~ No Man is an Island ?
DAVID SANDLIN at DESERT ISLAND, BROOKLYN
FILE UNDER: HOT SUMMER in THE CITY
EVER LUST – and – LUV IT UP !! – YALL !!
DAVID SANDLIN, ‘Eterna-Sin-e-Plex’, Detail.
above 2 images from the brochure for the DAVID SANDLIN exhibit – at the Lamar Dodd School of Art Gallery, University of Georgia 2008. Mr. Sandlin was recently honored with being chosen as the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair, a prestigious one year appointment.
right under that SPARACINO’S BAKERY sign – like a pirate treasure map gone secret – mark the X. for DESERT ISLAND, the comic book store and art gallery – at 540 Metropolitan – right next to FOOL’S GOLD !! just off the Lorimer L train station – deep into Williamsburg country. and ya you don’t need a panel of 3 – to know – it’s the real deal.
I’m not into the Brooklyn gallery scene, though I once was – and I don’t know anybody else who is either, though there is a formidable army of individual artists and dynamic talent rockin’ the borough. go figure – one of the big mysteries of this decade is why the F… the NYC gallery scene sucks, from Chelsea, over to the Lower East Side and on thru Brooklyn. where galleries are concerned, unless perhaps they are artist collectives like SOLOWAY – mediocrity is the rule of thumb.
AD HOC, one of the original galleries to enliven Bogart St. in Bushwick, before ROBERTAS even sprouted – had some pretty great shows early on, but couldn’t make the rent… EASTERN DISTRICT, likewise on Bogart, a little after – stirred up the scene, but then sort of died down. and let’s not even talk about the sad demise of CINDERS formerly on Havemayer in Williamsburg. gentrification (of a good thing) in Brooklyn goes like this: you take down a storefront CINDERS and put up a .. nail salon ?
ok. a ‘hair’ salon and a (totally) bogus hipster bar.
SIPS of SIN . . . .
but you can still (don’t blink !!) count on one storefront to deliver the goods – and that would be DESERT ISLAND, where GABRIEL FOWLER dishes up new age ‘bread’ for the eye, mind and soul – with comics, zines, graphic novels, big publishers, little publishers, no publishers, and a changing art installation in the windows, and on the walls. sometimes comic book connected, sometimes with just the tiniest ‘wink’ of an eye to link – the illustrative line or narrative to the store’s first love.
this spring 2012 – it was a window devoted to the art & light boxes of the comic book writer / artist-in-general / and all-time pro illustrator / big ticket cultural commentator – DAVID SANDLIN.
NOTE: the DAVID SANDLIN window is still up – and will remain up for the next few weeks.
hot, hot, and more HOT !!
like stained glass windows gone – batty !! and, I mean, BAD !! love and lust – you know where that’s going !!
TEMPTATION . . . DAMNATION . . . SALVATION and RELAXATION !! “ETERN-AAAAH-PLEX” – the primal PARADOX – and BIG question – since DAY ONE – when the world began.
don’t touch that flesh button – it’s gonna . . . burn your finger. if not in this life, then surely – the one after !!
now this, is one twisted sister. for real. lizard man-eating tentacles down your throat. and all.
down with ‘Prometheus’. what a bunch of puffed-up academic lameness. even the doube speak, ain’t any good.
I’m never ever gonna believe a New York Times movie review again. ok. one credit for the tentacle that shoves it’s fist face head – down your throat.
now there’s an idea. someone should bankroll a David Sandlin sci fi – horror flick, oh yeah. lust amok among the time travelers, never mind inter-alien non-carnal procreation and all.
none of that, “my room, 10 mins” – bull crap either.
looking at the DAVID SANDLIN window, from the inside, out.
‘UGLY BEATIN’ STICK – I’ll BEAT YOU GOOD’. damn, do I want one of those – Aunt Piggy still won’t give up the inheritance dough, 2 years later, and counting.
‘NANCY IS HAPPY’ – micro kinky hair and, all.
serpent, to the left, watch out, AUNT PIGGY: gonna gift wrap it, and have it jump out of a box, and push it’s way down – your sick puppy throat.
AUNT PIGGY – I put a voodoo curse on you. big time.
comics and movies – rule the culture, and with reason !!
see: DESERT ISLAND
from the Lamar Dodd flyer: DAVID SANDLIN was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, (!!) before moving with his parents to rural Alabama (!!) as an adolescent in 1972. The cultural histories of both Ireland and the American South have made a profound impact on his studio practice. Sandlin has lived and worked in New York for over 25 years and he has exhibited his work around the world. His publications are available through the art presses Sinland and Fantagraphics.
well, there ya go.
I guess IRELAND and ALABAMA – says it all !! – if that bio geography won’t rock your ‘love vs. lust’ small town world, what would ?
sinners – watch out !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN. APRIL 29, 2012.