~SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER & NANCY SMITH / POP-UP SHOW – SAT JUNE 6

SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER & NANCY SMITH – POP-UP ART SHOW & PARTY
CHINATOWN STOREFRONT – BOWERY & BROOME / SAVE THE DATE – SAT JUNE 6, 2015

DETAILS – TO POST JUNE 1st


SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, and NANCY SMITH – NYC, 1982
ARCHIVAL PHOTO BY SHELDON MOSKOVICI – COLLECTION: NANCY SMITH

BACK WHEN, WHEN EVERYTHING — SEEMED POSSIBLE, ALL OUR DREAMS & VISIONS.

SIMON’S SON, THEO CERIGO – INVITES Y’ALL TO A BIG ONE DAY/ONE NIGHT POP-UP ART SHOW & PARTY . . .

CELEBRATING THE ART WORK of THREE FRIENDS, TWO of WHOM ARE GONE to THAT BIG STUDIO in the SKY, and the 3rd, his mom NANCY SMITH – runs this site.


SIMON CERIGO, ‘CHARCOAL HEAD with PAPER FANS’, ca 1984.
charcoal, acrylic paint, found paper fans on paper. 38 x 50 in.
COLLECTION: THEO CERIGO & KATE CERIGO


NANCY SMITH, ‘BLUE TAMBOURINE, OLD ITALIAN TAROT CARD’ SERIES, ca. 1984.
acrylic paint on paper, 38 x 50 ins.
COLLECTION: THEO CERIGO & KATE CERIGO


DAN ASHER, ‘FACE’, ca. 1984.
oil stick on paper, 20 x 28 ins.
COLLECTION: THEO CERIGO & KATE CERIGO

PHOTOS OF ARTWORK: NANCY SMITH



~JERRY SALTZ vs ROBERT STORR – ROUND TWO !! SIMON CERIGO CRASHES THE TALK PARTY – !!

the local YALIES – JOIN THE FRAY – and, stick by their guy – !!

“in terms of SALTZ vs STORR . . . JERRY SALTZ is a lounge act. (!!)
Have a show with some titties in it and he will write a review.
Have a nice ass and he will write a good review.”

“Also ‘Rob’ has only been there since 2010/11 . . . if the art world is so fast that we should have the next hottest artist in 5 years . . then NO thank you !!!!!!”

artlovers: why the hell, not ? and YES, the art world is that fast !!
and, not only DO YOU KNOW YOU IT, but YOU WANT TO BE – IT, THAT HOT artist, really really badly !! like within 1 year of getting that hard-won Greenpoint apt, or that postage stamp-sized Bushwick studio. if not just so that you can actualy eat, as well as . . pay the rent.

and, further . . whoever hasn’t scored a gallery, no matter how shaky, within 6 months of getting to our fair little island, from the land-locked waters of the Yale Grad program, depression lurks around every corner, and meets every new Facebook event. it’s a veritable musical chairs !! Yale – style !!!
bring on the Greenpoint – shipping containers !! now, that’s a well done solution, DIY !!
olordy, I can just imagine it, the competing Yale newbie pop-up shipping container – wars !!

“ROB is an incredible educator who is not doing the Columbia (!!!!) thing – which is to be hip and fashionable.”

artlovers: Rirkrit Tiravanija . . . are you gonna take that – lying down ?

“I am biased, but I went to YALE because I don’t care about the SALTZ’S in the world . . . I don’t care about the VITO SCHNABEL’S . . . I make work. I make ideas, and I really believe that most of my classmates in the graduate program feel the same.
ALSO, YALE gives incredible FINANCIAL AID and scholarship – more than most schools. I would never have been able to study there if ROB had not restructured the program from the BOCHNER/HALLEY days (they used to have LOBSTER DINNERS). (!!)

artlovers: well friggin no wonder BOCHNER/HALLEY got so many students into galleries here, everybody knows that’s the way into the critics’ inner circle here, – give ‘em a lobster dinner. if SIMON, SIMON CERIGO, RIP was still around, he’d be chipping in, like a little song bird !!

ghost of SIMON CERIGO: private, LOBSTER dinners, haha !! key to many a success. back in the day, when MIAMI BASEL was just baby stepping it, they threw huge LOBSTER-LOADED BUFFETS here in NYC – to get the NYC collectors on board. I often saw that power duo, ROBERTA & JERRY . . at the private, night-before-opening lobster-laden previews at DAVID ZWIRNER.

artlovers: SIMON . . . being a bit ‘leaning’ to the mainstream, and quite academic, some would say encyclopedic about his art, and sometimes just outright stodgy, if truth be told, adored and worshiped at the altar of ROBERTA !! Roberta and he always greeted each year, esp as the years grew into decades, with many a casual pleasantry, and much info exchange on Simon’s part. Simon was the consummate FLANEUR.

Roberta was more tight-lipped, paid professional that she is.

though Simon could always tell when I had written something really outrageous, or in opposition to her point of view – on artlovers . . . just by her expression !! then he’d rush home and exclaim, what the f did you write – ?!!

in fact whenever she stopped to converse with him, no matter how briefly, he would rush home to report it like a grade A report card. and then he would call CHARLIE FINCH to make the requisite nightly report, his encounter with Roberta headlining the night’s events. He also always touted Zwirner’s shows, and I wonder, why ? lobster !! he was probably the only starving artist – they let in. I mean the dude did get around, and he liked that European agenda.
name names ?
well, for sure Simon jump-started the tidal wave craze for . . . THOMAS RUFF.
starting with the first online found porn blurry images of 2001, 2002, and 2003. come to think of it, Simon was a bit of a ‘lounge’ act, himself !!

but he also totally loved THOMAS RUFF’S blurry landscape photos and, the crazy abstract ‘Substrat Series’ . . .

in fact, I would hazard being sued, by speculating that ZWIRNER’S buzz, if not actual sales – has totally, ok ‘just’ . . fallen off with Simon gone. for sure, their 2014 CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS photography exhibit would have blown up huge, if Simon had still been with around. but despite a huge $$ / pr investment – and a MOMA exhibit, or two – it pretty much fizzled. well, anyway, as far as I can tell, without having Simon running back to tell me what big ‘user’ collector, and he HAD many of those losers in his party circle – now had 5 on their living room wall. and, none paid a thin dime, let alone a penny for the ‘consulting’. and Zwirner ?
well, Zwirner let him into the lobster fests.

as for Roberta ?
Simon would have been very hurt that she and Jerry didn’t show for his memorial, or make even one dedicated line addressed to his untimely passing, in JAN 2013 – in their press platforms. although both the OBSERVER and artinfo came up with some well-written, much appreciated, and not to forget . . entertaining obits !!

as for CHARLIE FINCH ?
he’d be asayin’: “never under-estimate that Nancy. Crackula – rules” !!
thanks, dude. learnt my ‘spin’ doctor ways from the best of ‘em. if it don’t tell a story – it don’t mean nada. and Charlie Finch was the best story-teller ever. and Walter ? he was just the meanest. Devendra Banhart, what the F – more musicians – you’re FIRED !!
I mean, part of the reason I went to artnet in the first place, 2002-2004 – to shill my art world pix was to try to make some income, in passing – off Simon’s art smarts – and, GOSSIP !!
RIP SIMON, we all . . miss you.

as for YALIES ?
what’s this got to do with YALE-IES ? well, I have it from a rock-solid source, straight out of the babe’s mouth, so to speak, that when a certain young YALIE, graduate program class of 2014, invites slightly older artists, or who have been around the NYC scene for more than one generation, they are not only amazed that he even knew Simon, but then they all, without a skipping a beat . . . proceed to tell him – what a Lower East Side legend – he was. (and Nancy, too !! – bye the way. sibling, I guess make that . . martial envy ?).

ok, so his GF is Simon’s daughter, Kate.
lordy. all grown up, and with her own blogger blood apparently. bye the way, STYLE.COM is up for a . . webby.
talk about a heat-intense missile YALIE !! – finding it’s mark, in the huge big city art scene here.
famous last words: “Kate, I didn’t know you – were ART WORLD ROYALTY” – !!


archival photo of SIMON CERIGO, when he was just about your age, 28 or so – in MONTREAL, from whence we came, just before he was about to split for NEW YORK, and never look back.
PHOTO: SHELDON MOSKOVICI – COPYRIGHT / COLLECTION: NANCY SMITH
so, GUESTOFAFGUEST, keep your thieving bimbette socialite paws, RACHELLE HRUSTRA – off the pix !!
CAMERON WINKLEVOSS – what a sleazy loser.


the archival – exhibit card for:
CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS. the self-titled show ran November 21, 2001 through December 21, 2002.
(wow, right after: 9-11 !!)
Reception: November 20, 2002, 6 to 8 PM
DAVID ZWIRNER, 525 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
collection: THEO CERIGO – SIMON CERIGO ARCHIVES

ps: the card is on solid stock, a full 8 x 8 inches – that’s the way they made ‘em – back in the day.

SIMON . . used to collect all the cards from the shows he saw, which is pretty much every show that ever happened in NYC. uptown and downtown, there was no real Brooklyn – yet. he didn’t do Cinders . . too much fun !! – all the better for me !! we tried to divvy up the scene between us, so we pretty much – had it all covered. he did mainstream, Soho, Chelsea and uptown, incl the auctions. and even managed to get the first openings of Venus Over Manhattan. I did underground, and the BREAKING FAST / HARD CORE. street art. I generally hate uptown, I like . . just being born. and no money !!
Simon liked . . money guys. even though they used him, and spit him out. ok, he got into a lot of huge parties.
and every now some rel ‘user’ collector, of the Japanese mafia elk – would throw him $1,000 bucks or most likely under – for a DAN ASHER.

but, he did call CANADA, their very first shoebox of a space, on the Lower East Side – it was a DEVENDRA BANHART show that brought him around. SIMON was a huge diehard indie music fan, see: artlovers indie music reviews . . a veritable treasure trove of indie music lore, going all the way back to the 60′s, 70′s was lost – when Simon went down.

anyways . . not all of the cards he collected managed to return home after the night’s parties, in fact most did not survive the journey . . he mostly gave them away to others, to spread the word, as he moved from gallery to gallery all night long. and often, even if they did survive, they were just not in good shape, as he liked to travel light, all the better to grab the lobster !! and imbibe the ‘refreshments’ . . so he just used to shove them into his pockets !! free hands, “guy”. Simon liked to say “guy” a lot. as in, “guy” – you are all wrong.

most of them, the cards that survived did so, because . . they were all scribbled over, with jottings-down of new contacts, ‘friends’ who wanted to soak him for advice and news, artists wanting him to come over to their studios, collectors who wined and dined him, and just plain illegible notes of upcoming shows, private viewings, parties to crash, etc, etc. he used to use WALTER ROBINSON’s name a lot . . to crash parties.
many a time Walter strode up to the pretty girl guest book sentries, only to be told, he had already entered, and been checked off. just ask Walter, he will confirm.

but the cards, the ones he revered, he made sure to bring them home in pristine condition – to place gingerly on my desk, like a cat bringing back a dead bird . . a gift of prey, a peace offering he knew would never fail, and would always keep him in my favor. despite the after-party nightlife, and not much else to show for – it. that, and the newest music, keep him in my good graces. he would always go back to the shows he loved again and again, bringing along a hard cover book or a magazine, or even a comic book, to make sure he would get the card home in mint condition.

this CHRIS WILLIAMS card, Nov 21, 2001 – Dec 2002 . . . was his very FAV, and that’s saying something.
he always kept it in fine order, and on constant display in his area of whereever we were living.
his son THEO, 26, now treasures it as his best momento of growing up among the Lower East Side ‘samurai’ – his word for me, Dan and Simon, who all lived their creative lives with such intensity, and not much mainstream acclaim, or money.

if there ever was a flaneur – for sure, it was his dad !!

‘samurai – flaneur’, now there’s a . . concept !!
newbie Yalies – take note.



~DJ CULTURE . . smooth sailing / Photo by JOHN VINK / CLOCKTOWER RADIO

on the other hand, if you just want some smooth sailing, traveling, and hobo ‘trainin’ vibes, to jump start your day. .
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check out: EN ROUTE: MAIDEN VOYAGE HOSTED BY: CLAIR PETRUCCI / CLOCKTOWER RADIO


more info: EN ROUTE: MAIDEN VOYAGE


wow, take another look – at that photo: copyright JOHN VINK, from the series USA: Hobo-2/05/1986: Hobo going from Denver (Colo.) to Spokane (Washington) by freight train.
image via CLOCKTOWER PRODUCTIONS/EN ROUTE: MAIDEN VOYAGE

now, that’s one cool – photo.
the definite run-away, antidote to . . take-down, throw-down art critic / artist-on-artist turbulence, just don’t fall off – !!
oh, the wonder of it – all !!



~KATE FERENCZ . . see no evil / CLOCKTOWER RADIO

on the topic of hearty, evil & tres contrarian artistic turbulence . . .

“Philly-based, synth-pop song writer, musical explorer and mischievous singer KATE FERENCZ will be LIVE in the studio for . . Playing Hooky!”
CLOCKTOWER RADIO / clocktower.org/listen . . today: Wed April 15, 2015 – at 1 PM.

check out: CLOCKTOWER RADIO / art online

KATE FERENCZ was the Halloween witch who penned our Halloween greeting – last October.
see: HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2014


KATE FERNENCZ, detail / photo via SINGLE GIRL, MARRIED GIRL


a page from EVIL SWORD – a black and white lo-fi zine out of PHILLY, produced by BEN FURGAL and KATE FERENCZ – words by KATE FERENCZ.

profoundly prophetic, or what.
didn’t know – it would come to fruition several months down the road, in the great critic ‘take-down’ . . of SPRING 2015.



~JERRY SALTZ vs ROBERT STORR . . the class clown wins !!

talking about ‘throw-downs’ !!
did I call it right, or what ?
they are gonna be calling him . . “FLAY-EM ALIVE” BOBBY – for sure !!
100 bucks easy, the January Jones’ kid – is his !!

but . . back to art:
what the hell is wrong with being . . the class clown ?

JERRY SPRINGER, er I mean JERRY SALTZ vs ROBERT STORR ?
JERRY SALTZ wins – hands-down !!

who knew the art critics’ inner circle was so full of full-blown, knife-stabbing . . fighting, er, passion ?
in-house conflict, and blood feuds !!
I mean, I didn’t know . . just how I influential, I was !!
speaking about non-stop . . blood feuds.

I’ve been zeroing in after . . ROBERTA SMITH, like a heat missile – for-ever.
as long as I can remember, back when . . if you didn’t get written up in the New York Times, your whole show was a complete waste of time, and – then, if you didn’t get written up by the #1 in-house fascist arbit-traitor of mundane taste, i.e. Roberta – your work wouldn’t sell. no way. no chance.
where shall I start ?
putting up on the ‘must-have’ list, that stuck-up poster child for wannabes . . RACHEL HARRISON, as if !!
was the final straw for me.
taking down SHEPARD FAIREY and absolutely trashing CATTELAN’S fantastic, circular wonder of a hanging retrospective at the Guggenheim, going so far as to say it . . “was career-breaking” – !!
was the final straw that broke her iron grip – for many others.
meanwhile, I bet that that Cattelan show got the best attendance numbers any museum has scored, esp for a contemporary artist – in this city, for many many a decade. I bet it even beat the recent KOONS retrospective – for attendance.
of course, she still has penned many exceptional reviews, most notably on historic shows, but the lock-jaw power she once wielded on ‘calling’ the new art – has greatly diminished, and all for the better.

on a more personal bloodbath cause: she completely let JOSH HARRIS and the ‘QUIET: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ crew – the biggest pop-up art party, let alone brilliant social networking forward vision / seed – ever to happen in NYC, fly right over her head. even when the documentary on the downtown 100% hardcore artist caper – won Sundance 9 years later. not one line. not one comma of ink.

she wrote up that puny lightweight at FEATURE, HUDSON sorry RIP – and, not a peep about SIMON ? SIMON CERIGO – who she knew very well . . in passing, their paths crossing many times, over many years – as both trawled the gallery opening circuit. I guess bonafide c-h-a-r-a-c-t-e-r-s, just don’t count.

meanwhile, even though JERRY, who isn’t always the sharpest knife in the drawer, he didn’t get JOE BRADLEY at first, and he definitely missed the ‘skills’ memo (!!) – he sometimes lands right on the mark, just because he does take those fearless leaps, only a true fool can. ok, so he doesn’t have the greatest ‘eye’. he thinks . . with his gut, and that’s alright by me.
somebody he stood up for, who I pooh-poohed ? CARROLL DUNHAM !! and Jerry was so so so right.

I would even venture to say, Jerry’s seriously blade-flashing, ja ja joshing take-down of MICHELLE GRABNER, last year . . YALE’S biggest and greatest white hope to date, Saltz kicked her around like a soccer ball, remember ?!! was what really pissed – Storr off, and set his blood to boiling.

you know, of course Jerry was right, what a lame artist if I ever did see one, let alone a cutting edge curator, and don’t even get me started in on that . . . the WHITNEY: lovely new building, same old same old curators. MARY HEILMANN painting wooden deck chairs ?!!
damn, almost as tantalizing as MADONNA DEEP-KISSING DRAKE . . !! !!

yep, while ROBERT STORR might stand for a few things, he is definitely the tipping point in the great critics’ war, the great ‘take-down’ . . of 2015 !! (apologies . . throw-down Bobby Flay )
trust me, Storr would not be opening his mouth, not uttering a peep, not disturbing a fly, if he thought it would come back and bite him, i.e. adversely affect the fate of the hordes of art students, he sends out each year into the raging fires – of the NYC art scene. which pretty much eats them alive, but that’s another story. and in this respect his candor is all the more refreshing, and remarkable.

yep, for sure, the sharks – smell the blood in the water.

see: Yale Art Dean Robert Storr on How Today’s Art Critics Suck, Especially Jerry Saltz . . THE OBSERVER. April 10, 2015


JERRY SALTZ, senior art critic at New York magazine . . . does his thing. NYC, Sept 15, 2007.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

and, if you don’t believe me about MICHELLE GRABNER, being the w-o-r-s-t
check out: her website, MICHELLE GRABNER . . for yourself – !!

according to her current professional listings, and ROBERT STORR by implication – she was imbedded into YALE like a dirty sponge – in the role of visiting Professor / CORE CRITIC (!!) from 2011-2014.
well, I guess that gig is over, apparently.
the soccer ball mom got bounced.

wanna bet $100 . . nobody much better – took her place ?



~AMBRE KELLY & ANDREW GORI . . PRESENT SPRING/BREAK 2015

AMBRE KELLY & ANDREW GORI – THE INDIE CURATORS WHO BROUGHT YOU . . SPRING/BREAK 2015,
THEIR BEST EDITION – YET.
MARCH 3-8, 2015
the Old Post Office at 31st St & 8th Ave
see: SPRING/BREAK 2015


AMBRE KELLY . .


ANDREW GORI and WALTER ROBINSON . .


independent curator MARINA T. SCHINDLER showed a vintage WALTER ROBINSON, ‘THE DECEIVERS’, 1989.
acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 in. ($24,000).


speaking of the Lower East Side back in the day, 80s – videographer TOM JARMUSCH, brother of JIM, was filming, though he would not say for who. the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Tom used to hand around with DAN ASHER, RIP – a lot. I bet he has a ton of solid video gold – piled up in his bedroom closet.


artist NICHOLAS STEINDORF, and musician DARREN WILL . . collaborated on a stunning, brief/jolt series / digital projection, that jumped the gun, from poetic ‘narrative’ . .


NICHOLAS STEINDORF & DARREN WILL. . . frame from ‘Model’.

to ‘intense’ beam. another reviewer referred to their work as a . . “sensual” light show.
come to think of it, it does look like a light bulb going off – in my head.

see: NICHOLAS STEINDORF & DARREN WILL . .’SPRING BREAK SEQUENCE’/vimeo


if NICHOLAS and DARREN, had the edge on the digital projections, BHQFU had the edge on the ‘flux’.
note: JOHNNY MISHEFF, of FOR THE RECORD, at the right.


JOE KAY of BHQFU . . .


Joe had the best ‘business’ card.


JIM KREWSON . . was the best exhibit ‘crasher’, bye way of JOHNNY MISHEEF – with his psycho=chaotic line drawing, on the back of the JOHNNY MISHEFF one page beating heart / live wire lo-fi – newsprint screed.

JOHNNY ‘BAD BOY’ also had . . a great no-holds barred take-down of that super commercial mass-hypnosis ‘poser’ convention called: ‘NADA’ on his front page.
(although I was later to learn it was faux !! – it STILL suits my purposes.)

it began:
National Amateur Dodgeball Association / Non Accurate Diaper Assault . . . and, just went right on giving.

JOHNNY MISHEFF vs NADINE JOHNSON P.R. ?
newsprint Johnny vs money bags Nadine ?
MISHEFF wins – of course !! !!


also caught BILL BRADY, in the flux, in the random nano m-o-m-e-n-t-o . . .
of BHQFU.
BILL BRADY, founder of the used-to-be ATM GALLERY, when 27th Street was actually up and running.
now he has two galleries, under his own name, this time around. one in KANSAS CITY, and the newest in MIAMI.
what can I say, our loss – their gain.
see: BILL BRADY GALLERY


just because I k-n-o-w what lazy bastards, y’all are . .
KARL NORIN . . . showing at BILL BRADY, MIAMI right now.
IMAGE: BILL BRADY GALLERY


DEAN LEVIN . . . showing at BILL BRADY, KANSAS CITY, right now.
IMAGE: BILL BRADY GALLERY


also strolling into the BHQFU mix, DUSTIN YELLIN, in his ‘TREE-TECH’ haz mat suit.


‘TREE-TECH’ crew member: FEMALE.
in the inner ‘TREE-TECH’ showroom & offices – run by BAZAAR TEENS, and curated by DUSTIN YELLIN.
if BHQFU was an apparently fully functional & operational ‘replica’ of their usual m.o. – BAZAAR TEENS was the bleating, beating freakin’ heart of ‘future’ scary . . fiction / reality ?
they had some of the best art, and the most distressed ‘install’. soil soil, everywhere.
shout out to DANIEL KENT for his crazy epileptic blind, and JOHN GORDON GAULD for Mr. Bunny and Ms.Frozen dead paradise lost.


JOHN GORDON GAULD with . . . his version of: “FROZEN”.


JOHN GORDON GAULD, the hyper-realist ‘TREE-TECH’ Frozen princess.


another view of the BAZAAR TEEN ‘TREE-TECH’ install.
the cheesy faux wood paneling, stained fiberboard ceiling, messed-up floor, dangling old wires, were already there, . . making it a whole lot easier to pull off that shabby industrial ‘distressed’ look.

way easier than it’s ever going to be, for at least maybe 5 years, at the brand new Whitney ‘playhouse’.
re-claimed old wood floors, exterior anchor hoists and all.
I mean . . just how down and dirty are they going to be willing . . to get ?
new building, but same old curators ?
sounds like the same old same old to me. but I’m hoping not.
PETER SUTHERLAND . . over RACHEL HARRISON, please ?
SEAN VEGEZZI . . over MARY HEILMANN, is it too much to ask ?

see: THE NEW WHITNEY, WALL STREET JOURNAL

totally love the in-house stuff, EDWARD HOPPER etc, but come on, your biennials suck, and your idea of cutting edge is just too short of hard edge, for anybody I know.
hopefully the forward vision of the adjacent high line – will have some impact.
because so far, and at least for the past 10 years (!!) all this great underground art, and energy has just been flying – right over your heads.
question: what are you going to do about any unauthorized, unsolicited pop-ups, or other cutting edge ‘culture’ interventions on your new property, and those exterior walls just begging for some creative juice ?
you know, along the line’s of this week’s great . . ‘EDWARD SNOWDEN’ pop-up.
seriously ? MARY HEILMANN painted deck chairs ?!!
where’s the ‘wow’ factor – in that ?


‘TREE TECH’ crew member: MALE.
NIMROD BARSHAD, web engineer.


indie curator ARIELLE de SAINT PHALLE, brought her private collection of ‘HARA KIRI’ magazines 1968-1986, HARI KIRI . . gave rise to CHARLIE HEBDO.


VINCE CONTARINO . . above, and KRIS CHATTERSON of PROGRESS REPORT . . .


brought ERIK DEN BREEJEN’S salute to tragic ROBIN WILLIAMS, RIP.


indie curators ELLIE CLARK and LEIGH SILVER brought urban . . flux.


with a small scale ‘headquarters’ by JENNIFER & KEVIN McCOY . .


and a larger dystopian hood scene, by TIM PORTLOCK, detail.


a bonafide pop-up . . moment, in a run-down for real playhouse.
AMBRE KELLY and ANDREW GORI presented ‘A Stranger Comes to Town’, 2007 – animated video clip by JACQUELINE GOSS.


I mean how much would that distressed look cost to re-create, at the Whitney ?
no, it’s not that everything needs to be distressed.
and it’s not that I’m not capable of making the leap to the new, just, friggin’ . . keep it real.
shake it up. in real time.


JACQUELINE GOSS, ‘A Stranger Comes to Town’.


and, JACQUELINE GOSS asks: are you a Muslim ?


MARK SAMSONOVITCH, ‘LOVE IS TELEPATHIC’ a ‘massive’ banner in acrylic house paint, curated by AMBRE KELLY and ANDREW GORI.
sometimes, throw it up, and see if it sticks ?!! – is the best way to go.
note: this was an ‘install’ based on a smaller image – dimensions variable.


this was the nano, micro, micro-chip, mini-me version . . stuck on the side of a utility box – !!
nice. sweet. the future belongs to . . all things, small.
and, singular.


MARK SAMSONOVITCH, ‘PAY ME NO MIND’, 2015 install. curated by AMBRE KELLY and ANDREW GORI.
dimensions variable, same deal . . generated from a smaller image.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, unless otherwise noted.



~BAZAAR TEENS: DANIEL KENT / EDWARD SNOWDEN ? . . LOSERS: KLAUS BIESENBACH of MoMA & RACHELLE HRUSKA of GUESTOFAGUEST

file under: SEEING & NON-SEEING . .

1. NON-SEEING aka . . ‘BLIND’.


DANIEL KENT, ‘Articulating Blind Movement #1′, 2014.
venetian blinds, stepper motor, arduino, dimensions variable.

note: “ARDUINO . . is an open source hardware and software company, project, and user community that designs and manufactures kits for building digital devices and interactive objects – that can sense and control the physical world . .”

see: ARDUINO

ps: did you note that grinning ‘face’ on the wall column. priceless.
also the faux ‘wood’ plywood siding, that covers the walls. also: priceless. the Bazaar Teens of ‘TREE-TECH’, and the other Spring Break exhibitors didn’t have to install it, that was the real USP / Postal Services office ‘decor’. if that cheezy rendition of wood paneling doesn’t speak to the ‘Tree-Tech’ mission – I don’t know what . . does.


DANIEL KENT’s articulating venetian ‘blind’, on the way back wall . . . BAZAAR TEENS – ‘TREE-TECH’ showrooms, SPRING BREAK 2015.

‘articulating’ . . meaning it had a hidden ‘stepper’ motor, which caused the blinds to violently shake from side to side, causing a most huge, angry and very annoying, abrupt and continuous clankety sound – as it swung fiercely from the side to side, obscuring the window view, as if in a great autistic rage, a temper tantrum – against its . . ‘restraints’.

if a ‘blind’ could have a epileptic fit – this was it.

interestingly, it was not a replica, or a small scale reproduction, it was the real deal – albeit infused with mad angry mechanical expression. which is good, because I am so over the micro nano trend, ever since I heard a radio commercial for ‘tiny’ marshmallows for your ‘tiny’ tots who want to make YouTube ready ‘tiny’ / ‘miniature’ food creations . . . omg enough with the tiny scale !! trend, already.
now that it’s been hit up by Walmart copywriters, big time.

but oh, way more than a Walmart commercial . . these blinds were annoying, another friggin beating bleating heartbeat gone wrong . . at ‘TREE-TECH’.

loved them. this is the gift you want to give to your worst enemy.
at the top of my worst art wannabe poser list – this year ?
GUEST OF A GUEST. more specifically . . RACHELLE HRUSKA, the bimbette socialite, with the picture perfect boutique hotelier husband, 2 boys, and “homes in Manhattan and Montauk” who runs it. the worst ‘art’ – lifestyle ? news site ever, that goes without saying . . but, I’d like to wrap up one of these ‘articulating’ blinds and personally deliver it to her, in her no doubt color co-ordinated office . . with a little paper gift tag:
keep your thieving hands off my . . photos, and content – you dumb-ass, queen of aggregate – bitch.

continuing, I thought – wow, this shaking, rattling, headache-inducing DANIEL KENT ‘blind’, would make a great art trophy for “WORST” – in a broader category, seeing how dismal the art scene ‘proper’ is these days. we could even call it the . . ‘blind-ie’ , for worst ‘eye’, worse administration, worst call, and, not just outright copyright theft, etc. etc.
and we could give it out every year.

and quelle funnie, although they didn’t know it, the mainstream media, big and small – has already called this year’s winner – !!
yes, KLAUS BIESENBACH, chief curator-at-large of MoMA, apparently by popular demand . . you get the first . . . ‘BLIND-IE’ – !!

see: ‘An Unlikable Crowd-Pleaser’, WALL STREET JOURNAL. MARCH 31, 2015

2. SEEING . . and then, of course – deleting !!

A BUST OF FORMER NATIONAL-SECURITY ADVISOR EDWARD SNOWDEN WAS INSTALLED ‘ANONYMOUSLY’ EARLY MONDAY in BROOKLYN’S FORT GREENE PARK. BY AFTERNOON, PARKS AND RECREATION EMPLOYEES HAD REMOVED IT – WALL STREET JOURNAL, APRIL 7, 2015

of course, the opposite of the ‘BLIND-IE’ award, would have to be the ‘TREE-TECH’ trophy for . . vision – or: VISIONARY!!
and, the first one goes to EDWARD SNOWDEN, and the NYC guys, a-r-t-i-s-t-e-s !! who put – this up !!
hoo-ray for our home-grown rebel prankster “guerilla” / street intervention . . artists !!
the underground posse – still has heart, and, GUTS !! they just never grow-up, do they.

still popping up, no matter how hard the city fights back – to shut them down. rebel, rebel.
it’s an amazing ‘theoretical’ war zone, to observe. pick your battle, modern-day anarchists.
though you’ll note the key is to have a ‘light’ touch. nothing city-scarring. as early graff was.
and, as benefits the turn of the screw, of a new century, it’s a much more literally pop-up 3D event, these days, as opposed to the flat lined, but hard-to-erase ‘scripted’ . . graffiti of yore.

and, yeah, for the record, that replica is awesome and so is the ‘EDWARD SNOWDEN’ lettering detail. great font, great spacing. great site-specific . . placing.

you’ll note again, at least the Parks and Recreation guys didn’t have to, and did not . . destroy and sledgehammer it off. and, on their end of the game, at least these remover guys covered it nicely, with a tarp, before they hopefully, and carefully – carted it away.
the best artifact to come out of the city in long time.

you’ll also note that art doesn’t need more than a day to make a splash !!
a testament to the power of meaningful, as opposed to ‘vapid’ art, i.e. vision, empowered and dispersed by the new platforms of digital communication / media – and voila: pop-up culture !! in nano-time – !!

you’ll also note the head is actually 4 foot tall, which doesn’t make it ‘micro – but it is a . . hand-made replica format / bust !!
fashioned from . . low-fi sculpting ‘plaster’. then painted to look bronze, and nice job.


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, GREATER NEW YORK SECTION – FRONT PAGE. TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015.

read all about it, yourself: ‘EDWARD SNOWDEN GETS PLACED ON A PEDESTAL’, WALL STREET JOURNAL. APRIL 7, 2015

HOO-RAY: to BUCKY TURCO and his crew at ANIMAL NEW YORK, for breaking the story !!

haha, leave it to the real artists – to be so contrarian !!

BUCKY’S headline screams . . . “MASSIVE illicit bust of . . . ”
as of this week, I’m so over micro, I’m just so ready . . to read that. massive, oh my lord !!
the backlash wave – has struck !!
but it’s still . . . artisanal, hand-crafted — AND, HAPPENING IN . . BROOKLYN !!

and it’s still . . . all about: SCALE / SIZE !! MASSIVE. too, much.
EDWARD SNOWDEN, what a bitch of a . . story.

but I can’t help pointing out, art trend micro-managing forecaster that I am, that if you read that Animal post, and it is very entertaining !! all the way down towards the end, in the, shall we say . . . small print area, and probably talking future art product !! down the road, no doubt . . .

are the words: “The artists are fully aware of the bust’s inevitable destruction and have left themselves a few options, including one that deploys an army of mini-Snowden heads.” – !!

“We have a full size mold that can be poured again and it’s been 3D rendered, so we have the ability to print smaller ones at scale.”

no doubt.

well, to conclude in a nutshell . . aka blogger-nano time.

the irony of the NYC art world at this momento-in-time is . . .

as if we didn’t already know it, the art institutions, and the people who run them – are being told to take their “vapid” empty art, and run for the hills. 6 months long exhibition runs, years in the planning, celebs, big budgets, and all.

while the scrappy fly-bye-night indie street artists, low-fi indie curators, pop-ups, and self-representers . . . and, the on-the-run indie bloggers who love them, have the city – in a love-that-art / head-lock.

AFTER-THOUGHT:

I also can’t help but ask, whether the desert rats on the other side of the world might have something to do with how ‘gently’ the NYPD has removed this “illicit” SNOWDEN bust, apart from the fact that the artists who put it up, made it so easy to – take down.
I mean, that would be be such a bad photo op. too too much, too much bad pr for the city . . . if the NYPD, or Parks and Recreation (?!!) were to be seen taking sledgehammers to art . . specifically, sculptural heads, too. just like the desert rats are doing, this very same week ?
I mean the world really feels, connected !! – now.
as connected as . . a snowball.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, except for the Wall Street and Animal New York press photos, of course !!



~BAZAAR TEENS . . JOHN GORDON GAULD & MIA BERG

it’s a . . bunny, not a . . piggy !!!!
imagine a bunny and a piggy having . . sex.
yuk. or, is that yuck. so much for art criticism, NYC 101.

o.k. – not ready for that ?
take two:
follow me . . down the mighty distressed garden path by which we discover MR. PIGGY – is really MR. BUNNY – !!


JOHN GORDON GAULD . . at the BAZAAR TEENS ‘TREE TECH’ OFFICES & SHOWROOM – SPRING BREAK 2015, curated by DUSTIN YELLIN.
just as YELLIN screams ART BOSS of RED HOOK, and perhaps even the decade, GAULD spells . . G-o-l-d.
doesn’t matter – how you cut it, or . . cast it.
solid gold. plaster, wax, or paint.
whether set on fire, bathed in neon blue light, or hang on a wall.
piggy, bunny, or naked damsel in . . distress.


this BAZAAR TEENS money machine, atm ? tucked away in a small janitor closet behind their entryway, had caught my notice, at the last minute – at the Spring Break opening.
well, it was . . a bonafide nano-moment, of half attention, on my part.
when I returned 2 d days later, it was at the top of my list – to look at again.
just what was that – that had sneaked by me, like a thief in the night.


loved the ‘piggy’ banks, I assumed, lined up on the shelf above the money machine.
that ‘pink’ shading of the light – also spoke ‘piggy’ to me.

my impulse was: I wanted to grab one, and run.
just how some people want to grab the money, (fortune and fame), and run, too.
p.s., in the tiny closet – nano-exhibit, dot dot … dot.
in the ‘closet’ – in general, dot. dot – dot.


art thou, art product – piggy banks ?
or, put forth art critic-wise . . ‘art product’ that I liked way better than all that pasted and shredded . . . (great p.r.) m-o-n-e-y.


the neon blue lit entryway to the ‘TREE-TECH’ operation, was even more fab than I had remembered.
how many times does that . . happen.
so, things were looking good.


yep, it was a total full-on FAB NANO-MOMENT – !!
I was thinking piggies, and here was MIA BERG, the BAZAAR TEENS ‘TREE-TECH’ crew member of the random moment, and she was thinking . . piggies, too.


in fact, she was drawing one, that she had just placed on the ‘showroom’ . . info desk.


this was her drawing, and so I came to see – that it wasn’t a piggy after all, all money assumptions be gone out the window, just like all the rest of the money assumptions in my life.

yep, Mr. Piggy was a Mr. Bunny !! it was a . . BUNNY on top of the cash machine, all along.
now how about that, for a distressed, transformational . . garden fable.
in fact, the drawing seemed to be a love letter, to MR. BUNNY, from . . BUNNY (femme) !!
so, back to the fable: it’s gone from a piggy bank to a rabbit. a magic rabbit, dig the hat. the story has taken a wild turn, from . . saving dough, it’s jumped to saving the species, i.e. in more coarse terminology . . ‘breeding’.
so, there’s hope in the garden ?
a little bio-magic, some spring-time romance ? even in the (mighty) distressed garden of the dirty plastic ‘TREE-TECH’ future ?


this JOHN GORDON GAULD bunny, also played into the current artisan-all-the-rage ceramics – wave crashing over us – like a monster tsunami . . out of Brooklyn.
it was low-fi version, plaster. but still !! and . . no matter.
and, even better, it was . . signed on the bottom by the artist !!
it could have had a slit at the top for coins, and a hole at the bottom, for coin retrieval, then I guess it would have been a . . bunny-bank ?
maybe, next time.
for now, it was more about saving the human race, i.e. the world, than saving . . money.
and, for ‘TREE-TECH’ it was not a moment too soon.
all seemed to be well, if not a roaring-ly fantastic utopia, with the teen bio future, living as they do, in an increasingly . . bio-hazard challenged world.


in fact there were even . . ‘home decor’ candle format Mr. Bunnies, for $100 a pop.
but no signature, and well, a disappearing act . . if put into action.
another ‘TRANSACTION’, a truly nano-to-dot moment – art product ?

so, where were you . . Mr. LARRY WARSH, man of the BROOKLYN MUSEUM hour/nano-moment, famed, and justifiably so / self-styled collector of artistic, translate: ‘BASQUIAT’ . . . ‘ephemera’ ?

does . . art ever move on, to the NEXT BIG MOMENT, as it . . happens ?


besides, what a difference a candle ‘camera’ angle makes, for some reason, I’m not sure of, I think it was important to note, that this was a male Mr. Bunny, and not a ‘femme’.
as in . . PULL THE MAGIC RABBIT out of the HAT ?
and even further, as opposed to . . follow that, more organic ? Mr. Rabbit . . down the rabbit hole ?


Mr. BUNNY, on fire – !!
really dig that ‘shabby chic’ industrial setting – !!
crate and barrel, not. though it’s getting there.
‘TREE-TECH’, yes.


bye the way, the chalky bunny ‘bank’ opaque plaster surface, as well as the soft waxy surface of the bunny candle, and its warm glow when lit . . went well with the shiny industrial BAZAAR TEENS theme – in general.


so, I thought that was the end of the garden path story, and asked Ms. Berg to kindly stand up and show me her ‘TREE-TECH’ decal . . all the better, to see you, my dear.


BAZAAR TEENS, blue light and all, great graphics, props, set and design, concept and message – in a nutshell.


JOHN GORDON GAULT, ‘Blue Ghost’, 2013. oil on linen, 42 x 60 in.

and then, my lucky day, or what. JOHN GORDON GAULD himself . . entered the picture.
and told me, that it was he – who had in fact painted that show-stopping hyper-realist ‘nude’ in one of sub-text ‘TREE-TECH’ . . ‘satellite’ exhibit rooms.

all radar, no money. like I said.
that’s myself I’m talking about, guess you really can’t have it all.
damn.


yes, it was . . a Damsel in Distress.
her hands were going cold white and powdery – with death.


and, just like that, THE TALE OF BENJAMIN BUNNY, and the happy ending that went with it, went up in – smoke.
just like a candle.
the survival garden fable – got all twisted up, right at the very end.
like a final parting shot . . Tarot card, ‘To Mr. Bunny, with love . . from Ms. Bunny’, got shut down. the whole thing ended, on a most ominous note . . . PARADISE LOST.

if the shabby chic industrial futuristic distress scenario, that was the ‘TREE-TECH’ office installation, with its glossy, pitch perfect gibberish-full color brochure, and its muddy stale day-old bread, and day old, more like weeks old coffee-spewing DIY fountain, including a generous piling on of out-of-place dirt lining the bare walls, everywhere, at every nook and cranny of their uber-fabricated ‘TREE-TECH’ offices – didn’t nail the future for ya, the crew of BAZAAR TEENS socked it to ya, with Mr. GAULD’S endgame painting.

‘BAZAAR’ becoming less a metaphor for ‘cash’ transaction – and, more a case for . . genetic mutation, i.e. that’s, ‘BIZARRE’ . . in case you can’t make the deconstructionist . . leap.

yep, leave it to the hyper-realist painting, to set you straight.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~BAZAAR TEENS . . ‘TREE-TECH’

file under: PERFECT ‘PITCH’.

at . . . SPRING BREAK 2015,
although there were many combinations of exhibit presentations, from group to solo, cutting edge to soft contemporary, art historic, and archival as in the BASQUIAT rooms, and even some soft porn illustrations, as in the MARINA T. SCHINDLER presentation . . and, a few bonafide albeit ‘faux’, and sometimes, as in the case of BHQFU . . actually, real replica working offices – it struck me as strange – that there weren’t any working, or even fictional, as in prop ‘workshops’ per se ?
esp strange for such a devoted DIY generation.

BAZAAR TEENS – came the closest, . . their fictional but working ‘set’ installation – seemed like the work space of the not-so-fast-forward . . bio-hazard future !!

BAZAAR TEENS gave BHQFU a run for their money . . . with their install, a ‘work’ space, in action – with their ‘TREE-TECH’ showroom, office, and warren of ‘offices’ – which were really satellite exhibition spaces.


one of their their closest moments to presenting an actual workshop-in-motion – was if you caught a crew member nailing bread (dough ? money ? get it ?) to any entryway wall. the bread, esp as it rotted . . was a nice visual, sensual contrast to the ‘forever’ stable concrete blocks – in the picture frame, above.


note the ‘little’ nano – detail, the ‘TREE-TECH’ logo at the bottom of the concrete block image.


the ‘TREE TECH” organization’s . . inner sanctum – slightly rowdy, and chaotic, though actually a very deliberately placed, and curated chaos, was the epitome of futuristic – industrial, archival chic.


Blade Runner – watch out.


shabby chic, on a pedestal – or what ?!!
you can see the off-shoot exhibition ‘cubicles’ in the background. TEEN BAZAAR was a very complex installation, lots of depth, lots of intrigue.


just like the ‘working’ BHQFU office, BAZAAR TEENS had moved in tons of miscellaneous gear, which made their ‘TREE-TECH’ ‘office’ . . all the more convincing.
it breaks down to detail, detail, detail . . with the smallest unit – adding up, with the whole becoming greater than the parts. a classic idea when you think about it.


a ‘TREE-TECH’ worker – folds the company brochures and disperses the super well-designed, company . . logo / decals.
working (fictional) office – check.


this was the room, in the ‘TREE-TECH’ complex – that had generated a lot of pre-SPRING BREAK buzz, supposedly $10,000 worth of USA money / cash bills – cut up into tiny strips – and stuck, glued to canvas, in the form of conventional ‘painting / collage’. a brilliant stroke of showmanship, but as an ‘art piece – it kind of left me . . cold.


money, money.


I found the inner ‘office’ much more interesting. compelling, in fact. amazing, in truth.
kind of JEFF KOONS, fast forward if Koons was cool, and hip – again.
but I guess they needed a big-game art ‘product’ to sell, money, money, thus . . the money paintings.
they also were not that well conceived, the money paintings, done with just a little more imagination / guts – they might have rivaled DAN COLEN’S ‘Bubble Gum’ paintings – ?!!
if he were cool, and hip – again, too.


I actually found their free give-away, no money exchanged !! way eerie ‘TREE-TECH’ decal/logo – a much more fascinating, and better conceived – product / art object – in all-ways, as in . . . concept, metaphor, pure design and info graphics – and of course, as in . . ‘TRANSACTION’ – READY – AVAILABILITY.

it was all of 1-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches – in a right-on perfect shade of olive green that went beautifully ‘ombre’ in the middle, just like a tree . . casts its shade.
the decal shape was a gorgeous, perfectly balanced ‘oblong oval’.
the ‘ombre’ shading, and the tree shade lined up nicely, too.

in fact, metaphorically – it was very much a ‘nano’ – symbol of the entire BAZAAR TEEN install . . . casting ‘shade’ or ‘diss’ on the prospects of a healthy human-bio-future on the planet, that we love, but have . . ruined.


Pitch – Perfect . . . !!!

the give-away ‘TREE-TECH’ brochure – was right-on, too.
seamless informational graphics . . brilliantly replicated the every day commercial brochures that are shoved under our doors, or slipped into our mail – all the time, NYC 2015. brilliantly conceived and produced – these ‘mini-me’ commercial adverts – were full of double-talk gobbedly-gob !!


this is an actual commercial brochure that landed in my mail box – yesterday !!
so, dot dot dot !!


back to BAZAAR TEEN, ‘TREE-TECH’ . . read their mission statement – for yourself.


the back of the brochure with the . . ‘TREE TECH GUARANTEE !!

including:
“A supportive, transportive family program”, and, “A commitment to ongoing nonspecificity” .

more on the BAZAAR TEEN artworks in their satellite rooms, beyond the ‘money. money’ pieces . . posts next.
there were a few very contrarian statements, maybe NO surprise ?!!
with a brief introductory shout out, n-o-w – . . to DANIEL KENT, and JOHN GORDON GAULD.
that I liked, very, very – much.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~BAZAAR TEENS . . intro to ‘TREE-TECH’

BAZAAR TEENS – CURATED BY DUSTIN YELLIN

if NICHOLAS STEINDORF & DARREN WILL . . were the live wire digital artists of SPRING BREAK 2015, and BHQFU were the dead-pan live wire office act, then BAZAAR TEENS . . were the live wire traditional painters – gone wild !!

and we’re still on a nano, micro / scale . . . break-down !!

talking about which, nano / micro, mini, mini-me . . . aka the small vs the large,
I ordered Chinese take-out last night, and this was my fortune cookie fortune:
‘No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible’ . . ?!!
dot dot, dot !!


well for one thing, BAZAAR TEENS was all about . . showmanship !!
(among other things . . )
this radical, light-beamed gateway, industrial chic . . was about the only real ‘lit up’ space entry – ?!!
I guess this gift for the far-out. a form of self-promotion, that transcends all expectation to become an art form unto itself, comes from their older, wiser, even crazier juiced-up . . leader – DUSTIN YELLIN.
apparently it’s just not in this twenty-something generation’s . . bones.

walking around this ole post office . . turned alternative exhibition/convention hall – I couldn’t help but sadly remark on the lack of imagination and ingenuity in getting people to come into one’s booth, and then socking – it to them, and . . posting the prices !! ‘transaction’ – dudes !!
I could not believe how tapped-down most of this young generation was. and they probably think I’m a live wire – light bulb, best toned down 4 shades of grey ?
good luck with that. purple, purple. purple.

I told NICHOLAS STEINDORF and DARREN WILL, of the flashing emitter / evolving bio impulse – videos, one is actually titled “PURPLE” – though ?!! that they should set up a card table in front of their room, and/or a bunch of lawn chairs, something anything, a banner that ran 2 ft high: proclaiming ‘video animations $1 per 1 MB’ – but they were having none of that, they were not budging.

so this neon sharp citric purple light was – great . . . a little drama, a little fun, super electric daisy . . doorway.
magic . . beckons.


BOSS YELLIN . . !!
give him credit, he pr – amped up the fair, for everybody.
his curatorial project, Bazaar Teen – was like the deconstructed heart beat, the friggin’ heart, cut live from the body .. and still beating, beating, bleating, and b-l-o-o-d-y.


the ‘TREE-TECH’ . . showroom.


loved how everybody, including the boss, was wearing disposable haz-mat suits.
you can just make out, their . . BIG TEEN ‘NANO’ MOMENT, the tiny green ‘TREE-TECH’ logo, on their chests.

it reminded me of ‘QUIET – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, except the ringmaster was JOSH HARRIS, not Dustin, it was downtown NYC, not Red Hook, and it was wild !! all over. a million dollar Millennium party to beat all. it was 90+ uniformed live-in artists, not 6. whatever.
I hit the wall, when I realize that was 15 years ago, and most of these Spring Break kids are barely 27 if that, so how old were they then, 12 ?
well you can always catch up and see the movie of that wild 24-7 party / tech start-up that won Sundance 2009 – ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, it’s all there, in it’s deconstructed . . 24/7 surveillance- wired glory !!


omg, the future looks sludge-y !!
a DIY fountain, spouting day-old coffee – starting to get the picture ?!!


lonesome and forlorn, the ‘pot’ of liquid gold – under that rainbow . . ‘arch’, awgh.
yuck-y !!
the water has gone . . . all yuck-y !! surprise, surprise, NOT.


it would get much worse, as the days passed. just like our own earth. damn.
realism, quelle vie.
they just needed a few random . . shooters, desert rats come to take over the leaking, broken ship.


the plants in the window – would go south too, all things come to an end.
entropy, hubris, the compost – of it all !!

more on BAZAAR TEENS go wild – tomorrow, got to run.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~office space: JIMBO, BHQFU / FOR THE RECORD – JOHNNY MISHEFF


SPRING BREAK 2015 . . in the old post office building, was itself – a warren of small spaces, you never knew what you would find once you stepped into a room. mostly it was art exhibits, group, singular, projections, installations, and even a few . . faux offices !!


painter JIMBO BLACHLY . . in his ‘deadpan’ office at SPRING BREAK 2015.
curated by EVE SUSSMAN.
I guess that would be . . category: fictional replica !!


BHQF / BRUCE HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION . . . seemed to have transported their entire BHQFU headquarters over to SPRING BREAK, and it was . . . business as usual.

and, yes . . that is JOHNNY MISHEFF, of FOR THE RECORD . . that I just happened to catch – on the right !!
Johnny . . be good !!

see: BRUCE HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION

see: BHQFU – with a super great homepage illustration


JOE KAY – BHQFU events director.

BHQFU / BRUCE HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY – was an installation that was always in flux or, business as usual . . !!

at the moment a one-sheet ‘broadside’ called . . FOR THE RECORD – was the object of interest. this is the back page, an illustration/line drawing . . by JIM KREWSON.

like a random connect-the-dot, dot dot dot . . that sticks: FTR / FOR THE RECORD caught not just the moment, but the greater ‘formalism’ and ‘ethos’, alternate reality . . of BHQF in general. a very low-fi, on the move, constant start-up, in-your-face, art world weary, contrary, stubborn, even if slightly convoluted, no diss – as in COMPLEX . . . raging indie spirit held in check by . . played-down, pared-down – ‘visuals’.

the focus on ‘learning’ is accentuated, in fact – by a most minimal visual style, a kind of grey on grey, with special attention paid to . . text, type, as in type-face / fonts, text-related graphics. this was a room, a simulated office, probably even an exact ‘mini-me’ replica ? . . . with a lot of stuff, but ironically presenting . . with a very minimal look. you can skip ‘pictorial’ saturation, and even, color. industrial hardcore . . does come to mind.
steely, a bit cold. not so much at play, as . . in play.


detail, JIM KREWSON, ‘Group Therapy’, 2015.
Sharpie and pencil on paper.


the most ‘arresting’ visual in the BHQF room, and most suitably for a place in flux . . variable upon the light !!
this summed up the BHQF aesthetic – in a snap-shot. very subtle, very minimal, fluid, stark, idea-centered, text-driven, and, curiously ‘organic’ for such . . grey-on-grey.


this was their best . . ‘nano’ – moment – their biz card.


the graphics were superb, even on the reverse.
FU. take it or leave – it.


meantime, a closer look at FOR THE RECORD, revealed some choice, pared-down, but more expressionistic !! and, outright MOODY . . ‘nano- moments’.

like a tiny magician’s trick, or those stacking, I guess that’s ‘nesting’ Russian dolls – that keep on giving, while getting smaller and smaller . . in size.

kind of like a one-man ‘snow’ globe of thought, FOR THE RECORD is put out by editor/founder JOHNNY MISHEFF.
this is ISSUE NO. 2 **** FREE **** – & – ‘distributed early in 2015′.


the illustration on the front page – is by BRIAN MONTUORI.


the . . FOR THE RECORD mission statement:
“I wrote a dorky Facebook post recently about the importance of ppl letting each other know when they like something another person did. If you like this newspaper, I’d love to know. Haters can go and suck a donkey dick. Email me. Johnny Misheff, at 4therecord411@gmail.com”


right there on the front page, for all to see: is a apt, and well-deserved poke at that annoying, elitist, poser organization known as NADA, and sad to say based in NYC.
as if.


with one last communication, to send you on your MFing way, category: intellectual ‘transaction’.
FOR THE RECORD:
‘One last quote for ya: “Our heads are round so that our thoughts can fly in any direction.” – FRANCIS PICABIA’

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~nano elements add up: ERIK DEN BREEJEN, RIITTA IKONEN, ELEKTRA Kb, MARK WAGNER, JASON CLAY LEWIS, DAVID PACKER , ANNE NOWAK

then, there were the artists who used ‘smaller’ elements – to build up a . . . whole.
and yes, the whole was . . . greater than the parts !!

the show also swung from the serious . . to the novel, from political rage to sad sentiments, touched on folk art, and hit the cutting edge – sometimes soft, sometimes hard – and, back again – many times over.


ERIK DEN BREEJEN, ‘JONI MITCHELL (California)’, 2014 and NEIL YOUNG / ‘Albuquerque on the Beach (Alone at the Microphone)’, 2011.
both acrylic on linen, 28 x 22 in.


detail, ERIK DEN BREEJEN, ‘NEIL YOUNG’. the word ‘blocks’ are . . lyrics from the songs.


ERIK DEN BREEJEN, ‘ROBIN WILLIAMS at the MET’, 2015.
acrylic on linen, 72 x 68 in.
($18,000)


detail, ‘Robin Williams’.


detail, ‘Robin Williams’ – the words are from his early stand-up routine.


VINCE CONTARINO, who with KRIS CHATTERSON, of PROGRESS REPORT – curated the ERIK DEN BREEJEN paintings. yes, I consider Erik den Breejen’s work . . to be hitting the cutting edge, and HARD. color field painting, for our . . times !!
they are also very ‘quilt-like’, if you extend the . . formula.
meaning-wise: souvenirs of a time past.
formal construction: block lettering, connected patterns, etc. etc.


curator YULIA TOPCHIY of CoWorker with an ambitious ‘in the mail’ project – by RIITTA IKONEN.


RIITTA IKONEN – small, strange objects were addressed, with no envelope or other packing . . and put in the mail, as is – by this Finnish artist. over 200 were sent out since 2001, and only 5 were lost.


the objects, all about 18 x 18 cms. in dimension – were arranged on top of small display towers, themselves made from small, mini ‘crates’.


RIITTA IKONEN, ‘mail art’. she will be having a solo show of these pieces in Nov 2015 at the Postal Museum in Helsinki, Finland. yes, she is from Finland.


the reverse of the paint brush piece (above).


some of the RIITTA IKONEN pieces were also displayed on the wall.


RIITTA IKONEN, ‘I’m Here’, mail art, 2004. postcard (thread) 18 x 18 cms. unique.
curated for SPRING BREAK 2015 – by Yulia Topchiy.


curators MICHAEL VALINSKY and ARIELLE de SAINT PHALLE . . presented a hand-sewn book project by Elektra Kb. the project, a hand-crafted ‘soft’ book . . which is bound by buttons and button holes, which jumps way past ‘artisan’ – to ‘artist’ !!
was separated, and hung on the wall – for SPRING BREAK 2015.

Electra Kb, ‘Untitled (Book of the Cathara Insurgent Women)’, 2013
pigment prints on canvas, fabric felt, thread. each square: 12 x 19-1/2 in.
unique.


Elektra Kb – note the buttonholes used to bind the cloth book, running down the left-hand side.


Elektra Kb . . note the button holes on the left.

I totally loved these . . . minimal graphics – in play. just for themselves, and against the more narrative, or pictorial . . blocks.
very cutting edge, quilt. very cutting edge, graphics.


Elektra Kb – mission statement:
“WE ARE NEITHER ARTISTS NOR ANTI-ARTISTS WE ARE CREATIVE WOMEN REVOLUTIONARIES”.
nice, hand s-t-i-t-c-h-i-n-g.


Elektra Kb, girls on swings, and girls in k-i-l-l-e-r masks ????


Elektra Kb …”where we live is liberated territory”.
I wish.
I really don’t know what to make of that statement, but the stitching, and the background – are amazing.
well, art is liberating. craft, skills – are liberating. freedom to create and create political expression – is/are liberating.
I think humans get hung up on the ‘territory’ part. one tribe does not want to share with another, basic bio code. even in human relations, the ‘nano’ . . reigns.
and divides.

see: Elektra Kb
she is an artist, born in Soviet-era Odessa, and currently studying for her MFA at Hunter College, here in New York.


on a less solemn note . . . but perhaps just as . . militant ?
it’s subversive to cut up . . US currency.
detail, MARK WAGNER . . a political statement, as well ?
women’s work ?
clean up – the economy ? I don’t know whether to laugh, or cry.


MARK WAGNER, ‘Very Expensive Push broom’, 2008 – curated for SPRING BREAK by TESS SOL SCHWAB.
mixed media assemblage, 61 x 61 x 6 in.
edition of 6 out of 9.
($10,000) (he wasn’t joking).


curator TESS SOL SCHWAB . . at SPRING BREAK 2015.


another, true replica . . miniature !!
a mini-me !!
JASON CLAY LEWIS, ‘d-CON Plagueship’, 2009.
d-CON boxes, wood, string.
curated by GUY NELSON, of AQUARIUM for SPRING BREAK 2015.


talking about . . ceramics !!
though these seem full scale, even life size . . . they are still, in a series, and thus: parts equal the whole !!
DAVID PACKER, ‘Short Circuit’, cast ceramic, 2011.
curated by GUY NELSON, of AQUARIUM for SPRING BREAK 2015.


curator GUY NELSON, of AQUARIUM.


last, but not least on the nano parts equal the greater . . whole.
small, tiny clay sculptures by ANNE NOWAK – lined up on the floor, outside the door.
they scared me, they . . s-p-o-o-k-e-d me.
anybody else know the late DAN ASHER’S tiny white clay figurines . . exacto !!
then I find out the exhibit is called: ‘The Dead People’s Dead Flowers’ – !!
the dead n-e-v-e-r die, get it straight – already.
Dan Asher died on Earth Day, coming up this very month, and apparently he’s STILL roaming this earth.


ANNE NOWAK, mini-me . . RIP Dan Asher !!


ANNE NOWAK, mini-me death . . parade, becomes . . you.


artist ANNE NOWAK . . . at SPRING BREAK, 2015.


CASSANDRA M. JOHNSON . . curated ANNE NOWAK, ‘The Dead People’s Dead Flowers’ – for SPRING BREAK, 2015.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~URBAN FLUX MINIATURES: JENNIFER + KEVIN McCOY, TIM PORTLOCK

URBAN FLUX – ALSO HIT . . . THE SWEET NANO SPOT.


curators ELLIE CLARK and LEIGH SILVER . . titled their group exhibit: URBAN FLUX, interestingly it also included a small imaginary perhaps .. . futuristic, city headquarters as a ‘replica miniature’, and presented a larger scale photo-based work, a downtrodden urban city portrait – that was characterized by its attention to ‘minute’ . . detail.


JENNIFER & KEVIN McCOY, ‘Old Headquarters’, 2012. mixed media sculpture, LED screen, media player, electronics, coming it at a small, even for a miniature !! scale of: 12 x 12 x 10 in.
unique
($12,000)

an imaginary ‘replica’ . . now that’s a interesting thought.
a mini-me, not !!


yes, the little screen – was animated.


a city road map of traffic patterns ?
on a sharp pink background !!


graffiti and language ‘code’ on the base . . . urban scrawl !!


TIM PORTLOCK, ‘Farm’, 2011. archival pigment print and visual effects software. 72 x 54 in.
unique
($5,400)

Farm, ha.
maybe devolving back into farmland – in a 100 years ?


even though the piece itself was in the ‘larger’ size format, re: dimensions (72 x 54 in.) . .
it was still a ‘mini’ slice of urban abandoned reality / decay. and it depended on attention to ‘minute’ details – to get its point across.


the ubiquitous white van . .


the rusty billboard . .


the abandoned warehouse . .
watch out, the artists are going to move in, and bring the hood – back to life !!


the ‘little’ houses . .


the trash and litter – on the dirty snowy streets, tell me about it !!


is that a paint can ?
have the artists already begun to trickle in ?


urban habitat gone to weed, and blight. gone to the . . dogs.
gentrification, just around the corner – no doubt.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’NANO’ . . NICHOLAS STEINDORF, ‘MINI-ME’ . . DUSTIN YELLIN, ‘MINI-ATURE’ . . ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT at SPRING BREAK / UP-DATE: FRI MARCH 13 – 11:15 am

UP-DATE: see photo of CURATOR NATALIE KOVACS – with the ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT ‘BROTHEL’, just added to bottom of the post.

coming up – watch out world !!!!!!

THE SPRING/BREAK 2015 – BREAK-DOWN !!

in the over-wrought art scene, the dumb-downed critical masses of the commercial art fairs & the mad, mass crush of aspiring artists with their non-stop production . . .
the big big stand-out trend is: SCALE !!
scale, such an ugly word. like fish . . scales.
or, the scales of law . . that the ‘blind’ justice chick, holds.

‘size’ . . works for me: and, the more ‘nano, bite-sized / mini’ . . . the better – !!

just plain ole size . . as opposed to let’s say, concept-driven, hyper-realism, minimalism, narrative, or purely pictorial-based works. I began to really notice this, back in June 2014 with that . . deep-dish, indie 170 SUFFOLK pop-up.


JACK SHANNON, mini or toy replica USA flag, stuck in a tiny hand-made clay ‘rock-like’ foundation.
170 SUFFOLK – a pop-up group show curated by SEAN VEGEZZI, ANDREW KASS & ABELINE COHEN,
LOWER EAST SIDE, MAY 31 – JUNE 5, 2014.
see: HELLO, 170 SUFFOLK

of course, a scant summer passed, when . . SATAN CERAMICS, JJ PEET & CREW – nailed that mini-ature . . notion !!


JJ PEET, miniature cup, SATAN CERAMICS, SALON 94 FREEMANS ALLEY, LOWER EAST SIDE.
SEPT 7 – OCT 25, 2014.
see: SATAN CERAMICS, OPENING NITE PIX

hello . . .
for absolute sure, appropriation is NOT THE KEY WORD any longer . . .
for what’s going on, and being thought about – on and around the scene these days !!
e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y is so over that . . everybody is so on board with original statements, and . . one-of-a-kind hands-on / artisan-like vibes.
rebel rebel, indie . .
means . . original CONTENT !!
call it the BROOKLYN HAND-MADE ONE-OF-A-KIND MINDSET . . vs. RICHARD PRINCE & JEFF KOONS – IMAGE / PHOTO THEFT . .
or, go a-w-a-y: BARBARA KRUGER wannabes. that’s so stale.

IMAGE & PHOTO COPYRIGHTS, ARTISAN, LOCAL-BASED, ORIGINAL-TAKE VOICES of the social network, and, even yes – the cult of the SELFIE, it all comes down to SINGULARITY . . how funny is it, how powerful ironic – that this is where the easy-to-rip-off-digital world has brought us. full circle.
back . . to the preservation of intellectual property ownership, and the appreciation of the hand-made, and singular . . both in craft and art object & video, and thought/concept/voice.
in popular culture think, mini series, big stars.
think: GIRLS & HBO. HOUSE OF CARDS, etc. etc. HOMELAND. endless list.

with a just little shout-out to the music world / and those Marvin Gaye copyright rip-off artists: ROBIN THICKE & sad sad day, PHARRELL WILLIAMS – making headlines this weekend.
I understand moving those ole-time music genres ahead, but come on Pharrell – admit to duping the drumstick riff, at least. give credit where credit is due.

NANO, MICRO, PIXEL, BITE-SIZED, MINI, MINIATURE . . YOU NAME IT !!
they all spell: BIG MESSAGE – POWERFUL LITTLE PACKAGE !! GETS YOU AHEAD OF THE MADDENING MASSES !!

1. ‘NANO’ . . NICHOLAS STEINDORF / DARREN WILLS – CURATED BY YULIA TOPCHIY.


NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL, ‘PURPLE’ – a 30 SECOND (!!) VIDEO PROJECTION, of a TINY RED & BLUE COLOR ‘CARD’ – DIGITAL ANIMATION BY NICHOLAS STEINDORF / ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK BY DARREN WILL.

SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW, 2015 – a truly indie fair, was subtitled: ‘TRANSACTION’ this year.

just as SPRING BREAK, was my best take . . on the sheer madness of ARMORY WEEK, these guys were my best take on SPRING BREAK . . !!

I thought they were among the best young ‘un-kowns’ of the entire week, it’s easy to call the celebs, and the guys who have been around the block. and to auction.
it’s hard to call . . the new-found talent.
‘knowledge’ . . . transmission = transaction: check !!

but also importantly, and why I’m putting them at the very starry top of the dizzing-ly vast mostly young new artist pyramid, that was SPRING BREAK – is that these two young BROOKLYN-based collaborators, NICHOLAS does the digital imaging, DARREN did the original sound . . totally got, as in . . ‘deep’ & profoundly, understood: ‘TRANSACTION’, ca-ching.

it wasn’t just about . . shredding dollar bills.

they priced their short videos at a concept-inducing . . $1 PER MB.
this one, ‘PURPLE’ coming in at 36.28 MB – was $36.28 (plus a small sales tax !!)
all sales were limited editions of 3, and included a signed 11 x 14 in. print specific to the video – ca-ching, count me – IN !!

talk about nano: this was the king of all nano video loops, all of 30 seconds, nano-sized, in fact . . micro-sized image, and . . micro-priced !!
it’s a . . win, win, win.


‘nano’ was such a good word, for this work, and in fact for their whole short series of 4 clips that ran on a loop, ‘nano’ as in . . birth – the smallest bio/biological unit / in-the-beginning, the most basic unit. so small, it is literally the life force – pulse !!

‘PURPLE’ was like stumbling upon the nano universe building block. like walking into a moon beam, but more powerful. less dreamy. more tech-based. it wasn’t so much a ‘representation’, as in an ‘object’ . . it was literally a life force pulse. it was an ‘emitter’. a literal ‘beam’ of hi-energy life. the beginnings of life, it even struck me as perhaps, the portal to life, and perhaps other universes. the beyond.
plus . . red and blue make purple.
in a nutshell: ‘PURPLE’ was . . nano birthing !!
constructed from digital nano pixels, even the music was the sound of nano spheres, Darren Will took the actual sound of the computer, that is usually NOT AUDIBLE it is so small, and enlarged and manipulated it – as the computer actually processed each image – as it was being processed, ‘animated’.

walking through the fair, which was itself like an immense bee hive, with many smal ‘cells’ pulsing with ideas and art, this was a pure energy ‘beam’ – encountered, in the first person. it was like a truly 3-d, make that 4-d ? sculpture . . as much as it was a ‘video animation’.

I just read this morning that the JAPAN AEROSPACE EXPLORATION AGENCY, or Jaxa (!!) in “one small 55 meter step” . . said “it succeeded in transmitting electric power wirelessly to a pinpoint target using microwaves . . an essential technology . . for space-based solar power.”
talk about: a high power beam !!
oh, yeah. for sure – the future is nano / micro !!
read: Japanese Agency Snares Solar Power


NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL, ‘Model’.
this clip was slightly larger, more in the scale of: ‘MINI-ATURE’, as opposed to purely empirically n-a-n-o. ha.
132.52 MB or . . for $132.52 – it’s yours !!
so, yes the sequence itself – was . . birthing. in scale, and concept.
here was the birth of civilization – the Greek mind-set. man. culture, art.
it was also very nano, formally – in its composition, the head placed way up there in a small corner.
very un-conventional. all about color pulse, as well.


NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL, ‘JAMES, TOBEY POND, NORFOLK, CT, USA’
212.07 MB – $212.07.
so, bio life progresses . .
to a modern-day swimmer, a man, a young man on a dock . . diving into the ocean. the poetics, the narrative become complex. the image starts off small and ghostly, it wavers, it fades, it literally bobs up and down on the screen, just like the swimmer.


NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL, ‘THE ROSE, NEW YORK STATE’.
861.58 MB – $861.58
nano – in all its complexity . . the unfolding of a flower.
the unit vs. the group.


NICHOLAS STEINDORF used an ‘hommage’ to JACK GOLDSTEIN’S, ‘THE KNIFE’ as the metaphoric / symbolic glue or bridge that linked all parts of the brief individual clips – to each other, and to the whole.
it was interesting to dwell on Goldstein’s now ‘vintage’ use of this common household object and how it was to become a huge sensation, or, eventually at any rate, and at the time for a lot of us . . when he filmed it so minimally, and so . . LARGE !!
there’s the neat trick. that was that . . era.
and please note, Pharrell: Nicholas did make a formal footnote – as to the source.

watch: NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL .. ‘SPRING BREAK 2015 – SEQUENCE’, in its entirety . . on VIMEO

2. ‘MINI-ME’ . . GLASS SCULPTURE BY DUSTIN YELLIN – CURATED BY NATALIE KOVACS.

unique edition, can be yours. . for somewhere in the range of $30,000 – which is actually a mini-priced opportunity for followers of this better known art scenester !!
his work usually goes in the $100,000 range.

what’s so fun about this piece, is that not only is it a table-sized mini rendition of Dustin’s classic glass pieces, which are usually human-sized, and often, far larger !! and free-standing. but since it is a smaller rendition of his work, think hotel room mini-bar !! it can, with glee . . be termed a ‘mini-me’ – !!

Dustin Yellin . . is one strange cool cat, I don’t care what anybody says. a lot of it is jealousy, or ceiling-on-the-’so-called’-art-critic-brain. I’m the one who first stood up, in print – against Roberta Smith who dismissed his work with one flick of the academic, stogy hand as: “kitsch”.
bite your tongues, my friends. well I remember, the days back in the early 80s when all my proto-hipster artist friends on the Bowery – used to laugh at JEAN MICHEL, that’s Basquiat to YOU . .
Jean Michel couldn’t give his art away, in those days and times. famous last words.
in fact I remember the same action happening around . . DASH SNOW, RIP.
I also came out then – as a big fan.

I don’t think it’s gonna be an RIP situation here, but it’s funny – life.
there’s no . . WINNING.
you get the feeling that although Dustin has so much, though he does spread the wealth around nicely when he wants too, that he can’t ever feel, truly . . secure. he craves so much attention, so much validation. one wonders, does he ever feel that he’s made the moment . . inside of himself ?
of course this makes for great showmanship, something a little bit in short supply at SPRING BREAK, esp for such a young with-nothing-to-lose-bunch, still in their 20′s, but we’ll leave that for the next post – TEEN BAZAAR, hoo-ray !!


magic carpet ride.
make that . . mini magic carpet ride !!
I love (glass) transparency, and I love – fables.
come on, I’m not the only one to note, the huge fab ride, the major ‘trend’ crush . . our littlest bio humans have, with their huge fascination with: all things . . U-N-I-C-O-R-N-S.
if you guys are the ‘millennials’ – then wtf are these little kindergarten babies going to be called, the ‘unicorn-ists’, aka the ‘unicorns, for short ???!!
on one side of the globe you have kids pointing unicorns at each other, on the other . . guns.
what gives ?
yin yang ?


I love fortune telling, tarot cards, CRYSTALS !! magic rocks. omens, and oracles.
rituals. patterns in rugs. folk art, fables, trips in the imagination.


it’s the same piece, mini-sized, just from a close-up view.
I love glass piled up. stacked up – so it turns, green.
must be the proto-autistic in me, loving surfaces. esp transparent glass, and esp . . plastic.
I love how the collage-d images disappear . . magic in the making, magic in motion.
superficial vs. profound ?
who’s to say. or maybe it’s yin yang. just that simple.

3. ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT, ‘MINI MODULAR BRONZE BROTHEL’ – CURATED BY NATALIE KOVACS.


ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT, 2014. bronze sculpture, 48 x 30 x 51 cms. editon of 3.
no price given.

this has to go under the internationally FAMOUS, but totally un-known and new . . to me !! category – which is what art fairs are supposed to be all about, and it was super cool to find this here, and not at INDEPENDENT or the ARMORY.
so, there. SPRING BREAK, apparently does trump all.


I thought at first Atelier Van Lieshout was an artist collective with a made up . . name !!
my bad !!

JOEP VAN LIESHOUT founded this artisan design, art workshop in 1995 in ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS . . in large part to dis-spell the myth of the “single genius artist.”

talking about: PLASTIC – as in RESIN . . !!
workshops, and . . ARTISANS.

do yourself a favor !! and read: his own words – about . . ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT

and, then check out: ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT


yeah, it was even . . wired for light.
red light . . district, huh.


every brothel has its wash basin . . .


curator NATALIE KOVACS . . in her SPRING BREAK 2015 exhibit, with “Mini Modular Bronze Brothel’ by ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT, in the center.

all I can say is:

follow the bread crumbs . . . when the work is good, responding & pulsating to the ‘creative’ universe, it all lines . . up !!


PAT McCARTHY, ‘MINI PIGEON COOP’. 2014. mixed media, mostly clay, exhibited in SATAN CERAMICS, SALON 94 FREEMANS ALLEY, LOWER EAST SIDE, SEPT 7 – OCT 25, 2014
see: SATAN CERAMICS – OPENING PIX

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~BILL CUNNINGHAM . . .

DID !!
post some . . . lively coverage on SPRING/BREAK.

and, from the website, i.e. this website !!
artlovers . .
whose motto is: REBEL, REBEL INDIE !!
I most definite dig that first snap-shot on his slideshow – a large and proud, and ‘found’ . . ‘REBEL’ street mural – scrawled across the background.

BILL seemed to be particularly entranced with how the ‘indie’ curator-based fair took over the . . old post office, and set loose it’s creative force . . upon the building’s currently ‘distressed’ state.

this is the screen grab for the audio/visual post he rushed up over night, with the link . . . following below:

watch: BILL CUNNINGHAM . . A FRESH BREATH OF AIR !!

note: you have TO HIT THE MAIN CENTRAL IMAGE on the link – to get to his audio and the slide show.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY – TO CATCH THE FAIR !!



~CA – CHING !! SPRING BREAK !! up-date 4:49 PM

UP-DATE: you can find the NICHOLAS STEINDORF / DARREN WILL PROJECTION in rm 4005.
I just heard, legendary lensman BILL CUNNINGHAM . . swung by today !!

TRANSACTION . . . C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E-D !!

NICHOLAS STEINDORF VIDEO – SOUND BY DARREN WILL
‘PURPLE’ – limited edition of – 3 !!
DELIVERED IN SD MEMORY CARD FORMAT
COST: $1 PER 1 MB – !!
THAT’S: $36.28 + TAX for a GRAND TOTAL OF: $39.50 – !!

PLUS: it comes with a 11 x 14 in. print, a still from the clip – signed & numbered by the artists.

yeah, YOU !! – watch:

‘PURPLE’, 2015 – by NICHOLAS STEINDORF with SOUND TRACK by DARREN WILL / VIMEO

don’t blink – it’s only 30 secs !!!
of sheer, PURE . . ELECTRICITY !!

Now, that’s the way I like to play the . . ART GAME !!



~NICHOLAS STEINDORF & DARREN WILL . . YULIA TOPCHIY – SPRING/BREAK


artist NICHOLAS STEINDORF, and musician DARREN WILL . .
at the 2013 YULIA TOPCHIY/CoWORKER presentation of their ‘SWOLLEN FOOT’ – a ‘startling’ and at the same time ‘poetic’ and deeply felt . . re-telling of the ‘Oedipus Rex’ tragedy. their collaboration was . . very cutting edge: a wordless, mostly abstract and pattern-based digital animation projection on a loop – with original soundtrack.
did I say, no words.
‘SWOLLEN FOOT’ was presented at Entwine, Downtown NYC. MAR 1, 2013.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

NICHOLAS STEINDORF and DARREN WILL – will be presenting 6 new digital animation/sound videos – short pieces that will run on a loop . . . at YULIA TOPCHIY’s booth at SPRING/BREAK this week. the theme of her group exhibit is . . . ‘UNSPOKEN DIALOGUE’.

I’ve heard . . . the videos are going to be both “subtle and strong” , so . . I’m curious !!
I’m a huge fan.

when I asked for a little more info, I got:
“We are selling work for $1 per MB”. when I asked for a little more clarification, I got:
“The size of the files range from like 58 MB to 1.3 GB. Meaning that the work ranges from $58 to $1.300. The size of the file (video) is directly related to the price. Much like the size of paintings, photographs, drawings, etc are typically contingent on the size to price ratio. Video can empirically be any size when projected, but there is still a ‘size’ that no one is aware of. Also videos that are most black (empty) are lower in MB size because they don’t have any pixel information. Files that are filled with color and bright whites are typically higher in size because every pixel is being used.”
rock on, indie.

and I guess that covers . . ‘transaction’ !!

so, I asked for just a little more information, and I got:
“The work is a collaboration of Darren and I going back and forth. I put together a batch of videos/drawings and he selected which he thought inspired the kind of sound he wanted to do. Then I made them a bit better, then he did some sound, and then I made them a bit better, and then he made the sound better, etc etc. – Let me know if you want anything else ?” . . . !! !!

can’t wait to see this . . at SPRING/BREAK tomorrow !!
rock on .. Unspoken Dialogues, for sure !!



~YULIA TOPCHIY . . SPRING/BREAK

indie curator YULIA TOPCHIY, will present a small, very focused group show at this year’s SPRING/BREAK 2015.
titled ‘UNSPOKEN DIALOGUE’, it features the work of: RIITTA IKONEN, LUCIE KIM + FELIX VON DER WEPPEN, YASUE MAETAKE, YOLA MONAKHOV STOCKTON, NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL, and BEN K. VOSS.

and, man I am digging that D-I-V-E-R-S-I-T-Y.

and, C-O-D-E . . GRAPHICS !!

note: NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL . . have been reviewed in artlovers for their very original art/music collaborations. Nicholas, a visual artist has been reviewed here many times . . on his own. artlovers’ ‘NICHOLAS STEINDORF vs ANDY WARHOL’ . . does come to mind !!
in their collaborations, Nicholas does the visual/digital loop element, while Darren produces the original music – a most notable, epic ? example of which – we reviewed back in 2013, was their excellent, neo-classic, new wave, poetic, lyrical & most original video production . . titled, ‘SWOLLEN FOOT’. a re-telling of the OEDIPUS REX myth in digitally animated ‘abstract’ images and patterns . . accompanied solely by music, no words . . was presented at ENTWINE . . by Yulia Topchiy’s . . CoWORKER PROJECTS.
singer songwriter LUKE RATHBONE, and NICK STUMPF of FRENCH KICKS – also worked on the sound production.

see: NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL .. OEDIPUS REX, MARCH 1, 2013.

see: CoWorker Projects

see: SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW

/ FAIR.
New York City based, indie curator YULIA TOPCHIY aka CoWorker Projects . . at her booth at last year’s . . SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW / FAIR 2014.
YULIA just put on that break-out show, ‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’, co-curated with KELLI BURTON . . an interweaving mosaic of writers, artists & musicians – at the NARS FOUNDATION.
the show’s email flyer featured a super graphic, dreamy, awesome skin-some, gorgeous mysterious photograph by JESSICA WYNNE, one of the artists in the show. the flyer was in turn featured on artlovers.

see: ‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’ – NARS FOUNDATION

YULIA TOPCHIY . . . is a good representation of the many many indie curators who will be presenting mini-exhibits of new work, at SPRING /BREAK this year. many of them work ‘behind-the-scenes’ – in the art industry, staffing galleries and museums, the unspoken masses of media ‘creatives’, other manning tech start-ups, some slogging away as artist ‘assistants’ and fabricators, others, art handlers, and archivists. often they start life as part of the many off-shoot organizations that support this new age multi-faceted activity, pop-ups, and other more mainstream art events. many of them work in ‘front-of-the-scenes’, as writers, reviewers, and producers. many of them are curatorial collectives, composed of artist, and just as likely, non-artists. a diverse group . . many of them are just a bunch of whole lucky people . . who just happened to ‘back’ into some crazy great happening scene, most likely just next door !!

the city and esp Brooklyn is alive and kicking on this level – there are 90 curators in this year’s SPRING/BREAK show – who will collectively be exhibiting more than 400 artists !!

so the list goes on and on, the city is just jumping with talent. at artlovers we like to term these art-related workers – the worker bees !! and from their ever-swelling ranks . . the most motivated, ambitious, and show-man spirited develop into . . indie curators !!
and, of course: small venue gallerists.
and the writers, artlovers included . . that cover ‘em.
yeah, I’m a . . worker bee.
where’s the . . decal/sticker.
tattoo ?

anyways, these ‘worker bees’, often in the past overlooked, and edged out by the big boys, mostly due top lack of funds, and a lack of insight in the mainstream media, are now making their presence FELT, mainly due to the sheer numbers, their crisp creative edge, and, of the course the power of the ground-up social media !!
. . . they often put out the first buzz, as they swarm around all over the scene, formerly known as ‘the underground’ , buzzing about, infiltrating the media, and putting out the word. indie curators flit from low-rent, even no-rent pop-ups, non-profits, and alternative spaces . . anything, any venue will do . . all looking to put out that fresh taste of newly minted art honey, and put on YOUR PLATE.

determined, vivacious, inventive, entrepreneurial by nature, they encapsulate the ‘go-local’, artisan-based small business ethos of Brooklyn and, the against all odds downtown pop-up shows of street artists like SEAN VEGGEZZI, and PPP/PETER PAN POSSE. from sabotaging billboards, the skyline off the Williamsburg Bridge does come to mind (RAMBO) . . to ‘don’t blink’ storefront pop-ups, to small venues on 3rd floors just open on Saturdays !! – they can survive and thrive in good part because of the internet, which allows for a viable presence on the web: enabling sales, archives, and of course power distributing events and putting pot info, and it’s locavore gone global, all the way.

there’s a lot of opportunity for the creative and skilled here, and there is this huge wave, an influx of talent, that is just as determined and ingenious when comes to staying alive here in NY as the great past ghosts of Soho were, JACKSON POLLOCK comes to mind. and so, despite high rents, and all, those Soho days are long over . . the young worker bees with big dreams . . just keep on pouring into NYC. no matter about L.A. and parts remote – NYC is where kids from all over the USA, still want to come to make their art dreams happen, to burst out, break out, get out from behind that day job . . and make a name for themselves – as curators, or artists – or in fact, very often, a combo of both.
rebel, rebel, indie.

YULIA TOPCHIY . . writes that:

“When I worked for Phillips Auction House, I met so many talented artists who held day jobs working as administrators, or art handlers that I wanted to create a supportive environment where the works could be shown in traditional settings, and ideas and feedback can be exchanged. I started CoWorker Projects to engage my former coworkers in conversation with each other and showcase their works to the public for the first time. For some of them it was a networking experience, for others it was a step in the career path. I enjoy working with all my artists by providing them an opportunity to show their work in an un-traditional setting where they can get the feedback and expand their network.

I love what I do. but I now concentrate on curating shows at nonprofits where I can also give exposure to their programs. During the day I work for ARTSY . . in a Gallery Relations Team where I support Galleries and their programs. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a team which changes how people look and collect art.”

CoWorker Projects . . led by Yulia, specializes in art curation, events production, and performances.


last year, MARCH 2014 . . YULIA’S booth at SPRING/BREAK featured a pretty far-out installation by BRUNO POGACNIK WUKODRAKULA, shown here in the mouth of the cave !!

so Yulia’s curating really does swing far & fab: all the way from NICHOLAS STEINDORF’s new wave ‘classicism’ – which is often presented in digital projection format, to the dreamy narrative surreal and musical !! not to forget ‘group interactive’ of ‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’ . . to the blow-out shamanism of this mystical, psychedelic bio-drama masquerade ‘power’ cave.


talk about . . alter-egos !!
in fact, BRUNO’s electric installation was titled . . ‘POWERCAVE’.


now, would you classify that as . . organic, or inorganic ?
locavore, or ‘invasive’ species.
human evolution heading, or alien visitation ?
the way man/robots . . will be ‘encased’, ca. 3015 ?

how bout . . what bio-people machines will evolve to, to enable them to navigate the toxic mess earth will become after . .
one nuclear power plant accident by tsumani, natural disaster, & poor planning . . . too many.
one atomic test, too many. RIP BIKINI ATOLL.
one nuke attack, in the wrong hands. panic room gonna work, I don’t think so.


BRUNO POGACNIK WUKODRAKULA !!
son of a quartz crystal – jungle.
gotta love that his last name rhymes with . . DRACULA.

I’ve always been the most proud, that as a lowly ‘worker bee’ myself . . buzzing around the art scene as a photo journalist/commentator, and many a-times a back-scene production assistant, my co-workers at artnet, when it was manned by that awesome twosome, WALTER ROBINSON and CHARLIE FINCH . . used to call me: CRACKULA !!
rhymes with DRACULA !!, and you just might know – why !!

BUZZ, BUZZ, BUZZ ON . . ALL YA INDIE CURATOR – WORKER BEES !!

REBEL, REBEL, INDIE – !!
YOU RULE.
NYC – 2015.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~AMBRE KELLY . . SPRING/BREAK


AMBRE KELLY, co-founder with ANDREW GORI . . of the SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW, at the 2014 edition, held in the old red brick schoolhouse building on Prince St and Mott, Little Italy. NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, MARCH 9, 2014

this year’s SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW, the 4th annual edition . . has been moved to a much larger venue, the JAMES A. McFARLEY POST OFFICE – on WEST 31st ST at 8th AVE, NW corner.
that’s . . Midtown Manhattan.

see: SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW

with 90 CURATORS and 400 ARTISTS – taking up 3 floors of vacant office space !!

curators are where it’s at in NYC today – !!
these aspiring worker bees are all over the scene, from upscale to down, downtown to Brooklyn.

witness the huge critical success the Brooklyn-based CLEOPATRA’S curatorial collective had with . .
their take on the annual ‘LOOKING BACK’ SHOW at WHITE COLUMNS earlier this year !!
see: ‘LOOKING BACK’ – CURATED BY CLEOPATRA’S, JAN 13 – FEB 21, 2015

this year’s theme at SPRING/BREAK is: ‘TRANSACTION’. haha.

l-o-v-e the URBAN DICTIONARY DEFINITION:

but think they mean more, the MERRIAM WEBSTER TYPE DEFINITION,
but insert ‘ART’ & keep that . . URBAN DICTIONARY . . . . FLAIR — !!!!!

REBEL, REBEL – INDIE !!
IS WHAT IT’S . . ALL ABOUT – !!



~’ARTISTANCE’ CURATED BY: CHE MORALES . . extended !!

next week . . is the so-called big NYC ART FAIR WEEK.

as far as I can see, there are exactly 2 hot picks for the week:

‘ARTISTANCE’ a gritty straight-up-from-the-streets show of about 26 artists presented by indie curator – CHE MORALES, in the new format event venue/gallery/community center I.M.A.G.E in BUSHWICK . . .

and the other, the bigger venue . . ‘multi-pack’ SPRING BREAK ART FAIR re-located to mid-Manhattan this year – but still . . indie curator-based. just . . many many curators, instead of one, and many many artists, way more than 26, especially new ones, and a small entry fee to cover the organizational costs. unlike most art fairs, no ‘canned’ goods here.
all fresh produce. you just never know . . what’s around the corner.
(more on SPRING BREAK – next post !!)

for sure, it’s the young indie curators, whether the single voice, or seen as a group . . who have their fingers on the fast-paced pulse of the city’s art scene right now. they are like worker bees, always seeking alternative spaces, alternative ways of drumming up money, constantly unearthing, and presenting the newest wave of talent, that un-endingly makes its way to New York City, and struggles hard to call this damn will kill you city, home. all of them, curators and artists, wanting to break free, to be HEARD. SEEN. & LISTENED TO, while they dance in the moonlight – on that, bleeding edge curve that has always made . . NYC legend.

so, I was happy to hear that CHE MORALES had his show extended, and if you want to get away from the maddening, dumbed-down, ‘no-see’ crowds, this is a great place to start, and then you can just day trip all over Bushwick, and Williamsburg, and Greenpoint.
(including all the hot artisan ‘pottery’ stores, and restaurants, lol.)

which brings us back to CHE MORALES, who just sent in some great pix of his show, and what can I say . . except that, if you are a start-up ‘collector’, this show is a no-brainer, probably your best bet for your art buying $$$ – right now. just very raw, very authentic, and very . . real.
very intense. definitely trying to say . . something about the world we live in.
straight up from the streets, just the way we like it.

‘ARTISTANCE’ – CURATED BY CHE MORALES / ’26 ARTISTS – ONE STANCE’
EXTENDED THRU FRI, MARCH 6, 2015

IMAGE GALLERY – 1501 BROADWAY AVE, BROOKLYN (BUSHWICK), NY.
GALLERY HRS: TUES – FRI / 12p – 6p


MAS PAZ, with his street art style, font-driven, ‘Tierrita Compartida/Shared Land’, acrylic and aerosol on wood panel, 18 x 24 in.
($400) . . what did I say, no-brainer.


MAS PAZ, CERN, the show’s curator CHE MORALES, and . . DANIELLE MASTRION, whose wild painting, ‘The Bronx is Burning’, is exploding into flames . . behind them.

on the wall, the golden Egyptian ‘Foremost of Noble Ladies’, oil on canvas, by CHRISTINA DUARTE. 16 x 24 in.
($1,200)


a ‘storm’ of a painting . . if I ever did see one.
CERN, ‘Muntadar al-Zaidi (the shoe thrower)’
mixed media on wood panel, 20 x 24 in.
($600) (!!!!)


DANIELLE MASTRION, ‘The Bronx is Burning’, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 36 x 48 in.
($1,200) tempting, very explosive, political, and crosses over nice with folk art.
bet it would be a show stopper, on the living room wall. back home.
this is what I bought in NYC, y’all.


TMO PLATTER, ‘X-MAN’, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 in.
($600) no-brainer.


ALBERTUS, ‘Revolutionary Gaze’, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 in.
($2,500) tough grit. vs the powers that be.


BKFoxx, ‘Immolate’, oil on linen, 24 x 36 in.
($600) tough grit. protest. ethos vs dominant power. we are ALL FEELING THE STRESS.
don’t get me started on the TIBETANS vs the CHINESE.
HUMAN CAGES & FASCISM.
NATIVE RIGHTS. FREEDOM FROM INTERNET REGULATION.
EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN, way to go . . PATRICIA ARQUETTE.
set yourself on fire, girl. set yourself . . FREE.


MARTHALICIA, ‘SACAGAWEA’, mixed media. 12 x 27 in.
($500) !!!!

wow, and yes I do know who . . SACAGAWEA is.
I met MIZOU PECK . . the lovely actress who plays her in BEN STILLER’S – ‘NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM’ series, at the JEFFREY SHAGAWAT opening, just this past DEC 2014.
see: pix from the opening – JEFFREY SHAGAWAT -’SELFIE’
and yes, BEN STILLER – was there.


CASEY CAULEY, ‘The Boy in Red’, acrylic on canvas, 33 x 30 in.
($500) . . . !!!!

so, that’s . . BUSHWICK.

instead of BBW, BUYER BE WARNED,
it’s . . B-WAY !! BUYER, WHERE ARE YOU ?

ALL PHOTOS: COURTESY CHE MORALES