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REPOST from @scene_in_nyc
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so, here we go . . .
from KANA’S FLOWER SHOP . . . to PORN !!
in 5 seconds !!
with a quick stop in Buenos Aires, and landing finally in pop star – Japan.
you know, connect the dots – artlovers style !!
hold on to – your seats !!
you just never know what’s going to happen when you walk into a flower shop !!
walk on the wild side, Brooklyn !!
I mean, we were just talking about porn.
and the current, mostly ‘void of’ — state . . in the contemporary art scene. except for:
LISA YUSKAVAGE & her fantasy nudity.
LANDON MORGAN & his water tower tattoo bondage.
SAFFRON FLOWER & DESIGN SPACE
31 HANSON PLACE, BROOKLYN, NY – FORT GREENE
so my friend, KANA TOGASHI . . runs a very cool & very special flower / design shop in Brooklyn.
she also shows art work sometimes, and hopes to show more.
she’s an artist herself, and long story short . . I’ve known her, seriously: as in deeply understood . . . ever since she meet my Kate at LaGuardia High School, back in the late 90s – 2000 years.
Millennials !! kids grow up fast – in New York City.
they are so . . put together, so smart.
so Indie fierce, yet so able to function, & excel from within the system.
the first real digital generation – I wonder if that, has something to do with it ?
KANA, and her husband TETSUJI sell the most gorgeous, unusual and fresh flowers. you can custom order, big and little events. they deliver, as well as input on design. they did the remarkable flowers for our show, ‘UNDER THE VOLCANO’ last June.
they are the go-to flower artisans – for many private events, such as weddings y’all – and special events in public places, esp in Brooklyn.
name one, one word: FRANNY’S . . !!
they also design gardens, big and small, indoor & outdoor – corporate & private.
and . . maintain them.
check out: SAFFRON-BROOKLYN
they are also the go-to florist for many local artists – who actually use flowers in their work, or want to stage photo ops with the freshness of well, come on guys – stay with me, the velvet-y power of . . bloomin’ hyper realist flower . . ‘porn’.
name one: KAREN AZOULAY, who presented the well received . . ‘The Perennial Sunday’ at THE GRECIAN SHELTER, Prospect Park, Brooklyn last August 2, 2015, using flowers custom-provided by SAFFRON.
Karen also used Saffron flowers for her beautiful catalog, ‘Flowers and Their Meanings – A Guide for deciphering’.
see: KAREN AZOULAY project – on the SAFFRON WEBSITE
I love it so, because it reminds me of MUURZ’s work, her ‘bunny’ sticker.
translate: cutting edge. not just cuddly.
and the street artist GOATBUNNY, from Montreal – too. animals – rule the streets these days. whether in stickers, or in logos. lots of critters, mostly warm & fuzzy – as opposed to predatory / jungle. and esp canaries, and little chickies and, yellow ducks. hello . . Abe Lincoln, JR.
a lot of them are riffs off traditional Japanese woodblock print art, the flatness, the line work – meets Snoopy by way of Looney Tunes, if . . you know what I mean.
it’s also super funny, and great. how some of the really far-out and yet unrecognized artists of my generation – are finally getting some time in the limelight, thanks to people like Kana.
skills. and imagination.
way ahead of the pack. and I’m not just talking about Outsider Art. Mihoko, and I – could have been sticker artists – if born in a future tense.
I coulda been a sticker artist – put that on my tombstone.
ps: MIHOKO means RICE FLOWER, and KANA means . . vegetable flower, so. so sweet. and so . . apt.
so, the store was closing, and we still had a lot to talk about – so we moved over to Kana’s place in Bushwick.
that’s ADRIANA MINOLITI. Kana calls her Adri, she’s just arrived for a 2 week visit from Argentina, and she’s an artist . . whom Kana has known for quite some time. I got the feeling right away, even though she was so low key, that there was a bigger picture just around the corner, the tip of the iceberg, as they say.
and, long story short: yes.
and OMG – there it was: ABSTRACT PORN . . . . on her website.
I can’t explain, it’s just a full-on CGI animation.
you have to just watch it – for yourself !!!!!
if you missed that link: ADRIANA MINOLITI – ABSTRACT PORN VIDEO CLIP – ON HER HOMEPAGE
I mean, here I was, I had just walked into a flower shop & I was hot on the trail, unknown to me . . of what I had just written about – the day before: NUDITY, and . . BONDAGE.
I mean how often do things line up like that.
bench by ADRIANA MINOLITI – photo via artist
this piece wasn’t typical of her work, one reason it grabbed my attention, but, besides the beautiful forms, gorgeous light, and function – it dialoged with me and the recent work . . NYC-based PETER SUTHERLAND . . had exhibited in London. those concrete minimalist benches with the far-out desert landscape photo screens.
and then this project from her 2015 show: ‘PLAYPEN’, 2015 – curated by CARLOS HERRERA.. at the CENTRO CULTURAL RECOLETA in Beunos Aires – jumped at me. so, retro.
image also from her website.
retro porn collage – by ADRIANA MINOLITI.
wow, suddenly I was confronted by more naked art in 2 days, than I had seen in years.
at one point it was all over: Soho, Chelsea, uptown.
from JEFF KOONS to THOMAS RUFF . . to JOHN CURRIN.
that got us starting to talk about the bondage art that’s all over the IG, esp the riffs . . on traditional Japanese bondage art.
Lordy, if KANA doesn’t pull out . . the LINDA YAMAMOTO – BOOK !!
apparently, besides the traditional ‘art’ forms – it’s quite the norm for young Japanese music pop stars to put out what amounts to glamorized selfie – nudie . . books.
often quite racy, well it’s naked photos, duh . . including a little ‘bondage’.
in a word: dig that plastic – covered body.
‘LOVE HOTEL’ – by MARIKO MORI does come to mind.
her expression – is priceless.
someone else can write . . the Masters thesis.
well. it’s not so far fetched. one word: KARDASHIANS.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
Adriana Minoliti is currently represented by the AUGUSTINO FERRERIYA GALLERY – in Puerto Rico, and that’s where she’s heading to, after New York.
Adriana is also a part of a (famous) woman’s art collective based in South America: PINTORAS.
yep, check them out: Pintoras on the web,
and . . PintorAs on FB
SAFFRON FLOWERS & SPACE DESIGN . . will selling FLOWERS at MAGASIN POP-UP . . a monthly event organized by CASEY McVIKER, at BAR MATCHLESS in Brooklyn – 557 Manhattan Ave, just off McCaren Park . . in the band room.
a yard sale & DIY / artisan showplace . . in a bar – love it !!
it’s this Sunday Jan 24, 2016 / from 12 noon until 9 pm.
that is, if it don’t get . . snowed under.
it will happen monthly, anyway. so let it snow, or let it . . not.
see: BAR MATCHLESS
not, not. KNOT.
art is a big big knot, right now. fine art. porn art. photography. calligraphy. design. social media. DIY. CGI. stickers. water towers. street art. traditional art. global art. flower art. digital art . . to egg shell stickers. canvas to kits. ephemeral to carved in stone, burned into buildings, and flicking on your screens all night long.
and in the heart of that knot – ?
all roads lead to . . Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is the new Black.
Brooklyn is the new . . SILK Road.
GRAND OPENING of BKLYN HOUSE GALLERY
SAT JAN 16, 2016 / 6 – 9 PM
9 BEAVER ST, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN.
POWERED BY I.M.A.G.E
CO-CURATED BY SAVIOR ELMUNDO – @saviorelmundo
take the J train to FLUSHING.
it’s Bushwick, but right ‘on the border’, as they say lol . .
of what’s now called . . East Williamsburg.
SUPER HYPE – HITS BROOKLYN ART SCENE !! BIG TIME !!
IT’S . . A BIG SCENE – HEAD-ON COLLISION, or what !!
esp if you factor in the D.I.Y. & STICKER contingent.
Hipsters, locals, Yale grads & street artists – all pumping up the scene / Indie style !!
BROOKLYN is . . e-x-p-l-o-d-i-n-g.
also at CAM !!!
‘LISA YUSKAVAGE: THE BROOD’
JAN 15 – APRIL 2, 2016
CAM / CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST.LOUIS
one of my very fave artists, right at the top.
among her gender, if we have to break it down . . . and, time it: right up there with KARA WALKER.
I consider CINDY SHERMAN, the generation – preceding.
LISA YUSKAVAGE . . was born in Philadelphia in 1962, and is NYC-based.
from the CAM mission statement:
this show . . “is not so much a comprehensive survey as it is a thorough account of YUSKAVAGE’S development & identity as an artist.”
‘LISA YUSKAVAGE: THE BROOD’ . . is curated by CHRISTOPHER BEDFORD, Henry & Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University & organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by JEFFREY USLIP, chief curator.
read more & see more images: ‘LISA YUSKAVAGE: THE BROOD’ – CAM
LISA YUSKAVAGE, ‘TRIPTYCH’, 2010-2011, oil on linen, 77-1/4 x 210-3/8 x 1-1/2 in. / each: 70-1/2 x 77-1/4 in.
Collection: LIZ & ERIC LEFKOFSKY
IMAGE: screen grab off … CAM
LISA YUSKAVAGE, ‘Brood’, 2005-06, oil on linen, 79-3/4 x 70 in.
Collection: JEFFREY A. ALTMAN
IMAGE: is slightly cropped & via screen grab off … CAM
card for: ‘LISA YUSKAVAGE’, September 27 through November 5, 2011 / David Zwirner, 519 West 19th Street, NYC.
the image is: ‘Triptych’, 2011 (detail), oil on linen, Triptych, Each: 70-1/8 x 77-1/4 inches
the card itself is hard stock and measures 8 x 8-1/4 in.
this is the original . . invite card for Lisa’s 2011 show at DAVID ZWIRNER.
as you can see, it still sits on my desk, and that includes one major move !!
besides the fact that it looks like it was slightly ‘photo-shopped’, between the legs, lol in the CAM pr !!
this image represents so much that I love, including how brave it is !!
plus: folk art & history, composition. landscape imbued with artistic power, color theory. graphics. narrative etc etc. and obviously it’s still ringing, and THRILLING – with .. that key moniker: RELEVANCE.
and, her sister . . DYNAMICS.
but, it has an even more personal significance, or if you will . . . code (!!) – for me.
sis-tah !! keep them eyeballs . . open !!
and, free your soul !!
I didn’t get Lisa’s work for a long long time.
I thought it was way too kitschy, and cutie pie. wrong.
when I walked into this show in the Fall of 2011 – I was dumbstruck. it was like a big samurai sword crashed through my whole body, starting at the top of my head, and split me – in half.
I think they call that a eureka moment.
the bigger the mistake, the harder the fall ?
so, it reminds me of 2 things:
1. in art, NOTHING. nothing – is written in stone.
2. and keep your eyes – open. push past your ‘zones’.
I also find the show relevant – on a few more levels, at this very EXACT point in time – on the underground art scene.
I’m talking about the resurgence of strong, figurative, in-your-face young female artists, on the current, and very popping !! street scene.
name two: murrz & goatbunny !!
with their outrageous femme/wicked kitty/food stickers. very femme, but totally . . KILLAH.
keep those peepers – open !!
at the same time, it’s also interesting to consider how nudity – in general has vanished from the contemporary art scene.
ok, maybe young Harlem scene queen JORDAN CASTELL references nudity, but it’s not exactly the ‘playboy’ pop-up kind. and its: male. (mostly).
and psychological in nature.
in the street art mural / translate graffiti scene . . nudity is a big no no, I guess because that would be, and rightfully so !! – crossing the line – re what the public would tolerate.
but on the smaller. more intimate art scene, such as the world of tattoos, obviously – nudity reigns as ever. and it has many super chic faces too. as well as classic.
but watch out – it’s creeping in closer, to the art world in general – again.
I’m thinking about the sweet spot – where tattoo artists and street artists collide, as in the recent ‘TAT IT UP’ curated by MURRZ & ZROPRO at GRUMPY BERT, in Brooklyn.
specially: the water tower of . . tattoo artist LANDON MORGAN !!
and within that genre – there is also a strange, but very apparent, and very BIG esp on IG – resurgence of a very, very classic Japanese art form: bondage !!
who would – guess ?!!
lol. THE BROOD – THE BREEDERS vs THE BONDAGE MASTERS !!
LISA YUSKAVAGE to LANDON MORGAN . . in a flipped-out, in-your-face – nutshell battle of the ‘naked’ !!
THAT BEING – SAID !!
I HOPE THE CAM show on LISA Y . . includes some of her newer paintigs , which includes some very far-out images, esp of ‘wizard / guys’ – that were featured in her most recent show at David Zwirner, that ran APRIL 23 – June 13, 2015.
check it out here: LISA YUSKAVAGE – DAVID ZWIRNER
in terms of the current street scene & yes, . . . even – bondage !!
these airy, fairy paintings of Yuskavage become even more relevant, and are super interesting, and more easily understood for their vivaciousness, and in fact, their TOTALITY: of content, narrative, context. yes: vision !! and painterly / formal issues — within a contrasting dialog, and a new scene of ‘illustrative’ . . pop art dreamers, painters & . . stickers !!
Go forth young collectors, and . . pick your magic !!
it’s out there, big time.
LISA YUSKAVAGE, ‘HIPPIES’, 2013. oil on linen, 82-1/4 x 66-1/2 in.
PHOTO: via DAVID ZWIRNER
‘PETER SUTHERLAND: FORESTS & FIRES’
JAN 15 – APRIL 3, 2016
CAM / CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST LOUIS
This is Michigan-born (1976), NYC-based . . . PETER SUTHERLAND’S – FIRST SOLO MUSEUM SHOW !!
3 cheers for – Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Chief Curator . . . JEFFREY USLIP !!
read more & see more: Peter Sutherland: Forests & Fires / CAM
IMAGE: PETER SUTHERLAND, ‘ROCK’ via CAM
PETER SUTHERLAND, NOV 21, 2008
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, NYC
this photo was taken at the opening of an early solo show at ATM GALLERY, NYC, called . . . ‘BLAME IT ON THE DOG’.
the show ran Nov 21, 2008 – Jan 10, 2009.
that is one of Peter’s ‘heavy-duty’, shaggy . . . custom ‘carpets’, behind him.
this is one of PETER SUTHERLAND’S photos from that 2008 ATM / NYC show, ‘BLAME IT ON THE DOG’.
it’s a SELFIE !!, lol – before the word existed !!
that’s Andrew Sutherland, Peter’s bro & a great, super inventive/creative artist, himself !! – and PETER.
one of my . . faves.
COLLECTION: NANCY SMITH, oh yeah !!!!!!!
PHOTO – FROM THE EXHIBIT: NANCY SMITH
TAT IT UP – GRUMPY BERT !!
BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN & GRUMPY BERT PRESENT:
‘TAT IT UP’ – CURATED BY MURRZ & ZPRPRO
the show opened FRI JAN 8, 2016
and runs thru . . SUN JAN 31, 2016
GRUMPY BERT – 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN, NY
BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN’S FIRST SHOW IN BROOKLYN !!
AN ART SHOW WHERE BOTH TATTOO & STREET ARTISTS CREATE THEIR INTERPRETATION of TATTOO ART ON BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN KITS & CANVAS.
more info: TAT IT UP – GRUMPY BERT
PIX FROM THE AMAZING, DYNAMIC & SUPER FRESH . . OPENING:
close up on some . . GOATBUNNY STICKERS.
it’s all about fluidity, commercial riffing, a bit of cartoon & illustration / bubble work, a touch of personal commentary & . . . lots of breakfast !!
‘brrrrr’ . . . GOATBUNNY hails from MONTREAL !!
ps: you’ll notice I’m not saying . . anything – about the prices !!
but damn, you could buy up the whole show – for what one entry-level piece of art in Brooklyn usually goes for !!
these are one-of-a-kind, hand painted pieces. think about it.
no-brainer. the hard part – would be choosing !!
ADRIAN K, illustrator, animator, artist, street artist / @adriankart . . . water tower
PHOTO via GRUMPY BERT / sorry !! it’s the only one I missed.
BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN . . . WATER TOWER MODEL KIT.
an almost fully assembled, un-painted Boundless Brooklyn water tower.
the D.I.Y. – is that YOU paint it yourself !!
made from cardboard – and a good enough reason, or WAY better than most – !!
to cut down a tree.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH – unless otherwise noted.
MURRZ . . is one of the co-curators, along with ZROPRO / @ZEROPRODUCTIVITY . . .
of the big BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN & GRUMPY BERT . . ‘TAT IT UP’ show, opening to-nite – JAN 8, 2016 / 7-9 – at GRUMPY BERT – 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN, NY.
& LOOKS LIKE, it’s going to be . . . HUGE !!
see: ‘TAT IT UP’ – GRUMPY BERT !!
MURRZ STICKER, 2015
I met her, just wandering around the opening, at the big ‘COLOSSAL’ – NYC local street scene / art group show, last November 2015 . . at VOLA VIDA on Grand St. on the Lower East Side. NYC.
what struck me first were – the small file of hand-drawn decal/slap/stickers she was showing a friend. The stickers were in slightly different sizes, with different colors, and inserted into what looked like her sketchbook. it had a hard cover, so I guess that was the best way to keep them clean, and flat & safe.
and still be able to show them. they all seemed to be unique images, hand-drawn originals, lol slapped down with sharpies – not repros – which intrigued me.
the whole moment – intrigued me !!
but esp – this image !!
so strange, so hardcore. so mad max meets girly. but moves . . on !!
that’s the important part – the work moves, and moves . . . on. if you know what I mean.
it just gets past the initial idea, and takes flight – is the best way I can put it.
the quality of the black line drawing – was so fluid. the over-all concept – so ruff.
and, mysterious. the narrative was mysterious – but in that way, that doesn’t need . . answers !!
and, the background.
the background – just took off, visually.
the scribble scrabble, the free-ness, the yellow ‘mess’ of the void vs. the bold fluid, & strongly directed subject lines – it all bounced.
this sticker, went from street art – to just ART, for me, me almost instantaneously.
very futuristic child / make the best of urban ‘crisis’- and come up: survival.
this one prob would have taken me a little longer to get into, if I hadn’t seen the above one – first.
what started to clue me in – was realizing it was a . . two-part-er !!
actually two . . partners-in-crime.
the ‘sister’ images – split apart into separate stickers at the center line – the ‘mouth’, lol.
it worked so well, both ways. great ‘design’ puzzle element.
great bold lines in totality. same rapid fluidity.
great future vision, re: the joined-at-the mouth, maybe ‘mutated’ kitty – and then, that . .. ‘Mad Max’ crossed-out eyeball. lordy !!
and then, that . . the worried look, on the other not so .. matching kitty. the sweet, but maybe wounded, vulnerable expression of that OTHER pair of eyeballs. so much story-telling go-ing on !!
talk about talk about: check out that non-working eye, and then circle round !!
kind of like, one of those classic vintage Americana black nanny dolls, where one side is the white woman doll, and lift up her skirt – and there is the black woman doll – !!
and oh, the stories they can tell.
and, yeah. I of course, I also liked that small bit of pink & yellow & blue . . scribble scrabble.
you know, how I like details, that you know – fall off . . . !!
into the . . . VOID !!
free fall, free form, down the rabbit hole.
mini . . abstract expressionism. the unknown. the wide open. spaces.
narrative & lyric forces – the drive to have answers. move over !!
bio-human at work. and, gestural is where it’s – at.
PHOTOS & SCAN: NANCY SMITH
BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN & GRUMPY BERT PRESENT:
‘TAT IT UP’
CURATED BY MURRZ & ZROPRO / @_MURRZ & @ZEROPRODUCTIVITY
OPENING FRI JAN 8, 2016 / 7-9 PM
the show runs thru . . . SUN JAN 31, 2016
GRUMPY BERT, 82 BOND ST, BROOKLYN, NY
BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN’S . . . first show in BROOKLYN – !! !! !!
“An art show where both tattoo and street artists create their interpretation of tattoo art on BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN kits and canvas.”
see: BOUNDLESS BROOKLYN – DIY, hell-o . . . Brooklyn !!!
DANIELLE DE JESUS
if you go to:
TAT IT UP – GRUMPY BERT
they have a LINK to the work/website of each artist !!
‘THE END PAPERS – EXPERIMENTS ON PAPER BY STO LEN’
opens Fri Jan 8, 2016 / 7-10PM
the show runs JAN 8 – FEB 7, 2016
WAYFARERS GALLERY, 1109 DEKALB AVE, BROOKLYN.
for more background info on STO & his monoprints: STO at WAYFARERS
STO at the new CINDERS HAUSCLUB, a gallery and work/studio space in Brooklyn.
STO is the co-founder, along with KELIE BOWMAN, of CINDERS.
behind him, works by JEREMY BRADLEY EARL.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, APRIL 2015.
WAYFARERS GALLERY – Photo from their online archive.
yes: check it out . . WAYFARERS ONLINE PHOTO ARCHIVE !!!!!!
it’s where you will also find this photo of STO – in action, as Dub no Dub, an experimental new music – one man noise band.
Photo: WAYFARERS GALLERY ARCHIVE
last weekend to catch . . .
REZOLUTION – by REZ SHAOLIN
DEC 11, 2015 – JAN 2, 2016
IMAGE GALLERY , 1501 BROADWAY, BROOKLYN, NYC
HRS: TUES – SAT / 12pm – 6pm
“From an early age I’ve been fascinated by TYPOGRAPHY & VINTAGE DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION . . . ”
to keep reading & more info: on the show