~RACHEL WHITEREAD . . FLASHBACK: FEB 2003

congratulations to British artist . . RACHEL WHITEREAD.
she just won a big international prize – she is one of 6 artists who were honored with . . the International Medal of Arts, by our U.S. Department of State – this recent . . Jan 12, 2017.

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RACHEL WHITEREAD – ARCHIVAL PHOTO BY: NANCY SMITH
at her LUHRING AUGUSTINE opening, NYC.
Feb 13, 2003.

YES !! that is MY photo of her – that is blowing up big on google, right now.
it’s from 14 years ago !!
way back in the winter of 2003, when she was just on the cusp of ‘breaking out’ big time, with her first big, and maybe even debut / solo show – in New York City.

the photo was first published on artnet, on my ‘Art Lovers New York – Photos by Nancy Smith’ / report, in what was then called, the ‘PEOPLE’ section of the artnet online magazine, and . . WALTER ROBINSON was the editor.

I did attend the opening, and Walter did post 3 other photos from the opening as well: TOM ECCLES, then director of the Public Art Fund, and artists: CHRISTOPHER WOOL, and JEANNINE ANTONI.

you can see the original report, here: ART LOVERS NEW YORK, ARTNET – WINTER 2003 / 6th row down.

it’s ‘googling’ . . from a slightly later publication, also on artnet . . the LUHRING AUGUSTINE ‘Monograph’ page.
where, interestingly although there is no date, it’s obviously clear, that it’s an archival image – from almost a decade and a half ago, and I guess that’s where the current interest . . lies.

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see: RACHEL WHITEREAD .. PHOTO BY NANCY SMITH / LUHRING AUGUSTINE / ‘MONOGRAPH’/ ARTNET

NOTE:

with a big shout-out of thanks, to:

CAROLINE BURGHARDT, Director of Publications, Archives & Reproductive Rights at LUHRING AUGUSTINE
for helping me finally – get ARTNET, to insert a proper photo credit – under the photo.
of course, I am particularly proud of this photo, taken more than 14 years ago, and thus for my early contribution – to this artist’s amazing journey & success.



~GARDEN of FORKING PATHS, MAGENTA PLAINS . . incl PETER SUTHERLAND / opens to-nite SUN / after-party w JAH DIVISION

‘GARDEN of FORKING PATHS’ – a group show on the L.E.S.
AURA ROSENBERG, BARBARA ESS, CALVIN MARCUS, CRAIG SMYTH, HANNAH BUONAGURO, HEATHER BURSCH, KEVIN ZUCKER, MEGAN PLUNKETT, NOWORK, PETER SUTHERLAND, RONI SHNEIOR, RYAN FOERSTER, STEEL STILLMAN, THATCHER KEATS
organized by ADAM MARNIE
opens SUN, JAN 8, 2017 / 6 – 8 PM
the show runs thru FEB 12, 2017
MAGENTA PLAINS , 94 ALLEN ST, Lower East Side.
HRS: WED-SUN / 11am – 6pm
note: although the gallery entrance is at 94 ALLEN St, between DELANCEY & BROOME . . . their ‘storefront’ is visible 24/7 through the window at 95 ORCHARD ST.

“Crystaline memories are adjacent to forgetting, blocked inabilities to remember. One form becomes another. Hands hold hands”.
~MAGENTA PLAINS

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also: RELEASE PARTY . . for F Magazine, issue 5, at the opening – with a reading by MATT KENNY.

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PETER SUTHERLAND – WINDOW INSTALLATION / ‘GARDEN of FORKING PATHS’ – ORGANIZED by ADAM MARNIE
MAGENTA PLAINS STOREFRONT – 95 ORCHARD ST.
IMAGE via Instagram, @petersutherland / pic by @ebayontheblock

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AFTER-PARTY: JAH DIVISION at MAX FISH – 120 ORCHARD ST, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC.
PLAYING DOWNSTAIRS / “DUBBED OUTER SPACE VERSIONS of JOY DIVISION CLASSICS”
~MAX FISH (!!)



~DIY YARN SANTAS . . .

HURRAY, vintage DIY craft folk art !!
by ANONYMOUS WOMEN !!
with AWESOME . . SKILLS !!

vintage DIY / craft ornaments . . are the most fun, esp those that were done by hand-crochet, or hand-knit.
a lost art – in my humble opinion.
I’m sure these pieces – are bound for a folk art museum, one day.

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vintage DIY hand-crochet Christmas ornament ?
with craft baby doll face . . boo hoo.
it’s about 8 inches in diameter. it’s made of synthetic craft yarn, which doesn’t necessarily mean it was made recently, or even way back in the 60s. it could be even earlier: 1940s, 50s.
“DuPont created the first acrylic fibers in 1941.” ~Wikipedia
one might be able to date it – via the soft plastic baby doll head.
found it last week in a Jersey thrift shop, for like a $1.50.
great hand / caft skills.

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it actually has a little white button on the reverse, with a tiny loop ‘latch’ at the upper edge, so it must have been . . . an arm muff ?
for carolling, or a school play ?

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wah !!!!!

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this Christmas ‘pot holder’, looks to be made by the same maker.
the crochet stitches are similar in size & tension, and the yarn is identical.
same wonderful DIY homemaker / craftsperson made these 2 pieces. they were kept safe and treasured and then, somehow they end up in a thrift shop.
well, at least they have a found a new home, to be loved & appreciated in.

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it’s also about 8 inches in diameter, and it even has tiny craft metal bells, inside the yarn ‘bells’, that tiny chime, and charm. the attention to detail is amazing.
so American, at its best.

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this tiny ‘Santa’ Christmas tree, home-made yarn ornament . . looks to be made by another craftswoman, even though the yarn is similar, because of the difference in the ‘weight’ & tension of the crochet stitching. also, the googly craft eyes, make me feel it’s like . . 1960s, 70s ?
it’s amazing how mint condition, clean and perfect all these forgotten ‘folk art’ pieces are.
this little craft Santa is approx 5 inches in height, and about 3 inches wide at its middle.

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it even has a ‘backing’ , so it’s a . . ‘pocket’ ornament, to put small gifts into . . like candy or jewelery. the sweetest.
truly, joy-ful.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~PLASTIC SANTA . . .

this year, I really got into ‘seeking’ out vintage / plastic Christmas tree ornaments.
if living in Jersey City Heights has a silver lining, the thrift shops are . . the cake.
most of these came in small $1.50 baggies – of assorted finds. usually 5 or 6 to a bag.
try to find that – in Brooklyn, or Manhattan now – no way, those days are long gone.
you’d be paying a pretty penny, and maybe even up to $25 a piece.
besides the thrill of the hunt, the locals are clueless . . the crazy wonderful tactile sense of these crazy old kind of hard plastic (vinyl ?) is beyond tactile-in-words description.
they have a magic, and a luminosity . .
you wouldn’t . . expect.
not to forget history, graphic narrative & design / re: beginning mass consumerism – charm.
plus the . . colors. colored plastic is the best, whether opaque or transparent.

file under:
endless fascination for the visually – skewered / hammered ?
and, a sheer delight for all us, retro graphics – nerds.

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vintage plastic ‘lace’ doily, a softer plastic. but strangely, more . . actually: VERY opaque.
somewhat pliable, too.
very strangely shifting shape to the heat, or the cold / coming in from the window.
almost . . alive, I tell ya !!

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so vintage, the ‘red’ dye is not permanently ‘set’.
lol, try finding that – in a contemporary place mat.
traveling ‘red’ – a sure of age, whether it be vintage quilts, or vintage ‘faux’ plastic lace.

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vintage plastic Santa Christmas tree ornaments, these are so wild – they defy the imagination.
whoever thought this up ?
what can we do with plastic – that we can’t do with . . glass ?!!

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the luminosity – is wicked.

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and, the ‘skirts’. well, trying making that out of glass. shards ?
design-wise, really – blew me away.
what planet did these toy makers come from ?

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well, whatever happened to plastic – it sure ain’t the same, today.

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I don’t think these were made in Va-China, either.

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faux ‘stained glass’ Cardinal.
my new totem. it used to be a crow, for decades: advance wave, publicity-hounds, talkers to dead people, storytellers, first greeters / ghost messengers, bloggers etc etc, but ever since I saw one, a beautiful red male Cardinal in my recently located from Lower East Side, after 30 years . . Jersey backyard 3 years ago: I’ve stepped up the evolutionary ladder.
not for better or worse, just for: new (self-knowledge). (& not completely attained, yet.)

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these hard plastic lanterns must have been very popular at one time. the 40s. 50s. 60s ?
who knows. time is passing by so fleetly, the 70s are the new 40s. if you follow vintage stuff, you know what I mean.

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this one has a tiny candy cane, tell me about: luminosity.
I’m such a retro freak – it must have something to do with contemporary art / guess I just like living life . . on the extremes: the old & the . . cutting edge.
nothing in-between.

besides: there’s a lot of luminosity in the digital realm. computer images, graphics & filters, etc etc / digital photography . . is incredibly luminous vs old stock film.

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‘acid’ tonality . . sharp, sleek, fleet or what !!

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this one has a tiny rocking horse inside.
collective cultural memories of sailors putting DIY miniature ships in bottles.
even though they are plastic, it’s a pretty brittle kind of hard plastic, if you drop them, and they land hard – they can chip or break.
didn’t quite catch the light, here.
luminosity . . is in the hands of the photographer.

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these looked more like Japanese hanging lanterns.

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this one has a ‘lit’ candle.
great violent . . blue.

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this one echoed the traditional glass globe Christmas tree ornaments, with a tiny deer scenario.
Bambi.

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these round ones had some kind of ‘spackle’ on their exteriors.
snowballs !!
cut in half.

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they had various miniature trinkets inside, too.

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they were take-offs on these kind of older, traditional glass ball Christmas ornaments.
riff, riff, riff. the jazz of Christmas past.

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the only glass one I bought, I fumbled and broke. I thought it was . . plastic !!
oh lord, the glass vs plastic wars.
and, it was such a find: SNOOPY !!
from the 70s.
the dreaded treasure . . drop. heart-broken is not the word.

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but, then I found this, a kind of mid-century modern, faux stained glass . . suburban house ornament, really magic in the light dept. other years, I would have completely overlooked this as: tacky.
now it’s . . treasure above all.
also the colors are so . . pastel-ly.

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here comes Santa, also looks so . . suburban !!

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hey, lose a SNOOPY, gain a . . GOOFY !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~STONE SOUP NASTY . . ORGY PARK opens FRI

‘Stone Soup Nasty’
a big group show – created by KATHERINE AUNGIER, JENNIFER LEE, ZURIEL WATERS and STEVEN MYKIETYN
OPENS FRI DEC 16, 2016 / 7 – 10 PM
the show runs thru JAN 16, 2017
ORGY PARK, 237 JEFFERSON STREET, 1B. BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.
between Wilson & Knickerbocker Ave
hrs: open by appointment

ORGY PARK is an artist-run space founded by STEVE MYKIETYN in 2012.

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~SHADOWS of the MOONLIGHT . . CURATED by JERRY BLACKMAN / opens to-nite – THURS

‘SHADOWS of the MOONLIGHT’ . . . with:
MARYSIA GACEK, ANNA MIKHAILOVSKAIA, TIM WILSON
CURATED by JERRY BLACKMAN
OPENS THURS DEC 15, 2016 / 6 – 9 PM
326 GALLERY, 326 7th AVE, NYC
HRS: by appointment

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WORK BY . . MARYSIA GACEK
IMAGE COURTESY: JERRY BLACKMAN

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SOME NOTES: FROM THE CURATOR . . . artist/sculptor JERRY BLACKMAN:

“LIGHT . . is a central focus here. Handled as either subject to be considered, material to be reflected, or energy to be absorbed.

Within GACEK’S melancholic sculptures, matte neoprene fabric not only insulates physically, but akso visually, and offers a strong contrast against the glazed ceramic hands that punctuate the pieces.

Similarly, there is a formal disconnect between the image of light in WILSON’S revisiting of baroque painter Georges de La tour’s candle paintings, and the palette which borrows from Josef Albers’ studies on the optical effects of light.

MIKHAILOVSKAIA’S sculptures play with light as her matte, celestial-like constructions absorb it and emphasize the resultant shadow ed effects.”

MARYSIA GACEK . . b. 1986, Nowy Targ, Poland, received her MFA from the GLASGOW SCHOOL of ART, SCOTLANE, and BFA from the SCHOOL of VISUAL ARTS, here in NYC. Now NYC-based, Marysia is a co-founder of the publishing imprint MARIA+. editions.
see: MARYSIA GACEK – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
follow . . @mariaeditions on Instagram

ANNA MIKHAILOVSKAIA . . b. 1982, Kiev, Ukraine, received her MFA in sculpture from the RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL of DESIGN, and her BA in sculpture and philosophy from BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY. Now NYC-based she recently had work in the ‘Tropic-Aire Market’ at REGINA REX, NY (2015).
see: ANNA MIKHAILOVSKAIA – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

TIM WILSON . . b. 1970, Newport News, Virgnia, USA, received his MFA in painting form YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL of ART and his BFA from VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY. currently NYC-based, his work was featured, among other exhibits, in ‘See Me, Feel Me’ at 31 GRAND in Brooklyn.
see: TIM WILSON – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
(timwilsonartist.com)

the show’s curator – JERRY BLACKMAN, b. 1984 NY, was born and raised in New York, and is NYC-based. He received his MFA in Sculpture from YALE UNIVERSITY in 2014. His work was most recently featured in ‘OUROBOROUS IS BROKEN’ at HOMETOWN, in Brooklyn.
see: JERRY BLACKMAN – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

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JERRY BLACKMAN, YALE GRADUATE PROGRAM OPEN STUDIOS, APRIL 27, 2013
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
see: photos from the studio visit – artlovers archive



~RAPHAEL (the) LYON . . roarin’ behind HONEY’S !!

yeah, damnit . . ENLIGHTENMENT !!

and right – now !!

so, yeah I have met the kool kid . . behind HONEY’S / MEAD QUIRKY SIDE !!
RAPHAEL LYON.
of course. the younger bro of NOAH LYON, & also a socially conscious artist – just not so, literally.
used to go by MUDPONY or something like that. MUDBOY !!!!!

which just goes to prove:

1. what goes around . . comes around
2. RAPHAEL & NOAH !! literally, bros of the same mother & father / DANNY LYON !!
4. talking about politically & socially conscious & . . alternative VISION, POTIONS & DREAMS & AMERICAN (SWEET MEAD) CRAFTS
3. it didn’t take long . . for that shoe to drop / IRAN VS TRUMP.
see: IRAN WARNS TRUMP – HIS STANCE IS GOING TO START A WORLD WAR
or:
the opposite of HONEY’S MESSAGE, damn – why can’t the whole world – just grow up, and be like . . BROOKLYN ?

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RAPHAEL LYON aka MUDBOY . . NOV 16, 2007. AD HOC, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

so . . I met RAPHAEL a few times, but the earliest I can recall, and find the pix (!!) is back in the winter of 2007, at a should-be legendary show . . called ‘Secrets of Woonasquatucket – Screenprints from Providence’ – curated by ANDREW MOON BAIN, at the now defunct early Bushwick gallery pioneer – AD HOC.

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RAPHAEL LYON. NOV 17, 2007.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

RAPHAEL is much more comfortable as a behind-the-scenes guy, so maybe that’s why you haven’t heard of him so much, he’s most definite NOT into the mainstream hustle, let alone, the alternative side of things, but obviously, he does POP UP !! in the strangest and really far-out places.

His mom knit his hat, she knits a lot. his dad is the getting famous alternative culture photographer & filmmaker DANNY LYON, who just had a critically acclaimed retrospective at The Whitney, and his bro . . is the outrageous NOAH LYON aka retard riot.

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a wall of RAPHAEL LYON prints . . at the ‘Secrets of Woonasquatucket’ show, Nov 16-Dec 2, 2007. Ad Hoc Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

so:

after I posted that weekend blast . . on HONEY’S CRAFT FAIR, just off the ‘pottery’ post I caught on . . . @senyor_amigo / NICK PAYNE’S feed, lo & behold, in comes this note from long-time-no-see, RAPHAEL !!

“I’m one of the owner’s of Honeys / also Noah’s brother.
Honeys is the tasting room of ENLIGHTENMENT WINES / EnlightenmentWines.com”

accompanied . . with permission to pull some pix about the CRAFT FAIR, off their Instagram feed.

and so here, in the interests of world harmony, a sweet sweet alternative life . . .
not to forget . . healthy bees – much honey, and craft mead !!
and anybody with love potions, you know where to send them / let’s hope to raise a glass of DIY mead in the White House.

here – they are:

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‘WE’RE ALL SCREWED.’
looks that could be a . . t-shirt ?
doomsday artwork by . . the great LEIF GOLDBERG !!

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collab pottery dishes by @hot4chonki / Christina, and @seyor_amigo / NICK PAYNE.

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‘FUCK TRUMP’ buttons by NOAH LYON.
no sibling rivalry . . on these pages !!

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pipe cleaners . . clean up, good – by @mtshelves aka MATTHEW THURBER . . !!
shoulda known.

so . . when IRAN & THE U.S. and let’s face it, whoever else has em nukes !! destroy the world as we know it, and the next wave of aliens arrive to make a new ‘beginning’ . . they might uncover one little guy like this – and say: no wonder they blew themselves up to pieces / or,
hey !! long lost buddy, sorry it took so long for us to come back & save ya.

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@enlightenmentwines: “Look for KOKO the CLOWN on Flushing and Scott. HONEY’S HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR”.

RUN, don’t walk. if ya missed it – there is always, ?????
next year ?!!!!

except for my 3 archival photos from 2007, HONEY’S CRAFT FAIR photos courtesy of @enlightenmentwines via Instagram & RAPHAEL LYON, thank you !!
and good luck !!
and CONGRATS !!
and BEE, . . WELL. and prosper.



~NICK PAYNE . . at HONEY’S, BROOKLYN – TODAY !!

FILE UNDER: “honey from our bees’ – !!!!

NICK PAYNE aka @senyor_amigo . . will be selling “lots of stuff” at the . . HONEY’S CRAFT SALE
TODAY – SAT DEC 10, 2016 / 12 – 7 PM
HONEY’S BAR – 93 SCOTT AVE, EAST WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN.

OTHER COOL VENDORS – TOO !!

12+ VENDORS, SWEETFLAG, ARTIST-MADE OBJECTS. SPIRITS. HERBAL REMEDIES, AND POTIONS, SEX TOYS, MAGIC WANDS,
SMALL BATCH MEADS, CALENDARS, GIFTS, TREATS !!

HONEY’S BROOKLYN SAYS: Come by Honey’s this Saturday and check out crafts abd craft spirits from amazing friends !!
be gone you crporate monsters !!

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NICK PAYNE / @senyor_amigo: Christina and I are selling lots of stuff at the HONEY’S craft sale- gonna have a bunch of colab plates, honey from our bees & she’ll have lots of her own aewsome ceramics.
IMAGE via INSTAGRAM @senyor_amigo

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~DIANNA XU . . BEASTS OF HOGWARTS, BEEHIVE SOCIETY, SAN FRANCISCO

FILE UNDER: FANTASTICAL BEASTS !!

ONE NIGHT ONLY – POP UP / SAT DEC 10, 2016 – SAN FRANCISCO

BEEHIVE SOCIETY PRESENTS: BEASTS OF HOGWARTS
incl: DIANNA XU & MANY OTHER TALENTED, DREAMER LYRICAL ARTIST / ILLUSTRATORS
SAT DEC 10, 2016 / 6 PM
HERON ARTS, 7 HERON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

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DIANNA XU: Beasts of Hogwarts show is happening this Saturday at HERON ARTS.
Can’t wait to see all the other fantastical beasts / Thank You BEEHIVE SOCIETY for inviting me.
#illustration #harrypotter #art #gouache #pen #unicorn #cat
IMAGE via INSTAGRAM @diannaxu

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see: BEEHIVE SOCIETY



~WING GLASS STREET ART . .

WILLIAMSBURG BROOKLYN. OCT 21, 2016
glass mosaics – tagging, on the lighter side of things.
tilting: LYRICAL.

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PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~WING GLASS STREET ART – VOLUNTEER ART SHOW: WILD BIRD FUND OPENING TO-NITE

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wing_glassstreetart: Check out some art at the WILD BIRD FUND – FIRST EVER – VOLUNTEER ART SHOW.
I have a piece in the show and 50% of all sales benefit . . WBF / WILD BIRD FUND.
FRI DEC 9, 2016 / 6 – 8:30 PM
THE SHOW RUNS THRU JAN 15, 2017
565 COLUMBUS AVE at 87th ST.

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DONATE: WILD BIRD FUND



~BPUO2: I WANT TO BELIEVE / OPENING TO-NITE

Bomb Pop-Up Productions Presents:
‘BPUO2:I WANT TO BELIEVE’
Art & Residency
Coustof Waxman Annex – 10 Montgomery St, Park Slope, Brooklyn.NY
#bpubelive #bombpopup

FRI, DEC 9, 2016 / 6 PM – GALLERY OPENING
with visual artists: BRANDI TWILLEY, CARLOS VELA-PRADO, CONSTANZA ALARCON TENNEN, EDWARD MARSHALL SHENK, ESTEBAN CABEZA de BACA, JAMES MILLER, JEFFREY STUKER, JUNG HEE MUN, KENNY RIVERO, ROBERT NAVA, SHAHRZAD CHANGALVAEE,

also – to-nite:
IMPROV ENSEMBLE – curated by JONAH PARZEN-JOHNSON / 7:30 – 9 PM

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GREAT GRAPHICS / FONT & COLOR / yeah. everything, esp design !!
QUELLE LOGO !!
I’M A BELIEVER !!

they are on FACEBOOK: Bomb Pop-Up – FB



~ALFREDO . . sighting

ALFIE and . . ADRIEN sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G . . !!

if, orange is the new black, then ADRIEN BRODY . . must be the new JOSH HARRIS !!

YES, that is . . ALFREDO MARTINEZ,
the notorious BASQUIAT FORGER, not to mention the mastermind behind the live, assault rifle . . SHOOTING ‘GALLERY’ featured in the Sundance winning . . WE LIVE IN PUBLIC documentary.
in . . this photo of Hollywood celeb ADRIEN BRODY, that just surfaced on artsy, a few days ago.

although, note . . Alfredo is not mentioned at all – – in the text !!
ah, artsy / not so antsy !! after all.

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the photo is by Adrien’s mom, SYLVIA PLACHY. and it is recent, dated 2016.

read the whole article: Adrien Brody on Why It’s Never to Late to be an ARTIST.

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JOSH HARRIS, founder of Jupiter.com, fearless leader of Pseudo.com, & star of Sundance winning . . ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, with ALFREDO MARTINEZ, who he had just rescued . . from secret incarceration in CHINA !! Williamsburg, Brooklyn, AUGUST 19, 2010.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

yeah, they are mimicking the famous WARHOL – BASQUIAT photo.
well, at least JOSH . . to his credit, always gave the artists he hung out with, their due respect & publicity credits.



~NICHOLAS STEINDORF: ‘ZACH’ SCREENING TO-NITE / DUSTY CHILDERS’ FASHION TV LIVE, VOX Bizarre, USHWICK

speaking of . . . NICHOLAS STEINDORF.
he will be screening some of his ZACH video / chronicles as part of this wild, wild video FEST !!

DUSTY CHILDERS’ – FASHION TV LIVE
DEIRDRE SARGENT, RACHEL RAMPLEMAN, MATT SPARKS, NICHOLAS STEINDORF
VIDEOS CURATED – BY RANDI SHANDROSKI
PILLOW INSTALLATION – BY FLORENCIA ESCUDERO
THURS, DEC 8, 2016 / 8 – 10 PM
VOX BIZARRE
1080 WYCKOFF AVE – BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.

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whacky cracky / take – it away !!
best video show poster in long time – so . . OFF THE RAILS !!
and look at ZACH – poor naked nerd boy of the future – there on the right.
he’s so . . . . . . . WTF !!!!!!!!

nothing like being a be-speckled young teen boy / future science bio specimen of the digital realm / animal, in a roomful of . . very sexy, POWERFUL, NUBILE – GLAM GIRLS !!

science experiment: BEAM ME . . UP !!!!

YO, JOSH HARRIS !! – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – or die !!!!
or, what !!



~JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER

download: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER . . !!

curious . . about where VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER was heading, and wanting to say thanks !!
for his interest in our ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith’ 2015 – NYC pop-up show . .
I wrote the founder & head honcho . . Paris-based artist JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET for a few words.
this is what he had to say, in his lovely French accent:

VDC / VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER . . is basically an artist-run space, internet-based, that express itself mainly through ‘video game’ releases. In the sense our app are made with video game engine (software).
Myself I’m the creator of it, and now the ‘art director’, but this project is a tool for the artists I like, and my role is more to invite some artist and help them to express their visions in this (video game) medium.

It is where it’s an artist-run space: it’s made by and for artists. It’s a place for experimentation, an alternative art center.

I’d like to have new exhibitions every 3 months.

In January we’ll release both a piece of mine, ‘Collage City’, and ‘Under The Volcano’. ‘Collage City’ is really a virtual piece, like an experimental movie made as a virtual exhibition.

For ‘Under The Volcano’, it is mainly Nick (Brooklyn-based Nicholas Steindorf). He recreates the whole Bowery area. I just help him for some final details, like the soundtrack, and some urban interventions (some collages of mine will be inserted here and there.) I’ll help him with the final technical questions also. But he is doing 90% of the job.

For ‘Under The Volcano’:
As an art center, it is very interesting to recreate an exhibition. And I am very proud and honored VDC will present SIMON CERIGO’s work.
Great honor.”

when I asked JEAN-BAPTISTE . . if ‘Collage City’ will also take place on the Bowery, I loved his answer.
so quirky – so unexpected. so strange, so funny.
very international, and new global w-o-r-l-d.

JEAN-BAPTISTE: “Nope! ‘Collage City’ is centered on Phnom Penh, Cambodia.” – !!!!!!!!!

here are some screenshots of a walk through the piece:

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IMAGES: SCREEN GRABS, JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET, ‘COLLAGE CITY’ on the VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER DIGITAL GAME PLATFORM
COURTESY: the artist



~SIMON CERIGO: UNDER THE VOLCANO . . WILLEM DAFOE

SIMON CERIGOO, RIP. under the ground, but just starting to break . . free.

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SIMON CERIGO, ‘WILLEM DAFOE’, early 1990s.
paint on newspaper. 16 x 24 in. framed.
collection: Theo Cerigo
Photo via Instagram @artloversnewyork

just took this photo yesterday.
Simon’s work just keeps getting . . better and better, as the glory days of the Lower East Side, fade further and further away.



~SIMON CERIGO: UNDER THE VOLCANO . . CULTURE WARS

nothing changes.
CULTURE vs THE US / DUMP TRUMP

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KATE & THEO CERIGO in front of their Dad’s wicked wild Lowr esat Side heyday . . painting.
ps: YES, Kate is wearing a MARK ENGER / EXPLODING SKY . . t-shirt.
RIP MARK, too. RIP: Simon, Dan & MARK.
no wonder, I have no one mad crazy to talk to. though there definite a few contenders in the newest generation – to hit the island.
name two ? Nicholas Steindorf, & Nicholas Moenich, lol shroom show. lol virtual dreams !!
PHOTO BY: DOUGLAS TURNER

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SIMON CERIGO, ‘CULTURE VS US, early 90s. acrylic paint, oil stick, collage on found canvas. wall size.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH – installation shot.
‘Under The Volcano: Simon Cerogo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith’.
June 6, 2015. Chinatown.



~NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . UNDER THE VOLCANO / VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER

DIGITAL . . WORK IN PROGRESS / D-WIP ?!!

NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . is re-creating our ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’ pop-up show – for the VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER platform.

see: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER

the show took place the weekend of JUNE 6-7, 2013 . . in an empty storefront in Chinatown, on the Bowery.
curated by KATE & THEO CERIGO . . who grew up with us, and all our art and drama . . on Rivington St, smack dab in the Lower East Side, when it was raw and truly popping, in the early 80s-mid 90s.
the show was an on-point ‘group’ retrospective, was very well received, and attracted a huge, and young flash mob – at the opening.
it was like all of Brooklyn came out for the . . underground art scene – of days, long past.

it’s really exciting to see the first early advance . . ‘replica’ – digital ‘photos’ – come to life, below.
if you caught the show – you will know . . what I mean !!
bravo – Nicholas !!

& thank you – Paris-based JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET !!
founder/art director of VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER, for your interest in our show !!
and allowing it to come to life, again – in the timeless, digital realm.

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the show’s posters, pasted onto the green construction boarding that fronted the empty, and very LARGE storefront, that was under renovation at the time.

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the view from the street – The Bowery, in Chinatown, just south of Delancey.

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the first ‘wall’ inside the show – as you entered.
large ‘Lemon Head’ t-shirt painting by SIMON CERIGO. I did the the title wall, ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ – in spray paint, the night of the opening. and a large scroll ‘painting’ by DAN ASHER, black oil stick on paper.

ps: check out the floor & wall baseboard details, Nicholas is really building up the raw storefront – true to it’s character.

all 3 images: digital re-constructions, based on photographs – by NICHOLAS STEINDORF / courtesy of the artist.

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the invite card:
SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH, ca. 1981.
archival photo by SHELDON MOSKOVICI, Tribeca loft on Franklin St, NYC. Fall 1981.
the photo was / is mounted to one of Simon’s early, oil pastel . . newspaper collages.
sadly, RIP SIMON, RIP DAN.
KLA / Keeping the Legacy Alive / Nancy: “ya got a platform, use it !!”
funny, how things . . work that way.

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith’
A pop up painting show: Lower East Side 80’s art scene, New York City
June 6 Saturday 2-10pm
June 7 Sunday 11am-6pm
Opening reception: June 6, 2015, 6-10pm
169 Bowery Street New York NY 10002
underthevolcano.les@gmail.com – curated by KATE and THEO CERIGO

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the show’s young curators, KATE and THEO CERIGO – on the night of the opening, June 7, 2013.
in front of their dad, SIMON CERIGO’S . . large acrylic painting, ca late 1980s, on found ‘canvas’, un-stretched.
they grew up right in the thick of it, the glory days of the Lower East Side, in a raw, hardcore art-filled storefront, the west storefront.
5 Rivington St. – just 2 doors up from the Bowery.

great photo by – DOUGLAS TURNER.
read his review: ‘Under the Volcano’ – AOT / ARCHITECTURE of TOMORROW / ART & CULTURE



~DAN ASHER . . NADA, MIAMI

OH, YEAH !!
UNDER THE VOLCANO, watch out !!

MARTOS GALLERY is offering several ‘knock-you-out-of-the-box’ works, of varied sizes & mediums . . .
by the late, great . . DAN ASHER.
they are on view at their BOOTH #2.04, NADA.

ok, so listen up.
DAN ASHER . . has not seen his glory days yet, in terms of the market, but that’s just because – the market is slow, and d-u-m-b.
everybody who is anybody in NYC, has a couple of, if not 10 of . . Dan’s works tucked away.
& filed under: BEST POTENTIAL – TO BLOW UP . . BIG !!
I would take one DAN ASHER – for any 10 pieces YOU are buying.
that’s for sure.

if you have any art ‘eyeballs’ whatsoever, you’d be rushing over & buying them – up.
MARTOS seems to have priced them – as close to the bone as he can.

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DAN ASHER, ‘Untitled’, 1981.
pastel on paper, 16.75 x 13.75 in.
($7,500)

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DAN ASHER, ‘Untitled’, 1980s.
tempera on paper, 25.25 x 19.25 in.
($12,000)

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DAN ASHER, ‘Untitled’, 1982.
oil stick and acrylic on canvas. 48 x 75 in.
($60,000)

see more images: DAN ASHER at MARTOS – scroll down

all images courtesy: MARTOS GALLERY.



~JEFFREY TRANCHELL . . NADA, MIAMI

OBJECT-IVITY . . . . . !!

JEFFREY TRANCHELL, ‘Jankee Bean’, 2016. (lamp.)
Latex paint, spackle, stucco, concrete patch, and faux stone on wood with light bulb, socket and cord.

at THE JOURNAL GALLERY, NADA Miami Beach – Booth 3.03

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image courtesy of the artist.

see: JEFFREY TRANCHELL – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE