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

~TAYLOR McKIMENS . . ‘GET NUDE GET DRAWN’ !! !! / THE OTHER ART FAIR – RYAN STANIER, FOUNDER & GM

NERD ALERT !!!
JUST IN – THE MODELLING TIME SLOTS – ARE FILLING UP . . FAST !!
GET YOURS NOW / email: getnudegetdrawn@gmail.com

closing party: SUN NOV 10 / 3:30 PM

#getnudegetdrawn

one of my very fav, fav NYC artists . . . TAYLOR McKIMENS,
who I’ve known since – something like 2002 /
will be part of the incredible line-up of artists, who will draw you – if you get NAKED !!

in the marathon ‘GET NUDE GET DRAWN’ pop-up . . .
curated by . . . JOSH COCHRAN & MIKE PERRY

at . . THE OTHER ART FAIR !!!
this weekend / NOV 8, 9, 10 / 2019.
BROOKLYN EXPO CENTER, 72 NOBLE ST., BROOKLYN, NY 11222

plus: each artist who draws you – will give you a free sketch / that he does of you !!
the others – go up for sale at $20 / a pop / cash & carry !!

a reason to run & get undressed in Brooklyn . . . for sure !!
this week – only / GENERAL ADMISSION $13.50

THE OTHER ART FAIR / RYAN STANIER, Founder & General Manager
PRESENTED BY SAATCHI ART

here’s some background:

about: THE OTHER ART FAIR: London, New York, L.A, Sydney, Melbourne, Bristol, Chicago, Dallas.

def, see: ‘INTERVIEW with RYAN STANIER, FOUNDER & GENERAL MANAGER of THE OTHER ART FAIR’
written by Richard Unwin / posted July 5, 2019 / THE NET GALLERY

TAYLOR McKIMENS, sketch of . . GUANINA COTTO, Puerto Rico-based Illustrator, 2019.
image via Instagram @taylormckimens_sketchbook


def, see: TAYLOR McKIMENS STUDIO – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE



~TAYLOR McKIMENS . . & FRIENDS / IN THE HOUSE !!!!! / THE OTHER ART FAIR / THURS, FRI, SAT & SUN / NOV 7, 8, 9 & 10

HEY, YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GET DRAWN NAKED !!!!!!!!!!
MARATHON VOLUNTEER / NAKED FIGURE DRAWING !!!
WAKE UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – NEW YORK CITY !!!!!!!!!!!!
THE LOCAL ART SCENE – ‘BOUT TO BLOW YOU AWAY /
PLUS – ALL DRAWINGS !!!! $20 A POP !!!!!

TAKIN’ the WORDS: ‘MARATHON’ & ‘NYC’ – TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL !!!

TAYLOR McKIMENS . . .
& KAYE BLEGVAD, JOSH COCHRAN, JILLIAN EVELYN, ANDY FRIEDMAN, ELLEN KAHN, NA KIM, MIKE PERRY,
DADU SHIN & AMBER VITTORIA

INVITE YOU . .. TO GET NUDE / GET DRAWN !!!!

CURATED BY: JOSH COCHRAN & MIKE PERRY

DRAWING WILL TAKE PLACE:
THURS NOV 7th . . 6-10pm
FRI NOV 8th . . . . 3-10pm
SAT NOV 9th . . . 11-7pm
SUN NOV 10th . . 11-3pm
HEADS UP: ** CLOSING RECEPTION: SUN NOV 10th . . 3-6pm **

THE OTHER ART FAIR – PRESENTED BY SAATCHI
BROOKLYN EXPO CENTER – 72 NOBLE ST., BROOKLYN NY 11222
TICKETS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY / $15 – $13.50 / PER DAY
$30 for the EARLY PREVIEW on THURS
see: TICKET INFO / EVENTBRITE

see: THE OTHER ART FAIR

def, CHECK OUT: online link . . .
@taylormckimens #getnudegetdrawn / THE GREAT GET NAKED / IG / INSTAGRAM TRAILER !!!!!
great hand-lettering, btw **

SIGN UP IN ADVANCE – BY EMAILING: getnudegetdrawn@gmail.com
or, STOP BY & TAKE ANY AVAILABLE TIME SLOT

PEOPLE WHO POSE – WILL GET A DRAWING (FREE) FROM EVERY ARTIST THAT IS THERE DRAWING THEM / AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME.

THE POSING/DRAWING TAKES PLACE IN PRIVATE / IN A SEPARATE SPACE – FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

YOU MUST GET NAKED – YOU MUST BE OVER 18.

ALL ADDITIONAL DRAWINGS MADE – WILL BE HUNG & SOLD THEN & THERE FOR $20 EACH – CASH & CARRY.

#getnudegetdrawn


TAYLOR McKIMENS, sketch naked dude, 2019
image via Instagram @taylormckimens_sketchbook



~LUKE MURPHY . . ‘IN MY HOUSE’ / PARISIAN LAUNDRY, MONTREAL / OPENS WED NOV 6

LUKE MURPHY: ‘IN MY HOUSE’
OPENS WED NOV 6 / 6 – 8 PM
and runs thru . . . DEC 7, 2019
PARISIAN LAUNDRY, 3550 Saint-Antoine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec CANADA

read more: Luke Murphy, ‘In My House’ – Parisian Laundry


LUKE MURPHY, ‘Broken Square’, 2019.
LED matrix panels, steel studies, software, power supplies, mini pc.



~’SHIGEKO KUBOTA: RESTORED IN BEACON’ . . MOTHER GALLERY, BEACON NY / OPENS TODAY – SAT NOV 2

‘SHIGEKO KUBOTA: RESTORED IN BEACON’
CURATED by DAVID A. ROSS
with the support of the Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation
OPENS SAT NOV 2 / 6 – 8 PM
and runs thru . . . DEC 15, 2019
MOTHER GALLERY, 1154 North Ave, Beacon NY 12508

“One of the key figures in the downtown video art scene of the 1970s, KUBOTA is renowned as both a pioneering artist &
video curator working closely for many years with JONAS MEKAS at ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVE.
Born in Niigata, Japan in 1937, KUBOTA moved to New York in 1967 at the invitation of FLUXUS impressario GEORGE MACIUNAS . . .
Married to NAM JUNE PAIK . . . KOBUTA, who died in 2015, is also a key figure in the development of the new video medium . . .”
~PRESS RELEASE

read more: ‘Shigeko Kubota: Restored in Beacon’ . . Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation & Mother Gallery


Shigeko Kubota in her studio, C Tom Harr, 1972
image courtesy: MOTHER GALLERY


Shigeko Kubota . . Meta-Marcel:
‘Window’, 1976
(with video of either Snow, Flowers, or Stars)
Video installation, with monitor, glass, plywood, and pedestal.
image courtesy: MOTHER GALLERY



~HALEY JOSEPHS . . ‘GETTING TO KNOW YOU’ / REINBERGER GALLERY, CIA / CLEVELAND / OPENING FRI NOV 1

HALEY JOSEPHS has work in . . .

‘GETTING TO KNOW YOU’ . . . a group figurative painting exhibition / in Cleveland.
OPENING . . FRI NOV 1
the show runs NOV 1 – DEC 13, 2019
CIA / CLEVELAND INSTITUTE of ART / REINBERGER GALLERY
11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OHIO.

more about the show: ‘GETTING TO KNOW YOU’ – REINBERGER GALLERY

HALEY JOSEPHS, ‘Childhood’s End’, oil on canvas, 2019.
image via Instagram @haley.josephs

HALEY JOSEPHS was born in 1987 in Seattle, she is now Brooklyn-based.



~JOSH ABELOW & WILLIAM KING . . MANCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CT

Beware wooden man – wearing plaid,
Walter Robinson says . . “Hillbilly Realism – is in.”

‘JOSH ABELOW & WILLIAM KING’
OCT 31 – DEC 4, 2019
HANS WEISS NEWSPACE GALLERY,
MANCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE,
SBM CHARITABLE FOUNDATION BUILDING
GREAT PATH, MANCHESTER, CT / CONNECTICUT
HRS: MON-FRI 11am-8pm / SAT 12pm-4pm

ORGANIZED BY SUSAN CLASSEN-SULLIVAN

“So excited to exhibit new 12 x 9 in. abstract paintings alongside a dozen free-standing figurative sculptures (dating back to 1977)
by incredible artist WILLIAM KING (1925-2015) at Manchester Community College.
Many thanks to DANIEL FULLER for writing the text.”
~JOSH ABELOW / @freddybiz

BOTH IMAGES ABOVE VIA INSTAGRAM @freddybiz


see: JOSH ABELOW – ATIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE


see: FREDDY GALLERY
JOSH ABELOW runs . . hardcore indie Gallery – FREDDY / somewhere in HARRIS, UPSTATE NY.
it was previously in Baltimore.


IMAGE: KYLE KNODELL / CULTURED MAG

def, see: ‘ARTIST JOSHUA ABELOW CARVES OUT AN UPSTATE NICHE with FREDDY’ / WRITTEN BY RYAN STEADMAN / PHOTOGRAPHY BY KYLE KNODELL
PUBLISHED 01.16. 2018 / CULTURED MAGAZINE

ah, yes !!
living the New Age – Hillbilly dream !!
I’m so down with this – I repair old quilts, remember ?
would I love to live & work in an old church – you bet !!
eat your eyeballs out, I say !!
no irony – intended.
whatsoever.

see: HARRIS, NY / CATSKILL REGION 12742 / INTERESTING HISTORY, ALWAYS – UP THERE



~FRANCESCO SIMETI . . ‘REFUGIUM’ / ASSEMBLY ROOM

I caught the last weekend . .
& found myself lost – in an enchanted forest.
it was not all . . magic / a sense of impending global doom prevaded the earthly delights,
all our wondrous & diverse . . fauna & flora might just not be around – next decade.

FRANCESCO SIMETI: ‘REFUGIUM’
CURATED by YULIA TOPCHIY
SEPT 13 – OCT 20, 2019
ASSEMBLY ROOM, 191 HENRY ST., LOWER EAST SIDE / CHINATOWN

“In this site-specific installation consisting of ceramics and digital prints on linens that are ever complex, exotic and decorative, Simeti creates a tension between reality and fiction and nature and the artificial through rendering decorative frameworks that emerge from his appropriation of ready-made imagery of printed mass media.
Furthermore, Simeti builds on this work to create artificial habitats where living organisms are trying to adapt to fast changing environments challenged by war and destruction, chaos and climate change, and seek refuge in a new, foreign flora fighting to preserve their own natural beauty and harmony.”
~Assembly Room

read more: ‘REFUGIUM’ – ASSEMBLY ROOM

PIX FROM THE ARTIST-LED WALK-THROUGH . . . . FRI OCT 18, 2019


Brooklyn-based Italian artist FRANCESCO SIMETI . . .
with Assembly Room co-founder, and curator of this show . . YULIA TOPCHIY.


“Inspired by his native Sicilian landscape, and the intensely personal, spiritually charged paintings of Charles Burchfield, Simeti collages images of old herbariums from a rich archive of botanical illustrations that he has been assembling for years, weaving them together through a layering process & further digitally manipulating its landscape with images found in newspapers and magazines.”
~Assembly Room


detail, FRANCESCO SIMETI
a sense of aggression, powered more by survival instincts than anything else, does comes across within the details, and the sharp ‘cut’ edges of the collaged compositions / emphasizes this momentum.


detail, FRANCESCO SIMETI
I really liked, and deeply respect that the artist, and his curator . . were not afraid to use the word: DECORATIVE !!
not too long ago, a ‘bad’ word in high art jargon / no longer . . today, esp with a new-found respect for all things craft / both as in serious skills & DIY / including the big role . . creative design & graphics play in our ever more visually-ruled world, esp on social media with its huge ‘image’ sharing capacity / it’s not just text, that’s driving this world . . forward.


speaking of ‘digital’ . . a careful observer will note the manipulated ‘referencing’ to earlier forms of print-making, including engraving & etching, dot matrix etc / re those old ‘herbiums’, etc.
whether conscious of them or not / these details add a sense of seriousness, a sense of ‘history’ / a contextual ‘weight’ . . to the overall effect.
a graphic ‘deepness’ to the overall visual plane.


the show is site-specific . . in that it’s a narrow space, so to allow for more works, and a sense of depth / the stretched ‘canvases’ are free-standing and stacked against each other (lightly), with the added support of some really simple, but well designed wooden wall supports, which you can see towards the bottom.
front row, at right:
FRANCESCO SIMETI, ‘Helleboraster’, 2019.
Digital print on linen / 57-9/10 x 44-1/10 in.
($8,000)
note: the dominant, strong-looking, (ghostly gray) rigidly upright plant at center, it’s from . . Afghanistan / enough said.


the ceramics are botanical in nature, but very fantastical. and forceful.
at right:
FRANCESCO SIMETI, ‘Palmata’, 2019.
Anagama Kiln porcelain / 15-7/10 x 11-4/5 x 15-7/10 in.
($10,000)


detail, hanging sculpture / it slowly tapers off at the bottom.
FRANCESCO SIMETI, ‘Drifter II’, 2019.
Glazed ceramic / 60 x 25 x 25 in.
($9,000)
and sometimes: erotic, exotic, and . . tempermental !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~TED GAHL . . ‘ZEN PAINTINGS’ at VICKI / THE LOW-DOWN !!

SO, YEAH . . . . !!
I DID find . . a car !!

flew in . . on the wheels of a silver chariot.
like a thief-in-the-night, with crew in hand.
nothing’s better, than a kid . . with a silver Audi.

TED GAHL . . ‘ZEN PAINTINGS’
OPENED SAT OCT 12 / 6 – 9 PM
show runs thru . . NOV 16, 2019 / BY APP’T
VICKI, 327 Liberty St., Newburgh, NY 12550 / www.vicki.fun


TED GAHL
‘Wake up and zen.’


this was my fav piece / it was very ‘passive-aggressive’ inter-active /
& you could even take it home, and it would continue performing, as long as you re-filled the incense.
imagine showing that off – to your friends !!
and ps,it’s aroma fills the room . . like a blanket
like a house on fire, next door . . with the right brand.

very functional, as well as being . . a flat-out art statement.
the fact that it stood vertically / attached upright to a wall,
as opposed to your standard incense holder, which sits on the tabletop /
allowed a very Freudian . . sequence to repeat, over & over.
when first placed in, the reddish velvety incense stick – is as rigid as hell /
pointing right at – you.
I caught here, at the down-time of the endless cycle / of life.
it was also a little bit of an illusion, but extremely realistic, definite based in real time / like a micro-viewing, of a fire.
broken down to / just one full element / an exercise in . . singularity.
in other words, it was very much the dance of the . . MALE.
(written in zen code !!)

TED GAHL, ‘Offering Painting’, 2019.
acrylic on panel, Nag Champa incense / 14 x 11 in.
($2,500)


I think it even comes with a . . free refill ?
this is the one to use / if you want to keep it . . REAL.
the whole room was suffused in hypnotic aroma.

the lay-out of the show / with its sparse presentation, (very) small repeating canvases, non-working wooden bench, & a random ceramic Japanese-like tea bowl, was quite the . . Architectural Digest minimalist / but, that was an illusion.
the ambience was thick as magic / totally smokey / a trippy haze enveloping all.


*thick-as-thieves in the dark, I even caught my on ghost reflection – in the window.
you can catch the BBQ food cart, with its glowing embers, on fire in the night / & also smokey, btw.
reflecting from the other side of the glass window, Zen lightning. Zen arousal. Zen fable.
Zen . . rising ?

*thick-as-theives . . in the night: outlaw / underground
as in, “stealing the hqrd-core art scene away, from . . Brooklyn.”


TED GAH, at center . . .
flanked by the VICKI curators / and co-founders:
(L) SAMUEL BOEHM, and (R) DANIEL GIODANO
Ted Gahl’s ‘Zen Paintings’, behind them.


DAN LOXTON, and DANIEL GIORDANO.
Dan Loxton . . just opened up his own indie curatorial space, upstate.
called Uffizi, it’s a one room “intimate viewing room in the Hudson highlands” /
i.e. in his (rural) house, in Cold Spring, NY.
“Food, refreshments, refinement, skuzzgrime.”
the inaugural show is up now: “Qasi Pink” / Uffizi / Vegan Curry
on view by app’t /OCT 19 – Nov 10 / email: info.uffizi@gmail.com
it’s like . . the proverbial ‘chip’ off the ole marble block / Uffizi, Florence / Uffizi, Cold Spring.
well, Hudson Valley is certainly turning into the bonafide art hub, isn’t ?

see: Qasi Pink aka skuzzgrime on Youtube / with 2 subscribers (!!!)
a ‘touch’ too much nihilist pink . . punk chaos ?

DANIEL GIORDANO, Hudson Valley native, born and bred in Poughkeepsie,
& now based in Newburgh . . will be showing there mid-November.


ROSEMARY, and TED.
I refuse to allow the site, to become – just about . . the men.


meanwhile, outside . . Donald “Witt-it” Whitted was serving up the best fresh grilled turkey tacos ever, only $4 a pop, totally worth it.
Vicki Island food cart ? / no disappointment there.
Donald says he’s grilling up pulled ribs, at the next one.


the live coal fire BBQ / made the early Fall night air, as smokey & crisp – as the show, inside.


TED GAHL, ‘Untitled’, 2019.
acrylic on canvas / in artist’s own frame / 8 x 10 in.
($1,800)

and there I was, expecting to see black line / cartoon drawings.
whack.

ah, living life in the Zen lane / Up-state.

see: more install shots – on the gallery website


including the very non-functional wood bench & . . the very functional / Zen / tea bowl.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~TED GAHL . . ‘ZEN PAINTINGS’ / VICKI, NEWBURGH, NY / OPENING SAT OCT 12 / STARTS 6 PM

anybody . . got a car ??

VICKI PRESENTS:

TED GAHL – ‘ZEN PAINTINGS’
OPENING SAT OCT 12, 2019 / STARTS at 6 PM
TACOS + BEER
VICKI, 327 Liberty St., Newburgh, NY 12550 / HUDSON VALLEY
HRS: BY APPOINTMENT

VICKI . . . is a tres !! tres !! very !! very !! cutting-edge, right on the bleeding edge / artist-run, curatorial space . . .
located on the storefront side / of an old industrial building / in what New Yorkers would call . . the ‘downtown’ / i.e. formerly glorious & industrial, then distressed, & now . . re-purposed.
VICKI . . . is run by artists: DANIEL GIORDANO & SAMUEL BOEHM
see: VICKI.FUN
@vickivickivickivicki

PS: bring $10 – Vicki produced a great little zine of drawings by Ted, to be available at the opening.
yep, I’m getting one, or two – fer sure !!!!

UPDATE: just show up !! / the ‘ZEN’ zine is going to be . . . FREE !!!!


see: TED GAHL – ARTIST WEBSITE
follow: @tedgahl / IG



~LA CAPITE . . KELLY TISSOT / ‘COLD-EARED COW’ / SWITZERLAND

anybody – got a jet plane ??

LA CAPITE / @lacipte . . .
a roving / pop-up artist . . ‘space’ / run by artists: MARGAUX DEWARRAT / @mgxltd, & LINE CHEVALLEY / line_ch & PIERRY JAQUILLARD
based in Switzerland !!!

Presents:

KELLY TISSOT / @ke_ke_keke_ke_ke_ & her pop-up: ‘Cold-Eared Cow’
SUNDAY OCT 13, 2019 / 13h – 18h
Zone Industrielle de Bois Genoud

ps: La Capite translates something like, . . . ‘get it ???’


see: MARGAUX DEWARRAT – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

note: Ms. Dewarrat showed her work in a group show at Chinatown’s new artist-run .. A.D. Gallery, 19 Monroe St., under Essex Flowers, this past summer . . 2019.

see: www.adnyc/co/


KELLY TISSOT . . recently showed work in a group show, ‘Le Lucky’, curated by JOSEP MAYNOU, at HVW8 GALLERY, in BERLIN, which opened last Feb 2019.
see: JOSEP MAYNOU – BOMBON PROJECTS
see: HVW8 GALLERY – BERLIN



~JAENA KWON . . FLASHBACK !! / GREENPOINT OPEN STUDIOS, OCT 2014

how about a little – time travel ??


JAENA KWON – STUDIO VISIT / OCT 9, 2014.

incl: JAMES MILLER & NICHOLAS STEINDORF !!

see: JAENA KWON – GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN .. STUDIO VISIT – OCT 9, 2014

PHOTO: NANCY SMITH



~ANTONE KONST . . ‘LOVE & FEAR’ / NICOLE EISENMAN . . ‘NINETEEN NINETIES’ / TILTON GALLERY / OPENING PIX

re: Fables
re: Runes, Spells, Hexcraft & Charms / early Norwegian/Germanic settlers of Pennsylvania, etc. etc. etc. / Magic

“The Northern Runes, and Other Magical Alphabets . . .
Among the Norse and Germanic people there developed a system of writing known as runes. Developed in the early Middle Ages, this system of writing is returning to popularity today (2002), and is especially used in magical workings.There are now many people who do divination with these runes.”
~’HEX & SPELLWORK’ – ‘The Magical Practices of the Pennsylvania Dutch ‘/ written by KARL HERR, Hexenmeister.
Published 2002 / Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC / York Beach, Maine / with offices in Boston, MASS. Printed in Canada (!!)

‘ANTONE KONST: LOVE & FEAR’ . . . ‘NICOLE EISENMAN: NINETEEN NINETIES’
OPENED WED SEPT 11th / aka . . 9/11 / the WTC take-down / the 18th anniversary, so yeah . . already a . . ‘loaded’ situation.

the show runs thru . . . OCT 26, 2019
TILTON GALLERY, 8 EAST 76th STREET / UP-TOWN / NYC 10021

PIX FROM THE OPENING / WED SEPT 11, 2019


ANTONE KONST, and JOHN ANGLES . . at the opening.


ANTONE KONST, ‘Bird Song (black)’, 2019.
Plaster, burlap, hydrocal, polystyrene, pigment, flashe, shellac, polyester, resin, cotton string, paper pulp, steel, plywood, polymer clay, foam-coat, acrylic, Black Oil Sunflower Seed / 65 x 84 x 37 in.
more Hansel & Gretel, than . . . Hobbit ?


detail, ‘Bird Song (black)’.
magical, yes. witchcraft / maybe ?
but still . . more protection charm / bird song than . . say, Arabian Nights.


ANTONE KONST, ‘Frog in the Fog’ 2019
oil on canvas / 67 x 37 in.
More ‘Frog and Toad’, than . . GOT / Game of Thrones.
still, gentle is only . . as gentle does.
there’s also greater unknown / fate / in the mystery of life and a new-found vulnerability in birthing . . a human child. that’s why we have Fairy Tales, Cautions & nursery rhymes.


JERRY BLACKMAN, in front of . . .
ANTONE KONST, ‘Juggler’, 2019.
acrylic, styrofoam, screws, on canvas / 78 x 48 x 5.25 in.


‘Juggler’ . . had real / ‘balls’ . . attached to it’s surface.


bottom, left-hand corner.


bottom border / trolls, or . . . brooding Buddha feet ?


always, keep one eye – open / just as the birds sing, the garden still grows dark . . at night.


RICHARD TUTTLE and . . CONNIE TILTON.
behind them, NICOLE EISENMAN’S co-exhibit . . across the hall /
‘NICOLE EISENMAN: Nineteen Nineties’.


NICOLE EISENMAN . . .
damn, she’s fierce.


NICOLE EISEMAN, ‘Self Portrait with Pirate’, 1996.
oil on wood panel / 64 x 48 in.
cowboy / pirate . . myths & fables.


MARTHA TUTTLE and JAMES MILLER . .
NICOLE EISENMAN painting – behind them.


ANTONE KONST, large neon sculpture – in the garden behind the gallery, at night.
ANTONE KONST, ‘Praying Woman’, 2018.
neon mounted on panel / 44 x 34 in.


CHIS WATTS, and JAENA KWON . . in the garden / after-party.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH

see: RUNES – Wikipedia


A Younger Futhark inscription on the 12th C. Vaksala Runestone in Sweden
source: Vaksalastenen Runes – Wiki


an inscription, (note the: 3 x 1 in. letter / word block format),
using cipher runes, the Elder Futhark and the Younger Futhark, on the 9th C. Rok Runestone in Sweden.
source: Rokstenen – WiKi


a ‘bracteate, from approx AD 400, which features the ‘charm’ word: ‘ALU’, with a depiction of a horse & a man’s head, & a swastika. apparently the exact meaning of the word ‘Alu’ . . is under some dispute, but it is generally agreed upon to ‘represent’ . . ‘an instance of historical runic magic’. it is the most common of the early runic .. ‘charms’.
source: Alu – wikwi
maybe . . .
it’s a ‘mind-set’ / an empowerment / a spell / a protection ?
the swastika was originally, and in many cultures . . across the globe, a symbol of prosperity & good fortune / well-being esp in the home.

painting – is a mind-set, for sure . . anyways.
usually. . having magic, being magical, or referencing.
this particular night . . shook me up.
it was very much . . a kind of ‘loaded’ ghost-ship of a night, across the spectrum.



~ERIN JENSEN . . 28th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour / Community Center / Pershing Field

subtext: symbolist

seekers of undiscovered . . gems !!
sometimes called folk art, outsider art & just plain . . vibrant emotional & expressive art /
if you aren’t (solely) into . . certified labels & careers.
this is YOUR . . weekend.
Go forth & FORAGE !!!!

see: 28th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour 2019 / OCT 3 – 6, 2019 at various locations – throughout Jersey City, including the Heights !!


hey, y’all !!
meet ERIN JENSEN . . .
my Jersey City Heights – BFF & partner in all things thrifting, funny, family & . . cool.
what can I say ?
some people are just natural-born funny, and innate creative.


well, right off-the-bat funny: Erin is not one drop Irish, she’s from sturdy Welsh & Swiss, with a little Danish thrown in there / immigrant stock . . the tough pioneers who came to this country more than a century ago – to log the forests, settling in the west, Washington State, right on the coast. growing up, she used to visit her maternal grandparents there all the time, so there’s def some of that western folklore in them there genes.
but, she actually grew up in Santa Barbara, California . . so she’s a California girl, through & through. her family home was classic mid-century modern, with a great view of the ocean, and she’s always, always, been interested in art, art history & illustration.
I find the Welsh genes of note / so ancient deeply pagan & magical.
this is so classic – naive ‘femme’ symbolism / or what !!


reaching deep in, I so love art – in the wild.
raw spaces, basement studios, etc, etc.
you know – where they come to life, in the secret spaces.
like mushrooms.


Erin has 2 boys, interestingly . . her hubby Noe is of Mexican descent, growing up on a horse farm, in Oaxaca . . which Erin has visited many times / so you can see the Mexican ‘flores’ influence blooming throughout – both in color palette & folk art subjects, as well.


‘flores’.


this one seems very folk art, but different from the others. she says it’s based on a famous ‘European’ painting. it strikes me as very ‘Russian’ / it reminds me of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.
which is a funny thought / Old World Northern European meets southern Mexican / via California Beach Boys . . . and comes out: Yiddish ?

Erin Jensen’s work . . .
can be found in the Vietnam Vets Community Center – at Pershing Field, up in the Heights.
the price range on the works is: approx $400-$600.
they are variously, oil or acrylic paint – on canvas.

the show at the Pershing Field venue was curated by long-time / Art Tour organizers: DIANE LOMBARDI & ELAINE JAMES.

so, Yeah, go forth and . . . FORAGE / buy LOCAL !!!!!!!!!!
there’s some real good art – up here in the Heights !!!!!!!!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~REBECCA MORGAN, MARK THOMAS GIBSON . . ‘NEITHER DEVILS NOR DIVINES’ / MOTHER, BEACON / OPENING PIX

subtext: sucker-punch realism

pick your poison . . . !!
white trash hillbilly, or . . Southern black bumpkins !!

‘Neither Devils Nor Divines’ – Rebecca Morgan, Mark Thomas Gibson
opened Sat Sept 14
the show runs thru . . OCT 13, 2019.
Mother Gallery, 1154 North Ave, Beacon NY 12508

note: Rebecca Morgan courtesy of Asya Geisberg Gallery, NY / Mark Thomas Gibson courtesy of Fredricks & Freiser, NY

more background: ‘Neither Devils Nor Divines’ / Press release – Mother
list & photos of works: list of works / Mother

OPENING NIGHT – PIX !!!!


REBECCA MORGAN . . with the limited edition, custom design ‘Corn Cob Bumpkin’ ‘Handkerchief’/ ‘bandanna’,
ROCK SOUP produced for her, $25.
yes !! of course, I got one – when they first came out.
see: ROCK SOUP


Rebecca Morgan, hand-built porcelain jugs.
I had only seen these in photographs / it was such a great exhilaration to examine them in the – round.
I am also, absolutely c-r-a-z-y – for the gallery’s . . authentic / raw, up-cycled space !!
these are raw, new visions / like most of the work on this gallery’s agenda – and, they are not quite ready to be behind static, sacred ‘museum’ display cases yet !!
come on . . art world, let the new art: rebel, revel, and . . reveal !!
a little bit first, before you encase them – with ‘certified’ branding.


now that’s a . . . fierce one.
more like a tantric Tibetan Buddhist god of death, change . . & warning / a guardian.
than a clueless, horny . . ‘ruralist’, lol.
REBECCA MORGAN, ‘Oatmeal Jug’, 2015.
Porcelain / 6.50 x 4 x 3.50 in.
($1,400.)


she might be a dirty girl (!!), but she sure looks sweet – to me.
REBECCA MORGAN, ‘Dirty Girl’, 2014.
oil on panel / 20 x 18 in.
($2,800.)


this bloke – was a fav.
just something about how the face is modeled, really fascinated me.
prob coming from the use of . . graphite, as well as oil paint.
REBECCA MORGAN, ‘Hunter or Hipster Male’, 2012.
Graphite & oil on panel / 26 x 22 in.
($3,200.)


MARK THOMAS GIBSON, with his found puppy Mars, short for Marsden Hartley.


now here is a guy who just radiates with a secret, street smart, folktale, & maybe even, political . . sense of humor, and an down-to-earth self-awareness.
L: MARK THOMAS GIBSON, ‘Self-Portrait – Beach Front’, 2019.
ink on paper, 55 x 76 in.
($8,000.)
R: MARK THOMAS GIBSON, ‘Self-Portrait – Sunshine State’, 2019.
Ink on paper, 55 x 76 in.
($8,000.)


MARK THOMAS GIBSON, ‘Self-Portrait – The Quiet Storm’, 2019.
Ink on paper / 55 x 76 in.
($8,000.)
it kinda says to me . . I give-up / this world is nuts.
it’s raw, but tender / cartoonish – but straightforward.
very thrilling, in fact. in a quiet, under-the-radar way.
great draftsmanship / great compositioon, but above all – heart-strings pulling / funny.
come on, lighten up world / crack a few jokes.
it’s got that gentle humor of ‘Uncle Remus’.
but make no mistake, underneath it all – is an abstract painter !!
just consider the lyrical wash of the color, and the dreamy yet tight, infra-structure.

little did I know what kind of busy bee / hard-core rebel artists hornets nest,
I was about to kick over – when I innocently stepped into this upstate scene / acting on an invite from Daniel Giordano & Samuel Boehm . . / of Vicki !!
the most fun scene right now, no holds bared.
the art & the artists . . amped up / vibrant, dynamic & well . . . they sucker-punch it – to ya.
every time.
no doubt about it.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~REBECCA MORGAN, MARK THOMAS GIBSON . . ‘NEITHER DEVILS NOR DIVINES’ / MOTHER GALLERY, BEACON NY / OPENS SAT SEPT 14

subtext: sucker-punch realism

‘NEITHER DEVILS NOR DIVINES’
REBECCA MORGAN & MARK THOMAS GIBSON
OPENS SAT SEPT 14 / 5-8
& runs thru . . OCT 13, 2019
MOTHER GALLERY, 1154 North Ave., Beacon, NY 12508

more background: Press Release / Mother Gallery


Rebecca Morgan, ‘Granny Huffer’, 2015.
oil and graphite on panel / 10 x 8 in.
image courtesy: Mother Gallery / Asya Geisberg Gallery


Mark Thomas Gibson, ‘Self Portrait – Smooth Sailing’, 2019.
ink on paper / 55 x 76 in.
image courtesy: Mother Gallery / Fredericks & Freiser Gallery



~SAMUEL BOEHM, CHARLES GOLDMAN, SUE RAVITZ . . 57W57ARTS / OPENING PIX

57W57ARTS PRESENTS:

SAMUEL BOEHM . . ‘Forget-Me-Knots’ in the WAITING ROOM
and . .
CHARLES GOLDMAN . . ‘DBLD’ in the PROJECT SPACE

up thru . . OCT 24, 2019
57W57ARTS


DANIEL GIORDANO in black cap, with SAMUEL BOEHM . .
they are quite opposing in their work, and character . . though they make for great yin yang partners-in-art !!
great friends / they also co-founded & run . .
VICKI, a cutting edge curatorial space in Newburgh, NY.
the next show is: Ted Gahl – ‘Zen Paintings’ / Sat Oct 12, 2019


SAMUEL BOEHM . .
L: ‘real Man’, 2019.
oil, wax, and acrylic on canvas / 12 x 10 in.
R:’Star painting’ (delco), 2019.
oil, wax, and acrylic on canvas / 12 x 10 in.

&, yes . . turns out it is – a real waiting room, couches and all.
the work was very benevolent, in the setting. all peace & subtle play / no hard edges,
though . . there certainly were some.


SAMUEL BOEHM . .
L: ‘Real man’ (Windswept), 2018-19
oil, wax, and acrylic on canvas / 12 x 10 in.
C: ‘K Painting’, 2017.
oil, wax, and acrylic on canvas / 12 x 10 in.
R: ‘Star Painting (Saboten)’, 2019.
oil, wax, and acrylic on canvas / 12 x 10 in.


CHARLES GOLDMAN, with his art work in the Project Space at 57W57ARTS.


CHARLES GOLDMAN, ‘RE>CRETE>jj’, 2018.
RE>CRETE>, vinyl strap, styrofoam, metal / 55-1/2 x 61 x 22 in.


CHARLES GOLDMAN, ‘Distant Painting (25-25-50-50)’, 2019.
ink on plexi glass, cyanotype on fabric, wood & hardware / 32 x 4 x 38 in.
Daniel Giordano – at the left.


SUE RAVITZ, owner/director of 57W57ARTS, with her own . . ‘handiwork’ – behind her.


SUE RAVITZ, colorfield / & tightly patterned . . needlepoint.


def, see: SUE RAVITZ – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~SAMUEL BOEHM . . ‘Forget-Me-Nots’, 57W57ARTS / MIDTOWN / OPENS TO-NITE THURS Sept 12

subtext: do we all want to be – stars ?

SAMUEL BOEHM . . ‘Forget-Me-Nots’
OPENS THURS SEPT 13 / 6 – 9 PM
the show runs thru . . . OCT 24, 2019
in the . . Waiting Room
57W57ARTS, 57 W57th ST., Suite 1207, NYC NY 10019

“The star as we know it is a five-pointed shape. I’ve noticed that we have 5 points too. I often wonder
if we all want to be stars or if maybe stars just want to be people, but then I think that everything
to my people-brain is people-like.”
~Samuel Boehm / 57W57ARTS

more: about the show – ‘Forget-Me-Nots’ . . 57W57ARTS


image via Instagram @samuelboehm



~ANTONE KONST . . ‘LOVE & FEAR’, TILTON GALLERY / UPTOWN / OPENS TO-NITE WED SEPT 11

subtext: 9-11 / LOVE and . . Fear

ANTONE KONST – ‘LOVE AND FEAR’
OPENS TO-NITE . . WED SEPT 11 / 6-8 PM
the show runs thru . . OCT 26, 2019
TILTON GALLERY, 8 EAST 76 St., UPTOWN NYC 10021

more info: ANTONE KONST-‘LOVE & FEAR’ / TILTON GALLERY PRESS RELEASE


ANTONE KONST, ‘FROG in the FOG’, 2019.
oil on canvas / 68 x 44 in.
image courtesy of the artist


ANTONE KONST, ‘BirdSong’, 2019 / sculpture
bird seed, shellac, PVA, plaster, burlap, foam, steel, aluminum, pigment, polyester & wood
90 x 46 x 40 in.
image courtesy of the artist


ANTONE KONST, at the closing party of ‘Socrates Annual 2018’, L.I.C., Queens
Photo: Nancy Smith, March 24, 2019.

see: ANTONE KONST, ‘Free Peddler’ / ‘Socrates Annual 2018’
see: ANTONE KONST – ‘FREE PEDDLER’, ‘Socrates Annual 2018 / Socrates Sculpture Park, L.I.C.’ Queens

ANTONE KONST . . was born in New haven Connecticut in 1987. He graduated from The California Institute for the arts, Valencia, CA
in 2011 & received his MFA from the Yale School of Art, New Haven in 2014. Antone currently lives & works in Brooklyn.

ps: he’s a new dad, and I guess he is thinking about the world from a different perspective, though not far off-topic, if you’ve followed his work.
pss: his dad raises flowers and organic vegetables for market in Connecticut, btw.



~9-11 Quilt . . ‘Lightning Strikes’

9-11 NEVER FORGET.


this is one of my quilt repair projects.
it is airing on the terrace of my former ‘penthouse’ apt,
on the 20th floor of FDR & Grand, Lower East Side NYC, where I used to live from about 1996-2004,
till we got gentrified out.
it’s a really shallow terrace, so I had to really contort myself to get the doomed towers into the photo.
you can see the kind of damage I was repairing, on the left.
it was a real & very old, farm ‘utility’ quilt, meaning it was made quickly, and to be used.
one way you can tell that, is the fact that it was ‘tied’ with blue yarn, in regular intervals across the surface, instead of ‘quilted’ with hand stitching, which is way more laborious.
I bought it, all raggedy . . upstate in a rural junk shop for $10.


of course, the most amazing thing about this quilt & this photo . .
is that, this old frontier quilt pattern is called . .’Lightning Strikes’.
it was used both as a warning & a ‘protection from’ . . barn fires on the prairies / which were apparently way too common & of course, devastating.
you can see the ‘zig zag’ of the fire – easier in this photo.

sometimes, I go really creative in my quilt repairs / this one was ‘just’ getting the old, worn quilt strong again.
and I’m glad I did.
it had so much history to begin with, and apparently it was to live on . .
into this century as well.

I hand-stitched all the ‘piecing’ parts & actually hand-stitched an ‘x’ into every single tiny black dot,
because, due to its age, and the kind of dyes they used back in the 1800s / esp with regard to black,
the black areas were quite worn-out or gone altogether / quilt & textile archivists call that: drop out.
the complete repair – took at least 2 years.

p.s. over the years I’ve learnt, that quilts & art in general – are way more profound, esp as they ‘play out’ against society and the times,
than the contemporary, logical . . human mind can – imagine.

p.s.s. I saw the 2nd plane come in, over that snip of the East River, turn around mid-flight . . and barrel
at full speed – into the second World Trade Center tower. until that happened, on TV they were ‘saying’ it was a ‘helicopter crash’.
after that, with all the media cameras focused on the scene, the attack was quite obvious & could not be denied.

Photos: Nancy Smith



~DANIEL GIORDANO, BROCK ENRIGHT, GIOVANNI FORLINO, CHASON MATTHAMS, RYAN BROWNING, STEVEN MAYER, JENNY MORGAN . . ‘SOFT TEMPLE’ / MOTHER GALLERY / BEACON, NY

‘SOFT TEMPLE’
June 22 – Aug 4 / extended thru Aug 11, 2019
MOTHER GALLERY, 1154 North Avenue, Beacon NY 12508
HRS: SAT & SUN 1-6 PM & by appointment

with:
RYAN BROWNING, BROCK ENRIGHT, GIOVANNI FORLINO, DANIEL GIORDANO, CHASON MATTHAMS, STEVEN MAYER, JENNY MORGAN, LARYSA MYERS, & ELISA SOLIVEN

more about the show: ‘SOFT TEMPLE’ – MOTHER GALLERY ARCHIVE


DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘My Scorpio’, 2016-2019.
1970s Husqvarna motocross bikes, deep-fried batter, glazed ceramic, mermaids, steel, aluminum, railroad spikes, phosphorescent acrylic, Canadian maple syrup, urinal cake, cattails, epoxy, plastic wrap / 88 x 72 x 74 in.
($13,000.)

DANIEL GIORDANO was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. He earned his MFA from the University of Delaware, and has shown nationally & internationally. Daniel Giordano also co-founded & runs Vicki, a curatorial space in Newburgh, NY where he lives & works.
~Mother Gallery


DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘Self Portrait with Tchotchkes’, 2019.
Moisturizing face masks, peat, strawberry Nesquik powder, epoxy, correctional fluid, alligator, artificial tooth, fibered aluminum coating, glass, iron ore, wire hanger, hardware / 9 x 16 x 15.5 in.
($1,200.)


‘Self Portrait’ . . from the side


DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘Gougoune’, 2016-2019.
Aluminum, shark, tennis ball, canned marzipan, canned persipan, bells from Santa’s sleigh, copper foil, iron ore, epoxy, diaper rash ointment, tiger balm, twist ties, plastic wrap, wire hanger, hardware / 55 x 29 x 20 in.
($3,000.)
note: ‘Gougoune’ translates from French as ‘flip flop’ / as in thong footwear / summer sandals / flip flops.


‘Gougoune’ detail


‘Gougoune’ detail


BROCK ENRIGHT, ‘Hum’, 2019.
Crushed velvet, hose, note, bell, whisper / 48 x 78 in.
($1,500)

BROCK ENRIGHT was born in 1976 Norfolk, VA / Virginia. He received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1988, and his MFA from Columbia University 2002. He currently lives & works in the Hudson Valley.
~Mother Gallery


GIOVANNI FORLINO, ‘The Great Curve 3’, 2019.
ink & colored pencil on paper / 16.5 x 11.7 in.
($9,000.)

GIOVANNI FORLINO was born in Livingston, New Jersey in 1984. He moved to Brooklyn at age 17 & obtained a BFA in drawing from Pratt Institute. Giovanni’s work is in numerous private & public collections world-wide including the Getty Museum & the Guggenheim. He lives & works in Brooklyn, NY & London, UK.
~Mother Gallery


CHASON MATTHAMS, ‘Daffy’s head on Sylvester’s body (beat up)’, 2017.
Oil on panel / 39-3/4 x 19-3/4 in.
(SOLD)

CHASON MATTHAMS (b. 1981, from Pacific Grove, California) lives & works in New York, NY. He received an MFA & a BFA from New York University. Matthams has had several solo shows in NYC & San Francisco.
~Mother Gallery


RYAN BROWNING . .
L: ‘Bavarian Candelabra’, 2019.
Oil on linen, 10 x 8 in.
($800.)
R: ‘Visitation’, 2018-2019.
oil on linen, 10 x 18 in.
($800.)

RYAN BROWNING is an American artist living in Doha, Qatar. He has exhibited & curated in galleries & museums nationally & internationally. He is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.
~Mother Gallery


STEVEN MAYER, ‘Look Far’, 2019.
Acrylic & medium on panel / 16 x 12 in.
($1,200.)

STEVEN MAYER (B. 1986), grew up in the Skylands region of northern New Jersey & received his BFA from The Tyler School of Art (2009) & his MFA from Rutgers Mason gross (2014). Steven is a piper & artist currently living & working in Brooklyn, NY.
~Mother Gallery


JENNY MORGAN, ‘Space For Forgiveness’, 2019.
Oil on canvas / 19 x 16.5 in.
($5,000.)

JENNY MORGAN was born in 1982 in Salt Lake City, Utah & holds a BA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Lakewood, Colorado & an MFA from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York, NY. She has had numerous shows and critical reviews. She currently lives & works in Brooklyn NY.
~Mother Gallery


DANIEL GIORDANO, & MOTHER GALLERY, BEACON NY . . OWNER / DIRECTOR: PAOLA OXOA.


the tribe comes to . . . Beacon
KATE, ZORA the pooch, artist/curator DANIEL GIORDANO, and . . taking after his dad, young collector THEO CERIGO.

ps / ps / ps / ps / ps / ps / ps / bring on the par-tay !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! New York Times alert !!

I almost forgot !!
it was such a pumped-up day !!
WILL HEINRICH of the New York Times . . had just published a great essay on the art scene upstate,
“Summer Art Trek: Gallery Hopping in the Hudson Valley” . . which included a really nice spread on DANIEL !! and his distressed motorcycle !! and the ‘Soft Temple’ show in general . . at MOTHER GALLERY !!
as Daniel . . is prone to say: FULL THROTTLE – AHEAD !!


screenshot: NEW YORK TIMES

MOST DEF see: “Summer Art Trek: Gallery Hopping in the Hudson Valley” / “Galleries abound due north of the city, showing Warhol, Basquait, and the talents of Arte Povera”,
written by Will Heinrich, NEW YORK TIMES / AUG 9, 2019

ps: I think the ‘arte povera’ reference – belongs to . . Daniel !!
yep, full throttle ahead.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / SAT AUG 10, 2019