~NANCY SMITH, SIMON CERIGO . . back in the day: Concordia Univ, Montreal MFA students

yeah, SIMON CERIGO, RIP and I . . were both students at Concordia Univ in the 1970s – and GUIDO MOLINARI was our teacher.
see: GUIDO MOLINARI-images

to put it in perspective, we were the ‘next wave’ generation to follow in the footsteps of LEONARD COHEN. except instead of poetry – painting, formalist painting – was the big scene.
it was very, very ‘happening’.

we were ‘maudit’ anglophones, so we couldn’t get too much action re grants & exhibitions – because we weren’t Quebecois ‘frenchies’ in our DNA. at that time, the early 1970s – that was a big big issue, so after graduate school, Concordia University, MFA Studio Program (we were part of the first ever graduating class, lol) . . . while, pretty much everyone else split to Toronto or Vancouver – we split to . . NEW YORK !!
OF COURSE !!!!
and we never, ever – looked back !!!!

Simon used to haunt the legendary Lower East Side – Red Bar, and I used to walk the Soho streets with, who else ? Basquiat.
yeah, for sure – that’s how we rolled.

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SIMON CERIGO, RIP. in Montreal – in the early 70s.
see: SIMON CERIGO, RIP – OBIT – ArtInfo

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NANCY SMITH, while I was in the MFA Studio Program at Concordia University, in Montreal, in the early 70s.
yep, that’s me.
of course !!!!!! – I was . . . WILD !!!!!!!!!!

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NANCY SMITH, trucking my portfolio around, Montreal, in the early 1970s.
they used to call me . . GUIDO BABY – I could be a big ‘FAN’ – even back then.




~MIKE BAYNE – tiny realism . . reigns !!

while you are out catching the last weekend of the NICER show at Avant Garde Gallery on the Lower East Side, you can check out this show, too.
it’s very different – which makes for a great viewing situation.

TRICIA KEIGHTLEY . . . turned me onto it !!

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TRICIA KEIGHTLEY: MIKE BAYNE . . Mulherin Gallery / each piece is is a bit bigger than an iPhone #hand-painted #crazy #detail
image & text via Instagram @triciakeightley

MULHERIN NEW YORK PRESENTS: ‘MIKE BAYNE: LOW TECH’
the opening was yesterday, SEPT 7, 2016 – looks like Tricia made the opening, you go girl !!
the show runs thru OCT 9, 2016
MULHERIN NEW YORK, 124 FORSYTH ST – LES / Lower East Side

read, a great: MISSION STATEMENT . . by MIKE BAYNE

see: GREAT IMAGES – FROM THE SHOW

here’s a ‘small’, lol . . . sampling !!

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MIKE BAYNE, ‘Nature Band Aid’, 2016.
oil on panel – 5 x 5 ins. (!!!)
image via Mulherin New York

it’s so . . vernacular, love it !!

ps: re the opening statement & notes on the artist . . .

MIKE BAYNE . . received his MFA from CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, in Montreal . . in 2004.

my, how time flies, esp when you are having . . fun.
I was in the very first graduating class of that very same MFA studio program – graduating in the early 1970s. yes, indeed.
and, then of course – I immediately split for New York, never to look back.
GUIDIO MOLINARI . . was my thesis advisor, so put that in your pipe & smoke it.
I mean, where else did you think I got all that formalism theory, anyways ????
I was so fascinated by the man’s brilliance, I used to follow him around like a moth to a flame – so much so, they called me . . Guido baby – !!
and, RIP SIMON CERIGO – was equally fascinated by the man, who was probably Quebec’s most important painter. in fact, Simon quit the MFA program to become Guido’s full-time studio assistant, and truth be told – that’s how we met. Guido baby . . was Simon’s GF.
yep, that’s how we rolled.
back in the day, in Montreal.




~NICER . . tatscru / ‘MY OLD NY’ opening tonight – THURS SEPT 1

NICER / TATSCRU . . ‘MY OLD NY’
solo exhibition – curated by ELEWIS MARTINEZ
opening tonight – THURS SEPT 1, 2016 / 6-10 PM
Avant Garde Gallery – call gallery for RSVP
ps: there’s an rsvp prompt on the gallery website – where it also says: 6-8 PM ~ RSVP / 8-10:30 PM ~ public.
the show runs thru SAT SEPT 10.
319 Grand St, LES/LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC

see a really great video & more info: ‘NICER’~ Avant Garde Gallery website

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@nicertatscru: details from a painting called The Pump part of ‘MY OLD NY’. cal the gallery for rsvp.

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@biotatscru: @nicertatscru taking it back to the Old New York.
image & text via Instagram @biotatscru / @nicertatscru




~TRICIA KEIGHTLEY & DANIEL DAVIDSON . . PLAY GRIDS !! with KAYROCK !!

is that like . . DOMINOES ?!!

kind of, yeah !!

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so, while visiting TRICIA KEIGHTLEY & DANIEL DAVIDSON in Brooklyn last Feb 2016 – they showed me a fascinating ‘grid’ sketch book, KARL LAROCCA of KAYROCK SILKSCREENING . . has put out.

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it’s a 16 page sketchbook, of a good weight drawing paper – of various grids, that you an draw on. it’s only $30 – and it’s a . . no-brainer !!
grab one !!
the link below – includes an animated slide show of the pages.
see: VARIOUS GRIDS & GRAPHS – KAYROCK

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TRICIA KEIGHTLEY drawing, laid on top of a page – in the KAYROCK GRID BOOK.
prob a work in progress – it says: ‘smoke signal’ of the mind – to me.

it was pretty showstopping to see TRICIA’s use of the LAROCCA grids & graphs, but since the two of them, Tricia & Daniel . . . are so quite very diametrically opposed art-wise, that is Tricia vs. Daniel / geometric, sci-fi vehicles vs. cartoon free flow . . it was quite a freaky trip & leap of the . . imagination.
that only was enhanced conceptually – by the far out contrast of their personalities & art vision.

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TRICIA KEIGHTLEY on KAYROCK grid.
the book is 9 x 12 in. and has great – double pages.

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TRICIA KEIGHTLEY, travels sweetly – on the grid under/infra structure.

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TRICIA KEIGHTLEY – as organic !! as she gets !!
or: a flower blooms – in Brooklyn !!

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TRICIA KEIGHTLEY . . pinwheels – off the grid.

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while DANIEL DAVIDSON, takes the ‘medium is the message’ for a spin – on the grid & a totally otherly dimension.

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DANIEL DAVIDSON . . this is your brain on the . . KAYROCK grid !!

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DANIEL DAVIDSON . . takes a walk on the wild side – of a grid !!

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DANIEL DAVIDSON . . talking heads + grids ???
actually a fun partnership – in the mad swirl of . . his hand.

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at the end of the day ?
DANIEL DAVIDSON . . speaking between the lines ?
vis-a-vie the life of an artist in NYC – ca. 2016 !!
yes. I think . . so.

let me quote ghost rider SIMON CERIGO, who both Tricia & Daniel knew well from the scene:
“Art’s a Dying, Not a Living” – translate it, for yourself.

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Dear Diary . . .
DANIEL DAVIDSON . . gets the last word, on KAYROCK’S . . back !!

I gotta get me one of those KAYROCK GRID / GRAPH books – for sure !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~DANIEL DAVIDSON . . STUDIO VISIT, BROOKLYN

so, like I was saying . . .

one of the most fun times I had last year was visiting the Fort Greene home/studio of TRICIA KEIGHTLEY, and DANIEL DAVIDSON. it was on a weekend: Sat Feb 20, 2016 – to be exact.
Tricia’s studio visit has already posted.

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DANIEL DAVIDSON in their compact but lovely kitchen. the living quarters are upstairs, they have 2 small, separate studios downstairs – on the lower level.

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on the kitchen counter: uppers & downers !!

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Daniel’s workplace – was the first space you access, and his manic zany comic drawings hit you full force in the face . . . a real blast !!

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a work in progress – he says his ideas just come to him . . .
free flowing faucet . . .

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he also showed me his acclaimed book . . ‘MORE A BRIGHTER IDEA’, produced & published by the legendary Brooklyn silkscreen studio – KAYROCK.

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here’s the front cover, DANIEL DAVIDSON – ‘MORE A BRIGHT IDEA’.

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KAYROCK . . has a great slideshow animation of the book on their website, under ARTIST BOOKS,
here’s the link: ‘A MORE BRIGHTER IDEA’ by DANIEL DAVIDSON.

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the other totally fascinating thing, was a small niche with a great piece: a paper ‘towel’ dispenser !!
that Daniel made & exhibited back in 2010, oh lordy !!

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oh: yeah: that’s the face that goes with pulling out a wild card, what a joker !!

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the paper towel roll – is covered with Daniel’s zany line work !!
that you can pull off in segments.

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he showed me – the inner workings, fascinating. nothing I’d ever seen before. and I’ve seen – a lot !!

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it’s even signed and titled: what else ? – – DIRTY !!

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take that, and put it anywhere – Damien Hirst move over !!

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another set of . . spontaneous drawings, these with color accents.

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kind of: super . . trippy.

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I mean, he doesn’t look . . like a mad man. but there ya go.

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I had to look at that piece on the drawing table – one more time.

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I def had to include this doggy one, I’m just wild for doggies – this year.

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another work in progress, funny, NOT . . YES !!

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TRICIA KEIGHTLEY, sprite that she is, watches me watching Daniel, and we all had a great time.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~DREW MILLER . . NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA T-SHIRT re-issue

NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA – is re-issuing the DREW MILLER t-shirt !!
$15 pre-order . . here: Neoglyphic Media T-shirt !!

don’t forget to check out: Neoglyphic Media !!

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DREW MILLER . . .
at the MARIE LORENZ – BRIAN CHIPPENDALE ‘music in the water pond’ event, with NICHOLAS STEINDORF handling the loops & sound controls . . . at RECESS ART, SOHO, NYC.
MAY 5, 2016.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

check out: DREW MILLER – tumblr

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DREW MILLER . . also designed their super logo . . . hand lettering at it’s best !!!




~ANDREW KASS: HBD . . SEAN VEGEZZI !!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – SEAN VEGEZZI . . SKY-WALKER.

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ANDREW KASS: SUMMERS NOT AS LONG AS IT USED TO BE — HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEAN
image via Instagram @andrewkass

ps: great photo . . Andrew Kass, very much digging the collage detail, on the right – too.




~TEKSERVE CLOSES / AUCTIONS . . COLLECTION TUES AUG 23/11am-7pm

it’s a sad day in NYC – we are losing another iconic shop.

it’s particularly sad news for me. TEKSERVE has been a long standing patron of artloversnewyork, ever since I first began posting my photos and art scene coverage on artnet, more than . . 14 years ago.

I’ve been really proud to post my photos and voice my thoughts under their banner – and I guess I’ll have to take it down, though I might leave it up for a few more months – as a kind of digital ‘ghost army ‘ homage.

getting that pay check was often my only source of income and it kept me going through, often raw and thin times. but it also kept me indie and I never . . sold out. the TEKSERVE banner was like the proverbial ‘carrot before the horse’ – it kept my camera and me running around – to keep the traffic numbers up – that kept the checks on coming.

it’s a sad day, and a sad New York: no more Pearl Paint, no more Other Music, no more Tekserve.

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the auction will take place . . .
next TUESDAY, AUG 23, 2016 / starting at 11am – and running through 7pm.
at the store: 119 West 23rd St just west of 6th Ave.
definitely – come by !!!!!

you can also bid online – if you can’t make it to the store in person.

there are also 2 previews at the store:
this SAT AUG 22, 2016 / 11am – 6pm
and MON AUG 22, 2016 / 9am – 6pm

you can see a preview online – where bidding has already started at: Rolandauctions.com

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online bidding on the TEKSERVE COLLECTION MAC MUSEUM 1984-2004 – is already past $30,000 !!

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also for sale: the unique custom-made display tables – made by UHURU Design from reclaimed wood from the original Coney Island Boardwalk.

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lots of vintage signage . . including these wonderful glass doors from the original SANDS CASINO in Las Vegas.

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there will be . . vintage radios, starting at $10, various cameras, including some old Polaroids, microphones, typewriters, telephones, televisions, video devices, test equipment, cases etc etc.

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PUSH TO TALK – RELEASE TO LISTEN !!!!!!!!!!

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lots of STAR WARS & other old movie and esp sci fi memorabilia . .
this is just a slice of the ‘scene’ behind the downstairs desk of . . TEKSERVE co-founder DICK DEMENUS, an avid collector.

ok, and here’s a head-up !!!

DICK & his visionary collection . . will be featured on an upcoming . . . HISTORY CHANNEL – ‘AMERICAN PICKERS’ !!!
I kid you – NOT !! and I heard FRANK & MIKE bought quite a number of items, too.
the episode has already been filmed, and will be aired sometime this NOV 2016 !!!!!
so: wow !!!!

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in fact, true his contrary, creative and yet scientific nature . . DICK had quite a jungle of live plants growing down there – flourishing under the artificial light, of the basement under the retail store.

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DICK DEMENUS, the co-founder of TEKSERVE.
at his ‘desk’.
we used to call him ‘the boss’ or . . ‘Domingos’ for that added ‘hood’ flair !!, it was a very diverse group – with great fondness.

I have to say . . true to form, he is a very ‘curious’, and talented ‘creative’ and again: contrarian . . . long live contrarians !!
who was the first to ‘get’ what would become, within another 2 decades – the dominating Mac revolution, and . . TEKSERVE, for a long time was the place to go – for all things APPLE.

as a vintage collector, and not just a tinker-er . . his passion for the history of things, and the future vision of all things sci-fi . . cannot be easily articulated in a few words, I mean: how many other bosses in this city . . look like they just walked off a space ship colony !!!

DICK, through TEKSERVE . . supported many important, innovative, independent, & future-leaning causes throughout the years, among them the green re-cycling of computer hardware, and a broad range of NPR radio shows, and independent podcasts.

artloversnewyork – is proud to have been a part of that family.

drop by the auction – this Tuesday, and see what I’m talking about !!
maybe you can score yourself – a piece of technical, sci-fi, or even – retro signage history.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, except for the Roland Auctions banner.




~ANDY CAHILL . . hits up COPENHAGEN

jokers, clowns & . . whack as crack !!

ANDY CAHILL, prob via his new bff/collector KAWS – who is also in the show & is repped by the gallery, is going . . megastar international.

CHARACTER

he’s got work in ‘CHARACTER’ – a big group show at trendy V1 GALLERY in COPENHAGEN, opening this FRI AUG 19, 2016 & continuing thru SEPT 17, 2016.

for the complete line-up & mission statement: current show – V1 GALLERY

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V1 GALLERY – COPENHAGEN – image via gallery website

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ANDY CAHILL . . at the recent ‘ANTHEM of the SUN’ opening. CANADA, NYC. Feb 20, 2016.
the intense-is-NOT-the-word !!, group show was organized by . . PALI KASKI.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

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one of 2 ANDY CAHILL paintings in the show:
‘LAMP PREY’, 2015 acrylic & crayon on bleached linen, 24 x 24 in.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

to see more pix from the opening: ‘ANTHEM of the SUN’ – artlovers




~TO JOHNNY DEPP . . with love xxx Regelverk !!

TO JOHHNY DEPP: LOVE THAT – RIPPED MIDDLE FINGER DIPPED IN INK, WRITING ON THE MIRROR – STORY !!!

damn, now that’s what I call: an a-r-t-i-s-t !!!

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image via Instagram – @regelverk