NITE LITE – !!!!!!!!!!
yo, 15 WARREN ST, here’s your Whitney Week . . home boy.
or as close as it’s gonna get. talent-wise.
Brucennial chicks. aside. (maybe).
though a guy who outright states that . . he “lives (in Brooklyn) with his monkey, Del, where they spend their nights singing to the moon” . . . really needs someone like HANNAH HORVATH (!!) – to h-e-l-p get him, across to the . . sophisticated masses.
‘NITE LITE’ – A SOLO EXHIBITION by CHRIS HUES
OPENS TO-NITE – THURS MARCH 6, 2014 / 7-11 PM
the show runs thru APRIL 6, 2014
SENA SPACE – 229 CENTRE ST – just north of GRAND ST
CURATED BY: MELISSA McCAIG-WELLES
from the press release:
CHRIS UPHUES . . presents to us a new series of mixed media paintings titled ‘NITE LITE’. Inspired by art affected by black light, ‘NITE LITE’ is heavily influenced by the art of rock album covers, t-shirts, black light posters, neon lights, U.V. rave gear and finally, religion. (!!)
UPHUES, notorious for his fine art paintings comprised of densely detailed arrangements of shapes, faces, flowers and finite imagery. His high pop street art, adorning the walls of cities around the world, come in the form of wheat pasted hearts, radiating with color, charismatic, sanguine and buoyant. In UPHUES’ new ‘NITE LITE’ series, we are introduced to these same aesthetics, yet with an added background element of black, raising the topic of how our culture interprets darkness versus light. (!!)
“BLACK LIGHT accompanies the most negative of psychic experiences but also the most sublime, resonating with the mystical experience of negative theology, the Kabbalah, the Buddhist notions of the void, and the ‘black light’ of the Sufi Mystics. Black light, as the darkness in individual lives and life alone, has not been treated hospitably in the modern world. Although modern psychology has seen darkness primarily as a negative force, it actually has an intrinsic importance to the human psyche. In this show I wish to examine the paradoxical image of of black light and the meaning of darkness as a positive and possible salutary notion towards self-illumination.” ~ CHRIS UPHUES
see: CHRIS UPHUES – GOOGLE SEARCH
even better, see: CHRIS UPHUES/ ARTIST WEBSITE – great detailed pix & background artist text
it’s that . . big sapphire blue maniac detailed . . circular, many-petaled FLOWER – that first turned me on to his work.
and, yeah .. check out the VENUE: SENASPACE . . . TATTOO SHOP & GALLERY.
the artist/owner . . DAVID SENA, calls his drawings: FIRE DRAWINGS !!!!!
I’m not gonna argue . . with that.
the guy seems . . totally off the grid.
and, apparently, he likes . . to play with MATCHES !!
LENA DUNHAM . . is hosting SNL – tomorrow !!
THIS SEASON of ‘GIRLS’ – is just so, well . . HOT !!
real true grit NEW YORK-Y . . LOVE THE STREET SHOOTS.
JENNA LYONS & . . CONDE NAST, BAREFOOT in the . . HAMPTONS & all !!
GO, LENA !!
PUT A ‘BIRD’ – ON IT !!
it’s an all-girl par-tay !!
VITO SCHNABEL & THE BRUCE HIGH QUALITY FOUNDATION PRESENT:
THE VERY LAST, EVER . . . BRUCENNIAL
opening THURS MARCH 6, 2014 / 6-10 PM
the show runs thru APRIL 4, 2014
837 WASHINGTON ST, NYC – at 13th ST
A, C, L trains to 8th AVE/14th ST STATION
more info: BRUCENNIAL WEBSITE
really like the ‘header’ . . aluminum beer ‘cans’, they are super cute !! great graphic. fresh, original. right now, I’m lovin’ anything red and white, but mostly shiny and . . light reflective.
nice hi-def photo / reproduction too. good size. the works. all good.
and, not too far off-base, context-wise, either !!
I guess one could say: put a ‘beer can’ . . on it !!
go back & check out that: website !! . . . for graphics & visuals.
for sure, HIT . . ABOUT & PAST / left, top navigation bar.
I guess one could make a bunch of ‘cracks’ !! about . . hordes of ‘girls’ and Vito, but I’ll be elegant and, NOT !!
but, I remember when I used to hang out with Alfredo, yeah that Alfredo, ALFREDO MARTINEZ the Basquiat forger !! and big gun maker . . back in the late 90s, and every time we showed up at an opening, CHARLIE FINCH would call out at the top of lungs: ALFREDO LOVES THAT MOTHER’S MILK !!
ya just gotta love it, and roll with the jokers. Alfredo was like 18 years younger.
. . and, boy did that get under Simon’s skin.
in which case – best thing I ever did.
plus Alfredo brought me to . . Josh.
follow the breadcrumbs, is all I can say.
it’s a rough and wild world, life in the ‘fast’ lane.
UP-DATE: MARCH 27, 2014
SERF says . . “NO, that wasn’t me.”
also noticed on BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART – A FLEETING MOMENT OF . . PURE, RADIANT TRUTH & SHEER GENIUS !!
was that your beautiful, subversive, hand-scripted dance that played over Maya’s carefully scripted wall mural – SERF ?!!
damn that MAYA HAYUK, for losing a brilliant moment !!
she can be so brilliant, but so a-n-n-o-y-i-n-g.
MAYA HAYUK, detail. HOUSTON WALL, NYC.
PHOTO: JAIME ROJO .. BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART
was that SERF, who jumped the shark ?
. . tagged the unfinished mural ?
I’m thinking: YES !!
here’s a modern day riddle.
what’s a tag . . if not a street bomb ?
ANSWER: a photo-bomb !!
a priceless impromptu jumping in & taking . . advantage of a great opportunity !!
and ps: JARED LETO, can you believe he’s 42 . . and he is the big winner at this years Oscars. duh !!
thank that Anne Hathaway photo-bomb and, day-old hair !!
and p.s. supposedly . . 30 SECONDS TO MARS is playing in the UKRAINE in a week or so ?!! that’s what the tabloids are . . ‘crowing’ !!
MAYA HAYUK, HOUSTON WALL, NYC
PHOTO: JAIME ROJO .. BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART
note: the subversive SERF (?) tag / street bomb . . on the lower left of mural.
well .. actually, if you REALLY want to talk about re-vitalizing ‘abstract’ art – MAYA HAYUK definite deserves some credit and some . . media play. in fact she seems to carry the total sum of her ancestors . . with her, you know those crazy passionate Ukrainians, and their way detailed Easter eggs / this wall took on some real life with her color management. and simple pattern.
but the deal is, it was going to be street bombed/tagged anyways, and the SERF (?) tag was absolutely ‘luminous’.
it was a perfect blend of the pre-determined vs the impromptu . . but also, visually . . there was a beautiful dynamic that happened, on her ‘studied’ compositional field . . a ‘space’ play between the solid criss-cross bars, and the . . ghostly ‘enemy’ tag.
between the purely abstract and the purely . . INFORMATIONAL ‘TEXT’ font.
she should have left it.
MAYA HAYUK, HOUSTON WALL, NYC . . ‘restored’ ?!!
PHOTO: JAIME ROJO . . BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART
re-stored ? NOT !!
ya . . lost the magic of the moment, MAYA !!
re-stored, NO !!
some other guys just came along and bombed it, but with far less .. FINESSE.
too bad. too bad, MAYA lost the faith !!
the tags that are up now, bombing the piece are . . so mundane and so solid. b-o-r-i-n-g.
though love how . . BSA street photog JAIME ROJO – caught the ‘light’ reflecting the MAYA HAYUK mural . . in the rain slicked city street !!
and of course, after years of painting the sides of barns in Philly . . MAYA knows how to throw down . . some light, herself !!
very radiant mural.
but, damn . . she should have left the ghost !!
the ‘magic’ is in the details, n’est pas ?
‘PAPARAZZI’ FLASHBACK – to FEB 11, 2006 !!
JASON AARON WALL aka SERF !! at the CANAL CHAPTER, ALFREDO MARTINEZ SHOW.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, NYC. FEB 11, 2006 . . artloversnewyork
yep. the infamous ALFREDO MARTINEZ . . is how I backed into THE CANAL CHAPTER, and then SEAN VEGEZZI.
ALFREDO had just gotten out of prison for the phony BASQUIAT CAPER . . word to the wise: never sell a phony piece of art to a drug dealer . . from Columbia (!!) . . and the street dudes, SERF and MINT, later to be coined as MIRF . . gave Alfredo a show, when nobody else would touch him. that is actually a hand-made, couple of feet long, ‘paper’ by Alfredo that SERF is holding. that he . . SERF painted on, with his graceful brushwork.
and which, bye the way, is now in the collection of .. YOURS TRULY !!
ALFREDO even managed to get some major major MEDIA PLAY . . in the NEW YORK POST, at the time.
he put one of his improvised big ‘guns’ . . on the street, you know in that small street triangle/island .. before Canal enters the Holland Tunnel, and the cops came and hauled it away.
another priceless photographic moment, or what !!
I think in fact .. Alfredo dropped the dime on his own street sabotage, and was hiding in the area waiting to take the shot, or more likely he had the Post photog lying in wait. as he, Alfredo . . doesn’t ever pick up a camera. something like that.
I bet SERF knows the details .. !!
read: MAYA HUYAK – ‘Tagging Somebody’s Painting’ .. BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART
it’s actually a ‘TWO-FER’ . . !!
FARING PURTH, WALL THERAPY. ROCHESTER, N.Y.
PHOTO: FARING PURTH via BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART
the article continues on to re-late the ‘cautionary’ tale of . . FARING PURTH, another woman street artist, bye the way (!!) & her bout of . . graphic ‘public’ attack.
and NO !!
this is, NOT – ‘JESUS SAVES’ . . !!
this is more like, JESUS . . KILLS !!
and, yeah, YOU CAN FILE THIS . . UNDER: WOMEN ARTISTS !!
that link, again ?
read: ‘Tagging Somebody’s Painting’ . . BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART
oh boy . . .
you know your ‘mainstream’ art world is in trouble, when the best image of the 2014 WHITNEY / ART FAIR WEEK . . comes up from, the streets !!
and, the streets of I-T-A-L-Y, to be exact !!
via BSA . . BROOKLYN STREET ART !! GO BROOKLYN !!
talk about ‘magic’ . . in the way ‘art’ rears up her pretty little head, and screams, back: NO !!
this was the lead-in image . . that caught my eye.
MP5. for ARTE INATTESA. FORMIA, ITALY
PHOTO: FLAVIA FIENGO, via BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART
MP5. for ARTE INATTESA. FORMIA, ITALY.
PHOTO: FLAVIA FIENGO via BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART
detail . .
what they say ?
‘magic’ . . is in the details ?
I’m thinking . . 15 WARREN STREET – ALICE IN WONDERLAND. PETER PAN POSSE.
timeless-ness. to be exact !!
plus: graphic art. information . . loaded.
MP5. for ARTE INATTESA. FORMIA, ITALY.
PHOTO: FLAVIA FIENGO via BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART
don’t even get me started !!
let’s see, to begin with: there’s a murder of crows – !!
then, there’s crows in Science, and SCI-FI, fairy tales, and ole deep south black Folk Tales, and damn, what about those . . walkin the walk, talkin the talk, animated ‘crows’ in WALT DISNEY/check out ‘DUMBO’ !!
listen up: they didn’t call them segregation laws . . ‘Jim Crow’, for naught.
then of course, since way back: crows in Japanese art & crows . . talking to the dead in Norway !!
I’m thinking crows are a good way to symbolize the . . underground cultures, n’est pas ?
as in: caw caw call ya out !!
MP5. for ARTE INATTESA. FORMIA, ITALY.
PHOTO: FLAVIA FIENGO via BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART
yep. MP5 pretty much . . caught the ‘mainstream’ culture: time, crow, carrot, art world and all.
read: MP5 in ITALY .. STRESSED-OUT MAGPIES & CARROT-CHASING RABBITS – BSA/BROOKLYN STREET ART, FEB 27, 2014
and, yes: MAGPIES are a species of CROW !!
and yes, ALICE IN WONDERLAND aside, guess who’s Chinese Horoscope Animal sign is . . a rabbit.
yep. yours truly !!
and, just in case you are wondering . . a flamin’ pure bred ARIES, too.
rock on, world !!
RABBIT meets RAM . . head-on collision !!
rock on . . all ye wise old, ancestors !!
JENNIFER LAWRENCE meets LARRY DAVID at the VANITY FAIR OSCARS AFTER-PARTY, 2014.
PHOTO: KEVIN MAZUR/VF14/WireImage via US WEEKLY
two incredibly talented nut cases, at heart !!
who both love to laugh !!
LARRY . . must have had her in stitches !!
and, FILE UNDER: ok, I know, I know . . already !!
everybody in NYC . . knows. where the hell are you – if you don’t.
must be something about famous fathers, and sons. I dunno.
the glam road . . beckons ?
file under: dark ‘arts’.
come on, life is hard enough – I hope they at least . . . talk ‘art’ ?
PHOTO:X17online.com via MAIL ONLINE
read: HEIDI KLUM ‘tries’ to sneak out of Oscars party . . with ‘toyboy’ VITO DAILY MAIL, MARCH 4, 2014
their words in quotation marks, not mine !!
oh boy, oh boy . . .
you know your mainstream art world is in TROUBLE, when the biggest media buzz you are getting . . is VITO and HEIDI.
like I said, LIFE IN THE FAST LANE is .. funnie ?
how about . . addictive ?
I wonder if VITO . . still represents RENE RICARD ?
if so, he will have his own fast lane . . soon enough ?!!
and we do mean . . the CUTTING EDGE !!
JARED LETO . . PHOTOBOMBS ANNE HATHAWAY at the OSCARS . . PIX !! – GOING VIRAL !!
see: still pix
what a comeback kid, the ultimate American cowboy/rebel/dreamer, jerk ? . . or what !!
& so C-U-T-E. day old hair !! HASH HALPER . . eat your heart out !!
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT . . move over, you fake bastard.
in your . . dreams.
I mean . . talk about ‘celebrity’ photography !!
check out: JARED LETO & his band . . 30 SECONDS TO MARS – ‘CLOSER TO THE EDGE’ / SEPT 23, 2010 !!
as Simon would say, play it l-o-u-d.
don’t know why his so-called MTV ‘fans’ dropped off, after this . . ?
it’s pretty good. or, maybe it was the .. the filmmakers !!
because .. yeah, the rest of his music, is well: yeah . . he was a loser on the music scene, but he had his moment at the Oscars – last night, sometimes that’s all you get . . a moment.
a moment . . to catch a photo.
a moment to bomb . . one !!
the way he danced around Anne Hathaway . . was fab.
also: TALKIN BOUT . . CLAIRE DANES !!
watch: a YOUNG CLAIRE DANES, and a YOUNG JARED LETO – in ‘MY SO-CALLED LIFE’ !!
a certain generation, now in their mid-to-late twenties . . grew up on this stuff, b-i-g time.
esp here in NYC.
well, what can I say, there was more magic in that ‘photo-bomb’ – then there is to be found in the entire collective mainstream art world . . this week.
WHITNEY BIENNIAL, and ALL the art fairs . . big and small.
I dunno . .
I guess that’s what . . I’m really saying.
I mean, just sayin’, but you k-n-o-w . . I’m right.
‘revitalizing’ abstract art ?
gimme a break.
MIRO to ROTHKO, be rollin’ in their graves.
WILL THE REAL !! . . FAB FREDDY !! . . PLEASE STAND UP !!
LISTEN UP: LAST WEEK TO CATCH . . PUTTING ASIDE, JOSH HARRIS !! & RENE RICARD !!
AN AMAZING SLICE OF NYC ART WORLD HISTORY . .
FRED W. McDARRAH . . ‘SAVE THE VILLAGE’
JAN 30 thru SAT MARCH 8, 2014
STEVEN KASHER GALLERY – 521 WEST 23, CHELSEA, NYC
FRED W. McDARRAH (1926-2007) was the “first picture editor and only staff photographer at the VILLAGE VOICE for decades” . . so, GO FIGURE !!
this wonderful, amazing, archival show . . presents over 130 rare & original VINTAGE PRINTS that span 1958-1979, in short: the height of when NYC truly was the center of all.
art world included !!
so, listen up, all you digital geeks, these are the original hard copy black & white prints !! many of which are . . signed, dated and often accompanied with Fred McDarrah’s own notations, in his characteristic squiggly script – scribbled by hand, in thick black ink – across the bottom white border.
this is a big week in NYC – BUT this jewel box of a show should go to the top of YOUR list, no matter who you are, and . . what your interests !!
the show’s card, says it very well:
“Before the Internet there was FRED W. McDARRAH: the most curious, knowledgeable, and indefatigable photographer of the New York downtown scene in the second half of the 20th century. NOBODY did more than FRED to save Greenwich village in our collective memory.” !!
read more: FRED W McDARRAH – BIO & background
see: selection – exhibit images
FRED W. McDARRAH, ‘CARL BERNSTEIN AND NORA EPHRON’, ca 1978.
vintage gelatin silver, printed ca. 1978, 10 x 8 in.
I’d snap that up in a nanosecond – if I had the dough.
damn, if NORA EPHRON wasn’t such a foxy, cute chick, back in the day.
this is such a famous image, it played at the top of the game, when essayist Nora (sadly) passed away a few years back. it makes you realize the huge impact digital photography has had on the proliferation of pictorial material & images. back in the day, there was no way to get photos out there, except though print, newspaper & magazines – mostly.
an indie ? forget about it !!
and, when a photographer caught a moment, it was a real ‘catch’ – there weren’t that many people out there, going for it.
you can also see that great ‘characteristic’ of the most gifted event photographers, very plainly here in this image.
you have one chance, one second . . to catch the moment, and then: time was up !! so you had better be . . quick & g-o-o-d.
and, if you are too much of an art world purist to be interested in NORA EPHRON, who was NOT well served by that stupid Meryl Strep cinematic characterization, what about:
ED RUSCHA . .
FRED W. McDARRAH, ‘ED RUSCHA and UNIDENTIFIED’, ca 1968.
vintage gelatin silver, printed ca 1968. 4-3/4 x 7-1/2 in.
a young and super, super hip, cowboy: ED RUSCHA !!
taken in 1968 – when most people, even those in the art world, and esp those on the East Coast !!
still hadn’t heard about him, ED RUSCHA. . to become known as possibly contemporary art’s most influential . . ‘sign painter’ – !!
just in case you live under a rock, or are too young to know . . or most likely, just plain eschew mainstream media ?!!
art world character, painter, poet, and influential mover and groover, i.e. ‘art junkie’,
RENE RICARD . . died at the start of this month.
there is an excellent obit in the NEW YORK TIMES, penned by BRUCE WEBER . . that captures the loss, and all the poetry . . of the proud, colorful, and, yes even . . legendary era that RENE strode through.
the article seems to state that Rene coined the phrase . . ‘RADIANT CHILD’ . . for Jean Michel.
in which case, for me, that’s reason enough to mourn his passing and salute his singular art ‘eye’ . . the poetry. and his lyrical, narrative . . painting.
very information-based, bye the way.
see: RENE RICARD, ART ARBITER – NEW YORK TIMES
in fact . . this obit, is really a nice and very telling ‘slice’ of how things work in NYC, the movers and groovers, the players – the ‘art junkies’ who break the art down, and set up the stars.
the super fans, the real power brokers, the king makers. oh . . yeah !!
I crossed paths many, many times with RENE since arriving on the island in summer 1981 or was it, 82. but we were not friends. he had already drawn his close circle of friends around him, and he was jealous, petty, and super territorial, and competitive, and aren’t we all . .
but, he was also bitchy in that super queen gay way. I mean all the power to him, he had a hard life . . but, that’s the truth. he also liked really girlie girls in his entourage – if there were to be any girls at all. I’m talking about the early club days, and that was not me, tomboy to the core . . clueless. guileless. that was me. he liked girls in towering, even crystal heels.
I marched around in . . work boots. I was super super shy, all friggin radar . . and no way to express it. borderline gifted, but slightly autistic – in a nutshell, you get the picture.
cut to the truth . .
well o.k. we had a run-in right off the bat. I went to the first KEITH HARING opening at FUN GALLERY, and all my pals, well Simon and his pals (!!) went in, and then Rene slammed the door in my face and said . . “no more”.
whoa . . do not underestimate the inner power of a fellow, natural born art junkie. even if they look . . clueless.
I definite pushed that door open, and entered, but I was mad.
lo and behold, the very next weekend I’m in line to enter some hot party at MARY BOONE’S gallery when it was downtown on West Broadway, and who the f . . . is behind me ?
damn if I didn’t slam that huge, heavy 2 ton plate glass door right in his goddamn face, and . . hard. It was sheer instinct, no thinking. and, looking back: I’m friggin lucky I didn’t break his nose.
after that we maintained a healthy respect for each other and always checked each other out, but definite stayed 10 feet away !!
years later . . like about 20 !!
you can see, in this photo I caught of him, the respect we had for each other.
I was only mad that he had shut me out.
and, as for him ? what’s NOT to like . . about the now, very influential, and trend-calling . . event photographer for artnet ?!!!!!!
RENE RICARD at his CHEIM & READ OPENING, NYC. SUMMER 2003.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
the poignant poetry of . . ships that pass in the dark, or what ?
and, p.s. yes. I do consider this one of my best shots. come on, look at his expression, those huge white shades !! and damn, if there isn’t a ‘light’ source, a light refection, a ‘twinkle’ in both . . lenses !!
perfecto mundo, if I don’t say so – myself.
the original artnet report, edited by WALTER ROBINSON . . was titled, by him as: ‘Goodbye to Summer 2003 and the Shining Stars of the NY Artworld’ . . so it’s nice for someone who was initially dissed by Rene, and who then . . in return slammed a door in his face . . to be able to google him, and see a great photo of him at what was surely a high point in his life, posted under my name . . and see that, thanks to that photo . . he got branded as a “shining star”.
a recognition, he surely deserved. and most likely very much enjoyed at the moment it posted.
it’s these characters who make the art scene, there is no other way to put it.
life, in the fast lane . . sure is funnie.
that summer 2003 artnet report also caught a few other art world super stars, and even some ‘baby’ super stars . . in the making:
for starters, there’s some chick . . named EMILY in that notorious anti-Bush, KAYROCK T-Shirt from the ‘HUNDRED and ONE T SHIRT’ . . show !!
then, check out: CLAIRE DANES, P.S.3 grad (!!) . . on the streets of SOHO, and . . KARA WALKER !!
there’s an ALFREDO MARTINEZ ‘HUNGER STRIKE’ T SHIRT, it’s printed with a drawing smuggled out of prison. something about a little art fraud caper. haha. Alfredo ran that big ‘gun shooting gallery’ . . in ‘QUIET’.
moving on, up pops – the very first published photo of JOE BRADLEY, with his band CHEESEBURGER, MISAKI KAWAII, MICHAEL WILLIAMS, and DEVENDRA BANHART.
not a bad haul for . . a severely under-estimated, socially clueless, tomboy chick on the scene, when the big party glammazones ruled, & the mucho serious art critics & ‘reviewers’ of the NEW YORK TIMES and ARTFORUM, thought . . they reigned !!
like I said, life is funnie – in the fast lane.
I prob won’t even get . . an obit – when I die.
I so . . don’t get it. I run this huge website and catch all these guys, and make all the calls and set things into motion, just like Rene, and I’m ‘volatile’ too (!!) though in a different manner, and he at least got some real mainstream ‘love’ . . . and art exhibits.
I have yet to see one, ONE !! of my photographs on a gallery wall.
I dunno, man.
I just don’t know. I know so many things, and I just don’t . . get that.
I guess there is a price to pay for being rock solid . . hardcore & indie to the very last drop ?
New York . . is a really strange place.
see: SUMMER OF 2003 – ARTNET
since it looks to be we are all stuck inside . . polar vortexing, today !!
not to worry . . boredom, NOT !!
JOSH HARRIS . . has sent in a link to the long lost, ORIGINAL !! MUCHO RAW !! & UNCENSORED !! . .
ROUGH CUT of . . . ‘QUIET’
. . . as in, ‘QUIET’ – ‘WE ARE ALL WATCHING’ !!
the $1 MILLION DOLLAR+ MILLENNIUM NEW YEAR’S EVE / YEAR 2000 – 2 WEEK ART PARTY – that shook downtown New York City to the rafters, and whose live streaming 24/7 surveillance videos . . became the basis for ONDI TIMONER’S . . SUNDANCE AWARD WINNING . . ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, (2009).
SO, HEADS UP, 15 WARREN STREET, haha. if you think you were . . WILD !!
this was . . INSANE, CRAZY, and completely – OFF THE WALL !!
and held in, yes . . 2 warehouse/abandoned storefronts in . . . TRIBECA !!
you guys came after . . 9-11 – we called it !!
so, new wave / new gen . . 15 WARREN STREET, meet . . your predecessor, your brother from another mother !!
the NEW YEAR’S ART PAR-TAY . . . to end all art parties.
so, hold onto your hats. cause, hello . . ‘WOLF ON WALL STREET’ – !!!!!!
meets . . the REAL !! DOWNTOWN art scene !!! NYC. JAN 1, 2000.
talk about: climbing high & dangerous places . . !!!
THIS WAS . . . JAN 1, 2000 – downtown NYC !!
ladies and gentlemen,
here .. is the raw archival link – WATCH: OMG – * * the 2001 rough cut of . . ‘QUIET’ – !! * *
hello. for . . all ya newbies !!
here’s a few key players, who pop up . . in the first 10 seconds of the raw footage:
MARK ENGER . . the incredibly talented, incredibly messed-up, original redneck cowboy, army brat, artist, and master silkscreener . . . co-founder of EXPLODING SKY WORLDWIDE, and now . . dead.
YOURS TRULY !!
yep, me . . NANCY SMITH. aka artloversnewyork.
hardcore downtown artist, quilt repairer/consultant & ‘art world groover’ . . . to JOSH HARRIS, and yes, damn it . . . he paid well !!
and well, damn it . . YES !!
I’m still terrorizing the mainstream art world !!
and, calling the . . shots & the REAL TALENT !!!!!!!!!
so, boo-ya !! all ya wannabes, fakes & posers !!
JOSH HARRIS. the head honcho.
CEO. and .. not to forget: LUVVY !! / the CLOWN – or, how to put it ?
the art world’s ‘WOLF’ . . before there was … a ‘WOLF ON WALL STREET’ – ?!!
JOSH HARRIS, mad brilliant . .
Internet guru, futurist . . and well, GENIUS !! ARTIST !! VISIONARY !!
who funded !! & founded !! it all . . and, set it all in motion.
just as SEAN VEGEZZI . . is a (far-out) ‘product’ of his unique time . . and place.
so was JOSH.
JOSH HARRIS . . left sunny U CAL in the mid 90s . . and came to NYC with only a second-hand car, and big dreams. he promptly sold the car for $750 . . and, with that small seed of dough – he started JUPITER.COM – the very first internet web trend tracking company – which he then promptly flipped, as they say: IPO’D !! . . for $81+ million dollars.
so yes. he was . . a mad crazy 90s dot.com CEO, for real.
and so – yes, ‘WOLF ON WALL STREET’ drugs, sex and $$ collides . . with the hardcore art scene, NYC style !! it was . . the dot.com era.
ok. maybe not quite as much .. drugs. but almost. but def, more ART !!
so, yeah. this is . . the stuff of legends. he is also know as the ‘Andy Warhol of the web’, and the ‘father’ . . of social working, by the way.
(just saying. google: ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ – the movie)
he, JOSH . . then pumped all that money, $81 million !! o.k. he bought a few antique quilts along the way (!!) . . into PSEUDO.COM.
OMG — Pseudo.com !!
live streaming video, comedy, culture, gaming, hip hop & soft porn, of course !! while most people were still on dial-up, if that !!
and the rest . .
is history !!
SEAN VEGEZZI . . . one of the 3 young curators of ’15 WARREN STREET’ . . . that huge blast of an opening, of fresh air & talent !! . . . that opened the 2014 NEW YEAR, with a rush of raw energy . . . and was featured on artlovers for all of JAN 2014 !!
scored a remarkable write-up in the NEW YORK TIMES, this weekend !!
the article, titled . . ‘Closed Doors ? Not a Problem’, was penned by ALAN FEUR – and was featured in both the print and online editions, in the Metropolitan section – ‘ALBUM’ column.
check it out : ‘Closed Doors? Not A Problem’, by ALAN FEUR/NEW YORK TIMES. FEB 21, 2014 !!
and, for sure: check out the slide show !!
the ‘kids’ in the pix – are SEAN and his pals.
I believe in the hi-vantage point photo, ‘A View from the Top of the Manhattan Bridge in 2009’, that is SEAN VEGEZZI himself . . on the top rungs of the bridge, at an alarming, mother-killing heart-stopping (!!) height . . .
hey, just local kids from the hood. the hood of TRIBECA !!
also, NOTICE THE DOMINANT ROLE of ‘LIGHT’ . . in all the pix !!
and it goes without saying, from the ashes . . . rises !!
the World Trade Center towers were crashed down, right in front of these kids – 8 years earlier, 9-11-2001.
I guess most of them would have been, what ? . . 10.
it would be wise, never to under-estimate the power of that destruction, but esp on the young kids of NYC.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO, 2006:
SEAN VEGEZZI, at THE CANAL CHAPTER, an early SERF and MINT / MIRF venue/project.
CANAL STREET, TRIBECA, NYC JUNE 2006.
yes. that’s a DAZE painting he’s standing in front of. DAZE another local, straight out of a NYC hood, a couple of generations earlier.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
SEAN . . was 15 at the time I took the photo. that was the first time I met him.
I guess that makes him all of . . 23 now.
and with a big NYT profile, under his belt !!
read the original post: SEAN / NYC EXPOSED – artlovers archive
SEAN VEGEZZI, TODAY – LOWER MANHATTAN, NYC. FEB 20, 2014.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
street photographer SEAN VEGEZZI, has also put out a book, manned a couple of solo photo shows, and recently co-curated . . with ABELINE COHEN and ANDREW KASS, the huge ’15 WARREN STREET’ 2014 New Year blow-out . .
it would be a mistake to pigeon-hole any of these guys, or their friends.
Sean in particular . . doesn’t like to be pigeon-holed as simply a ‘street photographer’ . . or even, ‘photographer/curator’. the dug-down, illuminated site specific piece he installed for ’15 WARREN ST’, definitely says this local kid is not only an ‘ARTIST’, who wears many hats . . he’s a force to be reckoned with . .
emphasis on . . reckon !! / see: Urban Dictionary: reckon .. !!
look out NYC !!
look out world.
R.I.P. JEAN MICHEL, STAY HIGH, DAN ASHER & all other dead downtown gods.
and even SIMON CERIGO, and incl. the recently departed . . RENE RICARD !!
NYC is still . . king.
the cover for: SEAN VEGEZZI, ‘I DON’T WARNA GROW UP’.
photos by SEAN VEGEZZI, text by ABELINE COHEN.
for sure, check out: SEAN VEGEZZI / FOURTEEN – NINETEEN, for more info on the book & other projects, twitter feeds, etc