~PAT McCARTHY . . in SAN FRANCISCO !!

BABYLON PATTY – TAKES . . . FLIGHT !!!

PAT McCARTHY – ‘SHELTERS’
opened THURS SEPT 10, 2015
the show continues thru OCT 17, 2015
EVER GOLD GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO


PAT McCARTHY, ‘FLIGHTS CINEMATHEQUE’ (ISSUE 2), 2015.
sculpture and Film, (porcelain, rebar, bamboo, coat hangers, bottle rocket stems, plastic, denim, brick, pigeon feed, Chia seeds, projector, media player).

I’m saying:

one: I coined . . ‘Babylon Patty’ – so, unlike ‘GOGO’ – just remember where ya heard it – first !!

two: pigeons ca 2015 are what canaries were – to the miners of yore !!

the metaphor is alive – with the sound of rushing wings !!

pigeons are – the cultural canary of our times. believe it !!

and, check out: EVER GOLD – PAT McCARTHY, for more images, incl:


PAT McCARTHY, ‘FLIGHTS CINELATHEQUE’, 2015
Film & Sculpture, (mixed media). 45 x 20 x 60 in. tall.




~DREW MILLER, RON REGE Jr, DUKE RILEY, JE_ANDRE & THE MIRF – my most fab, fave black & white art, so far !!

BLACK & WHITE – !! !!! !!!! !!!!!

STICKS & STONES, WILL BREAK MY BONES – but BLACK & WHITE, will NEVER, EV-AH – HARM ME !!


DREW MILLER . . . ‘I’m Lost’.
image via @generalvision


DREW MILLER . . . ‘PUFF, PUFF COWBOY’.
image via @generalvision


RON REGE, Jr . . . ‘Wow, Dude’.
image via @ronregejr


MIRF . . . best black & white install.
image via @themirf


DUKE RILEY . . . ‘Foxy’ !!
image via @dukerileystudio


oh, my poor smokin, heart-breakin’ . . heart.
takes . . ‘wearing your heart on your sleeve’ – to the next level.
they do really cool stuff. on the tres dry, dark side of the ‘line’.
design by @JE_ANDRE aka JEAN ANDRE – ink by @thecrayoner aka TARIK, PARIS TATTOO CLUB

image via @je_andre

and of course, 2 ‘finds’ from upstate NY . .
aka ‘found’ art.


speaking of . . FRANKENSTEIN, LOL LOL LOL LOL !! !!! !!!! !!!!!
FREAKY, FRANKENSTEIN BLACK INK TAT – ESOPUS CREEK, PHOENICIA, NY
by anonymous ?
and I don’t think – in this case, ‘anonymous’ . . is a woman ??


FILE UNDER: NOT SO . . . FUNNY !!!!!
a 14-yr old girl, apparently a really sweet, and athletic cheerleader from Connecticut – tragically got caught in a tree branch ‘strainer’ tubing down the Esopus creek, on holiday with her dad, and drowned the day before we showed up – for same route, on Sunday Labor Day weekend.
they do a dam ‘release’ on special weekends – so it’s really EXTREME, WHITE WATER TUBING !!!!!
mad strong currents, rocks, trees, hidden obstacles. high rushing water levels.
totally un-supervised. more or less.
she wasn’t wearing a life preserver. TINKER TUBES which rents tubes to day-tourists and locals alike, makes, or at least indicates that you need to wear . . a life jacket. she wasn’t.
needless to day, the dam ‘release’ had been shut down by Sunday – but it was still, damn scary !!
and, no – NOT FUNNY. sad.
you’d think the t-shirts would be gone, but apparently . . commerce rules.
tel me about it.

black & white – !!!!
good, bad, sad – or, just . . . twisted.

damn, it’s frikking tough – out there.
human bio-life, human survival – is so fragile.
half the globe’s at war.
the rest is in . . . denial.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, unless otherwise noted.




~DREW MILLER . . LAST WEEKEND to catch ‘LISP FORCE’ – TWO SHELVES, SEATTLE

DREW MILLER – ‘LISP FORCE’
TWO SHELVES – 212-11th AVE, Seattle, Washington

TWO SHELVES . . “is an in-home gallery, encouraging artists to utilize 120 inches of shelf space as a constraint and motivator to make and exhibit new work located in the home of KELLY BJORK and JOE RUDKO.


DREW MILLER at the show . . .
DREW, b. 1989, grew up in Spokane, Washington and is currently based in Brooklyn, NYC.
PHOTO: KELLY BJORK, via Instagram @kelly_bjork


DREW MILLER, title wall.
black and white, and fab all over.
nailed the classic comic book font – re his name, too.
I’m not the only one to remark “one of the best title walls, ever.”
PHOTO: DREW MILLER, via Instagram @generalvision


DREW MILLER . . ‘Young Romance’.
I can see the influence of Japanese Edo period woodblock prints, nice.
except, it’s twisty twin . . peaks !!
the yellow clouds . . ace it up to another level, too.
drip, drip, dot, dot – if you know what I mean, right . . on point.
so, it’s not all – Frankenstein – all the time. phew !!
PHOTO: JOE RUDKO


DREW MILLER, ‘LISP FORCE’.
INSTALLATION SHOT . . ‘TWO SHELVES’ – and two shelves, it is !!
PHOTO: JOE RUDKO


DREW MILLER . . ‘Kirby Star’ – in ‘LISP FORCE’.
you know, K-I-R-B-Y !!!
PHOTO: JOE RUDKO


DREW MILLER . . in ‘LISP FORCE’.
yes, that is a girl smurf – photo-bomb / time traveler ??!!!. ha.
PHOTO: JOE RUDKO


DREW MILLER . . ‘Masters’ – in ‘LISP FORCE”.
nurse smurf, out for a walk ?
you just know – that’s a front for – chaos !!
and, a wish – for a ‘better’ place to prevail.
PHOTO: JOE RUDKO




~DREW MILLER & . . THE MOTHERS OF FRANKENSTEIN

MUST-HAVE BOOKS – SUMMER of 2015:

‘ROMANTIC OUTLAWS – THE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT & MARY SHELLEY’ . .
BY CHARLOTTE GORDON. DECKLE EDGE, published APRIL 2015.
Author Charlotte Gordon spent a decade studying the journals and letters of MARY SHELLEY, and her mother . . MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT.

– & –

‘ORBITER’S PRISM’ – A FULL-COLOR COMIC BOOK . .
BY DREW MILLER, a lo-fi, but full-color, narrative, futuristic comic book. an indie project co-published by the author, DREW MILLER himself, in collaboration with CULLEN BECKHORN, NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA, AUGUST 2014.


there’s a great ‘Q&A’ with the author of the recent . . ‘Romantic Outlaws’, the lives of MARY SHELLEY & MARY WOOSTONECRAFT, by CHARLOTTE GORDON, that was posted by ANNA RUSSELL- in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 24, 2015.


even though Mary Shelley’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft – who was famous in her own right, died when Mary Shelley was just 10 days old . . “Mary Shelley was an expert on her mother. She read every book her mother ever wrote countless times”, and “Shelley, who learned to read tracing the letters on her mother’s gravestone, and who famously wrote ‘Frankenstein’ at just 19, felt her mother’s presence all her life.”

“Both of them spent a lot of time imaging the future . . as well as the past”,
and of course – “Their personal lives were – outrageous” . . . !!

see: THE MOTHERS OF FRANKENSTEIN’, Q & A with Charlotte Gordon.WSJ
yes . . it’s a beautiful, read.


see: ‘Romantic Outlaws’ – on AMAZON


‘ORBITER’S PRISM’ – is also about man-made, mother-of-them-all, motherless, semi-human . . futuristic, monsters !!


page from ‘ORBITER’S PRISM’, as you can see, yes !!
we are, talking ugly, sad, tortured humanoid . . FRANKENSTEIN-IAN MONSTERS !!
of the Drew Miller . . imagination.

YOU, can buy ‘ORBITER’S PRISM’ for $5 bucks from: NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA

or any other of a handful of other DREW MILLER offerings.
ask Drew to sign them, before he . . ships them – and, viola !!
that’s your . . . best buy for the entire fall 2015 season.
pound per pound.
guaranteed, no doubt about it. trust me.


DREW MILLER ‘LOGO’ – NEOGLYPHIC MEDIA

would you trust this – person ????

to help you buy your way thru the art world, $5 at a pop, even in 2015 !!

T – is for . . TRUST ME !!

T – is for . . TOXIC. FUTURE, PAST & scary PRESENT.

except, for the part about being able to read . . all about MARY + MARY – quelle deadly duo !!
except, for the part about being able to buy Drew’s stuff for $5, of course.
that’s super.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~GENE CHANDLER . . DUKE OF EARL

check out:

this sound track, made to measure for a sad world / GENE CHANDLER’S ‘one hit wonder’ – DUKE OF EARL, from 1962 – !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9PoUsRibtE




~STEVE POWERS . . EARL IS TODAYS VICTIM !!

SYRIA’S ANTIQUITIES – ARE TODAYS VICTIM, SUMMER 2015.
THE TRUTH – NEVER GOES AWAY.
DESTROYING ARTWORK FROM CENTURIES AGO – SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE (SORRY) STATE OF OUR WORLD – AS IT TURNS, TODAY.

EARL, such a great name, right up there with ELVIS, what happened to it ?
Duke, Duke, Duke of Earl . . . sweet harmony, of oppressed peoples, USA – console me.
well, at least we have photos – of those ruins, but nothing beats the real thing, for a real good time travel, not to mention real time commune with fellow artists from way back.
it’s war on art and civilization, not jest religion and politics.
what else is new. I’m so distraught.
tell me, Banksy didn’t call it – boatloads of migrants and all . . DISMALAND, in-deed !!

he should have had a 2,000 years-old artifact crushing station, or ride, whatever.
souvenir ?
replica key chain: lost ancient temple, Palmyra, Syria, $10. and it’s yours. to cry over.


STEVE POWERS aka ESPO . .
on the very last day of his DREAMLAND ARTIST CLUBHOUSE, CONEY ISLAND BROOKLYN, NYC.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, OCT 13, 2007


so I actually ended up scoring that piece . .
‘EARL IS TODAYS VICTIM’ – a riot, or what !!
turned out this yellow background, metal sign format – was an important prototype for the kind of signage Steve was going to put up at DISMALAND.
the coloring is based on authentic retro New York City – street signage.


I was such a huge fan, Steve signed me a real nice ‘signature’ on the back !!


I considered myself very, very . . lucky to acquire the piece, it’s about 22 inches square, metal on a frame base, unique. for the grand total of: $250 !!
basically: zip !!
but still, every friggin’ cent I had to my name – but, hey: CA-CHING $$$$$$!!!!!!


STEVE was handing out these stickers for free.
so, YOU LOOK STUPID – if you don’t have at least that, a sticker give-away by ESPO !!
you can always make up for stupidity & lost opportunity – by visiting Steve in his ICY STUDIOS – and see what you can wrangle, he’s usually up to whatever you have – you get something. though his prices must be up there for any thing substantial. at this point.
damn, he’s prob even charging for the stickers, now. ha. he’s a hustler, very fun guy !!
so don’t be . . more stupid, than YOU already are. get your sorry ass up there.
I got your number, don’t worry !!

more archival pix: STEVE POWERS – LAST DAYS DREAMLAND ARTIST CLUBHOUSE

and for an ultra enjoyable digital day trip,

check out: Steve’s website . . First and Fifteenth
http://www.firstandfifteenth.net/

where among other stops, you can find:

links to his studio:

and the always popular, ICY SIGNS:

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~BANKSY . . DISMALAND !! D-D-D-Duh DYSTOPIAN !! go . . ESPO !!

& FREE THE KILLER WHALES – !!

my dystopian dreams – come true !!
look at that. snap, snap, snap.
well, it’s cause the whole world is going to hell and back, and who doesn’t know it.
yeah give nukes technology to Iran – blow the whole globe to smithereens, already !!
ruin the water, ruin the air, enslave the animals. go for it.

you know all hell is breakin’ loose – when ‘putrid’ yellow – replaces the sun sun sunny side of the street.

DISMALAND – BANKSY’S NEW ART PROJECT / INSTALLATION . . a d-y-s-t-o-p-i-a-n dreams come true, POP-UP theme park !!
is blowing up – big !!
and it’s going to get even bigger.
bigger than JEAN MICHEL !! yes. bigger than Keith Haring – in his heyday.
Bigger than the Beatles ?!!!

damn. the ghost of JOHN LENNON – must be strolling about. in that – twisted toxic playground.
it’s more of an installation, than a piece by Banksy per se, because there are a lot of guest/starring role artists involved, and one of them is NYC’s – own ESPO !! aka Steve Powers !! hur-ray !!

DISMALAND runs thru AUG 22 – SEPT 27, 2015 – and if I could, I would run jump on a plane to the UK right now !!

the best read on it so far is: Welcome to Dismaland – COLOSSAL


Dismaland photo by CHRISTOPHER JOBSON for COLOSSAL

did anybody else see that great sad doc on the enslaved Orca killer whales of sleazy SEAWORLD, that aired on CNN this past weekend ?


must be an ESPO !! aka STEVE POWERS – – metal (traffic) sign !!
Dismaland photo by CHRISTOPHER JOBSON for COLOSSAL

a little bit of heavenly s(c)ent street smart NYC – vibes !!
go Banksy.
go ESPO – making NYC proud !!

MADE IN NYC & DON’T . . KNOCK THIS CITY – !!
ev-ah !!




~BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . FLASHBACK, dystopian on my mind !!

yep, got DYSTOPIAN on the brain.


BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . . at the opening of a 3 person show, ‘EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM’ – that included his own art work, yes, that’s it . . perverse and wicked, and real-time . . behind him on the wall.
this was at Cinders, when it was on Havemeyer, in Williamsburg.
the date, was: Nov 17, 2007.


BRAIN CHIPPENDALE, collage/painting on stretcher, 2007. unique.
up until this show, I had only seen his zines, comic books and screen prints, so I thought these larger pieces were a total knock-out, and real twisted, sister !! and boy, did I want one, but alas, they were $1,000 and I was broke, though I have several of his earlier limited edition prints, bought at Cinders for about $60 a piece. pre-2007.
so I’m – GOOD !!

but next time my piggy bank explodes, I’m gonna get me of these collage paint pieces, for sure.

ARCHIVAL PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~TOXIC SLUDGE vs BRIAN CHIPPENDALE . . ?

CHIPPENDALE . . NAILS IT !!

NEWS FLASH:

TOXIC SLUDGE YELLOW – TAKES OVER FROM – RADIATION SICKNESS GREEN – AS THE ‘GO-TO’ COLOR OF THE MONTH !!!!

2 things made me speechless, this past mid-summer 2016.
the first was that awful, huge as in epic unbelievable, profoundly disturbing toxic gold mine EPA ‘spill’ er, . . ‘accident’.

and yeah, they should let me re-name, and up-date a couple of those sturdy crayon hues, in the CRAYOLA MULTI- PACK.
yep, time . . to re-boot CRAYOLA, unless urban Outfitters hasn’t already done it.
kids, our future leaders !! need to be able to express their – disgust !!

yep !! color me – disgusted !!


“dissolved iron is what turned the waste plume an alarming orange-yellow, a color familiar to old-time miners who called it “yellow boy.”
Yellow mine waste water from the GOLD KING MINE collects in a ‘holding’ pool in San Juan County, COLORADO.”
Photo: REUTERS via NEW YORK POST

source: Residents want a straight answer – NEW YORK POST


“an 80 mile stretch of mustard-yellow water laden with arsenic, lead, copper, aluminum and CADMIUM is working it’s way south toward NEW MEXICO and UTAH.”
PHOTO: AP via NEW YORK POST
source: EPA’s toxic waste spill might be a lot WORSE than anybody thought – NEW YORK POST

are we surprised ? not.
the NAVAJO NATION intends to sue the federal gov’t. good luck on that. let me know . . how it goes.
I”m definite not gonna hold my breath on that case – snaking its years long journey through court.
the jurors will probably al be be mutated, or half-robot by then, anyways.
no wonder I bury my head in comic books.

so, art-wise:
just as ‘green’ no longer stands for bio-heath, organic sprouts, or even, green light … means GO.

YELLOW no longer stands for the sun sun sunny side of the street.

it’s PUTRID YELLOW – all the way, now – baby.


image: BRIAN CHIPPENDALE – via Instagram / @chimpendale

I was waiting for an ‘art’ image to pop up – that spoke to the issue, when this ‘old’ piece by BRIAN CHIPPENDALE – hit the spot.

he wrote under the image: “I drew this thing years ago and it’s been hanging from a clothes-pin in my studio ever since, still cracks me up . . .”

the sad truth, it’s message is . . TIMELESS.

CHIPPENDALE, one of my most fave disaster, visionary collage / comic book artists, ever.
Cinders, has been a great, and early platform for his art, prints & collage ‘paintings’ & indie publications . . of which, yes I have several.

so, are we gonna have to start calling him . . ole ‘yellow boy’ Chippendale ? for sure !!
and plus, he takes great PIX, as in Instagram photos – bye the way.




~SUMAKSHI SINGH . . . the green light that means: GO !!

when green is alive, and ‘bio-full’, and sings with the light of . . HOPE, and new growth.

and, reminds us . . of when even Persian miniatures – were of a most . . . BEAUTIFUL NATURE, even the fierce ones.


SUMAKSHI SINGH, ‘In, Between the pages: 2014’ – image via sumakshi.com
an “interactive, multi-media installation that plays with perspective to create the illusion of a manuscript book, in which viewers see themselves and others moving about as miniature characters.”

last year SUMAKSHI SINGH .. “worked on a 70 ft. illusion-based installation for the KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE, an animated painting for the INDIA ART FAIR, a projection based installation for KUNSTHAUS LANGENTHAL in Switzerland, and is currently in GURGAON, working on ..” her upcoming USA exhibit . . .

SUMAKSHI SINGH opens a new solo exhibit in the USA, SAT SEPT 26, 2016 – at WOOD STREET GALLERIES, 601 Wood St, PITTSBURGH, PENNSLYVANIA.

SUMAKSHI . .
has just updated her website – it’s fresh, sweet. a time travel/art journey, for sure.
touched with an ancient ‘miniature’ elegance, as if a squeeze of lime was turned into . . pigment.
the greatest of empty spaces, ‘tiny’ illustrations.
check it out: sumakshi.com

flash from the past:


SUMAKSHI SINGH, at her NYC debut opening, Feb 17, 2006
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


the full archival photo:
gallerist VAN HARRISON, artist SUMAKSHI SINGH, friend CARL PETRUCCI, and TRAVIS HARRISON, at the opening of Ms. Singh’s debut NYC show, at the now defunct VAN HARRISON Gallery on 26th St in Chelsea, NYC.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, Feb 17, 2006.

the first, and only time I met Sumakshi Singh (and got to see her work in person) was at her debut NYC solo show: ‘Lumps, Bumps and Things that are Art’, 2006 – in Chelsea, at the now defunct Van Harrison Gallery.
the show held out a lot of promise, and a very light, light hand . . in both the painting, and the actual site specific installation – and esp re: a very ‘bio-beautiful’ – ‘future vision’ . . . for things to come.


the invite card for:
SUMAKSHI SINGH, ‘Lumps, Bumps and Things that are Art’.
FEB 17 – MARCH 18, 2006.
VAN HARRISON GALLERY on 26th St. Chelsea, NYC