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~’NIGHTJAR’ . . UNDERDONK

Rockin’ . . the Mystery.
Exploring . . the Biology.
Feeling . . the Science.

‘NIGHTJAR’
an all woman show, curated by a woman/artist at . . UNDERDONK / in BUSHWICK.

‘NIGHTJAR’ – curated by ASHLEY GARRETT
opened May 12, 2017
the show runs thru JUNE 18, 2017
featuring the work of:
SHARON CORE, PRISCILLA FUSCO, VALERIE HAMMOND, DEBORAH MASTERS, & RUTH MARTEN

UNDERDONK, 1329 WILLOUGHBY AVE, #211, Bushwick / Brooklyn

the gallery is open weekends !!
HRS: SAT & SUN / 1- 6 pm / & by appointment

“At last we saw water gleaming at a distance, and came to a clear tarn, lined with brown leaves and holding a fair picture in its bosom….what a place fir summer, and how one envies the frogs!”
~UNA HAWTHORNE / press release

‘UNDERDONK . . is pleased to present ‘NIGHTJAR’ a show of 5 artists confronting human relationship with nature and animals. This relationship is rapidly changing as the ecosystem becomes increasing hostile and threatening to both humans and animals. The exhibition explores the conceptual, spiritual, personal and investigative ways in which we can relate to the organic, natural world around us.’
~gallery press release

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the show’s curator, artist ASHLET GARRETT on the right.
that’s Priscilla Fusco’s clay ‘bell’, and . . on the wall behind her, photographs by Sharon Core

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PRISCILLA FUSCO, ‘Grunter (bell) 2017. ceramic, EU speaker, Grunter, sound file.
the large hand-built, coil technique / clay bell is suspended from the ceiling by a strong wire.
it’s quite stunning, and . . strange.
($1,200)

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inside the bell a sound loop is playing: a ‘geophone recording conducted by Dr. Kenneth C. Catania, included in his report “Worm Grunting, Fiddling, and Charming – Humans Unknowingly Mimic a Predator to Harvest Bait.”

PRISCILLA FUSCO, b. 1973, Maine . . is a recent graduate (2016) of the Hunter MFA program.
see: PRISCILLA FUSCO – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

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VALERIE HAMMOND, ‘Reverse Reflection’ series. edition of 18.
set of 6 drypoints, 16 x 15-1/2 in paper / 5-7/8 x 5-7/8 image.
($800 unframed / $970 framed)

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VALERIE HAMMOND, ‘Reverse Reflection’ series, drypoint.
Valerie Hammond come to us by way of Santa Maria, California.
She received her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley, she now is New York City based.
she has an impressive international list of exhibitions in her C.V.
see: VALERIE HAMMOND – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

a-ha, so !!
I wasn’t so far off regarding: BUSH-wick !!
light that spark, my darlin’ chicks !!
curators, artists & poets !!
women ruling this . . art season.

more on the other artists & artworks in ‘Nightjar’ – up next !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~wow, that was such a . . ‘girls’ !! only trip !! illustration by RUTH MARTEN / UNDERDONK

finding stepping stones / in the art world . . . brook /
NYC, Spring 2017.

loving nothing better, then when the path I take through the various shows I see – takes on a subtext of it’s own !!

this past month – it was really quite the WILD ride !!
and it was all about . . GIRLS !!!!!!

EMBRACE – THAT !!!!!!

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RUTH MARTEN, ‘Possession’, 2012.
POSTCARD . . OBTAINED FROM UNDERDONK, on a visit last weekend / May 14, 2017.

yeah, that was so F . . is for femme, femme, femme tripppppy !!!

it seems to have started, most unknowingly . . with the ‘SURREALIST DINNER ‘ at the woman-artist run SELENA / OLIVIA SWIDER, and ANJULI RATHOD.

that, got me to – thinking: Surrealist, Symbolist.
women / artists.

then, about a week later I walk into ‘Like Oxygen’ at MOUNTAIN / expecting a very tech-oriented / cutting-edge underground experience, only to be awe-struck by . . the shaman-centered ‘Crystal Flowers Radio’ 2017, install by ALLISON WADE !!

where the artist, ALLISON WADE . .
was presenting recorded seances, she had set up in the former apt/home of . . FLORINE STETTHEIMER !!
if, this wasn’t pushing ‘Surreal’ & ‘Symbolist’ . . right off the map / it was definitely raising the spirits.

because . .
not more than 4 days later, on Tuesday May 2nd, I found myself at the JEWISH MUSEUM for the press preview of one of the most wonderful exhibits you will ever happen upon, ‘Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry’ !!
& up thru Sept 24, 2017 – don’t miss it.

now, not only was this . . a ghost come to life / but a woman artist, who is long over-due a revival of interest & recognition !!
here we not only a have a . . . a ‘SYMBOLIST’ – !!
but, a magic realist / visionary.
resplendent with the most passionate paintings, and imagine that: passionate & whimsical in one sentence !!
including the most surreal theatrical costumes, fortune telling cards & . . garden scenes. imagine that: surreal and domestic in the same sentence ??/!!
you go, FLORINE !!!!

then somehow, while chasing the Old World treasures . . of Count Carl Gustaf Tessin (1695-1770) / which morphed into the ‘Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden’ at the Morgan Library, me & my friend . . took a stroll into another exhibit running concurrently: ‘I’m Nobody! Who are you?’ – a sweet, new take on EMILY DICKINSON, which had me totally enthralled, so much so, that I even hit up the movie: ‘A Quiet Passion’ – a new re-telling of her story.

so, it was all in all, all, all / it was: all-women . . stepping stones !!
though, what was even more surprising . .
was how the tour, took a most strange, and winding, and unexpected, but . . p-a-s-s-i-n-a-t-e turn !!

flowing from surrealism, and seances / thru symbolism . . . onto the fanciful / magic realism !! of GILDED AGE . . FLORINE STETTHEIMER,
to the . . classic Victorian parlor . . of EMILY DICKINSON !!
via herbarium / scientific nature collections, black paper profile cut-outs, Daguerrotypes / shaped poetry & the hand-bound / hand-stitched fascicle booklets of Emily DICKINSON !!

so how strange, is the meandering art world I prowl . . . ?

that last weekend . . .
I find myself at . . ‘NIGHTJAR’ / at UNDERDONK !!!!



~CHARLES BURCHFIELD . . double your money at CHRISTIE’S

there’s a CHARLES BURCHFIELD painting from 1955 / Estimate: $120,000 – $180,000
up for auction – this weekend,
at Christie’s ‘American Art Online’ sale / open for bidding / from 17 May – 24 May, 2017.

see: CHRISTIE’S ‘AMERICAN ART ONLINE’ . . 17-24 MAY 2017

and, it’s no small potatoes, either /
titled: ‘June Wind’ . .
it is: 27 x 39-3/4 in / 2ft-4in x 3ft-1/4in !!

though it is watercolor & charcoal & chalk on paper, but laid down on board / vs. oil on canvas.
but prob very durable, if taken proper archhival care of.

if you wanted to double your money as soon as you dropped it / this would be it – art world-wise.
and, art world-wise . . this is small change / chump change.

jump the chump, is all I can say !!!

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Image via Instagram @christies

CHARLES EPHRAIM BURCHFIELD (1893-1967), ‘June Wind’, 1955.
watercolor, charcoal and chalk on paper laid down on board
27 x 39-3/4 in.
executed in 1955.

LOT 110

Estimate: $120,000 – $180,000

Bidding starts at $100,000.

note: the lots from this auction, including this work / can be viewed at Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries, NYC
20 – 22 MAY 2017.

and, don’t say . . I never tell you – anything !!!! $$$ blue chip $$$ !!!!!



~’A QUIET PASSION’ . . EMILY DICKINSON FILM / TERENCE DAVIES

EM & me . . .

yesterday, May 16 . . was the day Emily died – in 1886, at her home in Amherst.
the Ghost – is in the room !!!!!

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besides the current exhibit on Emily Dickinson, ‘I’m Nobody! Who are You?’ at the Morgan Library, up only til the end of the month / don’t miss it.

a feature length film . . on EMILY DICKINSON, titled, ‘A Quiet Passion’ / opened last week, here in NYC.

between the two of them / one can begin begin to feel closer to the austere Emily.
her times, her family and friends, her upbringing, and her life’s work . . with each endeavor, the museum show and the feature length film – dovetailing with the other, to fill in the blanks.

‘A QUIET PASSION’, (2017) . . . a feature film on EMILY DICKINSON,
directed by TERENCE DAVIES & starring CYNTHIA NIXON as Emily Dickinson – is now playing,
at the Quad Cinema . . here in NYC.

unlike the press I saw online just now, I would say, no – it is not a brilliant blockbuster, lordy.
what-ever . . are they thinking ?
it’s really only for . . diehard Dickinson fans; and perhaps some diehard poetry, and early Americana religious & history buffs / or . . . . ,
those with stressed-out jobs in, say . . the fashion world, who are just dying to veg-out on a pretty & yet informative / sensitive & delicately . . spaced-out 2 hour, period docu-drama, with . . good costumes.

speaking of which:
the various, period-correct / hand-tatted lace collars, seem to be authentic museum pieces ?!!!

PASSION ?
did somebody say: passion, albeit . . quiet ?

turns out, at the beating heart of the Emily Dickinson real life drama / lies a most passionate & most illicit, yet apparently hardly hidden . . love affair; that between her brother Austin, and his mistress . . MABEL LOOMIS TODD /
while of course, wouldn’t you know: EMILY and his proper wife, SUSAN . . were best friends.
go figure !!

it gets even more complicated by the evil woman Mabel’s apparent utmost devotion to Emily’s poetry, if not to Emily herself, but who really knows ?
. . turns out, it was MABEL who first edited, preserved and published Emily’s poems, after her death !! and a most interesting facet of the whole tale – and which is more fully addressed in the Morgan Library exhibit.
and, in fact not mentioned here at all. the publishing. the devotion to Emily’s work.

instead, this film’s focus, is to try / to fill us in on, cinematic-ally . . on how hard it was, for the contrarian Emily, so rebellious, and yet in her own way / so very rigid . . to come to terms with her brother’s absolute flaunting of convention / to live and to work . . amidst a very complicated betrayal of her life, on all levels.

it’s a long meandering road, but we do get . . how Emily’s stubborn, questioning & contrary views – the depth of which gave rise to her inward / haunting voice, and which followed closely nevertheless upon the strict & repressed Protestant / Puritanical upbringing she had been raised in; and whose conventional practices she upturns & questions at all turns . .

and which clearly has its own individualist / stubborn yet undeniably ‘passionate’ set of narrow beliefs, . . how that ‘QUESTIONING’ . . . is thrown right back at her, to rationalize and ask her to accept Austin’s deviant behavior.

as in: doesn’t everyone have a right to find their own path, passion, and way / and, most importantly to ber to be . . forgiven ?

there is some gentle alluding – to the fact that the long suffering wife, Susan . . might be lacking in the passion department / or else, ‘why did she resist Austin’s proposals of marriage – so many times ‘?

there’s also some ‘alluding’ to some ‘acceptable’ veneer for the affair; as to the fact that ‘Mabel’s husband might be compromised by . . venerality’/ or, as we say . . std / and in those days, it was quite a devastating situation, re final solution ‘surgery’.

at any rate, unlike the Morgan museum exhibit, which keeps a petty tight pace attuned to the intellectual & ‘literati-life’ / whirl of passion, that complicated Emily’s life, and I guess made her akin to a contemporary reality star – in her own little village, no ?
college town, or not.

‘A Quiet Passion’ . . treats us to a physical, lustful . . . scene of Emily actually walking in on Austin and Mable, getting it on, while innocently on the way to the kitchen – for a midnight snack !!!
oh my !!!!!

you know, and then all that Protestant – faith questioning /comes on-board / so you see them all argue it out – from both sides of the ‘righteous’ ledger / or any side, actually.
back & forth endlessly !!
one thing’s for sure, Mabel does not get kicked out.

but, my question is: is it ever directly addressed in the poems, or in any of the huge correspondence she is supposed to have kept up ? how Emily felt about this affair ?
what was the low-down ?

what’s in the real . . archive / and, what was . . re-imagined by these filmmakers ?

a poem is narrated overhead, after the ‘outing’, to the effect that: ‘why has my world spun out of my control’ ?!!

I don’t think there is much mention, either on paper, in letters or diaries / or at least in ones that haven’t been long burnt (!!) by now . . . because there’s absolutely no portrayal in this film, on how that relationship / the between Emily and her brother’s mistress, Mable – evolved over the years. though it seems it did, re the Morgan exhibit.
and that’s one reason I would like to read the poems – now.
searching for references . . to the ‘goings-on’ / between the . . lines !!

though, that’s where the Morgan Library pipes in again, letting you know how MABLE was a big fan of Emily’s work, and sent her letters, and Emily sent her poems.
in fact, it was red letter ‘Capital A’ MABEL LOOMIS TODD, and not wife/ friend Susan, who was to publish Emily’s poems after her death . .

the Morgan does give us some tantalizing facts, but with very little emotional detailing.
again, I guess none exists on record ?

but still, who knew . .

that under all that carefully crafted, minimalist phrasing, a questioning, troubled emotional ‘storm’, based on a most purple love triangle, though not of her own making / but one sibling step away – was a-brewing,
all along . . confounding & confusing her ????

no wonder, she looked so outward for order – in the world.

but the singular, most important aspect of this film, and one that fills in a big void at the Morgan exhibit, is not an emotional ‘coloring’, of her life, but an actual . . DEMONSTRATION !!

of EMILY, at work on her famous ‘fascicles’ / or hand-sewn tiny packets of poems, small folded paper pages stitched together / or, in other words . . as we would say today, DO-IT-YOURSELF-BOUND !!
at the ‘spine’, or fold.

although the Morgan exhibit speaks of these ‘fascicles’, or ‘packets’ – there are no photos or reproductions, let alone a precious archival one. turns out Mabel, who actually gave the name ‘fascicle’ to these little hand-sewn packages of poems, and the other early editors . . dismantled them !!
oh. no !!!!!!!!

wow, that’s a whole other story, somebody else – has to write.

A quiet passion . . ?
indeed !!!!!!!

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CYNTHIA NIXON, as a pretty good, very believable . . EMILY DICKINSON, first stabs a few holes, clear through a few leafs of folded paper, upon which she has scribbled her poems / to ready them for hand-stitched sewn binding, or DIY, as we would term it today !!

and that’s another reason, Dickinson is seeing a sudden revival, & relevance today.
her shaped pages, scraps, collages . . and DIY binding !!
are allowing us to see her / through the magic of modern digital / photographic reproduction, not just the old typeset printing of yore, as the singular poet – artist / she really was !!
the times, they just be a-catching up . . to her.
rebel, outsider. visionary. self-driven.

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Emily pulls the thread – through the holes, to hand-bind the tiny books into packets, the easier to store the poems.
or . . what we would call today, self-published ZINES !!!!!!!

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a priceless moment in the film . . ‘A Quiet passion’.
EMILY stitches . . a hand-bound – ‘fascicle’.
you can see how good CYNTHIA NIXON is, too.

all 3 images: screen grabs / via a short clip on the @aquietpassion / Instagram page

how strange / funny, well actually sad:
that although, as the Morgan gets it . . Emily is now being seen through new eyes as a poet-artist, and they, the filmmakers . . did make a point of re-creating this well-informed scene of her hand-binding her little books, and it’s produced so well, and so lovingly . . .
the footage doesn’t make the . . commercial trailer ???

I guess they forget, that in the end, probably . . it would be only artists and writers, in effect the scholars . . who know, and are desperate for this kind of historical detail / that would be the ones who would be watching the trailer, and they should have included it.
they should not never have dumb-ed it down, for the masses.
a ‘Hallmark’ film, despite the illicit affair – this is, not.
a cross-over film / this is . . not !!
why not revel in what it – is.
it definitely has its moments.

see: ‘A QUIET PASSION’ – OFFICIAL WEBSITE / TRAILER

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~’Nightjar’ . . UNDERDONK, BROOKLYN / opens to-night

UNDERDONK / Bushwick Artist Collective PRESENTS: ‘NIGHTJAR’
OPENING FRI MAY 12 / 7-9 PM
the show runs thru JUNE 18, 2017
UNDERDONK, 1329 Willoughby Ave, Bushwick
HRS: SAT & SUN: 1- 6 PM & by appointment

a group exhibition, curated by . . ASHLEY GARRETT
including . .
SHARON CORE, PRISCILLA FUSCO, VALERIE HAMMOND, RUTH MARTEN, and DEBORAH MASTERS

is this too coarse ?
BUSH-wick / great spark – for an all women show / !!

~from the press release:

“At last we saw water gleaming at a distance, and came to a clear tarn, lined with brown leaves and holding a fair picture in its bosom…what a place for summer, and how one envies the frogs!” ~UNA HAWTHORNE

“UNA HAWTHORNE, NATHANIAL HAWTHORNE’S eldest daughter, describes in a personal letter .. following in the footsteps of THOREAU’S journey through Walden Pond.”

read more: ‘NIGHTJAR’ – GROUP SHOW at UNDERDONK

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RUTH MARTEN, ‘#907’, 2015
Watercolor on 19th c. print, 7-3/4 x 8 in.
image via UNDERDONK



~NANCY SMITH . . I’m somebody ? me & Em !!

Me & EM . . .

as in EMILY !!
DICKINSON . . . both stick postal stamps – into our diaries / journals / notes / & in her case: poems.

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NANCY SMITH, detail collage with postal stamp – on my current journal / notes.
the U.S.A. postal stamp is . . FLANNERY O’CONNOR.

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the fortune cookie paper slip: ‘Po Says: It is good luck to feed the dragon warrior.”

write that damn journal / scribble them damn poems !!
feed – that . . damn stubborn / contrarian, inner voice.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~EMILY DICKINSON . . ‘I’M NOBODY! Who are you?’ / THE MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM / 2 more weeks

EMILY DICKINSON . . .

TO PARAPHRASE:
IN . . MY MOST HARD-CORE, CONTRARIAN, INDIE, REBEL, STUBBORN . . PROTEST-ANT / HEART.
I REACHED OUT, . . . “BUT THE WORLD DID NOT REACH BACK”.
well, something like that.

It seems to be the season of recognizing – in capital letters, the female outsider geniuses that walked so unassumingly, but stubbornly among us.
though, what a contrast: EMILY DICKINSON vs FLORINE STETTHEIMER.

about the most they have in common, beyond sharing a stubborn faith in their own forward-reaching, somehow . . ‘future’ vision, & a singular, uncharted creative .. drive.
was that they both lived at home for their entire lives, and were generally unrecognized in their own times.

though of course, EMILY DICKINSON (1830-1886) predated FLORINE STETTHEIMER (1871-1944) by a 50 year birth gap, which is such a small generational number in the greater picture, yet seems so far apart seen through the lens / bedrooms / living rooms . . . of their individual life-styles.

while Emily D. shined a stylist poetic flashlight that was so fast forward – we are only just beginning to really catch up, she feels so much of an earlier American / Puritanical time / while Florine S. born to assimilated cosmopolitan Jews who traveled between NYC & Europe on a regular basis . . lived a life that included, MARCEL DuCHAMP. (!!)
maybe another way to put it:
Emily D. lived through the Civil war / Florine S: through WWI & WWII.

while one – Emily D. was a ‘poet /artist’ . . the other – Florine S. was an ‘artist/painter/poet’.

both were ‘consummate’ . . insider-outsiders / involved with stimulating intellectual communities, yet with no ‘consummate’ / translate: intimate relations / translate: romances (at least on record.)

though not internationally ‘cosmopolitan’ in the lavish & wealthy sense that we associate with Florine Stettheimer . . Emily D. did not live in a remote cabin, though she worked from her bedroom. and is generally considered a ‘recluse’. in fact, Emily D. lived within the vibrant society of a ‘college town’, her grandfather having co-founded Amherst College. and she read many leading magazines etc.
and she had to deal with . . scandal !!
major scandal. her married bro & his mistress. some little buzzing garden that was.
you don’t hear that about Florine’s family !!

though you kind of wonder: what really went on with Florine S. and her sisters, behind closed doors – besides high-end couture, with lots of shopping trips to Bendels !!
not too much is revealed on the record, except for some unhappy poems . . Florine was to pen / about scaring away suitors with her bright ‘light’.

so, it’s kind of shocking to find that Emily D. was one step away from her sibling’s full-blown, torrid love triangle, that if it had been 19th Bloomsbury . . might have touched and rocked her world, as well.
one can only imagine.

lucky for us, both had their works, Emily D. her poems, collage poems & hand-stitched ‘booklets’ / Florine S. her artworks, poems, plays, stage sets, etc preserved for us, by immediate family members, who also went on to donate the bulk of these precious estates to museums & libraries. so, they were recognized within their own circles – well, that’s about the best you can hope for, as an ‘outsider’ – isn’t it ?

but mostly, what’s most compelling about both them, these American ‘soul sisters’ – is that their inner worlds propelled . . both of them forward, so far forward / that flash forward 2017: both Emily D. and Florine S. . . are subjects of newly rapt acclaim & . . solo museum shows.

Emily D. at the Morgan Library Museum, while Florine S. is concurrently, beautifully presented at the JEWISH MUSEUM – thru Sept 24, 2017.

see: ‘Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry’ – Jewish Museum

‘I’m Nobody! Who are you ?’ – The Life and Poetry of EMILY DICKINSON’
through MAY 28, 2017
THE MORGAN LIBRARY

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EMILY DICKINSON, Daguerrotype, ca. 1847. The Emily Dickinson Collection, Amherst College Archives & Special collections. gift of Millicent Todd Bingham, 1956.
PHOTO: via The Morgan Library & Museum
which also has a very good online presentation on the exhibit . . .

see: ‘I’m Nobody, Who are you ? – MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM

and also, the very best cafe food – of all the museums & libraries in NYC – by the way.
though strangely enough, the JEWISH MUSEUM is a very close second, with their authentic Russ & Daughters’ bagels & buttery lox / smoked salmon !!

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I have to admit, I knew more about Florine Stettheimer, from living in avant-garde NYC all these years, there were some previous exhibits associated with her, or her circle / than I did about Emily Dickinson – esp being Canadian & thus under-educated in general re American culture. I had a big catching up to do, and maybe that’s what fascinated me.

At any rate, young Emily D. looks just like someone I went to high school with, and even more, she looks she could just step out off the L train, albeit in different garb.
my heart sunk to see her so young & earnest, and to later be so beat down by a repressive culture.
though what else is new for outsiders, anyway ?
even the fabulous Florine, wanted her artwork destroyed upon her death, due to cultural disappointment, to put it politely.

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EMILY DICKINSON (1830-1886), ‘A Pang is more conspicuous in Spring’.
Poem, ca. 1881. / Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.

when I saw this ‘shaped’ poem I got it right way, and so will you – why they call Emily Dickinson, . . a poet – artist.
she wrote her poems out in teeny tiny handwritten script, something of which we might be much more curious about today – despite or actually because of . . computers !!
which has ironically resulted in our endless fascination with all things . . graphic design & fonts, but esp DIY hand-script !!
apparently, she also wrote on all kinds of different papers, (texture-wise, etc) not just oddly shaped ones, and left-overs from envelopes, etc.
the effect of which is hard to translate through written language, let alone limited old fashioned typeface / and is much easier to convey today – with our easily accessible, modern means of photographic reproduction.

though I was super disappointed upon reading, in the exhibit texts, about her use of ‘fascicles’ or hand-sewn manuscript booklets, not to find any here.
not even a photograph ?
I guess they are too fragile to travel, but what about an archival photograph ?
did I miss it ?

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EMILY DICKINSON, (1830-1886), ‘Alone and in a Circumstance’.
Poem with “George Sand” and “Mauprat” clipped from Harper’s Monthly pasted to sheet, ca. 1870.

“This collage is one of Dickinson’s most enigmatic manuscripts. The two clippings tucked under the postage stamp were cut from the May 1870 issue of Harper’s Monthly Magazine, which included a brief sketch of George Sand (!!).
. . . Interpretations of this poem range widely from playful verse about sitting in the outhouse, to a Freudian meditation on Dickinson’s father, represented by the locomotive on the stamp.” (!!)
~exhibition text

ps: May 1870 !! – that’s like 147 years ago – almost to the day !!
a whole century – and . . a half.

pss: if you came to my workroom / bedroom – you’d see my journals are full of the same kind of tiny stamp collages, maybe I’ll post one or two, next – just to show you how contemporary / out of the box – she was.

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EMILY DICKINSON, digitized slideshow of her ‘Herbarium’, an album of pressed botanical specimens – which she began compiling ca 1839, when she was about 8 or 9 years old.

I found it interesting how literary and scientific her family was, and that seemingly, she and her sister, or even mother did no handiwork ? no embroidered samplers ?
no hand-stitched quilts ?
no hand-crocheted collar lace / or shawls ?

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MABEL LOOMIS TODD (1856-1932), ‘Indian Pipes’.
oil on card. 1882.

of course, I was totally blown-away by the love triangle, illicit p-a-s-s-i-o-n (!!) repressed, self-righteous Emily’s brother – Austin dropped on the family.
esp because his wife, Susan was Emily’s best friend, and his 20-something years younger mistress, Mabel Loomis Todd, seems to have been quite enamored with Emily, herself, and/or her talent, at the very least. It was she, and not Susan, who ultimately played an important role in getting Emily’s work published !!

I believe ‘Indian Pipes’ must be a kind of American wild flower ?
the drawing is quite beautiful,
and way !!
black & white . . drama queen / DRAMATIC !!!!!!!

“Todd sent this painting of Indian pipes to Emily Dickinson in late summer 1882 while Todd was staying in Washington, DC. . . .
A rendition of this piece was used to decorate the covers of all the editions of Dickinson’s poetry and letters edited by Todd and published by Roberts Brothers between 1890 and 1896.”
~exhibition text

so, just how did Emily D. and the mistress . . interact, if only we had got that part of the story, too.

life was so complicated – even for that literary . . minimalist.

Amherst, Bloomsbury . . not ?!!!

I mean, there is not a peep of this, in the poems, right ?

what about in her letters ?

that would have been amazing, I bet they got destroyed pretty fast, if there were any – no matter what they said.

but damn it, color me: C-U-R-I-O-U-S !!!!!

EMILY DICKINSON vs. FLORINE STETTHEIMER ???

now, that’s a strange bird . . up against / another.

and plenty of secrets – to go around !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH – UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED



~FLORINE STETTHEIMER . . IN MY LIVING ROOM / JEWISH MUSEUM

IN MY LIVING ROOM . . WITH ALFRED STEIGLITZ & GEORGIA O’KEEFE !!
FLORINE vs GEORGIA / NOW THAT’S A THOUGHT !!!!!
SOMEBODY . . should write a paper on that !!!

LIVING ROOM / GALLERY / SALON !!
PARTY . . ON !!

YOU GO GIRL. INDIE, R-E-B-E-L . . FLORINE !!!!!

‘FLORINE STETTHEIMER: Painting Poetry’
MAY 5 – SEPT 24, 2017
THE JEWISH MUSEUM, New York

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FLORINE STETTHEIMER, (1871-1944) . . ‘Family Portrait II’, 1933.
oil on canvas, 46-1/4 x 64-5/8 in.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Miss ETTIE STETTHEIMER, 1956

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, Y’ALL !!

they were a close-knit family, the 3 sisters and their imposing mama. the father split early on.
& note her life span – covered . . 2 World Wars !!

“BORN to a wealthy Jewish family in Rochester, New York, STETTHEIMER studied at the Art Students League in New York City and then in Europe, where she encountered two profound influences: the SYMOBLIST painters and poets, and the BALLETS RUSSES.

Stettheimer’s return to New York in 1914, as World War I began, was a turning point for the artist, who was then in her mid-40s. She made her New York art debut with a 1916 solo show at the prestigious Knoeldler Gallery, but it proved disappointing, attracting lukewarm press and no sales.

She and her sisters Carrie and Ettie, and their mother, Rosetta, then developed a stratagem for unveiling her new works, characteristic of the period: parties.

Their elite salon attracted many of the leading lights of the artistic vanguard , including her close friend MARCEL DUCHAMP, as well as ALFRED STIEGLITZ, CARL VAN VECHTEN, GEORGIA O’KEEFE . . “(!!)
~press release

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her ‘skinny’ brushwork – usually in black, top-painted as embellishment, is a detail that pops up throughout the exhibit – and is a nice re-discovery – re: painting technique.

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mama’s fortune telling (?) card game – is another good example of that . . fine, laced & expressive brush work.

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of course, she’s drop dead gorgeous with the . . the FLOWERS !!

speaking of . . which !!!!!!!

I wonder, what kind of conversations, FLORINE STETTHEIMER . .
and GEORGIA O’KEEFE – had ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, com’on – in many ways she, FLORINE . . is just as an innovative painter as GEORGIA O’KEEFE, but obviously, though ALFRED STEIGLITZ frequentd her parties – he didn’t seem to have championed her seriously, as an artist ???

could it be that same old same old (story) – who ya F..K – gets the CROWN.

and, too damn bad.

YOUR BAD – MR.STEIGLITZ !!!!!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~FLORINE STETTHEIMER . . FORTUNE TELLING CARDS / JEWISH MUSEUM

Her painter’s palette – held the KEY !!
& the Grim reaper . . got the / LAST LAUGH !!

‘FLORINE STETTHEIMER: Painting Poetry’
MAY 5 – SEPT 24, 2017
JEWISH MUSEUM, 1109 FIFTH AVE, NYC

see: FLORINE STETTHEIMER – JEWISH MUSEUM

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one of the most delightful surprises . . among a small treasure trove of . . DELIGHTS !!
came early on – in this jewel box of – an exhibit !!

in the introductory table / display case,
‘Twelve hand-painted fortune-telling cards from a set of twenty-five, c. 1885’ – (!!)
Watercolor on card
Florine Stettheimer papers, Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Columbia University in the City of New York.

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FLORINE . . was fourteen, when she painted these cards, probably for a family pastime.
The figures include a mixture of traditional Tarot images (time, death) and some
that suggest the artist’s own future: a young woman and an artist’s palette . . .”
~Jewish Museum display text

I’m thinking: you will take a trip ? / where am – I going . . in life ?

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turns out, she lived with her two sisters and their mother – her whole life !!
but they were not hermits – they had an incredible & brilliant salon revolving around them – all the time & they decamped to Europe frequently.

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though, she definitely was wondering . . about BOYS !!

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but . . that was not to be, or . . the full story – hasn’t been told !!

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her painter’s palette . . .

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held the key . . to her life !!

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the grim reaper !!
the ultimate – outsider !!
but, not always – the last word. nor, the last card.
turn it upside down, and it means: CHANGE !!

I found out, that she – FLORINE !!
asked for her artworks to be burned !! after her death. oh no.
she was so disappointed by the mainstream art world – oh lord, nothing much has changed !!
thankfully, one of her sisters saved the work and dispersed it among several prestigious library & university collections, and thus it has been saved – & – surely, slowly but surely . . . the times have finally caught up with her.

in truth, far from being a “lightweight feminine artist with a whimsical bent” – she was a true AMERICAN VISIONARY.

a magic realist. a symbolist. a surrealist. an observer.

a classic: insider-outsider !! of her time, and yet – way ahead.

this exhibit is a revelation: don’t miss it.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’LIKE OXYGEN’ . . MOUNTAIN, BUSHWICK / PIX FROM THE OPENING / & FLORINE STETTHEIMER opens at the JEWISH MUSEUM – this week !!

‘LIKE OXYGEN’ – where cutting edge TECH / info, questions & magic . . MERGE !!

SEEMS LIKE WE ALL NEED TO BREATHE IN – a LITTLE MAGIC, with . . the air / intake.

Magic Realism . . ?
and, I thought it was going to be an . . audio show, oh, yeah.

all I can say is:
LIVING ROOMS, then & now !!!!!
and, what’s a living room gallery – if not a ‘SALON’, anyways ?

‘LIKE OXYGEN’ . . at MOUNTAIN

if you could picture a museum quality show – in a Brooklyn living room, this would be it !!
with serious content, and an ambitious desire to communicate; this was an enticing & exacting (!!) invitation to explore . . the unknown, the archival, and the brand new.
all underground / all art scene . . forward !!

a perfect tiny storm !!

of huge intent !!

there was a lot to listen to, I would say I need to go back and really . . listen.
since artlovers is image-based, here’s a . . snapshot / visual impression.
in truth, I got carried away by the visuals, and even more distracted (!!) chatting up the young artists !!
but, from the snippets I did hear – I would say: definite worth a dedicated trip back, sometime soon.
count me – in: CURIOUS !!

note: you can schedule an appointment by emailing the gallery 24 hrs in advance / mountain.bushwick[at]gmail.com

read: more about the show & watch a video clip from the George Terry film / MOUNTAIN WEBSITE& don’t forget to download / check out the PRESS RELEASE – it has brief, but complete descriptions of all of the varied projects.

the show is up thru . . MAY 21st, 2017.

Pix from the Opening Reception, SAT APRIL 29, 2017 . . .

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ALLISON WADE, ‘Crystal Flowers Radio’, 2017.
the show starts off – real low fi / but . . low key, NOT !!

these were the pocket radios . . that held the seance . .
that Allison Wade set up – to communicate with the dead !!
and not just . . any dead !!
we are talking . . FLORINE STETTHEIMER !!

so that’s spooky, esp in light of all the new age tech going on, and not just because Ms. Wade’s West Side apt was supposedly the former home & salon of the fantabulist Florine, and she, Allison . .
held actual seances, shaman and all – to try to contact her or anybody in her glorious circle, recorded here,

but because . .
well, just maybe she – did !!

the FIRST MAJOR U.S. EXHIBIT – DEVOTED to Artist FLORINE STETTHEIMER – in over 20 years !!

OPENS – JUST THIS WEEK !! . . . MAY 5 – SEPT 24, 2017

at the JEWISH MUSEUM, here in NYC !!

see: ‘FLORINE STETTHEIMER: Painting Poetry’ at the JEWISH MUSEUM . . !!

I just caught the advance press preview yesterday / it’s an amazing little capsule exhibit.
which just goes to show, some artists, labelled outsiders, who for whatever reason – fly over everybodies heads – without garnering mainstream appreciation or critical recognition / have a way of coming back and . . biting everybody, & with a good dose of magic usually thrown in, for good measure, too.
decades . . on.
the exhibit, the work – is PURE MAGIC !! ON EVERY LEVEL !! ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING.

& t-o-t-a-l-l-y relevant – to the scene, today . . . LIVING ROOMS – and ALL !!!!!!!!

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ALLISON WADE, ‘CRYSTAL FLOWERS RADIO’, 2017

so, yeah . . I would say something quite magical, and not just just ‘sounds technical’ . . is going on – here !!
and, that’s also coming through, loud and clear – in this strange, besotted . . sound/sculpture/work !!

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ALLISON WADE, detail . . ‘CRYSTAL FLOWERS RADIO’.

see: ALLISON L. WADE – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

from the gallery description:
“Allison Wade presents a project about communing with the dead. After discovering that her Upper West Side apartment was once the former home and salon of painter/poet FLORINE STETTHEIMER, Wade has hired a shaman to communicate with potential spirits in the space (which based on the salon’s guest list could be anyone from DUCHAMP to O’KEEFE to STEIN). The audio recording of this shaman’s seance (normally broadcast from the artist’s apartment) will temporarily be broadcast via pirate radio from the gallery during the opening & on select days during the run of the exhibit.”

oh my . . . . . . !!
how
strangely the art cards – do play out . . . this season.

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the other visual stunner . .
was GEORGE TERRY’s short artist interview film: ‘You Can’t Go Home Again (version II)’, 2017.
that’s . . GEORGE TERRY, at center.
looking most . . dada-ist ? symbol-ist ? surreal-ist ?
and, not just . . Brooklyn hipster-ish / just joking (!!)
if, I don’t say so, myself. (!!)

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TRUDY BENSON.
yeah – there was even a SMOKE or FOG MACHINE, that initiated each interview / what could be more magical than that ?!!

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ADAM PARKER SMITH, sitting on a great quilt, btw.
all the artist interviews took place, in their own homes or studios, but at the exact same cinematic – angle & spatial / inset . . that was really, really good, as a purely visual narrative, never mind the words.
I could just so get / into that . . subtle shallow spatial, but extremely poetic / dynamic.

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ESPERANZA MAYOBRE . .

there was this great big old, comfy couch – placed against a wall so you could sit & view the film, which looped.
though the audio was a little hard to hear, in a room full of young artists !!
buzzing like the busy bees – they are !!
but, it was such a richly visual film, words almost didn’t matter.
or: next visit !!

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KATRINA FIMMEL.
just watching it go by – was so compelling. it was like a a river, it flowed . . so well.
it seems Mr. GEORGE TERRY – has a real a handle on the camera.
and, indeed: a truly meaningful / focus on . . cinematic s-p-a-c-e.

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KENDAL BENNETT.

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DAN ESTABROOK.

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GABRIELA GALVAN.

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GABRIELA SALAZAR.

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artist GABRIELA SALAZAR, with filmmaker GEORGE TERRY,
and yes, I do . . want to go back, and hear it !!

GEORGE TERRY: “is a sculptor, video, installation artist & curator. He was born in Lynchburg, VIRGINIA, and grew up in the BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS (!!) Terry received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, his MFA from RISD / Rhode Island School of Design . . .
He now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.”

see: GEORGE TERRY – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

wow, the BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS . .
home of my beloved hand-painted vintage Blue Ridge /Southern pottery, & many a fine & honest early, and vintage, rural Appalachian quilt / fiddle & banjo music roots, too.
that’s got to be some special place, to grow up in / though prob very hard scrabble – for an aspiring contemporary artist.
but obviously, something . . like magic – in that real ‘hillbilly’ mountain water !!
hillbilly, ha. just flying over everybodies heads, as usual.

gotta love that:
FLORINE STETTHEIMER, and . . HILLBILLY – in the same breath / must be . . the OXYGEN !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’LIKE OXYGEN’ . . MOUNTAIN, BUSHWICK / OPENS TO-NITE SAT

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‘LIKE OXYGEN’ – an exhibition about artist interviews . .
OPENS TO-NITE, SAT APRIL 29, 2017 / 7-10 PM
the show runs thru MAY 21, 2017

and features:
Bad at Sports
The Conversation
Like Riding a Bicycle
Sound & Vision
George Terry
Allison Wade

MOUNTAIN, founded in 2016 by MICHAEL FLEMING, is an artist-run apartment / living room / gallery
which is open to the public for opening receptions / special events.
otherwise, HRS are by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

MOUNTAIN, 284 SEIGEL ST, #1B, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.

read more: about this show / ‘LIKE OXYGEN’

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image via Instagram @mountain.bushwick

‘LIKE OXYGEN’ . .
“has dedicated podcast listening stations – with episodes curated by our friends at @badatsports, @artistpodcast (hosted by artist MICHAEL SHAW), and . . .@soundandvisionpodcast.
as well as, these beautifully crafted books . . .
“How Not What” by @hunterbw88, and @katie_hargrave_ aka Like Riding a Bicycle.”



~EMMANUEL LIMON . . ‘SIN COYOTE’ / DRESS SHOP GALLERY, BUSHWICK – opens to-nite FRI APRIL 28

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image via Instagram @dresshopgallery
@dressshopgallery: EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE!
#glock #sacredheart #leather #metal #art #emanuellimon #mexican #jesus #hellbentheavensent #lucid

also, check out: EMMANUEL LIMON / @awkwardchopper on Instagram

‘SIN COYOTE’ – ‘WITHOUT A GUIDE’

EMMANUEL LIMON . . . “SIN COYOTE”
OPENS TO-NITE, FRI APRIL 28, 2017 / 6 – 9 PM
the show runs thru JUNE 10, 2017
DRESS SHOP GALLERY, 322 TROUTMAN ST, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN
note: apart from the opening to-nite – gallery hrs are by appointment only
for more info & photos, see: DRESS SHOP GALLERY on Facebook

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~JERRY BLACKMAN . . ‘Undone Yin Yang’ / Cuchifritos

quelle . . brute !!!!!!

JERRY BLACKMAN: ‘UNDONE YIN YANG’
curated by . . BRIGITTE MULHOLLAND
opened WED APRIL 19, 2017
and runs thru SUN MAY 21, 2017
CUCHIFRITOS, a program of ARTISTS ALLIANCE INC, 120 ESSEXST, NYC
HRS: TUES-SUN / NOON-6PM / or by appointment

read more: JERRY BLACKMAN / Undone Yin Yang – CUCHIFRITOS

PIX FROM – THE OPENING:

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JERRY checks his phone, center.
I’ve been following this guy for a long time now, maybe even a decade ?
hard to believe. he’s had his ups & downs, so he’s already a seasoned player, and a determined one – at that.
always very interesting, and . . he’s a great curator, too.

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JERRY BLACKMAN presents a new body of work, and I do mean . . body !!
as in concrete & . . brute !!

CUCHIFRITOS . . does deserve some mention here, with regard to unconventional . . POP-UPS !!
they were an early pop-up / that became permanent. innovative & set apart from the pack by locale / the gallery / project space is located smack dab in the midst of a bustling Lower East Side indoor street market, on Essex Street, just off Delancey.
on the Lower East Side.

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BRIGITTE MULHOLLAND . . did a great job of curating a show of ‘mean-sized’ works – in this small space, for Jerry.
you can read a little more about her, here: CUCHIFRITOS
LOVE that her MA in Art History from HUNTER cOLLEGE, was on . . ‘Spirituality in the work of JACKSON POLLOCK’. (!!)

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RAFAEL ROZENDAAL, and AUSTIN LEE.

AUSTIN LEE . . had that great / pink ghostly / austere / dreamy portrait of a girl’s face – at the sweet, yet cutting edge, ‘DRAWING ISLAND’ survey show at THE JOURNAL GALLERY recently.

I’m not familiar with RAFAEL ROZENDAAL’S work, so it was fun to google him: NewRafael.com
I have to say . . eggalone.com – hit the spot !!
CGI animation – never fails to amaze / see: DOUBLE NEVER – NEW RAFAEL ROZENDAAL

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LAUREN SEIDEN, is a friend of Kate’s, and we have posted photos from an early group show / see: SHADOWS THRU A PRISM – NOV 30, 2012
where you will see some (now) familiar faces, incl: NICHOLAS STEINDORF, JAMES MILLER & CHRIS WATTS (!!)
& check out: LAUREN SEIDEN PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

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painter HEIDI HAHN
see: HEIDI HAHN portfolio website

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JERRY BLACKMAN . . plaster, pigments, latex, steel.
cyclical, yet striking me as, very . . stubborn & contrarian ?
a rough-hewn poem.

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JERRY BLACKMAN . . almost painting, ALBEIT WITH . . BRUTE FORCE !!

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I really did like these works on paper, there were several sets on view.

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JERRY BLACKMAN, Graphite on paper in artist’s frame / made of reclaimed wood.
more black magic, than brute !!
that thin waver of illusion, destroyer of ‘objective’ . . observation / yet a mirror, unto the reflective soul.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~NICHOLAS MOENICH . . ‘PLEASE MR. POSTMAN’ / ESSEX FLOWERS & incl misc. ref to: TOM SACHS, KATE & SNOOPY

BOO! . . GOTCHA !!

micro pop-up / at ESSEX FLOWERS !!

focusing in on, . . . SENDING A MESSAGE ??
on the small scale, free-form curatorial projects popping up across – the city, right now.
including the faux subversive / disrupter adverts – placed into bus shelter ad frames !!

social media & web archiving – are helping these kinds of projects to . . get around.
where you once had huge scale ‘land art’ – in the remote desert / rebels, you now have small scale unconventional space ‘urban’ – art projects / rebels !!

it’s one way to deal with the cost of real estate vs. the huge wave of creativity . . . in an expensive, but creatively expansive . . city / urban hub.

WON EH . .
is the nomme de guerre of NICHOLAS MOENICH’S Brooklyn apartment/ living room project / curatorial space, which he runs with fellow artist LAUREN CLAY.
and yes, the show’s title does reference the Beatles song !!
“Please, please Mr. Postman, look and see, see if there’s a let-ter in your bag, for me ?”
sweet, lyrical touch – esp for those of us who hear sound tracks in our head – at any given moment.

WON EH guest curates . ‘PLEASE MR. POSTMAN’
feat: MORGAN BLAIR, KARI CHOLNOKY, BENNY MERRIS, TRACY MOLIS, THOMAS SPOERDLE

ESSEX FLOWERS mailbox / 19 Monroe St, Chinatown
the pop-up site specific work opened – SUN, APRIL 16, 2017 & is currently still – ongoing, for public viewing.
but, ps: you need to ask a someone in the gallery to open the mailbox – with their key !!
so you have to go gallery hrs / weekends are good.

or: like us . . you can follow along on that micro mother of-all media channels / MOAB, ooops I mean >> MOAC !!
. . Instagram.

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NICHOLAS MOENICH – measures the site . . .
image via @essexflowers

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the show – is installed.
dig . . that WOOD FLOOR !!!!
and that tiny, but apparently working (?) ceiling .. light fixture – ha.
did anybody else ever read ‘THE BORROWERS’ when they were a kid ?
image via @won_eh

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BENNY MERRIS, ‘An Other Another 88’.
image via @won_eh

all the artworks, except for the KARI CHOLNOKY ‘keychain’ / are small scale photo – reproductions of larger originals / ‘digital prints mounted to museum board’.

& according to a DM dialog I had with NICHOLAS MOENICH:
“Mr. Postman was very un-surprised about the tiny exhibit. A true New Yorker.
We just had to make a small change so he could open the box to deliver all the mail.”

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TRACY MOLIS, ‘Untitled (Griffin)’, 2015. acrylic on panel.
image via @won_eh

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MORGAN BLAIR, ‘Stuffed Cartoon Woodchuck at Church Yard Sale Sees The Future Through a Crack in The Patriarchy’s Palm; What Happens Next Will Leave You Wondering How They Fit All That Cheese in There!’, 2016.
the original is acrylic on canvas over panel, 12 x 12 in.
image via @won_eh

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THOMAS SPOERDLE, DHF / ‘Foursquare: Extrovert’, 2016.
the original is acrylic, enamel & graphite on canvas, 44 x 40 in.
image via @won_eh

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KARI CHOLNOKY, ‘Keychain hang’.
Kari Cholnoky has larger works (!!) currently on exhibit at . . WON-EH / the curatorial/artist residency – Nicholas Moenich & Lauren Clay run in their Brooklyn apt – living room / 467 TROUTMAN ST, #1A, Brooklyn.

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see: WON_EH

& FILE UNDER: HAD TO . . L-A-U-G-H !!

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I had to laugh: because, not only do I collect . . ‘miniatures’ !!
but I even have a few of those tomato red 99 cent store measuring tapes – which Nicholas Moenich holds up – in that first photo !!

and, you can even see . . some of my ‘micro art’ / buying’:

yes, that’s a TOM SACHS masking tape I bought for a pittance, at Printed Matter years & years ago, and there is also his trade marked ‘screw driver’, on top of it, but not easy to see, here.

the small photograph-sized acrylic paintings, on 4 x 4 in. mini-stretched canvases – are by my daughter, KATE CERIGO – back from when she was a student, at Laguardia High School.

ok, yeah. I also collect vintage doll house furniture & anything . . . SNOOPY !!

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in fact, that SNOOPY vintage toy, also has a ‘mini’ . . slideshow running in the back – of its head !!
ah, how do you get the bread into the toaster / the eternal question !!

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you change the image – by pulling on one of the ears !!

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this one is just for . . . NICHOLAS MOENICH !! BOO !! – GOTCHA !!

hey, hey, Mr. Postman, look & see – got something in my mailbag, just for . . THE_E !!

PHOTOS of my miniatures / micro art collection: NANCY SMITH



~JAMES MILLER . . MEYOHAS / INDEPENDENT, BRUSSELS

SARAH MEYOHAS . .
is presenting some new JAMES MILLER paintings, at her booth at the Independent art fair,
in Brussels this weekend / APRIL 19 – 23, 2017.
and they look . . awesome.

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SARAH . . . posted this photo to Instagram, yesterday.
photo via Instagram @sarahmeyohas

I’ve known James for quite a while now, ever since his first year at the Yale MFA graduate program, Open Studios – Spring 2013.
I did make his recent one man debut show at MEYOHAS GALLERY, this past DEC 2, 2016.

‘JAMES MILLER: PAINTINGS’
opened DEC 2, 2016 and ran thru JAN 22, 2017
MEYOHAS, 181 East 90th St, UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC

MEYOHAS . . .
is also an artist-run gallery / project space in an apartment living room – except it’s more like the spare apt across the hall. located in a posh doorman building, it’s got a very ambitious agenda, which is the important element . . and, as per the state of affairs for indie galleries now, it’s open to the public the night of the opening, but by appointment only, for the rest of the exhibit.
going there is is quite ‘trippy’ in it’s own way.

don’t tell me the underground art scene in NYC, ain’t the coolest playground there is . . right now !!

you got a living room – you’re in !!

PIX – FROM THE JAMES MILLER OPENING – FRI DEC 2, 2016.

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entering the gallery, just another ‘trippy’ living room – on the indie underground, NYC spectrum.

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JAMES MILLER, with new work on canvas, behind him – at the opening.

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artist SARAH MEYOHAS runs this space, from her home.

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NICHOLAS MOENICH and LAUREN CLAY.
they also run a project space / artist residency . . out of their living room, in Brooklyn.

NICHOLAS MOENICH is the curator – who gave us that super ‘trippy’ mushroom show at Helper – last Fall.
and talking about small spaces, he has a small group show he curated – exhibiting in the mailbox at ESSEX FLOWERS, right now.
and actually, it’s quite brilliant.
so, yeah – that’s the spectrum of the NYC underground art scene right now – wild.
with pent-up indie freedom, is all I can say.

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LANCE MARCHEL and NATE FLAGG.

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JAMES MILLER canvas.
fade – away, done right.

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JAMES MILLER, paint on canvas: minimalist – talk to me !!

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JAMES MILLER, painting.
changing gears, luminous.

see: JAMES MILLER – INTRO / MEYOHUS

see: installation shots / ‘JAMES MILLER: PAINTINGS’ / MEYOHAS

PHOTOS FROM THE OPENING: NANCY SMITH



~SURREALIST DINNER . . at SELENA

while we are on . . .
on the subject of . . . “I’m such a misfit, how will I ever fit in ?” (!!!)

I went to a SURREALIST DINNER !!
a weekend or so ago, Sun April 9, 2017 / at . . SELENA, in BUSHWICK.
since co-incidentaly it was also my birthday . . maybe life has caught up to me,
or vice versa. not quite sure.

SELENA GALLERY . . is an artist-run space, co-founded / co-run by OLIVIA SWIDER and ANJULI RATHOD, located in the front room / living room of Olivia’s walk-up apt in Bushwick, in Brooklyn / 37 Troutman St #3, just off the J train.
like so many new & ambitious spaces popping up, the flip side of truly indie . . is that exhibitions are on full view for the openings only, and thereafter by appointment – only. I think it’s worth the trade-off.
most def !!
the gallery’s stated mission is a dedication . . “to exhibiting artists of color.”
hey, is there a color for . . misfit, outsider, big mouth, bridge burner, lives inside my head, etc etc ?

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I do like their logo.
seems like there could be room – to maneuver, manipulate, threaten, and d-i-s-r-u-p-t !!
despite the regulations / I mean, those are . . . forked snake tongues ??
break the damn rules, is there a color for . . that ?
though in the big sad picture, I most def – get !! where they are coming from.

see: SELENA GALLERY

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MICHAEL FLEMING . . of MOUNTAIN, also an artist-run / living-room-in-my-apt gallery in Brooklyn, which turns out to be, quite a serious incubator btw, helped cook the dinner.

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OLIVIA SWIDER, co-founder of SELENA.
Olivia is . . Mexican Polish / now that’s an interesting romance, her parents must have had.

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ANJULI RATHOD, co-founder of SELENA.

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ALAN FLEMING, rock on !!

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STEPHANIE MACEIRAS, you too !!

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NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . center, looking like a surrealist . . Pharaoh !!
yeah, that . . . Nicholas Steindorf. who recently re-created the virtual digital / archival version of ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’ / for . . JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET & his Paris-based web project VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER !!

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all the food was based on a cookbook by SALVADOR DALI.
and apparently it was quite obscure, in parts, too. one can only, imagine.

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amazing footage screened on the wall just above our heads, surrealist film by the apparently legendary, stop animation artists, the twin bros. known as the THE BROTHERS QUAY.

new to me, & m-e-s-m-e-r-i-z-i-n-g.
the art world is just so impossibly huge, INFINITE. and wonderful.
‘IT’S LIKE OXYGEN’ / next show at MOUNTAIN.
infinite, just like the digital / online web.
maybe that’s why ‘online’ – is such a great medium for artists & why they are thriving, right now.
when politics go south, artists, go: high.
art of the absolute present, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC.
24 hr surveillance, and 24 hr streams on home page / gallery pages. JEFFREY STARK.
contemporary art, modern art, new wave art. new age art. primitive tribe art. pseudo-art. secondary market art, mainstream, underground, & art history / folk art, ‘fine’ art, black art, street art. insider art, outsider art / feminist art, Black Panther woodblock print art, communist era woodblock prints, OBEY.
island art. souvenir art. billboard art. earth art, land art. SPIRAL GETTY. TROUBLEMAKERS. MARFA.
intervention public art. ABE LINCOLN, Jr. / urban abandoned building / subway art. SEAN VEGEZZI.
Burning Man, Native American arts. re-claimed rural art, found art. QUILTS.
new age ceramics, tattoos. even, pigeon art. bee hives & honey. ENLIGHTENMENT.
hobo art, riding the trains, vagabond art. whittling. whimsies.
vintage graphics, retro anything. mid-century modern. all things: DESIGN. and SCIENCE, invisible nano particles,
but esp NASA diagrams. which depend on a lot of imagination, btw.
etc etc / & now also: digital art, video clips YouTube. deleted viral death / crime livestream FB. photo-realism, docs. CGI, virtual imaginary & virtual reality art, post-computer graphic arts, etc etc. fonts. infinite fonts & hand lettering, script. FAUST.
comic book art. illustration. illuminated medieval prayer books. Group of Seven, cowboy art, decorative arts.
‘WHAT DOES STEVIE WONDER’ by NATHAN BELL, opening at Subliminal Projects in LA, next week.
the multi-layered universe of INSTAGRAM.
the secret life of SHROOMS. & the cult of growing fungus in soil. NICHOLAS MOENICH.
JIM JOE. German expressionist MAX BECKMANN at the MET.
EAT THE LEAF . . the earth mother of all bronze pendants.

no wonder it’s spilling out – into people’s living rooms !!

see: QUAY BROTHERS

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well, if . . Surrealism had a designated color, it would have to be illuminated / neon RED.

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I was just wondering – when surrealism was going to raise its head, again.
for real, ever since I saw . . ‘DRAWING SURREALISM’, at the Pierpont Morgan Library, Jan 25 – April 21, 2013 !!

check out: ‘DRAWING SURREALISM’ – THE MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM

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it was funny, how the street scene outside, looking down, from Selena’s big front window terrace – was just so . . innocent.

and, just because:
it’s just so easy to overlook, that most of these far-out, on the underground frontier fer sure . . indie galleries (and ‘blogs’ by the way) are run by . . ARTISTS !!!

check out:

ANJULI RATHOD . . PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

OLIVIA SWIDER . . PORTFOLIO

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OLIVIA SWINDER, ‘HELLO, LIAR’ . . !!!

love it, another textile artist !! just joking.
I mean . . . DIS-RUPTER ARTIST !!
wow, I’m with you on that message, OLIVIA !!

ALL YOU LOSERS, OUT THERE, wipe yourselves, off. change the channel.
get with the program / think creative. re-claim. re-purpose. re-think. re-search. re-spect.



~’UNDER THE VOLCANO’ . . my work !!

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that’s my work to the left, and those are Simon’s small minimalist / punk canvases, the 3 pieces on the right.
screen grab, see: ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’
NICHOLAS STEINDORF: WALK-THROUGH CLIP – on YouTube
the first ‘historic’ rendition . . of a pop-up show on 80s art – now recreated on . .
hit: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER

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NANCY SMITH, ‘Self Portrait’, 1985. Tarot card series. charcoal drawing, 38 x 30 in.

I couldn’t figure out the impulse behind these drawings, until much later . .
it wasn’t so much about telling the future – how will your life unfold ?
but more, it was a sense of some powerful inner ‘radar’ . . .
of being able to divine, not the future of people’s lives, but more, in the realm of pure art / being able to ‘scout’ out talent, from its earliest manifestations, as it rose up, in the swirling unknown – of the hard-core . . ‘underground’.
& therefore: under the volcano / off the grid / not on the map.

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NANCY SMITH, ‘Mirror, Mirror’, 1985. Tarot card series. charcoal drawing, 38 x 50 in.

it was a very inward, magical process. my drawing wasn’t a narrative . . about what was going on around me, but more: wtf was I doing here, in NYC ?
I didn’t fit in, I was kind of a outcast. I had no voice, no presence, no power – except this invisible nascent power of ‘radar’ – that I felt within, and which mystified – the hell out of me.
at the time, Medieval Italian Tarot decks, and 18th C. Edo period Japan – were a big solace & source of inspiration.

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it was both a charmed & demonic / confusing time.
my inner life refused to submit to the standard art world . . forces.

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but, somehow in the depths of it all, my drawings always spoke back to me . . with laughter. and mirth. so . . I kept on going !!

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NANCY SMITH, ‘Seer’s Vase’ watercolor on paper, 18 x 24 in. ca. early 1990’s.

the show’s curators, KATE & THEO CERIGO, also included a few of my framed watercolors in the show. god knows – they totally got them / having lived with them, all their sweet, young lives . . .
same story, what was going on . . . o-u-t there ??
how . . did I fit in ?
how to explain the visions, the vibes, the creativity ?
if you think about, what you know about – art in the Lower East Side from that period, you can see what a strange character – I was. it was the season of the Pictures generation, photographs, & realism . . abounded.
and I was trying to express in paint and charcoal . . what I was not even sure of . . myself !! trying to uncover some magic stone within me.
trying to divine a path for myself / & find a voice . . to follow.

let’s raise a glass to . . mystical realism !!
we are heading deep into the looking glass / of Magical . . . thinking !!

right under – the volcano / it’s not any other standard variety / museum-certifed 80s artist – that I see / brought to life on – this most cutting edge of artists’ web sites: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER !!

never recognized by the mainstream – in the mad swirl of the Lower East Side 80s / a key player in WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, in the tail end of the first web tech digital frontier 90s, but still (!!) not recognized / as an artist in my own right.
exploited for my radar on artnet (2002-04) & STILL not recognized as an artist in my own right . . . ?!!!!

it seems it took almost a lifetime, to find my art – recognized & preserved in . . what else ? the vision of the future !!
aka . . VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER, out of Paris /
thank you, JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET.
& NICHOLAS STEINDORF, here . . in NYC who put it – to form / himself part of the new wave of young artists invigorating the underground scene this decade, & which somehow, finally gets that my radar & my art – are one and the same.
of course, it would the newest wave, coming to rescue me from the sorry neglect – of my so-called peers.

just goes to show:
what comes around, goes around ?
lol, Nicholas Steindorf who walked into my life, because Kate was looking for a roommate – in Brooklyn, and shook that mundane glass ball, called Craig’s List.
and so the world, my world . . . turned upright – finally.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, unless otherwise noted.



~’UNDER THE VOLCANO’ . . NICHOLAS STEINDORF walk-through / feat. NANCY SMITH / DAN ASHER / SIMON CERIGO

so, all you losers who missed the link, or didn’t have . . 5 crummy minutes to see what I’m a talking about !!
Lordy, why do I even, . . BOTHER !!!!!!

NICHOLAS STEINDORF made a short summary / walk-though of ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ / the digital interactive ‘game’ . .
that re-constructs our 2015 pop-up show !!
on the amazing & very futuristic, global-minded . . VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER platform.

it’s so great, and gritty. it has a fantastic soundtrack, you missed it ?
here’s your second chance !!

see: ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ walk-through – by NICHOLAS STEINDORF / YouTube.

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it’s a video game, you know ?????
except, instead of chasing terrorists in NYC, or gang auto theft in LA, you are looking at historical art / from the incubator Lower East Side in the 80s / in a storefront – on the Bowery & Delancey, in the summer of 2015 !!!
first, Nicholas sets the stage.

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yeah. . a pop-up, pretty much on the corner of . . DELANCEY & THE BOWERY !!

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NICHOLAS is great with the telling detail. detail, detail, details !!
and, so f-u-n-n-y.
what else to expect from the creator of the – notorious / digital ZACH series,
DIG !! those garbage bags, and the fallen . . traffic cones.
yes, this must be: NEW YORK CITY !!
that’s our show, as it really was, at the center / behind those stereo-typical NYC green construction / ordinance wood panels / & those are our posters, plastered to them !!

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come inside !!!!!
DAN ASHER on the left, and NANCY SMITH on the right . . beckon: come in.
ah, those c-r-a-z-y live wires . . of the 80s art scene / how we miss ’em !!!
they knew . . EVERYBODY !!
and they had an opinion, on everyone, too.
no-holds barred. hard-core. but dammit: BEAUTIFUL.
‘RASTA’ . . at heart !!

SIMON on the other hand, was more reticent with the criticism, (in public !!)
but . . more free-flowing with the gossip !!
after all, he wanted to get into every party, and I mean every p-a-r-t-y.
it wasn’t a par-tay, if Simon wasn’t there, that’s . . fer sure.

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that’s my baby blue paint, pregnant with baby Kate, gypsy sprite . . on paper at the right, tambourine & all.
I didn’t know it then, but I was a ‘dancer’ – on the tip of the volcano’s edge !!
on the left-hand side, are our brief bios – provided by the curators: KATE & THEO CERIGO.
Simon and mine . . artist kids, by any definition / straight-up from the crucible, Rivington & the Bowery.
and Dan ? Dan . . was like their crotchety old uncle.
spoiling them with sushi, and millions of quarters falling out of his pockets, when he was in the money.
giving them sober life lessons, that they never forgot: when he was down & . . broke.

to think, the ghost of DAN ASHER gets to gaze at my paintings & drawings . . FOR_EVER.
if they were only 2 people, who liked my work in this dumb town, and got it: it was Simon & Dan.
who needs the – masses ?!!!!!
with those 2 . . on-board !!

in a digital universe – there is no death !!
there is no FADE-AWAY.
all – is INFINITE !!
the future – IS THE PAST !!
& THE MATRIX – takes on MORE meaning / when the ‘past’ can get . . a second LIFE !!

if you want to see more !!: ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ – WALK-THROUGH by NICHOLAS STEINDORF / on YouTube / approx 5 mins.

to get the entire FREE INTERACTIVE DOWNLOAD: go to . . VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER / 1.1 / 26.01.2017



~’UNDER THE VOLCANO’ . . recreated by VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER / incl passing reference to RICHARD HAMBLETON aka SHADOWMAN

LONG LIVE – THE HARDCORE UNDERGROUND !!

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’ . . .

was a look-back . . at a slice of the ‘unpublished’ 80s art scene / when the Lower East Side was in its glory days – and when the raging creativity of that era – was at its height, with many of the forces bubbling just underneath the crust, that made that scene so vibrant, still to be acknowledged – by the mainstream record, even today.

in fact, a lot of big powerful dialog, a lot of singular & stubborn art making, and a lot of hustling just to survive, took place right under the ‘cusp’ of that era’s current mainstream recognition / and which might, & mighty ironically . . actually account for its deep-set dynamic – which seems to speaking, in capital letters (!!) to a whole new generation of young artists today – these are 3 artists, whose work is profiled in ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’, are just starting to breakthrough / that tough, top layer of volcanic crust.

of the 3 artists profiled, only one is still around to tell the tale, and that would be: me.

all three of us, very, very different artists, but each in his own way; stubborn and unique, visionaries, hustlers, scenesters, foot soldiers, in a word: art world samurai . . . moved through the scene with great activity and passion . . fueling the emerging scene from within, if not exactly bursting through the top of the crusty mainstream, but lending much credibility to the ones – who did.

we raged on, just below the surface with a singular dog-stubborn, inward indie drive – that still, and maybe even apparently more so / resonates today, and hence . . the show’s title.

the show’s formal curators, THEO & KATE CERIGO, brother and sister, (and children to me & Simon) grew up in the epicenter of the Lower East Side ‘volcano’, in an improvised storefront studio/home smack down . . right in the center of the action, on the corner of Rivington & the Bowery. filled to the primal brim, with not only their parent’s art, but pretty much all of the art, and at its earliest manifestations, that would go on to define the era: Basquiat, Haring, Mariko Mori, Walter Robinson, Jack Goldstein, to name just a few. they, Kate and Theo ran around at many a legendary opening – as toddlers, without quite realizing until maybe high school, what legends they had flitted & played among.

there was a huge cardboard refrigerator box scrawled with an early white chalk angel by KEITH HARING in one corner, and an early Medicine Cabinet canvas by WALTER ROBINSON hanging over the kitchen table, in the make-shift kitchen.

we had originally sublet the storefront in early 1987 from RICHARD HAMBELTON, aka the Shadowman . . who took our rent money but never paid the landlord, and who ran threatening crack-fueled circles around us in the streets, on his small frame bike, while he pimped his girlfriend Bonnie, in black fishnet stockings, a block away on Chrystie St.

but then again, there was the infinitely more talented, and perhaps more tragic BASQUIAT, always stopping to say hello in the local bodega, and who signed exhibition posters for them, that we would be able to go on & sell for thousands, to put food on the table.
it was one hell of a rough and wild, crazy scene.

I remember our horror, when upon bumping into a young JIM JARMUSCH one day, with his huge pompadour hair, 4 yr old Theo inquired of him: “are you a nerd ?”.
and so it went, non-stop.

NICHOLAS STEINDORF, who helped curate & shape the ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ pop-up, [and fast forward to NOW: was to go on, 2 years later, to produce the archival / digital re-creation – that VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER just released], is a friend of Kate’s, who stumbled into each other through a Craig’s List inquiry for a roommate (!!) in Brooklyn.

Nicholas, who had studied art in Chicago, before coming to base himself in New York, and who later went on to achieve his MFA from YALE, is actually one of the very few, if not the ONLY, one of his ‘new wave’ generation / to have actually met Simon, through Kate. Dan was already gone, and therefore Nicholas got to experience in person, the vast oral Lower East Side history – that resided in Simon’s hard partying . . head.
and he also got to see the his art, and Dan’s, and mine – that had up til then / pretty much been stored away.

and it was Nicholas who pretty much said: Kate & Theo, get this work – out there !!
and, this is a tale . . for the telling.

in fact, thinking about it, as I write this, I do think that it was partly his thirst for art history, but more, his having growing up in the cultural ‘backwaters’ of Wisconsin / as opposed to the rich insider ‘Volcano’ life Kate & Theo experienced, that was in key to this whole project, taking shape and getting off the ground.

apparently – in art, just like in science . . when the forces of the outsider – intersect with the insider elements: a great chemistry – is born.

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the card for the show:
archival photo: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH, NYC, Tribeca. ca. 1981.

long live the hardcore !!

long live the underground !!

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ – a raging & ripping, pop-up show of underground Lower East Side 80s art – was curated by KATE & THEO CERIGO, with inspired input – from NICHOLAS STEINDORF.
running for the weekend of June 6-7 in 2015, in an empty storefront on The Bowery just south of Delancey . . the opening reception on Sat June 6 . . . was packed !!
all new faces, all young artists !!

and now, it lives on, digitally !!

NICHOLAS STEINDORF, has teamed up with the young Paris-based artist JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET, to re-create the show / in a digital format on Jean-Baptiste’s . . interactive artists’ web/game online platform: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER.

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ – has the honor of being the FIRST archival re-creation of an exhibit – on the site.

you can enter the show, and walk around it, as it was built-up from archival photographs,

LADIES & GENTLEMEN . . welcome to the interactive archive of the . . FUTURE !!

to get your free DOWNLOAD: go to VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER & HIT – 26.01.2017 VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER 1.1 / under ‘NEWS’

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you can see a brief background & history of the ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ digital recreation / also on VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER.
click here: for background / ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ !!

as well,

NICHOLAS STEINDORF has just posted a short virtual walk-through (!!) – of the ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ . . re-creation / VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER . . . on YouTube !!

click here: ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ – walk-through / on YouTube . . !!

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first, you arrive at . . the BOWERY, JUNE 6, 2015 !!
that’s the storefront / under renovation . . the green wall, with the ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ posters on it.

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then, you enter the show !!
ps: there is an amazing . . sound track – through-out.

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notes about the exhibit – pop-up !!

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the . . GHOST – of DAN ASHER !!

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‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ – comes to life, – as you stroll by – in virtual reality !!

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at some point, through the infinite power of the digital universe . .
NICHOLAS STEINDORF & JEAN BAPTISTE LENGLET . . were able to add a virtual annex or ‘basement’ that was not available in the real world show – in which additional works are showcased !!

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’ . . is now global & web – infinite.
archived for-ever !!
so, unbelievable.
who would have thought . . back on the Bowery – in the 80s ?!!
web . . wasn’t even a word, unless you were talking about . . spiders.



~UNDER THE VOLCANO . . then & now / w JOE BRADLEY & feat: SIMON CERIGO & VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER

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WHERE THE UNDERGROUND FIRES . . rage.

I’m not so much interested any longer in those artists I’ve known, that are becoming ‘successful’, or even ‘junior’ hugely successful in the mainstream, like the two I just posted: STERLING RUBY, and MICHAEL WILLIAMS, because by this time, usually a decade has passed – and it’s game over for me. it’s old news, and it’s priced so far out of the ball park, as to be purely a commercial, or foreign venture.
plus, so much other new stuff is going on, ripping up from the bottom, with that’s far-out new & compelling – and wanting to be . . engaged with & . . discovered.

not only that, but most certainly to my mind, most of this critic/institutional curator-certified & big gallery-branded work, has powered down, ebbed out. bleed out, lost something in the climb.

what I’m really saying when I post those oldie but goodies, is: I own . . some bragging rights.
I can knock the very first photo down on the table, like the winning ace of spades, and say . . not only was I there, but I called it. and sometimes I even own it / perhaps only a small piece of the action / but at that point, it’s still going up by $2 or $5 thousand a pop. not bad, for a lowly street call.

but, if you are talking about ‘flame’ as in ‘fire’ – it’s the raw depths of the underground, that call to me.

and, it’s not just the newbies spiraling around the volcano’s inner void, that call out.
it’s all the hardcore, driven striver / hustler artists who ‘will’ to prevail, who rise and bubble, stumble and regain a higher perch, hopefully to one day boil up and get spit out – into security and history – that are the most exciting to me. I don’t care too much for credentials. I want the juice.
you know, the ‘naturals’, the ‘insiders’, the visionaries, the goddamn stubborn . . freaks.
and obviously I’m not alone, or you would not be reading this.

there’s just something awesome magic, powerful . . about being holed-up in the deep dark fire-y guts of that volcano, a Dante’s hell of ride, if there ever was one, with just as many circles and permutations, that forges the hardcore hardest of the rotters – who will themselves to prevail, who won’t stop, won’t take no for an answer, who change and mutate, and will not be denied, at least creatively . . that do eventually come to flower, in the land of . . myth.
you know, like . . Memphis.
is – to song writers

and that’s so so so !!
my own little backyard, whether I like it or not. that’s where I lie, those are the cards I got dealt . . . for whatever reason, but just like every other hardcore striver, I’m just waiting, waiting . . to blow the lid off the game, and say hey: by the way.
the last laugh – c’est moi. whether I flame out, or flame up – no diff. I’m damn well playing poker – with that deck of cards.
it’s the only slogan to live for / when you run wild & true / just below the commercial scene / in the pit of volcano – that harsh sea of tossing flame.
“touchdown in the land of the delta blues, in the middle of a pouring rain.”

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JOE BRADLEY, wood sculpture. Edition of 4 + 1 AP. GAGOSIAN GALLERY uptown NYC, April 2 – May 3, 2016.
PHOTO: COURTESY GAGOSIAN GALLERY.
even among the heavy hitters, it gets brutal, til there is only – one man standing.
JOE BRADLEY is about the only one of the new super stars – to still hold my attention.

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the poster for our pop-up show, ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’.
the show ran June 6-7, in the summer of 2015, in an empty storefront in Chinatown, right on the Bowery.
curated by KATE & THEO CERIGO, it captured the imagination of a new wave of artists.
based on a newspaper piece by SIMON CERIGO, thecollage features an early photo of the 3 of us, Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher at center, and myself, Nancy Smith, NYC. Tribeca. ca. 1981.
and a young ALLEN GINSBURG at the top.
PHOTO: of the Poster on the Bowery storefront – NANCY SMITH

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hanging the show, archival photo: NANCY SMITH
that’s THEO CERIGO at the right, and NICHOLAS STEINDORF at the left.
those are my pieces – going up on the wall.
NICHOLAS would go on to play a major role, in the recent past few months of 2016/17 . . in working with
Paris-based JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET . . to digitally re-create the show for Jean-Baptiste’s VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER /
an online artists’ interactive digital ‘game’ platform.

it is free to download, go to . . . VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER
where, you will find ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ . . . under: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER 1.1.

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JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET / @virtualdreamcenter . . .
has just started posting to Instagram – images from the archival re-creation.
it is shown in the actual ‘kinetic’ format, or flow – as you move through the re-constructed digital space.

this is the 1986 Artforum, that SIMON turned into his scribbled diary – and, on whose page deep inside,
co-curator KATE CERIGO, and Simon’s daughter . . found his seemingly heartfelt inscription, “under the volcano”.
the namesake movie had just come out.
Simon obviously resonated with it’s dark themes, just as many young artists today, apparently find his free-for-all, yet poetic 80s imagery, both inspiring, and historic, even though he was totally unrecognized, in his own time.
Simon Cerigo, (1952-2013) definitely lived the life, of the Lower East Side gadfly in its 80s/90s heyday.
an indie gallerist for a brief few years, he was an avid collector with a golden eye, who depended on his street smarts & art flipping to feed his young family, and who in so doing, set many a career on their way.
he was a true ‘flaneur’- who also liked to party down hard.
he was also a artist, which not too many knew, or would give him credit for.

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SIMON is just having his voice – heard now.
be stubborn, brave & strong, my dedicated young artists.
pages from his Artforum journal are found in the menu/index of . . VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER.

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SIMON CERIGO, the ‘clown’ on the hill.

all 3 images above via Instagram @virtualdreamcenter

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SIMON CERIGO, newspaper piece. undated, (1980’s). paint, pen or pencil, on a New York Times newsprint page.
from my collection, PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

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SIMON CERIGO . . probably holds the record for going to the most openings, on a weekly basis, for years.
actually, for . . decades, ever since arriving in NYC, from Montreal, in the early 80s.
he also was known as the art scene’s biggest & best . . party crasher, as well as being, the life of any party.
Flaneur . . was not a title – he took lightly.
born in Greece, he loved to wear sunglasses that made him look like the famous Greek ship builder, Onassis.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH. Chelsea, NYC. Sept 2010.