~WALTER ROBINSON . . summer heat !!

JEFFREY DEITCH . . presented a mini-retrospective of Walter’s work, this past SEPT 2016.
in his large space on Wooster St. in Soho.
it really helped move Walter’s work . . up the food chain.

here’s 2 shots from that landmark exhibit:


WALTER ROBINSON . . early spin paintings, 1986.
enamel on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Walter’s spin paintings . . are SO !! friggin’ off the chart !!
so friggin’ intense – they seem to predict . . . CGI / digital animation.


WALTER ROBINSON . . acrylic on bed sheet paintings, 96 x 66 in.
pulp fiction themes / Walter’s signature genre.
these seem to be the paintings, which Vito is showing in his St. Moritz / high-end digs right now.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~WALTER ROBINSON: REVENGE OF THE UNDER-RATED

LOL: bet Walter is on speed dial, now . . with his new BFF Julian (Schnabel) !!

these are some of the many early, Walter Robinson paintinings, me and R.I.P. hubby SIMON CERIGO, . . owned back in the early 80s . .


WALTER ROBINSON, ‘Revenge’, 1982. acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 in.
PHOTO: HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN, MD


SIMON CERIGO, R.I.P . . at Kate or Theo’s kiddie birthday party, ca. 1988 ?
note the WALTER ROBINSON canvas to his left.


back in the day:
Kate, me (NANCY SMITH) and SIMON CERIGO – in our storefront at 5 Rivington St, just up from the Bowery.
Lower East Side, NYC. ca. 1991.
note the WALTER ROBINSON canvas – to the top right.


we even had a WALTER ROBINSON ‘pharmaceutical’ painting in our kitchen. ca. 1994.

ARCHIVAL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH – UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED




~WALTER ROBINSON . . going GREEN !!! / via VITO SCHNABEL

as in very, VERY VERY GREEN.

as in . . . mucho green backs / $$$$$$$$$$ !!

via VITO !!

SCHNA-BEL: ring, ring / bling, bling can’t be far behind !!

looks like there’s no – stopping Walter, now !!

LISA ROSEN aka @fineartrestoration / Walter’s wife . . just posted this image yesterday to Instagram.
yep, Vito rhymes with . . . mucho – dough.
and plenty of it, and mostly blue chip.
and plus, it’s Art Basel week / so multiply that all, by a good factor, like a 1,000 ?


@fineartrestoration: #walterrobinson #vitoschnabelshow #StMoritz
Walter’s hotel room view. (!!) (!!) (!!)

GO WALTER – take ’em crusty ole rich guys, down !!

see: VITO SCHNABEL GALLERY, St. Moritz




~YUSUKE HANAI . . sing like a bird, not.


YUSUKE HANAI / image: Seeing Things Gallery

I see they are dusting off the Cold War era . . nuke shelters.
not, a good sign.
whatever are they thinking ? Bikini Atoll is still inhabitable, more than 60 years on.
see: ‘This is where the govt will Hide & even start a new civilization’ . . NEW YORK POST

I saw a documentary this weekend on Native American basket making, also . .
not, a good sign.
the master craftsman/artist basket weaver said that . . the 2 trees that are essential for the weaving strips, used since the beginning of Native times, are the ash and the birch tree.
both trees are under assault by deadly, invasive out-of-control & prob beyond control (!!) micro beetles. genocide of trees is the catch-phrase.
see: ‘An insect that has killed’. . Observer
he didn’t seem that concerned, because he added . . only about 1/4 of the trees around where he lives, have been destroyed – so far.

how much longer til they are all gone ?
2 years ?
4 years ?
25 years ? I bet 25 years tops it.

new age plastic weaving strips – up next.

I don’t even want to speculate . . on nuclear winter.




~’INGENIOUS APPROACH’ . . feat. YUSUKE HANAI / SEEING THINGS GALLERY / OPENS TODAY

‘INGENIOUS APPROACH’ . . . KATSUO DESIGN, Hi-DUTCH, YUSUKE HANAI
OPENS SAT JUNE 10, 2017 / 2-6 PM
SEEING THINGS GALLERY, 751 WEST SAN CARLOS ST, SAN JOSE CALIFORNIA

more about the artists:
KATSUO DESIGN
Hi-DUTCH
YUSUKE HANAI

more about the gallery: SEEING THINGS GALLERY




~MATTHEW THURBER . . hits THE NEW YORKER

so, somebody’s BIG DREAM – CAME TRUE !!
CONGRATS TO A VERY TALENTED ARTIST.

MATT THURBER . . GOT HIS FIRST CARTOON PUBLISHED – in THE NEW YORKER / JUNE 2, 2017
in their . . DAILY SHOUTS.

for the complete page, and yes it is . . great !!
so . . horse-in-cheek !!

see: MATT THURBER / ‘What do You Like to Do on the Computer’ – THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE




~DANIEL HERR / GUY WALKER . . SAFE GALLERY / last weekend

BLOW-OUT !!

LAST CHANCE TO CATCH !!

THE GALLERY WILL BE OPEN, TODAY & TOMORROW / JUNE 3 & 4, 2017 / HRS: 12 – 6 PM

‘DANIEL HERR / GUY WALKER’
extended thru weekend / SAT & SUN / JUN 3 & 4, 2017
SAFE GALLERY, 1004 Metropolitan, Brooklyn

see: background & installation photos


PAINTINGS BY DANIEL HERR / SCULPTURE BY GUY WALKER


PAINTINGS BY DANIEL HERR / SCULPTURE BY GUY WALKER


INTERIOR / SCULPTURE BY GUY WALKER
“the sculptures are plaster casts formed from inside the fluid billows of large plastic bags tied in diverse formations.”
~gallery notes

IMAGES COURTESY: SAFE GALLERY




~NICHOLAS STEINDORF / KYLE WILLIAMS / PETER CLOUGH . . PETE’S CANDY STORE / BOMB POP UP

BOMB POP-UP PRESENTS:

VIDEO SCREENINGS / 6 – 8:45 PM
PETER CLOUGH / NICHOLAS STEINDORF / KYLE WILLIAMS

MUSIC / DJ 7 – 8 PM
BY DAEVA / RANDIBABYPOO

ON SALE: MAGAZINES, T-SHIRTS & DRESSES
ALL $$$ RAISED GOES TOWARD ‘PRECOG VOLUME 3’ – PRINT FUNDS

FIRST FRIDAYS – PETE’S CANDY STORE
709 LORIMER ST – BROOKLYN, NY

see: BOMBPOPUP.COM

BOMP POP-UP! . . is a Brooklyn-based, artist-run initiative producing pop-up Art & Music shows.




~EMMANUEL LIMON . . ‘SIN COYOTE’ / DRESS SHOP GALLERY – PIX FROM THE OPENING

CHANGING . . GEARS !!

‘HELL BENT / HEAVEN SENT’ !!

last 2 weeks to catch . .

‘SIN COYOTE’ – ‘WITHOUT GUIDE’ . . . WORKS BY EMMANUEL LIMON
up thru JUNE 10, 2017
DRESS SHOP GALLERY, 322 TROUTMAN ST, BUSHWICK. BROOKLYN
HRS: by appointment only / there’s a ‘contact’ at the bottom of their home page

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EMMANUEL LIMON / ‘SIN COYOTE’ . . . PIX FROM THE OPENING – APRIL 28, 2017

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always fun – to swing by the DRESS SHOP GALLERY, on Troutman St. in Bushwick.
always deep underground & . . very cutting edge / even . . for Bushwick.
just not your ‘usual’ . . gang.

Emmanuel-Limon---chopper-in-Bushwick
that was EMMANUEL LIMON’s self-customized ‘chopper’ . . parked outside.
an art work – all to itself, and that’s what I mean by . . not your usual gang.
but, still: skills, skills, & more skills.
I don’t know much about choppers, but just enough – to know this one is special.
you can follow Emmanuel Limon . . on Instagram @awkwardchopper (!!)

Emmanuel-Limon---camel-hump---chopper-seat
this is called a ‘King and Queen’ seat.
Emmanuel told me this particular one is “an offbeat of that – which is referred to as a ‘camel hump’ . . ”
must be an outrageous ride !!
and, I heard it does get . . use.

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EMMANUEL LIMON . . .
Emmanuel Limon is also the founder, and one of the four current directors of DRESS SHOP GALLERY . .
a hardcore indie project / gallery space – with several artist studios behind the front showing room.

Emmanuel-Limon---Lion
EMMANUEL LIMON, ‘Vida Ajena’, 2017.
hand worked leather, dye. 39 x 55.5 x 3.5 in.

‘Ajena’ translates . . as FOREIGN.
the ‘foreign’ life ?
the ‘alien’ life. the ‘strange’ life.
the . . DRAGON LION – REIGNS.

I think perhaps in general, the more you live life . . as a ‘foreigner’ – the better.
esp if foreigner, means headstrong & . . mythical.

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yes, that’s . . PETER SUTHERLAND.
he’s like a flame to . . fire – when he’s around, it’s bound to be hot.
been a fan for many years.
see: PETER SUTHERLAND – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

KEVIN-EMMERSON
KEVIN EMMERSON, of LQQK Studios. silkscreener. and wearing a CNY / CHINESE NEW YORK cap.
def, check out: LQQK
def, check out: CNY / CHINEE NEW YEAR

on the wall:
EMMANUEL LIMON, ‘Cosido’, 2016. / translates as: SEWING !!
Leather / Steel. 22 x 20 x 1.5 in.
what can beat: hand-worked, butter-colored, rounded & baby smooth leather vs raw steel.
Pills, . . . . !!

Emmanuel-Limon----gunplay-Dress-shop-Gallery
EMILY DICKINSON, not.
but just as poignant – a journey.

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EMMANUEL LIMON, ‘Banana de Vaca’, 2017.
Leather & steel. 44 x 65 x 3 in.
the leather is hand-molded around actual guns.
Emmanuel Limon does all the work hands-on, himself, from the fabrication to the detailed etching on the steel.

Emmanuel-Limon---molded-leather
the leather is molded around the gun & is in deep relief.
the metaphors & meanings . . of guns – are many.

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EMMANUEL LIMON, ‘Hell Bent, Heaven Sent’, 2017
Leather / Steel. 18 x 32 x 2.5 in.

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detail, EMMANUEL LIMON.
note . . the hand-stitching.

this still makes me think of EMILY DICKINSON, but more for the contrasts . .
the subtexts / as well as the poetry !! that’s a real reverie of .. thought.
not to forget, all the influences brought to bear, to this new country, by succeeding waves of immigration.
& unless you were a Native American, and Emily D. was surely NOT !! she comes from a line of immigrants.


EMMANUEL LIMON. ‘Plata-O-Ploma’, 2015.
Leather/copper
21.5 x 27.5 x 3 in.

detail,-Emmanuel-Limon
detail, EMMANUEL LIMON. ‘Plata-O-Plomo’.

it’s a huge & interesting marvel of human experience – to consider . . the whole baggage / the whole ‘trip’.
it’s such a dynamic flux.
even just consider: the Protestant heart of Emily’s early Americana vs. . . Emmanuel Limon’s Mexican / South L.A. born . . Christ iconography / Spanish colonist, etc. etc.
which is a whole topic in and of, itself.
and also: what makes 18th/19th C Europeans . . more entitled to populate America, than . . indigent South Americans ? which would be the natural . . continental geo / bio flow ???

Katie-Branham---Dress-shop-gallery
KATIE BRANHAM, a director at DRESS SHOP GALLERY, and one of my fave people to talk to, ever.

so, what do you think, KATIE ?

somehow, ‘hell bent / heaven sent’ . . seems like a phrase, Emily Dickinson might relate to.

besides, Emily hand-stitched . . her poems too.
well, bound the pages into booklets, but still . . not many artists, esp today – share needle-work !!

‘COSIDO’ / ‘SEWING’ . . !!!!!!!!!!!!!

my little slice of the art world is still – linking up / stone by stone.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~’NIGHTJAR’ . . UNDERDONK / more pix !! from evil eye to Em-ily / Sottobosco to: arf arf !!

‘NIGHTJAR’ – curated by ASHLEY GARRETT
featuring: SHARON CORE, PRISCILLA FUSCO, VALERIE HAMMOND, DEBORAH MASTERS . . & RUTH MARTEN
up thru JUNE 18, 2017
UNDERDONK, BUSHWICK
the gallery is open for public viewing: Sat & Sun / 1 – 6 PM

more pix . . from this strange, and eerie / on the dark side, botanical offering.
& which I dedicate to: EMILY DICKINSON.

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curator ASHLEY GARRETT beside:
VALERIE HAMMOND, ‘Touch’, 2011.
pigment, gouache, color pencil, wax on Japanese paper. 48 x 25 in.
($12,000)
note . . the texture / and waxy, ‘off-radiant’ . . profile.

hand-detail,-Valerie-Hammond
detail, VALERIE HAMMOND.

is that the evil eye ?
in the palm of the hand ?
to scare away evil / & not invoke ?

is that the magic -in the science of the bio ?

from the gallery notes:
“VALERIE HAMMOND’S traces lie somewhere between the spirit world and the human world – perhaps even a decomposition. Beginning by tracing the arms and bodies of her friends and relations, Hammond visualizes what transmutations of organic forms might lie inside the human outline. Filling this skin with a floral and infernal essence. flowers and fruit become wounds and ferns are skeletal in Hammond’s figures, imagining the slipping away of the human into a primeval space that might be of the land,or the sea.”

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SHARON CORE . . ‘Untitled 3’, 2015.
Archival Pigment print, 31.25 x 24.75 in., edition of 7
($8,800 framed)

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detail, SHARON CORE.
I spy . . thorns, and ‘rusty’ butterfly / night omens ?
hands, can ‘strangle’ – as well, as ‘grow’ and . . nuture.

from the gallery notes:
“SHARON CORE . . plants and grows the subjects of her photographs with her own hands. Having created a geodesic dome at her upstate studio, she explores the function and effect that long durational time can have on works of art. Planting, choosing and framing the contents of each photograph, Core is like a scientist as she moves all the way through form, even before it’s inception. The resulting photographs embody both the literal ‘sottobosco’ of the floral bed and it’s ecosystem and references the 17th century Sottobosco painting genre (as in the work of Dutch painter OTTO MARSEUS van SCHRIEK). Core’s photographs evoke a possessed, spatial presence in the woods, while a marginal world sets the stage for the darkening, deepening forest, from which slowly emerges an awareness of the delicate microworld of the forest bed.”

sottobosco: nature studies focused on the ‘dark, damp floor of the forest’, as opposed to say, carefully arranged floral arrangements in vases – sottobosco is Italian for ‘undergrowth.
source: ‘Holland (17th C) – by LESLIE KUO’

see: SHARON CORE – Wikipedia, b. 1965.
note the controversy re: her baked recreations of WAYNE THIEBAUD paintings (!!)

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RUTH MARTEN, ‘#907’, 2015.
watercolor on 19C. print, 7-3/4 x 8 in.
($3,200 framed)

from the gallery notes:
“As a tattoo artist in New York in the 1970s and 80s and an illustrator for many years, RUTH MARTEN understands the power of images. Her works on paper unravel symbols and historical settings into new, mysterious narratives that change the power relationships between humans and animals. Awakening curious narratives in the 18th and 19th century prints she overdraws, Marten unearths something provocative from known historical contexts: surreal worlds where animals can have as much stature, emphasis and power as humans, and sometimrs even more.”

though in this particular piece, which is my fave – the 2 prim, young ‘ladies’ are the . . bio-animals ?!!
and yet, it’s also a very erotic, sad, & thorny ‘bush’. .not about to burst into blooms, any time soon – despite the watering . . . ‘tears’ / ‘bio-sperm’ ?
the symbolism . . could go on for pages. totally love-ly, stark, strange, and . . sad ?

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detail, RUTH MARTEN

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detail, RUTH MARTEN

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detail. RUTH MARTEN.
well, maybe there is some strange death here ?
leaves turning colors, and then to: die ?
but, then again: maybe it’s completely the opposite ?
something to really contemplate, at any rate.

looking-at-Ruth-Marten
ASHLEY GARRETT helps us see the micro detailing, in RUTH MARTEN’S ‘in Repose’.
note: the random design on the T-shirt (!!) . . .
bio / bio / bio / the male & female ‘strange’ science – seahorse.

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RUTH MARTEN, ‘In Repose’, 2017.
collage and watercolor on 20C. photo reproduction. 3-3/4 x 4-1/2 in.
(NFS)

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RUTH MARTEN, detail.
this one, is more like the gallery note: animals . . taking on empowered / unusual. human (/) roles.
it’s quite micro . . painstakingly crafted, too.

def, check out: RUTH MARTEN – ARTIST/PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

Deborah-Masters---clay-dogs
and then, bow – wow !!
how really – eerie, strange & magical !!
the show takes on a humorous turn, and how funny – since everybody in this city . .
is currently DOGGIE OBSESSED, including ME !!
my ZORA, a gorgeous, sweet tempered, but can be scary if you – be bad !!
American Long Coat Akita, just turned one yr & 3 mos & weighs . . 86 pounds !!
& she follows me around – just like the dragon, in ‘Neverending Story’.

DEBORAH MASTERS, an assortment of strange and wily nily – clay doggy, ‘ghost’ / ‘puppets’ !!

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DEBORAH MASTERS, ‘Lupi’. raku, threaded rod, satin, maple.
($4,000)

Deborah-masters----baby-cheetah
well, this one looks like a dog, but it’s a . . baby cheetah !!
DEBORAH MASTERS, ‘Baby Cheetah’. ceramic. threaded rod.

from the gallery notes;
“With her raku-fired “Little Ghosts,” DEBORAH MASTERS conjures up the spirits of animals. Evocative of altarpieces or devotional objects, these figures intimate aspects of Masters’ personal relationships with and attachment to animals. One can feel the memory imbued in Masters’ hands as borne out by the textures and definition of the figures in the sculpted animal’s face. Their satin dresses (femme / femme / femme) mark their wraith-like detachment from the living world. As if attempting to reverse the dying process , they honor the deep connection that can exist between animals and humans.”

yes, check out: DEBORAH MASTERS – ARTIST PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

as for the word: NIGHTJAR – !!!!!!

it is . . as strange with meaning – as it seems at first glance, what a beautiful . . musical, poetic-laden, scientific sounding – word.

it ranges in meaning all the way . . from a blood-sucking, bad-luck bringing nocturnal bird, to a simple chamber pot . . and then turns a really pretty steep corner: to perhaps being the bodily form – of a Patronus Charm !!
in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
an ancient & mysterious charm that can conjure a powerful, magical guardian / a projection OF ALL YOUR MOST POSITIVE FEELINGS !!

see: NIGHTJAR, PATRONUS CHARM / HARRY POTTER

it’s strange times / war-like and yet, charmed.
science has to meet poetry / and reign.

I’ve still got EMILY DICKINSON, running through my veins – so how delightful / that my jaunts
can bring me – here.
gathered around – the ‘NIGHTJAR’, in Bushwick.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH