~JIM JOE VS LEWY . . more pix: & . . . . IT WASN’T ME . . feat. SHELDON SILVER & ABY ROSEN

WHO, me ? – a piece of dirt ?!!

JIM JOE VS LEWY – ‘PIECE OF DIRT’ – MORE PIX FROM THE OPENING.
APRIL, 1, 2016.
the show ran APRIL 1 – APRIL 10, 2016.
48 BOWERY, CHINATOWN POP-UP.

see: JIM JOE VS LEWY – dedicated website
in a word – the best Chinatown pop-up since last June’s . . . ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: DAN ASHER, SIMON CERIGO and . . NANCY SMITH’ (2015).
(yes. a relative, lol).

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LUIS ORTIZ . . checks out the industrial hardware, coppery wires and metal hooks – of the gorgeous install.
which was quite elaborate, sleek, minimal & industrial looking.
quite a pro job by producer . . . PARIS VENTURE – for a 10 day pop-up.
these guys are serious.

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LUIS ORTIZ.
Partner Relationship Manager, Collectrium
CHRISTIE’S

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GAZOO / TO THE MOON, and FRANK APE / BRANDON SINES
see: @gazootothemoon
see: FUSE – ‘INTERVIEW: Street Artist Gazoo Left the Music Industry Behind’, April 28, 2016
see: @frank_ape / SINES ART

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘WRONG VS REASON’.
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 48 INCHES
($4,500 USD)

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detail, JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘WRONG VS REASON’.

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detail, JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘WRONG VS REASON’.

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘ETHICS VS MORALS’.
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 48 INCHES
($4,500 USD)

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detail, JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘ETHICS VS MORALS’.

IT WASN’T ME . . .

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Former State Assembly Speaker SHELDON SILVER . . gets 12 years in prison for corruption.
“Here’s the thing about corruption”, U.S. District Judge VALERIE CAPRONI said as she imposed the sentence, “It makes the public very cynical.” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. WED MAY 4, 2016 (TODAY).
PHOTO: KEVIN HAGEN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

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BIG TIME ART COLLECTOR, ABY ROSEN SETTLES ART TAXES EVASION CASE.
“Aby Rosen has agreed to pay $7 million to settle allegations that he failed to pay sales and use taxes on art purchased by two of his companies . . According to the attorney general’s office, Mr. Rosen used two companies .. to purchase more than $80 million worth of art between 2002 and 2015…
Purchased works in the case include a $9.1 million painting by JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, a $5.3 million piece by ROY LICHENSTEIN, and works by ANDY WARHOL, DAMIEN HIRST and CY TWOMBLY, among others.”
“We are committed to rooting out tax abuses wherever we find them, especially in the art world” . . the attorney general said.

for all the fascinating details, read: ‘Settlement Reached In Art Taxes Case – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, MAY 4, 2016 (TODAY)
http://www.wsj.com/articles/aby-rosen-settles-tax-evasion-case-for-7-million-1462299474#:0fGrPmmIDOyyoA

the press announcement coincidentally, probably NOT !!
timed to the . . big FRIEZE ART FAIR, in NYC this weekend.
that should put a slight chill – on things.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~JIM JOE VS LEWY . . ‘PIECE OF DIRT’ / CHINATOWN POP-UP / OPENING PIX: PART 1

STICK VS BUBBLE ? not !!
it was a . . . COLLABORATION !!!

JIM JOE VS LEWY / COLLABORATIVE DRAWINGS 2014 – 2016 / ‘PIECE OF DIRT’
48 BOWERY – CHINATOWN POP-UP, DOWNTOWN NYC
the show opened FRI NITE APRIL 1, 2016
and ran daily til APRIL 10, 2016 / 12-5 PM.

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48 BOWERY, the former home of a famous Dim Sum palace.

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TAYLOR McKIMENS . . looking as wonderfully raw & ‘distressed’ – as the show.

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they scrubbed, maybe power washed the walls, but the resultant ‘camo’ of layers . . the residue of history remains. nice. patina.
and a great offset . . to the all-white canvases / black line drawings.

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘BOY VS ROAD’
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 48 INCHES
($4,500 USD)

they say the ‘thick’ lines (bubble, bubble) are the handiwork of LEWY, and the thin lines are by JIM JOE, (stick, stick – you pick).

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘TRAVEL VS ROCK’.
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 38 INCHES
($4,500 USD)

some pieces have words, some don’t. all are strange and disquieting.
and quiet. many many waters run deep – as the saying goes.

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OLIVIA BALLARD, SAMUEL PUGLIA, JONATHAN PUGLIA.

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SPENCER TULLIS. Spencer been making some pretty harsh DIY films lately.
can’t help but think back to his stupendous, towering diy folk art mama, in the 15 WARREN ST / New Years Eve – 2014 (huge group) show.
and, then the masterly & exquisite hyper0real blow-out Egyptian time-traveler of 170 SUFFOLK, June 2014.

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MATT JACKSON, was also featured in that first 170 SUFFOLK knock-down . .
paintings of some kind of small poppy-like, pop art flowers – on some kind of distressed background.
in a better word: super distressed romantic.

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JACK IRVING, TOMMY MALEKOFF.
JACK IRVING also had a piece in the 170 SUFFOLK show. a kind of huge smashed-up . . car ?
looked great against the cinder block walls.

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DANE ‘DIRT’ & CHLOE LLORET . . .
DIRT is kind of the bad boy leader-of-the pack, or at least of the party. & a brilliant, in his own way, maker of very brief, but very cool/casual, on the lowdown . . short films.
check out @danedirt

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PARIS VENTURE and . . photographer, filmmaker ANDREW KASS.
Andrew also had a great install in the 170 SUFFOLK show, a pay telephone . . . yep.
and a ‘grinning’ coffin in 15 WARREN.

while PARIS is apparently – the true blue behind-the-scenes key ‘grip’ of the scene, being the ‘producer’ who has the architectural skills, know-how & creative design eyeball . . who produced (hands-on) & designed this show, and also I believe 170 SUFFOLK, and prob 15 WARREN, as well.
very quiet, very visionary. no wonder their shows come across so well.
serious skills. beyond the beyond. way beyond the ordinary, for sure.

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘HAMMER VS EGG’.
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 48 INCHES
($4,500 USD)

this one says: ‘The return of the Past’.
that’s the hand of LEWY.

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JIM JOE VS LEWY – great install by PARIS VENTURE . . against a very raw backdrop.
poetic & steel-ey.
edge-y.

note the canvas hanging hardware at the top. the show was designed & managed perfectly, and in fact beyond all expectation. mesh with the surroundings, flush with the works.

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install by PARIS VENTURE.

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the view to the ceiling. often a cause for despair in a pop-up. not here.

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the view to the floor. beyond the beyond. mesmerizing.

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JIM JOE VS LEWY, ‘PONY VS HORSE’
OIL ON CANVAS, 36 x 48 INCHES
($4,500)

drama, drama, drama. fork in the road.

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talk about ‘pouring on’ the metaphors.
life is a comic / tragedy.
nobody is arguing with that.

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YES, DUDE.

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you go your way, I’ll go – mine.

see: JIM JOE VS LEWY – DEDICATED WEBSITE
http://www.jimjoevslewy.com/

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~JIM JOE . . install shot by ANDREW KASS / & some throwback to . . Simon

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looks to be an early installation shot of the JIM JOE show, ‘LOOK MEANS MEMORIZE’ opening at THE HOLE to-night / Thurs April 28, 2016
great photo.
everything is in simple mode synch, but DEEP.
and the lighting is, well . . gorgeous. sunrise. sunset. whatever.
good lighting & strong words, throw in some handmade calligraphy – and it’s one damn good milk shake, by any name.

Photo by: ANDREW KASS, via Instagram – @andrewkass.
nice . . . ‘like a rainbow’.

ps: words for the old crew, lol.
this makes me laugh, because . . it reminds me of Simon, in a few brief phrases.
SIMON, SIMON CERIGO, RIP – had a pink rubber eraser I found among his papers.
it said: ‘TIME WILL ERASE MY MISTAKES’ . . !!
as if, but I guess there’s always – hope.
where’s the emoji – for that ?

long live . . UNDER THE VOLCANO !!




~JIM JOE . . opening to-nite

JIM JOE – ‘LOOK MEANS MEMORIZE’
opns THURS APRIL 28, 2016 /6-9 PM
the show runs thru MAY 22, 2016
THE HOLE, NYC – 312 Bowery / Downtown, Lower East Side

this is JIM JOE’s 2nd solo show at the gallery.

more info . . on the show: JIM JOE – THE HOLE

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~ASHLEY EPPS . . POSSESSIONS – OPENS THIS SAT / DRESS SHOP, BUSHWICK

ASHLEY EPPS – ‘POSSESSIONS’
opens this SAT APRIL 30, 2016 / 6-10 PM
prob runs thru MAY 21, 2016
DRESS SHOP GALLERY, 322 TROUTMAN ST, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN

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ASHLEY EPPS, installation view
Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts MFA Thesis Show, Spring 2016.
mixed media, 2016.
above image courtesy of the artist

definite check out: ASHLEY EPPS – website

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ASHLEY EPPS . . at the DRESS SHOP ‘Quarterly’ opening, in Brooklyn. March 26, 2016.

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ASHLEY EPPS, big raw Texan energy: don’t turn yr back – on me !!
or . . I’ll see you in – hell.

I bet !!!!!!!!

PHOTOS of ASHLEY EPPS: NANCY SMITH




~JOE BRADLEY . . ‘KRASDALE’

JOE BRADLEY, ‘Krasdale’ is now up at GAGOSIAN GALLERY – 980 MADISON AVE, NYC
the show runs APRIL 2 – MAY 3, 2016
see: JOE BRADLEY – ‘KRASDALE’

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JOE BRADLEY . . one of the sculptures in ‘Krasdale’, Gagosian Gallery, NYC
‘TBT’, 2016. Bronze. 27 x 18 x 11-1/4 in.
edition of 4 + 1 AP.

this one is quite obvious, but that’s the deal with Joe;s work, how he can twist the F out of obvious.
I like how it breaks down into a bottomline code, for humanity. and even, the best drive or evolutionary instinct within human-ity.
it’s kind of a 3D pictogram or hieroglyph.

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JOE BRADLEY, ‘TBT’, 2016.
wood, 13-1/2 x 18-1/2 x 7-1/2 in.
edition of 4 + 1 AP

if I were able to fork out the big chunk of green backs ($$$) these pieces prob commando, this would be the one I’d get. I like the lightbulb one above very much, and it’s very elegant. If you had one of his more messy, expressionist abstract paintings, such as those in the GBE show: ‘Lotus Beaters’ of a few years back – you might pick this one & that would definite rock . . in context.
but just in the vacuum of pure thought – this is the one I would plunk my mini fortune down on. its got such a great, ‘so damn’ ugly edge.
plus it’s just a broader metaphor – to reach for, plus it’s funnie. as opposed to elegant.
plus its . . . wood ? bow wow.

images via GAGOSIAN GALLERY WEBSITE

ps: for our foreign friends: ‘Krasdale’ is a brand of cheap, lower end corporate + prob modified the hell out of, mostly super processed food ‘stuff’ – found in lower end stores & grocery chains in NYC and beyond. your typical NYC bodega would carry Krasdale items. low end macaroni and cheese, anybody.
food for thought, not normally. but in Joe’s hands . . . yes.




~JOE BRADLEY: Cheeseburger – archival photo from 2003

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JOE BRADLEY, left – frontman of the indie art band CHEESEBURGER . . .
with bandmates, LUKE CROTTY & CHRISTY KARACAS – at a KENNY SCHACHTER / ROVE pop-up at CAPITALE, a downtown bar+event venue, NYC – Summer 2003.
fun fact: Joe’s band / performance ‘stage’ name was: Malibu Von.

PHOTO: NANCY SMITH. JULY 24, 2003.

note: this is a copyright-protected photo.
please do not use without prior written permission.




~DRESS SHOP: QUARTERLY . . last weekend, Brooklyn

last weekend to catch . . .

the DRESS SHOP GALLERY RESIDENTS – GROUP SHOW: ‘QUARTERLY’
the show runs till SUN APRIL 23, 2016
DRESS SHOP GALLERY, 322 Troutman St, Bushwick, Brooklyn

featuring the work of:

EMMANUEL LIMON, THERESA FREISS, ERIK SCHONBEEK, PAUL BERGERON, ANNA SOUVOROV & KATIE BRANHAM

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left: EMMANUEL LIMON, right: ANNA SOUVOROV
image courtesy Dress Shop Gallery on facecbook




~Penny Pinch, Lucky Gnome . . street art Chicago

#mood

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Penny Pinch, Penny Pinch, Lucky Gnome – Wheat paste, Street Art Chicago
via Instagram @billycraven – Billy Craven




~Bandit . . street art Chicago

#mood

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BANDIT, Stencil art, street art Chicago
via Instagram @Billycraven – Billy Craven