~HESH/HASH . . FRANK

FOLLOW THE BREADCRUMBS – PART IV

so, seems like while I was enjoying the good life up at the RUSSIAN TEA ROOM, HESH was pickin’ up the slack . . downtown !!

now . . I know how Walter Robinson felt when I arrived on his doorstep.
all I can say is, watch out Hesh, keep it humble man . . or you too, could be fired for . . “being too successful” – famous last words of Walter Robinson, of the now defunct artnet, and many another doomed New Yorker who tried to get in the way of the inevitable.

HESH, now going by his given name, HASH .. which is actually pronounced “Hesh” ..
HASH HALPER, besides running his own HH Productions .. is writing for FRANK151 – a new wave I guess, online cultural journal, which includes sports on the menu, and aspires to global domination.

what I like best . . about Hash’s first serious foray into the media world, is how he introduces himself, and his agenda: “Stay chillin’ and check out the adventures of myself, Hash Halper in the NYC artworld.”

I think that really hits the nail, on the colloquial head – in terms of how the internet has changed art ‘criticism’. the internet has had as profound an influence on art reporting, as the big bang – when photography first emerged, and artwork could be duplicated / rendered visually. yet even when color photography become widely & commercially feasible via mass publications, such magazines and newspapers, art reviewers still stuck to the centuries old format of verbally describing the work, instead of really getting down to .. assessing and interpreting it, in a word, basically . . ‘breaking it down’.

in the age of social media, the emphasis has changed again. I realized early on as I forged through the scene I loved – that even though I might not be able to buy what I was seeing, nor was I ever given a chance by the entrenched powers to be .. to express an opinion about what I was seeing .. I could at least take PHOTOS ..

to prove I had been there, and to build up my own little archive of eye witness accounts following the ‘bread crumbs’ through – as they say: history in the making.

now of course it’s all about everyone posting . . their own trailways. and like Hash says, you can’t be everywhere at once, esp in NYC, and so chill and let his fingers do the walkin. people find their own specialty niche. for Hash it’s the downtown scene, the denizens that come out at night, as much as the artwork.

Hash’s big thing . . is moving through the scene, and working the crowd, so he’s smart enough to make sure he gets a photographer to tag along – photos are key.


so, all that said, figures:
this shot of the crew at the debut opening of downtown’s newest, and apparently savviest pop-up / alternative gallery space, 166 MOTT – was the most recent feature – under Hash’s byline on FRANK151, and the photos are by . . WC BEVAN.
PHOTO via: FRANK151

from the left, back row: artists: BRIAN ERMANSKI, ALFREDO MARTINEZ & EMIL MEMON.
center: independent curator/gallerist AMY LI, artists: LARA CELESTE DIAZ, and PIERRO CAMPIONE.
front: JOSE De OLIO.

the show was tiled. ‘WITHOUT CONSENT’, and took place at independent curator AMY LI’s new space: 166 MOTT – AN ALTERNATIVE ART SPACE. the show opened last Thurs Sept 26, 2013 and runs thru OCT 17, 2013.
Amy says the gallery is open 7 days a week, from 11am – 7pm.
see: 166 MOTT ALTERNATIVE ART SPACE / fb

you can see: more of Hash Halper and WC Bevan’s coverage on FRANK151, here.


though I can add some commentary to this opening night photo, by WC BEAVAN, that Hash includes.

that’s ALFREDO MARTINEZ with “the PLUMBER” !! aka JOHN EBERENZ, on the right.
I believe the dude, on the left is John’s bro – but I forget his name, if I ever knew it.
John Eberenz is a real plumber, based in Brooklyn, Gowanus to be exact – who Alfredo teamed up with in the last decade of the 1990s – to help him build the large, life-size futuristic robo-fighters, he was exhibiting at places like P.S.1. they were very creative and very impressive, assembled mostly from ‘found’ metal and plastic parts.

the most famous stand-alone figure the team put together was probably, ‘Pig Man’ . . which was exhibited at a little summer 2001 show called: ‘QUIET, GUNS & QUILTS’ / JOSH HARRIS, ALFREDO MARTINEZ & JOHN EBERENZ, NANCY SMITH. DANIEL SILVERSTEIN Gallery, now defunct, in Chelsea.


and, no . . it’s NOT A CATTELAN, the girl is for real.
installation shot: ALFREDO MARTINEZ & JOHN EBERENZ, ‘Pig Man’, summer 2001.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


HASH HALPER at the KARA WALKER, ‘Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi’s Blue Tale’ opening. Lehmann Maupin, Lower East Side, April 21, 2011.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

actually one of Hesh’s, oops .. Hash’s big claims to fame is a small indie film loosely inspired by his life, esp his earliest survival tactics . . and then takes off, all on its own. it was called ‘HESHER’.

funny thing about that film.
one: it was GREAT !! as wild and real as they come. too bad it didn’t get to circulate as widely, as it should have, hey . . not our fault the world is mostly: dumbed-down.
two: the mostly unknown actor who played Hesh/Hash, to perfection !! was JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, who shot to fame as ROBIN in the last ‘BATMAN’ and, who is now photographed regularly on the red carpet – with A-LIST stars, such as the likes of SCARLETT JOHANSSON.


JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT as HESHER, roughly inspired by the true life character . . we know and love: HESH / HASH HALPER.
ps: apparently he’s mellowed out a little bit with age !!
or better put, what the suburbs won’t do – the art world sure will.
pss: yeah, the gorgeous and super talented NATALIE PORTMAN makes an appearance in the film, and was involved in the production.

watch: ‘HESHER’ – the official movie trailer / YouTube


you can follow HASH HALPER on . . HH Productions New York / fb .. “always open” !!




~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