~MICHAEL WILLIAMS . . . then & now

this is my very first encounter & photo of . . MICHAEL WILLIAMS.

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MICHAEL WILLIAMS . . .
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, JUNE 14, 2003.
at the opening of a small group show he was in, at CANADA – when it was back in the day, 55 Chrystie St, Lower East Side / Chinatown. He is wearing a one-of-a-kind t-shirt made by LAURA GRANT of . . DEARRAINDROP.
‘SLO JAMS’ – was the name of his band.
the show was titled, ‘You are my Sunshine, You is my Sunshine’, and it was quite memorable, not the least because DEVENDRA BANHART also – had a few pieces in it.
see: the original artnet / ART LOVERS NEW YORK – 8/29/03 post

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MICHAEL WILLIAMS, painting on vinyl record.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, JUNE 14, 2003.

among some larger works, Michael was showing several of these small, but very wild, paintings on old vinyl records,
and yes . . I did score one.
mine has some very colorful, maybe even neon-colored fake / kids’ arts & crafts ‘Indian’ headband feathers at the top (!!).
I think they were selling for something like $100. maybe $200 at the most.

somebody recently, like last week !!
told me there is a big MICHAEL WILLIAMS canvas hanging at the Metropolitan Opera House, I’m not surprised.
that’s the way the game is played, right now. and, it’s a real nice context – drama, drama, drama.

and, of course he has a big flagship show up . . right now,
at . . . BARBARA GLADSTONE, 24th St, running MARCH 31 – MAY 6, 2017.




~STERLING RUBY . . . then & now

STERLING RUBY . . . ?
hmm, after JOE BRADLEY . . I think the next biggest shooting star.

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STERLING RUBY, April 8, 2005 – at the opening of his second show at FOXY PRODUCTION.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
ps: yeah, I was still using a 35mm camera.
note: this is a copyrighted image – please do not re-post it without contacting me first.
I am very, very trigger-angry sensitive on this matter / I most definitely do pursue legal action incl. non-authorized use & attorney – fees.

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Instagram image via @gagosiangallery
the accompanying text refers to ‘L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists’ – at LACMA / Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CALIFORNIA: a recent exhibit which featured a selection of works given to the museum for its 50th anniversary, including this work by STERLING RUBY.

I guess that’s how the high stakes game – gets played right now, and why not ?




~WILLIAM WEGMAN / MATTHEW THURBER, ‘NO MAINE IS AN ISLAND’ . . TEEN PARTY – OPENING SAT APRIL 1

WILLIAM WEGMAN / MATTHEW THURBER – 2 PERSON DRAWING SHOW
‘NO MAINE IS AN ISLAND’- including new call-and-response drawings by . .
WILLIAM WEGMAN (b. 1943) and MATTHEW THURBER (b. 1977)
as well as a selection of WEGMAN drawings from the 70s & 80s.
OPENS TOMORROW, SAT APRIL 1, 2017 / 7 – 10 PM
the exhibition remains on view, by appointment, thru MAY 7, 2017.
TEEN PARTY, BED STUY, BROOKLYN

TEEN PARTY . . is located at 874 Greene Ave, Apt 2A, in . . Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.
& is a project . . of SCOTT INDRISKEK & ARIELA GITTLEN.

email: teenparty.biz@gmail.com for info, address & get on their mailing list.

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MATTHEW THURBER . . portrait of WILLIAM WEGMAN
posted by @teenparty.biz to Instagram.

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WILLIAM WEGMAN, 2017. ‘THURBER OR WEGMAN ?’, after a drawing by Matthew Thurber
image courtesy: TEEN PARTY

from the press/info release:

” . . when Wegman met Thurber he was crestfallen. That is, he dropped a tube of toothpaste into the toilet. I don’t know why they decided to meet in the bathroom. maybe it seemed like gender-neutral territory. Foolish Thurber left some Wegmans too close to a scented candle and … whoops.

“It seems they’ve started to copy each other’s drawings. To become the other’s ‘evil twin’…but let’s not be naive here!…a ‘good’ drawing? an ‘evil’ drawing’?
No such thing exists…we all know that.
We…did you close the chimney flue? You fool, don’t you know bad drawings can crawl down the chimney like bats, like leopards, like Wegmans and Thurbers????
There is however, possibly at this moment in your unattended studio washroom a witch , laughing at you in the mirror.
Come on now…enough is enough.
Are you being serious?
Or are you just halving (sic) Fun?”

yeah, so there – rain.
rain, rain go away – come again another day.
ha, yeah. it’s raining cats & dogs here in NYC.

so, yeah. of course everybody knows WILLIAM WEGMAN.
but people have asked me – do you know the other guy ?

mais oui / but, of course.

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see: MATTHEW THURBER & ‘1-800-MICE’ / BC&GF – DEC 5, 2011

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see: MATTHEW THURBER & ‘INFOMANIACS’ / DESERT ISLAND – NOV 22, 2013

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A PAGE – FROM ‘INFOMANIACS’ – by MATTHEW THURBER
PARKOUR, LORDY !!

PAR-TAY – ON !!
BED-STUY !!
ALL YE – APRIL FOOLS !!




~LINCOLN CENTER . . MATTHEW THURBER

speaking on all things . . LINCOLN.
and it’s apparent relationship – with some very strange humor:

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@mtshelves aka MATTHEW THURBER . . .
posted this image, of a drawing of his – of a common copper penny to Instagram, about a week.
USA, in the cross hairs, much ?

again, someone with a very unique, and ‘authentic’ drawing . . . ‘voice’.

image via Instagram @mtshelves




~ABE LINCOLN, Jr . . delivers

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ABE LINCOLN, Jr. delivers his healthy ‘gut’ piece – in a tube.
including a nice sticker pkg.
Midtown NYC. FEB 7, 2017.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

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check out: ABE LINCOLN, Jr. – girlsbike.com




~ABE LINCOLN, Jr . . down the hatch !!

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so,
@abelincolnjr posted this image on Istagram a little while back, and he wrote underneath:
‘In the Butt 4: Trapped under Ass, 19″ x 28″ ink on healthy colon photo – $200 DM if you want it.’

and, I thought wow – that’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen, plus I like his painting style . . !!
so I sprung for it.

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it took me a good long while, to work up the courage to actually unroll it from the tube – but, yeah.
I’m still . . totally into – it. wtf.
gorgeous, funny, and a good statement about the world, and the art world, too.
a nice combustion of ‘reality’ meets imagination & . . voila: vve / virtual visual explosion.

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plus it’s no dumb print.
one-of-a-kind.
what sets Abe’s wicked street poetry, miles apart in a crowded field – is that penmanship & authnticity . . of line.
and duh, that Tweety bird imagery, is my favorite subtext!!

he also sent along some – stickers !!
merci beaucoup, Abe Lincoln, Jr.

btw: does colon rhyme with . . LINCOLN, just asking !!

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ABE LINCOLN, Jr. sticker, hand-colored & signed . . 4-1/4 x 5-1/4 in.

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ABE LINCOLN, Jr. sticker, hand-colored, signed & inscribed: ‘THANKS NANCY!’ . . 4-1/4 x 5-1/4 in.

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ABE LINCOLN, Jr. sticker, hand-colored . . happy boy. 2-1/2 x 4 in.

who says, micro art buying – doesn’t exist ?
they just don’t have . . the eyeballs.

or, the ‘guts’.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / except where noted @abelincolnjr via Instagram.




~’DRAWING ISLAND’ . . THE JOURNAL GALLERY / LAST WEEKEND

last weekend to catch this deceptively light & lively / skillful / expressionistic . . survey drawing show.

‘DRAWING ISLAND’ at . . .
THE JOURNAL GALLERY, 106 N. 1st St, Brooklyn
SAT & SUN MARCH 25 & 26, 2017
HRS: 12 – 6 PM

see: list of artists
see: installation images

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TAYLOR McKIMENS, ‘GLORY’.

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detail, TAYLOR McKIMENS

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detail, TAYLOR McKIMENS

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detail, TAYLOR McKIMENS

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detail, TAYLOR McKIMENS

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CHRIS MARTIN

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LEIF RITCHEY

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JOE BRADLEY

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SARAH BRAMAN

ALEX-Becerra
ALEX BECERRA

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AUSTIN LEE

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MELISSA BROWN

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CARLOS VALENCIA

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MICHAEL NEVIN, THE JOURNAL GALLERY.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~’HAPTIC WHITTLES’ . . UNDERDONK / LAST WEEKEND

LAST WEEKEND To CATCH . .

THE ‘HAPTIC’ SCULPTURES . . of DANIEL DENNETT
SAT & SUN / MARCH 25 & 26, 2017
HRS: 1 – 6 PM
UNDERDONK, 1329 WILLOUGHBY AVE, #211, BROOKLYN

haptic: relating to the sense of . . touch

READ MORE: ‘HAPTIC WHITTLES’- DANIEL DENNETT / UNDERDONK

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PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~DEREK WEISBERG . . life as a flower vase / TRESTLE PROJECTS OPENING SAT, MARCH 25

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SUPER / HARD-CORE CONTEMPORARY . . . & YET, VERY WISE & ANCIENT
FUNCTIONAL CERAMIC / HAND-BUILT CLAY / FLOWER VASE . . BY DEREK WEISBERG

so, I’m thinking this vase must be inspired by the centuries-old traditional . . ‘TULPIERE’, which is enjoying a current wave of great popularity.
see: Tulipiere – wikipedia
read: a brief, but very interesting paragraph – on the TULIP MANIA OF 1660’s HOLLAND !!

derekweisberg: #functionalceramics #contemporaryceramics #nyceramics #flowers #vase #dontcallmeaceramicist #sculpture #contemporaryart #derekweisberg
recent posting & image via Instagram @derekweisberg

DEREK WEISBERG . . .

will be exhibiting his work in a group show at TRESTLE PROJECTS – in Brooklyn.

the show, titled ‘NEW FINE ART’ . . .
will also features works by: MOLLY RAE, PANAYOTIS TERZIS, ALIZA MORELL, and EMILY KLASS
and seems to examine the new role / or / the new ‘viewing of the role’ of “traditional fine art materials” – a timely topic.
the show opens . . this SAT MARCH 25, 2017 / 7 – 9 PM
and runs thru APRIL 6, 2017.
TRESTLE PROJECTS, 400 3rd AVE, BROOKLYN

note: TRESTLE PROJECTS IS OPEN TO VIEWING – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

“This exhibition presents a small sampling of Brooklyn-based artists whose practices are centered around traditional traditional fine art materials. Through mimicry, remediation, and unconventional applications, these artists push the limits of their materials and explore a corresponding sensuality. By employing a range of responsive processes, each artist engages in an unfolding dialogue between the self and the material – a transference between hand, form, and thought.

In this way, the artists in ‘NEW FINE ART, see their processes as both a method of inquiry to explore physical materiality as well as tools to realize unconscious and psychic visions.”
~TRESTLE PROJECTS – PRESS RELEASE

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~YO !! LIFE !! . . as a shorty !!

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graffitius: ‘life as a shorty shouldn’t be so rough!!’ – by MARK CHRONI in LAS VEGAS. for @lifeisbeautiful and @justkidsofficial.
Photo @impermanent_art

image via Instagram @graffitius