as part of the BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL 2008
PARTNER & SPADE PRESENTS:
‘Dear Velo’ – a group show curated by KATHARINE BARTHELM & BRENDT BARBUR – featuring over 14 artists
the show runs MAY 29 – JUNE 2, 2008 (12-7PM)
40 GREAT JONES STREET near THE BOWERY – LOWER EAST SIDE
for more info, see: Dear Velo
BIKE BY MAX KNIGHT – ‘Dear Velo’ poster image/courtesy: BFF 2008
A LOT OF – PIX !! – FROM THE ‘DEAR VELO’ OPENING – THURS, MAY 29, 2008
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
BRENDT BARBUR, Founding Director, BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL
see: BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL
. . . in the the right place, at the right time.
from left: artist/musician GERMAN, from Argentina, BUENOS AIRES to be exact; photographer MATTIAS WESTFALK from SWEDEN; BRENDT BARBUR, the Bicycle Film Festival’s Founding Director; and, SATOSHI ICHIYANAGI, Producer, and the TOKYO SECRETARIAT for the BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL in Japan !! the BFF hits TOKYO – SEPT 5-7, 2008
German just arrived in NYC, yesterday, and MATTIAS WESTFALK & SATOSHI ICHIYANAGI just arrived today, Thursday, MAY 29, 2008.
from left, LOUISE INGALLS STURGES, one of the 3 woman artists in the show, (she did the tiny tricycle, see below), and with her, KATHARINE BARTHELME, a co-curator, with BRENDT BARBUR, of ‘Dear Velo’.
KATHARINE BARTHELME with BENEDICT RADCLIFFE. London-based design artist, BENEDICT RADCLIFFE has 3 amazing custom built bikes in the show.
KATHARINE BARTHELME has a sweet tattoo tucked under her bangles !!
currently Santa Cruz based artist, filmmaker & photographer PATRICK TREFZ has a film clip & a ‘rake’ bike – in the show. and, at the right – MAX KNIGHT – whose sneaker-wheeled bike is literally – the ‘poster child’ for the show !!
– shows us his ‘grill’ !!
bike artist – MAX KNIGHT
JOHN-TAKI THEODORACOPULOS – contributed the beautiful bronze bike to the show.
ASSSIA BAUDI di SELVE, a journalist/writer, from Rome.
MAX NIGHT’S ‘sneaker’ bike in the storefront window. love the color he chose for the bike frame.
detail, MAX KNIGHT ‘sneaker’ bike – yo, are those calf-length black socks, is that a political statement ? . . . though, guess they’d have to be ‘dress-style’ calf length black socks – ? – ya gotta be a New Yorker for this one.
JOHN-TAKI THEODORACOPULOS, New York, ‘Bronze Bike’, 2008, sprayed bronze and metal.
London-based BENEDICT RADCLIFFE with his multi-color, ‘Stay Safe’, 2007, bike. metal and spray paint.
BENEDICT RADCLIFFE, London, ‘Still the One’, 2005, metal, circular saw and paint. this bike hung from the wall, just under the ceiling – so that you could unwittingly, and many did, stand underneath the lethal looking back wheel !! while many others watched and hoped it was attached securely.
detail, BENEDICT RADCLIFFE, London. ‘Still the One’.
a better view of how it hung from the wall, just below the ceiling, BENEDICT RADCLIFFE, London. ‘Still the One’.
BENEDICT RADCLIFFE, ‘Still the One’ – an inspired mounting.
that’s PAUL RACHMAN, on the left, under the circular saw back wheel – with with LIT’S ERIK FOSS.
yo, bring on the Docs !!!
PAUL RACHMAN made the cult classic – ‘AMERICAN HARDCORE’ – a 2006 SUNDANCE official/entry film that chronicles, in stark black & white, with images that match the music – ‘The History of American Punk Rock 1980-86’. Directed by Paul Rachman/Written by Steven Blush.
check it out !! AMERICAN HARDCORE/trailer
ERIK FOSS has a small collage & paint on canvas piece in the ‘JOYRIDE’ back room of the ‘Dear Velo’ show. (either Erik’s hired a P.R. firm or LIT is really hot !! – it got mentioned twice this weekend, once in PAGE SIX Magazine, in the same sentence as MISCHA BARTON, & once on PAGE SIX, itself – way to go – E-R-I-K !!) LIT was also the scene of the afterparty for the ‘Dear Velo’ show – with ERIK himself, & PAUL SEVIGNY doing the DJ honors.
BENEDICT RADCLIFFE’S ‘Long Bike’, 2007, his 3rd bike in the show, and a big fave – with the audience.
art world prince & documentary photographer, IVORY SERRA also made the opening.
a selection of documentary photos in the back room – ‘JOYRIDE’
black & white photo from the collection of BRENDT BARBUR
local talent – FELIPE !! Felipe Robayo – aka the King of New York – was featured in a film that played on Saturday – ‘KING OF SKITCH’. Directed by DANIEL LEEB.
also in the ‘JOYRIDE’ – a new piece by ERIK FOSS, paint and collage on canvas.
detail of the bottom edge, ERIK FOSS in the ‘Dear Velo’ – ‘JOYRIDE’.
detail of the collage, ERIK FOSS in the ‘JOYRIDE’.
CHOMBO, checking out the backroom’s ‘JOYRIDE’. CHOMBO has a short stop animation film, ‘THE TOOLBOX – SPARE PARTS RACE’ in the Festival.
but, back to the main event – the bikes !! this is the small tricycle by LOUISE INGALLS STRURGES, one of 3 women bike artists – in the show !! it’s called ‘Retricycled (for Marcel)’, 2008. Found bike, toy bike and synthetic moss.
AMY FRANCESCHINI, San Francisco. ‘Victory Gardens Bike Barrow’, 2007.
BRAD BAKER, ZACH BLACKBURN & AL ZUGER, New York. ‘The Best Little BBQ Bike this side of Mason Dixon’, 2008.
foreground, ‘The Best Little BBQ’ bike, and on the back wall – GRACE YUNG TING TENG, from Dallas – ‘Untitled’ , 2008 – a cardboard, paper and metal bike.
GRACE YUNG TING TENG, Dallas. ‘Untitled’, 2008 – cardboard, paper, metal.
BEN WILSON, London. ‘Swarovski Lowrider Bike’, 2007. Bike parts, rubber and Swarovski Crystals.
detail, BEN WILSON, London. ‘Swarovski Lowrider Bike’, 2007.
PATRICK TREFZ, Santa Cruz. ‘Rake Bike’, 2007.
Bike, rake & accompanying film.
MADSAKI, Tokyo. ‘Untitled’, 2008. bike parts, plastic and paint.
we catch a glimpse of a tall bike !!
yes, its a ‘BMX Tall Bike’, 2007 made by the BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB, New York. the guys from Black Label told us: Tall bikes actually go way back to the late 1800’s when they were used to light city gas lamps – the rider bearing a torch.
detail, BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB, New York, ‘BMX Tall Bike’.
“PIRANHA”, detail. BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB, ‘BMX Tall Bike’.
BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB, New York. ‘Wood Bike’, 2007.
wood and rubber.
another tall bike – this one by the ZENGA BROS. out of Toronto. ‘Tall Horse’, 2008 – with photographs on the wall by BRIAN VERNOR.
detail, ZENGA BROS. – ‘Tall Horse’, 2008.
detail, seat. ZENGA BROS. – ‘Tall Horse’, 2008.
PHIL FROST, New York. ‘Untitled’, 2007. Bike parts, wood and paint.
detail. PHIL FROST.
and last, but not least, though maybe … least – a ‘celebrity’ bike contributed by TOM SACHS. TOM SACHS, New York, ‘Waffle Bike’, 2008 – it looked like he told his studio assistants – throw me up – a custom bike – like I would make – If I actually made one. It was there for the opening, but then quickly disappeared, …said the gallery assistant – “his gallery wanted it back – it’s like worth a half a million dollars”.
TOM SACHS, New York. ‘Waffle Bike’, 2008.
detail, TOM SACHS, ‘Waffle Bike’, 2008. – the best part was the book at the handlebars & the page it was opened to..
detail, TOM SACHS, ‘Waffle Bike’, 2008. – “151 – Having a talent is not enough: one also requires your permission for it – right, my friends?” & “152 – ‘Where the tree of knowledge stands, there is always Paradise’: thus speak the oldest and the youngest serpents.”
from Canada & The Winking Circle – BENNY ZENGA
from left: GREG of BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB, New York, BENNY ZENGA of the WINKING CIRCLE, (out of Toronto, or at least Southern Ontario?) & West Coast photographer, BRIAN VERNOR.
GREG of BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB & MAX KNIGHT
IAN – a tall bike rider with BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB, New York.
JPL, BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB
. . . “Black Label Bike Club is an international freak/mutant bicycle organization specialing in tall bikes and choppers. Started in 1992 by JACOB HOULE and PER HANSON, as Hard Times Bike Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the club has grown to include a chapter in New York, Reno, Nevada, Austin, Texas & Stockholm, Sweden, and a nomad chapter loosely based out of New Orleans known as Nowhere. The Black Label Bike Club is credited with being the first “outlaw bicycle club”, the originators of tall bike jousting, and one of the main contributors to the rise of the tall bike culture.” – WIKIPEDIA
& watch, it. again – BLACK LABEL – Bike Kill, BROOKLYN,NY 2004
BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB, New York
TAARNA GRIMSLEY, (at least, that’s what she said – her last name was !!) out of Bed Stuy. one of only 2 girl Tall Bike riders – in NYC !! their club is called Cutthroats and it is 6 yrs. old.
TAARNA with her tall bike.
a better view of her custom built, gold bike, with some vintage Raleigh frame parts.
TAARNA GRIMSLEY, Cutthroats Bicycle Club, Brooklyn, New York.
once they get on their bikes, they just scramble up the frame really really fast – & – they really take off !! – it’s impossible to catch them – they go very very fast. that’s TAARNA, in the distance already, down the center lane – you can catch them riding around, in Williamsburg & sometimes, like tonight – they even hit the big island. Manhattan.
the distinctive upper window lights of ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES, on 2ND AVE – home to the annual BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL, founded by BRENDT BARBUR, and now in its 8th year !!
the bikes lining up outside LIT. pretty close by, also on 2ND AVE, for the afterparty.
ALL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. NEW YORK CITY. MAY 29, 2008
BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL
BIKE BY MAX KNIGHT/IMAGE COURTESY: BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL 2008
BRENDT BARBUR, the Founding Director of the BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL – & – friends have ALREADY !! posted a whole bunch of great pix from the awesome ‘Dear Velo’ opening. PHOTOS by: JENA CUMBO – check them out !!
in association with the 8TH ANNUAL BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL 2008 ….
PARTNERS & SPADE presents: ‘Dear Velo’ ….
a group show curated by KATHARINE BARTHELME and BRENDT BARBUR
the showed opened last nite, THURS MAY 29, 2008 & the afterparty was at
LIT/93 2ND AVE – with DJ’S PAUL SEVIGNY & ERIK FOSS.
the show runs: MAY 29 – JUNE 2, 2008 – 12-7pm
40 GREAT JONES STREET – just off the BOWERY – Lower East Side
see: ‘Dear Velo’
the show features many superbly crafted custom bikes & … a ‘JOYRIDE IN THE BACK’ – a small, but interestingly diverse, knocked-down selection of documentary bike photos – in the back room, and which also includes a couple of bike related artworks – notably a small paint and collage canvas by LIT’S ERIK FOSS.
you can find the complete list of the 14 show contributors on the: ‘Dear Velo’/page – which also interestingly hotlinks each artist, by name, to their individual websites/web presences – which are all definitely worth checking out.
some interesting examples:
above image/check out: PATRICK TREFZ !!
above image/check out: MADSAKI !!
above image/check out: BEN WILSON DESIGN CO. U.K.
above image/check out: BRADLEY BAKER/ZACH BLACKBURN/AL ZUGER/TRAKSTAR 231 ELDRIDGE, NYC. NY !!
and 5. (our personal fave !!)
above images/check out: BENNY ZENGA & THE WINKING CIRCLE !!
. . . and then, there’s BLACK LABEL !!
BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB – in – true downhome NYC rebel/country contrarian-death metal-to-the-wall-death-match – one-up-manship, is the only contributor/artist/collective that doesn’t have a hotlink to their name – on the ‘Dear Velo’ artist list – !! – but, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a web presence – O contraire !!
check out these sites – or – never !! ever !!hit artlovers, again. get off the site. stay off. be gone !!
check out: BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB & TALL BIKES/on WIKIPEDIA !!
check out: BLACK LABEL NEW YORK
image/BLACK LABEL/BIKE KILL/YouTube
image/BLACK LABEL/BIKE KILL/YouTube
image/BLACK LABEL/BIKE KILL/YouTube
and so !!, you gotta check out: BLACK LABEL/BIKE KILL on YouTube !!
. . the hard core bikers of BLACK LABEL – having FUN !!!
the clip is: ‘Bike Kill 2004’ – documenting the Annual Bike Event held by the BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB – this one shot in BROOKLYN, NY by RACHEL MEYRICK, for more info: see: randrpictures.com
make sure to click on the right hand tree – that’s her !!
.. hey, does anybody know: does bike kill rhyme with road kill ?
speaking of road kill – OMG – JOSH HARRIS is finally getting famous. credited with being the father of blogs vs. vlogs. no less. don’t thank me – thanK TOMORROW MUSEUM – with a little help from RADAR which recently posted Ondi Timoner’s early trailer for, guess what !! – I LIVE IN PUBLIC !!! ….good job RADAR. MAD MAX is alive and well, 2nd generation NYC. but even ALANNA HESS says QUIET was the baddest party of them all. a cross between the DARK FAIR & THE BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB – but throw in a firing range & some ugly sex, lies & videotape !!
not joking. here’s the ONDI TMONER TRAILER – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC/courtesy RADAR – on vimeo !! – check it out !!
and if you can listen to BAND Of HORSES – Cease to Begin – at the same time – then you pretty much know can know – how I feel about seeing the long threatened chronicle has actually taken shape – and is going be hitting the big screens any time soon. omg watch that sh*t fly !!. Hope it doesn’t get past the art houses. bet it won’t. must be how Cindy Sherman felt about Paul H-O. when Guest of Sherman actually landed in one piece and on the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL screen, courtesy of SUNDANCE !! having a nice summer ? just asking.
and about BAND of HORSES – that’s gotta be Animal Collective or at least Rusty Santos, DEACON ? on one of those tracks?
WES LANG/IMAGE COURTESY: ZieherSmith
‘WES LANG: Are You Ready For The Country?’ – OPENS THURS MAY 22/6-8PM
the show runs MAY 22 – JUNE 21, 2008
ZieherSmith – 533 W25TH ST – CHELSEA – NY
. . . we also ran into ANDREW GUENTHER strolling around, checking out the openings on 27TH St, in CHELSEA. MAY 15, 2008.
. . . we recently noticed one of his small, hand painted canvas ?, unique & ticking.. as in – it really works !! – clocks in PRINTED MATTER. at the time – it was hanging in the front room, on the North wall, just back of the front desk office area.
the small white label read:
ANDREW GUENTHER, ‘clock’, BROOKLYN, N.Y. – $75.00 (& yep, that’s a steal !!)
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
. . . we first noticed Andrew’s clocks at that short-lived, (only a 2 week run, FEB 8-14, 2008) but mighty, group show – ‘BREVITY’S RAINBOW’ – ‘A GALAXY OF TINY ARTWORKS’ – curated by MAXWELL WILLIAMS at CINDERS in BROOKLYN !!
check out the: original post !!/BREVITY’S RAINBOW
‘IT’ COUPLE – cabaret performance/salon curator, PATI HERTLING and GBE painter ELIZABETH PEYTON, drop by the ‘NUL’ show – curated by DICK EVANS, FOXY PRODUCTION, MAY 15, 2008
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
ELIZABETH PEYTON, retained her star status in the recent auctions as well.
Her early, oil on panel portrait of ‘John Squires’, 1977, 17 x 14 ins. went for $421,000, well above its estimate – at the MAY 16, 2008 – PHILLIPS de PURY CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION PART II NEW YORK. It was estimated to sell for between $200,000-$300,000.
ELIZABETH PEYTON, ‘JOHN SQUIRES’/IMAGE COURTESY: PHILLIPS de PURY & COMPANY
see: original auction post
‘NUL’ – curated by DICK EVANS
featuring work by: SALVATORE ARANCIO, ANDERS CLAUSEN, DICK EVANS, SIMONE GILGES, LARS LAUMANN, NEDKO SOLAKOV & VALIE EXPORT
MAY 15 – JUNE 21, 2008
FOXY PRODUCTION – 617 W 27TH ST – CHELSEA – NY
FOXY PRODUCTION PRESENTS ‘Nul’ – a group exhibit curated by London-based artist DICK EVANS. ‘Nul’ brings together seven European artists, including Evans, Salvatore Arancio, Anders Clausen, VALIE EXPORT, Simone Gilges, Lars Laumann, and Nedko Solakov, whose work relates in differing ways to loss, reduction or vacancy. Combined, the works in ‘Nul’ produce an uncanny sense of dissolution.” – press release
SOME PIX FROM THE OPENING – MAY 15, 2008
currently going live – WED MAY 28/7:32 PM
London-based artist DICK EVANS curated the show and, luckily, also presents some of his own plexiglas boxes.
an array of DICK EVANS plexiglas boxes starts off the show – to good effect.
DICK EVANS’ plexiglas boxes – “consider the possibility of absolute zero. these almost empty vitrines contain remnants of works that have been abandoned by the artist, left to gather dust in a corner of his studio for year.” – press release
DICK EVANS. . . “wax, candles and dust produce landscapes of comic emptiness that are at nce aportrait, an envoronmenta; calendar, and an image in negative of his studio” – press release
.. what about, just a thing of tender beauty to consider…
LARS LAUMANN beside his ‘Hatful of Cocteau’. Lars Laumann lives and works in Olso, Norway.
ANDERS CLAUSEN. Anders Clausen lives and works in London.
ANDERS CLAUSEN, ‘Untitled #8c (black head)’, 2007, plaster, wood, paint.
(Photo-etchings by SALVATORE ARANCIO in the background.)
ANDERS CLAUSEN, ‘Untitled #26c (white head)’, 2007, plaster, wood, paint.
SALVATORE ARANCIO, ‘The Circular crest of a Submerged Crater Looms Above The sea’, 2006. Photo-etching on paper.
Salvatore Arancio lives and works in London.
SALVATORE ARANCIO, ‘Contour of The Mountain Following its Collapse’, 2006, Photo-etching on paper.
HANNE MUGAAS, independent curator, and co-director of the gallery project, GALERIE ART SINCE THE SUMMER OF ’69, New York – they had a booth at the DARK FAIR.
check out: Galerie Art Since The Summer of ’69
(on the floor behind her, DICK EVANS, ‘Purple Beach Ball’.)
CORY ARCANGEL, also of GALERIE ART SINCE THE SUMMER OF ’69.
DOUGLAS KELLEY, of the now defunct DKS online gallery listings site, who was
overheard saying: “there’d be twice as many people here – if I was still posting ….!!”
works by SIMONE GILGES. Simone Gilges lives and works in Berlin.
EVAN GREENFIELD. beside him at right, work by NEDKO SOLAKOV.
Nedko Solakov lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria.
MATTHEW STEINBERG shows up in his newly acquired KEITH HARING ’50th Birthday’ T shirt. He says the key to wearing bright T’s – is to keep the shoes – low profile.
FOXY PRODUCTION co-director JOHN THOMPSON, with work by gallery stars, STERLING RUBY at the left, and DAVID NOONAN, at the right.
a small collage by STERLING RUBY, star of the recent auctions, in the back room. don’t bother jumping for the phone – its already sold. (heard somewhere between $4,000-$5,000)
an interesting piece by DAVID NOONAN, its actually a thinly layered canvas piece.
detail – DAVID NOONAN canvas collage portrait.
back out on 27th St – STEVEN KLEE and ZOE COLEMAN
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
see more of the installation: here !!
ANNE EASTMAN & BENJAMIN BUTLER
MAY 15 – JUNE 21, 2008
atm Gallery – 619 W 27TH ST – CHELSEA – NY
PIX FROM THE OPENING – MAY 15, 2008
BENJAMIN BUTLER & ANNE EASTMAN, Anne’s ‘Let Go of Your Ego’, to the right.
ANNE EASTMAN, ‘Let Go of Your Ego’, 2008, 3 x 4 fabric on stretcher, 4 hanging mirrors (10ins. diameter), steel, wire, aluminum tubing
BENJAMIN BUTLER, ‘Leafless Tress’, 2008, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 ins.
BENJAMIN BUTLER, ‘Dark Tree’, 2008, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 ins.
BENJAMIN BUTLER, ‘Dark Tree’
BENJAMIN BUTLER, ‘Dark Tree (Blue, Violet, Black)’, 2008, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 ins.
GORDON TERRY, with his daughter, THEA, who is looking just like mom, CAROL BOVE !!
multi media artist/sculptor RACHEL HAYES
atm’s BILL BRADY
ANDREW GUENTHER – one of his small working clock pieces is hanging in the front room at PRINTED MATTER.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
. . . I dunno – you’re gonna have to figure this one out – for yourself.
JOSEPHINE MECKSEPER – ‘TOTAL WAR / SALES EVENT’
MAY 1 – JUNE 7, 2008
ELIZABETH DEE GALLERY – 545 W 20Th ST – CHELSEA – NY
PHOTOS FROM THE OPENING – MAY 1, 2008
JOSEPHINE MECKSEPER arrives at the opening
JOHN CURRAN and RACHEL FEINSTEIN
TIMOTHY HULL, SEAN DACK and PAUL SEPUYA.
SEAN DACK opens, ‘GHOST HARDWARE’ – this SAT MAY 24, 6-8pm – at DANIEL REICH GALLERY
JOSEPHINE MECKSEPER, ‘Ten High’, 2008, plexiglas platform, 3 mannequins, cane, bottle of whiskey, Bible, ash tray with cigarettes, broken mirror on wooden panel, poster mounted to aluminum, mixed media on canvas, aluminum sign, T-shirt & tie
“IF YOU LOVE YOUR FREEDOM/THANK A VET”
JOSEPHINE MECKSEPER, video frame, ‘0% Down’, 2008 – duration 6 mins.
JOSEPHINE MECKSEPER, ‘We Quit, Going out of Business’, 2008, Plexiglas cube, motorized display and rotating glass shelves, shoes (pair), 2 plastic shoe stands, Styrofoam mannequin head and wig, mini toilet plunger, spray painted rubber dog, plastic card holder, Republican pin and small umbrella. 67 x 24 x 24 ins.
JOSEPHINE MECKSEPER, ‘Bankrupt’, 2008, Metal cylinder, motorized display and rotating glass shelves, mannequin foot and sock, miniature Statue of Liberty and feathers, plastic card holder, Brillo pad, martini glass, disco ball and feather duster with American flag. 70 x 24 x 24 ins.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
. . . . last days to catch:
RICCI ALBENDA at THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK !!
the show runs MARCH 21 – MAY 23, 2008, which means this FRIDAY is the last day..
The Horticultural Society of New York – 148 WEST 37TH ST. 13TH FLOOR – MIDTOWN – NYC
. . . it’s not often one finds a show as zen as this in NYC. its so light-handed, it even includes a small glass vase of tiny hand picked flowers from Ricci’s garden, plucked fresh from the earth, by the show’s curator JODIE VICENTA JACOBSON, on her way to work that very morning – at The Horticultural Society of New York, which is itself tucked away in a quiet, but inspired corner of the city, with lots of sunlight streaming in from a large bank of windows (in a standard type office building near MACY’S, though you’d never know it, once inside) … where she is the resident artist/curator. As part of the show, RICCI ALBENDA opened his delightful backyard garden, behind his small ground floor apt in Brooklyn, to the public for 3 Sunday afternoons. The opening reception at HSNY, was timed to mark the vernal equinox.
RICCI ALBENDA greets guests in his small, but lush !! backyard garden.
at THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY of NEW YORK exhibit – RICCI ALBENDA, ‘Garden’, 2007, acrylic and charcoal on paper, 55 x 98 ins.
the word painting features the Latin names of plants to be found in Ricci’s garden – using a font of the artist’s own design.
what’s in a word – ypsilandra thibetica: “a rare gem for the dappled shade… a little-grown member of the lily family, it has handsome rosettes of long & narrrow foliage, 5 x 5 ins. In late winter or early spring, it tosses up 5-8 in. spikes of fragrant strikingly clean snow white flowers that fade to salmon-pink.” (Heronswood.com)
across from the word painting – a glass topped display table – on it: is Ricci’s, ‘Table Top Sculpture from COLOR-I-ME-TRY. (O-Green)’, 2008, made from low density fiberboard and paint. 4.5 x 10 x 4.75 ins. nothing, if not direct, tactile, subtle & pure. Collection of Andrew Kreps, New York
closer up, RICCI ALBENDA, ‘Table Top Sculpture from COLOR-I-ME-TRY. (O-Green)’, 2008
Table Top Sculpture – a view from the side.
inside the glass top display table: RICCI ALBENDA, ‘spoke’. (apology to Tony)
Hand-painted acrylic on daisy, pressed in Walt Whitman’s leaflet Leaves of Grass, 4.5 x 6.5 ins. Collection of Janine Antoni, New York.
The Horticultural Society of New York – a view towards the sunlight & Ricci’s ‘Kitchen Table’ at right, further down, towards the windows.
RICCI ALBENDA, ‘Kitchen Table’, 2008 – all of the potted plants are from ‘the artist’s kitchen table’, reclaimed wood table, paint, candelabra, candles, plates.
detail candelabra, ‘Kitchen Table’
a tiny vase not more than 6 ins. in height
floral arrangements “will periodically change to reflect the emerging flora of the artist’s garden”
ALEX FELEPPA, Director of Horticulture, and JODIE VICENTA JACOBSON, Curator, (and curator of this show specifically), The Horticultural Society of New York
KATE CHURA, Vice President/COO, The Horticultural Society of New York
Ms. Chura shows us a model for a ‘green’ New York City public library – designed by HSNY/The Horticultural Society of New York
an early childhood work by Ricci Albenda, said to be one of his first, made when he was about 4 or 5 yrs. old, in kindergarten !! – on the wall in Ms. Jacobson’s office.
we notice a poster from a previous show – ‘TREE PANTS’ by PETER COFFIN, also curated by Jodie Vicenta Jacobson
HSNY curator JODE VICENTA JACOBSON at her desk. the whole place is light and airy, and in the office area – all the desks and work space dividers are home to growing plants.
JODIE VICENTA JACOBSON, is also an artist/photographer. She just happens to have a show of her own work up currently (May 10-July 31, 2008) at a new gallery on the Lower East Side – called WILD PROJECT. Her show is called ‘hint’.
check it out: WILD PROJECT
walking back out into the wilds of New York – the MACY’S HERALD SQ. intersection, no less – in a completely different frame of mind – than when we had entered – we noticed something – we had missed on the way on – one of those white ‘ghost’ bikes – chained to city traffic poles – at the site of a fatal bicycle accident – in a grassroots attempt to raise city & car driver consciousness.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
check out: The Horticultural Society of New York
Nudes br16, 2004
C-print with Diasec face in artist’s wooden frame. 43-3/8 x 60 1/2 in.
Signed, dated, and numbered of five “Thomas Ruff 2004” on the reverse.
This work is from an edition of five.
SOLD FOR: $169,000
in the MAY 16, 2008 – NEW YORK / CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION PART II
PHILLIPS de PURY & COMPANY
. . . there is still quite a strong market for the THOMAS RUFF ‘porn’ photos – which are ‘found’ images pulled off the web.
we had a chance encounter with some – a little while back, while strolling about Soho – looking for the next party – just after the RYAN McGINLEY opening at TEAM, APRIL 3, 2008.
it was young artist, MATTHEW STEINBERG – who pointed them out, amongst a rather extensive photography collection, (and very surprisingly – the real goods, no faux here) – that decorated the KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE boutique – a mostly vintage collection of classic, female only, nudes – that might just as well have been ‘wallpaper’ to the assembled party crowd, (mostly sub D-list, if that !!), but, obviously – photography !!, not to mention, lingerie model !! – heaven to the discerning visitor.
KATHERINE BROWN, MATTHEW STEINBERG & IRINA meet up.
we first spot one, in a back room ensemble. this black & white RUFF, being about the only non-female image, in the entire place.
there’s a full color one on the opposite wall.
another look at the vintage black & white collection in the front.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, KIKI de MONTPARNESSE, 79 GREENE ST., SOHO, NY.
APRIL 3, 2008
IMAGE/COURTESY: PHILLIPS de PURY & COMPANY
. . . . it’s interesting to note that one of these exact THOMAS RUFF (2000) images was up at auction at PHILLIPS de PURY way back in 2005 – when it was estimated to go for between $25,000-35,000 and sold for the final price of: $28,000 !!
LOT 165 – NEW YORK – CONTEMPORARY ART/PART II, NOVEMBER 11, 2005
PHILLIPS de PURY & COMPANY
see: the original artlovers post