oops, it’s summer !!
and you know, I’m thinking . . Christmas in July ?!!
while tomorrow, FRI JULY 31, 2015 . . . is the last day to catch . . JJ PEET downtown.
JJ PEET – MAGiCSTANCE
JUNE 17 – JULY 31, 2015
ON STELLAR RAYS – 1 RIVINGTON ST, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
more gallery info: on the show
PIX FROM THE OPENING – WED JUNE 17, 2015
On Stellar Rays, the sunny south side of Rivington, just literally a few steps west of the Bowery . .
open the doors, and up you go . . one flight of stairs.
JJ PEET, munching on HONEYCOMBS !!
we get ya, I think.
honeycombs are . . such an ‘mazing shape. natural technological wonder. futuristic and ancient, organic structure. but cereal ? so did we forget something ? cereal is supposed to be so ‘out’. and yet, eating them straight out of the box, never seemed so cool.
this guy can do . . NO WRONG IN MY BOOK.
even the Egyptians . . ate honey.
didn’t they find some thousand-year-old honey in a tomb, and wasn’t it still good, to eat ?
yes, yes and yes.
which brings us to the title of this show: ‘MAGiCSTANCE’ – !!
which refers to . . . “the idea that when a viewer is alert, aware, and attuned to a greater consciousness, unexpected connections and coincidences are more likely.”
and I would say from the subject matter – stay alert at all – times.
it’s scary – out there.
so, yeah. STAY – ALERT !! even without . . the ‘unexpected’ connections.
JJ PEET, ‘CLOWNEWS’, 2013.
ok, so this was the only piece with a ‘ceramic’ vessel, a hand-built ‘cup’ – in it. and although the clay cup was standard size, for JJ !! the piece, and actually – all the other pieces in the show – were actually kind of mini / nano in size – for what they actually were, which was wall- mounted multi-media sculptures – that posed many strange and wonderful objects against – the bad news of our cruel, nasty world as it turns, on its axis !! and pulls us along.
clay potters – aren’t just artisans, who are good with their hands. and, no – they don’t have their heads – in the clay, I mean . . sand.
J PEET, ‘CLOWNEWS’, 2013. the title says it – all.
Stoneware, porcelain, cedar, copper, brass, and fabric.
7 x 12 x 4 in.
on the right, CANDANCE MADEY, founder-director of On Stellar Rays.
JJ PEET, ‘SHiELDNEWS’, 2015.
Porcelain, aluminum, c-print, rubber, fabric, plastic, and acrylic on panel.
25-1/4 x 11-1/2 x 6-1/2 in.
well, the title surely makes clear, what the narrative-type image does . . express.
it’s quite a wonderful little scenario.
I wonder if that little classic, storybook porcelain couple – is ‘found’ ?
whereas the figure on the left – is all i-m-a-g-i-n-a-t-i-on !! contrast.
free-form, STAR WARS !! KAWS ? X marks the KAWS ?
I love how that super creative blob – is animated.
it’s my favorite one single element in the whole entire show.
what’s even more currr-ious is how JJ PEET has NO animals in his works, except for the humans, of course. I mean the web, social media – is absolutely overrun by pets, esp cats and dogs.
it’s amazing – you can see even the most hunky of guys, and they’re posting the cutest videos of their little kitty-cat furballs ?!!
must be the – stress ?!!
damn, I like that. surface vs surface. matte vs shiny . . strange vs glossy.
likewise, with the smallest of details, and color ‘points’.
and then, the bad news . . kicks in.
just on the other side of that sunny day umbrella.
I was told that this exhibit was also very unique for JJ in that usually his ‘sculpture’ shows, as opposed to his pottery shows, are just all over the place – with pieces hanging from the ceiling, etc and free-standing etc, and I got the impression, somewhat chaotic – but this show was very precise, and just wall-mounted.
JJ PEET, ‘INFO’, 2013.
Porcelain, paper, pine, acrylic, and aluminum.
11-1/2 x 21 x 6 in.
as you can see, the element of ‘light’ – and, in particular . . ‘cast’ colored light – was also a big part of the design. beautiful. transparent light vs opaque clay. light ‘art’ vs bad news.
unglazed organic-shaped matte clay, reflective shiny flat acrylic, transient red ‘rays’.
very STAR WARS, or is that Mad Max ?
it’s certainly not Egyptian !!
love the tiny ‘red’ carpet !!
white-out, the classic retro industrial . . tipping point.
and so annoying, to use. you guys are so lucky, you have NO idea.
oh no, missing. the heart-breaker.
lost ? stolen ? tortured ?
alive ? dead ? hurt.
bad news, the white-out may as well be the stand-in for the (doomed) Twin Towers.
the beautiful intersects with the unthinkable.
new-age rays of industrial light vs ages-old hand-wrought raw porcelain.
with . . almost a battleship element, going on. trouble in a bottle.
industrial chic. matte terror.
surprisingly, there was also a large ‘painting’.
JJ PEET, ‘REPORT_CODE_1′, 2015.
Acrylic and ink on panel. 94 x 60 x 2-1/4 in.
it was full of strange code, glaze recipe code ? bio-code ?
but I’m pretty sure – this was a camera.
it was also very binary – in contrast !! starting with the black line vs the purple ‘haze’, the well delineated vs the sublime drop-off. strangely, not too much cartoon imagery, if any. nor pets !!
honeycomb – yes. pets – NO. not even birds.
suitcase – yes. where’s Waldo – NO.
the exhibit was under-stated, but made its point(s).
plastic (art 101 – surfaces, matte, shiny, etc) . . and, political/social commentary/content-wise.
JJ PEET, ‘INTO’, 2013.
Stoneware, photograph, pine, aluminum, acrylic, rope, and paint.
19 x 32 x 7 in.
this one was the most Mad Max, futuristic, and the most brutal, and also had that ‘raising the red flag’, of danger – red light.
I mean, gorgeous, in a nano – scale way, right ?
a very sweet harmony . . of contrasts.
almost . . a ‘song’. a theater-piece. a diorama.
this piece really rocked . . mini !!
right down to the ‘caution – orange’ .. beads. on a teeny tiny dollhouse clay plate, of course !!
I’m thinking . . binary code ?
offerings ? hospitality ? would you eat a ‘fruit’ from the hand of – this man ?
yin yang. good vs evil. Alice in Wonderland ?
so, not cool. evil.
it’s like our media culture got thrown back at us, revoltingly. not . . as in: rise & revolt.
inverse rag & bone society. twisted out.
pop culture – not. pulp fiction > not.
JJ PEET, ‘UPLiNK’, 2015.
Porcelain, ink, aluminum, granite, sealed form core, and black and white c-print.
31-3/4 x 18 x 24 in.
JJ PEET, made for contemplation.
JJ PEET, made in the USA.
shiny, conservative, sneaky, not preachy.
but, definitely . . messag-ing.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
also making a big buzz, this summer . . . EVIE FALCI !!
EVIE FALCI – the rhinestone princess, I’m tempted to say, goddess – whatever !!
though funnie . . about BRENDAN MONROE at LITTLE CAKES, and EVIE FALCI at CAKE SHOP !!
the BIG APPLE must have a . . sweet tooth.
the poster invite for EVIE FALCI’S first solo show in NYC, at the music venue, CAKE SHOP – on the Lower East Side, NYC.
the show ran Jan 10 – 28, 2008.
now, – if that isn’t COSMIC – I don’t know . . what is !!
a very young EVIE FALCI . . at the opening.
yep, for sure. definite had her pegged for success, too.
EVIE FALCI, colored bead ‘mosaic’. she even showed some early compositions of her now signature, intricate, colored bead . . ‘mandelas’.
very tantric – to behold, indeed !!
and soooooo cutting edge, even now.
esp vs falling, sloppy seconds, wall-to-wall watermelon slices. ugh.
L.A. come on – give us a break. if, not a real !! . . break-dance !!
now, don’t get me wrong !!
I totally love, love, love her multi-colored pieces, but I esp love this black and white study, she showed at the time – mostly because of how . . well, ghostly – it is !!
but also because it looks like some crazy luminous tantric . . crochet !!
and yes, it’s made from craft ‘google’ – eyes.
if anybody can use simple craft ‘supplies’, and totally transform, and TRANSCEND their every-day DIY – it’s EVIE !!
EVIE FALCI, glow-in-the-dark, google eye, EYEBALL !!
on shaped canvas . . 14 x 12 in.
yep, I did manage to score a small piece from the show – and, I adore it.
because it transcends it’s ‘arts & crafts’ heritage, and because it is GLOW-IN-THE-DARK, and because it’s an . . . EYEBALL !!
eyeball, c’est . . . moi !!
see: EVIE FALCI – CAKE SHOP, JAN 28, 2008
see: EVIE FALCI ‘GLOW-IN-THE-DARK’ EYEBALL on IF I HAD $200
image: EVIE FALICI
EVIE runs a fab portfolio/archive website, which also includes installation shots – from her recent gallery shows.
this one is from her exhibit – at JEFF BAILEY GALLERY, NYC.
image: EVIE FALCI
it also includes close-ups . . of the ‘rhinestones’ – at play.
DAN COLEN, ‘bubble-gum’ – move, over !!
image: EVIE FALCI
and where you can find her newest work.
damn, do I love love love this, or what !!
kind-of a structured waterfall . . gorgeous !!
kind of a D.I.Y. – STELLA !!
kind-of a thinking person’s . . material ‘transcendence’.
abstract color-field, has never looked so good – since ERIK den BREE JEN, blew me away, and sill – does !!
I love ‘structure’ that has plastic ‘narrative’. and variance.
I love structure, that implodes . . . the i-m-a-g-i-n-a-t-i–on.
what can I say, I love ‘higher’ composition . . in my art.
art that sings – and then, runs – for it !!
in case you missed the link: EVIE FALCCI – website, go there !!
a great summer – breeze / browse !!
pss: w-a-t-e–r-m-e-l-o-n . . . alert.
okay, okay. lighten up !!
I guess it takes all kinds, if only to contrast the full spectrum !!
so, yeah put Evie to work on an exterior wall mural, too !! L.A. Venus.
but, the buildings got to be . . side-by-side.
falling sloppy melons vs tantric water fall.
Karma, what a Bitch.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH – unless otherwise noted.
I actually had a striking intersect . . with BRENDAN MONROE’S work, way back in the summer of 2008, when he and gf EVAH FAN . . . presented some solo pieces, and some collaborations, at Hanna Fushihara’s – Little Cakes. it was totally charming, way ahead of the curve – and I had them both pegged for big success.
the show interestingly enough was titled: ‘Bed and Breakfast’ – and, that was way before airb&b was even a thought form, let alone a phenom. that’s how fast – time f-l-i-e-s.
BRENDAN MONROE, EVAH FAN, and that’s HANNA FUSHIHARA with her back to us, at her Little Cakes gallery, merch / zine store, in the East Village, just before the visionary, alternative space was to flee the Big Apple, for the Real Apple countryside, upstate. June 8, 2008.
detail, ‘The Cook, the Thief, and the Pompost Kyle’ – a collaboration by BRENDAN MONROE and EVAH FAN – Little Cakes, NYC, JUNE 6, 2008
they had ‘nano’ down, before nano, as in ‘tech’ – was in circulation, either. in fact they had the world down, in a nutshell. like a squiggling worm on a fish hook, if you know what I mean. all the bio-warnings – were there.
BRENDAN MONROE, ‘Pollination’, 11 x 15.75 in. gouache on paper – Little Cakes, June 6, 2008.
it’s clear to see his blobs – had organic . . beginnings.
detail, EVAH FAN, ‘Field Study 1′ – Little Cakes, June 6, 2008
her little ‘storybook’ figures have evolved to be more graphic, and ‘tighter’, perhaps more dramatic ? and high contrast . . . but still storybook, and tiny.
the show was quite the hit on the alternative circuit . . . among many others:
TOOYA & LEIF RITCHEY stroll by Little Cakes, June 6, 2008
and, check out; PETE VOGL !! Little Cakes, June 6, 2008.
it’s a really long, post – I really got into the work.
you should check it out for yourself: EVAH FAN & BRENDAN MONROE at LITTLE CAKES, NYC, June 6, 2008
ALL ARCHIVAL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
the BLOB MAN . . . COMETH !!
BRENDAN MONROE . . . is the CINDERS ARTIST OF THE MONTH – for JUNE 2015.
aka brendantheblob – checking out his work, just seemed to come naturally, after looking into what . . LUKE MURPHY is up to.
like LUKE, BRENDAN MONROE also cultivates . . . “a taste for the scientific, math, physics, and the surreal“, but while Luke seems to be leaving us hints, stick men, and scribbled coded messages, that go deep into unconsciousness and ancient ‘systems’, Brendan seems to have left us far behind, and has serious traveled . . far off – the ‘bio’ deep end.
BRENDAN MOORE, ‘FIZZ’, acrylic on paper, 7 x 9.75 in., signed. unique.
Photo: CINDERS GALLERY
BORN in 1980, which makes him 35, a generation younger than Luke Murphy . . . Brendan Monroe was born in Santa Barbara, California, and currently works out of Oakland, California.
just so you know, he has 36.3 K followers on Instagram.
you can read an interview Cinders just published with him, here .. 20 Questions for Brendan Monroe
this is the BRENDAN MONROE limited edition letterpress print, edition of 50 – CINDERS just put out to mark Brendan Moore’s Cinders Club Haus show – for July, 2015.
not only does it boggle the imagination, but it has amazing colors, amazing color fade, and wonder-ous 3_D implications – on a purely formal ‘flat’ plane.
when I first saw the image, my response was: damn, the blob – is on FIRE !!
the letterpress print is 9 x 12 in., edition of 50, signed & numbered by the artist – and can be yours for: $50. please note there are ONLY 9 left in stock, so don’t blob, I mean .. blink !!
grab your cart, shoppers.
buy: Brendan Monroe Letterpress Print in the Cinders online store
this is is Brendan’s website: BRENDAN MOORE, so you can keep looking, . . and reading for – yourself.
though I can’t help remarking, since the current scene is SO absolutely swamped by hand-built pottery and clay, that even on that crowded playing field – Brendan Monnroe . . stands out:
BLOB SCULPTURE by BRENDAN MONROE, image via BRENDAN MONROE
IMAGE OF BRENDAN MONROE . . at work,
from . . . THE BOILER ROOM at HEATH CERAMICS, . . in SAN FRANCISCO.
where, if you check out that link, you can see a greater sampling of his ceramic work.
ps: BOILER ROOM at HEATH looks to be an amazing place – their site is worth an investigation – as well, see: EVENTS . . BOILER ROOM
LUKE: this how the red ‘wood panel’ painting – finished up !!
yep. humanity is gooey, and coming . . to get ya.
PHOTO: LUKE MURPHY
REV LUKE MURPHY – AT HIS STUDIO in HARLEM, NYC. SEPT 1, 2014.
LUKE MURPHY – MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE.
I’ve been wanting to visit LUKE MURPHY in his studio, ever since I first saw his work, cutting edge, power point chart presentations !! at CANADA, in 2000 – way back when the groundbreaking gallery was just a tiny sublet, under LEO KOENIG, who he himself was also renting from Pseudo.com, and it’s super-visionary, now bust leader: JOSH HARRIS – in a big ole building downtown at Broadway and Franklin. I was working for Josh as an artist ‘liaison, and although he, Josh, dealt with Leo personally, I was delegated to collect the rent from Canada – and, that’s how I first stumbled upon them. they were happy to just see a body – come through the door. and let me tell ya, Leo was no piece of cake either. the only way to access the fledgling CANADA was thru his gallery, and he wouldn’t let them be open on the nights when he held his openings, lest they spark some rival interest, among his own devotees.
LUKE MURPHY .. with one of his large, painted, very mysterious . . knowledge-spanning-in-code !! canvases in his studio.
so that’s about 14 years, that it took to get some free time from Luke, not that he wasn’t interested – he’s a big supporter of artlovers, from a tech angle – that’s his lukelab animated banner at the top of this page, but he’s a really busy guy, basically a (very cool) cat with 9 lives, but esp as a top tier code developer. he doesn’t like name-dropping, but how about . . web-founder of the MTV website, ditto Cartoon Network, and winner of a coveted webby for web design for Stephen Colbert’s show ?
among others .. !!
got the picture, yep, they don’t call him REV Luke .. for naught.
so when we say this guy is CGI . . it’s not bluffing.
see: Luke Murphy / lukelab.com
I really liked this one, because it was a weirdo ‘play’ on wood / woodsy pattern, wood paneling ? organics vs tech. with great voids and . . ‘drop-off’, and what ?
maybe word / thought bubbles – like in cartoons ?
a mind map . . that looked like it started life, in somebodies 1960s den . . !!
if I got it right, Luke says he starts off doodling or drawing, and then uploads that onto a computer and then uses the computer to cut out a patch – so that the image feels more ‘random’, as as opposed to a more obvious beginning and ending, human action.
well, we are all merging with our ‘devices’, and morphing into machines, more and more – everyday.
so: check !!
in Luke’s world vision, which gets pretty darn deep, agnostics, ancient libraries, many many god systems, cosmology, and etc. etc. – all universal code for us trying to understand what we are up against. let alone, where we come from . . . there is happy, sad, and . . random.
and this for example, looks to be . . sad.
and this is just: daydream .. gorgeous. painting.
it’s kind of an austere studio, a thinker’s place.
Luke’s studio is in the lower floor of his newly renovated brownstone, smack in the middle of a rapidly changing Harlem, there is even a sweet little backyard with garden just beyond.
I wonder if he and Gavin (Brown) ever passerby each other, on the street ?
Luke’s shaped canvas over the door . . . with scribbled notes, and signs. code. as to the marvels of the night sky, and mankind, no doubt.
back down to earth, the painter’s supplies. this has got to be the neatest studio I have ever been in. kind of arranged like you imagine a logic board to be, before the wires get all jangled up.
but that doesn’t mean, it’s not without – it’s eccentricities !!
likewise, c-u-r-i-o-u-s !!
Luke Murphy . . . exposed !!
aka the secret to the . . human condition & evolution & . . entropy.
I NEED 2 . . .
LUKE MURPHY – a bio landscape, and . . narrative.
or: behind the code, lies . . . us.
behind us, is the landscape. the world, the orb, the globe. with mountains.
wait, is that a self-portrait ?
a sad face with a painter’s palette, yeah, the way things are going – doesn’t look so good.
does it. wait til China corners the market on memory chips. flash forward: your lifetime, your LIBERTY, erased by a gesture, or worse a hidden snarl of ‘mean’ code – in a future vision gone bad.
see: State-owned Chinese Chip Maker Tsinghua Unigroup Makes $23 Billion Bid for Micron – WALL STREET JOURNAL, July 14, 2015
can I be the only one – who sees a dark future catastrophe . . here ?
forget Iran and Nukes.
and. I thought Tsinghua was a . . beer ?
and, you thought art – was just for smiley faces !!
emoji code, and other . . new age short-cuts, for communication . . l-o-v-e-r-s.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
LAST WEEK To CATCH . . .
‘LUKE MURPHY: LOSER EVERY TIME’
up thru SAT JULY 18, 2015
POSTMASTERS GALLERY – 54 FRANKLIN ST, TRIBECA, NYC
“IF THERE IS ONE THEME to my work, it is that it is a project to find a unifying system that will explain everything from unhappiness to joy, from technology to what is the meaning of randomness.”
more: on the show + images
LUKE MURPHY, ‘PLANE FEAR GRAPH’, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 56 in.
I KNEW IT – !!!
‘WHAT NERVE! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present’ . . .
curated by . . DAN NADEL, who has paid his dues, and many times over in comic-book-la-la-land . .
MATTHEW MARKS – 523 W 24th St., Chelsea
is up thru . . . AUG 14, 2015
and it is . . . BLOWING UP, BIG TIME !!
way to go, DAN !!
DAN NADEL and BRIAN CHIPPENDALE, NYC, JUNE 22, 2007
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
FORCEFIELD – MATT BRINKMAN, JUM DRAIN, ARA PETERSON and LEIF GOLDBERG . . were FORT THUNDER roommates with LIGHTNING BOLT aka BRIAN CHIPPENDALE, in Providence, Rhode Island – in the late 1990s, and the rest is now . . . history !!
in a word: explosive alternative Americana & lots & lots of comic book art – !!
the web is is just bursting / exploding . . with images – from the show !!
everybody is going crazy for it, duh. or is that: doh !!
gonna be the big, BIG BLOW-OUT OPENING & SHOW !! . . . of the SUMMER
long live the indie rebels !!
may they always re-group . . . as legends !!
DAN NADEL: “when confronted with a system that seems impenetrable, outsiders tend to band together.”
~from the Press Release
this looks to be the work of JIM DRAIN, or FORCEFIELD . . in general ?
What Nerve! – Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present
opens tonight Tues July 7, 2015 / 6-8 PM
the show runs thru AUGUST 14, 2015
CURATED BY – DAN NADEL
MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY – 523 W 24th St, Chelsea, NYC
apart from the now legendary Chicago-based, HAIRY WHO, active 1966-1969 . . . watch out for, among others. . . the FORCEFIELD crew, 1966-2003: MAT BRINKMAN, JIM DRAIN, LEIF GOLDBREG and ARA PETERSON – all well known to savvy art scenesters here in NYC, though maybe a little bit before your time – my newbie YALIES !!
how time flies, and then: you are a l-e-g-e-n-d !!
more info on the show: ‘What Nerve! – MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY’
HAIRY WHO, HAIRY WHO poster, 1966.
offset lithograph, 28-3/4 x 22 in.
see: more works in the exhibit, . . . here
looking back, seems to be a big part . . . of looking FORWARD, right now – and damn straight. yes, I’m thinking . . .
‘Under the Volcano: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’.
What, me ?
artlovers is on instagram, now: @artloversnewyork
where you can catch ‘gems’ from the past, as well as . . breaking news.
and my mood – of the . . . momento.
yes, everybody is a JOKER !!!!!
and comic book art – is coming on STRONG !!!
super looking forward, to the new fall season, and being able to send out – gallery pix in real time, esp from the un-trampelled underground. watch out.
currently up on instagram, from artloversnewyork: a golden, really silver !! flash from the ‘storied’ past !!
‘FREE PUFFY’ – a MARK ENGER limited edition silkscreen on black t-shirt, silver ink, 1999. R.I.P. Mark
collection: Nancy Smith
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
you momma was right – save your old clothes, they will always come back into – fashion.
well, come on, great art is always – TIMELESS !!
and way to go, Puffy. or what. falls into a hole, after swinging a kettlebell ?!! damn.
diva . . . does a dive !!
but, as for his son . . . poor rich kid, or what ?
and . . . speaking of mega rockers.
love this: “Cultured Couple – Jay-Z and Beyonce attend a WES LANG art show in LA . . ” – DAILY MAIL, JUNE 23, 2015
DONALD CUMMING, lead singer of (now defunct) THE VIRGINS, and WES LANG, currently of KANYE WEST merch fame . . . back in the day.
at a book launch for RYAN McGINLEY, NYC, Feb 19, 2003.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
first publication: ART LOVERS NEW YORK – ARTNET, MARCH 2003, when WALTER ROBINSON was king, and Charlie Finch was the royal jester.