BOWLING EBAY DEATH – a POP-UP BOWLING ALLEY at MUDDGUTS
featuring vintage funeral home bowling shirts from the collection of – JOHAN KUGELBERG
staged with KEEGAN COOKE/CIRCADIAN PRESS & LELE SAVERI/MUDDGUTS
opened FRI AUG 29, 2014 and ran thru the LABOR DAY WEEKEND.
MUDDGUTS – 41 MONTROSE AVE, BROOKLYN, NY.
LELE SAVERI and MARK CROSS – artist co-owners of MUDDGUTS.
MARK CROSS ?
he did those custom blanket/carpets with hardcore photos of wasted homeless people on them, you saw one at the MAY 2014 – IT’S AN INVASION show at the National Arts Club, and there was also one on the floor at the more recent CINDERS 10th ANNIVERSARY pop-up show – I hear he’s only made 5, each one is different, and he takes the photos with a point and shoot. I also hear tell that if you get west coast side, San Francisco – BARRY McGEE uses one as his family beach blanket. yes indeedy, summer of death, or what !!
file under: art slay.
beach blanket art slay, whatever.
I mean beach, desert, what’s the diff. it’s all sand.
except . . ok, fill in the blanks yourself.
hint: one side is all . . skillz and MIRTH !!
and the other is friggin desperate.
oh, back to . . bowling !!
bring on the hardcore prankster – clowns !!
JOHAN KUGELBERG – the curator of the show.
when they talk about . . you can live your whole life in New York – and STILL, you can turn a corner – and a whole new world opens up, this guy . . is what they mean.
check out: BOO-HOORAY
KEEGEAN COOKE did some of the props – talk about bowling pins killing it.
he did those skull and cross bone great graphics. distressed, but just right. not too showy, not too ghostly.
the guy likes to keep a low profile, but I think, watch out.
check out: CIRCADIAN PRESS.
so yeah, they did turn the small storefront gallery into an ad hoc bowling alley, except of course minus the auto pin – pick up !!
the death pins !!
graphics . . KEEGAN COOKE
X marks the spot. you got one chance to score a strike and you won something, I forget what.
I was so blown away, I mean if you know me, I had already tripped over them, the bowling pins .. and knocked some down, so I guess that was my one shot.
my friends back at artnet didn’t call me artlovers – for naught.
and, there’s a reason why the name – stuck.
but . . back to bowling.
some pretty choice vintage funeral home / league bowling shirts lined the walls.
have I been watching one too many American Pickers ?!!
or as Frank would exclaim, waving his tiny flashlight – Mike check out those HO-HO !! HO FLINGERS !!
damn that’s one sick slick wall.
caught my attention. looks like the limited edition of 3 (?) SURVIVAL box sets, packed just the same – in USPS PRIORITY BOXES that JOSH HARRIS . . JOSH HARRIS my ex-buddy and his former partner-in-crime – the late great silk screen artist MARK ENGER aka EXPL SKY / EXPLODING SKY made up on the farm, after WE LIVE IN PUBLIC crashed.
it had a disposable haz mat suit inside, one size fits all – as well as a few other needy 21st C things, and yeah I scored one. of course. so, yes boxed set USPS . . rang a bell.
and a good one. don’t get me wrong. I mean maybe Mark’s death put Josh on the wrong path ?
I dunno – but he sure ain’t bowling . . strikes. lately.
but, back to bowling !!
damn. you got . .
~one vintage funeral home bowling shirt
~a grim reaper Bowling trophy
~a skull and cross bones bowling pin
~a Too Bad You’re Gonna Die T-shirt
~all packaged in a hand-stenciled priority box .. for $150 / ?!!!
LIMITED EDITION of 10 – count me in.
I had Theo with me – so duh, artist kid with credit card is good for $150, or what !!
I mean check out that swift stencil job !!
black as night, and slightly diffused around the edges. good proportions, too.
and what about that . . trophy ?
grim reaper, or what ?!!!!!
Summer of DEATH, or what ?!!!!!
and look at how the light glances off that glass, plastic, plexiglas ? base. wow. may as well be crystal.
JOHAN KUGELBERG actually made the trophy. nice job.
no hesitation. count me in, Theo man – give the kid in the office your credit card.
and then oh god, I had a panic attack . . I actually had to pick a funeral home bowling league shirt for my boxed set, from the assortment lining the walls. wow, you could pick your own, it wasn’t just a random surprise. luckily about half of them were already gone, so I went for the shiniest – the RED ONE !!!!!!
I mean it was the only red one, fire engine red at that.
and I liked the name of my new home team, my new . . GHOST ARMY !!!!
am I building a huge ghost army – or what. all praise to BOB MARLEY for setting me on the path.
but back to bowling, I also liked the word play: OEH – LEA !!
OLA !! DEATH. OLAY, olah !!
and the player’s name was . . Siewerth ?
you got to be kidding me – rhymes with BLOW MIRTH, (see CINDERS show write-up) !!
or, what about just: SEE WORTH.
but apparently it also held a great ‘secret’ !!
can you see it ?
guess all my American Pickers vintage signage forays were paying off . . . subconsciously.
apparently some wicked funny signage guy – did the ‘drop shadows’ on the letters, for they surely are at . . play.
the ‘O’s – are shadowed backwards to the rest of the letters !!
for real. just look at it, you’ll see it.
PETER. this is the kid who turned me onto that.
seems he’s a real bright kid who knows his fonts & shadows. and signage and graff and stuff.
he told me: you bought the BEST ONE !!
upon a little questioning he told me he was into BARRY McGEE & west coast graff. funny how McGEE still pops up on the east coast, even with Deitch down. see top of this post, for example. a great legend lives, is all I can say – the BLOW MIRTH crew as we like to call them.
he told me to check out: THR / THE HARSH REALITY & . . DFW.
in fact, DFW had just surfaced at CINDERS . . ISACC LIN.
also: KRON4NEWS, but not the tv channel.in the mix.instagram.
but WHAT really pops up on the radar for west coast graff right now is: ROBERTO CAVALLI SUED BY 3 GRAFFITI artists . . !!
big storm brewing, go for it, slam those theivin’ bastard sleazebags.
PRADA ripped off a watercolor textile design with Japanese flower buds, that I had shopped around in NYC in the early 90s, I saw it adorning a dress and coat suit – almost dot for dot, in her big MET show 2 summers ago. it was first ripped off and made into a bed sheet by the company I shopped it to.
then she, MIUCCIA took it and embroidered straight onto to her pant suit, without even resourcing it as . . ‘found’. she took full credit and in the same breath went on about how artists aren’t special and she doesn’t work with them. you know that big Schiaperelli and Prada show a few summers back.
so don’t get me started. always ahead of the curve or what.
all I can say is, TOO BAD YOU’RE GONNA DIE. losers.
PATRICK McCARTHY – had the last show at MUDDGUTS.
totally sweet and counter to the grain. but still most definite: GRIT.
it was called PAT’S PIGEON CLUB . . and I got great pix and they are coming up – next week.
sorry for the grainy portrait, my auto focus got distracted by the . . SATAN CERAMICS logo, and truth be told, so did I. Pat had some handmade ceramics in his show, including some very sublime porcelain pigeon perch ‘high rises’, and some very zen-like nesting bowls.
speaking of which . . TOM SACHS.
PAT McCARTHY works in the production crew at the TOM SACHS studio. I heard he actually holds a key position. sculpture / fabrication.
they are both, TOM and PAT going to have ceramic work in a quickly upcoming ceramics group show at SALON 94 in their downtown Freemans Alley location – opening SUNDAY SEPT 7, 2014 – wow, that’s next week.
and so, the Fall 2014 art season begins.
see you there.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
yo, big party at MUDDGUTS . . . TO-NIGHT !!
‘BOWLING EBAY DEATH’ – a one weekend throw-down !!
CURATED BY JOHAN KUGELBERG – STAGED WITH KEEGAN COOKE/CIRCADIAN PRESS & LELE SAVERI/MUDDGUTS.
this LABOR DAY WEEKEND . . ‘BOWLING EBAY DEATH’
will transform MUDDGUTS into a bowling alley featuring an exhibit of funeral home bowling shirts from the collection of JOHAN KUGELBERG !!
gallery visitors will get one chance to bowl and strike and win a grim reaper bowling trophy !!
OPENING TONIGHT – FRI AUG 29, 2014 / 6-9 PM
and running for just 2 days:
SAT AUG 30 / 2-8 PM
SUN AUG 31 / 2-8 PM
MUDDGUTS – 41 MONTROSE AVE, BROOKLYN, NYC.
DEATH, DEATH, and more DEATH !!!
that’s what I mean by . . ghost army.
the unknown thread that floats a blog, where you realize you forgot to post a photo of some guys you really like at the CINDERS OPENING, DEATH BY AUDIO, and it’s all quite innocent, and then – the DEATH HITS . . just keep on coming.
radar or what ? it’s a train ride to blogger heaven. when everybody is picking up – on the same beat.
riding that same train, destination: NYC grit.
blogging 101 – you gotta have that ghost army, watching your back !!
hacked to death in the desert.
hacked to death on the web. cyber bullied, cyber conned, cyber crushed.
shot up by 9 year old girls in bubble gum pink shorts wielding UZI’s at . . BURGERS & BULLETS !!
hey, death by bowling ball – sounds right on to me.
that hardcore NYC grin, says: back in your face.
I mean NASA just passed PLUTO on the way to JUPITER . . whazz up ??
KATIE PERRY & RIFF RAFF at the EMMYS !! loved it.
while TISSELTOWN mentality has gone global, it’s all about who’s got the most gruesome photo op up for 5 mins. of shock on the news waves, and just who does control the global media ? the original TISSELTOWN, HOLLYWOOD USA . . is just rockin !!
which gets us right back to . . BOWLING BALL FUNERAL SHIRTS & JOHAN KUGELBERG !!
Muddguts put out a super great press release, a lengthy statement by Johan Kugelberg that starts:
“For some reason, I started buying funeral home bowling shirts on Ebay around 15 years ago”, and goes on, with great verve.
damn, and I thought I was mouthy, but hey . . there’s a lot to to say !!
so, then he waxes quite poetically and authoritatively . . for several paragraphs.
and, apparently there is a lot to say, esp about collecting, searching, finding, wearing, styles that ebb and flow, ebay, vintage bowling shirts, vintage Brooklyn, the game of bowling, the game of life and death, and . . the funeral homes that care of the messy residue.
I took note of this paragraph in particular:
“DEATH is obviously ultimately beautiful as life is beautiful, but the ugly aspects of the biz of death and dying is taken care of by professionals who need to go bowling once in a while. Father Time. Mother Death, Brother Ebay, Sister Bowling… All members of our spiritual family.”
in particular dug that: ‘obviously’ in the start-up !!
now if that doesn’t get you to thinking, what will ?!!
the PR text isn’t on the gallery bare-bones, but has great guts & raw graphics (3 cheers !!) website – thinking maybe . . they will have a hand-out at the venue ?
but you can, get yourself an abridged version !!
because turns out with just a little bit of easy-rider slacker web stalking, JOHAN KUGELBERG is the founder & head honcho behind . . BOO-HOORAY !! – the downtown gallery/think tank/archive venue, founded 2010 that has slowly been gathering momentum & buzz – and they’ve got a somewhat sleeker PR exhibit mission statement online, plus some very GREAT IMAGES / VINTAGE BOWLING SHIRTS with great signage bye the way . . & GREAT, POP-UP NEW AGE, SLIGHTLY DISTRESSED . . GRAPHICS !!
see: Bowling Ebay Death / Boo-Hooray
plus, seriously . .
Boo-Hooray, it’s just one great ‘visuals’ & real ‘info’ website – so sit back and cruise, it’s like a big ole stamp collection to the max, played out for easy browsing – for all ya artist & designer . . soul bothers and soul sisters.
most def, check out: BOO-HOORAY
image: BOO HOO-RAY EBAY DEATH
pretty g-o-o-d visual, got a nice raw side.
definite leaning towards edgy, better, and . . best.
I don’t think .. so !!
so much drama this summer, or what ?
SO, where is . . NANCY ????
NANCY SMITH, and THEO in the 24/7 wired . . JEFF GOMPERTZ pod hotel. QUIET. DEC 1999, NYC.
the big JOSH HARRIS / PSEUDO NEW YEARS EVE – MILLENNIUM PARTY TO BLOW AWAY ALL PARTIES, NEW YEARS, or not. million dollars+, or not. PERIOD.
it was the starting point for ONDI TIMONER’S Sundance 2009 award-winning doc: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC.
this was the poster image for the big MOMA PREMIERE SCREENING.
yep, that’s me . . in the trailer & the film. and the poster.
I got in a little ‘bio’ trouble. so what. like Magic says: I’m only human, too.
why ya gotta be so .. cruel. something like that.
but, damn did I love that green & yellow puffer jacket or what.
at the time, on the Lower East Side all the hood kids wanted were the Northface black or the small navy plaid ones – so I scored this one on the deep cheap.
NANCY, NANCY, NANCY.
I dunno, I guess I just got tried of writing about myself, and . . the crew.
but, yeah did I love that crew. I loved that scene to death . . it was the best, drama and all.
it was all so future-vision . . straight-up.
it was one rough & tumble, wild ride totally beneath the mainstream radar – just the way I like it.
guess some people just aren’t made for – the mainstream.
I dunno, maybe it’s because MARK ENGER aka EXPL SKY / EXPLODING SKY (!!) – is no longer around ?
I sure ain’t hooking up with his evil twin, that fer sure. haha.
just ride that underground train – Nancy.
that’s what Mark would say, and . . I hear ya.
I got my own personal ghost army, I got . . my own train now.
see: Where is Josh Harris now ? catching up with the WE LIVE In PUBLIC star prophet .. posted by ONDI TIMONER,
HUFFINGTON POST – 08.26.2014.
and, p.s. Millennium has 2 N’s !!
don’t drop that . . N !!
DEATH, NYC CITY STYLE !!
down with gruesome, up with . . you know, gritty c-r-e-a-t-i-v-e.
though, sad to hear their band SISTERS, is no more.
guess that’s a kind of . . death.
such a great name for a boy band duo, or what.
I caught them live at EASTERN DISTRICT, many summers ago.
YELLOW DOGS played that night too.
now that was a kind of death too, and it was NOT by CHOICE.
the very vocal, as in politically dissident . . YELLOW DOGS, the former Persian ‘cool cats’ who fled their homeland, IRAN only to be massacred in BROOKLYN, NOV 2013 – by a berserk band-mate ?
with a friggin’ huge assault rifle.
you can try telling me – that was just another ordinary day in Brooklyn ?!!
I’m going to tell you – more like a state-sponsored shut-up take-down, come on – how did the kid score that huge gun in the first place. there was absolutely no, NO follow-up in the media.
you tell me, am I right, or am I wrong ?
they had a huge anti-Iran footprint on the web – at their time of death including a feature documentary.
Persian cats . . to yellow dogs – think about it.
though on the other hand, sometimes truth is stranger fiction.
and it was . . just death by ‘stealin’ (band equipment) ?
oh, damn it just bring on the loud music, and shut-the-F-up.
go Brooklyn. bye SISTERS. bye YELLOW DOGS. in fact . . bye EASTERN DISTRICT ?
the biggest people to come out of that scene were the BLACK APPLE duo aka PUBLIC SCHOOL, clothiers.
EASTERN DISTRICT – like CINDERS, they sure put on some great shows, and had some great music.
a lot of great artists you never heard from again had some pretty great shows there.
POSTER BOY & all his pals, a really talented but stayed underground street crew, and – too bad.
CASH4 etc etc etc.
EASTERN DISTRICT ruled BUSHWICK, and CINDERS ruled WILLIAMSBURG.
EASTERN DISTRICT was as a little more hard-edged, outlaw rebel. CINDERS was more, for lack of a better word – more pictorial, alternative, comics-inspired . . narrative.
both had political/society/status-quo breakin’ intentions.
both had future-vision. both got no love in the mainstream press.
both venues were hard-core – each on their own turf-side of the sunny-dark street.
looks like MUDDGUTS . . is finally picking up that hardcore Brooklyn slack.
oh yeah, the DEATH BY AUDIO guys, AARON PFANNEBECKER & MATT CONVOY made the CINDERS OPENING, too.
with them at the left, artist MORGAN BLAIR.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH.
CINDERS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE OPENING.
JULY 10, 2014. DOSSIER OUTPOST POP-UP, SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, NYC.
check out: DEATH BY AUDIO
PS: looks like GAVIN is having a ROB PRUITT OPENING – SAT SEPT 13, 2014 / 6-8 PM.
Should I go, or should I stay ?!!
CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE
JULY 2014 – DOSSIER SEAPORT, SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, NYC
STO . . sometimes known as STO LEN, artist & co-founder of CINDERS.
that’s one of his 2 pieces in the show, just to the right of his head . . that scramble of blue lines constituting a profile of face. titled: ‘facial recognition’, and we’re thinking . . the programming and processing that goes on beyond . . the outer layer / !!
BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . intense talkin’ smoke signals at left.
KELIE BOWMAN mingling . . artist & co-founder of CINDERS.
Kelie made the . . have no beginning have no end . . chill out y’all & enjoy the show posters, and wall-strung flag ribbons.
CINDERS Co-founders STO and KELIE BOWMAN curated this 10 year anniversary pop-up group show of the CINDERS’ community. they both also had work in the show, very cool pieces, bye the way.
STO, also an experimental musician – with SARA REGISTER of the band, TALK NORMAL.
when CINDERS had that great gallery/zine shop storefront on Havemeyer St. in (Old) Williamsburg, they used to put on a lot of great cutting edge musical performances – notably, YACHT pops to mind. the concerts were always hard rockin’, filled the small space beyond capacity, and usually over-flowed into the street outside.
check out: TALK NORMAL . . SUGARLAND – from their 2009 debut album.
SARA REGISTER on bass/guitar, ANDRYA AMBRO on drums.
artist/photog NICK KUSZYK with work in the show.
JOHN ORTH – with work in the show. humanity huddling under a roof of embers.
HISHAM BHAROOCHA, the maze beyond . . the interface.
KEVIN HOOYMAN brought his strange world, not your average rural . . drawings.
a guest, MADELINE at the zine table. we all loved her fashion.
the skirt came from her mom.
KYLE RANSON’s portrait, a drawing on wood, at the left, the guy in the bandanna – seemed to be there in person. yes, it was that good, that fascinating, animated. it followed you with it’s eyes and . . grin.
crowd reflections in the CHARLES SHEDDEN pieces.
barely there, a sliver still shimmering . . of the CHARLES SHEDDEN pieces in the background.
now there’s a case . . for opposite attracts – study: CHARLES SHEDDEN and KYLE RANSON.
walking across the MARK CROSS blanket.
heard the piece got sold to a big collector.
KATE gets the last word, with STO in front of her, and KELIE, outside – just beyond the door.
she’s wearing a treasured vintage T-shirt from her late dad Simon’s t-shirt collection, composed mostly of punk rock bands. and a few comic book images, thrown in for good measure.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE
JULY 2014 – POP-UP, DOSSIER SEAPORT, NYC
a soothsayer is someone who can tell the future.
and usually it was grim news: as it often foretold death.
in this show, there was lots of foretelling, and most of it – was if not outright grim, then dark. and stormy.
leave it to KELIE BOWMAN and JUNGIL HONG . . quiet contrarians both, to rise above the darkness and dance along the rim of ‘being’, and therefore be the poster girl prophets for . . CREATIVE MINDS = SOOTHING VIBES, no matter how dark the vision . . the vision itself is a powerful, many-splendored thing.
like I said, soothe-sayers.
KELIE BOWMAN, silkscreen. ($300- $700)
here’s the thing about Kelie’s work. in many ways at first sight upon entering this intense group show, it’s easy to write-off her work as an after-thought, a decoration. but, that would be wrong. very wrong.
like a heartbeat in the background . . it pumps the quiet magic that keeps the show afloat.
it’s easy to think of another piece not in the show, as in removed – and the show still going on, but if you minus Kelie’s wordless ‘worlds’ . . a dancer leaves the room, and the show becomes disjointed, verging on cold and cruel. absurdist. surrealist. literal, sad ? less musical, for sure.
they say we live in a uber-violent universe, we certainly live in a very violent world.
it’s been like that since day one, so the deal is . . to trip lightly, and spin out above the fray.
question: so, if we live in a violent universe, is there a peaceful universe somewhere out there, too ?
and if so, what’s behind the two ? a big old Tibet Boddhi drawing yin yang circles, and every circle is another set of universes / we find it hard not to be able define, to lock down: the beginning and end of things.
mystery drives us . . crazy.
triangles intersecting is small slice of that mystery, a repeating infinity.
KELIE BOWMAN, silkscreen door panel.
KELIE is one of the two co-founders of CINDERS, and also one of the co-curators of this, their 10 year anniversary show, along with co-founder STO – so in a way, Kelie pulls together all these artists, many with dark thoughts . . but she herself is able to float (serenely) along knowing this crew, her crew . , is still bubbling along. ten years going strong. ok, maybe no more brick and mortar storefront – but most def . . still standing, still dancing, still . . singing the song.
a new age presence on the . . 24/7 digital web.
KELIE BOWMAN, this silkscreen ‘trim’ ran across the top of the exhibit – at places.
I’m thinking you most get the dynamic of Kelie’s energy, inside the show – with her small flag-like, banner-like roll-out that ran across the top of the wall – in certain places.
it reminded me of the multi-colored flags that often shimmer over swim meets, or marinas. it delineates a visual breeze, and a soothing, unifying one at that. also made more significant by being from a curator’s hand, at that.
they should string these things across the faraway deserts, and up over troubled city streets closer to home – just to tell people to chill out. lower the violence, tone it down, as opposed to dialing it up.
folded-up versions in pretty colors should come in gun cases.
I mean, ok we live in a violent universe – but can’t we evolve past the gun being the only way to settle things. I guess not. same old same old, from Augustus through Lincoln.
though on second thought, I got a few people I’d like to strangle to death – with a damn art banner myself. and with my bare hands, and let’s leave it at that.
so as you can see, Kelie’s banners stood for something, running along the top of the room, you can’t tell exactly what they stand for . . but whatever it is, it is generous, and easy . . on the living.
JUNGIL HONG, ‘Summer Snake 13′, letterpress on archival paper, edition of 11. ($150)
now JUNGIL HONG, was an entirely different cup of soothsayer tea, and yet . . just as radical . . if not more so. personally I think this was not only the most graphic piece in the show . . obviously, and if you just want to read it, experience it as such – a pure abstract narrative – go right ahead. but, if you know her past work . . . very dark, richly colored and deeply-felt pictorial ancestral myth-makers . . of animals, like crows amidst eerie spooky non-western landscapes . . then you have to figure she has gone past fables into the realm of the . . super futuristic !!
yes, there may be entropy, death, and destruction of things as we used to know them – esp on the bio, the fragile planetary biosphere plane – but there is also the WEB !! code. new ‘organization’, new pattern – not based so much upon our genesis ‘bio-ness’ . . as much as on digital-ness merged with bio-ness / in a word. code. code building blocks and very much patterned . . in a word: hi-tech ‘animation’.
apparently we only have 5 billion years to figure out how to flee this planet before our lovely but violent sun . . explodes.
so, this is the . . way forward.
slabs of organization. slabs and slices of harmony. or well, at the very least . . ‘code’ dominoes marching on.
domino effect . . is a hardly a harmonic connotation in (cold war) military terms – which just goes to show you, the visual effect of Jungil’s page. her creative stance, her effect.
she definitely skewers more positive and futuristic, and pure, than the old definition of domino effect, as in war, or car accident . . with Jungil, it’s all about ‘patterns’ and code. and futurism. of a good sort.
watch: KILOBOT ROBOT SWARM SELF ASSEMBLES. HARVARD / YouTube
then again, just to show how – these 2 soothe sayers lighten things up, Ima gonna close with a little . .
Urban Dictionary help:
domino effect – chain reaction
when a girl notices your bling
She liked my necklace so she started relaxin’, now that’s what the fk I call a chain reaction.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE
JULY 2014 – pop-up exhibit at DOSSIER SEAPORT – SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, NYC
damn, if the landscape painters & photographers . .
don’t seem too thrilled about where we are heading, either.
DIANE BARCELOWSKY, ‘Town at Dusk’. ($450)
this seemed to be a happy rural point of view, but that winding black road – is UN-NERVING.
I mean the little house with the sweet bay window – has a sweet smile. but that road is damn near frightening. I mean paved roads are black, but still . . and maybe that’s the . . point.
from across the room, the trees look to be . . tears.
and that was pretty much – the happiest view – in the room !!
ALEX LUCAS, ‘untitled’, ink, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, silkscreen. ($3,500)
as ALEX LUCAS, made pretty clear.
with his unhappy scenario.
and yes, I do mean . . PRETTY. beautifully rendered.
shades of a masterpiece murder mystery, a car accident – global violence, or just entropy ?
the civilized world as we knew it.
going, going, gone.
‘N’ is for . . NANCY ?
‘JR’ is for .. JR ?
this bit reminds me of the news photos that followed upon that huge deadly tidal wave tsunami in Japan & the nuclear disaster swiftly following – that showed ancient markers along the coast – that actually read: DO NOT BUILD HERE.
CHERYL DUNN, ‘TEEN SEX’, digital c print, edition of 7. ($1,000)
you know what they say, a photo is worth . . a thousand words.
you can almost feel the ‘lost’ sperm, the spilt yellow seed . . oozing out of the condom, somewhere on the ground hidden behind the small rocks / unhappy images do come to mind, ‘KIDS’, ‘KENT PARK’.
RACHEL SUMPTER, ‘Igloo’, gouache on paper. ($1,300)
the future world tribal – vision ?
with shards of colored light, tinkling overhead in a cold sky.
how ghostly ?
impossible to photograph – ghostly, and ethereal.
though, dig that EXIT sign, for sure.
so there is serendipity – still, in the cards ?
or at the very least, in the act . . searching.
note: the twirling footpaths, like ribbons.
strange and haunting, a good case for: ART.
JOHN ORTH, ‘Fountains of embers sucked into the night’. ($200 ea.)
while JOHN ORTH . . plays the opposite card – the ‘graphic’ card.
but also making a good case for: ART.
so graphic and yet so also: haunting. ethereal.
full of mystery, but I’m sad to say, not much: promise.
also very Brit: graphic turn of the century Romanticism.
fairy tales and illustration.
and lays it down . . without a doubt.
it’s a dark road, the color tone – sets the tone – message.
just step back, there’s a bottom row . .
fairy tales and goth illustration. yep, so Brit.
there are . . figures entwined in the landscape.
they are naked, and they are seeking shelter under a huge man-made roof of burning embers, amidst sadly falling snow in an endless cold night.
wow, looks they could be doing the last dance: the humanity huddle.
as the last embers . . get sucked into the night.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
subtitle: FEAR IN THE FACE OF ART, and make that, ‘comic book-inspired art’ . . no less.
or, more simply put: FEAR LURKS IN TISSELTON.
and, yeah: TISSEL RHYMES WITH . . FIZZLE !!
CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS . . DECADE OF DECADUNCE
a 10 year anniversary group show – that run thru JULY 2014
in a pop-up space at DOSSIER OUTPOST – SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, NYC.
the show is now down, but CINDERS IS ALWAYS OPEN . . ALIVE and well, with embers burning . . !!
keepers of the flame, the home fires.
‘Americana’ . . in a nutshell.
CINDERS – a BROOKLYN-based, free-roaming, 24-7 online indie art venue / project !!
BRIAN CHIPPENDALE, ‘Tisselton 2′, silkscreen. edition of 40. ($120 ea.)
every time I see Brian Chippendale’s work, my mind gets blown. literally, and my ability to write – short circuits. thus artlovers, quite seriously – artlovers has been offline for a few weeks, now.
so, no. it was not just summer break. it was Chippendale . . break-down.
fear . . to write about Chippendale is no laughing matter.
proper words can just NOT be . . as over-the-top, disconnected, distorted, truthful, and well . . distressed. child’s play ?
how to be . . a verbal witness ?
when it’s . . ‘for your eyes only’.
smoke signals. cartoon thought bubbles. communication, basic communication esp over . . distance.
heat. it’s like the zenith of summer. the bright white sear of a so-called ‘super’ moon.
it’s like the skull and cross bones vs. the man in the moon.
the intelligence ‘factor’ . . is that high.
the desire to communicate is that strong.
cloaked at first glance in a primitive scribble.
shake and bake smoke signals . . rocking your world.
the addition of ‘words’ just goes to show the ‘pictorial’ extent – to which he IS trying to communicate.
TISSELTON / TINSEL TOWN. you know . . Hollywood, the world, the media. the works.
the illusion of shiny things, the hiss of snakes.
what the F mess is going down / on .. in Tinseltown (the US ?, the world ? the planet ?)
(and) what will YOU do with it / about it ?
I don’t know.
commit more violence ?
you can’t make a ‘cake’ / a good thing. with (just) a plant and a dream.
so, let’s go meet ‘the’ maker.
so, face your maker / face your devils. and undo the hard-wire violence & planet entropy (???)
so, am I wrong, to think outside the . . box ?
love those primal screaming . . crayon colors.
red is for . . EBOLA.
green is for . . green slime in the great lakes.
yellow . . is for globalization. Isis ? the desert hordes, a warning.
yellow is for caution. Chippendale yellow. it’s not sure not for sun, surf and tanning.
more like, what made America great . . is coming back to bite us in the butt.
blue is for the . . devil.
blue is for .. choking, can’t breathe.
they are finding out we are hard-wired for violence against the ‘other’.
I DON’T KNOW.
I DO KNOW. I KNOW / NOW.
CONNECT THE DOT (S).
COMMIT MORE VIOLENCE.
COMMIT MORE GLOBAL / ‘UN’ VIOLENCE.
UN for “one” . . it always comes down to the ‘one’. the single actions of the ‘one’ ?
or is that: UN for un-do !! un-do the violence. stop the violence.
omg – singularity. the collective consciousness of the web.
I just looked up ‘UN’ and I got this !!
omg – it’s an open-sourced, infinitely rebounding TINSEL TOWN universe . . after all !!
GEORGE CLOONEY & AMAL interjected into the the strife in Gaza, as if . .
but, CHIPPENDALE ?
apparently spot the dot / right on. shine on, TISSELTON !!
what I can’t express properly, this is where I short circuit . .
is how the work is a blown-apart / deconstructed composition / universe . . just from a purely, very academic artistic point of view, that also has . . big thoughts cloaked in primitive scribblings, and a real desire. a big literal desire, as in a literal ‘stab’ by using actual language & word play to enter your mind, and blow it up, too.
everything here aims for a state of mind – greater than the one where you were, before you entered the (Chippendale) picture.
or only possibly more simply:
if you can follow the breadcrumb trail, on the tippy toes of an elf – you are halfway there !!
yep, another hardcore prankster !!
it’s like literally . . the mind-thought cartoon ‘caption’ bubbles of a hardcore indie thinker coming at ya like smoke signals. blowing you away, and then blowing away, themselves.
dots that connect, add up, and disperse.
it’s a very kinetic, participatory art form.
your mind just feels like a cloud in your head escaping the cage.
is the best I can put it.
or, Tinsel town . . shine on !!
the bad pops up everywhere. in your home, on your streets, across the globe.
all we are missing . . is for the evil green alien monsters to (finally) land.
why, and what to do ?
oops, I thought it might have a happy ending, I thought I saw a little ‘heart’ around the edges ?
but no, more like the 21st century version of . . . ‘The Scream’.
more like a deer . . caught in the headlights. as in, fear-full.
my brain on . . Chippendale.
my very radar . . invaded, undone.
by the cartoon scribbles that strip us down to the bony skeleton of existence.
where all fear lurks.
Chip (away) at that dale.
it’s going, going, gone.
Brian Chippendale .. the new century James Joyce ?
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
BLOW MIRTH !!!!!!
CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE
JULY 10-30, 2014
DOSSIER OUTPOST, SOUTH STREET SEAPORT
under which sub-title, pranksters . . we are also going to include . . ‘portraits’.
yep, these bio-organism-based renderings, were either far-out, or . . completely off-the-wall.
NICK KUSZYK, ‘Floater’, acrylic on wood panel. ($200)
a small offering (something like 6 x 6 in.) from ‘everyman arch-nemesis’ NICK KUSZYK, who has left his famous tiny, hard working bio-robots behind – in the dust, and which literally kick-started the exhibit, it being the first piece as you entered.
full speed ahead. don’t look back, and wtf ?
BRIAN BLOMERTH, ‘Siiv Rounder, European Artist’, digital print. ($100)
also at the beginning of the exhibit, and setting the stage !!
celebrating the dance of creativity – for adressing life’s biggest questions.
aka . . the Deca-dunce !!
creativity rules . . in the land of chaos.
yeah dude . . in the face of it all: BLOW MIRTH !!
detail, BRIAN BLOMERTH.
how you can not . . love art ?!!
esp when it has ALL the moves, if not all the answers !!
KYLE RANSON, ‘Portrait 1′. ($400)
tongue-in-cheek, super smart ‘conservative’ rendering. very far-out. very beautiful. one of my faves for being so wicked yet serene, flat-out contrarian . . in the crazy wonderland that is . . Cinders.
I bet this guy has a wicked sense of humor.
KYLE RANSON, ‘Portrait 2′, pencil on weed. ($300)
haha, I meant: wood !!
damn, that’s one typo – I’m leaving IN !!
an absolutely great piece of art making. period.
profound on the formal levels, imbedded with a sly take, a great slice of life.
ANDERS NILSEN, ‘Untitled (black shape), ink on paper. ($640)
and, just as ‘far out’ in the other direction !!
yep I see a face, and that’s your brains . . on birdseed.
your thought bubble, always on the top of your head, for all to see, if only everybody lived in a comic / cosmic book universe.
like Anders does. google him.
ISAAC LIN, ‘DFW CAT’, spray, Edition of 34. ($40)
ISAAC LIN, ‘Night Light’, airbrush, ink on paper. ($850)
hardcore prankster, like ghost . . needs no words !!
invading your consciousness . . like a black light.
ISAAC LIN, ‘DFW’.
DFW is a ‘graff’ crew out of San Francisco, and other part which includes Isaac Lin, BARRY McGEE and ANDREW JEFFREY WRIGHT, so . . blow mirth or what ?!!
DFW ? damn f-cked world ?
CHARLES SHEDDEN, ‘Untitled’. ($200 ea.)
$200 each ?
damn, that’s a steal. DTS !!
yeah, that’s a reflective surface / background.
yeah, that’s . . the hand that feeds ya.
STO, ‘Facial Recognition’, letterpress. ($40)
bad photo, great piece. it’s really a super shade of almost cerulean blue.
and, yeah. that’s your face, well I guess your mind, your brain . . stripped of the outer layer of eyes, skin, nose and mouth !!
aka bio inter .. FACE.
HISHAM BHAROOCHA, ‘Step Sequence’, acrylic on hand dyed fabric. ($750)
or as Hisham puts it so nicely . . your INTERFACE !!
(. . is a mystery to me).
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
as in, VERY CURIOUS, INDEED !!
BENJAMIN BUTTON, you ain’t got nothing on us. but, close !!
I guess by now you can see where that title, ‘DECA-DUNCE’ kicks in. as in, the smart-ass fools !!
the CINDERS family is. for sure, they are NOT the slow & dumb folks, ‘dunce’ is supposed to reference, but the fast and furious . . ‘ironic’ & ‘comic’ bio-folks / ‘creatives’ as we like to call them in NYC . . trying to clue us in, into just how surely . . our cosmic orb of a world, that little spinning bio-globe we call home – is heading for the big dive.
whether it be war, slow toxins in our food & environment, and/or gradual mutation ?
or, just a slow but steady mental degradation into our cartoon collective media consciousness.
CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS – ‘DECADE OF DECADUNCE’
OPEN THRU JULY 2014 – THESE BE THE LAST DAYS / 12-7PM
DOSSIER OUTPOST – SOUTH STREET SEAPORT
MEL KADEL, ‘Double Reach’, ink, collage on paper. ($650)
watch out, that dance is scarier than it first appears, dot dot dash.
KEVIN HOOYMAN, ‘Untitled’,. ($100 ea.)
watch out, that forest is way scarier than Little Red Riding Hood . . .
detail: KEVIN HOOYMAN. old school !!!
KEVIN HOOYMAN . . the new Brother Grimm ? ya think ?
JORDIN ISIP, ‘Heresy’, mixed media on wood. ($400)
looky up, this is your world, people. and it’s . . curious.
HIDEYUKI KATSUMATA,’The Barbarous Invaders’, sumi ink on paper. ($220)
what do we know ?
why do we dance ?
for sure we are hard wired to . . fight.
TOBY GOODSHANK, ‘Far Beyond Driven’. ($200)
well for sure we are hard wired to . . love.
but, are we hard wired to . . morph ?
JEREMY TAYLOR, ‘Territorial Pissings’, walnut ink on paper. ($400)
the bitter sweet ‘dunces’ at Cinders want to know.
detail, JEREMY TAYLOR.
though some of them seem to be already, crying.
RON REGE Jr, ‘What Parsifal Saw’, letterpress, Cinders Ediitons. ($50)
while others can still reach for the divine celestial dance.
just goes to show you, how versatile . . a line drawing can be !!
detail: RON REGE Jr.
has an interesting morph of his own going on, his line drawings have a cartoon aspect, that is all his own.
detail: RON REGE Jr.
they stand on both sides of the line, that line being . . ancient history and future vision.
they are like future child meets ancient Greek map of the constellations up in the sky.
BRENDAN MONROE, ‘Ripple’, gouache on paper. ($850)
and then, poof !!
the ultimate mother of all . . line drawings !!
all celestial dreaming, all toxic warnings, suck it up – it’s over.
but is it really . . the end ?
or are there tiny microbes in those crevices, ready to start the impetus to life, and maybe great civilizations, all over again.
just spin that big TV dial.
the answer probably lies somewhere between ‘Say Yes to the Dress’, ‘Teen Mom’, ‘Lincoln’, and ‘Pre-History Evolution in Australian Fossils’ with a good dose of ‘Inca Mummies’ thrown in for the ‘X’ – as in cosmic factor . . as hosted by Nev of MTV’s ‘Catfish’ !!
talk about ancient and future-talk !! morph !!
yeah. come to think of it, I am so sick of Morgan Freeman, and not just on TV, he has ruined so many pretty good sci-fi movies too, him and Donald Sutherland. cameos, ugh.
I hear his voice I flip channels.
enough already. move over.
I vote Nev to narrate all science and astronomy shows – from now on.
and who’s taking notes ?
$10 to the first person who puts Nev in a sci-fi flick !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH