~DUKE RILEY – SURFACES in CHINA . . . with his CHINESE ZODIAC REMATCH !!

‘DUKE RILEY – THE REMATCH’, is a ‘contemporary’ river race he is staging – between the 12 animals of the ancient CHINESE ZODIAC !!

it will take place – on the CAOGANG RIVER, in ZHUJIAJIAO, CHINA – tomorrow: SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012.
RACE TIME: 8 PM.

YOU, LANDLOVERS !! CAN WATCH A LIVE RACE FEED from the CANALS of ZHUJIAJIAO, tomorrow – Sunday April 15, 2012 in MANHATTAN . . .

at the MAGNAN METZ GALLERY in Chelsea – 521 W.26 bet 10 + 11 Aves – with a race viewing party open to all / 6 – 10 PM.

or in BROOKLYN, at the EGG & DART CLUB – a SOCIAL CLUB just off the BROOKLYN NAVY YARD in FT. GREENE – ADVANCED RSVP NECESSARY – as of this am – only 8 tickets left.

according to the water loving’ BROOKLYN DUKE: thousands of years ago, the Chinese JADE EMPEROR initiated the zodiac in order to better organize the measurement of time, and to simplify the calendar – for his people – he decided to assign an animal to each year, in a 12 year cycle. Chinese mythology has it that to determine the sequential order in which each animal would appear – a ‘swimming race’ – amongst the twelve animals would be held, and this would become the SHENGXIAO, or Chinese zodiac. (and still referred to with great reverence & popularity – today, bye the bye.)

It is well known that the RAT, the winner of the race, cheated !! (now you know why the Chinese zodiac still lives on – some truths regarding animal, make that: human nature – never pale). anyways, despite that bit of super sleazy action, and perhaps as a nod to promote it ? the universal war-like ‘me-first’ human impulse – or is that, to . . better beware of it ?!! – this ancient match established a longstanding unchanged ‘order’ – the rat comes first !! – that has remained celebrated for centuries.

ancient flashback: The rat and the cat, both poor swimmers persuaded the gullible ox to carry them across. As the ox began to lead the pack, the rat pushed the cat overboard and jumped off the ox to win the race !! yep, no matter. the first year of the Chinese zodiac was bestowed upon the cheating rat. take note, seekers of ‘truth’ who wish to pull back the veil of the human condition: exploitation, conflict & war. it’s funny the Chinese didn’t try to retro-address this cultural ‘shading’ somewhere along the revolutionary way. well, guess it takes an artist from nifty Brooklyn – to try.

and, maybe they didn’t re-address it, because it’s a hard ingrained truth, that should keep coming up to the forefront, should be first up – in every 12 year Mother Goose cycle. yeah, there are cheaters, because . . . yeah: cheaters win. corporate charlies, papa docs, and aunt piggys – we all, global – face their dirty backwash – everyday. so . . .

IN THE INTEREST of FAIRNESS – the DUKE, DUKE RILEY – PROPOSES A – REMATCH !!

“Working with local artists and communities along the canals of Zhujiajiao, China – in APRIL 2012 – I will re-stage this race. All of the zodiac animals will be represented by actual live animals. Each will be ferried separately through the canals in boats paddled by expert rowers from the community. In addition, each boat will be decorated by a different local artist according to the animal it carries.” . . . “the river race and performance will take place on the Caogang River in the historic water village of Zhujiajiao on the outskirts of Shanghai. Each animal of the zodiac will be transported on a traditional gondola, accompanied by a local rower and an opera singer from Zhujiajiao. The singer will perform songs from the ‘first animal’ perspective, making a musical case for why that animal should have won the original race.”

note: this (artistic) rematch is taking place in YEAR 2012 – the Chinese Year of the (black water) DRAGON – a designation stressing the creative realm & highest aspirations – of the human mind & the imagination – !! aka ‘the leap’ !! from the earthly primitive bonds – to heaven.
I’m guessing, obviously, the mythological Duke Riley ‘dragon’ racer – is going to have be a . . . creative ‘stand-in’ ?

read more: DUKE RILEY – THE REMATCH


PHOTO: DUKE RILEY – THE CANALS of ZHUJIAJIAO, CHINA.


DUKE RILEY, center, with some of the animal costumes, and two of the local contributing artist/performers.
PHOTO: COURTESY DUKE RILEY.




~CHRIS BIDDY: Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

CHRIS BIDDY: NERMAN MUSEUM of CONTEMPORARY ART – OPENS TO-NITE – FRI APRIL 13, 2012 / 6PM
the show runs thru SUN, JULY 15, 2012
NERMAN MUSEUM of CONTEMPORARY ART – 12345 COLLEGE BLVD – OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS

CHRIS BIDDY had his debut solo show in NEW YORK – at BILL BRADY/ATM GALLERY, NYC – SPRING of 2010.

BILL BRADY writes: “since then Chris’ watercolors have become even more refined and exquisite. Still working with images taken from Facebook, posted by friends, Chris elaborates on the portrayal of adolescent innocence and nonsense.”

p.s. BILL BRADY has just opened a new gallery space in KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. no, it’s not called ATM, it’s called: BILL BRADY KC !!
see: BILL BRADY KC


BILL BRADY KC – 1505 GENESSEE STREET – KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI.
PHOTO: BILL BRADY KC

FROM THE ARTLOVERS’ ARCHIVES:


BILL BRADY and CHRIS BIDDY at the opening of ‘CHRIS BIDDY: NEW MESSAGE’ – Chris’ debut solo show, in New York City.
BILL BRADY/ATM GALLERY, NYC, FEB 11, 2010.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


CHRIS BIDDY, watercolor, BILL BRADY/ATM GALLERY, NYC. FEB 11, 2010.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


CHRIS BIDDY, watercolor, BILL BRADY/ATM GALLERY, NYC. FEB 11, 2010.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

see more pix: ‘CHRIS BIDDY – NEW MESSAGE’ – BILL BRADY/ATM GALLERY, NYC. FEB 2010




~EASTERN DISTRICT, what up ?


IMAGE: POSTER BOY/COURTESY: EASTERN DISTRICT APRIL 4, 2012

The MIXTAPE is coming soon !!!! (cover art by POSTER BOY)

talking bout Eastern District – this greeting – just came in from their HQ:

MOSHOLU is a hip-hop/punk/psychedelic compilation spawned from the bowels of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Although we just started recording in the bathroom of Eastern District Gallery a few months ago, With KOOL A.D.(of Das Racist) and production by GHOST DAD (of WIN WIN) are just some of the many blessings to come. MOSHOLU will be featuring songs from SPANK ROCK, DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR, TELLI (of Ninja Sonik), THE YELLOW DOGS, THE KICK DRUMS JOHNNY NELSON, RES (of Idle Warship), GUN FIGHT, FAST YEARS, THE WELLINGTON PAPERS, and more !!!!!!!

The MOSHOLU mixtape will also feature art, music, and sound from artists POSTER BOY, CA$H 4, FEER, MICHAEL ALAN, and the OWS movement.


image: EASTERN DISTRICT – GALLERY
sample sound/see blog: EASTERN DISTRICT – GALLERY/BLOG




~CARL WEATHERS/Public School/Black Apple


CARL WEATHERS rides the PATH train – heading back into the city. New York City.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, April 3, 2012

. . . I first met CARL WEATHERS at EASTERN DISTRICT, Public School did several shows there when the space first opened. Carl is ‘family’ with the cutting edge fashion group – he’s related to one of the head designers, I’m thinking . . . MAXWELL OSBOURNE.

Public School / Black Apple were founded by menswear designers DAO-YI CHOW and MAXWELL OSBOURNE. Public School apparently became their hi-end brand, and Black Apple is more the off-the-rack, diffusion line.

DAO-YI CHOW and MAXWELL OSBOURNE talk about how the company(s) got started and then evolved – in this video link, below. if you’re quick enough you can catch a few early pix of . . . MICHAEL CABRERA, EASTERN DISTRICT’S founder and Creative Director. . . in the mix.
this might help: EASTERN DISTRICT’S bit of a blog (!!)


watch: BEHIND THE BRAND / Public School & Black Apple

see: BLACK APPLE

note: artist JUAN DOE wore that V for Vendetta ‘mask’, which also scored press during OWS – at his MARCH 2009 solo show at EASTERN DISTRICT … but it doesn’t quite look to be him modelling it – in this fashion forward (!!) video. (have to get back to you on that !!)
check back to that EASTERN DISTRICT – bit of blog link, above.

see: PUBLIC SCHOOL


from the video: BEHIND THE BRAND / Public School & Black Apple


from the video: BEHIND THE BRAND / Public School & Black Apple


BLACK APPLE, from the video: BEHIND THE BRAND / Public School & Black Apple




~WHAT UP INTERNET, HENNESSY YOUNGMAN CALLING !!

“WHAT UP INTERNET – THIS IS YOUR BOY HENNESSY YOUNGMAN . . . “


ART THOUGHTZ with HENNESSY YOUNGMAN – oh yeah.


oh yeah – he done got the SHARKMAN, down . . . good.
“Like some perfect storm of banality” !!

here’s the link . . .

YEAH !! you want to WATCH: HENNESSY YOUNGMAN take down DAMIEN HIRST !!

‘FAMOUS ARTIST’ HENNESSY YOUNGMAN is “performed” by unknown artist JAYSON MUSSON, or is it the other way around – !!


IMAGE: JAYSON SCOTT MUSSON, ‘JUVENILIA’ – FROM HIS WEBSITE.

& YEAH, CHECK OUT HIS WEBSITE: JAYSON SCOTT MUSSON

oh oh . . I Think the genie is REALLY outta the bag, this time . . .




~TIM EADS – HEADLINES FAMILY BUSINESS, to-nite. PIX JUST POSTED . .


TIM EADS – ‘THE TAXONOMY OF TRASH’

HEADS UP: PHILLY ARTIST – TIM EADS – WILL BE GIVING A PERFORMANCE TO-NITE – SAT APRIL 7, 2012 at 7PM
FAMILY BUSINESS GALLERY – 520 WEST 21st ST – CHELSEA, N.Y.

note: the gallery advises: BRING A PILLOW – THIS WILL BE BORING.

see: THIS IS TIM EADS

see: THE TAXONOMY OF TRASH

TIM EADS, APRIL 7, 2012, NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

so, apparently his pitch to take over the world, or at least New York City, was a pop-up bubble in a pop-in kinda gallery – thing & by the time I strolled by – it was over. I was told the huge bubbles his pedal-powered bike-like contraption generated – wafted over the nearby High Line. well bubbles, better than cranes bearing 3 ton locomotives . . . is all I can say. the Empire State building to the mid-north was lit up like an Easter egg – definite the way to go. I also caught a glimpse of the BLACK LABEL tall bike crew tooling around Chelsea, terrorizing traffic, no brakes, dude, with SADUE in the lead, thick hardcore bad white boy Rastafarian locks flying back, in the light nighttime breeze coming off the Hudson River.

see: the FAMILY BUSINESS PRESS RELEASE regarding TIM’S “Plot for WORLD DOMINATION” and a cool photo of a bonafide Amish family using his pedal-powered butter maker !! Tim apparently hails originally from TEXAS. wouldn’t you just know it !!

TIERNAN ALEXANDER, Tim’s wife, accomplice and cheerleader. April 7, 2012, NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING – LIT LIKE AN EASTER EGG. . . APRIL 7, 2012.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH




~2-UP OPENING at SOLOWAY, to-nite

‘FOLIO’ by 2-UP – OPENING TODAY – SAT APRIL 7, 2012 / 6-8PM
the show runs: APRIL 7 – 29, 2012
SOLOWAY – 348 SOUTH 4th ST – BROOKLYN
HRS: Saturday and Sunday, 12-5PM

SOLOWAY presents ‘FOLIO’ – an exhibition by the group 2-UP.

from the press release:

Over the past few years 2-UP has produced a series of poster publications. This will be the first group exhibition of the individual members’ work in a gallery space. The exhibition is structured in 2 parts: a free newspaper that dissembles into 7 double-sided posters, and corresponding works in the gallery.

Each participant has been given a 2-page spread of the newspaper publication. The only constraint beyond the format of the page is that each contribution exists in some relation to objects exhibited or events taking place at SOLOWAY. They may predict, document, or become materially incorporated into works in the gallery. In addition to the opening and gallery exhibition – there will be a closing event with readings and performances.

2-UP was formed in February 2010 as a cross-disciplinary group of artists working in visual arts, curating and writing. For each edition, 2-UP pairs 2 members to produce a double-sided poster, packaged in sets of 2. All of 2-UP’s activities are entirely funded by its members. 2-UP is currently participating in the Millennium Magazines exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. In addition, a survey of posters ‘This is 2-UP’, is on view at the Bowery poetry club, curated by SUE SCOTT.

Members of 2-UP participating in the exhibition are: COLLEEN ASPER, MATTHEA HARVEY, CHRISTIAN HAWKEY, CATHY PARK HONG, ZEREK KEMPF, BENJAMIN KRESS, NATHAN LEE, PAUL LEGAULT, JEN LIU, MORES McWREATH, ADAM SHECTER, JOE WINTER, and MONIKA ZARZECZNA.

see: THIS IS 2-UP

ABOVE: 9TH 2-UP EDITION / SECOND SERIES / 2-SIDED POSTER SET – A COLLABORATION by DOUG ASHFORD & CHIP HUGHES, IMAGE C/O 2-UP




~KEVIN KAY . . . in BAM 2012 SILENT AUCTION


artist/photographer KEVIN KAY on the streets of Chelsea, New York City . . . April 4, 2012.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

first of all, congrats to KEVIN and his wife, SASHA on the birth of their first child, a baby girl, CAMILLE LUCIA, now approaching 3 months.

a native New Yorker, KEVIN was born in Brooklyn in 1974, and that is also where he currently works and lives. A self-described “urban hunter and gatherer” his work combines photography, video, painting, and found objects, with the end result quite haunting and mysterious, or as his website puts it: “a glimpse of an ephemeral world often described as . . from another world.” His camera of choice is an old Polaroid SLR 680, which was in common use in the early 80s. He often uses expired Polaroid film, though that might be the only option today ?

o.k. a little more info on that !!
KEVIN relates that he has a stock of expired Polaroid film, and that “he is constantly buying it from various different sources when it comes up.” He also has about 150 (!!) Polaroid cameras in his possession. Kevin notes that you can buy (fresh) ‘Polaroid’ film from the impossible project,NYC. Polaroid no longer makes film, but impossible “took over where they left off” . . . but, he prefers to use the older stock, for it’s ‘accidental’ ambience, and color effects.

KEVIN KAY has exhibited his work, in the US and abroad, most recently at the AIPAD Photography show in NY, and in ‘Food For Thought’ at the ROBERT MANN GALLERY, NYC.
you can check out, a sampling of his portfolio, here: kevkay.com

He has a wonderful, drop-dead sensual !! very haunting, very lyrical, very poetic, very color ‘play’ intense – 3 piece Polaroid work – in the upcoming BAM 2012 BENEFIT SILENT ART AUCTION, which commences next week, APRIL 11th, with the online bidding ending April 22, 2012 at 6 PM.
BETH RUDIN DeWOODY is this year’s honorary curator.

KEVEN KAY, Untitled ‘Nettie’, 2011. Triptych, Polaroid 600. 4.25 x 3.25 in. (ea.) in BAM – SILENT AUCTION 2012.
IMAGE: COURTESY THE ARTIST & ROBERT MANN GALLERY, N.Y. c/o Paddle8.

see: KEVIN KAY – BAM ART 2012 SILENT AUCTION – on Paddle8

see: BAMart / Eighth Annual Silent Auction

see: BAM / BROOKLYN ACADEMY of MUSIC

p.s. BAM is celebrating it’s 150th ANNIVERSARY – check it out !!




~ok lots of catching up to do !!

1. first up:

THE NICHOLAS STEINDORF VIDEO PRESENTATION at ENTWINE – OPENING NITE PIX !! – JUST POSTED !! SCROLL DOWN . . .


JEREMY ALLEN of vogue.com, KATE CERIGO, graphic designer currently working at vogue.com, and NICHOLAS STEINDORF at ENTWINE – for an evening of Nicholas’s short video clips, presented by CoWorker Projects. APRIL 3, 2012.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

2. just posted today, FRI APRIL 6, 1 PM:

the MICHAEL SCOGGINS GALLERY TALK & PIX – FROM HIS FREIGHT+VOLUME EXHIBIT: ‘US AGAINST THEM’ / ‘The War Between the Classes’ !!
JUST WENT LIVE !! – SCROLL DOWN . . .


MICHAEL SCOGGINS gives a very fun & informative talk about his work, and his thinking !! at FREIGHT+VOLUME, APRIL 4, 2012.
yep, of course, that’s one of his pieces behind him . . .
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH




~MICHAEL SCOGGINS TO GIVE A TALK – & – PIX JUST POSTED !!

MICHAEL SCOGGINS WILL CONDUCT A SHORT TALK FOLLOWED BY A Q&A ON HIS SHOW,
‘Michael L. Scoggins: US AGAINST THEM (The War Between the Classes)’
to-nite WED APRIL 4, 2012 starting at 6:30 PM
the show runs thru this SAT APRIL 7, 2012 – so this is a good chance to come see it – before it comes down.
FREIGHT + VOLUME – 530 WEST 24th ST – CHELSEA

NOTE: read that title again !! this is all about the war between the classes – the haves and have-nots !! not a war between the USA and anybody else. ok, got that ? though there seems to be some kind of referencing to the ‘red commies’ – so, I’m gonna ask him about that – to-nite !!
yeah, we know we are a war-like country. we’re also a war-like peoples !! plural, global. nobody escapes the ancient hard-wired survival genes, esp as some of us never got past the greedy lying sociopath sub-primal ones, aunt piggy – anybody ?
I know I got one – in my family !! ha.

you can see: a nice selection of works from the installation plus artist background & theory, here.


MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘Red Sonja’, 2012. marker on paper, 84 x 66 in.


MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘America’s Favorite Drawing’, 2012. graphite, marker, prismacolor on paper. 67 x 51 in.

BTW:
that’s a very heavy-duty over-size roll of paper, he works on. not the everyday ordinary thin stuff you have on your desk, ha. that’s part of the illusion. part of the Scoggins – game plan. check out those dimensions, again: 67 x 51 in. which translates as: 5 ft. 7 in. x 4 ft. 3 in.

see: they have a nice run of gallery installation shots – on the website. – which makes that clearer !! the works are definite: 3D – as in sculptural !!

ABOVE IMAGES: COURTESY FREIGHT + VOLUME


a good-natured MICHAEL SCOGGINS gave a brief talk at his show, which is doing quite well, bye the way – this past Wednesday, April 4, 2012.
he is standing in front of his piece, ‘I Am A Man’, 2012.


MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘I Am A Man’, 2012. graphite and prismacolor on (torn) paper, 22 x 51 in.


MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘Who’s on Top?’ 2012. marker, graphite, prismacolor on paper. dimensions vary as to how you decide to exhibit it. ($9,000. for the 2 pieces)
he began his talk emphasizing that his issue is with the fat cat corporate or ‘big daddy’ power trippers who are behind all conflicts – exploiting and dividing the masses around globe – who bear the brunt, and fight the wars (!!) of these eat’em up and throw them a bone once in a while – cutthroat dominators . . . MICHAEL said he grew up in the cold war decade – so that explains the ‘commie’ reference. it was pretty clear that there was a lot of thought behind the images, which therefore radiated a visual power beyond their child-like surface scribble. He also said he was aiming for a more ‘minimalist’ field in the work, itself – on a purely plastic or compositional level. mission accomplished.


detail, MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘Who’s on Top?’
he also spoke a bit about how and when, in grad school, the lightbulb went off in his head to blow-up his notebook sketches . . . which sketches, as well as the seeds of all kinds of ideas, apparently he does non-stop, and has done so, ever since childhood.
he explained how he first makes several batches of the ‘sheets’ of lined ‘notebook’ or blank ‘sketchbook’ paper in his studio, cutting them from big rolls, and then carefully blue ‘lining’ the notebook or binder-like sheets, and cutting out the margin holes, etc, and then he works on the compositions. he also manipulates and bends the sheets in various corners, or other selected ways to further enhance the illusion of a ‘ruled’ notebook or blank sketchbook – page.


detail, MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘Who’s on Top?’
in this show, he also ‘tore’ the sheets to resemble ‘scraps’ of paper, and in this case. most engagingly: flags.
one fun fact he re-counted was that his mother, who was an artist, saved all his childhood drawings, so he can still go back and consult with his younger self !!
and, yes he was into comics. in fact that’s where he thought he was heading when he was younger – to life as a comic book artist. (!!)


HANNAH HINDS stands beside a full page MICHAEL SCOGGINS’S piece – ‘Art is a Weapon’. (!!)
the piece is dated 2011, graphite and prismacolor on paper, 67 x 51 in.
($12,000.)


detail, MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘Art is a Weapon’, get it ?


MICHAEL SCOGGINS with long time pal, and now wife, artist ALEX GINGROW. MICHAEL and ALEX both have advanced academic connections to the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia.
behind them: MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘Long Live the King!’, 2011. graphite, marker and prismacolor on paper, 67 x 51 in.

you can see Alex’s work, here: alex gingrow
and, YES, it friggin’ rocks !! – check it out !!


in the middle room: at left, a large wall-sized installation of smaller individually hand-colored silk screened pieces (ranging in scale/individual prices: $50, $75 & $150) that are adhered to the wall with velcro – titled ‘War is Good’, 2012 – and – the less politically charged work, maybe !! – at right, titled ‘Explosion Drawing #1’, 2012. marker and prismacolor om paper, 67 x 51 in.


detail, MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘Explosion Drawing #1’.
note: how well he does the uniform paper ‘margin’ holes, and the ‘torn’ chads from where the paper ‘was torn out of the book’ – it’s easy to overlook that precision as you encounter the visual compositions . . . but this precision mimic-ing of torn paper, almost puts him into the class of sculptor, in my book !!
it’s also interesting to pause a moment and contrast the precision production – to the child-like lettering and draftsmanship – to the grown-up thoughts.


detail, MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘Explosion Drawing #1’.


detail, MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘Explosion Drawing #1’.


MANDY, AMANDA JOY BROWN, beside one of my fav pieces in the show, and I just don’t know why – but it rocks and rolls !! so drop dead funny, totally droll, and against the grain, I guess. really nice off-the-usual-color-chart hue, dead-on composition, and authentic format too. MONOPOLY !!
MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘Know Your Place’, 2012. marker and prismacolor on paper. 51 x 67 in.
originally from Texas, and visiting from Savannah, Georgia, you can catch AMANDA JOY BROWN, here: amandajoybrown.wordpress.com


we’ll give the last word to: MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘All-American Family XVII’, 2012. crayon and prismacolor on paper, 67 x 51 in. which hangs over the gallery’s front desk.
the back story: after Michael produced a series of tongue-in-cheek, see below, diverse (!!) American family portraits, circa 2007 – with him, stuck into the ‘inclusive’ groupings – collectors began to commission him to paint portraits of their real families. and yep, that is Michael aloft in the little plane. looks like his game plan, took off – in all respects.


a page from the past: MICHAEL SCOGGINS and his ‘integrated’ family !! and yeah, he’s the blondie !!
MICHAEL SCOGGINS, ‘All-American Family’, 2007. marker and prismacolor on paper, 67 x 51 in. Private Collection. Courtesy of ART VENTURES INTERNATIONAL . . . in the softcover catalog, ‘Michael Scoggins: Sic Semper Tyrannis’, 2008, CAD/CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER of VIRGINIA, which is available at the gallery.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH