~170 SUFFOLK . . hell-o !!

170 SUFFOLK
MAY 31 – JUNE 5, 2014
170 SUFFOLK STREET, NEW YORK

a smallish, stylish & absolutely cutting edge awesome pop-up group show – brought to you by the same three indie curators & friends: SEAN VEGEZZI, ANDREW KASS, and ABELINE COHEN . . who brought you – the ground-breaking, and shaking . . 15 WARREN ST, the notorious indie group show that opened this new year, 2014.
with . . a huge bang. bang, bang, outlaw indie no-budget nailed it.

unlike 15 WARREN – I couldn’t make this opening, which I heard was a way wild party bye the way, which I do not doubt for a moment – but I definitely made it my priority to see the show.
just as stunning, 170 SUFFOLK – was completely different in many ways – and yet remained . . a soul sister. no, these guys are not going to repeat themselves, or go formula-istic on you.
yes, they are gonna shake things . . up.
and, yes. they are going to invade, stake a claim, and visually ‘break’ into their ‘found’ site – and, yes, they are going to break-down . . with some really happening, cutting edge art.

coming off our recent artlovers posts . . on alternative/artist efforts . . such as ELSEWHERE, CINDERS, and even, artistswhodothings – including some grassroots JULY 4 patriotism !! – will hopefully lend a little more understanding, a little more context & depth to just what makes these 3 young artist/curators of 15 WARREN ST & now 170 SUFFOLK ST – so uniquely NYC, and that is, in a word: . . . gritty.
hardcore, art gritty.
with a real voice, and not – just an ‘aesthetic’ voice . . of their own.

trying to put it simply, it’s 10 years on now, from when the raw pictorial energy, and ‘new age’ life-force of CINDERS hit the Brooklyn scene, and blew up.
it’s a whole new ‘visual’ voice . . that speaks forth from – 15 WARREN and 170 SUFFOLK.

try this road map . . .
it’s as if the very open and free-form creative energy, future speak narrative of CINDERS went through the mid-decade shock transformation ‘new psychology’ and, graphic elements of PHILIPPE MAYAUX, and came back – in-your-face, NYC free style. and, s-e-r-i-o-u-s.
playful, but serious. not so much in your head, in your dreams, in your personal trip; as in . . your world, the place you have to wake up to everyday. eat breakfast, and go forward.

I think one part of the story is that 15 WARREN ST, and it’s soul sister 170 SUFFOLK – are produced by, and showcase work by local New York City kids, who grew up in NYC schools and streets. and one big part of their specific story – is that their formative years were impacted by 9-ll, which happened right before their very, 10-year old eyes.

another part of the equation is that from day one, in the their strollers and then as they walk the streets, on their on – – they inhabit and breathe in, a very very art-centric city. perhaps the mean streets make you grow up savvy, but irregardless, for sure all New York City kids dwell in a fantastically rich visual world. a mecca of cutting edge media & design, the streets of NYC – are suffused, if not saturated with, in a word: talent. from street tags, to corporate logos. Andre the Giant to COCA-COLA.
street artists and graphic designers, the masters of the universe – for sure.
they get to see a lot of ‘art’ proper too, in this city of multi museums with all their fluttering art-infused banners, and hi-def ads everywhere. kids in New York City know more about art, just from the vantage point of their strollers, and school trips, than you might imagine. just ask any transplanted young artist who comes here, from let’s say Santa Fe, following his art dreams. it’s the first thing they will tell you. how jealous they are of how art savvy the local kids are. even the ones that don’t consider themselves artists, that hang at the few bodegas that haven’t been gentrified, have an amazing eye. you know – they call it street style, and it bubbles up, big.

as for 9-11.
I don’t think anybody has done the definitive study yet, or even really really comprehended its impact, but New York City . . took a big hit with 9-11, and this generation, this group of artists, who were at the most, 10 or 11 at the time, that is . . just beginning to formulate / process the world around them – seem to have been impacted to a degree to which nobody has really addressed, or computed yet.

contrast this to CINDERS, whose 2 co-founders were transplanted New Yorkers, I know Kelie grew up in FLORIDA, I forget exactly where STO hails from – and who both no longer reside here, bye the way. They both came here more or less in their early twenties – and further, most of the Cinders artist roster come from beyond New York City as well. not that that’s a bad thing, the CINDERS culture and mind-set was a huge contribution to the city’s art scene – just saying by way of trying to bring the voices of the new decade – into sharper focus.

when you start to contrast the groups, it seems fairly obvious that while the creative rebels of CINDERS speak up against mass society & global degeneration as a whole, the pop-up shows of SEAN VEGEZZI, ANDREW KASS, and ABELINE COHEN . . are definitely more specifically NYC-centric, and still grappling with the 9-11 attack, and the consequent backlash.

in a word, their shows, 15 WARREN & 170 SUFFOLK are deeply reflective of the aggression and chaos of war – that tore up the very turf of their childhood – i.e. the ‘ashes’ of 9-11. encapsulated in a word, their art is more POLITICAL, often hyper-real, and leaning to the side of more ‘graphic’ – vs/as opposed to the alternative shamanistic & organic mind-set dream ‘visions’ that flowered around the ashes of the ‘old order’ – that CINDERS & crew stomped on . . so gloriously.

further, most of us were NOT 10 or 11 when the Twin Towers went down, we had other milestones that crafted our lives & cultural understandings, be it Woodstock or ANDY WARHOL. so we’re not quite on the same page. it’s a little jarring, and sad – to see where these kids are coming from, and how intense they are about things as basic as – urban security.

but, if like me – you are catching any of the JULY 4 history narratives on TV, specifically HISTORY CHANNEL – and it’s still not even noon – it’s amazing, it’s absolutely stunning . . to hear how the history books are being revised, with a harsh nod to 9-11.
hello, 15 WARREN & 170 SUFFOLK !!

summing up the American War of Independence . . this line is tossed about more frequently than you might imagine, and I don’t recall it being so overtly stressed – before.

to wit: “this 1770’s British naval invasion on New York City was the greatest attack to ever happen on American soil, and on the port of New York City . . . until 9-11.” !!

so put that into your red, white and blue . . crepe paper bunting, while you think back on when you went to school, and 9-11 was not in the picture, or the textbooks, let alone the national dialog . . on July 4th.


in the midst of the cookie cutter galleries that over-populate the Lower East Side and actually, deliberately ‘aspire’ to commercial white boxy-ness, a dirty little interloper, with true finesse – and very chic – in the real meaning of the word . . popped up like a 2 week blooming flower in a city yard full of year-long weeds.


170 SUFFOLK took a raw space and made art, like a master chef takes raw fish and makes .. sushi.


ha.
the decades-old letters on the street entrance said, ‘NO’ !!
all the better to say: YES !!


unlike 15 WARREN, this show was smaller, more formal, and more contained, in that things though still site-specific were more orderly, and almost grid-like in how the room was divided among the 13 artists.
repeat, almost.
though if anybody could make heads or tails of the artist accreditation ‘map’ print-out – all the power to them, because I sure couldn’t. but at least unlike 15 WARREN, 170 SUFFOLK did attempt to give names – to the artists behind the works.


it was a match-up made in heaven, the high ceilings and the exposed beams, the found ‘patina’, the deep rectangular viewing space. the works took on an awesome presence, that honed . . their inherent ‘presence of mind’.
translate as: content. in a magical space. win, win.
hardcore beauty.

and, yes that is . . natural light streaming from a skylight in the back.


and, yes that is a tiny American flag, embedded into a small rock, detail installation – by JACK SHANNON.
Happy July 4th !!

MORE PIX TO FOLLOW.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~Happy July 4th

from JERSEY CITY HEIGHTS. NEW JERSEY.
on the other side, of MANHATTAN. the HUDSON RIVER.
vs BROOKLYN. the EAST RIVER.

where ole school grass roots ‘creatives’, still . . get the LAST word !!


they took some ‘bunting’, and matched it up to their evergreen tree, and, voila a JULY 4th clown !!
sweet.
American ingenuity never fails.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~PHILIPPE MAYAUX . . NAILS it !!

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT !!

switching gears, some great graphics, & content / thought / code . . from FRANCE.

from a website called: artistswhodothings

a beautiful, and emotive, informational graphics book by PHILIPPE MAYAUX.

this is the image that first caught my attention.

NEW PSYCHOLOGY, hurray !!


up in the clouds, hurray, hurray, and more hurray.
PHILIPPE MAYAUX . . nails it.


the book is called: ‘Le 4e Clou’ – or, ‘The Fourth Nail’.
metaphors abound, 4th dimension . . does spring to mind.
the 3rd wheel ?!! NOT !!
is this not – gorgeous, or what ?


that ‘nail’ is as slick, and cold as ice, while that orange border – is so warm and, well: ‘bio’ !!
hot and cold sensations – run through the mind . . . a race between thought ‘processing’, and pure visual – delight.
the reflective silver, always changing ‘tone’ . . the hand of the artist. ultra, and forever . . ‘creative’. thinking. measuring. building.
the opaque orange. constant. dense. the wheel of the world, the logic of the ‘organism’.
the ‘earth’/ the ‘ground’.
the ground rules / the code of ‘life’, in a visual . . nutshell.


PHILIPPE MAYAUX, ‘Le 4e Clou’, 2008.
publisher: editions Dilecta.
160 pages.
limited edition of 150, each signed and numbered by the artist.
there’s only ONE left, so – be my guest !!

for more info, see: PHILIPPE MAYAUX, ‘Le 4e Clou’

ps:

artistswhodothings . . . was created in NOV 2013 by LUCAS HEES and STEPHANIE BRIVOIS.

LUCAS is a writer, an art critic and director of Editions Enigmatiques (a publishing house dedicated to artist’s books).
STEPHANIE BRIVOIS is director of DERNIER AVERTISSEMENT (last warning) – an association of support for the artistic creation – and curator of the cycle of exhibits: ‘in bed with my artist’. (!!)
from: about/artistswhodothings

LAST WARNING ?
I like that, too.




~CINDERS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS . .

STO and KELIE . .

INVITE YOU TO CELEBRATE the 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of CINDERS, the once BROOKLYN-based exhibition space & book/zine store, and now nomadic, online-based whirly-ghirly of an alternative art ‘space’ . . they call CINDERS, with a huge huge group show.

CINDERS GALLERY PRESENTS – ‘DECADE of DECADUNCE’
THE OPENING RECEPTION WILL TAKE PLACE: THURSDAY JULY 10, 2014 / 7-10 PM
& WILL BE OPEN EVERYDAY 12-7 PM / WITH “LOTS OF EVENTS” HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE MONTH.
DOISSER OUTPOST, SOUTH STREET SEAPORT
FULTON ST btwn FRONT & SOUTH ST, LOWER MANHATTAN

talking bout . . DOSSIER OUTPOST,
can’t believe I missed that INDIGO DYEING WORKSHOP !!

but back to CINDERS:
for the artist line-up so far, see: CINDERS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
also check out: CINDERS GALLERY

ok, if I had a knife pressed up against my throat and had to pick 2 artists, whose work I would really want to see, that would be: BRIAN CHIPPENDALE and JUNGIL HONG.
ok, make that 4. add ALLYSON MELLBERG . . & JEREMY TAYLOR.
Look for RON REGE JR to be in the show as well. and KEVIN HOOYMAN.
the list is really . . unstoppable.

SOME PIX from the ARTLOVERS ARCHIVE . . .

‘EARLY WORM GETS THE BIRD’, with BRIAN CHIPPENDALE, JUNGIL HONG & KEVIN HOOYMAN
the show ran NOV 16 – DEC 30, 2007.
CINDERS, when it was at . . 103 HAVEMEYER ST – in WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN.


BRIAN CHIPPENDALE, collage painting.


BRIAN CHIPPENDALE, with his work behind him – at the opening.


JUNGIL HONG, painting.


KELIE BOWMAN, left, with JUNGIL HONG at the opening.


KEVIN HOOYMAN, detail, drawing.


KEVIN HOOYMAN at the opening.

& FROM:

‘AN UNEARTHLY CHILD’ – new works by ALLYSON MELLBERG.
SEPT 10 – OCT 10, 2010.
CINDERS – 103 HAVEMEYER, WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN.


ALLYSON MELLBERG.
ALLYSON uses home-made pigments, made from walnuts and such.


ALLYSON MELLBERG, detail, ‘Compulsive Consumption’.


ALLYSON MELLBERG, and STO – at the opening.

ALL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, except for the ‘DECADE of DECADUNCE’ card at the top.




~RON REGE JR vs JEFF KOONS ?!!


RON REGE JR via CINDERS

thought it might restore some fun, and order . . in the universe, to put RON REGE on the art media map in the same breath as the big JEFF KOONS WHITNEY RETROSPECTIVE.
scroll down that page to see images from the exhibit.
just btw, I did see the original exhibit . . . of the early suspended basketballs, at one-time k-e-y hot spot: INTERNATIONAL WITH MONUMENT, which has apparently been resurrected on facebook. the place was a very big deal in its time. it totally switched up the ‘gears’ on the East Village art scene of the mid 80s. I clearly remember being . . stunned.
and quelle mystified.


JEFF KOONS, ‘Made in Heaven’, 1989. lithograph on paper on canvas.
125 x 272 in. Rudolf & Ute Scharpff Collection. copyright Jeff Koons via WHITNEY

and, I did see the original ‘Made in Heaven’ show at Sonnabend, cusp of the 1990s. it was one of the most glorious, shocking, vulnerable, and in-your-face ‘things’ I had ever encountered. although no explicit image from the show is on the family-friendly Whitney website, I’m thinking from the the press statements, there are parental warnings, that there might be some in this retrospective, which makes it a must-see.

KOONS sort of fell from grace after that show. the only reason being that the usual suspect New York City art critics always miss – the top 1%.
by 2002, when I started working at artnet (2002-2004), he was sort of a dead fish in a stagnant pond, but I managed to contribute to his re-boot, by being his biggest fan on . . artnet.
then when things got super hot for him, again, par for the course, I lost interest.
to my way of thinking, things had gotten mundane. played-out. and that was 30 years ago already !!
cutting edge, NOT.


JEFF KOONS with legendary art dealer ILEANA SONNABEND, at one of his many openings at her gallery, this being the gallery in Chelsea, NYC. NOV 9, 2002
PHOTO & COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH


JEFF KOONS opens ‘POPEYE’ at SONNABEND, NYC. NOV 8, 2003.
PHOTO & COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH

and, so in true contrarian underground style, I bring you: RON REGE JR.

check out: CINDERS INTERVIEWS RON REGE JR, JUNE 2014 !!


RON REGE JR, ‘THE CARTOON UTOPIA’, via CINDERS

P.S. did somebody take some go west !! . . shrooms, peyote, or what ?
maybe it was just a . . hike in the mountains at sunset ?
I mean, compare this archival photo of RON from 2009 (below) – to the full-on psychedelic RON REGE JR, today !! – on that Cinders interview link !!
omg lordy !!


RON REGE JR in 2009, at the very first BROOKLYN COMICS & GRAPHICS FESTIVAL, NYC DEC 5, 2009.
PHOTO & COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH

yep, check out: the original RON REGE JR 2009 post !!

damn, if it’s not . . PARALLEL UNIVERSES.

RON REGE . . morphs from ‘straight man’ – to ‘magician’ uber-man !!
while JEFF KOONS . . morphed from ‘porn star’ to family man with a gazillion kids.


RON REGE JR, “MAGIC IS NEITHER WHITE NOR BLACK, FOR NATURE HAS NO MASTER”.
image via artlovers NOV 2009
*magic = science.
*and further, life on this worldly plane = ghosts.
yeah. go back and hit that: link




~CINDERS . . goes BUSHWICK ART BOOK & ZINE FAIR

CLOSER TO HOME . . our friends

from CINDERS will be at the . .

2nd ANNUAL BUSHWICK ART BOOK & ZINE FAIR

this weekend, JUNE 20 – 22, 2014

with BBQ by MILES AWAY

BEER provided by PBR/PABST BLUE RIBBON

for: more info !!

SIGNAL – 260 JOHNSON AVE, BROOKLYN.




~ELSEWHERE . . goes 9/50


MELISSA VANDENBERG and PAUL HOWE stage a trial of ‘Sew to Speak’, Summer 2013, Elsewhere Storefront Theater.
image via ELSEWHERE P.R.

ELSEWHERE . . is an artist-run, non-profit contemporary art organization, set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC / North Carolina.
Utilizing the massive 58-year inventory, Elsewhere’s environment of art and everyday objects invokes new models for creative response, living, doing, and exchanging in our downtown neighborhood and across the world.

SO, a team of curators from Elsewhere will be presenting at the ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER’S – 9/50 SOUTHEAST PRESENTERS SUMMIT – this weekend.

according to the press release:

This year’s 9/50 Summit was organized by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Seed Space and Elsewhere.
… the organizers, the summit exists as an “attempt to bring Southeastern nonprofit and independent contemporary art presenters and publishers together under one roof to showcase rigor, excellence, ambition, and uniqueness in their local context.” Eighteen organizations from the nine represented southeastern states will be presenting, as well as keynote presenter BARRY BLINDERMAN from the Illinois State University College of Fine Arts.”

hello – BARRY !!
anybody who was on the Lower East Side / Downtown NYC art scene of the early 80s – knows Barry.
why am I not surprised to see his name – popping up here !!

SO, Elsewhere’s exhibit will present its Southern Constellations fellowship program. Now entering its second year, Southern Constellations is a National Endowment for the Arts funded initiative that builds an expanded network of experimental, interdisciplinary art practices to support collaboration across the region.

PRESENTATIONS . . at the ACAC are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
this event is happening this weekend:
SAT JUNE 21, 2014/11am-5pm and SUN JUNE 22, 2014/12pm-5pm
at the ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER in ATLANTA, GA / GEORGIA

ELSEWHERE . . will host performances by Atlanta musicians ERIC FONTAINE and MAJID ARIAM of graphic scores – created by Alabama based composer and musician ANDREW RAFFO DEWAR, who was a Southern Constellations Fellow in 2013.

for sure, check out: the tumblr roll !!

3 of my fave posts: then, and . . NOW !!


presentation by the . . . OHR-O’KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART


focusing on the incomparable ceramics .. of the wild & truly genius – ‘mad potter of Biloxi’, Mississippi – GEORGE OHR !!


hello, GREEN GATES !!




~PAUL BRANCA, TAKAO ONO, KIMBER SMITH & FRANKO SOPRANO . . CLOSING PARTY / TO-NITE FRI JUNE 20

MORTADELLA, LAMBRUSCO . . & A FEW ‘CLASSIC’ BEAUTIES, i.e. PAINTINGS !! . . at LONGHOUSE PROJECTS, LOWER WEST SIDE, MANHATTAN.

LONGHOUSE PROJECTS INVITES YOU TO THE CLOSING RECEPTION for:

PAUL BRANCA . . ‘Commedia (Nut Delight)’
FRI, JUNE 20, 2014 / 6-8 PM

Meats from Di Palo’s will be sliced & served by . . FRANKO SOPRANO

PAUL BRANCA’S ‘Commedia (Nut Delight)’, TAKAO ONO’S ‘Summertime Fragment’, and paintings by KIMBER SMITH will be on view thru SAT JUNE 21, 2014.

LONGHOUSE PROJECTS
– 285 SPRING ST. just west of HUDSON – WEST SIDE, NYC


PAUL BRANCA, LONGHOUSE PROJECTS


PAUL BRANCA, LONGHOUSE PROJECTS


TAKAO ONO, LONGHOUSE PROJECTS


TAKAO ONO, LONGHOUSE PROJECTS


TAKAO ONO, LONGHOUSE PROJECTS


KIMBER SMITH, LONGHOUSE PROJECTS

more: about the show & artists




~170 SUFFOLK ST – OPENS SAT – DON’T BLINK !!

don’t blink – & – BIG PAR-TAY, for sure.

170 SUFFOLK ST – OPENING PARTY – SAT MAY 31, 2014 / 7 – 10 PM
the show runs for only 5 days / thru THURS JUNE 5, 2014
HRS: SAT MAY 31 – THURS JUNE 5 / 12 PM – 6 PM
170 SUFFOLK ST, NEW YORK, NY – LOWER EAST SIDE

CURATED BY THE 3 PERSON CREW BEHIND . . . the fab NEW YEAR’S EVE 2014 / 15 WARREN ST:
SEAN VEGEZZI, ABELINE COHEN & ANDREW KASS.

guess this is the SUMMER’S EVE 2014 EDITION !! featuring work by:
KEEFE BUTLER, SEAN VEGEZZI, MATT JACKSON, JACK IRVING, JACK SHANNON, MERCER TULIS, ABELINE COHEN, ANDREW KASS, ALEC MARTIN, SPENCER TULIS, LORENZO BUENO, TOMMY MALEKOFF, and CODY RANALDO,

bound to be a . . BLAST.




~’IT’S AN INVASION’ . . GHOSTLY !!

‘IT’S AN INVASION’
APRIL 29 – MAY 10, 2014
CURATED BY JOSH HUBBARD, KELSEY BENNETT and LELE SAVERI
PHILLIP SPRADLEY, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
NATIONAL ARTS CLUB

EXHIBITION PIX – PART IV

GHOSTLY . . .


LUCK YOU COLLECTIVE, MASKS BY LUCK YOU, VARIOUS.
(Price upon request)


LUCK YOU COLLECTIVE, MASKS BY LUCK YOU, VARIOUS.
(Price upon request)


LUCK YOU COLLECTIVE, MASKS BY LUCK YOU, VARIOUS.
(Price upon request)


DAN SANTORO, ‘Hunter’, 2014.
acrylic and pencil, 16.25 x 24.25 in.
($1,000)


ABEL MACIAS, ‘So Real’, 2013.
charcoal, gouache, book cover. 12 x 13 in.
($2,000)


ABEL MACIAS, ‘Fast and Painless’, 2013.
charcoal, ink, book. 13 x 10 in.
($1,800)


ABEL MACIAS, ‘Telepathy’, 2013.
charcoal, acrylic, book. 13 x 10 in.
($1,800)


SEAN MAUNG, ‘Uptown Couple’, 2010.
C-print. 8 x 10 in.
($150)


SEAN MAUNG, ‘Gates Avenue’, 2013.
C-print, 8 x 10 in.
($150)


MERYL SMITH, ‘(Sculpture) Untitled’. 2014.
wire, mesh screen, paper mache, synthetic fur.
($5,000)


ADAM ROSSITER, ‘Weapons’, 2014.
Lenticular. 35.5 x 23.5 in.
($3,200)


ADAM ROSSITER, ‘Weapons’, 2014 – seen from a different angle.


ASGER CARLSEN, ‘Untitled’, 2010.
pigment print. 40 x 32 cm.
($1,900 edition 2/5)


ANDREW SUTHERLAND, ‘Hourglass (1)’, 2013-2014.
archival ink jet print in artist frame. 41 x 31 in.
(Price upon request)


PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘Gimme the Ice Scraper’, 2007.
mounted archival inkjet print in frame. 20 x 24 in.
$1,500)


CHERYL DUNN, ‘I Probably Don’t Fucking Like You’, 2010.
Raw print. 20 x 30 in.
($1,400 edition of 5-1AP)


CHERYL DUNN, ‘Paddy Cake in the Bronx’, 2013.
Raw print. 20 x 30 in.
($1,400 edition of 5-1AP)


THOM STEVENSON, ‘Monsters are Real’, 2011.
acrylic, china marker, gouache, xerography on paper. 8.5 x 11 in.
($1,100)


THOM STEVENSON, ‘Anatomical Study of a Failed Marriage’, 2011.
acrylic, china marker, gouache, xerography on paper. 8.5 x 11 in.
($1,100)


PRISCILLA JEONG, ‘Did My Soap Expire Yesterday’, 2014.
mixed media. 3 ft. 8 in. x 14 in.
($2,500)

ghosts, don’t need . . no words.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH