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

~ANNIE WONG . . YEAR of the TIGER / HOPE YOU GET RICH !

HAPPY NEW YEAR in Chinese,
literally means: HOPE YOU GET RICH !!
I’ll take – two helpings, please.

the RED ENVELOPE SHOW 2022 / YEAR of the TIGER . . is up thru SAT JAN 29, 2022.
presented by GRUMPY BERT & SPOKE ART – at HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY NYC.


ANNIE WONG aka headexplodie, ‘HOPE YOU GET RICH !’, RED ENVELOPE
3-1/2 x 6-1/2 in.
image via Instagram @headexplodie


CHECK OUT: ANNIE WONG on Instagram @headexplodie

ANNIE WONG . . . “I make art for sensitive weirdos.”
is a stop motion artist, sculptor & educator.
“My work is a blend of delightful fun, oddball humor, with a touch of teenage rebellion,
stemming from experience growing up – as a second-generation Chinese American,
in South Texas.”
~headexplodie.co

CHECK OUT: ANNIE WONG aka headexplodie – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE



~SALLY DENG . . YEAR of the TIGER

BRRRRR . . . frozen, lonely – but, mystical & d-r-e-a-m-y !!

the RED ENVELOPE SHOW 2022 / YEAR of the Tiger . . is up thru SAT JAN 29, 2022.
presented by GRUMPY BERT & SPOKE ART – at HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY, NYC.


SALLY DENG, YEAR of the Tiger / 3 red envelopes – each is: 3-1/2 x 6-1/2 in.
image via Instagram / @sa.deng

CHECK OUT: SALLY DENG on Instagram @sa.deng

SALLY DENG . . .
is an artist based in LOS ANGELES. she recently graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a BFA, and has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows,
in California, Illinois & Texas.
She won the American Illustration Award in 2016 & 2017.
(Google Books)

MOST DEF, CHECK OUT: SALLY DENG – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE


SALLY DENG, ‘Fantastic Worlds’ illustration
image via SALLY DENG



~LOUIE CHIN . . YEAR of the TIGER / NG MAN-TAT

one of LOUIE CHIN’s 3 . . Year of the Tiger Red Envelopes . .
is a Memorial Tribute to legendary Hong Kong actor . . . NG MAN-TAT,
who died last year.
a young Ng Man-Tat played RAMBO – in the quintessential, proto-action-packed, tough gangster . . biker / heart-breaker: ‘A Moment of Romance.’ (1990).

the RED ENVELOPE SHOW 2022 / YEAR of the TIGER . .
is presented by GRUMPY BERT & SPOKE ART at HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY NYC – on New York’s Lower East Side.
the big group show runs thru . . . JAN 29, 2022.


LOUIE CHIN, ‘Ng Man-Tat Tribute’ / Red Envelope
3-1/2 x 6-1/2 in.
image via Instagram @grumpybert


CHECK OUT: LOUIE CHIN – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

LOUIE CHIN . . “Born and raised in New York, Louie Chin is an illustrator whose work includes commercial and editorial content,
as well as individual commissions . . . .
Some of his clients include: Nike, Aime Leon Dore, Adidas & Complex . . . ”


CHECK OUT: LOUIE CHIN on Instagram @loubot

where a recent post presents his awesome, really !!
lunch box – for @boboguys / BOBA GUYS – WEST COAST, USA


LOUIE CHIN, BOBA GUYS ‘LUNCHBOX’
top: front / bottom: the back.
Photos via Instagram @loubot



~AMANDA CASTILLO . . YEAR of the TIGER

AMANDA CASTILLO . . YEAR of the TIGER / RED ENVELOPE SHOW

Presented by . . . GRUMPY BERT & SPOKE ART
thru . . . JAN 29, 2022
at HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY NYC / 210 RIVINGTON St., Lower East Side, NYC 10002


AMANDA CASTILO, ‘Under The Citrus Tree’.
Red Envelope / 3-1/2 x 6-1/2 in.
image via SPOKE ART

AMANDA CASTILLO . . .
is a cartoonist & illustrator from the Bay Area, California.
She is currently working with RANDOM HOUSE GRAPHIC as the artist & co-author of
the upcoming graphic novel series: ‘MAPMAKERS’.


CHECK OUT: AMANDA CASTILLO on Instagram @mandallin


CHECK OUT: AMANDA CASTILLO ARTIST WEBSITE


AMANDA CASTILLO – ‘A MODEST UPBRINGING’
& YO !! YO !! YO !!
don’t overlook . . . her COMICS & ZINES !!!



~RACHEL JO . . YEAR of the TIGER / RED ENVELOPE SHOW / GRUMPY BERT X SPOKE ART / HASHIMOTO NYC / OPENS SAT JAN 22

YEAR of the TIGER !!
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR – 2022, EVERYBODY !!

A RED ENVELOPE . . WISHES YOU GOOD LUCK & in GRUMPY BERT’S CAPABLE HANDS,
SOME GREAT, & VERY UNIQUE . . ONE-OF-A KIND ART . . !!

RED ENVELOPE SHOW – A HUGE GROUP SHOW – WITH OVER 150 WORKS !!
JAN 22nd – 29th, 2022
PRESENTED BY GRUMPY BERT & SPOKE ART
HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY NYC, 210 RIVINGTON ST., LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC 10002
HRS: TUES – SAT / 10am – 6pm
NOTE: the opening day is SAT JAN 22, 2022 / 10:30 AM – 6 PM
the opening is free & open to the public / but all the timed in-person viewing appointments for this day are already !! taken !!
however, I have heard from a little Grumpy Bert Birdie – that if you feel compelled to join the fun – the gallery will do their best to accommodate unregistered arrivals / wear masks & have proof of vaccination, & believe in your . .
good karma !!

otherwise, you can register: for timed visits – here !!

see: GRUMPY BERT
see: SPOKE ART
see: HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY

see: MORE INFO – RED ENVELOPE SHOW – SPOKE ART BLOG

including:
~the show features over 125 artists – from around the world !!
~all of whom created original artwork on Red Envelopes . . a symbol of PROSPERITY & GOOD LUCK !!
~there will be over 100 pieces – in the $100 range & below !!


these are . . . 3 RED ENVELOPES by RACHEL JO
3-1/2 x 6-1/2 in. / each


CHECK OUT: RACHEL JO on Instagram @racheljodraws


RACHEL JO . . .
is a second generation South Korean-American freelance illustrator based in Houston, TEXAS. She graduated from PRATT INSTITUTE in NYC, in 2015 with a BFA in Communication Design & a focus in Illustration.
check out: RACHEL JO – artist portfolio website


CHECK OUT: GRUMPY BERT on Instagram @grumpybert


CHECK OUT: SPOKE ART on Instagram @spoke_art


CHECK OUT: HASHIMOTO CONTEMPORARY on Instagram @hashimotocontemporary



~GOOD WILL (LEUNG) . . HUNTING !!

WILL LEUNG OPENS . . ANOTHER PLACE,
& TAKES . . A SOLO ‘STAB’ at the ART WORLD !!

see: ANOTHER PLACE / LOWER EAST SIDE
follow: @anotherplace.nyc on Instagram
follow: WILL LEUNG / #WILLSEEART / @willnyc on Instagram


WILL LEUNG: “JUST GOING TO TAKE A STAB – AT IT !!”
image via Instagram Story @willnyc / at the inaugural opening of ANOTHER PLACE – his first solo gallery.
JAN 8, 2022.


WILL LEUNG / PHOTO: CULTURED MAGAZINE FEB 9, 2021

FOR A LITTLE MORE LOW-DOWN – on WILL !!
check out: CULTURED MAGAZINE / ‘IN NEW YORK, ATM Gallery REACTS TO THE MOMENT’ . . by MOSES DRIVER / FEB 9, 2021

at that point in time, FEB 2021, just about a year ago: it was all about: WILL & BILL !!!
WILL LEUNG & BILL BRADY.

Will had just partnered up with, and co-opened . . a new rendition / or resurrection of the original / legendary NYC ATM Gallery – with BILL BRADY, the original founder. BILL opened the historic, original, raw & tiny . . ATM space, in 2000 / on a gritty corner of AVE B, in the East Village, when the concept of small, as in very small !! indie galleries – was just percolating.

ANOTHER PLACE . . represents Will’s first solo / gallery venture, and the 2 galleries are side by side, which is quelle FUN !!!

and, YES !!
I do know – that original ATM Gallery time, place, and all the players – very, very well.
I covered that scene for editor WALTER ROBINSON at artnet / from 2002- 2004.
when by 2005 / digital technology had advanced enough – to allow for easy desktop ‘self-publishing’ / artlovers left artnet – to become artloversnewyork.com / in turn, becoming totally indie / independent – itself !!

here’s a link – to my very first photo report for Artnet:
‘ART LOVERS NEW YORK – PHOTOS by NANCY SMITH’ 11/15/02


that’s the top 2 rows / it scrolls down for several more lines / the early digital format at that time was . . thumbnail photos in a grid / and, then, if you hit each photo, you got the larger format.


KEANU REEVES, at “NUTSY’S” – an early . . TOM SACHS install.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artnet. NOV 8, 2002.

yes !!!
it was an amazing time !!! – even KEANU REEVES was out & about – strolling through the art .. scene.


here’s . .
one of my earliest photos of BILL BRADY, published on Artnet.
it’s artist . . PETER CAINE, on the right / with BILL BRADY at the center / at the original ATM GALLERY, on SEPT 10, 2004.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artnet


my photo of STEVEN PARRINO, at his big TEAM GALLERY opening on OCT 7, 2004 / the night before he tragically died in a motorcycle accident, was on the same report. it’s been floating around the internet forever.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artnet

and again, another one – I’m . . really, really very proud of:


CAT POWER !!!
aka singer CHAN MARSHALL / SEPT 9, 2004 – at a CANADA GALLERY opening.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artnet

you can scroll that original report, in full here: ‘ART LOVERS NEW YORK – PHOTOS by NANCY SMITH’ – ‘YOUTH RULES in the BIG APPLE – FALL 2004’
(!!!!!)

ps: for the brave-hearted & curious, it was WALTER ROBINSON, editor of artnet / at that time – god bless his little ole heart – who gave me my first, big break at artnet / and, it was he . . . who labelled me ‘artloversnewyork’ – like it, or not /
but, it sure did . . . stick !!



~LARRY LI . . . . . .’BAD LUCK TIGER’ is alive & pounces / SAT JAN 15 NYC

BAD LUCK TIGER STRIKES / NYC SUBWAY / SAT JAN 15, 2022

DON’T EVER UNDER-ESTIMATE / THE POWER OF YOUNG, CUTTING EDGE CONTEMPORARY ART / especially when it intersects with . . . ANCIENT FOLKLORE.

TURNS OUT . . .
IT WAS A DARK, DARK PRIMAL SATURDAY, the day of my previous post on LARRY LI, and his strong, strong, crimson-red / and, passionate, inaugural show for WILL LEUNG’S new . . and, first solo gallery space / which is located in the still gritty Lower East Side.
#willseeart
Another Place Gallery.

I was hesitant to put words into (Tibetan Buddhist) thought clouds, re the title of the Show, ‘Bad Luck Tiger’ – when I first considered writing up this striking show, so I thought I’d be – just a little bit ‘cavalier’, to lighten the gray overcast day – and, look on the bright side of Bad Luck, stressing how wonderful it was – that such a young and talented, (Chinese-American) artist, based in L.A. & whose works speak to ‘real issues’ . . had found his way into Will’s heart, & thus took a bite out of the Big Apple art scene – along the way.

sadly, sadly my fear & premonitions – came to strange evil fruition.

a vibrant, beautiful, 40 year-old Professional Chinese-American woman, with a whole lot of life before her, a whole lot of living and promise ahead of her – was shoved to her death / into the path of an oncoming subway train, at Times Square station – by a seriously deranged, mentally ill, homeless (African-American), and very evil man, who said according to the media, something like: “I can do it – I’m God.”


see: “Woman Pushed . . .” – NEW YORK TIMES / JAN 16, 2022

note: the enchanting ‘mosaic tile’ / New Year’s Eve themed / mural artworks in the city’s large traffic hub, the Times Square Subway Station /. . greatly beloved by people from all walks of life – for its somewhat gritty, but delightful depiction of true-life / Big Apple street culture – are by 1980’s Lower East Side artist . . JANE DICKSON.

those who know her work from the early days, including myself – are totally captivated by how her usual medium of dark velvety oil pastel – translated so well into the colored bits of tile, especially as her usual pictorial backgrounds are deeply dark, and stormy – and here in the rumbling MTA station – they come to life . . amazingly !!
even against the open white spaces of the classic white ‘subway’ tile / tunnels.
what comes to life / what goes to death ???
is there really, a definitive line / in 4 dimensional . . thought ?
Jane’s New Year’s Eve ‘celebrants’ . . . are a bit sad, tired, weary, and bleak – for all the joyful commotion / in a word: true New Yorkers.


image via Art Papers
see: ‘Jane Dickson and Times Square Mural’ – Art Papers, Interview by WILL CORWIN, 2018


LARRY LI, ‘The Last Supper Before the Revolution’, 2020
now on view at . . ANOTHER PLACE NYC / @anotherplace.nyc
oil, acrylic, gel transfer, and gesso on canvas
68 x 56 x 1.25 in.
image via Instagram @anotherplace.nyc



~LARRY LI . . ‘BAD LUCK TIGER’ / ANOTHER PLACE

BAD LUCK ? / WEAR . . RED !!

I’m not one to invoke, or even whisper . . . ‘bad luck’ /
but, if being 24, and showing at WILL LEUNG’s new space in NYC, is bad luck /
I’ll take two helpings, please !!

LARRY LI – ‘BAD LUCK TIGER’ / INAUGURAL SHOW at ANOTHER PLACE !!
Jan 8 – Feb 7, 2022
ANOTHER PLACE GALLERY, 52 Henry St, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
HRS: WED-SUN / 12 PM – 6 PM


LARRY LI, ‘The Last Supper Before the Revolution’, 2020.
oil, acrylic, gel transfer, and gesso on canvas
68 x 56 x 1.25 in.
image via Instagram @anotherplace.nyc


FOLLOW: ANOTHER PLACE GALLERY on Instagram @anotherplace.nyc

WILL LEUNG, aka . . . @WILLNYC / #WillSeeArt
the founder of ANOTHER PLACE / & a co-owner, with BILL BRADY of the newly reborn . .
ATM GALLERY – next door on Henry St., seems too be a force-of-nature, with a big, new take on . . art & NYC !!
and, with a whole new scene, swirling around him.
FOLLOW: WILL LEUNG on Instagram @willnyc

FOLLOW: LARRY LI on Instagram / @larryli_official

LARRY LI . . .
born 1998 / is a young Chinese-Amercian artist who was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA / California. He currently lives & works in L.A., CA.
from his portfolio website:
“Drawing from his own family history and larger Chinese / American narratives from a contemporary perspective. His work alters history, conflating different time and cultures into one surface, hoping to grapple with his cultural amnesia through the lens of his own diasporic perspective.”
He already has quite an immpressive CV.
see: LARRY LI – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE


LARRY LI – IMAGE VIA LARRY LI

I’m thinking / wow !!
looks to be a huge, red & white . . . PAPER QUILT !!!!



~ANTONE KONST . . ‘CUTTINGS’ / MARIANNE BOESKY, NYC / OPENS THURS JAN 13

the opening – has been re-scheduled / from last week

ANTONE KONST – ‘CUTTINGS’
OPENS THURS JAN 13 / 5 – 8 PM
MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY, 509 West 24 Street, Chelsea, NY 10011


ANTONE KONST, ‘Last Flowering’, 2021
Oil on Canvas / 78 x 60 in.
image via the artist & the gallery

I’m thinking . . .
Water & Wood . . . give life to Flowers
the title of the exhibit – ‘Cuttings’, and of course / the title of this specific painting, ‘Last Flowering’, . . could very well invoke – a Year of the Water Tiger . . mindset.
it’s . . . fierce !!
and, it’s . . complicated.
note: the primal vase, and, the little ‘tiger’ striped . . bees /
I’m thinking . . .
“Float like a butterfly, sting – like a bee.” (M. ALI) / the bee, being both ecologically essential, and potentially – dangerous.
btw: the Chinese color for – good luck / RED !!


ANTONE KONST, ‘Tiger Lilies’, 2021.
oil on canvas / 78 x 60 in.
note: the vase & the self-evident tiger-striped / flowering.
image via the artist & the gallery


ANTONE KONST, ‘Meadow’, 2021.
oil on canvas / 78 x 60 in.
image via Instagram @annntone

from the press release:

“The flower is a cosmic attractor, an ephemera, unstable body that allows one to perceive –
that is, to absorb – the world.”
~Emanuele Coccia

” . . . Composed from reference photographs taken by the artist over the last year combined with sources from popular culture and art history, Konst roots each bouquet of oversized blossoms in animated vessels. The result embodies a range of psychological states that shift throughout each composition’s many expressions.”

” . . . Konst, whose family has been growing cut flowers in the Netherlands for generations, created this body of work while reflecting on philosopher Emanuele Coccia’s idea that the form of the flower is a ‘laboratory of conjunction’, a space where disparate things – memories, emotions, motivations, temporalities, and aesthetics in this case – can co-exist.”
Antone Konst, (b. 1987) lives & works in Brooklyn.

see more images & the full text: ANTONE KONST – ‘Cuttings’ / gallery website


follow: ANTONE KONST on Instagram / @annntone

from the artloversnewyork archive:


ANTONE KONST, with friend JOHN ANGLES,
at the opening of Antone’s exhibit, ‘Love and Fear’, Tilton Gallery, NYC
SEPT 11, 2019
Archival Photo: NANCY SMITH

see: ANTONE KONST, ‘LOVE & FEAR’ / artloversnewyork



~YUSUKE HANAI . . ‘FACING THE CURRENT’ / POWERLONG MUSEUM, SHANGHAI

FACING REALITY . . LUCK or NO LUCK.
the BOAT’S on the water, and there’s no . . turning back.

YUSUKE HANAI . . ‘FACING THE CURRENT’
JAN 23 – FEB 22, 2022
POWERLONG MUSEUM, SHANGHAI

subtext:
WATER & WOOD / is a . . ‘wooden’ BOAT – in a HUGE, HUGE SEA. note:
he’s just one person / like a baby in the womb. like a baby, he knows not when, or where or how / just growing forward, no stops.
WATER & WOOD -> CARRYING THE ‘TIGER-SPIRITED MAN’) / WHO JUST MIGHT BE – THE MOST HUMBLE, but, BRAVEST ‘EVERYMAN’ WARRIOR / aka THE ESSENTIAL ‘SAMURAI STORY’ – VILLAGE ‘CLOWN’ ?
WITH . . . HIS COMPANION (DOG). (FILL IN YOUR OWN . . . . LINES.)

WATER & WOOD / LOOK TO BE .. OK. / but, the MAN, not – so much !!
RIDING – THE TIGER . . IS FIERCE.

check out: POWERLONG MUSEUM, SHANGHAI

check out: SMARTSHANGHAI / POWERLONG MUSEUM – for the ‘lowdown’ (!!)


follow: YUSUKE HANAI on Instagram / @hanaiyusuke



~NIGO . . nails the WATER TIGER . . !! / revised edit

although WOOD – is the main element associated with TIGER, it’s metaphysical ‘spine’,
according to the 60 year ‘element’ cycle – 2022 is more specifically broken down again, element-wise / to the Year of the . . WATER TIGER !!
that is WOOD – augmented by Water, as opposed to say, fire.
which means . . a much more mellow, nourishing tiger / as opposed to the fierce predatory one. the strength is still there, but it is ‘tempered’ towards providing protection, it’s a nuance. the focus is still on getting things down / but catching that prey, channels into – less emphasis on killing, and more emphasis on feeding.
water provides wood with growth / seeds to trees, flowers / and, then in turn – the fully grown, thriving, wood provides the wooden boat, that travels the water.

thinking on horoscopes, and the ‘power of a thought-pattern’ that can be derived / from a simple visual hand-drawn image / of a zodiac animal (!!) / leads one to understand – just how primal the human instinct for art, is.
it’s not just the science / it’s the . . magic.
yin yang / another great Chinese concept.

unlike Dr. HENRY LEWIS GATES / & his ‘Finding Your Roots’ /
which is fascinating, don’t get me wrong . . .
the artist in all of us knows, on some deep level: 100% of who you are – is not – just your . . DNA / unless there’s ‘bio-codes’ – in that DNA, for ‘otherworldly’.
it’s practically, or essentially ‘documented’ / that with every great scientific leap, there is a huge popular movement towards contacting the dead through spiritualist / mediums !!
it’s a dang strange universe – that’s for sure.

which brings us back to: the power of a dang good ‘creative’ / visual image !!

NIGO . . born 1970, an internationally famous Japanese fashion trend maker / bold graphic designer, and just a mighty, good all-around / pop culture icon / who is probably, if Wikipedia is your only source / widely known for founding Bape / A Bathing Ape, in the ‘creative’ world, he’s now more famous for creating – the current / hipster brand: HUMANMADE.
and, has nailed . . . the Water Tiger, just by giving it, a ‘wink’ . . . !!!!

this Water Tiger . . is not out to eat you – but, to GREET YOU !!!!


NIGO . . . ‘Water Tiger’ / note: the ‘wood’ housing.


NIGO . . . ‘Water Tiger’ / with HUMANMADE branding

images via Instagram @NIGO (official)


FOLLOW: NIGO on Instagram / @NIGO (Official)



~TAILI WU – YEAR of the TIGER !!

GREETINGS – MY DIVERSE, ZODIAC TRIBES !!
THE YEAR of the WATER / TIGER 2022 . . IS ABOUT TO BE UPON US / FEB 1st.

bye the way: malleable ‘clay’, and fluid ‘water’ – are not that far apart.
and, work well / to produce utilitarian vessels, (pottery) (poetry) . . . together.

& . . . SO:

EVERY BIT OF INDIGENOUS / COSMIC INFORMATION – IS LIKE A DROP OF WATER . .
TO A THIRSTY BIO / EARTH-ROOTED HUMAN BEING, LOOKING FOR . . ‘hints’ to UNDERSTANDING / and DE-CODING . . what’s in the future, and how best to cope, or be inspired by the dynamics of all those human characters – we will encounter,
and, perhaps . . even, birth !!

perhaps more than half the world !!, have found the Chinese Zodiac, is . . especially helpful / with regards to determining a MIND-SET, A PATH OUTWARD, and a PATH INWARD,
and . . so on, & so:
with regards to the incoming ‘YEAR of the WATER TIGER’ . . .
the GREAT STRENGTH TO GO FORWARD / has it’s more usual impulsive fierceness / tempered to a fluid muscular forcefulness, that is muscle, skills – tempered with some caution, fierceness tempered with fluid water motion . . which is a good thing.
think: poet / scholar / knight / explorer.

apparently, with just a personal skimming glance at the internet / while trying to get a handle on “what is a water tiger” ?!!
I found out, surprise, NOT !!
there is a NEW MOON in CAPRICORN / and a LOT OF . . . AIRES in the SKY !!
which must explain this sudden burst of not only astrology baiting, but my even wanting to resume writing,
as I am . . . a hardcore ARIES.
which accounts for my childlike soul, but seriously . . do not under estimate me !!
nor – talk down to me.
I come out of wood-burning sparks of fire — way, way alive / with both fists in the air !!

& . . . SO: / & . . . SEW:

AFTER, A DEEP, DEEP INTROSPECTIVE REST . . . / THANKS TO . . . TAILI WU / on the IG
I GOT THE ‘HEADS UP’ – WE ARE ABOUT TO ENTER /
THE CHINESE NEW YEAR of 2022 – – –
the . . YEAR of the WATER TIGER !!
ALL THINGS FLUID, FAST, BRAVE, and STRONG !! ARE GOOD – TO GO !!

“In the face of setbacks, resistance, or failure, tigers make prompt decisions,
and are willing to re-start from scratch – until they succeed.”
though ‘caution’ and ‘luck’ are also words that bubble up through the collective hive / perhaps as chorus / to the tiger’s streak of rebellion and impulsiveness.
there seems to be a lot of back & forth on that. just as water is so necessary for life, it can be a force of destruction. best to well-consider the choices, take heed.
~Internet
(do I personally have a lot of faith in that ? I don’t know / just take care, and look both ways – on that motorcycle !!)
(world: please, get where – you need to go. without violence.)
(and, with a little bit of – family love, and perhaps accompanied by a heavenly soundtrack, the better to dream, & think, by.)

& P.S.

I guess you might also be very lucky – if you know of someone, about to be born . .
as, a baby in the womb / is often evoked to help in one’s understanding of the powerful, yet fluid life force . . of the ‘Water Tiger’ / tempered, & nourished by it’s watery attributes.


SCREEN GRAB: ‘TIGER GREETING’ . . . A CLAY-BASED / STOP ANIMATION WITH ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
BY: TAILI WU / via INSTAGRAM @tailiwu


YES !!
YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT THE ENCHANTING ANIMATION,
& THE WAY, WAY !! HEAVENLY . . . SOUND TRACK !!!!
CLICK HERE: TAILI WU – ‘TIGER GREETING’ / VIDEO & SOUND TRACK / Instagram @taliwu

TAILI WU . . .
is a stop-motion artist, illustrator, and ‘animal detective’ – based in NY.
She currently teaches at SVA / School of Visual Arts, NYC.


follow her: on Instagram / @tailiwu

see: TAILI WU / MONSTER SHAPER.COM / ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

from the . . artloversnewyork archive:

I first encountered the delightful work . . of illustrator TAILI WU,
when her most ‘fresh’ illustrations were featured on . . 2 GRUMPY BERT RED ENVELOPES /
for YEAR of THE OX / 2021.
(last year !!)


TAILU WU, ‘Cow Girl’ – YEAR of the OX, 2021
image via GRUMPY BERT / YEAR of the OX


TAILI WU, ‘Rain or Shine’ – YEAR of the OX, 2021
image via GRUMPY BERT / YEAR of the OX



~LORNA BAUER / ‘Air Is Where Effort Goes’ / GALERIE NICOLAS ROBERT / TORONTO / up thru DEC 23 !!

LAST WEEKEND – TO CATCH THIS SPECTACULAR EXHIBIT !! !!

IN THE NUANCE of SUBTLE GLASS / COLOR SHIFTING & FLUID SHAPES . . WE FIND BEAUTY.
WITHIN THE LARGE & EMPTY / HAND-BLOWN GLASS STORAGE CONTAINERS /
WE COULD ALSO FIND / A WORLD ALERT: WE ARE NOT . . water desert ‘DUNE’ – YET !!
BUT, for how long ?

If !! IF !! YOU ARE IN TORONTO – DON’T BLINK !!
& . . . EVERYBODY ELSE ?!!
THIS MAKES ME WANT TO WISH YOU:
HAPPY – DIGITAL !!! – NEW YEAR !! & . . . MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!

LORNA BAUER – ‘Air Is Where Effort Goes’
up thru . . DEC 23, 2021
GALERIE NICOLAS ROBERT / in their new Toronto location
1444 Dupont St., Unit 10, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

AN EXHIBIT: STRONG IN THOUGHT, PROCESS, SKILLS, & CARRY-THRU . . .
ARDENT and DYNAMIC . . . full of PHILOSOPHY, or is it CONTEMPLATION ?
WORLD-BIO ENVIRONMENT-CARING / WITH A CURIOUS, HANDS-ON TECHNICALITY, & ABOVE ALL . .
A STOIC, SILENT . . . DYNAMIC !!

THERE BEFALLS – TO THE SPECTATOR – of this parade / MANY THOUGHTS
SPRUNG FROM SEEMINGLY A SIMPLE UTILITARIAN SOURCE.

THE INCREDIBLE VISUAL ‘ATTRACTION’ . . . of LORNA’S WORK /
the re-imagined fluid shapes, the subtle play of shifting / transparent colors of glass,
the fragile versus the strength, the implied uses & volumes /
that always, always – sets my imagination soaring !!!

Spectacular . . . ???
for SURE !!!
just in the . . boldness of the thought, the array / and the craft.
in the oversize vessels themselves, marching straightforward – through the space.
unadorned & free-standing, bubbles of human breath / encased in wrought iron. sending up thought-patterns for all who witness – their silent, immobile . . march.
one-of-a kind vessels – that are shapes, and containers.
an eco-army, of the . . . future ?


def, CHECK OUT: INFO & PHOTOS / LORNA BAUER – ‘Air is Where Effort Goes’ / GALERIE NICOLAS ROBERT WEBSITE


INSTALLATION SHOT

note: ALL PHOTOS – ARE COURTESY of THE ARTIST VIA INSTAGRAM / LORNA BAUER / @lornabauer
PHOTOGRAPHER: JIMMY LIMIT


Hand-blown glass in metal wire ‘Trash cans’ – to mold / all the works, which are in fact / large scale, free-standing sculptures – were completed with the help of a . . technical ‘team’.

PHOTOS: JIMMY LIMIT / C?O LORNA BAUER


check out: LORNA BAUER INSTAGRAM @lornabauer

and, from . . . the – artloversnewyork archive:


LORNA BAUER, (re-fillable bottle), mold, and hand-blown glass, 2018.
I have never met the Montreal-based artist in person / but I’ve been fascinated, and intrigued by her work, ever since I first saw photos of it, in the small group show, ‘MAY WEST’ at the very, very Indie gallery, VICKI / in upstate Newburgh, run at that time . . by DANIEL GIORDANO & SAMUEL BOEHM.


LORNA BAUER, ‘Sitio Bottle’, 2018.
mold, and hand-blown glass / 24 x 9 x 4.5 in.

note: these archival photos: c/o VICKI

see: ‘LORNA BAUER – GLASS WORKS – ‘MAY WEST’ – VICKI PROJECTS / artloversnewyork – MAY 14, 2019.



~JON COWAN, AMY ROSS, OH CLAY / ‘MAGIC MUSHROOMS’ / CLOSING PARTY & LAWRENCE MILLMAN BOOK SIGNING / DRIVE-BY PROJECTS / WATERTOWN, MA / SAT DEC 18

SAT DEC 18, 2021 / 3 – 5 PM

CLOSING PARTY for:
‘MAGIC MUSHROOMS’ / JON COWAN – PAINTINGS / AMY ROSS – CYANOTYPES / OH Clay – CERAMICS (Kathleen O’Hara)

WITH . . A BOOK SIGNING & TALK by: LAWRENCE MILLMAN – author of ‘FUNGIPEDIA: A BRIEF COMPENDIUM of MUSHROOM LORE’

DRIVE-BY PROJECTS & GALLERY, 81 SPRING ST., WATERTOWN, MA / MASSACHUSETS

READ MORE & SEE IMAGES: MAGIC MUSHROOMS – Drive-By PROJECTS
~”2021 . . . could be called ‘the Year of the Mushroom’ / here in the Northeast, as our wet spring & summer produced an unusually prolific bloom of native mushrooms. . . ”


IMAGE VIA DRIVE-BY PROJECTS
left: JON COWAN / center: OH Clay / right: AMY ROSS


LAWRENCE MILLMAN, ‘FUNGIPEDIA: A Brief Compendium of Mushroom Lore’
Publisher: Princeton University Press, First Edition Oct 29, 2019


DEFINITE, CHECK OUT: LAWRENCE MILLMAN, author, explorer, ecologist . . .



~EMMY THELANDER, KATHRYN HAMILTON / ’21 C LIEDERABEND OP. SENSES’ / NATIONAL SAWDUST / BROOKLYN . . DEC 15 & 16

’21C LIEDERABEND OP. SENSES’ . . . LIVE !!

2 PERFORMANCES – ONLY !!

COME EXPERIENCE: 2 INTERACTIVE EVENINGS OF ART & SONG /
INCLUDING – TACTILE OBJECTS – IN THE FORM of a HAND-MADE BOOK !!! !!!

ARTWORK, PERFORMANCE & . . WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL / FESTIVE . . LIVE / SONGS !! CONTEMPORARY MUSIC !!!!!!!!! – ART !!!!! / SONGS & . . . DIY BOOKS !!
PEOPLE, COME ON !!!!!!! – HEAD TO – BROOKLYN !! / TO-NITE & TOMORROW !!

THIS – WED & THURS / DEC 15th & 16th, 2021
LIVE AT – NATIONAL SAWDUST
80 N 6th ST., BROOKLYN, NY
GENERAL ADMISSION: $83.00
STARTS at 7:30 PM

PURCHASE TICKETS: NATIONAL SAWDUST / AUDIENCE


see: NATIONAL SAWDUST: ABOUT

see: @nationalsawdust on IG

note: PAOLA PRESTINI, composer / is the National Sawdust co-founder & Artistic Director.

’21C LIEDERABEND OP. SENSES’ . . . FEATURES THE MUSIC of:
PAOLA PRESTINI, JUHI BANSAL, GABRIELA LENA FRANK, MOLLY JOYCE, MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN, MISSY MAZZOLI, ANGELICA NEGRON, EMMA O’HALLORAN, ELLEN REID, SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER, DU YUN, & BETH MORRIS PROJECTS.

CURATED & DIRECTED BY: PAOLA PRESTINI & BETH MORRISON

note: DIFFERENT PROGRAM – EACH NIGHT & EACH NIGHT
FEATURES – A SENSORY OBJECT – DESIGNED BY: KATHRYN HAMILTON !!


EMMY THELANDER – ‘DISCO BALL’, 2021
image via Instagram Story / @emmerslol / EMMY THELANDER

for the show,
EMMY THELANDER . . .

created a “pop-up gothic disco ball . . with imagery from an egg tempera painting I made last year.” , and, which is part of the KATHRYN HAMILTON – TACTILE / VISUAL PRESENTATION.

KATHRYN HAMILTON . . . presents a hand-made book for each audience member / ‘with special artifacts’ – ‘that correspond with each musical piece, expanding your experience of the musica – beyond the usual sight & sound.’

KATHRYN HAMILTON / HAND-MADE BOOK for NATIONAL SAWDUST /
’21C LIEDERABEND OP. SENSES’
2 images via Instagram @nationalsawdust


see: EMMY THELANDER on Instagram @emmerslol


see: KATHRYN HAMILTON on Instagram @sistersylvester



~JON COWAN / ‘RADIANT VOID’ . . .

one more . . .
because, what a way – to head into the New Year /
especially this New Year – – which seems particularly fraught, uncertain, and complex.
where a lot of the pressing issues – circle around crises of lingering human bio threat – and, increasingly disruptive, future negative / environmental concerns.


JON COWAN, ‘Radiant Void’, 2021
oil and acrylic on linen mounted to on panel.
12 x 9 in.
note: small scale – but, large ‘radiant’ visual – impact.
image via Instagram @good_naked

a tempest in a teapot /
a brief tiny poem – within a slice of sea, a sky, a lake, a landscape . . . of particular beauty /
yet with a cold, odd ambience. and no people.
enveloped by a fan-like measurement ‘chart’ instead of a sky.
potentially ‘coding’ the complete range & scale of the . . EVOLVING ‘FATE’ OF biodiversity / a red leaning color chart / red signifies danger, pink is loving / unfolding above and around the foam, and froth of a living, breathing, plant-filled earth / with earth being subject, to our future-looking ‘choices’, and many other factors / many beyond our control.
where, there’s still room for beauty & hope, but with a sense of dread or entropy / a silent threat, a foreshadow, of impeding trouble / over our natural planet, as we know it.
or . . knew it ?

JON COWAN – ‘RADIANT VOID’ – OPENS TO-NITE !! / FRI DEC 10 / 6 – 8 PM
GOOD NAKED GALLERY / IN THE BROOKLYN-BASED GALLERY – NEW LOWER MANHATTAN / POP-UP SPACE:
72 ALLEN ST, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC 10002
HRS: OPEN EVERY DAY / 10 – 6 PM



~ JON COWAN / ‘RADIANT VOID’ / GOOD NAKED GALLERY / L.E.S. NYC / OPENS FRI DEC 10

A ‘RADIANT VOID’ – IN WHICH ART MOVES THROUGH TIME, SPACE, & SOCIAL ERA /
and, still comes up . . . –> RADIANT !!!!

JON COWAN – ‘RADIANT VOID’ – NEW WORK
OPENS FRI DEC 10, 6 – 8 PM
and runs thru . . JAN 16, 2022
GOOD NAKED GALLERY, 72 ALLEN ST., L.E.S., NYC
HRS: OPEN EVERYDAY 10 – 6 PM

GOOD NAKED – IS THE CURATORIAL / EXHIBITION PROJECT OF ARTIST: JACQUELINE CEDAR


JON COWAN, ‘Radiant Void in a Gray Rainbow’, 2021
oil, acrylic, and vinyl on linen mounted on panel
6 in. diameter
Image courtesy: JACQUELINE CEDAR


JON COWAN, ‘A GATEWAY APPEARING in the SKY’, 2021
oil and acrylic on canvas mounted on panel10 x 8 in.
Image courtesy: JACQUELINE CEDAR


JON COWAN, ‘Radiant Void’, 2021
oil and acrylic on canvas mounted to panel
12 x 9 in.
Image courtesy: JACQUELINE CEDAR /
and, the show’s – namesake inspo !!


have you been checking out those dimensions ?
installation shot / ‘Ragiant Void’ – GOOD NAKED GALLERY
Image via Instagram @good_naked


CHECK OUT: GOOD NAKED on Instagram / @good_naked


CHECK OUT: JON COWAN on Instagram / @joncowan

note:
JON COWAN . . . b. 1982 / Temple, Texas
attended The University of Texas at San Antonia where they
earned a BFA in 2006. Cowan currently lives & works in Brookline, MA. / MASSACHUSETTS



~JON COWAN / ‘RADIANT VOID’ / ELIZABETH MOORE GALLERY, HUDSON NY

A ‘RADIANT VOID’ . . IN 2 PARTS / FIRST CAME . . . HUDSON, NY
ELIZABETH MOORE FINE ART, WHICH OPENED – FRI DEC 3rd
& THEN, COMES THE LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
GOOD NAKED GALLERY – OPENING FRI DEC 10th
BOTH RUN THRU . . . JAN 16, 2022.

JON COWAN – ‘RADIANT VOID’ – NEW WORK
DEC 3 – JAN 16, 2022
ELIZABETH MOORE FINE ART, 105 WARREN ST., HUDSON, NY
HRS: THURS-SAT: 11-6 PM / SUN: 12-5 PM / MON: BY APPOINTMENT

see: JON COWAN – ELIZABETH MOORE


JON COWAN . . .
oil & acrylic on canvas / 20 x 16 in.
image via ELIZABETH MOORE FINE ART


JON COWAN, ‘Radiant Void / Hollow Stump’, 2021
oil and acrylic on canvas.
16 x 20 in.
image via Elizabeth Moore Fine Art


JON COWAN, ‘Radiant Void’, (dandelion), 2021
oil and acrylic on canvas.
24 x 20 in.
image via Elizabeth Moore Fine Art


CHECK OUT: ELIZABETH MOORE FINE ART / Instagram @emoorefineart


CHECK OUT: JON COWAN / Instagram @joncowan

note:
JON COWAN . . . b. 1982 / Temple, Texas
attended The University of Texas at San Antonio where they earned a BFA in 2006. Cowan currently lives & works in Brookline, MA. / MASSACHUSETTS



~HALEY JOSEPHS / ‘RARE BIRD’ / JACK BARRETT GALLERY / NADA, MIAMI

A RARE BIRD – TAKES FLIGHT OVER . . . MIAMI


HALEY JOSEPHS, ‘Rare Bird’, 2021
oil on canvas / 80 x 70 in.
image via Instagram @haley.joesphs

on display at . . .
JACK BARRETT GALLERY, NYC / NADA ART FAIR / MIAMI – ICE PALACE FILM STUDIOS


check out: HALEY JOSEPHS / Instagram @haley.josephs


check out: JACK BARRETT GALLERY / Instagram @jackbarrettgallery

from the . . . ARTLOVERSNEWYORK ARCHIVE:


HALEY JOSEPHS, YALE MFA OPEN STUDIOS, APRIL 2013
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
see: HALEY JOSEPHS – YALE MFA STUDIO VISIT


HALEY JOSEPHS . . .
at the opening of her solo show: ‘Childhoods End’ / JACK BARRETT GALLERY, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
the show ran . . MARCH 1 – April 19, 2020
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / MARCH 1, 2020 – OPENING
see: HALEY JOSEPHS – ‘CHILDHOODS END’ / JACK BARRETT


JACK BARRETT . . .
at his Gallery / LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC, MARCH 15, 2019
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
see: JACK BARRETT / SOPHIA NARRETT, PAUL ROUPHAIL, NATHANIEL DE LARGE OPENING – MARCH 15, 2019



~NOAH BECKER / ‘WHAT IF . . . ‘

NOAH BECKER . . . !!
what, IF ?!!!!!

NOAH BECKER, perhaps best known as the publisher of WHITEHOT MAGAZINE.COM /


check out: WHITEHOT MAGAZINE on Instagram / @whitehotmagazine

has an even deeper passion: his own, art !!

he exhibited . . .
a wonderful, twisty narrative, dreamy, screaming painting . . this past Fall, that still – haunts me.
half self-portrait / half shout-out to the . . world.
and, which most definitely . . invoked the vast dark unknown, the unrelenting furies, the very possibly, and near, deep . . scary future / was it a dream ?
that settles on every one of us, in our deepest times.
not to mention: the ‘code’, and power . . of the color: RED.
and, the 3 horsemen / . . . of yore.


NOAH BECKER, ‘Three Figures’, 2021.
acrylic on canvas / 48 x 36 in.
image via FILO SOFI ARTS Instagram / @filosofiarts


it was part of a group show called, ‘What If . .’,
that was mounted by FILO SOFI ARTS, and ran Aug 25 – Oct 3, 2021.
the exhibit was curated by: KaPow & Gaboo / a curatorial & advisory team – founded by:
Gabrielle Dominique Aruta, (owner of Filo Sofi Arts), and Kourosh Mahboubian, (fine art dealer, and advisor).
note: the painting was placed strikingly, on a pink wall – of no small hue (!!)


see: FILO SOFI ARTS on Instagram / @filosofiarts

check out more: ‘What If . . .’ – FILO SOFI ARTS’ – website

‘What If . . .?’ / was a show – which asked us to . . “to consider whether the hypothetical and that which we imagine – might also be part of our reality.”


detail, NOAH BECKER, ‘Three Figures’.
image via FILO SOFI ARTS Instagram / @filosofiarts


detail, NOAH BECKER, ‘Three Figures’.
image via FILO SOFI ARTS Instagram / @filosofiarts

still intrigued, I asked Noah . . . last week, Nov 15 – 20, 2021:

1. What drives you to paint ?
his answer: “Sometimes trauma, but I’m learning to feed off of more healthy feelings. Most people create based on stress or trauma. I’m thinking more about love these days.”

2. Does this (red) painting have a message or narrative ?
his answer: “It’s about distorting nature and enhancing certain colors – so you find yourself in a painting. Nature is usually used more naturalistically. This piece has a naturalistic feeling even with the heightened aspects.”

3. Why is this painting red . . rather than say, blue ?
his answer: “It’s a heightened experience, so the viewer feels the work more electrically – within their subconscious.”

4. What’s your goal here, in this painting ? And/or in life in general ?
his answer: “Sometimes life feels like a waste of energy, and just a waiting period before death. Other times I’ll make something special like this painting, and my love, and excitement for life – is restored.”

from the ARTLOVERSNEWYORK ARCHIVE:


NOAH BECKER, with his self-portrait, Lodge Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC.
Nov 7, 2013
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


NOAH BECKER, another self-portrait, this time / in conversation with: JEAN-MICHEL (BASQUIAT).
Lodge Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC.
Nov 7. 2013
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

see: NOAH BECKER – LODGE GALLERY, L.E.S. – artloversnewyork