my DUKE RILEY temporary tattoo just arrived !!
it’s my ‘reward’ for contributing $10 bucks to the QUEENS MUSEUM Nonstop Metropolis Kickstarter campaign . . .
& . . it’s a beaut !!!!!!!
and a tiny one at that !!
hurray – 2016 CHINESE YEAR of the mischievous MONKEY !!
YEAR of the . . micro nano tiny mini small !!
it’s only . . . . 2 x 3 in.
and . . it’s a temp !! which definite counts in that micro direction category, too.
so put that – in your pipe and smoke it.
Nonstop Metropolis: The Remix Rebecca Solnit & Josh Jelly-Shapiro
Illustration by DUKE RILEY, MAY 2016
and YES !!
DUKE RILEY knows all about Chinese New Year & the animal-populated Chinese Horoscope – up-front & personal.
see: DUKE RILEY – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
in other . .
Chinese monkey news – my shiny new rose gold iPhone had a fatal run-in with a take-out order of moo shu, & oh yeah it’s dead.
don’t even want to talk about it.
Chinese take-out – get it ?!!!!!!!!!!
just hoping they can save my pix.
so – if you need to contact me – email is the only way to go.
til further notice. bummer.
that’s what I get for being so . . . happy !! (lol).
so, look . . . who pops up – on 9-11 !!
ALFREDO MARTINEZ !!
his big news: he just sold 2 pieces to avid art collector . . actor ADRIEN BRODY.
knowing Alfredo, I ask for proof.
a picture is worth = a thousand words !!
the card for Alfredo’s huge group show – that was downtown New York’s response . . to 9-1l.
the show took place DEC 14, 2001 – and ran thru JAN 10, 2002.
the venue was in Williamsburg – a huge alternative & very raw pop-up space / about to be bar – at 90 N.11th St & BERRY . . . c/o JEFF GOMPERTZ.
some interesting names among the more than 60 exhibitors: BRENDAN CASS, CHEYNEY THOMPSON, DONALD BAECHLER, DUSTIN YELLIN, ELLEN QUINLAN, FORCEFIELD, ILLONA RICH, JEFF GOMPERTZ, JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT (!!), JOHN EBERENZ, JONAS MEKAS, KENNY SCHACHTER, LOLA SCHNABEL, NANCY SMITH, PAZ de la HUERTA, SIMON CERIGO, SURFACE-TO-AIR, TOM SACHS.
ALFREDO MARTINEZ, ADRIEN BRODY & NOAH BECKER, NYC. SEPT, 2016.
photo: via JOSH HARRIS
card: archival collection NANCY SMITH
lol X 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
talkin’ about hand drawing . . from news clippings !! & monochrome photographs !!!!!!!!
tonality & . . passion !!!!!
rock on !!!!!
rock this town & yes. NEVER FORGET 9/11 2001 & the raw spirit of . . . NYC
home of the brave & the hardcore . . . gritty !!
this just in – from PETE VOGL: right on . . . POINT !!!!!!
@bone_chi_chi (aka PETE VOGL): This is happening tomorrow. 9/11/16.
Never Forget! Matt Mottel and Fogel @nha_minh brunch show. 1-3 PM
image & text via Instagram @bone_chi_chi
see: nha minh on Facebook
nha minh – 485 MORGAN AVE, GREENPOINT / EAST WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION . . . not to be taken, lightly.
on both sides of the . . equation.
EXPRESSIVE DRAWING . . . compelled by ‘aggressive’ events & ‘re-constructed’ on a large pictorial scale . . not to be missed.
GALERIE MANQUE . . a new, recurring pop-up venue in Bushwick, will be presenting what looks to be . .
a sure-fire / fire-cracker of a ‘skills’ & ‘context’ relevant show featuring . . the awesome, political-in-tone, historical and impassioned . . realist hand-drawing, photo-based work . . of ANDY MISTER, & introducing us to the equally dynamic mind-set / skill-set . . of MICHELE ZALOPANY.
what makes this exhibit look so promising & compelling . . besides the fact that the images speak worlds – is their ‘mural-size’ (approx 8 x 13 ft.), decisiveness, and yet over-all ‘restrained’ expressionism – combined with an off-beat & emotional . . photo ‘tonality’.
what I find so personally fascinating about both artists’ work, is how each finds their own ways – to infuse what might have just been ‘photo-realism’ . . with a sense of ‘the hand’, behind the realism. (without falling into rustic expressionism). a certain ‘styl-ism’, as opposed to a straight-out / flat-out hyper-realism – that really steals . . the day.
again, if you are at a loss to begin breaking down the ‘style’ quotient, start with the unique ‘tonality’ – animating each artist’s work – the differing ‘vibe’ & over-all hue for what’s supposedly monochrome, almost photo-realism – couldn’t be richer in ‘imagination’ and pure artist expression.
translate: think Instagram or photo-shop . . ‘filter’.
in the vast sea of non-stop abstract “surfaces” & non-distinct “merging & morphing” human & organic ‘forms’, both sculptural & on canvas – that is currently threatening to drown the scene entirely . . . this show stands – gloriously . . apart.
the exhibition was organized by the gallery’s curator: GEORGE METESKY
and, he did a . . knock-out job. seriously.
‘BIG PICTURE’ – ANDY MISTER & MICHELE ZALOPANY
opens FRI SEPT 9, 2016 / 6-9 PM
the show runs thru SEPT 25, 2016
GALERIE MANQUE, 56 BOGART ST, 1R, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.
ANDY MISTER, ‘London’, graphite on paper, 94 x 150 in.
Brooklyn-based “ANDY MISTER . . depicts a very active (translate: aggressive ?) attempt on the part of Scotland Yard to ‘kettle’ a crowd of 5,000 protesters at a G20 summit in London in 2009 . . the cordoning off held the crowd – which included both violent and peaceful protesters, as well as bystanders – without access to food or lavatory facilities, while riot police pushed into the crowd with batons and shields . . for a number of hours.”
MICHELE ZALPANY, ‘Line-Up’, pastel on canvas, 88 x 156 in.
“MICHELLE ZALPANY, a Detroit native . . depicts a moment from the events that occurred in connection with the Sojourner Truth Homes in Detroit, in 1942. White Residents had vehemently opposed the creation of this federal housing project for blacks who had recently relocated to the city. On the date scheduled for the first residents to occupy the apartments, the prospective tenants were pelt with rocks and otherwise harassed by crowds of angry whites. A large number of black residents soon appeared to help the would-be occupants. The confrontation continued to escalate as the day went on. In response to the conflict, police arrested more than 200 blacks and 3 whites.”
see: ANDY MISTER – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
see: MICHELE ZALOPANY – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
note: images are courtesy the artists and GALERIE MANQUE
yeah, SIMON CERIGO, RIP and I . . were both students at Concordia Univ in the 1970s – and GUIDO MOLINARI was our teacher.
see: GUIDO MOLINARI-images
to put it in perspective, we were the ‘next wave’ generation to follow in the footsteps of LEONARD COHEN. except instead of poetry – painting, formalist painting – was the big scene.
it was very, very ‘happening’.
we were ‘maudit’ anglophones, so we couldn’t get too much action re grants & exhibitions – because we weren’t Quebecois ‘frenchies’ in our DNA. at that time, the early 1970s – that was a big big issue, so after graduate school, Concordia University, MFA Studio Program (we were part of the first ever graduating class, lol) . . . while, pretty much everyone else split to Toronto or Vancouver – we split to . . NEW YORK !!
OF COURSE !!!!
and we never, ever – looked back !!!!
Simon used to haunt the legendary Lower East Side – Red Bar, and I used to walk the Soho streets with, who else ? Basquiat.
yeah, for sure – that’s how we rolled.
SIMON CERIGO, RIP. in Montreal – in the early 70s.
see: SIMON CERIGO, RIP – OBIT – ArtInfo
NANCY SMITH, while I was in the MFA Studio Program at Concordia University, in Montreal, in the early 70s.
yep, that’s me.
of course !!!!!! – I was . . . WILD !!!!!!!!!!
NANCY SMITH, trucking my portfolio around, Montreal, in the early 1970s.
they used to call me . . GUIDO BABY – I could be a big ‘FAN’ – even back then.
while you are out catching the last weekend of the NICER show at Avant Garde Gallery on the Lower East Side, you can check out this show, too.
it’s very different – which makes for a great viewing situation.
TRICIA KEIGHTLEY . . . turned me onto it !!
TRICIA KEIGHTLEY: MIKE BAYNE . . Mulherin Gallery / each piece is is a bit bigger than an iPhone #hand-painted #crazy #detail
image & text via Instagram @triciakeightley
MULHERIN NEW YORK PRESENTS: ‘MIKE BAYNE: LOW TECH’
the opening was yesterday, SEPT 7, 2016 – looks like Tricia made the opening, you go girl !!
the show runs thru OCT 9, 2016
MULHERIN NEW YORK, 124 FORSYTH ST – LES / Lower East Side
read, a great: MISSION STATEMENT . . by MIKE BAYNE
see: GREAT IMAGES – FROM THE SHOW
here’s a ‘small’, lol . . . sampling !!
MIKE BAYNE, ‘Nature Band Aid’, 2016.
oil on panel – 5 x 5 ins. (!!!)
image via Mulherin New York
it’s so . . vernacular, love it !!
ps: re the opening statement & notes on the artist . . .
MIKE BAYNE . . received his MFA from CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, in Montreal . . in 2004.
my, how time flies, esp when you are having . . fun.
I was in the very first graduating class of that very same MFA studio program – graduating in the early 1970s. yes, indeed.
and, then of course – I immediately split for New York, never to look back.
GUIDIO MOLINARI . . was my thesis advisor, so put that in your pipe & smoke it.
I mean, where else did you think I got all that formalism theory, anyways ????
I was so fascinated by the man’s brilliance, I used to follow him around like a moth to a flame – so much so, they called me . . Guido baby – !!
and, RIP SIMON CERIGO – was equally fascinated by the man, who was probably Quebec’s most important painter. in fact, Simon quit the MFA program to become Guido’s full-time studio assistant, and truth be told – that’s how we met. Guido baby . . was Simon’s GF.
yep, that’s how we rolled.
back in the day, in Montreal.
NICER / TATSCRU . . ‘MY OLD NY’
solo exhibition – curated by ELEWIS MARTINEZ
opening tonight – THURS SEPT 1, 2016 / 6-10 PM
Avant Garde Gallery – call gallery for RSVP
ps: there’s an rsvp prompt on the gallery website – where it also says: 6-8 PM ~ RSVP / 8-10:30 PM ~ public.
the show runs thru SAT SEPT 10.
319 Grand St, LES/LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
see a really great video & more info: ‘NICER’~ Avant Garde Gallery website
@nicertatscru: details from a painting called The Pump part of ‘MY OLD NY’. cal the gallery for rsvp.
@biotatscru: @nicertatscru taking it back to the Old New York.
image & text via Instagram @biotatscru / @nicertatscru
is that like . . DOMINOES ?!!
kind of, yeah !!
so, while visiting TRICIA KEIGHTLEY & DANIEL DAVIDSON in Brooklyn last Feb 2016 – they showed me a fascinating ‘grid’ sketch book, KARL LAROCCA of KAYROCK SILKSCREENING . . has put out.
it’s a 16 page sketchbook, of a good weight drawing paper – of various grids, that you an draw on. it’s only $30 – and it’s a . . no-brainer !!
grab one !!
the link below – includes an animated slide show of the pages.
see: VARIOUS GRIDS & GRAPHS – KAYROCK
TRICIA KEIGHTLEY drawing, laid on top of a page – in the KAYROCK GRID BOOK.
prob a work in progress – it says: ‘smoke signal’ of the mind – to me.
it was pretty showstopping to see TRICIA’s use of the LAROCCA grids & graphs, but since the two of them, Tricia & Daniel . . . are so quite very diametrically opposed art-wise, that is Tricia vs. Daniel / geometric, sci-fi vehicles vs. cartoon free flow . . it was quite a freaky trip & leap of the . . imagination.
that only was enhanced conceptually – by the far out contrast of their personalities & art vision.
TRICIA KEIGHTLEY on KAYROCK grid.
the book is 9 x 12 in. and has great – double pages.
TRICIA KEIGHTLEY, travels sweetly – on the grid under/infra structure.
TRICIA KEIGHTLEY – as organic !! as she gets !!
or: a flower blooms – in Brooklyn !!
TRICIA KEIGHTLEY . . pinwheels – off the grid.
while DANIEL DAVIDSON, takes the ‘medium is the message’ for a spin – on the grid & a totally otherly dimension.
DANIEL DAVIDSON . . this is your brain on the . . KAYROCK grid !!
DANIEL DAVIDSON . . takes a walk on the wild side – of a grid !!
DANIEL DAVIDSON . . talking heads + grids ???
actually a fun partnership – in the mad swirl of . . his hand.
at the end of the day ?
DANIEL DAVIDSON . . speaking between the lines ?
vis-a-vie the life of an artist in NYC – ca. 2016 !!
yes. I think . . so.
let me quote ghost rider SIMON CERIGO, who both Tricia & Daniel knew well from the scene:
“Art’s a Dying, Not a Living” – translate it, for yourself.
Dear Diary . . .
DANIEL DAVIDSON . . gets the last word, on KAYROCK’S . . back !!
I gotta get me one of those KAYROCK GRID / GRAPH books – for sure !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
so, like I was saying . . .
one of the most fun times I had last year was visiting the Fort Greene home/studio of TRICIA KEIGHTLEY, and DANIEL DAVIDSON. it was on a weekend: Sat Feb 20, 2016 – to be exact.
Tricia’s studio visit has already posted.
DANIEL DAVIDSON in their compact but lovely kitchen. the living quarters are upstairs, they have 2 small, separate studios downstairs – on the lower level.
on the kitchen counter: uppers & downers !!
Daniel’s workplace – was the first space you access, and his manic zany comic drawings hit you full force in the face . . . a real blast !!
a work in progress – he says his ideas just come to him . . .
free flowing faucet . . .
he also showed me his acclaimed book . . ‘MORE A BRIGHTER IDEA’, produced & published by the legendary Brooklyn silkscreen studio – KAYROCK.
here’s the front cover, DANIEL DAVIDSON – ‘MORE A BRIGHT IDEA’.
KAYROCK . . has a great slideshow animation of the book on their website, under ARTIST BOOKS,
here’s the link: ‘A MORE BRIGHTER IDEA’ by DANIEL DAVIDSON.
the other totally fascinating thing, was a small niche with a great piece: a paper ‘towel’ dispenser !!
that Daniel made & exhibited back in 2010, oh lordy !!
oh: yeah: that’s the face that goes with pulling out a wild card, what a joker !!
the paper towel roll – is covered with Daniel’s zany line work !!
that you can pull off in segments.
he showed me – the inner workings, fascinating. nothing I’d ever seen before. and I’ve seen – a lot !!
it’s even signed and titled: what else ? – – DIRTY !!
take that, and put it anywhere – Damien Hirst move over !!
another set of . . spontaneous drawings, these with color accents.
kind of: super . . trippy.
I mean, he doesn’t look . . like a mad man. but there ya go.
I had to look at that piece on the drawing table – one more time.
I def had to include this doggy one, I’m just wild for doggies – this year.
another work in progress, funny, NOT . . YES !!
TRICIA KEIGHTLEY, sprite that she is, watches me watching Daniel, and we all had a great time.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA – is re-issuing the DREW MILLER t-shirt !!
$15 pre-order . . here: Neoglyphic Media T-shirt !!
don’t forget to check out: Neoglyphic Media !!
DREW MILLER . . .
at the MARIE LORENZ – BRIAN CHIPPENDALE ‘music in the water pond’ event, with NICHOLAS STEINDORF handling the loops & sound controls . . . at RECESS ART, SOHO, NYC.
MAY 5, 2016.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
check out: DREW MILLER – tumblr
DREW MILLER . . also designed their super logo . . . hand lettering at it’s best !!!