EAT THE LEAF, half man/half robot: stay HUMAN. PABLO PICASSO, anybody ?
which brings us back, full circle . . . to ANDREW GUENTHER !!!!!!
the Brooklyn-based painter, and new ‘era’ . . . jewelry craftsman/designer/creative – who goes by the name: EAT THE LEAF.
ANDREW GUENTHER / EAT THE LEAF / @eattheleaf.
in his studio/workshop. GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN, NY. JAN 2016
ANDREW greets us, Oct 2015.
we, me & Theo, my son . . . went to visit Andrew several times over the past year.
we started off looking for a special custom gold EAT THE LEAF ‘signet’ ring for Kate, for her birthday, and along the way – we fell (deep) in love with his design work. Theo bought a handful. literally, of pressed stencil ‘message’ rings for himself, he bought me a sweet pinkie ‘SMILE’ stencil ring in gold, & then, a month later – even a lovely, lovely, lovely . . . “ALREADY DEAD” gold pendant . . for Christmas 2015 !!
yeah, that good.
Andrew’s house in Greenpoint, where he lives with . . TIFFANY GRACE POLLOCK, and their two young children, Easter Lily & Ivo.
we actually had been to Andrew’s house, his studio is in the lower level basement, once or twice before, probably for a Greenpoint Open Studio weekend.
Andrew showed us a handful of paintings – he happened to have around that day. they were beautiful, relevant, smart & crazy.
ANDREW GUENTHER ‘COLA’, painting, acrylic on canvas.
ANDREW GUENTHER, ‘mushroom’ detail.
one day I’m going to go back – and get me a painting, fer sure.
and who knew . . mushrooms could bite.
but today, we were on a mission, to find Kate a special custom-designed ring for her birthday.
Andrew’s . . EAT THE LEAF worktable.
Andrew’s EAT THE LEAF sketches . . .
really, so fun !! to get so close to his thinking, and thoughts. designs – in the making.
EAT THE LEAF designs . . at the moment of birthing / processing.
NASA . . on a human scale.
Andrew shows us some sample rings.
over time, we got a couple of variations on those ‘message’ stencil rings, one in gold for me that says ‘SMILE’, something I need to know, or at least remember. and a handful – for Theo in various hardcore ‘guy’ metals !! bronze and copper, something like that.
and – we decided on the ‘signet’ ring, at the left – to be the base for Kate’s birthday ring, and asked Andrew, since he actually knows Kate – to come up with some special designs just for her.
that was back in October, OCT 2015.
fast forward . . . JAN 2016.
KATE receives her ANDREW GUENTHER / EAT THE LEAF custom design ‘signet’ ring – in gold, and . . . she love, love loves it !!
it actually says ‘Smile’ too, like mine, except in script – interwoven into the almost free form face. very poetic. nice bond. and – it’s very Picasso-like, which I really like. it’s kind of a wake-up call. it’s very very interesting, style-wise. a sort of revival of someone who had ‘died’ re relevance & over-marketing / there, for awhile ?
it strikes me, as so curiously: very . . avant-garde.
it’s also interesting in terms of artists today being very multi-disciplinary, even craft-wise, right, right now. just like Pablo. the KANYE . . ‘life of Pablo’, even. including those who cook, BBQ, make bread, or sew. take video. post social media. hand-dye. are into ancient indigo, flower arranging. raise animals, fly pigeons & honor bees. grow gardens. build boats & travel waterways. collect mid-century furniture. etc etc. huge wave of graphic design, both commercial & commercial/indie, indie book making, DIY publishing. zines. marbling. DIY script/fonts, street art. tea ceremonies. pottery. one-of-a-kind ceramics. endless. filmmakers. ‘creatives’ are a big force today, there’s no denying their role vis-a-vie – the digital world.
can we add (ttttrump) . . speech writers to the list ? & the growing respect for the laws/rights of intellectual property / & original thinking . . amidst all this freely accessed/published info (and photos) that surrounds us. thanks to our new century / human bio google robot component.
the human / computer .. the man bio / robot age is here, it’s just we’ve MERGED our brains first. augmented our brains – first.
we are wired into the web. we are . . HALF MAN / HALF MACHINE.
here’s my . . EAT THE LEAF pendant. it’s solid gold.
it says: ALREADY DEAD. think about it.
totally love the goth rose, and the bone-y skeleton hand. a hand holds a rose. nature. romance. aroma. even . . the thorn.
but the hand. the hand speaks to . . skills. hand skills, human skills, hands-on skills !!
sKILLs / kill. as in . . . ‘kill it’ – rule.
the power of the creative mind. the power of nature, the power of the leaf. growth & creativity.
hand sKills . . in my case: once also known as ‘fancy stitching’, embroidery / quilt repair / sewing, craft work, painting. writing. documenting, even photography is a form of handiwork. and so is archiving . .
and in Andrew’s case: jewelry making.
‘already dead’ is very different from . . the ‘walking dead’.
it’s not about being the ghost army, it’s about being – the army.
it’s about being ‘hard’, as in hard-nosed. persevering. focused.
I s/wear it all the time – it’s my day-to-day motto.
I got it – the moment I saw it.
in all ways. but especially, quite literally. if you see me, you see it.
EAT THE LEAF !!!!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
see: EAT THE LEAF – HANDMADE JEWELRY BY ANDREW GUENTHER
TRAIN ART aka MONIKER ART . . . a diamond in the RAW !!!!!!
also makes my mind – take off, esp the drawing side, . . of my mind.
MONIKER ART by . . . POOR BOY
image posted by REEFER SUTHERLAND aka @thesavageland
moniker art by: Chukshun, 10/14 . . . ‘FEED YOUR GHOSTS’ – (!!)
posted on Instagram by REEFER SUTHERLAND aka @thesavageland
not only is this a great depiction of a clay pot, albeit one with earthy, magical ancient First American native roots – but, it says: “FEED YOUR GHOSTS” !!!
respect . . your ancient ones.
and. in that: it makes me think of that film I just saw – ‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’.
and, it makes me want to draw, again. too.
HERE In THE YEAR 2038 – A WOMAN WILL WALK A DOG, WHICH hAD BEEN CLONED 4 TIMES
unaccredited street art from Montreal – posted on Instgram by @streetart.vs.fineart
ahhh, the (anglophone) Homeland.
now I know from whence I sprang – the melted snow waters up north – have been laced . . with – future vision ?
‘I’LL TRADE YOU THIS BABY FOR — THAT BEER . . . ‘
@nastyneckface1: SOUNDS LIKE A FAIR TRADE TO ME!!!
image via Instagram @nastyneckface1
damn, what a brutal week.
DANIELLE DEJESUS – SOLO SHOW
opening FRI JULY 15, 2016 / 7-9 PM
the show runs thru AUGUST 14, 2016
GRUMPY BERT – 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN
DANIELLE DEJESUS . . the princess of mini !!!!
and, is it no wonder . . people want to escape REALITY ?!!!!!
DANIELLE DEJESUS . . the PRINCESS of MINI – paints a tribute portrait of PRINCE. RIP.
2 images via Instagram @danielledejesus1
that’s GOATBUNNY, with . . . DANIELLE DEJESUS, on the right.
she’s holding a GOATBUNNY sticker.
‘TAT IT UP’, GRUMPY BERT, BROOKLYN. JAN 8, 2016
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
BLONDE ART BOOKS presents:
BABZ / Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair 2016
SAT & SUN – JULY 16 & 17, 2016 / 1-7 PM
hosted by SIGNAL
260 Johnson Ave, BROOKLYN
STO . . . will be selling a new series of handmade books this weekend at #babzfair2016 in Brooklyn @ssiiggnnaall . . . 260 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn.
image via Instagram @stoishere
tomorrow, THURS JULY 13, 2016 . .
is the last day you can catch ‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ at the Anthology Film Archives, here in NYC. the film then travels to Los Angeles, and eventually it will land on Netflix, where I’m sure it will become a huge sleeper hit.
People will be watching it, every Thanksgiving.
‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ – A FILM BY ZACHARY TREITZ (2016)
REVIEWED BY NANCY SMITH – JULY 13, 2016.
with a shout-out to the entire crew. gorgeous production, haunting sound, beautiful acting, deep not wordy screenplay, and really . . the cinematography – thank you BRETT JUTKIEWICZ !!
. . . for an indie film, wow.
last week was so heavy, with sad events in the life-blood of this country, apparently ‘civil war’ and the ‘slavery/black/white’ issue have still not been resolved, even though the Civil War took place over a century and a half ago, and brought 1/3 of all the country’s men to their death . . . that I felt I caught a really lucky break, first to be able to act upon the great reviews this sweet young film received in the mainstream press and then, even luckier . . to have the director ZACHARY TREITZ show up, unannounced . . and bring along as well – the 2 lead actors: TIM MORTON and DAVID MALONEY.
my heart stopped beating during the film, and my imagination froze to watch the Q & A in person, up close and personal, afterwards.
‘Men Go To War’ . . Conjuring Up The Ghosts of the Civil War, Wall Street Journal. July 6, 2016.
this film is a unique take on the Civil War. yes, it is a war ‘capture’ . . . but even more so, it is a peephole look into the heart of the maelstrom as seen through the eyes of 2 struggling Kentucky farmer brothers. when you are later informed that the director, Zachary Treitz, and the 2 lead actors, David Maloney and Tom Morton, all grew up in Kentucky, you understand why this small indie feature speaks – with such a deep, and authentic voice.
the film, in fact is the inverse of all the action-driven civil war projects you may have seen . . which doesn’t diminish the horror and sadness, but perhaps brings it closer to home. from the very first frames, the brilliant intense sun on the fields, and one man walking, your heart begins to skip beats, as you realize you are entering new cinematic territory. this film is just so intense and so hazy, just like that sun. I want to say it’s ‘new age’, a ‘millennial’ take: ‘hipsters’, ‘artists’, ‘friends’, locals’ . . going back for another deeper look – but, only to alert you to the power and newness of the filmmaking, itself. the story is timeless. but everything in this film is . . close up. singular. silent. and yet still – rewarding. fulfilling, unfolding, and ultimately, moving.
‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ vs ‘THE REVENANT’ . . . AN INVERSION.
equally powerful, one film is a young, low budget unknown director production, the other as you know: huge $$$. the American landscape, the sun, the trees, the earth itself of this young sweet passionate land . . loom just as large, if not larger . . than the greed, violence, hope, dreams, family love/bonds . . that are used to tell the tale of times – not so long ago.
while ‘THE REVENANT’ indulges in great action & fight scenes, a big budget helps – ‘MEN GO TO WAR’ narrows in on the singular exposure that implodes one brother & sets the other on a very different path, a low budget helps in that, narrow defining . . . too, truth be told. but both films focus on family ‘bonds’, in one case of a father and his half-breed son, and in the other two hard-scrabble farmer brothers . . and use them to show . . what went asunder. what got lost, what kind of terrible growing pains, and biases – and struggle to survive and beat out the other – this country shuddered under, on a very personal scale. in the face of the broader history.
and yet, still . . where are we ?
ZACHARY TREITZ, the young filmmaker behind ‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’.
what can you say, what could be more heart-stopping than to hear an intense, and not least of all innovative filmmaker, who has absolutely captured a dramatic moment in the nation’s collective history . . . and who has just won the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL – BEST NEW NARRATIVE DIRECTOR AWARD, with his film . . . say hi, and start quietly introducing his film. a young man, who looks out at you, the way he will never be able to from the Netflix platform, and wonders . . . if you will get it ?
will his story unfold, will his film . . travel ?
I couldn’t help thinking of the first time I encountered & was able to catch a photo of the incredibly talented ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU, in the Fall of 2003, at a Julian Schnabel opening, when he was also a young filmmaker wondering if his films would travel. he still wasn’t big in the press, even though ’21 Grams’ had just opened, and he had won a Best Film Drama, Golden Globes award the night before – for ‘Babel’.
that was, what .. 13 years ago ? and of course he swept the Oscars with ‘The Revenant’. such a powerful piece of filmmaking. and here stood this young director, just the same way. so passionate, so driven, so wondering.
like I said, the great . . inversion.
see: ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU/artlovers archive
TIM MORTON (Henry Mellon), DAVID MALONEY (Francis Mellon) and their Director, ZACHARY TREITZ.
I read that ZACHARY TREITZ is now a New York City based writer and director, and I believe he said that the two lead actors were also now NYC based, but that originally they all hailed from Kentucky. so put that in your pipe, and smoke it. that’s so deep, what can you say in a sentence. it’s liking taking one of those old Appalachian Civil War era, patchwork farm quilts, that jump up for a few frames in the movie . . . stitching it up, making it whole again – and sleeping in it, which I do.
the story, and the story-telling . . is in their blood. Mr. Treitz even related . . that his ancestors were on the same trajectory of the successful Small family / Small’s Corner . . . that was depicted in the film, who also had everything taken away by the land burning / men maiming Civil War, and had to go back to the log cabin that their ancestors had first homesteaded in.
DAVID MALONEY plays Francis Mellon, the older brother.
he looks in person just like he looks in the film, a ‘local’. a wise-cracker, fire-cracker, hard working striver. he reminded of nothing so much as (former New York City) gallerist BILL BRADY. in looks, and in his Kansas City drawl, and easy ways, and the climb. the big climb . . up.
‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ vs ‘The NIGHT OF’ . . or: THE GAME OF KNIVES !!!!!
oh lord, yes. I was actually going to call this essay, THE TRIFECTA Of KNIFE GAMES, lol but I couldn’t remember if the defining deadly blows in ‘THE REVENANT’ were by blade or bullet. though I know a lot of steel was flashed. but . . if you caught the first installment of HBO’s fabulous ‘The Night Of’ . . . the knife game that Civil War era Francis plays on Henry, (and which sets the whole narrative re the Smalls and the future Francis Mellon marriage – in motion) . . . is focused on a very unlucky, but very probable, and not accidental !! knife wound to his bro Henry’s hand / and ego . . . is very eerily reminiscent of the future world of America, NYC after 9-11, a sinister urban disaster just waiting to happen to the wonderful young actor, RIZ AHMED . . as Queens ‘resident’ and would-be hipster partier/cabbie . . Nasir “Naz” Khan, who he gets his hand sliced in a knife game – gone wrong too.
TIM MORTON as Henry Mellon, image via WALL STREET JOURNAL.
this was the character I struggled to understand. maybe that’s a metaphor for THE WHOLE DAMN TIME.
it’s not the dominant bro, Francis whose path the film follows, it’s Henry’s. even though it seemed at the beginning, he might be the smarter of the two, or at least about money and mules !! or two are always better than one. his bro, the taller and perhaps older Francis gets increasingly aggressive with frustration, and out of hand, and stabs him in the hand . . in a knife game. which sets him in motion to being rejected by the rich town daughter and so, humiliated, both by wound, sibling rivalry, and girl .. and, plus the farm ain’t going nowhere anyways, he sets off for the Civil War. he just gets increasingly dumb-ed down and zoned out by the horror and loneliness, but then . . he gets smart again (lucky?) (well he wakes up intact under a mighty pile of dead young soldiers) and, when he comes back, sees his bro married (to the girl who rejected him) steals some dough $$$, from a squeaky wooden dresser in the ole cabin . . and rightfully so !! and sets off again, hopefully . . for happier adventures.
but, you just don’t know, because he seems kind of . . well, wounded.
you know: the walking dead.
as American as apple pie.
los dead boys.
see: MEN GO TO BATTLE – OFFICIAL WEBSITE
WATCH: ‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ – TRAILER
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, ‘MEN GO TO BATTLE’ screening, Anthology Film Archives, NYC. Sun July 10, 2016.
unless otherwise noted.
TAYLOR McKIMENS: Detail of a new painting for ‘Swapping Paint’,
opening at Dio Horia Mykonos, tomorrow . . .
‘TAYLOR McKIMENS: SWAPPING PAINT’
opens FRI JULY 8, 2016 / 8 PM onwards
the show runs JULY 8 – JULY 25, 2016
DIO HORIA / CONTEMPORARY ART PLATFORM / PANAHRA SQ, HORA, MYKONOS, GREECE
image via gallery website
read about: DIO HORIA
TAYLOR McKIMENS . . just posted this photo on Instagram – cactus in painted barrel, Greece.
image via Instagram @taylormckimens
TAYLOR McKIMENS . . cactus studies
image via Instagram @taylormckimens
& YES !!
you can always have fun browsing: TAYLOR McKIMENS STUDIO – WEBSITE
ps: don’t forget to check out . . those: 3-D PLANTS !!
TAYLOR McKIMENS . . 3-D PLANTS – image via his studio website