ARTWORK BY ALFREDO MARTINEZ/COURTESY: VICE
ALFREDO MARTINEZ/PHOTO COURTESY: VICE
. . . look who just surfaced on VICE !! ALFREDO MARTINEZ !! – he’s been in CHINA so long, he’s beginning to look Chinese !! and in fact, even though his email lists a BEJING cell phone number – -there have been numerous sightings – placing him back in NYC, for the past few months !!
who knows with Alfredo.
the article by JOCKO WEYLAND is worth a read – it’s the usual charming mix of reality and fantasy – and sometimes the truth – is the stranger part !!
and, don’t miss cruising through the reader commentary that follows the post – it’s priceless … example:
“This guy is crassly bullshitting about all the military tech stuff ” – !!
what else is .. new !! – though don’t get the tech b.s. wrong. Alfredo can certainly !! build a gun – that can shoot a bullet – and, out of re-cycled parts !!
see: ALFREDO MARTINEZ INTERVIEWED BY JOCKO WEYLAND – on VICE !!
it’s titled: ‘RAW CHINA – PART 1 – A DAY WITH ALFREDO MARTINEZ AT THE MILITARY MUSEUM’ !!
THE PANORAMA PROJECT 3 – CURATED BY JORDIN ISIP & RODGER STEVENS
134 ARTISTS – ONE CONTINUOUS PIECE !!
SEPT 6 – OCT 4, 2008
JONATHAN LeVINE GALLERY – 529 West 20th St – 9th FLOOR – CHELSEA – NY
. . . stealing, (ok. borrowing !! -&- to good effect !!) – a page from RICH JACOBS – the curators invited a large number of artists to work on a 7 by 5 in. wood panel – that was sent out to each one of them – with one instruction – “each work had to include some manner of horizontal line or division, set at 1-3/4 in. from the bottom of the board” – “this common visual device will allow each of the separate pieces, when installed together side by side, to cohere into one long contiguous image – a panorama, encircling the gallery.”
The few die-hard & hyper-creative contrarians – and there were some, STO !! – could only push the envelope – 3-dimensionally !! or, in a few cases – managed to ‘break’ through the ‘ceiling’ – by extending their work past – the wooden panel’s top edge. Even though the project was conceived to be exhibited as one piece – in a site specific format – it is a one-time only event !! – the pieces are apparently for sale, individually. So, you gotta catch it – while you still – can !!
it’s well worth the effort to hustle on down there – this weekend.
P.S. a little more info from the curators !!
. . . turns out JORDIN ISIP and RICH JACOBS are great friends, going way back in the day – to the mid 90’s !! so, obviously they’ve shared a rich curatorial dialog. and, equally obvious – neither them had the very first word on ‘specified format’ group shows – a genre which must have a long & interesting history – but, anyway – both of them have been producing varied ‘specified format’ shows – since at least Feb 2002 !! way back in SAN FRANCISCO. the big difference in their curatorial styles – ? – RICH JACOBS tends to hang his shows – salon-style – while JORDIN ISIP (and ROGER STEVENS) – make a ‘contiguous/singular’ piece out of the many – as in – this panorama.
SOME PIX FROM THE PUBLIC (as opposed to the VIP) OPENING, SAT. SEPT 6, 2008
from left, works by: POLLY BECKER (with a multi-faceted & unique twist/on the format !!), an intense portrait by ROB LEECOCK, a ‘blue world’ by YONG CHOE, and ‘WOULD I?’ by CLAUDIA BRANDENBURG.
the wide range of the works, and the varied ‘take’ on the horizon line – was a pretty good reflection of the intense diversion & high level of creativity – to be found in the art scene today.
a nice contrast of styles, and meeting-up of horizon lines: HIROSHI KIMURA, left, and SAELEE OH, on the right.
from left: ALEX LUCAS, JORDIN ISIP, TAYLOR McKIMENS, and the bold graphic, at right – by GEORGIE STOUT & FENNER WEEKS.
TAYLOR McKIMENS, ‘Charley Stink Bait’, acrylic & acrylic gouache, ($800/SOLD) – that was a total STEAL !!
bet someone from the ‘inside’ – bought it.
CHARLIE BECKER, ‘CA Dreamn’, polymer clay, false teeth & doll eyes, ($300)
KIERSTEN ESSENPREIS, ‘Dipped in Jimmies’, flashe with resin, ($550)
a very good price for this rising star’s work..
JOHN FREEBORN, ‘Untitled (Red Joystick & Green Scorpions)’, cross stitch ($250) – a steal !!
GEOFF ROCKWELL, ‘Knitting’, acrylic & watercolor, ($800)
CLAYTON BROTHERS, ‘Wait for the Blackout’, mixed media, ($1,500)
‘HOT SHIT’ by KEIRA ALEXANDER, tape & mailbox letters, ($49.99) !!
STO !! ‘Landed’, paint & papier mache, ($400) – another steal !!
RICH JACOBS, ‘Try to Slow Down if You Can’, paint marker & ballpoint pen, ($300)
JAMES BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, ‘The Pool’, acrylic, ($500)
ERIK FOSS, ‘Just Because’, mixed media, ($800)
ERIK WHITE, ‘He said’, ballpoint pen’, ($1,200)
. . . the more I see of this guy’s work – the more I like it.
EVAH FAN, ‘Ping Pong Buff’, gouache, ($550) – another steal !!
visiting from Japan – from left: SATORU OHNO, VIVIANE KO, ALAN LEE and FANTASISTA UTAMARO.
. . . turns out – SATORU OHNO and FANTASISTA are both, very interesting, very dynamic – graphic design/comics format and multi-media artists. SATORU OHNO specializes in animation and FANTASISTA’S focus is on comic book format & magazines.
MATT LEINES, ‘A City, Perhaps Not Unlike Mingo City’, acrylic on paper mounted on board, ($2,000)
this is one stubborn guy. kind of just like his hyper-graphic work !!
KELIE BOWMAN, ‘Depth Marker’, watercolor on paper on board, ($150) – a true steal !!
– if I ever did see one !!
SAELEE OH, ‘Arise’, acrylic & graphite, ($500)/SOLD
JEFF QUINN, ‘Book’, paint & plaster, ($450) – I’d buy that in a nano-second.
. . maybe, taking a page from KARA WALKER’s book – but definitely making his own
100% home run !!
(. . come on – paper cut-outs are a long time folk art tradition & a particularly, American – genre !!)
give it up – for this guy – its a great piece.
a very nice – as in – super subtle, but definitely ACE !! – piece by one of the curators – JORDIN ISIP ,
‘Accumulations’, mixed media, ($350) most probably – a steal !!, too.
(nice take on the horizon line requirement, too.)
WILLIAM BUZZELL, ‘Visionary Superstructures’, acrylic house paint, ($300) – a steal !!
GREGORY BENTON, ‘It’s natural to be Afraid’, enamel & acrylic on glass on board, ($250)
CHAD DZIEWIOR, ‘Deluxe’ , metal on metal, ($666)
one of the show’s 2 curators, as well as a participating artist – JORDIN ISIP.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
drawing by MEL KADEL
drawing by SUZANNE SATTIER
‘SWIRL OF SWARM’ – MEL KADEL & SUZANNE SATTLER
SEPT 5 – OCT 5, 2008
CINDERS – 103 HAVEMEYER ST – BROOKLYN – NY
HRS: WED-SUN 1-7 PM
MEL KADEL grew up in the Pennsylvania suburbs and has been living in Los Angeles for the last 10 years.
Her work is created using tiny pens, coffee, q-tips, and glue.
we first encountered MEL KADEL, in person !! at the VOLCOMICS ISSUE #1 – RELEASE PARTY at FUSE GALLERY, MAY 19, 2007
see a photo of MEL & some pix of her work: THE YOUNG CELEBS !!/2007-06-07/artlovers
(you’ll have to scroll down to the bottom – but, as usual – it’s worth the trip !!)
SUZANNE SATTLER grew up in Long Island, NY and currently lives and works in NY.
Her work is created primarily with pencil and pen on paper.
for more, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !! images – see: CINDERS GALLERY
ILLUSTRATION – KELIE BOWMAN
‘TEMPORARY HOME’ – featuring new work by:
KELIE BOWMAN, LILLI CARRE, MOLLIE GOLDSTROM, and ELISABETH TIMPONE
SEPT 13 – OCT 8, 2008
GIANT ROBOT GALLERY – 437 EAST 9th ST – bet 1st AVE & AVE A – EAST VILLAGE – NYC
we all know KELIE – she is the co-founder of BROOKLYN’S CINDERS.
LILLI CARRE is Chicago-based, a student of animation and print – she has released “the fantastic, heartbreaking indie comic – Tales of Woodsman Pete – and has been featured in Best American Comics.”
MOLLIE GOLDSTROM, a BROOKLYN resident – is the “creative force behind Tree Crime, a hand-sewn indie comic with a cardstock cover.”
ELISABETH TIMPONE, also a BROOKLYN resident – her “bold art is reminiscent of cave paintings or ‘the landing strips of the gods’ !! ”
more, info – see: GIANT ROBOT GALLERY
note: as of this post – their website – was – NOT !! – up and running.
KEVIN HOOYMAN – ‘DARK WALK ‘
SEPT 13 – OCT 18, 2008
PROOF GALLERY – located at The Distillery – 516 E. 2nd St. – SOUTH BOSTON, MASS.
from the press release:
“Proof Gallery is thrilled to present the Boston solo debut of BROOKLYN-based KEVIN HOOYMAN.
The exhibition, ‘Dark Walk’ is inspired by the artist’s memories of youthful late night “sensory deprivation” walks in the wilderness with friends. During these walks the “real” world slips into an imagined world, merging memory and invention. In ‘Dark Walk’, emissaries from this altered state beckon with promises of mystical communication. Lusciously elaborate flora and fauna are captured from Hooyman’s everyday surroundings but the fantastical creeps into the actual. As audience, our observation morphs into participation. The drawings both enact and document the seductive experience of this fertile world between worlds.” RIGHT ON !!
we first met up with KEVIN HOOYMAN – at CINDERS !!
read more about him, on artlovers: KEVIN HOOYMAN !!
PROOF LOGO by JOHN PAROT