NATIONALMUSEUM – ‘FUCK THE LITTLE MAN’ – OPENS To-NITE – FRI DEC 12, 2008 / 19:00-late !!
IF YOU ARE IN BERLIN – JOHN HODANY & FRIENDS ARE PRESENTING THEIR LAST BIG BLOW-OUT MOVEABLE FEAST/PARTY/ART SHOW OF THIS YEAR – LARS MONRAD VAAGE wrote to tell us:
“Right now I’m getting visitors from Norway and Sweden, artists for the last show in NATIONALMUSEUM, this year. The average height of the artists is 194cm. we have five artists over 200cm. I don’t know what that is in feet, but close to seven !!! Artists were chosen from their size only, some artists I never even saw the works of, before they arrived. of course curators hate the idea, I think its great.”
so do I !!!!
for some background, see: JOHN HODANY & FRIENDS/NATIONALMUSEUM, BERLIN !!
they have a website – but it only shows their edgey !!over-the-top show posters, reason enough !!
to check it out: NATIONALMUSEUM !!
and P.S. the show LARS MONRAD VAAGE curated for the NATIONALMUSEUM – ‘They told the future backwards’ !!, which opened a couple of weeks, ago – FRIDAY NOV 21, 2008 – and ran for one week, as per NATIONALMUSEUM policy – will be featured – with photos and text – this week on artlovers !!
‘BROOKLYN BLOCK PARTY ‘ !! – OPENS TO-NITE – FRI DEC 12 / 7-10 PM
the show runs: DEC 12, 2008 – JAN 4, 2009
AD HOC GALLERY – 49 BOGART ST – BROOKLYN, NY
L TRAIN TO MORGAN
HRS: WED-SUN 1-8 PM
RICHARD MOCK, SWOON, DAVID ELLIS, MIKE HOUSTON, MARTIN MAZORRA, DENNIS McNETT, JUDITH SUPINE, ELBOWTOE, GAIA, c.damage & IMMINENT DISASTER.
“AN EXHIBITION OF ORIGINAL HAND CUT BLOCKS, BOTH WOOD AND LINO, ALONG WITH THE PRINTS PULLED FROM EACH BLOCK – (get it ?!! BLOCK PARTY !!)” (PRESS RELEASE)
. . . SOME OF THEM are really large in scale – such as GAIA’S – using one large continuous piece of lino (3.5 by 7 in.) – likewise DENNIS McNETT, whose hand cut woodblock – is approx. 67 x 44 in. Whereas, the large collaboration piece by MIKE HOUSTON & MARTIN MAZORRA is actually composed of 8 individual wood cut blocks, 23 x 48 in. ea., it is presented as one continous print, total area: 8 ft x 8 ft.
MIKE HOUSTON and MARTIN MAZORRA are also know as: CANNONBALL PRESS out of BROOKLYN.
C215 – ‘JUNK STORE’ – C215 WILL BE IN – FROM FRANCE – FOR THE OPENING.
ALSO OPENING – at AD HOC – FRI DEC 12 / 7-10 PM !!
the show also runs: DEC 12, 2008 – JAN 4, 2009
but, it’s DEFINITE !! NOT !! an ‘also ran’ show – it’s an ‘equal opportunity’ great show !!
whereas – ‘BLOCK PARTY’ – is a small select group offering – C215 – (that’s: C-two-one-five, losers !!),
‘JUNK STORE’ – is a site specific – stencil – BOMB !!
and, while you are there – ask to see a copy of ‘HISTORY X’ !!!!
. . a photographic history of stencil art by – SAMANTHA LONGHI – also of PARIS, FRANCE.
(and GF of C21). She was also at the opening.
UP-DATE: WED DEC 17, 2008 – PIX FROM THE OPENING !!
. . . although we are begrudged to say so – these were some of the prettiest cards, ever.
above, the front and the back. this card was short, 4 x 4 ins. which worked the design really well,
the card stock was quite hard & the finish on both sides was super glossy.
DENNIS McNETT and MIKE HOUSTON.
DENNIS McNETT’S work. Woodblock at left – print, on muslin at right.
at right. DENNIS McNETT, hand printed and hand painted block print on muslin with sewn edges, edition of 15,
approx. 67 x 44 in. ($1,600 ea.).
detail, DENNIS McNETT. block print – notice “DM” mark. and sewn edges.
DENNIS McNETT, hand cut woodblock, approx 67 x 44 in. ($6,000)
detail, DENNIS McNETT, woodblock.
detail, DENNIS McNETT, block print.
MARTIN MAZORRA. MIKE HOUSTON and MARTIN MAZORRA run: CANNONBALL PRESS.
MIKE HOUSTON & MARTIN MAZORRA, hand printed and collaged block print on archival paper,
one of a kind, 8 x 8 ft. ($2,5000)
detail, MIKE HOUSTON & MARTIN MAZORRA, unique hand print
detail, corresponding wood block, approx 23 x 48 in.
they cut the wood blocks individually. this is the unique print off a MIKE HOUSTON block.
detail, corresponding MIKE HOUSTON wood block.
the wood blocks are available individually at $1,000 a piece. unless someone snaps up – all 8 for $5,000.
MARTIN MAZORRA wood block.
Mr. Mazorra’s work is more stylized, while Mr. Houston’s is more expressionistic.
MARTIN MAZZORA wood block.
the C215 card was pretty good too, the back just as interesting as the front.
it was standard card stock and standard card dimensions (4 x 6 in.) with a more matte finish.
stencil artist – C215 (CHRISTIAN GUEMY) visiting from France, for the opening of his AD HOC/DEC 2008
show – ‘JUNK SHOP’.
a wall sign admonishes: “THIS IS NOT A MUSEUM – THIS JUNK IS FOR SALE” !!
C215 – you can can just make out the rat stencil on the floor.
a large multi-hued stencil – spray painted directly on the wall.
IO – of OVERSPRAY MAGAZINE
C215 – the framed piece is actually – double sided.
and this just happens to be the framer – MEG – aka MARGARET HITCHCOCK, of ‘f 4 a’ aka framing4artists.com
C215 shows his shoebox-shoeshine kit to NYC-based, American stencil artist – CHRIS STAIN, at right.
C215 – in ‘JUNK STORE’
C215 – inside the shoeshine kit box !!
CHRIS STAIN !!
also visiting from FRANCE for the C215 opening – his girlfriend – SAMANTHA LONGHI.
They currently live in Northeast Paris.
SAMANTHA LONGHI – is the author of ‘STENCIL HISTORY X’ – an international photographic survey of stencil art – an independently published softcover book – which was available at AD HOC ART GALLERY, that night. They might still have a few copies.
C215’s young daughter is the subject of several of the stencil works – she wasn’t there in body – but her signature checkered coat – was !!
‘STENCIL HISTORY X’, copyright C215. first published 2007. paperback ($20)
ART DIRECTION & TEXTS by SAMANTHA LONGHI.
COVER DESIGN by SADHU. DESIGN & LAYOUT by STEW.
Ms. Longhi told us that street stencil art started in the 1970’s, maybe 1977 – in Sao Paulo, BRAZIL, and by 1981 was surfacing in FRANCE – one of the first stencil artists there – being BLEK Le Rat.
see: STENCIL HISTORY X/myspace !!
from ‘STENCIL HISTORY X’ – BANKSY, UK, BRISTOL, 2000
from ‘STENCIL HISTORY X’ – ZINO, FRANCE, Lyon 1993.
from ‘STENCIL HISTORY X’ – FAILE, USA, NYC, 1999
from: ‘STENCIL HISTORY X’ – NANDA NAHU, BRAZIL, SALVADOR. ca. 2005 (?)
see: ANAHU MULTIPLY
from: ‘STENCIL HISTORY X’ – BROKEN CROW, USA, MINNEAPOLIS, 1996
see: BROKEN CROW
. . . just before leaving, back at the main gallery – we’ve seen that TALL BIKE GIRL JACKET – before !!
yes !! its TAARNA of the CUTTHROAT BIKE CLUB of BROOKLYN, NYC
TAARNA shows a patch DENNIS McNETT designed – which she has just sewn on – her shirt.
outside AD HOC – a 2 seater – tall bike – built by the BLACK LABEL BIKE CLUB, BROOKLYN, NYC
on the AD HOC GALLERY exterior wall – a red stencil by C215
EINE left his mark, too.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
NEW MUSIC AT ALPHA BETA – TO-NITE – SUNDAY DEC 7, 2008 – DOORS OPEN at 8:30 PM
PRESENTED BY BwO – BODY WITHOUT ORGANS – CURATED BY DRUMMER – MIKE PRIDE !!
ALPHA BETA – 70 GREENPOINT AVE – G TRAIN TO GREENPOINT
DOORS OPEN at 8:30 PM, FIRST BAND GOES LIVE PROMPTLY AT 9 PM.
the first band up is: JACOB WICK’S – A MOWN LAWN !! at 9 PM
BwO’s STEFAN RAK – says “I know – it sounds crazy – but, get here by 9 PM if you don’t want to miss the highly recommended first band up, A MOWN LAWN !!”
with performing artists:
JUDITH BERKSON, voice
CURTIS HASSELBRING, trombone
JOSH SINTON, baritone sax/bass clarinet
JACOB WICK, trumpet
KATIE YOUNG, trumpet
at 10 PM – JON IRABAGON/MIKE PRIDE DUO
(we are putting the final touches on our new duo CD: I CAN ONLY PLAY THE BLUES)
at 11 PM – JEFF DAVIS TRIO.
OSCAR NOREIGA, alto sax, clarinets
JONATHAN GOLDBERGER, guitar
JEFF DAVIS, drums
see: MIKE PRIDE/myspace
WFMU – ART BENEFIT EXHIBITION – PRINTED MATTER !! opens to-day, as well.
SAT – DEC 6, 2008 – OPENING RECEPTION 5-7 PM !!
exhibit is up thru SAT DEC 13, 2008
PRINTED MATTER – 195 10TH AVE – bet 21st & 22nd STS – CHELSEA, NYC
PRINTED MATTER IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A BENEFIT EXHIBITION FOR WFMU – FEATURNG ARTWORK by OVER TOW DOZEN ARTISTS !! including OLAF BREUNING (that guy is everywhere !!), NICOLE EISENMAN, JAD FAIR, MIKE KELLEY, CHRIS JOHANSON, CHRISTIAN MARCLAY ,RICHARD PRINCE and CINDY SHERMAN, among others.
UP-DATE: MONDAY DEC 8, 2008
EVERYBODY IN NYC loves WFMU – the non-profit free-form alternative radio station broadcasting at 91.1FM !!
they are trying to raise funds for a booster antenna – with this art benefit show at PRINTED MATTER.
the show runs through SATURDAY DEC 13th, 2008. here are some of my faves !!
SCOTT TEPLIN, ‘WFMU’, 2008. Ink and watercolor on paper. signed. ($1,200)
GREG LAMARCHE, ‘The New Hustle’, Axelle Fine Arts, 2008.
5 color screenprint on white 335 GSM, conventry rag paper, A/P 10/10, signed and numbered. ($200)
NICOLE EISENMAN, ‘The Session’. New York: WFMU/Lothar Osterburg, 2008
Drypoint Etching on Somerset paper, edition of 50, signed & numbered. ($750)
CINDY SHERMAN, ‘Untitled (Doctor/Nurse)’, 1980/2002
2 black and white photographs, signed. ($1,200)
(great deal – but snapped up already !! – in the first 5 mins. !!)
TOM BURCKHARDT, ‘The Blue Bed’, 2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover .($1,000)
MEL KADEL, ‘Sounds’, 2008. Pen and ink, coffee on paper. ($250)
another steal – and, maybe !!
KYLE FIELD, ‘Receipt from General Store’, 2008. ink and watercolor on paper. ($200)
GELITIN !! ‘ Not Yet Titled, 2008, 2008.
Lambda print, edition of 21/100, signed and numbered. ($450)
CHRIS JOHANSON, information not listed as yet – check with PRINTED MATTER.
CINDY SHERMAN, ‘Untitled’, 1987/92, C-print signed. ($1,200)
CINDY SHERMAN, ‘Untitled 1987/92 (Doll with Mask), C-print signed. ($1,200)
RICHARD PRINCE, ‘Untitled (Upstate), 1995-1997.
C-print, edition of 26, signed and lettered A-Z. ($5,000)
STEVE POWERS, ‘I Put the Plea in Please’, 2007
Enamel on aluminum, ($1,000) – OMG !! – that is a real steal !!
it’s unique and it is glossy and it is gorgeous in real-life. the little orange sign says:
“PLEAS ARE NO BARGAIN” – !! somebody smart – better snap that up !!
DANIEL JOHNSTON , ‘Sir, You are Gonna Die’, Highlighter and ink on cardstock. ($250)
another great deal. all in all a great presentation – don’t blink !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
DESERT ISLAND – ANNOUNCES – AN ALL-DAY !! BOOK SIGNING PARTY !!
FOR – THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED & HOTLY DEBATED – KRAMERS ERGOT 7 !!
SAT – DEC 6, 2008 – at DESERT ISLAND – 540 METROPOLITAN AVE – WILLIAMSBURG – BROOKLYN
L TRAIN TO LORIMER – BET UNION & LORIMER
HRS: TUES-SUN noon-9PM. closed Mondays
GABRIEL FOWLER of DESERT ISLAND writes to tell us: “Kramers Ergot 7 is the most ambitious comics anthology of the past decade. While previous issues of Kramers explored an innovative blend of art and comics, this collection focuses on expanding the boundaries of the narrative comics page. KE7’s massive 16 x 21 in. page size has allowed the artists to tell stories at a scope not seen since the expansive Sunday newspaper comics of the early twentieth century, including over 50 of the world’s most esteemed cartoonists, it draws on the talents of established cartoonists, newcomers, elegant stylists, and unpredictable innovators such as DANIEL CLOWES, GABRIELLE BELL, MATT GROENING, C.F., CHRIS WARE, JAIME HERNANDEZ, C. TYLER, BLANQUET, TED MAY, ADRIAN TOMINE, JOHNNY RYAN, KIM DEITCH, and many others.
PUBLISHED BY BUENAVENTURA PRESS, NOVEMBER 2008. 16 x 21 in. 96 pgs. Full Cover. Hardcover. $125
EDITED BY SAMMY HARKHAM – who also did the cover artwork.
IN-PERSON SIGNING SCHEDULE for SAT DEC 6, 2008
4:00 – 4:45 pm – DAVID HEATLEY & JOHN PHAM
4:45 – 5:30 pm – JAMES McSHANE & RON RAGE Jr.
5:30 – 6:15 pm – GABRIELLE BELL & JERRY MORIARTY
6:15 – 7:00 pm – ADRAIN TOMINE & JONATHAN BENNETT
7:00 – 7:45 pm – BEN KATCHOR & KIM DEITCH
7:45 – 8:30 pm – MATTHEW THURBER / JESSE McMANUS
8:30 – 9:15 pm – SAMMY HARKHAM / FRANK SANTORO
9:15 – 10:00 pm – SAMMY HARKHAM / KEVIN HUIZENGA
and yes, check out: BUENAVENTURA PRESS !!
out of OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA & with exquisite graphics on their website !!
UP-DATE: MONDAY DEC 8, 2008
THE BOOK LAUNCH at DESERT ISLAND – was an a-m-a-z-i-n-g event !!
so much creative energy – bouncing off the bookshelves, as many of the talented KRAMERS ERGOT 7 contributors sat,
and interacted – with the public, and among themselves – as they collectively inscribed a limited edition bookplate. It was really interesting to watch each artist place their own set of favorite drawing tools – on the table beside them. You can see Sammy Harkham’s small assortment – in the photo above, in his shirt pocket !! Some preferred well-worn pencils, others brought just one or two colored pencils, some brought small traveling sets with a full range a full range of hues – and some just resorted to their favorite fine point black felt tip marker/pen. All seemed to incorporate signature drawings or simple linear motifs – along with their names. They also incorporated their marks very individually into the custom-designed SAMMY HARKHAM bookplate. For example RON REGE Jr. was very contrarian and put his signature and a small figure/profile – in a bottom corner, and, not in a designated ’empty’ place – same with KIM DEITCH !! – who drew in a very charming and funny ‘signature’ cartoon figure, with colored flourishes, no less !! – in a upper right hand corner. look at the photos from the book launch – to see what GABRIELLE BELL came up with !! what the hell – there were no rules, and it was great to see how inventive and individually expressive – these guys were – right down to the very last drop !! (in fact GABRIEL FOWLER later told me – cartoonists as a group – tend to be very contrarian – yo, tell me about it !!)
The awesome cover was done by SAMMY HARKHAM !! who was there. the book was huge, oversize and super delicious to hold and to peruse !! The Table of Contents was a riot. Luckily DESERT ISLAND provided a house copy – open on a nice big table to ramble through at will. and we have to report with great delight !! – that hometown favorite – FRANK SANTORO – contributed one of the most delightful sets of pages !!.
working on the pix from the event – in the meantime – these 2 links might tide you over !!!
this is a photo of KRAMERS ERGOT 7 – PUBLISHER – ALVIN BUENAVENTURA !!
it was posted on boingboing by MARK FRAUNFELDER – NOVEMBER 17, 2008
the caption says: “I snapped this photo of publisher ALVIN BUENAVENTURA holding a copy of the latest issue of KRAMERS ERGOT, a brobdignian anthology of comic book art by cartoonist luminaries at the top of their game. Opening the book and being treated to 32″ x 42″ spreads is mind-bendingly fun. This is the way all comic books should be made.”
ONE, I think – it’s a really interesting photo, and, TWO: it’s also cool to see just how big that book – really is !!!
also – the VILLAGE VOICE recently posted an interesting review of both KRAMERS ERGOT 7 and THE GANZFELD 7 !! – both new releases !!
see: VILLAGE VOICE – NOV 12, 2008/KRAMERS ERGOT 7 & THE GANZFELD 7
from that VILLAGE VOICE post: THE GANZFELD 7 seems to have a – TAYLOR McKIMENS !! spread !!!
and also: “MAT BRINKMAN and JOE GRILLO deliver 24 pages of outrageously collaged faux cassette covers” !!
the VILLAGE VOICE article features this page of KIM DEITCH comic work – from KRAMERS ERGOT 7.
A PREVIEW OF PIX FROM: THE KRAMERS ERGOT 7 BOOK LAUNCH/DESERT ISLAND/DEC 6, 2008
KIM DEITCH – who just had a retrospective at MoCCA – MUSEUM OF COMIC & CARTOON ART, here in NYC !!
KRAMERS ERGOT 7 BOOK LAUNCH – DESERT ISLAND, BROOKLYN, NY
SAMMY HARKHAM – the editor and founder of KRAMERS ERGOT !!
KRAMERS ERGOT 7 BOOK LAUNCH – DESERT ISLAND, BROOKLYN, NY
FRANK SANTORO at the KRAMERS ERGOT 7 BOOK LAUNCH – DESERT ISLAND, BROOKLYN, NY
FRANK SANTORO – in KRAMERS ERGOT 7
FRANK SANTORO – in KRAMERS ERGOT 7
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
PHOTOS FROM THE BOOK LAUNCH JUST WENT LIVE !! – THURSDAY DEC 11, 2008/8:21 PM
see: MORE !! PHOTOS !! FROM THE BOOK LAUNCH !!
UP-DATE: THURSDAY – DEC 11, 2008 – LAST 2 STOPS !! – on THE KRAMERS ERGOT 7 – BOOK LAUNCH TOUR !!
THURSDAY – DECEMBER 11, 2008 / 7 PM – TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – THE BEGUILING
601 MARKHAM ST.
SATURDAY – DECEMBER 13, 2008 / 5-9 PM – CHICAGO, IL. – CHICAGO COMICS
3244 N. CLARK ST.
UP-DATE: MONDAY DECEMBER 15 2008 – 1:17 PM !!
GABRIEL FOWLER has told us he did indeed sell-out his first initial shipment of 25 copies – but he has arranged for about 35 more – to become available for pre-order. you can can reach him at the DESERT ISLAND website, by phone at: 1-718-388-5087 or just drop by the shop – 540 METROPOLITAN BLVD in Williamsburg, BROOKLYN !! where you can check-out the book – in person.
He was also kind enough to hook us up to a very – in-depth – interview with KRAMERS ERGOT EDITOR and FOUNDER – SAMMY HARKHAM – that appeared in the COMICS REPORTER on AUGUST 27, 2008 !!
see: COMICS REPORTER/SAMMY HARKHAM !!
some of the technical details we found interesting ? that great shiny, but NOT too shiny – middle-heavy weight and absolutely deluxe paper the book is printed on – is called: NEW AGE !! and the small, shiny rainbow-shifting hued. almost glittery, but more subtle – book title on the front hard cover – that captured our eye so many times – is a process called: FOIL STAMPING !!
also check out SAMMY’S comic shop in Los Angeles, called:
with a blog at: FAMILY blog
and a list of events at: FAMILY events
. . . . . as well, and I bet it’s guaranteed that SAMMY HARKHAM cringes at this link !! – (he didn’t even want his picture taken at the book launch !!) – BECAUSE … it outright calls him a ‘genius’ !! – longtime culture/vulture PAUL BUHLE, currently a senior lecturer at BROWN UNIVERSITY – offers up a very insightful take on SAMMY HARKHAM – from the perspective of someone who has seen it all – on: JEWCY !!
and, where we also found this jpeg of SAMMY HARKHAM’S comic book – CRICKETS !!
SAMMY HARKHAM/CRICKETS/COURTESY: JEWCY
in conclusion, and to make amends for providing that link, Sammy !!
here’s a peak at the MATT GROENING – contribution to KRAMERS ERGOT 7 – called ‘LIFE IN HEAVEN / THE ROAD TO SUCCESS’ …. and, don’t you just want to see it – full scale – 16 x 21 in. – big time !!
MATT GROENING/IMAGE COURTESY: BUENAVENTURA PRESS
and . . .
a page by MATT FURIE !!/IMAGE COURTESY: BUENAVENTURA PRESS
and a page by MAT BRINKMAN !!/IMAGE COURTESY: BUENAVENTURA PRESS
THE DeVILLE’S HOLIDAY SPECIAL OPENED last nite !! FRI DEC 6, 2008
featurnig the work of PUFFERELLA & AD DeVILLLe of SKEWVILLE !!
the show runs DEC 5 – DEC 28, 2008
FACTORY FRESH – 1053 FLUSHING – BET MORGAN & KNICKERBOCKER
L TRAIN TO MORGAN in glorious BUSHWICK !!
the opening was fun. the work was great. pix go up when I get chance to sit still long enough, like maybe tomorrow !!
see: OPENING PIX – POSTED FRI DEC 19, 2008
ONDI TOMONER’S – ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – ACCEPTED INTO SUNDANCE COMPETITION 2009 !!!!
JOSH HARRIS surfaced (via email) from ETHIOPIA to let us know the 8 year in-the-making ONDI TIMONER (DIG!!) helmed documentary – ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – a close-up look at Josh’s dotcom ups and downs & the WILD NYC art party escapades – that – that dotcom dough – funded !! – has made the cut !! and is one of only 118 films that have been accepted into the SUNDANCE COMPETITION 2009.
‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ features a lot of footage from Josh’s over-the-top, one million bucks+ millennium 2000 party – ‘QUIET’ – which had over 90, pretty much hard-core artists living and playing and working and mostly partying h-a-r-d in a Japanese-hotel styled pod situation – with multi-art/work stations, for the resident artists’ installations or performances; and multi-well-stocked mini-disco bars, each with hi-tech sound systems and custom lite shows – and freely flowing – for the huge nighttime parties !! – at a big old loft manufacturing building on Lower Broadway – in downtown NYC. The film follows through on Josh’s next reality show – where the cameras were turned on himself 24/7 in his private loft on BROADWAY at SPRING ST. This second 24/7 reality-project was actually titled: ‘WLLP – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – and this is where Ondi’s fast paced & hard-edged documentary – gets it’s name.
but the ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ mantra – first surfaced – as a huge banner sign – at the ‘QUIET’ – in the open ‘Shower’ facility. IN FACT, ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ had its real-time reality 24/7 streaming seeds – in the ‘QUIET’ party – which was under 24/7 multi-camera surveillance, wired with – multitudes of mini-cams everywhere. and we mean everywhere. and played back on many-channeled monitors, also 24/ /7 – everywhere !!
watch the advance clip: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC/RADAR VIMEO !!
here’s a good background article: JOSH HARRIS/WIRED/NOV 2000 !!
here’s the: VARIETY/SUNDANCE 2009 COMPETITION LINE-UP !!
JOSH HARRIS – as seen in the RADAR/VIMEO/WE LIVE IN PUBLIC ADVANCE CLIP !!
bye the way – here’s JUDGECAL aka CAL – interviewed in that same RADAR/VIMEO/WE LIVE IN PUBLIC ADVANCE CLIP.
JUDGECAL, or CAL – as most later know him – recently expired – under somewhat mysterious circumstances – he was just about to turn 40 – some say – sometimes that alone will do it to ya !! – some say his death was “accidental” suicide. his ashes were recently smeared on the 600 BROADWAY building door – that was the headquarters of PSEUDO.COM – where CAL produced an early streaming video show for Josh, called ‘HIGH WEIRDNESS’ !!
see: STAR DUST/DEATH DUST
P.S. regarding our fears about JOSH being caught in a war zone & too close for comfort – to terrorist wasp nests … in ETHIOPIA – where he is currently decamped, with 3 household servants including a private chef !! (Josh always taking note of the important rituals in human existence – can be counted on to have someone who can cook around him. you’ll see in WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – the dining room, designed and run by the super talented OWEN BUSH – served 4 star meals cooked up by a pro chef – on the spot – for all those 90+ artist residents – in a bubble wrapped dining room – straight out science fiction !!). ETHIOPIA is landlocked on the INDIAN OCEAN by SOMALIA (pirates) and YEMEN (BIN LADEN terrorists)
LONDON-based, ex-California native – ANDREW SMITH, who is writing a definitive book on the dot com millionaires, and which will feature JOSH HARRIS, the most colorful, and most importantly, the most visionary of them all – recently emailed from LONDON – to tell us our fears were a little too fanclful ?!!
he wrote: “I know Josh as Captain Kurtz (APOCALYPSE NOW) is an appealing image, though as he reminded me last week, he prefers Willy Wonka – which seems equally valid and a lot more fun !!
I wouldn’t worry too much though: Ethiopia’s a big place and along way from the sea, so the pirates are gonna have to sail (much of it over desert, come to think of it) to catch him, as will Bin Laden’s crew in Yemen. That said, (I agree with you), if there’s any trouble in the immediate neighborhood, you know he;s h gonna find it … did I tell you about his gangstas? he loves it really …”
ARCHIVAL PIX – FROM: THE ONE MILLION DOLLAR+ – JOSH HARRIS/PSEUDO FUNDED NYC NEW YEAR 2000/MILLENNIUM – WEEK-LONG 24/7 LIVE-IN & 24/7 OPEN-TO-THE PUBLIC WAY-OUT CRAZY & HARD-CORE !! 24/7 PAR-TAY!! – TILL IT WAS SHUT DOWN BY – THE NYC POLICE DEPT – THE NYC FIRE DEPT – & – THE FEDS !! as in – FEMA !! – ALL AT THE SAME TIME !!
PAPER LANTERN, NANCY SMITH. made on site. QUIET
PAPER LANTERN, NANCY SMITH. made on site. QUIET
PAPER LANTERN, NANCY SMITH. made on site. QUIET
the QUIET party took over 4 full floors of a big old manufacturing loft building on Lower Broadway. giving plenty of room for a great diversity of live ‘work’ stations !! & disco-like party areas !!
there was also a MEDIATION TEMPLE, built and designed by ALEX ARCADIA, on an $80,000+ budget. (just to give you an idea of how Josh shot the money around – those were the days, my recession/depression friend !!). The finished temple even had large golden coppery goldfish swimming in the shimmery water moats – around its perimeter – and a piped-in ‘mediattauinal’ and actually very soothing – sound track of Alex’s own making.
a young and (at that time !!) evil – LEO KOENIG !! think he was about 22. He was hired by ALFREDO MARTINEZ & NANCY SMITH – to curate an art gallery for JOSH – and once installed, promptly took their names off the p.r. missives & claimed ‘authorship’ of most of the project !!
on the left, FEEDBUCK, with LEO KOENIG at right. FEEDBUCK was responsible for many of PSEUDO’S early animated clips. He brought a lot of Josh’s early ideas to completion in video format. he made an amazing installation for QUIET – that had all kinds of shimmering colors and animated images dance on a large transparent tent-like structure – only to have Josh tell him to tear it down !! – to make room for the giant BOARD GAME – WAR – installation. that was a pretty typical JOSH HARRIS m.o. – he had a very short attention span – it didn’t matter how much money he had given you to make the thing – once it was was up and running – internet genius & t.v. raised-baby that he was – Josh – liked things & channels – to move fast !!
the pod-like sleeping bunks for the over 90 live-in artists !! based on Japanese pod hotels, it was built by JEFF GOMPERTZ. a young JAMES FUENTES, was even hired at one point, to make the hotel ‘reservations’. !!
a typical ‘QUIET’ hotel guest !! note the surveillance cameras – they were everywhere, throughout the multi-floored installation, but esp. in the “sleeping” quarters, seen here, on the left. you could train them on yourself, or you could spy on someone else in their pod !! at the right – the ubiquitous monitors. teams of unseen behind-the-scenes crews – watched the cams 24/7 and posted a range of the hottest live-action streams – in real time – as they came in !!
the monitors were posted in groups everywhere, as well. so they could ‘televise’ a big range of the art, partying & general mayhem – all in real time. you had to shower in a blanket – if you didn’t want to be featured, rather broadcast – full frontal naked !!!! and if you did – well welcome to WE LIVE IN PUBLIC !!
the hotel’s shower had plenty of hot water – just the the whole thing was hi-tech & completely transparent !! the shower, which cost a fortune to build, including the on-site installation of a huge state-of-the-art water heater – was one of JOSH’S more notorious touches aka cutting edge art ‘installation’.
(He also stocked the pod hotel with a crew of well paid-for, undercover, some not so under-cover, hookers – but that’s a part of the story – for someone else to tell. like we said, Josh liked to shake things up – big time !!)
on the left, ONDI TIMONER !! she was hired by Josh to film the whole proceedings, which included giving her several teams of – 24/7 camera crews – like we said, those were the days !!
Ondi went on to win a major, in fact, the GRAND JURY PRIZE at SUNDANCE 2004 – for her ‘rock’ documentary – DIG ! in fact, I think it was some preliminary footage from the then as yet, unmade ‘DIG!
that got her the job as Josh’s self-appointed video chronicler.
a lot of that raw footage, in black and white – now 8 years later – makes up the backbone of her newest documentary – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – which tracks the ups and downs of dotcom visionary and would-be artist – JOSH HARRIS – and, which was just announced as an official competitor in SUNDANCE 2009 !!
see: more about ONDI TIMONER and DIG! her documentary that followed 2 bands, the BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, and the DANDY WARHOLS for 7 years – and won the GRAND JURY AWARD in the SUNDANCE 2004 FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION.
and, if you scroll down just a couple of rows more – you’ll see 3 of QUIET’S major players. JEFF GOMPERTZ who built the pod hotel; ALEX ARCADIA who built the MEDITATION TEMPLE; and ALFREDO MARTINEZ – who built the AK47 SHOOTING RANGE aka the SHOOTING GALLERY !!
JOSH HARRIS gave ALFREDO MARTINEZ $80,000+ to build a wholly legal and fully operational shooting gallery !! yep real guns, and not just pistols, folks, – heavy duty assault rifles !! legal ? yeah they got it worked out as: FILE UNDER – ‘film production’ – yo !! money talks !!!
the little pip-squeak gleefully shooting the assault rifle, so big he needs help holding the damn thing !! – is then 11 yr old THEO – QUIET’S poster boy for the future – it was a millennium party, after-all. gotta have a human specimen – who would be going into the future. Josh even paid him !! – to be the ‘gunmaster’s assistant’ and, then later to be the go-fer for one of Ondi’s film crews !!
the QUIET dining hall – run and designed by OWEN BUSH. it was housed in the building next door – later to become Leo Koenig’s first Manhattan-based art gallery. the in-house chef prepared 4 star meals for the 90+ residents of the QUIET hotel – the artists, the in-house tech crews and assorted guests.
in the center, in the gray shirt – the QUIET official uniform – with fiery orange work pants !! – clapping his hands – the man, brains and money – behind it all – dotcom whiz – JOSH HARRIS.
SIMON CERIGO and ’employer’, trust-fund-baby hobby gallerist CYNTHIA whats-her-name were caught rolling around in her pod on surveillance tape. needless to say – she got clobbered !!
ok. except for some seedy interludes, fights, and intense 24/7 rivalry for Josh’s attention and credit card !! – over-the-top partying and live sex – the scene, esp at the beginning, CHRISTMAS TIME – was pretty festive & T-O-T-A-L-L-Y !! AMAZING !! – the best & most innovative, wild and edgey – and certainly the biggest art party ever to hit this town. and root to many of the scenes that later sprung up in the city.
this was a part of the interactive (prop gun) shooting gallery that DAVID LESLIE built, that was featured in the party that opened the event. anybody recognize SANTOS PARTY HOUSE THERE ? a young SPENCER SWEENEY used to haunt the place !!
here’s a nice good-bye shot – on the left MARK ENGER of EXPLODING SKY WORLDWIDE – the QUIET in-house silkscreener – who put the blue ‘targets’ on everybodies standard issue – gray work shirt uniforms.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. QUIET CREW MEMBER & ARTIST. NYC, DEC 21, 1999 – JAN 3, 2000
and check out: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC/TOMORROW MUSEUM !!
FILE UNDER: WHERE GOES NATE – THERE GOES . . . KATE !!!
PAGE SIX of the NEW YORK POST – just published this great shot of MARY-KATE as she . . “checks out the scene at Art Basel in Miami Beach .” !! NATE LOWMAN co-curated ‘THE STATION’.
Photo credit is RALPH NOTARO/SPLASH NEWS.
. . . meanwhile, back here, in the gritty North East – NEW YORK CITY !! – minds are a little more on edge !!
as part of their program of events & lectures – associated with their wonderful & I guess, you could say – right on, or scarily timely !! – exhibit:
‘RECYCLING & RESOURCEFULNESS/Quilts of the 1930s’
AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM – BRANCH GALLERY at 2 LINCOLN SQUARE
running: OCT 21,1008 – MARCH 15, 2009
see: CURRENT EXHIBITS: RECYCLING & RESOURCEFULNESS: Quilts of the 1930s !!
(and, definite do not don’t miss the quilt – pop-ups !!)
The AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM is presenting a free lecture to-nite: THURS DEC 4, 2008, 6-6:45 PM
also at the 2 LINCOLN SQ. BRANCH.
entitled: ‘FROM CAR TO CONTAINER: A BRIEF HISTORY OF RECYCLING IN ARCHITECTURE’
the speaker is: GABRIELLE ESPERDY, associate professor of architecture, New Jersey Institute of technology, NEWARK.
“How do architects recycle industrial detritus into new buildings that are aesthetically inventive and ideologically charged ? This talk will examine recent work, including projects by LOT-EK, Single Speed Design, and Rural Studio, as well as significant historical examples from ancient Rome to the 1960s that demonstrate how trained designers and self-taught builders have confronted the dilemma of waste.” (press release)
LOT-EK, Single Speed Design & Rural Studio have very interesting websites – both for cutting edge graphics & content !!
see: LOT-EK !!
see: Single Speed Design/SsD !!
see: Rural Studio !!
‘TRANSFORMATIONS’ – PAUL ROWLAND – OPENING RECEPTION – THURS DEC 4, 2008/6-9PM
THE MOORE BUILDING – 4040 NE 2nd AVE – 2nd FLOOR – MIAMI
requires RSVP: email@example.com
KATHY LO – from THE JOURNAL sent this onto us !!
“TRANSFORMATIONS is a photographic portrait exploration by photographer PAUL ROWLAND. The images reflect the artist’s interest in not who is in front of the camera, but rather what one could imagine there. Taken from the past five years of image-making, this show attempts to distill an underlying current of the artist’s process. Often this results in moments of clarity, which can be haunting while retaining a humor that brings a sense of reality to the image where the moments have often been more heavily constructed”. press release.
CURATED & PRODUCED BY JORDAN SEILER – PRESENTED BY MAX PIERRE & MICHAEL CABRERA
PAUL ROWLAND runs SUPREME MANAGEMENT – A CUTTING EDGE MODEL (WOMEN) AGENCY – in NEW YORK. Their website has state of the art graphics, including some very interesting animated – detail !! & beautiful custom color work.
check out: SUPREME MANAGEMENT/MODEL AGENCY !!
and, MOST definitely – fool around – on that first – link: ‘MODELS’ – great !! design, drawing & animated details !!
artlovers ARCHIVAL PHOTO.
on the right, JORDAN SEILER – the curator of this show – is also a very talented artist – who easily fuses street art cred and high, capital A – art – with his conceptual and highly stylized work. His one man show, ‘REMOVAL SATISFIES THE CONDITION’, presented at the CANAL CHAPTER by 1134 NYC aka mint and serf – aka collaboratively as mirf – way back in the SPRING of 2006 – is still one of my very fave shows !! ever !!
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH. THE CANAL CHAPTER, NYC. APRIL 14, 2006
check out the pix: JORDAN SEILER/’REMOVAL SATISFIES the CONDITION’ !!
P.S. if you get into the model culture, check out this site: THE IMAGIST !!
and, could that edgey model he raves about, IRINA K – a few posts down – be the very same IRINA – we caught modeling exceptionally luxe lingerie at a KIKI DE MONPARNASSE party, with MATTHEW STEINBERG, last Spring – APRIL 3, 2008 – in Soho?
looks, to be – take a look !!! – IRINA/KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE