~DANIEL GIORDANO / CELLOPHANE / M. DAVID & CO / BROOKLYN / OPENS FRI JAN 17

YOU . . KNOW !!!
YOU . . WANT IT !!!

COME GET IT !!!

DANIEL GIORDANO . . . has some very dynamic new work in:

‘CELLOPHANE’ . . .
OPENING FRI JAN 17 / 6 – 9 PM
& RUNS THRU . . . FEB 2, 2020
THE GROUP SHOW WAS CURATED BY: NICOLE CASTALDO / M. DAVID Associate Gallery Director
M. DAVID & CO., 56 BOGART ST, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN
HRS: FRI-SUN / 1-6 PM

READ MORE: ‘CELLOPHANE’ / M. DAVID & CO.




~’STRANGE LOOPS’ . . ARTSPACE NEW HAVEN / PIX FROM THE OPENING

‘STRANGE LOOPS’ . . A GROUP SHOW CURATED BY JOHANNES DeYOUNG & FEDERICO SOLMI
UP THRU . . FEB 29, 2020
ARTSPACE NEW HAVEN

see: ‘STRANGE LOOPS’ / ARTSPACE NEW HAVEN


ceramic vase with light . . .
ILANA HARRIS-BABOU, ’18 Dysfunctional Ceramics from Reparation Hardware’ (edition of 4 + 1 AP), 2018.
dimensions variable


ceramic tools . . .
ILANA HARRIS-BABOU, ’18 Dysfunctional Ceramics from Reparation Hardware’.


ILANA HARRIS-BABOU, ‘Reparation Hardware’, 2018.
HD video, 4:05 minute loop
(self-portrait)


the ‘Strange Loops’ curators . . .
FEDERICO SOLMI & JOHANNES DeYOUNG
behind them: large painting by SAM MESSER


double page / in the excellent catalog that accompanies the show . . .
SAM MESSER, ‘Thin Realm’ (for Jake Berthot), 2016
oil on canvas / 54 x 170 in.

‘STRANGE LOOPS’ / catalog design by . . HENK VAN ASSEN of HVA Design
with essay by DAN CAMERON
Printer: GHP Media, West Haven, CT
ISBN: 978-0-578-60624-8
($20)


TEDDY MATHIAS, ‘Modern Fossils of the City’, 2019.
200 Clay Fossils / dimensions variable


TEDDY MATHIAS, ‘Modern Fossils of the City’.


TEDDY MATHIAS . . giving a brief talk on his project, at the opening.


JON KESSLER, ‘It Takes a Global Village Idiot’, 2018
Steel, aluminum, plastic dolls, fake hair, and Adidas tracksuit
52 x 52 x 112 in.


JON KESSLER, detail


JON KESSLER, detail


KYLE WILLIAMS, LISA & their young daughter, Greta.
Kyle co-produced the BLINN & LAMBERT slide projection: ‘Romantic Love’, with Nicholas Steindorf.


NICHOLAS STEINDORF, and GUILLAUME MARAIS.
Nicholas co-produced with Kyle Williams / the BLINN & LAMBERT slide project, ‘Romantic Love’.


MARIE SAVONA, and GUILLAUME MARAIS, recently relocated to NYC, from Paris.
they are friends with Nicholas Steindorf, and Paris-based JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET, creator of VDC / VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER, who also has an interactive / virtual reality project in the show, titled: ‘Strange Loops’.

SO . . .
the opening was quite fun / the show & it’s theme very engaging,
the projects – very diverse.
congrats !! to the curators JOHANNES DeYOUNG & FEDERICO SOLMI !!
it was def fun to get out of the city, for a night.
& we weren’t the only ones who felt that way – a lot of friends from NYC came up to show support.
so yeah . . . great NIGHT !!!!

the show is up thru . . . FEB 29, 2020.

PHOTOS: FROM THE OPENING DEC 14, 2019 / NANCY SMITH




~VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER . . ‘STRANGE LOOPS’

BACK TO THE FUTURE /
BY THE LIGHT – OF THE MOON

‘STRANGE LOOPS’ . . A GROUP SHOW
CURATED BY JOHANNES DeYOUNG & FEDERICO SOLMI
ARTSPACE, NEW HAVEN – UP THRU . . . FEB 29, 2020

see: ‘STRANGE LOOPS’ / ARTSPACE, NEW HAVEN


VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER, ‘Strange Loops’, 2019
virtual reality experience
Director & Game Designer: JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET
Game & Level Designer: NICHOLAS STEINDORF
(‘Strange Loops’ lead) Graphic Designer: THOMAS ROCHON

“REALITY ..isn’t what it used to be. In the summer of 2019, it was hard to miss the semi-centennial celebrations
of the Apolllo 11 moon landing. Museum exhibits, cinematic features, daily news coverage, and social media buzz kept much of the American public occupied with swiping, tapping, and clicking gestures in commemoration of the emblematic moment.”
“The moon landing on July 20, 1969 was as much a sign of human desire as it was a feat of scientific
& technical accomplishment.”
~JOHANNES DeYOUNG

my biggest take-away from this summer’s media coverage of the 1969 Apollo moon landing . .
was the incredible fact that . . the “iPhone in your pocket has over 100,000 times the processing power of the computer that landed men on the moon 50 years ago”.
~Real Clear Science


there were banks of screens / rows upon rows of men working screens . .
it was more of an ‘industrial’ era setting, than a digital one.


monitoring all aspects of the mission.
and I do mean: men /
though a handful of the top manager/supervisor/scientists . . were women.
notably: SUSAN FINLEY performed trajectory computations for the rocket launch, by hand.
MARGARET HAMILTON was the lead Apollo flight software designer.
DOROTHY VAUGHAN, “the first black section lead at Langley Research Center / she managed the all-black
West Area Computing Unit.”
source: Science Friday


I was struck by all the (skilled) 3-D – mock-ups !!
so retro !!


scientists were, or relied heavily upon . . armies of skilled draftsmen.
documentary commentator after commentator – paused to comment in awe, of the hands-on skills.


every aspect of the mission – required waves upon waves of individual man power.


NEIL ARMSTRONG . . first man on the moon.
ALL ARCHIVAL APOLLO 11 PHOTOS: via PBS


the installation lighting was just flat-out: INCREDIBLE.
the back rooms, comprising the BLINN & LAMBERT project / and the adjacent VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER interactive
presentation were absolutely enhanced by the lightning. more blue in the Blinn & Lambert room /
more opalescent ‘pearl’ in the Virtual Dream Center experience.


EMILY THELANDER & HAYLEY JOSEPHS . . bathed in the ‘moonlight’.

PHOTOS: FROM THE OPENING DEC 14, 2019 / NANCY SMITH




~BLINN & LAMBERT . . ‘STRANGE LOOPS’

BY THE LIGHT – OF THE MOON

‘STRANGE LOOPS’ . . A GROUP SHOW
CURATED BY JOHANNES DeYOUNG & FEDERICO SOLMI
ARTSPACE, NEW HAVEN – UP THRU . . . FEB 29, 2020

see: ‘STRANGE LOOPS’ / ARTSPACE, NEW HAVEN

a strange glow . . . embraces the viewer,
as the doors of perception & romance, tumble & turn – at play.

a once rigid grid . . .
softly billows and folds.

plaid with . . . gentle / spatial disobedience.

This show, which speaks to future ‘systems’, both technical & societal / somehow, manages in a very wondrous way,
to keep human desire . . still, very much in the ‘loop’.


BLINN & LAMBERT, ‘Romantic Love’, 2018
35mm slide projection on 2 projectors, with custom benches, and plinth
23 minute loop
144 x 96 in.

what a beautiful title, for a profoundly spatial, and conceptional piece.


“REALITY isn’t what it used to be.”
so begins the curatorial essay.

“The title of our exhibition, ‘Strange Loops’, takes it’s name from DOUGLAS HOFSTADTER’S seminal text,
‘I am a Strange Loop’, a book that explores self-referential systems as paradigms for better understanding human cognition and the emergence of ego.”

“As artists working within the trappings of Twenty First Century media culture, we share interest and concern in the social and psychological effects of media culture at large, so the paradigm of the self-referential loop feels like an especially relevant point of departure.”
~Johannes DeYoung

indeed, the curators’ . . mission statement gives new meaning to the ‘intertwining’ of many different threads of thought / well . . it is a complex world, we live in.
long live poetry, and long live science.

Blinn & Lambert’s gently projected meandering plaid . . .
a nice enough metaphor for Romantic Love, as it is for abstracted reality, is also very much a metaphor for this exhibit’s dreamy, yet quite serious – meandering scientific curatorial essay, which begins with a time/place marker, the summer of 2019, and the many . . “semi-centennial celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon landing” / then proceeds to touch-tag this human, scientific achievement as ripe with justifiably implicit “human desire”, and continues onto . . musing about: “generations of poetic expression projected at the moon”, and yet, somehow also manages to touch base with that other colder, darker, indeed bleaker and very much moody side of the moon: “it’s metaphors for human aspiration, melancholy, and desire remain as relevant today as in the 18th & 19th centuries. Now more than ever we find heightened resonance for lunar poetics, especially when expressed in contrast to the calculated attention economies where desires . . never cease.”
~Johannes DeYoung

ah, the moon.
the cat and the spoon – played by the light of the moon.
upon which, held up like a mirror, the white-face painted Edo geisha, caught her ghostly reflection.

btw:
tomorrow Jan 10, 2020 is the Lunar Eclipse Full Moon, the blood moon. so, you know . . .
it’s nice when hard-minded art essays – collide with reality,
and still, something remains mysterious,
and vastly, poetic.


yes, the blown-apart perception of the ‘plaid’ grid, does holds close & dear – to the curators’ thesis.
yes, it is a very strange loop / who cares if it was once a shirt.
technology and poetry – are bedfellows / you can explain it away, or just let the dance begin.

it’s very telling, that the curators quote EMILE DURKHEIM:
“Irrespective of any external regulatory force,
our capacity for feeling is in itself an
insatiable and bottomless abyss.”

and go on to say, “perhaps this theme crystalizes in the work of BLINN & LAMBERT, whose digital slit-scan photography of a disembodied shirt folding and unfolding renders itself dislocated from quotidian meaning.”

or, as we like to say, bathed . . in the light of the moon.


KYLE WILLIAMS & NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . . aka BLINN & LAMBERT

but, we will give JOHANNES DeYOUNG, the last word:

“Our (moon-landing technological) tools are no longer perceived as mere voyage-enabling instruments, but rather as psychic extensions of the intrepid travelers themselves — black mirrors for self-reflection.”

PHOTOS: FROM THE OPENING DEC 14, 2019 / NANCY SMITH




~BLINN & LAMBERT . . ‘STRANGE LOOPS’ / ARTSPACE NEW HAVEN, CT / OPENS SAT DEC 14

WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE . . .
& INFINITY IS A PLASTIC – REALITY.

BLINN & LAMBERT . . .
NICHOLAS STEINDORF & KYLE WILLIAMS / featured in:

‘STRANGE LOOPS’ – A MULTI-MEDIA GROUP EXHIBIT
CURATED BY: JOHANNES DeYOUNG & FEDERICO SOLMI
OPENS SAT DEC 14 / 5 – 8 PM
and, runs thru . . FEB 29, 2020
ARTSPACE, 50 Orange St., New Haven, Connecticut 06510
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
HRS: WED & THURS 12-6 / FRI & SAT 12-6

note: from 6 – 7 PM at the opening to-nite, there will be a talk with the curators.

‘STRANGE LOOPS’. . .
“A GROUP SHOW which explores . . . psychological affect & the human condition expressed thru instruments, systems, and objects of human design.” /
~ARTSPACE NEW HAVEN

featuring work by: SAM MESSER, SARAH OPPENHEIMER, JON KESSLER, ANA MARIA GOMEZ LOPEZ, BLINN & LAMBERT,
ILANA HARRIS-BABOU, TEDDY MATHIAS, & . . THE VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER

see more: ‘STRANGE LOOPS’ – ARTSPACE NEW HAVEN


BLINN & LAMBERT, ‘ROMANTIC LOVE’, 2018.
Dual 35 mm slide projection / 23 mins. / silent.
image via Instagram @blinn_and_lambert

so yeah:
WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE, & INFINITY IS A PLASTIC – REALITY.
MOJO – RISIN.




~JIM MORRISON . . ‘WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE’ (2009)

my wish for the art world, going forward !!
more . . . Mojo Risin !!

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: INFINITE.”


‘WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE’, DIRECTED BY TOM DiCILLO (2009)

the most superlative film on JIM MORRISON, and The Doors, if not the most superlative film / documentary . . ever.
I’m surprised – not more people know about it.
a ‘riveting’ time-traveler, using real footage, it’s . . a mind-blower.

WATCH: THE TRAILER / ‘WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE’, 2009 & turn the music up – full BLAST.




~PETER SUTHERLAND . . JOE / JIM MORRISON / THE DOORS / METROGRAPH X ABSOLUT ART

you say . . . bananas ?
I say: JIM MORRISON !!!!

& while we are on the topic / of how clueless – the mainstream art world is:

Y’all . . . can call art: visionary, rebel, formal / even theory, skills & functional, but please leave
‘practice’ . . . to the doctors who take out your appendix / thanks.

“There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors …”
~JIM MORRISON

PETER SUTHERLAND . . .
‘re-imagined’ a new movie poster . . . for OLIVER STONE’S classic film, ‘THE DOORS’, 1991.
using his friend Joe – as a stand-in.
now up, in an exhibit series / in collaboration with ABSOLUT ART / at METROGRAPH, LES / LOWER EAST SIDE / NYC.
see: METROGRAPH X ABSOLUT ART
see: PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘JOE MORRISON’ / ABSOLUT ART – LIMITED EDITION


PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘JOE MORRISON’, 2019.
ABSOLUT ART / RE-IMAGINED LIMITED EDITION MOVIE POSTER / OLIVER STONE / ‘THE DOORS’
limited edition of 30 / signed & numbered
23.6 x 31.5 in.
($195)


@petersutherland: my very talented friend Joe as Val as Jim @metrographnyc / @absolut_art movie poster series,
now up at Metrograph.

2 images via Instagram @petersutherland




~PETER SUTHERLAND . . GX1000 BOARDS

you say . . . CATTALAN ?
I say . . . SUTHERLAND.

PETER SUTHERLAND / new GX X PS BOARDS . . .
available now / GX1000store.com / @GX1000
or, at your local skate shop.
$55 ea. / size 8.5 in. / raised logo beneath transfer / manufactured at PS Stix / Costa Mensa, California
original artwork by PETER SUTHERLAND

image via Instagram @petersutherland




~LUKE MURPHY . . ‘LED SCULPTURE’ / CANADA GALLERY / ART BASEL / MIAMI

my good friend, Luke . . .
showcased at the CANADA booth B14 / ART BASEL, MIAMI


LUKE MURPHY, LED matrix panels, custom computer systems, hardware, etc.

if, IF !! IF !! IF !!
I was to be asked to title it, (!!)
I would call it . . . the very, very much:
‘Leaning Tower of Righteous Refraction’.
I mean: could anything be, more . . wondrous / & Glacier . . . . . . ?
and, still be made of light, heat, and . . man.

image via Instagram @canada.nyc @lukemurphy49




~ANTONE KONST . . ‘3 Ball Juggler’ / TILTON GALLERY / ART BASEL / MIAMI

ANTONE KONST . . has a ‘3 Ball Juggler’ / plus moon :)
in MIAMI …..
TILTON GALLERY / ART BASEL

I spy some . . . (plasticity) dialog !!!
with Peter Schuyff / must be the . . . foot !!!!


ANTONE KONST, oil on canvas / 68 x 44 in.

image via Instagram @annntone