~AMBRE KELLY . . SPRING/BREAK


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

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

see: SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

so, that’s . . BUSHWICK.

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

ALL PHOTOS: COURTESY CHE MORALES




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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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




~DINA GADIA / TAYLOR McKIMENS . . HORSING AROUND

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

and what about: KRATOS . . power.

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

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

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


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


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

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

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




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

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

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

see: DINA GADIA, hold yer horses, etc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

UP-DATE: SAT FEB 21, 2015:

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

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

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

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

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

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

for more info: CO-WORKER PROJECTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

pretty far, actually.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

so much for crispy well-burnt celeb BBQ,

in the art world proper, it was:

BBW – BUYER BE WARNED !!

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

ALL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH

UP-DATE: SAT FEB 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

see: NICKI MINAJ – ROADIE .. DEAD / TMZ

something bad-ass in the water – in Philly.




~MAS PAZ . .

MAS PAZ . . MORE PEACE !!

MAS PAZ, my bad !!

MAS PAZ . . the ‘anti-executioner’ – !!

MAS PAZ making his statement . . with such tenderness, and way ahead of the curve.

MY BAD, MAS PAZ, for ranting and raving . . when you do it all so underhandedly.
so sweet, so caring.

MAS PAZ bringing art to the table, in more ways than one.

check out: ‘MAS PAZ’

do not miss: MAS PAZ – WALLS

and, FOR SURE: HIS VIDEOS

ARE FOR ALL . . ‘TAKERS’.

I couldn’t pick out a fav – so just go with the flow, and watch them – all !!

YO !!!

you can see work by MAS PAZ at the big ‘ARTISTANCE’ group show curated by CHE MORALES at IMAGE GALLERY . . thru FRI FEB 27, 2015

IMAGE GALLERY




~ARTISTANCE OPENS . . FRI FEB 13

ARTISTANCE . . . CURATED BY CHE MORALES
26 ARTISTS – ONE STANCE
OPENS FRI FEB 13, 2015 / 7-10:30 PM
the show runs thru FRI FEB 27, 2015
IMAGE GALLERY – 1501 BROADWAY AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, NY

more info on the show: ARTISTANCE

FEATURING WORK BY:
BKFOXX, CERN, TMOPLATER, DANIELLE MASTRION, LEXI BELLA, MAS PAZ, MARTHALICIA, COCAINE&CAVIAR, LAVAN WRIGHT, CLUB BUM, THEO MIGHTY, MIGHTY MATH, CHRISTINA DUARTE, KID KUUP, AARON VALENTIN, DEREK PEREZ, SARAH BERMAN, RAOUL ANTONIO ALBERTUS, SID LOPEZ, CASEY CAULLEY, JON RODRIQUEZ, MATT STANTON, KAHEIM ARCHER, MURJANI, IKE SLIMSTER.

AFTERPARTY: BIZARRE BAR – 12 JEFFERSON St, BUSHWICK.
will include a special video presentation by performance artist AKIL DAVIS, then dancing to Latin sounds of DJ’s DIGITAL GUARACHA

JMZ @ MYRTLE / BROADWAY AVE




~TAYLOR McKIMEN’S: THE HISTORY OF ART & bye the way: HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY !!

‘TAYLOR McKIMENS: COMMISSIONS BY BRIGHT LYONS, 2008-2015′
FEB 3 – TUES, FEB 18, 2015
BRIGHT LYONS, POP-UP – 455 West 19th St, Chelsea, NYC

“THE STARRY MESSENGER” . . .

well, lookie here, Taylor’s show – is in synch with the . . stars !!
that means . . for sure, I’m up, for taking . . another LOOK !!


TAYLOR McKIMENS, ‘You and I’, 2014, acrylic paint. 14 x 10.75 in.


HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, Y’ALL . . !!

though actually I’m not 100% if this is . .’You and I’, or: ‘Far from Me’ ?!!
the artworks weren’t listed exactly in synch with the installation at the opening, they must have done some last minute re-arranging.
so I didn’t get the note, and somebody else can do the . . grad school paper.
but I do see hearts, and plenty of them on her dress, and they most def . . are in the POP vernacular, or what !!
though that ‘chain around her neck’, pardon the expression (!!) is causing me some mystery, and sleepless nights.
whose got the other half ?

and ps: in case you didn’t pick it up, the narrow hem around her t-shirt – clearly speaks: comic book.


this is a close-up of the woman’s head, in Taylor’s ‘Victory’, 2015 painting, discussed at some length in the previous post. what’s so strangely interesting about these paintings, is that while they most strongly project ‘cutting edge’ contemporary art – they also carry secret passageways to and from great ART, mostly vernacular, and definite outcasts . . from the past.

so, is ‘ex-outsider’ a formal term ?

and, now of course very revered and respected painters, in this case: it’s clear to see the ‘hand’ of the mighty outsider, now a god . . VAN GOGH.
in short in Taylor MCKimens’ paintings – Van Gogh meets comic book story-telling & neon color spurts – in 21st C Brooklyn !!

off-tangent: the definition of ‘outsider’ has morphed & changed, and in some sense remained exactly the same – incredibly through the centuries.
you better thank your lucky stars – there’s a fluid path . . in the rat world. I mean: art world. even if it does take .. centuries.


“CLOTHED IN GLORY – An 1889 self-portrait painted in Saint-Remy, where Van Gogh spent the final year of his life.” – WSJ, BOOKS SECTION, Sat/Sun Jan 17-18, 2015.
VAN GOGH making the . . news.
and damn, that’s a true . . ‘SELFIE’, if I ever did see . . one, not to repeat myself, but . . just laying out the cultural cards, as they plainly fall.
in black and white, and read all over.

but back to TAYLOR:
it hadn’t really dawned on me why I was so haunted by the show, until I noted this Wall Street Journal, Books section – on the top of my reading desk !!
yep, weekend of Jan 17-18, 2015, VINCENT VAN GOGH is not only in the news, his self-portrait, his ‘SELFIE’ . . . is headlining . . . the cultural pack heading into New Year 2015, and if you dwell on these kind of things, trends, even slightly, you can well pause to consider why the WSJ editors picked a ‘selfie’ instead of let’s say, a landscape – as their large format, go-to-image ?!!

anyway, so it’s not just American painter Taylor McKimens who is looking back.
look look . . lookie back, young dudes.
apparently Brit painter JULIAN BELL is also looking back, and he seems to have astounded everybody with his new Biography, ‘Van Gogh: A Power Seething’. (great title). a quote form the book: “My existence is not without reason,” the artist once wrote to his brother Theo. “There is something inside me, what can it be ?” the WSJ reviewer, JONATHAN LOPEZ, says Julian Bell “answers that question forcefully”.
see: ‘THE STARRY MESSENGER’, ‘Van Gogh: A Power Seething’ – by JULIAN BELL, WSJ


close-up, detail, TAYLOR McKIMENS . . ‘You and I’, 2014.
which brings us back to . . Valentine’s Day, 2015 – where you can also observe the animated gestural Van Gogh influence, that Taylor borrows to 3-D ‘model’ his figures, but you can also pick up some – GAUGUIN . . kind of his contemporary evil ‘twin’.
in the flat planes, esp across the face. the flower in the hair. the expression – etc, etc. the passion.
so, GAUGUIN’S also in the news, too.


“Paul Gauguin painted ‘Nafea Faa Ipolpo (When Will You Marry?)’, a portrait of two Tahitian girls, in 1892.” – WALL STREET JOURNAL, FRI FEB 6, 2015.

‘GAUGUIN PAINTING SELLS FOR NEAR $300 MILLION’ – BY KELLY CROW.

in short: “A colorful painting of two Tahitian women by Paul Gauguin has reportedly been sold by a Swiss family foundation to a group of state museums in Qatar for nearly $300 million, a record sum for a single work of art.”
read the article for yourself: “Gauguin Painting Sells …”, WSJ – FEB 6, 2015.


but what’s also interesting about this painting is how it speaks to the forward direction of Taylor’s work, which seems to be leaving the pick-up truck, dive bar culture of the southwest desert, and Brooklyn (!!), the exotic women of the hot islands of Gauguin, and the even hotter, thicker emotions – of Van Gogh – and taking the whole heap, kit and kaboddle / comic book art and all, flat planes and painterly gestures, animated inanimate details . . and moving them all . . . towards THE LIGHT !!
as opposed to the . . HEAT.
big diff.
and there’s a wonderful strangeness to that – too.


detail, TAYLOR McKIMENS, ‘Greek Head’, 2015. 14 x 11 in.

the L-i-g-h-t of the . . THE GREEKS – !!
moving forward, by going even further backward ?
that’s an interesting concept – as well.
one can just feel the light, refracting & reflecting off the coolness of that cold hard white marble, desert ? what desert. it’s all gods and civilization, thought. marble, and water-dwelling oracles !! the linear color areas, and crazed messy details of LIFE – are morphing into patterns of stained glass reflection that speak to answers, order and pattern. entropy is banished, and a flood of optimism shines rays over the small, but very alive, and evolving universe of the living – in a word: Brooklyn. just joking, calm down !!

Happy Valentine’s Day, from artlovers – your original content provider, and her take on the art scene . . multiplied by the everyday tarot cards, life in media-driven NYC throws at us, all.
a ‘selfie’ is a ‘blog’ is an . . insider/outsider ?
better believe it !!

oh, to the Greeks . . and their Starry Constellations !! Cupid and all.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH