~DACHAL CHOI, EMILY WANG & CICI WU . . ‘LOOKING INTO SPOTLESS RAIN’ / ASSEMBLY ROOM

‘LOOKING INTO SPOTLESS RAIN’ – CURATED BY YULIA TOPCHIY
DACHAL CHOI, EMILY WANG, CICI WU
OPENED . . FRI NOV 30
the show runs thru . . JAN 19, 2019
ASSEMBLY ROOM, 191 HENRY ST., LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC 10002
HRS: WED-SUN 12 – 6 PM

ASSEMBLY ROOM . . .
is a new indie / curator-run storefront gallery / project space on Henry St. in the L.E.S.
aiming to be . . “a platform for independent women curators” – the space invites Both diversity and community / as well as offering “open calls” . . for ideas & programming.
The space opened this past SEPT 2018 & this is only their 3rd show – I was quite engaged by the 3 young artists at their opening.

read more about: the 3 co-founders – PAOLA GALLIO, NATASHA BECKER, YULIA TOPCHIY


DACHAL CHOI . . at the opening.
born in Seoul, KOREA, her work questions . . “instability and uncertainty within individuals and the societies of which they are members . . .”
~ASSEMBLY ROOM


DACHAL CHOI . .
‘Untitled (After Eutheria)’, 2018.
mouse trap, engraved metal, silicone, resin, hair & RFID chips.
dimensions variable.

I found it intriguing that this was a ‘grouping’, and yet so stone cold.
and yet . . so dark and curious. the small scale, as well as the fact that most of the sculptural grouping, lay on the floor . . led to audience / interactive impulses. so imaginative, so ‘narrative’, & yet exceptionally . . industrial at heart / but, with a cachet of magic & ancestral fables (the long black pony tail) at heart. dark heart ? playful, IDK.
I also half- expected the metal boxes – to get up, and skitter away . . on nano-robotic feet !!


so, I later read that the cold steel / metal boxes were actual mouse traps – which only intensified the context / and amplified logic of the floor setting.


a friend of the artist, told me at the opening . . that the resin ‘mini-sculptures’ were “3-D” print-outs of Brancusi sculptures.
again, the implied poetry and, the industrial level . . both – raised up a BIG, couple of notches.


though, vs Brancusi (‘The Kiss’), overall, I did feel overall, there was a deep, sad heart at play here.


I guess you should go walk amongst this . . mini-sculpture park for yourself, get lost in reverie, sensuousness. and technical abandon / & come to your own . . conclusions.


EMILY WANG, in front of her large watercolor.
both an artist and a musician, Ms. Wang performs under her solo project Lima Rei, and with the band Dies Smely.


EMILY WANG, ‘At the edge of time’, 2018.
watercolor, pencil, charcoal, oil on paper.
46 x 34 in.

again, this is really something you need to get up close and personal with / to experience at the fullest. secrets & emotions . . run subtle, deep and powerful in this show.
“spotless rain” . . . ???


detail, EMILY WANG, ‘At the edge of time’.
there was also a very ‘technical’ side to this piece as well, all was not . . poetry.
the subtle / powerful yin yang / give & take . . technique of watercolor painting, vs the effect of ‘colored’ oil paint on paper, the effect of water, equated the presence of passing time.
passing thoughts: brush in hand / in free-fall.


CICI WU, a large and seemingly . . fragile hanging.
Cici Wu was born in Beijing, and raised in Hong Kong.
Her work has been exhibited at 47 Canal, as well as other venues, both here and abroad.
She has been the co-organizer of an artist-run residency & exhibition space, PRACTICE, since 2015.


one gets the sense of fragile, yet ready-made / strong and sturdy despite the willow-i-ness. plastic is indestructible, and though (organic) flowers do come and go, flowers hopefully, will always . . bloom.
a happy thought to depart on. & a sense one gets about all 3 of these young women.


a cosmic diagram in a basket ?
the power of the life force / the universe, the creative impulse ?
the tantric road map. the signs that a pencil can make.
let’s hope so !! or maybe, then again . . . not.


grounded !! humbled.
the kite / the ribbon. the thought ‘balloon’ . . is tethered to the floor.
what does this say, about our humanity & shared experiences.., limitations and also genetic ‘common sense’ / despite our diversity and very different origins.


PAOLA GALLIO, NATASHA BECKER & YULIA TOPCHIY – the 3 co-founders of ASSEMBLY ROOM.
Yulia Topchiy . . curated ‘Looking into Spotless Rain’ / their 3rd show.

‘Looking into Spotless Rain’ . . is up thru JAN 19, 2019.




~HELLEN JO . . POSTER / CALA 2018 / COMIC ARTS LOS ANGELES / THIS WEEKEND DEC 8 & 9

MEANWHILE . . in L.A.

HELLEN JO . . made the great poster !!!

def, check out: COMIC ARTS LA

def, check out: HELLEN JO – ARTIST WEBSITE & STORE




~DAN MANDELBAUM, MARVIN GARDENS . . UNTITLED / MIAMI / LAST DAY

the smallest for last / calm down.
just joking.
writing an art blog is like being a mini-pilot / on a high flying drone.
B2 BOMBER ?!!!

DAN MANDELBAUM – SCULPTURE
MARVIN GARDENS – UNTITLED ART FAIR, MIAMI – BOOTH B2


DAN MANDELBAUM – SCULPTURES
image via Instagram @marvin_gardens
BOOTH PHOTOS BY DAN BRADICA / @danbradica




~MELISSA BROWN . . in ‘The Strangeness Will Wear Off’ / DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY, MIAMI / OPENING SAT DEC 8

‘The Strangeness Will Wear Off’ – BIG GROUP SHOW !!
incl: MELISSA BROWN
OPENS TO-NITE / SAT DEC 8 / 7 – 10 PM
the show runs thru . . JAN 31, 2019
DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY, 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 300, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Art Basel Week HRS: Dec 5 – 9th / 10 AM – 6 PM

more about: ‘The Strangeness Will Wear Off’ – DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY


image via DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY




~TOM SACHS . . NASA CHAIR / WORLD WIDE WEB / ORDER YOURS NOW !! THE CLOCK IS TICKING !!

lol, meanwhile b-i-g switch-up . . from car travel – to SPACE !!

from $250 to . . $1,000 / but, s-t-i-l-l worth every penny !!

if I had $200 x 5 !!!!!!!

Bad Boy, TOM SACHS . .
is offering up a limited release of his NASA ‘chair’, for $1,000. a pop.
limited time only . . .
“available for 24 hrs on our webstore” / and, the clock started ticking 35 mins. ago. FRI DEC 7 2018 – 12:43 PM

def, check out: TOM SACHS / STORE / NASA chair & where you can order YOURS !!


image via Instagram @tomsachs

@tomsachs: Space program / NASA Chair, 2012
Mars ‘Flown’ Chairs available for 24 hrs on our webstore.
Limited release of Samsonite Model 2250 Mission Control and audience NASA chairs.
Each 31.25″ x 17.25″ Samsonite folding chair was used during the mission (i.e. ‘flown’ that took two astronauts
to the surface of Mars at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC 2012.
Each High Density Polyethylene (H.O.P.E.) and zinc plated, powder coated steel chair is made in U.S.A.
screen printed with NASA, and and labeled with an individual hero’s name and unique serial number.
Chairs contain dust from the Martian surface, and signs of use.
No choices, no returns.
Signed by the artist.
Each NASA chair comes with “Chairs” zine.
Published July 12, 2012

NASA Chair
($1,000.00)


TOM SACHS SWISS PASSPORT DESK

def, see: TOM SACHS WEBSITE

FROM THE ARTLOVERS ARCHIVE: JAN 21, 2003 !!!! 15 YEARS – AGO !!!!


TOM SACHS at his NUTSY’S INSTALLATION / BOHEN FOUNDATION, JAN 21, 2003
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH




~MELISSA BROWN . . LIMITED EDITION PRINT / NADA & ABSOLUT ART. / MIAMI

KNOCK-OUT.

“I get obsessed with the way a mundane experience can suddenly take on a universal symbolic meaning.”

read more: ‘Rear View Mirror’ by MELISSA BROWN / ABSOLUT ART.


image via Instagram @boogiebrowntown

MELISSA BROWN, ‘Rear View Mirror’, 2018
linoleum cut print / 15.7 x 19.7 in.
limited edition of 15 / signed & numbered / archival ink jet print
($275)

FROM THE ARTLOVERS ARCHIVE: 14 years ago !!!!!


MELISSA BROWN, ‘ROWDY REMIX’ opening, Bill Brady / ATM Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC. MAY 29, 2004
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

oh yeah, Melissa may project ‘buttoned-down’ and ‘straight-forward/, lol
but def, there’s a big crazy & wild heart – beating inside.

see: ARTNET, SPRING 2004 – for the original report.




~TOKEN / PRESENTS: ‘GOOD TASTE’ . . incl. PETER SUTHERLAND, JOE GARVEY, CHASE HALL & JULIAN KLINCEWICZ / NYC POP-UP / MIAMI OPENS WED DEC 5

ALL THE POWER – TO YA.

OPENING PARTY – TONIGHT !!

PERFORMANCE BY: JULIAN KLINCEWICZ

‘GOOD TASTE’
curated by KATJA HORVAT & PAIGE SILVERIA
presented by: TOKEN / NYC Pop-Up Shop / see: tokentokentoken.nyc/
Miami Design District
3802 NE, 1st Ave
Miami, FL / Florida
OPENS WED DEC 5 / 6 – 9 PM
show runs DEC 6 – 9, 2018
HRS: 12 pm – 6 pm

GOOD TASTE . . . is a group exhibition platform – curated by KATJA HORVAT & PAIGE SILVERIA


FLYER via Instagram @paigesilveria

JULIAN KLINCEWICZ . .
is a multi-disciplinary artist based out of . . SAN DIEGO

def, listen: JULIAN KLINCEWICZ – SOUNDCLOUD


JULIAN KLINCEWICZ . .
IMAGE VIA SOUNDCLOUD/JULIAN KLINCEWICZ

def, yes: MY FAV !!
PLAY THIS: GLIMMER OF HOPE / JULIAN KLINCEWICZ – SOUNDCLOUD




~TAYLOR McKIMENS . . EXUBERANT, RUSTY OLE SPRAY PAINT CAN / plus: GREAT INTERVIEW on OLD PAL !!

RE-PURPOSED, OLD RUSTY SPRAY PAINT CAN / TAKE 2 !!

and, if you can find anything, anything !! anywhere – near as close to that glorious painting – in Miami this weekend / all the power to ya.


TAYLOR McKIMENS. .
just posted this great rendition / of a ‘re-purposed’, spray paint can !! / on IG !!
acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 in.
image via Instagram @taylormckimens

there’s also a great & extensive interview . . with TAYLOR that just popped up, on the OLD PAL . . JOURNAL !!!!
def, check it out: TAYLOR McKIMENS – OLD PAL
lots of great pix, too.


image via: TAYLOR McKIMENS – JOURNAL / OLD PAL


OLD PAL – LOGO

you . . got a great logo – we are putting it out there !!
artlovers is just as much about great graphic design, as it is GREAT ART & catching the mark – on the market / art market.
whatever.

damn, I so much liked what Charlie Finch used to call me – CRACKULA !!
sooooo much better than what Walter Robinson called me, but things being what they are: unfair.
and watered ? Waltered (!!) down.
art lovers – stuck.
we are talking: artnet – golden years 2002-2004.

& A HERE’S A LIL OLE . . . GOLDIE !!

FROM THE ARTLOVERS ARCHIVE – 15 YEARS AGO – SUMMER 2003 !!!!!!

A PRETTY MUCH, STILL PRETTY MUCH UNKNOWN . . . TAYLOR McKIMENS.
with an early one of his ‘hamburger’ paintings – behind him.
KENNY SCHACTER DOWNTOWN POP-UP / JULY 24, 2003
at CAPITAL.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH




~LOW BROW ARTIQUE . . RUSTY, OLE SPRAY PAINT CAN / ‘SUCCULENT’ PLANTERS

IN-YOUR-FACE / DIY . . TAKE 2 !!!!

UP-CYCLE . . THOSE RUSTY OLD SPRAY PAINT CANS !!

LOW BROW ARTIQUE
143 CENTRAL AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, NY 11221
HRS: WED-FRI 12-8 PM / SAT+SUN 11-7 PM
CLOSED MON +TUES / WINTER


@lowbrow_nyc: “Fucking white people with their arts & crafts…
Now making a bunch of these. For sale in the shop.”
image via Instagram @lowbrow_nyc

only $20 !! a pop !! / & NOT an edition.

damn. I had to get me one !!!
is the friggin’ L train running ?
yes . . it’s Thanksgiving weekend !! Praise the Lord.
I’m on !! Jersey to Bushwick . . in a hard-core heartbeat.

everything is so damn fraught . . today.
bring on the DAMN . . DIY !!!

the more in-your-face, and HOMIER !! the BETTER !!!
radical contrarians unite . .
in a new age of rebel arts & crafts !!!

Red rover, red rover, let the insider / outsiders . . . take over.


right in the heart of still authentic Bushwick – a rebel heart grows.


re-purposed rusty old SPRAY CANS bearing succulents – line one shelf.


a seed grows in . . Brooklyn


a radical ‘graff’ artist & purveyor of Spray paint supplies . . blossoms into a pop-up pocket DIY gardener.


take an old empty spray paint can.
the rusting is accelerated by an immersive water bath, first.
then . . “let them dry. Spray (the interior) with a clear varnish by either 94 or Gold.”
then throw in some dirt, & a baby succulent, and you are good to go.


this one is . . . mine.
best $20 – ever !!!!!


BISHOP.
artist/store owner. entrepreneur and . . gardener.
damn, check out the rows & rows . .
of color tonality on the wall / if that ain’t . . ‘pretty little maids all in a row’ / OG ‘garden’ metaphor !!
I don’t know what is.

oh yeah. somebody on your list, wants this.
so, take that brisk trek over to outer Bushwick,
take that lonely $20 bill in your pocket, and fork it over. no brainer.

or better yet, if you are flush.
pull that dirty, well-worn, w-i-d-e elastic band, off that wad of $20s, or if it’s:
Real-fake Basquiat forger / Alfredo Martinez style $100 bills burning a hole in your pocket /
my sincere advice is: flash the cash,
peel off those greenbacks . . & buy out the store.

def, check out: LOW BROW ARTIQUE

they have other merch, including logo t-shirts, graff-centered artworks, Boundless Brooklyn water tower & billboard kits, ink markers and, hands-dpwn,
. . “the largest aerosol color selection on the east coast.”
to peer upon that wall of cans, is to tremble / every time.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH / logos: LOW BROW ARTIQUE




~DEVIN TROY . . COLOURED PUBLISHING / CLAY PIPES & . . . !!!

IN-YOUR-FACE . . .
GLORIOUSLY OVER-THE-TOP, WICKED / BOLD & BEAUTIFUL.

IT’S NOT JUST THE SOCIAL POLITICS BUT, THE ‘VICTORY’.
THE ‘VICTORIOUS’ TRANSCENDING . . of the CULTURE, GENRE & ART HISTORY, that went before.
trampled. done. over.
I dunno, maybe that is .. politics ?
well, it damn well puts art history – in it’s place, anyways.
I’m for anything / but most esp. anything supremely ‘outsider/insider’. heavy with the w-i-t, & flat-out . . inspired.

plus . . it’s FUNCTIONAL.

most of these are already sold-out, so duh, it seems,
I’M not, the lonely & only . . one.

‘CULTURAL RECEPTACLE’ – SOLD OUT !! / was $250 ea.
HAND-MADE by DEVIN TROY STROUTHER / & founder of COLOURED PUBLISHING.
one-of-a-kind . . . NOT AN EDITION !!
‘GLAZED CERAMIC . . THAT FUNCTIONS AS AN ASHTRAY’, 6 x 5-7/8 x 1-1/8 in.
images via . . ‘CERAMICS – COLOURED PUBLISHING’

def, check out: CERAMICS . . COLOURED PUBLISHING

there are still some “PIPES” – LEFT !!


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image via ‘CERAMICS – COLOURED PUBLISHING’
to order, check out: Cultural Inspiration – COLOURED PUBLISHING

DEF, CHECK OUT: COLOURED PUBLISHING, BOOKS, etc