~ERIK DEN BREEJEN opens ‘SMILE’ at FREIGHT+VOLUME
just back from the Miami Wars, I mean . . . Fairs – Nick Lawrence opens a ‘sleeper’ of a show !!
with no gallery time lost – this show jumps the new season gun.
‘SMILE’ proposes a thesis – but the paintings themselves . . . are anything but just concept . . there’s some serious power under that ‘Smile’ . . . I would say: stealth killer color field painting might – come close – to nailing it.
so, FILE UNDER: LETTERS, letters everywhere, from comic books to designer robot toys . . . here comes ERIK DEN BREEJEN !!
red rover red rover, let the color furious font men, come over !!
ERIK DEN BREEJEN – ‘SMILE’. big color field paintings – ‘illustrating the entire lyrics to the recently released Beach Boys’ magnum opus: ‘SMILE‘
opened Sat Dec 10, 2011
the show runs Dec 10, 2011 – Jan 14, 2012
FREIGHT+VOLUME – 530 WEST 24th St – CHELSEA, NY
yeah, check out the F+V website – they are currently featuring a really nice, quiet, and brief – but does the job !! small rotation of gallery – installation shots !!
the paintings were first and foremost color field paintings. though some might take issue and say the conceit: illustrating the entire lyrics to the recently released Beach Boys magnum opus, ‘SMILE’ – was what turned the trick.
but then the surfaces – also heaved and waved – just like . . . music ?
rose and waved out . . . just like classic Beach Boy harmony. classic, so teeny-bopper labelled, and yet so so fashion forward – we are only really getting the whole big picture, now.
this landmark or exhibit ‘title’ painting – actually incorporated the text – into its overall composition: ‘SMILE’, and not just its component brick bat – quickly paced, and boldly juxtaposed color text blocks.
HIBA SCHAHBAZ and MI JU are studio mates.
Hiba is a traditional miniature painter from Pakistan who is studying in the studio fine art graduate program at Pratt. Mi Ju who originally comes from Korea by way of San Francisco, currently lives and works in NYC. She will be having a show at FREIGHT +VOLUME next September.
the capital block letters, the individual block unit words, and the contrasting or harmony building color hues – aggregated into waves – from different angles. combined with the frontal plane compositions . . . there was a sense of deep emotion behind the design, behind the concept.
according to the gallery press release, just like: sound waves in music. just like the field of emotions – in the song lyrics.
Jules de Balincourt is a really wired, compelling and animated dynamo – in action. on canvas and in life !! never mind his recent blow-up on the auction charts. he told me I was an: info sponge. quelle right on. he got my number.
wow, for sure – I dug that !!
file under: tragedy, just like ‘PET SOUNDS’ . . . way ahead of its time.
from the gallery liner (press release) notes:
“There is a dark side to the Beach Boys’ career, even though they were arguably one of the most popular bands of their time, producing songs which are just as warm, uplifting and California surf-invoking now as when they were written. ‘Good Vibrations’ broke new ground with its psychedelic overtones and by demonstrating the band’s ability to use the recording studio as an instrument. But many feel the band never lived up to its promise, and remained stuck in teenybopper cult status.”
to which I say – fie on them !! and no wonder Brian Wilson lost it. esp when the Beatles’ ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band’ swept the Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ – apparently – off the charts.
in retrospect – quelle sad loss. what a wrong . . . vote-off.
again from the press release: “Brian Wilson, already sinking into the quagmire of drug-induced paranoia and depression, never quite recovered from that displacement”.
displacement – what a powerful word, if you think about it. in a lot of ways, these paintings are about the ‘displacement’ – of words, as in their meanings – by the overall painting. the meanings taken over by the dance and bold steps of the hi=power contrasts of shifting letter colors, and the resultant aggregate color ‘hue’ fields . .
SIMON CERIGO gave Andrew Guenther his very first show in NYC – back in the late 90s when Simon was the Director of the Daniel Silverstein Gallery, and Andrew was the – intern.
as artlovers sometimes music reviewer, Simon is also enjoying a ‘moment in the sun ‘ – his very first review for us in 2005 . . .
ANTONY and the JOHNSONS – are now playing RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL !!
(7 years later)
see: MOMA/THE MUSEUM of MODERN ART/NYC has commissioned ANTONY and THE JOHNSONS: SWANLIGHTS for a one night only performance at RADIO CITY HALL, NYC – this upcoming JAN 26, 2012.
but it was the little blue painting to the left – that really caught our attention . . .
“EVERY TIME I GET THE INSPIRATION TO GO CHANGE THINGS AROUND NO ONE WANTS TO HELP ME LOOK FOR PLACES WHERE NEW THINGS MIGHT BE FOUND” – THE BEACH BOYS by way of ERIK DEN BREEJEN.
ADAM HAGGIAG, JAMES KALM, and NICK LAWRENCE.
yes, JAMES KALM is the guy who rides around on his bike and videotapes many many Big Apple openings.
see: THE JAMES KALM REPORT
see: JAMES KALM & LOREN MUNK
see: JAMES KALM’S – YouTube Channel
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, NYC. DEC 10, 2011