~ANDREW KASS: HBD . . SEAN VEGEZZI !!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – SEAN VEGEZZI . . SKY-WALKER.

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ANDREW KASS: SUMMERS NOT AS LONG AS IT USED TO BE — HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEAN
image via Instagram @andrewkass

ps: great photo . . Andrew Kass, very much digging the collage detail, on the right – too.




~TEKSERVE CLOSES / AUCTIONS . . COLLECTION TUES AUG 23/11am-7pm

it’s a sad day in NYC – we are losing another iconic shop.

it’s particularly sad news for me. TEKSERVE has been a long standing patron of artloversnewyork, ever since I first began posting my photos and art scene coverage on artnet, more than . . 14 years ago.

I’ve been really proud to post my photos and voice my thoughts under their banner – and I guess I’ll have to take it down, though I might leave it up for a few more months – as a kind of digital ‘ghost army ‘ homage.

getting that pay check was often my only source of income and it kept me going through, often raw and thin times. but it also kept me indie and I never . . sold out. the TEKSERVE banner was like the proverbial ‘carrot before the horse’ – it kept my camera and me running around – to keep the traffic numbers up – that kept the checks on coming.

it’s a sad day, and a sad New York: no more Pearl Paint, no more Other Music, no more Tekserve.

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the auction will take place . . .
next TUESDAY, AUG 23, 2016 / starting at 11am – and running through 7pm.
at the store: 119 West 23rd St just west of 6th Ave.
definitely – come by !!!!!

you can also bid online – if you can’t make it to the store in person.

there are also 2 previews at the store:
this SAT AUG 22, 2016 / 11am – 6pm
and MON AUG 22, 2016 / 9am – 6pm

you can see a preview online – where bidding has already started at: Rolandauctions.com

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online bidding on the TEKSERVE COLLECTION MAC MUSEUM 1984-2004 – is already past $30,000 !!

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also for sale: the unique custom-made display tables – made by UHURU Design from reclaimed wood from the original Coney Island Boardwalk.

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lots of vintage signage . . including these wonderful glass doors from the original SANDS CASINO in Las Vegas.

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there will be . . vintage radios, starting at $10, various cameras, including some old Polaroids, microphones, typewriters, telephones, televisions, video devices, test equipment, cases etc etc.

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PUSH TO TALK – RELEASE TO LISTEN !!!!!!!!!!

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lots of STAR WARS & other old movie and esp sci fi memorabilia . .
this is just a slice of the ‘scene’ behind the downstairs desk of . . TEKSERVE co-founder DICK DEMENUS, an avid collector.

ok, and here’s a head-up !!!

DICK & his visionary collection . . will be featured on an upcoming . . . HISTORY CHANNEL – ‘AMERICAN PICKERS’ !!!
I kid you – NOT !! and I heard FRANK & MIKE bought quite a number of items, too.
the episode has already been filmed, and will be aired sometime this NOV 2016 !!!!!
so: wow !!!!

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in fact, true his contrary, creative and yet scientific nature . . DICK had quite a jungle of live plants growing down there – flourishing under the artificial light, of the basement under the retail store.

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DICK DEMENUS, the co-founder of TEKSERVE.
at his ‘desk’.
we used to call him ‘the boss’ or . . ‘Domingos’ for that added ‘hood’ flair !!, it was a very diverse group – with great fondness.

I have to say . . true to form, he is a very ‘curious’, and talented ‘creative’ and again: contrarian . . . long live contrarians !!
who was the first to ‘get’ what would become, within another 2 decades – the dominating Mac revolution, and . . TEKSERVE, for a long time was the place to go – for all things APPLE.

as a vintage collector, and not just a tinker-er . . his passion for the history of things, and the future vision of all things sci-fi . . cannot be easily articulated in a few words, I mean: how many other bosses in this city . . look like they just walked off a space ship colony !!!

DICK, through TEKSERVE . . supported many important, innovative, independent, & future-leaning causes throughout the years, among them the green re-cycling of computer hardware, and a broad range of NPR radio shows, and independent podcasts.

artloversnewyork – is proud to have been a part of that family.

drop by the auction – this Tuesday, and see what I’m talking about !!
maybe you can score yourself – a piece of technical, sci-fi, or even – retro signage history.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, except for the Roland Auctions banner.




~ANDY CAHILL . . hits up COPENHAGEN

jokers, clowns & . . whack as crack !!

ANDY CAHILL, prob via his new bff/collector KAWS – who is also in the show & is repped by the gallery, is going . . megastar international.

CHARACTER

he’s got work in ‘CHARACTER’ – a big group show at trendy V1 GALLERY in COPENHAGEN, opening this FRI AUG 19, 2016 & continuing thru SEPT 17, 2016.

for the complete line-up & mission statement: current show – V1 GALLERY

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V1 GALLERY – COPENHAGEN – image via gallery website

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ANDY CAHILL . . at the recent ‘ANTHEM of the SUN’ opening. CANADA, NYC. Feb 20, 2016.
the intense-is-NOT-the-word !!, group show was organized by . . PALI KASKI.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

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one of 2 ANDY CAHILL paintings in the show:
‘LAMP PREY’, 2015 acrylic & crayon on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

to see more pix from the opening: ‘ANTHEM of the SUN’ – artlovers




~TO JOHNNY DEPP . . with love xxx Regelverk !!

TO JOHHNY DEPP: LOVE THAT – RIPPED MIDDLE FINGER DIPPED IN INK, WRITING ON THE MIRROR – STORY !!!

damn, now that’s what I call: an a-r-t-i-s-t !!!

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image via Instagram – @regelverk




~AARON JOHNSON, BEN TOLMAN & more . . BOOTH GALLERY, NYC – opening tonight SAT AUG 13

BOOTH GALLERY PRESENTS: “FOURTH WALL” . . .
a big group show with a big lineup – including . . . AARON JOHNSON and BEN TOLMAN
curated by CASEY GLEGHORN
OPENING TO-NITE – SAT AUG 13, 2016 / 7 PM
the show runs Aug 13 – Sept 10, 2016
BOOTH GALLERY – 325 W. 38th St (Store #1) midtown Manhattan, NYC

& it looks to be a real . . mind – blower & block – buster !!

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MERCEDES HELNWEIN, ‘Table’, oil pastel on paper, 44 x 66 in.
image courtesy BOOTH GALLERY WEBSITE

from the gallery:

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read more: FOURTH WALL – BOOTH GALLERY

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BEN TOLMAN: Canal (detail), 2016. ink on paper, 40 x 60 in. Debuting @boothgallery NYC,
‘The Fourth Wall’ exhibition opening Aug 13th #inkonpaper #shantytown
image via Instagram @bentolman

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AARON JOHNSON: New painting on paper, “walkin’ the walk” will be on view in the exhibition ‘Fourth Wall’ at Booth Gallery. Opening tonight 7pm in NYC.
Alongside works by Odd Nerdrum, Mercedes Helnwein, Will kurtz, Barnaby Whitfield, Chris Gulander, Mike Cockrill and etc.
image via Instagram @aaronjohnsonart

!! – looking to be a blow-out – !!

looks like – the Fall season 2016 – is already: A BLAZE !!!!!!!!!!!!




~TAYLOR McKIMENS . . STOIC YOUTH: new DEATH BY AUDIO live album / Sisters !!

STOIC YOUTH – HISTORY !!!!!!
DEATH BY AUDIO.

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taylormckimens: Honored to have my mural featured so prominently on the new ‘Death By Audio’ live album “Start Your Own Fucking Show Space”.
can’t wait to get this in my hands . .
reposted from @threeminuterule

he’s not the only own – wanting it !!!

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taylormckimens: the first appearance of these stoic youth heads was the mural behind the stage at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. Was sad to see it go but proud to have been a part of it!
Photo by @wlodarczyk
image via Instagram @taylormckimens

ps: artlovers reviewed SISTERS – ‘GHOST FITS’ – back in MAY of 2011 . . .

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‘SISTERS’ . . drummer MATT CONBOY, and AARON PFANNEBECKER guitar, play a raging set at EASTERN DISTRICT, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.
APRIL 29, 2010.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

check out: SISTERS – ‘GHOST FITS’ on the artlovers indie music review/archive

MATT CONBOY . . is local legend. MATT ran the DEATH BY AUDIO venue.
sadly, DEATH BY AUDIO got eaten up, translate: real estate displaced, by VICE.
or . . as we like to say: DEATH by VICE.

see: DEATH BY AUDIO.
see: DEATH BY AUDIO – pedal effects




~TAYLOR McKIMENS . . STOIC YOUTH / SWIZZ BEATZ NO COMMISSION NY

TAYLOR McKIMENS . . will have work in the SWIZZ BEATZ / BACARDI NO COMMISSION ART FAIR NY, opening tomorrow THURS AUG 11, 2016 at % PM & running thru SUN AUG 14, 2016/3 PM.
in the SOUTH BRONX.

see: NO COMMISSION – THE DEAN COLLECTION
see: NO COMMISSION – BACARDI OFFICIAL WEBSITE to register & for site info

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TAYLOR McKIMENS . .
in his Williamsburg, Brooklyn studio – just before he left for Greece, and further travels.
he’s now in LONDON !! heads up, all ya art lovin’ BRITS !!!
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, APRIL 13, 2016.

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TAYLOR McKIMONS, ‘On A Roll’, acrylic on canvas, 2015. 80 x 60 in.
from his . . epic STOIC YOUTH series.
(image courtesy of the artist)

this is the painting Taylor will be exhibiting in the SWIZZ BEATZ / BACARDI – NO COMMISSION NY ART FAIR, AUGUST 11-14, 2016.
it’s pretty large, just over 7 ft x 5 ft.

go, TAYLOR !!!!!!

see: TAYLOR McKIMENS STUDIO

you can follow Taylor’s trip & adventures: on Instagram @taylormckimens.




~PABLO POWER . . SWIZZ BEATZ NO COMMISSION NY

PABLO POWER . .
will have work in the SWIZZ BEATZ / BACARDI / NO COMMISSION NY ART FAIR, opening tomorrow THURS AUG 11, 2016 at 5 PM – running thru SUN AUG 14, 2016 at 3PM / in the South Bronx.

see: No Commission – The Dean Collection
see: NO COMMISSION ART FAIR – to register & get site info

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PABLO POWER with his ‘measuring cup’. . .
15 WARREN ST . . a SEAN VEGEZZI, ABIGAIL COHEN, ANDREW KASS DOWNTOWN POP-UP / a huge rebel outlaw underground show that celebrated New Year’s Eve 2014. it took place in a huge empty raw space downtown in TRIBECA, MANHATTAN, NYC & it blew everybody – away.
this is PABLO POWER (!!) at the opening, SAT DEC 28, 2013.

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PABLO POWER, standard 4 cup glass measuring cup & empty crack vials.

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funny, how crack vials – look like . . bullets.

see: PABLO POWER – WEBSITE

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~JOHN AHEARN . . SWIZZ BEATZ NO COMMISSION NY / Charles McGill & up-date: FRI AUG 12/11:34am

JOHN AHEARN . . will have work in the SWIZZ BEATZ / BACARDI – NO COMMISSION NY ART FAIR, taking place in the rapidly gentrifying South Bronx. & with all the tensions – that ensue.
opening tomorrow . .
THURS AUG 11, 2016 at 5 PM & running thru SUN AUG 14, 2016 – 3 PM.

see: No Commission / The Dean Collection
see: No Commission Bacardi – for show info/manifest

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JOHN AHEARN . . and CHARLES McGILL,
at Walter Robinson’s museum retrospective catalog signing, Max Fish Bar, Lower east side, NYC. Nov 8, 2015.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

see: John Ahearn website
see: Charles McGILL website

UP-DATE: FRI AUG 12, 2016 / 11:34 AM

KAWS just posted this photo of JOHN AHEARN portrait sculpture at NO COMMISSION NY

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kaws: Great John Ahearn portrait of @biotatscru at #nocommission part two in the #Bronx

image via Instagram @kaws




~TRICIA KEIGHTLEY . . STUDIO VISIT, BROOKLYN

MIND OVER MATTER – FANTASY MEETS PRECISION

A STUDIO VISIT WITH TRICIA KEIGHTLEY – BROOKLYN. FEB 20, 2016

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TRICIA KEIGHTLEY at her home / studio, in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn.
Sat Feb 20, 2016.

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TRICIA . . with one of her larger paintings.
now, that’s what I called . . a controlled ‘trip’, into the structural ‘unkown’.

ONE OF THE MOST FUN TIMES, I had last year was visiting the home/studio of TRICIA KEIGHTLEY and DANIEL DAVIDSON. it’s always an exceptional experience to see the work totally fresh, at the birthing place – where it’s made, and dreamed up, and . . in context. it’s also a rare look behind the lifestyle, and into the reality of a Brooklyn existence.
part those old school Brooklyn brick walls, here we come.

so:

TRICIA and DANIEL co-exist in a small apt/condo niche that has two floors. the top floor, on the ground level of the small apartment – now condo building, is for living. the bottom level is for their 2 studios.
a determined, and focused harmony speaks quietly, throughout.

this is the entry living room, very spare and modernist in temperament – it’s a perfect foil for one of Tricia’s larger minimalist ‘fantasy’ canvases. very flat, but still strange, and even trippy. though in a ‘precision of the mind & hand’ – kind of way.
as opposed to say full-on . . psychedelia.
and therein lies – the beauty.
kind of like . . spiky plants vs. white-washed brick walls !!

the paint looks to be applied very very flat, but actually close-up & in person – there is brushwork, a very subtle world dwells within.

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another of Tricia’s canvases graces the kitchen – close-by.
it’s a super efficient floor plan.

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downstairs, a short flight down a circular staircase:
Tricia in her studio – very efficient, compact and yet still – very much a work in progress.

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close-up of a drawing on the table. the hands-on expression – is very flat, very detailed, very mechanical. but totally suffused from/within the soul – of her imagination.

MOEBIUS and future vision – did come to mind.
as did architectural toys & . . funny thing: TRAVEL !!
gears & geometric shapes – all in flat planes. with wheels, and levers, wing flaps and strange knobs. matte colors, directional ‘clues’, as in the mechanical levers – add some perspective, but all in all – shapes with no shadows ?
this a hot air balloon, without the ‘hot’. everything is on the down-low and cool – but the imagination . . rumbles.
it’s the mind – that sparks up.

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a small canvas nearby.
vintage TINKER TOY sets – anybody ?

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detail of painting above.

I really like . .

1. how architectural/mechanical & ‘real’ it all seems, like a blueprint. yet is so . . ‘unknown’.
2. the spatial concepts
3. the mechanical aspect
4. the super ‘mixed’ hues & color pigments. the matteness.
5. the draftsmanship
6. it never falls off – into surrealism, or cartoon narrative, or indeed any specific story, or mood. nor descends into abstract expressionism, gloop-iness, or ‘collage’, for even a second. no ‘primitive’ ‘fruit’ ‘shark’ ‘watermelon’ trending here.
7. it flies it’s own . . course. literally.

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anybody else know what Tinker Toys are ?
as opposed to say: Legos. or wooden Lincoln log sets.
but what I really meant to say, was: dig those KNOBS !!
all playing about on a very flat, very shallow surface. re: depth.

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back to that drawing board of a table: skills.

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precision drawing of the endless . . imagination.

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the moment you start to realize . . some are less about architectural rendering, they are actually designs, blue-prints for . . . sci-fi vehicles.

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real-life mechanical . . inspiration.

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industrial . . yes !!

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a work in progress . . .

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jars and tiny tubs of paint – attest to the ‘mixing’ going on – those are not just your standard 3 primary colors – !!

IN FACT: this work is just as much about the one-on-one, custom-made ‘toned-down’ pigment & paint hues, – as it is . . about the mechanical rendering & the fantasy trippin’ (lightly).

come to think of it: ‘lightly’ rhymes with .. KEIGHTLEY – !!

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jars & jars & probably years & years, of . . home-made color hue mixing . .
getting it just . . right-ley !!

precision ‘coloring’ – is the absolute key to these works, and why they work so well, even though they are so ‘flat’.
and ‘flat’ – is way harder than you think.
that’s why they say . . super-flat !! as out of Japan, and going back to their traditional woodblock prints.

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mechanical . . woodblock – color field ?

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mechanical color field of the sunshine of the mind – in Tricia’s head.
precision of the imagination . . jump-off.
bikes for Mars ?
the beauty of the grid meets the flight . . of the Keightley go-lightly – imagination.

for more background, CV, & images, see: TRICIA KEIGHTLEY – ARTIST WEBSITE

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH