DECISION 2015 (I CHANGE): MARLEY FREEMAN
SEPT 4 – OCT 19, 2015
CLEOPATRA’S – 110 MESEROLE AVE, GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN
a few more pix from her ‘one-day-only’ . . vintage textile pop-up shop / Mon Oct 5, 2015
MARLEY FREEMAN holds up a vintage circus or sideshow or theater curtain / tapestry.
it seems to have been outlined in black ink, all by hand of course.
this is something those crazy American Pickers Mike and Frank, would . . go crazy for !!
you can see the original grommets (center) that would have held it up, at one point in its history.
it’s even signed on the back: ATELIER J PONTVEILLE . .
this variation on a classic Americana ‘pop corn’ quilt was interesting . . very utilitarian, a real rural farm quilt, and, I bet it was quite warm, as it is closely bound and stitched – from small scraps.
all of these facts would lead one to the conclusion that this quilt, plus it’s worn-out in several places, is quite old, close to cover frontier wagon – times.
there were even traces of . . the printed feed sack textile – that was used – on the back. the front might have come form feed sacks – as well, which were dyed in colors, and later printed with colorful plaid or floral patterns – to attract the woman buyers who used these give-away / added bonus !! 100% cotton textiles – in their quilts.
talk about – re-cycling.
talking about farms, there was a gorgeous funny, mint condition large piece of vintage printed farm imagery, ca 60s or 70s.
yes, time flies !!
the hoe-down couple was priceless, and you can see the vintage illustration style of that time – is heavily cartoon-based !!
light-hearted & happy !!
everything was light-hearted & happy – even the INDIAN WARS !!!!!
everyone – was a joker, and nobody even realized back it then !!
talk about history revision !!
today, that would be so . . politically incorrect.
like calling African slaves, imported against their will, on ships of immense captivity horror, “immigrant workers”, lol. yes – this is true !!
and, in a classroom USA history textbook – !!
getting back to purer & more simpler times, prob early 1900s.
not quite colonial sampler times, but still relatively early, note the red cross-stitch name & date.
‘red work’ was common when not too many color dyes were available.
the piece also includes that ‘pull fabric weave’ – border ‘stitch’ – I don’t know the proper term for that kind of technique, but there are many elaborate DIY handi-work pieces that include a form of this, at the borders.
or ‘negative’ space – put to good use – all ye grad students !!
ps: what happened to that name . . Odille ?
great name, somebody needs to bring it back.
this 1907 red work – was actually more of a ‘utilitarian’ sampler for the homemaker, as opposed to earlier colonial American school girl samplers, which we treasure increasingly . . this was a tutorial for ‘marking’ the household linens.
this is a detail of hand-embroidered corner – of a vintage card table – cover.
prob 1930s or so . . .
another corner had a lucky horse shoe !!
this might have been hand-stitched by a young girl, also as a learning project, as it’s not skilled, but rather clumsy . .
though the person who cut, seamed and hemmed the cover itself . . was an excellent seamstress.
but it’s still quite . . powerful !!
the swastika was ancient symbol found in many diverse cultures. it’s basic elemental interlocking shapes symoblized power, esp power of the household !!
and, so yes that’s why Hitler used it to symbolize Nazi power.
I bought this piece. ($25)
I was hoping this classic joker . . from the 50s said . . just one more, Miss Finch !!
that’s an in-joke. Charlie Finch, whatever !!
MARLEY FREEMAN’s textile pop-up is down, though maybe some remnants are still – on exhibit ?
but you can still catch her textile inspired paintings and a small but very amusing, and intriguing – tiny nano ceramic blocks – gathered in a corner. the show is up through Oct 19, 2015.
detail: MARLEY FREEMAN, ‘Blocks’, 2015
Dimensions variable – $20 ea. $800 for set.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
MARLEY FREEMAN – ONE DAY ONLY !!
VINTAGE TEXTILE – POP-UP SHOP
MON OCT 5, 2015 / 4-8 PM
CLEOPATRA’S – 110 MESEROLE AVE, GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN
MARLEY FREEMAN at the ‘shop’ . . . !!
more info: on the artist & her textile collection
Marley’s brother, JORDAN FREEMAN.
they grew up in LA, in a family of vintage textile collectors, headed by their dad.
they have an archive of over 500 lbs of textiles – all kinds, included hand stitched items, vintage tatting & even some – quilts.
the family runs ‘Archive Editions’ – which produces new ‘reproduction’ textiles from the designs.
this is early, 1920s onward . . and most likely handmade even though it was hand ‘packaged’ for sale – prob later than it was made ??
maybe for sale . . in the 40s or 50s, or even later, 70s . . in a thrift or junk or vintage shop ?
Note $5 ea. !!
it’s a bit of a mystery, but always fun to see original packaging.
but, it’s beautiful.
up here in the North East, you can find this kind of tiny multi-pattern hand stitched ‘fanci-work’ work, tatting & done with a micro crochet hooks, among the old Scottish families, esp of Long Island, NY.
it was a handmade lace to attach to hand-made dresses / and borders of nightgowns.
this is very art deco, 1930s .
prob made in the 20s or at the latest 30s, very Egyptian – influenced.
this was the era when they were discovering Egyptian tombs, and opening them up.
it seems to made of a ‘bleached’ yarn, as opposed, to the more sepia-tinted hues of older raw, unprocessed linen . . crochet/tatting thread / aka ‘twist’ – dating at least, as far back as the American Revolution.
all vintage hand-stitching, including quilt repair, and vintage textile collecting in general, is a GREAT, BIG, MERRY FEAST – for any & all history buffs . . who love to un-ravel – a mystery !!
hand or needle skills, patterns & materials – will all eventually tell their own story, an unwinding of origin, and lifestyle, that extends well beyond . . ‘what you see – is what you get’.
just like in painting, or the graphic arts – art deco . . is a major influence & social marker.
before I get carried away, this is PETER COFFIN . . . just back from his thin black moveable profile / sculpture show with BILL BRADY – out in KANSAS CITY. he said he had a great time with Bill, who wouldn’t ?
BILL is the coolest !!
and, he also told me bit of Brooklyn history – !!
this storefront . . used to be ANDREW GUENTHER’S studio – before it was CLEOPATRA’S GALLERY !!
also just back . .
from 10 years in BERLIN, DELIA GONZALEZ.
well, actually she’s back almost 2 years, and she lives in the neighborhood, Greenpoint.
we spoke a bit about the tragic passing DANIEL REICH, and how vibrant and cutting edge, his gallery was . . where Delia used showed her work, early to mid . . 2000s.
I still remember her . . amazing tribal, magical . . tiny cowrie shell head !!
BRIDGET DONAHUE, one of the 4 curators of CLEOPATRA’S.
and to-night, the designated person with the . . small white sq – for credit cards !!
and, if you’ve been to any kind of pop-up, you know what I mean !!
this is another example of hand-made lace – made to adorn the hand-made clothing of the turn of the century, even into the 30s, 40s. you can see the ‘outline’ of a clothing shape, e.g. the cut-out for the neck – in the remnant.
it was prob an Edwardian or Victorian woman’s blouse.
from the coarser or more heavy-duty quality of the cloth, and the from the simpler stitching, but ‘magical’ pattern, it’s my guess, this piece is earlier than the piece detailed above.
but, there’s no point getting all gnarly, & lost in the history, it’s effect is prob even dynamic & bold, spiritual – even still.
esp to fans of ‘authentic’ hand-made retro Americana. hello Japan.
Marley brought a broad range of vintage textiles, the majority of which in fact – were not – women’s hand-stitched / handiwork.
this was a set of 6 different, commercially printed ‘cocktail’ or bar . . napkins – from the 50s, or 60s !!
quelle fun !! I’m so into vintage cartoons. 6 different images from $40 in mint condition, and so funny ?
and plus my kid’s name is THEO – the same as the artist.
bring on that . . . small digital white cube.
this must date back to the time of . . MAD MEN, if not sooner.
when ‘stylish’ people could laugh about – bad behavior !!
an equal opportunity . . joker !!
from back when it was ok to make fun of both NYC, and the far east !!
if the average American suburban Joe Schmoe . . had his party-on / double life issues, so apparently – did the high flying harem juggling, Sultan . .
it was a big time for . . jokes, that’s for sure. an era – long gone.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
as part of her exhibit at CLEOPATRA’S . . .
MARLEY FREEMAN will set up a . . . POP-UP VINTAGE TEXTILE SHOP !!
apparently she has a personal collection of over 500 lbs of vintage textiles . . “gifted from her father who has led an occupation of textile buying and collecting from over 30 years.”
Textiles will be available for purchase.
CLEOPATRA’S – 110 MESEROLE AVE, BROOKLYN
MARLEY FREEMAN – POP-UP VINTAGE TEXTILE SHOP – ONE DAY ONLY: MON OCT 5, 2015 / 4-8pm
JAMES MILLER . . . had a wonderful debut NYC show just as the season closed – last June 2015.
the show seemed so full of promise, and attracted so many new faces, bound to be taking over . . that I hesitated to post about it in real time, and leave it behind.
so here is it, where it belongs !!
in the forefront of the new Fall season, enjoy !!
JAMES MILLER, installation – photo via DEDALUS FOUNDATION
I had the opportunity . . to visit JAMES MILLER, and see his work several times – over his recently completed, class of 2014, Graduate Studies in Fine Art, MFA Painting/Studio Program – at Yale.
see: JAMES MILLER, ‘WAY, BEYOND THE SQUARE’ – posted AUG 30, 2013
see: ‘JAMES MILLER . . DREW MILLER, ART BROS’ !! – posted AUG 31, 2013
upon completion of his graduate degree at Yale . . .
JAMES was awarded the 2014 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in Painting & Sculpture this past Sept 2014.
James Miller grew up in the Pacific Northwest – and is now working and living in NYC.
read more: James Miller & his Dedalus Foundation Fellowship, based in Brooklyn
JAMES MILLER, ‘Pyralid’, 2014. acrylic on canvas, 96 x 68 in.
the fellowship culminated with an exhibit at the Dedalus space, in Brooklyn.
the opening reception was JUNE 12, 2015 & the show ran through JUNE 28, 2015
The Gallery at Industry City, 274 36th Street, Brooklyn
the exhibit was curated by The Dedalus Foundation High School interns ESTEPHANIE CRUZ, MARK LABOY & ESTEFAN MEDINA with Curatorial Advisor DEXTER WIMBERLY
PIX – FROM THE OPENING, JUNE 12, 2015:
JAMES MILLER, ‘Stund Cylum’, 2015. acrylic on canvas, 96 x 88 in.
talkin . . . KILLAH !! !!
everyone was floored by this painting.
it seemed to really catch that Brooklyn – hard edge !!
Brooklyn, it’s not all . . . DIY crafty, no way !!
JAMES MILLER, at the DEDALUS FOUNDATION MFA Fellowship Exhibition – of his newest work.
check out more of his work: JAMES MILLER STUDIO
artist STEVEN DAY, print maker & painter.
see: STEVEN DAY, NYC
LANCE MARCHEL . . . is currently living & working in Ridgewood, NY.
he’s also part of that increasingly high profile (!!) . . . 2014 class, Yale School of Art MFA program.
check out his work: LANCE MARCHEL
ANTONE KONST, 2014 class – Yale School of Art MFA program.
Antone was in Paris all last year, he had just gotten back in time for James’ opening !!
ANTONE was the Harriet Hale Woolley Fellow at Fondation des Etats-Unis, where he curated a cutting edge screening of really contemporary video art, including NYC based artists NICHOLAS STEINDORF and DARJA BAJAGIC.
read more: REALITIES IN CONTEMPORARY VIDEO ART – CURATED BY ANTONE KONST, PARIS
ANTONE has a wonderful website . . J’adore !! the vase painting – on the home page !!
check out: ANTONE KONST
guests at the opening, in front of JAMES MILLER, ‘Volta’, 2015. acrylic on canvas, 96 x 68.
JERRY BLACKMAN, JENNA PIRELLO, JAMES MILLER and NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . .
all class of 2014, Yale School of Art, MFA program.
there’s a link for Jerry, a little further on.
but, check out: JENNA PIRELLO
I’ve been following NICHOLAS STEINDORF for quite a while now, he’s updated his website . . and it looks positively . . fab !!
check out: NICHOLAS STEINDORF
JAMES MILLER, ‘Sundowning’, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 68 in.
ADAM WISSING and JAMES MILLER.
ADAM WISSING is a video artist, and also seems to be a curator – gallerist, among many other interesting ventures !!
see: ADAM WISSING
JERRY BLACKMAN and JOHN SZLASA . . .
check out: JERRY BLACKMAN / P.S. 1 Studio Visit
check out: JOHN SZLASA / WEBSITE
DREW MILLER !!
yes, Drew is bro to James !! same mom & pop store dna !!
but like day and night / 2 sides of the coin.
DREW MILLER . . is the comic artist – whose work we have been throwing at ya – all summer.
see: DREW MILLER – tumblr
see: DREW MILLER, POOR THING – entirely in Ballpoint !!
sculptor MICHAEL HANDLEY with LADY SOULE, designer.
Michael is also a member of the graduating class of 2015 Yale School of Art MFA Program, but in Sculpture.
you can check out his work, here: MICHAEL HANDLEY
and then, there was a really nice after party with the best pizza, ever !!
in the back courtyard of the Industrial City building, just magical as the evening turned into sunset.
LADY SOULE, PIPPA, THEO & KATE !!
note: I would also like to thank JAMES MILLER & NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . . !!
for their absolutely invaluable help – in making it all happen, in so many ways:
‘Under the Volcano: Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith’, a pop-up show curated by KATE & THEO CERIGO, June 6 & 7, 2015 – 169 Bowery, Lower East Side. NY.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, unless otherwise noted
ASH & GOLD LEAF on PAPER . . . ‘YOU WIN’ – by ROBERT DAVIS, @exhibitiona
image via @halfgallery – posted Oct 2, 2015
see: EXHIBITION A / exhibitiona.com
see: YOU WIN / Exhibition A
or: THE THEORY Of EVERYTHING . . . . . . !!
Heads, you win.
tails, you lose !!
I like getting a lot of my art from Instagram right now.
it sure beats the hell out of running all over the island – and the 5 boroughs !!
plus it has it’s own – brand of random magic.
TRAVIS MILLARD – image via @theotherfudge
for doggy down, tails-you-lose days, it’s fun to see this pop up, for sure !!
Instagram . . is no country – for cry crybabies !!
CAROLINE CALDWELL – image via @dirt_worship
her caption: “When ur thigh needs a fabulous demon u submit” . . .
likewise, feeling jaded & exploited ? and needing of someone else’s dark narrative – dirt_worship is usually – your go-to-girl !!
ERNESTO ZACHAREVIC, street mural for nuart15, Norway
image via @bkstreetart – BSA / BROOKLYN STREET ART
then when your house is not only in order, but ON FIRE !!
voila. the digital realm pops open – with a ‘cross stitch’ meets street art – burner !!
ALLYSON MELLBERG-TAYLOR & JEREMY TAYLOR . . image via @matokietaylor
Allyson’s commentary: “all the silk applique parts were dyed with indigo we grew …”
and then when, you are totally in the present, something that hits even more close to your inner spiritual American homeland – heart, will float right by . . . with the ease of a cloud: a big dream, plenty of hands-on skills, and with all the celestial constellations – in order, but still: a mystery !!
and, note: it’s the head, the face . . that nails it, as cutting edge,
as in: m-y-s-t-e-r-y !! !!
TAYLOR McKIMENS – image via @taylormckimens
‘STOIC YOUTH’ . . . the digital generation is not so much into voicing controversy, or getting more than skin deep into communicating . . but, heads tell the story . . !!
and sometimes heads – they roll, like dice. one coning right after the other, and in this case, Taylor’s post on my feed – was followed by:
BARRY McGEE – image via @barrymcgeeart
yes. best stick to images – to tell the stories, Instagram does not so much like split milk, and telling . . . tales !!
unless, it’s archival . . .
Owl’s Head – by ANDREW GUENTHER @eattheleaf
image via @artloversnewyork
commentary: owl image by Andrew Guenther, cut-out from the card for his show – SIMON CERIGO curated in May 2007. in a Chelsea, NYC gallery & used as a ‘heading’ from which a paper banner hung, paper banner by Nancy Smith – made for her OTHER MUSIC show, NYC 2009.
so, yep . . . Fall 2015, the take-away, is:
the ‘Heads’ have it, only don’t be too talky, and above all – don’t get mad !!
just let the fingers . . do the walkin’ !!
no . . tales !!
ps: crackin’ jokes . . is iffy, too.
jokes – apparently went down, when Joan Rivers did.
unless you happen to specialize – in them !!
and, then of course your logo – is headless !!
only for the brave-of-heart !!
only for those who can throw back a good laugh & return it – if they are the victim . . !!
as ESPO says: EARL IS THE NEXT VICTIM…
& if an artist can’t be a rebel, and stick it to the man – then, who can ?!!
LISA CANDAGE GOBLE . .
has a site specific work – up now, for this weekend only – at the GlenLiLy Grounds Outdoor Sculpture Group Show, Newburg, NY.
see: GlenLily Grounds
LISA CANDAGE GOBLE, ‘Amazon Mom’
talk about a . . tiny ‘footprint’. ecology-wise.
photo via @Jacobgoblestudio – Instagram
scroll down – a few posts . . to see the finished tiny house on wheels !!
come in an unmarked clear package !!!!
secret treasure, insider delight . . . !!!!!
if that band of yellow – at the bottom, doesn’t nail it !!
PHOTO BY: KATE CERIGO, BROOKLYN SEPT 26, 2015
the apple doesn’t fall . . . far from the tree !!
JACOB GOBLE . . JUST POSTED THESE 2 INSTAGRAM PIX – of HIS ‘CAR’ – !!
GlenLily Grounds Outdoor Exhibition 2015, happening this weekend.