~MAGiCSTANCE – talking about the legends & myths of . . Rivington St !! JJ PEET

‘magicstance’ . . ? love it !! Game of Thrones – roll, on !!

‘JJ PEET: MAGiCSTANCE’ – OPENS TO-NITE / WED JUNE 17, 2015 / 6-8 PM
the show runs JUNE 17 – JULY 31, 2015
ON STELLAR RAYS, 1 Rivington St, at BOWERY, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC

you can check out, 5 Rivington – the East Storefront, our old digs, from 1987- 2007, while you are there.
one word: g-e-n-t-r-i-f-i-c-a-t-i-o-n !!

but the guy, who we originally sublet the place from . . . last I checked,
his name is still on the buzzer: notorious street artist & real life .. ‘huffer’ RICHARD HAMBLETON, aka ‘shadowman’.

more info on the show: JJ PEET – MAGiSTANCE

yes, that – JJ PEET !!
you know – the wizard of SATAN CERAMICS !!




~UNDER THE VOLCANO vs GAME OF THRONES ? THE PLAYERS . .

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ vs GAME OF THRONES ?
if you go by body count, per capita – then, ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ . . . wins.

it’s t-r-u-e !!
of course, there’s only 3 main players in ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’, and the 2 old kings are down, but CRACKULA still sputters on, presiding over the raw and often, thorny underground.
against the dark, she gathers an ever-growing army around her . . .
lead by a new generation of indies, and an in-house band of the fraternal ‘order’.
but who knows ?
maybe her own ‘tongue-in-cheek’, will bring her down ?

though, she’s really liking that . . CERSEI LANNISTER actress, LENA HEADEY got to use a ‘body double’ !!
some people are just born to be behind the camera, not – out in front.
some people are just born to ‘write’ – under a ‘persona’, esp street artists.

back on the far-flung turrets of the mainstream, the art scene remains every bit as gory, as ever.

while back here at home, street art, is no longer the darling.
and Muddguts is down.
it looks to be more a battle of the art schools, than a battle of the . . wills.
the young armies ?
YALE vs COLUMBIA.

and I, CRACKULA . . .
personally nominate ELI BROAD as the pretentious, and brittle . . art world HIGH SPARROW.

social media has transformed the playing field, and the established art realm, with it’s doubled-down choke-hold on so many dreams and ambitions – better be warned.
‘change’ – gathers like horsemen on the horizon.

LONG LIVE CRACKULA. LONG LIVE THE POWER OF ‘IMAGINATION’ vs the MARKET BRANDING of a few old men.

LET THE NEW AGE – ART GAMES . . . BEGIN.

here’s a brief scorecard, for those who were unable to make the show & read the posted bios:


SIMON CERIGO . . .
at the inaugural opening of his SIMON CERIGO GALLERY, 202 AVENUE A, EAST VILLAGE. it was Nov 15, 1985, and, he was all of . . . 33.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

SIMON CERIGO was born in Paris, France in 1952. He emigrated with his Greek-born parents to Montreal, Quebec, CANADA in 1958, when he was 6. Simon died after a sudden illness in Jan 2013. he was 60.

He received a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal in 1979, where he was already known as a collector of both fellow student work, and within the gallery scene proper in Montreal, purchasing exclusively photography work, which was a very rare thing to be doing at the time. He also collected comics, big time. and indie music. Joy Division.

Simon was a studio assistant to Canada’s foremost abstract, color field painter at the time, GUIDO MOLINARI. The new painting of JULIAN SCHNABEL and DAVID SALLE is what lured him to New York, where he arrived in the summer of 1982, never to look back.

Simon quickly became a colorful fixture on the art scene, attending as many openings as he could with unstoppable passion. Through the years he gained a reputation as an art maven, but not many knew he was a painter himself.
His artist statement from June 5, 1987:

“To be an artist in this age of materialism is the height of Romanticism. My paintings are first of all about ‘being’. I am not interested in technical categories, such as, abstraction or figuration. My main concern in painting is to ‘live in paint’. Painting for me is a way to talk to myself and the world. My work incorporates toys, not only because of my own fascination with them, but because I feel that on a sublime level they reveal something about the particular civilization they belong to.”


DAN ASHER . . .
at his opening, ‘Bird of Prey’, GBE@PASSERBY, NYC. Oct 15, 2005, he is 58.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

DAN ASHER was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947, moved to NYC in the late 70s, died April 23, 2010 after a long struggle with cancer. he was 63.

Immediately after, if not during high school, Dan took off and followed BOB MARLEY on tour and in Jamaica taking black & white photographs, which decades later were purchased by the Bob Marley estate, and are now regarded as a remarkable legacy of the time.

Dan then came and settled in New York City, where he hung out at the now legendary Red Bar, where he met Simon Cerigo in 1982, and they became life-long friends. At this point he began working in very free-handed, gestural and expressionistic oil stick on paper. He had a solo show at Club 57 in 1982, and a solo show at the Red Bar in 1983.

Simon had started his own gallery at this point, SIMON CERIGO GALLERY, on Ave A, in the East Village, and he gave Dan one of his earliest solo gallery shows there in 1986. Dan went on to show extensively in New York, LA, and Europe. One of the main galleries he was represented by was GALERIE AUREL SCHEIBLER, KOLN. By 1997, TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY, TOKYO, was showing his work in Japan.

Dan also had a deep passion for indie music, and made several documentary videos based on his favorite bands, and musicians. Vic Chestnut.


NANCY SMITH . . .
with one of her vintage quilt repair projects, photographed in a park on the Lower East Side, in 1998, making her 47 at the time.
PHOTO: SIMON CERIGO.

NANCY SMITH was born in 1951 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She met Simon Cerigo in the MFA program at Concordia University, in Montreal in the early 70s. Nancy and Simon both shared an avid passion for contemporary art, and the art market in general. Simon was the first person to buy and collect her work. At the time she was working in watercolor, and doing large scale, ‘mythical’ figurative charcoal drawings on paper.

Also drawn by the energy in NYC, Nancy arrived here in Oct 1982, never to look back. She partnered in the behind-the-scenes admin of the SIMON CERIGO GALLERY, as well as in their on-going art collecting and ‘flipping’, which is how they supported their family. Kate was born in 1986, and Theo in 1988. They lived and worked in a gritty storefront on Rivington Street, right off the Bowery. 5 Rivington, East Storefront. Nancy had a solo show at the gallery, and her works on paper were included in several of its group shows.

At some point in the 80s, inspired by the many flea markets that used to be all over the Lower East Side, she developed a life long interest in restoring, by hand, vintage American quilts.

Like Dan Asher, Nancy was always into photography, except while Dan documented indie bands, and far-away places, Nancy was more more interested in documenting what was going on around her in the art scene close to home. Twenty years later her photos on the art scene began to be published on artnet.com: ‘Art Lovers New York – Photos by Nancy Smith’, 2002-2004.
While Walter Robinson, artnet’s venerable editor at the time, branded her: ‘artlovers’, you can thank Charlie Finch, artnet’s most colorful scribe for bestowing . . ‘Crackula’ upon her, a well-earned nickname, it is.

Nancy left artnet in 2005, to start her own ‘indie’ website, artloversnewyork.com – which she still runs, with a focus on the underground, and new talent.

Nancy was hired as a quilt collection consultant by JOSH HARRIS, of JUPITER and PSEUDO dot.com fame, in the late 90s which led to her being part of his million dollar ‘QUIET’ Millennium art party / social experiment / 24-7 surveillance wired project, 1999-2000. She is one of the many hardcore, downtown indie artists featured in the documentary, based in good part on raw surveillance footage from ‘Quiet’, that resulted 7+ years in the making, in the internationally well-received & critically acclaimed . . ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, a full length film directed by ONDIE TIMONER, and winner of the grand prize documentary, SUNDANCE 2009.

. . . BIO-TEXTS BY KATE CERIGO.
‘Under the Volcano: Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith’. June 6 & 7, 2015. 169 Bowery, NYC.




~UNDER THE VOLCANO . . was a BLAST !! only the good die young ?!! – ARCHITECTURE OF TOMORROW !!

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’
CURATED BY KATE & THEO CERIGO – PRODUCED BY THEO CERIGO
POP-UP, 169 BOWERY STOREFRONT, NYC – JUNE 6 & 7, 2015

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ . . . was a huge success – a B-L-A-S-T !!

BUT DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT,

check out what DOUGLAS TURNER at AOT/THE ARCHITECTURE of TOMORROW had to say . . . !!!!

hit: UNDER THE VOLCANO, SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH – reviewed by ARCHITECTURE of TOMORROW

Under the Volcano: Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith—1980s Lower East Side Painters


PHOTO: DOULAS TURNER via AOT/ARCHITECTURE OF TOMORROW

INDIE CURATORS, KATE & THEO CERIGO at the opening of ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ – their very first curatorial project.
and it was a . . hit !!
behind them is their late dad, SIMON CERIGO’S . . huge & wild paint & collage piece, with found artifacts, made on a found ‘curtain’.

for: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC insiders, yes !!

KATE . . is wearing a real, limited edition MARK ENGER, of EXPLODING SKY – silkscreen T-Shirt, of a skull.
skull, skull, death & bones – shiver me timbers all ye young hipsters !!
– . . for ye shall surely die one day, too.
done in his signature rebel indie style, RIP, MARK . . I miss you, we miss you – so much !!
the t-shirt was given to Kate, by Mark in person at a studio visit, we did just about a year or so, before he died, too.
a couple of years back. was he even 50 ? I don’t think so ?
no ventilation in the silkscreen studio, and a bad ciggie habit – !! and, that’s what happens.

I wanna say, ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG – but where does that leave me ?????

I guess someone has to stick around – to tell the tale, and yep: I’M TELLING IT – !!

I’M SCREAMING IT !! – FROM THE ROOF-TOPS OF THE WWW / THE WORLD WIDE WEB !!

THIS IS OUR ART, THIS OUR HUSTLE !!

the scene has been hi-jacked by lowlifes – and, the banal – for, far too long !!

LONG LIVE THE HARDCORE REBEL INDIES !! LONG LIVE THE UNDERGROUND PUNKS !!

AMEN.

ps:
I hear ‘love/hate’ maven, you just never know ??
CHARLIE FINCH is calling me . . the “widow” – behind my back !!
haha – love it.

CRACKULA is a WIDOW !!

LONG LIVE CRACKULA !!

but I must admit, I am a little lonely with 3 of my best art ‘buddies’ – gone, gone from the face of this dusty globe, finally free of the . . red red dust.
but, watch out . . for that ghost army !!
that surely follows close . . behind !!




~UNDER THE VOLCANO . . the day after

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’
SAT & SUN / JUNE 6 & 7, 2015 – STOREFRONT / 169 BOWERY at DELANCEY

A 2 DAY POP-UP PAINTING SHOW – FOCUSING ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE 80’s ART SCENE

yeah, a huge crowd came out.
it was a huge space, and it was packed by the end of the night.
IT WAS AMAZING.


the night before, a large scroll-like DAN ASHER goes up.
an imaginary, and powerful, mystical and archetypal, gestural and expressionistic . . . face on a long scroll of paper, early 80s.
PHOTO: DICK DEMENUS

curators KATE and THEO CERIGO grew up ‘under the volcano’, right smack in the midst of the intense, personal, explosive creative action that was the 80s art scene.

they grew up in a raw storefront on Rivington St, just a few doors up from the Bowery, when it really was, the wild frontier. flophouses, bums, druggies, junkies, and . . artists. they ran around at many a wild, crazy and now legendary opening, including the first shows of Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat in the East Village. the mid 80s shows of Schnabel and Salle on West Broadway, and Rirkrit Tiravanija on Greene St.

me, Simon, and Dan, we were all over the scene. we had it all covered.

the energy never let down.
. . . day job ? what was a day job.
pay check ? what was a pay check.
Dan sold his works hard-scrabble. their parents, Simon & Nancy . . ‘flipped’ other people’s art to support the family, and so . . the art was coming and going, in and out of the storefront, all the time.
including at any given point:
DAVID SALLE prints, a large JACK GOLDSTEIN hyper-realist lightning painting, MARIKO MORI’s ‘Love Hotel’ photograph, assorted works by MICHAEL McCLARD, paintings by WALTER ROBINSON, prints by CLEMENTE, and VANESSA BEECROFT’s ‘Amish women’ portraits.

the outlines of a huge Keith Haring crawling baby, quickly sketched in white chalk by him one day, on a found refrigerator cartoon on the street, leaned in one corner. and, of course their parents’ work, and Dan’s work, was all over the place, too. along with street posters, show invites, early zines and, stacks of artforums. it was 24/7 indie music. Smashing Pumpkins, Jesus and Mary Chain. Built to Spill. Galaxie 500. Al Green.

there was no www, no internet. no social media. there were no personal computers, or cellphones. you got out, and you moved around. and it rocked.

the scene on the street just outside, was just bursting.
you could open the door .. . and Jean Michel would be strolling by.
if you were tough & savvy, money could be made. art works flipped FAST, and the East Storefront, at 5 Rivington, all ‘tagged’ up on the outside by the ‘writers’, was . . art city central. it was underground grit to the core,rebel indie, and hardcore, down to the very last . . drop.
just sold a Keith Haring chalk piece, $5 grand . . ca-ching !!
cut it down from the 14th St. subway, yesterday.


PHOTO: DICK DEMENUS

THEO had told us he had snagged a storefront, legit and all . . in a great location, but he hadn’t told us it was – the Cadillac, the cathedral of pop-up storefronts . . go, THEO !!

it was huge, and well-lit !! big wide open space. flat, uninterrupted walls.
no columns. no cubicles, no inner partitions, with double-height ceilings.
raw concrete floor, raw white walls, with some construction markings, but – just clean enough !!
just, the way we like it.

it was like the the mini-‘museum’ of pop-ups, and in that sense it suited the show, which was in a great sense archival, but it also seems to have been timely, and relevant.
and, well, they were saying . . . it was: historic.

who ?
everybody.
the energy in the room was amazing. serious, classic ‘art drunk’ – it was a hit.

seriously.
a huge huge turn-out, mostly all under-30, it felt like Brooklyn !! including a big Yale contingent. and a couple of under-40s, major players, strolled in, and stayed . . like ANDREW GUENTHER. and then throw into the mix, a few veterans from way back, Charlie Finch and Walter Robinson, and . . ka-boom.

then, at some point Walter instagramed Simon’s ‘Keith Haring’ painting . . and the ball really started rolling, and did not stop.

as the opening progressed, everybody was on their phones sending out images & buzz.
the momentum just grew and grew.
it was awesome, really. I was floored. I couldn’t believe it. I was shell-shocked. I mean nobody had shown my work in 30 years, and this was my own in-house team, I guess indie, all the way, is my fate.
it was definitely over-whelming. lots of requests for stories, and first-hand info. the young artists seemed to enjoy the character both of the show, and the work.

they seemed to super dig . . the indie spirit of the entire production. but even more, they just really really rocked with the work, the flat-out expressionism, the intensity, the powerful ambition . . . to ‘own’ the era.
I’m thinking it was – something about the works having been so ‘under-recognized’, but so hardcore indie, a stubborn . . ‘so-what-stance’, this is our art – really rocked them.

this is what we do, this is our art, this is our hustle.
now, how do we .. SURVIVE !!!!!!

many said they wished the show could have lasted longer, so their friends could make it, or they could come back, for a second look.
Kate and Theo are still fielding requests for ‘visuals’ and installation shots, so they can be blasted out – into the infinite social media sphere.

the show is definite living a virtual double life, just like we envisioned.
go, indie – go, pop-up.

though we hadn’t known what to expect crowd-wise, esp with Bushwick Open Studios happening the same weekend, and we were definite anxious, and so, so surprised by the crowd.

but as one sane person told us, there is always something going on in NYC, these days, and this how they work it: they all just get on their phones, and tell their friends to get on down here, this is where the action is at !!

A SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT & THANKS TO:
Brooklyn artists, NICHOLAS STEINDORF, and JAMES MILLER . . for hanging the show.
it looked great.
it came together, right on time. and in a very short window of time. literally. very cool.
totally professional job.
. . there is no way we could have done this – without you !!

thanks to everybody who came by.
for supporting the art, art that just sort of flew by, under-the-radar, at the time it was made.

and, for supporting so warmly, the vision of these 2 young hardcore artist-kids, first-time curators – KATE & THEO CERIGO.




~UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO – THE FOUNT

this is the show’s poster.
we made a short edition of them to plaster on the scaffolding, outside the storefront . . .

it is a complete reproduction of an early ‘newspaper’ piece by Simon, and from which we could get the only image of the three of us together. lucky it even exists, and that’s part of the magic behind it, I guess.

there are no other copies of the photo, at all. I mean there are plenty of digital ones now, but no negatives, no hard copy vintage prints. and, there are absolutely no other images of the three of us together.

it’s kind of fitting, that Simon ‘collected’ this photograph – he was very much into keeping ‘records’ of life – as it swirled around him. if Dan and I shared an (obsessed) interest in photography, for ‘holding onto time’ . . . . Dan documenting far-away places and indie bands, while my focus was on the art scene happening right before me, Simon was into collecting hands-on, actual ‘artifacts’, including working on newspaper pages that caught his eye, with their continuous moment-in-the-news immediacy, and gone-again . . temper.

coming to New York in the early 80s, was a really exciting time.
we all just thought, this is how it is, and – dive in !!
this is Simon’s ‘artist’ statement’ from 1987 – that I found in his old papers, while getting ready to put up this show.

“To be an artist in this age of materialism is the height of Romanticism. My paintings are first of all about ‘being’. I am not interested in technical categories, such as, abstraction or figuration. My main concern in painting is to ‘live in paint’. Painting for me is a way to talk myself and the world. My work incorporates toys, not only because of my own fascination with them, but because I feel that on a sublime level they reveal something about the particular civilization they belong to.”

this piece incorporates a small army of tiny war planes, Simon was into building model airplanes, tanks, and ships – with a narrow focus on WW II. WW II fascinated him. the ‘strip’ down the the right hand side is a piece of an actual model kit box, with ‘detailing’ – instructions.
so yeah, Simon got ‘tiny’ !!, nano, reproduction, replica – whatever.
me and Dan . . were not into ‘mini’ – at all.

I think the scientist-type nerd / character in the newspaper image, is Allan Ginsberg ?

the image of the retro 50s family on the right – probably references his own family.
his mom and dad.
his mom was very stylish. she studied medicine at the Sorbonne in Paris, and his dad was a financial newspaper reporter.
the ape on the left – ?
his inner demons !!
a lifelong battle & hence the magic of the title, ‘Under the Volcano’ – as well !!

when he died, he had left a little pink pencil eraser on the top of his diary of notes, it said – it had printed in black script on the top side:

“TIME WILL ERASE MY MISTAKES” – if only life was so, easy. Not.

but it all adds – up to great art. everybody can feel the emotion, even if they don’t know – the exact details.
war on the horizon, global warfare in the past, advanced technology warfare, and the war – within.
within the self, and within the family unit – as well.
even our goddamn genes – fight each other.
we love, we fight. we reproduce, and we start all over . . .
and here I am in . . . NEW YORK CITY.




~UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH . . OPENS TODAY

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’
CURATED BY KATE & THEO CERIGO
PRODUCED BY THEO CERIGO
DOORS OPEN SAT JUNE 6, 2015 at 2 PM / OPENING RECEPTION 6 – 10 PM
ALSO OPEN SUN JUNE 7 / 11 AM – 6 PM
169 BOWERY – STOREFRONT – JUST SOUTH OF DELANCEY, LOWER EAST SIDE / CHINATOWN, NYC

see: 1980s Art Scene makes comeback this weekend at 169 Bowery, THE LO-DOWN




~UNDER THE VOLCANO – advance peek !!

PARKOUR – FOR HIPSTERS vs the NYPD !!

I heard mint&serf’s pop-up last Sat got shut down by the NYPD because they were essentially ‘squatting’ without permission – in an ‘abandoned’ parking garage. supposedly they managed to stay up for a good hour, and they had about 100 people there. but everything lives a virtual life now, f-o-r-e-v-e-r so . . . go indie !!
& long live social media !!

I liked that they did that, hijacked a place, rather than just a a wall, lordy !! – so urban subversive – !!
I even liked their use of ‘rsvp’ and secret location – game !!
created great buzz for the pop-up genre – in general !!
everybody has their own – style, street style, free-form.
in true street cred style, with true grit/ low-down guts, and innovation.
F the institutions, and galleries – going nowhere, and certainly NOT on point.
cheers for . . . the hardcore hippity-hop lo-down, low-fi par-tay. . .
doing the street dance, making your mark – underground NYC style !!

NO WORRIES, hopefully – on our show being shut down.

THEO has a signed & dated, totally legit & legal – 4 day use . . commercial lease. the developer of the space, which is a big big empty storefront at 169 Bowery, just south of Delancey . . is a friend of his, who is being very generous in letting us have the space for one weekend, $10 a day (!!) who is putting up with all the chaos that this entails, including tons of paperwork – right smack in the middle of its renovation.

THEO & KATE, with a small volunteer crew of young artist pals, are working mad crazy to get the show up – right now !! they could only get into the space late yesterday afternoon, just in time to deliver the work, start to unpack it, and roughly start planning it out.

here’s a few sneak peeks !!


NANCY SMITH, ‘Seeker’, watercolor on arches paper, 18 x 24 in.


NANCY SMITH, framed watercolor – wall.


DAN ASHER, large large drawing, black acrylic paint on linen-paper.


SIMON CERIGO, ‘QUEEN of ENGLAND, SURF BUTT’, multi-media, including acrylic paint, and indie ‘band’ t-shirt, on stretched canvas.


the entrance is a big glass plate door – at the right.
the construction scaffolding is still up. we hope to have some UNDER THE VOLCANO posters plastered over it – tomorrow.

169 BOWERY, an under-renovation storefront – just shy of DELANCEY ST, on the border – where Chinatown meets the Lower East Side, face-to-face.
right in the the heart of the (don’t blink) downtown LIGHTING & CHANDELIER district.

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’
A 2 DAY POP-UP PAINTING SHOW – FOCUSING ON THE TRUE GRIT UNDER-BELLY of the LOWER EAST SIDE 80s UNDERGROUND ART SCENE
OPENING RECEPTION: SAT JUNE 6, 2015 / 2-10 PM
DOORS OPEN: SAT JUNE 6, at 2 PM
also open on SUN JUNE 7 / 11 AM – 6 PM
169 BOWERY – CURATED BY KATE & THEO CERIGO

& . . NO, WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE . . . SHUT DOWN,
and yes . . . OPEN TO ALL, TOTALLY LEGIT & NO RSVP REQUIRED.

IT’S A HUGE, HUGE RAW SPACE, GREAT BIG WALLS, NICE LIGHT TOO – !!!!!!
good going, first-time show producer/curator – THEO CERIGO !!
SIMON is ROLLIN’ OVER IN HIS GRAVE, and so is . . . DAN !!
THE GHOST ARMY – IS ON THE MARCH !!
go, INDIE !!!!

more info: underthevolcano.les@gmail.com

INSTALLATION PHOTOS: are from KATE CERIGO, who just sent them in via her iPhone !! – from on-site !!

hurray – for the digital world.
ha, we didn’t even have computers back in those mad crazy wild low rent, 80s days !!
blowing up images on an xerox machine, at a copy shop – was the only ‘technical’ magic, available to us !!!
but it was party-on hard, central !!!!!

the biggest downside of course, was that there was little in the way of alternative options, in terms ways of getting your work out, and your voice – heard.
but you know what, F that.
we felt the electricity, we all had dirt cheap storefront / apt studios. we felt the excitement & fire in the air. we felt the love. everyday was an adventure.
you could make a living, pay your rent & eat, and have just enough left over to party some, just on your street smarts. all the action was in the Lower East Side. you didn’t have to travel, it was all happening below 14th St. F the ‘stodgey’ low-ceiling ‘no-brains’ that ran the status quo publications, newspapers, mags/magazines, and rusty-crusty gallery ‘markets’.
we left them behind the dust, and EVERYDAY !!!!
everyday – was a trip. a hustle here, a sold painting there. a flip. a trade.
a ripped-down Keith Haring black chalk subway poster – could bring in $5 grand. no sweat.
I know – because we did that – check !!
you could buy a limited edition, David Salle ‘garbage day’ line drawing print, also white chalk on black paper – for $2,000 and flip it for over $20 grand . . within 2 years.
I know – because I did that, check !!
and that was almost – a whole year’s rent, so . . are you beginning to get – the L.E.S. 80s picture ?!!
and so. it went.
those were the days, for sure.
when the pauper art kings, Basquiat crowns, and all – ruled the streets.

yep, F the stodgey.

I see it’s not them you are reading today – it’s ME !!!

talent – always outs.
that’s the one thing I always loved about the art world, from day one – above all else.

ring that curator’s bell, and the dance will surely . . . grow and grow.




~DAN ASHER . . in LA / up thru SAT JUNE 6

it’s interesting to note that the LO-DOWN . . . didn’t seem to know who . . DAN ASHER was . . ??!!

it’s even more interesting to note that they would give some, really generous !! . . . press, and warm encouragement to two young, 20-something first-time curators, KATE & THEO CERIGO – who grew up in a storefront in the hood, back in the 80s, and, now want to show the world – what it was like to . . .
“live under the volcano” – of the fierce, wild, and mostly underground creative energy – that had the Lower East Side on fire, back in the day.

of the 3 artists in their pop-up show that runs through this upcoming weekend, ‘Under the Volcano: Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith’ – DAN ASHER would be the one artist, whose name would be most recognizable to the art scene ‘players’ of today, the various. and diverse movers and groovers, who make the scene go round.

in fact Dan’s work has been seeing a steady, and in fact remarkably wide-spread resurgence of late, finding a new & growing audience, esp among the newest wave of young curators, collectors, artists, and writers, spurring a new-found respect, among the older generations especially with regard to his expressive, wildly gestural, figurative . . oil stick drawings.

case in point, and the other show . . I’d love to see in LA, after weeks of trashing the ‘bubbling-over’ art scene, down there – in the southern ‘parched’ lands !!
the water might not be bubbling over, down there, but the art scene – sure as hell, seems to be.

SO, if you are in LA, and quick on your feet, and in your brain !! – don’t miss it.
it’s not only got a way catchy ‘title’, just as good as . . ‘Under the Volcano’, lordy !!
and, an interesting line-up of mostly under-recognized, hands-on artists – and, some POTTERY (!!!!)
but, they’ve also included a really radiant . . and early, DAN ASHER oil-stick on paper, a New York Times newspaper page – to be exact.
I guess you could say, from ceramics on up, ‘hands-on’ expressionism – seems to be having it’s . . ‘on fire’ moment !!

‘What’s Wrong With We ?’
Dan Asher, Aidas Barekis, Keith Boadwee & Club Paint, Jennie Jieun Lee, Bruce M. Sherman, Bjarne Melgaard, Bill Saylor, Spencer Sweeney
organized . . by PIERRE-ARNAUD DOUCEDE
the show runs: APRIL 30 – JUNE 6, 2015
MARTOS GALLERY, LA – 3315 W. Washington Bvd, Los Angeles

see: MARTOS GALLERY INSTALLATION – PIX

note: PIERRE-ARNAUD DOUCEDE runs . . . GLOBAL ART NEWS, where you can also catch – some other great photos from the show, including another really, really brilliant, dark and brooding – DAN ASHER !!

and, a final last word: just because . . . I can !! and I feel strongly about it !!

SPENCER SWEENEY – the new DAN ASHER ? . . . I DON’T THINK SO – !! !! !!

and,

ELI BROAD – where are your DAN ASHERS, not !!


DAN ASHER,’Untitled’, 1983.
oil-stick on newsprint, 22.5 x 14.5 in.
photo: MARTOS GALLERY, LA

I wonder what – it’s going for ?
last I looked – Martos was selling similar Dan Ashers for, ballpark: $15,000 – $18,000.

ps:
KATE & THEO CERIGO . . will be showing much much bigger, never before seen, super early 80s . . DAN ASHER oil-sticks – in their ‘Under the Volcano’ pop-up show. part of their own personal collection, passed on down from their dad, SIMON CERIGO – who was a big, big, and very early collector of Dan’s work.
in fact, Simon was Dan’s first dealer.

unlike Walter Robinson !!
if, you read the art news, you know – what I mean !!
“yeah, and I should have bought Facebook at $12, too” – famous last words, Walter – !!




~UNDER THE VOLCANO – MAKES THE LO-DOWN !! !! !!

YO YO YO – YO !!!!!!

READ – ALL ABOUT IT, CLICK: 1980s ART SCENE MAKES A COMEBACK – THE LO-DOWN !!!!

http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/2015/05/1980s-art-scene-makes-a-comeback-this-weekend-at-169-bowery.html#




~UNDER THE VOLCANO . . ROLLS IN SAT JUNE 6

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’

a 2 DAY POP-UP PAINTING SHOW / CELEBRATING THE TRUE GRIT – UNDERGROUND LOWER EAST SIDE 80’s ART SCENE

OPENS NEXT SAT JUNE 6, 2015 / 6-10 PM

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, NO RSVP. NO SECRET LOCATION.
JUST THE WAY – IT USED TO BE, BACK IN THE DAY !!!!!

SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER & NANCY SMITH. NYC, 1982.

doors open: SAT JUNE 6 at 2 PM
the show continues on SUN JUNE 7 / 11 AM – 6 PM

169 BOWERY – BETWEEN DELANCEY & BROOME, AT THE EDGE OF CHINATOWN, ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE / DOWNTOWN NYC !!!!

currently an a empty, if somewhat . . illustrious storefront ??!!
or is that . . . notorious ?
anybody else recall . . . COLLECTIVE HARDWARE !!!!

we’re taking it over, for one more – hurrah.
PARKOUR ? – check !!!!

CURATED BY KATE & THEO CERIGO
more info: underthevolcano.les@gmail.com