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

CONGRATS !! ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ / CFDA EMERGING DESIGNER AWARD 2021 / NOMINEE

SUPER CONGRATS !!
ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ / ERL . . L.A. !!

it has just been announced that ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ of ERL,
is one of the 5 nominees . . . for the very prestigious CFDA FASHION AWARD /
AMERICAN EMERGING DESIGNER of the YEAR 2021 . . .


ELI RUSSSELL LINNETZ / ERL
PHOTO VIA INSTAGRAM @cfda / Council of Fashion Designers of America

ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ is the one who made . .
global fashion headlines, American Quilt history, and, even sparked . . social commentary !!

sending ASAP Rocky . . draped in an ERL / up-cycled, one-of-a-kind vintage 1970s ‘Puff’ quilt / down the red carpet – at this year’s SEPT 2021 / MET GALA.

PHOTO VIA INSTAGRAM @erl______

QUILTS RULE !!
WRAP – YOUR BODY, NOW !!



~MEET ERL / ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ . . . with VOGUE UP-DATE

meet: ERL / ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ . . .
the multi-talented designer/producer,
behind the ZAK FOSTER produced ASAP Rocky – MET GALA QUILT / CAPE !!
he is most def a creative powerhouse.
and, he seems to love – old school quilts !!


ELI RUSSELL lINNETZ, founder of ERL . .
image via ERL / c/o COMPLEX MAG

CHECK OUT: ‘Meet ERL, the New Brand You Should Know’ – by KARIZZA SANCHEZ / COMPLEX MAGAZINE / JAN 24, 2020


ERL – MEN’S FASHION / image via ERL STORE

apart from his dynamic interest in everything chic / ahead of the curve & esp authentic Americana / hand-made / and vintage embellishment . . it’s obviously his sunny, easy-going pastel ‘California’ palette / that sealed the deal / towards his . . . wrapping that soft-hued, Zak Foster found, DIY / vintage 70’s, ‘puff’ quilt – around ASAP Rocky / at the MET GALA /
and the rest – is History. history – with a capital H.

the softness of the overall loose grid pattern / as opposed to a rigid repeating grid, (think Burberry or Vuitton) also fit right in – with the ERL vision.


ASAP Rocky – in an ERL / ZAK FOSTER VINTAGE QUILT / as a cape at the MET GALA 2021.
image via Instagram @diet_prada

but, was it truly – a collaboration ?
yes, it was !!
and, a most excellent partnering – at that.

while ZAK FOSTER produced the (double-sided) finished aggregate / contemporary quilt,
and, I’m thinking based on the photos Zak posted to his IG / @zakfoster.quilts, that, or at least initially . . . the more detailed & complex red plaid / ‘crazy’ quilt, which he had he hand-stitched so meticulously, . . that that red side was probably his primary side / A side. with the found ‘puff’ quilt being the lining & the back.

ELI / ERL . . . is probably the one who jumped – to cloak ASAP Rocky with the plush, multi-color pastel, vintage 3-D ‘Puff’ quilt side / as the primary side. which was the absolute key decision, to propelling this unconventional, but ironically old school 70’s design – to the top of the Met Gala – pack.

though btw, as ASAP Rocky dropped the quilt from his shoulders, to reveal the sharp black ERL suit beneath / the red plaid side – was stunning as pat of the hidden reveal / on that.

ERL . . also probably provided the funding, of course, made sure the work was seen on an amazingly huge platform / and, not to forget / his imparting his ERL brand overall / very chic fashion vision, and, thus inspired edit / and, the curation, as per the sentence above.

so, yes !!
was it a collab ? / yes, yes and more YES !!
an absolute brilliant meeting of creative minds – in a moment of rapt expression.
not forget – the sheet magic of them ole quilts / to be able to step up to the plate, even in 2021.

ERL & ZAK FOSTER – BRAVO !!


CHECK OUT: ERL – FASHION & STORE

NOTE: VOGUE MAG / UP-DATE / SEPT 16, 2021

it’s been . . . a bit of a complicated ‘quilt’ story – to follow. it doesn’t help that many of the first media reports didn’t have a clue re: re-cycled quilts, vintage quilts, contemporary aggregate quilts, repaired quilts, etc etc.

according to the article (link below) that VOGUE just circulated /
and from what I can make of it, the Vogue article / and, after listening to the videos posted on Zak’s Instagram, over & over / it seems:

Eli Russell Linnetz . . . found the multi-colored ‘Puff’ quilt in a thrift shop, though it isn’t specifically referred to as such, it’s only referred to as a ‘vintage’ quilt / not surprising, as on-the-spot . . . Eli wasn’t seeped in quilt history – but, as I already stated above, you could immediately see why he would be attracted to it,
and then . . .

he reached out to quilt-recycling artisan ZAK FOSTER & . . commissioned him to make a red plaid-based ‘memory’ contemporary / aggregate quilt . . using various red plaid vintage textiles, as well several personal clothing items & remnants of sentimental ‘Linnetz’ family value / also on that red plaid theme, and then he had Zak attach the ‘Puff’ vintage quilt – which seems to have been more or less intact – but, perhaps lacked a backing (?), to the red plaid quilt top.
the newly constructed, red plaid ‘memory’ quilt top, in effect became the inner secret ‘lining’ – of the newly worked . . . ‘quilt-as-a-cape’, with the older ‘Puff’ quilt – becoming the top layer, or the – outside.

at any, rate no matter how you cut it !!
magic happened, that’s for sure !!

for me, the key bit of magic – was in ELI RUSSELL LINNETZ finding that gorgeous ‘Puff’ quilt – in the first place /
you love quilts / they love you back – is all I can say.
their power – in how they were made, and the thoughts they were infused with / and then, how they move around, and come forward even, today / is beyond the simply . . . rational.

as the first sentence of this Vogue article states / through the combined efforts of ERL & ZAK FOSTER / hand-worked old quilts – barrelled their way back – to their rightful place, at the top (!!) – in the “Lexicon of American Fashion” . . . !!

“There were plenty of exciting looks on the MetGala’s red carpet, but none captured the spirit of ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ theme quite like ASAP Rocky’s custom ERL quilt. Since colonial times, the handcraft has been an integral part of the American experience, and quilts have served as historical documents, family keepsakes, and contemporary art.”
~Janelle Okwodu, Vogue

CHECK OUT:ASAP Rocky and ERL’s Rule-Breaking Quilt Captured the ESSENCE of American Fashion”, by JANELLE OKWODU, VOGUE MAGAZINE / SEPT 16, 2021.



~ZAK FOSTER / ERL / ASAP Rocky Quilt / Met Gala

congratulations !!!!
to originally from North Carolina, now Brooklyn-based quilter . . . ZAK FOSTER !!!!!
who made the ASAP Rocky / ERL branded / vintage-based quilt . . . that upstaged the entire fashion world – at this year’s MET GALA !!


see: ZAK FOSTER QUILTS – website


see: ZAK FOSTER / Instagram @zakfoster.quilts


ASAP Rocky . . .
wrapped in a one-of-a-kind “ERL” co-branded / authentic vintage quilt assemblage / handmade by Brooklyn’s own . . . ZAK FOSTER.
image via Instagram @diet_prada

so . . .
wouldn’t it be funny to see a whole city of men running around in re-cycled quilt ‘capes’, or, even full-body throw, ‘granny square’ crochet afghans, for that matter / draping their hurried bodies !!

why cut them old quilts up – for custom suits, ala BODE ?
just leave em as is / to let their deep soothing magic & rockin’ power emanate, true to form / for: protection, for comfort, for warmth, for ease, for . . . emotional support !!
as the world burns, floods, freezes, dries up, and as always, fights / with not enough water & not enough food – up next.
next Afghan-based/Qaedea terrorist attack . . on the American horizon / within one or 2 years,
and, that’s in newspaper hard copy print – according to even: . . . WYNKEN, BLINKEN, BIDEN, & NOD.

Antony Blinken, being our current Secretary of State, you obviously know who sleepy Joe Biden is, as some people call him. I’m not going to say the ‘T’ word, but F all of them.
what the hell.
ok, it’s a tough job, wear a quilt !!

Influencer ?

ASAP Rocky is my vote for . . INFLUENCER of YEAR / 2021.
hands down.
and, with just one sweep . . . of the cape.

&
&
&
some brief notes – for the Millennials, among us !!

I remember growing up, not one of my teachers died.
I mean, maybe I went to one teacher-related funeral in grade 7, and that was her dad, that died.


this is . . . EUGENE FIELD / 1850-1895
he wrote the (once) famous, ultimate / childhood lullaby rhyme, ‘Wynken, Blyken and Nod’,
where children could fall asleep knowing their world was full of stars, and glittering fish in a twinkling / sky / sea.
when, there were only a handful of planets in the sky, most people lived on farms, and climate change ? – an absolute non-topic.

funny . . . how we went from 9 planets / to an ‘infinite’ universe of constellations / well, in my lifetime / yet, to diminishing . . . shrinking resources – with NO real global plan in sight.

when they start mining on the moon, and, oh yes !! – they are planning it as we speak – then, trust me, the whole global, bio-survival game plan implodes,
and, not just for the wave-seeking surfers.
that ‘man in the moon’ controls the tides, our reproduction cycles, and of course – oversees our emotions.
it’s not – just a rolling rock full of minerals to be . . mined & extracted 7 sent back to earth.
mark my words, and don’t blame me.
I’m with the ancient Greeks, and all indigenous peoples . . who believe the planets, the stars, the sun, and the moon – are the Gods.
the sky is frigging sacred / hands off, dudes.
or may you be doomed to living in caves – with only synthetic fiber to keep you warm.

so, I’m thinking . . newspaper men,
and ‘writers of light verse for children’ . . . aka the ‘influencers’ of their generation,
maybe, just maybe . . . they should have thought ahead – just a tiny little bit.
but, even at that – just a little bit of some forward thinking, was beyond the era’s mind-set / industrial revolution evolution.
as, is ‘moon mining’ – for ours.
and yes, it’s most definite – in the works.

but even so,
what do our children – fall asleep to ?
I don’t want to ruin your day, but it’s not starry skies.
it’s a mighty long list / a mighty coarse & scary list that veers from web predators, global food shortage, bio virus attacks & teachers dying / to other endangered species, including wild animals & trees / pinging extreme weather alerts, amber alerts – onto porn, to violence . . and, even onto their own contemporary Greta Thunberg . . . on repeat. gentle good-night verse ?
not.

no wonder people everywhere, with all manners of skills, clothing, or even education levels,
loved, loved loved / Zak Foster’s ‘Memory Quilt’ on . . . ASAP Rocky.

no wonder people love . . vintage and antique quilts, & . . . in fact – handiwork of all kinds.
it’s not – just the skills,
it’s their comfort – zone . . . !!!!
it’s their thriftiness, mindfulness of resources, and re-cycling sustainability.
not to forget: joyful, cheerful patterns, colors & fabric / and all cotton, btw.

CONCLUSION:
in the paper today, I read that the new AUKUS alliance / Australia, United Kingdom and USA, deems their paramount goal is to help Australia develop nuclear-submarine capability . . to counter China’s growing ‘influence’ in the Indo-Pacific region.
no no no.
that’s so dumb-ass backwards.
what about the marine life, the barrier reefs, what kind polluting greenhouse footprint does a project like that entail ? why does talk of war – continually push up against our already stretched-to-the-limit psychic
ambience day-to-day / dream to dream.
no, don’t frigging build another nuclear-powered submarine / just frigging do the world a favor, and ban them – all. across the globe / no exceptions.
just start shutting it down, people.

no wonder, all people want to contemplate – are . . . QUILTS.
creative, sustainable, peaceful solutions – let the alternative world – begin, already.
we miss you, so much . . John Lennon.



~9-11 / MY STORY . . .

on the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, here’s my story.

‘9-11 / MY STORY: NANCY SMITH’
and, yes !!
a quilt can very much ‘turn over’ with the same significance . . of a tarot card !!
you better – believe it.
there’s some, deep dark magic . . in them there / old quilts.


after our landlord bought us out, from the storefront on Rivington St. & the Bowery, in 1996 we moved to help ‘warehouse’ a one bedroom / penthouse apt on the top of a 20 story building on Grand & FDR – in the Lower East Side. it even had this really nice, but tiny narrow terrace – that opened up to the outdoors.


and, yes. that’s my watercolor !!


the place had a great view of the East River, and the railing was perfect – for hanging out my vintage quilts in the sun, as I worked on them, to repair them / restore, and make them alive again.
this was 20+ years ago, btw.


facing due south, you could even see . . .


. . . the World Trade Center, towers.


but. because the terrace was so narrow, you had to really contort your body to get a decent view of a quilt / against the Twin Towers, so I only did it once.
in the Spring of 1999. this is NO . . photo-shop.
this is a 35mm photo & I have the negatives to prove it.


here, it is in full view / it was a ‘barn’ quilt, an old, raggedy quilt that had finally been relegated to the last step / to cover old machinery in a barn.
you can note the holes and worn areas, especially on the borders, and these are what I repair.
as well, in this case I fully re-quilted this old faded beauty, with all repairs done by hand.
I only hand-stitch, I don’t even know – how to operate a sewing machine.
I couldn’t use one – even if my life depended on it.
and of course, working by hand, gets your very up-close & personal with the history of each quilt, and, each quilt maker.

so of course, while working on it . . I started to research – its history and pattern.

LO, and behold !!
turns out, it’s an old American frontier / pioneer . . . pattern called: “Lightning Strikes”.
it was a reminder to be super careful especially around the wooden barns, regarding fire, and in the wooden homes, whose only warmth came from burning hearth fires / and especially on the prairies, to be vigilant also re: wild fires.
and, in being a reminder: it was a warning, to be conscious / to stay aware, and being aware – you will feel safe, and you are wished comfort, warmth, and safety by the quilt maker / who is probably your mother, wife, or sister . . . as you lay asleep, and dream your dreams.

so . . .
what 800 number are you going to call, when your quilt project divines: danger, a threat of fire, a deadly . . . lightning strike ?


so yeah, less than 16 months later, I watched this tragedy unfold from the same birds-eye-view of my 20th floor terrace. I came running out upon hearing the terrible first impact, and I actually even watched as the 2nd plane come north up the East River, and then made a sharp u-turn, and at full speed flew directly – into the second tower.
so, while the clueless TV anchors were proclaiming, that a small airplane, or helicopter, had ‘accidentally’ collided with the World Trade Center, I was calling my kid’s middle school, and telling the principal, not to let the kids out for recess – because . . . “we are under attack”.
at first, she thought I was just plain dang crazy, but not for long, like maybe 5 – 10 minutes at the most, later / and, the whole city was in . . lock-down.
and shock. it was unbelievable.


I hadn’t even had – my morning coffee yet. I felt so ill, and so aware of: history.
I do still remember so vividly, thinking . . how did it even come to pass, that I – as a Canadian, who grew up in Montreal, had came to be here, to witness this ?
that all this time / quite unknowingly, I had been stitching, & putting hands to – a real warning.


when my kids finally got home, we actually had to go get them in person / this is what they saw.


and then, it was . . . gone.
along, with the many people inside, & the sadly fated first responders – who had rushed in, to save them, only to perish as well.
the worst part was when the buildings pancaked / and you heard millions of screams, like many birds in panic – for a few minutes / and then: complete silence, and a horrible, horrible smell of burnt human flesh, that hovered overhead, for days.

NEVER, NEVER – FORGET.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’SHAKE THE PATTERN’ / SHELTER / L.E.S. / OPENS TO-NITE THURS SEPT 2

SHAKE THAT – BODY !!!!!!!

‘SHAKE THE PATTERN’ – GROUP SHOW
OPENS THURS SEPT 2 / 5 – 7 PM
& runs thru . . . OCT 2, 2021
SHELTER GALLERY, 179 East Broadway, NYC 10002
HRS: TUES-SAT / 12-6 PM
note: the venue is down one fight of stairs

An Ambitious, Radical-leaning, Pictorial & Narrative / Revolt-Proclaiming – group show of 10 Women Artists:
RAQUEL ALBARRAN, NICOLE APPEL, KARIN CAMPBELL, JACQUELINE CEDAR, HYEGYEONG CHOI, MYASIA DOWDELL,
LILY GIBEON, REBECCA GOYETTE, CHRISTINE LEWIS, & JUANITA ROGERS

see: the exhibition statement – SHELTER GALLERY

some highlights:


NICOLE APPEL, ‘untitled’, 2019.
collage on paper / 6 x 4.5 in.
image via Instagram @shelter_gallery


JACQUELINE CEDAR, ‘NY Ninja’, 2021.
Colored pencil on paper / 9 x
image via Instagram @jacquelinecedar


KARIN CAMPBELL, ‘Drawing’.
image via Instagram @karinhcampbell


HyeGyeong CHOI, ‘I wish I was hiking with her’,
acrylic on canvas / 36 x 30 in.
image via Instagram @choiry_g

note: all images via Instagram



~MARIE LORENZ / WATER TAXI / of DEATH / JAG x NADA x FORELAND / CATSKILL, N.Y. / AUG 28 & 29

MARIE LORENZ: “Anyone need a ride across the River STYX this weekend ?”


MARIE LORENZ, ‘WATER TAXI, TIDE TAXI, DEATH TAXI’, AUG 28-29, 2021 / CATSKILL CREEK. UPSTATE N.Y.
#charon #death #taxi #underworld #catskillcreek

looks like: deadly cold water, slow rowing, with only the eerie sound of the dipping rhythmic oars & the bittersweet music sound of funeral chimes,
layered by . . darkness & solemn sadness.

presented by: JAG Projects x NADA x FORELAND, CATSKILL, N.Y.

image via Instagram / @lorenzmarie


usually a passage of delight & exploration / history, science & indie rebel art – on a small indie scale /
this is a funerary boat /

listen to the sad chimes & feel the sad coldness of the deep dark water:
MOST, DEF – HIT: . . this link / to the clip on her IG / @marielorenz

artlovers flashback:


MARIE LORENZ, at her ‘sweeter-minded’, but still history-looking / display of her hand-made ancient water ‘vessels’ /
at this summer’s 2021 – NADA / GOVERNORS ISLAND, N.Y.C.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artloversnewyork.com
MAY 7, 2021

note:

STYX . . . “in Greek mythology, STYX is one of the Rivers of the underworld / In Homer’s ‘Iliad & Odyssey’, the gods swear by the water of STYX as their most binding oath.”
~Wikipedia

CHARON . . . “in Greek mythology, the son of EREBUS & NYX (Night) . . whose duty it was to ferry over the Rivers STYX, and ACHERON those souls of the deceased who had received the rites of burial . . .
and who eventually became to be known as the image of death & of the world below.
~Wikipedia / Charon



~P.A.D. x CRAIG POOR MONTEITH x NADA x FORELAND, CATSKILL, N.Y. / SAT & SUN AUG 28-29

the summer of 2021.
it’s already in the military history books / but, if as the start of WWW III, remains to be seen. it might be the summer of love & creative freedom / up in the Catskills, but not around the globe.
the targeted civillian as well as U.S.A. military killing / has begun.
surprise, surprise, Not.
what a . . bloody b-o-d-y / cruel death trap that excuse for an ‘airport’ is.
it’s not an airport, it’s a killing field.
with a wretched, talk about ‘medieval’, sewer-infested moat, aka ‘canal’ around it . . to catch the dead / once fleeing / bodies. bodies. bodies.
is it only the artists – with their sense of volume & space – that could have told you that weeks ago ?
maybe they need more artists – in the Pentagon.
you know, maybe when we are all ‘trans-morphed’ into robotic A.I., it really won’t be so bad.

and, if you are looking for your art – without political, and / or social awareness / community commentary / temperature . . all isolated & pure, well, you are looking in all the wrong places, if you’re looking here.

as you might have already – intuited by our LUKE MURPHY / LukeLab.com animated, digital . . ‘RESIST’ banner – that runs across this page.

FUN FACT: I do, as I write this / remember when I first met PATRICK MOHUNDRO, who runs P.A.D. / who as a 2nd year MFA student presented: ‘The Big Short’, a brilliant compendium of small, alternative, indie curatorial projects / in a cramped Hunter office basement, in Feb of 2018 . . that one of the first things he said to me, was: how much he liked the ‘RESIST’ banner – on the artlovers website, just btw.

see: ‘THE BIG SHORT’ / MOHUNDRO & JANOWICK – HUNTER / artloversnewyork – FEB 2018

well, get out there, to the Catskills, and show your ‘freedom’ colors – people !!
I wanna say, don’t jump up and down / on the glass floor !!!

as, you listen to early 60s Rolling Stones blaring through your car radio, as the perfect, angry anthem soundtrack – c/o CHARLIE WATTS, RIP this past week.

P.A.D. x CRAIG POOR MONTEITH / DON’T STEP ON THE GLASS !!!!


CRAIG POOR MONTEITH, ‘Leaded Stained Glass’ packing pad / will be presented by P.A.D. – this glorious summer weekend.
note: JESSI LI lamp including limbs / aka body parts – at the top.


CRAIG POOR MONTEITH, ‘stained, leaded glass Moving Pad’, 2021 / P.A.D.
ps: well, ‘glass’ . . has only been a really really big topic – on artlovers this year. D.I.Y. and, people sick of the screens & and a grass roots / peaceful . . intellectual revolt vs. the high price / elitist ticket / blue chip / art market / auction circuit.

JEFFREY TRANCHELL, of ‘Turn Onz’, Detroit / & my go-to for all things D.I.Y., but esp. glass & the associated field of electric lamps & light switches / & just artists going (sustainable) crazy, creative wild on functional objects in general . . . tells me:
“I know CRAIG . . very well, he learned to solder glass at my house in Detroit.”
surprise, surprise, NOT.


CRAIG POOR MONTEITH, ‘stained, leaded glass Moving Pad’, 2021 at P.A.D.

as well, my other D.I.Y. stained glass maven, JONNY CAMPOLO who is a Brooklyn-based friend of Jeffrey’s / whose fused glass light switches, where presented by ‘Turn Onz’, Detroit – at the recent Nada, Governors Island / and covered on these pages, told me:
“Craig is a friend of mine, and Jeff’s. Craig has a cool story – his mom [quite the craftsperson, esp ceramics I believe, or was that his grandfather ? – Nancy],
was a stained glass artist, and taught him everything.”


both images above, the ‘light’ & the ‘dark’ . . . . !!!!!:
CRAIG POOR MONTEITH, stained, leaded glass floor piece . . at P.A.D. x JAG Projects x NADA x Foreland.

note: the fluctuation of color / as the light hits the glass, dependent on ambiance and time of day & type of camera, I guess / and how it is reflected / recorded back to us – via a camera.

isn’t . . stained glass, such a wonderful, mysterious, man-made of natural materials – object / surface ? it plays with light. it plays with spatial perception. it can be transparent, it can be opaque.
it can be strong, or fragile.
and, for this . . to be a parody of the whole P.A.D. / Project Art Distribution / soft moving pad – concept ?

that’s so, so . . .
unbelievable – ACE !!!!!!!!!

artlovers flashback:


CRAIG POOR MONTEITH, March 7, 2013, NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artloversnewyork.com

see: CRAIG POOR MONTEITH / PETER HUTCHINSON OPENING, FREIGHT & VOLUME, Chelsea, N.Y. – March 7, 2013

artlovers flashback:


co-curators: EMILY JANOWICK, and . . . PATRICK MOHUNDRO – at ‘THE BIG SHORT’, HUNTER /
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artloversnewyork.com
FEB 3, 2018

see: ‘THE BIG SHORT’ – HUNTER / artloversnewyork

all images: via Instagram c/O P.A.D. / @art_project_distribution / unless otherwise noted



~P.A.D. x JESSI LI / SCULPTURAL LAMPS / JAG x NADA x FORELAND, CATSKILL, N.Y. / SAT & SUN AUG 28-29

ok, People !! listen up !!!!!
we are still !! talking about . . rock your ‘body’, with these JESSI LI – lamps !!
and, subtext: it’s still – creative art played out on . . functional objects !!
in a word: from light switches . . to lamps / turn on . . the lights, world !!
both via Indie artist-curators: ‘TURN ONZ’ being presented by JEFFREY TRANCHELL,
and ‘P.A.D.’ by PATRICK MOHUNDRO.

and still, on the NADA platform.
thank you as well, to another artist-curator, involved here: JESSE GREENBERG / JAG Projects.
though interestingly enough, we jumped from an island surrounded by the big Apple waters, to the Hudson Valley mountains /
though we still find ourselves, in sustainable historic / exhibition housing, thank you, FORELAND x NADA.

though I do ask myself:
how can there be so much joyful, creative freedom – on this side of the geo-political world / and, so little – on the other.
you can celebrate your body here, / or – be running for your life, there.
the lush, free environs of the ‘Big Apple’, NYC vs. the deathtrap deadline this weekend portends / for the ‘graveyard of the nations’ – Afghanistan.


JESSI LI, sculptural lamp, 2021.
note: the body – limbs.
which you can find at:
P.A.D. pop-up / JAG x NADA x Foreland.
image via Instagram @project_art_distribution / P.A.D.


JESSI LI . . Functional, Sculptural . . . Lamp.
image via: @project_art_distribution
check out: Jessi Li on IG / @jessililili


JESSI LI . . .
image via IG / @project_art_distribution


JESSI LI . . .
image via IG / project_art_distribution

ROCK YOUR BODY – !!
& YOUR . . CREATIVE FREEDOM / & SUPPORT ARTISTS – NOW.
EVEN, IF IT’S NOT PERFECT, IT IS STILL DEFINITE – REACHING FOR THE LIGHT.



~P.A.D. x REBECCA BALDWIN / MENDIETA TEE / JAG x NADA x FORELAND, CATSKILL, N.Y. / SAT & SUN AUG 28 – 29

YOUR BODY IS – YOUR E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G !!
TRAGEDY – MEETS DEFIANCE !!
SHOW – YOUR COLORS !! EVERY-BODY !!
#metoo #women #artists #real #history #NYC

PATRICK MOHUNDRO of P.A.D. / Project Art Distribution
presents / among other items . . .
a new . . . ‘MENDIETA’ tee by REBECCA BALDWIN
via a one weekend only – pop-up / SAT & SUN / AUG 28-29, 2021
c/o JESSE GREENBERG / JAG Projects x NADA at FORELAND /
in partnership with Upstate Art Weekend /
Sat Aug 28 & Sun Aug 29 / 11am – 8pm
361 Main Street, Catskill, N.Y. 12414
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

see: ABOUT FORELAND
see: INTRO NADA x FORELAND
see: JAG PROJECTS
Follow: P.A.D. on IG / @project_art_distribution


Foreland, Catskill N.Y IMAGE / via JAG Projects


new ‘MENDIETA’ tee by REBECCA BALDWIN /
presented by P.A.D.
Image via: IG DANA NOTINE / @dananotine
see: REBECCA BALDWIN / HUNTER MFA THESIS 2019


REBECCA BALDWIN / MENDIETA TEE / P.A.D.
Image & Graphics via: P.A.D. IG / @project_art_distribution


REBECCA BALDWIN / MENDIETA TEE / P.A.D.
Image & Graphics via: P.A.D. IG / @project_art_distribution

COME – ON !!

EVERY-BODY !! / ROCK THAT – BODY !!



~P.A.D. x D.o.R. / SIDEWALK POP-UP / SOHO / SAT AUG 21, 11-7 PM

P.A.D. x D.o.R / SIDEWALK POP-UP, SOHO, NYC / SAT AUG 21, 2021
11-7 PM / in front of the Donald Judd Foundation / SPRING & MERCER.

the art world moves on, with the ‘fluidity of water’, and no blue chip paddle – can stop it.

SO,
EVERY-BODY / ROCK THAT BODY . . !!!
ROCK – YOUR BODY !!
with . . HEAD / BRAIN GAMES !!
small local gestures, on-point souvenirs, info graphix / & big global thoughts.
TIME – TO BE: TIMELY !!!

see: PATRICK MOHUNDRO & ‘BELONGING TO P.A.D. (Project Art Distribution)’ / ART SPIEL / SOPHIA MA, March 12, 2021

D.o.R. / DEPARTMENT of REFLECTION . . .
seems to be a diverse, evolving artist collaborative based in Miami, Florida.
driven by a passionate ‘awareness’ consciousness / they ironically use great ‘info’ graphics.
see: D.o.R / Department of Reflection website / & hit up all the pages
esp: their about page


image via D.o.R website

some advance images via the P.A.D IG:


‘GOLDEN FLYING FISH’ by SEBASTIAN DUNCAN-PORTUONDO / D.o.R.


SEBASTIAN DUNCAN-PORTUONDO / D.o.R.


SEBASTIAN DUNCAN-PORTUONDO / D.o.R.


NINA SARNELLE / D.o.R
a small ‘momento’ of Santa Monica Beach aka ‘Silicone Beach’, with remnants of microchips, hard-drives & dvds.


NINA SARNELLE / D.O.R.


NINA SARNELLE / D.o.R.


‘Little Birches’ – hanging car air fresheners – by misael soto / D.o.R.
image via IG / @misaelsoto


misael soto / D.o.R
an editioned series of hanging sculptures – for your vehicle.
made to be hung from the rear view mirror / the air suppressors are made of asphalt tar.
image via IG / misaelsoto


‘Git ahead’ – ANGEL GARCIA / D.o.R.


‘Git Ahead’ – ANGEL GARCIA / D.o.R.


‘Git Ahead’ – ANGEL GARCIA / D.o.R.


JAN WEINGARTEN / D.o.R.


JAN WEINGARTEN / D.o.R.


ANGEL GARCIA & misael soto / D.o.R.


“come collaborate with ANGEL GARCIA & misael soto – to determine which hand will touch misael’s body, next.”

misael soto – is the founder of D.o.R. / Department of Reflection.
born in Puerto Rico in 1986 / now based in Miami, misael received their MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 2018.

EVERY-BODY !!
ROCK THAT BODY – NOW !!!!!!!!

ALL IMAGES: VIA INSTAGRAM @project_art-distribution / unless otherwise noted



~dugudagii / ‘Worried’ / Tokyo, Japan

just in case you didn’t realize how bad / & just how fast, bad things – were getting /
one word: Afghanistan
I’m so not into brutality – in the name of religion, or . . . gov’t.

ROCK YOUR BODY – DON’T DESTROY / IT.
SAFEGUARD – YOUR BODY.
NOTHING / COULD BE – MORE, TIMELY.

btw: have you noticed ?
we are so no longer in the era of . . . JACKSON POLLOCK or ROTHKO.
everything is coming up: narrative, figurative and, totally bio-based / even down to the veggies.


dugudagii – ‘worried’, posted on Instagram – Aug 17, 2021
image via Instagram @dugudagii

dugudagii . . born in 1977 / Tokyo
“started self-taught painting & graphic production in 2000. (that would put him in his 20s)
Started creating three-dimensional objects using resin in 2009.
His works are mainly composed of transparent shapes in which plants – are encapsulated.”
~Gallery Target / Tokyo, Japan



~’TIMELY’ / CURATED BY TESSA KRIEG / 11 NEWEL / OPENING PIX

hitting all the right – ANXIETIES !!

‘TIMELY’ . . . a big, ambitious, somewhat themed, diverse group gathering / debut show for this gallery,
curated by the gallery’s founder / director: TESSA KRIEG
runs thru . . . SEPT 6, 2021.
11 NEWEL, 11 NEWEL ST., GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN, N.Y. 11222.
HRS: SUN-MON / 11-4 PM

WHAT’S A HUMAN BODY – IF NOT, A MEASUREMENT OF TIME ?

SO,
EVERY-BODY !!
ROCK YOUR BODY !! NOW !!


GALLERIST / CURATOR . . TESSA KRIEG.
works by DAN BAINBRIDGE behind her / artist IRENA JUREK, to the right.

TESSA invokes her show, with a poem of her own making / loosely blocking out – a series of ‘timely’ scenarios.
I’m taking these lines – as my guide:
“Read the clock Read the signs” /
“Cosmic simplicity bracketed into good and evil” /
“Running out of time” /
“Quantum extinguishment”.

a word about the space. it’s quite nice, I knew a few people in the room who who would die for a ground floor space like this. it’s deceptively large, and runs more narrow than wide, which actually suits exhibitions of art, while casting an intimate spell.

looking back on the evening, and how to break down what was a bit of a wide open theme, with a lot of players,
about 20 artists – I recalled the sensuous, snake-like / and surprising venue and how it moved, most of all.
it was alike a: BODY !!
a ‘TIMELY’ BODY – OF THOUGHT.
a . . give-me-more-time – to be a living, thriving artist – body, on this earth / kind of cosmic sci-fi – game board.

and, like any ‘body map’: it started with . . . THE TOES !!!!!

1. TOES:


DAN BAINBRIDGE – BIC LIGHTER FIGURINES
tiny clothed / Star Wars like, survivor-like human-leaning furry puppet-like tiny animals, the size of a Bic lighter / approx 3 in. in height / they were amusing, wiggly, balanced in small groups – arrayed on shelves, at the entrance to the show, which at this point remained hidden behind a corner /
they were indeed: the toes.


they were so charmingly imaginative, and yet so real . . esp with the little red gears in their mouths, I had to ask: are they animated ?
no . . .


but, they do set a fire in motion.
hot enough for ya, climate change ?


DAN BAINBRIDGE, with his tiny fire brigade !!
setting the intro – for ‘Timely’ / body.

I might have been more open to them, than your average NYC art reviewer, who cringes at cute – because I’m such a fan of the cutting edge & super endearing work . . of what are called the ‘illustrators’ – in this current culture / still considered by many, part & parcel of the graphic design scene / incl. video/digital games, animation etc.
(why play as a human – when you can be a . . . squirrel ?)
esp when Chinese New Year rolls around, and Grumpy Bert tosses the most delightful imaginary animal / people
horoscopic designs – on lucky red envelopes / up into the creative ether.
see: GRUMPY BERT – THE RED ENVELOPE SHOW


oh no. here come the enemy – start your fires !!
I couldn’t help thinking: lord, how long before we are all reduced to wandering survival tribes – dressed in animal clothing.
seriously.

2. THE LEGS / THE WINGS / THE SPINE / THE EVOLUTION of MOTION
turn the corner into the main room – and here is: THE LEGS, THE SPINE, THE BACK BONE of MOTION !!


DAN BANBRIDGE, ‘Echolocation Pegasus’, mixed media / 72 x 16 x 90 in.
except this large-sized model – really was animated – with moving parts !!


DAN BAINBRIDGE, ‘Pegasus’ detail.

3. MOVING UP THE LEGS into THE real BIO WORKS – THE INTESTINES & DIGESTIVE ORGANS !!
and, then: arms & hands.


ANDY RALPH, a kind of very biological morphing of horse – to man ?!!
ANDY RALPH, ‘FIVE LEGGED SLAB’,
rose gold mirror, stainless steel kidney bowls, lettuce, glazed ceramic tiles, sanded grout, tar,
wood, tin cans, black socks, and uncooked pinto beans / approx 20 x 20 x 42 in.

note: on the right, a painting by JAQUELINE CEDAR /
acrylic on stretched spandex / 72 x 60 in.


JAQUELINE CEDAR, ‘Put me Out’, acrylic on stretched spandex / 72 x 60 in.
image via Instagram @jaquelinecedar
note: she’s got both limbs / the legs & arms !!


ANDY RALPH, the top.
image via the gallery website

4. THE GONADS – THE MIDDLE BODY / GENDER FLUIDITY /SEX ORGANS & if bio appropriate / REPRODUCTION


JUSTIN ORTIZ, ‘Trona’ / 6 x 8 in.


JUSTIN ORTIZ, ‘Wall person’, 6 x 8 in.


RENFIELD PEALE, ‘Gender Fantasies (#2)’, acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 in.


IRENA JUREK . . with her acrylic on sculpy figure, ‘Luck Guy’.
which I’m classifying under: sex. & juicy. fruit.
just because . . isn’t is obvious ?

5. THE HEART / LOVE & HATE / CONFLICT vs HARMONY


NOELLE VELEZ, ‘Bubblegum Stretch’, acrylic on panel
8 x 12 in.


also under: matters of the HEART !!
JOE W. SPEIER, ‘Millennial Painting #1’, 36 x 48 in.

6. and finally – THE HEAD, THE MIND / COMPREHENSION, TIME & MEMORY


CATHERINE MULLIGAN, ‘2014’, oil on board
8 x 10 in.


in the further-back room, TIME . . TICKS ON WITHOUT – PAUSE !!
BLINN & LAMBERT animated / digital wall projection . .


BLINN AND LAMBERT / NICHOLAS STEINDORF & KYLE WILLIAMS
‘At Work’, 6 minute / animated digital video loop


watch: the animated loop – on Instagram c/o @artloversnewyork

NOTE: the BLINN AND LAMBERT / animated ‘At Work’ loop – as originally posted to their @blinn-and-lambert IG story in advance of the opening / & photographed by them.


EMMY THELANDER and ANDREW FRANCIS at the opening / outside on the typical Greenpoint, Brooklyn street- at dusk.
Emmy teaches drawing in the BFA program at Hunter, and Digital Design at Hostos.
Andrew will teach sculpture this semester in the Visual Arts Department at Wagner, on Staten Island.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / unless otherwise noted
from the opening / FRI AUG 6, 2021.



~DAN MANDELBAUM / CERAMIC FIGURES / MARVIN GARDENS / feel the heat !!

UP-DATE: SUN AUG 15, 2021

well, maybe ‘playful’ – isn’t exactly the right word.
just go ahead & substitute . . ‘terrifying’ !!

invoking the sun to come out and play is not – what this summer is all about.
more like: less sun, more moderation / more awareness. more industrial / cultural mindset . . change.
with all the huge wild fires raging out of control across the globe – with great destruction / and, artists hate destruction, archival, historic, and present endeavors / though p.s. ceramics are pretty much indestructible, by the way / raging fires destroying everything in their path & all around the globe, melting ice caps & resultant extreme storms & rising sea levels, interior river floods / and, now of course, with basically war – if not just a fraught retreat / in a very hot country consuming the headlines,
invoking the sun gods to come out & play – is tempting your fate.
something New Yorkers had considered themselves lucky to be not vulnerable to, situated where they were, as in not flooded, not on fire, and not at war.

though seriously – all you millennial creatives out there / this is an island, and it will go under / or parts of it will / for sure, at some point.

but, the average New Yorker – civilian day warrior was blissful, and feeling lucky: they were not being challenged by a fire or flood path / which seemed totally someone else’s problem / until our daily heat index . . went completely over-the-top of what humans can safely function in / and we went helplessly from a Heat Advisory – to an Extreme Heat Advisory, day after day.

yeah: ‘sunny-side-up’ – is not the word, just one week later.

more like: feel the heat !! the sun is consuming us, and whose fault – is that ?

though, still a big part of me / is reading this sun doll / ceramic doodle . . – as ‘joyful’. even if that’s just – nostalgic ?
or, wishful ?
the sun’s dance – is a wonderful thing / it’s our climate that has changed.

OPEN TODAY – SUN AUG 8 / 1 – 5 PM

what ?
doesn’t everybody have a ‘sunny-side up’ / doll collection ?!!

DAN MANDELBAUM – ‘MIGHT BE THE LAST SHOW’
JULY 14 – AUG 22, 2021
MARVIN GARDENS, 1534 DECATUR ST., RIDGEWOOD, NY 11385
HRS: SUN / 1-5 PM
OR BY APPT ONLY


IMAGE VIA MARVIN GARDENS GALLERY

DAN MANDELBAUM . . . clay figure.
looks to be smallish, but hefty. looking like it has some grit & some weight / very hot fired & extremely well glazed . . it has the shimmer of watercolor. and a dance of playfulness.
definite more cosmic – in mind-set / as opposed to . . deep hippie.
I’m wondering how it remains balanced on the pedestal. is it attached ?

DAN MANDELBAUM, ‘Chromaric Figure’, 2021.
glazed ceramic / 21 x 14 x 9 in.

Brooklyn-based, DAN MANDELBAUM . . graduated from PRATT INSTITUTE, BROOKLYN, NY. BFA / 2016.
see: DAN MANDELBAUM – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE



~KELLIE & . . ‘JOHN AND THE HOLE’ / OPENING IN THE USA – TODAY / Q&A at QUAD CINEMA / TO-NIGHT – 7:30PM SCREENING / FRI AUG 6

KELLIE KONAPELSKY . . . !!

‘JOHN AND THE HOLE’ . . .
THE NEW, ‘STRANGE’ FILM / EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY is TALKING ABOUT . . . !!
IS OPENING TODAY, AUGUST 6 – IN THEATERS ACROSS THE US / & ON-DEMAND USA via IFCFILMS.

PASCUAL SISTO . . . “an installation artist with distinctive ideas around architecture, negative space, and composition” & “whose piercing directorial debut..” (both quotes: ROGER EBERT.COM) / this is,
will be doing a Q&A after the 7:30 pm screening – at QUAD CINEMA to-night . . . !!
FRI AUG 6, 2021.

SUPER CONGRATS !! GO OUT TO – KELLIE KONAPELSKY . . . !!

KELLIE . . . our Precog friend / where she is co-editor, publisher & . . graphic designer / designed the fab fab, super cold, nailed it . . . ‘JOHN AND THE HOLE’- movie poster !! / above !! damn !!!!!
really totally drop, dead – great.
& great font, btw /
I also really really like how she let those random, white ‘dot’ high-lites / of those tiny white rocks / play out visually – against the overall green grass field & bravely engage with the title’s font as well / a small touch, but maybe a big graphic design decision ?
but which totally . . brings some sense of the angst of the film – into the poster.
Kellie also . . . “did all the title design in the film.”

& ps I’m also pretty sure she had a lot of random / influence on the film’s creative decisions in general, as well; because PASCUAL SISTO, the newly critically acclaimed / film’s director, is . . her partner. irl / in real life.

SO, BRAVO FOR OUR FRIEND KELLIE !! / 6 DEGREES Of SEPARATION, or what !!
NYC UNDERGROUND, YOU ALWAYS AMAZE ME – YOU ALWAYS . . RULE !!

artlovers flashback:


from left: NICHOLAS STEINDORF and the women of Precog:
GABY COLLINS-FERNANDEZ, KELLIE KONAPELSKY, and, FLORENCIA ESCUDERO / bottom row center.

PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / ARTLOVERSNEWYORK, MARCH 1, 2020

historical note: this group photo was taken at what was to become known as the ‘Last Opening’ / as it was in fact the very last public opening, before the whole city, the whole world, shut down for . . COVID. it was a big, party-like celebration for HALEY JOSEPHS’ new painting show, at JACK BARRETT GALLERY, on the Lower East Side.
that’s a hint of Haley’s painting on the wall, and yes !!
she painted the walls – a cloudy baby pink !!

Florencia Escudero . . is co-editor, publisher of PRECOG,
Gaby Collins-Fernandez . . is also co-editor, publisher of PRECOG.
Kellie Konapelsky . . is co-editor, publisher, & Graphic Designer at PRECOG.
see: PRECOG

NICHOLAS STENDORF had just helped them with their digital, interactive ‘feature’ – on the global-minded / Paris-based, online VDC / VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER / digital platform.

some people just get around !!
Nicholas, 1/2 of Blinn & Lambert . . has a digital animation work – in the Brooklyn, Greenpoint / East Williamsburg / inaugural opening, also tonight, of new space: 11 Newel.

things are heating up / & it’s not even – Sept !!

BTW,
here’s: the link to the rave review . . TOMRIS LAFFLEY posted / on ROGER EBERT.
‘JOHN AND THE HOLE’ . . by TOMRIS LAFFLEY / ROGER EBERT – AUG 6, 2021


here’s: the link to the trailer



~’TIMELY’ / BIG GROUP SHOW / incl: BLINN & LAMBERT, CATHERINE MULLIGAN, JOE W. SPEIER / 11 NEWEL / OPENS FRI AUG 6

BIG, INAUGURAL OPENING – at 11 NEWEL / TESSA KRIEG’S NEW GALLERY VENTURE !!

‘TIMELY’ / A BIG GROUP SHOW – CURATED BY TESSA KRIEG
OPENS . . . FRI AUG 6 / 6 – 9 PM
& runs thru . . . SEPT 6, 2021
11 NEWEL GALLERY, 11 NEWEL ST., EAST WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN 11222
HRS: SUN-MON / 11-1 PM

WITH:
NOELLE VELEZ, JESSE EDWARDS, CLARE KOURY, JOE W. SPEIER, JAQUELINE CEDAR, ERNESTO RENDA, DAN BAINBRIDGE, TSAI-LING-TSENG, IRENA JUREK, JUSTIN ORTIZ, RENFIELD PEALE, MERYL BENNETT, MATTHEW TOM, CATHERINE MULLIGAN, BLINN AND LAMBERT, ANGELICA YUDASTO, ANDY RALPH, LEILA POUFFE, THEO ROSENBLUM, and CHELSEA SELTZER.

looks – to be on point !!

“Time as we know it Time as we don’t /
My time Your time Our time” . . .
see: ‘Timely’ / 11 NEWEL
see: 11 NEWEL on Instagram @11NEWEL

I have recently written up . . . 3 of the artists – in the show:
BLINN AND LAMBERT / CATHERINE MULLIGAN / JOE W. SPEIER.

1. actually . . 4 !!
BLINN AND LAMBERT – being a collaborative project involving 2 artists: NICHOLAS STEINDORF & KYLE WILLIAMS.


BLINN & LAMBERT are showing a ‘projection loop of a digital video’ /
image via Instagram @11NEWEL


BLINN AND LAMBERT / NICHOLAS STEINDORF & KYLE WILLIAMS,
‘EDGE OF LIGHT’ GROUP SHOW / PRESENTED BY CENTER for the HOLOGRAPHIC ARTS / CURATED BY JONATHAN SIMS
DEC 3 – 22, 2020, / PLAXALL GALLERY, LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / FROM THE ADVANCE VIEWING, NOV 28, 2020.
see: ‘EDGE OF LIGHT’ – ARTLOVERSNEWYORK

2. I have never seen or met CATHERINE MULLIGAN irl, but this painting of hers, posted by A.D.NYC back in OCT of 2020 – sure caught my eye.


CATHERINE MULLIGAN, ‘Loyalty’.
oil & silver leaf on panel / 24 x 15.75 in.
image via Instagram @AD.NYC
see: ‘FADE INTO YOU’/ AD.NYC / OCT 17, 2020 – ARTLOVERSNEWYORK

3. likewise, I have never met or seen in real life, JOE W. SPEIER, or his ‘line drawing / narrative’ work, but my review of his recent show at KING’S LEAP via the gallery’s social media photos, this past April 2021 / . . garnered many new fans & mainstream press / for this artist.


JOE W. SPEIER, ‘Landscape Portrait’, 2021
ballpoint pen, acrylic medium, glitter, metal micro-beads.
image via Instagram @kings_leap
see: JOE W SPEIER, ‘YOU LIKEY’, March 26 – April 24, 2021 – ARTLOVERSNEWYORK



~JONNY CAMPOLO, JEFFREY TRANCHELL, ORLANDO ESTRADA / TURN ONZ, DETROIT / NADA House

LAST WEEKEND . . !!
NADA House / GOVERNORS ISLAND
ROCK THAT FERRY – OR, MISS THIS FAR-OUT . . ROCKIN’ ART RAVE !!

JONNY CAMPOLO, JEFFREY TRANCHELL – TURN ONZ, DETROIT


JONNY CAMPOLO . . !!
has several light switches – scattered about the NADA Houses.
when you see him, you see a rockin’ rolling good time – for sure.


NYC-BASED, JONNY COMPOLO – is the hands-down / art glass wizard of the east coast.


JONNY CAMPOLO – ‘TURN ONZ’, glass fabrication / light switch, 2021.
the transparent background plane of this glass-based light switch, picks up on its distressed, surreal surroundings, all part of the ‘groovy’, visual game that Jonny plays /
not just so well, but, with such glee . . .


JONNY CAMPOLO, ‘TURN ONZ’ glass fabrication / light switch, 2021.
meet the MAGIC MERLIN . . . of the UTILITARIAN !!


JONNY CAMPOLO, ‘TURN ONZ’ glass fabrication / light switch, 2021.
in these almost medieval, or at the very least uncertain times / who wouldn’t want an outburst like this – on their walls ?!!


IMAGE VIA JONNY CAMPOLO INSTAGRAM
JONNY – keep on trucking !!
JONNY – keep on rocking !!
follow: Jonny Campolo . . on Instagram / @jonnycampolo


JEFFREY TRANCHELL, founder / curator . . of the ‘TURN ONZ’ artist collective, based in DETROIT.
if Jonny is the MERLIN, of this scene / then, JEFFREY . . for sure is the . . KING ARTHUR !!
of this band of mostly underground / merry artists.
formerly NYC-based, where he was a founding member of the ESSEX FLOWERS collaborative gallery, Jeffrey Tranchell almost single-handedly – revved up the creative jump – on utilitarian objects.
sustainable, wildly – or most minimally (!!) imaginative, up-cycled . . art, in a very real sense of the word.

note: the snippet of the ‘jungle’ painting on the left, is by ERNESTO GUTIERREZ MOYA / of the EMERSON DORSH, MIAMI / NADA House 2021 presentation; the ‘autobiographical’ paper & mylar collage light switch he stands beside, is . . MINE !!
while the suspended, painted wooden eggs are by: NIKHOLIS PLANCK, presented MAGENTA PLAINS, NYC.


JEFFREY TRANCHELL – glass fabrication light switch, 2021.
PHOTO COURTESY: TURN ONZ

I didn’t catch Jeffrey’s light switch IRL, which was added to the mix by – popular demand !!
WARNING: don’t stare at it, too long / it can . . . READ – YOUR – MIND !!

but maybe, just maybe: it can make your most innermost dreams – come true.


ORLANDO ESTRADA, ‘TURN ONZ’ light switch – at NADA House 2021 / Governors Island.
image via JEFFREY TRANCHELL INSTAGRAM
check out: Jeffrey’s art, & his cutting edge / curatorial . . vision. / @jeffreytranchell

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / unless otherwise noted.



~SAM MOYER / TURN ONZ, DETROIT / NADA House 404B

a slab . . .
a slate . . .
a double-take !!

last weekend !!!!!!!!
open thru . . . SUN AUG 1
NADA House 2021 / GOVERNORS ISLAND

SAM MOYER, ‘Light Switch’ . . . presented by TURN ONZ, DETROIT
NADA House 404 B
curated by JEFFREY TRANCHELL.


SAM MOYER, Light Switch, 2021.

all I can say is: what a beaut of a brute / brutalist / minimalist / chip-off-a-surface . . light switch !!
but, still – a story tale unfolds !!

ps: peeking in at the right, a peep of a WILLIE JINKS naive / brute painting . . in the SHRINE presentation – around the corner.


SAM MOYER, ‘Light Switch’.

yes !!
a story tale, albeit more along the lines of . . HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN !!
‘The Snow Queen’, ‘The Ice Virgin’ / the brittle, dark icy north, and the dark, dark sea.

I wonder if Ms. Moyer would object, if I termed her . . the ‘Ice Queen of Governors Island’ . . ?!!
I mean, what’s a watery rock outcrop – of an island / without a myth, a mermaid, or a snow queen.
with a tough, hard stance, a cold, cold heart – but a heart, that’s chipping away, slowly.

would she get mad – if I called her: SAMMY . . LA BETE ?
SAMMY the SNOW QUEEN . . . ?
her work is just so f-cking hard, and tough & . . . wistful.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~WILLY LE MAITRE / CANADA, NY / NADA House 405B

last weekend !!
NADA House 2021 / GOVERNORS ISLAND

WILLY LE MAITRE – Presented by CANADA, NY
NADA House 405 B

this presentation – also resonated quite strongly for me.


WILLY LE MAITRE . . . ‘TWINS’, 2021.

“Working in relation to his lenticular photographs and virtual reality installations, Willy Le Maitre uses immersive digital photography to present expanded and exploded views of the ever-forming world. In this new work ‘Twins’, Le Maitre applies continuous panoramic scenes to translucent material which enshroud a pair of standing pods. The printed image acts as a membrane to the form that effectively turns the panoramas inside out. The two ambiguous pod-like figures anchor perspective points, relative to one another and to the beyond, they both encapsulate in their interior voids”. – CANADA


WILLY LE MAITRE, ‘TWINS’.


WILLY LE MAITRE, lenticular photograph.


WILLY LE MAITRE, lenticular photograph.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~MARIE LORENZ / JACK HANLEY GALLERY, NY / NADA House 404B

last weekend !!!!
to see the very remarkable . . .
NADA House / Governors Island, 2021.
. . . up thru SUN AUG 1st.

MARIE LORENZ . . . presented by JACK HANLEY GALLERY, NY
NADA House 404 B


MARIE LORENZ . . with her presentation / which was so interestingly & vibrantly sited in a . . vintage kitchen !!
such a perfect tableau – for her faux archeological ‘objects’ / to be viewed & placed upon. as they are first & foremost 3-D ‘objects’ / that need to ‘sit’ on a surface.
and, also so interestingly – as connected to her themes:
found objects, fished out of the many water bodies surrounding us, and, mostly of the ‘thrown-out’ genre, and if most of our trash doesn’t come from the kitchen, and hence, home – then . . where ?
the old Governors Island military home kitchen . . also reverberates with questions of sustainability / unspoken questions of . . functionality, then, and now.
and… of course with regard to the future / recycling, repurposing / etc etc.
with the NADA houses themselves – now repurposed / as museum or gallery-like exhibit spaces – for this contemporary art presentation / and, really / so much more vibrant & sustainable than a big crowded tent, or the droning maze of a corporate show room.

note: the rigid, black (dying ?) coral, or fauna branch – atop the cabinet
note: the ominous but graceful ‘amphora’ peeking in at the left, sitting on the floor.


MARIE LORENZ . .
this great ole hunk of a piece, was hanging on vintage metal ‘pipes’ and seemed both a big hunk of steak and an . . an old vessel, a vase ? an amphora ?
having a great ‘visual’ conversation with both the interior kitchen space & . . what lay beyond the window.

MARE LORENZ, b. 1973, lives & works in NYC, and “roots her work in exploration and narrative. Since 2002 she has been traveling various waterways in boats she designs and builds, collecting the tidal debris that accumulates in the harbors”. – JACK HANLEY GALLERY
check out: MARIE LORENZ – JACK HANLEY GALLERY


MARIE LORENZ.

“An amphora, a funerary urn, plastic forks and water bottles, formed from cast beach plastic in a fossilized jumble. Future archeologists misunderstand the function, they misplace the objects and the century. Who can possibly remember what went where, when it all gets buried together, impossible combinations of form . . . and fancy.”
~JACK HANLEY GALLERY

a big giant’s teapot ?
more memory jar – than functional pouring vessel / it still seemed . . . steamy !!
braced as if with barnacles, it teemed with marine impulses.
while chiding us all – about – our natural waterway & water life . . . destruction.


MARIE LORENZ . . faux amphora
now, here’s the potential for a very big essay – on art fairs / unexpected presentation locations / historic venues / historic ‘visual’ influences re the actual object / and, the seamless incorporation of a far-out contemporary art object – into an historic kitchen – of all places !!
on an island / surrounded by water – that once functioned, as a – military fort.
dust-to-dust / the story gets retold, to keep the globe – spinning / or, not.
climate change. trash over-abundance. the treasures of the ancient oceans vs the blatant current destruction & overwhelmed natural marine life.


MARIE LORENZ . . .
but first, and foremost – it’s about these shapes !!
historic leaning – yet, full of new invention, new purpose – and, new storytelling.
I didn’t know Marie made objects like these. they blew me – away !!!!!
so handmade. so both about volume, and exterior accessory.
really, really remarkable.

ps: I asked Marie to tell me a little bit more about the fabrication of these amazing vessels:
“the sculptures are cast flotsam (beach plastic), the molds are made from clay, that is where they get their surface color and texture. The big black amphora, I cast out at the beach in the sand, by digging a pit & pressing objects into the sand. The casting material is hydrocal, so not fired, but I think they end up looking like clay / ceramic / fossil . . . because of the molding material”.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH


artlovers flashback:


MARIE LORENZ, in her kitchen, in an early 2000 millennial / artist communal residence in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Archival Photo: NANCY SMITH, Nov 22, 2005

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~COLBY BIRD, HENRY GLAVIN / HALSEY McKAY GALLERY, EAST HAMPTON, NY / NADA House 403

last weekend to check this out !! – up thru . . SUN AUG 1
NADA House / GOVERNORS ISLAND

COLBY BIRD, HENRY GLAVIN / PRESENTED by HALSEY McKAY, EAST HAMPTON, NY
NADA House 403

. . . “the contrast of colonial style architecture and grooves of hardwood trees so close to the looming towers of Wall Street – makes for a unique setting to display paintings and sculptures by two artists who value labor and material history of rural artifacts and the physiological content of spaces”.
~HALSEY McKAY GALLERY

see: COLBY BIRD, HENRY GLAVIN / NADA House installation / HALSEY McKAY


COLBY BIRD, ‘A Large, Counterfeit Life’, 2021.
wood, paint, drywall screws, nails, aluminum, lightbulbs, glue, brass pins, brass latch, wiring, wood stain, linseed oil, mineral spirits, radio spring, light sockets, brass hinge, chain, leather, resentment, billiard ball, aluminum flashing, pleather, honeydew melon.
50 x 26 x 18 in.


COLBY BIRD, ‘Indeterminate Species With Short Arms and Legs…Known for His Slow-Witted Demeanor’, 2021.
oranges, silver gelatin photograph of Nefertiti taken at Neues Museum in Berlin, glassine, wood, drywall screws, wood screws, nails, wood filler, wood stain, linseed oil, mineral spirits, brass hinges, suboxone wrapper, glass, water, lightbulb, wiring, keyboard, spring, brass pin, dog toy, pineapple finials, alabaster, washers, glue, music box, paint, water, slag glass door knob.
68 x 44 x 30 in.


COLBY BIRD, ‘Indeterminate Species . . . ‘


COLBY BIRD, ‘Indeterminate Species . . . ‘


COLBY BIRD, ‘Indeterminate Species . . .’


COLBY BIRD, ‘Indeterminate Species . . . ‘


COLBY BIRD, ‘Indeterminate Species . . . ‘


COLBY BIRD, ‘Indeterminate Species . . . ‘


COLBY BIRD, ‘Indeterminate Species . . . ‘


COLBY BIRD, ‘ Buddy Shoellkopf’, 2021
wood, brass, wiring, light fixture, lightbulb, 1800s brass handle, dreams about Alex dying, pressed wood, screws, nuts.
96 x 10 x 10 in. / Variable


HENRY GLAVIN painting over fireplace – flanked by COLBY BIRD sculptures.


HENRY GLAVIN, ‘The Piano and the Dog Gate’, 2021.
acrylic & ink on wood panel
60 x 48 in.


HENRY GLAVIN, ‘Forsythia in Living Room’, 2021.
acrylic & ink on wood panel
24 x 30 in.


HENRY GLAVIN, ‘Sale (Warren McKenzie)’, 2021.
acrylic & ink on wood panel.
24 x 30 in.

check out: COLBY BIRD – HALSEY McKAY

check out: HENRY GLAVIN – HALSEY McKAY

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH