~CA – CHING !! SPRING BREAK !! up-date 4:49 PM

UP-DATE: you can find the NICHOLAS STEINDORF / DARREN WILL PROJECTION in rm 4005.
I just heard, legendary lensman BILL CUNNINGHAM . . swung by today !!

TRANSACTION . . . C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E-D !!

NICHOLAS STEINDORF VIDEO – SOUND BY DARREN WILL
‘PURPLE’ – limited edition of – 3 !!
DELIVERED IN SD MEMORY CARD FORMAT
COST: $1 PER 1 MB – !!
THAT’S: $36.28 + TAX for a GRAND TOTAL OF: $39.50 – !!

PLUS: it comes with a 11 x 14 in. print, a still from the clip – signed & numbered by the artists.

yeah, YOU !! – watch:

‘PURPLE’, 2015 – by NICHOLAS STEINDORF with SOUND TRACK by DARREN WILL / VIMEO

don’t blink – it’s only 30 secs !!!
of sheer, PURE . . ELECTRICITY !!

Now, that’s the way I like to play the . . ART GAME !!




~NICHOLAS STEINDORF & DARREN WILL . . YULIA TOPCHIY – SPRING/BREAK


artist NICHOLAS STEINDORF, and musician DARREN WILL . .
at the 2013 YULIA TOPCHIY/CoWORKER presentation of their ‘SWOLLEN FOOT’ – a ‘startling’ and at the same time ‘poetic’ and deeply felt . . re-telling of the ‘Oedipus Rex’ tragedy. their collaboration was . . very cutting edge: a wordless, mostly abstract and pattern-based digital animation projection on a loop – with original soundtrack.
did I say, no words.
‘SWOLLEN FOOT’ was presented at Entwine, Downtown NYC. MAR 1, 2013.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

NICHOLAS STEINDORF and DARREN WILL – will be presenting 6 new digital animation/sound videos – short pieces that will run on a loop . . . at YULIA TOPCHIY’s booth at SPRING/BREAK this week. the theme of her group exhibit is . . . ‘UNSPOKEN DIALOGUE’.

I’ve heard . . . the videos are going to be both “subtle and strong” , so . . I’m curious !!
I’m a huge fan.

when I asked for a little more info, I got:
“We are selling work for $1 per MB”. when I asked for a little more clarification, I got:
“The size of the files range from like 58 MB to 1.3 GB. Meaning that the work ranges from $58 to $1.300. The size of the file (video) is directly related to the price. Much like the size of paintings, photographs, drawings, etc are typically contingent on the size to price ratio. Video can empirically be any size when projected, but there is still a ‘size’ that no one is aware of. Also videos that are most black (empty) are lower in MB size because they don’t have any pixel information. Files that are filled with color and bright whites are typically higher in size because every pixel is being used.”
rock on, indie.

and I guess that covers . . ‘transaction’ !!

so, I asked for just a little more information, and I got:
“The work is a collaboration of Darren and I going back and forth. I put together a batch of videos/drawings and he selected which he thought inspired the kind of sound he wanted to do. Then I made them a bit better, then he did some sound, and then I made them a bit better, and then he made the sound better, etc etc. – Let me know if you want anything else ?” . . . !! !!

can’t wait to see this . . at SPRING/BREAK tomorrow !!
rock on .. Unspoken Dialogues, for sure !!




~YULIA TOPCHIY . . SPRING/BREAK

indie curator YULIA TOPCHIY, will present a small, very focused group show at this year’s SPRING/BREAK 2015.
titled ‘UNSPOKEN DIALOGUE’, it features the work of: RIITTA IKONEN, LUCIE KIM + FELIX VON DER WEPPEN, YASUE MAETAKE, YOLA MONAKHOV STOCKTON, NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL, and BEN K. VOSS.

and, man I am digging that D-I-V-E-R-S-I-T-Y.

and, C-O-D-E . . GRAPHICS !!

note: NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL . . have been reviewed in artlovers for their very original art/music collaborations. Nicholas, a visual artist has been reviewed here many times . . on his own. artlovers’ ‘NICHOLAS STEINDORF vs ANDY WARHOL’ . . does come to mind !!
in their collaborations, Nicholas does the visual/digital loop element, while Darren produces the original music – a most notable, epic ? example of which – we reviewed back in 2013, was their excellent, neo-classic, new wave, poetic, lyrical & most original video production . . titled, ‘SWOLLEN FOOT’. a re-telling of the OEDIPUS REX myth in digitally animated ‘abstract’ images and patterns . . accompanied solely by music, no words . . was presented at ENTWINE . . by Yulia Topchiy’s . . CoWORKER PROJECTS.
singer songwriter LUKE RATHBONE, and NICK STUMPF of FRENCH KICKS – also worked on the sound production.

see: NICHOLAS STEINDORF + DARREN WILL .. OEDIPUS REX, MARCH 1, 2013.

see: CoWorker Projects

see: SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW

/ FAIR.
New York City based, indie curator YULIA TOPCHIY aka CoWorker Projects . . at her booth at last year’s . . SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW / FAIR 2014.
YULIA just put on that break-out show, ‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’, co-curated with KELLI BURTON . . an interweaving mosaic of writers, artists & musicians – at the NARS FOUNDATION.
the show’s email flyer featured a super graphic, dreamy, awesome skin-some, gorgeous mysterious photograph by JESSICA WYNNE, one of the artists in the show. the flyer was in turn featured on artlovers.

see: ‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’ – NARS FOUNDATION

YULIA TOPCHIY . . . is a good representation of the many many indie curators who will be presenting mini-exhibits of new work, at SPRING /BREAK this year. many of them work ‘behind-the-scenes’ – in the art industry, staffing galleries and museums, the unspoken masses of media ‘creatives’, other manning tech start-ups, some slogging away as artist ‘assistants’ and fabricators, others, art handlers, and archivists. often they start life as part of the many off-shoot organizations that support this new age multi-faceted activity, pop-ups, and other more mainstream art events. many of them work in ‘front-of-the-scenes’, as writers, reviewers, and producers. many of them are curatorial collectives, composed of artist, and just as likely, non-artists. a diverse group . . many of them are just a bunch of whole lucky people . . who just happened to ‘back’ into some crazy great happening scene, most likely just next door !!

the city and esp Brooklyn is alive and kicking on this level – there are 90 curators in this year’s SPRING/BREAK show – who will collectively be exhibiting more than 400 artists !!

so the list goes on and on, the city is just jumping with talent. at artlovers we like to term these art-related workers – the worker bees !! and from their ever-swelling ranks . . the most motivated, ambitious, and show-man spirited develop into . . indie curators !!
and, of course: small venue gallerists.
and the writers, artlovers included . . that cover ‘em.
yeah, I’m a . . worker bee.
where’s the . . decal/sticker.
tattoo ?

anyways, these ‘worker bees’, often in the past overlooked, and edged out by the big boys, mostly due top lack of funds, and a lack of insight in the mainstream media, are now making their presence FELT, mainly due to the sheer numbers, their crisp creative edge, and, of the course the power of the ground-up social media !!
. . . they often put out the first buzz, as they swarm around all over the scene, formerly known as ‘the underground’ , buzzing about, infiltrating the media, and putting out the word. indie curators flit from low-rent, even no-rent pop-ups, non-profits, and alternative spaces . . anything, any venue will do . . all looking to put out that fresh taste of newly minted art honey, and put on YOUR PLATE.

determined, vivacious, inventive, entrepreneurial by nature, they encapsulate the ‘go-local’, artisan-based small business ethos of Brooklyn and, the against all odds downtown pop-up shows of street artists like SEAN VEGGEZZI, and PPP/PETER PAN POSSE. from sabotaging billboards, the skyline off the Williamsburg Bridge does come to mind (RAMBO) . . to ‘don’t blink’ storefront pop-ups, to small venues on 3rd floors just open on Saturdays !! – they can survive and thrive in good part because of the internet, which allows for a viable presence on the web: enabling sales, archives, and of course power distributing events and putting pot info, and it’s locavore gone global, all the way.

there’s a lot of opportunity for the creative and skilled here, and there is this huge wave, an influx of talent, that is just as determined and ingenious when comes to staying alive here in NY as the great past ghosts of Soho were, JACKSON POLLOCK comes to mind. and so, despite high rents, and all, those Soho days are long over . . the young worker bees with big dreams . . just keep on pouring into NYC. no matter about L.A. and parts remote – NYC is where kids from all over the USA, still want to come to make their art dreams happen, to burst out, break out, get out from behind that day job . . and make a name for themselves – as curators, or artists – or in fact, very often, a combo of both.
rebel, rebel, indie.

YULIA TOPCHIY . . writes that:

“When I worked for Phillips Auction House, I met so many talented artists who held day jobs working as administrators, or art handlers that I wanted to create a supportive environment where the works could be shown in traditional settings, and ideas and feedback can be exchanged. I started CoWorker Projects to engage my former coworkers in conversation with each other and showcase their works to the public for the first time. For some of them it was a networking experience, for others it was a step in the career path. I enjoy working with all my artists by providing them an opportunity to show their work in an un-traditional setting where they can get the feedback and expand their network.

I love what I do. but I now concentrate on curating shows at nonprofits where I can also give exposure to their programs. During the day I work for ARTSY . . in a Gallery Relations Team where I support Galleries and their programs. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a team which changes how people look and collect art.”

CoWorker Projects . . led by Yulia, specializes in art curation, events production, and performances.


last year, MARCH 2014 . . YULIA’S booth at SPRING/BREAK featured a pretty far-out installation by BRUNO POGACNIK WUKODRAKULA, shown here in the mouth of the cave !!

so Yulia’s curating really does swing far & fab: all the way from NICHOLAS STEINDORF’s new wave ‘classicism’ – which is often presented in digital projection format, to the dreamy narrative surreal and musical !! not to forget ‘group interactive’ of ‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’ . . to the blow-out shamanism of this mystical, psychedelic bio-drama masquerade ‘power’ cave.


talk about . . alter-egos !!
in fact, BRUNO’s electric installation was titled . . ‘POWERCAVE’.


now, would you classify that as . . organic, or inorganic ?
locavore, or ‘invasive’ species.
human evolution heading, or alien visitation ?
the way man/robots . . will be ‘encased’, ca. 3015 ?

how bout . . what bio-people machines will evolve to, to enable them to navigate the toxic mess earth will become after . .
one nuclear power plant accident by tsumani, natural disaster, & poor planning . . . too many.
one atomic test, too many. RIP BIKINI ATOLL.
one nuke attack, in the wrong hands. panic room gonna work, I don’t think so.


BRUNO POGACNIK WUKODRAKULA !!
son of a quartz crystal – jungle.
gotta love that his last name rhymes with . . DRACULA.

I’ve always been the most proud, that as a lowly ‘worker bee’ myself . . buzzing around the art scene as a photo journalist/commentator, and many a-times a back-scene production assistant, my co-workers at artnet, when it was manned by that awesome twosome, WALTER ROBINSON and CHARLIE FINCH . . used to call me: CRACKULA !!
rhymes with DRACULA !!, and you just might know – why !!

BUZZ, BUZZ, BUZZ ON . . ALL YA INDIE CURATOR – WORKER BEES !!

REBEL, REBEL, INDIE – !!
YOU RULE.
NYC – 2015.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~AMBRE KELLY . . SPRING/BREAK


AMBRE KELLY, co-founder with ANDREW GORI . . of the SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW, at the 2014 edition, held in the old red brick schoolhouse building on Prince St and Mott, Little Italy. NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, MARCH 9, 2014

this year’s SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW, the 4th annual edition . . has been moved to a much larger venue, the JAMES A. McFARLEY POST OFFICE – on WEST 31st ST at 8th AVE, NW corner.
that’s . . Midtown Manhattan.

see: SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW

with 90 CURATORS and 400 ARTISTS – taking up 3 floors of vacant office space !!

curators are where it’s at in NYC today – !!
these aspiring worker bees are all over the scene, from upscale to down, downtown to Brooklyn.

witness the huge critical success the Brooklyn-based CLEOPATRA’S curatorial collective had with . .
their take on the annual ‘LOOKING BACK’ SHOW at WHITE COLUMNS earlier this year !!
see: ‘LOOKING BACK’ – CURATED BY CLEOPATRA’S, JAN 13 – FEB 21, 2015

this year’s theme at SPRING/BREAK is: ‘TRANSACTION’. haha.

l-o-v-e the URBAN DICTIONARY DEFINITION:

but think they mean more, the MERRIAM WEBSTER TYPE DEFINITION,
but insert ‘ART’ & keep that . . URBAN DICTIONARY . . . . FLAIR — !!!!!

REBEL, REBEL – INDIE !!
IS WHAT IT’S . . ALL ABOUT – !!




~’ARTISTANCE’ CURATED BY: CHE MORALES . . extended !!

next week . . is the so-called big NYC ART FAIR WEEK.

as far as I can see, there are exactly 2 hot picks for the week:

‘ARTISTANCE’ a gritty straight-up-from-the-streets show of about 26 artists presented by indie curator – CHE MORALES, in the new format event venue/gallery/community center I.M.A.G.E in BUSHWICK . . .

and the other, the bigger venue . . ‘multi-pack’ SPRING BREAK ART FAIR re-located to mid-Manhattan this year – but still . . indie curator-based. just . . many many curators, instead of one, and many many artists, way more than 26, especially new ones, and a small entry fee to cover the organizational costs. unlike most art fairs, no ‘canned’ goods here.
all fresh produce. you just never know . . what’s around the corner.
(more on SPRING BREAK – next post !!)

for sure, it’s the young indie curators, whether the single voice, or seen as a group . . who have their fingers on the fast-paced pulse of the city’s art scene right now. they are like worker bees, always seeking alternative spaces, alternative ways of drumming up money, constantly unearthing, and presenting the newest wave of talent, that un-endingly makes its way to New York City, and struggles hard to call this damn will kill you city, home. all of them, curators and artists, wanting to break free, to be HEARD. SEEN. & LISTENED TO, while they dance in the moonlight – on that, bleeding edge curve that has always made . . NYC legend.

so, I was happy to hear that CHE MORALES had his show extended, and if you want to get away from the maddening, dumbed-down, ‘no-see’ crowds, this is a great place to start, and then you can just day trip all over Bushwick, and Williamsburg, and Greenpoint.
(including all the hot artisan ‘pottery’ stores, and restaurants, lol.)

which brings us back to CHE MORALES, who just sent in some great pix of his show, and what can I say . . except that, if you are a start-up ‘collector’, this show is a no-brainer, probably your best bet for your art buying $$$ – right now. just very raw, very authentic, and very . . real.
very intense. definitely trying to say . . something about the world we live in.
straight up from the streets, just the way we like it.

‘ARTISTANCE’ – CURATED BY CHE MORALES / ’26 ARTISTS – ONE STANCE’
EXTENDED THRU FRI, MARCH 6, 2015

IMAGE GALLERY – 1501 BROADWAY AVE, BROOKLYN (BUSHWICK), NY.
GALLERY HRS: TUES – FRI / 12p – 6p


MAS PAZ, with his street art style, font-driven, ‘Tierrita Compartida/Shared Land’, acrylic and aerosol on wood panel, 18 x 24 in.
($400) . . what did I say, no-brainer.


MAS PAZ, CERN, the show’s curator CHE MORALES, and . . DANIELLE MASTRION, whose wild painting, ‘The Bronx is Burning’, is exploding into flames . . behind them.

on the wall, the golden Egyptian ‘Foremost of Noble Ladies’, oil on canvas, by CHRISTINA DUARTE. 16 x 24 in.
($1,200)


a ‘storm’ of a painting . . if I ever did see one.
CERN, ‘Muntadar al-Zaidi (the shoe thrower)’
mixed media on wood panel, 20 x 24 in.
($600) (!!!!)


DANIELLE MASTRION, ‘The Bronx is Burning’, acrylic and aerosol on canvas, 36 x 48 in.
($1,200) tempting, very explosive, political, and crosses over nice with folk art.
bet it would be a show stopper, on the living room wall. back home.
this is what I bought in NYC, y’all.


TMO PLATTER, ‘X-MAN’, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 in.
($600) no-brainer.


ALBERTUS, ‘Revolutionary Gaze’, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 in.
($2,500) tough grit. vs the powers that be.


BKFoxx, ‘Immolate’, oil on linen, 24 x 36 in.
($600) tough grit. protest. ethos vs dominant power. we are ALL FEELING THE STRESS.
don’t get me started on the TIBETANS vs the CHINESE.
HUMAN CAGES & FASCISM.
NATIVE RIGHTS. FREEDOM FROM INTERNET REGULATION.
EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN, way to go . . PATRICIA ARQUETTE.
set yourself on fire, girl. set yourself . . FREE.


MARTHALICIA, ‘SACAGAWEA’, mixed media. 12 x 27 in.
($500) !!!!

wow, and yes I do know who . . SACAGAWEA is.
I met MIZOU PECK . . the lovely actress who plays her in BEN STILLER’S – ‘NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM’ series, at the JEFFREY SHAGAWAT opening, just this past DEC 2014.
see: pix from the opening – JEFFREY SHAGAWAT -’SELFIE’
and yes, BEN STILLER – was there.


CASEY CAULEY, ‘The Boy in Red’, acrylic on canvas, 33 x 30 in.
($500) . . . !!!!

so, that’s . . BUSHWICK.

instead of BBW, BUYER BE WARNED,
it’s . . B-WAY !! BUYER, WHERE ARE YOU ?

ALL PHOTOS: COURTESY CHE MORALES




~OWEN JAMES BRINGS PHILIPPINE ART . . TO JUSTMAD6 / SPAIN

BROOKLYN’S OWEN JAMES GALLERY . . .
BRINGS CUTTING EDGE, CONTEMPORARY PHILIPPINE ART – TO SPAIN.

‘CONTEMPORARY ART from the PHILIPPINES’ . . .
OWEN JAMES GALLERY – is pleased to present some of the leading contemporary artists from the Philippines:
MARIANO CHING, DEX FERNANDEZ, DINA GADIA & ROBERT LANGENEGGER

JustMad6 – The Emerging Art Fair
Feb 24 – March 1, 2015

Booth B2.02 (floor map # 3.04.B)
COAM – LaSede
Calle Hortaleza, 63, 28004 MADRID, SPAIN

coinciding with ARCO, Owen James Gallery is part of ‘JUST BROOKLYN’ . . .
a selection of young Brooklyn galleries within JustMad6 – The Emerging Art fair.
they have a great website: JustMad / EMERGING ART FAIR, MADRID
aka ‘travel’ – by digital wings.


DEX FERNANDEZ, ‘Untitled (2)’, 2013, acrylic, ink & embroidery on digital photograph.
30-1/4 x 20 in.
see: DEX FERNANDEZ, OWEN JAMES GALLERY

“While Southeast Asia has blossomed in the global contemporary art market over the last 10 years, the art coming out of MANILA stands out as dynamic, colorful, with a wide range of influences and materials. The emerging artists of Manilla reflect globalization, the deep impact of colonialism, and the topsy-turvy nature of their current political reality and recent history.”


MARIANO CHING, ‘Pale Moments After the Explosion Series: Man’, 2013
acrylic and oil on shaped canvas, 18 x 18 in.
see: MARIANO CHING, OWEN JAMES GALLERY

“For example, the pervasiveness of Catholic traditions, as introduced by the Spanish, are heavily contrasted with disillusionment over the Church’s inability to confront the overpopulation, political corruption, and the squandering of economic resources that is so rampant in the country. The images of American pop culture, from inane movies and television shows to comic books, brand-name luxury products and fast foods are often used not in admiration, but in defiant rejection of their presumed authority.


DINA GADIA, ‘Fear of Nice things’, 2012. collage. 9-1/2 x 8 in.
see: DINA GADIA, OWEN JAMES GALLERY

wow: the more I see of Ms. GADIA’s work – the more I eat my words . . !!
she is most definite ready for . . PRIME TIME !!


ROBERT LANGENEGGER, ‘As long as our artwork remains committed to the poorest of the poor and does not end up serving the rich the work will prosper.’, 2012.
diptych, acrylic on paper, 11-7/8 x 18 in.
see: ROBERT LANGENEGGER, OWEN JAMES GALLERY


JUSTMAD / EMERGING ART FAIR – MADRID, FEB 24 – MAR 1, 2015 – COAM – La Sede




~DINA GADIA / TAYLOR McKIMENS . . HORSING AROUND

of course as soon as I write that, I find a a very very strong piece by DINA GADIA.
and my question is: is, ETHOS . . always peaceful ?

and what about: KRATOS . . power.

DINA GADIA vs TAYLOR McKIMENS, it’s not so much a ‘versus’ . . as a dialog.
a contrast of visual style and expression.
a contrast of . . intention.
the common element being the . . horse.
a strange enough pictorial symbol . . ?
a political symbol ?
a dream symbol ?
a fantasy-powered unicorn in Taylor’s hands, a retro-charged symbol of power in Dina’s.
in Taylor’s painting the horse is tired, and bound by barbed wire, choking him at the neck.
he seems almost a unicorn, he is so other-worldy and surrounded by eerie light.
a dreamy sub-conscious . . ethos.
in Dina’s work – the horse is a cowboy (American ?) power play, trampling the (foreign ?) wrestlers / culture / ethos.
kratos vs ethos ?

in both artists’ hands, a human has been bounced. in Taylor’s painting he wears a cast.
in Dina’s, 2 strong men – are trampled underfoot.

I offer you DINA GADIA & TAYLOR McKIMENS . . horsing around, just because
. . . I can !!


DINA GADIA, ‘Body Western’, acrylic on thrift painting, 2014.
too bad she doesn’t include the scale ?
a political commentary ?
a fantasy ?
a power play within the imagination – projected out onto the world stage ?
image via DINA GADIA, hold yr horses


TAYLOR McKIMES with his painting, ‘Cactus Rider’, 2015. 84 x 101.75 in
more like a ‘fate’ / a ‘constellation’ of stars in the sky, than a dream.
a political statement ? a social statement ?
a power play within the imagination – projected out upon out our deeper psyche ?

PHOTOS OF TAYLOR McKIMENS & HIS WORK: NANCY SMITH
TAYLOR McKIMENS: 2008-2015 COMMISSIONS BY BRIGHT LYONS, FEB 3 – 17. 2015, NYC

PHOTO OF DINA GADIA,’Body Western’ – from her website




~DINA GADIA . . ETHOS !! & still time to catch MAS PAZ !!

ETHOS:
another way to say . . in a PEACEFUL WAY, new cultures bubbling . . up !!

‘ETHOS BELOW’ – ILLUSTRATION BY . . DINA GADI,
a young artist from the PHILIPPINES who is represented by a new gallery in Brooklyn . . with a, how fun !! global voice: OWEN JAMES GALLERY.
where they will be showing Dina’s work this Spring, MAY 2015.

see: DINA GADIA, hold yer horses, etc

I’m posting this image because, apart from the nice theoretical, political, cultural, & social resonance – to last Saturday’s MAS PAZ special on artlovers – !!
and, of course focused first . . on the great art, visuals, graphics and vision !!
I particularly like how diverse cultures, previously quite ignored in the contemporary art world, i.e. South America, Philippines . . are coming up through the cracks, in small venues in BROOKLYN !!
and I totally dig, how it’s coming up as ‘cutting edge’, which IT IS – as opposed to being pegged as ‘outsider’ or ‘folk art’.

I also think it’s interesting to contrast Dina’s work with Taylor McKimens’ !!.
both have a comic book retro feel, but that’s where – the line stops !!
DINA GADIA vs TAYLOR McKIMENS ?
hmmmmm, well Taylor has it up on Dina, come on, be respectful !!
he’s been around a lot longer, and is more of an original expressionist as opposed to Dina’s more quiet, appropriation collage ways, but those ‘hands coming up from the muck’ – of her’s . . are pure gold !! could be a gold mine – over there in Manilla, give or take a few more years !!
I mean, Taylor has been cooking in the fires of the underground NYC scene for quite a while, which definite toughens you up, Dina could do well to look at his work. and then . . go her own way – of course. and watch out !!

and, go BROOKLYN.
because this global voice – is just so much more real than the big $$$ mainstream galleries who show for example, Chinese contemporary ‘art’ – as they chase the big $$$ Asian art buying market !!

BROOKLYN, is so ahead of the curve. and that’s the way – we like it.

OWEN JAMES GALLERY will be showing Dina’s work, along with 3 other young artists from the PHILIPPINES in his booth at the JUSTMAD6 – THE EMERGING ART FAIR – in SPAIN, that happens next week, coinciding with their big ARCO ART FAIR over there – more info on OUR NEXT POST !!

shout out again to CHE MORALES at IMAGE GALLERYfor including MAS PAZ in his ‘ARTISTANCE’ show, which you can still catch this week – the show runs thru FRI FEB 27, 2015.

UP-DATE: THE ‘ARTISTANCE’ SHOW HAS BEEN EXTENDED THRU . . FRI MARCH 6, 2015
see: IMAGE GALLERY

see: OWEN JAMES GALLERY – 61 GREENPOINT AVE, suite 315, GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN. NY

MAS PAZ – WALL MURAL, ‘Protected from the Sun’ – Barra De Navidad, Mexico
see: MAS PAZ




~THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER . . CLOSING PARTY / UP-DATE: SAT FEB 21 – FIRST BUZZ on SPRING BREAK !!

UP-DATE: SAT FEB 21, 2015:

on an ‘exciting’ note: YULIA TOPCHIY will be presenting what looks to be a very dynamic ‘group’ offering in the highly anticipated SPRING BREAK ART FAIR – during ARMORY WEEK. what makes this new fair so exciting is that it is . . curator-based, as opposed to . . gallery-based.

SPRING BREAK . . founded by ANDREW GORI & AMBRE KELLY, has a new location this year, looking to be a better and bigger exhibition space. good-bye little red schoolhouse on PRINCE ST, hello:
SKYLIGHT at MOYNIHAN STATION, 31st Street entrance – 307 West 31, NYC at 8th Ave.

on a ‘well-deserved’ note: artist & graphic credits for the incredible awesome ‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE’ closing poster image – have just been listed below the poster, scroll down !!

‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’ – CURATED BY KELLI BURTON & YULIA TOPCHIY
CLOSING RECEPTION: FRI, FEB 20, 2015 / 6-9 PM
with readings by:
CATE MARVIN – Nostalgia Is A
JAMES Yeh – Sayonara
Cate Peebles – Waking Up
NARS Foundation Gallery – 201 46th St, 4th Fl, BROOKLYN, NY

gallery hours: MON-FRI 12-5 pm / and by appointment

the group show runs JAN 24 – FEB 20, 2015 / don’t BLINK !!

for more info: CO-WORKER PROJECTS

‘THE DREAMS THAT I GAVE HER’ … includes original writing, music, and visual art created specifically for this event. In conjunction with NARS Foundation curators KELLI BURTON and YULIA TOPCHIY have organized a creative project that involves 30 New York-based artists. The participants consist of 10 writers, 10 musicians, and 10 visual artists …

The 10 writers were asked to craft a new poem or short story. The writing pieces were then distributed anonymously to the 10 musicians and 10 visual artists. They then had one month to use their designated writing piece as inspiration for an original song recording and an original visual artwork in the medium of their choice. The opening which took place on Sat, Jan 24, 2015 revealed the collaborators to each other as well the display of the artworks. There will be printed books available which contain the 10 writing pieces with an attached sound card containing the 10 digital recordings of the inspired songs.

the participating artists:
Chris Bors, Eric Brown, Anelise Chen, Michael Crowe, Matt Duncan, Alaina Ferris & Matt Schlatter, Alan and Michael Fleming, Catherine Foulkrod, Rita Ikonen, Invisible Things, Melissa Godoy Nieto, Alison Kuo, Cate Marvin, Noveller, Cate Peebles, Walter Robinson, Bill Santen, Adam Sipe, Amanada Stern, Christopher Swetals, The Tablets, Tarwuk, JD Walsh, The Westerlies, Whale Belly, Woodsy Pride, Writer, Jessica Wynne, and James Yeh.

Alan and Michael Fleming’s shows have been reviewed several times on artlovers, as have those of my long time friend, and former editor at artnet – Walter Robinson.

the photograph is by – JESSICA WYNNE – an artist in this show.

JESSICA WYNNE, ‘How Mourning Goes’, 2014.
Digital C Print, 30 x 40 in. edition of 10 + 2AP
her project was inspired by the story with the same title by AMANDA STERN, and the song with the same title – was composed and recorded by The Tablets.

the graphic design is by – CASEY BURTON who goes by the name PIO.




~how low – can you go . . ? / UP-DATE: SAT FEB 21

pretty far, actually.

funny how things synch up, funny how round the world . . turns,
direction: WEST !!

all the way from KKK/KANYE WEST & O.J. via AMBER ROSE, onto MM/MICHELE MACCARONE, via how-low-can-you-go NATE LOWMAN and ending up with . . JERRY SALTZ ?!!

you might have caught my big rant on SAT FEB 14th ?
turns out it was a really hot weekend, Saturday was Valentine’s Day and yesterday, was FAT TUESDAY aka MARDI GRAS !!

so things were heating up mad, and . . YES, I DID FEEL THE HEAT.

in the pop culture that rocks us hard, whether we know it or not, things were hot as hell.
BBW in the art word, ‘n BBQ in the fashion-celeb word !!

BBQ – ?
AMBER ROSE goes commando ballistic mad, or as she calls it, ‘South Philly’ !! on her ex KANYE WEST via KHLOE KARDASHIAN . . and nails it very nicely in just a few words, and, of course little North sporting a bullet proof vest c/o KANYE – priceless. I love little North. I hope she gets to watch cartoons, and if they ever put her butt naked on the beach – shilling Guess jeans, ala GIGI HADID, I’ll have a fit.

so, who knew Amber was such a creative genius – posting the meme of all mothers, o lordy, while briefly stooping to call O.J. (“the man who got away with murder”), and in a sense he is . . Khloe’s dad !! !!

of course this bloody Valentines Day massacre goes down just as Kanye gets his mement, I mean moment !! in the fashion world sun, and his song with Taylor Swift, and Paul McCartney, at the Grammy’s – was hardcore . . wow.
gritty. and so are his – boosts. and his referencing of VANESSA BEECROFT.

read: AMBER GOES ‘SO PHILLY’, CALLS KIM . . a WHORE !! and, worse !! – DAILY MAIL

didn’t I tell you that, just last week, at Taylor’s opening: it’s a PHILLY INVASION – !!

so much for crispy well-burnt celeb BBQ,

in the art world proper, it was:

BBW – BUYER BE WARNED !!

MICHELE MACCARONE GOING SOUTH, and we don’t mean her upcoming expansion to L.A. – !!!

actually Michele Maccarone is someone I love to hate, so I actually did go off on her on Sat, but then I thought twice about putting out so much negative derision on the Day of Hearts, and retracted.

but funny how the world spins, and things started to line up in such a groovy connect-the-dots fashion, I just have . . to re-visit.

first up, was the crazy cozy pairing, after the fact – of NATE LOWMAN and his ex MARY KATE OLSEN, aka THE OLSEN TWINS in the ‘OFF DUTY’ section of the WSJ – just in time for VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND.


so are MARY KATE & her sis . . justified or what / and big time !!
BOHO – that was their look !! before they clamped down, went THE ROW – in the face of mass criticism.

and just inside, on PAGE 4 – thanks to the recent contemporary art auctions, a little art world BUYER BE WARNED /BBW – chart !!
and, guess whose on it, and . . tanking ?
yep, sad to say .. NATE LOWMAN thanks in part to the careful, translate: awful . . curation and representation of, by one MICHELE MACCARONE, his dealer.


‘ARTISTS TO WATCH’ – compiled by KELLY CROW, WALL STREET JOURNAL – ‘Sotheby’s Shakes Off Doubts’.

and note: there are only 4 artists who made the list, and ONLY ONE is going south, and that be: NATE.
and, yes – that is a god awful ‘MM” painting by the way.

“Art world wild child NATE LOWMAN, 37, scored at auction in 2013 with a series of works that look like giant bullet holes on walls. But sellers looking to flip the American artist’s works for a quick buck this week found a soft secondary market . ‘Six Shooter’, a series of “bullet holes” from 2005, attracted low interest at Phillips, and sold below estimate at $170,000. The seller of 2011′s ‘Trash Landing Marilyn #12′, (the painting in the chart) who bought it in 2013, took a 10% loss at Phillips when the work sold just above its low estimate for $650,000.”

boo hoo, BBW !! HOW LOW CAN YOU GO – NATE LOWMAN ?

but what really go me to re-post, connect-the-dots !!
was that I had pegged Michele Maccarone, and very nicely I thought – as having her “nose-out-of-joint” meaning unbearably snobby, wrong, and just plain . . stuffy.
you know, stuffy . . nose.

when on quite another cyber research project yesterday, I actually stumbled across JERRY SALTZ and his wonderful chronicle of MICHELE MACCARONE and her BROKEN NOSE . . at VENICE !!
too funnie !!
and, JERRY SALTZ taking pix !! hilarious !!
well you only need to catch the moment if it’s hysterical, by that I mean newsworthy, and so yes he even had a pretty awful photo of Michele and her broken nose, kudos . . JERRY.

but BTW BBW, Jerry – don’t lose the day job !!

read: JERRY SALTZ with the tale of Michele Maccarone’s broken nose – artnet


NATE LOWMAN, ‘LOSER’, 2009.
‘A DOG FOR EVERY COUNTY’, MACCARONE GALLERY, NYC. Feb 10 – April 2009.

now this was from when NATE was GREAT, but that was the last time I ever set foot in that god-forsaken place, talking about . . tragic ‘maccaroni’ westerns, west side NYC, and all.

ALL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH

UP-DATE: SAT FEB 21, 2015

first of all, turns out to be a classic Western frontier, CLASSIC AMERICANA story . . or what ?!!!!
slice and dice, . . and all.

and there’s more on the . . PHILLY FRONT – !!

while I was stabbing, o.k. slice and dice metaphorically . . MICHELE MACARONE here in the fringes of west side NYC, some bad action was going down, in where else .. Philly !!

two members of NICKI MINAJ’s tour crew got stabbed in the CHE BAR & GRILL in PHILLY the night before this was published, that would be Tues night FEB 17, 2015. the news has just started to surface. De’Von Pickett a stage hand for Nicki died, the other crew member is hospitalized. they were only in Philly for 2 days !! for tour rehearsals with Nicki’s BF rapper MEEK MILL – who’s from ?
where else: PHILLY !!

see: NICKI MINAJ – ROADIE .. DEAD / TMZ

something bad-ass in the water – in Philly.