NICHOLAS STEINDORF. all of Nicholas’ work is computer generated, or digitally directed in some way, so no wonder – his desk with its big screens, and all the free-flowing notes, is the first thing that greets you as you open the door. the ‘core’ niche, the ‘head quarters’ – literally.
at the top of the stairs.
Nicholas lives and works in a floor-thru second floor walk-up in Greenpoint, just off McCarren Park.
I had come to pick up the short video piece of his, with original sound track by DARREN WILL, that I had purchased at Spring Break, 2015.
titled ‘PURPLE’, it was a brief projection, that was more of a kinetic ‘sculpture’ – than a film in the conventional sense. an intense pulsating energy ‘beam’. a tiny pulsating force of a nano ‘dot’. . played out against a large white screen.
he had told me at the time I saw it, that it wasn’t ‘just’ a color dot, per se – but that it was a simple color ‘code’ card, that was switched from front to back ? I couldn’t really visual it, but I instantly recognized the small color card – as the image source, of my kinetic video loop.
so curious. almost the story of evolution, 2 cells meet and multiply. on speed.
the parts becoming greater, as a whole.
what’s the point of a studio visit, if you can’t get ‘behind’ – the scenes !!
blue card to red card, on the reverse. twirl ‘em fast . . red and blue: make purple.
studio art class 101.
but. it felt like Houdini, making bare – a magic trick !!
watch: ‘Purple’, 2015 – animation & concept by Nicholas Steindorf, sound track by musician Darren Will, you’ll see why I fell . . hard.
very brilliant, very aggressive. poetically severe. playful. bullet-paced. curious, even futuristic. even planetary. totally graphic, yet very sensual, physical.
an in-your-face light show.
holding the magic trick card – on edge.
crazy enough, I first meet Nicholas a few years back – through a random throw of Craig’s list.
somebody I knew was looking to rent a room, found a share they liked, and threw a typical Brooklyn house-warming dinner party. Nicholas was one of the roommates, and his small early paintings, acrylic on canvas were on the walls, and so the dialog began.
I look back and think, how ironic.
this digitally-sourced , absolutely random, luck of the draw meeting – with a new generation digital artist.
and the dialog, just kept moving forward.
two art world ‘junkies’ going . . ‘smack’. a metaphor of course, but, yes – that intense.
one a newbie, Nicholas – with new skills, and a new vision, with a new scene just starting to emerge around him. the other, the old battle-scarred veteran, me . . with plenty of first-hand tales from the old days, when the ‘giants’ ruled the Lower East Side, back in the 80s.
at this point, I wasn’t quite sure what a ‘digital’ artist was. but I quickly found out, via several intense video screenings of Nicholas’ work – CGI animated, mostly abstract-leaning, pattern-dominated video loops – presented by YULIA TOPCHIY, of Co-worker – at the chic downtown boite, Entwine.
these videos were, compared to the small dinner party paintings, very experimental.
they came off as purely abstract animation, a lot of kinetic patterning, usually with some kind of poetic narrative informing the ‘action’. some of the patterns were easily seen as based in reality, and then digitally manipulated. but only by a big, big stretch, their ‘source’ wasn’t the point, the pure patterning was the point.
fast forward, a few years later, and here I am walking into his studio. and, wow.
his work had done a 360.
it was still animated and digitally manipulated, but the final image was not abstracted down to visual elements or repetitions. it had become CGI hyper-real, focused on a man-child, and furthermore, it . . took off in a sci-fi direction !!
things were very hyper-real. and yet totally . . fantastical.
I’m talking ‘Zach’. Nicholas’ new series, some of which were recently screened – in Paris.
the boy who plays with . . fire.
I guess you could say, ‘Purple’, 2015, was the height of that earlier kind of digital animation. very abstract, but then it flipped, a creative corner, quite literally.
a seemingly very ‘abstract’ patterning, was in fact – a speeded-up, and very simple ‘color’ card – trick !!
and now, I was struck by how everything had changed – again !!
the ‘Zach’ project was very literal, hyper-real. yet fantasized. blown-up by kind of pumped-in science fiction. very post literal. very surreal.
and yet – there was also this other element, in the studio today. a visual force harder to put down in words, in the midst of this very literal CGI boy-man, who looks like a proto-scientist ?
a floating scrim, a transparent veil, a non-digital . . material transparency, fluttering by . . almost everywhere you looked.
hyper-real computer wizardly action – meets the elusiveness of the physical world. the studio space itself was animated by real light, caught on the surface of things like transparent, mylar banners, and screened windows.
it was a strange polarity, it was something you experienced physically, visually, not just intellectually.
like they say, a photo – is worth a thousand words.
NICHOLAS STEINDORF, a ‘still’ variation of CGI manipulated, was a real boy, ‘ZACH’ – printed on a transparent mylar / clear plastic . . suspended ‘plane’.
elusive, a printed hyper real image, plays across a transparent banner that plays with the room’s reality, and, actual light – in 3D.
a kind of . . ‘light’ sculpture ?
the view to the . . window, the real-world, real-time source of the natural light.
the total effect, even if the individual image itself, was CGI-derived, is the very opposite of computer-generated, in that it is, just the crossroads, the casual moment of . . real life.
the transparent material of the banner activates the drama of the light play. and the hyper-real, graphic printed image of ‘Zach’ shifts around to great effect, because of that.
conceptually – it was many-layered.
it was hard-edged graphic vs shimmery. elusive. floaty.
a many-faceted manipulation of reality . . that started life off, as a CGI image. ?
on another wall, that same effect.
a ghostly ‘scrim’ panel wavers, above a deep pink, fuchsia shag rug. a ‘texture’ collision.
a surreal, but very real arm . . floats by. metaphors . . begin, and the story line . . beckons.
but the real impact – is one of surfaces.
like-wise, light shimmers . . from the stained glass windows of Matisse’s cut-out Chapel.
what is it about ‘up-endedness’ – that appeals to us so much, in this age of a thousand up-right images a second ? what, are we questioning ?
or just trying to be . . . noticed.
the rare treat that is a . . studio visit.
an artist’s note – stuck to a bottom corner.
Nicholas’ world is quite literally – non-stop.
these ‘Zach’ studies have a classical . . Da Vinci feel.
the first ‘Zach’ image I ever saw, was the quasi-boy child man, playing with candle or was it match . . fire, arranged via Warhol, that is – in typical straight-forward 4 patch – quilt style.
or is that a very Brit Brit Lucian Freud geometric thing-y thing. no diss.
like the Matisse reference. Nicholas has a lot of conversations going on in his head, and this is his way of detailing some of them – for us.
thought becomes a prism. a personal geometry. a study.
everything is up, for . . examination. sometimes it seems he takes time, to dialog with the great art of the past, maybe just because he is zooming, so fast, so forward.
history meets sci-fi, head-on . . is a big part of it, the human code, the human dialog.
I like it. I like to see . . the ‘password’ / code.
this one reminded me of . . childhood, the code was: Where’s Waldo ?
where’s Zach. in a more comic stance . .
and yet confrontational as well. where, are – we anyways ????
it’s a real not so ‘comic’ scene out there.
I just read this morning some guy is saying, soon the human race will become extinct itself, killed off by super robots.
I can believe it.
the studio apartment’s back yard windows, the source of the natural light.
one of my favorite pieces, is on that wall between the windows, it looks to be totally abstract, great colors. but it is actually based on a whale sighting he had in Maine a few summers back.
it is an over-print. it’s a great reduction of Nicholas’ workings, take what’s real . . and run with the ball.
a succulent ode to water-parched . . L.A. ??
so fun to see how grounded this digital dreamer is, after all.
grows plants from seeds in CLAY POTS – !!
it’s Brooklyn 2015, and the hand-crafts, including a little window ‘gardening’ – is how these computer dare-devils, balance things out.
plus it’s so positive, of a stance, amidst all the surreal anhilistic, nihilistic (?) ‘Zach’ imagery. code born of a world culture gone digitally – stark mad. humans: curious. humans: compete, compete. rip off. red tape. war, war, anger. and if not, then, for sure: corruption. and blood feuds. entropy. environmental degradation, tragedy, space exploration ?
hi-def cameras speeding into deep space, 24/7 surveillance down on the planet. reproduce, copy, copy exactly.
you can see that ghostly ‘scrim’ effect – happening in the window screen too. unintentionally, but still, there.
mother nature vs the computer – that ultimate clash. elusive reality vs manipulated parlor trick.
from the window garden gazing , we get to downloading . . my copy of ‘Purple’ !!
sold for $1 per MB – at Spring Break – it was a bonafide collectors’ opportunity, if you were smart enough to grasp it. limited edition of 3. 36 MB – $36.
my first strictly, CGI animated video . . purchase.
I mean, I have traded LUKE MURPHY for the digital interactive banner, that runs at the top of this page,
and I’m sure I have several digitally manipulated art works in my collection, but this is strictly my first loop on an SD memory card. that’s a kind of milestone – when a new medium enters your collection.
a computer file is like a . . ‘seed’ – !!
my very own SB card of – ‘Purple’.
my hard copy – print.
my Spring Break Art Fair 2015 – ‘transaction’.
Transaction – completed.
almost as organic, as a tiny plant growing on a windowsill – in Brooklyn.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, BROOKLYN. MAY 2, 2015
NICHOLAS STEINDORF’S NEWEST VIDEO PROJECT, ‘ZACH’ . . . SCREENS IN PARIS, TO-NITE !!
REALITIES IN CONTEMPORARY VIDEO ART
screening recent videos by artists:
NICHOLAS STEINDORF, KYLE WILLIAMS & HENRY CHAPMAN, DARJA BAJAGIC, CHRIS WATTS, and JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET.
MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015 / 19h-21h
Foundation des Etats-Unis, Cite Universitaire
15 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 PARIS
CURATED & ORGANIZED BY ANTONE KONST,
who is currently the Harriet Hale Woolley Fellow at Fondation des Etats-Unis.
ANTONE KONST writes:
“The videos were chosen to represent the range of different concerns in contemporary video art; virtual reality, edited reality, and documented reality.
Objectivity, which was introduced to us with the mechanical devices of photography, has left that field and is now being explored with video. The element of time, almost like gravity, keeps moving images tied to our expectations of what is real. The extent to which experts and amateurs can create and recreate a reality is unprecedented, and this screening intends to explore that.”
all of the artists are Americans, except for Jean-Baptiste Lenglet.
NICHOLAS STEINDORF, his newest video project: ‘ZACH’, (2015), with original soundtrack by DARREN WILL.
PRIVATE SCREENING at a STUDIO VISIT, MAY 2, 2015. GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN. NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
for all you art fair news hounds, yes – that is the same DARJA BAJAGIC, (could there be another, at least in NYC), who scored a colorful mention . . in the weekend’s JOSEPH AKEL penned NEW YORK TIMES, T Magazine NADA review, titled . . ‘At NADA, a Fresh Crop of Young Talent.’
she made the last cut. literally the closing sentence:
“Meanwhile another first time gallery . . looked to be in for the ultimate NADA experience. Having just arrived at the fair, the megawatt curator and writer HANS ULRICH OBRIST and the Stedilijk Museum director BEATRIX RUF were overheard declaring that . . DARJA BAJAGIC’S ‘Ex Axes – Larissa Riquelme (2015)’, an ax bearing the photograph of a despairing young woman, to be the highlight of NADA. Talk about making the cut.”
we caught: DARJA’S first solo show in NYC – at ROOM EAST, 41 Orchard St, back in Sept of 2014.
NICHOLAS STEINDORF, was a big hit at this year’s SPRING BREAK, where he, and musician DARREN WILL, who did the original sound tracks, presented several short animated videos – all very diverse in nature, but held together by a JACK GOLDSTEIN . . ICONIC, BUTTER KNIFE image !!
in tune with the fair’s theme of ‘TRANSACTION’, Nicholas and Darren were selling their videos for $1 per 1 MB, in limited editions of 3.
ca-ching, I, and 2 others bought . . ‘Purple’, an intense, tiny beam of pure energy – for $36.28 ea. !!
see: NICHOLAS STEINDORF & DARREN WILL – PRESENT VIDEOS AT SPRING BREAK 2015
see: CA – CHING !! , ‘Purple’ is . . mine !!
another reviewer called their work . . “sensual light shows” !!
from pulsating, intense, nano-beams, to full-blown poetic narrative. very moving.
Nicholas is screening his newest project, ‘ZACH’, a completely different type of video animation, though again with an original sound track by DARREN WILL, for the first time, to-night in – PARIS.
damn. wish I could be there, or what !!
but maybe even better, I got to do a studio visit, in BROOKLYN – coming up next !!
NEW WHITNEY vs ‘old bank’ . . . ?
‘OLD BANK’ – wins !!
talking about ‘under the volcano’ – ha, !!
file this under: ‘ON TOP OF THE VOLCANO’ !! . . . caves, !!
yeah, you know, ‘under the volcano’ . . .
as in . . ‘the underground’, as in . . the under-represented creative power seething . . just below the surface of the scene, as in . . trying to get out from under the . . powers that be – at the top !!
this show, Vito’s show – was obviously the exact opposite – let’s be honest.
in the purest sense, this wasn’t a ‘pop-up’ in the real functional sense of needing to dig up any empty or alternative venue, for cheap, or better yet . . FOR FREE. this was . . a ‘pop up’ in a classic 70s Lower East Side ‘happening’ context, a shabby chic, and still . . . an absolutely awesome, beautiful and significant moment.
a moment as temporary, and as shiveringly awesome – as the glassy, prism-like soap bubbles the little kids next door are blowing up and way with a flip of their magic plastic wands, what no more tiny bubble-blowing pipes ? – on their summertime stoops.
designer budget, or well-oiled connections, or what, or not. who friggin cares ?
‘FIRST SHOW LAST SHOW’ was a show with a great card, a great title, a great line-up, and a rare chance to see for yourself . . a slice of Lower East Side history – the storied 190 Bowery Building. in a weekend of super mass, super dumbed-down art retail big time – this was an authentic voice, and intelligent voice. this was bringing it all down to the superlative ‘singular’, and . . NOTHING WAS FOR SALE..
and guess what, people got that !!
everything about this show spoke, softly. but with great eloquence. relevance, a curatorial bell ring – that caught people in the cross hairs, and stole the big FREIZE, right from under their tent poles, and divider walls.
and you know what . . ?
I’m still ok with it – because the novel artist line-up, the precise careful artistic production, the total sum of the whole, from the first glimpse of the graphics on the card, to the well-burnished non-commercial location, and of course . . looking at the few online pix that have surfaced . . . this show was amazing.
even if it just lives on as a virtual reality, stab in the dark – I’m glad this show was.
that the opening had to bomb, is another story.
and yeah, I’m blaming the NEW WHITNEY, the tourist traffic fairs – for the void that caused the kind of anticipated crush, I’m assuming ? that shut the opening down.
I guess bad timing on Vito’s part. should have done it on an off-weekend ?
it started to trickle in Sat night, that people were being turned away at the door, and told that although it had been clearly promoted as a public event . . . it was a private event. who knows the real reason, Vito has handled over-size audiences before ? case in point: the BHQF Biennal throw downs.
I dunno, maybe the building wasn’t covered legally for a crowd, and they didn’t want to get shut down ?
maybe HEIDI panicked. she had had a big bomb scare in Europe, the day or so, before ?
it wasn’t such a great rep – to gather. it was a major misstep.
from authentic, and wild – to elitist and . . private.
the show being shut down, before it even happened. sucked. don’t get me wrong.
plus gimme me a break, we ALL KNOW it was only going to happen for the opening night.
no matter how I love the production, please don’t fuck us over with that ‘appointment only’ – crap. we all know that’s only for VIPS and the press, and who needs . . another class ‘rejection’ in this town ? it’s like . . don’t play shabby chic & cutting edge, when you are at the top of the charts ($$$$), hire a decent security force. why didn’t you guys – man up ?
well however, and for whatever reasons, it played out, the opening did NOT GO DOWN, and became a bad elitist misstep, instead. plus from the tabloid pix – Heidi’s outfit was really bad.
what ? a sequined top, way too-skinny jeans, paired with towering, nail-studded heels.
tacky. Heidi, a wannabe hipster art moll – does not make for a pretty picture.
doesn’t mean the show wasn’t great.
in the few pix that came out online – it totally, TOTALLY lived up to my ‘intuit’ based on my experience with the scene, the art being shown, . . and the players.
totally loved how it was generational, and let’s face it . . anything that brings JOE BRADLEY up against JULIAN SCHNABEL sounded like a ball park home run from the get-go.
the classic old bank setting – was priceless.
the really big take away, is NOT some garbage about some ‘bad advance flack’, about the show . . . ‘only being about 7 (successful/careerist) white dudes’, shutting the show down, as if !!
and thankfully, for not. things don’t run that way yet, at least in NYC ca 2015 – because that is such a low ceiling fascist, bully low-brow faux stance. it’s the kind of turkey gobble-talk, only ‘the usual suspects’, let me guess, perhaps the class clown puts out ? . . because they can’t really can’t talk about art, or call the shots . . . in a more meaningful way.
and it’s so boring. god does every show – have to be diverse ? what NO women, no people of color ?
first of all, this was a private project, and second – if those kind of inane, and just plain moronic pressures, if they apply anywhere – would perhaps apply to PUBLIC PROJECTS . . institutional tax-payer funded curatorial forums.
but exactly – !!
the big take-away here is not . . on-the-fly pop-ups vs high profile starry night soiree, or even – ‘careerist male painters’ vs the rainbow coalition.
the big take-away is: where the HELL ARE THE MUSEUMS in this town ?
what the f-ck are they doing with all their money, cultural resources, and teams, literally T-E-A-M-S of well-paid, (obviously over-paid) directors, curators, administrators, and their small army of MFA assistants !! they are the – who are supposed to be putting on compelling shows of this nature – in the buildings with the security, and organization, and prob insurance (!!) in place to handle big crowds.
I mean Vito is basically a kid, if he’s even 27 / ok his dad is Julian, we get it. but, still . . he puts on a small 7 artist downtown show, in an old building way past its prime, that started life as a bank for god’s sake !! – and is being renovated for ‘creative’ media offices and retail spaces – NOT GALLERY or MUSEUM space !! – and that was shuttered for decades, and has none of the bells, whistles or even a set of exterior wall ‘hooks’ – !! for artists to play on. let alone the pull of the High Line.
and he has to shut down, or so it’s being put out – because the response to his show, is over-whelming ?!!
meanwhile . .
. . . back at the NEW WHITNEY – !!
what a joke !!
tell me the attendance numbers aren’t tanking – now that the ‘innovative’, novel, brand new artist ‘wonderland’ of an art space’s initial ‘house a & garden’ variety architectural reviews, have dwindled off – ?!!!
go on, I dare ADAM WINEBERG to publish the NEW WHITNEY attendance numbers . . . haha.
the NEW WHITNEY vs the OLD BANK ?
the old bank . . wins !!
see: PIX OF THE OLD BANK, ‘FIRST SHOW LAST SHOW’ – INSTALLATION via artnet.
and, no despite their headline, it DID NOT START OFF as – ‘INVITE ONLY’.
BUT, even if the show only lives on, only – as a sketchy virtual reality – that still beats . . . THE NEW WHITNEY.
an, that’s saying something.
MAY 16, 2015:
probably the most dynamic, if not the most important – event of the entire FREIZE WEEKEND.
and, it’s a . . . pop-up, of course !!
it just takes one night – to make a splash in this town, with the legacy of the Lower East Side, but esp the Bowery being looked back upon, with fresh and enchanted eyes.
ABY ROSEN and VITO SCHNABEL INVITE YOU TO – THE OPENING OF . . .
‘FIRST SHOW LAST SHOW’ – SAT MAY 16, 2015 / 5-8 PM
the show runs by appointment only thru MAY 29, 2015
curated by VITO SCHNABEL and featuring the art work of:
JOE BRADLEY, DAN COLEN, JEFF ELROD, RON GORCHOV, MARK GROTJAHN, HARMONY KORINE & JULIAN SCHNABEL
190 BOWERY, the ‘old bank building’ as we used to call it, at the corner of SPRING STREET.
LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC.
HRS & APP’T CONTACT:VITO SCHNABEL gallery
for more background, see: THE LO-DOWN !!
TO CELEBRATE . . .
the release of his newest, and “most nightmarish” !! — ‘FANTAGRAPHICS’ GRAPHIC NOVEL . . . ‘BLACK RIVER’,
BERGEN STREET COMICS IS PROUD TO PRESENT A MULTI-MEDIA / BOOK SIGNING with cartoonist JOSH SIMMONS . . . TO-NITE.
JUNE 15, 2015 / 7 PM
BERGEN STREET COMICS – 470 BERGEN ST, BROOKLYN.
it’s “a tale about a group of survivors (mostly women) traversing through a desolate and frozen post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization.”
with . . .
musical accompaniment provided by experimental artist SUNSHINE EARS, cartoonist JOSH SIMMONS will be bringing a live multi-media experience to the reading to-night !!
including a short talk , screenings of 3 video shorts ranging from parody to horror, and a . . signing of ‘BLACK RIVER’ to follow.
or as Bergen Street Comics puts it so well: “Get all the art forms you need at one event” – !!
KRAK, KRAK, KRAK, ha ha ha !!!!
I, CRAKULA – am rollin’ on the floor !!!!!
KRAKK, KRAKK, KRUNK !!!!
now, that’s what I call . . . FROZ-EN !!!!
all comic book images via,
& see more: ‘BLACK RIVER’ – FANTAGRAPHICS
on this weekend of frenzied fair-going, big money-hopeful sales, celeb branding, not to forget half-baked art critics mouthing off – damn, people are just so needy, here !!
I’m taking a stand for the hard-core D.I.Y indie talent that lurks . . just under the volcano !!
I meet KEVIN HARRY just out of the blue, standing in line to see ‘Dior and I’ – !!
turns out his day job is Managing Editor at the legendary TV series, ‘INSIDE EDITION’ – and we all know how I love tabloid news formats !!
but his secret inner life ?
his inner superman ?
an on-the-city-street-beat . . . photographer !!
he said he published his own zine – because he was just fed up with how it’s all white folk in the art world, and he’s pretty much right, except for, I think there’s a classic KARA WALKER cut-out presentation at FREIZE.
but I mean she’s in a class all of her own, and – damn it, we all know he’s right.
the art world is really a very limited ethnic mix, on all levels – from the fan base, critics, and artists, to the wheeler-dealer gallerists, and of course – the collectors.
so that’s another under the volcano moment – or what ??!!
yes – it is, and you know damn well know what I mean.
so while everyone else is caught up in art fair frenzy, aka as the business of art – I’m taking a stand and saluting KEVIN HARRY and what he stands for: the indie photographer with a unique vision of what New York City streets are really all about – whose got to self-publish to get the pix out, and what’s wrong with that – D.I.Y. INDIE is the way of the future – and we all know it !!
so hello . . KEVIN HARRY !!
welcome to the art world !!
I’m so loving your truly street-worthy pix !!
CR watch out !!
KEVIN HARRY shows me his first self-published zine, KH !!
free-wheeling NYC street photos, and they are . . . GREAT !!
fab, fab & more fab. alive and happy and most of all – diverse and generous !!
a true capture of the streets of New York, this very moment.
he’s got it down in a snap, the wild and raw electric energy that really pulses and runs through this city, beating a strong life energy – under the volcano of the big money & professional branding, that sits at the top, and really needs to move – over already !!
and, I mean it.
photos by KEVIN HARRY, in his zine – KH.
photos by KEVIN HARRY, in his zine – KH.
KEVIN HAS A NEW ZINE COMING OUT SOON, I’LL DEFINITE MAKE SURE TO LET YOU ALL KNOW, WHEN & WHERE – TO GET IT.
GO, INDIE !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. APRIL 11, 2015, at the FILM FORUM, NYC
‘DIOR AND I’, (2015) – a film by FREDERIC TCHENG
FILM REVIEW BY NANCY SMITH, MAY 13, 2015
now HELD OVER . . at the FILM FORUM, NYC
actually. there is ONE SPECTACULAR art event happening in NYC, and that’s this film about the take-over of the legendary House of Dior – by RAF SIMONS. an absolutely superlative effort – on all levels, which makes it an artist’s film – no matter what your genre or field. or interest in haute fashion, for that matter. it’s about the creative process, the vision, the drive, co-ordinating teams of SKILLED ARTISANS, making the media buzz, keeping your backers happy, in a word: making the big dream – happen !!
but beyond that general creative endorsement, it is also a film about art, how art . . ‘travels’. just as we might peruse the tabloids or the fashions pages for a mental break, RAF looks to art to get his juices flowing. his 3 favorite artists at the time of this film: STERLING RUBY, GERHARD RICHTER,and JEFF KOONS.
RAF takes the time to introduce us to the drip paintings of GERHARD RICHTER, and more intensely to the recent spray paint on big canvas, all-over almost monochrome, very very moody, stormy ‘fields’ of STERLING RUBY, which he right then and there decides to custom create as a fabric for some of his floaty, but reined-in ballgowns for this his first Dior showing. and he’s got like 8 weeks to pull it all together !!
so we get to see the Sterling Ruby inspiration, hitting his mindset like a lightning bolt. we get to witness a big creative leap of faith. a big big leap of faith, and we become part of the background pressure put upon the atelier, the artisans, mostly women in white lab coats – who have to make the idea come to life, have to make the Sterling Rubies transition from painted canvas to printed fabric, and yes – they come out fab. everyone is surprised and pleased.
the Jeff Koons – connection ?
all Raf does, is talk talk talk about the JEFF KOONS flower puppy – pronouncing it “POP-IE” really really fast, so cute. “have we seen it” . . yes we have !! (in photos)
then when he is flown over to see M. Dior’s fab fab old school estate, he sees the gorgeous flower gardens and he decides that, with that in mind – and the Jeff Koons “POP-IE” he is going to rent a huge old mansion and fill it with solid walls of fresh blooms, for the runway show – and yes he does. He must emptied out flower markets all over Europe, let alone France. spectacular. gorgeous, oh my god.
so anyways, if you know your art 101 – you know PETER BRANT owns this flower puppy and he has it displayed on the grounds of his home / foundation in Connecticut. I read online he spends $75,000 a year to maintain it and keep it blooming with live flowers. imagine if he lived in LA ?
he’d have to have it covered in horny succulents !!
so, who do I see in line to see the next showing of ‘DIOR and I’ just as I was leaving ?
PETER BRANT !!!
I couldn’t help wondering how cool it must be to watch the movie and know you owned that piece – amazing.
just ask him, if you happen to see him, out and about. he saw me. I was going to take out my camera and get in his face – but I just really really didn’t want to break the spell of a . . magic NYC moment.
watch the: TRAILER – ‘DIOR and I’. . . official website
STERLING RUBY inspired, RAF SIMONS’ DIOR dress – as a sketch.
it’s good they moved on to a stronger color palette.
STERLING RUBY/ RAF SIMONS’ DIOR dress comes to life.
the finished STERLING RUBY inspired, RAF SIMONS DIOR DRESS – in the final fitting, before it comes down the runway.
the wall of flowers, inspired by the JEFF KOONS, ‘FLOWER PUPPY’ – inaugural runway show, RAF SIMONS for DIOR.
images: screen grabs – from the trailer.
RAKU: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl
LACMA / Los Angeles County Museum of Art
thru JUNE 7, 2015
of course, as soon as I start TRASH-TALKIN’ LA / LOS ANGELES !!
there’s where I want to be !!
there’s two shows going on down there, that I would totally, totally love to see.
the first . . is a museum show on Raku pottery, the history of, and the unique design qualities of. in other words, magic, science, craft, form, function, design & ritual – all the things we’ve been talking about – in a nutshell / tea bowl. (More about the second – next week.)
with the current fascination here in NYC on anything artisanal, but esp fashioned by hand from clay, porcelain, you name it . . you’d also have this in-depth article on the show, appearing in the Wall Street Journal, back in April 23, 2015 – at top of your desk, for weeks. too. well, if you are LUCKY !! enough to be in drought-land USA, LA !! – you have just a few more weeks to catch it.
and why isn’t this show – coming here ?
that’s why most everybody, I know at least, is bitching about the museum scene.
just because you come from an institutional mind-set, does that mean you have to be so out of touch with the beat of the city, and more importantly its trending, beating heart ?
the last museum show I saw with glee – was the JACK GOLDSTEIN retrospective at the The Jewish Museum, and that was quite awhile ago, about 2 years to the day actually. that’s not a very good statistic for such a with-it, arts-loving city with many many museums, and even many many more always hungry culture vultures !!
but esp the ones loving anything – clay !!
ARTS IN REVIEW, WALL STREET JOURNAL. THURSDAY APRIL 23, 2015
I’m giving you the link to the WSJ review by DAVID MERMELSTEIN, so you can read it for yourself, because it is excellent.
it starts off:
“For 15 generations, just one family (!!) has crafted the hand-sculpted (rather than wheel-thrown) Japanese pottery known as Raku, which uses a low-fire technique to produce ceramic objects that bear an unmistakable variegated glaze.”
and continues . . . “Now some 90 of them – dating from the late 1500s to the present – have been assembled . . ”
see: A DYNASTY BUILT OF CLAY – WSJ
CHOJIRO (RAKU I) (!!) Tea Bowl named ‘Tarobo’, 16th C, Red Raku ware; glazed ceramic, Urasenke Foundation.
Photo: Masayuki Miyahara via LACMA/Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl
see: Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl
does one really need to say more, thatis a Raku tea bowl by the first Raku master, Chojiro – 16th C – !!
that’s a long time ago. the US was only born 200 years ago.
cosmos in a tea bowl ? – yep !!
talking about the cosmos, masters of the museum universe that run this city, why isn’t this show coming here, aren’t we supposed to be the capital of cool, or what ?
PIX FROM THE HELLBENT HOOKERS – FUNDRAISER, BROOKLYN
JONATHAN SCHIPPER STUDIO BACKYARD, BROOKLYN
SAT MAY 9, 2015
DUKE RILEY . . plays mom to his new pet baby squirrel
TBone and the band . . .
some members of the BLACK LABEL TALL BIKE CLUB showed their ‘colors’ . . .
though I didn’t see any of their hand-crafted tall bikes anywhere ?
the rough-hewn character in the blue denim BLACK LABEL jacket . . . lit up the space.
his patch, said it all.
JOCELYN SHIPLEY used to show with CANADA in the early days, and she was !! one of their best artists, but I guess a hard sell, because ?? what happened.
she was notorious at one point for sweeping up the youngest, barely in his teens, baby brother member of DEARRAINDROP – into the folds of her ample bosom, and ROB PRUITT should be notorious for ripping off her upside-down legs sculptures, concrete-stuffed real blue denim jeans.
see: JOCELYN SHIPLEY, The Secret Life of Sculpture. CANADA, Summer 2008.
KITTY JOE SAINT-MARIE shows us her new Duke Riley tattoo.
DUKE RILEY TATTOO, close-up.
KITTY was also wearing a great cut-out ‘quilt’ pieced dress, that looked a bit like a KELIE BOWMAN silk screen, cut-out & re-patterned stitched painting. though the dress was subtle it was wild, it had sheer panels, in all the right places. she looked like she was born into it, it fit her so well. it was knock-out gorgeous, if you really stopped to look – kind of thing.
an earlier Duke Riley tattoo, on the under-side of that fair Irish arm !!
it says, metaphorically: watch out, Duke Riley and crew coming to dice and slice – that Big Apple !!
DAVID HAUSEN of SURREEL FILMS, New York, Paris, Los Angeles.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
ROAST THAT . . . PIG !!
BURNING MAN – NEW YORK CITY . . . STYLE !!
FREIZE, not !!
damn, if DUSTIN YELLIN was going to have himself a big down-home pig roast A-list fund raiser, sure as hell, DUKE RILEY – was going to have one . . his way !!
a hardcore, bad-ass throw-down, full of the underbelly grit that defines the rough and tumble underground, and Duke Riley – who will always be subversive, no matter how successful he gets.
yeah, let’s get in your face . . CUBA !!
yeah, underground, maybe $10 to get it, just the way we like it.
you know . . . under the volcano !!
no diss on Dustin, it’s just how you land, from a socio-economic point of view, and in his own sweet chaotic way, Dustin is a pretty free-form hardcore creative.
‘Tree-Tech’ industries at Spring Break . . . nailed his street cred, forever.
it’s called putting your money – where your mouth is.
I mean . .
you could make a meme, and I would if I had the computer skills, lordy !!
and, put Dustin’s grinning, red-speckled blue-eyed with wildly tousled head, on Peter Dinklage’s ‘Throne of Games’ bad boy scruffy hard-body mini-body, and come out – with something really really . . voila !! to crash the social media universe.
. . . for real !!
just close your eyes and . . imagine !!
so, if Dustin was looking to raise $800,000 for his Pioneer Works agenda, and diffuse it out into the greater Red Hook community, Duke is looking to raise $8,000 to send him, and some fellow hardcore bad-ass wild band-mates . . . to CUBA !
now, that’s w-i-l-d.
so the way I see it, this is no longer just a ‘GIRLS’ night out – in Brooklyn moment – !!
this is: ‘GAME of THRONES’ meets . .’MAD MAX’ !!
and yeah, it is YOUR PASSPORT . . “FUCKING BEAUTIFUL” – !!
YEAH, DUKE’S PIG ROAST, for sure is bound to be the closest you’re gonna get, yah dumb-loser-on-the-make, or twenty-something-on-the-go, to . . BURNING MAN, in this damn city. ha.
for a gripping, and ripping your heart out time, and don’t forget those over-size torn black net stockings, in over-drive diva size, for sure.
SO, BURN THAT – PIG !!
and stuff an apple in it’s mouth, as it turns and drips.
so, yeah . .
let’s send DUKE and his friggin hardcore pals – to CUBA, and like they say – good luck with that.
or as DUKE PUTS IT:
“If you are a friend of mine or TBone’s, a Hellbent Hooker fan or just a generally bad person, and want to bring more problems to Cuba that it’s already dealing with, SHOW UP! Donate. Eat Pork. Drink Booze.
See you there.”
DUKE RILEY’S HELLBENT HOOKER BENEFIT PIG ROAST
SAT MAY 9, / 3-9 PM
260 RICHARDSON ST at KINGSLAND AVE – on the ‘border’ of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, BROOKLYN
L train to Graham Ave or G to Nassau Ave.
note: don’t think the L is actually running these weekends, maintenance.
ya gotta do that G trip, anyway – you can.
DOORS OPEN at 3 PM – BANDS PLAY AT 4 PM & yes !! HELLBENT HOOKER will be playing, of course.
SOMETHING LIKE $10 – TO GET IN, AT THE DOOR. (TO COVER THE 500 lbs of SMOKING’ PIG MEAT !!)
THERE WILL BE “SOME SORT OF AUCTION as well as band paraphernalia like t-shirts for sale”.
as, the DUKE SAYS, so sweetly:
THIS IS LAST MINUTE SO SHOW YOUR ASS UP!
if you live out of town, literally or metaphoric-wise, you can special order limited edition black event t-shirts with that passport image on the front.
$25 paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
ps: the venue, 260 Richardson Ave, is JONATHAN SCHIPPER’S STUDIO – !!
talking larger than life, and hardcore industrial gritty: big gears, radical eco-awareness,
and, voila: voodoo – heavy metal !!
in other words, steel, motion, and i.e. science – mashes up with new age ritual . . magic !!
to view the video, see: JONATHAN SCHIPPER – ART WORK
see: JONATHAN SCHIPPER / google search images
see: HELLBENT HOOKER’S FB – PAGE
HELLBENT HOOKER, and damn, if there isn’t a hardcore chick – in the mix !!
and finally, formore ‘academic’ background on DUKE’S . . BIG CUBA – PLANS,
see: BRIAN BOUCHER’S/THURS MAY 7, 2015 POST – ON ARTNET
CUBA has played into the Duke’s love of the sea, folk art tradition, and just plain-ole game of . . trouble-making, before.
anybody else remember, his last gallery showing, when he sent that ‘illegal’ band of pigeons, from Florida to Cuba, to smuggle back hand-rolled cigars !! in mini-bird backpacks – with mini-cams on their bodies . . catching the whole thing – mid-flight, over the waters !!
dude if you saw it, you well remember – !!
then scandal of scandals, after reportedly selling their home-made pigeon coop, for big bucks, we are talking like $$,$$$ to some smart ass European collector, he actually ABANDONED his fleet of feisty flyers – and dumped them, on who else. 5 guesses !!
yep, PAT. aka the Bushwick pigeonner.
PATRICK McCARTHY – he of the recent ceramic ‘SLAB’ show at AGNES B.
between . . the likes of DUKE RILEY, KING PIN DUSTIN YELLIN, and HIGH LORD TOM SACHS, and with new-up-and-comer, elder royal son, or is that scheming bastard ? falconer, I mean pigeoner !!! PAT McCARTHY.
not to forget young downtown prince SEAN VEGEZZI, the undisputed master of urban sleight-of-hand, despite his tender years, or maybe – because of them ?
joining the fray, it really is an epic GAME OF THRONES battle for domination, here in – NEW YORK CITY.
famous last words:
who wants to live in a drought-scarred desert, when you can be jostling for power among such urban heroes.
on an islandsurrounded by . . water.
LA is a realtors’ . . shell game.
or is that . . shill game ?
the northeast kingdom – sure feels a whole lot lighter, swifter, slicker, and faster on its feet – with all those lame wannabe transplants – gone.
throw ‘em overboard, I say – !!
throw the deadweight – off the ship.
long live NEW YORK !!
let the battles – begin.
ok ok I know, ED RUSCHA, and RETNA !!
ok, so in Ruscha’s case, just make him an honorary New Yorker, and he’s already more than half-way here on our side, as is.
as for RETNA ?
somebody has to kidnap him, and throw him into the boat, all tied-up no doubt, and screamin’ bloody murder, to save him from himself and all those gross $$$ whore groupies they have down there.
and, watch out for the not-all-that-glitters-is-not – gold . . stars overhead in the cosmic firmament, like ?
VENUS, and MAMA, baby !!
way funny last word:
and, east vs west coast art warriors, definite remember the sad, cautionary tale of JEFFREY DEITCH.
they really really don’t like Northern intruders down there, upsetting the locals, and ruining their dinner parties. they sure gave him the boot, in no time.
and, ok he has no social skills, but he – can put on a good show, when he wants to.
just if only he wasn’t so sleazy, and such a rip-off to his . . local sources.
you knew the writing was on the wall, early in the game, when they made him take down that awesome wall mural of soldiers’ coffins.
coffins – ha, let that be . . the last word !!
the end of this week – sees a full ‘FEMME’ . . sweep.
mysterious. trouble. in-your-face trouble, troubl-ed, and troubl-ing.
are rising waters – a threat ?
did somebody say something about . . .
“rising for social justice” . . ?!!
how about . . just, the powers that lie ‘under the volcano’ – !!
beat in the heart of a woman – this week.
in Brooklyn, of course.
‘RISE’ – KELIE BOWMAN
OPENS SAT MAY 9, 2015 / 7-10 PM
the show runs MAY 9 – JUNE 21, 2015
GALLERY HRS: THURS-TUES / 12-5 PM
BOOKLYN – 37 GREENPOINT AVE, BROOKLYN
“BOOKLYN is pleased to present a solo show of new work by KELIE BOWMAN. Drawing from her experiences living and working on a sailboat . . she has crafted a body of work inspired by watching light reflect on the ocean.”
more info: including, that “rising for social justice” quote !!
IMAGE: KELIE BOWMAN / ‘RISE’ – INVITE CARD
I think that’s two tiny figures, male and female ? at the lower left hand side.
big, big seascape.
anybody else remember ‘BOATEL’, it was MAY 2012 and KELIE had a boat / really a floating ‘hotel’ room – to decorate. her boat was called . . SHE-WOLF. you just don’t miss with SHE-WOLF.
she will eat you up, and spit – you out.
and you won’t know if you are dead, or . . alive.
see: BOATEL LAUNCH PARTY – MAY 2012
MARINA 59, ROCKAWAY. just 3 summers ago.
yet, seems so . . far-away.
here’s a few ‘don’t look back’ – pix:
KELIE’S boat – the SHE-WOLF. Kelie was really getting into triangles by then, and . . the reflections of light, and water.
STO and KELIE, inside the bluest of the blue . . on the blue, blue waters.
ah, life. let’s not even go there. but beautiful things. like Cinders . . can ‘a-rise’ from the craziest of situations. it’s called, taking a leap of faith, jumping right smack into that Big Apple art game, into the ‘underground’.
or: ‘under the volcano’ – as we like to call it.
CINDERS is back in town, up and running as CINDERS HAUSCLUB, in the CA/CA – CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF CONTEMPORARY ART BLDGING, 700 LORIMER ST, 2nd floor.
appointment only – except for the openings.
Kelie’s – small triangle / bio-design drawing – in the forward hatch of the boat.
ARCHIVAL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH