~UNDER THE VOLCANO . . the day after

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’
SAT & SUN / JUNE 6 & 7, 2015 – STOREFRONT / 169 BOWERY at DELANCEY

A 2 DAY POP-UP PAINTING SHOW – FOCUSING ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE 80′s ART SCENE

yeah, a huge crowd came out.
it was a huge space, and it was packed by the end of the night.
IT WAS AMAZING.


the night before, a large scroll-like DAN ASHER goes up.
an imaginary, and powerful, mystical and archetypal, gestural and expressionistic . . . face on a long scroll of paper, early 80s.
PHOTO: DICK DEMENUS

curators KATE and THEO CERIGO grew up ‘under the volcano’, right smack in the midst of the intense, personal, explosive creative action that was the 80s art scene.

they grew up in a raw storefront on Rivington St, just a few doors up from the Bowery, when it really was, the wild frontier. flophouses, bums, druggies, junkies, and . . artists. they ran around at many a wild, crazy and now legendary opening, including the first shows of Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat in the East Village. the mid 80s shows of Schnabel and Salle on West Broadway, and Rirkrit Tiravanija on Greene St.

me, Simon, and Dan, we were all over the scene. we had it all covered.

the energy never let down.
. . . day job ? what was a day job.
pay check ? what was a pay check.
Dan sold his works hard-scrabble. their parents, Simon & Nancy . . ‘flipped’ other people’s art to support the family, and so . . the art was coming and going, in and out of the storefront, all the time.
including at any given point:
DAVID SALLE prints, a large JACK GOLDSTEIN hyper-realist lightning painting, MARIKO MORI’s ‘Love Hotel’ photograph, assorted works by MICHAEL McCLARD, paintings by WALTER ROBINSON, prints by CLEMENTE, and VANESSA BEECROFT’s ‘Amish women’ portraits.

the outlines of a huge Keith Haring crawling baby, quickly sketched in white chalk by him one day, on a found refrigerator cartoon on the street, leaned in one corner. and, of course their parents’ work, and Dan’s work, was all over the place, too. along with street posters, show invites, early zines and, stacks of artforums. it was 24/7 indie music. Smashing Pumpkins, Jesus and Mary Chain. Built to Spill. Galaxie 500. Al Green.

there was no www, no internet. no social media. there were no personal computers, or cellphones. you got out, and you moved around. and it rocked.

the scene on the street just outside, was just bursting.
you could open the door .. . and Jean Michel would be strolling by.
if you were tough & savvy, money could be made. art works flipped FAST, and the East Storefront, at 5 Rivington, all ‘tagged’ up on the outside by the ‘writers’, was . . art city central. it was underground grit to the core,rebel indie, and hardcore, down to the very last . . drop.
just sold a Keith Haring chalk piece, $5 grand . . ca-ching !!
cut it down from the 14th St. subway, yesterday.


PHOTO: DICK DEMENUS

THEO had told us he had snagged a storefront, legit and all . . in a great location, but he hadn’t told us it was – the Cadillac, the cathedral of pop-up storefronts . . go, THEO !!

it was huge, and well-lit !! big wide open space. flat, uninterrupted walls.
no columns. no cubicles, no inner partitions, with double-height ceilings.
raw concrete floor, raw white walls, with some construction markings, but – just clean enough !!
just, the way we like it.

it was like the the mini-’museum’ of pop-ups, and in that sense it suited the show, which was in a great sense archival, but it also seems to have been timely, and relevant.
and, well, they were saying . . . it was: historic.

who ?
everybody.
the energy in the room was amazing. serious, classic ‘art drunk’ – it was a hit.

seriously.
a huge huge turn-out, mostly all under-30, it felt like Brooklyn !! including a big Yale contingent. and a couple of under-40s, major players, strolled in, and stayed . . like ANDREW GUENTHER. and then throw into the mix, a few veterans from way back, Charlie Finch and Walter Robinson, and . . ka-boom.

then, at some point Walter instagramed Simon’s ‘Keith Haring’ painting . . and the ball really started rolling, and did not stop.

as the opening progressed, everybody was on their phones sending out images & buzz.
the momentum just grew and grew.
it was awesome, really. I was floored. I couldn’t believe it. I was shell-shocked. I mean nobody had shown my work in 30 years, and this was my own in-house team, I guess indie, all the way, is my fate.
it was definitely over-whelming. lots of requests for stories, and first-hand info. the young artists seemed to enjoy the character both of the show, and the work.

they seemed to super dig . . the indie spirit of the entire production. but even more, they just really really rocked with the work, the flat-out expressionism, the intensity, the powerful ambition . . . to ‘own’ the era.
I’m thinking it was – something about the works having been so ‘under-recognized’, but so hardcore indie, a stubborn . . ‘so-what-stance’, this is our art – really rocked them.

this is what we do, this is our art, this is our hustle.
now, how do we .. SURVIVE !!!!!!

many said they wished the show could have lasted longer, so their friends could make it, or they could come back, for a second look.
Kate and Theo are still fielding requests for ‘visuals’ and installation shots, so they can be blasted out – into the infinite social media sphere.

the show is definite living a virtual double life, just like we envisioned.
go, indie – go, pop-up.

though we hadn’t known what to expect crowd-wise, esp with Bushwick Open Studios happening the same weekend, and we were definite anxious, and so, so surprised by the crowd.

but as one sane person told us, there is always something going on in NYC, these days, and this how they work it: they all just get on their phones, and tell their friends to get on down here, this is where the action is at !!

A SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT & THANKS TO:
Brooklyn artists, NICHOLAS STEINDORF, and JAMES MILLER . . for hanging the show.
it looked great.
it came together, right on time. and in a very short window of time. literally. very cool.
totally professional job.
. . there is no way we could have done this – without you !!

thanks to everybody who came by.
for supporting the art, art that just sort of flew by, under-the-radar, at the time it was made.

and, for supporting so warmly, the vision of these 2 young hardcore artist-kids, first-time curators – KATE & THEO CERIGO.




~UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO – THE FOUNT

this is the show’s poster.
we made a short edition of them to plaster on the scaffolding, outside the storefront . . .

it is a complete reproduction of an early ‘newspaper’ piece by Simon, and from which we could get the only image of the three of us together. lucky it even exists, and that’s part of the magic behind it, I guess.

there are no other copies of the photo, at all. I mean there are plenty of digital ones now, but no negatives, no hard copy vintage prints. and, there are absolutely no other images of the three of us together.

it’s kind of fitting, that Simon ‘collected’ this photograph – he was very much into keeping ‘records’ of life – as it swirled around him. if Dan and I shared an (obsessed) interest in photography, for ‘holding onto time’ . . . . Dan documenting far-away places and indie bands, while my focus was on the art scene happening right before me, Simon was into collecting hands-on, actual ‘artifacts’, including working on newspaper pages that caught his eye, with their continuous moment-in-the-news immediacy, and gone-again . . temper.

coming to New York in the early 80s, was a really exciting time.
we all just thought, this is how it is, and – dive in !!
this is Simon’s ‘artist’ statement’ from 1987 – that I found in his old papers, while getting ready to put up this show.

“To be an artist in this age of materialism is the height of Romanticism. My paintings are first of all about ‘being’. I am not interested in technical categories, such as, abstraction or figuration. My main concern in painting is to ‘live in paint’. Painting for me is a way to talk myself and the world. My work incorporates toys, not only because of my own fascination with them, but because I feel that on a sublime level they reveal something about the particular civilization they belong to.”

this piece incorporates a small army of tiny war planes, Simon was into building model airplanes, tanks, and ships – with a narrow focus on WW II. WW II fascinated him. the ‘strip’ down the the right hand side is a piece of an actual model kit box, with ‘detailing’ – instructions.
so yeah, Simon got ‘tiny’ !!, nano, reproduction, replica – whatever.
me and Dan . . were not into ‘mini’ – at all.

I think the scientist-type nerd / character in the newspaper image, is Allan Ginsberg ?

the image of the retro 50s family on the right – probably references his own family.
his mom and dad.
his mom was very stylish. she studied medicine at the Sorbonne in Paris, and his dad was a financial newspaper reporter.
the ape on the left – ?
his inner demons !!
a lifelong battle & hence the magic of the title, ‘Under the Volcano’ – as well !!

when he died, he had left a little pink pencil eraser on the top of his diary of notes, it said – it had printed in black script on the top side:

“TIME WILL ERASE MY MISTAKES” – if only life was so, easy. Not.

but it all adds – up to great art. everybody can feel the emotion, even if they don’t know – the exact details.
war on the horizon, global warfare in the past, advanced technology warfare, and the war – within.
within the self, and within the family unit – as well.
even our goddamn genes – fight each other.
we love, we fight. we reproduce, and we start all over . . .
and here I am in . . . NEW YORK CITY.




~UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH . . OPENS TODAY

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’
CURATED BY KATE & THEO CERIGO
PRODUCED BY THEO CERIGO
DOORS OPEN SAT JUNE 6, 2015 at 2 PM / OPENING RECEPTION 6 – 10 PM
ALSO OPEN SUN JUNE 7 / 11 AM – 6 PM
169 BOWERY – STOREFRONT – JUST SOUTH OF DELANCEY, LOWER EAST SIDE / CHINATOWN, NYC

see: 1980s Art Scene makes comeback this weekend at 169 Bowery, THE LO-DOWN




UNDER THE VOLCANO – advance peek !!

PARKOUR – FOR HIPSTERS vs the NYPD !!

I heard mint&serf’s pop-up last Sat got shut down by the NYPD because they were essentially ‘squatting’ without permission – in an ‘abandoned’ parking garage. supposedly they managed to stay up for a good hour, and they had about 100 people there. but everything lives a virtual life now, f-o-r-e-v-e-r so . . . go indie !!
& long live social media !!

I liked that they did that, hijacked a place, rather than just a a wall, lordy !! – so urban subversive – !!
I even liked their use of ‘rsvp’ and secret location – game !!
created great buzz for the pop-up genre – in general !!
everybody has their own – style, street style, free-form.
in true street cred style, with true grit/ low-down guts, and innovation.
F the institutions, and galleries – going nowhere, and certainly NOT on point.
cheers for . . . the hardcore hippity-hop lo-down, low-fi par-tay. . .
doing the street dance, making your mark – underground NYC style !!

NO WORRIES, hopefully – on our show being shut down.

THEO has a signed & dated, totally legit & legal – 4 day use . . commercial lease. the developer of the space, which is a big big empty storefront at 169 Bowery, just south of Delancey . . is a friend of his, who is being very generous in letting us have the space for one weekend, $10 a day (!!) who is putting up with all the chaos that this entails, including tons of paperwork – right smack in the middle of its renovation.

THEO & KATE, with a small volunteer crew of young artist pals, are working mad crazy to get the show up – right now !! they could only get into the space late yesterday afternoon, just in time to deliver the work, start to unpack it, and roughly start planning it out.

here’s a few sneak peeks !!


NANCY SMITH, ‘Seeker’, watercolor on arches paper, 18 x 24 in.


NANCY SMITH, framed watercolor – wall.


DAN ASHER, large large drawing, black acrylic paint on linen-paper.


SIMON CERIGO, ‘QUEEN of ENGLAND, SURF BUTT’, multi-media, including acrylic paint, and indie ‘band’ t-shirt, on stretched canvas.


the entrance is a big glass plate door – at the right.
the construction scaffolding is still up. we hope to have some UNDER THE VOLCANO posters plastered over it – tomorrow.

169 BOWERY, an under-renovation storefront – just shy of DELANCEY ST, on the border – where Chinatown meets the Lower East Side, face-to-face.
right in the the heart of the (don’t blink) downtown LIGHTING & CHANDELIER district.

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’
A 2 DAY POP-UP PAINTING SHOW – FOCUSING ON THE TRUE GRIT UNDER-BELLY of the LOWER EAST SIDE 80s UNDERGROUND ART SCENE
OPENING RECEPTION: SAT JUNE 6, 2015 / 2-10 PM
DOORS OPEN: SAT JUNE 6, at 2 PM
also open on SUN JUNE 7 / 11 AM – 6 PM
169 BOWERY – CURATED BY KATE & THEO CERIGO

& . . NO, WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE . . . SHUT DOWN,
and yes . . . OPEN TO ALL, TOTALLY LEGIT & NO RSVP REQUIRED.

IT’S A HUGE, HUGE RAW SPACE, GREAT BIG WALLS, NICE LIGHT TOO – !!!!!!
good going, first-time show producer/curator – THEO CERIGO !!
SIMON is ROLLIN’ OVER IN HIS GRAVE, and so is . . . DAN !!
THE GHOST ARMY – IS ON THE MARCH !!
go, INDIE !!!!

more info: underthevolcano.les@gmail.com

INSTALLATION PHOTOS: are from KATE CERIGO, who just sent them in via her iPhone !! – from on-site !!

hurray – for the digital world.
ha, we didn’t even have computers back in those mad crazy wild low rent, 80s days !!
blowing up images on an xerox machine, at a copy shop – was the only ‘technical’ magic, available to us !!!
but it was party-on hard, central !!!!!

the biggest downside of course, was that there was little in the way of alternative options, in terms ways of getting your work out, and your voice – heard.
but you know what, F that.
we felt the electricity, we all had dirt cheap storefront / apt studios. we felt the excitement & fire in the air. we felt the love. everyday was an adventure.
you could make a living, pay your rent & eat, and have just enough left over to party some, just on your street smarts. all the action was in the Lower East Side. you didn’t have to travel, it was all happening below 14th St. F the ‘stodgey’ low-ceiling ‘no-brains’ that ran the status quo publications, newspapers, mags/magazines, and rusty-crusty gallery ‘markets’.
we left them behind the dust, and EVERYDAY !!!!
everyday – was a trip. a hustle here, a sold painting there. a flip. a trade.
a ripped-down Keith Haring black chalk subway poster – could bring in $5 grand. no sweat.
I know – because we did that – check !!
you could buy a limited edition, David Salle ‘garbage day’ line drawing print, also white chalk on black paper – for $2,000 and flip it for over $20 grand . . within 2 years.
I know – because I did that, check !!
and that was almost – a whole year’s rent, so . . are you beginning to get – the L.E.S. 80s picture ?!!
and so. it went.
those were the days, for sure.
when the pauper art kings, Basquiat crowns, and all – ruled the streets.

yep, F the stodgey.

I see it’s not them you are reading today – it’s ME !!!

talent – always outs.
that’s the one thing I always loved about the art world, from day one – above all else.

ring that curator’s bell, and the dance will surely . . . grow and grow.




~DAN ASHER . . in LA / up thru SAT JUNE 6

it’s interesting to note that the LO-DOWN . . . didn’t seem to know who . . DAN ASHER was . . ??!!

it’s even more interesting to note that they would give some, really generous !! . . . press, and warm encouragement to two young, 20-something first-time curators, KATE & THEO CERIGO – who grew up in a storefront in the hood, back in the 80s, and, now want to show the world – what it was like to . . .
“live under the volcano” – of the fierce, wild, and mostly underground creative energy – that had the Lower East Side on fire, back in the day.

of the 3 artists in their pop-up show that runs through this upcoming weekend, ‘Under the Volcano: Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith’ – DAN ASHER would be the one artist, whose name would be most recognizable to the art scene ‘players’ of today, the various. and diverse movers and groovers, who make the scene go round.

in fact Dan’s work has been seeing a steady, and in fact remarkably wide-spread resurgence of late, finding a new & growing audience, esp among the newest wave of young curators, collectors, artists, and writers, spurring a new-found respect, among the older generations especially with regard to his expressive, wildly gestural, figurative . . oil stick drawings.

case in point, and the other show . . I’d love to see in LA, after weeks of trashing the ‘bubbling-over’ art scene, down there – in the southern ‘parched’ lands !!
the water might not be bubbling over, down there, but the art scene – sure as hell, seems to be.

SO, if you are in LA, and quick on your feet, and in your brain !! – don’t miss it.
it’s not only got a way catchy ‘title’, just as good as . . ‘Under the Volcano’, lordy !!
and, an interesting line-up of mostly under-recognized, hands-on artists – and, some POTTERY (!!!!)
but, they’ve also included a really radiant . . and early, DAN ASHER oil-stick on paper, a New York Times newspaper page – to be exact.
I guess you could say, from ceramics on up, ‘hands-on’ expressionism – seems to be having it’s . . ‘on fire’ moment !!

‘What’s Wrong With We ?’
Dan Asher, Aidas Barekis, Keith Boadwee & Club Paint, Jennie Jieun Lee, Bruce M. Sherman, Bjarne Melgaard, Bill Saylor, Spencer Sweeney
organized . . by PIERRE-ARNAUD DOUCEDE
the show runs: APRIL 30 – JUNE 6, 2015
MARTOS GALLERY, LA – 3315 W. Washington Bvd, Los Angeles

see: MARTOS GALLERY INSTALLATION – PIX

note: PIERRE-ARNAUD DOUCEDE runs . . . GLOBAL ART NEWS, where you can also catch – some other great photos from the show, including another really, really brilliant, dark and brooding – DAN ASHER !!

and, a final last word: just because . . . I can !! and I feel strongly about it !!

SPENCER SWEENEY – the new DAN ASHER ? . . . I DON’T THINK SO – !! !! !!

and,

ELI BROAD – where are your DAN ASHERS, not !!


DAN ASHER,’Untitled’, 1983.
oil-stick on newsprint, 22.5 x 14.5 in.
photo: MARTOS GALLERY, LA

I wonder what – it’s going for ?
last I looked – Martos was selling similar Dan Ashers for, ballpark: $15,000 – $18,000.

ps:
KATE & THEO CERIGO . . will be showing much much bigger, never before seen, super early 80s . . DAN ASHER oil-sticks – in their ‘Under the Volcano’ pop-up show. part of their own personal collection, passed on down from their dad, SIMON CERIGO – who was a big, big, and very early collector of Dan’s work.
in fact, Simon was Dan’s first dealer.

unlike Walter Robinson !!
if, you read the art news, you know – what I mean !!
“yeah, and I should have bought Facebook at $12, too” – famous last words, Walter – !!




~UNDER THE VOLCANO – MAKES THE LO-DOWN !! !! !!

YO YO YO – YO !!!!!!

READ – ALL ABOUT IT, CLICK: 1980s ART SCENE MAKES A COMEBACK – THE LO-DOWN !!!!

http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/2015/05/1980s-art-scene-makes-a-comeback-this-weekend-at-169-bowery.html#




~UNDER THE VOLCANO . . ROLLS IN SAT JUNE 6

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’

a 2 DAY POP-UP PAINTING SHOW / CELEBRATING THE TRUE GRIT – UNDERGROUND LOWER EAST SIDE 80′s ART SCENE

OPENS NEXT SAT JUNE 6, 2015 / 6-10 PM

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, NO RSVP. NO SECRET LOCATION.
JUST THE WAY – IT USED TO BE, BACK IN THE DAY !!!!!

SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER & NANCY SMITH. NYC, 1982.

doors open: SAT JUNE 6 at 2 PM
the show continues on SUN JUNE 7 / 11 AM – 6 PM

169 BOWERY – BETWEEN DELANCEY & BROOME, AT THE EDGE OF CHINATOWN, ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE / DOWNTOWN NYC !!!!

currently an a empty, if somewhat . . illustrious storefront ??!!
or is that . . . notorious ?
anybody else recall . . . COLLECTIVE HARDWARE !!!!

we’re taking it over, for one more – hurrah.
PARKOUR ? – check !!!!

CURATED BY KATE & THEO CERIGO
more info: underthevolcano.les@gmail.com




~GIMME SHELTER . . MINT&SERF PRESENT A ONE DAY POP-UP / SAT MAY 30 / location update

up-date: they don’t want the location on the ‘web’.
but, if you walk around the post office on Varick & 7th Ave – you’ll find it, happy hunting.

PARKOUR – for HIPSTERS !!!!!

YO, YO, YO ——- !!!!!
TALKIN’ ABOUT . . . POP-UPS !!!
DOWNTOWN . . . POP-UPS !!!

MINT&SERF PRESENT . . GIMME SHELTER – !!
a one day pop-up exhibit in SOHO.
EXACT LOCATION TO BE DISCLOSED . . TOMORROW at NOON
CHECK BACK – HERE.
or RSVP: THEMIRF@GRITCREATIVEGROUP.COM

SAT MAY 30th, 2015 FROM 3PM – 7PM

FILE UNDER: what if . . . . ??!!!

MINT&SERF WRITE:
NUR KHAN recently told thethick.com – ‘Downtown New York is nowhere near as cool as it used to be’. .
and their reply ?
“As tempting as it is to lament the ongoing gentrification of Downtown NYC, it is satisfying to look at the remaining bars, parking lots, garages and vacant buildings and think up some outlandish ideas.

What if . . someone did a show at 190 Bowery ?, What if someone painted the ledge of the Canal and Walker St Building ? What if someone opened a tiny museum in an old elevator shaft in Courtland Alley ?
There are still many places for the taking.”

tell me about it . . . !!!!!
right on !!
all it takes is ONE NIGHT – in this shaky, creaky, gritty and way down-low, and even, m-e-a-n !! town !!

the underground scene – POP-UP, grab that space and run: is WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.
a kind of art world urban jungle gym – game, let the pop-up games, begin !! !! !!




~MARIA CALANDRA . . OPENS SAT, MAY 30

‘MARIA CALANDRA – NEW DRAWINGS’
opens SAT, MAY 30, 2015 / 6-9 PM
the show runs thru JUNE 28, 2015
SARDINE, 286 STANHOPE ST, GROUND FLOOR, BROOKLYN. NY.
between WYCKOFF & IRVING AVE in BUSHWICK
DeKalb L Train – exit on Stanhope
Knickerbocker M – is also nearby
HRS: SAT & SUN 1 – 6 PM

“NEW DRAWINGS . . . introduces a body of Calandra’s work in which she draws public and private art collections from direct observation. It is her second solo exhibition with Sardine and features a series of subtle graphite graphite drawings on panel. Where her first show, ‘Pencil in the Studio’, was a series of drawings that depicted the contemporary artist’s immediate environs, ‘New Drawings’ follows an artist’s work where it often ends up living
; in homes and museums. More than simply documenting the world of art objects, they are poignant notes of admiration and homage to the presence of art and artists in our lives today. Whether it’s the the Rothko room at the Met, or a collection of smaller, more contemporary work hung salon style in a home, they reflect the vibrancy of this experiential and intimate relationship. Lovingly rendered in Calandra’s signature style, the artist’s voice comes first and we are all the better for it.”
~Sardine

MARIA CALANDRA lives and works in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s MFA program and has previously exhibited with Sardine, Sierra Nevada College, Kinz and Tillou Gallery, Norte Maar, Daily Operation, DNA Gallery, Shoot the Lobster and Storefront.

ps:

MARIA pens a fascinating ‘drawing’ journal/blog: pencilinthestudio

. . where she visits other artists in their studios, and while they chat she does real-time sketches of the work, and usually a portrait of the artist too.

check out her take on . . . JULES de BALINCOURT – it’s my fave !!


MARIA CALANDRA . . . drawing of Jules de Balincourt studio.

kind of a travel, souvenir, diary, sketchbook, comic book, illustration, hard core ‘locator’/raw data, insider/outsider view from . . a very curious & ‘notating’ kind of – mind !!
very entertaining, and . . very informing.
very gentle, but eerily detailed . . the draftsmanship is quite light-handed.
but veers off in the strangest of ways.
and wanders in its own way. making its own shapes from the landscape, the objects, the personality – at hand. free-form ‘examination’ come to mind.
the drawings are sourced from the real, but definite verging towards . . the fictional ?
as in the fictional . . ‘picture’ plane.
almost as if, in a storybook. but . . too hard-edged, too on-the-case !!
they definitely belong to an artist, not a story-teller.
and yet, they are observational . . as if, in a dream.
an artist’s . . dream !!
this is a curious place, where I am . . smack down in the crux & flux of another artist’s world.

a lot of people are looking forward – to seeing this show, which just happens to synch up – with BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND, so for sure – drop by.




~BRIAN WILLMONT . . PAINTINGS in STOCKHOLM & SAN FRANCISCO – this month

BRIAN WILLMONT . . . a young artist/curator based in Brooklyn, seemingly with a force-field all his own . . . witness: the small, but essential . . GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY that he runs out of a space adjacent to his studio in the historic American Manufacturing Corp rope factory, right on the edge of the Brooklyn waterfront . . . has work in 2 out-of-town shows, this month as well.

the Brooklyn brand is . .. out there !!

first up, NICHOLAS STEINDORF & DARJA BAJAGIC & some pals at a ‘new video’ screening organized by ANTONE KONST in PARIS, so e-x-c-i-t-i-n-g.
Antone Konst is also a very talented Brooklyn-based artist, and sometime curator, who is on a residency over there. he’s coming back soon, next week – so look forward to hearing more from him – when he’s back on his own turf, but in the meantime, thanks for getting the word – out.

now comes word, that BRIAN WILLMONT & some pals are in SWEDEN and SAN FRANCISCO.
BRIAN, a huge behind-the-scenes force, in terms of getting the “Brooklyn brand” out there . . organized the show in Sweden, as well as exhibiting new work of his own in it, and in fact he is over there this weekend, for the opening, so – again: e-x-c-i-t-i-n-g.

not to forget, Brooklyn-based DUKE RILEY just took some pals, including clay slab & big zine maker, also known as the Bushwick Pigeoneer, PAT McCARTHY . . over to CUBA this weekend.
which is sure to be a ‘rocking’ . . that little island.
see: DUKE RILEY to participate in HAVANA BIENNIAL / Ice Skating Rink, artnet

so Brooklyn, and its cutting edge art is on . . the march, apparently towards global domination !!
no . . . looking back.
watch out – world !!


NEW PAINTING by BRIAN WILLMONT – exhibiting in . . Sweden, this month.

‘THE COYOTE’
opened MAY 22, 2015
and runs thru JUNE 20, 2015
organized by BRIAN WILLMONT, and featuring the work of: KEEGAN mCHARGUE, JEANETTE MUNDT, JAMES ULMER, RYAN SCHNEIDER, BRIAN WILLMONT
GALLERY STEINSLAND BERLINER , STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN


NEW PAINTING, with STILL LIFE, by BRIAN WILLMONT exhibiting in SAN FRANCISCO – this month.

‘JUG LIFE: New Contemporary Still Life’
opened MAY 22
and runs thru JUNE 28, 2015
curated by ANDREW SCHOULTZ & PATRICK MARTINEZ – featuring the work of:
CODY HUDSON, BRIAN WILLMONT, GLEN BALDRIDGE, RYAN WALLACE, RICHARD COLE=MAN, MICHELLE BLADE, HILARY PECIS, ALEX LUCAS, ERIN RILEY, JOSEPH HART, and many others.
PARK LIFE GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA


painter, curator, gallerist . . BRIAN WILLMONT in his studio, GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN, NY. Oct 25, 2014
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

check it out: artlovers posted a STUDIO VISIT with BRIAN WILLMONT, – back in OCT, 2014.