLEN, ‘bubble-gum’ – move, over !!


image: EVIE FALCI

and where you can find her newest work.
damn, do I love love love this, or what !!
kind-of a structured waterfall . . gorgeous !!
kind of a D.I.Y. – STELLA !!

kind-of a thinking person’s . . material ‘transcendence’.
abstract color-field, has never looked so good – since ERIK den BREE JEN, blew me away, and sill – does !!

I love ‘structure’ that has plastic ‘narrative’. and variance.
I love structure, that implodes . . . the i-m-a-g-i-n-a-t-i–on.

what can I say, I love ‘higher’ composition . . in my art.
art that sings – and then, runs – for it !!

in case you missed the link: EVIE FALCCI – website, go there !!
a great summer – breeze / browse !!

pss: w-a-t-e–r-m-e-l-o-n . . . alert.

okay, okay. lighten up !!
I guess it takes all kinds, if only to contrast the full spectrum !!
so, yeah put Evie to work on an exterior wall mural, too !! L.A. Venus.
but, the buildings got to be . . side-by-side.
falling sloppy melons vs tantric water fall.

Karma, what a Bitch.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH – unless otherwise noted.



~FLASHBACK: BRENDAN MONROE & EVAH FAN . . at LITTLE CAKES, 2008

I actually had a striking intersect . . with BRENDAN MONROE’S work, way back in the summer of 2008, when he and gf EVAH FAN . . . presented some solo pieces, and some collaborations, at Hanna Fushihara’s – Little Cakes. it was totally charming, way ahead of the curve – and I had them both pegged for big success.

the show interestingly enough was titled: ‘Bed and Breakfast’ – and, that was way before airb&b was even a thought form, let alone a phenom. that’s how fast – time f-l-i-e-s.


BRENDAN MONROE, EVAH FAN, and that’s HANNA FUSHIHARA with her back to us, at her Little Cakes gallery, merch / zine store, in the East Village, just before the visionary, alternative space was to flee the Big Apple, for the Real Apple countryside, upstate. June 8, 2008.


detail, ‘The Cook, the Thief, and the Pompost Kyle’ – a collaboration by BRENDAN MONROE and EVAH FAN – Little Cakes, NYC, JUNE 6, 2008
they had ‘nano’ down, before nano, as in ‘tech’ – was in circulation, either. in fact they had the world down, in a nutshell. like a squiggling worm on a fish hook, if you know what I mean. all the bio-warnings – were there.


BRENDAN MONROE, ‘Pollination’, 11 x 15.75 in. gouache on paper – Little Cakes, June 6, 2008.
it’s clear to see his blobs – had organic . . beginnings.


detail, EVAH FAN, ‘Field Study 1′ – Little Cakes, June 6, 2008
her little ‘storybook’ figures have evolved to be more graphic, and ‘tighter’, perhaps more dramatic ? and high contrast . . . but still storybook, and tiny.

the show was quite the hit on the alternative circuit . . . among many others:


TOOYA & LEIF RITCHEY stroll by Little Cakes, June 6, 2008


and, check out; PETE VOGL !! Little Cakes, June 6, 2008.

it’s a really long, post – I really got into the work.
you should check it out for yourself: EVAH FAN & BRENDAN MONROE at LITTLE CAKES, NYC, June 6, 2008

http://www.artloversnewyork.com/zine/the-bomb/2008/06/06/evah-fan-brendan-monroelittle-cakesopens-to-day/

ALL ARCHIVAL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~BRENDAN MONROE . . CINDERS HAUS CLUB

the BLOB MAN . . . COMETH !!

BRENDAN MONROE . . . is the CINDERS ARTIST OF THE MONTH – for JUNE 2015.

aka brendantheblob – checking out his work, just seemed to come naturally, after looking into what . . LUKE MURPHY is up to.

like LUKE, BRENDAN MONROE also cultivates . . . “a taste for the scientific, math, physics, and the surreal“, but while Luke seems to be leaving us hints, stick men, and scribbled coded messages, that go deep into unconsciousness and ancient ‘systems’, Brendan seems to have left us far behind, and has serious traveled . . far off – the ‘bio’ deep end.


BRENDAN MOORE, ‘FIZZ’, acrylic on paper, 7 x 9.75 in., signed. unique.
($600)
Photo: CINDERS GALLERY

BORN in 1980, which makes him 35, a generation younger than Luke Murphy . . . Brendan Monroe was born in Santa Barbara, California, and currently works out of Oakland, California.

just so you know, he has 36.3 K followers on Instagram.

you can read an interview Cinders just published with him, here .. 20 Questions for Brendan Monroe


this is the BRENDAN MONROE limited edition letterpress print, edition of 50 – CINDERS just put out to mark Brendan Moore’s Cinders Club Haus show – for July, 2015.

not only does it boggle the imagination, but it has amazing colors, amazing color fade, and wonder-ous 3_D implications – on a purely formal ‘flat’ plane.

when I first saw the image, my response was: damn, the blob – is on FIRE !!

the letterpress print is 9 x 12 in., edition of 50, signed & numbered by the artist – and can be yours for: $50. please note there are ONLY 9 left in stock, so don’t blob, I mean .. blink !!
grab your cart, shoppers.
buy: Brendan Monroe Letterpress Print in the Cinders online store

this is is Brendan’s website: BRENDAN MOORE, so you can keep looking, . . and reading for – yourself.

though I can’t help remarking, since the current scene is SO absolutely swamped by hand-built pottery and clay, that even on that crowded playing field – Brendan Monnroe . . stands out:


BLOB SCULPTURE by BRENDAN MONROE, image via BRENDAN MONROE


IMAGE OF BRENDAN MONROE . . at work,
from . . . THE BOILER ROOM at HEATH CERAMICS, . . in SAN FRANCISCO.

where, if you check out that link, you can see a greater sampling of his ceramic work.

ps: BOILER ROOM at HEATH looks to be an amazing place – their site is worth an investigation – as well, see: EVENTS . . BOILER ROOM



~LUKE MURPHY . . weighs in

LUKE: this how the red ‘wood panel’ painting – finished up !!
wow.
yep. humanity is gooey, and coming . . to get ya.

PHOTO: LUKE MURPHY



~LUKE MURPHY . . STUDIO VISIT

REV LUKE MURPHY – AT HIS STUDIO in HARLEM, NYC. SEPT 1, 2014.

LUKE MURPHY – MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE.

I’ve been wanting to visit LUKE MURPHY in his studio, ever since I first saw his work, cutting edge, power point chart presentations !! at CANADA, in 2000 – way back when the groundbreaking gallery was just a tiny sublet, under LEO KOENIG, who he himself was also renting from Pseudo.com, and it’s super-visionary, now bust leader: JOSH HARRIS – in a big ole building downtown at Broadway and Franklin. I was working for Josh as an artist ‘liaison, and although he, Josh, dealt with Leo personally, I was delegated to collect the rent from Canada – and, that’s how I first stumbled upon them. they were happy to just see a body – come through the door. and let me tell ya, Leo was no piece of cake either. the only way to access the fledgling CANADA was thru his gallery, and he wouldn’t let them be open on the nights when he held his openings, lest they spark some rival interest, among his own devotees.


LUKE MURPHY .. with one of his large, painted, very mysterious . . knowledge-spanning-in-code !! canvases in his studio.

so that’s about 14 years, that it took to get some free time from Luke, not that he wasn’t interested – he’s a big supporter of artlovers, from a tech angle – that’s his lukelab animated banner at the top of this page, but he’s a really busy guy, basically a (very cool) cat with 9 lives, but esp as a top tier code developer. he doesn’t like name-dropping, but how about . . web-founder of the MTV website, ditto Cartoon Network, and winner of a coveted webby for web design for Stephen Colbert’s show ?
among others .. !!
got the picture, yep, they don’t call him REV Luke .. for naught.
so when we say this guy is CGI . . it’s not bluffing.

see: Luke Murphy / lukelab.com


I really liked this one, because it was a weirdo ‘play’ on wood / woodsy pattern, wood paneling ? organics vs tech. with great voids and . . ‘drop-off’, and what ?
maybe word / thought bubbles – like in cartoons ?
a mind map . . that looked like it started life, in somebodies 1960s den . . !!


if I got it right, Luke says he starts off doodling or drawing, and then uploads that onto a computer and then uses the computer to cut out a patch – so that the image feels more ‘random’, as as opposed to a more obvious beginning and ending, human action.
well, we are all merging with our ‘devices’, and morphing into machines, more and more – everyday.
Losers !!
so: check !!


in Luke’s world vision, which gets pretty darn deep, agnostics, ancient libraries, many many god systems, cosmology, and etc. etc. – all universal code for us trying to understand what we are up against. let alone, where we come from . . . there is happy, sad, and . . random.


and this for example, looks to be . . sad.


and this is just: daydream .. gorgeous. painting.


it’s kind of an austere studio, a thinker’s place.


Luke’s studio is in the lower floor of his newly renovated brownstone, smack in the middle of a rapidly changing Harlem, there is even a sweet little backyard with garden just beyond.
I wonder if he and Gavin (Brown) ever passerby each other, on the street ?


Luke’s shaped canvas over the door . . . with scribbled notes, and signs. code. as to the marvels of the night sky, and mankind, no doubt.


back down to earth, the painter’s supplies. this has got to be the neatest studio I have ever been in. kind of arranged like you imagine a logic board to be, before the wires get all jangled up.


but that doesn’t mean, it’s not without – it’s eccentricities !!


likewise, c-u-r-i-o-u-s !!


Luke Murphy . . . exposed !!
aka the secret to the . . human condition & evolution & . . entropy.


I NEED 2 . . .


always make.


LUKE MURPHY – a bio landscape, and . . narrative.
or: behind the code, lies . . . us.
behind us, is the landscape. the world, the orb, the globe. with mountains.


wait, is that a self-portrait ?
a sad face with a painter’s palette, yeah, the way things are going – doesn’t look so good.
does it. wait til China corners the market on memory chips. flash forward: your lifetime, your LIBERTY, erased by a gesture, or worse a hidden snarl of ‘mean’ code – in a future vision gone bad.

see: State-owned Chinese Chip Maker Tsinghua Unigroup Makes $23 Billion Bid for Micron – WALL STREET JOURNAL, July 14, 2015

can I be the only one – who sees a dark future catastrophe . . here ?
forget Iran and Nukes.
and. I thought Tsinghua was a . . beer ?

and, you thought art – was just for smiley faces !!
emoji code, and other . . new age short-cuts, for communication . . l-o-v-e-r-s.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~LUKE MURPHY, ‘LOSER EVERY TIME’ . . last week

LAST WEEK To CATCH . . .

‘LUKE MURPHY: LOSER EVERY TIME’
up thru SAT JULY 18, 2015
POSTMASTERS GALLERY – 54 FRANKLIN ST, TRIBECA, NYC

“IF THERE IS ONE THEME to my work, it is that it is a project to find a unifying system that will explain everything from unhappiness to joy, from technology to what is the meaning of randomness.”

more: on the show + images

LUKE MURPHY, ‘PLANE FEAR GRAPH’, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 56 in.



~I KNEW IT, what nerve! . . DAN NADEL & BRIAN CHIPPENDALE / BLAST FROM THE PAST !!

I KNEW IT – !!!

‘WHAT NERVE! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present’ . . .

curated by . . DAN NADEL, who has paid his dues, and many times over in comic-book-la-la-land . .

MATTHEW MARKS – 523 W 24th St., Chelsea

is up thru . . . AUG 14, 2015

and it is . . . BLOWING UP, BIG TIME !!

way to go, DAN !!

DAN NADEL and BRIAN CHIPPENDALE, NYC, JUNE 22, 2007
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

FORCEFIELD – MATT BRINKMAN, JUM DRAIN, ARA PETERSON and LEIF GOLDBERG . . were FORT THUNDER roommates with LIGHTNING BOLT aka BRIAN CHIPPENDALE, in Providence, Rhode Island – in the late 1990s, and the rest is now . . . history !!
in a word: explosive alternative Americana & lots & lots of comic book art – !!

the web is is just bursting / exploding . . with images – from the show !!

everybody is going crazy for it, duh. or is that: doh !!



~WHAT NERVE! . . opens tonight TUES JULY 7th

gonna be the big, BIG BLOW-OUT OPENING & SHOW !! . . . of the SUMMER
long live the indie rebels !!
may they always re-group . . . as legends !!

DAN NADEL: “when confronted with a system that seems impenetrable, outsiders tend to band together.”
~from the Press Release


this looks to be the work of JIM DRAIN, or FORCEFIELD . . in general ?

What Nerve! – Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present
opens tonight Tues July 7, 2015 / 6-8 PM
the show runs thru AUGUST 14, 2015
CURATED BY – DAN NADEL
MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY – 523 W 24th St, Chelsea, NYC

apart from the now legendary Chicago-based, HAIRY WHO, active 1966-1969 . . . watch out for, among others. . . the FORCEFIELD crew, 1966-2003: MAT BRINKMAN, JIM DRAIN, LEIF GOLDBREG and ARA PETERSON – all well known to savvy art scenesters here in NYC, though maybe a little bit before your time – my newbie YALIES !!
how time flies, and then: you are a l-e-g-e-n-d !!

more info on the show: ‘What Nerve! – MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY’


HAIRY WHO, HAIRY WHO poster, 1966.
offset lithograph, 28-3/4 x 22 in.

see: more works in the exhibit, . . . here

ps:

looking back, seems to be a big part . . . of looking FORWARD, right now – and damn straight. yes, I’m thinking . . .
‘Under the Volcano: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’.



~INSTAGRAM ? . . who you ?

Instagram,
What, me ?

artlovers is on instagram, now: @artloversnewyork

where you can catch ‘gems’ from the past, as well as . . breaking news.
and my mood – of the . . . momento.
yes, everybody is a JOKER !!!!!
and comic book art – is coming on STRONG !!!

super looking forward, to the new fall season, and being able to send out – gallery pix in real time, esp from the un-trampelled underground. watch out.

currently up on instagram, from artloversnewyork: a golden, really silver !! flash from the ‘storied’ past !!

‘FREE PUFFY’ – a MARK ENGER limited edition silkscreen on black t-shirt, silver ink, 1999. R.I.P. Mark
collection: Nancy Smith
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

you momma was right – save your old clothes, they will always come back into – fashion.
well, come on, great art is always – TIMELESS !!
and way to go, Puffy. or what. falls into a hole, after swinging a kettlebell ?!! damn.
diva . . . does a dive !!
but, as for his son . . . poor rich kid, or what ?

and . . . speaking of mega rockers.

love this: “Cultured Couple – Jay-Z and Beyonce attend a WES LANG art show in LA . . ” – DAILY MAIL, JUNE 23, 2015

FLASHBACK:

DONALD CUMMING, lead singer of (now defunct) THE VIRGINS, and WES LANG, currently of KANYE WEST merch fame . . . back in the day.
at a book launch for RYAN McGINLEY, NYC, Feb 19, 2003.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

first publication: ART LOVERS NEW YORK – ARTNET, MARCH 2003, when WALTER ROBINSON was king, and Charlie Finch was the royal jester.