~ROB PRUITT . . Multiple Personalities

. . talk to me !!

ROB PRUITT – ‘Multiple Personalities’
opened SAT SEPT 13, 2014
runs thru OCT 25, 2014
Gavin Brown’s enterprise – 620 GREENWICH ST, WEST SIDE, NYC

for sure, I caught ROB PRUITT’S opening this past Saturday.
multiple personalities ?
more like . . bi-polar split !!
I needed a little time to think about it.
a two-headed monster of an exhibit – if I ever did see one !!
it spoke with a real rush – to our collective, smart-ass media-driven ‘ups’, and to our deeper . . ‘downs’ / the less obvious spiritual longings, and secret . . self-reflections.
only YOU . . can be a mirror into YOUR OWN SOUL ?
in a word: communication.


the show started off really anonymously, if you didn’t already know Rob Pruitt’s penchant for DIY water fountains.
just another white pick-up truck on the street, no fanfare.
very Americana.


ROB PRUITT at the opening, seemed to be gathering his thoughts – harnessing the multiple personalities ?


ROB PRUITT, ‘Studio Love Seat (Orgy), 2014. marker on couch, 57 x 30 x 28-1/2 in.

note the ode to JEFF KOONS, at left.
and . . BART SIMPSON.

the start of the show hit you in the face, with quite the opposite smack from the soft-pedaled low-fi water fountain, outside . . in fact it seemed to me – that this was the ‘multiple personalities’ (duh) theme of the show in action: quiet contemplation (running water), smack (wise-cracking furniture), self-therapy (free-form primitive drawing), and finally a good sobering dose of inner reflection, termed: suicide . . (paintings), but if suicide is that beautiful – let me in.
though just for a day, life on planet earth calls (calendar).
the inner and the outer states of being . . ‘bio’, human.
being human is . . complicated.
self-expression, how we deal with the larger culture that screams around us, & finally – contemplation of the . . infinite.
what’s larger, what’s the bigger force . . the huge media circus we live in, or the infinite unknown . . within.


money over bitches . . that caught my attention.
the art world in a nutsell, I mean . . nutshell !!
talkin’ about the point, where my love, for art – splits my head open, and divvies up my soul.


ROB PRUITT, ‘Studio Love Seat (studio Assistants)’, 2014.
marker on couch, 57 x 30 x 28-1/2 in.

this one in particular . . was talkin’ right at me.


when will mom die ?


Julian Schnabel is my life coach ?!!!


KEEP CALM & GAVIN BROWN.


. . . in pursuit of magic.


around these couches was arranged a circle, more or less, of standing ‘tables’ – with pretty much the same sort of cultural wise-crackin, you need to get thru life these days.


with a kind of cosmic scary rigid fascist black and white pattern.
well that’s how my ‘personality’ – breaks it down.
am I wrong ?


a little hand-built cat – looked to be carefully finding the way . . down ?


but what I really liked, in this play into the space of the gallery, were the ordinary sand bags mooring the tables from tipping over.
what did I like so much about them ? I liked how they were so ordinary, so causal, yet so functioning – so anonymous – just like the pick-up truck outside.
but I also liked them for the continuity they offered me – they made me think of the quelle fun journey into clay, muddguts, ebay and pigeons I took this summer, ending up with Pat McCarthy’s miniature cinder blocks – in Satan Ceramics. how fun. sand bags to mini cinder blocks – well, that’s how my personality breaks . . down. nice touch.
a down-to-earth detail in a prism of conceptualism . . . throw me a bread crumb, through the art scene and I’ll run with it, any day.


well you could peruse those couches, and up-right tables . . for a few hours, I’m sure.
but damn, do I feel alone ? yes.
and does the world feel shitty, most times, yes ?!!


SHIT BEGET SHIT.
for such a successful artist, Rob sure harbors some pretty dark thoughts.
multiple personalities, anybody ?
or just the world . . how the world turns.
life is shitty, and then you die.


ROB PRUITT, ‘Suicide Paintings’, 2014.
acrylic on linen, 81 x 108 in.

well, with thoughts like that – no wonder his mind turns to . . suicide ?


ROB PRUITT, ‘Suicide Paintings’, 2014.

well, first off – I’ll let somebody else talk about the sand scattered all about, but esp I liked, and wondered about how these reflective surfaces – came across as so inward-directed ?
washing over me like . . waves ?


though it struck me as a little off-key that these inward reflections, paintings so sophisticated in their ‘soul-catching’, as well as their rendering . . would lead into a room of free-form primal ‘dalliances’, the so-called ‘Therapy’ paintings. maybe they were there for people who can’t understand art unless it has a gestural arm movement ? maybe they were there to highlight the experience of the room before ?
the room before was like looking into . . mother-of-pearl.
this room was akin confronting inner insecurity, and bad demons ?
multiple personalities.


and then it all wraps up, with a . . calendar.
all I can say is, busy, busy, busy, esp for a guy with multiple personalities, maybe he needs to slow down.
just joking :)

loved the hommage to Mr. Helvetica himself, MASSIMO VIGNELLI, RIP.


so where am I . . in this shooting star, spurting bio-ness cosmic chart ?
APRIL !!
along with . . PHARRELL WILLIAMS !!
fab fab fab.


looks like, MARC JACOBS shares my special day. lucky number 9.


they made some gorgeous posters for the show . . .
those suicide paintings were my fav.
I’d take that suicide trip-tych – in the front alcove, all 3, hands down, and well . . maybe the truck fountain too.
for sure.


ROB PRUITT, and I go back a long way.
I can be a big mouth, that’s for sure.


rain in the fountain, rain in the streets – I felt like I living in a technicolor movie world, when I left that opening, and moved on to . . the GOWANUS CANAL, water, water, everywhere.

to check out . . .

ANDREW GUENTHER & DEAR DERRICK – up next !!

and I would have been feeling, me and my ghost man Dan Asher – mighty shitty, and pretty grouchy myself – if I had had to mass transport it over to Gowanus, which is what my past, as Dan would say … 30 shitty years in New York as a hardcore prankster, or is that hustler – boiled down to, except now I have my kid with his wheels driving me around, so. so – what a difference a set of wheels make.
multiple personalities sure do melt away, on the wheels of a fast, sleek car in the rain.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~am I wrong ? nope, porcelain & clay . . rule.

I got so spooked by my over-the-top enthusiasm for the SATAN CERAMICS crew, that that night I had a huge bad dream: my next door neighbor was hurling fleshy just dead pigeons . . into my yard & thus into my head !!
thud, thud, they just kept on coming, the inner body, just behind the thick muscles of those strong pigeon thighs – was evil-looking, juicy and . . red. otherwise, the evil-omen birds were all black and white.
‘death metal’ black, and scary ghostly white.

but then when I awoke, I caught sight of the new LENA DUNHAM as a classical white statue, on the cover of the NEW YORK TIMES CULTURE MAGAZINE !! and, I knew – I was right.
Lena alookin’ like . . porcelain. damn.
plus note: the background is all . . ‘death metal’ BLACK !!
ok, so – it’s marble they were going after, but still it looked pretty antique MEISSEN porcelain to me. same aesthetic, shiny white surface, voluptuous lines, classical.

and what did I tell you – you, Satan is a she-demon !!
yeah, Lena Dunham – that bad / that good.


LENA DUNHAM, photo-illustration by VICTORIA DIEHEL, modeled after ‘Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix’ by ANTONIO CANORA, completed between 1804 & 1808.

read the back story: Under Cover: On Turning Lena Dunham into a neo-classical bust / NEW YORK TIMES – THE 6TH FLOOR

http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/10/under-cover-how-we-turned-lena-dunham-into-a-neoclassical-bust/

where they also have a super fun video of the behind-the-scenes . . transformation.


see: A Classics Curator’s Homer Renovation – Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/articles/bostons-museum-of-fine-arts-rethinks-its-greek-classics-1410546622

then, there was this !!
the very same weekend, a huge illustration of an antique ‘mixing bowl’, showing the killing of the Greek King Agamemnon, created around 460 BC. an Athenian vase painting. in the print edition of the Wall Street Journal.

if that wasn’t a dead ringer for MARY FREY’S pieces in the SATAN CERAMICS show – what was it ?
also note: the ‘death metal’ . . black background.

the image was used to highlight a new configuration of classical treasures at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, incorporating 250 (!!) pieces . . and, this very SATAN CERAMICS piece was chosen out of a most vast & incredible field to stand for hat would attract out attention – the most.

so there.

SATAN CERAMICS – rules. it was not just group thrill, it was street smarts as applied to classical ceramics – the ‘scale’ of objects going against the ‘functional’ grain, the individual artists’ vision superseding . . form follows function. it was about fresh raw energy meets dynamic staging, and four authentic artist voices – are set free.
hand-built clay = inspiration / juice & sets the bar, for the art season, fall 2014.

and I still really like the resonance of the youngest member of the group – PAT McCARTHY’s mini concrete cinder block – which holds down his mini pigeon coop – coming across as an homage to the group’s ceramic guru, JJ PEET, and his miniaturized tiny tea cup & one stem flower vases.

as per above, MARY FREY – is right on the cultural dot.

and even TOM SACHS rides in, a hand-built future vision hero, dare I say his NASA branded bowl – equates with cultural icon Lena Dunham ?
it’s a bit of a stretch, bite-the-dust metaphor – BUT, it is there . . . if you look for it !!



~SATAN CERAMICS . . OPENING PIX

WICKED GOOD !!!
KNOCK-DOWN SKILLZ !!!
OVER-TURNED CONVENTIONS !!!
ELECTRIFIED OPENING !!!
TONS OF EXCITEMENT, CONTRAST, CONTAINMENT & GLAZES !!!
SHINY BRILLIANT WHITE & MATTE BLACK SURFACES.
EVERY-BODIES WORK – was on FIRE !!!
this show is just way off the CHARTS.

“BRAIN TO HAND TO OBJECT (CLAY)” – JJ PEET, MANIFESTO

SATAN CERAMICS
OPENED SUN SEPT 7, 2014
the show runs thru OCT 25, 2014
and features ceramic work by: MARY FREY, PAT McCARTHY, JJ PEET & TOM SACHS
SALON 94 FREEMANS- FREEMANS ALLEY, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC


omg – the opening was HUGE !! just like the good ole days !!


on the left: SALON 94 founder, JEANNE GREENBERG ROHATYN, with pal ERIN.
JEANNE looking g-o-o-d, but esp like they always do – when they have connected hard.
damn, did she just score . . and, opening game of the season.
relevancy, skills, future vision, in-your-face-punk. 3D ceramics ?!!!
pottery.
yep.
death metal black glaze ? check.

everybody needs a little downtown street creed, now and then – even Salon 94.


even big daddy himself, JULIAN SCHNABEL was there, and looking spiffy, or what !!


mega-collector ALBERTO MUGRABI, keeping it on the down-low, don’t be fooled.
caught him seriously engaged with the PATRICK McCARTHY tablet wall.


we’ll let comic book artist DREW MILLER . . represent all the new kids, the electric new wave of young talent that has recently stormed onto the scene, just waiting for their next big move – to make their own big burning mark !! about to tip the island, watch out.
ever heard of ‘POOR THING – NUMBER ONE’ ?
well, now you HAVE !!

http://www.artloversnewyork.com/zine/the-bomb/2013/08/31/james-miller-drew-miller/


JJ PEET, apparently the master of cutting-edge clay and zen-like glazes – the SATAN CERAMICS guru himself.
what could be better, than a natural born trouble maker, basking in the limelight of achievement ?


he was sipping from a (his) tiny hand-made tea cup.
this is so . . what we mean by great art has – juice . .
though this guy looked to have a very dry, and tres sly !! sense of humor.
contrarian or what. form follows function – !! not.
I guess that’s the satanic part – stepping out.
anybody who says that contemporary art doesn’t involve skills – get outta my way.


JJ PEET, stoneware.
note . . the BIG RED BRICK.


X marks the spot.
JJ PEET, ‘BRICKVACE_3′, 2014, Porcelain, 3 x 3 x 3 in.

Clay makes bricks, bricks make houses.
when a vase has a (design) face – clay makes a brickvace !!


JJ PEET, ‘BRICKVACE_19′, 2014. Porcelain, 3 x 3 x 3 in.
really . . through the LOOKING GLASS !! ALICE et al.
note: the shadows, very magical installation. something the gallery website, which is very staid and formula uptown – did not catch.
except for that logo – the SATAN CERAMICS logo was GREAT. the T shirts were selling like hot cakes, $20 a pop.
we got it. we got 3.


JJ PEET, ‘BRICKVACE_VIEWER’, 2014.
Porcelain, aluminum, electronics, rubber. 6 x 12 x 8 in.
don’t tell me contemporary art isn’t . . relevant.
tribal knowledge meets modern technology . . head-on.
capital C – for communication. and, creativity.
artists and scientists, rule.
including skilled, and witty – ceramists . . who are both.


MARY FREY


MARY FREY, ‘Catcher’, 2014.
stoneware/underglaze/carbon fiber. 5 x 5 x 5 in.
that orange, with all that black and white, in the room – is to die for.
just gorgeous. fab fab fab.


looking at MARY FREY’S . . ‘FRUIT BOWL’, 2014.
Porcelain/death metal black underglaze. 10 x 10 x 10.5 in.


MARY FREY, ‘KEY PARTY’, 2014.
Porcelain, death metal black underglaze. 8.5 x 6.5 x .5 in.


TOM SACHS, now there’s a story.


TOM SACHS, ‘CONEJO’, 2013.
English porcelain, temple white glaze, NASA red engobe, reduction fired. 3.75 x 4.75 x 5 in.

TOM SACHS . .
he is SO ambitious, and he is such an easy target – sometimes we all gang-up and go a little rough on him, but if he was ever born to make art, he was born to make this piece !!
doesn’t matter what he did in the past, doesn’t matter what he does . . in the future. as far as I’m concerned – I am giving him one big pass to last a lifetime – to the genuine art strivers Hall of Fame – with this one. he has finally lived up to his future vision, pseudo fabrication dreams. what was it I read about his wedding, “ALBERT EINSTEIN meets Bart Simpson.” hmmm. yep.
absolutely BRILLIANT. beautifully rendered, perfect scale.
he should make a whole dinner set of these and send them to the President of the United States. they should make at least one of these mandatory equipment on space ships. art + science – the future of the world – in your hands.

and don’t forget the . . past. the skills, the human bio-ness of the race. the great achievements, the uneven lurches forward.
function, color red, code logo, all in the palm of your hand.


TOM SACHS, ‘HOT NUT BOWL’, 2013.
porcelain, 2.5 x 4.375 x 4 in.

speechless, who knew the guy could hand-build ?


beautiful balance, and I don’t mean just the hand-built vessel, exquisite balancing act. the imbedded branding, the fab glaze etc, etc.

I mean the whole installation itself, the wooden raw edges of the display shelves, the lighting – which threw graceful, lingering, defining and dancing delicate shadows on the 3D objects, 3D !! – after-all.
they should have posted the exhibit pix with the installation accents, not stripped them down to be so bland and bare – on white sheet backgrounds.

BUT,
I mean, all the better for me !!
ace photog that I am.
I mean where would I be – in a perfect – world ?
where would any of us be – in a perfect world. hoo-ray for hand built pottery.
and zen-like glazes, tiny scales, and nonsensical form.
all inter-relating like a roomful of swaying Tibetan prayer bells.

which brings us to . . .


PAT McCARTHY.
aka the Pigeoneer of BUSHWICK !!

the last time I saw him was in this tiny show in a tiny, but concept-wise immense !! – storefront gallery in Brooklyn called MUDDGUTS, and deservedly, so.

MUDDGUTTS to . . SALON 94, even FREEMANS ALLEY – now that’s what I call an . . ‘ascent’.
Pat, he must have been watching his birds in flight, take off. or what. we outta here.
we out.


PAT McCARTHY, porcelain hi-rise pigeons perches.

Pat told me he had made all new work for this show – in the 2 weeks since I had swung by that classic underground moment of a show, PAT’S PIGEON CLUB. ROOF SUPPLYS, FANZINES, BIRD TALK !!

we had had a huge Pigeon club talk on his, then, all-white glazed, with very zen touches – porcelain hi-rise perches, about pigeons and their amazing eye sight, all the better to soar.

and, here were Pat’s pigeon perches v.2 – accessorized with little ‘stripes’ of nicely ‘keyed’ glaze color – all the better to get back home to your own special perch. apparently it’s not just us humans that are – deathly . . territorial.


Pat told me .. “I found my color.”
we outta here – or what ?


PAT McCARTHY – mini coop !!


if you peered inside – you could just make out a miniature set of his signature porcelain hi-rise pigeon
perches.


see ‘em ?


I don’t know if this was an ode to a long lost hero of the Lower East Side mean streets, or if this signaled this mini coop – was actually home to a special dude pigeon – named . . Joey, of course.


the mini coop – from the back, note that concrete block – extreme left bottom corner.


yeah, sweet. satanic !!
tongue-in-cheek sweet.
a mini concrete brick.

holding everything down. holding everything . . together.
don’t they say, god is in the details.

and so the wild rush of a Satanic circle – that is SATAN CERAMICS . . that began with a big red brick . . ends with a tiny gray one. what a nice touch, what a nice metaphoric rhyme.
all things come round.
what a nice – throw-down to the mentor, JJ PEET.

just goes to show . . like in science, like in art – like in life.
there’s always truth in real pottery, I mean !! – poetry !!
what comes around, goes around. ancient arts, new minds.
satanic.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



DARK TIMES: DARJA BAJAGIC & TOM COSTA / JORDAN CASTEEL

DEDICATED TO THE DARK EVENTS of 9/11/01 & the generation that grew up in their shadow.

on my way to the evening’s huge blast of a opening, SATAN CERAMICS at SALON 94 FREEMANS, pix posting tomorrow – I happened upon the shows of 2 new artists to the scene, DARJA BAJAGIC and TOM COSTA. both of whom, although young & supposedly hopeful – expressed very dark thoughts.
I also ran into JORDAN CASTEEL, another young painter recently located to NYC – in person.

Mr. Costa’s vision was more looking out, and the look was devastating. Ms. Bajagic’s dark rumblings – seeped up from deep inside.

the ironic part was JORDAN CASTEEL, a young artist whose studio I had visited a couple of years back at the YALE GRADUATE FINE ARTS PROGRAM OPEN STUDIOS. she told me she had her first solo show in New York, currently up at SARGENT’S DAUGHTERS, located deeper into the fringes of the Lower East Side. titled ‘Visible Man’, it comes down this weekend, so you can still catch it.
what struck me, looking up the work on the gallery website – was that her work was . . optimistic, and hopeful, if complicated and . . deep.


TOM COSTA, in front of his painting. he has 3 canvases in this group show.
‘DESTRUCTURE’ – curated by JONATHAN MELVILLE PRATT
SEPT 3 – OCT 12, 2014.
LESLEY HELLER WORKSPACE


TOM COSTA, apocalyptic vision or what.


TOM COSTA, ‘Window 5′, 2014. oil on canvas.
30 x 52 in. ($3,500)
. . a startling glimpse through the crowd.


detail, TOM COSTA, ‘WINDOW 5′.


TOM COSTA, ‘DRACK’ – image via his website: TOM COSTA
TOM COSTA has an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2004, and he seems to have showed some very cool, sleek future vision paintings – at Audio Visual Arts/AVA in NYC, in 2009.
definitely check out that website.


DARJA BAJAGIC, ‘Come to the Dark Side We Have Cookies !!!’, 2014.
mixed media on canvas, 53 x 76.25 in.

DARJA BAJAGIC showed ‘assemblage’ works over at ROOM EAST. very graphic, very dark – her work, was about – growing up ?

DARJA BAJAGIC, ‘Cold Comfort’
SEPT 7 – OCT 5, 2014
ROOM EAST - 41 ORCHARD ST, NYC


detail, DARJA BAJAGIC, ‘Come to the Dark Side We Have Cookies !!!’, 2014.
all about the young ROOKIE gen chicks – 2 sides of the coin, look out !!


looking very . . eerily like the Twin Towers – or what ?!!!!


yep, welcome to my world – the devil, SATAN . . is a YOUNG DEMON MEAN GIRL.


DARJA BAJAGIC . . . ‘Welcome to the Dark Side, Surprised we lied about the Cookies ?’


DARJA BAJAGIC, ‘Evil’, 2014
UV print on aluminum, 50 x 35 x 0.25 in.


detail, ‘Evil’.
the photo seemed to be a blow-up of a stitched, embroidered ‘badge’, and worked very well on the aluminum surface.


detail, ‘Evil’.
the cut-out quality was really nice. too.


DARJA BAJAGIC, ‘I’m invisible Just Assholes can See Me’, 2014.
mixed media on canvas, 76 x 55 in.


detail, ‘I’m Invisible’, note small patch on the upper left side.


detail, ‘I’m Invisible’ – yep, that ‘patch’ . . says it all.


DARJA BAJAGIC – image from her website, check it out: DARJA BAJAGIC


JORDAN CASTEEL, Lower East Side, NYC. SEPT 7, 2014.
currently New York City based, Jordan was born in 1989, in DENVER, Colorado.
she received her MFA from YALE this past year (2014).

JORDAN CASTEEL has her debut NYC show up at SARGENT’S DAUGHTERS – the show, titled ‘Visible Man’, runs thru SEPT 14, 2014 – so you can still catch it.


JORDAN CASTEEL, ‘Jerome’, 2014.
oil on canvas, 54 x 72 in. – image via SARGENT’S DAUGHTERS

from the gallery website:
Jordan Casteel’s “subject .. is black men, all of whom are unclothed, both literally and metaphorically . . . she seems to ask, is a black man a black man no matter the color ?”


JORDAN CASTEEL, ‘Galen 2′, 2014.
oil on canvas, 72 x 84 in. – image via SARGENT’S DAUGHTERS

check out more of Jordan’s work on her website: JORDAN CASTEEL

so,

Welcome to the DARK SIDE, NYC . . SEPT 11, 2014.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, SEPT 7, 2014 – unless otherwise noted.



~SOPHIE CRUMB & ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB – PIX FROM THE OPENING

SOPHIE CRUMB & ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB
opened SEPT 7, 2014
the show runs SEPT 7 – OCT 19, 2014
DCKT CONTEMPORARY – 21 ORCHARD ST, BTWN CANAL & HESTER, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC


mom and daughter in the gallery storefront window . . a study in contrast.

the show turned out to be more buttoned-down than full-out Satan, i.e. rowdy and rude to the extreme – and was more a mother / daughter – contrast in graphic / observational drawing styles, and subject matter. though it did tweak heavy . . ribald (Aline) – and explicit (Sophie).
so . . ‘wicked good’ – actually works.

though, NYC Fall 2014 – was certainly up for a full-on onslaught of bad behavior, perhaps these 2 comic book-based artists – working and living in France – didn’t feel as raw as we New Yorkers do, and maybe they just didn’t want to be pigeon-holed . . as ‘too naughty’ for tv ?
a line – both of them have crossed in the past.
the show didn’t punch ya in the face – it more a stroll . . through the mirror, reflective as opposed to aggressive. a generational song of sorts. I think you only get one chance – at grabbing the art world’s attention, and desperate as it sounds I was ready to be socked in the face – with sheer and utter tastelessness (Aline) & too much info esp from a young girl controversy (Sophie).
but c’est la vie. raw sex and very bad behavior was not on the menu.

Aline was stepping back a bit and laughing at herself, and her world of like-minded pals, striving to stay young, and afloat – !!
all funk, and . . good times – will never pass us by.

Sophie and her friends, on the other hand – are all young and gorgeous, perfectly put together and full of inherent style – in a word: awesome – so, of course they are all full of angst & wondering what it’s all about, and of course – nobody is . . laughing.
Aline has seen it all, and also has Sophie to show for it – so . . all good.
what’s to . . sweat ? (except for the aging…)
and, where’s the next party ?
ok, so I’m a hippie . . but I gave birth to YOU, you awesome chic little creature.
tell me about it !!


ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB – a live wire, if there ever was one.


SOPHIE CRUMB. well you wouldn’t want to bullshit her. these artist kids, it’s liking looking god in the face, and then some.


ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB, ‘Temporarily Blonde’, 2012.
colored pencil, ink, glitter and glue on paper.
17 x 14 in. ($4,500)


ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB, ‘Queens for a Day’, 2012.
colored pencil, ink, glitter and glue on paper.
14 x 17 in. ($4,500)
this was as raunchy as it got – and it was actually kind-spirited, it only became sad when it started to remind me of . . Goldie Hawn.


ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB, ‘Larger than Life’, 2012.
colored pencil, ink, glitter, mixed media.
17 x 14 in. ($4,500)
I found this piece by Aline – astounding. its ‘youthful’ vibe really set it apart from the other pieces, without being self-conscious. it looked like something a really talented kid would put on . . ROOKIE.
it went clear past the funk, and onto . . sweet sixteen. without any guile, and no irony.
all natural – skills.
it was a showstopper . . for me.


note: the typical ‘AKC’ – signature, lower right hand corner of above.


ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB, ‘Sad Eyes’, 2012.
colored pencil, ink, glitter, mixed media and glue on paper.
17 x 14 in . ($4,500)
this one seemed both very young, as in the primitive strokes of the pencil, as if it were sketched out by a kid, a teen, a pre-teen, and at the same time – wise beyond . . words.


AKC – this was Aline’s go-to signature.


SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘IX’, 2014, watercolor and ink on paper.
14-3/8 x 12 in. ($4,200)

Sophie’s work had a much more strictly observational, realist tone – a graphic quality you can find in some of her father’s work, as well. her ‘compressed’ line and composition was diametrically opposed to the funky and generous, inherently comic line of her mom’s hand. Sophie’s portraits had the edge of ‘editorial’ work – that is graphic illustration or photographic work done for magazines, esp those covering fashion. minimal, mysterious, chic. not quite brooding, but . . if not, than . . what ?


SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘Le Gout des Robes’, 2011. watercolor and ink on paper.
12-7/8 x 17. ($7,500)

this one was a rare piece by Sophie that both caught the comic flair & drama of her mom, esp the woman on the left could be a dead ringer for Aline, but, as well – if you squinted past the outrageous touches – absolutely mimicked the deadpan graphic observational quality of her dad’s hyper realist drawings.


it was interesting to note how Sophie’s signature – recalled her dad’s, in both style & font rendering.


SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘Brigitte Lahaie’, 2013.
watercolor and ink on paper.
8-1/2 x 6-1/2 in. ($3,200)

this was as explicit as the show got – but it really didn’t turn the corner into . . down and dirty, raw and raunchy. I mean maybe if you lived in a fundamentalist white cult, 19 kids and counting, whatever. or a Muslim community.
but NYC, not much.

it also was her best ‘rendering’ style, if you ask me. dead on, but in a very casual way. you can just see the comic book influence hovering in the air, even though it’s so realistic. hyper realistic. and yet very
animated as in comic book.
very hard to define, and yet so curious. so powerful. so visually rewarding.
just like her piece, ‘Teeth’, 2014 – that was the ‘poster’ image for the show.
see post below.

you could see her dad’s purely ‘graphic’ or ‘realist’ influence dominated her style, as well as her signature – over her mom’s. father daughter, what’s more to say.
though it’s curious. as this is a mother daughter show. mothers daughters . .
what’s more to say.


SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘Models’, 2013. watercolor and ink on paper.
14 x 10-3/4 in. ($4,200)

this seemed to be an effort to distance herself from both her father and her mother, but it tweaked a little too ‘stylized’ to be the heart of the matter. the end game conclusion. but it did speak to her generation’s fashion world sensibility, and . . yes, ROOKIE.
as opposed to the funky, hippie, ribald, and shake-em up status-quo blasting of her 60s psychedelic era parents !!
well she’s young, and why can’t she experiment, and branch out – artistically.


SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘Pig Tails’, 2014. watercolor on paper.
10-7/8 x 7-7/8 in. ($3,200)

Sophie at her best, a combo. the realism of her father imbued with the wider ‘generosity’ of line – of her mom. a combo – tamped down and sharply observed, – and coming up:
I’m SOPHIE, don’t mess with me.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~SOPHIE CRUMB & ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB . . OPENS TO-NIGHT

WICKED GOOD DRAWING, or what ?!!

SOPHIE CRUMB & ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB
OPENS SUN SEPT 7, 2014 / 5 – 8 PM
show runs: SEPT 7 – OCT 19, 2014
DCKT – 21 ORCHARD ST, btwn CANAL & HESTER, LOWER EAST SIDE


SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘TEETH’, 2014. watercolor & ink on paper. 11-5/8 x 8-7/8 in.

SOPHIE CRUMB is the talented 20-something daughter of legendary underground off-color cartoonist and hyper-realist scribbler . . ROBERT CRUMB.
ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB is his wife, and a legendary comic book artist in her own right. and, oh my god, where have you been, if you don’t know her work, twisted sister ?

this is gonna be one knock-out show, of that I’m sure. skills. skills, skills. wit and, in-your-face humor.

both SOPHIE & ALINE are just as outrageous cartoonists as ROBERT, (too much info !! haha slurp slurp) and both are equally excellent draftpersons – each with their very unique, but linked family graphic style.
it’s hard to escape, or define that amazingly characteristic and FLUID ‘comic book’ roll of the line.
for want of a better word.

so, can we say comic books . . are artisanal, and actually sprung from ancient roots as well ?

can we say: communication. with a capital C.

can we say . . relevant ? revealing, provocative, and even . . threatening.

can we say: WICKED ?!!!

WICKED, GOOD. SHARP, smart & funnie.

with ROBERT CRUMB as the very rude, and RIGHT ON (!!) horn dog ghost in the room, can we say SATAN is just as alive and well in NYC – as he is everywhere else ?

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’, SATAN.



~SATAN CERAMICS . . OPENS TO-NIGHT

so, of course the big opening to-night will be:

SATAN CERAMICS – MARY FREY, PAT McCARTHY, JJ PEET & TOM SACHS.
OPENING SUN SEPT 7, 2014
SEPT 7 – OCT 25, 2014
SALON 94 FREEMANS – 1 FREEMAN ALLEY – JUST OFF RIVINGTON BETWN BOWERY & CHRYSTIE – LOWER EAST SIDE

where you can see for yourself just how far the term ARTISAN . . and, the skills culture – have come !!

I guess all things . . come round. damn that SATAN.

yep, SATAN still at play in the world. it’s a violent time, or what ?!!

though just from the currently posted gallery website images, I’m thinking the artist here, whose wares most rhyme with SATAN, are PAT’S tablets – which look like they are set on . . FIRE.



~PAT’S PIGEON CLUB . . ‘WE OUT HERE’ / slightly updated SUN SEPT 7

PATRICK McCARTHY – PAT’S PIGEON CLUB
ROOF SUPPLYS, FAN ZINES, BIRD TALK
AUG 11 – AUG 22, 2014
MUDDGUTS – 41 MONTROSE, BROOKLYN, N.Y.

in the 2014 summer of DEATH – it was nice to see something about . . LIFE.
the cherishing of nature, the keeping alive of traditions & skills. and I don’t mean just the pigeon keeping, it’s also a spin on ancient clay pottery, specifically porcelain.
and coop building, etc. and, of course the literal art of: communication.
check out the show’s title again: club, as in social, fan zines & BIRD TALK.

that’s also why people like Brooklyn so much, gifted SKILLED hands-on production . . mixes with & up-dates age-old tradition, and it’s a very hopeful, very beautiful, very positive vibe.
skills – and social dialog being . . the key words.

just sayin’ in case you didn’t realize that yes, cutting edge art is alive and multi-splendored.not at all academic, nor shallow – nor art market-oriented, well maybe art market HOPEFUL re: sales !! and why not – talent needs to eat, and most markedly of all – most of it does strongly resonate to what and where the global world is at.

see: ARTIST F. SCOTT HESS . . COMMENTS ON CONTEMPORARY ART / WALL STREET JOURNAL this am – via HUFF POST.

he basically says, re the status quo mainstream art world . . “The school system that births the Academic Art of today is the end product of the age old desire of artists to be more than artisans. DA VINCI, POUSSIN, WATTEAU, et al, shared a desire to elevate the mind above the hand, and to move up the social ladder as intellect equated with nobility, manual labor with the masses. The apotheosis of this tendency has come in the last decades as academia has removed skill of any kind as a quality necessary in the creation of art. As art has moved from being an organic function of society and into the hallowed halls of academia, it has shifted from being something that artists did to bring meaning to their communities, into self-reflective gestures aimed at a highly-specialized intellectual elite. In the process art has lost its relevance to the society from which it springs”.

I mean where was this guy when the whole street art scene erupted in the past decade. and even SHEPARD FAIREY went to RISD. (just being the most obvious – I can be.)

DUDE – DO YOUR HOMEWORK, and at the very least – get out of the trenches !!
where have you been ?

or as PATRICK McCARTHY says: “WE OUT HERE” – come and get us !!

and, all the CINDERS crew, incl the CHIPPENDALE free-form ‘warning’ & the MARK CROSS homeless ‘blanket’.

and . . esp the NYC native-born SEAN VEGEZZI & CREW aka 15 WARREN & 170 SUFFOLK.

and even . . WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – the underground grandaddy of them all, with its cutting edge experimental & 24/7 wired social commentary & profoundly correct & prophetic future vision.

in fact, I don’t even know why I’m quoting this guy, at all – except that it does point up 3 things:

1. ultimately, it’s NOT about academic or artisan anymore – if it ever was !!
it’s about the JUICE !! the beauty, the concept and the production . . SKILLS.
it’s NOT about MONDRIAN vs VAN GOGH.

2. but yes, what is drawing people to this statement, so much so that it was repeated in the WALL STREET JOURNAL – is that the mainstream art market is finally being perceived as over-blown and full of weak juice, if not outright artificial ingredients – trying to pass off as the real thing. and it’s beginning to become very obvious. but the wannabes are not just on the pseudo artist side of the coin – that art world ‘elite’ he refers to – are really the biggest losers in this equation – yep, those damn, buy like sheep – wannabe collectors.

3. all great art – is RELEVANT to “the society from which it springs” !! dude – art 101.
and, all great art goes to live on . . as relevant. sensuous, provocative, shamanistic, technical, beautiful, disturbing, etc. etc.
but most SPECIFICALLY, in the 21st C – the underground / alternative scene – is most definitely all about . . RELEVANCE.


inside MUDDGUTS, PATRICK McCARTHY had constructed a low-fi pigeon store and clubhouse.
and . . art exhibit.


Brooklyn-based PAT McCARTHY is 27 years old and grew up in rural Connecticut.

hotties . . !!
as well as his form-follows-function porcelain nesting bowls and hi-rise coop perches, see post below, PAT also exhibited several ceramic ‘tablets’ which acquire their zen-like dull coppery off-beat hue from the 92nd St Y’s gas fired kilns. they related obviously to his drive to acquire and share . . ‘info’.
which also resonates with breeding pigeons – those ‘retro’ carriers of . . messages.
it all spells: communication.

as opposed to destruction and entropy.
just in case you needed the back story.


PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘NEST BOWLIN TABLETS’, monochrome photocopy fired into porcelain. ($1,500)

we out here . . !!
we remaining,
and we . . . outta here / as in taking flight – both bird-wise and artistically.


PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘COOPS OF THE WORLD’, inkjet print, paper, marker. hand-made edition of 3. ($700)

the clean-cut exhibit also included a very interesting & informative wall of global coops.
nothing is as satisfying as the easy-going, yet speaks volumes – visual information of a photo. these were appropriated off the web. which also consciously or not, brings forward what is MOST wonderful about the computer age, the accessibility of huge amounts of information at a finger tap, and the equally easy low-fi technical ability to re-format that info – and distribute it further on to a specialized audience, i.e. the singular singularity of the collective wisdom of the web – and it’s traditionally called: communication.


Pigeon coops in SENEGAL.
so apparently pigeon keeping – is a global, and very much – living tradition.


EGYPT – you can reach back to biblical roots ?


MISSISSIPPI DELTA, so do pigeons sing . . the blues ?


NEW JERSEY.
go Jersey, I guess that’s why they are calling Jersey the next Brooklyn.


PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘MEDICINE CHEST’, mad bird medicine, vaccinations, and treatments for all ails, Coleman stove. ($2,000).

looks like keeping your flock pretty, happy & healthy is a detailed job – just like gardening.
just like . . give me a break – everything !!


there’s beauty and info, and it’s SCARY !! – in all them der bottles, fonts and labels.


PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘EGO FEEDER’, porcelain, bamboo, wire. ($1,500)

but my favorite pieces were still the porcelain, form-follows-function / with definite artist touch – ones.
though putting candy into a pigeon feeding station was a little bit of a turn-off. appetite-wise.
I didn’t think it needed that accessorizing touch.
though the colors and surface texture of the jelly beans were a nice visual contrast to the shiny white glaze. ok, they were a ‘doorway’ in. but if I owned one – I would keep it empty and pristine.

I mean the self-portrait on the roof – said it all, art-wise. plus the bamboo / shiny white clay combo – was super.
though I also feel compelled to say I thought the prices Patrick was asking were a little pricey for an underground type outfit, though then again the experience was . . priceless.
it’s always a hard call.
but definitely talent needs to be supported, and its a hard road to survive on the underground streets.
and those streets are real mean, too. as in slick, ripped off, etc etc.


the roof of the feeding station. very nice.
I liked this black & white photo reproduction & shiny white glaze – a lot. very charming.
nice 3-dimensional twist.


being borderline, but super hi-functioning so shut up !! sensory autistic – I do love love brightly colored cheap plastic trinkets, or what !!
apparently so does Patrick.
and esp small plastic trinkets, that can dangle freely from a brightly colored string. esp plastic trinkets that make sounds. esp plastic trinkets – whose simple form … follows function. esp dialog about . . mass produced plastic trinkets vs artisanal highly-skilled porcelain in the same breath – how fun. how informative / the contrast of surfaces, and the origins of production. the color contrasts.
one-of-a-kind hand-made ceramics vs cheap mass production – fascinating dialog. from such a simple . . gesture.

PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘WHISTLE ART SCULPTURE’, wire, whistle. ($400)


PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘GRIT’, grit minerals – $5 a scoop.

apparently pigeons need grit . . added to their feed.

yep, PAT’S PIGEON CLUB – was a small social experiment, a low-fi & hi-fi array of delight, dialog, and information. and thus: ART.

it was so summer 2014 NYC underground – in a nutshell: skills !! relevancy. life-affirming. communication-based. original voices.
so totally against-the grain of the prevailing art world market place, and . . therefore, full of GRIT.
as in . . self-determination.
existing on the ground with everybody else, what could be more basic than breeding pigeons and hand building clay . . but, flying right over all those stuffy status quo heads / alternative art and the alternative art scene do exist, esp in NYC – of course !!
the city of grit.

so, esp . . to the ones that don’t do their homework.

“WE OUT HERE”. come and get us.

though I do like the other take, too: we outta here – we off the charts, losers !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, AUG 16, 2014. NYC.



~PAT’S PIGEON CLUB . . at MUDDGUTS

PATRICK McCARTHY – PAT’S PIGEON CLUB
ROOF SUPPLYS, FANZINES, BIRD TALK
AUG 11 – AUG 22, 2014
MUDDGUTS – 41 MONTROSE, BROOKLYN, NY

PAT’S PIGEON CLUB . . ROOF ‘SUPPLYS’, FANZINES, BIRD TALK . . and ART.


if an underground, hardcore indie art gallery could be like . . a country store, MUDDGUTS did certainly give that impression, this hot summer day.
since this was my first foray over here – I had no idea . . just what lay beyond the door.


PATRICK McCARTHY, aka . . PAT the BUSHWICK PIGEONEER.


the first thing that struck me was how casually – the small front alcove had been transformed into a lively kind of office . . for the artist.


I had to ask because never having been there before I wasn’t sure, maybe it was the gallery front office ?
but no, PATRICK told me it was part of his exhibit and he had made everything, and set up all the photos on the wall, etc. etc. and yes, he had made the boom box, and turns out, maybe more to the point – the small white clay bell – to the right, next to the handle.

PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘PIGEON SHOP STEREO’, mixed media “we out here”. ($!,000)
it lit up, it had a great vintage cowboy vignette, like it came off a retro lunchbox or thermos – and it said: “we out here”. (!!)
awesome.
I bet it plays, too.
it was too pricey for my pocket. but boy, did I covet it.


PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘BAMBOO CAGE’, mixed media. ($5,000)

the Muddguts gallery had been turned into a gallery/store/club. the space is on the small side, all the better to know ya, give me artist-indie vs big box galleries any day.

you know a typical New York City bodega kind of storefront, and it seemed clear the minute you entered, some kind of magic, and some kind of pigeon grocery store – were married, and happily . . at foot.
in a sentence: a serious pigeon fan club offering solid pigeon breeding info, and some pretty zen-like handmade art – along with sacks of bird feed & industry zines.


this beautiful oriental wind chime of a coop – being one of the hand-made items on offer.
super loved the faux jade, but still . . luminous, green roof !!
so thin and papery.
looks to be configured – from an oriental parasol.
now that’s light-handed sensual fabrication, if I ever did see one.


it was also quite functional – not just a fantasy facsimile, witness the resident guest of honor . . .
what a beautiful pigeon, more like a dancer – not your average dirty scruffy street thug.


and so the story begins . .
turns out Patrick fancies and raises a breed called . . Polish Roller, nice name. pretty bird.
this is a Polish Roller male.
Patrick started out with 4, and now he has almost a hundred, or maybe it’s . . a hundred and counting !!

not knowing much about Pigeons, except for DUKE RILEY’S last (Nov 2014) show of a tough ocean-flying Cuban cigar-smuggling camera bearing pigeon crew . . I had to ask, did he know the Duke ?
yep.
turns out the Duke had just recently sold that huge showboat of an almost candy-colored wooden fable gypsy-like caravan coop he had made & exhibited in that show, “See You at the Finish Line” – it was called.
it just went to some big, or smart, probably both (!!) collector in Europe, for a dollar figure in the 6 digits. surprise, surprise, not.
that was 3 months ago, and since their home was now gone, sold as an art piece !! talk about artist-born gentrification !!
and turns out, Duke has been boarding the now homeless 30 or so member-strong sea-worthy feathered crew at . . BABYLON COOPS, with PATRICK !!
guess it’s a small world, in pigeon circles !!
I wonder what the rates are for pigeon coop rental ?
what’s worse I wonder if Duke even cares for them anymore, now that their 5 mins of fame – is up.
surprise surprise, somehow, I doubt it.
just a gut feeling. but somehow somewhere, I’m thinking gentle Patrick has 30 more tough ole birds to feed, and keep clean. and they are not even his – style !!

because Pat also brought to my attention that the sturdy birds that Duke had set to ocean crossing flight, smuggling cigars back to Miami from Cuba . . . in mini mini hand-sewn backpacks & hooked up with 24/7 mini cams . . were a really sturdy breed & looked like boxers. while Patrick’s in-house team was more graceful, more like dandies. I liked that contrast.

it was kind of like the contrast between Duke and Pat. one a showboat muscle, the other a graceful acrobat. all good esp in the yin-yang polarities, as far as I’m concerned. anyways, it’s not about one or the other – it’s all good, meaning beauty . . lies in the shades of gray.
between the ranges of expression = art.


top:
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘BABYLON NEON’, wire, steel, flamingo lights. ($1,400)
lower:
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘Photoboard’, each – digital c-prints on cork board, the one on the left is framed. ($1,000 ea.)

luckily there were 2 photo collages on the opposite wall, providing a clear visual map to further my pigeon know-how: re: etiquette, the care of, and breeding.

and you know what, with the way this summer has been going, it was nice to fall into a world of pigeon devotion, if only for day. like a swim in a lake, without a care in the world, except for the cost of pigeon feed.
PAT’S PIGEON CLUB – had very gentle vibes.
the other side of the coin.


so turns out Brooklyn had quite the pigeon breeding culture, which still, though barely, lives on.
it’s fate lies in the hands of the next generation, because apparently 9 or 10 years old is the age when you typically get the bug, and you know . . first 4, then a hundred.


a pigeon landscaped roof-top garden, probably Patrick’s . .


Babylon Pigeon Coop seems to be quite rustic, and yet somehow . . romantic.
visionary. poetic.
too on the down-low – to be termed artisanal, and I’m thinking . . that’s a good thing !!
but wait . . til you see the pottery.


inside the Babylon coops – the ‘high-rise’ ceramic perches – fashioned by Patrick himself.
now that’s what I call . . artisanal.


a vertical row of them was for sale in the gallery.
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘V PERCH HIGH RISE’, porcelain, hardware, wood plank. ($1,500)


so zen.
esp for porcelain. esp if you know the history of MEISSEN porcelain ?!!
apparently this almost all-white zen glaze . . is very colorful to the pigeons, because they have ‘pentachromatic’ sight and so they know which one is theirs.
essentially if humans can see 1 million hues, pigeons can see 10 billion.
range of vision and perception of minute color codes – is apparently essential to safe flight.

the ‘v’ shape helps keep the fellow pigeon under your perch, free of your pigeon poop. it acts like a roof and perch all rolled up into one – which lets the poop roll down to the floor, the better for the coop keeper to scoop it up.


PATRICK also fashions clay breeding or nesting bowls for his brood – the birds bring in their own organic adornments.


PATRICK McCARTY, ‘NEST BOWLS’, issue 3. porcelain. ($1,200 for the set)


when Babylon Coops runs out of proper nest bowls, Patrick gives them an ole sneaker . . seems to do the trick.


PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘BRONZED NEST SHOE’, converse sneaker, feathers, hay, epoxy resin, paint. ($2,000)

MORE PIX – TO FOLLOW.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. SUNDAY AUG 17, 2014



~PATRICK McCARTHY . . . BUSHWICK PIGEONEER

watch this: PATRICK McCARTHY . . BUSHWICK PIGEONEER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nabJ7Pq4XO8&sns=em



~BOWLING EBAY DEATH . . at MUDDGUTS

BOWLING EBAY DEATH – a POP-UP BOWLING ALLEY at MUDDGUTS
featuring vintage funeral home bowling shirts from the collection of – JOHAN KUGELBERG
staged with KEEGAN COOKE/CIRCADIAN PRESS & LELE SAVERI/MUDDGUTS
opened FRI AUG 29, 2014 and ran thru the LABOR DAY WEEKEND.
MUDDGUTS – 41 MONTROSE AVE, BROOKLYN, NY.


LELE SAVERI and MARK CROSS – artist co-owners of MUDDGUTS.

MARK CROSS ?
he did those custom blanket/carpets with hardcore photos of wasted homeless people on them, you saw one at the MAY 2014 – IT’S AN INVASION show at the National Arts Club, and there was also one on the floor at the more recent CINDERS 10th ANNIVERSARY pop-up show – I hear he’s only made 5, each one is different, and he takes the photos with a point and shoot. I also hear tell that if you get west coast side, San Francisco – BARRY McGEE uses one as his family beach blanket. yes indeedy, summer of death, or what !!
file under: art slay.
beach blanket art slay, whatever.
I mean beach, desert, what’s the diff. it’s all sand.
except . . ok, fill in the blanks yourself.
hint: one side is all . . skillz and MIRTH !!
and the other is friggin desperate.
oh, back to . . bowling !!
bring on the hardcore prankster – clowns !!


JOHAN KUGELBERG – the curator of the show.
when they talk about . . you can live your whole life in New York – and STILL, you can turn a corner – and a whole new world opens up, this guy . . is what they mean.
check out: BOO-HOORAY


KEEGEAN COOKE did some of the props – talk about bowling pins killing it.
he did those skull and cross bone great graphics. distressed, but just right. not too showy, not too ghostly.
the guy likes to keep a low profile, but I think, watch out.
check out: CIRCADIAN PRESS.


so yeah, they did turn the small storefront gallery into an ad hoc bowling alley, except of course minus the auto pin – pick up !!


the death pins !!
graphics . . KEEGAN COOKE


X marks the spot. you got one chance to score a strike and you won something, I forget what.
I was so blown away, I mean if you know me, I had already tripped over them, the bowling pins .. and knocked some down, so I guess that was my one shot.
so embarrassing.
my friends back at artnet didn’t call me artlovers – for naught.
and, there’s a reason why the name – stuck.
but . . back to bowling.


some pretty choice vintage funeral home / league bowling shirts lined the walls.


have I been watching one too many American Pickers ?!!
HOEFLINGERS ?!!
or as Frank would exclaim, waving his tiny flashlight – Mike check out those HO-HO !! HO FLINGERS !!


damn that’s one sick slick wall.
caught my attention. looks like the limited edition of 3 (?) SURVIVAL box sets, packed just the same – in USPS PRIORITY BOXES that JOSH HARRIS . . JOSH HARRIS my ex-buddy and his former partner-in-crime – the late great silk screen artist MARK ENGER aka EXPL SKY / EXPLODING SKY made up on the farm, after WE LIVE IN PUBLIC crashed.
it had a disposable haz mat suit inside, one size fits all – as well as a few other needy 21st C things, and yeah I scored one. of course. so, yes boxed set USPS . . rang a bell.
and a good one. don’t get me wrong. I mean maybe Mark’s death put Josh on the wrong path ?
I dunno – but he sure ain’t bowling . . strikes. lately.
but, back to bowling !!


damn. you got . .
~one vintage funeral home bowling shirt
~one zine
~a grim reaper Bowling trophy
~a skull and cross bones bowling pin
~a Too Bad You’re Gonna Die T-shirt
~all packaged in a hand-stenciled priority box .. for $150 / ?!!!
LIMITED EDITION of 10 – count me in.
I had Theo with me – so duh, artist kid with credit card is good for $150, or what !!


I mean check out that swift stencil job !!
black as night, and slightly diffused around the edges. good proportions, too.
and what about that . . trophy ?


grim reaper, or what ?!!!!!
Summer of DEATH, or what ?!!!!!
and look at how the light glances off that glass, plastic, plexiglas ? base. wow. may as well be crystal.
JOHAN KUGELBERG actually made the trophy. nice job.
no hesitation. count me in, Theo man – give the kid in the office your credit card.


and then oh god, I had a panic attack . . I actually had to pick a funeral home bowling league shirt for my boxed set, from the assortment lining the walls. wow, you could pick your own, it wasn’t just a random surprise. luckily about half of them were already gone, so I went for the shiniest – the RED ONE !!!!!!

I mean it was the only red one, fire engine red at that.
and I liked the name of my new home team, my new . . GHOST ARMY !!!!
am I building a huge ghost army – or what. all praise to BOB MARLEY for setting me on the path.
but back to bowling, I also liked the word play: OEH – LEA !!
OLA !! DEATH. OLAY, olah !!


and the player’s name was . . Siewerth ?
you got to be kidding me – rhymes with BLOW MIRTH, (see CINDERS show write-up) !!
kind of.
or, what about just: SEE WORTH.


but apparently it also held a great ‘secret’ !!
can you see it ?
guess all my American Pickers vintage signage forays were paying off . . . subconsciously.


apparently some wicked funny signage guy – did the ‘drop shadows’ on the letters, for they surely are at . . play.
the ‘O’s – are shadowed backwards to the rest of the letters !!
for real. just look at it, you’ll see it.


PETER. this is the kid who turned me onto that.
seems he’s a real bright kid who knows his fonts & shadows. and signage and graff and stuff.
he told me: you bought the BEST ONE !!
upon a little questioning he told me he was into BARRY McGEE & west coast graff. funny how McGEE still pops up on the east coast, even with Deitch down. see top of this post, for example. a great legend lives, is all I can say – the BLOW MIRTH crew as we like to call them.
he told me to check out: THR / THE HARSH REALITY & . . DFW.
in fact, DFW had just surfaced at CINDERS . . ISACC LIN.
also: KRON4NEWS, but not the tv channel.in the mix.instagram.

but WHAT really pops up on the radar for west coast graff right now is: ROBERTO CAVALLI SUED BY 3 GRAFFITI artists . . !!
big storm brewing, go for it, slam those theivin’ bastard sleazebags.

PRADA ripped off a watercolor textile design with Japanese flower buds, that I had shopped around in NYC in the early 90s, I saw it adorning a dress and coat suit – almost dot for dot, in her big MET show 2 summers ago. it was first ripped off and made into a bed sheet by the company I shopped it to.
then she, MIUCCIA took it and embroidered straight onto to her pant suit, without even resourcing it as . . ‘found’. she took full credit and in the same breath went on about how artists aren’t special and she doesn’t work with them. you know that big Schiaperelli and Prada show a few summers back.
so don’t get me started. always ahead of the curve or what.


all I can say is, TOO BAD YOU’RE GONNA DIE. losers.


PATRICK McCARTHY – had the last show at MUDDGUTS.
totally sweet and counter to the grain. but still most definite: GRIT.
it was called PAT’S PIGEON CLUB . . and I got great pix and they are coming up – next week.
sorry for the grainy portrait, my auto focus got distracted by the . . SATAN CERAMICS logo, and truth be told, so did I. Pat had some handmade ceramics in his show, including some very sublime porcelain pigeon perch ‘high rises’, and some very zen-like nesting bowls.


speaking of which . . TOM SACHS.
PAT McCARTHY works in the production crew at the TOM SACHS studio. I heard he actually holds a key position. sculpture / fabrication.
they are both, TOM and PAT going to have ceramic work in a quickly upcoming ceramics group show at SALON 94 in their downtown Freemans Alley location – opening SUNDAY SEPT 7, 2014 – wow, that’s next week.
and so, the Fall 2014 art season begins.

see you there.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~DEATH BY BOWLING BALL ?

yo, big party at MUDDGUTS . . . TO-NIGHT !!


‘BOWLING EBAY DEATH’ – a one weekend throw-down !!
CURATED BY JOHAN KUGELBERG – STAGED WITH KEEGAN COOKE/CIRCADIAN PRESS & LELE SAVERI/MUDDGUTS.

this LABOR DAY WEEKEND . . ‘BOWLING EBAY DEATH’
will transform MUDDGUTS into a bowling alley featuring an exhibit of funeral home bowling shirts from the collection of JOHAN KUGELBERG !!
gallery visitors will get one chance to bowl and strike and win a grim reaper bowling trophy !!
OPENING TONIGHT – FRI AUG 29, 2014 / 6-9 PM
and running for just 2 days:
SAT AUG 30 / 2-8 PM
SUN AUG 31 / 2-8 PM

MUDDGUTS – 41 MONTROSE AVE, BROOKLYN, NYC.

DEATH, DEATH, and more DEATH !!!
that’s what I mean by . . ghost army.

the unknown thread that floats a blog, where you realize you forgot to post a photo of some guys you really like at the CINDERS OPENING, DEATH BY AUDIO, and it’s all quite innocent, and then – the DEATH HITS . . just keep on coming.
radar or what ? it’s a train ride to blogger heaven. when everybody is picking up – on the same beat.
riding that same train, destination: NYC grit.
blogging 101 – you gotta have that ghost army, watching your back !!

hacked to death in the desert.
hacked to death on the web. cyber bullied, cyber conned, cyber crushed.
shot up by 9 year old girls in bubble gum pink shorts wielding UZI’s at . . BURGERS & BULLETS !!

hey, death by bowling ball – sounds right on to me.
that hardcore NYC grin, says: back in your face.
I mean NASA just passed PLUTO on the way to JUPITER . . whazz up ??
KATIE PERRY & RIFF RAFF at the EMMYS !! loved it.
while TISSELTOWN mentality has gone global, it’s all about who’s got the most gruesome photo op up for 5 mins. of shock on the news waves, and just who does control the global media ? the original TISSELTOWN, HOLLYWOOD USA . . is just rockin !!

which gets us right back to . . BOWLING BALL FUNERAL SHIRTS & JOHAN KUGELBERG !!

Muddguts put out a super great press release, a lengthy statement by Johan Kugelberg that starts:
For some reason, I started buying funeral home bowling shirts on Ebay around 15 years ago”, and goes on, with great verve.
damn, and I thought I was mouthy, but hey . . there’s a lot to to say !!

so, then he waxes quite poetically and authoritatively . . for several paragraphs.
and, apparently there is a lot to say, esp about collecting, searching, finding, wearing, styles that ebb and flow, ebay, vintage bowling shirts, vintage Brooklyn, the game of bowling, the game of life and death, and . . the funeral homes that care of the messy residue.

I took note of this paragraph in particular:

“DEATH is obviously ultimately beautiful as life is beautiful, but the ugly aspects of the biz of death and dying is taken care of by professionals who need to go bowling once in a while. Father Time. Mother Death, Brother Ebay, Sister Bowling… All members of our spiritual family.”

in particular dug that: ‘obviously’ in the start-up !!
now if that doesn’t get you to thinking, what will ?!!

the PR text isn’t on the gallery bare-bones, but has great guts & raw graphics (3 cheers !!) website – thinking maybe . . they will have a hand-out at the venue ?

but you can, get yourself an abridged version !!

because turns out with just a little bit of easy-rider slacker web stalking, JOHAN KUGELBERG is the founder & head honcho behind . . BOO-HOORAY !! – the downtown gallery/think tank/archive venue, founded 2010 that has slowly been gathering momentum & buzz – and they’ve got a somewhat sleeker PR exhibit mission statement online, plus some very GREAT IMAGES / VINTAGE BOWLING SHIRTS with great signage bye the way . . & GREAT, POP-UP NEW AGE, SLIGHTLY DISTRESSED . . GRAPHICS !!
see: Bowling Ebay Death / Boo-Hooray

plus, seriously . .
Boo-Hooray, it’s just one great ‘visuals’ & real ‘info’ website – so sit back and cruise, it’s like a big ole stamp collection to the max, played out for easy browsing – for all ya artist & designer . . soul bothers and soul sisters.

most def, check out: BOO-HOORAY


image: BOO HOO-RAY EBAY DEATH

pretty g-o-o-d visual, got a nice raw side.
definite leaning towards edgy, better, and . . best.



~WHERE IS . . NANCY ? DEATH BY OMISSION ?

I don’t think .. so !!

so much drama this summer, or what ?
SO, where is . . NANCY ????


NANCY SMITH, and THEO in the 24/7 wired . . JEFF GOMPERTZ pod hotel. QUIET. DEC 1999, NYC.
the big JOSH HARRIS / PSEUDO NEW YEARS EVE – MILLENNIUM PARTY TO BLOW AWAY ALL PARTIES, NEW YEARS, or not. million dollars+, or not. PERIOD.
it was the starting point for ONDI TIMONER’S Sundance 2009 award-winning doc: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC.
this was the poster image for the big MOMA PREMIERE SCREENING.


yep, that’s me . . in the trailer & the film. and the poster.
I got in a little ‘bio’ trouble. so what. like Magic says: I’m only human, too.
why ya gotta be so .. cruel. something like that.
but, damn did I love that green & yellow puffer jacket or what.
at the time, on the Lower East Side all the hood kids wanted were the Northface black or the small navy plaid ones – so I scored this one on the deep cheap.

NANCY, NANCY, NANCY.
I dunno, I guess I just got tried of writing about myself, and . . the crew.
but, yeah did I love that crew. I loved that scene to death . . it was the best, drama and all.
it was all so future-vision . . straight-up.
it was one rough & tumble, wild ride totally beneath the mainstream radar – just the way I like it.
guess some people just aren’t made for – the mainstream.
I dunno, maybe it’s because MARK ENGER aka EXPL SKY / EXPLODING SKY (!!) – is no longer around ?
I sure ain’t hooking up with his evil twin, that fer sure. haha.
just ride that underground train – Nancy.
that’s what Mark would say, and . . I hear ya.
I got my own personal ghost army, I got . . my own train now.

see: Where is Josh Harris now ? catching up with the WE LIVE In PUBLIC star prophet .. posted by ONDI TIMONER,
HUFFINGTON POST – 08.26.2014.

and, p.s. Millennium has 2 N’s !!
don’t drop that . . N !!



~DEATH BY AUDIO . . at CINDERS OPENING

DEATH, NYC CITY STYLE !!
down with gruesome, up with . . you know, gritty c-r-e-a-t-i-v-e.

though, sad to hear their band SISTERS, is no more.
guess that’s a kind of . . death.
such a great name for a boy band duo, or what.

I caught them live at EASTERN DISTRICT, many summers ago.
YELLOW DOGS played that night too.
now that was a kind of death too, and it was NOT by CHOICE.
the very vocal, as in politically dissident . . YELLOW DOGS, the former Persian ‘cool cats’ who fled their homeland, IRAN only to be massacred in BROOKLYN, NOV 2013 – by a berserk band-mate ?
with a friggin’ huge assault rifle.
you can try telling me – that was just another ordinary day in Brooklyn ?!!
I’m going to tell you – more like a state-sponsored shut-up take-down, come on – how did the kid score that huge gun in the first place. there was absolutely no, NO follow-up in the media.
you tell me, am I right, or am I wrong ?
they had a huge anti-Iran footprint on the web – at their time of death including a feature documentary.
Persian cats . . to yellow dogs – think about it.
though on the other hand, sometimes truth is stranger fiction.
and it was . . just death by ‘stealin’ (band equipment) ?

oh, damn it just bring on the loud music, and shut-the-F-up.
go Brooklyn. bye SISTERS. bye YELLOW DOGS. in fact . . bye EASTERN DISTRICT ?
the biggest people to come out of that scene were the BLACK APPLE duo aka PUBLIC SCHOOL, clothiers.
EASTERN DISTRICT – like CINDERS, they sure put on some great shows, and had some great music.
a lot of great artists you never heard from again had some pretty great shows there.
POSTER BOY & all his pals, a really talented but stayed underground street crew, and – too bad.
CASH4 etc etc etc.
EASTERN DISTRICT ruled BUSHWICK, and CINDERS ruled WILLIAMSBURG.
EASTERN DISTRICT was as a little more hard-edged, outlaw rebel. CINDERS was more, for lack of a better word – more pictorial, alternative, comics-inspired . . narrative.
both had political/society/status-quo breakin’ intentions.
both had future-vision. both got no love in the mainstream press.
both venues were hard-core – each on their own turf-side of the sunny-dark street.

looks like MUDDGUTS . . is finally picking up that hardcore Brooklyn slack.

oh yeah, the DEATH BY AUDIO guys, AARON PFANNEBECKER & MATT CONVOY made the CINDERS OPENING, too.
with them at the left, artist MORGAN BLAIR.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH.
CINDERS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE OPENING.
JULY 10, 2014. DOSSIER OUTPOST POP-UP, SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, NYC.

check out: DEATH BY AUDIO

PS: looks like GAVIN is having a ROB PRUITT OPENING – SAT SEPT 13, 2014 / 6-8 PM.
Should I go, or should I stay ?!!



~CINDERS OPENING PIX . . SOME OF THE PEOPLE

CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE
JULY 2014 – DOSSIER SEAPORT, SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, NYC
CINDERS


STO . . sometimes known as STO LEN, artist & co-founder of CINDERS.
that’s one of his 2 pieces in the show, just to the right of his head . . that scramble of blue lines constituting a profile of face. titled: ‘facial recognition’, and we’re thinking . . the programming and processing that goes on beyond . . the outer layer / !!
BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . intense talkin’ smoke signals at left.


KELIE BOWMAN mingling . . artist & co-founder of CINDERS.
Kelie made the . . have no beginning have no end . . chill out y’all & enjoy the show posters, and wall-strung flag ribbons.


CINDERS Co-founders STO and KELIE BOWMAN curated this 10 year anniversary pop-up group show of the CINDERS’ community. they both also had work in the show, very cool pieces, bye the way.


STO, also an experimental musician – with SARA REGISTER of the band, TALK NORMAL.
when CINDERS had that great gallery/zine shop storefront on Havemeyer St. in (Old) Williamsburg, they used to put on a lot of great cutting edge musical performances – notably, YACHT pops to mind. the concerts were always hard rockin’, filled the small space beyond capacity, and usually over-flowed into the street outside.


check out: TALK NORMAL . . SUGARLAND – from their 2009 debut album.
SARA REGISTER on bass/guitar, ANDRYA AMBRO on drums.
TALK NORMAL


artist/photog NICK KUSZYK with work in the show.


JOHN ORTH – with work in the show. humanity huddling under a roof of embers.


HISHAM BHAROOCHA, the maze beyond . . the interface.


KEVIN HOOYMAN brought his strange world, not your average rural . . drawings.


a guest, MADELINE at the zine table. we all loved her fashion.
the skirt came from her mom.


KYLE RANSON’s portrait, a drawing on wood, at the left, the guy in the bandanna – seemed to be there in person. yes, it was that good, that fascinating, animated. it followed you with it’s eyes and . . grin.


crowd reflections in the CHARLES SHEDDEN pieces.


barely there, a sliver still shimmering . . of the CHARLES SHEDDEN pieces in the background.
now there’s a case . . for opposite attracts – study: CHARLES SHEDDEN and KYLE RANSON.


walking across the MARK CROSS blanket.
heard the piece got sold to a big collector.


KATE gets the last word, with STO in front of her, and KELIE, outside – just beyond the door.
she’s wearing a treasured vintage T-shirt from her late dad Simon’s t-shirt collection, composed mostly of punk rock bands. and a few comic book images, thrown in for good measure.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~CINDERS OPENING PIX . . THE SOOTHE SAYERS: KELIE BOWMAN & JUNGIL HONG

CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE
JULY 2014 – POP-UP, DOSSIER SEAPORT, NYC
CINDERS

a soothsayer is someone who can tell the future.
and usually it was grim news: as it often foretold death.
in this show, there was lots of foretelling, and most of it – was if not outright grim, then dark. and stormy.

leave it to KELIE BOWMAN and JUNGIL HONG . . quiet contrarians both, to rise above the darkness and dance along the rim of ‘being’, and therefore be the poster girl prophets for . . CREATIVE MINDS = SOOTHING VIBES, no matter how dark the vision . . the vision itself is a powerful, many-splendored thing.
like I said, soothe-sayers.


KELIE BOWMAN, silkscreen. ($300- $700)

here’s the thing about Kelie’s work. in many ways at first sight upon entering this intense group show, it’s easy to write-off her work as an after-thought, a decoration. but, that would be wrong. very wrong.
like a heartbeat in the background . . it pumps the quiet magic that keeps the show afloat.
it’s easy to think of another piece not in the show, as in removed – and the show still going on, but if you minus Kelie’s wordless ‘worlds’ . . a dancer leaves the room, and the show becomes disjointed, verging on cold and cruel. absurdist. surrealist. literal, sad ? less musical, for sure.


they say we live in a uber-violent universe, we certainly live in a very violent world.
it’s been like that since day one, so the deal is . . to trip lightly, and spin out above the fray.
question: so, if we live in a violent universe, is there a peaceful universe somewhere out there, too ?
just asking.
and if so, what’s behind the two ? a big old Tibet Boddhi drawing yin yang circles, and every circle is another set of universes / we find it hard not to be able define, to lock down: the beginning and end of things.
mystery drives us . . crazy.
triangles intersecting is small slice of that mystery, a repeating infinity.


KELIE BOWMAN, silkscreen door panel.

KELIE is one of the two co-founders of CINDERS, and also one of the co-curators of this, their 10 year anniversary show, along with co-founder STO – so in a way, Kelie pulls together all these artists, many with dark thoughts . . but she herself is able to float (serenely) along knowing this crew, her crew . , is still bubbling along. ten years going strong. ok, maybe no more brick and mortar storefront – but most def . . still standing, still dancing, still . . singing the song.
a new age presence on the . . 24/7 digital web.


KELIE BOWMAN, this silkscreen ‘trim’ ran across the top of the exhibit – at places.

I’m thinking you most get the dynamic of Kelie’s energy, inside the show – with her small flag-like, banner-like roll-out that ran across the top of the wall – in certain places.
it reminded me of the multi-colored flags that often shimmer over swim meets, or marinas. it delineates a visual breeze, and a soothing, unifying one at that. also made more significant by being from a curator’s hand, at that.
they should string these things across the faraway deserts, and up over troubled city streets closer to home – just to tell people to chill out. lower the violence, tone it down, as opposed to dialing it up.
folded-up versions in pretty colors should come in gun cases.
I mean, ok we live in a violent universe – but can’t we evolve past the gun being the only way to settle things. I guess not. same old same old, from Augustus through Lincoln.

though on second thought, I got a few people I’d like to strangle to death – with a damn art banner myself. and with my bare hands, and let’s leave it at that.


so as you can see, Kelie’s banners stood for something, running along the top of the room, you can’t tell exactly what they stand for . . but whatever it is, it is generous, and easy . . on the living.


JUNGIL HONG, ‘Summer Snake 13′, letterpress on archival paper, edition of 11. ($150)

now JUNGIL HONG, was an entirely different cup of soothsayer tea, and yet . . just as radical . . if not more so. personally I think this was not only the most graphic piece in the show . . obviously, and if you just want to read it, experience it as such – a pure abstract narrative – go right ahead. but, if you know her past work . . . very dark, richly colored and deeply-felt pictorial ancestral myth-makers . . of animals, like crows amidst eerie spooky non-western landscapes . . then you have to figure she has gone past fables into the realm of the . . super futuristic !!


yes, there may be entropy, death, and destruction of things as we used to know them – esp on the bio, the fragile planetary biosphere plane – but there is also the WEB !! code. new ‘organization’, new pattern – not based so much upon our genesis ‘bio-ness’ . . as much as on digital-ness merged with bio-ness / in a word. code. code building blocks and very much patterned . . in a word: hi-tech ‘animation’.
apparently we only have 5 billion years to figure out how to flee this planet before our lovely but violent sun . . explodes.
so, this is the . . way forward.
slabs of organization. slabs and slices of harmony. or well, at the very least . . ‘code’ dominoes marching on.
domino.
domino effect . . is a hardly a harmonic connotation in (cold war) military terms – which just goes to show you, the visual effect of Jungil’s page. her creative stance, her effect.

she definitely skewers more positive and futuristic, and pure, than the old definition of domino effect, as in war, or car accident . . with Jungil, it’s all about ‘patterns’ and code. and futurism. of a good sort.

I’m thinking:


watch: KILOBOT ROBOT SWARM SELF ASSEMBLES. HARVARD / YouTube

then again, just to show how – these 2 soothe sayers lighten things up, Ima gonna close with a little . .

Urban Dictionary help:

domino effect – chain reaction

when a girl notices your bling

She liked my necklace so she started relaxin’, now that’s what the fk I call a chain reaction.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~CINDERS OPENING PIX . . THE LANDSCAPERS

CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE
JULY 2014 – pop-up exhibit at DOSSIER SEAPORT – SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, NYC
CINDERS

damn, if the landscape painters & photographers . .
don’t seem too thrilled about where we are heading, either.


DIANE BARCELOWSKY, ‘Town at Dusk’. ($450)

this seemed to be a happy rural point of view, but that winding black road – is UN-NERVING.


I mean the little house with the sweet bay window – has a sweet smile. but that road is damn near frightening. I mean paved roads are black, but still . . and maybe that’s the . . point.


from across the room, the trees look to be . . tears.
and that was pretty much – the happiest view – in the room !!


ALEX LUCAS, ‘untitled’, ink, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, silkscreen. ($3,500)

as ALEX LUCAS, made pretty clear.
with his unhappy scenario.
and yes, I do mean . . PRETTY. beautifully rendered.


shades of a masterpiece murder mystery, a car accident – global violence, or just entropy ?
the civilized world as we knew it.
going, going, gone.


‘N’ is for . . NANCY ?


‘JR’ is for .. JR ?


this bit reminds me of the news photos that followed upon that huge deadly tidal wave tsunami in Japan & the nuclear disaster swiftly following – that showed ancient markers along the coast – that actually read: DO NOT BUILD HERE.


CHERYL DUNN, ‘TEEN SEX’, digital c print, edition of 7. ($1,000)


you know what they say, a photo is worth . . a thousand words.


you can almost feel the ‘lost’ sperm, the spilt yellow seed . . oozing out of the condom, somewhere on the ground hidden behind the small rocks / unhappy images do come to mind, ‘KIDS’, ‘KENT PARK’.


RACHEL SUMPTER, ‘Igloo’, gouache on paper. ($1,300)
the future world tribal – vision ?
ghostly ?
with shards of colored light, tinkling overhead in a cold sky.


how ghostly ?
so ghostly.
impossible to photograph – ghostly, and ethereal.
though, dig that EXIT sign, for sure.
so there is serendipity – still, in the cards ?
or at the very least, in the act . . searching.
note: the twirling footpaths, like ribbons.


strange and haunting, a good case for: ART.


JOHN ORTH, ‘Fountains of embers sucked into the night’. ($200 ea.)

while JOHN ORTH . . plays the opposite card – the ‘graphic’ card.
but also making a good case for: ART.
so graphic and yet so also: haunting. ethereal.
full of mystery, but I’m sad to say, not much: promise.
also very Brit: graphic turn of the century Romanticism.
fairy tales and illustration.


and lays it down . . without a doubt.
it’s a dark road, the color tone – sets the tone – message.


just step back, there’s a bottom row . .


fairy tales and goth illustration. yep, so Brit.
there are . . figures entwined in the landscape.


they are naked, and they are seeking shelter under a huge man-made roof of burning embers, amidst sadly falling snow in an endless cold night.


wow, looks they could be doing the last dance: the humanity huddle.
as the last embers . . get sucked into the night.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~CINDERS OPENING PIX . . BRIAN CHIPPENDALE

subtitle: FEAR IN THE FACE OF ART, and make that, ‘comic book-inspired art’ . . no less.

or, more simply put: FEAR LURKS IN TISSELTON.

and, yeah: TISSEL RHYMES WITH . . FIZZLE !!

CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS . . DECADE OF DECADUNCE
a 10 year anniversary group show – that run thru JULY 2014
in a pop-up space at DOSSIER OUTPOST – SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, NYC.
the show is now down, but CINDERS IS ALWAYS OPEN . . ALIVE and well, with embers burning . . !!
keepers of the flame, the home fires.
‘Americana’ . . in a nutshell.
CINDERS – a BROOKLYN-based, free-roaming, 24-7 online indie art venue / project !!


BRIAN CHIPPENDALE, ‘Tisselton 2′, silkscreen. edition of 40. ($120 ea.)

every time I see Brian Chippendale’s work, my mind gets blown. literally, and my ability to write – short circuits. thus artlovers, quite seriously – artlovers has been offline for a few weeks, now.
so, no. it was not just summer break. it was Chippendale . . break-down.
fear . . to write about Chippendale is no laughing matter.
proper words can just NOT be . . as over-the-top, disconnected, distorted, truthful, and well . . distressed. child’s play ?
how to be . . a verbal witness ?
when it’s . . ‘for your eyes only’.


smoke signals. cartoon thought bubbles. communication, basic communication esp over . . distance.

heat. it’s like the zenith of summer. the bright white sear of a so-called ‘super’ moon.
it’s like the skull and cross bones vs. the man in the moon.
the intelligence ‘factor’ . . is that high.
the desire to communicate is that strong.
cloaked at first glance in a primitive scribble.

shake and bake smoke signals . . rocking your world.
the addition of ‘words’ just goes to show the ‘pictorial’ extent – to which he IS trying to communicate.

rough translation:

TISSELTON / TINSEL TOWN. you know . . Hollywood, the world, the media. the works.
the illusion of shiny things, the hiss of snakes.

what the F mess is going down / on .. in Tinseltown (the US ?, the world ? the planet ?)
(and) what will YOU do with it / about it ?
I don’t know.
commit more violence ?

you can’t make a ‘cake’ / a good thing. with (just) a plant and a dream.
so, let’s go meet ‘the’ maker.
so, face your maker / face your devils. and undo the hard-wire violence & planet entropy (???)


so, am I wrong, to think outside the . . box ?
love those primal screaming . . crayon colors.
red is for . . EBOLA.
green is for . . green slime in the great lakes.
yellow . . is for globalization. Isis ? the desert hordes, a warning.
yellow is for caution. Chippendale yellow. it’s not sure not for sun, surf and tanning.
more like, what made America great . . is coming back to bite us in the butt.
blue is for the . . devil.
blue is for .. choking, can’t breathe.


they are finding out we are hard-wired for violence against the ‘other’.
surprise, surprise.

I DON’T KNOW.
I DO KNOW. I KNOW / NOW.
CONNECT THE DOT (S).
COMMIT MORE VIOLENCE.

COMMIT MORE GLOBAL / ‘UN’ VIOLENCE.

UN for “one” . . it always comes down to the ‘one’. the single actions of the ‘one’ ?
singularity ?
or is that: UN for un-do !! un-do the violence. stop the violence.

omg – singularity. the collective consciousness of the web.
I just looked up ‘UN’ and I got this !!
omg – it’s an open-sourced, infinitely rebounding TINSEL TOWN universe . . after all !!
GEORGE CLOONEY & AMAL interjected into the the strife in Gaza, as if . .
but, CHIPPENDALE ?
apparently spot the dot / right on. shine on, TISSELTON !!


what I can’t express properly, this is where I short circuit . .
is how the work is a blown-apart / deconstructed composition / universe . . just from a purely, very academic artistic point of view, that also has . . big thoughts cloaked in primitive scribblings, and a real desire. a big literal desire, as in a literal ‘stab’ by using actual language & word play to enter your mind, and blow it up, too.
everything here aims for a state of mind – greater than the one where you were, before you entered the (Chippendale) picture.
or only possibly more simply:
if you can follow the breadcrumb trail, on the tippy toes of an elf – you are halfway there !!

yep, another hardcore prankster !!


it’s like literally . . the mind-thought cartoon ‘caption’ bubbles of a hardcore indie thinker coming at ya like smoke signals. blowing you away, and then blowing away, themselves.
dots that connect, add up, and disperse.

it’s a very kinetic, participatory art form.
your mind just feels like a cloud in your head escaping the cage.
is the best I can put it.


or, Tinsel town . . shine on !!
the bad pops up everywhere. in your home, on your streets, across the globe.
all we are missing . . is for the evil green alien monsters to (finally) land.


why, and what to do ?


oops, I thought it might have a happy ending, I thought I saw a little ‘heart’ around the edges ?
but no, more like the 21st century version of . . . ‘The Scream’.
more like a deer . . caught in the headlights. as in, fear-full.
my brain on . . Chippendale.

my very radar . . invaded, undone.
by the cartoon scribbles that strip us down to the bony skeleton of existence.
where all fear lurks.

Chip (away) at that dale.
it’s going, going, gone.

Brian Chippendale .. the new century James Joyce ?

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~CINDERS OPENING PIX . . HARDCORE PRANKSTERS

BLOW MIRTH !!!!!!

CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE
JULY 10-30, 2014
DOSSIER OUTPOST, SOUTH STREET SEAPORT

under which sub-title, pranksters . . we are also going to include . . ‘portraits’.
yep, these bio-organism-based renderings, were either far-out, or . . completely off-the-wall.


NICK KUSZYK, ‘Floater’, acrylic on wood panel. ($200)
a small offering (something like 6 x 6 in.) from ‘everyman arch-nemesis’ NICK KUSZYK, who has left his famous tiny, hard working bio-robots behind – in the dust, and which literally kick-started the exhibit, it being the first piece as you entered.
full speed ahead. don’t look back, and wtf ?


BRIAN BLOMERTH, ‘Siiv Rounder, European Artist’, digital print. ($100)

also at the beginning of the exhibit, and setting the stage !!
celebrating the dance of creativity – for adressing life’s biggest questions.
aka . . the Deca-dunce !!
creativity rules . . in the land of chaos.
yeah dude . . in the face of it all: BLOW MIRTH !!


detail, BRIAN BLOMERTH.
how you can not . . love art ?!!
esp when it has ALL the moves, if not all the answers !!


KYLE RANSON, ‘Portrait 1′. ($400)

tongue-in-cheek, super smart ‘conservative’ rendering. very far-out. very beautiful. one of my faves for being so wicked yet serene, flat-out contrarian . . in the crazy wonderland that is . . Cinders.
I bet this guy has a wicked sense of humor.


KYLE RANSON, ‘Portrait 2′, pencil on weed. ($300)
haha, I meant: wood !!
damn, that’s one typo – I’m leaving IN !!

an absolutely great piece of art making. period.
profound on the formal levels, imbedded with a sly take, a great slice of life.
far out.


ANDERS NILSEN, ‘Untitled (black shape), ink on paper. ($640)

and, just as ‘far out’ in the other direction !!
yep I see a face, and that’s your brains . . on birdseed.
your thought bubble, always on the top of your head, for all to see, if only everybody lived in a comic / cosmic book universe.
like Anders does. google him.


left:
ISAAC LIN, ‘DFW CAT’, spray, Edition of 34. ($40)
right:
ISAAC LIN, ‘Night Light’, airbrush, ink on paper. ($850)

hardcore prankster, like ghost . . needs no words !!
invading your consciousness . . like a black light.


ISAAC LIN, ‘DFW’.
DFW is a ‘graff’ crew out of San Francisco, and other part which includes Isaac Lin, BARRY McGEE and ANDREW JEFFREY WRIGHT, so . . blow mirth or what ?!!
DFW ? damn f-cked world ?


CHARLES SHEDDEN, ‘Untitled’. ($200 ea.)
$200 each ?
damn, that’s a steal. DTS !!


CHARLES SHEDDEN.
yeah, that’s a reflective surface / background.
yeah, that’s . . the hand that feeds ya.


STO, ‘Facial Recognition’, letterpress. ($40)
bad photo, great piece. it’s really a super shade of almost cerulean blue.
and, yeah. that’s your face, well I guess your mind, your brain . . stripped of the outer layer of eyes, skin, nose and mouth !!
aka bio inter .. FACE.


HISHAM BHAROOCHA, ‘Step Sequence’, acrylic on hand dyed fabric. ($750)
or as Hisham puts it so nicely . . your INTERFACE !!
(. . is a mystery to me).

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~CINDERS OPENING PIX . . PART 4 / CURIOUS

as in, VERY CURIOUS, INDEED !!

BENJAMIN BUTTON, you ain’t got nothing on us. but, close !!

I guess by now you can see where that title, ‘DECA-DUNCE’ kicks in. as in, the smart-ass fools !!
the CINDERS family is. for sure, they are NOT the slow & dumb folks, ‘dunce’ is supposed to reference, but the fast and furious . . ‘ironic’ & ‘comic’ bio-folks / ‘creatives’ as we like to call them in NYC . . trying to clue us in, into just how surely . . our cosmic orb of a world, that little spinning bio-globe we call home – is heading for the big dive.
whether it be war, slow toxins in our food & environment, and/or gradual mutation ?
or, just a slow but steady mental degradation into our cartoon collective media consciousness.

CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS – ‘DECADE OF DECADUNCE’
OPEN THRU JULY 2014 – THESE BE THE LAST DAYS / 12-7PM
DOSSIER OUTPOST – SOUTH STREET SEAPORT


MEL KADEL, ‘Double Reach’, ink, collage on paper. ($650)
watch out, that dance is scarier than it first appears, dot dot dash.


KEVIN HOOYMAN, ‘Untitled’,. ($100 ea.)
watch out, that forest is way scarier than Little Red Riding Hood . . .


detail: KEVIN HOOYMAN. old school !!!

KEVIN HOOYMAN . . the new Brother Grimm ? ya think ?


JORDIN ISIP, ‘Heresy’, mixed media on wood. ($400)

looky up, this is your world, people. and it’s . . curious.


HIDEYUKI KATSUMATA,’The Barbarous Invaders’, sumi ink on paper. ($220)

what do we know ?
why do we dance ?
for sure we are hard wired to . . fight.


TOBY GOODSHANK, ‘Far Beyond Driven’. ($200)

well for sure we are hard wired to . . love.
but, are we hard wired to . . morph ?


JEREMY TAYLOR, ‘Territorial Pissings’, walnut ink on paper. ($400)

answer me.
the bitter sweet ‘dunces’ at Cinders want to know.


detail, JEREMY TAYLOR.
though some of them seem to be already, crying.


RON REGE Jr, ‘What Parsifal Saw’, letterpress, Cinders Ediitons. ($50)

while others can still reach for the divine celestial dance.
just goes to show you, how versatile . . a line drawing can be !!


detail: RON REGE Jr.
has an interesting morph of his own going on, his line drawings have a cartoon aspect, that is all his own.


detail: RON REGE Jr.
they stand on both sides of the line, that line being . . ancient history and future vision.


hello.
they are like future child meets ancient Greek map of the constellations up in the sky.


BRENDAN MONROE, ‘Ripple’, gouache on paper. ($850)

and then, poof !!
the ultimate mother of all . . line drawings !!
all celestial dreaming, all toxic warnings, suck it up – it’s over.

but is it really . . the end ?
or are there tiny microbes in those crevices, ready to start the impetus to life, and maybe great civilizations, all over again.

just spin that big TV dial.
the answer probably lies somewhere between ‘Say Yes to the Dress’, ‘Teen Mom’, ‘Lincoln’, and ‘Pre-History Evolution in Australian Fossils’ with a good dose of ‘Inca Mummies’ thrown in for the ‘X’ – as in cosmic factor . . as hosted by Nev of MTV’s ‘Catfish’ !!

catfish !!
talk about ancient and future-talk !! morph !!

yeah. come to think of it, I am so sick of Morgan Freeman, and not just on TV, he has ruined so many pretty good sci-fi movies too, him and Donald Sutherland. cameos, ugh.
I hear his voice I flip channels.
enough already. move over.
I vote Nev to narrate all science and astronomy shows – from now on.

and who’s taking notes ?
$10 to the first person who puts Nev in a sci-fi flick !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH