~SIMON CERIGO: UNDER THE VOLCANO . . WILLEM DAFOE

SIMON CERIGOO, RIP. under the ground, but just starting to break . . free.

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SIMON CERIGO, ‘WILLEM DAFOE’, early 1990s.
paint on newspaper. 16 x 24 in. framed.
collection: Theo Cerigo
Photo via Instagram @artloversnewyork

just took this photo yesterday.
Simon’s work just keeps getting . . better and better, as the glory days of the Lower East Side, fade further and further away.




~SIMON CERIGO: UNDER THE VOLCANO . . CULTURE WARS

nothing changes.
CULTURE vs THE US / DUMP TRUMP

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KATE & THEO CERIGO in front of their Dad’s wicked wild Lowr esat Side heyday . . painting.
ps: YES, Kate is wearing a MARK ENGER / EXPLODING SKY . . t-shirt.
RIP MARK, too. RIP: Simon, Dan & MARK.
no wonder, I have no one mad crazy to talk to. though there definite a few contenders in the newest generation – to hit the island.
name two ? Nicholas Steindorf, & Nicholas Moenich, lol shroom show. lol virtual dreams !!
PHOTO BY: DOUGLAS TURNER

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SIMON CERIGO, ‘CULTURE VS US, early 90s. acrylic paint, oil stick, collage on found canvas. wall size.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH – installation shot.
‘Under The Volcano: Simon Cerogo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith’.
June 6, 2015. Chinatown.




~NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . UNDER THE VOLCANO / VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER

DIGITAL . . WORK IN PROGRESS / D-WIP ?!!

NICHOLAS STEINDORF . . is re-creating our ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH’ pop-up show – for the VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER platform.

see: VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER

the show took place the weekend of JUNE 6-7, 2013 . . in an empty storefront in Chinatown, on the Bowery.
curated by KATE & THEO CERIGO . . who grew up with us, and all our art and drama . . on Rivington St, smack dab in the Lower East Side, when it was raw and truly popping, in the early 80s-mid 90s.
the show was an on-point ‘group’ retrospective, was very well received, and attracted a huge, and young flash mob – at the opening.
it was like all of Brooklyn came out for the . . underground art scene – of days, long past.

it’s really exciting to see the first early advance . . ‘replica’ – digital ‘photos’ – come to life, below.
if you caught the show – you will know . . what I mean !!
bravo – Nicholas !!

& thank you – Paris-based JEAN-BAPTISTE LENGLET !!
founder/art director of VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER, for your interest in our show !!
and allowing it to come to life, again – in the timeless, digital realm.

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the show’s posters, pasted onto the green construction boarding that fronted the empty, and very LARGE storefront, that was under renovation at the time.

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the view from the street – The Bowery, in Chinatown, just south of Delancey.

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the first ‘wall’ inside the show – as you entered.
large ‘Lemon Head’ t-shirt painting by SIMON CERIGO. I did the the title wall, ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ – in spray paint, the night of the opening. and a large scroll ‘painting’ by DAN ASHER, black oil stick on paper.

ps: check out the floor & wall baseboard details, Nicholas is really building up the raw storefront – true to it’s character.

all 3 images: digital re-constructions, based on photographs – by NICHOLAS STEINDORF / courtesy of the artist.

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the invite card:
SIMON CERIGO, DAN ASHER, NANCY SMITH, ca. 1981.
archival photo by SHELDON MOSKOVICI, Tribeca loft on Franklin St, NYC. Fall 1981.
the photo was / is mounted to one of Simon’s early, oil pastel . . newspaper collages.
sadly, RIP SIMON, RIP DAN.
KLA / Keeping the Legacy Alive / Nancy: “ya got a platform, use it !!”
funny, how things . . work that way.

‘UNDER THE VOLCANO: Simon Cerigo, Dan Asher, Nancy Smith’
A pop up painting show: Lower East Side 80’s art scene, New York City
June 6 Saturday 2-10pm
June 7 Sunday 11am-6pm
Opening reception: June 6, 2015, 6-10pm
169 Bowery Street New York NY 10002
underthevolcano.les@gmail.com – curated by KATE and THEO CERIGO

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the show’s young curators, KATE and THEO CERIGO – on the night of the opening, June 7, 2013.
in front of their dad, SIMON CERIGO’S . . large acrylic painting, ca late 1980s, on found ‘canvas’, un-stretched.
they grew up right in the thick of it, the glory days of the Lower East Side, in a raw, hardcore art-filled storefront, the west storefront.
5 Rivington St. – just 2 doors up from the Bowery.

great photo by – DOUGLAS TURNER.
read his review: ‘Under the Volcano’ – AOT / ARCHITECTURE of TOMORROW / ART & CULTURE




~DAN ASHER . . NADA, MIAMI

OH, YEAH !!
UNDER THE VOLCANO, watch out !!

MARTOS GALLERY is offering several ‘knock-you-out-of-the-box’ works, of varied sizes & mediums . . .
by the late, great . . DAN ASHER.
they are on view at their BOOTH #2.04, NADA.

ok, so listen up.
DAN ASHER . . has not seen his glory days yet, in terms of the market, but that’s just because – the market is slow, and d-u-m-b.
everybody who is anybody in NYC, has a couple of, if not 10 of . . Dan’s works tucked away.
& filed under: BEST POTENTIAL – TO BLOW UP . . BIG !!
I would take one DAN ASHER – for any 10 pieces YOU are buying.
that’s for sure.

if you have any art ‘eyeballs’ whatsoever, you’d be rushing over & buying them – up.
MARTOS seems to have priced them – as close to the bone as he can.

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DAN ASHER, ‘Untitled’, 1981.
pastel on paper, 16.75 x 13.75 in.
($7,500)

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DAN ASHER, ‘Untitled’, 1980s.
tempera on paper, 25.25 x 19.25 in.
($12,000)

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DAN ASHER, ‘Untitled’, 1982.
oil stick and acrylic on canvas. 48 x 75 in.
($60,000)

see more images: DAN ASHER at MARTOS – scroll down

all images courtesy: MARTOS GALLERY.




~JEFFREY TRANCHELL . . NADA, MIAMI

OBJECT-IVITY . . . . . !!

JEFFREY TRANCHELL, ‘Jankee Bean’, 2016. (lamp.)
Latex paint, spackle, stucco, concrete patch, and faux stone on wood with light bulb, socket and cord.

at THE JOURNAL GALLERY, NADA Miami Beach – Booth 3.03

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image courtesy of the artist.

see: JEFFREY TRANCHELL – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE




~JESSICA CIOCCI . . SATELLITE, MIAMI

OBJECT-IVITY . . . . !!

ALT ESC presents: ‘CACHED OUT’ – a collaborative installation which is . .
“a sculptural tableau vivant centered around the spiraling paranoia of a fictional protagonist whose fears have manifested into a hoarder’s repository – the installation seeks to explore our future-oriented anxieties & the ways in which we prepare for the unknown.” ~ ALT ESC PRESS RELEASE

ALT ESC / SATELLITE ART SHOW / SUITE 12 / THE PARISIAN HOTEL / NEXT TO AQUA / 1510 COLLINS AVE / MIAMI BEACH, FL.

FEATURING:

STERLING CRISPIN / JAMES MOORE / JESSICA CIOCCI / TRAVIS EGEDY / BRIAN BLOMWERTH / JAMES ORLANDO

CURATED BY: ALT ESC & KATE LEVITT

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JESSICA CIOCCI, ‘PROPOSAL for a NEW AMERICAN FLAG.
CROCHETED YARN.
IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST.

SEE: JESSICA CIOCCI – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE




~LANCE MARCHEL . . UNTITLED, MIAMI

OBJECT-IVITY . . . . !!

LANCE MARCHEL . . is showing work at LOS OJOS, UNTITLED, booth A09

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LANCE MARCEL, ‘Pine’, 2013.
foam, resin, pigments, almonds, glitter.
29 x 9-3/4 x 9-3/4 in.
unique.
image courtesy of the artist.

check out: LANCE MARCHEL – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE




~HELPER . . PARTIES at MIAMI BEACH / TUES NOV 29 – 10 PM

but, if you are in MIAMI, this is probably one of the earliest, & hottest tickets:

MIAMI BEACH – HAPPY ENDING POP UP . . at CUCU’S NEST
incl: HELPER GALLERY / PROJECTS
TUES NOV 29, 2016 – 10 PM
2805 COLLINS AVE./ 27th STREET, MIAMI, Fl.

for tables & reservation: Beni@302broome.com

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~JAMES MILLER . . at MEYOHAS – OPENING FRI DEC 2, NYC

if you are staying in NYC this week, the big anticipation & excitement – is for this show !!

‘JAMES MILLER, PAINTINGS’
OPENING FRI DEC 2, 2016 / 7-10 PM
the show runs thru JAN 22, 2017
MEYOHAS GALLERY, 181 EAST 90th ST #28B – UPTOWN, NYC.
HRS: by appointment only

THIS IS JAMES MILLER’S first solo show in NYC.

“MEYOHAS presents selections from an ongoing body of abstract works by painter JAMES MILLER.
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, where he spent his teenage years and early twenties working construction, he attended the Yale School of Art (MFA Painting), and was later awarded the prestigious Dedalus Foundation Fellowship in New York.

His paintings approach the fidelity of mechanical representations and misdirect their resemblance to information. These fixed traces call to mind filmic artifacts, blueprints, x-rays, and projections. Using handmade tools, Miller records the surreal residue of his local landscape. Impressions of light and motion appear as retinal afterimages.” ~gallery press release.

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IMAGE COURTESY THE ARTIST & MEYOHAS GALLERY

FLASHBACK . . . !!

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JAMES MILLER . . .
at the opening of a really really stormy wonderful exhibit of his work – at the DEDALUS FOUNDATION in BROOKLYN, JUNE 12, 2015.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

that was such a great opening, so much fun.
catch it . . . in the artlovers archives,
definite !!
check-out !!
: JAMES MILLER & FRIENDS, at the DEDALUS FOUNDATION




~’CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY’, feat. artwork by RUDY GUTIERREZ

A LOVE – SUPREME . . . !!!!!

YES . . . !!!!!

I caught the new, and totally engrossing . . JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY – ‘CHASING TRANE’, directed by JOHN SCHEINFELD on the very last night of the superb DOC NYC 2016 FESTIVAL – last Thursday.

totally wonderful experience, the film’s director, JOHN SCHEINFELD attended & we, the enraptured audience . . had the intimate opportunity to hear many sweet stories from behind-the-scenes & to have many of the powerful, inspiring & esp spiritual moments of this talented, beyond-the-beyond ‘spiritual’ man’s life & music journey – brought even closer to us.

the film brings the music and the man to life – what more can you say.
a film that fills the venue with Coltrane’s music, richly accompanied by many many archival clips, even some . . just found . . early color (8MM?) DIY home movies. a long lost old recording studio clip, many various voice-overs, and profound, seriously: inserts/clips of the few surviving jazz era musicians, who knew and played with John Coltrane – were among my personal fave.

to help ‘tell’ the story, DENZEL WASHINGTON reads emotionally – from old John Coltrane interviews (which had been published in magazines throughout the years) . . as if he were the ghost come back. and then, there were some surprises. some very moving, archival, black & white video . . of when John Coltrane, and his ‘deep waters’ / wife ALICE COLTRANE, went to Japan on tour – and stopped in Nagasaki to honor the victims of the horrific atomic bombings.
and even fast forward, an amazing snippet . . of: one-helluva-crazy . . ‘super fan’ in Japan, today.
does this movie ‘catch the Trane’ – no doubt about it.
as much as a man of this stature, can be . . caught.
it tells the story, and it plays . . the music.

notably, the film also features JOHN COLTRANE inspired / illustration / artwork by RUDY GUTIERREZ, who to my total absolute delight was sitting right . . behind me !!

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on the left: JOHN SCHEINFELD, veteran documentarian (The U.S vs. John Lennon), Director of ‘Chasing Trane’ – who weaves together a visual & truly spiritual portrayal . . of the music and the man.
at the right: veteran Jazz musician, JIMMY HEATH, aka ‘Little Bird’. his cameos in the film are just so off-the-cuff profound, wise and smooth – as to be some of the most memorable ‘living’ moments in the film.
also not to forget: Jimmy’s super snazzy, but low-key style: that hidden front-buttoned, gray shirt, oh my.
JIMMY HEATH: so vibrant, yet calm. handsome. Soho ‘minimalism’- on point . . !!
this man has had some life, and the strength of inner soul – to prove it.

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THOM POWERS, the Artistic Director of DOC NYC.
see: DOC NYC

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RUDY GUTIERREZ . . . artist.

I had noticed Mr. Gutierrez, earlier that evening, when I was standing in line to enter the SVA theatre. he seemed really super-charged and very dynamic. animated. my inner radar went: ping. so when John Scheinfeld, said the artist who had contributed the drawings at the beginning of the film, was in the audience, & gave him a shout out, & asked him to stand up, to much applause – I turned around and there he was, same guy. right behind me. indeed, I got a little spooked.

backtrack slightly: Mr.Scheinfeld, besides using words & interviews, historic photographic footage – and most of all . . plenty of the music itself !!
to get across John Coltrane’s infinite musical ‘universe’ – esp as the music evolved, also tries using visual ‘art’ to engage the viewer more fully with the music. the film opens with the infinite cosmos, the stars and skies. and then at some point Mr. Gutierrez’s raw and powerful drawings, with their African American roots & free-form, sensuous vitality – are called into play.

spiritual, rambling, rolling, evocative – they have the feel & visual depth of black folk-telling, ‘outsider’ art, & ancient/contemporary woodblock design, the influence of the great Black Panther artist – Emory Douglas ? in a word: cultural illustration at its best. they hold in their fluid lines, and honey gold colors the inherent celebration of our country’s black roots / soul, blues and jazz. slavery, gospel, spiritual heartful-ness. America – the whole damn mess & the once invisible, black African cultural attainment – coming forth, poring forth painfully, and yet ultimately: joyfully . . just as John Coltrane’s music surely did. and does.

the colors of these paintings are not just the color of so-called ‘folk art’ but they are radiant, like colored glass. truly: the light they cast is radiant, like that of a stained glass window, in a church.
stained glass windows . . in the Cathedral of Jazz.

see: RUDY GUTIERREZ on FACEBOOK

I don’t want to get too into it, but Coltrane’s music is not just for / or a case for: the ‘initiated’. plenty of the participants, like the wonderful showman / philosopher CORNEL WEST . . knew Coltrane’s life well, and ‘got’ the intent of the music . . but, as he himself readily admitted, Mr. West could not fully ‘fly’ with the sound / that is, some of the initiated, people who loved & admired Coltrane, just could not fully let go & do the free-fall, follow the musical stream of conscious / while others – who might not know his whole life story at all – barely had words for the rapture they felt on just, just: hearing the music.
the art of Rudy Gutierrez danced to the music – and, hopefully opened a sensory pathway.

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JOHN COLTRANE – SCREEN GRAB from the trailer

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR:
go to the film’s official website . . ‘CHASING TRANE – The John Coltrane Documentary’ . . scroll down a bit & watch the trailer !!

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RUDY GUTIERREZ, “John Coltrane, Divided Soul’, 2011.
Acrylic and crayon on board. 25.5 x 40 in.
image courtesy: the artist

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RUDY GUTIERREZ, ‘Slavery, Blues, Church and Jazz’, 2011.
Acrylic, collage, mixed media on board. 30 x 40 in.
image courtesy: the artist

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, SVA THEATRE, CHELSEA, NYC. DOC NYC FESTIVAL / NOV 17, 2016.
unless otherwise noted.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – TO ALL.