BIG STREET ART . . THROW DOWN !!
OPENS FRI OCT 24, 2014 / 6-11 PM
show is up thru OCT 27, 2014 / 11AM – 7PM
CURATED BY KEVIN MICHAEL NYC
BE-ELECTRIC STUDIOS – 1298 WILLOUGHBY AVE, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, NY
L TRAIN TO JEFFERSON ST
here’s a small sampling:
AINAC – PHOTO BY JAIME ROJO – via BROOKLYN STREET ART
MR.PRVRT – OUTER RIM: INNER CITY, STAR WARS STREET ART – image via RETURN TO FLEET
PRAXIS – BOMBS BOGOTA (with surveillance reminders) – image via VANDALOG
VENG & CHRIS / RWK / ROBOTS WILL KILL – PHOTO BY JAIME ROJO – via BROOKLYN STREET ART
ADAM DARE – ‘KING, QUEEN’ – image via ADAM DARE
SONNI – image via THE CHEATS MOVEMENT
what, DUCK !! again ?!!
DUCKS put out a few more images, that are hard to resist !!
‘DUCKS’ – OPENS FRI OCT 24, 2014 / 7-10 PM
with a PERFORMANCE BY ‘YETI and FIREBUSH’ – JUSTIN COOPER and ROSS MORENO . . at 10 PM
the big ‘duck-themed’ group show runs thru NOV 29, 2014
CURATED by RYAN TRAVIS CHRISTIAN – see: ‘DUCKS’ EXHIBIT PAGE
GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – 67 WEST ST #320, BROOKLYN, NY
artist-comedian JUSTIN COOPER (b. 1976) & artist-comedian-professional magician ROSS MORENO (b. 1979) both have M.F.A. degrees in Sculpture from The School of Art, Institute of Chicago, 2005.
must have been some class !!
‘DANNY DUCKO’ – ERIC YAHNKER
1. FLASH FLOOD – JIM MANGAN & PETER SUTHERLAND at MUDDGUTS
2. SEAN VEGEZZI & 170 SUFFOLK – A KNOCK-OUT DIY POP-UP, that set the bar for STEALTH !!
in the meantime . . . SAVE THE DATE:
CATCH THAT . .. CAB !!!!!
IT’S BOUND FOR . . GLORY !!!!!
CAB / COMIC ARTS BROOKLYN 2014 – SAT & SUN, NOV 8 & 9, 2014 / 11AM – 7PM
FREE TO ATTEND – !!
MT. CARMEL CHURCH – 275 N 8TH ST – WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN
PRESENTED BY DESERT ISLAND
FOR: MORE INFO & SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – CAB 2014
so, cute & funnie !! DESERT ISLAND HAS CHANGED THEIR LEADER IMAGE !!
see: DESERT ISLAND – !!
and that’s why I generally stay away from the mainstream & blue chip scene, unless some really great art is going on, case in point: Satan Ceramics, Rob Pruitt – I’ve got absolutely no negatives . . for the NYC underground indies !!
indies . . rule !!
in NYC, sometimes it’s just about . . style, fashion, and flair – sexy !!
but the formal elements are always there: color, graded color, composition, gesture. dynamics.
and always kept very close to the . . edge. no big romanticism, no big emotions.
catch: a style.com exclusive – WATCH ROB PRUITT CREATE DENIM ART with J BRAND !!
now that’s more like it !!
as far as I can make out, the cutting edge art scene today – is all about: STEALTH.
as in, STEALTHY: wily, cat-like. STREET-SMART, STYLE-SMART, CONTENT STEALTHY, PAINTERLY STEALTHY !!
VERY FORMAL, THE VISUAL DYNAMICS are a big part of the picture, but on a very down-low type of game, as in – NOT ROTHKO !!
more ED SHERRAN !!
you know, cutting close to the beat. holding back, and then giving up. sweetly. very musical.
it’s certainly not: not in-your-face geezer ‘sexy’ overload and repeat after me, Paul McCarthy.
ROB PRUITT, ‘Daybreak/Twilight’, 2014
dyptique, acrylique peinture, email et pailles sur toile.
182,9 x 182,9 cm. chaque. 182,9 x 365,8 cm total.
unique – image via AIR DE PARIS – LIST FOR FIAC 2014
coming off of Rob’s recent and, gorgeous tres ombre ‘Suicide’ paintings, these are a knock-out. I was blown away the minute I saw them.
yeah, that’s what I mean by stealthy content, and ‘bio’ content – and even more stealthy . . the formal ‘painting’: smart formal elements, very fashion forward. almost a word play, game on visually, for sure.
STEALTH in this case employing digitally inspired – finely gradated & sophisticated spray paint work.
MRZYKE & MORICEAU, ‘Sans Titre’, 2014.
encre sur papier. 29,7 x 21 cm / cadre (frame) 31 x 22 cm.unique.
image via AIR DE PARIS LIST OF WORKS FOR FIAC 2014
wow, vive les native born frenchies !! these 2 artists are just so smart. in the head, in the style, in the draftsmanship, in the wit, in the down-low. in the global, in the fashion, etc. etc. etc.
so happy to be able to prove, I’m just not all about NYC, and I am for locavore cutting edge !! which this is, for sure !!
and, in double-time.
check out: MRZYKE & MORICEUA – 100 black line drawings, and counting !!
LISTEN UP, FIAC:
I’m not one to knock something and then not come up with a better alternative.
I hate negativism, it gives me nightmares after I post . . for days.
so . .
if FIAC had truly wanted to put up a giant, knock-out INFLATABLE . . that was truly ahead of the curve, and way ahead of the ‘market’ game (you damn straight, know what I mean !! McCarthy gallerists !!), that was also striking, cutting edge, super fun, super smart, very FRENCH !! and tres relevant to today, and not just A REPEAT of an old gross joke from 7 years ago, they should have / could have blown up & put up any one of the drawings on that MRZYKE & MORICEAU portfolio page link, above. in giant scale. PERIOD.
am I right ?
of course !!
in fact, here’s my top 2 picks:
MRZYK & MORICEAU – for ‘SEXY’, if that was what you were going for . . ho ho !!
MRZYK & MORICEAU – for ‘Chocolate Santa’ – if that’s what you really wanted. I mean it’s just a great image for an art fair, esp in Europe – let alone in tres sophisticate Paris !!
such a great ‘off-beat’ unexpected scenario, or what !!
plus, so super smart – design-wise.
so anti-terror, anti-war, anti-bio hazard, anti-earth, anti-market, anti-status-quo, anti bio infra-structure collapse. so sweet, and yet so powerful, edgy – but also an image everybody who came around – could embrace.
and hopefully . . transform with, evolve with – and at worse, just simply: escape and . . . dream – with.
too bad, FIAC dropped the (inflatable) ball, here’s to next time.
ok, now I can sleep better, voila !!
file under: old geezers gather in Paris . .
to celebrate contemporary art, gimme a break.
just bye way of comparison, to how dynamo, and relevant !! the underground art scene is in NYC, right now. not to mention that is also totally AHEAD OF THE CURVE . . .
case in point: the latest “duck, sucker” image from MATT LEINES, which just surfaced from Greenpoint Terminal . . and, from a bigger venue . . the SATAN CERAMICS show !!
it’s pathetic, but check out just how old hat and desperate for attention – the Paris ‘mainstream’ art scene is. dudes, re contemporary art, rule #1 – you are supposed to be cutting edge, not behind the curve by like, about . . 7 years !!
plus, it’s a real shame considering how much great street art generates out of Europe, and Paris in particular.
but who’s surprised, the biggest adjective in the old rich guys’ art vocabulary is: sexy.
I kid you . . NOT.
as in: that THOMAS RUFF, that CINDY SHERMAN, that JEFF KOONS, that Gerhard Richter, that Anselm Kiefer concentration camp . . is so SEXY !!
am I wrong ? no.
PAUL McCARTHY – inflatable. PHOTO: AP via NEW YORK POST
is it a tree, is it a plane ? no, it’s a giant anal sex toy. a butt plug – to be specific.
thank god somebody had the brains to take it down. FIE on FIAC, what losers.
they get all this press hyping how great the contemporary art scene is in Paris, and they . . put up a giant butt plug ?!!
it’s so . . not today.
one old geezer plays a whole bunch of old geezers for saps, or is it just another case of the emperor who wore no clothes ? beats me, but it sure ain’t . . cutting edge !!
PAUL McCARTHY presented his chocolate Santa workshop at MACCARONE in NYC in the winter of . . 2007 !!
that’s 7 years – ago.
and actually – the best part of that exhibit was the chocolate shop installation itself, including the multi-colored cellophone paper they used to brightly wrap the finished chocolate gift boxes. it was pretty cool, and I guess people in Paris deserve a chance to experience it’s magic, first hand . . but don’t call it cutting edge, call it a re-enactment.
the most embarrassing part of the gig – was the anal plug in the chocolate Santa’s hand, which only your typical horny old geezer collector found . . funny. ugh, grossness in the midst of great festivity, what could be worse. and chocolate yet, let’s . . go there. I mean it was a twist, ok.
I mean maybe, just maybe . . that was the point, so we gave it a pass, but not TWICE !!
and I mean the only other rock-the-boat show in NYC at the time was DAMIEN HIRST, and his embalmed carcasses, so . . !! pick your poison. hazmat suits vs. not a gift for children, even from your pervvy uncle ?
the only CUTTING EDGE aspect to the whole thing – was how fast it got taken down !!
and apparently with NOT too much fuss, either – from the authorities.
and you wonder why the fundamentalist hordes, think we should be wiped from the face of the earth. I mean maybe as a symbol of western cultural excess, it should be re-inflated, oh give me a break – it was awful.
read: ‘Giant sculpture resembling a sex toy dismantled in Paris’ – NEW YORK POST.
p.s. as for LONDON . .
the last great thing to come out of LONDON – was the ALEXANDER McQUEEN exhibit at the MET, several years ago.
UP-DATE: OCT 20 / OCT 22, 2014
oops, MY BAD !! I had forgot about BANKSY !!
turns out his arrest was a hoax – that’s what I was thinking, London is too small, if they had wanted to arrest him they would have years ago, which is an interesting question on it’s own. funny about the hoax timing, just to be reminded of Banksy, like that ?!!
too bad the PAUL McCARTY butt plug – wasn’t. a hoax.
I wonder if they had to get a permit to put that inflatable ‘sex toy’ up in the first place ?
I wonder if FIAC submitted a pre-installation sketch ? or did they just tell the Parisian powers that be – they were putting up a ‘modern’ art – Xmas tree !! I mean, I don’t don’t think they would have come clean and said . . we are installing a giant sex toy ?!!
the amazing thing was that it came down, and so fast.
LONDON vs PARIS, so exciting !! who knew.
as in, sitting ducks ?!!!!
‘DUCKS’ – OPENS FRI OCT 24, 2014 / 7-10 PM
the show runs thru NOV 29, 2014
a big group show of cutting edge art – curated by RYAN TRAVIS CHRISTIAN
GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – 67 WEST ST. # 320 – BROOKLYN, N.Y.
“I hate how you’re just born out of nowhere, forced to go to school and get an education so you can get a job. What if I wanted to be a duck?”
it’s a big big group show, see: artist list
there are a lot of names I am not familiar with, and I bet there are some great discoveries to be made . . but just off the top of my head, anything by any one of these 4 artists, snap up !!
BEN JONES, MATT LEINES, TAYLOR McKIMENS, CASEY JEX SMITH.
MATT LEINES, ‘Duck Hunt, A Humorous Rifle Industry Publication Aimed at Japanese Children’, 2014.
8 x 10 in. ink, colored pencil & graphite on paper
‘WALTER ROBINSON: Paintings and Other Indulgences’
OCT 17 – DEC 22, 2014
UNIVERSITY GALLERIES of ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
organized by the BARRY BLINDERMAN, this is the FIRST museum survey of NY-based WALTER ROBINSON’S work, as well as the INAUGURAL exhibit at the UNIVERSITY GALLERIES of ILLINOIS STATE – new storefront spaces at Uptown Station in Normal, Illinois.
the survey includes 80 paintings, covering the years 1979-2014.
read more: WALTER ROBINSON SURVEY
read: about BARRY BLINDERMAN, director of University Galleries of ISU since 1987
WALTER ROBINSON, ‘PICTURE PERFECT KILL’, acrylic on canvas, 2012. 48 x 48 in.
collection: MIMA & CESAR REYES, PUERTO RICO – image: University Galleries, Illinois State University
speaking of which: SIMON CERIGO.
SIMON & I were both early fans, 1981 onwards – of Walter’s work. at one point we owned almost 10 canvases, including some ‘pulp novel’ covers, a drug cabinet, a straw flower still-life arrangement, and the big ‘ape’ reporter. Simon sold them all off during the years when he needed dough, with most of them ending up in his sister Helene’s collection, one of which was lent to this show, ‘Revenge’. Simon bought it from METRO PICTURES in 1982, 1983 at the latest.
Simon had his own relationship with Walter over the years, and I of course knew Walter pretty well, from 2002-2004 when he was my editor at artnet, where I was an event photographer – with my own column. when Walter hired me, it was the very first time anybody ever took me seriously, I had been taking photos for over 20 years at that point (!!) and artnet was the very first time – a photo of mine was published, so . . wow.
but he also fired me – 3 times !!
the third time stuck. I founded artloversnewyork as an independent site, posts began APRIL 2005.
what happened ?
I was bringing in too much indie stuff, and god forbid . . musicians, name one: Devendra Banheart !! but more crucially, I had managed to hustle up a nicepaid advert platform – which made everybody else over there very jealous, long story – short: I was the only the artnet contributor to hustle up income for my content, we were all unpaid !! (except for Walter of course !!) and yes, people got very very – jealous, so when Walter told me I had to drop the paid bit
– I quit, duh. it was the classic NYC . . “you are fired for being too successful” scenario, but I was always thankful to Walter for giving me a break, and a big one.
and, anyways I really did prosper better without an editor over me, and people soon came to realize I wasn’t just a papparazi ‘go-get-Schnabel’ dog, but actually had a mind behind the camera lens.
I always thought Walter was a great painter, but I did, and still do . . blame him for sticking that nerdy ‘artlovers’ tag . . on me !! I always liked what Charlie Finch called me better: CRACKULA, Crack for short !!
Charlie actually was the one to prompt Walter into looking at my PHOTOS, and he always berated me with: “does all the world revolve around Nancy ?”, to which I always replied: “damn straight” !!
who knew, a budding spin doctor was in the making, case in point !!
sandwiched between Walter and Charlie, those were the . . days !!
WALTER ROBINSON, ‘REVENGE’, 1982. acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 in.
interestingly – the piece still has the original METRO PICTURES label on the back.
collection: HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN
PHOTO: HELENE CERIGO LUPATKIN
here’s the line-up . . going forward:
1. WALTER ROBINSON – BIG, BARRY BLINDERMAN-ORGANIZED RETROSPECTIVE.
2. ‘DUCKS’ opens OCT 24, 2014 – GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – MATT LEINES DID THE INVITE ILLUSTRATION.
3. JIM MANGAN & PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘FLASH FLOOD’ – at MUDDGUTS. PIX FROM THE EXHIBIT
4. THEN, we are stopping the presses to get back to, the MOTHER OF THEM ALL, indies . . SEAN VEGEZZI & 170 SUFFOLK.
SIMON CERIGO – A GHOST LIVES ON, IN GREENPOINT . . .
why am I not surprised !!
to find Simon’s work, alive and kicking – where the cool kids are !!!
the supreme hipster flaneur, Simon was always to be found at the heart of every hot scene.
anything but lazy, the very definition of the ‘boss’ on the streets, Simon was better known for the 100s of gallery openings he attended each and every month, and his subsequent ‘ratings’, aided by his consummate eye and deep art knowledge, more than for his own art – but that is surely gonna change, and one day – for sure, he will get his day – !!
because . . it’s my firm belief – that indie talent always wins out, even if it’s in the long run.
Simon could definitely call talent, he gave ANDREW GUENTHER a big thumbs-up at SILVERSTEIN GALLERY, in fact he hired him on the spot – Andrew’s very first job after leaving grad school and landing in the big apple, where he (un-typically) let Andrew curate shows, and even exhibit his work. Simon remained a great fan of Andrew’s work through-out his lifetime.
SIMON was a big contributor to artlovers, bringing in the real dirt esp from uptown – way before anybody else even knew it had happened !! everybody knew him as the art world maven, if you wanted the low-down scoop on anybody – he had it. trust me, a lot of the flair and buzz of the contemporary scene has gone out – has evaporated without his colorful on-the-scene – takes, and never-ending gossip.
he loved covering the big action, mostly the blue chip auction scene, he could call the prices and the ‘futures’ pretty good, but he also came head-to-head with the cutting edge scene, esp in the 80s .. but also even in the early 2000’s. it was he who unearthed the young CANADA GALLERY – via their DEVENDRA BANHEART drawing show. did we say, he also knew music ? he wrote the artlovers indie music reviews, which truth to be told had a bigger following at times, than the art reviews – and, which although seldom more than several lines long, always ending with: PLAY IT LOUD (!!), he was a classic slacker scribbler – relayed the essence of his extensive and deep-rooted oral history of the indie music scene, at its peak, seriously . . going back through the 70s.
yep, big art scene maven that he was, not to forget consummate party crasher, and bad boy – people don’t know that he really made (and destroyed) quite a number of careers, along the way. like I said, but can never say enough, a lot of the ‘air’ has gone out at several large galleries that he used to favor, and they don’t even know why – and, no I’m not mentioning names. just look around at crashing . . Chelsea. of course the best was when he brought in the first take on a brand new space, VENUS OVER MANHATTAN does come to mind, and of course the priceless low-down gossip, such why JASON RHOADES really hit the floor, despite the white-wash gallery cover-up. and always . . way way before it hit the mainstream headlines, put it this way, JEFFREY DEITCH was a big thorn in his side, and he called that MOCA director fiasco out west from day one. which Roberta got way wrong bye the way, and for which she had turn tracks in print, later on – at least a year or so later.
that was just the he way rolled.
Simon had a take on everyone, he had a memory like a walking rolodex. not only could he tell you who was who in a room, but who bought what, and for what price, who slept with whom, (and their sex habits !!) and most fun of all – who was trying to sabotage who’s career on the slippery path to fame & fortune – and trust me, he was not above doing a little bit of that himself, bye the way. JEAN MICHEL does come to mind, jealousy and hubris, oh yeah. colorful is not the word.
he could even tell you what someone was .. worth $$ wise. he was always: right. right down to the bank account.
not always nice, but always – right.
the one thing he didn’t know how do, probably because the mainstream art world sucks, everyone knows the art world is so damn cutthroat and unethical – was how to make real money off the ‘career’ consulting. people just got him partied up, took the info, and ran with it. “how did I know to buy this work ? heard it at a party”. was the common refrain.
it’s not a joke, he seriously had a largely unrecognized impact on the fortunes of many an artist, and gallery in this town – as he advised several big collectors on the down-low. and usually just for a good time, he absolutely didn’t know how to keep his mouth shout – til he got paid. well maybe you can’t be a tight-ass businessman, and call the scene . . you can’t have it all.
but, he had the goods, that’s for sure.
if you don’t know Simon, it’s past tense – because he departed suddenly – after a brief illness last January, 2013.
SIMON CERIGO, toy model base – with custom paint job.
and, I think that can pretty much stand for Simon’s ‘inner-most’ artist self, his artist side kinda got crushed in the sorry NYC mix, we all love . . and hate.
his daughter, KATE, now a graphic designer – who likes to be right where the action is, just like her dad !! lives in Greenpoint, and has Simon’s art work displayed everywhere.
so funny thing, a brand new generation of artists is getting to know him, but through his work, this time, as opposed to his . . ‘footwork’.
for sure, talent .. outs.
though it’s a damn hard road, for . . some of us.
this is a portrait of Simon’s son, Theo. it’s a piece from the early 1990’s.
like many an artist Simon was profoundly affected by the arrival of his 2 children, but unlike many others he was among the first to actually use t-shirts, and to stick-on or other-wise attach other found objects directly onto the painting’s surface.
he had a big t-shirt collection, inspired by the underground music scene he loved so much, which had just started to produce them, you know classic underground ‘band’ & ‘tour’ shirts.
this is also an early piece by Simon, from the same time period. early 1990s.
Simon definitely had a love-hate relationship with JEFFREY DEITCH. the shirt definitely does say:
‘DEITCH PRO JERK’ . . like a tattoo on her shoulder, a riff on DEITCH PROJECTS, of course. I will let you ponder who the wild-haired woman was, for yourself.
the deal was, DEITCH at that time was putting on a lot of smokin’ hot shows, so there was JEALOUSY, esp because the locals on the scene, who were most definitely making it go round !! like Simon felt slighted, because they weren’t part of that agenda, and in particular Jeffrey didn’t give Simon the time of day. even though Simon was doing a lot of footwork for him, creating buzz etc. maybe Jeffrey didn’t realize that, or maybe he just didn’t care. bigger fish to fry.
but it went deeper than that.
Simon was actually the VERY FIRST PERSON, as in ‘COLLECTOR’ – to buy VANESSA BEESCROFT paintings from Jeffrey, and I do mean: very f-i-r-s-t. Three of her ‘Amish’ looking ladies, do you know them, ? so beautiful.
it was like $10 grand for the 3 of them. so Simon figured just for that – Jeffrey should have shown some respect.
a little later on, when Simon needed some cash and tried to put one of them up at auction, he felt Jeffrey had stepped in, and nixed the deal. so Simon got very bitter over that. game on, DIETCH was fair bait to bad mouth after that, and he sharply elbowed Jeffrey’s rep at every turn, turns out he wasn’t so far off-base, about Jeff’s social skills.
JEFFREY DEITCH – PRO JERK, haha – Simon liked to get in the first, and . . the last word.
flash from the past.
collector, artist, and hard-core party crasher – SIMON CERIGO in the winter of 2001, in fact – I think that’s the ROB PRUITT ‘Pandas and Bamboo’ opening behind him.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH