MUST-HAVE BOOKS – SUMMER of 2015:
‘ROMANTIC OUTLAWS – THE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT & MARY SHELLEY’ . .
BY CHARLOTTE GORDON. DECKLE EDGE, published APRIL 2015.
Author Charlotte Gordon spent a decade studying the journals and letters of MARY SHELLEY, and her mother . . MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT.
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‘ORBITER’S PRISM’ – A FULL-COLOR COMIC BOOK . .
BY DREW MILLER, a lo-fi, but full-color, narrative, futuristic comic book. an indie project co-published by the author, DREW MILLER himself, in collaboration with CULLEN BECKHORN, NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA, AUGUST 2014.
there’s a great ‘Q&A’ with the author of the recent . . ‘Romantic Outlaws’, the lives of MARY SHELLEY & MARY WOOSTONECRAFT, by CHARLOTTE GORDON, that was posted by ANNA RUSSELL- in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 24, 2015.
even though Mary Shelley’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft – who was famous in her own right, died when Mary Shelley was just 10 days old . . “Mary Shelley was an expert on her mother. She read every book her mother ever wrote countless times”, and “Shelley, who learned to read tracing the letters on her mother’s gravestone, and who famously wrote ‘Frankenstein’ at just 19, felt her mother’s presence all her life.”
“Both of them spent a lot of time imaging the future . . as well as the past”,
and of course – “Their personal lives were – outrageous” . . . !!
see: THE MOTHERS OF FRANKENSTEIN’, Q & A with Charlotte Gordon.WSJ
yes . . it’s a beautiful, read.
see: ‘Romantic Outlaws’ – on AMAZON
‘ORBITER’S PRISM’ – is also about man-made, mother-of-them-all, motherless, semi-human . . futuristic, monsters !!
page from ‘ORBITER’S PRISM’, as you can see, yes !!
we are, talking ugly, sad, tortured humanoid . . FRANKENSTEIN-IAN MONSTERS !!
of the Drew Miller . . imagination.
YOU, can buy ‘ORBITER’S PRISM’ for $5 bucks from: NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA
or any other of a handful of other DREW MILLER offerings.
ask Drew to sign them, before he . . ships them – and, viola !!
that’s your . . . best buy for the entire fall 2015 season.
pound per pound.
guaranteed, no doubt about it. trust me.
DREW MILLER ‘LOGO’ – NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA
would you trust this – person ????
to help you buy your way thru the art world, $5 at a pop, even in 2015 !!
T – is for . . TRUST ME !!
T – is for . . TOXIC. FUTURE, PAST & scary PRESENT.
except, for the part about being able to read . . all about MARY + MARY – quelle deadly duo !!
except, for the part about being able to buy Drew’s stuff for $5, of course.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
SYRIA’S ANTIQUITIES – ARE TODAYS VICTIM, SUMMER 2015.
THE TRUTH – NEVER GOES AWAY.
DESTROYING ARTWORK FROM CENTURIES AGO – SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE (SORRY) STATE OF OUR WORLD – AS IT TURNS, TODAY.
EARL, such a great name, right up there with ELVIS, what happened to it ?
Duke, Duke, Duke of Earl . . . sweet harmony, of oppressed peoples, USA – console me.
well, at least we have photos – of those ruins, but nothing beats the real thing, for a real good time travel, not to mention real time commune with fellow artists from way back.
it’s war on art and civilization, not jest religion and politics.
what else is new. I’m so distraught.
tell me, Banksy didn’t call it – boatloads of migrants and all . . DISMALAND, in-deed !!
he should have had a 2,000 years-old artifact crushing station, or ride, whatever.
replica key chain: lost ancient temple, Palmyra, Syria, $10. and it’s yours. to cry over.
STEVE POWERS aka ESPO . .
on the very last day of his DREAMLAND ARTIST CLUBHOUSE, CONEY ISLAND BROOKLYN, NYC.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, OCT 13, 2007
so I actually ended up scoring that piece . .
‘EARL IS TODAYS VICTIM’ – a riot, or what !!
turned out this yellow background, metal sign format – was an important prototype for the kind of signage Steve was going to put up at DISMALAND.
the coloring is based on authentic retro New York City – street signage.
I was such a huge fan, Steve signed me a real nice ‘signature’ on the back !!
I considered myself very, very . . lucky to acquire the piece, it’s about 22 inches square, metal on a frame base, unique. for the grand total of: $250 !!
basically: zip !!
but still, every friggin’ cent I had to my name – but, hey: CA-CHING $$$$$$!!!!!!
STEVE was handing out these stickers for free.
so, YOU LOOK STUPID – if you don’t have at least that, a sticker give-away by ESPO !!
you can always make up for stupidity & lost opportunity – by visiting Steve in his ICY STUDIOS – and see what you can wrangle, he’s usually up to whatever you have – you get something. though his prices must be up there for any thing substantial. at this point.
damn, he’s prob even charging for the stickers, now. ha. he’s a hustler, very fun guy !!
so don’t be . . more stupid, than YOU already are. get your sorry ass up there.
I got your number, don’t worry !!
more archival pix: STEVE POWERS – LAST DAYS DREAMLAND ARTIST CLUBHOUSE
and for an ultra enjoyable digital day trip,
check out: Steve’s website . . First and Fifteenth
where among other stops, you can find:
links to his studio:
and the always popular, ICY SIGNS:
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
& FREE THE KILLER WHALES – !!
my dystopian dreams – come true !!
look at that. snap, snap, snap.
well, it’s cause the whole world is going to hell and back, and who doesn’t know it.
yeah give nukes technology to Iran – blow the whole globe to smithereens, already !!
ruin the water, ruin the air, enslave the animals. go for it.
you know all hell is breakin’ loose – when ‘putrid’ yellow – replaces the sun sun sunny side of the street.
DISMALAND – BANKSY’S NEW ART PROJECT / INSTALLATION . . a d-y-s-t-o-p-i-a-n dreams come true, POP-UP theme park !!
is blowing up – big !!
and it’s going to get even bigger.
bigger than JEAN MICHEL !! yes. bigger than Keith Haring – in his heyday.
Bigger than the Beatles ?!!!
damn. the ghost of JOHN LENNON – must be strolling about. in that – twisted toxic playground.
it’s more of an installation, than a piece by Banksy per se, because there are a lot of guest/starring role artists involved, and one of them is NYC’s – own ESPO !! aka Steve Powers !! hur-ray !!
DISMALAND runs thru AUG 22 – SEPT 27, 2015 – and if I could, I would run jump on a plane to the UK right now !!
the best read on it so far is: Welcome to Dismaland – COLOSSAL
Dismaland photo by CHRISTOPHER JOBSON for COLOSSAL
did anybody else see that great sad doc on the enslaved Orca killer whales of sleazy SEAWORLD, that aired on CNN this past weekend ?
must be an ESPO !! aka STEVE POWERS – – metal (traffic) sign !!
Dismaland photo by CHRISTOPHER JOBSON for COLOSSAL
a little bit of heavenly s(c)ent street smart NYC – vibes !!
go ESPO – making NYC proud !!
MADE IN NYC & DON’T . . KNOCK THIS CITY – !!
yep, got DYSTOPIAN on the brain.
BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . . at the opening of a 3 person show, ‘EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM’ – that included his own art work, yes, that’s it . . perverse and wicked, and real-time . . behind him on the wall.
this was at Cinders, when it was on Havemeyer, in Williamsburg.
the date, was: Nov 17, 2007.
BRAIN CHIPPENDALE, collage/painting on stretcher, 2007. unique.
up until this show, I had only seen his zines, comic books and screen prints, so I thought these larger pieces were a total knock-out, and real twisted, sister !! and boy, did I want one, but alas, they were $1,000 and I was broke, though I have several of his earlier limited edition prints, bought at Cinders for about $60 a piece. pre-2007.
so I’m – GOOD !!
but next time my piggy bank explodes, I’m gonna get me of these collage paint pieces, for sure.
ARCHIVAL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
CHIPPENDALE . . NAILS IT !!
TOXIC SLUDGE YELLOW – TAKES OVER FROM – RADIATION SICKNESS GREEN – AS THE ‘GO-TO’ COLOR OF THE MONTH !!!!
2 things made me speechless, this past mid-summer 2016.
the first was that awful, huge as in epic unbelievable, profoundly disturbing toxic gold mine EPA ‘spill’ er, . . ‘accident’.
and yeah, they should let me re-name, and up-date a couple of those sturdy crayon hues, in the CRAYOLA MULTI- PACK.
yep, time . . to re-boot CRAYOLA, unless urban Outfitters hasn’t already done it.
kids, our future leaders !! need to be able to express their – disgust !!
yep !! color me – disgusted !!
“dissolved iron is what turned the waste plume an alarming orange-yellow, a color familiar to old-time miners who called it “yellow boy.”
“Yellow mine waste water from the GOLD KING MINE collects in a ‘holding’ pool in San Juan County, COLORADO.”
Photo: REUTERS via NEW YORK POST
source: Residents want a straight answer – NEW YORK POST
“an 80 mile stretch of mustard-yellow water laden with arsenic, lead, copper, aluminum and CADMIUM is working it’s way south toward NEW MEXICO and UTAH.”
PHOTO: AP via NEW YORK POST
source: EPA’s toxic waste spill might be a lot WORSE than anybody thought – NEW YORK POST
are we surprised ? not.
the NAVAJO NATION intends to sue the federal gov’t. good luck on that. let me know . . how it goes.
I”m definite not gonna hold my breath on that case – snaking its years long journey through court.
the jurors will probably al be be mutated, or half-robot by then, anyways.
no wonder I bury my head in comic books.
just as ‘green’ no longer stands for bio-heath, organic sprouts, or even, green light … means GO.
YELLOW no longer stands for the sun sun sunny side of the street.
it’s PUTRID YELLOW – all the way, now – baby.
image: BRIAN CHIPPENDALE – via Instagram / @chimpendale
I was waiting for an ‘art’ image to pop up – that spoke to the issue, when this ‘old’ piece by BRIAN CHIPPENDALE – hit the spot.
he wrote under the image: “I drew this thing years ago and it’s been hanging from a clothes-pin in my studio ever since, still cracks me up . . .”
the sad truth, it’s message is . . TIMELESS.
CHIPPENDALE, one of my most fave disaster, visionary collage / comic book artists, ever.
Cinders, has been a great, and early platform for his art, prints & collage ‘paintings’ & indie publications . . of which, yes I have several.
so, are we gonna have to start calling him . . ole ‘yellow boy’ Chippendale ? for sure !!
and plus, he takes great PIX, as in Instagram photos – bye the way.
when green is alive, and ‘bio-full’, and sings with the light of . . HOPE, and new growth.
and, reminds us . . of when even Persian miniatures – were of a most . . . BEAUTIFUL NATURE, even the fierce ones.
SUMAKSHI SINGH, ‘In, Between the pages: 2014’ – image via sumakshi.com
an “interactive, multi-media installation that plays with perspective to create the illusion of a manuscript book, in which viewers see themselves and others moving about as miniature characters.”
last year SUMAKSHI SINGH .. “worked on a 70 ft. illusion-based installation for the KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE, an animated painting for the INDIA ART FAIR, a projection based installation for KUNSTHAUS LANGENTHAL in Switzerland, and is currently in GURGAON, working on ..” her upcoming USA exhibit . . .
SUMAKSHI SINGH opens a new solo exhibit in the USA, SAT SEPT 26, 2016 – at WOOD STREET GALLERIES, 601 Wood St, PITTSBURGH, PENNSLYVANIA.
SUMAKSHI . .
has just updated her website – it’s fresh, sweet. a time travel/art journey, for sure.
touched with an ancient ‘miniature’ elegance, as if a squeeze of lime was turned into . . pigment.
the greatest of empty spaces, ‘tiny’ illustrations.
check it out: sumakshi.com
flash from the past:
SUMAKSHI SINGH, at her NYC debut opening, Feb 17, 2006
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
the full archival photo:
gallerist VAN HARRISON, artist SUMAKSHI SINGH, friend CARL PETRUCCI, and TRAVIS HARRISON, at the opening of Ms. Singh’s debut NYC show, at the now defunct VAN HARRISON Gallery on 26th St in Chelsea, NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, Feb 17, 2006.
the first, and only time I met Sumakshi Singh (and got to see her work in person) was at her debut NYC solo show: ‘Lumps, Bumps and Things that are Art’, 2006 – in Chelsea, at the now defunct Van Harrison Gallery.
the show held out a lot of promise, and a very light, light hand . . in both the painting, and the actual site specific installation – and esp re: a very ‘bio-beautiful’ – ‘future vision’ . . . for things to come.
the invite card for:
SUMAKSHI SINGH, ‘Lumps, Bumps and Things that are Art’.
FEB 17 – MARCH 18, 2006.
VAN HARRISON GALLERY on 26th St. Chelsea, NYC
Q: What’s worse than your hubby fffffucking the household nanny ?
A: the green glow of radiation ssssickness.
and you think, we don’t . . eat our – young ?
THE ACID GREEN LIGHT . . of the SUMMER of 2015 – !!
well, I can categorically report that Instagram is great platform for trend-spotting.
and – telepathy. or as we like to call it: T & T to the maxxxxx !!!
take GREEN LIGHT.
Green, once the grassy warm fuzzy huggy color of bio-health, organic farming, and positive thinking things like . . Green Lit – to happen !!, is now the subconscious color of fear, chaos, in a word: nuclear destruction, nuclear explosion, & including nuclear plant accidents, radiation sickness, putrid water, barren soil for devades if not cneturies.
hell no, I don’t want Iran to have nuclear capability, I don’t want anybody to have nuclear capability, we are just not advanced enough, as a PEOPLE to handle it. I mean, we can eat our young, with our bare hands – so, thank you very much.
shout-out to the YELLOW DOGS, the ex-pat Iranian band that got blown away in Brooklyn a few years back. tell me their anti-Iran repressive gov’t big mouths – didn’t get them blown to smithereens. we never did hear how that ‘disgruntled’ band member got his hands on that big assault rifle, did we.
and of course the USA is right in there like a dirty shirt, make that a dirty pair of shit smeared underwear. natives of Bikini atoll, lend me your island for a weekend and $60 each. 60 years or so on, and it’s still not safe for the native sons – to return.
and what about JAPAN. damn, they got it coming and going, just like a used-up porn star. they got bombed, and then half a century later, they shot themselves in the nuclear ass, ok – foot. too.
so, what’s the coolest color this summer, or what ?
acid green light, and then like an collective empathy, a kind of ‘fellow-well-meet’ cosmic dusting, a small puppy brood – of fruit ‘loopy’ colors – of all neon hues, spins the art world, from . . NYC EVIE FALCI rhinestones – to LA. KB, better known on these pages as: ‘ain’t KARMA a BITCH’.
you know . . like, watermelon slices . . adorning Venus.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH. NJ, AUG 2015.
I guess the neon radiance had been seeping in all summer, til it jumped right back at me, as I was bemoaning my sorry financial state, due to lowlife ‘Christianos’ Jersey City tenats not paying the rent, (yeah, karma is a bitch, tell me about it !!) and I caught the evil-green hue – shining as sickly magnetic radiation like morning-light on my vintage green glass, in a lower case window.
SADIE LASKA – at Marlborough Gallery on Broome St.
image via Instagram
no sooner do I go to post it, when what pops up before my very eyes: @SadieLaska’s green light spilling on figure. I’m dumb-struck. I feel like – Japan !! double whammy. T & T.
Trend-spotting & Telepathy – !! – I guess that should be . . T’NT !!
and it just keeps on . . rollin’.
DAN McCARTHY, SEPTEMBER 19-NOVEMBER 01, 2015
VENUS OVER LOS ANGELES – image via gallery website
TAYLOR McKIMENS, summer 2015 – image via Instagram
TAYLOR McKIMENS, summer portrait sketch, in acid wash colors – image via Instagram
TAYLOR McKIMENS Instagram feed – was the first . . to tip me off.
though truth be told, he was leaning in this direction . . in his recent NYC Indie show – produced by Paul Bright of Bright Lyons.
not to forget the scintillating summer sketches of NYC ex-pat MIKE PARE aka @easyjammer.
of course, getting back to . . WEIRD KARMA !!
nobody – escapes !!
ARTLOVERS FAN MAIL – from PACO, in WASHINGTON DC !! – image via Instagram
I GOT ‘FROOT-LOOPY’ FAN MAIL, inspired by the enemy: KB – ain’t KARMA A BITCH !!
boomeranged back at me – like a real sick banana – or what !!
OK: for the uninitiated, I have a top ten ‘user’ list,
and, coming in at the top 3 slots are:
KG, KB & BB – and, trust me – they know who they are !!
YEP, artlovers glows with the toxic light – too !!
‘AMY’, (2015) – a film by ASIF KAPADIA
FILM REVIEW by NANCY SMITH, AUGUST 4, 2015
yep, we DO eat our young.
AMY WINEHOUSE – A YOUNG TEEN ON SUMMER VACATION.
IMAGE VIA @amy_filmuk
AMY. a young teen on vacation, much as many of you are. talented. and with dreams as big and, as unknown – as that big summer sky.
no, no, no. it’s not just a “sad and depressing” story. it’s a powerful, fascinating document – an epic film painting a vivid, living 3-D portrait of an epic talent, an astonishing voice, an astonishing song writer, and an astonishing personality. Now playing to packed houses, at the Sunshine theater on Houston St. in NYC. and for good reason – it’s a powerful, powerful, soulful film composed entirely of archival footage, and the voices of the people who knew her, and above all . . her voice, dark and dusky, illuminating her shadowy lyrics, and her life. and all, up front, up close, and in the first person personal . . early home movie clips, archival media interviews, recording sessions, and performances. and, above all – her music, her big voice, her phrasing, her song writing – all deeply black magic – and absolutely hypnotizing . . on the soundtrack.
the first few frames of the films trailer summation-capture it all in a couple of e seconds: back to bbbblack. the brilliant musicality that rolls right out of her, like water off a duck’s back. natural talent – if you need a definition. that’s Amy.
I knew her dad was an ass-hole, and that he left the family when she was 9 years old, but in this film he actually says he ‘left’ the family way before that. he fell in love with another woman when Amy was at the ripe old age of 18 months, but he didn’t have the guts to leave until she was 9. so tell me why she keep saying “he was never there”, even when he was “there”.
tell me, we don’t eat our young. and of course the most talented, the most rare, the most brilliant are going to be – the most tragic victims.
no wonder evolution has us so dumbed-down, we can’t manage to parent the naturally numb-ed ones, let alone the ones that shine and . . divine, like the natural-born stars they are.
natural-born stars vs. natural born killers ?
I hate to say who wins the equation on this specific playing field.
watch: the ‘AMY’ TRAILER
BOOK SIGNING FOR THE RELEASE of:
‘DANNY’S LOT’ – by JOCKO WEYLAND
Published by DASHWOOD BOOKS 2015 / PRICE $35
Limited edition of 400 copies
softcover / 146 pages
WED AUG 5, 2015 / 6-8 PM
DASHWOOD BOOKS – 33 BOND ST, btw LAFAYETTE & BOWERY
from the press release:
“Danny’s Lot is a compendium of color photographs taken over a two-year period of a truly remarkable temporary autonomous zone situated on the shores of the famously befouled GOWANUS CANAL, a domain benevolently and mischievously ruled over by the eponymous DANNY TINNEY of the title. A ramshackle steel and concrete magical oasis behind barbed wire fences . . . ”
aka as hard edge industrial !!
to: pre-oder & check out a few more images from the book
4 YEAR – OLDIE, but GOLDIE – RED & BLACK CHECK-IE:
JOCKO WEYLAND, a huge underground mover & groover – at his one night only pop-up, ‘SERGEJ VUTUC & LELE LIVE – FROM USA’, Rockaways, NYC. Sept 17, 2011
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
if you are just hanging out in your backyard, or leaning against the window escape, or even faraway camping, beach crawling, maybe surfing ?
check this out, what a great night !! – THE BEST !!
see: ‘SERGEJ VUTUC & LELE LIVE FROM USA’ – CURATED/PRODUCED by JOCKO WEYLAND !!
ps: and, another example of . . GREAT, GREAT SIGNAGE !!