APERTURE FOUNDATION and the HERMES FOUNDATION . . present:
‘EDEN’ – by SYLVAIN COUZINET-JACQUES
with additional works by: FRED CAVE, THOMAS HAUSER, JESSE HOYLE, AMELIA RINA, PAT McCARTHY, and UGO SCHIAVI
OPENING TO-NITE . . WED NOV 16, 2016 / 7 – 8:30 PM
the show runs thru JAN 19, 2017
APERTURE FOUNDATION, 547 West 27th St, 4th Floor, Chelsea, NYC.
‘The Little Red Schoolhouse, Eden’, 2016 by SYLVAIN COUZINNET-JACQUES
“. . . COUZINET-JACQUES purchased a small, historical building in Eden, North Carolina, as a site for an immersive exploration of the ideas of property, community, and image-making. The resultant output is eclectic . . . the better to articulate and grapple with the often contradictory theme of utopia and home, the inevitable gaps between representation and reality, and the work of art as a means of re-enchantment.”
read & see, more: SYLVAIN COUZINET-JACQUES – EDEN, APERTURE FOUNDATION
PAT McCARTHY, ‘Little Red School House, Eden’, 2016. ceramic, miniature wood ladder / zines.
PAT McCARTHY: “It’s a ceramic I made and fired in a homemade gas kiln in North Carolina a couple of weeks ago, perched atop copies of the zine about the trip.”
TOP IMAGE VIA APERTURE FOUNDATION
BOTTOM IMAGE COURTESY: PAT McCARTHY
@8ballcommunity: Go take the streets today, Amercia!
#nodapl – in NY, 4 pm at Foley Sq.
IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM – @8ballcomunity
‘SHROOM SHOW – the zine’
organized by NICHOLAS MOENICH
with special contributions from . . CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY, BEN KINSLEY & JESSICA LANGLEY, ALTA BURDEN and, LILA PEARL SHAPIRO.
‘SHROOM SHOW’ – organized by NICHOLAS MOENICH
OCT 22 – NOV 19, 2016 / by appointment
THE . . SACRED MUSHROOM.
connected with God / or the gods. dedicated to religious purpose & so deserving . . veneration.
religious rather than secular.
considered to be holy & deserving respect.
inspiring . . awe.
I wonder what all those many many, countless !! (there are so many of them in the surrounding ‘nabe’, blocks and blocks of them. and even many on a block. google street view – it.)
. . . Holy Roller storefronts would think of this sacred show – that has landed, quite by random, right smack dab – in their ‘mighty’ midst ?
say what ?
that looks like ancient, if not COSMIC !! diagrams, on the left.
from COSMIC, to TOLKIEN . . to Aztec !!
(that little ‘reference’ on my desktop in the background, is to PAT (McCARTHY) & his also totally totally awesome group show . . SATAN Ceramics. in which case, that is like saying ‘SICK’ . . for great.
so I decided to leave it in – thinking it was kind of profound to be writing sacred, and have the name that ‘cannot be spoken’ pop up, by random. even though it means good – in this case.
sacred/good vs evil. can’t have one, without the other, apparently.)
(just like they always said – across the board, all cultures.)
Whoa. the title page is way strange !!
a secret warning – lies before your very eyes.
that’s a TOXIC . . mushroom !! forager / beholder . . beware !!
it’s an ‘amanita’ . . . I’m gonna eat cha / a man-eatah – man-eater . . !!
it’s a poison mushroom.
see: Mushroom – wikipedia
lord, lord, lordy rollers . . how such a small thing – can take a ‘big’ man, down.
be humble. pride goes before a fall.
the fragility of mankind – in a nutshell, er .. tiny fungus.
‘AMANITA MUSCARIA’ . .
image via wikipedia
RED . . . means STOP.
RED means . . . NO.
now you know where RED as a warning – comes from.
Mother Nature beat ya to it.
well at least, if you pick it up, and eat it RAW.
funny, where a little hidden knowledge – will take ya.
if you read further . . you will see:
“although classified as POISONOUS, reports of human deaths resulting from its ingestion are extremely rare. after PAR-BOILING . . it is eaten in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. ‘AMANITA MUSCARIA’ . . is noted for its HALLUCINOGENIC properties.”
is Sacred Knowledge . . only for the initiated ?
medicine men, shamans.
Nicholas Moenich . . . shaman ?
& in fact: “there has been much speculation on possible traditional (translate: first native) use.
it all sounds very ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
mushrooms are also called . . TOADSTOOLS, and probably for a really good . . reason !!!
this page begins . . .
The MAN-child Born of a Virgin
Describing the growth of the mushroom (boletos), PLINY says: ‘the earth . . . produces first a ‘womb’ (vulva) . . . and afterwards (the mushroom) itself inside the womb, like a yolk inside the egg: and the baby mushroom is just as fond of eating its coat as is the chicken. The coat cracks when (the mushroom) first forms; presently, as it gets bigger, the coat is absorbed into the body of the footstalk (pediculi) . . . at first it is flimsier than froth , then it grows substantial like parchment, and then the mushroom . . . is born.”
from: The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross by JOHN M. ALLEGRO.
A-LLEGRO / AH LE-GROW ??
are you kidding me.
this zine is just so . . damn, o-r-g-a-n-i-c !!
such a magic text / like reading a . . written MAZE.
mushroom / much – room ???
the fizzy red . . view from my desk.
somebody should spike – the food at the WHITE HOUSE !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
make sure to pick up a zine – when you’re there . . !!!
the best $5 – you’ll ever spend.
full of poetry, photos, art, text, stories & growing / foraging . . tips !!
plus . . it’s a gorgeous FIZZY RED / RISO PRINT.
on . . awesome eggshell toned paper !!
it was printed at Small Editions, 60 Sackett St, Brooklyn.
that’s what I mean – the whole show, gorgeous top-notch, production.
on every level – in every . . way.
WAY TO GO, IN A DARK, DREADFUL WEEK — NICHOLAS MOENICH . . !!!
GET OVER, on . . TRUMP !!
of course, I got one !!
the view from my desk.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
‘SHROOM TALKS’ – at HELPER, to-nite !!
at . . HELPER
more details: HELPER – FACEBOOK
LONG LIVE NYC – ESP, THE NITTY, GRITTY UNDERGROUND, REBEL / INDIE ART SCENE !!!!
‘SHROOM SHOW’, HELPER . . . LIVES UP TO – IT’S NAME !!
LORDY, Lordy, help is on the way.
of course, things are very hard here in NYC, where something like 9/10 people voted for Hillary. Hillary might not have been their first choice, but anything . . trumps the Trump. all I need is to wake up and see Rudolph Giuliani’s ugly mug – in the morning papers alongside Trump – and I feel REPRESSION burn into my consciousness, just as if I’m a cowboy robot . . on WEST WORLD.
so funny . . how that works.
just when NYC is plunged into fear, depression and loathing, the greatest ‘alternative’ indie show pops up, at the small HELPER GALLERY in Brooklyn, Prospect Park/Lefferts Gardens hood.
innovative, creative, profound. and well produced.
it’s visionary, visual, wide open to interpretation, spiritual, organic and . . well, magic.
it’s also very ironic, to come upon this ‘huge world of mushrooms’ . . . in a postage stamp of a gallery. the show, which focuses just as much on the ancient & new age foraging, and growing of mushrooms, as it does on the folklore and spiritual quest / magic mushroom vision . . is also rather picturesquely . . right around the corner from entire blocks, and I do mean blocks of Born Again / Holly Roller Storefronts. it feels like what Harlem is supposed to be, or was.
and then, just immediately beyond . . the waves & waves of Brooklyn-ensconced Hascids !!
talk about a spiritual urban ‘sweet’ spot, or what !!
the show was organized by . . NICHOLAS MOENICH,
whose name came up just recently with the WON EH alternative, ‘doemestic’ & very indie . . gallery/residency presentation of ANDRES LARACUENTE / ‘Seasonal Year’ . . in the Brooklyn home he shares with LAUREN CLAY.
amazing, multi-layered exhibit & concept . .
tons of talent. every piece is mind-stopping, and that’s not an exaggeration.
the last group show that grabbed my heart, soul & mind like that. and squeezed them together into a higher consciousness, must have been the New Years Eve 2014 / SEAN VEGEZZI, ANDREW KATZ & ABELINE COHEN curated & produced ’15 WARREN St’ that popped up, literally . . in downtown Tribeca. a whirling, hard-core & hard-driven . . alternative curatorial project, that hit its mark, double time.
except, while that show’s supreme charm was in it’s huge, raw, abandoned building ‘venue’, unconventional free-fall / de-constructed presentation . .
SHROOM is every bit as dynamic, but just . . very well laid-out, precise.
just like, well . . a garden.
‘SHROOM SHOW’ – Organized by NICHOLAS MOENICH
the opening was SAT OCT 22, 2016.
the show is up thru . . SAT NOV 19, 2016
HELPER PROJECTS/GALLERY . . 495 ROGERS AVE, Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
HRS: by appointment see the ABOUT PAGE
for a full list of participating artists, hit EXHIBITIONS, then . . go to CURRENT
HELPER IS: NATHAN GWYNNE, ZEREK KEMPF & CHRISTOPHER RIVERA
also, check out Instagram:
@NICH_MOE-NICH – NICHOAS MOENICH
sustainability. community. ethereal (in a sense).
BRIC BIENNIAL: Volume II, Bed Stuy/Crown Heights Edition
Opening reception: TO-NITE . . WED NOV 9, 2016 / 7-9 PM
the show runs NOV 10 – JAN 15, 2017
curated by ELIZABETH FERRER and JENNY GEROW
BRIC HOUSE, 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, N.Y.
enter on Rockwell Place
Photo: RACHEL FRANK, ‘Ree=wilding Platte Clove’, 2014, Performance Still
RACHEL FRANK . .
the Field Projects co-partner, & several other artists, such as ILANA HARRIS-BABOU and McKENDREE KEY who have exhibited at Field Projects are included in the show.
for more info, see: BRIC BIENNIAL – Volume II
I liked the word . . ‘ethereal’ that jumped up & about that previous pumpkin carving post, implied & directly.
so much of my own art was, and is . . ‘ethereal’.
and plus: this is my #current #dark #mood.
NANCY SMITH, paper banner.
Halloween. hanging in my backyard at 5 Rivington St, East Storefront. Lower East Side, NYC. 1994.
ethereal. sinister. hanging / twisting . . in the wind.
I was always very . . ‘light-handed’.
low fi, low budget. scissors, paper, soul.
UNDER THE VOLCANO – WATCH OUT . . . !!
NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . is up to something !! re: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER . . !!!!!
in times like these – all you can do is hunker down.
double down on the creativity, the freedom of expression, the smart, the alternative, and the . . skills.
turn the dial, way up . . . to to o-r-g-a-n-i-c.
as in . . of the Mother Earth – and stay there.
as in: Pumpkins, Pigeons, and . . mushrooms.
what !! you haven’t heard about the amazing . . ‘Shroom’ show, now up at HELPER ?
coming up next !!!!
I mean, did anybody else notice a DIY / Woodstock era kind of thing, revival in pumpkin carving – this past Halloween ?
not joking, there’s hope in these old ways. that burn brighter – today / next generation . . . rising.
first up, was this gorgeous spooky hand-carved, ‘lit’ . . pumpkin by KLAUS NOMI, posted by JEFFREY TRANCHELL.
it really pushed the limits of the traditional carved Halloween – Jack O’lantern – that we were all used to, you know you cut in a couple of triangle eyes and a big crooked grin . . but it sure jumped the gate.
it looked like ‘Biggie’ to one commentator. to me it looked like . . OBEY GIANT.
the negative spaces on the sides were . . . super fab, unique & dramatic.
OBEY PUMPKIN ????
then @katecerigo hooked me up with this MoMA / Museum of Modern Art beauty !!
@themusuemofmodernart: Loving this year’s #Halloween pumpkin !
An interpretation of Pablo Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ – Thank you @maniacpumpkins.
that was my first sense of . . pumpkin art gone 3_D – or, the next step.
shallow relief carving !!
and, then in came DANIELLE DE JESUS, you k-n-o-w . . .
the miniature ‘pop’ portrait painter – on the $1 bills !! at GRUMPY BERT.
yeah. that DANIELLE !!
YODA – BY DANIELLE De JESUS ..
@danielledejesus1: So I’ve been attempting to teach myself how to sculpt pumpkins this weekend. This is my third attempt at sculpting anything ever, other than #playfoam hahaha. Ok maybe playdough when I was like 5 but whatever that doesn’t count.
Anyway, here is my attempt at Yoda.
Can’t wait to get better at it and – learn from my bros at @manicpumpkins . . .
OMG – check out: MANIAC PUMPKINS !!
& definite, read their ‘about’ page !!
which has a great video !!
still from: ‘The Pumpkin Carvers’ (video) – for The New Yorker, by SKY DYLAN ROBBINS and NATE LEAVEY.
on their . . . ‘ABOUT PAGE’.
here’s that link, again: ABOUT – MANIAC PUMPKINS – video
MANIAC PUMPKIN CARVERS, is based in BROOKLYN – & is joyfully, run by . . founders by MARC EVAN (@marcmaniac) and CHRIS SORIA (@chrissoria).
who state: “THE NATURE OF PUMPKIN CARVING BRINGS YOU INTO THE MOMENT, CAPTIVATING YOUR SENSES. IT IS EPHEMERAL and TEMPORARY AND ALL ABOUT THE . . NOW.
ALL IMAGES VIA . . INSTAGRAM / and the MANIAC PUMPKIN CARVERS website.
CASH4SMELLS – MOCK THE VOTE !!
ELECTION PARTY – ELECTION DAY EXHIBITION
“FREE BEER & COVERAGE of the GREATEST SHOW on EARTH !!”
“TWO CANDIDATES GO IN – ONLY ONE COMES OUT !!!”
99 BOWERY – at HESTER, LOWER EAST SIDE / CHINATOWN
TUES NOV 8, 2016 / 7 PM – MIDNIGHT
CASH SMELLS – but, “you know, you – want it.”
ps: the last time I saw a CASH4SMELLS exhibit, was at DRESS SHOP GALLERY, in Bushwick, BROOKLYN & . .
the ‘vinyl’ signs – were going for $100 a pop.
all images via Instagram – @cash4smells