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

~KARA WALKER . . JUNE 4, 2003

from my archive:


KARA WALKER, b. 1969 / 34 yrs old at the time.
at the opening of her 4th solo show in NYC . . JUNE 2, 2003.
‘KARA WALKER: DRAWINGS’, BRENT SIKKEMA, NYC / June 4 – July 25, 2003.


KARA WALKER . . drawing.
BRENT SIKKEMA, NYC / June 4 – July 25, 2003

these 2 photos were first published on Artnet, in the People Section of the Magazine.
Walter Robinson – Editor.

see: ART LOVERS NEW YORK – PHOTOS BY NANCY SMITH / GOODBYE TO SUMMER< 2003 / 8-29-03

ARCHIVAL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~KARA WALKER . . heads up / heads will roll, where they roll.

KARA WALKER . . .
“SIKKEMA JENKINS AND CO. IS COMPELLED TO PRESENT THE MOST ASTOUNDING & IMPORTANT PAINTING SHOW of the FALL ART SHOW VIEWING SEASON”
OPENING THURS SEPT 7, 2017 / 6 – 8 PM
the show runs thru OCT 14, 2017
SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO., 530 West 22, Chelsea, NYC

oh, that glorious / 1st person voice of . . irony, steely & cold !!
and rightfully, so.

read more about the show: ‘KARA WALKER – ‘SIKKEMA & JENKINS AND CO. IS COMPELLED’


KARA WALKER . .
image via Instagram @sikkemajenkins


@kara_walker_official: “Poster design courtesy of @jetset_experimental (Experimental Jetset) hustling on my behalf thanks to @ari_marcopoulos_official (ARI MARCOPOULOS). . .”
image via Instagram @kara_walker_official

note, a little more than 1/2 way down . . .
“Students of Color will eye her work suspiciously and exercise their free right to Culturally Annihilate her on social media.”
“School Teachers will reexamine their art history curricula.”

KARA WALKER posted this to Instagram . . . this past / JULY 8, 2017.
she must have been thinking about it, ever since.
Image via Instagram @kara_walker_official


this is the text of that . . post.
image via Instgram @kara_walker_official / JULY 8, 2017.

AMEN.

SEE / KARA WALKER – ON INSTAGRAM: @kara_walker_official

!!!!!! – !!!!! – !!!!!!



~OLIVIA SWIDER / JACOB HAUPT . . BEACH TOWEL, SAPPHIRE POOLS / MOUNTAIN / BUSHWICK


great image via Instagram @mountain.bushwick
PHOTO BY MICHAEL FLEMING / MOUNTAIN

OLIVIA SWIDER . . holds a beach-ready, artist-designed beach towel !! – by JACOB HAUPT !!

JACOB HAUPT, ‘Merman’, 2017
limited edition of 10 – beach towel
($130)

available for purchase: ‘SAPPHIRE POOLS’ – SHOPIFY

ps: totally digging the ‘Sapphire Pools’ t-shirt . . OLIVIA !!!!!



~GRETTA JOHNSON . . SILENT BARN POSTER / EVENT TO-NITE SUN AUG 13 / 8 PM

AWESOME POSTER BY GRETTA JOHNSON !!
IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM @gretta_j

‘THE APPOINTMENT’ / ‘HOW TO FOLD A FITTED SHEET’
SUNDAY AUG 13, 2017 / DOORS OPEN AT 7 PM / SHOW STARTS AT 8 PM / $8 AT THE DOOR
SILENT BARN, 603 BUSHWICK AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11206

@gretta_j: Come to Silent Barn this Sunday / August 13 !
Be witness to a play written by ELLIS ISENBERG and JONATHAN BASILE about strain, anguish and ultimately relief (?)
Bonus: @emmo_collins (EMILY ROSE COLLINS) and I will be taking our true demonic form!

ROLL THEM DICE !!! / BITE THAT TONGUE !!!
URBAN !!! DRAMA !!! DEMONS !!!

see: SILENT BARN

MOST DEFINITE, CHECK OUT: GRETTA JOHNSON – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE !!

!!!!!! – !!!!! – !!!!!!



~ERIC COPELAND, CABANA . . BBQ / SECRET PROJECT ROBOT, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN. SUN AUG 13

SUNDAY AUG 13, 2017 / 5 PM-ish
THE OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING of the . . ‘ERIC COPELAND CABANA’
WITH: DJs . . . TWIG HARPER / @nu_tewhaeper) -&- MAX EISENBERG / @eisenballs !!
OUTSIDE – WITH HOMEMADE PINA COLLADAS -&- CHEF SCUBA-OOBA BBQ !!
ERIC COPELAND – IS YOUR HOST . . !!

SECRET PROJECT ROBOT – 1186 BROADWAY, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, NY 11211

SEE: SECRET PROJECT ROBOT – WEBSITE

SEE: ERIC COPELAND – WIKIPEDIA

!!!!!! – !!!!! – !!!!!!



~PAT McCARTHY. . ‘PIGEON’ BRUNCH, BOO-HOORAY, SUMMER RENTAL, MONTAUK / SUN AUG 13

BOO-HOORAY PRESENTS: ‘PAT’S PIGEON BRUNCH’ – SUNDAY AUG 13, 2017.
SERVING: PIGEON EGG LOBSTER ROLLS & FREE RUM !!
FROM NOON – ONWARDS, PAR-TAY ON !!
THE ACCOMPANYING ART EXHIBIT . . OPENED WED AUG 9 & RUNS THRU WED, AUG 16, 2017
BOO-HOORAY SUMMER RENTAL, 805 MONTAUK HIGHWAY, MONTAUK, NY 11954 / 212-641-0692

‘SUMMER RENTAL’ . . IS OPEN EVERYDAY 12 NOON – 7 PM

YES !! DEFINITE !! CHECK OUT: BOO-HOORAY SUMMER RENTAL / MONTAUK


IMAGE: BOO-HOORAY SUMMER RENTAL


PAT McCARTHY – UNIQUE PORCELAIN / TRANSFER . . ‘ZINE’ TABLET
IMAGE COURTESY: BOO-HOORAY SUMMER RENTAL

PAT McCARTHY of ‘SATAN CERAMICS’ . .
will be presenting a rhapsodic journey out east complete with ceramics, zines .. and pigeons.
~BOO-HOORAY


PAT McCARTHY . . . TRANSPORTS PIGEONS / VIA SELF-IMPROVISED ‘RICKSHAW’ – OUT EAST !!
TRANSLATES: . . to MONTAUK !!!!
BOO-HOORAY !!!!!!!!!!
PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

PS: PAT . . IS NOW ON INSTAGRAM !!
CHECK HIM OUT . . @Pigeon_Pat
!!!!!! – !!!!! – !!!!!!



~TRICIA KEIGHTLEY, JACK KOHLER BYERS . . in ‘DYSTOPIA FILTER IV’ / BROOKLYN POP-UP / opening to-nite SAT AUG 12

TRICIA KEIGHTLEY has a noteworthy piece in . . .

ILLUSIONIST ?
PHOTO-REALIST . . ABSTRACT ?????!!!!

‘DYSTOPIA FILTER IV’ – A POP-UP CURATED BY STEPHEN HOLDING
OPENS TO-NITE: SAT, AUG 12, 2017 / 7 pm – 10 pm / AFTER-PARTY at FRIENDS & LOVERS
the show runs thru SEPT 8, 2017
HOLDING STUDIOS, 470 VANDERBILT AVE & ATLANTIC AVE / ENTRANCE ON ATLANTIC


@holdingstudio: The typography of JACK KOHLER BYERS / @jackbyers . . will be on display.
image via Instagram @holdingstudio


TRICIA KEIGHTLEY . . . ‘20.22.16’, 2016.
acrylic on canvas, 20 x 22 in.
IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

LOOKING GOOD – TRICIA !!!!!!!
CHECK OUT: TRICIA KEIGHTLEY / ARTIST PORTFOLIO – WEBSITE

!!!!!! – !!!!! – !!!!!!



~’YELLOW WORMHOLE’ . . HEAD TOO HEAVY GALLERY, BUSHWICK / CLOSING PARTY TO-NITE FRI AUG 11

EMMANUEL LIMON . . WORK ALERT !!!!!
aka @awkwardchopper !!!!!
the man of leather, & heavy metal / sin coyote . . soul.
see: EMMANUEL LIMON – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

‘YELLOW WORMHOLE’ – GROUP SHOW / CLOSING PARTY – TO-NITE / FRI AUG 11 / 6 – 10 PM
HEAD TOO HEAVY GALLERY, 383 BUSHWICK AVE, BROOKLYN

with: VILAYKORN SAYAPHET, RUSSELL MURPHY, GILES THOMPSON, ISABEL LASALA, ANDREW OHANESIAN, DROID 907, EMMANUEL LIMON,
ARIEL CHURNIN, JASON ALEXANDER BYERS, UFO, DANIEL LEON, JEN HITCHINGS, DARKCLOUDS, MATTHEW BIXBY, EKG, NICK McMANUS,
SPY 33 YR 907, MATT SIREN, AUSTION PINON, PETE WEISMAN, DAVID NORDINE, FISH GLUE, SAXON

check out their website: HEAD TOO HEAVY GALLERY / esp. THEIR PHOTO GALLERY !!!!


IMAGE / HEAD TOO HEAVY GALLERY – PHOTO GALLERY / HEAD TOO HEAVY


lol, HEAD TOO HEAVY – LOGO !!



~’THRESHELD’ . . curated by CODIFY ART / UNDERDONK, OPENS TO-NITE, FRI AUG 11

‘THRESHELD’ – CURATED BY CODIFY ART
OPENS FRI, AUG 11, 2017 / 7-9 PM
the show runs thru SEPT 10, 2017
UNDERDONK, 1329 WILLOUGHBY AVE, #211, BROOKLYN
HRS: SAT & SUN / 1-6 PM & BY APPOINTMENT
L to JEFFERSON

with: JANAYE BROWN, ORLANDO ESTRADA, JES FAN, ILANA HARRIS-BABOU, INHYE LEE, PASTICHE LUMUMBA & ADRIENNE ELISE TARVAR

THRESHELD . . . explores the intimacy of routine, home as a constructed space, and ritual as a sanctified mundane.”
read more: ‘THESHELD – UNDERDONK’

see: CODIFY ART – A BROOKLYN-BASED ARTIST COLLECTIVE


UNDERDONK . . . is an artist-run space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
lol, #puppylove !!
PHOTO: courtesy of UNDERDONK, Summer 2017



~NICHOLAS CUEVA . . ‘JERRY SALTZ’/ LIMITED EDITION BEACH TOWEL, ‘SAPPHIRE POOLS’ / MOUNTAIN

SEA SALTZ !!

‘ALONG A RIVER OF SAPPHIRE POOLS’ – MOUNTAIN, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN

a selection of limited edition / dye sublimation printed / artist-designed beach towels.
curated by MICHAEL FLEMING of MOUNTAIN, and OLIVIA SWIDER of SELENA.

all of the towels – limited edition of 10 / $130 ea. – can be seen & purchased here:
SAPPHIRE POOLS, MOUNTAIN – SHOPIFY

this one, is a bit of an . . . in-joke !!!

it is also very much . . PHOTO-BASED !!!!


NICHOLAS CUEVA, ‘SALTZ’, 2017
limited edition of 10, beach towel.
($130)
photo via Sapphire Pools/MOUNTAIN

apart from the beauty of the fabulous distressed look . .
there’s something awesomely beautiful about an art ‘critic’ whose main pedantic theme is: naked, and in-your-face-private-parts – gone big !!
ad nauseam . . . !!
to now, be able to have many private parts, and bare bottoms – rubbed all over his face.



~BILLY BUCK . . ‘SAPPHIRE POOLS’ / LIMITED EDITION ARTIST BEACH TOWELS / MOUNTAIN

‘ALONG A RIVER OF SAPPHIRE POOLS’ – MOUNTAIN, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN

A selection of limited edition beach towels – curated by MICHAEL FLEMING & OLIVIA SWIDER

all the artist-designed beach towels, can be seen & purchased here: SAPPHIRE POOLS – SHOPIFY


BILLY BUCK, ‘Rockaway’, 2017. limited edition of 10, beach towel.
($130)
photo via Sapphire Pools/MOUNTAIN

obviously, PHOTO-BASED – PHOTO-REALISM.
so cool . . as to be very very HOT !!!!

the strange part, is the sunglasses – must be tinted / mirrored lenses.
a surrealist up-date on PUNK, or what !!!



~NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . ‘SAPPHIRE POOLS’ / LIMITED EDITION ARTIST BEACH TOWELS / MOUNTAIN

‘ALONG A RIVER OF SAPPHIRE POOLS’ – MOUNTAIN, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN
A selection of limited edition beach towels – curated by MICHAEL FLEMING & OLIVIA SWIDER

all the artist-designed beach towels, can be seen & purchased here: SAPPHIRE POOLS – SHOPIFY


NICHOLAS STEINDORF, ‘Doe, a Dear’, 2017. limited edition of 10, beach towel.
($130)
installation photo via MOUNTAIN

NICHOLAS STEINDORF’S beach towel . . looks to be feverish and intense, and maybe also . . about passionate love ?
as much as heat, sand, rip tides, and the hot hot sun.

but it’s also at the far extreme of . . PHOTO-REALISM !!

expressionistic ?!!! photo-realism ???!!!

though not necessarily ‘3-D’, I did inquire about the red / blue separation.

NICHOLAS:
“I made it red blue. For instance the tongue is by itself in the red and the forest/rock is by itself in the blue. It isn’t necessarily ‘3D’. It’s anaglyph . . which separates the colors – this can cross your eyes. What I did was separate the red and the blue so you see two different images if you close either your left or right eye (red or blue)”.



~’SAPPHIRE POOLS’ . . LIMITED EDITION ARTIST BEACH TOWELS / MICHAEL FLEMING / OLIVIA SWIDER, MOUNTAIN / OPENING TODAY, SAT AUG 5 / 3-8 PM

‘ALONG a RIVER of SAPPHIRE POOLS’ – BEACH TOWEL EXHIBIT !!
OPENS TODAY: SAT AUG 5, 2017 / 3 – 8 PM
MOUNTAIN, 284 SEIGEL ST, 1B, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, NY 11206

A selection of limited edition BEACH TOWELS curated by MICAHEL FLEMING & OLIVIA SWIDER, with:
MORGAN BLAIR, BILLY BUCK, NICHOLAS CUEVA, AMIE CUNAT, MICHAEL FLEMING, JACOB HAUPT, LIZ NIELSON, NICHOLAS STEINDORF, OLIVIA SWIDER, PANAYIOTIS TERZIS.

Along a River of Sapphire Pools takes its title from John Cheever’s 1964 short story ‘The Swimmer’. This suburban story takes place in one afternoon following Neddy Merrill who swims all of his neighbor’s pools forming his own eight-mile river which he names after his wife.”
~Press release

All beach towels are now available for purchase online at: sapphirepools.myshopify.com

speaking of being on point . . .
this is a another case of an indie artist-run gallerist, including his/her own work in a group show at the gallery. I personally think it’s really special. intimate, informative, dynamic and exciting when you get to see the inner life, & hands-on thinking of the artist/gallerist !!
which is: their work !!

MICHAEL FLEMING . . founded his Brooklyn-based gallery MOUNTAIN in the winter of 2016 – he is a gallerist/curator/visual & performative artist.
and, he takes damns good video !!
usually posted on his Instagram: @mountain.bushwick

OLIVIA SWIDER . . is an artist, curator and writer from Chicago who is now based in Brooklyn, NY. Currently she co-runs the artist-run gallery SELENA in Bushwick.

both galleries are ‘living room’ venues with limited hrs – but always open by appointment.
the best time to hit their shows – are the opening nights.
both MOUNTAIN and SELENA / MICHAEL FLEMING and OLIVA SWIDER . . have been covered extensively on artloversnewyork / both for their exhibits, and for their own individual art projects.

INTERESTINGLY, as well . . .
both of their beach towel projects involve . . . PHOTO-BASED / PHOTO-REALISM !!!!!!


MICHAEL FLEMING, ‘Black Hole’, 2017
commercially printed beach towel, limited edition of 10
($130)
though I get the powerful imagery & metaphor of the ‘black hole’, and seriously . . . how much more photo-realist can you get !!!!
a big part of me would have liked to have seen it – just all sand !!
and, then photographed on a sandy beach !! or even a rocky one, for that matter.
look for this concept to appear in Walmart, in 2 years time / if not IKEA next summer – that’s a really catchy !! tune !!

it also makes for a great hipster/surfer ‘flag’.
as in the Japanese flag, with the ‘rising sun’ – smack dab in the middle.
they should fly it over . . Rockaway !!
look out for random shots of it on Instagram, I’m sure !!


OLIVIA SWIDER, ‘His Shoulders’, 2017.
commercially printed beach towel, limited edition of 10
($130)
OLIVIA’s towel is also photo-based, though less in your face !!
but still, that’s a roaring & real !! sunset.
and the computer ‘font’ – is also very PHOTO-REALIST in . . spirit.
it looks more like a cinema / movie ticket – than a poem !!
but the poetry . . does work, and feels realist in it’s nature / & narrative, too.



~BOBO PLAYS . . RUBULAD, BROOKLYN . . TO-NITE / BIG PARTY, SAT AUG 5

RUBULAD PRESENTS: ‘HEAT WAVE HOPSCOTCH’ – incl: BOBO !!
TO-NITE !! PAR-TAY ON !!
SAT AUG 5, 2017 / 8:30 PM – 3:30 PM
RSVP to rubulad@outlook.com for address.

check out: BOBO
check out: RUBULAD on FB
Instagram: @rub_lad / @bobo_newyorkcity



~’HOT MUD FEST’ . . JESSE GREENBERG, in the farmhouse

‘HOT MUD FEST’ – PRODUCED BY BOBO & JAG
JULY 23, 2017 / art work on view thru AUG 13, 2017.
SPOOK ROCK FARM, 81 SPOOK ROCK ROAD, HUDSON, NY 12534

more info, artists & open to the public / viewing hrs:JAG PROJECTS

JAG PROJECTS . .
is sculptor JESSE GREENBERG’S artist-run, open-project venture, with ‘Hot Mud Fest’ being it’s very first & very promising production.
and . . in this case, summertime fun, ‘en plein air’ – to boot.

like his previous indie gallery, ‘247365’, these are visionary venue/platforms, which function for the most part . . as showcases for other people’s work. initiated by a big dream, driven by even bigger inner creative forces, & maybe egos, and most def run on inversely, very innovative, as in ‘creative’ / but very much shoe-string (!!) budgets, Jesse’s off-the-mainstream ‘fierce’ & indie effort, like the many other indie underground ventures, this ‘blog’ chronicles / the end result is serendipity.
a very diverse, open-ended / and absolutely cutting edge art experience . .
& one which has almost totally disappeared from the mainstream / big budget / all business gallery system, esp here in NYC.

the scene here, would be dead without . . this underground vibe.
poking its head up against all the odds, esp financial, in high budget NYC.
there is no doubt about it.
the mainstream art world in NYC, except for the periodic bursts of museum-driven historical gems . . . right now, is stultifying. moribund. and gawd, what a bunch of posers & losers. don’t get me started.

JESSE GREENBERG’s projects in particular, stand out . .
not only for the cutting-edge curatorial vision, but for the projects are presented overall, with such great visual flair, top level graphic design & . . wide ranging artist collaboration.
It’s pretty clear by now, that his ‘curatorial’ serial / indie ‘outbursts’ / whether stationary viewing, or now a ‘flexive’ program, are driven by a lot of very raw inspiration, and plain ole . . hard work.

LONG LIVE – INDIE ARTIST CURATORS !!

it’s so easy to forget, when an artist takes on the seriously hassled & self-proclaimed role . . of ‘running’ an indie gallery, producing a blink-or-miss it ‘pop-up’, throwing up a ‘screening’, or even hitting out a ‘blog’ such as this one . .
that there is one very determined artist before you / who, besides expressing his cup-runneth-over comprehension of the art dialog in the moment . . is basically ‘taking a bullet’ for his ‘dreams’ and ‘friends’, to do this.
because more often than not – his own status as a working artist gets lost in the mix.

and, yeah artlovers . . is most certainly an artist-run lol, and . . cutthroat indie !!
no reporter here. no critic here.

damn it. labels, of any kind – are bad.

but for sure, we should never forget these are ‘working’ artists themselves, who are driving the scene right now, and we are given an extra / bonus ‘narrative’ – anytime they include their own work.
not only are they are shining a light on . . the collective ‘dialog’ they got ‘running’ with the other artists in this teeming with ‘creatives’ city / but, we get to see, up close and personal, the ‘heart and soul’ – of what makes these indie start-up adventurists ‘tick’/ & what keeps them . . so real, and so good.

so, FYI
besides the colorful & luminous, contemporary ‘totem’ stake Jesse ‘planted’ on the grounds, already documented on this site, he also had 2 very intense pieces in the . . farmhouse.


JESSE GREENBERG, 2 fabricated / photo-realist ‘objects’ . . on a vintage & classic Americana farmhouse table.
now, if that old farm table display, backed by an authentic old timer rural window . . isn’t awesome. and most CURIOUS, and a great ‘twin’ to dialog with the nearby table of CHRISTINA BOLT’s equally CURIOUS ceramic free-form vases, than I don’t know – what is.
as much as Christina’s vases are free-form, these ‘relics’ aspire to .. realism.


JESSE GREENBERG.
looks to be over-size salmon sushi . . !! in a strange bento-box ?
it’s so weird. but it’s also so photo-realist, and nature / bio-connected.
I can’t be the only one ??
picking up on a new ‘thread’ of photo-realism / that’s running it’s mad hatter way . . wily nily through the underground, at the moment.

in fact, you could even go so far as to say, the entire ‘set’ of ‘Hot Mud Fest’, was on e big realist . . par-tay.


JESSE GREENBERG.
crystal / or slice of typography ???????
whatever . . works for me.
it’s kind of like, the imagination is a train running full speed ahead / into realism.
the specifics, don’t really matter – it’s the ride / that’s the . . r-u-s-h !!


that’s the JESSE GREENBERG display on the left, on the right a glimpse of the CHRISTINA BOLT offering.
that’s most likely the original dining room, of the old farmhouse.
history vs fiction in a . . BOBO / JAG momento.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’HOT MUD FEST’ . . CHRISTINA BOLT, in the farmhouse

‘HOT MUD FEST’ – PRODUCED BY BOBO & JAG
SUN JULY 23, 2017 – the show is open to the public thru AUG 13, 2017
see: JAG PROJECTS for HRS & OTHER INFO
SPOOK ROCK FARM – 81 SPOOK ROCK ROAD, HUDSON NY. 12534


CHRISTINA BOLT, 2 ceramic vases in the old farmhouse . .


CHRISTINA BOLT.


CHRISTINA BOLT.

Hello, GEORGE OHR !!!! – WELCOME TO BOBO COUNTRY !!!!
THE FREE-FORM ‘CERAMIC’ VESSEL / CONVERSATION – CONTINUES !!!!
F-O-R-W-A-R-D.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’HOT MUD FEST’ . . the crew

‘HOT MUD FEST’ – PRODUCED BY BOBO & JAG
SUN JULY 23, 2017 – RUNS THRU AUGUST 13, 2017
SPOOK ROCK FARM – 81 SPOOK ROCK ROAD, HUDSON, NY 12534

HRS: 12pm – 6pm
OPEN: TUES AUG 1 / WED AUG 2 / THURS AUG 3 / SAT AUG 5 / SUN AUG 6 / MON AUG 7 / TUES AUG 8 /THURS AUG 10 / FRI AUG 11 / SAT AUG 12 / SUN AUG 13
CLOSED: FRI AUG 4 / WED AUG 9
BRING YOUR BATHING SUIT !!


JESSE GREENBERG . . ‘plants’ his ‘totem pole’ in the ground.


JESSE GREENBERG’s . . totem pole, with accompanying plant ‘scaffolding’ – looking like a psychedelic tomato plant !! sprouting up, against the wild fields & open sky. this is how well it all played out.
the synthetic materials looked awesome, luminous, with a light-filled color spectrum . . against the natural backdrop. fields of wild flowers ran crazy, old red barns stood the test of time, and further back: mountains.
fresh water creeks nearby /
it was really fun to be out in the rural countryside & out of the city.


JESSE GREENBERG curated the art works – at the ‘HOT MUD FEST’/ on-site & in the old white farmhouse.
there were . . a lot of surprises.
& not surprisingly, job: well done !!

Jesse has taken a break from the ‘stationary’ artist-run / gallery experience.
see: his 247365 archives !! always the most excellent graphics, btw
and now runs JAG – his new ‘flexive arts program’ / ‘Hot Mud Fest’ – is the inaugural project.


this is DREW GILLESPIE, kind of the leader-of-the-pack of BOBO.
he does most of their graphic design, posters, and the like.
BOBO . . is a 3 person artist collective, performance, rockin wild band.
they started off in Philly, many years ago. and, maybe a decade+ ago I was lucky enough to back quite by random, into their very first band gig, in NYC.
it was downtown, the Lower East Side, I think it was the after party for some Film Festival ? it was some old NYC dive bar, with old creaky wooden floors, and it got so crowded, and so wild, everybody was jumping, up and down . . I don’t think I was the only one – who feared for the floor to collapse.
BOBO was dressed as . . 19th c.’newsies’, dirty faces, and all.
yep, got the pix !! – way back in the golden artlovers archives !!

ps: that’s THOM PAYNE, behind . . Thom Payne co-hosted ‘Hot Mud Fest’ with NICK PAYNE, his son, & also of BOBO, on their Hudson County Spook Rock Farm.
it’s great place . . because it’s just in that crazy sweet place between falling apart – and getting a new life.
lots of old stuff and history e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e.


DREW GILLESPIE . .
designed the ‘Hot Mud Fest’ logo.


THOM PAYNE co-host, with JESSE GREENBERG.
the old white farmhouse – was a classic.
untouched by ‘renovation’ / with wild fields, old silent & now timeless barns, and fresh water swimming hole – creeks. it’s definite . . a nice day trip.
bring a picnic.


PHIL COTE . . of BOBO.


PHIL COTE . . is somewhat behind-the-scenes, but he’s in there, like a dirty shirt.
here at ‘Hot Mud Fest’, he did something probably unheralded, but amazing / he cleaned up this barn . . like it was born again, to showcase this tripping-the-light-fantastic, hanging, oversize, resinous – jelly, transparent blob / molded / gooey green ‘lit’ piece by . . AMY BRENER !!


so day tripper that I am – I didn’t get NICK PAYNE’s photo, I was too busy chatting him up !!
so his work, is going to have to stand in.
not a bad deal, all in all. the lighting wasn’t perfect, but I didn’t want to photo-shop it.
I mean, look at that awesome random pink light, on the floor to the left.
it’s kind of muted in reality, off-primary / colors. looks to be oil or chalk pastels ?
go see it, for yourself.
it was way more on the ‘lowdown’, and quite humble. compared to that all-out / powerfully Freudian . . show he had a year or so back, at Greenpoint Terminal.


NICK had 2 pastels in the farmhouse / one was a set of nesting ? birds ? doves ?
a little charged . . . domination ?!!
or is that . . mating.


the other, hung in the kitchen, was a kind of throw-back / Pennsylvania Dutch, farmer boy and farmer girl.


NICK PAYNE.
Pennsylvania Dutch, ha.. it got more than a little wild, if you looked closely.


HALEY JOSEPHS and CRISTINA BOLT – at ‘Hot Mud Fest’.
speaking of Farmer girl, Nick Payne’s gf Christina Bolt, was also a co-host of the ‘Hot Mud Fest’ . .
and she was one of the the biggest surprises, because even though she’s been around the BOBO crew for almost 7+ years, this is the FIRST time she is showing her OWN work.
maybe . . there’s a reason, in every season.
because this was – most def the right place & time.


CHRISTINA BOLT / ceramic garden, ‘HOT MUD FEST’ / artwork curated by JESSE GREENBERG / JAG.
Porcelain, ceramic glazes & mixed media


CHRISTINA BOLT.
clay vase, is not the end of it.
more like, strange snail ?
or . . insect-eating plant ?


CHRISTINA BOLT. in the round, 3D in a field. of clay, of earth, but definitely . . taking off !!


CHRISTINA BOLT . . a most wonderous, clay Alice in NYC wonderland / on-site garden.

CHRISTINA, Christina / how does – your garden . . grow ?
A: porcelain, ceramic glaze & mixed media !!

more pix to post, shortly.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’Caring For Animals…Benefiting People’ . . JEFFREY STARK, CHINATOWN / opens to-nite / Sun July 30

How much is that . . Doggie in the Window ?!!

JEFFREY STARK GALLERY PRESENTS:

‘Caring For Animals…Benefiting People’ – one big, hot doggie Summer Group Show
opens to-nite SUN JULY 30, 2017 / 7 – 9 PM
the show runs thru AUG 27, 2017
JEFFREY STARK, 88 EAST BROADWAY #B11 / Basement Level, Chinatown / mini-mall

All shows are visible through a glass storefront (window) – everyday
from 10am – 6pm / or go to website / contact to schedule a viewing.

curated by KALENA YIAUEKI

with: JOANA AVILLEZ, SEBASTIAN BLACK, MAYA BARRERA LOEB, SARAH COLLIGAN, PETRA COLLINS, DAVID TORO + SOLOMON CHASE, LOUIS EISNER, ERIN GALPERN,CHRISTIAN HOLSTAD, MILES HUSTON, JACK IRV, MATT KEEGAN, ANN GREENE KELLY, ZAK KITNICK, ECKHAUS LATTA, MAGGIE LEE, NICKY LESSER, DEAN LEVIN, TOMMY MALEKOFF, EBECHO MUSLIMOVA, WILLA NASITIR, BEN WOLFNOAM, ALEX PERWEILER, NICK POE, ROSE SALANE, KERN SAMUEL, PETER SUTHERLAND , ANALISA TEACHWORTH, RYAN TRECARTIN + LIZZIE FINCH, AINE VONNEGUT, DENA YAGO, STEPHEN ZERBE.

“TO OWN A DOG . . is to invite a certain promiscuity into one’s life: the standard protocols of urban life, in which eye contact, and of course, bodily contact are avoided seem to dissolve in the presence of a dog. As such, dogs provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the economies of affection, of touch and sight, that bring a social body into existence.”
~gallery website / read more


image via JEFFREY STARK



~’HOT MUD FEST’ . . madly !! wildly !! / mellow !!

TAKE A WALK – ON THE RURAL SIDE . . !!

‘HOT MUD FEST’ – PRODUCED BY JAG PROJECTS & BOBO
SPOOK ROCK FARM – 81 SPOOK ROCK ROAD. HUDSON, NY 12534
SUN JULY 23, 2017
note: the art exhibit runs thru AUG 13, 2017, by appt / guided tour
contact: info@jag-projects.com

see: BOBO-nyc.com
see: JAG-PROJECTS.com

the art is found on the grounds, in the water, hung from barn rafters / and even inside the old white farmhouse.
and, YES !!
there was world class !! swimming !! and wading, en plein air !!
so bring your . . bathing suit !! or skinny dip – suit yourself !!
no clorine, farm-fresh cool water, not too freezing, at all !!
. . and beautiful sky, fluffy white clouds and mountains overhead.
nope, it didn’t rain.
friendly people. BBQ chicken, purple cabbage slaw & corn / refreshing drink.


JON KESSLER, pretty much over-size, life-size ?
people were calling it: Winnie-the-Pooh, on a float.

so, just because it wasn’t as mad, wild, crazy & over-the-top anarchy-filled, as the early, ‘vintage’ BOBO events, doesn’t mean, it wasn’t wildly . . WONDERFUL !!

times . . change. head-spaces change, and JESSE GREENBERG was in charge of the art, not BOBO.
BOBO did the performances & music.
and, anyways: praise the man . . who can change.


LIZZIE FITCH & RYAN TRECARTIN, life-size . . weirdos, on wheels ?
note: the young swimmers top right.
which doesn’t mean, it wasn’t t-o-t-a-l-l-y . . SCI FI TRIPPY !!


HAYLEY SILVERMAN. some kind of life-size, or larger-than-life-size . . synthetically molded ?
HOBO POUCH, just as they were / made from a ‘knotted kerchef’ & hanging from a stick.
which doesn’t mean, it wasn’t t-o-t-a-l-l-y FUN,
esp. for us, city folks / a little real, FUN, FARM DAY TRIPPIN !!


HUGH HAYDEN, riff off a classic wooden, Adirondack summer chair.
this was as aggressive – as it got. form vs function.
the chair that gave you – the ‘finger’.


well, maybe . . this rusted out ‘pig roaster’ that said: LSD PSYCHO ?
yeah, that’s my pup, Zora. aka Princess Poochie.
90+ lb American Akita – she def knows what’s . . up with that ??!!
she’s a long coat. she was born in Colorado, on a little farm. she had an ancient Japanese great-grandmother.
her father’s name was Zorro. we named her Zora / she’s some strange Q name on her papers.
yeah. named after that Zora !! Neale Hurston.
don’t preach me cultural appropriation / ‘I read everyone of her books’. (!!)
just saying.

just . . because e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y, everybody !!
is so into dogs, these days. FYI !!
WHY !!!!!
WHY – IS EVERYONE SO DOG-OBSESSED, these days ?
the very same year – I get my very FIRST PUPPY ?

back to the rusty roaster.
I can’t find anybody to take ownership of it – yet !!
looks like classic BOBO – if you ask me.
it was a twisted & very black / as in noir / take on redneck rural humor – if you follow the tabloids.
apparently, pig roasters are / young psycho serial teen / drug killers / fave means of disposing of the bodies.
in PA, this summer.
in this context, SAD . . social commentary on rural America, you could – go one step further.
I’m thinking, instead of LSD, it should have proclaimed: OPIOIDS.
and let’s leave it – at that. makes the 70s, the US army, CIA & Baba Ram Dass – look good.
but, this was a young kid friendly event.
most younger, than the age of understanding / a 3 letter code.
but a nice reality . . bites / reality – check: re rural Amercia, gone south / gone wrong.
gone – Rx exploited.
nobody ever prescribed LSD, or did they ?


ANDY ONDERDONX, metal and wood construction / scenic rural landscape by nature
& the old timey, original farmers of Hudson county.


CARVER AUDAIN. which didn’t mean, things didn’t get .. self-reflective !!
scaffolding, a man-made ditch, and a pane of glass.


BRADFORD KESSLER. which didn’t mean, things didn’t get very . . . ‘Victorian’
as in . . curiosity, as in Emily Dickinson, herbarium !!
as in, YEAR OF THE MUSHROOM / Nicholas Moenich, ‘Mushroom’ at HELPER Gallery / FYI.
scientific, T-R-I-P-P-Y.


BRADFORD KESSLER.
as in . . HARRISON FORD & the temple of . . . hat.
as in / stretch that . . vile imagination !!
as in archaeologist. as in . . botan-ist.


BRADFORD KESSLER, lizard.


BRADFORD KESSLER, on a roll !!
I mean, a BRANCH !!


BRADFORD KESSLER, fossil – keeper.
quite a few pieces on the farm, were made of synthetic molded plastic of some kind.
there was a great one – in the barn / next post !!


BRADFORD KESSLER.
close-up: figurative / imaginary. photo-realist / abstract. narrative.
scientific, botany. nature.


CHRISTINA BOLT.
which brings us smack up to . . Christina’s Bolt’s imaginary / monster / fairy tale / ceramic flowers – in the field.
in the round. clay. mud of the ground.
larger-than-life size. delicate. strong. posing pretty, looming . . strange & imaginary.
also very EMILY DICKINSON & . . . Underdonx Gallery / Ashley Garrett / ‘Nightjar’ !!
relevant – in the MIX / aka the DIALOGUE,
of this past season !!!!!
yes !! target: nature. reality. curiosity. inward-ness.

more, on those gorgeous, sensitive . . . flower – Bolts !!
& others, next post !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~’HOT MUD FEST’ . . world class swimming !!

YES !! PAR-TAY . . ON !!

it’s a definite !! . . the weather has cleared up !!
‘HOT MUD FEST’ – IS DEFINITELY ON / so, GET YOUR PAR-TAY ASS – UP THERE !!
TOMORROW !! . . SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017 / 12 noon – 12 MIDNIGHT
SPOOK ROCK FARM – 81 SPOOK ROCK ROAD
HUDSON, NY 12534

Cabs, Lyft & Uber . . available from Hudson Amtrak Station

PRESENTED BY BOBO & JAG !! – FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC !!
ART, MUSIC & PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL – WORLD CLASS SWIMMING !! EN PLEIN AIR !!
THERE WILL BE FOOD & DRINKS FOR SALE – ALL PROCEEDS GOING TOWARDS PAYING FESTIVAL COSTS & PERFORMER TRAVEL COSTS.
FOOD PROVIDED BY LIL DEB’S OASIS.


@bobo_newyorkcity: World CLass Swimming Facilities at ‘Hot Mud Fest’ #hotmudfest
check out the full video via Instagram @bobo_newyorkcity