~ALFREDO & CARLO . . & AMY / CHINATOWN

FOLLOW THE BREADCRUMBS – PART III

so, apparently CARLO McCORMICK brought an adventurous, and way sharp Italian collector of ‘street’ art (?) well, bleeding edge art is more like it – in this case . . to the opening of the small gallery, last Thursday – where Alfredo was showing his work.

and yep, this guy was smart. he bought all three Alfredo pieces .. for $1,250 each.

snapped them up, right then and there.

heard the afterparty dinner – was on Alfredo !!
that’s how I knew – it was TRUE.

never underestimate Alfredo, but esp .. for turning up in the newest street-level hotspot, esp if there is a pretty Asian girl at the helm .. and we hear this one . . is “no dummy”, either.
and. neither is Alfredo, bye the way.

our newest downtown ‘it’ gallerist is AMY LI – who just opened an exhibition space in a button shop at 166 MOTT ST in Chinatown, between Grand and Broome. it’s called . . 166 MOTT ALTERNATIVE ART SPACE, and it’s got a very lively facebook . . page

in fact, I’m going to visit her tomorrow, Fri – so I’ll fill you in – first hand !!


the first show at 166 MOTT, ‘WITHOUT CONSENT’ was curated by AMY LI, herself . . and features works by:
BRIAN ERMANSKI, PIERRO CAMPIONE, EMIL MEMON, ALFREDO MARTINEZ, IARA CELESTE DIAZ, MIDORI OKUYAMA, and JOSE De OLIO.
the show opened last Thurs Sept 26, 2013 and runs thru OCT 17, 2013 – so, yeah !!
you can still catch a ‘moment’ in art history – while it is truly nascent, and straight up from the street.


this photo is from the opening. it is posted on the gallery’s facebook page.

I’m a little reluctant to post it – as I don’t know all the people in the photo, and I don’t know who to give the photographer’s credit to ?
and that’s the curse of facebook, but jeez: another topic for another time.

but since I’m on the trail, and I’m gonna follow the bread crumbs right to the very last drop . . and find out !!
I’ll let you in on the trail, as it reveals itself.

and, HAHA, SURPRISE !! . . or, rather NOT !!
the trail leads right to . . who else ?
HESH !! aka HASH HALPER . . !!
downtown’s underground mover and groover, supremo.
Red Rover, red rover, let HASH, come over !!

so, since I’m bound to find out, just for starters:
from the left that’s BRIAN ERMANSKI, in his trademark attire, otherwise he’s looking a lot like Hesh bye the way. to the right, ALFREDO MARTINEZ beside him .. and that’s AMY LI, the show’s curator and the new ‘it’ gallerist . . in front of ALFREDO.


ALFREDO MARTINEZ, ‘RED & BLUE’ GUN.

it looks to be hand painted (?) as well as informed by that trusty standby: SHARPIE !! it also looks to be large, although no dimensions are given – you can tell that, in part by the many different pieces of paper that form the background.

yep the piece is on hand made paper, an Alfredo Martinez trademark. Alfredo quite often, laboriously puts together, glues together himself the paper he draws on – a trick he learned in prison. that was the only way he could get paper big enough, and key: durable enough – for him to draw on. it’s very papier mache strong.

also: it makes sure you know you have the real deal, and not a ‘fake’ Alfredo . . ha. takes one to know one – and let’s . . just leave it at that.
and also, Alfredo just really gets into . . the hand building process.

DIY gunmaker likes DIY paper. duh.
Alfredo should open an Etsy shop !! just jokin . . seriously, guys !!

makin’ the paper, it kinda slows him down .. from the multiple schemes and ambitions that flicker in constant play in his brain.
and, well as a hobbist pastime . . sure beats makin’ fakes.

and in another way . . you know: art is a multi-layered thing.

it’s also an homage to early American piecework quiltmaking. if you follow the breadcrumbs, back in time, the trail leads straight to an assistant he once had – who helped put together some of his earliest shows.
up from the street – that for sure.
and needing lots . . of cheap – and BIG, durable drawing surfaces.

Quiet, Guns and Quilts. some things just .. STICK.
Josh, Alfredo, Nancy.

ALL IMAGES via 166 MOTT ALTERNATIVE ART SPACE FACEBOOK




~ALFREDO & CARLO . . CAW CAW

FOLLOW THE BREADCRUMBS .. PART II

ok, here’s a little hint. a little art birdie went for the bread crumbs I was tossing, and told me …

CAW CAW CAW, CAR-LO !!

TO BE CONTINUED > > > > > NIGHT FALLS, and hard.

but – oh boy. just when you thought .. this town was getting sleepy …

my crew, my guys .. sweep in like a ‘school’, a flock of .. crows !!

correction: a murder, a ‘murder’ of crows. and the chorus is:

CAW CAW CAW. CAR-LO.

ok. ok.


art critic CARLO McCORMICK !!
at the JOE BRADLEY, GBE ‘LOTUS BEATERS’ OPENING. MAY 16, 2013.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH




~ALFREDO & JOSH . . NYC

FILE UNDER: FOLLOW THE BREADCRUMBS, PART I

ok. so, here’s how we r-e-a-l-l-y roll in NYC !!

JOSH writes from LAS VEGAS, that Alfredo is in some small show, above a button shop .. in Chinatown and . . he has sold out !!

he has SOLD 3 PIECES opening night. Nancy says no way.

and I have a bridge to sell you !!

haha .. Nancy is wrong !!

nothin’ better than being wrong about something .. like that !! or what ?!!

TO BE CONTINUED > > >

plus, no disrespect .. just love this ‘duo’ photo – posting above the preceding Alan & Michael Fleming shot.

the good, the bad and the more BAD !!

NEW YORK CITY .. is what I’m talkin about !!

hey, if the great MAURIZIO CATTELAN can take a prank, I mis-labelled a fellow artist’s piece as his !! and that wasn’t as off the wall as you may think .. it was a cute chick getting undressed.

than so can you !!

though don’t get me wrong, the big sale is NOT a prank.
yep I tracked it down ..
follow the bread crumbs 101.
FOLLOW THE BREAD CRUMBS PART II – POSTS TOMORROW.


JOSH HARRIS and ALFREDO MARTINEZ .. less than 24 hours after Alfredo’s escape from secret detention in China. JEFF GOMPERTZ STUDIO, WILIAMSBURG. BROOKLYN. NYC. AUG 15, 2010
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

damn. DAN ASHER apoppin’ big $$, and now – ALFREDO. boy is my ship coming in, or what !!




~ALAN & MICHAEL FLEMING . . CHICAGO

LOCAL FAVES, BROOKLYN-BASED .. ALAN & MICHAEL FLEMING will have work in:

‘IMPERFECT SYMMETRY: A COMPENDIUM’
curated by SARA BLACK & KARSTEN LUND
OPENING THURS OCT 3, 2013 / 5-8PM .. with a performance by ESCAPE GROUP.
the show runs OCT 3 – NOV 7, 2013
A + D GALLERY, Columbia College, Chicago, Il.

“THIRTEEN individual artists and collaborators explore manifestations of ‘imperfect symmetry’ – a phenomenom emerging at the hazy border of 2 familiar concepts: symmetry and asymmetry. Through photographs, videos, sculptures, sound works, and performances, these artists offer varied interpretations of this odd but evocative notion, potentially full of metaphorical or interpersonal meaning.”

a Program of Performances .. will take place on FRI OCT 25, 2013 / starting at 8PM
DEFIBRILLATOR PERFORMANCE ART GALLERY – 1136 N. MILWAUKEE AVE, Chicago.

more info: A + D GALLERY, Chicago

p.s. ALAN & MICHAEL FLEMING have a newly re-vamped website . . check it out !!

see: ALAN and MICHAEL FLEMING


ALAN and MICHAEL FLEMING, ‘INVERTED’. image via: Alan and Michael Fleming




~ART for ASPIRING CHOLOS

CHOLOS: HISPANIC MALE that typically dresses in chinos (khaki pants) wifebeater sleeveless teeshirt or a flannel shirt with only the top button, buttoned – a hairnet (key) or a bandana around the forehead … CHOLOS often have black ink tattoos, commonly involving Catholic imagery, or calligraphy messages, or family names.
CHOLOS often drive LOWRIDERS.
source: URBAN DICTIONARY

in a word: MEXICAN GANGSTA STYLE.

while I was cruising that ANIMAL review on the 2013 NEW YORK ART BOOK FAIR, I stumbled across a fun post that BUCKY TURCO put up, way back in MAY 2011.

titled: ‘COLORING BOOK for ASPIRING CHOLOS’ .. it brings to the table a high quality coloring book, on the legendary lowriders of America – titled, what else: ‘LOWRIDER COLORING BOOK’ by OSCAR NILSSON, published by DOKUMENT PRESS out of STOCKHOLM !!
where else !!

BUCKY WROTE: “Swedish illustrator OSCAR NILSSON is so fond of lowrider culture that he created a coloring book in homage … BIG BODY CADDYS, CHEVY IMPALAS, BUICK RIVIERAS, and other classics are all represented in the 64 page soft cover book.”

see: COLORING BOOK for ASPIRING CHOLOS – BUCKY TURCO, ANIMAL

see: LOWRIDER COLORING BOOK – DOKUMENT PRESS

see: LOWRIDER COLORING BOOK reviewed in AUTOWEEK – DEC 12, 2012
“… the book is much heavier than you’d expect .. with a glossy perfect-bound cover and 32 different lowriders on thick hi-quality paper.”


OSCAR NILSSON, LOWRIDER COLORING BOOK – image via ANIMAL


OSCAR NILSSON, CADIILLAC ‘BIG BODY’ FLEETWOOD 1996, LOWRIDER COLORING BOOK – image via ANIMAL


OSCAR NILSSON, CHEVROLET IMPALA SPORT COUPE 1964, LOWRIDER COLORING BOOK – image via ANIMAL




~WANT IT .. THE OTHER 99%

‘THE DECLINE and FALL of the ART WORLD, PART II: THE OTHER 99%’
SEPT 12 – OCT 12, 2013
FREIGHT+VOLUME – 530 W. 24th ST – CHELSEA

featuring works by: DAMIEN CRISP, CRISTINA de MIGUEL, NOAH LYON and LAURINA PAPERINA

FOR .. more info + artist images: THE DECLINE & FALL of the ART WORLD, PART II: THE OTHER 99% / F+V

TAKE .. a VIRTUAL TOUR: JAMES KALM / YouTube / DECLINE & FALL, PART II.


NOAH LYON, ‘WANT IT’, 2013. acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.

continues …




~NOAH LYON . . MIKE D


NOAH LYON watches as MIKE D of BEASTIE BOYS fame .. checks out his zines, at the recent NEW YORK ART BOOK FAIR 2013.
NOAH adds: “I joined the BEASTIE BOYS FAN CLUB .. in 1987.”
PHOTO: MARINA GALPERINA, ANIMAL via NOAH LYON FAN CLUB

in fact, MARINA GALPERINA filed the best report on the NEW YORK ART BOOK FAIR . . on ANIMAL.

check out: NEW YORK ART BOOK FAIR HIGHLIGHTS, MARINA GALPERINA, ANIMAL/SEPT 20, 2013


NOAH LYON, ‘MASTERPIECE’, 62 x 69 inches – and – ‘SOCIALIZED’, 36 x 36 inches – both acrylic on canvas.
installation shot: ‘DECLINE & FALL of the ART WORLD, PART II’ – at FREIGHT+VOLUME.
PHOTO: via NOAH LYON FAN CLUB

PLUS: you can currently .. check out some of Noah’s larger pieces in ‘DECLINE & FALL of the ART WORLD, PART II’ . . . at FREIGHT+VOLUME

the show is … up thru OCT 12, 2013.

IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH .. NOAH LYON, for ya !!

you can always catch .. NOAH LYON’s 3rd SOLO EXHIBITION in STOCKHOLM !!

titled: ‘NOAH LYON PAINTS THE INTERNET’, it opens this THURS, OCT 3, 2013.
and runs thru OCT 26, 2013.
GALLERI JONAS KLEERUP – JAKOBS TORG 3 – SE_111 52 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN




~RICK OWENS . . PARIS

FASHION is ART.

KATE CERIGO .. reports that the international fashion world is all abuzz about the new collection RICK OWENS showed today, SEPT 26, 2013.

looks like RICK OWENS always fierce, has moved from fashion rebel .. to fashion god.

FIERCE, FIERCE and more FIERCE. all I can say is: watch out world.

new age chunky, is sturdy a better word (?) ‘grit face’ beauties vs. the long standard, long-legged mostly pale white ‘angels’ ..
and, about time.

love the footwear !!
athletic aesthetic !!

ANNA WINTOUR should get herself a pair of those . . and dump the open-toe, pointy-front nude slingback sandals, she’s been wearing forever, ca 1994 .. a-l-r-e-a-d-y.

read: RICK OWENS SPRING 2014 READY-TO-WEAR, REVIEW BY TIM BLANKS. PARIS, SEPT 26, 2014 / STYLE.COM

see: RICK OWENS SPRING 2014 – STYLE.COM


RICK OWENS SPRING 2014 READY-TO-WEAR, PARIS.
PHOTO: MARCUS TONDO/INDIGITALIMAGES.COM via STYLE.COM




~THOMAS PYNCHON . . JOSH HARRIS

JOSH .. made the cut !!

in THOMAS PYNCHON’S new novel: ‘BLEEDING EDGE’.

sourced from: the Bleeding Edge .. WIKI

CHAPTER 28 – PAGE 304:

“I think he’s in some creepy retro-pissing contest with Josh Harris. Remember that Millennium-eve party at pseudo ? Went on for months.”

the ‘BLEEDING EDGE’ .. WIKI continues:

I was hoping this would be referenced in BE. This is wonderfully depicted in Ondi Timoner’s Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’.

see: TRAILER

see: official website


JOSH HARRIS at the MOMA, NYC premiere of .. ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, APRIL 2009.
PHOTO: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC archive

JOSH HARRIS in full-on . . PSEUDO CEO – MODE.
the custom silk screening on the jacket .. is by the late, great MARK ENGER of EXPLODING SKY.
the clown face ‘logo’ .. is Josh’s alter ego: LUVVY.


JOSH HARRIS and ALFREDO MARTINEZ. WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN. AUGUST 2010.
this photo was taken within 24 hrs of Alfredo’s escape from secret detention in China. the Chinese gov’t sent him home on a one-way ticket, after a couple of hi-level cultural phone calls .. initiated by Josh.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

and, yeah I was .. there.


NANCY & THEO in the pod hotel, QUIET, PSEUDO MILLENNIUM PARTY, DEC 20, 1999-JAN 15, 2001.
PHOTO: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC archive




~PERROTIN . . NYC DEBUT

PAOLA PIVI … THE NEW ‘ANTI-HIRST’ ?

PS: YEAH, ME & KATE .. HIT THE VIP PARTY at PERROTIN.
BIG PAR-TAY – LOTS OF PIX !!
GREAT PAR-TAY !!
HUGE AFTER-PARTY. ABSOLUTE, NON-ENDING FAB FAB – 5 STAR FOOD .. FOLLOWED BY LATE NITE CARNIVAL & DANCE PARTY – at the mighty opulent .. RUSSIAN TEA ROOM.

BUT BACK . . TO THE OPENING at the GALERIE & .. THE ART.
DAMN, THOSE FRENCH ARE SO FORMAL. SO ELEGANT. I FELT LIKE THE HARDCORE LIVE WIRE .. I AM !! in a CHINA SHOP !!
IT WAS .. ELECTRIC.

IT WAS GLAM. IT WAS FUN !! THAT FOR SURE !! THE NIGHT OF THE SEASON, or at least this month (!!) .. no doubt about it.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS made the scene. so did PUBLIC SCHOOL !!
and, we caught the very first sighting of our prodigal son returns to the fold .. JEFFREY DEITCH.
and yeah, he looked happy to be back, too.

GALERIE PERROTIN – DEBUT NYC OPENING – SEPT 17, 2013

PAOLA PIVI – “Ok, you are better than me, so what ?”
SEPT 18 – OCT 26, 2013
GALERIE PERROTIN – 909 MADISON AVE – NEW YORK


EMMANUEL PERROTIN . .

I think what threw me off balance when I first entered, was not the just the cutting edge celebrity wattage, and the big glam .. surge !!
but, the .. scale.

re: attack of the ‘giant’ galleries, this attack was large, only in the sense of a multi-branch international .. gallery. as opposed to simply a large ‘spatial’ viewing thing, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. big things bomb too, haha – no names today !!
I’m up to being elegant, when I want . . to.

it’s just I didn’t re-adjust my perceptional radar immediately ..
the fact that the work literally leapt out at you – from the above, and rolled around in the aisles .. contributed to this initial disorientation, and that was a good thing.
to be caught off balance, in a hi-end gallery .. what a riot. yes !!

well, that was all part of the serious .. fun. I started to pace my innate paparazzi hound dog instincts, to the actual floor space .. and things got better. everyone was tremendously gracious & in very good spirits. there was real excitement in the air.


yep, SWIZZ BEATZ and PHARREL WILLIAMS.
if you google either one, the first thing that pops up is: estimated net worth !!
haha, Swizz Beatz is worth an estimated $65 million, and Pharrel is worth an estimated $80 million. that’s a whole lot of star wattage !! just there.

but the best part of running into these guys, is the talent surge. off the grid. beyond the meter. making eye contact with Pharrel .. is like looking into the stairway to heaven. he loved Kate’s boots, they were both wearing similar white snakeskin-hued leather ankle boots, but this last sentence might have to self-destruct in 24 hrs, when Kate gets awind of it !!
he liked Kate, who doesn’t ?
he told her: “nice boots”. omg.
he knew a ‘local’ – born & raised on the Bowery back in the day .. of BASQUIAT & KEITH HARING, JACK GOLDSTEIN & even DAN ASHER !! when he saw it.


KAWS.


PETER MARINO ..


MAXWELL OSBORNE of PUBLIC SCHOOL ..


DAO-YI CHOW of PUBLIC SCHOOL ..


JEFFREY .. was definite into hanging out with Swizz and Pharrell, if nothing else .. Jeffrey is a huge talent sponge. and maybe .. that’s the best part of what can be .. a very complicated package.


in fact I don’t recall JEFFREY DEITCH ever being so happy.
does absence make the heart grow fonder, I guess so !!


PAULA COOPER ..


PAOLA PIVI, the Italian artist, born in Milan in 1971 – was the artist of the night. but strangely, or humbly, or by nature .. she was keeping a low profile. maybe her show’s title, “Ok, you are better than me, so what?’ was a clue ..?
at any rate she was right about one thing, everybody gets leveled back to day one .. when they enter this city !! Enter at your own risk, and out your hands up, while you are at it, too.
eat you up & spit you out. is us.
the expression: don’t come into the kitchen, if you can’t take the heat .. comes to mind.
and plus, there’s tons of super talented homies, ahead of you in the line .. so watch how you step on the home turf.. baby !!


PAOLA PIVI, ‘Sometimes I have to stand for my safety’ 2013, and ‘I never danced before’ 2013 .. Urethane foam, plastic, feathers. 88-1/4 x 37 x 38-1/4 in. / 84-1/4 x 35-1/2 x 41 in.

yep, watch how you step on the home turf, baby !!


PAOLA PIVI, ‘Who told you white men can jump?’, 2013.
Urethane foam, plastic, feathers. 32-1/4 x 96-1/2 x 52 in.

this piece – leapt out at ya, from above the entry doorway. yep, Paulo was letting her work, speak for her. a ‘conceptual’ artist, who seems to have a way with words, in her titles at least, she lives and works in Anchorage, ALASKA, but is currently in India (!!) .. so, I bet she doesn’t take to casual banter, or what !!


PAOLA PIVI, ‘Mama no more diapers, please’, 2013.
Urethane foam, plastic, feathers. 48 x 62 x 39 in.

well .. on first encounter, the bears and I were mutually .. quizzical. they were so .. ethereal, you felt you could walk right thru them. I was thinking, this is the anti-Damien Hirst .. ?


PAOLA PIVI, ‘Money machine (true blue, baby I love you)’, 2013. Stainless steel, mixed materials, money.
96 x 83 x 63-1/4 in.

this life-size piece was downstairs, and my first thought was: BORIS RASIN and KENNY KOMER .. eat your hearts out. had she seen .. their ‘money machine’ at Gavin Brown’s ?
what I did love about it, was how it had inclined proportions, and was built like a tank, or a fort, for real. the cobalt blue hue .. was just wild.


detail. it had somebody inside throwing out money, but you could put money in it, as well.. so then I was getting flashbacks to that Gelitin installation, where you put artifacts in, and got handmade, rather crude replicas .. back.
but don’t get me wrong.
if money machines are some kind of new subtext, genre – I’m down with that.


but the amount of money it was spewing, the money on the floor was disappointing. I mean if you, the gallery .. spend gobs & gobs of dough on the upper east side space, and the blow-out after party . . wtf ? you go cheap on the main attraction ?

all the machine seemed to spew was a couple of measly one dollar bills, and a handful of coins ? not even enough to have enticed the ghost of .. SIMON CERIGO !!

damn, it would have been so much more fun to have seen some real $$$ dough .. dispersed !!
and, then watch to see whether any of those fab chicks in their lbds / little black dresses, and 7 inch heels .. would have stooped down, and become .. ‘pickers’ !!


the last good-bye.
a MURAKAMI on the back wall – in the new downstairs inner office.

all in all .. a NIGHT TO REMEMBER !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH