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‘THE ART of NEW YORK: 1980s’ . . CONTRA GALLERIES / OPENS WED FEB 13

‘The Art of New York: 1980s’ – CURATED by LINUS CORAGGIO
OPENS TODAY – WED FEB 13 / 6 – 9 PM
the show runs thru . . . FEB 28, 2019
CONTRA GALLERIES, 122 W 26th St, Floor 5, Midtown Manhattan

The work of both late and living legends of 1980s New York City street art, graffiti and other seminal styles of urban work has been assembled by curator LINUS CORAGGIO – sculptor, painter and instigator of the notorious Rivington School & Gas Station spaces in the 80s/90s Lower East Side underground art scene.
The creative luminaries featured include living pioneers such as Fab 5 Freddy, LA2 (Angel Ortiz), Al Diaz (SAMO), Delta 2 & Rick Prol: as well as departed masters like Richard Hambleton, Keith haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat & FA-Q, along with surprise notables.
~CONTRA GALLERIES PRESS RELEASE



‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ / ROGER EBERT review from 2009 (!!)

when a little slice of the hard-core downtown art scene – was WIRED !!!!

and I mean . . w-i-r-e-d in every great way & sense of the word / you can imagine.
from 24/7 surveillance, (wired) to public real-time monitors (wired) . . to outrageous art & thought, beyond the beyond !!
wired . .
beyond your wildest dreams.
talk about . . spinning out.
guns, quilts, & orgies to . . light shows, politicians, extreme video games, and goths.
survival, comfort, Americana – before it hit / Calvin Klein & RAF SIMMONS 2018 . . big.
‘bio’ drives, zen gardens, & interrogation rooms,
and always, lots & lots of that green stuff / as Cardi says: money money money !!!!
open bars on every floor, and a 4 star chef in the kitchen.
talk about . . wired !! this was so wired.

and,
way, way before . . YOU were wired !!, on your cellphone, FB, SNAP & IG / believe it.

while, catching up with ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, this review by the renown movie critic ROGER EBERT, popped up.
published back in OCT 14, 2009 – it makes some interesting insights.


JOSH HARRIS . . in the MARIA ALEJANDRA GIUDICI / MARIANO AIRALDI transparent, communal shower at ‘Quiet’ – the millennial party / downtown art residency . . that kick-started ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’.

it starts off:

“I’d never heard of Josh Harris, who is billed in ‘We Live in public’, as “the greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of.’ I can be excused for thinking Harris was the fictional hero of a pseudo-documentary, until the film quickly and obviously became authentic. It’s not often you see a doc that’s been filmed over a period of 15 years.

Josh was involved in the early days of Prodigy, back in the CompuServe era, and in 1993 founded Pseudo.com which forecast audio and video Webcasting, YouTube, Hulu and countless other streamers. he was, to put it kindly, ahead of his time. In 1993, 300-baud modems were commonplace, and 1200 was fast.

Harris was a myopic visionary, a man who saw the future more vividly than his own life. He was a prototype nerd, a lonely kid who raised himself while planted in front of an old black-and-white TV set, using ‘Gilligan’s Island’, as a vistual famly . . .

In the 1990s, he became one of the early dot.com millionaires , a celebrity on New York, where he threw lavish parties intended not so much for the famous as to attract brilliant and artistic kids to work for him.”

correction: Mr. Ebert gets his $$ facts a little confused here / although he does real good with the gist of it. It was Josh’s first company ‘JUPITER.COM’ . . the very first internet / trend tracking service . . which Josh started with $700, & went on to sell, shortly thereafter for $81 million dollars (!!) / then those mega $$$$ funds when into ‘Pseudo’ – which was to become the multi-channel incubator online streaming endeavor & which threw the real wild parties.

this is true: “Pseudo.com is remembered from that time as Nerd Heaven, with good pay, perks, free creature comforts — demanding only your body and soul”, and this was esp true for the other side of the Pseudo game plan – the artists who put on the outrageous parties.

this also true, when modified: He sold Jupiter, not Pseudo . . for something like $80 million dollars, and that was the end of his good timing.”

well, financially.
he did go on to become the star of a Sundance winning doc, & is still being hailed as the godfather of ‘social media’, for better, or for worse. and now his story is about to become a bonafide Hollywood feature directed by BEN STILLER, ‘Escape From Dannemora’ (!!), and the super bad / super hot . . JONAH HILL will play Josh . . !!
Josh always claimed his goal was to be known as an artist, so if it took losing it all – so be it.
down with good timing, & up with the creative respect & social media ‘props’.

ok – back to the review !!

excerpt: “The filmmaker ONDI TIMONER had already started to document Harris’ life,”
(ps: Josh hired her after seeing ‘DIG! – nancy / for all you Brooklyn ‘DIG!’ fans ),
“and was on the scene when he began a notorious project named ‘Quiet’. Try to imagine this: About 100 of the best and brightest he could find agreed to live 24 hour a day in a cavernous space below street level. They would be under video surveillance every moment. Their lives would be streamed on the web.” (remember, this is 1999 – dial-up internet !! – nancy)
“They shared dining and recreational (!!!) facilities and even a shooting range. They were given state-of-the art computers . They lived in cubicles with the square footage of perhaps six coffins.” (actually much less, maybe 2 coffins – nancy)
“These were stacked atop each other like sleeping pods in a Japanese airport.”

“And this was to be the future, in which we would all live virtually on the Internet.”

& my fave line of all:
“Remarkably, no murders claimed any of Quiet’s eager volunteers; whether any births resulted is not reported.”

& one last correction: we were NOT volunteers – we were paid, and . . well !!!
no wonder the well, ran dry.
performance artists ? I guess so, but certainly – not scripted !!!!!!

damnit, I can’t do your homework, all the time.

well, here’s the link: go read it for yourself !! – ROGER EBERT REVIEWS ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’.



‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ / NYC SCREENING w ONDI TIMONER / WED FEB 13 – 5 PM

in celebration of its . . 10th Anniversary !!

‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . . the 2009 Sundance winning documentary,
which tells the story of web entrepreneur, social media visionary, artist / in the sense that Andy Warhol was, in the greater picture, & very outrageous master of ceremonies . . . JOSH HARRIS.
along with his very merry band of wild crazy artists !!

screens . . .
tomorrow Wed Feb 13, 2019 . .
at The Roxy Hotel, in Tribeca, NYC / a location just blocks from the original downtown ‘bunker’ !!
The Roxy Cinema, 2 Avenue of the Americas / cellar level of the Roxy Hotel.

DIRECTOR ONDI TIMONER . . . will be on hand to do a Q & A, MELISSA GIRA GRANT will be moderating.

GET TIX, here: ROXY CINEMA – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC


JOSH HARRIS . . . as the bunker, or pod hotel / for the 99+ in-house resident artists was being constructed.
it was designed & built by JEFF GOMPERTZ. it was totally wired and each pod had a screen and controls.
Josh is wearing the ‘standard’ issue / in-house crew work uniform.
actually a huge party celebrating the 2000 millennium, which Josh termed: ‘QUIET’- in a most contrarian way.
it was open 24/7 to the public, with open bars (of course) & it was a madhouse, so yeah !!
it was actually, really necessary for the ‘production’ crew – to be set apart.


the communal dining room – for the 99+ resident artist & guests !!
the party, (parties !!), and art installations . . took place in a huge 4 store / empty textile warehouse on Broadway, downtown in Tribeca, corner of . . . I wanna say, Leonard St.
but Josh also rented the empty storefront right next door, I think it used to be a Civil War era photographer’s studio ?
this inflatable, ‘bubble’ dining room ,was definitely, a showstopper.
Josh commissioned MARIA ALEJANDRA GIUDICI to make it, and damn, she did . . a great job.
Maria, and her then-husband, MARIANO AIRALDI, also built and designed the notorious transparent communal shower.


you can imagine among that group, there were . . quite a few, characters, and true-to-life, exhibitionists !!
a kid we called, ‘Cowboy’ – was one.
okay, not to break the ‘spell’
spoiler alert: there were actually a couple of standard private bathrooms, in the basement / but, as for the shower ?
just the transparent communal one. lucky the building had been a textile warehouse, and there were lots of scraps and rolls of fabric lying around, so my solution . . was to shower under a fleece ‘cape’.
because, yes !!
there were omni-present cameras – filming all the time & the footage was screened real-time /
you could be eating dinner, and there’d be somebody, or more likely somebodies (!!) naked in the shower, carrying on, carefree as a bird / on the dining room monitors.
it wasn’t called . . ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – for no reason.
& Ondi was actually there, in charge of all the footage.
did we mention: The Interrogation Room’ ? the zombies, and the techies.


screenshot: NANCY SMITH, in the ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ trailer.

if you notice the ‘gypsy-like’ life-force . . caught in melt-down, a classic hard-core NYC artist, in the green & yellow puffer jacket, that would be . . me.

of course, there were all kinds of ways, ‘living in public’ – could affect you, could become / ‘living in hell’.
esp when the only rule was: you couldn’t leave !! if you left, you could’t come back.
and if you were looking for a mayor, Josh was not . . he.
he was too busy judging live sex contests. and I was supposed to be doing a ‘quilting bee’ — ha ha ha ha.
I mean, someone else was tending a Zen garden, (RIP) Mark Enger of Exploding Sky was silk screening. it wasn’t all neon red light, and war zones, for sure. that was what was so interesting, and talent, really, talent in the end . . was what counted, incl entertainment talent, or as the straight-laced art world calls it . . performance art.
someone was growing a Zen garden, ALEX ARCADIA had goldfish swimming in a moat of water, around a life-size Zen temple (to Arcadia, btw, not to the ‘gods’.)
(RIP) MARK ENGER, of EXPLODING SKY, another cowboy, was silk-screening concentric circle ‘targets’ . . onto crew members’ work shirts.

it was a self-contained artificial world, no windows, no sunlight. things got unreal.
it was much like a spaceship, except instead of astronauts . . it was filled with knock-down artists, with nothing to lose, & (plenty of Pseudo big bucks $$$ to gain) / hardcore all-day, all-night partiers / extreme video gamers, full-on goths & not to forget, Alfredo’s full-fledged shooting gallery, with assault rifles for all (for real), in the sub-basement.
things got unreal, things got hyper, people got un-hinged.
(not to forget, the professional ‘sex workers’, Josh seeded the place with.)

forget getting naked on camera, in my case it was my my life that un-raveled before the all-seeing cameras. and I guess, imprinted into history, now.
I got provoked, taunted, in a way nasty way, and in that 24/7 hyper-speed world, I responded quite singularly.
I got . . into a fight. knocked the dumb, groupie art chick ‘art dealer’ – out with one punch.
I almost killed her, (for real). the cameras didn’t catch the action, Ondie was cursing over that / it was an obscure corner where we made ourselves coffee, but the story-line runs through-out.
lucky I didn’t kill the dumb chick, I mean, how was I to know – she was sitting on flimsy plastic 99 cent store chair, and it rocked over backwards, with a hard thwack on the old concrete floor / with just one impassioned punch to her neck. who’d I ever hit before, anyways ? ok. maybe Rene Ricard, back in the Fun gallery days. slammed a door on his face. he deserved it.

hey, don’t come into the kitchen – if you can’t take the HEAT !!!!!
I was pretty upset as it was. and I was supposed to be one of the ‘grown-ups’ at the party !!
the folk art / historian . . ‘quilt lady’.
but imagine, if that little lady, we call luck – wasn’t with me, I’d prob be in prison, and prob so would Josh.
I mean, there was a ‘toxic waste’ installation (for real), right next to the 99 sleeping pods, which could have blown up at any moment, and how many people in there – knew that ?

that was also – a big part of it.

just how willing people were to put themselves – ‘online’, in public / with no knowledge of whose watching / or who the other players are, & just what . . hidden forces could be at work.

not to mention, apparently . . . nothing fades away / on the web.



~LUKE TODD . . ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’ / PIX FROM THE OPENING

the quiet . . SPIN.

LUKE TODD – ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’
OPENED . . FRI JAN 25, 2019
GALERIE MICHAEL BARGO, CHINATOWN

PIX – FROM THE OPENING:


LUKE TODD, at the opening.


industrial, yet graceful.
set in a specific motion, opaque in color, and yet: a void / a mind-set.


the surfaces, their metallic nature . . violated the white walls.


the struggle between my camera, and the flat sculptures – was more ‘kinetic’, than the actual gear movement.
the interlocking, interloping teeth, of the almost random-shaped . . circles / ovals . . moved very very slowly,
as if grace were more important, than raw speed ?


it prob had a lot to do with the complexity of the shapes, and it might have been more effective visually, to have seen the shapes move . . more dynamically, more graphically, but then ?
would we be thinking – about them, so much ?


prob your best bet, for realizing the ‘wheels’ . . ‘turn’, and eat, or meet and greet . . each other,
would be the wired, mechanical works in the back.


that was an interesting ‘angle’, to entertain . . at an art show.


not all the ‘mechanical works’, were wall pieces . .
some were . . free-standing, yet still quite – wired.
their contrast to reality, was heightened by the Chinatown window scene.


and they weren’t all black – some were red.
but again, a perfect pitch – for a mechanical piece.

very much in contrast, to the world – we have to move through.
“your taxes were lowered / but your refund is less, much less.” / wtf
nothing is black & white.
nothing is what it seems / or what we are told. nobody really believes anything, they are told.
it’s all . . smoke & mirrors.
it’s all . . spin.


there was something about that barely moving, quiet ‘spin’ – that was so pervasive.
& in a way, in which a more aggressive, or obvious ‘gear’ spin – would not / have not been.
a kind of . . spiritual ‘temperature’.

and yet, also a . . VALENTINE.

red ‘hearts’, running along the wall.


people got real social, at the opening.
the quiet accomplishment of the show / pulsed in a warm way – strange, considering it was so mechanical ?!!
it’s hard to condense the beauty of this show, or define . . it’s effectiveness.
quiet . . interlocking ?

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH



~LUKE TODD . . ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’ / 2 scoops of butter

LUKE TODD . . . ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’/ GALERIE MICHAEL BARGO


@lukemichaeltodd: etch bath

watch the clip: video via Instagram @lukemichaeltodd

note: it’s super fascinating to see beyond an art work’s final production, esp re: those with technical platforms /
but, in this case it’s also . . like lifting a veil, and finding pure magic.
the warm, luminous color, and the thick liquidity, of the ‘etch bath’, contrasts so brilliantly against the end-product.
the cold steel, and it’s hard surface. and then, factor in . . how like honey, the etch bath moves, in deep undulating waves.
with a rocking, rhythmical chorus – heavily sloshing back & forth, within the perimeters of the container /
versus the hard-won, rigid & measured ‘turning’ movement of the teeth of the gears.
with nothing random in that final action, that purrs silently on the wall, plugged into its electric socket.
a warm, deep ocean vs. the precise clockwork of a . . large large watch.



~LUKE TODD . . ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’, GALERIE MICHAEL BARGO / OPENS FRI JAN 25

LUKE TODD – ‘FOURTEEN GEARS’
OPENS FRI JAN 25 / 6 – 9 PM
& runs thru . . end of FEB 2019
GALERIE MICHAEL BARGO, 103 BOWERY, 3rd Fl, CHINATOWN, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC 10002

well, better than . . eggs.
& as with regards to Cardib & her gang twerking /
to twerk, . . or NOT TO TWERK !!
NOT !!!!

the art world coming in . . . industrial, but smooth – as butter.



~’WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . honored at SUNDANCE 2019 / WALL STREET JOURNAL INTERVIEWS DIRECTOR ONDI TIMONER – TODAY / FRI JAN 25

who knew !!!!!!
our ‘turn-of-the-century’, rebel hardcore, underground downtown NYC art crew is going . . . conservative business / mainstream !!!!!!!!!

‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . . the original 2009 documentary, is being honored at Sundance today.

none less than the WALL STREET JOURNAL is honoring ‘WE LIVE In PUBLIC’,
on the 10 year anniversary of its Sundance Grand Jury Prize, by interviewing the film’s intrepid director, ONDI TIMONER. They will be asking Ondi about . . “the technological dystopia the film prophesied & where we’re headed from here.’

the talk is 4-5 PM with cocktails, from 5-7 PM on Main St at the DELL DEN.


FILE UNDER: THE FUTURE of STORY TELLING (!!!!!)

& . . . ‘THE REALITIES of the Internet – today (!!!!)


at left, ONDI TIMONER, the illustrious director of ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, 2009 . .
flying into the festival, last night.
she looks pretty happy.
as well, her newest venture, ‘MAPPLETHORPE’ is opening to great acclaim, & will come to NYC this March.
image via Instagram @onditimoner

so,
a few of my friends got together & held a BIG, BIG MILLENNIUM PARTY – the rest, apparently, is HISTORY !!!!!!!


JOSH HARRIS, “the greatest internet entrepreneur you never heard of”, or as some people like to call him: the “Andy Warhol of the web”, and the focus of the documentary, was the king of the way-off-the-mainstream, downtown art scene – when he threw the biggest art party NYC has ever seen.
that’s ALFREDO MARTINEZ, at the right of the frame. Alfredo is notorious for the live shooting gallery, with BIG GBG guns, that was in the basement of the 2 building art installion & full-on million dollar / millennial par-tay !!
Josh had recently sold his baby brainstorm, JUPITER.COM, the first internet, trend tracking company, for $81 million buckeroos.
so to say, he had deep pockets . . is NOT an exaggeration.

def, watch: the trailer – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC !!!!

lol, that’s me . . in the trailer.
I guess I became the ‘poster’ girl for . . . ‘DYSTOPIAN’.
talk about . .
when your most humiliating moment, is caught on tape, and goes on to become . . a Sundance winner.

this was the poster for the NYC premiere of ‘WE LIVE In PUBLIC’ at MOMA, back in 2009.
at the start of the doc – I was the poster girl for . . Utopia, lol.
that’s me and my kid, Theo in the pod hotel.
note the wires, cameras, and monitors !!!

over 99 artists worked & played in the week long crazy wild art party / artist residency / installation.
spread out over 2 old buildings downtown, it was open to the public 24/7 & it was PACKED !!
and probably completely illegal. above all, were the 24/7 surveillance cameras & live-streaming video.
tiny cameras & tiny screens wired beside every artist ‘pod’ / and . . (notoriously) through-out, incl showers.
the web – was being born, in real time.
it was the birth – of social media, though little did we imagine.
it was only in ‘looking back’ – that the big big picture emerges & for that, we have to thank . . Ondi Timoner , and her truly, cinematic in the fullest sense, story-telling.
she caught the action in real time, and set the story in context, 9 years later.


our fearless leader, JOSH HARRIS . . in the futuristic, ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ communal shower.
did we say, see-thru ?

& of course !!
the new elephant in the room !!

BEN STILLER . . is set to make a feature-length recreation of the doc !!!!
and the newly hot hot hot / hot as hell !!!! JONAH HILL will play . . JOSH !!!!!!!

as if BEN isn’t hot as hell now – either.
just 3 words – says it all !!
‘ESCAPE FROM DANNEMORA’ !!!!
BRETT JOHNSON, who co-wrote the SHOWTME winner, will also be scripting the ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ feature.

oh lord,
if Tilly is any example, of what I have to look forward to, even if it’s just a ‘milli-second’ of screen time / I’m gonna have to hide away, forever.



~ALFREDO MARTINEZ SUPER FAN . . !!

APPARENTLY . . Alfredo’s show in Japan – is a BLAST !!!!!

LABEL THIS: ‘A PERFECT FAN’.

ALFREDO MARTINEZ . . ‘NORMAL ACTIVITY’ / MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY, TOKYO !!


from the opening – last night:
this is such a riot – a true super fan !!
watch the clip: ALFREDO MARTINEZ – INSTAGRAM / SUPER FAN at the MEGUMI OGITA opening / JAN 24, 2019


this is the gun he is melting down – over !!
“so, I’m a Big Fan of the Mauser Broom handle . . .”


well, YEAH !!!
that is a great funny gun handle !!
Broom handle !!!!!
and, according to the kid – it has some note-worthy art world / comic book / anime ? history !!!


& check out his t-shirt: “JIHAD OF THE ABSURD” !!!


and those skinny harlequin pants (!!) & pointy toe boots.
def a . . . 10/10.

ALFREDO MARTINEZ, ‘Mauser C96 / Broom Handle’, 2019
on hand-made collage paper, 20 x 30 in.
in Alfredo’s studio at MANA CONTEMPORARY in Jersey City – just before it got shipped out.
fresh off the walls – so to speak.
go Jersey !!
Jersey to Tokyo, by way of NYC – now that’s traveling.

all images via Instagram @alfredomartinezartist
see: ‘A PERFECT FAN’ – POST / @alfredomartinezartist



~ALFREDO MARTINEZ, ‘NORMAL ACTIVITY’ . . MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY, TOKYO / OPENS FRI JAN 25

talking about . . JAPAN !!
Alfredo’s in a 2-person show – opening tomorrow, in Tokyo. Ginza District !!
‘NORMAL ACTIVITY’ . . . ?!!!
I guess, so. & great name for a show (!!)

ALFREDO MARTINEZ & BRIAN LEO – ‘NORMAL ACTIVITY’
OPENING FRI JAN 25 / 17:30 – 19:30
& running thru . . FEB 9, 2019
MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY, TOKYO

CONGRATS !!! ALFIE !!!


TOP: BRIAN LEO / BOTTOM: ALFREDO MARTINEZ / advance flyer: nice & raw !!
ps: I’m liking Brian’s work, too.
talk about strange bedfellows !!
they make for a real nice . . contrast / in both style & context.


ALFREDO MARTINEZ, ‘CZ (Ceska Zabrojovka) model 83.380 acp’, 2018
50.8 cm x 76.2 cm. / 20 x 30 in.
acrylic on collage paper / Alfredo’s ‘signature’ hand-made paper
image via Instagram @megumi_ogita_gallery



~’FEVER LURE: CHRISTINA YUNA KO, SHANA SADEGHI, EMMA STERN’ / SELENAS MOUNTAIN, RIDGEWOOD / OPENING SAT JAN 19

if, living in the art world feels like living in a bubble, sometimes.
well, maybe this will burst your . . . bubble ?!
POP / POP / POP !!!!!

‘FEVER LURE’ – CHRISTINA YUNA KO, SHANA SADEGHI-RAY, EMMA STERN
OPENS TO-NITE / SAT JAN 19 / 7 – 10 PM
show runs thru . . FEB 16, 2018
SELENAS MOUNTAIN, 63 WODWARD AVE, #6321, RIDGEWOOD, QUEENS, NY 11385
HRS: SAT 1- 5 PM & BY APPOINTMENT

more: ‘FEVER LURE’ – SELENAS MOUNTAIN


IMAGE via Instagram @selenasmountin
FLYER, acrylic on MDF – CHRISTINA YUNA KO
@christina_yuna_ko

ps: I spy a little Japanese ‘anime’ – top right-hand corner, lol.


3-D work by SHANA SADEGHI-RAY
@scorpioncharge: I will be showing new work such as this pearled basketball net at @selenasmountain
Image via Instagram @scorpioncharge


oil on canvas by EMMA STERN
@lava_baby: catch her & a few more . .
Image via Instagram @lava_baby



me & . . RUFUS !!!

just realized . . . knock knock !!

me & RUFUS TUREEN share a similar fascination for mysterious, dramatic creatures, all glamed up in . . mask-like white make-up,
and very BIG hair with lots of cascading ringlets.
except, while his ‘connect’ is focused . . boldly pantomiming 17-18th C. French courtiers, mine is half-way around the world, though very much in the same time period (1615-1868) but with the opposite sex, the women of the great Edo period Woodblock prints of japan.
and, though I also try to “lift the mask”, my pursuit is purely graphic, pencil or, pen & ink on paper, or more recently vellum.
but, at then end of the day, I believe we are both using these ‘attractions’ to find out more – about . . ourselves.
the elusive, infinite . . search / the never-ending story.


NANCY SMITH, self-portrait, ‘after Ukiyo-e woodblock print’.
early 1970s, Montreal. pencil.


detail, NANCY SMITH, self-portrait, ‘after Ukiyo-e woodblock print’.
early 1990s, NYC. pen & ink on vellum.


close-up / detail.

PHOTOS & ARTWORK: NANCY SMITH


RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’. solo performance, Essex Flowers, Nov 3, 2018
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH



~BEST of 2018: RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’ / ESSEX FLOWERS – PERFORMANCE & ART

2018 . . . was the year I finally caught up with this guy !!!!!!!!
& QUELLE FAN-TAS-TICK !!!!!
it was.


RUFUS TUREEN . . . !!!!!
setting up for ‘Olde Man’, a Saturday night solo performance piece he presented, in a stage of his own making,
at Essex Flowers / in the newly opened, tiny but hey . . it packs punch !! back room.


this in fact was Rufus’s first solo show at Essex Flowers . . but, he’d been popping up, in various costumes on Instagram rather intriguingly, & with increased rabid fandom at every new turn.
so, even though I’m not normally into ‘performance’ – I was ready to engage at the nearest best opportunity, turns out his first solo show at Essex Flowers, coincided with Jeffrey Tranchell’s / Jonathan Hartshorn – ‘Suckers …’ show – so, game on !!!

the early visuals were also quite enchanting – wtf, Louis the 16th ?
I was like: oh oh, I better wear a hat to hide my own unruly white mane. lest I become an unwitting participant, and perhaps up for some ridicule in the process, damn these smart-ass interactive/performance artists !!
been there/done that.

when I caught that first sight of him, above . . I was, of course !! epiphany. light bulb. this is . . him.
this guy’s got to have that really neutral face, a rubbery, generic, accountant’s face, no great stature either, all on the down low / who you’d walk by in the street & you wouldn’t notice / the perfect mime face. the blank canvas.
it was kind of like an art world ‘blind-date’ meeting of the minds, albeit 2 very, strange, expressive minds !!
I had heard of him, but had no idea what to expect / except the grin on his face made huge promises.

It seemed like he had heard of me, but didn’t know who I was or looked like, but he got my number, too.
& right away / I was taking a million photos, and talking a mile a minute, asking a million questions, and grinning non-stop,
he got me. & he was impressed too, that beyond the normal obsession with info, that precedes me,
I actually did my homework.
what ? had no one asked him before – if he had a famous father ?
he was shocked.
what, does no one else in this town . . do their homework ?
or maybe it’s more like: watch out . . very late night, world wide web ‘stalker’ – on the premises.
you can dish it – I can find it.

wow, so far . . . the blind date’s doing pretty damn . . . GOOD !!!!


of course, the tiny back room was like the hugest stage – I knew right then,
I was in the hands of a . . magician.
an illusionist.
a painter.
bearing . . tales.

and, of course (!!) it confronted, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, that I thought I stood for & had a grip on, namely simple, functional, found, industrial, DIY, hard. conceptual, art. I mean, I had just spent the better part of the afternoon immersed in the brilliant, quietly joking, small-sized / art works floating in great white space, offering up Tootsie Roll pops, . . that was Jonathan Hartshorn’s show / and I literally, turn a corner, literally, one step in that small storefront space,
and, voila: damn. …… whaaaaaaaaaa !! whaaaaaa !! again.
in-your-face, BOLD.
wild expressionism. wild abandon. hedonism. crazy-driven brush strokes. passionate paint, lyrical imagery, with . . real human ‘figures’. and, historical ones at that.
picturesque, poetic & about to bare their porcelain breasts !!


I remembered this hand-painted yellow & blue ‘screen’, from the Essex Flowers ‘Home Edition’ show, but – where it had once been a backdrop, for other people’s fancies, HERE . . EVEN IN THIS TINY, SHALLOW ROOM, IT WAS A-GLOW – WITH A SECRET LIFE.
let the . . PERFORMANCE BEGIN.


what, what ? is that a tease ? is my future true love – a sly romantic, or what !!!
dangling a tiny handkerchief, beckoning: come, come, follow me, into my secret world.


my heart was a-flutter, like a little bird it beat against my chest.
I was already powerless at the joy unfolding . . there was no escaping.


and just in time, for hark: the ‘Olde Man’, looking quite the dashing, young, French, mischief-bearing, elfish . . pied piper, doth handily . . appear.


RUFUS TUREEN . . ‘OLDE MAN’
you, broke my heart in half, with joy & unsurpassed / surprised delight – in 2018.


Yes, world . . I am Rufus Tureen, come to steal you away, tonight.

oh my fluttering soul, took off, without a thought & into much deep fancy.
no wonder, all those court people wore all that make-up, and those huge huge wigs, with waves-of-curls, powerfully descending & twirling in the glory.
all the better to transform, my dear.

RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’.
OCT 13 – Nov 11, 2018
ESSEX FLOWERS

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. NOV 3, 2018.



~BEST of 2018: JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘LOLLIPOP HOLDERS’, curated by JEFFREY TRANCHELL / ESSEX FLOWERS

JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Suckers, copycats, lollipops, fast cash, fashion, one hit wonders and heat lamps’
curated by JEFFREY TRANCHELL
Oct 13 – Nov 11, 2018
ESSEX FLOWERS, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC

see: Jonathan Hartshorn – it’s all about ‘exchange’ / Essex Flowers

this, should really be captioned, BEST of 2018 . . that I have not already posted about !!
sometimes, contrarian that I am / it’s because I hoard my fav pix, yes I do !!
often, it’s because too much else is coming on own the never-ending pipeline / when it rains it pours in this BIG art scene !!
& sometimes . . it’s because I need to process the experience, run it around inside my soul for a little bit.
& sometimes . . it’s because / I am just stunned.
that’s / all of the above !!
why I’m so late to publish my photos & thoughts, on this show which really was . .
stark, curious, inventive, pretty & . . . profound.


at the exhibit . . JONATHAN HARTSHORN’S whimsical pieces overhead,
the show’s curator JEFFREY TRANCHELL, with his friend & fellow artist PHILIP BIRCH at right.
it seems right to post a photo which has Jeffrey in the company of a friend, and fellow artist.
Jeffrey is very much an artist who is about . . community.
it’s my experience that most artists are very self-centered & focused on their own art, but then there are the rare ones, who really like to look at other artists’ work, and either write, or curate shows reflecting those interactions. Jeffrey is an artist who understands, in a very concrete & yet far-reaching way, other artists’ art & visions, motivations & influence.

to that end, this show is a sad landmark as it is Jeffrey’s last curatorial contribution to this communal, artist-run gallery. A founding member of Essex Flowers since its initiation in 2013, Jeffrey has resigned due to his gradual relocation & growing involvement in the burgeoning art scene over in Detroit, centering around the Hamtramck.
It’s a 10 hr. drive between NYC and Detroit, one way – and I guess after a really intensive few years here, and increasingly over there, the scale tipped.


JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Lollipop Holder’, 2018.
acrylic and lollipops on sculpey. 9 x 4 x 2-1/2 in.

so, that’s the thing about seeing something, like you’ve never seen before !!
to the extreme / because most art . . is.
and it’s ironic, because the premise is . . so playful.
functional, realist & fanciful.


JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Lollipop Holder’, 2018.
acrylic and lollipops / looks like ‘found’ hardware base. 8 x 8 x 4-1/2 in.

these strange, quiet yet intense pieces are quite telling, re: the Jeffrey Tranchell . . ‘effect’.
he could rescue DIY, from crafty.
he could take function & separate it from old-fashioned, & old-fashioned technology, & point to archival, historical and playful.
he could arouse curiosity from the mundane / art from the everyday & bring new ways of looking at things, and art / and new ‘faces’ onto the scene . . .


JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Lollipop Holder’, 2018.
acrylic, hardware and lollipops on sculpey
13 x 8-1/4 x 3-1/2 in.

from sculpey to . . . ‘found’.
AND BACK AGAIN.

playful. functional. ‘re-discovered’ industrial ?

the show was quite worth seeing, esp in person / so many angles to the objects.
so thoughtful, and yet so engaging, so entertaining.
such a great potential to both tell a ‘story’, illuminate a function. create ‘influence’, exploit ‘pop’ culture.
OG hardware. young kid treasure. society moves on in mysterious ways.
encapsulation of idea / context, form.

I guess that sums up Jeffrey, too.
great show / but, big loss.
can somebody please give me, a great big, fruit-flavored tootsie roll pop – to suck on. whaaaaa.
I wonder just how many people were forward-thinking, and innovative enough to snag one of these, I def def would want one.
talk about a ‘zen’ poem.

‘Essex Flowers Home Edition’ – 2018 . . . what a great year of conversation !!!!!
Jeffrey Tranchell – had alot to do with that.
best show – worst moment ?

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. NOV 3, 2018.



~RED ENVELOPE: DIANNA XU . . GRUMPY BERT, FLUSHING TOWN HALL / OPENING RECEPTION SAT JAN 5

RED LIGHT / GREEN LIGHT . .
LET . . DIANNA XU come over !!!!!!!

2019 . . is the ‘CHINESE YEAR of THE PIG’ & once again, GRUMPY BERT . . .
presents this wildly popular group show, showcasing a wide and diverse range of illustrators – at their creative & imaginative . . BEST !!!!

working on traditional ‘lucky’ red Chinese New Year coin envelopes, these glorious pieces can usually be yours – for the taking, starting at $50 each / all of which are one-of-a-kind.

GRUMPY BERT, ‘RED ENVELOPE SHOW’ – OPENING RECEPTION SAT JAN 5, 2019 / 5 – 7 PM
show runs thru . . . JAN 27, 2019
FLUSHING TOWN HALL, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, N.Y. 11354

more info: ‘RED ENVELOPE SHOW’ – GRUMPY BERT / FB

see: “PIGS have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life” . . . . (!!) / 2019 EARTH / YEAR of the PIG

so, 2019 could be . . . SWEET & MEATY ?!!!!
I’m in.


DIANNA XU – PORK BELLY for YEAR of the PIG
image via Instagram @diannaxu



~GREEN LIGHT: ANDREW GUENTHER, SARAH HOOVER & TOM SACHS, ANDY CAHILL . . & BUGS BUNNY !!

shiny, saturated neon green . . such a strange color to kick off a new year.
2019 . . what up ?!!!


ANDREW GUENTHER, ‘Green Birds’, 2018. oil on canvas. 16 x 12 in.
& to be found, in his current show at SOFT OPENING, BROOKLYN
image via Instagram @andrewguenther_art

I did jump, when this image came down my Instagram pipeline 2 days ago.
it made everything that was going on in my head – stop.
it was just so dark, and brood-y, so unexpected from all the previous images, that had been posted for this small ‘plant’ shop show. so unique. so emotional. such a call for . . love ?
it made everything I was thinking about, stop. except, for one thing.
my contempt, or really boredom, capital B !! for all the so-called art collectors. you know, the big ones who post great holiday travelogue pix, or divorce drama. oh, so what.
you have Hirsts, Koons, Basquiats, Harings and Warhols.
same old, same old. so predictable, to the point where its meaningless. that is so stuck in the 80s. it’s so un-impressive, really.
break out a JACK GOLDSTEIN. a DAN ASHER. a TAYLOR McKIMENS.
an ANDREW GUENTHER. this is the art scene, not a French patisserie doing all the same classic holiday faves – year after year.


SARAH HOOVER & TOM SACHS on holiday in Hawaii.
image via Instagram @sarahhoov

then I really did . . JUMP !!
the very next image – on my IG thread was this !!!!
2 REAL ‘LOVE – BIRDS !! – all encased in that same, shimmery but gooey honey dark, glowing shiny green glow.

TOM is such a contrary bird, such a bad boy. sincerely, it’s nice to see he has found someone who can handle him, give him a much needed (leaning humorous) pr make-over, and apparently, make him happy / no small thing.
and, she’s quite the Instagram raconteur / quite the ‘bird’ herself !!
I mean, dig that fab fab mini dress, is it Chanel ? never mind. it could be, or not. it’s HOT.

I mean, this is also just after they were in St. Moritz for Tom’s solo show with Vito / so skiing, (where her skis got stolen), and, then (trying hard) to surf the waves, 1/2 way around the world / in one week – classic/fantastic.
we should all only trip – so lightly.
plus she’s so good at laying it down. nothing off-putting, ever. or you know, I’d be mouthing off.
plus I mean, you know . . I’m already a huge fan for anything he slaps that crazy NASA sticker / logo onto.
plus I used to run into early Tom, back in the golden artnet days (2002-2004) and what amazed me (I now realize), was – he was the first ‘distressed’ fashionista, everybody (successful) was so proper, or maybe Schnabel schlumpy, but he was truly distressed / wearing a beat-up black or was it blue (?), puffer jacket – held together with duct tape.
& apparently he’s still pretty much the same, or maybe it’s a ‘performance’-worthy, nerdy ‘tech’ jacket, or a hi-end (I guess) pair of print all-over pjs / and, she’s holding up the other end, encased in classic black velvet Chanel sheath, with a string of pearls as shoulder straps.
in a 5 star bistro. yep, that’s quite the gal – for Tom.
and apparently right on the mark, color-wise, just like magic. dancing on the perfect line between where the underground meets the mainstream big stakes.


image via Instagram story @andycahill

and, then speaking of green lit – love birds !!
wouldn’t you know, I check out maybe just one, or 2 of the scrolling video clip stories – at the top of the very same IG page, & one of the young turks of the underground, ANDY CAHILL has a story which looks to be, from the swinging haircut, to be him dancing with his girl / painter GRETTA JOHNSON.

and, it’s weird because . . .


image via Instagram @artloversnewyork

all I could think of, meaning: was compelled (!!) to post on Christmas Day, for no real good reason, except maybe I’m high functioning / outsider / borderline . . with strange non-linear, more often than not, ‘presentient’ radar . . . & always attracted to shiny foil surfaces, but esp to this shiny, reflective, fade-to-dark saturated / Bugs Bunny new ‘old stock’ Xmas retro stickers, which I had just unearthed in an old school, (Jersey City) Heights thrift shop, catch-em while you can, the whole area is going mad crazy with gentrification.

NASA and LOONEY tunes . . is that a rhyme ?
strange call, or what.
oh, the (shamanistic) patterns we all use – to navigate reality.
I mean, in one way, or another.
name one. other than myself ?
how about:
MELISSA BROWN / fortune-teller, games theorist, and magic-realist painter – extra-ordinaire.



~ANDREW GUENTHER . . ‘NEW PAINTINGS’ / SOFT OPENING, BROOKLYN / OPENS FRI DEC 28

RAINY DAY – PARADE !!!!!!!

ANDREW GUENTHER WELCOMES . . . ‘SOFT OPENING’.
NEW LOCAL BROOKLYN / GREENPOINT SPOT for all things . . HAND-MADE & ORGANIC, incl . . ART !!

ANDREW GUENTHER – ‘NEW PAINTINGS’
OPENS TO-NITE FRI DEC 28 / 7 – 10 PM
SOFT OPENING, 570 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn NY 11222

see: SOFT OPENING PLANT STORE & GALLERY SHOP – PLANTS, CERAMICS, BOTANICALS/ HOME GOODS & ART / FACEBOOK
IG: @softopeningbk


@andrewguenther_art: “Pick up some real plants when you get my fake ones.”
image via Instagram @andrewguenther_art


@andrewgueenther_art:”Okay, okay. I’ve added a few photographs . . This one was taken in
Berlin several years ago.”
image via Instagram @andrewguenther_art


def, checkout: ANDREW GUENTHER – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE


when he’s not doing ‘art’, Andrew is making jewelry, where his line is known as . . ‘EAT THE LEAF’.
def, checkout: EAT THE LEAF – by ANDREW GUENTHER

ps: if you ever wondered where I got that shiny, hand-made / golden “ALREADY DEAD” (!!!!) pendant that hangs around my neck, now – you know !!
and . . FOR REAL / THAT’S HOW I FEEL – in 2 words !!
plus obviously I got a GHOST ARMY – many dear, now departed friends . . in that big ole / DEAD ARTIST CLUB – UP IN THE SKY.

FLASHBACK . . . !!!!!

since, it’s a super rainy day, after a false alarm “Alien Invasion over Manhattan” night . . . it was a utility sub-station explosion, or so they – say.
(I’m personally waiting for the big headline . . “ALIENS – HAVE LANDED” !!!!)

here’s something to divert ya, a little digital trip !!!

ANDREW & ME – go far back. he was the intern at the now defunct Daniel Silverstein Gallery, on 21st St. in Chelsea, when I was showing there, in late 1990s.

I have a ton of pix of him, and his WORK !! over the decades.
he’s such a colorful and super talented figure, who wavers like a flame, about to spark – on the fringes of the ever-changing underground.
I hope one day, before I am REALLY DEAD / that some gallery will finally wake up – and show them ?!!

here’s one:


ANDREW GUENTHER . . . with his paintings, in his home studio.
GREENPOINT OPEN STUDIO WEEEKEND, OCT 5, 2014.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

I picked that one, because, well !!!!!!! no words needed !!!!!

but also because, it’s in a nice run of artlovers articles, covering topics & with photos of:

1. a great, early – “FADE” piece . . by ROB PRUITT.
2. PAUL McCARTHY – offends PARIS !!
3. MATT LEINES painting . . in an early, big GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – group show.
4. WALTER ROBINSON – his big RETROSPECTIVE – was just setting out – to conquer the art scene.
5. archival pix of SIMON CERIGO, R.I.P. & his work . . . truly already dead & representing the splendor of the DEAD ARTIST CLUB / still, just short of taking over big time / ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’, and, most def . . a ring leader of my own personal . . GHOST ARMY.
SIMON a was the director of the DANIEL SILVERSTEIN Gallery in the late 90s, and as such, was the one to give a young Andrew Guenther, fresh out of some university art school, his first job in NYC.
5. and finishes up with . .
an extensively documented STUDIO VISIT, with ANDREW GUENTHER, including that photo above / GREEN POINT OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND. OCT 5, 2014.

SURPRISE BONUS . . ?
NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . . new wave ‘ringleader’, in his own right / shows up !!!

most def: SCROLL DOWN / ARTLOVERSNEWYORK – 2014 !!!!


SIMON CERIGO, ca. early 1990s.
toy model with custom paint job. if this image doens’t ‘encapsulate’ Simon,
I don’t know what – would.
a huge lover of art, and it’s . . ‘fanciful, yet meaningful’ flight.
it’s best, is most often . . it’s most elusive – in a broad-based, dumbed-down mass market.
talk about . . . ‘soft’ openings (!!!)
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


WALTER ROBINSON, ‘REVENGE’, 1982.
acrylic on canvas.
SIMON was a big, and very early fan . . of both Andrew Gunther, and Walter Robinson.
we owned a stack of early Andrew Guenther 1990s drawings, and ‘Revenge’, was among our first early Walter Robinson purchases.
PHOTO: HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN



~LITTLE NORA BROWN . . THE LOCAL, NASHVILLE / THURS DEC 27 6 – 7 PM

another regret, not making it into the recent, LITTLE NORA BROWN performance . .
at the American Folk Art Museum, NYC.

you can catch her tonight, if you’re near Nashville !!
while visiting her grandparents, in the area – she’ll be playing an early set.
THE LOCAL, 110 28th Ave N., Nashville, TN / Tenneesee


image via Instagram @little.nb.


LITTLE NORA BROWN – WINTER 2018
image via Youtube

def, check out: LITTLE NORA BROWN – ‘Morphine’, Pewter Sessions / Youtube
Beehive Productions – Published March 2, 2018
Filmed live at THE HOOT! – WINTER 2018
note: traditional Appalachian folk song

note: as of today, Dec 27, 2018 . . there are 4,751 views for this clip,
I can only imagine it’s going to be much much larger, by this time – next year.

and, yep.
she’s got a GHOST ARMY !!
“most of the songs I like are by people that are dead.”

‘The Key Changers: Little Nora’ / A Short Film Presented by Tribeca Studios
Published May 17, 2018.


IMAGE via Youtube

yes, meet: NORA BROWN, 12 years old, out of BROOKLYN !! – ‘THE KEY CHANGERS’

here’s . . . to the dead,
and, the young . . future.


image via FACEBOOK
follow: Nora Brown Banjo / FACEBOOK



~TAYLOR McKIMENS . . PAPER HOLI-DAZE !! ORNAMENTS !! at MUDDGUTS . .

the other reason to swing by MUDDGUTS – TODAY !!

A WILD !! ASSORTMENT !! of PAINTED, PAPER / ONE-OF-A-KIND, ORNAMENTS BY . . TAYLOR McKIMENS !!!!!!
$150 – $200 a pop.


image via INSTAGRAM STORY @taylormckimens


image via Instagram @muddguts


image via Instagram @muddguts


image via Instagram @muddguts


image via Instagram @muddguts



~CARAMEL BOBBY . . ‘CHAOS’ / ‘GLOBAL WARNING’ / MUDDGUTS

1. what I like best about Instagram . .
is that you can follow the art world in a much more efficient and all-encompassing way, with a kind of drone-like, micro-precison, which can be tuned to your own likes and wants . . but, which also comes armed with a potential . . for random and mind-widening opportunity, and ‘play’.

2. what I like best about artlovers, besides being able to spill the contents of my mind, so they don’t overflow and implode, and which also enables me to encourage, engage & promote singular, often underground, talent / with an eye towards the cultural and world moment . . is seeing those Instagram pictures blow-up, big on a larger screen.


CARAMEL BOBBY / CALI THORNHILL DEWIIT, ‘CHAOS’, 2018
mixed media & paint on canvas, 3 ft. x 3 ft.

image via Instagram @caramelbobby

see: CALI THORNHILL DEWITT – ‘GLOBAL WARNING’ on MUDDGUTS

up thru FEB 2019 – MUDDGUTS, BROOKLYN.



~CARAMEL BOBBY aka CALI THORNHILL DEWITT . . ‘ GLOBAL WARNING’ / MUDDGUTS

BIGGEST REGRET of the YEAR ?
that I didn’t make this opening.

def, def def !! gonna try to go by & see the work.

CARAMEL BOBBY / CALI THORNHILL DEWITT – ‘GLOBAL WARNING’ at MUDDGUTS
UP THRU . . FEB 2019.


CALI THORNHILL DEWITT, ‘FLAMES’, 2018
3 ft. x 3 ft. / mixed media, paint on canvas. unique.
image via Instagram @caramelbobby

what’s . . .
growing on me about the work, through the posted images – is how it’s so insanely bold, and in-your-face, and yet very subtle as an art form – to process. it’s like the ‘graphics’ button has been pushed – to high alert, and so you get the message, the images are very clear, and assume it’s simple & sort of ‘spiritually’ . . walk away. nice job.
of course, that’s a big, big mistake.
there’s quite a lot of resonance here, both in context & message, & visual punch.

but more, as an artist myself . . it slowly dawned on me, that the surface of this work really doesn’t lie in the clear narrative, ‘collaged’ photographic images, nor even – in the big red “X” . . !!
the surface here . . is in the moment of walking through the wall of fire / an artist, at their height, deep into their work, and so it comes across very blindingly bright for the rest of us, but once that ‘brightness’ of perfection/achievement / serial creative stepping forward, slows down a little, with a little more viewing, the dynamics of the gesture, the organization, the ‘running’ of a finely honed thought / craft & vision . . becomes something that’s hard to put into words, a 4th dimenson – an aura, takes over.
and that’s even more interesting to me, as it rises from such graphic straightforward imagery. & organization.
and yes, I most def, want to jump into . . that – in PERSON !!!!


install shot.
image via Instagram @caramelbobby

1. definite quilt overtones.
on many levels, grid organization, story-telling.
communal & community context.
some carry warnings. some carry ‘protection’.
amulets.
my fav is . . ‘FILTH’ / ‘REAL FILTH’.

2. I feel there might be a great conversation here with . . VIRGIL ABLOH !!!!!

3. those black walls, beckon !!

4. def, like the ‘tag’ effect of the ‘cut-out’ images & how they just got ‘placed’ / seemingly by chance / random. they are so askance / yet, the big red “X” is so – centered, and measured.
you def get the feeling, this artist . . .
no matter what the ‘legend’, the ‘history’ / he paid his dues. he’s so superbly on point, and immersed.
and, we all get invited – to the DANCE.

5. the color hues – are . . . off the chart.