~KEVIN HARRY . . ZINES / ODE TO THE INDIE !!

on this weekend of frenzied fair-going, big money-hopeful sales, celeb branding, not to forget half-baked art critics mouthing off – damn, people are just so needy, here !!

I’m taking a stand for the hard-core D.I.Y indie talent that lurks . . just under the volcano !!

I meet KEVIN HARRY just out of the blue, standing in line to see ‘Dior and I’ – !!
turns out his day job is Managing Editor at the legendary TV series, ‘INSIDE EDITION’ – and we all know how I love tabloid news formats !!

but his secret inner life ?
his inner superman ?
an on-the-city-street-beat . . . photographer !!
he said he published his own zine – because he was just fed up with how it’s all white folk in the art world, and he’s pretty much right, except for, I think there’s a classic KARA WALKER cut-out presentation at FREIZE.
but I mean she’s in a class all of her own, and – damn it, we all know he’s right.
the art world is really a very limited ethnic mix, on all levels – from the fan base, critics, and artists, to the wheeler-dealer gallerists, and of course – the collectors.

so that’s another under the volcano moment – or what ??!!
yes – it is, and you know damn well know what I mean.

so while everyone else is caught up in art fair frenzy, aka as the business of art – I’m taking a stand and saluting KEVIN HARRY and what he stands for: the indie photographer with a unique vision of what New York City streets are really all about – whose got to self-publish to get the pix out, and what’s wrong with that – D.I.Y. INDIE is the way of the future – and we all know it !!

so hello . . KEVIN HARRY !!
welcome to the art world !!
I’m so loving your truly street-worthy pix !!


CR watch out !!
KEVIN HARRY shows me his first self-published zine, KH !!
free-wheeling NYC street photos, and they are . . . GREAT !!
fab, fab & more fab. alive and happy and most of all – diverse and generous !!
a true capture of the streets of New York, this very moment.
he’s got it down in a snap, the wild and raw electric energy that really pulses and runs through this city, beating a strong life energy – under the volcano of the big money & professional branding, that sits at the top, and really needs to move – over already !!
and, I mean it.


photos by KEVIN HARRY, in his zine – KH.


photos by KEVIN HARRY, in his zine – KH.

ps:
KEVIN HAS A NEW ZINE COMING OUT SOON, I’LL DEFINITE MAKE SURE TO LET YOU ALL KNOW, WHEN & WHERE – TO GET IT.
GO, INDIE !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. APRIL 11, 2015, at the FILM FORUM, NYC




‘Dior and I’, . . and PETER BRANT !!

‘DIOR AND I’, (2015) – a film by FREDERIC TCHENG

FILM REVIEW BY NANCY SMITH, MAY 13, 2015

now HELD OVER . . at the FILM FORUM, NYC

actually. there is ONE SPECTACULAR art event happening in NYC, and that’s this film about the take-over of the legendary House of Dior – by RAF SIMONS. an absolutely superlative effort – on all levels, which makes it an artist’s film – no matter what your genre or field. or interest in haute fashion, for that matter. it’s about the creative process, the vision, the drive, co-ordinating teams of SKILLED ARTISANS, making the media buzz, keeping your backers happy, in a word: making the big dream – happen !!

but beyond that general creative endorsement, it is also a film about art, how art . . ‘travels’. just as we might peruse the tabloids or the fashions pages for a mental break, RAF looks to art to get his juices flowing. his 3 favorite artists at the time of this film: STERLING RUBY, GERHARD RICHTER,and JEFF KOONS.

RAF takes the time to introduce us to the drip paintings of GERHARD RICHTER, and more intensely to the recent spray paint on big canvas, all-over almost monochrome, very very moody, stormy ‘fields’ of STERLING RUBY, which he right then and there decides to custom create as a fabric for some of his floaty, but reined-in ballgowns for this his first Dior showing. and he’s got like 8 weeks to pull it all together !!

so we get to see the Sterling Ruby inspiration, hitting his mindset like a lightning bolt. we get to witness a big creative leap of faith. a big big leap of faith, and we become part of the background pressure put upon the atelier, the artisans, mostly women in white lab coats – who have to make the idea come to life, have to make the Sterling Rubies transition from painted canvas to printed fabric, and yes – they come out fab. everyone is surprised and pleased.

the Jeff Koons – connection ?
all Raf does, is talk talk talk about the JEFF KOONS flower puppy – pronouncing it “POP-IE” really really fast, so cute. “have we seen it” . . yes we have !! (in photos)
then when he is flown over to see M. Dior’s fab fab old school estate, he sees the gorgeous flower gardens and he decides that, with that in mind – and the Jeff Koons “POP-IE” he is going to rent a huge old mansion and fill it with solid walls of fresh blooms, for the runway show – and yes he does. He must emptied out flower markets all over Europe, let alone France. spectacular. gorgeous, oh my god.

so anyways, if you know your art 101 – you know PETER BRANT owns this flower puppy and he has it displayed on the grounds of his home / foundation in Connecticut. I read online he spends $75,000 a year to maintain it and keep it blooming with live flowers. imagine if he lived in LA ?
he’d have to have it covered in horny succulents !!

so, who do I see in line to see the next showing of ‘DIOR and I’ just as I was leaving ?

PETER BRANT !!!
no joke.
how fun.

I couldn’t help wondering how cool it must be to watch the movie and know you owned that piece – amazing.
just ask him, if you happen to see him, out and about. he saw me. I was going to take out my camera and get in his face – but I just really really didn’t want to break the spell of a . . magic NYC moment.

watch the: TRAILER – ‘DIOR and I’. . . official website


STERLING RUBY inspired, RAF SIMONS’ DIOR dress – as a sketch.
it’s good they moved on to a stronger color palette.


STERLING RUBY/ RAF SIMONS’ DIOR dress comes to life.


the finished STERLING RUBY inspired, RAF SIMONS DIOR DRESS – in the final fitting, before it comes down the runway.


the wall of flowers, inspired by the JEFF KOONS, ‘FLOWER PUPPY’ – inaugural runway show, RAF SIMONS for DIOR.

images: screen grabs – from the trailer.




~RAKU: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl / LA

RAKU: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl
LACMA / Los Angeles County Museum of Art
thru JUNE 7, 2015

of course, as soon as I start TRASH-TALKIN’ LA / LOS ANGELES !!
there’s where I want to be !!
there’s two shows going on down there, that I would totally, totally love to see.

the first . . is a museum show on Raku pottery, the history of, and the unique design qualities of. in other words, magic, science, craft, form, function, design & ritual – all the things we’ve been talking about – in a nutshell / tea bowl. (More about the second – next week.)

with the current fascination here in NYC on anything artisanal, but esp fashioned by hand from clay, porcelain, you name it . . you’d also have this in-depth article on the show, appearing in the Wall Street Journal, back in April 23, 2015 – at top of your desk, for weeks. too. well, if you are LUCKY !! enough to be in drought-land USA, LA !! – you have just a few more weeks to catch it.

and why isn’t this show – coming here ?
that’s why most everybody, I know at least, is bitching about the museum scene.
just because you come from an institutional mind-set, does that mean you have to be so out of touch with the beat of the city, and more importantly its trending, beating heart ?
the last museum show I saw with glee – was the JACK GOLDSTEIN retrospective at the The Jewish Museum, and that was quite awhile ago, about 2 years to the day actually. that’s not a very good statistic for such a with-it, arts-loving city with many many museums, and even many many more always hungry culture vultures !!
but esp the ones loving anything – clay !!


ARTS IN REVIEW, WALL STREET JOURNAL. THURSDAY APRIL 23, 2015

I’m giving you the link to the WSJ review by DAVID MERMELSTEIN, so you can read it for yourself, because it is excellent.
it starts off:
“For 15 generations, just one family (!!) has crafted the hand-sculpted (rather than wheel-thrown) Japanese pottery known as Raku, which uses a low-fire technique to produce ceramic objects that bear an unmistakable variegated glaze.”

and continues . . . “Now some 90 of them – dating from the late 1500s to the present – have been assembled . . ”

see: A DYNASTY BUILT OF CLAY – WSJ

http://www.wsj.com/articles/raku-the-cosmos-in-a-tea-bowl-reviewnow-on-view-at-the-los-angeles-county-museum-of-art-1429738016


CHOJIRO (RAKU I) (!!) Tea Bowl named ‘Tarobo’, 16th C, Red Raku ware; glazed ceramic, Urasenke Foundation.
Photo: Masayuki Miyahara via LACMA/Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl

see: Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl

does one really need to say more, thatis a Raku tea bowl by the first Raku master, Chojiro – 16th C – !!
that’s a long time ago. the US was only born 200 years ago.
cosmos in a tea bowl ? – yep !!

so again.
talking about the cosmos, masters of the museum universe that run this city, why isn’t this show coming here, aren’t we supposed to be the capital of cool, or what ?




~DUKE RILEY . . . HAPPY HELLBENT MOTHER’S DAY !!

PIX FROM THE HELLBENT HOOKERS – FUNDRAISER, BROOKLYN
JONATHAN SCHIPPER STUDIO BACKYARD, BROOKLYN
SAT MAY 9, 2015


DUKE RILEY . . plays mom to his new pet baby squirrel


TBone and the band . . .


HELLBENT HOOKER


HELLBENT HOOKER


HELLBENT HOOKER


some members of the BLACK LABEL TALL BIKE CLUB showed their ‘colors’ . . .


though I didn’t see any of their hand-crafted tall bikes anywhere ?


the rough-hewn character in the blue denim BLACK LABEL jacket . . . lit up the space.


his patch, said it all.


JOCELYN SHIPLEY used to show with CANADA in the early days, and she was !! one of their best artists, but I guess a hard sell, because ?? what happened.
she was notorious at one point for sweeping up the youngest, barely in his teens, baby brother member of DEARRAINDROP – into the folds of her ample bosom, and ROB PRUITT should be notorious for ripping off her upside-down legs sculptures, concrete-stuffed real blue denim jeans.
see: JOCELYN SHIPLEY, The Secret Life of Sculpture. CANADA, Summer 2008.


JONATHAN SCHIPPER


KITTY JOE SAINT-MARIE shows us her new Duke Riley tattoo.


DUKE RILEY TATTOO, close-up.
KITTY was also wearing a great cut-out ‘quilt’ pieced dress, that looked a bit like a KELIE BOWMAN silk screen, cut-out & re-patterned stitched painting. though the dress was subtle it was wild, it had sheer panels, in all the right places. she looked like she was born into it, it fit her so well. it was knock-out gorgeous, if you really stopped to look – kind of thing.


an earlier Duke Riley tattoo, on the under-side of that fair Irish arm !!
it says, metaphorically: watch out, Duke Riley and crew coming to dice and slice – that Big Apple !!


DAVID HAUSEN of SURREEL FILMS, New York, Paris, Los Angeles.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~DUKE RILEY . . BIG – PIG ROAST TODAY !!

ROAST THAT . . . PIG !!

BURNING MAN – NEW YORK CITY . . . STYLE !!

FREIZE, not !!

damn, if DUSTIN YELLIN was going to have himself a big down-home pig roast A-list fund raiser, sure as hell, DUKE RILEY – was going to have one . . his way !!
a hardcore, bad-ass throw-down, full of the underbelly grit that defines the rough and tumble underground, and Duke Riley – who will always be subversive, no matter how successful he gets.

yeah, let’s get in your face . . CUBA !!
yeah, underground, maybe $10 to get it, just the way we like it.
you know . . . under the volcano !!

no diss on Dustin, it’s just how you land, from a socio-economic point of view, and in his own sweet chaotic way, Dustin is a pretty free-form hardcore creative.
‘Tree-Tech’ industries at Spring Break . . . nailed his street cred, forever.
it’s called putting your money – where your mouth is.

I mean . .
you could make a meme, and I would if I had the computer skills, lordy !!
and, put Dustin’s grinning, red-speckled blue-eyed with wildly tousled head, on Peter Dinklage’s ‘Throne of Games’ bad boy scruffy hard-body mini-body, and come out – with something really really . . voila !! to crash the social media universe.
. . . for real !!
just close your eyes and . . imagine !!

so, if Dustin was looking to raise $800,000 for his Pioneer Works agenda, and diffuse it out into the greater Red Hook community, Duke is looking to raise $8,000 to send him, and some fellow hardcore bad-ass wild band-mates . . . to CUBA !
now, that’s w-i-l-d.

so the way I see it, this is no longer just a ‘GIRLS’ night out – in Brooklyn moment – !!
this is: ‘GAME of THRONES’ meets . .’MAD MAX’ !!

and yeah, it is YOUR PASSPORT . . “FUCKING BEAUTIFUL” – !!

YEAH, DUKE’S PIG ROAST, for sure is bound to be the closest you’re gonna get, yah dumb-loser-on-the-make, or twenty-something-on-the-go, to . . BURNING MAN, in this damn city. ha.
for a gripping, and ripping your heart out time, and don’t forget those over-size torn black net stockings, in over-drive diva size, for sure.

SO, BURN THAT – PIG !!
and stuff an apple in it’s mouth, as it turns and drips.

so, yeah . .
let’s send DUKE and his friggin hardcore pals – to CUBA, and like they say – good luck with that.
or as DUKE PUTS IT:
“If you are a friend of mine or TBone’s, a Hellbent Hooker fan or just a generally bad person, and want to bring more problems to Cuba that it’s already dealing with, SHOW UP! Donate. Eat Pork. Drink Booze.
See you there.”

DUKE RILEY’S HELLBENT HOOKER BENEFIT PIG ROAST
SAT MAY 9, / 3-9 PM
260 RICHARDSON ST at KINGSLAND AVE – on the ‘border’ of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, BROOKLYN
L train to Graham Ave or G to Nassau Ave.
note: don’t think the L is actually running these weekends, maintenance.
ya gotta do that G trip, anyway – you can.

DOORS OPEN at 3 PM – BANDS PLAY AT 4 PM & yes !! HELLBENT HOOKER will be playing, of course.
SOMETHING LIKE $10 – TO GET IN, AT THE DOOR. (TO COVER THE 500 lbs of SMOKING’ PIG MEAT !!)

THERE WILL BE “SOME SORT OF AUCTION as well as band paraphernalia like t-shirts for sale”.

as, the DUKE SAYS, so sweetly:
THIS IS LAST MINUTE SO SHOW YOUR ASS UP!

ps:
if you live out of town, literally or metaphoric-wise, you can special order limited edition black event t-shirts with that passport image on the front.
$25 paypal to duke@eastrivertattoo.com

ps: the venue, 260 Richardson Ave, is JONATHAN SCHIPPER’S STUDIO – !!
talking larger than life, and hardcore industrial gritty: big gears, radical eco-awareness,
and, voila: voodoo – heavy metal !!
in other words, steel, motion, and i.e. science – mashes up with new age ritual . . magic !!

to view the video, see: JONATHAN SCHIPPER – ART WORK
see: JONATHAN SCHIPPER / google search images

see: HELLBENT HOOKER’S FB – PAGE


HELLBENT HOOKER, and damn, if there isn’t a hardcore chick – in the mix !!

and finally
, formore ‘academic’ background on DUKE’S . . BIG CUBA – PLANS,
see: BRIAN BOUCHER’S/THURS MAY 7, 2015 POST – ON ARTNET

actually,
CUBA has played into the Duke’s love of the sea, folk art tradition, and just plain-ole game of . . trouble-making, before.

anybody else remember, his last gallery showing, when he sent that ‘illegal’ band of pigeons, from Florida to Cuba, to smuggle back hand-rolled cigars !! in mini-bird backpacks – with mini-cams on their bodies . . catching the whole thing – mid-flight, over the waters !!
dude if you saw it, you well remember – !!

then scandal of scandals, after reportedly selling their home-made pigeon coop, for big bucks, we are talking like $$,$$$ to some smart ass European collector, he actually ABANDONED his fleet of feisty flyers – and dumped them, on who else. 5 guesses !!
yep, PAT. aka the Bushwick pigeonner.
PATRICK McCARTHY – he of the recent ceramic ‘SLAB’ show at AGNES B.

between . . the likes of DUKE RILEY, KING PIN DUSTIN YELLIN, and HIGH LORD TOM SACHS, and with new-up-and-comer, elder royal son, or is that scheming bastard ? falconer, I mean pigeoner !!! PAT McCARTHY.
not to forget young downtown prince SEAN VEGEZZI, the undisputed master of urban sleight-of-hand, despite his tender years, or maybe – because of them ?
joining the fray, it really is an epic GAME OF THRONES battle for domination, here in – NEW YORK CITY.

famous last words:

LA ?
who wants to live in a drought-scarred desert, when you can be jostling for power among such urban heroes.
on an islandsurrounded by . . water.

LA is a realtors’ . . shell game.
or is that . . shill game ?
no diff.

no matter.
the northeast kingdom – sure feels a whole lot lighter, swifter, slicker, and faster on its feet – with all those lame wannabe transplants – gone.
throw ’em overboard, I say – !!
throw the deadweight – off the ship.
long live NEW YORK !!

let the battles – begin.

ok ok I know, ED RUSCHA, and RETNA !!
ok, so in Ruscha’s case, just make him an honorary New Yorker, and he’s already more than half-way here on our side, as is.

as for RETNA ?
somebody has to kidnap him, and throw him into the boat, all tied-up no doubt, and screamin’ bloody murder, to save him from himself and all those gross $$$ whore groupies they have down there.

and, watch out for the not-all-that-glitters-is-not – gold . . stars overhead in the cosmic firmament, like ?
VENUS, and MAMA, baby !!

way funny last word:
and, east vs west coast art warriors, definite remember the sad, cautionary tale of JEFFREY DEITCH.
they really really don’t like Northern intruders down there, upsetting the locals, and ruining their dinner parties. they sure gave him the boot, in no time.
and, ok he has no social skills, but he – can put on a good show, when he wants to.
just if only he wasn’t so sleazy, and such a rip-off to his . . local sources.
you knew the writing was on the wall, early in the game, when they made him take down that awesome wall mural of soldiers’ coffins.

coffins – ha, let that be . . the last word !!




~KELIE BOWMAN . . ‘RISE’ / OPENING SAT

the end of this week – sees a full ‘FEMME’ . . sweep.
mysterious. trouble. in-your-face trouble, troubl-ed, and troubl-ing.
are rising waters – a threat ?
did somebody say something about . . .
“rising for social justice” . . ?!!

how about . . just, the powers that lie ‘under the volcano’ – !!
beat in the heart of a woman – this week.
in Brooklyn, of course.

‘RISE’ – KELIE BOWMAN
OPENS SAT MAY 9, 2015 / 7-10 PM
the show runs MAY 9 – JUNE 21, 2015
GALLERY HRS: THURS-TUES / 12-5 PM
BOOKLYN – 37 GREENPOINT AVE, BROOKLYN

“BOOKLYN is pleased to present a solo show of new work by KELIE BOWMAN. Drawing from her experiences living and working on a sailboat . . she has crafted a body of work inspired by watching light reflect on the ocean.”

more info: including, that “rising for social justice” quote !!


IMAGE: KELIE BOWMAN / ‘RISE’ – INVITE CARD
I think that’s two tiny figures, male and female ? at the lower left hand side.
big, big seascape.

anybody else remember ‘BOATEL’, it was MAY 2012 and KELIE had a boat / really a floating ‘hotel’ room – to decorate. her boat was called . . SHE-WOLF. you just don’t miss with SHE-WOLF.
she will eat you up, and spit – you out.
and you won’t know if you are dead, or . . alive.

see: BOATEL LAUNCH PARTY – MAY 2012
MARINA 59, ROCKAWAY. just 3 summers ago.
yet, seems so . . far-away.

here’s a few ‘don’t look back’ – pix:


KELIE’S boat – the SHE-WOLF. Kelie was really getting into triangles by then, and . . the reflections of light, and water.


STO and KELIE, inside the bluest of the blue . . on the blue, blue waters.
ah, life. let’s not even go there. but beautiful things. like Cinders . . can ‘a-rise’ from the craziest of situations. it’s called, taking a leap of faith, jumping right smack into that Big Apple art game, into the ‘underground’.
or: ‘under the volcano’ – as we like to call it.

CINDERS is back in town, up and running as CINDERS HAUSCLUB, in the CA/CA – CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF CONTEMPORARY ART BLDGING, 700 LORIMER ST, 2nd floor.
appointment only – except for the openings.


Kelie’s – small triangle / bio-design drawing – in the forward hatch of the boat.

ARCHIVAL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~DINA GADIA . . ‘NON MINT COPY’ – OPENING FRI

‘DINA GADIA – NON MINT COPY’
OPENS FRI MAY 8, 2015 / 6-8 PM
the show runs MAY 8 – JUNE 13, 2015
HRS: MON-SAT 10am-5pm / SUN by appointment
OWEN JAMES GALLERY, 61 GREENPOINT AVE, BROOKLYN

more info:DINA GADIA EXHIBIT

I first wrote up this young Philippine artist, when the Owen James Gallery participated in JUSTMAD6 – at the Madrid, SPAIN Contemporary Art Fair, just a scant couple of months ago, Feb 24-March 1, 2015. I had some fun knocking her work up against . . some new paintings by TAYLOR McKIMENS, and you know what ?
she held her – own !!

I like the title of her show . . ‘NON MINT COPY’ – !!
so fun, to consider vs. MAMIKO OTSUBO’S (CE!) – ‘COPY EXACTLY!’
which opened 2 weekends ago at CLEOPATRA’S.
see: MAMIKO OTSUBO – (CE!)

both artists are looking at the pop culture here, in the USA.
both are referencing . . ‘geography’, both are doing photo-based collage.
and both have: a totally – different . . game plan !!
I would even venture to go out on a limb, and say that . . Mamiko has a kinder eye upon us, but maybe not so much – on the future.

life, sure is one hard nut to crack. and there are many, many, many different stories.

it’s also interesting to connect with Dina Gadia’s work, after just coming off of . . LALA LAND – the incredible-in-your-face, LALA ALBERT – !!
someone else can write the essay – I’m just laying it down pictorially.
it’s a very visceral, visual juxtaposition of ‘worlds’, different artist’s ‘points of view’ – and, life experiences. including socio-economic. global, etc.
but it’s all girl . . all ‘femme’- any way you break it down, and, don’t you ever forget that.
there’s power in them, that . . question & provoke, and they both do – just that.
though of course one is free-hand drawing (LALA) and one is composing collage (Dina) – both are: ‘talking’.
telling stories and questioning the ways – things are.


DINA GADIA, ‘Antiquated Ideals’, 2015.
collage, 10-1/2 x 8-1/8 in.


DINA GADIA, ‘Witching Hour’, 2015.
collage, 8-3/8 x 7-1/8 in.




~LALA ALBERT . . ALIEN INVASION VOL 2

just so, y’all – are prepared.
because it’s definite happening, soon. if it hasn’t happened already . .
and many times – before that.

check out: LALA ALBERT – ALIEN INVASION VOL. 2


LALA ALBERT – ALIEN INVASION VOL 2.

now, that’s what I call c-o-o-k-i-n-g.

NEW WHITNEY, with your shabby call on ‘shocking pink’ contemporary art, wake up !!




~LALA ALBERT . . PLS GIVE ME SOME MORE !!

PLEASE, PLEASE ME, LALA – !!

LALA ALBERT, whose surreal, and erotic, truth be told – line drawing/illustration . . is found in Anthony Alvardao’s ‘D.I.Y MAGIC’ – is a young Brooklyn-based artist & textile designer.
which is not even the TIP of the ICEBERG, cuz she’s also a way far-out cartoonist, to put it m-i-l-d-l-y !!
oh l-o-r-d-y.
& a zine maven – !!


this is from her tumblr – page

more importantly, here’s: her basic web page – that should take care of this dreary rainy day – !!

talk about the true meaning of . . . grit !!

I’ll leave it for you to discover . . her raw raw comic draftsmanship & narrative ‘line’, tour-de-force / in-your-face humor – for yourself, to be found there, under comics & zines – !!

ok, here’s a really kind word to all the complacent, maybe jaded even, smart-ass losers who read this site:

if you really want to get knocked off your chair . . make sure to check out brain buzz/new, under comics & zines on that homepage link, where ‘MADE FOR WEIRD5’, ink, 2014 pops up !!


LALA ALBERT, a page from . . brainbuzz/new – ‘Made for Weird5’ . . under comics & zines

oh god, are y’all gonna call me . . a ‘lounge’ critic – now ?

and then, of course you can continue onto ‘some people I like’ , sweetly stored under her links, at the left-hand top of PLSLALA , where a whole bunch of super talented & mostly still unheard of, under-the-radar ‘people’, we call ’em ‘creatives’, pop up and come alive through the power of the digital age and a generous Lala / and then you begin to see just how friggin kicking & huge NYC really is, fuck LA. (Los Angeles.)
give me more LALA – !!

talk about . . ‘under the volcano’ – !!




~ANTHONY ALVARADO . . D.I.Y. MAGIC / BOOK LAUNCH

want more MAGIC . . . to go with all that Science ?

want to rev up . . . your inner voodoo radar ?

then, this is your BOOK – !!

ANTHONY ALVARADO – ‘D.I.Y. MAGIC’ . . . A STRANGE & WHIMSICAL GUIDE to CREATIVITY

“SUPERSTITION is rooted in a much deeper and more sensitive layer of the psyche than skepticism.”
~JOHANN WOLFGANG von GOETHE

“This is a book of magic.
This is a book of mind hacks.
This is a cookbook for creativity”

with illustrations by 30 of today’s best contemporary artists,including: AIDAN KOCH, KEVIN HOOYMAN, RON REGE JR, EDIE FAKE & LUKE RAMSEY.

San Francisco’s NEEDLES & PENS had a book launch for ‘D.I.Y. MAGIC’ last Fri. May 1st . . where they wrote:
D.I.Y. MAGIC is not so much a how-to magic book in the traditional pulling rabbits out of a hat sense, but more a guide to exploring and pushing the boundaries of ones internal/external perception of reality. The book teaches techniques on lucid dreaming, building tarot decks, going on vision quests, creating memory palaces, and getting lost in a familiar city. ANTHONY ALVARADO provides readers with a collection of techniques for accessing deeper levels of creative though – for hacking into their subconscious. From SALVADOR DALI’s spoon technique and ornithomancy / divination by crows, to bibliomancy and using (legal) stimulants, the exercises in this book will help anyone chasing the muse – from artists and musicians, to writers and more – as they tug at the strings of everyday reality and tap into the magic of their own minds ….”

find out more: about the author – ANTHONY ALVARADO, who lives in Portland, Oregon, and says, he likes to daydream, when he isn’t writing – welcome to the club !!

‘D.I.Y. MAGIC’ is published by PERIGEE BOOKS, a division of Penquin Random House.

more info: D.I.Y. MAGIC – AUTHOR’S WEBSITE

visit: the KINDLE PREVIEW – PERIGREE BOOKS (2015)

where you can find . . . after the Intro, etc:

CHAPTER 1 – DROPPING THE SPOON

TECHNIQUE: use common household dishes to peek through a window into altered consciousness.
and, which includes this beautiful surrealistic line drawing . .


illustration by Brooklyn-based . . LALA ALBERT.

HEADS UP – NEW YORK CITY !!

ANTHONY ALVARADO will be reading from his book, ‘D.I.Y. MAGIC’ at SPOONBILL in BROOKLYN
THIS THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015 / 7 PM

SPOONBILL BOOKS – 218 BEDFORD AVE, BROOKLYN

more info: on the Spoonbill reading