~’FEVER LURE: CHRISTINA YUNA KO, SHANA SADEGHI, EMMA STERN’ / SELENAS MOUNTAIN, RIDGEWOOD / OPENING SAT JAN 19

if, living in the art world feels like living in a bubble, sometimes.
well, maybe this will burst your . . . bubble ?!
POP / POP / POP !!!!!

‘FEVER LURE’ – CHRISTINA YUNA KO, SHANA SADEGHI-RAY, EMMA STERN
OPENS TO-NITE / SAT JAN 19 / 7 – 10 PM
show runs thru . . FEB 16, 2018
SELENAS MOUNTAIN, 63 WODWARD AVE, #6321, RIDGEWOOD, QUEENS, NY 11385
HRS: SAT 1- 5 PM & BY APPOINTMENT

more: ‘FEVER LURE’ – SELENAS MOUNTAIN


IMAGE via Instagram @selenasmountin
FLYER, acrylic on MDF – CHRISTINA YUNA KO
@christina_yuna_ko

ps: I spy a little Japanese ‘anime’ – top right-hand corner, lol.


3-D work by SHANA SADEGHI-RAY
@scorpioncharge: I will be showing new work such as this pearled basketball net at @selenasmountain
Image via Instagram @scorpioncharge


oil on canvas by EMMA STERN
@lava_baby: catch her & a few more . .
Image via Instagram @lava_baby




me & . . RUFUS !!!

just realized . . . knock knock !!

me & RUFUS TUREEN share a similar fascination for mysterious, dramatic creatures, all glamed up in . . mask-like white make-up,
and very BIG hair with lots of cascading ringlets.
except, while his ‘connect’ is focused . . boldly pantomiming 17-18th C. French courtiers, mine is half-way around the world, though very much in the same time period (1615-1868) but with the opposite sex, the women of the great Edo period Woodblock prints of japan.
and, though I also try to “lift the mask”, my pursuit is purely graphic, pencil or, pen & ink on paper, or more recently vellum.
but, at then end of the day, I believe we are both using these ‘attractions’ to find out more – about . . ourselves.
the elusive, infinite . . search / the never-ending story.


NANCY SMITH, self-portrait, ‘after Ukiyo-e woodblock print’.
early 1970s, Montreal. pencil.


detail, NANCY SMITH, self-portrait, ‘after Ukiyo-e woodblock print’.
early 1990s, NYC. pen & ink on vellum.


close-up / detail.

PHOTOS & ARTWORK: NANCY SMITH


RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’. solo performance, Essex Flowers, Nov 3, 2018
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH




~BEST of 2018: RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’ / ESSEX FLOWERS – PERFORMANCE & ART

2018 . . . was the year I finally caught up with this guy !!!!!!!!
& QUELLE FAN-TAS-TICK !!!!!
it was.


RUFUS TUREEN . . . !!!!!
setting up for ‘Olde Man’, a Saturday night solo performance piece he presented, in a stage of his own making,
at Essex Flowers / in the newly opened, tiny but hey . . it packs punch !! back room.


this in fact was Rufus’s first solo show at Essex Flowers . . but, he’d been popping up, in various costumes on Instagram rather intriguingly, & with increased rabid fandom at every new turn.
so, even though I’m not normally into ‘performance’ – I was ready to engage at the nearest best opportunity, turns out his first solo show at Essex Flowers, coincided with Jeffrey Tranchell’s / Jonathan Hartshorn – ‘Suckers …’ show – so, game on !!!

the early visuals were also quite enchanting – wtf, Louis the 16th ?
I was like: oh oh, I better wear a hat to hide my own unruly white mane. lest I become an unwitting participant, and perhaps up for some ridicule in the process, damn these smart-ass interactive/performance artists !!
been there/done that.

when I caught that first sight of him, above . . I was, of course !! epiphany. light bulb. this is . . him.
this guy’s got to have that really neutral face, a rubbery, generic, accountant’s face, no great stature either, all on the down low / who you’d walk by in the street & you wouldn’t notice / the perfect mime face. the blank canvas.
it was kind of like an art world ‘blind-date’ meeting of the minds, albeit 2 very, strange, expressive minds !!
I had heard of him, but had no idea what to expect / except the grin on his face made huge promises.

It seemed like he had heard of me, but didn’t know who I was or looked like, but he got my number, too.
& right away / I was taking a million photos, and talking a mile a minute, asking a million questions, and grinning non-stop,
he got me. & he was impressed too, that beyond the normal obsession with info, that precedes me,
I actually did my homework.
what ? had no one asked him before – if he had a famous father ?
he was shocked.
what, does no one else in this town . . do their homework ?
or maybe it’s more like: watch out . . very late night, world wide web ‘stalker’ – on the premises.
you can dish it – I can find it.

wow, so far . . . the blind date’s doing pretty damn . . . GOOD !!!!


of course, the tiny back room was like the hugest stage – I knew right then,
I was in the hands of a . . magician.
an illusionist.
a painter.
bearing . . tales.

and, of course (!!) it confronted, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, that I thought I stood for & had a grip on, namely simple, functional, found, industrial, DIY, hard. conceptual, art. I mean, I had just spent the better part of the afternoon immersed in the brilliant, quietly joking, small-sized / art works floating in great white space, offering up Tootsie Roll pops, . . that was Jonathan Hartshorn’s show / and I literally, turn a corner, literally, one step in that small storefront space,
and, voila: damn. …… whaaaaaaaaaa !! whaaaaaa !! again.
in-your-face, BOLD.
wild expressionism. wild abandon. hedonism. crazy-driven brush strokes. passionate paint, lyrical imagery, with . . real human ‘figures’. and, historical ones at that.
picturesque, poetic & about to bare their porcelain breasts !!


I remembered this hand-painted yellow & blue ‘screen’, from the Essex Flowers ‘Home Edition’ show, but – where it had once been a backdrop, for other people’s fancies, HERE . . EVEN IN THIS TINY, SHALLOW ROOM, IT WAS A-GLOW – WITH A SECRET LIFE.
let the . . PERFORMANCE BEGIN.


what, what ? is that a tease ? is my future true love – a sly romantic, or what !!!
dangling a tiny handkerchief, beckoning: come, come, follow me, into my secret world.


my heart was a-flutter, like a little bird it beat against my chest.
I was already powerless at the joy unfolding . . there was no escaping.


and just in time, for hark: the ‘Olde Man’, looking quite the dashing, young, French, mischief-bearing, elfish . . pied piper, doth handily . . appear.


RUFUS TUREEN . . ‘OLDE MAN’
you, broke my heart in half, with joy & unsurpassed / surprised delight – in 2018.


Yes, world . . I am Rufus Tureen, come to steal you away, tonight.

oh my fluttering soul, took off, without a thought & into much deep fancy.
no wonder, all those court people wore all that make-up, and those huge huge wigs, with waves-of-curls, powerfully descending & twirling in the glory.
all the better to transform, my dear.

RUFUS TUREEN, ‘OLDE MAN’.
OCT 13 – Nov 11, 2018
ESSEX FLOWERS

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. NOV 3, 2018.




~BEST of 2018: JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘LOLLIPOP HOLDERS’, curated by JEFFREY TRANCHELL / ESSEX FLOWERS

JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Suckers, copycats, lollipops, fast cash, fashion, one hit wonders and heat lamps’
curated by JEFFREY TRANCHELL
Oct 13 – Nov 11, 2018
ESSEX FLOWERS, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC

see: Jonathan Hartshorn – it’s all about ‘exchange’ / Essex Flowers

this, should really be captioned, BEST of 2018 . . that I have not already posted about !!
sometimes, contrarian that I am / it’s because I hoard my fav pix, yes I do !!
often, it’s because too much else is coming on own the never-ending pipeline / when it rains it pours in this BIG art scene !!
& sometimes . . it’s because I need to process the experience, run it around inside my soul for a little bit.
& sometimes . . it’s because / I am just stunned.
that’s / all of the above !!
why I’m so late to publish my photos & thoughts, on this show which really was . .
stark, curious, inventive, pretty & . . . profound.


at the exhibit . . JONATHAN HARTSHORN’S whimsical pieces overhead,
the show’s curator JEFFREY TRANCHELL, with his friend & fellow artist PHILIP BIRCH at right.
it seems right to post a photo which has Jeffrey in the company of a friend, and fellow artist.
Jeffrey is very much an artist who is about . . community.
it’s my experience that most artists are very self-centered & focused on their own art, but then there are the rare ones, who really like to look at other artists’ work, and either write, or curate shows reflecting those interactions. Jeffrey is an artist who understands, in a very concrete & yet far-reaching way, other artists’ art & visions, motivations & influence.

to that end, this show is a sad landmark as it is Jeffrey’s last curatorial contribution to this communal, artist-run gallery. A founding member of Essex Flowers since its initiation in 2013, Jeffrey has resigned due to his gradual relocation & growing involvement in the burgeoning art scene over in Detroit, centering around the Hamtramck.
It’s a 10 hr. drive between NYC and Detroit, one way – and I guess after a really intensive few years here, and increasingly over there, the scale tipped.


JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Lollipop Holder’, 2018.
acrylic and lollipops on sculpey. 9 x 4 x 2-1/2 in.

so, that’s the thing about seeing something, like you’ve never seen before !!
to the extreme / because most art . . is.
and it’s ironic, because the premise is . . so playful.
functional, realist & fanciful.


JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Lollipop Holder’, 2018.
acrylic and lollipops / looks like ‘found’ hardware base. 8 x 8 x 4-1/2 in.

these strange, quiet yet intense pieces are quite telling, re: the Jeffrey Tranchell . . ‘effect’.
he could rescue DIY, from crafty.
he could take function & separate it from old-fashioned, & old-fashioned technology, & point to archival, historical and playful.
he could arouse curiosity from the mundane / art from the everyday & bring new ways of looking at things, and art / and new ‘faces’ onto the scene . . .


JONATHAN HARTSHORN, ‘Lollipop Holder’, 2018.
acrylic, hardware and lollipops on sculpey
13 x 8-1/4 x 3-1/2 in.

from sculpey to . . . ‘found’.
AND BACK AGAIN.

playful. functional. ‘re-discovered’ industrial ?

the show was quite worth seeing, esp in person / so many angles to the objects.
so thoughtful, and yet so engaging, so entertaining.
such a great potential to both tell a ‘story’, illuminate a function. create ‘influence’, exploit ‘pop’ culture.
OG hardware. young kid treasure. society moves on in mysterious ways.
encapsulation of idea / context, form.

I guess that sums up Jeffrey, too.
great show / but, big loss.
can somebody please give me, a great big, fruit-flavored tootsie roll pop – to suck on. whaaaaa.
I wonder just how many people were forward-thinking, and innovative enough to snag one of these, I def def would want one.
talk about a ‘zen’ poem.

‘Essex Flowers Home Edition’ – 2018 . . . what a great year of conversation !!!!!
Jeffrey Tranchell – had alot to do with that.
best show – worst moment ?

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. NOV 3, 2018.




~RED ENVELOPE: DIANNA XU . . GRUMPY BERT, FLUSHING TOWN HALL / OPENING RECEPTION SAT JAN 5

RED LIGHT / GREEN LIGHT . .
LET . . DIANNA XU come over !!!!!!!

2019 . . is the ‘CHINESE YEAR of THE PIG’ & once again, GRUMPY BERT . . .
presents this wildly popular group show, showcasing a wide and diverse range of illustrators – at their creative & imaginative . . BEST !!!!

working on traditional ‘lucky’ red Chinese New Year coin envelopes, these glorious pieces can usually be yours – for the taking, starting at $50 each / all of which are one-of-a-kind.

GRUMPY BERT, ‘RED ENVELOPE SHOW’ – OPENING RECEPTION SAT JAN 5, 2019 / 5 – 7 PM
show runs thru . . . JAN 27, 2019
FLUSHING TOWN HALL, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, N.Y. 11354

more info: ‘RED ENVELOPE SHOW’ – GRUMPY BERT / FB

see: “PIGS have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life” . . . . (!!) / 2019 EARTH / YEAR of the PIG

so, 2019 could be . . . SWEET & MEATY ?!!!!
I’m in.


DIANNA XU – PORK BELLY for YEAR of the PIG
image via Instagram @diannaxu




~GREEN LIGHT: ANDREW GUENTHER, SARAH HOOVER & TOM SACHS, ANDY CAHILL . . & BUGS BUNNY !!

shiny, saturated neon green . . such a strange color to kick off a new year.
2019 . . what up ?!!!


ANDREW GUENTHER, ‘Green Birds’, 2018. oil on canvas. 16 x 12 in.
& to be found, in his current show at SOFT OPENING, BROOKLYN
image via Instagram @andrewguenther_art

I did jump, when this image came down my Instagram pipeline 2 days ago.
it made everything that was going on in my head – stop.
it was just so dark, and brood-y, so unexpected from all the previous images, that had been posted for this small ‘plant’ shop show. so unique. so emotional. such a call for . . love ?
it made everything I was thinking about, stop. except, for one thing.
my contempt, or really boredom, capital B !! for all the so-called art collectors. you know, the big ones who post great holiday travelogue pix, or divorce drama. oh, so what.
you have Hirsts, Koons, Basquiats, Harings and Warhols.
same old, same old. so predictable, to the point where its meaningless. that is so stuck in the 80s. it’s so un-impressive, really.
break out a JACK GOLDSTEIN. a DAN ASHER. a TAYLOR McKIMENS.
an ANDREW GUENTHER. this is the art scene, not a French patisserie doing all the same classic holiday faves – year after year.


SARAH HOOVER & TOM SACHS on holiday in Hawaii.
image via Instagram @sarahhoov

then I really did . . JUMP !!
the very next image – on my IG thread was this !!!!
2 REAL ‘LOVE – BIRDS !! – all encased in that same, shimmery but gooey honey dark, glowing shiny green glow.

TOM is such a contrary bird, such a bad boy. sincerely, it’s nice to see he has found someone who can handle him, give him a much needed (leaning humorous) pr make-over, and apparently, make him happy / no small thing.
and, she’s quite the Instagram raconteur / quite the ‘bird’ herself !!
I mean, dig that fab fab mini dress, is it Chanel ? never mind. it could be, or not. it’s HOT.

I mean, this is also just after they were in St. Moritz for Tom’s solo show with Vito / so skiing, (where her skis got stolen), and, then (trying hard) to surf the waves, 1/2 way around the world / in one week – classic/fantastic.
we should all only trip – so lightly.
plus she’s so good at laying it down. nothing off-putting, ever. or you know, I’d be mouthing off.
plus I mean, you know . . I’m already a huge fan for anything he slaps that crazy NASA sticker / logo onto.
plus I used to run into early Tom, back in the golden artnet days (2002-2004) and what amazed me (I now realize), was – he was the first ‘distressed’ fashionista, everybody (successful) was so proper, or maybe Schnabel schlumpy, but he was truly distressed / wearing a beat-up black or was it blue (?), puffer jacket – held together with duct tape.
& apparently he’s still pretty much the same, or maybe it’s a ‘performance’-worthy, nerdy ‘tech’ jacket, or a hi-end (I guess) pair of print all-over pjs / and, she’s holding up the other end, encased in classic black velvet Chanel sheath, with a string of pearls as shoulder straps.
in a 5 star bistro. yep, that’s quite the gal – for Tom.
and apparently right on the mark, color-wise, just like magic. dancing on the perfect line between where the underground meets the mainstream big stakes.


image via Instagram story @andycahill

and, then speaking of green lit – love birds !!
wouldn’t you know, I check out maybe just one, or 2 of the scrolling video clip stories – at the top of the very same IG page, & one of the young turks of the underground, ANDY CAHILL has a story which looks to be, from the swinging haircut, to be him dancing with his girl / painter GRETTA JOHNSON.

and, it’s weird because . . .


image via Instagram @artloversnewyork

all I could think of, meaning: was compelled (!!) to post on Christmas Day, for no real good reason, except maybe I’m high functioning / outsider / borderline . . with strange non-linear, more often than not, ‘presentient’ radar . . . & always attracted to shiny foil surfaces, but esp to this shiny, reflective, fade-to-dark saturated / Bugs Bunny new ‘old stock’ Xmas retro stickers, which I had just unearthed in an old school, (Jersey City) Heights thrift shop, catch-em while you can, the whole area is going mad crazy with gentrification.

NASA and LOONEY tunes . . is that a rhyme ?
strange call, or what.
oh, the (shamanistic) patterns we all use – to navigate reality.
I mean, in one way, or another.
name one. other than myself ?
how about:
MELISSA BROWN / fortune-teller, games theorist, and magic-realist painter – extra-ordinaire.




~ANDREW GUENTHER . . ‘NEW PAINTINGS’ / SOFT OPENING, BROOKLYN / OPENS FRI DEC 28

RAINY DAY – PARADE !!!!!!!

ANDREW GUENTHER WELCOMES . . . ‘SOFT OPENING’.
NEW LOCAL BROOKLYN / GREENPOINT SPOT for all things . . HAND-MADE & ORGANIC, incl . . ART !!

ANDREW GUENTHER – ‘NEW PAINTINGS’
OPENS TO-NITE FRI DEC 28 / 7 – 10 PM
SOFT OPENING, 570 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn NY 11222

see: SOFT OPENING PLANT STORE & GALLERY SHOP – PLANTS, CERAMICS, BOTANICALS/ HOME GOODS & ART / FACEBOOK
IG: @softopeningbk


@andrewguenther_art: “Pick up some real plants when you get my fake ones.”
image via Instagram @andrewguenther_art


@andrewgueenther_art:”Okay, okay. I’ve added a few photographs . . This one was taken in
Berlin several years ago.”
image via Instagram @andrewguenther_art


def, checkout: ANDREW GUENTHER – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE


when he’s not doing ‘art’, Andrew is making jewelry, where his line is known as . . ‘EAT THE LEAF’.
def, checkout: EAT THE LEAF – by ANDREW GUENTHER

ps: if you ever wondered where I got that shiny, hand-made / golden “ALREADY DEAD” (!!!!) pendant that hangs around my neck, now – you know !!
and . . FOR REAL / THAT’S HOW I FEEL – in 2 words !!
plus obviously I got a GHOST ARMY – many dear, now departed friends . . in that big ole / DEAD ARTIST CLUB – UP IN THE SKY.

FLASHBACK . . . !!!!!

since, it’s a super rainy day, after a false alarm “Alien Invasion over Manhattan” night . . . it was a utility sub-station explosion, or so they – say.
(I’m personally waiting for the big headline . . “ALIENS – HAVE LANDED” !!!!)

here’s something to divert ya, a little digital trip !!!

ANDREW & ME – go far back. he was the intern at the now defunct Daniel Silverstein Gallery, on 21st St. in Chelsea, when I was showing there, in late 1990s.

I have a ton of pix of him, and his WORK !! over the decades.
he’s such a colorful and super talented figure, who wavers like a flame, about to spark – on the fringes of the ever-changing underground.
I hope one day, before I am REALLY DEAD / that some gallery will finally wake up – and show them ?!!

here’s one:


ANDREW GUENTHER . . . with his paintings, in his home studio.
GREENPOINT OPEN STUDIO WEEEKEND, OCT 5, 2014.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

I picked that one, because, well !!!!!!! no words needed !!!!!

but also because, it’s in a nice run of artlovers articles, covering topics & with photos of:

1. a great, early – “FADE” piece . . by ROB PRUITT.
2. PAUL McCARTHY – offends PARIS !!
3. MATT LEINES painting . . in an early, big GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – group show.
4. WALTER ROBINSON – his big RETROSPECTIVE – was just setting out – to conquer the art scene.
5. archival pix of SIMON CERIGO, R.I.P. & his work . . . truly already dead & representing the splendor of the DEAD ARTIST CLUB / still, just short of taking over big time / ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’, and, most def . . a ring leader of my own personal . . GHOST ARMY.
SIMON a was the director of the DANIEL SILVERSTEIN Gallery in the late 90s, and as such, was the one to give a young Andrew Guenther, fresh out of some university art school, his first job in NYC.
5. and finishes up with . .
an extensively documented STUDIO VISIT, with ANDREW GUENTHER, including that photo above / GREEN POINT OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND. OCT 5, 2014.

SURPRISE BONUS . . ?
NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . . new wave ‘ringleader’, in his own right / shows up !!!

most def: SCROLL DOWN / ARTLOVERSNEWYORK – 2014 !!!!


SIMON CERIGO, ca. early 1990s.
toy model with custom paint job. if this image doens’t ‘encapsulate’ Simon,
I don’t know what – would.
a huge lover of art, and it’s . . ‘fanciful, yet meaningful’ flight.
it’s best, is most often . . it’s most elusive – in a broad-based, dumbed-down mass market.
talk about . . . ‘soft’ openings (!!!)
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


WALTER ROBINSON, ‘REVENGE’, 1982.
acrylic on canvas.
SIMON was a big, and very early fan . . of both Andrew Gunther, and Walter Robinson.
we owned a stack of early Andrew Guenther 1990s drawings, and ‘Revenge’, was among our first early Walter Robinson purchases.
PHOTO: HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN




~LITTLE NORA BROWN . . THE LOCAL, NASHVILLE / THURS DEC 27 6 – 7 PM

another regret, not making it into the recent, LITTLE NORA BROWN performance . .
at the American Folk Art Museum, NYC.

you can catch her tonight, if you’re near Nashville !!
while visiting her grandparents, in the area – she’ll be playing an early set.
THE LOCAL, 110 28th Ave N., Nashville, TN / Tenneesee


image via Instagram @little.nb.


LITTLE NORA BROWN – WINTER 2018
image via Youtube

def, check out: LITTLE NORA BROWN – ‘Morphine’, Pewter Sessions / Youtube
Beehive Productions – Published March 2, 2018
Filmed live at THE HOOT! – WINTER 2018
note: traditional Appalachian folk song

note: as of today, Dec 27, 2018 . . there are 4,751 views for this clip,
I can only imagine it’s going to be much much larger, by this time – next year.

and, yep.
she’s got a GHOST ARMY !!
“most of the songs I like are by people that are dead.”

‘The Key Changers: Little Nora’ / A Short Film Presented by Tribeca Studios
Published May 17, 2018.


IMAGE via Youtube

yes, meet: NORA BROWN, 12 years old, out of BROOKLYN !! – ‘THE KEY CHANGERS’

here’s . . . to the dead,
and, the young . . future.


image via FACEBOOK
follow: Nora Brown Banjo / FACEBOOK




~TAYLOR McKIMENS . . PAPER HOLI-DAZE !! ORNAMENTS !! at MUDDGUTS . .

the other reason to swing by MUDDGUTS – TODAY !!

A WILD !! ASSORTMENT !! of PAINTED, PAPER / ONE-OF-A-KIND, ORNAMENTS BY . . TAYLOR McKIMENS !!!!!!
$150 – $200 a pop.


image via INSTAGRAM STORY @taylormckimens


image via Instagram @muddguts


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~CARAMEL BOBBY . . ‘CHAOS’ / ‘GLOBAL WARNING’ / MUDDGUTS

1. what I like best about Instagram . .
is that you can follow the art world in a much more efficient and all-encompassing way, with a kind of drone-like, micro-precison, which can be tuned to your own likes and wants . . but, which also comes armed with a potential . . for random and mind-widening opportunity, and ‘play’.

2. what I like best about artlovers, besides being able to spill the contents of my mind, so they don’t overflow and implode, and which also enables me to encourage, engage & promote singular, often underground, talent / with an eye towards the cultural and world moment . . is seeing those Instagram pictures blow-up, big on a larger screen.


CARAMEL BOBBY / CALI THORNHILL DEWIIT, ‘CHAOS’, 2018
mixed media & paint on canvas, 3 ft. x 3 ft.

image via Instagram @caramelbobby

see: CALI THORNHILL DEWITT – ‘GLOBAL WARNING’ on MUDDGUTS

up thru FEB 2019 – MUDDGUTS, BROOKLYN.