this year, I really got into ‘seeking’ out vintage / plastic Christmas tree ornaments.
if living in Jersey City Heights has a silver lining, the thrift shops are . . the cake.
most of these came in small $1.50 baggies – of assorted finds. usually 5 or 6 to a bag.
try to find that – in Brooklyn, or Manhattan now – no way, those days are long gone.
you’d be paying a pretty penny, and maybe even up to $25 a piece.
besides the thrill of the hunt, the locals are clueless . . the crazy wonderful tactile sense of these crazy old kind of hard plastic (vinyl ?) is beyond tactile-in-words description.
they have a magic, and a luminosity . .
you wouldn’t . . expect.
not to forget history, graphic narrative & design / re: beginning mass consumerism – charm.
plus the . . colors. colored plastic is the best, whether opaque or transparent.
endless fascination for the visually – skewered / hammered ?
and, a sheer delight for all us, retro graphics – nerds.
vintage plastic ‘lace’ doily, a softer plastic. but strangely, more . . actually: VERY opaque.
somewhat pliable, too.
very strangely shifting shape to the heat, or the cold / coming in from the window.
almost . . alive, I tell ya !!
so vintage, the ‘red’ dye is not permanently ‘set’.
lol, try finding that – in a contemporary place mat.
traveling ‘red’ – a sure of age, whether it be vintage quilts, or vintage ‘faux’ plastic lace.
vintage plastic Santa Christmas tree ornaments, these are so wild – they defy the imagination.
whoever thought this up ?
what can we do with plastic – that we can’t do with . . glass ?!!
the luminosity – is wicked.
and, the ‘skirts’. well, trying making that out of glass. shards ?
design-wise, really – blew me away.
what planet did these toy makers come from ?
well, whatever happened to plastic – it sure ain’t the same, today.
I don’t think these were made in Va-China, either.
faux ‘stained glass’ Cardinal.
my new totem. it used to be a crow, for decades: advance wave, publicity-hounds, talkers to dead people, storytellers, first greeters / ghost messengers, bloggers etc etc, but ever since I saw one, a beautiful red male Cardinal in my recently located from Lower East Side, after 30 years . . Jersey backyard 3 years ago: I’ve stepped up the evolutionary ladder.
not for better or worse, just for: new (self-knowledge). (& not completely attained, yet.)
these hard plastic lanterns must have been very popular at one time. the 40s. 50s. 60s ?
who knows. time is passing by so fleetly, the 70s are the new 40s. if you follow vintage stuff, you know what I mean.
this one has a tiny candy cane, tell me about: luminosity.
I’m such a retro freak – it must have something to do with contemporary art / guess I just like living life . . on the extremes: the old & the . . cutting edge.
besides: there’s a lot of luminosity in the digital realm. computer images, graphics & filters, etc etc / digital photography . . is incredibly luminous vs old stock film.
‘acid’ tonality . . sharp, sleek, fleet or what !!
this one has a tiny rocking horse inside.
collective cultural memories of sailors putting DIY miniature ships in bottles.
even though they are plastic, it’s a pretty brittle kind of hard plastic, if you drop them, and they land hard – they can chip or break.
didn’t quite catch the light, here.
luminosity . . is in the hands of the photographer.
these looked more like Japanese hanging lanterns.
this one has a ‘lit’ candle.
great violent . . blue.
this one echoed the traditional glass globe Christmas tree ornaments, with a tiny deer scenario.
these round ones had some kind of ‘spackle’ on their exteriors.
cut in half.
they had various miniature trinkets inside, too.
they were take-offs on these kind of older, traditional glass ball Christmas ornaments.
riff, riff, riff. the jazz of Christmas past.
the only glass one I bought, I fumbled and broke. I thought it was . . plastic !!
oh lord, the glass vs plastic wars.
and, it was such a find: SNOOPY !!
from the 70s.
the dreaded treasure . . drop. heart-broken is not the word.
but, then I found this, a kind of mid-century modern, faux stained glass . . suburban house ornament, really magic in the light dept. other years, I would have completely overlooked this as: tacky.
now it’s . . treasure above all.
also the colors are so . . pastel-ly.
here comes Santa, also looks so . . suburban !!
hey, lose a SNOOPY, gain a . . GOOFY !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
‘Stone Soup Nasty’
a big group show – created by KATHERINE AUNGIER, JENNIFER LEE, ZURIEL WATERS and STEVEN MYKIETYN
OPENS FRI DEC 16, 2016 / 7 – 10 PM
the show runs thru JAN 16, 2017
ORGY PARK, 237 JEFFERSON STREET, 1B. BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.
between Wilson & Knickerbocker Ave
hrs: open by appointment
ORGY PARK is an artist-run space founded by STEVE MYKIETYN in 2012.
‘SHADOWS of the MOONLIGHT’ . . . with:
MARYSIA GACEK, ANNA MIKHAILOVSKAIA, TIM WILSON
CURATED by JERRY BLACKMAN
OPENS THURS DEC 15, 2016 / 6 – 9 PM
326 GALLERY, 326 7th AVE, NYC
HRS: by appointment
WORK BY . . MARYSIA GACEK
IMAGE COURTESY: JERRY BLACKMAN
SOME NOTES: FROM THE CURATOR . . . artist/sculptor JERRY BLACKMAN:
“LIGHT . . is a central focus here. Handled as either subject to be considered, material to be reflected, or energy to be absorbed.
Within GACEK’S melancholic sculptures, matte neoprene fabric not only insulates physically, but akso visually, and offers a strong contrast against the glazed ceramic hands that punctuate the pieces.
Similarly, there is a formal disconnect between the image of light in WILSON’S revisiting of baroque painter Georges de La tour’s candle paintings, and the palette which borrows from Josef Albers’ studies on the optical effects of light.
MIKHAILOVSKAIA’S sculptures play with light as her matte, celestial-like constructions absorb it and emphasize the resultant shadow ed effects.”
MARYSIA GACEK . . b. 1986, Nowy Targ, Poland, received her MFA from the GLASGOW SCHOOL of ART, SCOTLANE, and BFA from the SCHOOL of VISUAL ARTS, here in NYC. Now NYC-based, Marysia is a co-founder of the publishing imprint MARIA+. editions.
see: MARYSIA GACEK – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
follow . . @mariaeditions on Instagram
ANNA MIKHAILOVSKAIA . . b. 1982, Kiev, Ukraine, received her MFA in sculpture from the RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL of DESIGN, and her BA in sculpture and philosophy from BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY. Now NYC-based she recently had work in the ‘Tropic-Aire Market’ at REGINA REX, NY (2015).
see: ANNA MIKHAILOVSKAIA – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
TIM WILSON . . b. 1970, Newport News, Virgnia, USA, received his MFA in painting form YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL of ART and his BFA from VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY. currently NYC-based, his work was featured, among other exhibits, in ‘See Me, Feel Me’ at 31 GRAND in Brooklyn.
see: TIM WILSON – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
the show’s curator – JERRY BLACKMAN, b. 1984 NY, was born and raised in New York, and is NYC-based. He received his MFA in Sculpture from YALE UNIVERSITY in 2014. His work was most recently featured in ‘OUROBOROUS IS BROKEN’ at HOMETOWN, in Brooklyn.
see: JERRY BLACKMAN – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
JERRY BLACKMAN, YALE GRADUATE PROGRAM OPEN STUDIOS, APRIL 27, 2013
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
see: photos from the studio visit – artlovers archive
yeah, damnit . . ENLIGHTENMENT !!
and right – now !!
so, yeah I have met the kool kid . . behind HONEY’S / MEAD QUIRKY SIDE !!
of course. the younger bro of NOAH LYON, & also a socially conscious artist – just not so, literally.
used to go by MUDPONY or something like that. MUDBOY !!!!!
which just goes to prove:
1. what goes around . . comes around
2. RAPHAEL & NOAH !! literally, bros of the same mother & father / DANNY LYON !!
4. talking about politically & socially conscious & . . alternative VISION, POTIONS & DREAMS & AMERICAN (SWEET MEAD) CRAFTS
3. it didn’t take long . . for that shoe to drop / IRAN VS TRUMP.
see: IRAN WARNS TRUMP – HIS STANCE IS GOING TO START A WORLD WAR
the opposite of HONEY’S MESSAGE, damn – why can’t the whole world – just grow up, and be like . . BROOKLYN ?
RAPHAEL LYON aka MUDBOY . . NOV 16, 2007. AD HOC, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
so . . I met RAPHAEL a few times, but the earliest I can recall, and find the pix (!!) is back in the winter of 2007, at a should-be legendary show . . called ‘Secrets of Woonasquatucket – Screenprints from Providence’ – curated by ANDREW MOON BAIN, at the now defunct early Bushwick gallery pioneer – AD HOC.
RAPHAEL LYON. NOV 17, 2007.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
RAPHAEL is much more comfortable as a behind-the-scenes guy, so maybe that’s why you haven’t heard of him so much, he’s most definite NOT into the mainstream hustle, let alone, the alternative side of things, but obviously, he does POP UP !! in the strangest and really far-out places.
His mom knit his hat, she knits a lot. his dad is the getting famous alternative culture photographer & filmmaker DANNY LYON, who just had a critically acclaimed retrospective at The Whitney, and his bro . . is the outrageous NOAH LYON aka retard riot.
a wall of RAPHAEL LYON prints . . at the ‘Secrets of Woonasquatucket’ show, Nov 16-Dec 2, 2007. Ad Hoc Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.
ARCHIVAL PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
after I posted that weekend blast . . on HONEY’S CRAFT FAIR, just off the ‘pottery’ post I caught on . . . @senyor_amigo / NICK PAYNE’S feed, lo & behold, in comes this note from long-time-no-see, RAPHAEL !!
“I’m one of the owner’s of Honeys / also Noah’s brother.
Honeys is the tasting room of ENLIGHTENMENT WINES / EnlightenmentWines.com”
accompanied . . with permission to pull some pix about the CRAFT FAIR, off their Instagram feed.
and so here, in the interests of world harmony, a sweet sweet alternative life . . .
not to forget . . healthy bees – much honey, and craft mead !!
and anybody with love potions, you know where to send them / let’s hope to raise a glass of DIY mead in the White House.
here – they are:
‘WE’RE ALL SCREWED.’
looks that could be a . . t-shirt ?
doomsday artwork by . . the great LEIF GOLDBERG !!
collab pottery dishes by @hot4chonki / Christina, and @seyor_amigo / NICK PAYNE.
‘FUCK TRUMP’ buttons by NOAH LYON.
no sibling rivalry . . on these pages !!
pipe cleaners . . clean up, good – by @mtshelves aka MATTHEW THURBER . . !!
so . . when IRAN & THE U.S. and let’s face it, whoever else has em nukes !! destroy the world as we know it, and the next wave of aliens arrive to make a new ‘beginning’ . . they might uncover one little guy like this – and say: no wonder they blew themselves up to pieces / or,
hey !! long lost buddy, sorry it took so long for us to come back & save ya.
@enlightenmentwines: “Look for KOKO the CLOWN on Flushing and Scott. HONEY’S HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR”.
RUN, don’t walk. if ya missed it – there is always, ?????
next year ?!!!!
except for my 3 archival photos from 2007, HONEY’S CRAFT FAIR photos courtesy of @enlightenmentwines via Instagram & RAPHAEL LYON, thank you !!
and good luck !!
and CONGRATS !!
and BEE, . . WELL. and prosper.
FILE UNDER: “honey from our bees’ – !!!!
NICK PAYNE aka @senyor_amigo . . will be selling “lots of stuff” at the . . HONEY’S CRAFT SALE
TODAY – SAT DEC 10, 2016 / 12 – 7 PM
HONEY’S BAR – 93 SCOTT AVE, EAST WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN.
OTHER COOL VENDORS – TOO !!
12+ VENDORS, SWEETFLAG, ARTIST-MADE OBJECTS. SPIRITS. HERBAL REMEDIES, AND POTIONS, SEX TOYS, MAGIC WANDS,
SMALL BATCH MEADS, CALENDARS, GIFTS, TREATS !!
HONEY’S BROOKLYN SAYS: Come by Honey’s this Saturday and check out crafts abd craft spirits from amazing friends !!
be gone you crporate monsters !!
NICK PAYNE / @senyor_amigo: Christina and I are selling lots of stuff at the HONEY’S craft sale- gonna have a bunch of colab plates, honey from our bees & she’ll have lots of her own aewsome ceramics.
IMAGE via INSTAGRAM @senyor_amigo
FILE UNDER: FANTASTICAL BEASTS !!
ONE NIGHT ONLY – POP UP / SAT DEC 10, 2016 – SAN FRANCISCO
BEEHIVE SOCIETY PRESENTS: BEASTS OF HOGWARTS
incl: DIANNA XU & MANY OTHER TALENTED, DREAMER LYRICAL ARTIST / ILLUSTRATORS
SAT DEC 10, 2016 / 6 PM
HERON ARTS, 7 HERON ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
DIANNA XU: Beasts of Hogwarts show is happening this Saturday at HERON ARTS.
Can’t wait to see all the other fantastical beasts / Thank You BEEHIVE SOCIETY for inviting me.
#illustration #harrypotter #art #gouache #pen #unicorn #cat
IMAGE via INSTAGRAM @diannaxu
see: BEEHIVE SOCIETY
WILLIAMSBURG BROOKLYN. OCT 21, 2016
glass mosaics – tagging, on the lighter side of things.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
wing_glassstreetart: Check out some art at the WILD BIRD FUND – FIRST EVER – VOLUNTEER ART SHOW.
I have a piece in the show and 50% of all sales benefit . . WBF / WILD BIRD FUND.
FRI DEC 9, 2016 / 6 – 8:30 PM
THE SHOW RUNS THRU JAN 15, 2017
565 COLUMBUS AVE at 87th ST.
DONATE: WILD BIRD FUND
Bomb Pop-Up Productions Presents:
‘BPUO2:I WANT TO BELIEVE’
Art & Residency
Coustof Waxman Annex – 10 Montgomery St, Park Slope, Brooklyn.NY
FRI, DEC 9, 2016 / 6 PM – GALLERY OPENING
with visual artists: BRANDI TWILLEY, CARLOS VELA-PRADO, CONSTANZA ALARCON TENNEN, EDWARD MARSHALL SHENK, ESTEBAN CABEZA de BACA, JAMES MILLER, JEFFREY STUKER, JUNG HEE MUN, KENNY RIVERO, ROBERT NAVA, SHAHRZAD CHANGALVAEE,
also – to-nite:
IMPROV ENSEMBLE – curated by JONAH PARZEN-JOHNSON / 7:30 – 9 PM
GREAT GRAPHICS / FONT & COLOR / yeah. everything, esp design !!
QUELLE LOGO !!
I’M A BELIEVER !!
they are on FACEBOOK: Bomb Pop-Up – FB
ALFIE and . . ADRIEN sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G . . !!
if, orange is the new black, then ADRIEN BRODY . . must be the new JOSH HARRIS !!
YES, that is . . ALFREDO MARTINEZ,
the notorious BASQUIAT FORGER, not to mention the mastermind behind the live, assault rifle . . SHOOTING ‘GALLERY’ featured in the Sundance winning . . WE LIVE IN PUBLIC documentary.
in . . this photo of Hollywood celeb ADRIEN BRODY, that just surfaced on artsy, a few days ago.
although, note . . Alfredo is not mentioned at all – – in the text !!
ah, artsy / not so antsy !! after all.
the photo is by Adrien’s mom, SYLVIA PLACHY. and it is recent, dated 2016.
read the whole article: Adrien Brody on Why It’s Never to Late to be an ARTIST.
JOSH HARRIS, founder of Jupiter.com, fearless leader of Pseudo.com, & star of Sundance winning . . ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, with ALFREDO MARTINEZ, who he had just rescued . . from secret incarceration in CHINA !! Williamsburg, Brooklyn, AUGUST 19, 2010.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
yeah, they are mimicking the famous WARHOL – BASQUIAT photo.
well, at least JOSH . . to his credit, always gave the artists he hung out with, their due respect & publicity credits.