~MURRZ . . .


MURRZ / @MURRZ . . . on the Lower East Side, NYC. NOV 14, 2015
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

MURRZ . . is one of the co-curators, along with ZROPRO / @ZEROPRODUCTIVITY . . .
of the big BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN & GRUMPY BERT . . ‘TAT IT UP’ show, opening to-nite – JAN 8, 2016 / 7-9 – at GRUMPY BERT – 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN, NY.
& LOOKS LIKE, it’s going to be . . . HUGE !!
see: ‘TAT IT UP’ – GRUMPY BERT !!
http://www.grumpybert.com/blogs/art-shows-events/80665028-tat-it-up


MURRZ STICKER, 2015
I met her, just wandering around the opening, at the big ‘COLOSSAL’ – NYC local street scene / art group show, last November 2015 . . at VOLA VIDA on Grand St. on the Lower East Side. NYC.
what struck me first were – the small file of hand-drawn decal/slap/stickers she was showing a friend. The stickers were in slightly different sizes, with different colors, and inserted into what looked like her sketchbook. it had a hard cover, so I guess that was the best way to keep them clean, and flat & safe.
and still be able to show them. they all seemed to be unique images, hand-drawn originals, lol slapped down with sharpies – not repros – which intrigued me.
the whole moment – intrigued me !!

but esp – this image !!
so strange, so hardcore. so mad max meets girly. but moves . . on !!
that’s the important part – the work moves, and moves . . . on. if you know what I mean.
it just gets past the initial idea, and takes flight – is the best way I can put it.
the quality of the black line drawing – was so fluid. the over-all concept – so ruff.
and, mysterious. the narrative was mysterious – but in that way, that doesn’t need . . answers !!
and, the background.
the background – just took off, visually.
the scribble scrabble, the free-ness, the yellow ‘mess’ of the void vs. the bold fluid, & strongly directed subject lines – it all bounced.
this sticker, went from street art – to just ART, for me, me almost instantaneously.
very futuristic child / make the best of urban ‘crisis’- and come up: survival.


MURRZ CAT STICKER, 2015

this one prob would have taken me a little longer to get into, if I hadn’t seen the above one – first.
what started to clue me in – was realizing it was a . . two-part-er !!
actually two . . partners-in-crime.
the ‘sister’ images – split apart into separate stickers at the center line – the ‘mouth’, lol.
it worked so well, both ways. great ‘design’ puzzle element.
great bold lines in totality. same rapid fluidity.
great future vision, re: the joined-at-the mouth, maybe ‘mutated’ kitty – and then, that . .. ‘Mad Max’ crossed-out eyeball. lordy !!
and then, that . . the worried look, on the other not so .. matching kitty. the sweet, but maybe wounded, vulnerable expression of that OTHER pair of eyeballs. so much story-telling go-ing on !!
talk about talk about: check out that non-working eye, and then circle round !!
kind of like, one of those classic vintage Americana black nanny dolls, where one side is the white woman doll, and lift up her skirt – and there is the black woman doll – !!
and oh, the stories they can tell.

and, yeah. I of course, I also liked that small bit of pink & yellow & blue . . scribble scrabble.
you know, how I like details, that you know – fall off . . . !!
into the . . . VOID !!
free fall, free form, down the rabbit hole.
mini . . abstract expressionism. the unknown. the wide open. spaces.
narrative & lyric forces – the drive to have answers. move over !!
bio-human at work. and, gestural is where it’s – at.

PHOTOS & SCAN: NANCY SMITH




~TAT IT UP . . opens FRI JAN 8

BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN & GRUMPY BERT PRESENT:
‘TAT IT UP’
CURATED BY MURRZ & ZROPRO / @_MURRZ & @ZEROPRODUCTIVITY
OPENING FRI JAN 8, 2016 / 7-9 PM
the show runs thru . . . SUN JAN 31, 2016
GRUMPY BERT, 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN, NY
@grumpybert

BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN’S . . . first show in BROOKLYN – !! !! !!
“An art show where both tattoo and street artists create their interpretation of tattoo art on BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN kits and canvas.”
@boundlessbrooklyn

see: BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN – DIY, hell-o . . . Brooklyn !!!
http://www.boundlessbrooklyn.com/

FEATURING:

CRIS ELEMENT
ALEX PASSAPERA
FRANKIE ONESHOT
INKSWORTH
LANDON MORGAN
RALFY REVOLVER
TRUDIE KAISER
ADRIAN K
CITY RABBIT
DANIELLE DE JESUS
GOATBUNNY
OVERLNDS
PHETUS
SIRCRONE

if you go to:
TAT IT UP – GRUMPY BERT
http://www.grumpybert.com/blogs/art-shows-events/80665028-tat-it-up

they have a LINK to the work/website of each artist !!


CHALKBOARD – BY ZROPRO / @zeroproductivity
IMAGE via Instagram @_MURRZ




~STO: END PAPERS . . opens FRI JAN 8

‘THE END PAPERS – EXPERIMENTS ON PAPER BY STO LEN’
opens Fri Jan 8, 2016 / 7-10PM
the show runs JAN 8 – FEB 7, 2016
WAYFARERS GALLERY, 1109 DEKALB AVE, BROOKLYN.

for more background info on STO & his monoprints: STO at WAYFARERS
http://www.brooklynwayfarers.org/


STO at the new CINDERS HAUSCLUB, a gallery and work/studio space in Brooklyn.
STO is the co-founder, along with KELIE BOWMAN, of CINDERS.
behind him, works by JEREMY BRADLEY EARL.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, APRIL 2015.


WAYFARERS GALLERY – Photo from their online archive.
yes: check it out . . WAYFARERS ONLINE PHOTO ARCHIVE !!!!!!
http://www.brooklynwayfarers.org/221478/news


it’s where you will also find this photo of STO – in action, as Dub no Dub, an experimental new music – one man noise band.
Photo: WAYFARERS GALLERY ARCHIVE




~DAY ONE: DREAM ON . . REZ SHAOLIN

last weekend to catch . . .

REZOLUTION – by REZ SHAOLIN
DEC 11, 2015 – JAN 2, 2016
IMAGE GALLERY , 1501 BROADWAY, BROOKLYN, NYC
HRS: TUES – SAT / 12pm – 6pm

“From an early age I’ve been fascinated by TYPOGRAPHY & VINTAGE DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION . . . ”
to keep reading & more info: on the show
http://www.imagegallery.nyc/rezolution-vip-preview




~DAY ONE: UNDERGROUND TILL WE UNDERGROUND . . RWK & JOS-L

STICKER: ‘UNDERGROUND TILL WE UNDERGROUND’

STICKER BY: CHRIS RWK/ROBOTS WILL KILL & JOS-L, NYC.




~ok, capping the NEW YEAR – with ‘SUBLIMINAL’ HOPES & WISHES – STEVE KEENE

just because, I like how it looks, esp as a ‘cap’ – !!!!
nice colors, too.
and, good line drawing. fun. sweet but also: UNKNOWN & FRAGILE !!
and, MESSY. as in, real life . . calling !!
pick up that – phone !!

I wonder if he ‘stole’ the last name from Keane – the Big Eyes, retro artist ?


STEVE KEENE, 2015 – stevekeene.com
image via Instagram – @subiminalprojects
SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS – ‘MODULAR SYNTHESIS’ opens JANUARY 16, 2016
1331 W.SUNSET BLVD, LOS ANGELES, CA.




~HAPPY NEW YEAR . . let’s just call it a ‘crisis’, and leave it at that – FEAT: SEAN VEGEZZI / JIM JOE & NICHOLAS STEINDORF

1. Make Art – not War


EARTH CRISIS – BY SHEPARD FAIREY
funny, how CRISIS & ISIS – rhyme.
CRY-SIS ? CRI .. in French.
IMAGE: via Instagram @obeygiant

2.YOU ARE – the TARGET, PRESENT TENSE.


‘NEVER WASTE A GOOD CRISIS’ / JIM JOE: ‘PRAY FOR PARIS’ T-SHIRT – EXHIBITED/PRODUCED . . BY SEAN VEGEZZI
PHOTO BY NANCY SMITH

3.THE INCREDIBLE, & FULLY UNKNOWN DIGITAL FUTURE BECKONS, if we can bio-survive . . .


CGI IMAGE – BY NICHOLAS STEINDORF, from his ongoing ‘ZACH PROJECT’.
IMAGE: COURTESY THE ARTIST

FUTURE UNKNOWN, TRANSFORMATIVE, AVATAR-BASED, BIO-COMPUTER, REALITY-BLOWING, REALITY-MERGING, LIGHT FORCE & CODE: GREEN . . .
WHAT’S GOING ON, . . or what ?!!!
HEED, THE SPEAKER. FOLLOW UNKNOWN REALITY – THRU THE ANIMATION.
I just read, in the WALL STREET JOURNAL- SCIENCE PAGE . . that EVOLUTION IS . . really, THE EVOLUTION of ‘CHILDHOOD’. believe it.
into the looking glass, what’s up with last century, (really 19th C – published 1865 !!) ALICE & beginning this century ZACH ???
‘crisis’ child assassin/killer kid sick reality clips vs CGI child science geeks.
vs Video games ??? and, you think we yarn knitters deal in . . knots, ha.
omg, intensity. and the human urge – to kill. control. contain.
ZACH – code for: anti-violence ?
& whatever happened to . . release, let fly. set free. believe. & wonder.
beauty. life & creativity.

4. TIME.
the DIMENSION of TIME – IS . . KEY
TO REALITY, FICTION & . . . SPACE TRAVEL ?
4th DIMENSIONS ?
is TIME . . the MISSING & perhaps even GHOSTLY, SPATIAL LINK ?


DIY CLOCK. 2008 – BY ANDREW GUENTHER
ACRYLIC PAINT on stretched canvas, AA battery operated clockwork on the back.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, against a retro metalwork garden/patio bench – spray painted white. Jersey City Heights, NEW JERSEY. 2008.

5. TIME. FUTURE TIME. TIME TRAVEL. DIGITAL TRAVEL. PLANETARY TRAVEL.
the unknown ‘spatial’ dimensions of TIME.
are, I’m thinking – the next big EINSTEIN type moment to unfold. time as origami ?
wait and see.
in the meantime, my 4th dimension GHOST ARMY hovers about.


R.I.P. my ghost army: BASQUIAT, MARK ENGER aka EXPLODING SKY, DAN ASHER, & SIMON CERIGO.
just . . UNDER THE VOLCANO – WATCH OUT !!

6. TIME: THE PAST


MY ‘BUSINESS’ CARD, JUST BEFORE I LEFT MONTREAL, FOR NYC – in 1981.
never to look back.
how TIME . . . . F-L-I-E-S !!

7. WE ALL NEED TO GET MORE . . SPIRITUAL, as well as smart. AMERICANA . . . at its best !!
GO . . INDIE !!!
GO . . . INDIE ARTIST / WITH A MAINSTREAM, LOL STATUS of: UNKNOWN !!!!
OFF THE CHARTS !! literally & only way to go !!
LORDY, THANK YOU. FOR YOUR INSIGHT, STRUGGLE, VOICE & ASPIRATIONS.


MULTI-MEDIA SCULPTURE – BY JAY HENDERSON
‘ABSTRACT SOUL (SINGAPORE PIECE)’, 2015. GLASS, HOT-GLUE, ALUMINUM LEAFING. APPROX 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 FT, hangs on wall.

ORACLE ? OCCULUS ? NAVIGATOR ? STORY TELLER ?
PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE ?
REFLECTOR, DIVIDER. DIVISION, MULTI-FACETED. 3-D, LUMINOUS. METALLIC. ALSO, INWARD GAZING. INFINITE. ANIMATED. NON-STATIC.
MAGICAL, DIVINE ? FORCE-FIELD ? ALL SEEING, just DIY ?
IMAGINATION, FABRICATION. SPIRITUAL ?
a little bio/geo diversity (see title) doesn’t hurt either.
one thing’s for sure: 100% INDIE !! GO, JAY !! (rhymes with ‘REY’, lol you know: Star Wars).
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

‘POETIC DYNAMICS’ – SCULPTURES BY JAY HENDERSON
CURATED BY: ADAM TYSON & LILI CHIN
OCT 30 – DEC 5, 2015
ATP GALLERY, STOREFRONT/NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH of GREENWICH VILLAGE, 269 BLEECKER ST, NYC. NY




~’PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT’ vs ‘STAR WARS’ . . ? PEGGY WINS !!

FILE UNDER: LET’S START – A MASS MEDIA PROTEST.
LENA DUNHAM . . to WRITE & DIRECT THE NEXT STAR WARS, or dump the whole damn project.

PEGGY G. vs DARTH VADER ? PEGGY WINS !!!!!!!!!

‘PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT’ vs ‘STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS’ . . . ?
‘PEGGY GUGGENHEIM’ WINS . . . !!
hands down, no contest.


DARTH VADER, oops I mean . . KYLO REN !!!! – LOOK OUT !!!!
PEGGY G. – coming to take you out !!

‘PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT’, 2015 – directed by LISA IMMORDINO VREELAND, is still playing at the IFC CENTER in Manhattan, albeit at 10:45 am – but, still . . !!
as IF, we don’t know it’s a dumb-ed down world, don’t blink, get out of bed 2 hrs earlier, and go see it.

yeah, it’s great on a big screen – lots & lots of archival footage: JACKSON POLLOCK, MONDRIAN, DUCHAMP – all them forward moving serious art Frenchies, and, then all those bold American dudes.
yep. totally fab visuals . . as the art world moves from Paris – to New York !!
and it’s: all because of, thank you – Peggy !!
and of course, the film is . . . !!
also chock-full of the main character, and I do mean CHARACTER, with a capital C, art-seer & patron .. PEGGY GUGGENHEIM, herself.
and, even CARLO McCORMICK – makes several cameos – as a talking head !!

on the other hand, ‘STAR WARS’ put me to sleep, several times, in fact continuously !!
even at the IMAX !!
what a waste of time, and resources. and it made $1 Billion in a record 12 days.
well, that’s the world – we live in. sad. played out. thin & lame. $$$ in all the wrong places.
inter-planetary, NOT.
I think that’s what I missed most in it. something really new, weird and far-out. seriously digital. warped sound waves. twisted time. come on guys, alien life forms are not all going to be anthropomorphic.
if you were a muscle-bound weightlifter, you could maybe squeeze a few drops of original imagination – out of it, maybe enough . . to make one cup of tepid tea.

the only thing I liked, special effects wise, and anything else wise: was the roly-poly 2 balled metallic or was that hard plastic/composite (?) ‘snowman’ robot/droid – that followed the super cute, scavenger class, duh. heroine, around. nothing else is new. oh I forgot – the ‘villain’, KYLO REN aka the new gen Darth Vader – is: new.
but, he sucks. that guy from ‘GIRLS’, sucks. you know, ADAM DRIVER, what a disappointment. scrape it up, off the sidewalk – dude, your character doesn’t even qualify as an alternative new age, mopey brooding Vader.
Brooklyn hipster dude, you shoulda stuck with . . Lena. Adam did better with a naked frumpy Lena – than he does with this good looking chick, any day. no chemistry whatsoever. no balls. no fear. no twists. no terror. no evil. ok he throws Han Solo around. so what, Harrison Ford looked like he was ready, already !! to be cast out of this loser – gimme break. he gets more thrills flying planes in real life.
boo-hoo.
maybe, because . . no script ? no really, and I mean really .. dark holes.
yeah. I vote LENA DUNHAM – to direct, if not write – the next ‘Star Wars’ !!
anybody else – second that emotion ?

on the other hand, ‘PEGGY GUGGENHEIM’ was a low ball production that had it’s weak moments of editing, but overall – absolutely delivered.

and, for god’s sake – don’t judge this film by it’s trailer !!
the worst trailer in the world – and as good an example as any, of how Peggy was demeaned throughout her life.
thank God, she lived to see her singular vision – validated !!
and shame on the filmmakers for releasing such a lame low ball trailer – no wonder the film is screening at 10:45 in the morning.

but PEGGY GUGGENHEIM herself – was huge !!
a huge colorful character. super chic, and modern – before modern was a word, she was a huge huge influence on the art scene – we know and love, even today. and, except for that unfortunate trailer, which just serves to show you – what unkind idiots she was up against – she comes through – loud and clear.
how could she not ?
she left a blazing trail of artists behind her, that never would have stood a chance without her . . just 3 names, among many – should suffice: MARCEL DUCHAMP, JACKSON POLLOCK and MONDRIAN.

some interesting tidbits . . that had particular big sparks for me:

1. haha, her feud with her richer, but dumber art patron uncle, SOLOMON GUGGENHEIM, founder of the Guggenheim Museum, and his arrogant, nasty, snobby, power-stealing, ‘hottie’, maybe mistress – art consultant / curator !!
as if, things have changed !! NOT !!

Peggy has one word for her, besides: “bombshell” – lordy !!
and yeah, they got a clip of her !!
was it: evil ? or simply: “she was a fiend”.
well, Peggy as I said, lived to see – she had had the last word.
how satisfying.

2. the insights into the Guggenheim family & its legacy, in general, but esp her aunt or cousin, who threw her own 2 babies to their death off a roof, rather than give them up in a divorce power play, and was never charged with anything ??!!??
a nice cameo on the social mores of the day. esp of the super upper crust. they, the Guggenheims, went from dirt poor immigrant Lower East Side street cart peddlers to vastly immensely super rich – in one generation, so one can only imagine the DNA in that clan. if you are going to ‘bio-clone’ – you know where to start.
and maybe Peggy was the smartest of the lot, if not the shrewdest !!

3. I loved how people bitch in the film about . . . “how cheap she was” – !!
because she served . . the cheapest low grade food and wine at her parties !!
omg, what losers. and no, again, nothing – has changed.
in the meantime she fronted the considerable dough out of her own pocket – that had several indie galleries, with agendas & curatorial visions way ahead of their time – up and running in Paris, London and then New York, and finally in Venice, without much sales, or income – all of which, literally gave birth to modern art, and all !! on her own dime.
not only that, she single-handedly & in person, in a desperate & dangerous time – moved a lot of this modern art, from Paris, away from the grasp of the Nazis who would surely have destroyed it, and shipped it, covertly – across the Atlantic ocean, for god’s sake !! halfway around the world – to safety, in New York – again, all on her own dime.
not to mention the generous patronage she bestowed, we are talking US $$$, on the ’emerging’ & under-recognized artists, of the time, even bringing many of them, including Duchamp – to New York. in essence saving them. and, all on her own dime.

Jackson Pollock would never have flourished without her financial support.
and then, just ever so casually – towards the end of the film, it is just dropped that she, Peggy G paid a life long patronage grant to DJUANA BARNES !! to keep her alive, and writing her whole life.
are you following me ? Djuana Barnes !!

yeah, PEGGY GUGGENHEIM was cheap. right.
dodos rule the world, and esp the art world – as if anything has changed there.
NOT.

4. the bio behind the brand . . the woman herself.
all the incredible archival photos, film clips & newly surfaced audio-tapes. nothing beats seeing & hearing her in her own voice & words – the real deal . . the real person, behind that art-history-in-the-making.
Peggy comes across as quite funny, vulnerable, brilliantly wry & equally insightful, brave. with a life both tragic, hard-partying, and art loving joyful. she was intellectually inspired, passionate, and sensual – on hyper mode.
moved to action by forces that are hard to explain logistically, but with a . . juiced-up pre-vision, that was/is . . as sure as sure can be.
tell me about – it. second nature, you either have it, or you don’t.
that’s a funny thing about being such a radical pre-thinker, talent scout & patron.
you begin to be perceived as an oddball, an outsider, when really you are the most consummate insider – in the world.
moved by invisible rays . . of knowing.
a water diviner. a juicer. it make take years – for the clear source of that sweet nectar of inspiration – to surface and, finally make its play.

but when your ship comes in, it’s a huge, huge payload.
for all the hardships & name calling, there’s nothing like knowing great art when you are the only one in the room, nothing like buying great art for pennies, and then living long enough to walk around – and point to the now . . million dollar price tags !! which she does in this film, and yes, she utters many a “damn I shouldn’t have sold that” under her breath !!
but, she always knew it. that’s the great beauty of her . . eccentricity. her edge.
the only thing she regrets – at the end of her long life, is that with age – she ran out of lovers !!

and the worst trailer in the world – is:

but, still fun to watch !!
YES: “art & sex occupied the same part of her brain”, lol . . . . tell me about it. the ultimate rush.
especially crushin’ on new art, omg. it is hard to tell the diff, except as you get older, the underground just keeps turning over a new wave of eternally twenty-somethings. yo, Peggy – ain’t that the truth. catching the wave, is how we like – to call it.

see: ‘PEGGY GUGGENHEIM, ART ADDICT’ – TRAILER

and then, they released a better one !!!! – hur-ray !!!!
more art, more bio !!

watch: ‘PEGGY GUGGENHEIM, ART ADDICT’ TRAILER – TAKE TWO !!!!

YES: she created an art collection on just $40,000 . . . “now worth billions” ~ Larry Gagosian !!

YES: she met “JACKSON POLLOCK when he was just a carpenter .. working in her uncle’s museum . . . !!

all ye art handlers, and, yep – I could name a few !! take heart.


BB-8 …. the only star in ‘STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS’, and not so much for anything he does, just for his shape & the way he moves. esp that disconnected . . head !!
nice graphics, nice colors, nice surface fades, too. all good. good stencil work. good proportions, minimal, hard core, scratched. weathered. believable. functional.
imagination-rollin’ – in a word.




~’JOEY’ . . A SHORT FILM by SEAN VEGEZZI & FRIENDS

‘JOEY’ – A SHORT FILM BY SEAN VEGEZZI

Co-organized by: SEAN VEGEZZI, ALEC TINMAR & SPENCER TULLIS

with: ABELINE COHEN, KEEFE BUTLER, ANDREW KASS, ASPEN KINCAID & TOMMY MALEKOFF

watch: ‘JOEY’ – FROM LOMEX on VIMEO, 2:35 MINS.


https://vimeo.com/user46634451

‘JOEY’ – BOOKLET LAUNCH
SAT DEC 12, 2015 / 1 -3 PM
OUTSIDE of 34th STREET – HUDSON YARDS – 7 TRAIN STATION
SOUTH SIDE of 34th STREET – BTWN 10th & 11th AVENUES


screengrab: from ‘JOEY’, A SHORT FILM, 2:35 MINS. – by SEAN VEGEZZI




~SEAN VEGEZZI . . ‘JOEY’ – BOOKLET RELEASE / SAT DEC 12th

‘JOEY’

Booklet release
Saturday December 12, 2015 / 1-3 PM
Outside of 34th Street – Hudson Yards 7 Train Station
South side of 34th St. btwn 10th/11th Avenues

One limited edition (40) of handmade booklets
Organized by SEAN: VEGEZZI, ALEC TINMAR and SPENCER TULLIS
with works from ABELINE COHEN, KEEFE BUTLER, ANDREW KASS, ASPEN KINCAID and TOMMY MALEKOFF

note: the project also includes 2 films – a ‘short’ film & an ‘archival’ version.

from the press release:

We should continue to protect our undefined spaces from those who wish to destroy them but how can we ensure that the same spaces do not get withheld from those who wish to create, celebrate and honor them?

“Joey”—an affectionate colloquialism naming a stereotype of New York City’s builders—was the inspiration for a reading that took place in December 2014, eighty feet under Midtown Manhattan, inside of the New York City Transit System’s 7 Line Extension project. This event, video document, and compilation of poems, essays, and songs are part of an ongoing celebration of those who construct and labor over the spaces we move through and around—not the architects, designers, or developers—but the Joeys.

Sean Vegezzi, Alec Tinmar, and Spencer Tullis are three artists who regularly address the use of New York City’s public, private and undefined space in their own work. In early December, they sent five friends an open invitation that read, “Let’s honor the Joey’s in a healing gesture for the overworked and the dusty.” Days later, the willing participants were led to a plot of land bordering Hell’s Kitchen,
neighboring the Hudson Yards. It was the construction site of the then-unfinished 34th Street station.

Each contributor read—or sang—for Joey, exclaiming their admirations, their odes, and their gratitude. Some even ‘became’ Joeys, donning orange safety vests and hard hats. The participants referenced Joey’s past, namely through the words of Gary Russo, Second Avenue subway worker who wrote Don’t Die With Your Song Unsung after gaining recognition for his lunch break Frank Sinatra renditions,
and Jerry Levy, a New York City subway project site manager. Levy said, “…the people who build tunnels are unto themselves. They are beyond description, they are a special breed…most of the hard hats in the tunnel industry are deep intellects.”1

All the pieces share a sentiment of empowerment for the Joeys and for the artists themselves. By giving these voices a platform in the very spaces they built but that they have no rights to, no creative freedom within – Joey at once becomes the act of these artists taking that power back. Between the words and the video images, the moments of discovery and play become important acts in opposition
to the rigidity of labor work.

1 Matta-Clark, Substrait (Underground Dailies) 1976