~TIFFANY POLLACK: HOLDING SPACE . . opening tonight in Chelsea

many of you know TIFFANY GRACE POLLACK – as ANDREW GUENTHER’s wife, and the mother of his 2 young children.

TANJA GRUNERT is pleased to announce . . ‘TIFFANY POLLOCK: HOLDING SPACE’ (as part of the next 3 women exhibition). Pollack’s exhibition ‘HOLDING SPACE’ explores the way she has held space for herself and her family, and the ways in which it has been held for her.

“We all hold space. There is a continuum on which we provide support by observing mindfully, letting go of judgement. I’ve found that if I practice awareness and gratitude, and surrender my thought illusions around fear, anger and control, I feel closer to Love, Self-Actualization, God, The Infinite, or whatever you want to call It – It’s so profound I find that assigning words feels limiting.” ~TIFFANY POLLACK
(from the press release)

‘TIFFANY POLLACK: HOLDING SPACE’
opens THURS JUNE 23, 2016 / 6-8 PM
the exhibit runs thru the summer
TANJA GRUNERT, 524 WEST 19TH ST, CHELSEA, NYC

see more images: TIFFANY POLLACK – HOLDING SPACE

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TIFFANY POLLACK – ‘SACRED SPACE’, looks to be beaten copper.

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TIFFANY POLLACK – painting.
all images above – courtesy of the gallery.

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I really like this photo, of Andrew & Tiffany’s daughter, Easter Lily – that Tiffany just posted to Instagram – this am.

@tiffanygracepollack . . #schoolsoutforsummer #lastday #luau #sharkbiteunite

and . . . here’s a FLASHBACK !!
FROM THE ARTLOVERS . . . ARCHIVE !!

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ANDREW GUENTHER & TIFFANY POLLACK, SEPT 15, 2011, CHELSEA, NYC.
that’s one of Andrew’s large acrylic paintings behind them, and, a very untypical one, too.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH



~ESTHER RUIZ . . POST REAL WORLD / opens tonight, STREAM GALLERY, BROOKLYN

speak of the . . . !!

ESTHER RUIZ . .
is in another group show, this one curated by @alt_esc_ . . .
opening tonight / WED JUNE 22, 2016 / 7-10 PM

‘POST REAL WORLD’ – with: WICKERHAM & LOMAX, ESTHER RUIZ, JONATHAN CHECLER
curated by ALT ESC: a curatorial platform, magazine & subculture archive located in Brooklyn & run by . . . ALISON SIRICO & IRINA V MAKAROVA.
opening WED JUNE 22, 2016
the show runs thru JULY 5, 2016
STREAM GALLERY, 1196 MYRTLE AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.

AFTER-PARTY: HappyFun Hideaway / 10 PM – 2AM !!
HappyFun Hideaway . . brought to you by . . . “the free spirits who brought you – Secret Project Robot”. (!!)

read more: Alt Esc Platform

YES, get more info & see exhibit pix: Post Real World – Alt Esc Platform

YES, get another take on the show & more info: Post Real World – STREAM GALLERY

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@alt_esc_: “so excited to be showing this ESTHER RUIZ / @esther_ruiz cosmic piece at our upcoming group show ‘post real world’ June 22 @streamgallery”

yep, I’m definite into the industrial chic . . the functional mundane that crosses over . . from the concrete, (not to forget Home Depot and wood grain !! even if it’s just the background for this photo !!) . . . industrial mirrors and neon light i.e. the ‘wild card’ functional — into the night, the unknown, the magic, . . and mmmmmmulti-cosmic.
‘Ritual that transcends’ . . does come to mind, too.

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@alt_esc_: @esther_ruiz installing her piece for ‘post real world’ opening June 22 @streamgallery.”

all images via instagram @alt_esc_



~PETER SUTHERLAND, PATRICK HILL, JOSHUA ABELOW . . It’s So Cold, Bahamas Biennale, Detroit

cooler than . . . cool.

‘It’s So Cold’ – PETER SUTHERLAND, PATRICK HILL & JOSHUA ABELOW
opened last Fri, June 18, 2016
BAHAMAS BIENNALE – 1600 Clay St, Suite 220, Detroit, Michigan

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PETER SUTHERLAND, from trash . . . to crystal.

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PETER SUTHERLAND, from Home Depot . . TECO TESTED

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PATRICK HILL, from out of YOUR depth . . .

JOHUA-ABELOW-at-Bahamas-Biennale
JOSH ABELOW . . . to, beyond YOUR MEANS.

COLD STEEL METAL, indeed.
get me to Detroit. p-r-o-n-t-o !!!!!

all images via Instagram: @bahamas_biennale



~DANIEL DAVIDSON . . SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

DANIEL DAVIDSON opens a solo show in SAN DIEGO – tonight, SAT JUNE 18, 2016.

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DANIEL DAVIDSON – ‘SUGGESTION BOX’
OPENS SAT, JUNE 18, 2016
the show runs: JUNE 18 – OCT 21, 2016
SCOTT WHITE CONTEMPORARY – 989 WEST KALIMA, SAN DIEGO, CA

see: MORE PIX & INFO ON SHOW – GALLERY WEBSITE

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DANIEL DAVIDSON, ‘RACING THOUGHTS’, 2013
acrylic on archival panel, 20 x 16 in.

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DANIEL DAVIDSON, ‘DURING DINER’, 2005
mixed media on canvas, 66 x 58 in.

both images courtesy SCOTT WHITE CONTEMPORARY

so, I did a great studio visit DANIEL DAVIDISON, and TRICIA KEIGHTLEY this past Feb 2016. do I like to hoard my pix, or what ?!!

I’m looking to post them in the deep heat of summer – July 2016.
why ?
because – they are HOT !!
check back – then !!

OK …. here’s a little teaser:

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DANIEL DAVIDSON in his kitchen, in Brooklyn. Feb, 21, 2016

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DANIEL shows me inside his fab fab indie artist book .. ‘A MORE BRIGHTER IDEA’, screen printed by the always awesome . . . KAYROCK.

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DANIEL DAVIDSON, ‘A MORE BRIGHTER IDEA’.

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DANIEL DAVIDSON – a page from a sketchbook.
sweet, with just a dab of . . . scary !!

ALL DANIEL DAVIDSON BROOKLYN STUDIO PIX: NANCY SMITH, FEB 21, 2016.



~MELISSA BROWN . . at MAGENTA PLAINS

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MELISSA BROWN . . at MAGENTA PLAINS
image via Instagram – @magentaplains

Q: if the ‘Ace of Spades’ is at the center of your ‘universe’ – are you on the Stairway to Heaven ?

and, then: ‘What’s in your Wallet’, er . . cards !!

MELISSA BROWN, ‘Past, Present, Future’
JUNE 15 – JULY 27, 2016
MAGENTA PLAINS – 94 ALLEN ST., LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC

ARTLOVERS GOLDEN FLASHBACK: to the SPRING of 2004 – more than 10 years ago.

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MELISSA BROWN . . at the ‘ROWDY RE-MIX’ group show . . at ATM GALLERY, when it was . . in the EAST VILLAGE, NYC.
MAY 29, 2004
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH – first published in artnet.

for the FULL RE-MIX, including MICHAEL WILLIAMS, MARIE LORENZ, JESSICA CIOCCI, BEN JONES, BILLY GRANT, JOE GRILLO – and even STEVE POWERS !!!, see:

see: ‘OUT IN THE BIG APPLE – SPRING 2004’ .. ART LOVERS NEW YORK – PHOTOS BY NANCY SMITH / artnet

yeah, even . . BILLY GRANT !!
damn, if I don’t say so – myself !!



~ESTHER RUIZ . . at UNDERDONK

totally digging this piece by . . ESTHER RUIZ, currently on exhibit at UNDERDONK.

‘Onion By The Ocean’ – a grouping of sculptures . .
organized by . . ESSYE KLEMPNER & ELISA SOLIVEN.
MAY 14 – JUNE 26, 2016
UNDERDONK, 1329 WILLOUGHBY AVE #211, BROOKLYN

more about: ‘Onion By The Ocean’ – gallery website

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ESTHER RUIZ, ‘Universal Thought’, 2015.
image via Instagram – @underdonk

besides all the obvious ‘plastic’ reasons, educated art world check list – fulfilled . . .
this piece really provoked, and thrilled me – on first glance.
provoked my imagination, and kidnapped my earth-bound existence and took me to another dimension . . at first sight . . might be the better way to say it.

the very definition of trans-formational . . this piece is so radical, you just want to pick it up by its weight lifter’s heart, and fling it outward with strong arm, no doubt – right back – at the unknown but magical universe – from which it sprung !!

this is the kind of piece that wherever it finds itself, and it looks mighty easy to set down, anywhere – another beautiful feather in its multi-feathered cap, that says: things are NOT what they seem. there is more to life, to existence, to life, to magic, to stones, to bones, to light . . . than we can ever imagine.

it is a resting bowl of concrete that contains a fire of . . crystal.

yep, that good.



~Adrian K . . fish out of water

talking about the EVIL EYE, or is that, the . . THIRD EYE !!

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ADRIAN K . . ‘Fish Foods”
image via Instagram – @adriankart

it’s kind of dopey, but that’s part of its charm – it’s also so totally OFF THE WALL.

we. me & Theo . . . meet ADRIAN K at Grumpy Bert a while back – in fact we bought his ‘Dragon’ series – on red envelopes for Chinese New Year 2016.



~REGELVERK . . STICKER FEST, MALMO, SWEDEN / sm111le, krasemel , gosta_fjortis

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@REGELVERK . . in @sm111le cap. / @krasemel graff/artwork on the wall behind him.

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@regelverk is putting together the first ever sticker art sticker show – in Sweden. ‘awesome’. there’s . . still time to get your work – in !!

OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS !! FROM MALMO, SWEDEN
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – FOR STICKER / PASTE UP – SUBMISSIONS
STICKERFEST – DEADLINE: 10 JULY 2016
SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: J.TJERNGREN – BROBYGATAN 14
21443 MALMO, SWEDEN

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here’s a submission of stickers by . . a Swedish artist: gosta_fjortis.

I really like this, though I’m scared when there’s ‘lettering’ in a foreign language, I don’t want to be an idiot and support any beliefs I do not share. or that are nasty, but somehow this feels good vibes . . . ?
here’s hoping.

I like many things about this, here are some: the multi-colored American cowboy ‘bandanna’ imagery, the mid-eastern evil eye, the up-right palm, the cultural smash-up.

I also use ‘cowboy’ bandannas, esp vintage ones – to repair my quilts. they are still so cheap, $1 a pop – in a 99 cent store. and, still 100% cotton.
100% American.

all images via Instagram – @regelverk



~REGELVERK . . STICKER ART – in EARLY AMERICAN QUILT / FORMATION !!

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regelverk’s sticker art . . arranged (though he probably doesn’t know it) in an early American piecework quilt . . pattern / lay-out. I don’t remember how I exactly stumbled upon regelverk’s Instagram feed.
but I do know . . the patterning of his hand-drawn sticker presentation – is what instantly attracted me, myself being a deep lone wolf believer – in early American quilts, with quite a large personal collection – running in age from the recent to the very colonial, and all in various states of condition, from well-worn but preserved, to excellent condition – to the ultra raggedy. I have also studied quilt patterns & their lore for many, many decades by now.

some people have pigeons, I have quilts. my most favorite thing to do – is to hand-stitch and repair thesequilts. esp the most raggedy. .
as well, the warm vibrant colors in the regelverk sticker art – also resonated with my quuilt. they echo the simple but rich hued home dyes of long ago fabrics. as well as the wood block printed & stenciled textiles that evolved.

I always think . . it must have something to with being the outsider, the ‘Montrealaise’ Canadienne . . coming to America. and esp finding my inspiration in the North East Kingdom. we didn’t have a tradition of quilts in Old Montreal, we had . . furs.
kind of like ‘The Revenant’ – the film.

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this lay-out would be . . a very early & simple patchwork pattern, called: Postage Stamp.

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sticker. sticker on the . . tape roll. the essence of ‘piece’ work.

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if you follow my quilt work, you know this is how I like to photograph my repairs, laid out on the floor like this, rather than on a bed.
the better to see the ‘plastic’ formality.

I also use many, many patches, both old, archival pieces I’ve found over the years – as well as patches made by contemporary artists, and ribbons, too. to make the repairs, so … this really rocks for me.

as well I like bold, graphic design, that is open to many interpretations.
I’m talking about .. the Finger, lol.

all images via Instagram – @regelverk



~regelverk . . I want to believe.

JENS REGLER TTT aka regleverk . . .
street artist – based in Malmo, SWEDEN.

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@regelverk: “I want to believe.”

image via Instagram – @regelverk

I want to believe, too.
I want to believe . . . in the beauty of the world.



~ABE LINCOLN Jr . . . & PHETUS: LIVE PAINTING TODAY, WELLING COURT, QUEENS

“PHRIENDS PHOREVER” . . . . !!!!!

ABE LINCOLN JR. X PHETUS – LIVE PAINTING COLLABORATION
TODAY – SAT JUNE 11, 2016
WELLING COURT MURAL PROJECT, QUEENS, NYC.

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~SEAN VEGEZZI, OLMO SCHNABEL, PARIS VENTURE, MERCER TULLIS, ANDREW KASS & SPENCER TULLIS & even some 34JOEY !!

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SEAN VEGEZZI, OLMO SCHNABEL, and PARIS VENTURE . . .
at the JIM JOE opening, at THE HOLE, NYC. April 28, 2016.

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MERCER TULLIS, ANDREW KASS, and SPENCER TULLIS . . .
JIM JOE opning, THE HOLE, NYC. April 28, 2016.

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MERCER TULLIS . . did the awesome, ghostly-realistic pencil line drawing on my copy of the ’34 JOEY’ BOOKLET. Put out last DEC 2015, along with the crew’s short film: WWW.34JOEY.COM – the ad hoc booklet, was a hand-published, DIY limited edition of 40, with each cover a unique drawing by different members of the crew & their friends/collaborators – at the time. it’s kind of a fluid, floating scene. hooray.
very . . born & breed downtown local, Tribeca NYC scene.
tight knit, but fluid. always, right on the – mark.

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34JOEY BOOKLETS on display, just outside the 34 Street – Hudson Yards Subway Station, West Side, NYC.
Photo: Dec 12. 2015

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ANDREW KASS and SPENCER TULLIS, with the pop-up display of 34JOEY BOOKLETS.
note . . the new building construction – going up behind them !!
Photo: Dec 12, 2015

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which meant . . real time / real life – ‘Joeys’ – as construction workers are fondly known as in NYC – were watching the action, but without knowing . . they were indeed – the focus of attention.
Photo: Dec 12, 2015

see: WWW.34JOEY.COM

ALL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~SEAN VEGEZZI – LAUNCHES NEW BOOK, SNOW CAB . . LOOSE JOINTS, LONDON ………… UP-DATE: JUNE 12, 2016/2:03 PM

up-date: SUN, JUNE 12, 2016 – biggest, mass killing in the USA – homophobic/terrorist.

“The whole narrative of ‘Snow Cab’ is to comment on the commercialization / monetization / ownership at work around us – specifically to do with terror attacks, pain, anxierty, etc.” ~ SEAN VEGEZZI, via email.June 10, 2016.

end – update.

also – last, ok a few . . weekends ago:

NYC-based SEAN VEGEZZI . . launched a new indie book, ‘SNOW CAB’ . .
with LOOSE JOINTS, a cutting edge publishing house and design studio in London, UK.
the launch took place last Thursday, May 27, 2016 – in a suitably vacant, retro-commercial space.
you can just file it under: industrial & raw, urban exploration art !!

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this was the flyer for the launch . . .
“SEAN VEGEZZI . . . selected One Crown Court as the location to for his book launch, due to its versatility, clean lines, excellent natural light and interesting floor plate.”
do they mean . . floor plan ?

knowing Sean well, I would also add, that he was most likely attracted as well – to the ‘outsize’ retail dimensions, the now vacant barrenness, and the outmoded interior look – which is actually quite ‘sweet’ meaning slick and scary !! – looking back, with newborn industrial post-modern eyes.

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“Classic Sean Vegezzi being a flirt at our Studio with the wet proof of Snow Cab book available next week @offprint.projects.”
image & text via LOOSE JOINTS – @jointsloose

yes, see: OFF PRINT LIBRARY – LONDON 2016

which happens to be . . an ‘avant garde’ art publishing fair – featuring books & items on art, photo, design, music, architecture @PalazzoClerci, Milano & Tate, London.

this is the 2nd edition – and it looks totally happening.
GO, SEAN !!

the book is also available online at LOOSE JOINTS . . .

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LOOSE JOINTS is . . . LEWIS CHAPLIN . . & SARAH P-ESPENON.
(with a most minimal style approach, btw)

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love their home page !!
super classic.

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the SEAN VEGEZZI book . . is currently the 2nd box in from the left – on the top line.

here’s the specific link to the book: SEAN VEGEZZI – SNOW CAB



~DREW MILLER, ESSENTIAL SKIMMING . . SEATTLE

NYC-based DREW MILLER . .
was in a pop-up group show last weekend in SEATTLE, WASHINGTON.
ok, so the show is down. damn, blinked and missed it, but the poster is GREAT !!
and looks like the show – was too.
so . . here it is:

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see: Common AREA Maintenance – fb



~CHESTER BROWN & SAMMY HARKHAM, CAKE . . CHICAGO

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ps: that’s SAMMY, on the right.

CHESTER BROWN and SAMMY HARKHAM – IN CONVERSATION
(ART, GOD, MOTHERS, TOM DEVLIN)
AT CAKE, SUNDAY, JUNE 12th at 11:30am
– COFFEE & DONUTS A POSSIBILITY TOO –
CAKECHICAGO.COM

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from the artlovers archive:

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SAMMY HARKHAM . .
at the ‘KRAMERS ERGOT 7’ book release party, Desert Island, Brooklyn, NY.
DEC 8, 2008.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

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the cover of ‘KRAMERS ERGOT – 7’
image: artlovers archive.

lol:

the book listed for $125 – when it first came out in 2008, and there was a lot of bitching back then – about the ‘high’ price . . . even though it was a huge 16 x 21 in. coffee table sized hardcover, a very high quality / full color production . . and an amazingly hard-core, cutting edge, curated anthology – with many, very talented contributors.

it now lists, used . . for $268.99 on amazon.

I believe SAMMY HARKHAM did the cover art.



~ANYA DAVIDSON, CAKE . . CHICAGO

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ANYA DAVIDSON . . . ‘PLANET GLOOM’

“FRONT COVER for a new 14 page riso zine about street harassment, misanthropy & robotics engineering I’m working on for CAKE – printed by MATT DAVIS of PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE PRESS”.

see: ANYA DAVIDSON – tumblr
http://anyaisdead.tumblr.com/

(lol, Anya .. is dead !!)

CAKE – CHICAGO ALTERNATIVE COMICS / is this weekend / JUNE 11 & 12, 2016 / 11am – 6pm

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from the artlovers archive:

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ANYA DAVIDSON . . .
at the (now defunct) BROOKLYN COMICS and GRAPHICS FESTIVAL, Brooklyn, NY.
DEC 3, 2011.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH



~ABE LINCOLN Jr. . . NYC / Charlie Brown ? not.

Summer in the city . . . can’t take the heat ?
Finger by . . Abe.

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Abe Lincoln Jr, ‘city intervention’ – photo image by @BKLenny / @BKLENNY – via Instagram
#streetart #nyc #streetartnyc

nice light bouncing off the hot steel, or what.
black & white: rules. urban hieroglphs. code for civilized/non-civilized . . behavior ?
industrial chic – too. not too shabby, either.

& file under: epiphany

It suddenly struck me that Abe Lincoln Jr is the great anti-Schulz. Charles M. Schulz; the Peanuts, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, even Peppermint Patty and all – of street art & this generation’s answer . . to the demise of comics in the dailies / newspapers.
and, the M stands for Monroe.
Monroe, Lincoln, get it ?

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arrgh . . can’t take the heat.
I’m melting, melting, melting – I tell ya.

sticker art by ABE LINCOLN JR – via Instagram @abelincolnjr
@abelincolnjr: ‘#finalmeltdown”.

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sticker art by ABE LINCOLN JR via Instagram @abelincolnjr
“Put this up by a bougie outdoor cafe at Lincoln Jr Center”.

haha. your mom’s Charlie Brown, not.



~JIM JOE VS . . TAYLOR McKIMENS ?? / no brainer: WIN WIN

INFINITY PACKAGE !!
meaning . . . ?
it’s a . . . TIE !!

A ‘TIE’ . . . TO DIE FOR.

PIX FROM THE OPENING OF:
‘JIM JOE – LOOK MEANS MEMORIZE’, APRIL 28 – MAY 22, 2016
THE HOLE, 312 BOWERY. DOWNTOWN, NYC

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JIM JOE, ‘ALWAYS RETURN TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME’, 2016
INK ON CANVAS*, 20 x 16 INCHES
($3,000)

*mostly poorly stretched canvases – part of the charm, no doubt.
don’t laugh, if you have any of JOE BRADLEY’S . . early, cheaply made, & most definite poorly stretched human ‘geo’ ‘segment’ canvases, you are laughing all the way to the bank.

at any rate as you can see, I’m pretty much very bored with what’s out there, right now. and, it’s most definite turning into a summer of . . returning to the ‘scene of the crime’.
(just like the presidential race, don’t get me started.)

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oh oh, I SPY a . . TAYLOR McKIMENS PAINTING !!

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the money . . shot !!

did that narrative go by – too fast ?

ok, here’s the long version:

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I believe that should read, ‘PICTURES ARE WORTH MORE THAN WORDS’- and, IF you do not believe that, then;
‘VISIT THE IMPRISONED’ . . . of, their own imagination.

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pretty straightforward.
I, myself wear a gold charm that says: ALREADY DEAD.
@eattheleaf aka ANDREW GUENTHER made it.

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doggie days of summer.
and of course, my . . #puppylove ZORA.

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oh, yeah.

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TAYLOR McKIMEN’S (desolate) bar narrative – up for sale, in the back office.

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detail.
#mood

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lol, how did that run of pix work . . for ya ?

no joke, though about Taylor’s paintings becoming . . “increasingly un-affordable”, after his blockbuster show of . . ‘heads’, also at THE HOLE – this past FALL 2015, titled:
‘STOIC YOUTH’, running SEPT – OCT 2015.
see: TAYLOR McKIMENS – ‘STOIC YOUTH’ / THE HOLE

Taylor McKimens

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TAYLOR McKIMENS. ‘Sundown Somewhere’, 2012
acrylic on canvas, 60 x 84 in.
($17,500).

I first saw, and was absolutely STUNNED BY . . this TAYLOR McKIMENS beaut – at the intense but brief snowflake of a pop-up, PAUL BRIGHT . . did for Taylor back in the winter of 2015.
‘TAYLOR McKIMENS COMMISSIONS BY BRIGHT LYONS, 2008 – 2015’ / OPENING FEB 17, 2015
POP-UP – WEST 19th St, CHELSEA, NYC / FEB 3 – 17, 2015.

that’s only about a year and a half ago. if you had half a brain, (or if I had half your dough) somebody else, would be laughing very very heartily all the way to the bank. as it is, it seems to have remained in Paul’s . . bright, and prescient hands, and it is now up for sale.
the price is SO way up there, nobody wants to divulge it. haha.
yep that high. I’d guess easily over $60, $80,000. maybe even more.
and deservedly, so.

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TAYLOR McKIMENS . . with one of his paintings behind him.
‘TAYLOR McKIMENS COMMISSIONS BY BRIGHT LYONS, 2008-2015’ . . OPENING, CHELSEA POP-UP, NYC.
FEB 3, 2015
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

if you want to see more pix from that opening,
check out: ARTLOVERS: TAYLOR McKIMENS . . PIX FROM THE OPENING: ‘COMMISSIONS BY BRIGHT LYONS’, FEB 3, 2015

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~busted . . NANCY SMITH at JIM JOE VS LEWY

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somebody . . caught me at the JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘PIECE OF DIRT’ opening, NYC. April 1, 2016.

haha, April Fools !!
the hipster on the right, in orange plaid – be . . me.

NANCY SMITH . . at the JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘PIECE OF DIRT’ OPENING, CHINATOWN POP-UP, NYC.
APRIL 1, 2016.

image via Instagram . . @rossnzkiwi

ps: have No idea who he is, except he’s prob from New Zealand, but love the beauty & randomness of . . the photo. nice photo, dude.



~JIM JOE VS LEWY: THE BOOK

DIARY / AN 800 PAGE INDEX OF COLLABORATIVE DRAWINGS BY JIM JOE & LEWY / LIMITED EDITION OF 100 / EACH WITH A UNIQUE DRAWING AS THE COVER / EACH SIGNED & NUMBERED ON THE BACK PAGE / $250 EACH

PS: JUST SOLD OUT – IT WAS AVAILABLE LAST TIME I LOOKED (LAST WEEK).

btw: 100 x $250 = $25,000.

check it out: JIM JOE VS LEWY WEBSITE / DIARY

one of the more interesting & original ‘statements’ of the JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘PIECE OF DIRT’ POP-UP SHOW – was the book. if you couldn’t spring for a drawing, (line painting ?) on canvas
. . maybe you could peel off enough greenbacks – for a limited edition, signed & numbered, very large, DIY, almost BIBLICAL . . . book of drawings ?!!

I did.

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the ‘book’ – was on the ‘sales’ desk as you entered the show.
but you couldn’t flip through that one – it was being kept in mint condition – as in, FOR SALE.

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but there was one you could freely rifle through – hanging by chain, in a back corner of the room.

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it was kind of a communal vs dominant bully kind of thing. no. really, everyone was very polite about taking turns, but some dedicated followers insisted on perusing the entire 800 pages. really.

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it was like a giant – flip book.

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inside, it was very straight-forward, with minimal fuss. a great lay-out, great graphics, font, etc. gray tones, frame on page, etc etc.
just like everything in this show: absolutely on point.
trend setter.
ahead of the curve.

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DIY. LOW-FI.
but definite the image was . . KING.

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lol, the pages were . . numbered.
oh gawd, love that. the placement, the scale/size. the font.
the sheer audacity, scale & . . irony.
800 pages.

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429.
do I have to spell it – love how it’s . . TYPE FONT !!
you have to know . . when to fold.

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action.

kinetic sculpture – in another era ?
also totally dug that any ‘conceptualism’ was treated – as just another part of the game.
a design / production decision. aka . . the way things were. that made the show pop. the totality.

in, and of itself – a radical decision.

also: vs. the ZINE !! that slim red-headed DIY art book . . stepson.

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hand-written, hand-formed . . letters – rule. year of the monkey.

somebody will write the paper, no doubt: digital computers & the renaissance of the DIY script / calligraphy.

small gestures – that really really count.

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this book – has heft.
ball . . and chain ?
(ever get an email . . from SEAN VEGEZZI ?!!)

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yes, that is: JOWY ROMANO . . of subway art blog . .

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shadows, too.
ghost army.

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I went back to see the show again the next day, and to buy a book.
BENEDICT was manning the sales desk.

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there were two copies on the desk, numbers 28 & 29.

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I picked the one on the right.
besides having the most minimal of all dragon-y scrawls, it proclaimed:
YOURE NOT PERFECT EITHER.

take that (fill in the blank) haters.
go find . . your own ghost army.

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plus, a little doggie – in the corner !!

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29/100.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘PIECE OF DIRT’, 148 BOWERY, CHINATOWN, NYC. POP-UP, APRIL 2-10, 2016.
OPENED APRIL 1, 2016
PHOTOS TAKEN: APRIL 1 & 2, 2016.