~SAAR SHEMESH . . ‘5 Things You Can See’ / ART LOT BROOKLYN

go on, I dare you – ring that bell !!

SAAR SHEMESH has some whimsical, or is that . . ‘socially relevant’ / work,
in . . the open air, 7 person group exhibit: ‘Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan & Derelict’
ART LOT BROOKLYN, 206 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11241
June 24 – AUG 28, 2022


SAAR SHEMESH . . .


SAAR SHEMESH, ‘5 Things You Can See’, 2021. edition of 5.
Recycled helium container, bocce ball, aircraft cable, chain, clamps, hardware.
*All materials from RAIR / Revolutionary Recovery (waste recovery and recycling center), Philadelphia, PA

Photos via Instagram @artlotbrooklyn

note: Art Lot . . “is an outdoor, artist-run, contemporary art space located in Brooklyn, NY, that encourages . . artists to explore ideas in a unique public context.
Benefactors JIM & BOBBI VAUGHAN own the lot and, in the 1990s, dedicated the space for displaying artwork”.
~the current artist/directors are: JACOB JACKMAUH and LINA McGINN
~the shows are visible 24/7 from the sidewalk / and open, as well by appointment via artlotbrooklyn.com




~BENNY MERRIS & KSENIA SOBOLEVA . . ZOOM CONVO / BROOKLYN RAIL / FRI JULY 29

BROOKLYN RAIL – NEW SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT #614
LIVE – FRI JULY 29 at 1 PM EASTERN / 10 AM PACIFIC / and, then archived
link: BENNY MERRIS in CONVO – BROOKLYN RAIL

BENNY MERRIS & KSENIA SOBOLEVA – IN CONVERSATION
LIVE ON ZOOM !!

note: BENNY currently has work on exhibit at the big summer show, ‘PAINING AS IS II’ at NATHALIE KARG,
and, has a solo show, ‘FLASH!’ up at HEROES GALLERY.


on the right . . . BENNY MERRIS !!!!!
note . . the expressive arm !!
with him, the creative duo known as BLINN & LAMBERT / aka KYLE WILLIAMS & NICHOLAS STEINDORF.
photographed at the opening of ‘PAINTING AS IS II’, a big group show curated by TIM WILSON & HEIDI HAHN,
at NATHALIE KARG GALLERY. the opening was on . . . JUNE 27, 2022.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH / artloversnewyork




~IGGY CAPRA . . ‘SEASONS GREETINGS’ / Et al / SAN FRANCISCO / thru SEPT 3

psychedelic screaming . . . into the dark.

RE: BENNY MERRIS, NYC / IGGY CAPRA, S.F.
both follow realist, naturalist photography, which they have respectively enhanced with either paint or theater, & based around their own IRL body / into a hyper visual, if not outright . . fevered nightmare / of . . our collective earthly reality.

we actually have a really nice – creative sync-up / going on right now . .
between the East Coast USA, & the West Coast USA !!
how fun !!
some random meeting of the minds / resulting in some very, very beautiful bi-coastal art world harmony . .
not to mention, a challenging dialog.
each artist showcasing, in his resolute own way / absolutely brilliant, original & dynamic / staged color photographs / meets future natural world narrative. wake up world !!
Cindy Sherman, not. not anywhere near so cloying, so relentlessly self-centered.
but, maybe just better. and, just what just what we need:
a next gen / new wave . . shout-out to a world, the only one we have, ultra deep space telescopes and all, and which the head of the U.N. / United Nations says: “is on suicidal climate path.”
ya think ?

we have BENNY MERRIS on the East Coast, thrusting photos of almost sly, ‘decoy’ images of his (mostly) wildly painted arms & hands / camouflaged into or popping up / against various seasonal natural scenarios / at the big summer group show: ‘Painting As Is II’, NATHALIE KARG GALLERY, thru Aug 26, and which was curated by TIM WILSON & HEIDI HAHN /
and, in a one person show, ‘BENNY MERRIS: flash!’, at HEROES GALLERY, also downtown, and running thru AUG 6.

while, on the West Coast, in San Francisco . . we have: the equally screaming, realist almost ‘bad dream’ photos of IGGY CAPRA, which also incorporate his own body, swathed in very poignant, almost psychedelic theatricality, emitting a blunt, almost kabuki-like scream . . for help.
‘HELLO: this world. your world / S.O.S. please send help !!’

I mean, wouldn’t it have been super funny . . if that James Webb telescope had sent back some hyper-color, deep space photos, of some little alien, maybe even a Star Wars intergalactic bar patron, or .. what about a classic primal biblical character in flowing robes, and a long beard . . holding up a sign that said: “morons go back, and focus on your own planet.”

IGGY CAPRA, ‘SEASONS GREETINGS’,
JULY 23 – SEPT 3, 2022
ET AL GALLERY, 620 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA

or: ‘The Scream’, that everyone knows – but nobody . . listens to ?!!




~’STEAL MY SUNSHINE’ . . MERY GATES, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN / SAT JULY 23

MAKE MY HEAT – WAVE . . . !!!!

ONE DAY – ONLY !! SAT JULY 23, 2022 / 2 PM – SUNSET !!!!!

‘STEAL MY SUNSHINE’ – BIG INVITATIONAL GROUP SHOW, PERFORMANCE, BBQ, & DJ SET
ORGANIZED BY: LOOSII NINJA
MERY GATES – 1345 DeKALB AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN NY 11221

with: JASON ISOLINI, COLLIN CLARKE, JOE GEORGE, NANDI LOAF, DEIRDRE KEOUGH, JANE BALFUS, SAM SIEGEL, DANNY ISCHE KNOBLAUCH, MATTHIAS KRANKL, MARIO MIRON, COURTLIN BYRD, ANGELINE MEITZLER, MARK FINGERHUT, JOHN VERDIL, BORA AKINCITURK, ANNA PEDERSEN, ALI BONFILS, GREG NACHMANOVITCH, TEA STRAZICIC, LOGAN KRUIDENIER, CAROLINE DAVID, BAFUA, LILIANA LACAYO, SHORI SIMS, ISO MUEIN, TOM KOEHLER

note: MG is an artist-run exhibition & curatorial program run by COLLIN CLARKE, MATTHIAS KRANKL & SAM SIEGEL




~BENNY MERRIS . . ‘flash!’ / HEROES / up thru JULY 30 . . now extended thru – SAT AUG 6 !!

don’t blink !!
summer stunner . . !!

‘BENNY MERRIS: FLASH!’
up thru . . SAT JULY 30, 2022 / & now extended thru SAT AUG 6th !!!!
that’s . . . 3 more weeks !!
HEROES GALLERY, 162 ALLEN ST., LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC 10002
HRS: WED-SAT / 12 noon – 6 pm

for background text / installation photos, see: Current Exhibition – ‘Benny Merris: flash!’


BENNY MERRIS, ‘An Other Another 198’, 2022.
archival pigment print, custom frame with museum glass
30.5 x 40.5 in. framed
image via HEROES GALLERY


BENNY MERRIS, ‘An Other Another 214’, 2022.
archival pigment print, custom frame with museum glass
24.5 x 18.5 in. framed
image via HEROES GALLERY


BENNY MERRIS, ‘An Other Another 188’, 2022.
archival pigment print, custom frame with museum glass
40.5 x 30.5 in. framed
image via HEROES GALLERY


BENNY also has an archival pigment print – in the ‘Painting As Is II’ exhibit, Nathalie Karg Gallery.
here he is on the right, at the opening – June 27, 2022.
with him, collaborative duo . . BLINN & LAMBERT aka KYLE WILLIAMS & NICHOLAS STEINDORF.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / unless otherwise noted




~’PAINTING AS IS II’ . . NATHALIE KARG / PIX FROM THE OPENING

turns out, this summer belongs – to the city !!

‘PAINTING AS IS II’ – CURATED BY TIM WILSON & HEIDI HAHN
JUNE 28 . . up thru AUG 26, 2022
NATHALIE KARG, 291 GRAND ST., NYC 10002
HRS: TUES-SAT / 10 AM – 6 PM

a provocative, yet joyous look at just how diverse – ‘painting’ is . . now.
from whimsical to graphic . . to the absolute, outright breaking – of conservative conventions.
overall, the take-away is . . that visuality – rules !!
the voyage to a painterly ‘surface’ – is no longer always stationary, but can be multi-faceted, sculptural,
if not even . . 3-dimensional, if not even . . infinite, as in digital projection.
in short . . the curators put forward, a wonderful swirl – of new thinking.

PIX FROM THE OPENING – TUES EVENING, JUNE 27, 2022 / NYC
PHOTOS BY – NANCY SMITH


so . . this is how !!
those curious chunks of landscape-looking paintings on the show’s flyer, really are in person !!
dancing between realism, and sculpture, they are . . indeed 3-D wall mounts.
and so, the . . questioning – begins.

JAMES HYDE, series of 3 small ‘chunky’ paintings, done between 1998 and 2004 /
Fresco on styrofoam / 14 x 13 x 14 in. / 15 x 17 x 13 in. / 16 x 14 x 14 in.


JAMES HYDE, so nice to see the artist – at the opening !!


NATHALIE KARG – she pretty much let the art do the talking, and,on a hot summer’s eve – that was so pleasant.
while the city outside felt gritty, the art – was circling around the space, ahead of the conventional curve.
but, through it all ran an intelligence / it all felt like a discussion, and, not a chaos.
not a discord. it was a river, not a wall.


the curators: HEIDI HAHN & TIM WILSON.
it was as if, they had held out their arms, and embraced different ‘forms’ of painting.
the one whole thought, holding the wide array together / being that their visual impression or impact . .
was . . key.


DAN WALSH, ‘Sequence’, 2019. (detail)
Acrylic on canvas / 55 x 55 in.


JAENA KWON, ‘Tear’, 2017.
Acrylic on light density fiberboard / 27 x 30-1/2 x 1 in.
shaped canvas ‘paintings’, have long been considered paintings, so, why not go – all the way !!
towards . . 3-D sculpture, and even – digital projection.
note: the depth of the work, has been noted in the artwork description… 1 in. (!!)


at first glance, this seems a straight-forward, though complex, transparent & subtle colored / painting on a wall.
Not.


BLINN and LAMBERT / aka NICHOLAS STEINDORF & KYLE WILLIAMS, ‘Ampersand’, 2019.
Two-channel 16mm film
1:47 loop, silent. Edition of 3 plus 2 artist’s proofs


KYLE WILLIAMS, 1/2 of the collaborative duo: BLINN and LAMBERT.
the stance of a theoretical – provocateur ?
the crux of the matter – behind him,
on the left: BLINN and LAMBERT’s digital . . painting ‘surface’.
on the right: the transparency of a more conventional painting, by NATHLIE PROVOSTY.
NATHALIE PROVOSTY, ‘June 21, 2022’, 2022.
Oil on linen / 36 x 23 in.


BLINN and LAMBERT / aka KYLE WILLIAMS & NICHOLAS STEINDORF, with BENNY MERRIS.


BENNY MERRIS, ‘An Other Another 194’, 2021.
Archival pigment print in artist frame / 40-1/2 x 30-1/2 in.
things work both ways, this is a print. is a ‘pigment’ print – a painting ?
why, not ?


SARAH BRAMAN, ‘Fit’, 2022.
Maple and glass / 40 x 29 x 23 in.
I had never thought of Sarah’s free-standing assemblages – as ‘paintings’, but – seriously . . why, not !!
though the shapes are interesting, especially in their contrasting materials, yet harmonious, and very basic 3-D functionality, what really captures one’s imagination – are the play of the colors, and the light, and the qualities of opaque vs transparent. and, especially how the colored light – interacts with its environment.
and, I guess that would include considering how the center ‘hole’ of the wood base – does too.
just thinking of this ‘sculpture’ – as a ‘painting’, brings so much more of this creative statement / and the properties
of the different materials it is beholden to / wood vs. colored glass / to life.


a painting is a sculpture is a free-standing assemblage, definitely.
especially – on a hot summer’s night !!


OREN PINHASSI, Urinal (NYC I), 2018 + Urinal (NYC II), 2018.
Glass, steel, plaster, burlap sand, and pigment / 57-1/2 x 19-3/4 x 20-1/8 in.
and then we have: Oren Pinhassi !!
is the space inside, between the shapes – the painting, that’s the . . stretch !!


THERESA DADDEZIO, ‘Magnetized Bloom’, 2021.
oil on linen / 36 x 24 in.
which is to say, even conventional flat painted surfaces – react to their surroundings.
and the total effect – is a painting ??


ROCHELLE FEINSTEIN, ‘Sampler 1984/2020’, 2022.
acrylic, enamel spray paint, yarn, and embroidery floss on cotton drop cloth / 50 x 50 in.
yes, I would say – this a painting /
just the way a quilt – is not a bed-covering / it’s a painting: a visual composition, an inspiration.

dropping by the opening,


HAILEY JOSEPHS . . at center /
and yes, a t-shirt – can be a painting. :) :) !!


MINKA FARTHING KOHL, DP / Director of Photography.
I bet he might have something to say – on all of this.
photography vs painting vs the world !!


CHRIS WATTS .. painter & now I guess – media celeb !!
now, that’s an obtuse . . consideration, in its own right / painter vs celebrity, :) :) !!
CHRIS WATTS . . is one of the young artists featured in ‘THE ART of MAKING IT’ . . !!
a new documentary about the struggles vs ambitions (!!) in the art world, directed by KELCEY EDWARDS,
and which opened at the IFC Center in NYC, this past JUNE 29th,
and runs thru . . Tuesday, July 5, 2022.


CHRIS WATTS , one of the featured artists in . . ‘THE ART of MAKING IT’.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~’PAINTING AS IS II’ . . big group show curated by TIM WILSON & HEIDI HAHN / NATHALIE KARG / OPENS TUES JUNE 28

‘PAINTING AS IS II’. . . CURATED BY TIM WILSON & HEIDI HAHN
OPENS TUES JUNE 28 / 6 – 8 PM
and runs thru . . . AUG 28, 2022
NATHALIE KARG GALLERY, 291 GRAND ST., 4th Fl, NYC 10002
HRS: TUES – SAT / 10 AM – 6 PM

with: LISA BECK, BLINN & LAMBERT, ROBERT BORDO, SARAH BRAMAN, THERESA DADDEZIO, DENNIS DELGADO, MARTHA DIAMOND,
OLIVIA DRUSIN, ROCHELLE FEINSTEIN, JACKIE FENG, MEENA HASAN, JAMES HYDE, OLIVIA JIA, MARINA KAPPOS, CAROLINE KENT,
JAENA KWON, BENNY MERRIS, ELIZABETH McINTOSH, OREN PINHASSI, NATHLIE PROVOSTY, CRAIG TAYLOR, & DAN WALSH

POSTER-FEATURED ART by: JAMES HYDE




~’SILVER HORSESHOE’ . . GROUP SHOW / HYACINTH / OPENS FRI JUNE 24

‘SILVER HORSESHOE’ . . a 9 female artist group show
OPENS TO-NITE / FRI JUNE 24 / 6 – 8 PM
and runs thru . . . AUG 7, 2022.
HYACINTH GALLERY, 179 Canal St. #4B, DOWNTOWN NYC 10013
HRS: FRI, SAT, SUN: 12 PM – 6 PM
or by app’t

‘SILVER HORSESHOE’ . . IS CURATED BY: JENNIFER CALANDRA

FEATURING: LEE DAWSON, ABBY HORETZ, AHMRII JOHNSON, CASSIDY McGINLEY,
CHELSEA NYEGAARD, MELODY TUTTLE, VIDEO BY: SOMER STAMPLEY & SARDE HARDIE,
CAKES BY (Lulu) BODEGA CAKES

SILVER HORSESHOE . . brings together 9 female artists working in a range of media
to address concepts of femininity as they exist as an art historical trope, a compositional
strategy, and a cultural manifestation.”
~gallery

see more: EXHIBITIONS/SILVER HORSESHOW/HYACINTH GALLERY




~STIPAN TADIC . . ‘VISIONS of the CITY’ / ATM NYC / OPENS THURS JUNE 23

anybody else – up for some . . Magic Realism ?

STIPAN TADIC: ‘VISIONS of the CITY’
opens Thurs June 23 / 5-8 PM
and runs thru . . . JULY 31, 2022
ATM NYC, 54E HENRY ST., LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC 10002


STIPAN TADIC, ‘Central Park’, 2022
oil on canvas / 78 x 60 in.
image via Instagram @stipan.tadic / Stipan Tadic


detail . . .


detail . . .


detail . . .
all 3 detail images via Instagram @stipan.tadic




~MELISSA BROWN . . ‘Nothing is to be done for William T. Wiley’ / PARKER GALLERY, L.A.

MELISSA BROWN . . has a truly awesome, wonder-full painting / in the big group show:
‘Nothing is to be done for William T. Wiley’,
PARKER GALLERY, 2441 Glendower Ave., LOS ANGELES, CA 90027
HRS: Wed-Sat / 12 – 6 PM

the show opened June 12, and continues thru . . AUGUST 6, 2022

see more about the exhibit: EXHIBITIONS-PARKER GALLERY


MELISSA BROWN, ‘Window with Bananas’, 2022.
Flashe, oil, acrylic on dibond / 32 x 50 in.
image via Instagram @boogiebrowntown / Melissa Brown