~15 WARREN . .

OMG !!

here’s the link to the ORIGINAL, UN-TOUCHED !!

LENA DUNHAM – VOGUE PIX !!

somebody friggin’ leaked them !!

see: JEZEBEL . . . UN-TOUCHED LENA DUNHAM / VOGUE PIX !!

‘WHAT CAN WE … RUIN ?’ – drawing by ABELINE COHEN . . in 15 WARREN ST.

ABELINE . . . NAILED IT !!!!!!!

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~15 WARREN . .


this is SPENCER, I believe he is also a musician, or is a musician, but . . he made that large, primitive, folk art like woman’s body, from just under the waist, that towers over the exhibit’s ground floor.
it had a great sense of flair !!
but it was also, very . . ‘bio’.


it was huge.

it could be seen as a metaphor for the TWIN TOWERS, it could just be a funny folk art riff, it sure was way more . . your momma, the mother of all things . .
than your dream girl !!

but . . funny thing about it !!

somebody who works at, or is friends with somebody . . who works at the EAST HOUSTON, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC branch of AMERICAN APPAREL – must have seen it !!

because check this out: American Apparel displays . . stir up CONTROVERSY !!


yeah, under the skirt of Spencer’s over-size . . . ‘mannequin’.

way, f-u-n-k-y.

way, fun.

so . . ‘bio’.

tell me . . life doesn’t imitate art !! American Apparel !!, as if !!

Spencer . . . nailed it.


in fact, there was not much nudity in the show, and thank the lord. and the 3 curators, for that.
so played-out.
same with ‘abstract’ art.
same with ‘performance’ art.


but, amazingly !!
JOSH HARRIS, yes – there was a ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . . moment !!


and this great, raw, hanging Richard Serra-like structure . . was it.


standing guard – any guesses . . ???
it’s got to do with basic ‘bio’ function.
there are no locks, or latches,
but at least, it isn’t see-through !!


but, it was definitely . . ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ !!


what, no toilet cam ?!!!!!

JOSH HARRIS, at the common ‘living’ area, at ‘QUIET’ . . the Pseudo-funded year 2000, million dollar $$ weeks-long . . total blast . . downtown MILLENNIUM NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY, which took place in 2 old loft buildings in lower Manhattan, specifically . . yes, Broadway and Franklin Streets. yes: Tribeca.

the huge, 99 resident artists, 24/7 live-in, ground-breaking . . party, art show / installation . . was open to the public 24/7 . . and, had surveillance cams everywhere. the digital, and uncensored, footage was screened in ‘realtime’ through-out the event, and most importantly . . on smaller / personal . . multi-channel monitors in every individual ‘niche’ in the grid-like pod hotel . . housing the in-house crew, and the 99 ‘underground’ downtown resident artist/participants.

and truth be told, a couple of live wire hookers, as well . .
well, did we tell you about: LUVVY ?

this raw, and crazy ‘reality’ footage went on to form the basis of . . ONDI TIMONER’S Sundance 2009 award winning documentary . . ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’.

JOSH HARRIS, is considered by many to be the father of live streaming reality / social media.
aka . . the guy who called, where the digital age was really, R-E-A-L-L-Y . . going to take us.

or, as the film calls him . . the “greatest internet entrepreneur – you’ve never heard of.”

see: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC . . TRAILER

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~15 WARREN . .


MILAH LIBIN and ARSENIY checking out Arseniy’s piece, detailed below.
but, wtf . . is that behind them, in that strange little corner ?
eyes a poppin’. . .


whatever it be – it sure is fine.
having fun. provocative, loaded, the enemy . . got invited to the party ?
is that a haute couture tank top, or a bomb vest ?
but then again, check out those baby blue eyes, and mighty fine brows,
an American-born infidel ? just asking.
like I said, how fun .. wtf ?
somethings are just meant to . . be.


well, there are always gamers and players – in a big street party like this,
but, then there are . . always – the JOKERS !!
the wild ones.
as in . . ace, crack.
give them half a chance, and they do . . run.

turns out, this damn fine strange wall painting belongs to CHENEY ORR, who is on the left – with some sweet help on the detailing, by TYLER CAVALLER, at right.


detail, bottom right hand side, ‘arm’.
which you would see in the photo 2 above, except some chick walked right into the shot.
and then the ‘owners’ gathered round. must be karma.
arm candy, ha.
more like, arm karma !!

but yeah, it surely be . . arm candy, too. painting-wise, for sure.

well, TYLER wouldn’t take claim for the piece, and I guess that means ‘concept’, not even partially.
he said, in his nice street cowboy way, that he had just helped his friend out, with the arm and the face.
I guess that makes them both . . right on.
Cheney being the fast joker, and Tyler is . . the specialist !!
everyone needs a wingman !!
and the best Jokers . . always know that.

well, if you look at the naked chest ‘modelling’, it does to seem to be a little ‘under-performing’, and we’d have to say Tyler must be a pro with the . . nozzle and can. or, paint brush I guess.
no diff in this guy’s hands. he can ‘model’. he can ‘fade’.
when you have an off-the-grid impulse, this is the guy you want to come in, and lay down the details.


I mean, look at that the face, quelle, quelle beautiful . . nice stencil work.
I’m thinking that’s . . stencil work.
it doesn’t matter how it ‘breaks’ . . it’s very very fine. nice w-o-r-k.
it looks right back, at ya.

jumps right off that wall, it’s . . a pop-tart. alright.


if I had a team, I would want this guy on it. live wire.
TYLER CAVALLER shows me Cheney’s ‘sculpture’, so . . damn if Cheney isn’t a ‘concept’ guy, after all !!
I knew it . .


the epitome of ‘having fun’ . . .
yeah, it really does emit . . beer.


TYLER CAVALLER and CHENEY ORR, with Cheney’s . . beer – ‘extinguisher’.

forget LENA DUNHAM and ‘GIRLS’ . . somebody should get these guys on HBO.
‘BOYS’.
now, that would be . . really wild.

and then, in a couple of years, we could see them photo-shopped to hell !!
on the cover of VOGUE, photo by ANNIE LEIBOVITZ !!
I mean what about LENA, does ANNA WINTOUR not get ?!!!
answer: e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g !!


CHENEY ORR. JOKER. top of the deck, joker.
just remember when Annie comes acallin’, I was there FIRST !!

just ask MIRF !!

and yeah, when you drop my name off the media credits, and play up the wannabes who follow my ‘precious’ breadcrumbs, like some pretentious afterthoughts, INTERVIEW ?!! . . no, I do NOT come to the show !!

it’s called: hardcore.
live hardcore, play hardcore. opening to-nite ?
what opening.

cool is only as cool as your last chug of DREAM WHIP, just ask Lena.

though in your case, MIRF.
I guess that would be . . substitute mushroom for Dream Whip ??
you’re only as cool, as your last . . mushroom trip ?!!

in other words:

bro: don’t be a ‘photo-shopping’ my arm candy, translate: PIX – coz karma will always have . . the last bite !!

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~15 WARREN . .


having fun . . .


having fun . .


having fun . .


having fun on a ‘raw’ wall, pipes included.
having fun .. is in the . . . details.
having fun, is cracking the code. the art code.
the ‘bio’ code.
the pure ‘graphics’ code, and its twin bro: the ‘pictorial’ code.
not to forget, the code . . of the ‘imagination’.

all at the same time, on one slim canvas, few lines, casual tracery, in the middle of a huge far-out group show.
quelle fun !!

sustainable living, in a nutshell.


having fun . . breaking up the space, and turning corners.

the way the show played-out, even though it was probably the gateway to the most, and BEST !! new art you’ll ever get to see for awhile, if not years (!!), and, even though the ‘thematic’ platforms were very diverse . . and the actual physical ‘backgrounds’ – a force of controlled ‘chaos’!!
each piece got . . its night in the sun.


having fun, ARSENIY showing his work . . .


a bare-bones essay, on ‘how to have fun’ . . . ARSENIY
D- !! (NOT) !!


so, D is for DUH.
have fun – NOW !!


ARSENIY said he had . . a lot of fun, welding his first ever – ‘corners’.
I bet . .


he sure nailed, that baby !!


ARSENIY.

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~15 WARREN . .


at right, in green jacket . .
LANCE DE LOS REYES, with his sweet wife, of 2 weeks – ANNA DE LOS REYES, in front of . . the optimistic / ?
SABIO / RAMBO wall mural – ‘LET THE KIDS PLAY, HELP IS ON THE WAY’.

well, just when you thought it was . . all about TRI, TWINS, and SINGULAR !!
somebody from . . way back in the hardcore, brings along their ‘Valentine’.


SABIO.

see: SABIO / RAMBO ‘ROOFIE’ SUMMER 2010 & BANKSY


putting up the PPP – PETER PAN POSSE . . tag.


PPP – PETER PAN POSSE.
when, PETER SUTHERLAND meets up with PABLO POWER, RAMBO & MIRF . . among others. it’s magic.
awesome.


speechless, little chinky face, you are so . . mirthful.
a little bit of mirth . . can go a long way.
a little bit of magic never hurt anybody . . either !!
esp . . if, it’s going . . . ‘over the top’.


TWD 2 RAMBO WKS.
let’s see. that’s got to break down . . something like:
totally wed – 2 weeks. Rambo !!


LANCE and ANNA DE LOS REYES, 2 wks. totally wed.

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~15 WARREN . .

LET THE KIDS PLAY / HELP IS ON ITS WAY

SABIO / RAMBO / TIL WE DIE

note: PETER PAN POSSE (!!)

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~15 WARREN . .

STAY GOOD, or . . . STAY OUT.

OMINOUS, or what ?!! not exactly, child’s play.

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~15 WARREN . .

still can’t get over how the VILLAGE VOICE exposed the HORTS.

gimme me break. KELTIE FERRIS ?!!!
I wouldn’t put that schlock up in my garage, if I had one.
let alone plaster my worst enemies’ walls with it.
dude, and you wannabe an art ‘dynasty’ ?
it’s more like the emperor has no clothes / cowboy !!

‘insider’ . . . as if !!

it’s like CHRISTIAN VIVEROS-FAUNE set off a war. vive les frenchies !!
it’s like the art world . . equivalent to ‘blood in the water’ !!

and now everybody is going in for . . . the KILL.

I’m glad I didn’t start it. but hell, it’s the all-American way . . when it comes to a feeding frenzy . . jump in and take that loser down.

who said: don’t come into the art world if you don’t like the heat !!

eventually you WILL KNOCK up against . . hardcore, and then it’s one hot kitchen.

art . . .
it’s one mother of a . . heat seeking missile.

or, at least – it should be.


that’s what I mean about this young herd of ‘ponies‘ . . being sweet, but TOUGH !!

TRI-BECA directly borders Chinatown, and for sure the Chinese Zodiac, we’re entering the Chinese New Year of the HORSE . . bears down with influence on these downtown guys.

and, it’s not just me . .
check the local newspapers . . all of New York loves the Chinese zodiac.


lightning strikes.
this is actually an old quilt pattern.

I wonder of the artist who made this, knew ?

it held special meaning for homesteading farmers out on the prairies.
it was a warning against FIRE, and against attack on the home.

I know this well.
I repaired a quilt like this, and put it up to photograph on the rail of my south-facing 20th floor mini-terrace, soooo . . . NEW YORK !! at the intersection of GRAND and FDR, and – damn if I didn’t catch the doomed WORLD TRADE CENTER, the TWIN TOWERS . . just before they went down.
in the background of the photo.
and, who was I supposed to . . alert ?
wild and crazy, hardcore . . has no bounds.

don’t believe me ?
actually, I exaggerate. I took the photo in . . 1998.
see: LIGHTNING STRIKES . .

and while we are at, I guess I have an ‘insiders’ !! take, into the minds of these kids, as I just happen to have a couple of my own, exact same generation, and this is what . . they thought – when they came home from school, on SEPT 11, 2001.
talking about sweet and TOUGH, or what !!

see: YES, I WAS A WITNESS ..

this is not just some random ART FORUM, NEW YORK TIMES middle of the road, or paid (!!) art critic talkin’ to ya, and don’t you forget it.
poetry, maybe. hardcore: definite.


at first I didn’t think this show was as politically packed as it, obviously is.
there were no guns, no violence, no death threats ?!! not a lot of loud noises.
these guys have an easy manner, but they mean business.
so .. American cowboy or what ?!!


I mean, no . . they will never forget, and these are the guys that are going to grow up, and eventually rule this nation.

I mean New York . . is a very tolerant and fun loving place, just don’t mess with us.

these guys are just as apt to skin your balls, and put them into gumball machines, if given half a chance, so watch out.


speaking of which.
newspapers, of which new Yorkers live on, like other people live on . . bread.
and speaking of which, don’t mess with New Yorkers.
we are tolerant and respectful of all races, creeds, and religions, but just don’t friggin r-o-b us !!

because we do have true Italian ‘GODFATHER BLOOD’ running through us, here in the BIG APPLE, the city of the (strongest/toughest) immigrants, or what ?!!

and so, yeah, we can say, with some real truth: stay the F outta New York if you do not have good intentions, because no matter who you are . . if you rob enough, destroy enough, we will not just take you down, we will toss you into a dumpster, and set your dick on fire !!

see: SLUM LANDLORD of WILLIAMSBURG


TRI-BECA.
TWIN TOWERS.
SINGULAR VOICE.

AWESOME, LUMINOUS. BIBLICAL.

so, yeah I think the take-away from THE HOBBIT, now playing in theaters in NYC, is:
conflict, get real .. it’s all around ya. in all guises. big and little.

from top to bottom, a to z.
art to elves, slumlords. to terrorists,
and back again. never ending, the ancient Chinese got that right, too.
yin yang.

I mean even the producers !! of THE HOBBIT are fighting !!

CHINA !!
CHINA and JAPAN, are comparing each other to VOLDEMORT.

VOLDEMORT !! !!

damn, duck your little heads, it’s not just a HORT FEEDING FRENZY, it’s a . . HARRY POTTER FEEDING FRENZY out there !!

yeah. 15 WARREN, I do so love this show.

it just grows and grows on . . you.

sweet and TOUGH.

from a little bubble gum, a big bubble will . . POP !!

the only other show in memory, besides ‘QUIET’ in 2000, that shook with so much relevance and gut-feeling, not to forget, key: artistic ‘innovation’ . . was RIRKRIT TIRANAJA’S, ‘FEAR EATS THE SOUL’.

comm to think of it, it also had ‘informational graphics’, simple text signs . . that glowed with bright NEON LIGHT.

the installation looked like a disaster survival ‘kit’ end-of-the-world rest area, and it was very raw despite being in a full-blown gallery. and, ominous political slogans, mostly Asian in slant, no pun . . silk-screened on t-shirts hung, all about.

and then, what.
2 days later . . THAT HUGE TIDAL WAVE TOOK DOWN JAPAN, incl a nuclear reactor plant, that is still leaking radio-active waste into the sea today, bye the way.
though they don’t talk much about it, anymore.

yikes,

somebody, QUICK. put me back in the basement with SMAUG !!

nothing like a little fire of the soul, to keep one warm . . in a big arctic chill.

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~15 WARREN . .

when did this show open, again ?
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 ?!!!

well they sure nailed it, and not just on the ‘LIGHT’.
check those ‘tubes’ running down the sides of the window.
that’s so, v-e-r-y fine.

but, BOTH IMAGES . .
made good . . . TEXT – WISE.

it’s one thing . . to have pure information graphics, headline your show.

it’s another to . . d-e-l-i-v-e-r.

TRI stands for TRIBECA.

TRI . . there are 3 curators behind this show.

TRI, TWIN and SINGLE are word plays . .
in this lit-up ‘tag’ board of a street game / art show . . is the shortest way I can put it.

but mostly, TRI stands for TRIBECA, where the WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWERS . . were rooted.
and where these kids grew up.
this was a huge pile of evil, strife & destruction to witness.

and, it’s not . . o-v-e-r. they def nailed: IRAQ.

IRAQ . . in the news !!

see: MIDEAST / BOMBINGS IN BAGHDAD . . JAN 5, 2014.

see: AL QAEDA LINKED FIGHTERS seize 2nd city in a week amid worst IRAQI violence in 5 years . . JAN 4, 2014.

as for . . WORLD OF SUITS, THE ART WORLD.
they nailed that, too.

in the news . . .

see: ART’S DIRTY, BIG SECRET . . VILLAGE VOICE/JAN 1, 2014


WHOOSH, nailed it.
something about needing to be really really . . hardcore.
when you are living in the soft belly of ‘wannabes’.


incredible crowd. great light(s).


not one . . HORT.

yeah, even in the art world . . there is such a thing as:
WRONG $$$$ = KISS OF DEATH.


ok . . . back to rainbows.
as opposed to terrorists, Horts, and corporate suits . . in general.

when I first termed the walls in this exhibit, ‘rainbow’ . .
I just meant, NOT . . GOD DAMN WHITE !!
it’s always like a high, as in rainbow . . to see art flung out upon an aging & raw New York City structure.
something in them ole bones . . that resonates and owns this town – from way back.


still can’t get over that . . VOICE rant.
though I wouldn’t exactly call the HORTS . . . insiders. more like ‘big’ pretenders.

but still, the welcome brunch to the Armory !!
that’s hysterical. about as vacuous as you can get re: bragging rights . .
if you want to know why the scene, the art market . . sucks so much, as it moves upward – this is a good start.

there was more energy in this mere moment, at 15 WARREN . . than you could squeeze out of the entire Armory, even if you ran a hundred thousand trucks, over it.
on second thought . . actually.
that’s just . . not fair.
it’s the whole damn scene from the WHITNEY BIENNIAL . . on down.

15 WARREN CURATOR SEAN VEGEZZI said it so well, in the PRESS RELEASE.
the very last line, something like . . .
watch out, NYC ART WORLD . . . your ‘obit’ . . is so about to be writ.


so, yeah.
I do prefer to walk around, like some friggin’ damn HOBBIT on a mission.
finding what looks like, rainbows . . on old wooden walls.
‘digital camera’ = ‘golden ring’ ?
definite, overload on the sensory radar.
and yeah x 1,000, for all the entrancement, poetry . . don’t you worry.
I know only ALL too well that ‘Precious’ . . costs,
and Gollum . . is just around the corner.

that being said,
do I really . .
have to tell you what this artwork is all about ?
what this TRI-BECA CREW, is all about ?
can’t we just leave it at, sweet and . . TOUGH.
they are just kids, who grew up in the reality & shadow of the biggest terror attack on US soil.
TRIBECA, is their specific ‘hood’.
their childhood home, their defining ‘turf’.
this brief creative explosion, this ”show’ in a gentrifying building . . in a rapidly changing downtown landscape.
they have a lot they want to say, and their three curators, SEAN VEGEZZI, ABELINE COHEN, and ANDREW KASS – gave them some super great directives.
jump starting the New Year, being one of them.

don’t mess with them.

oh god, next thing you know the HORTS will be inviting them to a ‘brunch’ !!


oh, the poetry . .


of SWEET and TOUGH . . .


oh, the wondrous rhyme . . . of diverse glass containers.


I thought they were bullets, but upon further inquiry, I am told they are crack vials.
cast in pewter and brass.
so that’s what those little vials . . were ?
lying about.

I guess the measuring cup says: it’s ok . . ok to ‘be’ CRACK. ACE. SMART.

it’s just not ok . . to do it.

after a certain amount of time / measurement, it does catch up to ya.
and then you are HURT. damaged goods.

funny how HURT and HORT .. rhyme.
or at least find themselves in the same paragraph.

it’s like what they say about math or science .. there’s a real beauty in the way things unfold.
the way things .. break down.


PABLO POWER . . ACE IN YOUR FACE.
peace out on this one, PABLO POWER.

may you never find yourself on the . . . ‘HURT’ WALL.

the ‘HORT’ WALL ?

sweet and TOUGH.

no diff.

my ‘Precious’ !!

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~15 WARREN . .


MILAH LIBIN beside her piece, which was staged in the wall, and on the floor.
in the dark.
sadly, the photo had to be flash-corrected, well . . come on, seriously !!
you . . HAD TO BE THERE !!


this was the small niche / ‘hole’ in the wall . . that she filled with dirt, and then planted appropriate ‘to-the-given-light’ conditions . . . growing & alive, as in LIVING … ‘organic’ things.
that means: plants. cactus. even some blooms, as in: flowers.
in a nutshell: a small and very beautiful ‘garden’ growing in the depths of a dark sub-floor = FUTURE SPEAK.
a found ‘grow’ site, with the artist imbedded soil ‘medium’ seeming to flourish, and theatrically play up . .
the dramatic & real world (energy) exchanges . . between ‘artificial’ light sources vs the subterranean dark.
there are no windows, no natural light, 2 floors beneath the street.
it’s a strange ironic thought, but it’s all nighttime, underneath the city that never sleeps.

MILAH’S . . dramatically lit ‘grow’, was not only a tiny habitat, of it’s own cosmos . . . but in a real sense, an inverted definition – of the larger exhibit as a whole.
an exhibit . . that threw theatrically staged ARTIFICIAL, esp NEON / COLORED, CREATIVE LIGHT to fight vs the DARK, and used ‘found’ archaic surfaces, mostly ‘as is’ . . to go up vs ART WORLD CONVENTION & WHITE WALLS, and came out . . on TOP.
15 WARREN STREET . . in 15 words.


where there is CREATIVITY, there is LIFE.
15 WARREN STREET . . in 7 words.

15 WARREN STREET in 2 words: live wire !!

actual. (electricity). metaphorically, symbolic. . . you name it.


grow & bloom, my little flowers of the night.

yeah. of course . .
it reminded me of OUR New Year’s Eve party. the big JOSH HARRIS / PSEUDO millennium 2 week downtown throw-down of YEAR 2000 – that became the basis for Ondi Timoner’s Sundance award winning . . ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ (2009).
also staged in area code 10007 TRIBECA’s abandoned warehouses, including underground ‘bunker’ rooms, Josh called it: QUIET. though it was anything, BUT.

SEAN VEGEZZI . . the new JOSH HARRIS, now there’s ‘FUNNIE’ THOUGHT.
and more true than you might think, at first glance.
though, of course SEAN doesn’t have an alter ego called .. LUVVY.


of course the big diff, between ‘QUIET’ . . and 15 WARREN STREET, besides the former’s $1 million dot.com budget (!!), was that QUIET took place pre 9/11 and the WORLD TRADE CENTER / TWIN TOWERS coming down, and 15 WARREN is what ? 12 years after.
and the next generation.

both are wild and raw, though I would say LUVVY caused QUIET to go somewhat, ‘over’ is being polite … the dark side. but the most strange thought to consider is, that ‘QUIET’. . leading into the chaos of 9/11 had . . many guns and even more gun imagery. and, there weren’t just many guns. ALFREDO MARTINEZ staged a whole ‘shooting’ gallery, open to the public . . a working high power assault rifle target range in the basement, as his performance piece. talk about: gritty.

our New’s Year party was like an apocalyptic ‘warning’, and this one is like the after-shock, after the death & dust have settled down. sweet but TOUGH, that is SEAN VEGEZZI . . in 3 words.
JOSH was a little more complex.
but, both spoke . . FUTURE SPEAK.

both celebrate at their hardcore core . . art without boundaries, art without white walls. and art without ‘suits’.

DAMN.

TOO MUCH TRAFFIC ON THE SITE / WHY AREN’T YOU GUYS OUT . . PLAYING IN THE SNOW ?
FILE UPLOADS ADMIN JUST CRASHED / WILL TRY TO CONTINUE LATER .. TODAY.
IT’S CALLED .. INDIE ART BLOGGING on a SHOE STRING. THE WEB BELONGS TO THE SUITS / IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED,
IT’S NOT JUST THE ‘HOOD’, that got . . G-E-N-T-R-I-F-I-E-D.
of course you could always flip channels to AFC, hahaha.


in fact, SEAN VEGEZZI’ s piece was just about directly across from Milaah’s.
it sprawled across a wide stretch of the room, the core being a somewhat shallow ‘dig’ right down to the very earth ‘beneath’ our feet.

it was ‘lit’ . . of course !!

it was theatrical, and low key all at once. and it was awesome.
esp in the way the ‘drop’ was just casually ‘surrounded’ by thin white string, on a jerry0rigged perimeter of 4 poles.
drunken party revelers, watch out !!
and then it just all went compositonally ‘quiet’ . . as it echoed back into the old storefront’s vast distance . . with sandbags.
well, like I said, . . . and, just like QUIET. you had to be there.
photos and words can only get you so far.
esp in the digital age, it seems art will not simply reside on a flat page, or in a text-driven review.
get your head around that, and JOSH and SEAN become one.
how to say it simply.
it’s, like how . . add a few dimensions, like add a few letters. and art becomes: pARTy.


well anyways, JOSH HARRIS was/is a web guru turned artist/curator . . and SEAN VEGEZZI is a street photog turned curator, who took his show’s main curatorial premise, and switched up .. disciplines.
SEAN photographs the young and usually unsung ‘heros’ of the street, and street art. and usually from down below, as in the deep dark and forbidden ‘warrens’ of the old subway infrastructure.
here he’s going .. all ‘URS FISHER’ on us, and well done. too. and he’s upped the format.
see the LIGHT, is all I can say at this point.


like ‘QUIET’, what’s a New Year’s Party . . without the stage, and the twinkle of holiday lights.


yes, those are ‘nouveau wave’ paintings by CLAUDIA SCHWALB, behind the stage.


and then just a little further down the room, was this . . magic circle of lit red candles.


whether this was intentional or not, done by one artist, or a match-up made in curatorial art heaven. I don’t know, but here’s what the total message said: burning circle of red candles / incredibly single. (!!)

that’s how you felt at ‘QUIET’, too.
for all the WE LIVE IN PUBLIC common areas, and 24/7 surveillance cameras.


there it is . . in black and white.
the ultimate human . . breakdown.


it brought me back to this . . piece. on another floor, though still sub-basement.
so interesting, how ‘stark’ simple color graphics, bold letter fonts, and lonely words . . can bring ‘human’ back into the picture, amidst the charming twinkle and spell of . . party lights.
in the far flung web of the digital age, it appears it’s even more so . . all about: singularity.

15 WARREN STREET, 10007

MORE PIX, to follow.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH