~BUSHWICK . . OJIDJO

another monochrome piece, but of a way different, well, not that !! different – of a nature !!
it’s also interesting, how monochrome, gray scale palettes, and hyper-realist, though in this case, a more fluid, looser, expressionistic/painterly, draftsmanship, i.e. we called it: drawing by hand, lol – is re-surging, and takes on an even more powerful stance – in the age of digital reproduction, and color – cheap and easy color, all kinds of color, and even brightness ‘filters’ – everywhere.


street mural by – OJIJDO, aka oji aka @ojijdo . . in Bushwick !!

PHOTO BY: @toris64 via Instagram

toris64: “I live in Stavanger, NORWAY (!!) but travel around … Photos are taken by me with iPhone, unless otherwise stated.”

you can access his Instagram feed via web . . @toris64 – Instagram


OJI appears to be a new age global citizen !!
his website’s language of choice is French, but there are no details as to his bio, or nationality !!
it doesn’t ring as Quebecois, no posts from Montreal !!
a lot from Paris though, got to to be be from France, and – at very least, European.
but it all translates to: HOPE !!
hey !!
vives les new age Frenchies !!




~BUSHWICK . . HENDRIK BEIKIRCH


a recent Bushwick mural by . . German artist HENRIK BEIKIRCH aka ECB
‘Oulad Bouzid III’, 2015
spray paint & emulsion paint on a wall, Bushwick. NYC, USA

PHOTO: via instagram . . posted by @toris64

this mural is striking for many reasons, including its specific locale, large scale, dynamic composition, and the hyper, yet fluid & rhythmic . . realism. one has to say, it is exceptionally expressive for a monochrome, or limited color palette project. it shines from within, its point of view is on the low-down, deeply felt, against the grain – a point of no return. very much like an old format photograph, in fact.

it is also striking, because it is the portrait of an old man, a common man, not a rapper, not a dead poet. not a cartoon character. not a cypher, not even a ‘militant’ citizen of the streets. it is the deeply felt portrait of an old man of the real streets, the real streets . . of Morocco. I guess that makes it: realism. it’s a kind of grim realism, in truth, or maybe ‘gritty’ is the better word. it’s not stylized, it’s not comic. ECB calls this series ‘Trades’ and its subjects are the old school skilled artisans who are often overlooked, but are the gears that keep things running. Oulad Bouzid III is a street barber. it’s a global project.

but beyond that, there’s something utterly fascinating in this mural, and it goes beyond words – which is just how it should be. it marries art & graphics and realism – with . . a somber cast, something along the lines of . . . the things that are getting lost.
the tribal transformation – of society . . . as a whole.
the elders.

as well, technically – the underlying graphic design sensibility, which anchors the mighty skillful painting technique – is not just way ahead of the curve – it is PROFOUND. Silent. Moving.
you can also see this ,in the minimalist design of the artist’s website, to the way he writes his name on the wall, above the piece – in a kind of computer-driven block letter ‘scroll’.

to get a feel for the bigger picture, check out: HENDRIK BEIKIRCH
http://hendrikbeikirch.com/

SO . . .
if you haven’t noticed, STREET ART, STREET MURALS, GRAFFITI, GRAFF, WRITERS, STICKERS, slaps, decals, stencils, one-off ink/sharpie work, legos, and other 3-d bits & pieces !! – whatever !! are having a big resurgence. part of this is the wider acceptance, and more legal venues. here in NYC, old hoods, like Bushwick, still in the throes of gentrification seem to be wide open for the taking. but if a tree falls in the forest, is there a sound ?
turns out Instagram feeds are really well suited to the documenting – taking pix of this highly mobile & shifting scene. infinite armies of seekers – on the march, capturing the vitality & throwing it back at ya & out there, locally & globally.
globally, street art is an art of ‘direction’.
a statement of will, an expression, a theater for change, freedom of speech, and a desire for . . empowerment.
some people travel . . to to put their marks & missions on the world we live in, others travel to capture the action. it’s a wide open movable feast, that feels almost . . medieval in nature.




~BUSHWICK . . walls

on my way to the ‘CAP MATCHES COLOR’ – ‘TWO DECADES OF DIGGING’ – book signing at LOW BROW ARTIQUE, last week, in BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN – I had to marvel at how big the hardcore mural street art had blown-up, yet I was totally struck dumb – at the same time by all the downtown chic, hipster & very chi chi upgraded bars and restaurants, yes even the wine shops. how nightlife populated the hood had become, since the frontier days of the hardcore EASTERN DISTRICT, and then . . AD HOC, and then just a tiny bit later, FACTORY FRESH.
I mean, even in what 2008 ? it was still pretty industrial, and deserted except for indigenous bodegas dotting every corner, and then ROBERTA’S PIZZA came on the scene. and that was – it !!
flash forward a few years, and some wine bars opened up, with folk music in the basements. now it’s still deserted streets, but dotted, and densely – with ultra hip eating & drinking venues.
I vividly remembered, going to Roberta’s in the very first week it opened !! half empty to, after a great fab opening, a big . . . AD DeVILLE show at Factory Fresh, which ran in Dec of 2008 – just before the Bernie Madoff scandal – broke, lol !!
it seemed such appropriate timing.

see: DeVILLE’S HOLIDAY SPECIAL – FACTORY FRESH, DEC 2008 !!

~DeVILLE’S HOLIDAY SPECIAL/FACTORY FRESH


there was a JAYE MOON lego diorama – stuck to the wall. center – second image up from the bottom – just outside where AD HOC GALLERYused to open its doors, on Bogart Street. besides the historic location – the piece also had an historic theme: the American Revolution !!
it said: NO MORE ENGLISH !!


I found it interesting that it was so clean, and not vandalized. street code of honor ?


it even had a little, clear plastic window with a lego man head, for a handle . . .


that you could swing open to reveal . . .


a miniature HISTORIC RICHMOND TOWN ‘document’, still in there, intact. and not glued down, or in any other way secured.
JAYE MOON is a young female street artist, from Korea, North or South ? Korea is as specific as the bio got. being an immigrant myself, from Montreal . . I recognized the newcomers attraction to American history, esp the part about the founding fathers. it really wasn’t that long ago either, as these things go, and so much change in just a couple hundred years. it also served as a statement to the . . violence and war – that carved this nation, just as violence and the war have carved every other territory throughout time memorial, going back to Stonehenge, and prob even past that. the gun won the West, subdued the ‘first’ natives & even settled the Civil War.


across the street from the deceptively simple lego story, things were looking decidedly, grim.
the mighty . . GOOMBA at center.


the ‘smiling’ come to get ya – grim reaper !!


a ghost army, the un-dead converge.


F.P. – a paid-by . . FORD CAR guerrilla ad ?


READY MIX
BUSHWICK, in fact all of Brooklyn, is like one big urban Disney tour of street art, yours for the cruising. get down, go free.
come to your own conclusions.


a hard hat wearing . . baby GOLLUM ?
straight outta Lord of the Rings, and onto the raw Bushwick streets.


one of my fave: GOLD POO . . !!
I think we have to give a nod here to ABE LINCOLN Jr, and his groundbreaking, poo trackin’ little birdie/chick: Char !!


a spinning, ‘baby’ – top ?!!


A.V.S.P. wheat paste, forget trying to take those wheat paste babies down.


dethhhhhh


wtf . . a vintage clothing selling mobile . . on wheels.


THE MOBILE VINTAGE SHOP – EVERYTHING INSIDE $10


a storefront . . caught at the very moment of rapid gentrification !!
talk about your . . ‘transitioning’ !!


a plate glass window is even more interesting than a brick wall – in the right hands.


#fresh #plaid by jywlkr


now, that’s what I call modernism. de-construction, and new construction – all at once.
slick, stick. raw. random, beautiful. intelligent. restrained & . . minimalist !!


with more than a nod, to BARBARA KRUGER.
amazing to reflect upon how influential, and insightful that 1987 show of hers, ‘I SHOP / THEREFORE I AM’ – was. at MARY BOONE, lol.
and ps: BARBARA KRUGER, born 1945 in Newark, NEW JERSEY. go Jersey !!


Because.
Capitalism.


an ‘indigenous’ house – still standing, there are still blocks like this.
but, for how long ?


some kind of Popeye collage, not sure if the different layers were meant to be, or were add-ons ?


great detail on the ‘foundation’ frontier figure !!


layers of paste, and layers of . . metaphor.


a girlie fairy princess – on a metal gate.


old school Madonna.


grotto / shrine behind bars – a living throwback / monument . . to the original European immigrants who homesteaded this formerly blue collar hood.


Greek myth – it was hard to tell where commercial signs began, and street art became paid commissions ?


DENTON


a great . . geo-mix / figurative genesis . . mash-up.
esp spectacular – at night !!


anybody who quilts knows that to be an Amish baby steps pattern, at the top.


change is . . a-coming.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~MAAYAN ZILBERMAN . . FORT GANSEVOORT – M Bar

MAAYAN ZILBERMAN – NEW AGE CANDY MAKER
3RD FLOOR – M BAR
NOV 11, 2015 – JAN 10, 2016
FORT GANSEVOORT – 5 NINTH AVE – MEATPACKING DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN NYC

for: MAYAAN ZILBERMAN WORKSHOPS


on the right, KAT TYPALDOS . . who organized the current specialty, artisanal S,M,L pop-ups, at FORT GANSEVOORT, along with CAROLYN ANGEL, the gallery’s co-founder.
with Kat is her friend, LYDIA.


MAAYAN ZIKBERMAN . . .is running a pop-up of her new age sugar crystal rock candy line, SWEET SABA at the the M Bar on the 3rd floor.


MAAYAN is . . “creating an alien library of edible candy and chewing gum inspired by chakra & birthstones that are thought to have healing qualities. During workshops, customers can watch Maayan at her counter making candy from scratch & testing ingredients. This mystical shop will be exclusive for the holidays, offering people a way to restore themselves through fun sweet things just in time for the New Year.” ~ gallery press release


a colorful & charming container of small chocolate ‘pebbles’ – is only $10.


the sugar crystals, are higher in price – depending on the size.
they look like high-end fashion faux – gem stones, so pretty !!
never mind for eating, how about just for . . gazing.


an array of rings ? no . . . sweets !!
candy cure – anybody ?
some ingredients are paired to soothe . . hurt feelings, or even broken hearts ?!!
feeling down ? suck on one of these !!
MAAYAN works with a “flavor scientist to pair each shape with an unexpected taste.”


these candies are really gorgeous, totally love how they are packed just like crystals, or mineral rocks – in a natural science museum !!


I know one thing, hard to choose !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~JULIA ZANGRILLI . . FORT GANSEVOORT – S Bar

JULIA ZANGRILLI – ARTISANAL PERFUMER
2ND FLOOR – S BAR
NOV 11 – JAN 10, 2016
FORT GANSEVOORT – 5 NINTH AVE, MEATPACKING DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN NYC

for: JULIA ZANGRILLI workshops at FORT GANSEVOORT


NOVA PERFUMER . . . JULIA ZANGRILLI
at her unisex custom scent ‘pop-up’ shop at FORT GANSEVOORT, on the second floor – S Bar.
see: NOVA

“JULIA ZANGRILLI . . . began as a self-taught perfumer, instinctually mixing custom scents for friends in her home lab. in 2011 she attended the Grasse Institute of Perfumery, in France, where she developed an understanding for the oil dynamics & chemistry behind fragrance composition. Julia then began to develop custom fragrances that she could tailor to an individual’s taste & body chemistry using only high quality phthalate-free materials. This marked the beginning of her company NOVA.
She has since released a retail fragrance named CHAKRA, and done collaborations with OPENING CEREMONY, ANNA SHEFFIELD & LOUP CHARMANT. She will be releasing a series of musks with URBAN OUTFITTERS shortly.” ~ gallery press release


her display – was also first class !! and very inspired.

“JULIA ZANGRILLI will set up a unisex custom scent bar inspired by the collaborative & entrepreneurial atmosphere surrounding Fort Gansevoort & she will also host astrological fragrance-making workshops & natural raw material classes where attendees will leave with custom eau de parfums.” ~ gallery press release


KATE, a Capricorn, a more grounded version of a hoof-footed Zodiak beast . . and not one to follow impulse alone !! was very very attracted to the NOVA CAPRICORN fragrance, and hopes to go back and score a customized version.


while I, being an alpha Aires !! and a hoof-footed animal too, bye the way, but definite not ‘grounded’, more like forging new paths on the teetery-top of the mountain heights !! was totally . . set on fire, as I approached the NOVA Aires offering – at the beginning of the counter.
literally, my body chemistry went up at least 10 fiery degrees !!


at the NOVA counter, perfume + tactile sensuality . . were on display, in a most visual & exquisite way.
very striking.


a vial costs about $125. something like that. and in fact, when you purchase it from Julia in person at Fort Gansevoort, she will even custom tweak it to your own chemistry, and I guess, inner Zodiac being !!
absolutely chic. absolutely tres, in fact pretty completely reasonable . . . for a custom high quality blend that works so well, and delivers such – magic !!


I also really liked how, in the midst of such a highly, as in . . well-designed, albeit craft/artisanal/fashion presentation, the labels were . . . in a ‘hand-lettered’ font style.
and, seemingly with a sharpie, at that.
they might even have been . . hand-lettered.


gorgeous, magical . . or what ?!! and hand-letterd, !! how brave new world !!
and I mean that most sincerely, with designer fonts so easily available via digital world – all things done-by-hand seem to have gotten off to a brand new start, a new life.
at one time, hand-lettered signs were such a no no, I cannot not even begin to tell you.
so, such Aires . . thought-cloud, or what !!

LEO !! the Lion apparently gets . . on fire, too.
bring out the – claws !!
and, get your inner fire on – with NOVA, fer sure.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~CARA MARIE PIAZZA . . FORT GANSEVOORT – L Bar

CARA MARIE PIAZZA – NATURAL & ARTISANAL DYER
NOV 11, 2015 – JAN 10, 2016
GROUND FLOOR – BAR L
FORT GANSVOORT – 5 NINTH AVE, MEATPACKING DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN, NYC

WORKSHOPS:
SAT NOV 14, 2015 – CREATE A COSMIC NEBULA / NATURAL DYE 101
SAT NOV 21, 2015 – BUNDLE DYEING with HEALING FLOWERS
SAT DEC 5, 2015 — HOW TO MAKE an ORGANIC INDIGO SUGAR VAT
SAT DEC 12, 2015 – DYEING with FOOD WASTES

the workshop fees range from between $125-$250 & include materials.
basically the going rate, even in Brooklyn !!

sign up: for workshops


on the night of the JASON HARVEY opening, FORT GANSEVOORT was also debuting “S,M,L – a creative platform that merges art, artisanship and commerce. S,M,L will feature a rotation of unique creative talents who will be making and selling their products. Organized by KAT TYPALDOS and CAROLYN ANGEL, the first group includes custom perfumer JULIA ZANGRILLI, candy maker MAAYAN ZILBERMAN and natural dyer CARA MARIE PIAZZA, for an eight-week long artist residency.” ~ Fort Gansevoort press release


CARA MARIE PIAZZA . . curated a ‘color apothecary’ and ‘natural dye’ bar on the ground floor – aka ‘L Bar’.


this is one of CARA MARIE PIAZZA’s custom dyed pieces, hanging on the old exposed brick wall, the work looked so fab, and ahead-of-the game – on the lovingly preserved historic venue !!


CARA MARIE PIAZZA . . natural and artisanal dyer at the L Bar, Fort Gansevoort.
“committed to sustainable & ethical production, Cara manufactures all of her pieces locally, here in NYC. She creates one-of-a-kind textiles using only natural dyestuffs such as botanicals, plant matter, minerals, non-toxic metals & food waste. She treats her fabrics through alchemical dye sessions, ancient SHIBORI techniques, bundle dyeing & waste dyeing, transforming each textile into its own story.” ~ press release


organic hand-dyed T by CARA MARIE PIAZZA, available for purchase – from her small ‘capsule’ collection of clothing on display.


CARA MARIE PIAZZA: custom shirt, absolutely gorgeous, well-made, and . . ethereal !!


the detailing on the shirt was phenomenal.
just sheer, enough. if you can come up with $596 for a custom shirt – which is a very good price for how these things go !! this is your . . baby !!
you can have it custom hand-dyed, by Cara . . to your specifications, as part of the package.


look at the beautifully detailed and shaped collar.
if you stitch, or do any kind of skilled handiwork, you can easily appreciate this item.
plus, lol note the re-claimed vintage wood hotel hanger !!


the custom shirt was displayed beautifully, hanging from a lovely branch – just the right size, length and thickness.


in fact, the whole ‘fort’ felt like a wonderful Alice in Wonderland, new age florist shop . .


with fresh blooms – at every corner.


in fact, it was in this nook, that we found influential, powerhouse fashion writer . . . CHIOMA NNADI, now at Vogue.
no surprise.


one last look at BAR L & CARA MARIE PIAZZA’s skillful, artisanal & beguiling pop-up, before we moved . . . upstairs.

CARA MARIE PIAZZA . . will also curate a color apothecary & natural dye bar at the L bar, on the ground floor. In addition to natural dyes, the apothecary will sell locally grown fresh & dried flowers, earth pigments, barks, spices & clays that customers can use at home.
as well, she will present several workshops.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~JASON HARVEY . . FORT GANSEVOORT – BLOWS UP !!

talkin’ about transitioning !! whoa.
how about . . .
NYPD detective to cutting edge artist.
walking the art scene walk, on the wild, west side . . of town.

‘JASON HARVEY – FANTASY COMPOSITES’
opened WED NOV 8, 2015
the show runs thru JAN 19, 2016
FORT GANSEVOORT – 5 NINTH AVE, MEATPACKING DISTRICT, NYC

the opening was packed !!
the venue was . . quelle picturesque !!
and the work was – off the grid !!
heavy in the drawing skills, in fact: skillz, yes with a . . z.
a definite street vibe & edge, very graphic. just like the best street art happening today.
and fresh !! fresh as farm-to-table eggs.

in the city that never sleeps, but whose art scene has become . . well, let’s face it, pretty sleepy !!
I’d even say: lame.
along comes a cop detective who can draw circles around anybody.

it was . . . a mad wake-up call – for the jaded !!
and a nice, and very surprising west side throw down – to the more populist, street-cred hogging, small indie galleries of Brooklyn, who have been stealing all the art buzz of late.

hey, ever since the mighty GBE picked up his art & split big to Harlem . . it was bound to happen, a new meatpacking blow-up – to fill the legendary west side/walk on the wild side void.
but who – knew !! and Gavin liked BBQ, too.
let’s hope this unconventional newcomer, that is Fort Gansevoort – can keep up the momentum !!

if, the originality of vision and high skill quotient of this off-the-grid show are any indication – this gallery/bbq/pop-up/event outpost, situated in a most historical NYC location, (which the venue seems to really appreciate judging from the IG/Instagram photos they post), is going to be one west side twirl – that’s going to be worth the watching.
put me down – on the dance card.

ps;
it reminded me of my high flying days with . . JOSH HARRIS and PSEUDO.COM !!
Josh loved to party, loved off-the-wall talent, the more off-the-beaten path, the better.
our venue – was hardcore downtown, and multi-plex too. art parties, pop-ups, free-flowing booze, check.
and, the media ? – the media was always his go-to number 1 target !!
the NYPD ?
it came next, usually to shut the party – down !!
along with the guys from FEMA & . . the FIRE DEPT !!
ha, if you go back that far – you know what I’m a-talking about !!
QUIET & WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – rock on !!


talk about . . transitioning !!
so, lol:
both themainstream media, the New York Post – Josh’s fave !!, and the NYPD, (lordy, the bomb squad !!) showed up !!
for this first time exhibit – by artist JASON HARVEY, whose day job just happens to be: a professional NYPD crime scene forensic artist . . !!

“Members of the NYPD Bomb Squad showed up to gallery space Fort Gansevoort . . not to defuse anything, but to see an art show.” !! !! !!
read the full article: NYPD Bomb Squad takes night off . . . PAGE SIX, NEW YORK POST/NOV 12, 2015
http://pagesix.com/2015/11/12/nypd-bomb-squad-takes-night-off-for-art-show/


JASON HARVEY . . . at his Fort Gansevoort opening, NYC. Nov 11, 2015
a 10 year forensic artist with the NYPD, Jason Harvey’s frontier carving path to the west side & Fort Gansevoort, began with the apparently sharp-eyed for talent & action . . indie filmmaker JOSH SAFDIE, who apparently is a crazed & dedicated fan for . . the NYPD twitter feed !!

the story goes something like this:
Mr. Safdie, struck by Jason Harvey’s crime scene sketches on the NYPD feed, asked Mr. Harvey to do some crime sketches for a film project, but Mr. Harvey could not use official ones, for obvious reasons, so proposed doing some fictional ones . . . or ‘composite fantasies’ based on all the diverse characters that populate New York, that have caught his gaze, and maybe even some, or ‘composite’ parts of some, who lurk in the dark & gory tragic, mean side of things, aka his day job. impressed with the ‘fantasy’ work, (the why is obvious from the exhibit), and realizing the depth of the find, Josh Safdie in turn brought it to the attention of his friend, art consultant & indie curator, ADAM SHOPKORN, who had just recently opened a gallery space of his own.
and who, it seems, was just as open to new, and surprising talent.
they are both credited on the gallery web site as: ‘co-organizers of the show’.

it takes a rare bird to scout talent, esp outta the conventional box – so I’m really getting behind them on this. so many great natural-born artists are left out in the cold to wither on the vine, labelled as ‘outsiders’ – by the ingrained, and most of all cliched, narrow-minded – NYC art scene. these, in truth the real ground-breaking, authentic voices, are left aside, totally neglected & snubbed – with their only option, to wonder . . if death will redeem their legacy.
or, if they are really passionate fighters, they take up the sharpie & spray can, destined to become . . graffiti/street artists. pretty much the only way out of establishment box dead-end, except for fast forward . . Brooklyn, of course.
but, then you pretty much have to be part of the circle of friends that already ring a gallery space, and it’s a pretty close-knit little circle.


ADAM SHOPKORN, co-organizer of this exhibit, and co-founder of FORT GANSEVOORT.


CAROLYN ANGEL, co-founder of FORT GANSEVOORT GALLERY . . “a platform for experimentation and collaboration that exhibits emerging and established artists whose practices bridge relationships between old and new and high and low culture.” ~ gallery press release.


yes, that is !!
CHIOMA Nnadi – Fashion News Director of vogue.com, behind her.

there was also, concurrent to the JASON HARVEY exhibit, a fashion-centric/artisanal pop-up, 3 person offering on view – as part of the ‘S,M,L.’ program at Fort Gansevoort. more on that – next post !!
suffice to say, it was unexpectedly, quite . . sensational.
with a capital S !!


JASON HARVEY, the drawings look to be done in pencil, on paper, 10 x 14 in.
they went all the way from grotesque, in the art world sense of the word, lol !!
I’m thinking: Berlin, German Weimar art of the 1920s.
twisted !! utterly fab in . . the war vs fascism.
no, I do not want to talk about the terror attack in France today, but WEIMAR – does come to mind.


to the hardcore real world, surreal !!

not completely an ‘outsider’ to the art world, just to the ‘art scene’ – JASON HARVEY b 1973, did receive a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, 1996. he has worked as a detective, doing forensic sketches for the NYPD for the past 10 years, completing the Facial Imaging Course at the FBI Academy in 2010.


and back again, to the ‘cowboy’ next door, or even the guitar strumming/singer in the newest, down home Jersey neo-folk band . . . who, we all know, and love !!


riding the NYC subway, you can often look up, and find a face like this staring back down at ya.
that even butter would not – melt.


indeed, many in the audience, suddenly found themselves face-to-face with elements of . . themselves !!


it wasn’t just the range of the assorted characters, from high grotesque to surreal, and then back to your ‘usual’ suspects: cowboys, hipsters, street hipsters, gangstas, and gals – that had people captivated. nor, was it the truthfully, awesome cross-hatch rendering !!
but it was the way these quiet, unassuming, fictional – drawings, based on memories gathered over years of encountering and observing real life in NYC, and prob as well through his grim, gritty police work . . all had a real depth of emotion, and BEING – that is so hard to describe in words, and that’s why people freak out when they see it – locked-down on paper, in such a natural-born, casual, yet studied way.
lots of people can catch a portrait, not all can get to that depth.

plus: yeah, ‘Heads’ are the big thing in the art scene right now, in case you did not notice, one word; TAYLOR McKIMENS.

which is why, this show is a-gathering attention – like a rolling stone collects moss . .
it’s NOT . . just the ‘fun’, ok, novel police back story, let me assure you of that.


struck . . . by the work, in a real – way.
you get a sense a real moment, a real narrative, has been – put before you.
that it is shorn of ‘glitz’ – is a nice add-on.


but, after we live in the moment – then, what ?

just like the girl that kicked that hornet’s nest. you know, the girl with the dragon tattoo, you hope the culture vultures don’t get eat . . this guy, alive.
hopefully he doesn’t quit his day job, for now, anyways, and more importantly, he stays grounded. he looks pretty strong, and hard to knock off balance. but, you also hope he keeps on drawing. fictional, surreal, grotesque, dryly comical, ethnically exotic – the whole gamut.
and, perhaps even from life – too !!

you just don’t want to see him devolve into that typical Kehinde Wiley, and many others before him, ‘formula’ trap . .
that . . get big, get large scale & blow-up, ego-wise route that takes almost everybody it entices . . . down.
no diss, KEHINDE. it’s just like an old Greek fable.
that’s why a lot of us stay out, and far away from the established gallery scene.
and stay: indie strong.
go, indie. stay, rebel strong.
and that’s also why a lot of us – stick to watching the underground, where these rebels flourish.
because once they hit big, above-ground, that green light – that flashes ‘go’, more often translates d sadly, as: o-v-e-r.

way too often, failure is a built-in, add-on, that comes pre-packaged with success in this town, and let’s just leave it at that.
ok, in a few quick words: Jeff Koons. even DAN COLEN has become obvious & formulaic.
in fact some may just say, that Jean Michel was lucky. that the art world success he so desperately wanted, ate him up, and almost simultaneously spit him out. Basquiat, R.I.P.
lucky: DASH SNOW, R.I.P. dead.
likewise: JACK GOLDSTEIN, R.I.P. dead.

omg, how did we get here.
scratch an art fan – find a cynic.
must be the ‘transitioning’ part . . . and, the double-edged lure of the art world.

on a more positive note, which is what this show deserves:
there’s always hope – that you will . . survive the art world !!
good luck.

who knows,
maybe your natural gift for insight and ‘detachment’ . . will give you the winning edge.
as they say, stay hungry – my friend !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~CAROL BOVE . . ‘Innerspace Bullshit’ / Phillips

in a contemporary auction that saw many pieces not sold, because they failed to reach their rock bottom minimum – CAROL BOVE’S iconic bookcase, ‘Innerspace Bullshit’ – was a star, achieving $106,250 or, easily 3 times !! it’s low-ball estimate of $20,00-$30,300 !!!!!

CAROL BOVE, b 1971. NYC based, Red Hook, Brooklyn.
‘Innerspace Bullshit’, 2007. 14 books, comic book, letter, bronze sculpture, Marfa rock, ocean ephemera, mirror, and pamphlet on wood and metal shelves. 42 x 36-1/8 x 12 in.

ESTIMATE: $20,00-$30,000

SOLD FOR: $106,250

LOT 117 – PHILLIPS

20Th CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART DAY SALE – NEW YORK AUCTION – TUES 10 NOV 2015 / 11 am




~DASH SNOW . . Phillips / up-dated: SOLD

SOLD for slightly above – it’s high estimate.

DASH SNOW, 1981-2009, RIP. NYC-based.
‘Polaroid Wall’, 2009. 20 chromogenic prints each 19-6/8 x 19-6/8 in.
Signed “Dash Snow” on a paper affixed to the reverse of one element. This work is unique.

ESTIMATE: $40,000 – $60,0000

SOLD FOR: $68,750

LOT 203 – PHILLIPS
20Th CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART DAY SALE – NEW YORK AUCTION – TUES 10 NOV 2015 / 11am




~CORY ARCANGEL . . Philips / up-dated: SOLD

SOLD . . for almost DOUBLE !! – it’s high estimate !!
go, CORY !!

CORY ARCANGEL, b 1978. lives & works out of Buffalo, NY.
‘Photoshop CS:84 by 66 inches, 300DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient “Russell’s Rainbow’ …’, 2009.
Chromogenic print face mounted to Diasec, in artist’s own frame. This work is unique.

ESTIMATE: $100,000 – $150,000

SOLD FOR: $269,000

LOT 141 – PHILLIPS
20TH CENTURY & CONTEMPORARY ART DAY SALE – NEW YORK AUCTION – TUES NOV 10 2015 / 11am