~’HOME EDITION ESSEX FLOWERS ‘ . . OPENS TO-NITE FRI FEB 23 / 7-9 PM

‘ESSEX FLOWERS HOME EDITION’ – A TWO-PART – EXHIBIT

the 1st PART . . OPENS TO-NITE / FRI FEB 23, 2018 / 7 – 9 PM
& runs thru MARCH 11, 2018
at the ESSEX FLOWERS storefront gallery – 19 MONROE ST, CHINATOWN
HRS: SAT & SUN: 12 – 6 PM & BY APPOINTMENT

the 2nd part will be at the NADA ART FAIR, PROJECTS SECTION – opening THURS MARCH 8, 2018

THE MEMBERS OF ESSEX FLOWERS . . have invited more than 30 individuals to contribute works of art that interrogate the function, form & craft of the domestic space.
Participating artists include: SARA MURPHY, SAM WINKS, ANDY ROBERTSON, ILANA HARRIS-BABOU, LIZZIE WRIGHT, RACHEL DOMM, DAVID KENNEDY CUTLER, HENRI PAUL BROYARD, RUFUS TUREEN, FRANK HAINES, CATBOX CONTEMPORARY (with NICK IRZYK), MELISSA BROWN, JESSE HAMERMAN, LYDIA McCARTHY, MICHAEL MAHALCHICK, ANDREA McGINTY, DAVID B. SMITH, BEN DOWELL, WILLIE WAYNE SMITH, AMY RUHL, ELISE DURYEE-BROWNER, JAIME GECKER, MARTHA MYSKO, OFRA LAPID, DENISE KUPFERSCHMIDT, ROBERT SCOTT WHIPKEY, JORDAN NASSAR, ELIZABETH FERRY, RYAN FALKOWITZ, COLBY BIRD, SOPHY NAESS, AMANDA BALDWIN, MICHAEL WELSH, PATRICK ARNOLD, WILL STEWART, HANNA SANDIN, ERIKA SOMOGYI, RUTH RODRIGUEZ, NICKOLAUS TYPALDOS, and more . . .

INVITE / FLYER DESIGN BY: RACHEL DOMM

THE CALM BEFORE . . THE STORM !!
of hanging / displaying so many pieces . . !!


ESSEX FLOWERS member, RACHEL DOMM . . accepting the many & very diverse, art work arrivals, including the CATBOX CONTEMPORARY . . ‘CATELLITE’,
the tall structure at center left, with padded portals. !!


detail: the CATBOX CONTEMPORARY – ‘CATELLITE’.
so exciting !!
the dialog . . continues.

feels like it’s raining . . cats & dogs today.
well, a lot better than . . guns & students.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~’RED ENVELOPE SHOW’ . . incl ANTHONY ZINONOS & MATT STANTON / GRUMPY BERT / OPENS FRI

OPENING FRI – FEB 23, 2018 / 7 – 10 PM !!
the show runs thru MARCH 11, 2018
‘THE RED ENVELOPE SHOW’ – ‘YEAR OF THE DOG’
GRUMPY BERT, 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN


ANTHONY ZINONOS, ‘damnDOG’, ‘RED ENVELOPE – YEAR OF THE DOG’, 2018, collage on envelope for Grump Bert
3.5 x 6.5 in.
image via GRUMPY BERT


MATT STANTON, RED ENVELOPE, YEAR OF THE DOG, 2018, acrylic on envelope
3.5 x 6.5. in.
note . . the ’embellished’ detail on the background !!
image via Instagram @mattstantonartist


MATT STANTON, ‘RED ENVELOPE, YEAR OF THE DOG’, 2018, acrylic on envelope
3.5 x 6.5 in.
image via Instagram @mattstantonartist




~JIM HOLYOAK . . NKD RESIDENCY / NORDIC ARTISTS ‘ CENTRE DALE / NORDISK KUNSTNARSENTER DALE / NORWAY

by sheer coincidence,
must be a super special, mass joyful time to be in . . NORWAY !!
seeing as they are sweeping the 2018 Winter Olympics !!
but, just in general, Norway feels so bursting with new life.
and . . so beautiful.
and then there’s all the old Nordic / Viking tales re-surfacing lately.

gnarly old Nordic tales . . . and, the twisted dark as night, contemporary tales !!
that might be one reason, why JIM HOLYOAK finds himself in Norway. right, now.
he’s a master of the night, animal spirits, monsters, and fabled landscape pen & ink drawings.
and looks like . . ELFS, now too.
JIM is actually in Reykjavik, Iceland right now, arriving in Oslo this Fri Feb 23, 2018.

MONTREAL-BASED artist, JIM HOLYOAK will be in residence at NKD,
along with his friend, and oft-time ‘mural’ collaborator . . MATT SHANE, also Canadian
from March thru May 2018.


see: NKD / NORDIC ARTISTS’ CENTRE DALE – NORWAY


JIM HOLYOAK – INK DRAWING, FEB 8, 2018


JIM HOLYOAK, INK DRAWING, FEB 6, 2018
. . . night monster


JIM HOLYOAK, INK DRAWING, ‘The Mountain Knows Your Name’, Jan 14, 2018
. . . Himalayas, Goechla


JIM HOLYOAK, FEB 11, 2018
. . Year of the Dog

ALL IMAGES VIA INSTAGRAM @jimholyoakj


I see JIM . . made good use of a previous time in . . ICELAND.
he received his ‘Elfs-and Hidden people-research-study diploma’ !!
image via: JIM HOLYOAK / MONSTERS ARE FOR REAL /C.V.

JIM also has an MFA (2011) in Drawing & Painting from Concordia University, Montreal, QC.
he was also an apprentice (2007) . . of master ink painter SHEN LING XIANG in Yangshuo, CHINA.

see: JIM HOLYOAK – BIO / MONSTERS ARE FOR REAL

see: JIM HOLYOAK – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE / MONSTERSAREFORREAL.com

don’t miss: JIM HOLYOAK / incl MATT SHANE – VIDEO DOCUMENTATION


JIM HOLYOAK – VIDEO DOCUMENTATION
IMAGE VIA . . JIM HOLYOAK / MONSTERS ARE FOR REAL




~’WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . hits PAGE SIX !!

JOSH HARRIS .. MEET YOUR NEW HOMIES !! !!

our supreme leader JOSH HARRIS . . is crashing LA LA LAND !! !!

OMAROSA !! TRUMP !! TAYLOR SWIFT !! LENA DUNHAM and . .

JONAH HILL as . . JOSH HARRIS !!!!!!

and, it’s going to be a “dramatic adaption” . . . !! !! !!

“AS FOR WHO .. will play his then girlfriend Tanya Corrin, HARRIS says, I like TAYLOR SWIFT,
but the producers are talking AMY SMART.”

read: ‘JONAH HILL set to star as as Internet pioneer JOSH HARRIS’ – by RICHARD JOHNSON, PAGE SIX, NEW YORK POST / FEB 18, 2018




~TOMMY MALEKOFF . . AGNES B

‘TOMMY MALEKOFF – FILMS & PHOTOGRAPHS’
FEB 1 – FEB 28, 2018
AGNES B GALERIE BOUTIQUE NEW YORK, 50 Howard St, Downtown, NYC

there was a nice easy feeling to this show. which, also, keeping in step with this particular art season – leaned to the small side . . scale-wise. it still worked, just a little more like clockwork, than grand, raw gesture.

the first work I saw by TOMMY MALEKOFF, was in Feb 24, 2016 / almost 2 years ago to the day. playing on a loop – it was his short, essay-like film, ‘The Outdoor World’, 2016.
all ‘real-life’ footage. good flow-thru editing. I guess that makes it a documentary of some kind of genre. urban landscape ?
Projected large, and I mean . . wall-size in a large, empty storefront on the Lower East Side, the screening was hosted by SEAN VEGEZZI, ANDREW KASS & assorted friends, it mesmerized the hardcore audience. although much of the footage dwells on middle America, it also hit up on some extreme young black high school beat dancers, the contrast was the unspoken tension. though there was no overt joking, there was no judgement: just the flow of the oddness – of our culture, no matter on what side of the style line – it fell.
sweet curiosity is all I can say, in summary.
Tommy makes sure the world . . goes round. there were also some rough, low-fi hard-copy. still photo hand-outs.

Tommy makes sure the sound tracks, which are key – to his films, are as light-handed, and yet just as moving, or fluid as his images . . & in this, local musician / D.J. JOE WILLIAMS excelled with his, not easily defined . . original music soundtrack. more magic / more than travelog.
let’s just say: elevated & dreamy, if dreamy could be hardcore . .
music / to travel by.
see: ‘TOMMY MALEKOFF – ‘THE OUTDOOR WORLD’ – OPENING PIX / artlovers archive

the 2nd screening, I saw was just last year, also at just about this same time. Tommy must favor February, or Feb sure favors . . him !!
(witness the current show at Agnes B . . FEB 1 – 28, 2018.)
titled, ‘Perennial Shadows’, (2017), it was about the invasive & unstoppable, green destroyer . . Kudzu / the interloper weed that is taking over the southern USA. again a gorgeous film, with no words. and needing none. again, with a beautiful, oriental-tilting, ‘soundscape’ . . by JOE WILLIAMS.

“In the 135 years since its introduction (at the 1876 World’s Fair Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia), kudzu has spread over 3 million hectares of the southern United States & continues to ‘consume'” – voraciously.
Kudzu: It’s a big, fast moving . . geographic ‘topic’.

ironically, and rather ‘sustainability-wise’ (!!), the film was screened at the small, but internet ‘infinite’, 24/7 digital gallery called JEFFREY STARK, which is located within a small white box of an actual ‘booth’ . . in an Asian global-style mini-mall, in the heart of Chinatown, 88 East Broadway. the exhibits are online real-time, and can be viewed through the glass wall. this small, minimalist-leaning, avant-garde, highly curated space, with its steel & glass infrastructure, was actually a great ‘foil’ for the nature-driven documentary.
although the film screened on a large scale (in the main lobby of the mall), for the opening, it played on a much smaller scale for the length of the exhibit, and was definitely none the worse for it.
there was also a rather casual, tack board of commercial grade, color photos from the film’s production, in the hallway.
it’s rawness, of the photograph presentation – was very engaging, esp as it was so casually a part of the surrounding mall activity.
see: ‘PERENNIAL SHADOWS’ / artlovers archive

this current screening at AGNES B BOUTIQUE GALERIE NEW YORK, turns out to be more of a mini-retrospective, and the projections are even smaller, which makes things – very curious for art mavens, who have been feeling like Alice in Wonderland for the past few months.
as well, the accompanying photographs have evolved to professional color art prints, in professional frames. and it is a more formal array of photos.
actually, it was really nice to see some photos – in this more formal setting.
esp on the Agnes B. brick wall. switching up – is good.


this is an image from ‘The Outdoor World’ (North Carolina), part of a nice little trailer produced specifically for this show.
you can watch it, here: AGNES B. BOUTIQUE GALERIE – TOMMY MALEKOFF

from the press release:
“TOMMY MALEKOFF (b. 1992) . . is a New York based visual artist from North Carolina. His work with video and photography deals with insular worlds and displaced phenomenons in the American landscape.”

PIX FROM THE OPENING – FEB 1, 2018 – AGNES B. GALERIE BOUTIQUE NEW YORK


TOMMY MALEKOFF at the opening.
photo courtesy: Agnes B.


the venue. a small portion of the front of the very chic, storefront / retail fashion boutique is dedicated to showing very close-to-the-bone, art shows.
small is sustainable is chic.


the crowd piled in, as the night went on.


a frame from a loop / random, yet . . NOT.
very Americana.


Kudzu takes over. very green, AF.
but sustainable ? not so much, more like . . native-killer.


headphones. you could hear the soundtracks – in dedicated concentration.


there was also a loop of more personal clips. kind of like a fast forward diary.
this must be Sean, apparently a deep sleeper, because he sure got . . shook.


a framed photo.
horses, esp carnival or rodeo . . were a subtext.
the un-brutal, sunny side of being . . a boy, a horse. a cowboy.


the opening coincided with NEW YORK FASHION WEEK / NYFW 2018.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / unless otherwise noted.


see: TOMMY MALEKOFF – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE




~VIVIAN LE . . Chang’e No. 2

Keep on Truckin’. . .
seems, Everybody got to walk through life deflecting . . arrows.


VIVIAN LE . . ‘Chang’e No.2’
image via VIVIAN LE . . VILE / portfolio website

def, check out: VIVIAN LE, born 1992 /Chicago-born & based – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE




~VIVIAN LE . . I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU !!

update: yesterday, FEB 14th later would become a day sadly marked by a high school massacre in Florida.
the 19 yr shooter a former student, turned on the fire alarm to cause more panic.
what ? are we gonna have contests now ?
body counts ?
I thought Bloody Valentine’s Days . . were for Depression-era mobsters.
this artist is 26 yrs old . . she is speaking to something, something hard, real & sad . .
a fissure . . in her cultural reality.
in a very gentle, the line work (!!), girly (no diss !!) graphic way, that sadly, makes for an ironic, yet solid . . twisted-out / connect.


VIVIAN LE, b. 1992 Chicago – ‘I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU’


check out: VIVIAN LE – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE




~JOEY D . . MINIATURE BILLBOARD / YAB, GALERIE F, CHICAGO

just because . . .


wip / work in progress by JOEY D, for the GALERIE F, DEC 2017 group show . . .
‘You Are Beautiful Billboards’, mini billboard – group show.
Image via Instagram @galerief


JOEY D. , ‘Beautiful Insides’, 2017
acrylic paint & custom cut wood embellishment – on YAB miniature billboard kit for 2017 / Galerie F FAB group show.
size: 17 x 8.5 x 7 in.
image via Galerie F / Beautiful Insides

see: Galerie F / YAB Billboards




~SPEAKING . . miniatures / replica spaces / dollhouses & YEAR OF THE DOG !!

I’ve been fascinated by ‘miniatures’ ever since I can remember.
I collect them from random places, mostly thrift shops and the odd flea market.
they are actually pretty hard to find.


my greatly prized . . butcher’s block !!


a few more of my most recent finds.


lol . . yes, that’s tiny dog bowl, on the right !!
one of my best finds, ever. great graphic.
unbelievably contemporary color hues.


Kate recently scored the tiny black sewing machine for me . . in Door County, Wisconsin.
the one behind it, in a slightly larger scale, too big for a dollhouse !! / is actually a vintage Christmas ornament.
ornaments: that’s actually – a whole other subtext of . . tiny.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~RED ENVELOPE SHOW . . ‘YEAR OF THE DOG’ / GRUMPY BERT / PREVIEW

of course, one of the earliest ‘tiny’ art shows, in the current art cycle (!!) . .
was the RED ENVELOPE SHOW at GRUMPY BERT, the first one happened in Feb 2016.

artists are asked to submit original art work on lucky red, Happy Chinese New Year (money) envelopes, with the loosely held theme – based on the celebration of the whatever Year of the Animal it is, in the Chinese horoscope – which is based on the year of your birth.
the envelopes are: 3.5 x 6.5 in.
& they are usually priced well below $100 / though you’d prob want to keep them out of direct sunlight, as the red envelopes do fade in hue, after time.
but maybe for some that is the . . . point.
longevity – being a factor of ‘scale’ – as well.

this year – is the YEAR OF THE DOG !!

and it looks to be . . outrageous !!

‘RED ENVELOPE SHOW’
OPENS FRI FEB 23, 2018 / 7 – 10 PM
the show runs thru MARCH 11, 2018
GRUMPY BERT, 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN

see: GRUMPY BERT, RED ENVELOPE SHOW, YEAR OF THE DRAGON / OPENING PIX / ARTLOVERS ARCHIVE

here are some previews from . . this year’s event.
what’s really great is, you get to see alot of really off-the-wall, illustrators work, which you normally don’t get to see too much of in New York, on ‘exhibition’ walls.


‘YEAR OF THE DOG’ – RED ENVELOPE by . . MARK WANG (@ouch_you_slouch)
originally from Tucson, Arizona, now based in NYC.

see: MARK WANG – ILLUSTRATOR PORTFOLIO WEBSITE


‘YEAR OF THE DOG’ – RED ENVELOPE by . . HELLEN JO (helllllenjjjjjo)
L.A. based


see: HELLEN JO – ILLUSTRATOR PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

all images via Instagram @grumpybert