ALFREDO MARTINEZ .. . CAUGHT RED-HANDED, DOING THE ART HUSTLE – IN THE FLESH !!
IN THE STREET !!
on a day that might or might not be ‘terrorist’ auspicious, being that a New Jersey transit train ploughed into the Hoboken transit station – killing one, wounding more than a 100, and basically destroying the infrastructure of the station that the PATH system also depends on . . .
speeding train, accident ? and under just what kind of accident might that fall – suicidal driver ?
or: terrorist attack . . as in . . . sabotaged brakes ?
the truth has yet to surface.
all I know is, the last time I spoke of Alfredo, was just a week or so ago, the 9-11 – 15th Anniversary & I had posted his 9-11 ‘Welcome to the Playground of the Fearless’ – card/poster !!
and, seriously, there was a virtual army of heavily armed military when I came into the city, last Tues for Walter’s talk – at Journal Sq. something was up . . already. the place was obviously on high alert – it was crawling with armed soldiers. there were even a mass of cops and heavily armed military on the PATH 33rd St. track, (Alfredo would have pissed his pants to see so many guns), and in fact – the 33rd train had been switched over to the WTC track, so . . . ????
if you see something – say something ?
but getting back to . . . . ALFREDO & his . . . guns !!!!!!!
my good friend JAN ALBERT, the writer and Emmy award-winning producer . . .
told me she saw . . ALFREDO MARTINEZ and ADRIEN BRODY on 24th St. in Chelsea, between 6th & 7th Avenues today, SEPT 29, 2016 at 2 PM.
ALFREDO was showing ADRIEN some of his large scale ‘gun’ paintings, “about 7 or 8 of them. Alfredo actually had some Latino workers helping him pull them out of a doorway, and Adrien was perusing them – on the street.” !!!
of course my intrepid friend went right up to Alfredo and said, “I know who you are – you’re Alfredo, Nancy’s friend.” – to which Alfredo replied: “YEAH, well, we’re a little busy here . . ‘”.
she said Adrien was a little nicer, when she then turned to him, and said, “I know you, from when you were 6 – your mom SYLVIA PLACHY was the photographer for the Village Voice (!!) – when I worked there & we were friends,”
to which Adrien cheerfully replied: “sounds like you know everybody”, to which she replied, “I pretty much do.”
and she does !!
ps: and, lucky they weren’t arrested, bye the way. does the word: CHINA . . ring a bell ????
and in fact, don’t laugh.
JAN told me there were 2 heavily armed soldiers stationed outside her door, like a friggin WWII war zone . . . when she left her loft – on 23rd St this am. that block on 23rd street was the site of last week’s pressure cooker bomb – find.
guns in the news, and . . the Village Voice,
lol, poor Walter Robinson, taken down by a Village Voice writer back in the day, only to return the favor to countless other innocents – later at artnet.
BUT EVEN MORE . . LURID:
Walter Robinson – an ‘outsider’ artist ?
does that mean, you can talk about . . WALTER, and ALFREDO – in the same breath ????
NEW YORK CITY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALFREDO MARTINEZ, ADRIEN BRODY & NOAH BECKER in . . NYC. SEPT 11, 2016
or, at least that’s when – JOSH HARRIS sent me – the (priceless) photo.
ps: everybody loves the matching outfits. bye the way – dudes !!!!!
from ‘spin’ painter . . to ‘spin’ doctor – in the flash of one lousy sentence by KIM LEVIN.
the other interesting topic that came up was . . outsider vs insider art.
apparently someone had slung the term ‘outsider artist’ Walter’s way. yeah, and Walter was right to blow that off. I mean, how do you call someone who’s so deeply embedded in the production, intellectual & currency capital of the art scene . . . an ‘outsider’. he’s not an uneducated folk artist.
he’s just somebody who thinks outside the ‘careerist’ box. or at least – maybe he tries to follow a commercially-driven, success-calling – but failed.
just because, just because his inner instincts . . told him so.
and I guess that’s why we are looking at his art today, and not yours !!
well at least they called you an ‘outsider artist’ – ‘they’ just call me an . . ‘outsider’.
meanwhile I’m jumping loops over their heads.
and trust me, bro – you are too.
you even began to wonder how Walter’s work even got into DEITCH PROJECTS in the first place, when JEFFREY brought up: “from an art dealer’s point of view . . . why didn’t you paint these larger ? I would have / someone would have shown them ?”
classic art dealer’s line from way back, or what ?!!
Walter just replied, “I dunno, that’s a lot of paint, esp when you consider it’s not just 6 x 8 feet, we’re talking, it’s also the square footage.” !!!!!!!
damn, if Walter wasn’t a bloomin’ Millennial, ahead of his time – and he didn’t even know it.
Walter also brought up the word . . authentic. as in, “when I painted my daughter, Antonia – I felt it was more authentic”, and luminous, and crazy . . radiant !!
Walter just must have this crazy, tapped down inner life – is all I can say.
I still remember seeing this painting at a show back in the 80s – and wanting to buy it, but Simon chose another piece, a wild, and very dry (humor) still life with wheat or something . . just as good.
but that’s how vividly this painting struck me.
hello, kitty !!!!!!
if thinking outside the ‘careerist’ box, and giving voice to your inner demons & lust/angels . . is being an ‘outsider’ – well then, that sounds like a pretty good word – to me !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
“I unleashed a lot of evil on the world” ~ WALTER ROBINSON
at his artist talk, yesterday evening at DEITCH PROJECTS.
Tues Sept 27, 2016.
and, he wasn’t joking . . . !!
ALISON GINGERAS, WALTER ROBINSON & JEFFREY DEITCH . . .
at Walter’s ‘unscripted’ !! artist talk, that took place in his traveling retrospective/exhibit, which is now up at Deitch Projects, thru Oct 22, 2016.
Alison was the moderator.
behind Walter, is his early ‘spin’ painting, the aptly named . . ‘Vacation from the Self’, 1986.
Enamel on canvas. 36 x 36 in.
Walter was pretty funny, for a very Oklahoma-born, Canada Dry Ginger Ale kind of guy. a lot of what was the funniest stuff went right over the audience’s ‘collective’ head, because they thought . . well, he must be joking, but haha no siree – he was not !!!!!
I was, more than – pleasantly surprised to see my ‘used-to-have-been-mine-in-the-early-80s’ . . ‘REVENGE’ – a star of the show !!
WALTER ROBINSON, ‘Revenge’, 1982. Acrylic on board, 40 x 30 in.
oh my god, how many countless careers did he cut short – just because he was in a bad mood !! from fighting with Charlie F !! or because he was snubbed, or just because he was bored & most likely . . . jealous, or worse . . intellectually uninspired ?
not to mention “not paid enough’ – even though he was the only one at artnet – to get a salary.
ah, the critics’ life in NYC.
he did let on . . that writing those ‘WEEKEND REPORTS’ (at artnet) were “hard work” . . .
and, thank god for … INSTAGRAM !!!!!!!!!!
no words needed . . here.
but, he still doesn’t post anything really remarkable & about to blow the world apart – Walter always puts white bread on his sandwiches !!
though he did post a photo of deep sleepers / ghost army RIP: SIMON CERIGO, and DAN ASHER’S work . . from our ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ 3 person pop-up show, of JUNE 2015, on his Instagram feed – but he didn’t post a photo of my work, huh ?!!!!
he did graciously let drop – that he was . . ‘sexist’ !!
and, dammit – he is.
I mean, I am the one who worked for him, for FREE !! for 3 friggin years at artnet – producing his best cutting edge report, so you’d think, just as a courtesy ?????
and trust me, though I will always kiss his feet – for giving me the chance to prove my presentient insights were golden bread crumbs strewn on the steep path of art collecting – when god knows, NOBODY else would, it was not a pain-free . . ‘workplace’.
he brought me to tears, 3 times !!
I mean it, and if you know me – I’m pretty hard-core from being kicked around, ignored & basically under-estimated since forever – so that’s a pretty big bottle of poison pills, to swallow. and usually it was over something stupid like . . I “had brought in too many musician photos” !!
“Devendra Banhart . . who ?” / “Joe Bradley in Cheeseburger – who ?”
haha, talk about famous last words.
when I insisted the photos go up, or I go out. he bellowed: out !! & said I was giving him a headache – but sure enough, the photos would appear alive and well, kicking under my name, within the next day or so.
and crowning touch: he is the guy, who in true blue New York City Anna Wintour diva style . . . finally fired me for being: “too successful” !!
I kid you not, his exact words.
and with 2 small kids to feed, and 2 days before Christmas.
I wasn’t getting paid, but I had hustled ads from the new galleries I was bringing to the table: CANADA, and BILL BRADY’S ATM, just to name a few.
(W MAG – are you listening ?)
of course, he did go on to drop that his own career, at Metro Pictures in the 80s, had been cut-off at the knee – before it even began, by a one-sentence ‘diss’ from . . “KIM LEVIN in the VILLAGE VOICE. I only sold one painting, in a show of spin paintings, and that was that.”
bro, so sad. welcome to the art world.
so what does he do ?
he sticks to . . writing and art journal editing – I guess, just one big . . mean nurse – forever !!
with a big huge . . needle.
though he does come off ‘roly poly’ to the mostly . . half-lifes – he promotes.
let’s just say it – more nicely: try making money off following Walter, excepting the Nancy years !!
and yeah, he said it a few times, writing all those endless weekend-wrecking, word-driven art screeds – was a headache.
he seems much happier now.
and what’s to complain about ?
what a great show !!!!!!!!! freenemy !!!!!!!!
THERE’S . . . NO DENYING:
WALTER ROBINSON . . . is a GREAT, GREAT UNSUNG AMERICAN PAINTER.
OK, I don’t like the ‘Wayne Thiebaud’ pieces so much, the flannel shirts, the shoes, the hamburgers, but wow – everything else !! r-a-d-i-a-n-t !!
so, maybe . . just like it was actually a GIFT – that Walter fired me, and . . ultimately FREED ME !!!
to write what I want, and post what I want – and . . GET ALL THE CREDIT !!
because NO, I was not just the dog photog who was told where to go, I was the event photog who brought in the goods !!
it might have burnt Walter to be ‘let go’ at artnet, but then he actually had no other choice, but to slog the paintings once again, and . . here we are !!!
someone in the rather repressed, ok – well-behaved ??? audience, (where was the ghost of party-boy big mouth Simon – when you most need him ?!!) . . .
piped up and asked Walter . . where were all his porn paintings ???
oh yes !!!!!!
Walter answered something to the effect that . . “I guess ‘they’ wanted to keep the show . . presentable” ?
say what ???
WALTER !!! – you’ve got a stash of early PORN PAINTINGS hidden away – BRING THEM ON !!!!!!!!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
NANCY SMITH with her . . JACK GOLDSTEIN PAINTING, ca. 1986
this is me & Kate . . with our JACK GOLDSTEIN ‘LIGHTNING’ PAINTING. it turned out to be the biggest one that he, Jack produced. we bought it in 1986, maybe 1985. somewhere in that time frame, for about $10,000 directly from Metro Pictures.
We sold it for something like $60,000 . . just a few short years later. we needed money to feed the kids.
Simon sold it way too soon, like pretty much everything else, but that was the . . downside of Simon’s brilliance, and let’s just leave it – at that.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, of archival originals – taken against my keyboard.
original photographer unknown, hard copy 35mm photos are from – our family photo albums.
SIMON CERIGO, with WALTER ROBINSON’s very funny . . ‘Chimp Reporter’ painting.
in his short-lived . . Simon Cerigo Gallery – 212 Ave A in the East Village, circa 1986.
that’s a box of Huggie diapers for baby Kate, on the floor beside him . . that’s how I can date it.
Simon probably purchased well over 10 paintings, if not more – of Walter’s work in the 80s and early 90s. as soon as he had a couple of grand, he’d buy another. the first few were bought straight from Metro Pictures, the rest directly from Walter himself. Walter’s gig at Metro sort of fell apart – almost as soon as it started. we were never quite sure if Walter sabotaged himself, there were rumors he was contrarian in terms of what the gallery wanted. or, if it was because ELI BROAD, who was buying up the Pictures generation, like Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson, from the same Metro Pictures gallery, like they were dime store candy . . just totally, TOTALLY . . missed the boat on Walter ?
I’ll spare you my usual rant on ELI BROAD, that he’s nowhere close to what he’s chalked himself up to be . . but, hey: what do I know ????? lol !!!!!
SIMON CERIGO over . . ELI BROAD – any day !!
we had over the years, just to name a few, that ELI does not !! the original ‘LOVE HOTEL’ large color photo by MARIKO MORI, JACK GOLDSTEIN’S largest ‘lightning’ painting, the first VANESSA BEESCROFT paintings of Amish-looking women, and . . plenty of DAN ASHER works, another sleeper . . . no doubt.
and then of course, from 2002 onwards, ELI has nothing on . . art lovers !!
game over, dude.
anyways . . they, Walter’s paintings . . became a really hard sell, except for his sister, Helene the doctor !! this painting could not be sold for love or . . money. even Helene didn’t want it. I didn’t get why it didn’t fly out the window – it was a riot . . . and, neither did Simon. he desperately tried to sell it many many times over, for at least 15 years !! I think at one point Walter even began to think that Simon’s relentless flogging of his work – was a liability !!
so: too bad Simon didn’t live to see his instincts . . slam a home run / thanks in good part to BARRY BLINDERMAN, also an early die-hard, hard-core fan of Walter’s from back in the day, the early Lower East Side days – who put together that fab huge traveling retrospective, that got the ball rolling. and also produced that wonderful catalog – which just keeps on snowballing & Walter’s work . . is finally selling – like pancakes.
finally, my ole artnet ‘boss’ is getting his true blue dues – after spending way too long talking about . . other people’s art.
and in part, being dismissed, because of that.
don’t even get me . . started.
I wonder what Walter is going to be like – as a millionaire ?
and, just in case you weren’t aware of it: it was Walter himself, who bestowed that mortifying handle: artloversnewyork – on me !!
so . . . watch out !!
Revenge of the Under-Rated . . has just begun !!
life ‘Under the Volcano’ of the Lower East Side, in the 80s & 90s is about . .
to . . . e-r-u-p-t !!
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
WALTER ROBINSON . . ‘Revenge’, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 in.
in our collection.
can you see it – on top of the canvas stack – dead center ?
in our storefront. 5 Rivington St, the East Storefront, just a few doors up from the Bowery.
it was Jan 15, 1988 – Kate’s 2nd birthday party . .
SIMON at Kate’s birthday party – check out that image to the bottom right !!
(and trust me, Simon was the kind of guy – who’d put a . . lamp on his head at a grown-up art party, just as easily !! and with even more gusto, one can only imagine, and then multiply . . by 10)
it’s a little hard to speak about yourself, in the first person, so I’ll just say, way ahead of the game !!
and, Simon was a great painter.
UNDER THE VOLCANO – watch out . . !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
I believe at that time, Nov 8, 2015 – all Walter knew was that the show was going to travel on to Philadelphia, for a spin – and this was a way to get his catalog & some sense of the show . . out to his friends in NYC.
WALTER ROBINSON . . ‘Revenge’, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 in.
Helene’s loan, which she had purchased from her brother SIMON CERIGO RIP, who had purchased it directly, from METRO PICTURES.
way back in the day, 1982 !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
WALTER ROBINSON – Revenge of the Under-Rated !!
WALTER ROBINSON . . big retrospective opening this SAT SEPT 17, 2016 at DEITCH PROJECTS.
with the original Metro Pictures label still on the back !!
collection: HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN, M.D.
provenance: SIMON CERIGO, METRO PICTURES
photo: Helene Cerigo Lupatkin, M.D.
& . . . part of the ‘WALTER ROBINSON RETROSPECTIVE’ – which originated at University Galleries of Illinois State University, curated by BARRY BLINDERMAN, Oct 17-Dec 22, 2014 – which then went onto a 3 month run at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, Jan 23-March 12, 2015 . . .
and which now comes to NYC – courtesy of JEFFREY DEITCH . . .
who always has his eye on the . . prize / might be the best way to put it !!!!!!!
and, it used to be . . . mine !!!!!!!!
Simon’s sister, Helene . . . owns it now.
yes . . revenge is sweet !!
esp when it comes to calling . . art !!
being way ahead of the game is perilous, let’s not go there / / / / /
but revenge is most definite sweet, and too bad Simon, SIMON CERIGO didn’t live – to see this.
Walter was one of his earliest calls in NYC – in the early 80s.
we owned about 6 of them. if not more.
all kinds, and in all sizes. we had the Romance / Porn ones, the pharmacy cabinet ones, an oddball floral still-life, and even . . the big ‘ape’ journalist – was ours at one time, too.
FIELD PROJECTS & TSA LA present:
‘RISKY BEHAVIOR’ – a group show
opens THURS SEPT 15, 2016 / 6-8 PM
and runs thru OCT 29, 2016
HRS: THURS-SAT, 12-6PM
FIELD PROJECTS, 526 W 26th St #807, NYC
definite !! read more: about the show – Field projects # 34 !!
and yeah, I guess RISKY rhymes with . . frisky !!!!!!
also check out: TSA – TIGER STRIKES ASTEROID
great – title !!
JOCKO WEYLAND . . . ‘EATING GLASS’
reading & book signing
WED SEPT 14, 2016 / 7:30 pm
FAMILY BOOKS, 436 N. Fairfax, LOS ANGELES, CA.
published by: 19/80 Editions
ps: check out the ELK BOOKS WEBSITE – books, zines, films etc etc.
always worth a visit – been a fan for . . a long time.
my DUKE RILEY temporary tattoo just arrived !!
it’s my ‘reward’ for contributing $10 bucks to the QUEENS MUSEUM Nonstop Metropolis Kickstarter campaign . . .
& . . it’s a beaut !!!!!!!
and a tiny one at that !!
hurray – 2016 CHINESE YEAR of the mischievous MONKEY !!
YEAR of the . . micro nano tiny mini small !!
it’s only . . . . 2 x 3 in.
and . . it’s a temp !! which definite counts in that micro direction category, too.
so put that – in your pipe and smoke it.
Nonstop Metropolis: The Remix Rebecca Solnit & Josh Jelly-Shapiro
Illustration by DUKE RILEY, MAY 2016
and YES !!
DUKE RILEY knows all about Chinese New Year & the animal-populated Chinese Horoscope – up-front & personal.
see: DUKE RILEY – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
in other . .
Chinese monkey news – my shiny new rose gold iPhone had a fatal run-in with a take-out order of moo shu, & oh yeah it’s dead.
don’t even want to talk about it.
Chinese take-out – get it ?!!!!!!!!!!
just hoping they can save my pix.
so – if you need to contact me – email is the only way to go.
til further notice. bummer.
that’s what I get for being so . . . happy !! (lol).
so, look . . . who pops up – on 9-11 !!
ALFREDO MARTINEZ !!
his big news: he just sold 2 pieces to avid art collector . . actor ADRIEN BRODY.
knowing Alfredo, I ask for proof.
a picture is worth = a thousand words !!
the card for Alfredo’s huge group show – that was downtown New York’s response . . to 9-1l.
the show took place DEC 14, 2001 – and ran thru JAN 10, 2002.
the venue was in Williamsburg – a huge alternative & very raw pop-up space / about to be bar – at 90 N.11th St & BERRY . . . c/o JEFF GOMPERTZ.
some interesting names among the more than 60 exhibitors: BRENDAN CASS, CHEYNEY THOMPSON, DONALD BAECHLER, DUSTIN YELLIN, ELLEN QUINLAN, FORCEFIELD, ILLONA RICH, JEFF GOMPERTZ, JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT (!!), JOHN EBERENZ, JONAS MEKAS, KENNY SCHACHTER, LOLA SCHNABEL, NANCY SMITH, PAZ de la HUERTA, SIMON CERIGO, SURFACE-TO-AIR, TOM SACHS.
photo: via JOSH HARRIS
card: archival collection NANCY SMITH
lol X 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
talkin’ about hand drawing . . from news clippings !! & monochrome photographs !!!!!!!!
tonality & . . passion !!!!!
rock on !!!!!
rock this town & yes. NEVER FORGET 9/11 2001 & the raw spirit of . . . NYC
home of the brave & the hardcore . . . gritty !!
this just in – from PETE VOGL: right on . . . POINT !!!!!!
@bone_chi_chi (aka PETE VOGL): This is happening tomorrow. 9/11/16.
Never Forget! Matt Mottel and Fogel @nha_minh brunch show. 1-3 PM
image & text via Instagram @bone_chi_chi
see: nha minh on Facebook
nha minh – 485 MORGAN AVE, GREENPOINT / EAST WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION . . . not to be taken, lightly.
on both sides of the . . equation.
EXPRESSIVE DRAWING . . . compelled by ‘aggressive’ events & ‘re-constructed’ on a large pictorial scale . . not to be missed.
GALERIE MANQUE . . a new, recurring pop-up venue in Bushwick, will be presenting what looks to be . .
a sure-fire / fire-cracker of a ‘skills’ & ‘context’ relevant show featuring . . the awesome, political-in-tone, historical and impassioned . . realist hand-drawing, photo-based work . . of ANDY MISTER, & introducing us to the equally dynamic mind-set / skill-set . . of MICHELE ZALOPANY.
what makes this exhibit look so promising & compelling . . besides the fact that the images speak worlds – is their ‘mural-size’ (approx 8 x 13 ft.), decisiveness, and yet over-all ‘restrained’ expressionism – combined with an off-beat & emotional . . photo ‘tonality’.
what I find so personally fascinating about both artists’ work, is how each finds their own ways – to infuse what might have just been ‘photo-realism’ . . with a sense of ‘the hand’, behind the realism. (without falling into rustic expressionism). a certain ‘styl-ism’, as opposed to a straight-out / flat-out hyper-realism – that really steals . . the day.
again, if you are at a loss to begin breaking down the ‘style’ quotient, start with the unique ‘tonality’ – animating each artist’s work – the differing ‘vibe’ & over-all hue for what’s supposedly monochrome, almost photo-realism – couldn’t be richer in ‘imagination’ and pure artist expression.
translate: think Instagram or photo-shop . . ‘filter’.
in the vast sea of non-stop abstract “surfaces” & non-distinct “merging & morphing” human & organic ‘forms’, both sculptural & on canvas – that is currently threatening to drown the scene entirely . . . this show stands – gloriously . . apart.
the exhibition was organized by the gallery’s curator: GEORGE METESKY
and, he did a . . knock-out job. seriously.
‘BIG PICTURE’ – ANDY MISTER & MICHELE ZALOPANY
opens FRI SEPT 9, 2016 / 6-9 PM
the show runs thru SEPT 25, 2016
GALERIE MANQUE, 56 BOGART ST, 1R, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.
ANDY MISTER, ‘London’, graphite on paper, 94 x 150 in.
Brooklyn-based “ANDY MISTER . . depicts a very active (translate: aggressive ?) attempt on the part of Scotland Yard to ‘kettle’ a crowd of 5,000 protesters at a G20 summit in London in 2009 . . the cordoning off held the crowd – which included both violent and peaceful protesters, as well as bystanders – without access to food or lavatory facilities, while riot police pushed into the crowd with batons and shields . . for a number of hours.”
MICHELE ZALPANY, ‘Line-Up’, pastel on canvas, 88 x 156 in.
“MICHELLE ZALPANY, a Detroit native . . depicts a moment from the events that occurred in connection with the Sojourner Truth Homes in Detroit, in 1942. White Residents had vehemently opposed the creation of this federal housing project for blacks who had recently relocated to the city. On the date scheduled for the first residents to occupy the apartments, the prospective tenants were pelt with rocks and otherwise harassed by crowds of angry whites. A large number of black residents soon appeared to help the would-be occupants. The confrontation continued to escalate as the day went on. In response to the conflict, police arrested more than 200 blacks and 3 whites.”
note: images are courtesy the artists and GALERIE MANQUE
to put it in perspective, we were the ‘next wave’ generation to follow in the footsteps of LEONARD COHEN. except instead of poetry – painting, formalist painting – was the big scene.
it was very, very ‘happening’.
we were ‘maudit’ anglophones, so we couldn’t get too much action re grants & exhibitions – because we weren’t Quebecois ‘frenchies’ in our DNA. at that time, the early 1970s – that was a big big issue, so after graduate school, Concordia University, MFA Studio Program (we were part of the first ever graduating class, lol) . . . while, pretty much everyone else split to Toronto or Vancouver – we split to . . NEW YORK !!
OF COURSE !!!!
and we never, ever – looked back !!!!
Simon used to haunt the legendary Lower East Side – Red Bar, and I used to walk the Soho streets with, who else ? Basquiat.
yeah, for sure – that’s how we rolled.
SIMON CERIGO, RIP. in Montreal – in the early 70s.
see: SIMON CERIGO, RIP – OBIT – ArtInfo
while you are out catching the last weekend of the NICER show at Avant Garde Gallery on the Lower East Side, you can check out this show, too.
it’s very different – which makes for a great viewing situation.
TRICIA KEIGHTLEY . . . turned me onto it !!
MULHERIN NEW YORK PRESENTS: ‘MIKE BAYNE: LOW TECH’
the opening was yesterday, SEPT 7, 2016 – looks like Tricia made the opening, you go girl !!
the show runs thru OCT 9, 2016
MULHERIN NEW YORK, 124 FORSYTH ST – LES / Lower East Side
read, a great: MISSION STATEMENT . . by MIKE BAYNE
here’s a ‘small’, lol . . . sampling !!
MIKE BAYNE, ‘Nature Band Aid’, 2016.
oil on panel – 5 x 5 ins. (!!!)
image via Mulherin New York
it’s so . . vernacular, love it !!
ps: re the opening statement & notes on the artist . . .
MIKE BAYNE . . received his MFA from CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, in Montreal . . in 2004.
my, how time flies, esp when you are having . . fun.
I was in the very first graduating class of that very same MFA studio program – graduating in the early 1970s. yes, indeed.
and, then of course – I immediately split for New York, never to look back.
GUIDIO MOLINARI . . was my thesis advisor, so put that in your pipe & smoke it.
I mean, where else did you think I got all that formalism theory, anyways ????
I was so fascinated by the man’s brilliance, I used to follow him around like a moth to a flame – so much so, they called me . . Guido baby – !!
and, RIP SIMON CERIGO – was equally fascinated by the man, who was probably Quebec’s most important painter. in fact, Simon quit the MFA program to become Guido’s full-time studio assistant, and truth be told – that’s how we met. Guido baby . . was Simon’s GF.
yep, that’s how we rolled.
back in the day, in Montreal.
NICER / TATSCRU . . ‘MY OLD NY’
solo exhibition – curated by ELEWIS MARTINEZ
opening tonight – THURS SEPT 1, 2016 / 6-10 PM
Avant Garde Gallery – call gallery for RSVP
ps: there’s an rsvp prompt on the gallery website – where it also says: 6-8 PM ~ RSVP / 8-10:30 PM ~ public.
the show runs thru SAT SEPT 10.
319 Grand St, LES/LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
see a really great video & more info: ‘NICER’~ Avant Garde Gallery website
is that like . . DOMINOES ?!!
kind of, yeah !!
so, while visiting TRICIA KEIGHTLEY & DANIEL DAVIDSON in Brooklyn last Feb 2016 – they showed me a fascinating ‘grid’ sketch book, KARL LAROCCA of KAYROCK SILKSCREENING . . has put out.
it’s a 16 page sketchbook, of a good weight drawing paper – of various grids, that you an draw on. it’s only $30 – and it’s a . . no-brainer !!
grab one !!
the link below – includes an animated slide show of the pages.
see: VARIOUS GRIDS & GRAPHS – KAYROCK
it was pretty showstopping to see TRICIA’s use of the LAROCCA grids & graphs, but since the two of them, Tricia & Daniel . . . are so quite very diametrically opposed art-wise, that is Tricia vs. Daniel / geometric, sci-fi vehicles vs. cartoon free flow . . it was quite a freaky trip & leap of the . . imagination.
that only was enhanced conceptually – by the far out contrast of their personalities & art vision.
let me quote ghost rider SIMON CERIGO, who both Tricia & Daniel knew well from the scene:
“Art’s a Dying, Not a Living” – translate it, for yourself.
I gotta get me one of those KAYROCK GRID / GRAPH books – for sure !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
so, like I was saying . . .
one of the most fun times I had last year was visiting the Fort Greene home/studio of TRICIA KEIGHTLEY, and DANIEL DAVIDSON. it was on a weekend: Sat Feb 20, 2016 – to be exact.
Tricia’s studio visit has already posted.
KAYROCK . . has a great slideshow animation of the book on their website, under ARTIST BOOKS,
here’s the link: ‘A MORE BRIGHTER IDEA’ by DANIEL DAVIDSON.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA – is re-issuing the DREW MILLER t-shirt !!
$15 pre-order . . here: Neoglyphic Media T-shirt !!
don’t forget to check out: Neoglyphic Media !!
DREW MILLER . . .
at the MARIE LORENZ – BRIAN CHIPPENDALE ‘music in the water pond’ event, with NICHOLAS STEINDORF handling the loops & sound controls . . . at RECESS ART, SOHO, NYC.
MAY 5, 2016.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
check out: DREW MILLER – tumblr
DREW MILLER . . also designed their super logo . . . hand lettering at it’s best !!!