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

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

subtext: sucker-punched realism

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

more background: Press Release / Mother Gallery


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


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



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

57W57ARTS PRESENTS:

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

up thru . . OCT 24, 2019
57W57ARTS


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


def, see: SUE RAVITZ – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



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

subtext: do we all want to be – stars ?

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

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

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


image via Instagram @samuelboehm



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

subtext: 9-11 / LOVE and . . Fear

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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



~9-11 Quilt . . ‘Lightning Strikes’

9-11 NEVER FORGET.


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


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

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

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

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

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

Photos: Nancy Smith



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

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

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

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


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

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


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


‘Self Portrait’ . . from the side


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


‘Gougoune’ detail


‘Gougoune’ detail


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


screenshot: NEW YORK TIMES

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

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

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / SAT AUG 10, 2019



~DANIEL GIORDANO . . STUDIO VISIT / NEWBURGH, NY

DANIEL GIORDANO – STUDIO VISIT
AUG 10, 2019


DANIEL GIORDANO’s studio . . is in an old red brick industrial building / on the seedy side of Newburgh.
well-worn, the building looks to hold a lot of local history, but for him in particular – as it was home to his family’s coat manufacturing factory for several generations.
well, manufacturing coats, unless you are in China, Pakistan or Viet Nam, ain’t gonna get you nowhere this century, but maybe re-translate that entrepreneurship, hard work, and skills . . factoring in the new (serious) art influences in the surrounding community, and well . . maybe art – will win the day.
looks like a win win – to me.
ps: VICKI . . is on the ground floor storefront.
mark your calendar: TED GAHL – ‘Zen Paintings’ . . opens SAT OCT 12.


DANIEL . . has the whole top / 3rd floor. eat your heart out – Brooklyn.


plenty of room, to go big / catch . . that power and the ‘fury’.


work in progress.


cannoli / and . . cream.


another metal pipe / ‘pole’ piece.
this one looking very . . bio.


Theo and Daniel.
when a (young) collector, gets to see where the magic happens – it’s an awesome thing.


I hadn’t know Daniel was so into working with clay.
this is such a cry. such a call to . . ‘death’.
to depth of soul.
to . . wanting.


my feeling was: a lot of the raw power of the works . . comes not only from the freedom of working in, such a huge, old industrial space / but also from, all the aggregate ‘conversations’, between the different projects, and diverse materials.
‘formalism’ – as in creative, dedicated formalism / it’s funny how it thrives in dedicated . . ‘chaos’.


diverse materials, is not the word / diverse diverse diverse diverse comes closer.
many coats / of many colors. Daniel in the Lions Den.
man-made, artist-shaped, collaged, stood-up, assembled / found.
even . . animal parts.


even . . futuristic.


yep, Daniel . . in the Lion’s den.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~DANIEL GIORDANO . . and the tribe / NEWBURGH, NY

out, and about with the tribe.

subtext: industrial
subtext: industrial vs. post-industrial
subtext: small towns / big hearts, big ambitions / the changing history & re-awakening of previous industrial hubs
subtext: local-born, up-state NY artist / crashes NYC art scene to bits

DANIEL GIORDANO OUTDOOR SCULPTURE . . NEWBURGH, NY / NEWBURGH SCULPTURE PROJECT
Aug 10, 2019


Danilel Giordano, and his other outdoor sculpture – on view this summer in Newburgh.
the most interesting aspect of this 2nd outdoor sculpture, which stood in the heart of town,
as opposed to dominating a college garden grounds, (and, facing the water, btw) . . was not so much the visual or conceptual impact, as its . . fluidity.
like a totem, or a flag pole . . it held its ground as the world spun around it / 360 degrees.
and, as it did so – it made you . . look more / and realize the place / in the moment.
with greater awareness, as opposed to just . . you know, walking down the street.

note: the ‘Gregory Crewdson’ . . like, historic, small North-eastern town, movie theater on the right / RITZ.


apparently, the sculpture had inadvertently – become ‘interactive’.
somebody had tied a red kerchief – to it !!
I’m taking that to mean, in the greater sense / that the ‘tribe’ of the entire town . . had taken note / of this crazy, compelling . . proud wild and free ‘stake’, planted among their midst.

DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘Self-Portrait While Fixated on the Juicy Lips of Megan’s Eclipse’, 2019.
moisturizing face masks, copper, steel, steel wool, azurite, iron ore, various plastics, cable ties, bells from Santa’s sleigh, stone, railroad spikes, wire hanger, cattails, Tang drink mix, epoxy, spit balls (toilet paper, saliva, phosphorescent acrylic, acrylic polymer emulsion) / 79 x 60 x 36 in.

Daniel Giordano – is not a minimalist, when it comes to his materials / he’s more of a . . grab this earth / and run with the ‘fury’ kind of guy.
all part & parcel of . . historic references / esp industrial era vs digital / rage about the ‘machine’ / current society etc etc / and def, all about put down that device and come see the thing.
experience the ‘fury’, thunder, and yes: sweetness. lust. love. questioning.
in a word: young men on the cusp – of taking over.


the circle dance – begins / the unexpected camouflage kicks in / as you move around the ‘pole’.
it’s most definite a kind of anti-Koons / anti-Urs Fischer / call-to-arms . . in its own ‘thrown-together’ way.

this part of Newburgh is so interesting, there is still a real rural / urban . . sweep.

Newburgh . . is also considered part of the ‘Hudson Valley’ – as the thriving, aggregate art scene upstate refers to itself / DIA Beacon helped kick the gears.
my first experience was through a more underground route – the BOBO COLLECTIVE: ‘HOT MUD FEST’ of Aug 2017, an highly wild interactive music, performance / art show . . on a big ole farm, with a creek running through it / Spook Rock Road, Hudson.
see: Newburgh, NY


though, what makes Daniel Giordano so interesting, is that he is a native-born son . . of the area.


now that’s a . . self-portrait, if I ever did see one.


the fluidity of the basically stationary, rigid, metal ‘pole’ – within its environment / was a big part of the experience.
so contrarian / of a visual fact.
that’s my daughter.


well you could gaze, and walk around the piece in a trance, for quite a while.
and then, suddenly . . you are on the other side / and the ride is over.
another part of my art loving tribe: my son.
my kids are also natives, but of another ‘historic’ NY art scene / both being born on the gritty Lower East Side, of Manhattan in the 80s.
NY is such a huge hub for artists / it’s interesting when you bump into a true native-born son.


Daniel . . and the small art world tribe / that drove up that Saturday from NYC, BROOKLYN / & NJ.
what a great day for a car trip, nice ride. good roads. pleasant scenery / not much more than an hr. each way.
everybody had a great time.
including my big poochie, Zora. a 100 lb. American Akita long coat / sometimes called a woolie coat.
and, obviously very down with the trip – too.

Photos: Nancy Smith



~DANIEL GIORDANO . . SUNY Orange / NEWBURGH, NY

subtext: industrial entropy
subtext: great industrial / educational setting

SUNY ORANGE NEWBURGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE / NEWBURGH SCULPTURE PROJECT
AUG 10, 2019


a dystopian sight, yet something very sexy about it.
from this angle, it looked like a slipper.
something soft, a pliable thing, that you could slip your foot into, if you were . . a giant.
I though that was maybe just me, until I read the accompanying wall plaque.
if, the glass slipper fits – wear it !!

DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘Goumada’, 2016-2019.
1989 Yamaha jet ski, deep fried batter, aluminum, window sash weight, plastic wrap,
rocks, tennis balls, Canadian Maple Syrup, epoxy, reactive metallic copper enamel,
phosphorescent acrylic / 71 x 111 x 55 in.

*goumada: Italian-American slang for a mistress / esp of a Mafioso.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~NANCY SMITH . . DANIEL GIORDANO / NEWBURGH, NY

NEW YORK WRITERS – ON THE MOVE !!


NANCY SMITH, and DANIEL GIORDANO, just outside Newburgh / Bloominghill Farms, New York. Aug 10, 2019.
Photo: Kate Cerigo

took the tribe / Kate, Theo & big poochie Zora . . upstate to visit – Daniel Giordano !!
a few weekends back.
now, that’s some – visit !!
it was the first time me & Daniel got to meet – in person.
I have been following his work / ever since I first got invited to a small / 3 person group show / the inaugural show, in fact: for Daniel’s friend Samuel Boehm’s . . ‘roving’ curatorial pop-up: ‘Gazebo’.

titled: ‘Love of the Common Man’, which was already intriguing, I super liked the advance p.r. graphics, concept & images – but it being my birthday (!!) and a big sushi dinner in the works, we got there too early, and then couldn’t return in time to make the actual opening / but I’ve been following them all on IG, & have been hooked ever since.

that’s also how I knew about Babayaga’s . . huge great, fearless, fresh & fiery, often ‘industrial’, punk & goth / raw energy blow-out . . Memorial Day summer fest art show – that took place in an ole Chinese buffet diner, up there – in Hudson Valley / Daniel and Sam were in the show !!
go, Hudson !!
def, see: BABA YAGA, big group show / Memorial Day Weekend 2019 / Grand Buffet & Pulvers Glass

def, see: BABA YAGA, Hudson
def, see: GAZEBO.SPACE
def, see: ‘Love of the Common Man’ / archival photos & text – Gazebo
(the eerie golden mask hanging on the wall at right, and the free-standing sculpture ‘column’ are Daniel’s.)
def, see: DANIEL GIORDANO – ARTIST WEBSITE
def, see: SAMUEL BOEHM – ARTIST WEBSITE / with a one-person show coming up, in NYC in SEPT

but, back to NEWBURGH !!
we checked out some large on-site sculptures of Daniel’s, which were scattered about Newburgh, an old industrial hub, situated on the water / Hudson River, and now on ‘fast forward’ to gentrification; spent a great time exploring his huge studio, where we saw many finished works, and varied works-in-progress. Located on the ground floor of the same, huge old building, we also got to see where super indie, cutting-edge VICKI, which Daniel and Sam founded / & which they run intermittently, throws it’s . . hit-the-wall art shows & block parties !!

Both Daniel’s studio, on an entire upper floor, and VICKI, an almost triangular space on the ground floor, with a storefront window . . are located in a big ole, once heavy humming with sewing machines & other manufacturing industry, that had been pretty much ‘abandoned’, and is now teeming with enough energy, to make Brooklyn jealous.
A big red brick industrial era factory / warehouse . . it sits there, square & squat / come back to life, re-purposed as an artist & artisan workshop hub !!
and, which just shouted: History !! American history !!

it reminded me so much, of where I raised my young family, back in the early 80s, on the now legendary Lower East Side, in an abandoned, run-down storefront, on Rivington and the Bowery. old run-down spaces are the greatest places to make art. just an old, long empty storefront, just barely functional . . a remnant of a once teeming tenement, immigrant world / where, new art was now taking life / as tough & scratchy, as the start-up weeds – in the cracked concrete sidewalks outside.
just the same first impression: so, ole time-y turn-of-the-century New York.
industrial. raw. but full of history, slowly going . . under.
ladies & gents, step into the future . . in the arms of the – past.
def, see: VICKI

and, we also got upstate . . just in time, to catch the last weekend of a really great, knock-out group show, titled ‘Soft Temple’, and aptly so . . . that Daniel was in, at super contemporary & plenty ambitious . . Mother Gallery, in Beacon.
def, see: MOTHER GALLERY, BEACON
great opening coming up !!
def, see: ‘SOFT TEMPLE’, MOTHER GALLERY / June 22-Aug 11, 2019 – gallery archive
ps: the big raw, severely distressed motorcycle – & yet, way raised up . . to the uber goth & ‘fantastical’ !! . . is Daniel’s, of course.


more pix, soon.
happy Labor Day Weekend, y’all !!



~AL DIAZ . . LONDON

NEW YORK ARTISTS – ON THE MOVE

& relevant.

HEADS UP !!

these (very) limited edition prints become available . . on the 30th of August 2019.

Distassi Art Presents: 2 Al Diaz Limited Edition Prints . . .
‘Tolerate Civilization’ & ‘Because War is just a 3 Lettered Word’

“With a . . career that spans 5 decades, this first generation NYC subway graffiti artist is bringing his poignant works to London.
Distassi Art is proud to announce 2 very limited edition / prints marking Diaz’s . . debut transatlantic partnership.
‘Tolerate Civilization’ . . sees the New Yorker explore notions of society, with various historical references.
‘Because War is just a 3 Lettered Word’ . . sets military imagery against blooming flowers.
Both pieces contain WET PAINT lettering / i.e. slicing out individual letters & then reassembling them to form socially-charged messages, and SAMO tags.”
these carefully crafted editions will be printed by . . House of Roulx.
~Distassi Press Release

set to sell . . . at 425 GBP / $521.84 USD, the prints will be available via Distassi Art’s ‘Spotlight’ online / portal,
and will be sold exclusively – through this London-based dealer.
~ sized at 18 x 24 in., the prints include a small white border for easy framing.
~ printed on premium Hahanemuhle William Turner matte fine art paper, 310 GSM, they are flat sheets – not off a roll.
~ they are hand-cut, with hand-deckled edges, and are hand-varnished twice post-print.
~ they are printed with archival pigment in the US.
~ this is a limited edition print run of 20 pieces each.
~ an artist proof is also available (600 GBP / $736.71 USD).

see: Distassi Art
see: AL DIAZ – SAMO / Distassi Art
see: SAMO / BASQUIAT & AL DIAZ .. Wikipedia & A GREAT READ !!
see: Al Diaz – artist website

a few golden nuggets from the above resources:
~ AL DIAZ was tagging trains of the New York subway, in the 70s – aged 12, as ‘Bomb-One.’
~ in the years between 1977-79, Al and his high school buddy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, were covering the walls of Lower Manhattan with: SAMO.
so, go back & read those links / they are super fun,
and informative. these 2 kids blew-up the art scene, single-handedly.
it was quite the rebel / collaborative . . moment.


AL DIAZ . . signing the limited edition Distassi print:
‘Because War is just a 3 Lettered Word’.
image via Instagram @albert_diaz


AL DIAZ . . ‘Because War is just a 3 Lettered Word’ / Distassi Art
image courtesy & copyright of . . Distassi Art


AL DIAZ . . signing the limited edition Distassi print:
‘Tolerate Civilization’.
image via Instagram @albert.diaz


AL DIAZ, ‘Tolerate Civilization’ / Distassi Art
image courtesy & copyright of . . Distassi Art



~HALEY JOSEPHS . . CHATHAM, NY

NEW YORK ARTISTS – ON THE MOVE

HALEY JOSEPHS . . is in this summer’s August residency, at The Macedonia Institute,
located upstate in beautiful, rural . . Chatham NY 12037.
their artist-in-residence program provides housing and studio space for 1 month.

see: The Macedonia Institute
see: Haley Josephs – artist website


HALEY JOSEPHS . . new work / The Macedonia Institute
image via Instagram @haley.josephs


image via The Macedonia Institute / mobile device



~HALEY JOSEPHS . . CHINA

NEW YORK ARTISTS – ON THE MOVE

HALEY JOSEPHS had new works in a group show, this summer in SHANGHAI !!

‘Right Behind Your Eyes’
curated by SARAH FAUX
June 29 – Aug 15, 2019
Capsule Shanghai Art Gallery, First Floor, Building 16, Anfu Lu 275 Nong, Shanghai, China

see: ‘Right Behind Your Eyes’ / Capsule Gallery
see: CAPSULE SHANGHAI
see: HALEY JOSEPHS – ARTIST WEBSITE


HALEY JOSEPHS, ‘Spiral Bubble’
oil on canvas / 16 x 20 in.
image via Instagram @haley.josephs



~LIZZIE WRIGHT . . NEW ORLEANS

NEW YORK ARTISTS – ON THE MOVE
subtext: Industrial

LIZZIE WRIGHT HAS WORK . . in:

‘Now that I’m a woman, everything is strange’
opening Sat Sept 14 / 6 – 9 PM
and running thru . . OCT 6, 2019.
Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117

Good Children Gallery . . “is a pioneer artist-run space in the St. Claude Arts District,
aimed at enhancing the cultural landscape of New Orleans. The space serves as a bellwether for artistic endeavors by exhibiting engaging work form local, national, and international artists.”
~Good Children gallery: about

see: Good Children Gallery
see: LIZZIE WRIGHT – ARTIST WEBSITE

curated by JESSICA BIZER, ‘Now that I’m a woman …’,
“is an immersive mixed media exhibition inspired by song lyrics from the film ‘The Last Unicorn’.
Channeling the idea of the “witchy woman”, the show explores fluidity and shape-shifting as sources for feminine power.” ~Good Children Gallery


all images via Instagram @lizziewright

LIZZIE WRIGHT . . . ‘Shoe Box’, 2019.
converted salt lamp, plaster cast Adidas, dyed faux fur, painted plexi,
aluminum, and plywood / secret dimensions.



~NICK PAYNE . . NEW JERSEY

HUDSON VALLEY / NEW YORK ARTISTS – ON THE MOVE

NICK PAYNE . . showing in a 3 person show at HARPY !!
opening tomorrow evening / SAT AUG 17th / 6 – 9 PM
“Quick train ride from NYC.”

‘TREVOR BAIRD, ANDREA LUKIC, NICK PAYNE’
AUG 17 – SEPT 14, 2019
HARPY, 92 Park Ave #2, Rutherford, New Jersey 07070
see: HARPY ABOUT for hours & travel directions

see: HARPY GALLERY
“the objective is to bring something different to Rutherford and the surrounding areas of New Jersey.”

see: NICK PAYNE – ARTIST WEBSITE


NICK PAYNE . . ‘I’ve always wanted to go up to a total stranger and …..’, 2019.
watercolor & pencil on paper / 18 x 24 in.
($1,750.)
image via Instagram @senyor_amigo


BTW: HARPY – GREAT LOGO !! GREAT NAME !! QUITE THE – FLAME !!



~R. BLAIR SULLIVAN . . ICELAND

NEW YORK ARTISTS – ON THE MOVE

R. BLAIR SULLIVAN is moving to . . REYKJAVIK, ICELAND, in the fall, 2019.

NYC STUDIO VISIT – MAY 11, 2019.


luckily I was able to catch him in his studio recently: Sat May 11, 2019.
the studio is small, compact . . but holds a lot / both storage, ‘forage’, supplies, computer, works in progress, & works complete, and on exhibit.


the space is located under the Essex Flowers storefront gallery, 19 Monroe St, Chinatown, Two Bridges / Lower East Side / Manhattan, NYC.
even though it’s sub-level, it had natural light coming from windows facing a tiny, mostly ventilation / inner ‘courtyard’, which made it feel fresh, and filled with agreeable light, both natural and man-made.


the lighting was important – because the works were subtle in surface, details, material and . . shape.
hand-sculpted, they were almost: bones.
this head (phone) . . of ‘hands’– was one of several that referenced / or were of a series of similar 3-D sculptures made from ‘cold porcelain’ / just like the ‘wishbone’ sharing hands, ‘Holding (First Position)’, 2018 . . featured in the post below – covering his participation in ‘Stream 5: Give and Take’, a Two Chairs curatorial presentation / alongside a rural stream, in Vermont.

Cold Porcelain . . “is an inexpensive, non-toxic, easy-to-work material, which despite is name, is not porcelain (clay).
its main components being cornstarch and white glue.” (the web)

and, they do project a mysterious smooth, strong but fragile appearing surface – very fluid, yet rigid. totally in tune with that specific DIY medium.
like I said, very human bone-like.


while many other pieces were fashioned simply from ‘foraged’ computer screen filters, on the right; and some were a combo – the middle. no matter, all things R. Blair Sullivan: light, light-handed . .
and somehow: historical ?


black line drawing, detail.


R. Blair Sullivan: wishbone . . legs.
obviously, very radical & contemporary / yet feeling ‘ancient’ ?
maybe, because bare bones – are associated with . . archaeologist ‘digs’ ?

the works are kind of a cross between ‘craft’ and DIY . . vs. pure concept.
the impression I got was more concept – than craft.
the skills, though flawless, fluid, were subservient.
it was visual ‘poetry’ . . . over ‘function’.


another – combo.
a small mirror-like . . inner (/) landscape ?


other pieces were . . waver-y !! reflective, and optical.
made from old TV or computer monitor screens / which he forages off the streets.


well, if waver-y, isn’t a word, it should be.


a more typical . . found artist / ‘metal’ sculptural forage, with some kind of very unusual, scientific ‘light show’ / going on behind the ‘scenes’.
I didn’t even want to ask – what it was. how it worked. though, now I notice a wire of some kind, hanging from it. the pure mystery was – astounding. gorgeous. kinetic. magical.
a kind of . . animated ‘sunset – in a ‘snow-globe’.
Northern Lights, anybody ?

note: re the wire . . .
there are a small set of LED lights inside the sculpture, to illuminate the ‘content’.


this had depth. solidity, weight. and, yet . . what was going on – inside.
very scientific / amoeba-like, when you looked deeper. a sense of both ‘found’ ‘assemblage’, and folk art . . DNA ?
as if people, could do . . DNA – DIY !!


are these pieces, light boxes ?
LED lights.


this one definitely skews . . folk art, and history. and DIY.
that’s an old vintage ‘popcorn’ quilt, puffing around / and, an Appalachian folk art, shrunken dried & carved – apple head !!
btw: the teeth . . are fashioned from white Sculpy / polymer clay.


Blair, or Ryan as his friends call him . . told me, he made the carved apple head himself.
it is a traditional North American, mostly Appalachian folk art / made from dried apples, sometimes called shrunken heads. they were commonly used as DIY doll heads.
the apple is peeled, then carved, then dunked in lemon juice & water, to keep it from turning yellow / then dried.
often put on the top of a stick. then clothed, I guess.
the Seneca Indians were the first American peoples to make these dolls, they went on to become popular with the ‘whittlers’ of the Appalachian Blue Ridge mountains. (the web)


this plexi-case, holds an actual, cloth-based DIY doll family / folk art, he picked up in . . Ohio.
I believe that’s where he grew up.
note: Ryan is from . . Lancaster, Ohio.


so that’s his Chinese-influenced, landscape brushwork watercolor in the background, and a close-up of the precious, hand-made ragged doll family. the branch, is a piece of ‘bark engrabed naturally, ot organically by beetle egg pathways, which he found on Etsy !!

a note from Ryan:
“the ‘Chinese’ landscape, as you call it, was done in collaboration with my, at the time, 3 year old daughter. The dolls are ‘worry dolls’, and it’s called ‘Family’.”

lovely.


R. Blair Sullivan . . also has a series of lenticular candles . . happening.


as well as, a whole pile of DIY (?) candles – in flame / black & white primitive – photos.

note: the ‘Candle Flames’ . . .
“are called ‘chemigrams’. No camera and no darkroom. They are basically paintings done on on photo paper with photo chemistry. The interesting thing about the candle flames in particular however, is that it’s all done with black-and-white chemistry and because I did the process in reverse, I got color out of it – which was a surprise to me.”
~R. BLAIR SULLIVAN


does he hand color . . the flames ?
it’s kind of a zen situation, even though the artist in there with you, you don’t want to break the poetry, by asking . . too many questions.

note: the ‘Candle Flames’ . . .
“are called ‘chemigrams’. No camera and no darkroom. They are basically paintings done on on photo paper with photo chemistry. The interesting thing about the candle flames in particular however, is that it’s all done with black-and-white chemistry and because I did the process in reverse, I got color out of it – which was a surprise to me.”
~R. BLAIR SULLIVAN


R. BLAIR SULLIVAN, for whatever reasons, Iceland . . calls.
life is, is, is . . . a mystery, or so they say !!
yet, sometimes as it plays out, it definite feels like, as if it fulfills . . a destiny.

Mr. R. Blair Sullivan . . . .
Mr. Snowdrop / Mr. Flame / Mr. Cold / Mr. Folk art / Mr. Waverl-y / Mr. Innovator / optical scientist.
Mr. Forager !!

Happy Trails !! in Iceland . . land of snow, and winter folk / and folk tales / told around the fire.

see: R. BLAIR SULLIVAN – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~R. BLAIR SULLIVAN . . VERMONT

NEW YORK ARTISTS – ON THE MOVE

BENEVOLENCE – OVER VIOLENCE !! !! !! !!

R. BLAIR SULLIVAN – IN VERMONT, THE BEAUTIFUL GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE.

& if bye any chance . . you knew, or heard of Goddard College / located in Plainfield, Vermont. .
back in the 70s, then you know I went there, and never really – came back.
it was the first open curriculum classroom college, ever . . .
I was in the pottery studio hand-building 24/7.
The Who – ‘Magic Bus’ was the song we lived by.
there was a lot of folk art study, primal woodblock printing, new age weaving and radical architecture DIY & salvage among others / lots of wood, windows, and not too many square corners.
Baba Ram Dass caravans to San Francisco – left from the school’s sunny meadows, which were wild-flowered and wild, as we all were – on their journey west / and it was of course, the original home to the now famous, Bread & Puppet Theater.
I was the one & only exchange student from Montreal (!!) (global), & therefore attended tuition-free (!!) (benevolent). the irony, maybe not / being it was the most expensive school in the U.S. at the time.
it was so, so . . the best & strangest year of my life. it was hard to leave.
Quebec was very conflicted, and language rights fascist at the time.

‘STREAM 5: GIVE and TAKE’ . . . with:
Xinhao Cheng, Wallis Couverte, Juneau Projects, Gwen Smith, Haim Steinbach, R. Blair Sullivan, Tomoe Tsutsmi, & Mans Wrange.
Two Chairs, AUG 10-11, 2019 / 12-5 PM
South Windham, Vermont 05359


TWO CHAIRS . .
is a “curatorial enterprise made up of artists, curators, and thinkers. This year Two Chairs is expanding its program during August by combining its annual group exhibition in and around a stream in South Windham, Vermont entitled ‘Stream Chapter 5: Give & Take’ . . with an artist residency in collaboration with Meadows Bee Farm that will take place concurrently. We propose . . to create an event that reaches out to an even larger audience – local, national and international. For several years, we have curated group exhibitions that have primarily investigated the effects of human activity on the natural environment. This year our project will include a range of artists who work in a more participatory manner by exploring ideas of benevolence, sharing and care both locally, and globally.”
see: STREAM CHAPTER 5 – TWO CHAIRS / KICKSTARTER

TWO CHAIRS . . “since 2014, Two Chairs has produced multiple projects that stage dynamic associations between artists and unexpected sites – including a stream in Vermont, St.Mark’s Bookstore in NYC, and a Manhattan living room in an old-school Yorkville apartment.”
see: About / 2 Chairs

see: 2 Chairs / 2chairs.org
note: Two Chairs is NYC-based.


see:
R. BLAIR SULLIVAN – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE


image via Instagram @3ifocal / R. Blair Sullivan

Ryan will be showing this piece, quelle beaut !!

R. Blair Sullivan . . ‘Holding (First Position)’, 2018
cold porcelain with spirulina / 13 x 7 x 2 in.
it’s hand-sculpted & the spirulina – is mixed into the clay. think – on that.

spirulina: filamentous cyanobacteria which form tangled masses in warm alkaline lakes in Africa and Central and South America / prepared as a food or food additive / powder / is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. . . . “It is incredibly healthy.” “It increases energy levels.”
but . . watch out for contaminated strands, “if grown in unsafe conditions”, i.e. alongside some bad character toxic algae.
bio fact: applies to all life forms, apparently.
source: the web at a quick glance.


the Two Chairs logo – very cool.



~RUFUS TUREEN . . CHINA

NEW YORK ARTISTS – ON THE MOVE

the ‘Olde Man’ . . goes to China !!

but, does everybody know: RUFUS TUREEN has taken his performance / art – to China ?

who knew . . downtown, indie gallery underground performance art – riffing off vintage French royals, with a good dose of (French) impressionist brush work, (French) pantomime, and huge curly (French) powder white wigs, would have art world ‘legs’ . . let alone travel ?!!
& to . . China !!!!!!
that’s like – totally around the world / map-wise & culturally.

if you happen to be in Ningbo, Shanghai, China – you can still catch the show, it’s up thru AUG 31.

LL Art Project, Ningbo, Shanghai . . presents:

‘Am I Who I Was’ – Rufus Tureen
July 21 – Aug 31, 2019


all 3 images above: via Instagram @rufustureen


RUFUS TUREEN, just before an ‘Olde Man’ performance.
Essex Flowers, NYC / Nov 3, 2018
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artloversnewyork

MOST !! DEF !! . . check-out: RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’ – BEST of 2018 / artloversnewyork

***** WITH LOTS of PIX, PIX & MORE (MAGICAL) PIX – of the art & the ‘transformative’ / ‘interactive’ performance !!!!!!!! *****

YES. check out that . . link.
NYC taking over the world, and this is – why.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



~KAWS . . JAPAN

NEW YORK ARTISTS – ON THE MOVE

well, everybody knows KAWS went to Japan.

what’s amazing . . is:

1. what a ‘cult’ hero’s welcome KAWS got over there.
BRIAN DONNELLY actually showed up, (or had to) in person to camp / more like tent,
with the lucky ones who won tix to pitch cookie-cutter style tents & roast marshmallows in tiny identical bonfires . . around ‘Companion’, as if the blown-up sculpture was . . a water fall ?
well, come on, the view of Mt Fuji – is amazing.

the great HOKUSAI – is probably rollin’ his eyes, from the grave !!
but it’s so damn so flat plastic graphic, he’d love it.

2. the cross transfer of this solitary, angst-ridden lonely figure going over, so huge in Japan, esp among the leading edge designers, while Hello Kitty cousins, aunts & uncles, rainbow unicorn ponies, powder puffy girlies, anime sailor cuties, and glitter-trippy mushrooms of all sizes . . have fractured into a gazillion million cultural take-over pieces, esp among the youngest here ?

I mean, the KAWS . . ‘Companion’ Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloon, was only shown / flown . . once, in 2012, the year it was made made, and presented with great fanfare, btw.
it was a big fail / ‘too negative’, lol.

there’s d-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y a cultural ‘thesis’, waiting to be written – there.

bet, NARA . . is bawling his brains out – with jealousy.

*NARA as in one-word name, (you know – like Madonna),
doesn’t even google anymore – without his full moniker: Yoshitoma Nara.
Nara was pumped up to be a big art star in the 80s.
how the once mighty – fall.

ditto: Murakami.
like I said: waiting for the grand thesis / that I don’t have the patience to do in full.
writing a blog ? / stuck in the fast lane.
and, yet maybe that’s all you need / the heads-up.

Image via Instagram @kaws #repost @arr.allrightsreserved #KAWSHOLIDAY



~DANIEL GIORDANO . . VANCOUVER

HUDSON VALLEY / NEW YORK ARTISTS – ON THE MOVE

DANIEL GIORDANO – ‘Even Cowboys Get Caught in the Rain’
OPENS . . THURS JULY 25 / 6 – 9 PM
the show runs thru . . AUG 31, 2019
WAAP / WIL ABALLE ART PROJECTS, 1129 EAST HASTINGS St., VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA V6A 1S3
HRS: TUES-SAT / 12PM – 5PM

see more: DANIEL GIORDANO – ‘EVEN COWBOYS’ / WAAP

see: DANIEL GIORDANO – ARTIST WEBSITE


DANIEL GIORDANO, ‘Cyrano & Prayer Hands II’, 2018.
Ink, watercolor, and correctional fluid on paper / 11 x 14 in.
($1,000. CDN)
image via Instagram @danieljgiordano


invite via Instagram @waapart


DANIEL GIORDANO . . hanging the show, yesterday.
the opening is . . to-nite !!!
image via Instagram @waapart


DANIEL GIORDANO, small smoky-light pink colored light bulb, wooden pipe with even smokier, sensual glass form / 3-D sculpture.
can’t decide if its more symbolism . . than diy / def, leaning in with . . the sensual.
ok, yeah. more symbolism – than DIY !!
IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM @waapart