SOPHIE CRUMB & ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB
opened SEPT 7, 2014
the show runs SEPT 7 – OCT 19, 2014
DCKT CONTEMPORARY – 21 ORCHARD ST, BTWN CANAL & HESTER, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
mom and daughter in the gallery storefront window . . a study in contrast.
the show turned out to be more buttoned-down than full-out Satan, i.e. rowdy and rude to the extreme – and was more a mother / daughter – contrast in graphic / observational drawing styles, and subject matter. though it did tweak heavy . . ribald (Aline) – and explicit (Sophie).
so . . ‘wicked good’ – actually works.
though, NYC Fall 2014 – was certainly up for a full-on onslaught of bad behavior, perhaps these 2 comic book-based artists – working and living in France – didn’t feel as raw as we New Yorkers do, and maybe they just didn’t want to be pigeon-holed . . as ‘too naughty’ for tv ?
a line – both of them have crossed in the past.
the show didn’t punch ya in the face – it more a stroll . . through the mirror, reflective as opposed to aggressive. a generational song of sorts. I think you only get one chance – at grabbing the art world’s attention, and desperate as it sounds I was ready to be socked in the face – with sheer and utter tastelessness (Aline) & too much info esp from a young girl controversy (Sophie).
but c’est la vie. raw sex and very bad behavior was not on the menu.
Aline was stepping back a bit and laughing at herself, and her world of like-minded pals, striving to stay young, and afloat – !!
all funk, and . . good times – will never pass us by.
Sophie and her friends, on the other hand – are all young and gorgeous, perfectly put together and full of inherent style – in a word: awesome – so, of course they are all full of angst & wondering what it’s all about, and of course – nobody is . . laughing.
Aline has seen it all, and also has Sophie to show for it – so . . all good.
what’s to . . sweat ? (except for the aging…)
and, where’s the next party ?
ok, so I’m a hippie . . but I gave birth to YOU, you awesome chic little creature.
tell me about it !!
ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB – a live wire, if there ever was one.
SOPHIE CRUMB. well you wouldn’t want to bullshit her. these artist kids, it’s liking looking god in the face, and then some.
ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB, ‘Temporarily Blonde’, 2012.
colored pencil, ink, glitter and glue on paper.
17 x 14 in. ($4,500)
ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB, ‘Queens for a Day’, 2012.
colored pencil, ink, glitter and glue on paper.
14 x 17 in. ($4,500)
this was as raunchy as it got – and it was actually kind-spirited, it only became sad when it started to remind me of . . Goldie Hawn.
ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB, ‘Larger than Life’, 2012.
colored pencil, ink, glitter, mixed media.
17 x 14 in. ($4,500)
I found this piece by Aline – astounding. its ‘youthful’ vibe really set it apart from the other pieces, without being self-conscious. it looked like something a really talented kid would put on . . ROOKIE.
it went clear past the funk, and onto . . sweet sixteen. without any guile, and no irony.
all natural – skills.
it was a showstopper . . for me.
note: the typical ‘AKC’ – signature, lower right hand corner of above.
ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB, ‘Sad Eyes’, 2012.
colored pencil, ink, glitter, mixed media and glue on paper.
17 x 14 in . ($4,500)
this one seemed both very young, as in the primitive strokes of the pencil, as if it were sketched out by a kid, a teen, a pre-teen, and at the same time – wise beyond . . words.
AKC – this was Aline’s go-to signature.
SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘IX’, 2014, watercolor and ink on paper.
14-3/8 x 12 in. ($4,200)
Sophie’s work had a much more strictly observational, realist tone – a graphic quality you can find in some of her father’s work, as well. her ‘compressed’ line and composition was diametrically opposed to the funky and generous, inherently comic line of her mom’s hand. Sophie’s portraits had the edge of ‘editorial’ work – that is graphic illustration or photographic work done for magazines, esp those covering fashion. minimal, mysterious, chic. not quite brooding, but . . if not, than . . what ?
SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘Le Gout des Robes’, 2011. watercolor and ink on paper.
12-7/8 x 17. ($7,500)
this one was a rare piece by Sophie that both caught the comic flair & drama of her mom, esp the woman on the left could be a dead ringer for Aline, but, as well – if you squinted past the outrageous touches – absolutely mimicked the deadpan graphic observational quality of her dad’s hyper realist drawings.
it was interesting to note how Sophie’s signature – recalled her dad’s, in both style & font rendering.
SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘Brigitte Lahaie’, 2013.
watercolor and ink on paper.
8-1/2 x 6-1/2 in. ($3,200)
this was as explicit as the show got – but it really didn’t turn the corner into . . down and dirty, raw and raunchy. I mean maybe if you lived in a fundamentalist white cult, 19 kids and counting, whatever. or a Muslim community.
but NYC, not much.
it also was her best ‘rendering’ style, if you ask me. dead on, but in a very casual way. you can just see the comic book influence hovering in the air, even though it’s so realistic. hyper realistic. and yet very
animated as in comic book.
very hard to define, and yet so curious. so powerful. so visually rewarding.
just like her piece, ‘Teeth’, 2014 – that was the ‘poster’ image for the show.
see post below.
you could see her dad’s purely ‘graphic’ or ‘realist’ influence dominated her style, as well as her signature – over her mom’s. father daughter, what’s more to say.
though it’s curious. as this is a mother daughter show. mothers daughters . .
what’s more to say.
SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘Models’, 2013. watercolor and ink on paper.
14 x 10-3/4 in. ($4,200)
this seemed to be an effort to distance herself from both her father and her mother, but it tweaked a little too ‘stylized’ to be the heart of the matter. the end game conclusion. but it did speak to her generation’s fashion world sensibility, and . . yes, ROOKIE.
as opposed to the funky, hippie, ribald, and shake-em up status-quo blasting of her 60s psychedelic era parents !!
well she’s young, and why can’t she experiment, and branch out – artistically.
SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘Pig Tails’, 2014. watercolor on paper.
10-7/8 x 7-7/8 in. ($3,200)
Sophie at her best, a combo. the realism of her father imbued with the wider ‘generosity’ of line – of her mom. a combo – tamped down and sharply observed, – and coming up:
I’m SOPHIE, don’t mess with me.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
WICKED GOOD DRAWING, or what ?!!
SOPHIE CRUMB & ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB
OPENS SUN SEPT 7, 2014 / 5 – 8 PM
show runs: SEPT 7 – OCT 19, 2014
DCKT – 21 ORCHARD ST, btwn CANAL & HESTER, LOWER EAST SIDE
SOPHIE CRUMB, ‘TEETH’, 2014. watercolor & ink on paper. 11-5/8 x 8-7/8 in.
SOPHIE CRUMB is the talented 20-something daughter of legendary underground off-color cartoonist and hyper-realist scribbler . . ROBERT CRUMB.
ALINE KOMINSKY-CRUMB is his wife, and a legendary comic book artist in her own right. and, oh my god, where have you been, if you don’t know her work, twisted sister ?
this is gonna be one knock-out show, of that I’m sure. skills. skills, skills. wit and, in-your-face humor.
both SOPHIE & ALINE are just as outrageous cartoonists as ROBERT, (too much info !! haha slurp slurp) and both are equally excellent draftpersons – each with their very unique, but linked family graphic style.
it’s hard to escape, or define that amazingly characteristic and FLUID ‘comic book’ roll of the line.
for want of a better word.
so, can we say comic books . . are artisanal, and actually sprung from ancient roots as well ?
can we say: communication. with a capital C.
can we say . . relevant ? revealing, provocative, and even . . threatening.
can we say: WICKED ?!!!
WICKED, GOOD. SHARP, smart & funnie.
with ROBERT CRUMB as the very rude, and RIGHT ON (!!) horn dog ghost in the room, can we say SATAN is just as alive and well in NYC – as he is everywhere else ?
KEEP ON TRUCKIN’, SATAN.
so, of course the big opening to-night will be:
SATAN CERAMICS – MARY FREY, PAT McCARTHY, JJ PEET & TOM SACHS.
OPENING SUN SEPT 7, 2014
SEPT 7 – OCT 25, 2014
SALON 94 FREEMANS – 1 FREEMAN ALLEY – JUST OFF RIVINGTON BETWN BOWERY & CHRYSTIE – LOWER EAST SIDE
where you can see for yourself just how far the term ARTISAN . . and, the skills culture – have come !!
I guess all things . . come round. damn that SATAN.
yep, SATAN still at play in the world. it’s a violent time, or what ?!!
though just from the currently posted gallery website images, I’m thinking the artist here, whose wares most rhyme with SATAN, are PAT’S tablets – which look like they are set on . . FIRE.
PATRICK McCARTHY – PAT’S PIGEON CLUB
ROOF SUPPLYS, FAN ZINES, BIRD TALK
AUG 11 – AUG 22, 2014
MUDDGUTS – 41 MONTROSE, BROOKLYN, N.Y.
in the 2014 summer of DEATH – it was nice to see something about . . LIFE.
the cherishing of nature, the keeping alive of traditions & skills. and I don’t mean just the pigeon keeping, it’s also a spin on ancient clay pottery, specifically porcelain.
and coop building, etc. and, of course the literal art of: communication.
check out the show’s title again: club, as in social, fan zines & BIRD TALK.
that’s also why people like Brooklyn so much, gifted SKILLED hands-on production . . mixes with & up-dates age-old tradition, and it’s a very hopeful, very beautiful, very positive vibe.
skills – and social dialog being . . the key words.
just sayin’ in case you didn’t realize that yes, cutting edge art is alive and multi-splendored.not at all academic, nor shallow – nor art market-oriented, well maybe art market HOPEFUL re: sales !! and why not – talent needs to eat, and most markedly of all – most of it does strongly resonate to what and where the global world is at.
see: ARTIST F. SCOTT HESS . . COMMENTS ON CONTEMPORARY ART / WALL STREET JOURNAL this am – via HUFF POST.
he basically says, re the status quo mainstream art world . . “The school system that births the Academic Art of today is the end product of the age old desire of artists to be more than artisans. DA VINCI, POUSSIN, WATTEAU, et al, shared a desire to elevate the mind above the hand, and to move up the social ladder as intellect equated with nobility, manual labor with the masses. The apotheosis of this tendency has come in the last decades as academia has removed skill of any kind as a quality necessary in the creation of art. As art has moved from being an organic function of society and into the hallowed halls of academia, it has shifted from being something that artists did to bring meaning to their communities, into self-reflective gestures aimed at a highly-specialized intellectual elite. In the process art has lost its relevance to the society from which it springs”.
I mean where was this guy when the whole street art scene erupted in the past decade. and even SHEPARD FAIREY went to RISD. (just being the most obvious – I can be.)
DUDE – DO YOUR HOMEWORK, and at the very least – get out of the trenches !!
where have you been ?
or as PATRICK McCARTHY says: “WE OUT HERE” – come and get us !!
and, all the CINDERS crew, incl the CHIPPENDALE free-form ‘warning’ & the MARK CROSS homeless ‘blanket’.
and . . esp the NYC native-born SEAN VEGEZZI & CREW aka 15 WARREN & 170 SUFFOLK.
and even . . WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – the underground grandaddy of them all, with its cutting edge experimental & 24/7 wired social commentary & profoundly correct & prophetic future vision.
in fact, I don’t even know why I’m quoting this guy, at all – except that it does point up 3 things:
1. ultimately, it’s NOT about academic or artisan anymore – if it ever was !!
it’s about the JUICE !! the beauty, the concept and the production . . SKILLS.
it’s NOT about MONDRIAN vs VAN GOGH.
2. but yes, what is drawing people to this statement, so much so that it was repeated in the WALL STREET JOURNAL – is that the mainstream art market is finally being perceived as over-blown and full of weak juice, if not outright artificial ingredients – trying to pass off as the real thing. and it’s beginning to become very obvious. but the wannabes are not just on the pseudo artist side of the coin – that art world ‘elite’ he refers to – are really the biggest losers in this equation – yep, those damn, buy like sheep – wannabe collectors.
3. all great art – is RELEVANT to “the society from which it springs” !! dude – art 101.
and, all great art goes to live on . . as relevant. sensuous, provocative, shamanistic, technical, beautiful, disturbing, etc. etc.
but most SPECIFICALLY, in the 21st C – the underground / alternative scene – is most definitely all about . . RELEVANCE.
inside MUDDGUTS, PATRICK McCARTHY had constructed a low-fi pigeon store and clubhouse.
and . . art exhibit.
Brooklyn-based PAT McCARTHY is 27 years old and grew up in rural Connecticut.
hotties . . !!
as well as his form-follows-function porcelain nesting bowls and hi-rise coop perches, see post below, PAT also exhibited several ceramic ‘tablets’ which acquire their zen-like dull coppery off-beat hue from the 92nd St Y’s gas fired kilns. they related obviously to his drive to acquire and share . . ‘info’.
which also resonates with breeding pigeons – those ‘retro’ carriers of . . messages.
it all spells: communication.
as opposed to destruction and entropy.
just in case you needed the back story.
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘NEST BOWLIN TABLETS’, monochrome photocopy fired into porcelain. ($1,500)
we out here . . !!
and we . . . outta here / as in taking flight – both bird-wise and artistically.
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘COOPS OF THE WORLD’, inkjet print, paper, marker. hand-made edition of 3. ($700)
the clean-cut exhibit also included a very interesting & informative wall of global coops.
nothing is as satisfying as the easy-going, yet speaks volumes – visual information of a photo. these were appropriated off the web. which also consciously or not, brings forward what is MOST wonderful about the computer age, the accessibility of huge amounts of information at a finger tap, and the equally easy low-fi technical ability to re-format that info – and distribute it further on to a specialized audience, i.e. the singular singularity of the collective wisdom of the web – and it’s traditionally called: communication.
Pigeon coops in SENEGAL.
so apparently pigeon keeping – is a global, and very much – living tradition.
EGYPT – you can reach back to biblical roots ?
MISSISSIPPI DELTA, so do pigeons sing . . the blues ?
go Jersey, I guess that’s why they are calling Jersey the next Brooklyn.
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘MEDICINE CHEST’, mad bird medicine, vaccinations, and treatments for all ails, Coleman stove. ($2,000).
looks like keeping your flock pretty, happy & healthy is a detailed job – just like gardening.
just like . . give me a break – everything !!
there’s beauty and info, and it’s SCARY !! – in all them der bottles, fonts and labels.
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘EGO FEEDER’, porcelain, bamboo, wire. ($1,500)
but my favorite pieces were still the porcelain, form-follows-function / with definite artist touch – ones.
though putting candy into a pigeon feeding station was a little bit of a turn-off. appetite-wise.
I didn’t think it needed that accessorizing touch.
though the colors and surface texture of the jelly beans were a nice visual contrast to the shiny white glaze. ok, they were a ‘doorway’ in. but if I owned one – I would keep it empty and pristine.
I mean the self-portrait on the roof – said it all, art-wise. plus the bamboo / shiny white clay combo – was super.
though I also feel compelled to say I thought the prices Patrick was asking were a little pricey for an underground type outfit, though then again the experience was . . priceless.
it’s always a hard call.
but definitely talent needs to be supported, and its a hard road to survive on the underground streets.
and those streets are real mean, too. as in slick, ripped off, etc etc.
the roof of the feeding station. very nice.
I liked this black & white photo reproduction & shiny white glaze – a lot. very charming.
nice 3-dimensional twist.
being borderline, but super hi-functioning so shut up !! sensory autistic – I do love love brightly colored cheap plastic trinkets, or what !!
apparently so does Patrick.
and esp small plastic trinkets, that can dangle freely from a brightly colored string. esp plastic trinkets that make sounds. esp plastic trinkets – whose simple form … follows function. esp dialog about . . mass produced plastic trinkets vs artisanal highly-skilled porcelain in the same breath – how fun. how informative / the contrast of surfaces, and the origins of production. the color contrasts.
one-of-a-kind hand-made ceramics vs cheap mass production – fascinating dialog. from such a simple . . gesture.
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘WHISTLE ART SCULPTURE’, wire, whistle. ($400)
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘GRIT’, grit minerals – $5 a scoop.
apparently pigeons need grit . . added to their feed.
yep, PAT’S PIGEON CLUB – was a small social experiment, a low-fi & hi-fi array of delight, dialog, and information. and thus: ART.
it was so summer 2014 NYC underground – in a nutshell: skills !! relevancy. life-affirming. communication-based. original voices.
so totally against-the grain of the prevailing art world market place, and . . therefore, full of GRIT.
as in . . self-determination.
existing on the ground with everybody else, what could be more basic than breeding pigeons and hand building clay . . but, flying right over all those stuffy status quo heads / alternative art and the alternative art scene do exist, esp in NYC – of course !!
the city of grit.
so, esp . . to the ones that don’t do their homework.
“WE OUT HERE”. come and get us.
though I do like the other take, too: we outta here – we off the charts, losers !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, AUG 16, 2014. NYC.
PATRICK McCARTHY – PAT’S PIGEON CLUB
ROOF SUPPLYS, FANZINES, BIRD TALK
AUG 11 – AUG 22, 2014
MUDDGUTS – 41 MONTROSE, BROOKLYN, NY
PAT’S PIGEON CLUB . . ROOF ‘SUPPLYS’, FANZINES, BIRD TALK . . and ART.
if an underground, hardcore indie art gallery could be like . . a country store, MUDDGUTS did certainly give that impression, this hot summer day.
since this was my first foray over here – I had no idea . . just what lay beyond the door.
PATRICK McCARTHY, aka . . PAT the BUSHWICK PIGEONEER.
the first thing that struck me was how casually – the small front alcove had been transformed into a lively kind of office . . for the artist.
I had to ask because never having been there before I wasn’t sure, maybe it was the gallery front office ?
but no, PATRICK told me it was part of his exhibit and he had made everything, and set up all the photos on the wall, etc. etc. and yes, he had made the boom box, and turns out, maybe more to the point – the small white clay bell – to the right, next to the handle.
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘PIGEON SHOP STEREO’, mixed media “we out here”. ($!,000)
it lit up, it had a great vintage cowboy vignette, like it came off a retro lunchbox or thermos – and it said: “we out here”. (!!)
I bet it plays, too.
it was too pricey for my pocket. but boy, did I covet it.
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘BAMBOO CAGE’, mixed media. ($5,000)
the Muddguts gallery had been turned into a gallery/store/club. the space is on the small side, all the better to know ya, give me artist-indie vs big box galleries any day.
you know a typical New York City bodega kind of storefront, and it seemed clear the minute you entered, some kind of magic, and some kind of pigeon grocery store – were married, and happily . . at foot.
in a sentence: a serious pigeon fan club offering solid pigeon breeding info, and some pretty zen-like handmade art – along with sacks of bird feed & industry zines.
this beautiful oriental wind chime of a coop – being one of the hand-made items on offer.
super loved the faux jade, but still . . luminous, green roof !!
so thin and papery.
looks to be configured – from an oriental parasol.
now that’s light-handed sensual fabrication, if I ever did see one.
it was also quite functional – not just a fantasy facsimile, witness the resident guest of honor . . .
what a beautiful pigeon, more like a dancer – not your average dirty scruffy street thug.
and so the story begins . .
turns out Patrick fancies and raises a breed called . . Polish Roller, nice name. pretty bird.
this is a Polish Roller male.
Patrick started out with 4, and now he has almost a hundred, or maybe it’s . . a hundred and counting !!
not knowing much about Pigeons, except for DUKE RILEY’S last (Nov 2014) show of a tough ocean-flying Cuban cigar-smuggling camera bearing pigeon crew . . I had to ask, did he know the Duke ?
turns out the Duke had just recently sold that huge showboat of an almost candy-colored wooden fable gypsy-like caravan coop he had made & exhibited in that show, “See You at the Finish Line” – it was called.
it just went to some big, or smart, probably both (!!) collector in Europe, for a dollar figure in the 6 digits. surprise, surprise, not.
that was 3 months ago, and since their home was now gone, sold as an art piece !! talk about artist-born gentrification !!
and turns out, Duke has been boarding the now homeless 30 or so member-strong sea-worthy feathered crew at . . BABYLON COOPS, with PATRICK !!
guess it’s a small world, in pigeon circles !!
I wonder what the rates are for pigeon coop rental ?
what’s worse I wonder if Duke even cares for them anymore, now that their 5 mins of fame – is up.
surprise surprise, somehow, I doubt it.
just a gut feeling. but somehow somewhere, I’m thinking gentle Patrick has 30 more tough ole birds to feed, and keep clean. and they are not even his – style !!
because Pat also brought to my attention that the sturdy birds that Duke had set to ocean crossing flight, smuggling cigars back to Miami from Cuba . . . in mini mini hand-sewn backpacks & hooked up with 24/7 mini cams . . were a really sturdy breed & looked like boxers. while Patrick’s in-house team was more graceful, more like dandies. I liked that contrast.
it was kind of like the contrast between Duke and Pat. one a showboat muscle, the other a graceful acrobat. all good esp in the yin-yang polarities, as far as I’m concerned. anyways, it’s not about one or the other – it’s all good, meaning beauty . . lies in the shades of gray.
between the ranges of expression = art.
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘BABYLON NEON’, wire, steel, flamingo lights. ($1,400)
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘Photoboard’, each – digital c-prints on cork board, the one on the left is framed. ($1,000 ea.)
luckily there were 2 photo collages on the opposite wall, providing a clear visual map to further my pigeon know-how: re: etiquette, the care of, and breeding.
and you know what, with the way this summer has been going, it was nice to fall into a world of pigeon devotion, if only for day. like a swim in a lake, without a care in the world, except for the cost of pigeon feed.
PAT’S PIGEON CLUB – had very gentle vibes.
the other side of the coin.
so turns out Brooklyn had quite the pigeon breeding culture, which still, though barely, lives on.
it’s fate lies in the hands of the next generation, because apparently 9 or 10 years old is the age when you typically get the bug, and you know . . first 4, then a hundred.
a pigeon landscaped roof-top garden, probably Patrick’s . .
Babylon Pigeon Coop seems to be quite rustic, and yet somehow . . romantic.
too on the down-low – to be termed artisanal, and I’m thinking . . that’s a good thing !!
but wait . . til you see the pottery.
inside the Babylon coops – the ‘high-rise’ ceramic perches – fashioned by Patrick himself.
now that’s what I call . . artisanal.
a vertical row of them was for sale in the gallery.
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘V PERCH HIGH RISE’, porcelain, hardware, wood plank. ($1,500)
esp for porcelain. esp if you know the history of MEISSEN porcelain ?!!
apparently this almost all-white zen glaze . . is very colorful to the pigeons, because they have ‘pentachromatic’ sight and so they know which one is theirs.
essentially if humans can see 1 million hues, pigeons can see 10 billion.
range of vision and perception of minute color codes – is apparently essential to safe flight.
the ‘v’ shape helps keep the fellow pigeon under your perch, free of your pigeon poop. it acts like a roof and perch all rolled up into one – which lets the poop roll down to the floor, the better for the coop keeper to scoop it up.
PATRICK also fashions clay breeding or nesting bowls for his brood – the birds bring in their own organic adornments.
PATRICK McCARTY, ‘NEST BOWLS’, issue 3. porcelain. ($1,200 for the set)
when Babylon Coops runs out of proper nest bowls, Patrick gives them an ole sneaker . . seems to do the trick.
PATRICK McCARTHY, ‘BRONZED NEST SHOE’, converse sneaker, feathers, hay, epoxy resin, paint. ($2,000)
MORE PIX – TO FOLLOW.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. SUNDAY AUG 17, 2014
BOWLING EBAY DEATH – a POP-UP BOWLING ALLEY at MUDDGUTS
featuring vintage funeral home bowling shirts from the collection of – JOHAN KUGELBERG
staged with KEEGAN COOKE/CIRCADIAN PRESS & LELE SAVERI/MUDDGUTS
opened FRI AUG 29, 2014 and ran thru the LABOR DAY WEEKEND.
MUDDGUTS – 41 MONTROSE AVE, BROOKLYN, NY.
LELE SAVERI and MARK CROSS – artist co-owners of MUDDGUTS.
MARK CROSS ?
he did those custom blanket/carpets with hardcore photos of wasted homeless people on them, you saw one at the MAY 2014 – IT’S AN INVASION show at the National Arts Club, and there was also one on the floor at the more recent CINDERS 10th ANNIVERSARY pop-up show – I hear he’s only made 5, each one is different, and he takes the photos with a point and shoot. I also hear tell that if you get west coast side, San Francisco – BARRY McGEE uses one as his family beach blanket. yes indeedy, summer of death, or what !!
file under: art slay.
beach blanket art slay, whatever.
I mean beach, desert, what’s the diff. it’s all sand.
except . . ok, fill in the blanks yourself.
hint: one side is all . . skillz and MIRTH !!
and the other is friggin desperate.
oh, back to . . bowling !!
bring on the hardcore prankster – clowns !!
JOHAN KUGELBERG – the curator of the show.
when they talk about . . you can live your whole life in New York – and STILL, you can turn a corner – and a whole new world opens up, this guy . . is what they mean.
check out: BOO-HOORAY
KEEGEAN COOKE did some of the props – talk about bowling pins killing it.
he did those skull and cross bone great graphics. distressed, but just right. not too showy, not too ghostly.
the guy likes to keep a low profile, but I think, watch out.
check out: CIRCADIAN PRESS.
so yeah, they did turn the small storefront gallery into an ad hoc bowling alley, except of course minus the auto pin – pick up !!
the death pins !!
graphics . . KEEGAN COOKE
X marks the spot. you got one chance to score a strike and you won something, I forget what.
I was so blown away, I mean if you know me, I had already tripped over them, the bowling pins .. and knocked some down, so I guess that was my one shot.
my friends back at artnet didn’t call me artlovers – for naught.
and, there’s a reason why the name – stuck.
but . . back to bowling.
some pretty choice vintage funeral home / league bowling shirts lined the walls.
have I been watching one too many American Pickers ?!!
or as Frank would exclaim, waving his tiny flashlight – Mike check out those HO-HO !! HO FLINGERS !!
damn that’s one sick slick wall.
caught my attention. looks like the limited edition of 3 (?) SURVIVAL box sets, packed just the same – in USPS PRIORITY BOXES that JOSH HARRIS . . JOSH HARRIS my ex-buddy and his former partner-in-crime – the late great silk screen artist MARK ENGER aka EXPL SKY / EXPLODING SKY made up on the farm, after WE LIVE IN PUBLIC crashed.
it had a disposable haz mat suit inside, one size fits all – as well as a few other needy 21st C things, and yeah I scored one. of course. so, yes boxed set USPS . . rang a bell.
and a good one. don’t get me wrong. I mean maybe Mark’s death put Josh on the wrong path ?
I dunno – but he sure ain’t bowling . . strikes. lately.
but, back to bowling !!
damn. you got . .
~one vintage funeral home bowling shirt
~a grim reaper Bowling trophy
~a skull and cross bones bowling pin
~a Too Bad You’re Gonna Die T-shirt
~all packaged in a hand-stenciled priority box .. for $150 / ?!!!
LIMITED EDITION of 10 – count me in.
I had Theo with me – so duh, artist kid with credit card is good for $150, or what !!
I mean check out that swift stencil job !!
black as night, and slightly diffused around the edges. good proportions, too.
and what about that . . trophy ?
grim reaper, or what ?!!!!!
Summer of DEATH, or what ?!!!!!
and look at how the light glances off that glass, plastic, plexiglas ? base. wow. may as well be crystal.
JOHAN KUGELBERG actually made the trophy. nice job.
no hesitation. count me in, Theo man – give the kid in the office your credit card.
and then oh god, I had a panic attack . . I actually had to pick a funeral home bowling league shirt for my boxed set, from the assortment lining the walls. wow, you could pick your own, it wasn’t just a random surprise. luckily about half of them were already gone, so I went for the shiniest – the RED ONE !!!!!!
I mean it was the only red one, fire engine red at that.
and I liked the name of my new home team, my new . . GHOST ARMY !!!!
am I building a huge ghost army – or what. all praise to BOB MARLEY for setting me on the path.
but back to bowling, I also liked the word play: OEH – LEA !!
OLA !! DEATH. OLAY, olah !!
and the player’s name was . . Siewerth ?
you got to be kidding me – rhymes with BLOW MIRTH, (see CINDERS show write-up) !!
or, what about just: SEE WORTH.
but apparently it also held a great ‘secret’ !!
can you see it ?
guess all my American Pickers vintage signage forays were paying off . . . subconsciously.
apparently some wicked funny signage guy – did the ‘drop shadows’ on the letters, for they surely are at . . play.
the ‘O’s – are shadowed backwards to the rest of the letters !!
for real. just look at it, you’ll see it.
PETER. this is the kid who turned me onto that.
seems he’s a real bright kid who knows his fonts & shadows. and signage and graff and stuff.
he told me: you bought the BEST ONE !!
upon a little questioning he told me he was into BARRY McGEE & west coast graff. funny how McGEE still pops up on the east coast, even with Deitch down. see top of this post, for example. a great legend lives, is all I can say – the BLOW MIRTH crew as we like to call them.
he told me to check out: THR / THE HARSH REALITY & . . DFW.
in fact, DFW had just surfaced at CINDERS . . ISACC LIN.
also: KRON4NEWS, but not the tv channel.in the mix.instagram.
but WHAT really pops up on the radar for west coast graff right now is: ROBERTO CAVALLI SUED BY 3 GRAFFITI artists . . !!
big storm brewing, go for it, slam those theivin’ bastard sleazebags.
PRADA ripped off a watercolor textile design with Japanese flower buds, that I had shopped around in NYC in the early 90s, I saw it adorning a dress and coat suit – almost dot for dot, in her big MET show 2 summers ago. it was first ripped off and made into a bed sheet by the company I shopped it to.
then she, MIUCCIA took it and embroidered straight onto to her pant suit, without even resourcing it as . . ‘found’. she took full credit and in the same breath went on about how artists aren’t special and she doesn’t work with them. you know that big Schiaperelli and Prada show a few summers back.
so don’t get me started. always ahead of the curve or what.
all I can say is, TOO BAD YOU’RE GONNA DIE. losers.
PATRICK McCARTHY – had the last show at MUDDGUTS.
totally sweet and counter to the grain. but still most definite: GRIT.
it was called PAT’S PIGEON CLUB . . and I got great pix and they are coming up – next week.
sorry for the grainy portrait, my auto focus got distracted by the . . SATAN CERAMICS logo, and truth be told, so did I. Pat had some handmade ceramics in his show, including some very sublime porcelain pigeon perch ‘high rises’, and some very zen-like nesting bowls.
speaking of which . . TOM SACHS.
PAT McCARTHY works in the production crew at the TOM SACHS studio. I heard he actually holds a key position. sculpture / fabrication.
they are both, TOM and PAT going to have ceramic work in a quickly upcoming ceramics group show at SALON 94 in their downtown Freemans Alley location – opening SUNDAY SEPT 7, 2014 – wow, that’s next week.
and so, the Fall 2014 art season begins.
see you there.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
yo, big party at MUDDGUTS . . . TO-NIGHT !!
‘BOWLING EBAY DEATH’ – a one weekend throw-down !!
CURATED BY JOHAN KUGELBERG – STAGED WITH KEEGAN COOKE/CIRCADIAN PRESS & LELE SAVERI/MUDDGUTS.
this LABOR DAY WEEKEND . . ‘BOWLING EBAY DEATH’
will transform MUDDGUTS into a bowling alley featuring an exhibit of funeral home bowling shirts from the collection of JOHAN KUGELBERG !!
gallery visitors will get one chance to bowl and strike and win a grim reaper bowling trophy !!
OPENING TONIGHT – FRI AUG 29, 2014 / 6-9 PM
and running for just 2 days:
SAT AUG 30 / 2-8 PM
SUN AUG 31 / 2-8 PM
MUDDGUTS – 41 MONTROSE AVE, BROOKLYN, NYC.
DEATH, DEATH, and more DEATH !!!
that’s what I mean by . . ghost army.
the unknown thread that floats a blog, where you realize you forgot to post a photo of some guys you really like at the CINDERS OPENING, DEATH BY AUDIO, and it’s all quite innocent, and then – the DEATH HITS . . just keep on coming.
radar or what ? it’s a train ride to blogger heaven. when everybody is picking up – on the same beat.
riding that same train, destination: NYC grit.
blogging 101 – you gotta have that ghost army, watching your back !!
hacked to death in the desert.
hacked to death on the web. cyber bullied, cyber conned, cyber crushed.
shot up by 9 year old girls in bubble gum pink shorts wielding UZI’s at . . BURGERS & BULLETS !!
hey, death by bowling ball – sounds right on to me.
that hardcore NYC grin, says: back in your face.
I mean NASA just passed PLUTO on the way to JUPITER . . whazz up ??
KATIE PERRY & RIFF RAFF at the EMMYS !! loved it.
while TISSELTOWN mentality has gone global, it’s all about who’s got the most gruesome photo op up for 5 mins. of shock on the news waves, and just who does control the global media ? the original TISSELTOWN, HOLLYWOOD USA . . is just rockin !!
which gets us right back to . . BOWLING BALL FUNERAL SHIRTS & JOHAN KUGELBERG !!
Muddguts put out a super great press release, a lengthy statement by Johan Kugelberg that starts:
“For some reason, I started buying funeral home bowling shirts on Ebay around 15 years ago”, and goes on, with great verve.
damn, and I thought I was mouthy, but hey . . there’s a lot to to say !!
so, then he waxes quite poetically and authoritatively . . for several paragraphs.
and, apparently there is a lot to say, esp about collecting, searching, finding, wearing, styles that ebb and flow, ebay, vintage bowling shirts, vintage Brooklyn, the game of bowling, the game of life and death, and . . the funeral homes that care of the messy residue.
I took note of this paragraph in particular:
“DEATH is obviously ultimately beautiful as life is beautiful, but the ugly aspects of the biz of death and dying is taken care of by professionals who need to go bowling once in a while. Father Time. Mother Death, Brother Ebay, Sister Bowling… All members of our spiritual family.”
in particular dug that: ‘obviously’ in the start-up !!
now if that doesn’t get you to thinking, what will ?!!
the PR text isn’t on the gallery bare-bones, but has great guts & raw graphics (3 cheers !!) website – thinking maybe . . they will have a hand-out at the venue ?
but you can, get yourself an abridged version !!
because turns out with just a little bit of easy-rider slacker web stalking, JOHAN KUGELBERG is the founder & head honcho behind . . BOO-HOORAY !! – the downtown gallery/think tank/archive venue, founded 2010 that has slowly been gathering momentum & buzz – and they’ve got a somewhat sleeker PR exhibit mission statement online, plus some very GREAT IMAGES / VINTAGE BOWLING SHIRTS with great signage bye the way . . & GREAT, POP-UP NEW AGE, SLIGHTLY DISTRESSED . . GRAPHICS !!
see: Bowling Ebay Death / Boo-Hooray
plus, seriously . .
Boo-Hooray, it’s just one great ‘visuals’ & real ‘info’ website – so sit back and cruise, it’s like a big ole stamp collection to the max, played out for easy browsing – for all ya artist & designer . . soul bothers and soul sisters.
most def, check out: BOO-HOORAY
image: BOO HOO-RAY EBAY DEATH
pretty g-o-o-d visual, got a nice raw side.
definite leaning towards edgy, better, and . . best.
I don’t think .. so !!
so much drama this summer, or what ?
SO, where is . . NANCY ????
NANCY SMITH, and THEO in the 24/7 wired . . JEFF GOMPERTZ pod hotel. QUIET. DEC 1999, NYC.
the big JOSH HARRIS / PSEUDO NEW YEARS EVE – MILLENNIUM PARTY TO BLOW AWAY ALL PARTIES, NEW YEARS, or not. million dollars+, or not. PERIOD.
it was the starting point for ONDI TIMONER’S Sundance 2009 award-winning doc: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC.
this was the poster image for the big MOMA PREMIERE SCREENING.
yep, that’s me . . in the trailer & the film. and the poster.
I got in a little ‘bio’ trouble. so what. like Magic says: I’m only human, too.
why ya gotta be so .. cruel. something like that.
but, damn did I love that green & yellow puffer jacket or what.
at the time, on the Lower East Side all the hood kids wanted were the Northface black or the small navy plaid ones – so I scored this one on the deep cheap.
NANCY, NANCY, NANCY.
I dunno, I guess I just got tried of writing about myself, and . . the crew.
but, yeah did I love that crew. I loved that scene to death . . it was the best, drama and all.
it was all so future-vision . . straight-up.
it was one rough & tumble, wild ride totally beneath the mainstream radar – just the way I like it.
guess some people just aren’t made for – the mainstream.
I dunno, maybe it’s because MARK ENGER aka EXPL SKY / EXPLODING SKY (!!) – is no longer around ?
I sure ain’t hooking up with his evil twin, that fer sure. haha.
just ride that underground train – Nancy.
that’s what Mark would say, and . . I hear ya.
I got my own personal ghost army, I got . . my own train now.
see: Where is Josh Harris now ? catching up with the WE LIVE In PUBLIC star prophet .. posted by ONDI TIMONER,
HUFFINGTON POST – 08.26.2014.
and, p.s. Millennium has 2 N’s !!
don’t drop that . . N !!
DEATH, NYC CITY STYLE !!
down with gruesome, up with . . you know, gritty c-r-e-a-t-i-v-e.
though, sad to hear their band SISTERS, is no more.
guess that’s a kind of . . death.
such a great name for a boy band duo, or what.
I caught them live at EASTERN DISTRICT, many summers ago.
YELLOW DOGS played that night too.
now that was a kind of death too, and it was NOT by CHOICE.
the very vocal, as in politically dissident . . YELLOW DOGS, the former Persian ‘cool cats’ who fled their homeland, IRAN only to be massacred in BROOKLYN, NOV 2013 – by a berserk band-mate ?
with a friggin’ huge assault rifle.
you can try telling me – that was just another ordinary day in Brooklyn ?!!
I’m going to tell you – more like a state-sponsored shut-up take-down, come on – how did the kid score that huge gun in the first place. there was absolutely no, NO follow-up in the media.
you tell me, am I right, or am I wrong ?
they had a huge anti-Iran footprint on the web – at their time of death including a feature documentary.
Persian cats . . to yellow dogs – think about it.
though on the other hand, sometimes truth is stranger fiction.
and it was . . just death by ‘stealin’ (band equipment) ?
oh, damn it just bring on the loud music, and shut-the-F-up.
go Brooklyn. bye SISTERS. bye YELLOW DOGS. in fact . . bye EASTERN DISTRICT ?
the biggest people to come out of that scene were the BLACK APPLE duo aka PUBLIC SCHOOL, clothiers.
EASTERN DISTRICT – like CINDERS, they sure put on some great shows, and had some great music.
a lot of great artists you never heard from again had some pretty great shows there.
POSTER BOY & all his pals, a really talented but stayed underground street crew, and – too bad.
CASH4 etc etc etc.
EASTERN DISTRICT ruled BUSHWICK, and CINDERS ruled WILLIAMSBURG.
EASTERN DISTRICT was as a little more hard-edged, outlaw rebel. CINDERS was more, for lack of a better word – more pictorial, alternative, comics-inspired . . narrative.
both had political/society/status-quo breakin’ intentions.
both had future-vision. both got no love in the mainstream press.
both venues were hard-core – each on their own turf-side of the sunny-dark street.
looks like MUDDGUTS . . is finally picking up that hardcore Brooklyn slack.
oh yeah, the ex-sisters guys: AARON PFANNEBECKER & MATT CONBOY – of DEATH BY AUDIO, made the CINDERS OPENING, too.
with them at the left, artist MORGAN BLAIR.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH.
CINDERS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE OPENING.
JULY 10, 2014. DOSSIER OUTPOST POP-UP, SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, NYC.
check out: DEATH BY AUDIO
PS: looks like GAVIN is having a ROB PRUITT OPENING – SAT SEPT 13, 2014 / 6-8 PM.
Should I go, or should I stay ?!!