CATCH: owr handstyle . . . .
FRI OCT 5, 2012 – 12:27 PM
YES, I WENT TO THE OPENING – I HAD A GREAT TIME !! – THE SHOW IS: UNBELIEVABLE BEAUTIFUL & DANCES A FINE LINE BETWEEN ART & DESIGN . . . MIND BLOWING.
ESP IF YOU ARE INTO . . . DETAIL & VARIATION on a THEME.
GREG LAMARCHE – ‘TIMELESS’ – OPENING THURS OCT 4, 2012 / 6-0 PM
the show runs thru OCT 27, 2012
JOSHUA LINER – 548 W.28 bet 10 and 11 ave – CHELSEA, NYC
FLASH FROM THE . . . PAST !!
GREG LAMARCHE ‘FOUND’ VINTAGE LETTER ASSEMBLY – SHOWN AT ANONYMOUS, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC. OCT 2008.
on the right: author, ANDREW SMITH, of ‘MOONDUST’ & ‘TOTALLY WIRED – ON THE TRAIL of the GREAT DOTCOM SWINDLE’.
yes. this . . . GREG LAMARCHE !!
if you’ve been following . . . sometimes the ‘cookie’ rolls pretty tight !!
or even . . . New York City can be a real small small world !!
GREG LAMARCHE. FAST FORWARD – TO NOW !!
‘TIMELESS’ – OCT 4, 2012 – OPENING !!
GREG LAMARCHE aka SP.One at the opening. ‘Timeless’, Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC. OCT 4, 2012.
behind him: ‘Remnants series’, 2012. Hand cut paper collage. approx 20 x 30 in. ea.
see: GREG LAMARCHE
PHOTOS/COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH
or: JOSH HARRIS vs ANNA WINTOUR. JOSH WINS.
Besides having just won the super prestigious GRAND JURY DOCUMENTARY AWARD at SUNDANCE the previous Dec 2008, and circulating around the world to great acclaim, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC is distinguished – in two other ways.
first off: it was the first, and so far only time – a director has ever won twice at SUNDANCE. ONDI TIMONER had also won the top indie trophy with . . DIG! (2004) – a powerful and raw as rock documentary on the DANDY WARHOLS and the JONESTOWN MASSACRE.
second: and, perhaps even more noteworthy. WE LIVE IN PUBLIC beat out THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE to win the Documentary/US Grand Jury Sundance Award of 2008. WE LIVE IN PUBLIC was the underdog, and its Director had already won once . . . so what were the odds, of the ‘cautionary tale’ of a ‘failed’ web entrepreneur genius, hailed by some as the ANDY WARHOL of the web, and his wild crew of underground NYC artists, and heat-seeking 24/7 tech pioneers – taking home the big trophy ? not much.
THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, the story of ANNA WINTOUR and her highly paid CONDE NAST crew, including a big focus on GRACE CODDINGTON, as they put together what is always their biggest magazine of the year, – the September issue, i.e. the one that is supposed to forecast the trends, and call the shots for the rest of year – was pegged to win from the get-go. even before the competition began.
the all-powerful VOGUE/CONDE NAST media machine & associated p.r. contacts were revved up big time behind it, and the highly-hyped and well-financed Sundance entry – was supposed to win hands down, NOT.
so, though JOSH HARRIS never received the acclaim and validation – he so desperately wanted from the art world, he and his wild crew – did beat out – ANNA WINTOUR !!
that’s a very interesting fact, although its significance failed to impress or placate Josh, nor make any, repeat: any !! impression on the art world proper, or even on the local scene, in general. further, in a curious trajectory, THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, although it received nowhere, not even 1%, close to the global exposure and discussion that embraced and waved up in great surges around WE LIVE IN PUBIC, enjoyed a mildly receptive, maybe 6 week commercial run in New York’s local theaters, while WE LIVE IN PUBLIC scored one totally dismal and forgettable week at the IFC.
artworld wise, the situation could be summed up thus:
just this past summer 2012 (!!) WE LIVE IN PUBLIC finally scored a mention in ARTFORUM, the so-called bible of the art industry, as an obscure footnote to an obscure European filmmaker’s TOP TEN list – !!
way to go ARTFORUM.
looking back, maybe Josh should have eaten at BOTTINOS, instead of BALTHAZARS !!
and this wormy ill-researched 2 line blurb in ARTFORUM, was how many years after the fact ?!!
despite its huge, not to mention – upset win at SUNDANCE.
despite its premiere at MOMA.
despite global embrace.
despite the fact that all its participants were armed-to-the-teeth with talent, skills, and vision – and ready . . . to go.
I’m pretty sure further down the road this drop-off will be addressed.
I can only say for now: I can write one of the biggest & most extensive ‘blogs’ on the New York City art scene – and never, repeat NEVER – set foot in a mainstream gallery.
all the real action in NYC – happens outside the established boundaries.
and, you know what, maybe that’s just as well.
there’s nothing like hunger, and lack of recognition – to keep things, real.
I know that’s what Josh tries to tell himself, everyday.
and, let’s leave the sorry truth – at that.
JOSH showed up at MOMA in full hipster PSEUDO DOT-COM CEO mode.
note the signature cigar, and the custom-made down-to-the-cutting edge – silkscreen jacket. but clearly, he was not in a good mood. the MOMA premiere was being billed as a hometown – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC reunion – but on the inside, NOT !!
Josh did not want to see anybody. esp from the past.
was it facing everybody – as a ‘failure to launch the next big project’ – that spooked him ?
now broke, and the big question was how broke, how do you go thru $86 million – and not being able to throw the most fab after party to end all after parties – was that it ?
what got this notoriously moody & arrogant, but still, usually way charismatic guy, esp in PUBLIC – down ?
it probably didn’t help that ONDI was trumpeting the movie as a ‘cautionary tale’, and . . . she was NOT talking about the scary internet & social networking working big brother future before us.
she was talking about making a fortune – and losing it.
in the meantime,
in the biggest IRONY of all – Ondi and her cinematographer husband, the father of her child, had recently busted up, for good, because he had told Josh that she, Ondi had robbed him, Josh – budget-wise on the making of the film, and that she, Ondi . . . had the moral compass of a rat – !!
ok. I heard it directly from the ex in question, in person, by the the way. just saying.
although he was based in LA, he was on the L train in NYC 2 days later, when I bumped into him, quite by accident. sometimes it’s shocking – what a really small world it is.
and she’s . . . talking about Josh running through his fortune ?!!
did you wrap your head around that ?
JOSH HARRIS, CEO of PSEUDO at the WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – MOMA PREMIERE . . . greeting a chick, natch – with the media – in hot pursuit.
well, at least he had LUVVY close by, on the back of his jacket.
custom screened by the late, great . . . MARK ENGER.
WHICH BRINGS US TO THE . . . ATTACK VIDEO
in this beginning frame, from the notorious ‘Crazed fan of Pseudo attacks JOSH HARRIS’ clip,
we meet the film’s director – ONDI TIMONER.
and don’t get me wrong: she is super talented. a visionary herself, and we all owe her our lives. and make that global. across the board.
and damn straight, you had to be ‘hard’ and crafty to finance an indie film. damn straight it was hard to keep Josh on track, even in the best of times. and damn straight thank the lord – she grabbed the $$ while she could. and in light of the amount of money that used to circulate around Josh, it really wasn’t all that much anyways, probably didn’t even exceed $100 to 200 grand, if that.
and it was a pretty good spend, all-in-all.
getting all the way to Sundance and MOMA, no doubt about it.
the live Q+A followed the WE LIVE IN PUBLIC / MOMA NYC premiere inaugural screening.
the ‘attack’ video – was posted to Youtube immediately after it happened, and it spread like wildfire into the New York hipster night.
so, there was a lot of tension surrounding the night.
BUT still everybody was surprised when a seemingly legit audience member, “underdog88, remember me ?” got totally pissed off – at Josh’s arrogant belittling attitude – as in: “what’s your question” . . . ha.
and lunged onto the stage, attacking the moderator . . SCOTT HEFFERNAN first.
JOSH is going down, and Ondi is smart enough . . . to walk away !!
it looked real, and you know what . . . it was real !!
despite the fact that the attacker, ‘underdog88’, who turns out to be long time Pseudo employee #2 … ROBERT GALINSKY, had been pre-pegged !! and only 10 minutes before the actual Q+A, bye the way . . to do “something to throw people’s reality off-base”.
and by the Q+A moderator himself, SCOTT HEFFERNAN !!
apparently Josh had had some kind of a heads-up – as to some “kind of action” about to happen.
but no one else did, including Ondi.
HA: this was about as ‘staged’ as striking . . a match on a matchbox is – to setting a forest fire.
JOSH was being a jerk to all the ‘little people’ who had helped build the WLIP empire, and despite whatever hell he had put himself into, and Josh didn’t need any help with that !! he was the LEONA HEMSLEY of the nite, for real. and, GALINSKY got pissed for real – and took him down for real.
lucky nobody got really hurt.
I should talk . . but we’ll leave that story for another day.
final last words from attack dog, I mean, underdog88/Galinsky:
“I felt that it was an honor and a responsibility to attack Josh because I understood how many people would have wanted to do this . . . for real at certain points, so this to me was an epic responsibility.”
yes, it was a wild and far-out crew – that took down . . . ANNA WINTOUR.
may the . . . WE LIVE IN PUBLIC legend, continue to grow, and LIVE ON, FOR-EVER !!
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PHOTO OF JOSH in THE MARK ENGER CEO JACKET, FROM THE BACK: NANCY SMITH
PHOTO OF JOSH in JACKET/front: PSEUDO ARCHIVES
SCREENGRAB FRAMES FROM: ‘CRAZED FAN of PSEUDO ATTACKS . . ” – YouTube
in case you missed the link to the attack video, watch: ‘Crazed fan of Pseudo.com attacks founder JOSH HARRIS after screening of WE LIVE In PUBLIC’ – YouTube.
MOMA later highlighted WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – which it bought for their permanent collection – in an EVENTS BROCHURE – JULY 2010 !!
JOSH HARRIS – IN THE COMMUNAL, TRANSPARENT, natch – SHOWER at QUIET, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC.
MARC SCARPA THREW A BIRTHDAY PARTY, PSEUDO ‘INSIDER’ RE-UNION – and BOWLING PARTY . . . at BROOKLYN BOWL LAST TUES, SEPT 25, 2012. THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN READING ANDREW SMITH’S NEWLY RELEASED BOOK on JOSH . . and I wanted to know, what they thought.
from a diverse web thread they got going – I got the feeling, that yes. they thought it was drop-dead bonafide. and the few, but passionate down-side remarks it evoked in the peanut gallery – were more of an interesting take on the ‘issues’ . . . then on the book, itself. in fact, it was intriguing to see the history – that the book . . stirred up. ‘Imposter Syndrome’, ha.
they told me the book . . . was a great read. and, totally, true to life. yes, it did capture the early dotcom days, esp as they evolved around JOSH HARRIS and Pseudo; from the beginning, right on up to now. Galinsky said: “the book loses no steam between Josh and the later Wall Street chapters . . . now and then it ties it all together.”
LEFT: ROBERT GALINSKY: also known as ‘underdog88’.
if T-BO was Pseudo ‘radio’ employee number 3, then Galinsky was Pseudo ‘radio’ employee number 2.
Josh being number one.
A key figure in the founding of PSEUDO, GALINSKY was the wild card, or better put: he was the whole damn deck !! he came aboard at the very beginning in 1993. he went from overseeing one show – to overseeing over 50 !! – on the fledgling ‘Pseudo Online Network’.
However his greatest claim to fame – came at the very end, in fact even after the film, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – was finally completed in 2008 – after 7 long and uncertain years of editing. The shuffle to stay in the spotlight at Pseudo – was fierce. we all got dropped at one time or another, for various reasons, or new people came on, etc. plus if life didn’t hit you with a sucker punch, Josh could take up the slack.
the original comeback boy – ‘Underdog88’ – !! – he’s the guy, who is notorious for attacking JOSH on the stage during a live Q+A session – when ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ had it’s NEW YORK CITY premiere, after winning SUNDANCE DEC 2008 . . . at MOMA/MUSEUM of MODERN ART, APRIL 2009.
see: MOMA/WE LIVE IN PUBLIC
more on the ‘ATTACK’ VIDEO & underdog88 – posts next.
but just in case you can’t wait, see: ‘Crazed fan of Pseudo .. Attacks JOSH HARRIS’ – YouTube.
CENTER: BIRTHDAY BOY – MARC SCARPA. a frequent and highly respected technical consultant to the early Pseudo, Galinsky says: “Marc was instrumental in interpreting DENNIS ADAMO’S ideas. he continues, “Marc was a revolutionary of live streaming – he was always pushing the envelope.”
he is also a great host in the Pseudo tradition, freely running pitchers of margaritas, followed by a tray of shots.
he also seems to have branded himself, as Simplynew – way before ‘simply’ became the big new hot keyword in product branding – this past summer (2012).
see: Simplynew / REEL MENU
RIGHT: T-BO aka TOM LINDER.
Pseudo employee # 3.
of T-BO, Galinsky reports: “T-BO was one of the karmic founders of Pseudo. Every sound that was created or presented at Pseudo went through T-BO. but he was also a key creative “contributor” on many levels, not just audio, incl strategy and over-all planning for years 1-3. According to Galinsky, T-BO also built all the audio studios – at Pseudo, as well. hands-on.
GEORGE WHITE – he seems to have had a key technical role at Pseudo, for which he became famous, and he went on to do many other things of equal renown. the list, as told me at the time, was so ‘knock-out’, I couldn’t quite get my head around it, at the time. esp in the glam locale. bowling and all, but LAURIE ANDERSON’s name – stood out. I could tell, he seemed right off – like a pretty funny guy.
he said “Don’t post my picture anywhere, where I won’t . . . be able to get job !!”
also at the BROOKLYN BOWL PARTY – COPYRIGHT CONTRACT LAWYER, STEVE MASUR.
correct title: Managing Partner ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY LAW.
apparently he hung out around Pseudo, a lot.
damn, a copyright lawyer – just what everybody – needs !!
‘TOTALLY WIRED – On The Trail of the Great Dotcom Swindle’ – by ANDREW SMITH.
Galinsky had brought along the hard cover British edition, and damn, if the cover wasn’t beginning to grow on me – as the rave reviews – from the guys who had been there – came in.
see: ‘TOTALLY WIRED – On the Trail of the great DOTCOM SWINDLE’.
PHOTOS/COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH
the PSEUDO BOWLING PARTY of SEPT 2012.
some advance thoughts.
yes. it’s an intense mind scramble, so if you can’t take the heat – skip up to the next post.
LOOKING BACK, MISSING JOSH . . .
and giving the thumbs-up to ANDREW SMITH’S NEWLY PUBLISHED . . . ‘TOTALLY WIRED: ON THE TRAIL of the GREAT DOTCOM SWINDLE’. The Story of JOSH HARRIS & PSEUDO.
the great tech bubble of the 90s.
the rise and . . . the FALL. the wipe-out.
yep, the beginnings of that little ole thing we call . . . the Internet.
or: WE CAPTURE & ENSLAVE – KILLER WHALES, don’t we ?
HONEY BOO BOO – YOU BETTER WATCH OUT !!
BLACK & WHITE . . . just happen to be – the new ‘trend’ colors for FALL 2012, ha !!
see: Brooklyn Nets, Jay-z et al – aka ‘All Black in Brooklyn’ !!
. . . just saying.
NEW NETS – BLACK & WHITE LOGO – NEW YORK TIMES
SO, while ya’ll are awaiting your daily FIX of artlovers . . . take a mind-walk in the google ‘jungle’ – and look up: OCRAS / KILLER WHALES, who are back in the news . . . big time.
black and white and shiny all over – they are APEX predators, killing machines born to roam, and rule (!!) huge wide open sea territories. fierce as hell – and we lock ’em up in bathtub displays.
that’s who we are.
so who is JOSH HARRIS ?
PSEUDO YOU !! NOT EVERYTHING is BLACK & WHITE, or is it ?
how to even begin to tell you – the many layers to Pseudo. how about an animal metaphor, you know like they do to explain things for small children, in the Bible ?
see: independent Orca expert examines injury . . .
SEAWORLD says it was a “collision with a tank wall” . . . but you can clearly see it was a bite. a big one, they found the missing ‘chunk’ – on the floor of the tank. yes, they did. you can easily see the teeth puncture wounds, arranged in tell-tale orca mouth pattern. just look at the orca who was hurt.
this was an: orca on orca attack.
ORCA – KILLER WHALES in their NATURAL HABITAT.
PHOTO: DAVID ELLIFRIT CENTRE for WHALE RESEARCH c/o NEW YORK TIMES
see: DAVID ELLIFRIT CENTRE for WHALE RESEARCH
PRESCIENT, the NEW YORK TIMES SCIENCE PAGE . . . or what ?
turns out the SEPT 17, 2012 – NYT ARTICLE by SINDYAN BHANOO was quite, as they say, PRESCIENT !!
if you read between the lines – it’s quite interesting, too.
first off, orcas can live into their 90s, just like us, and no wonder they go crazy in captivity. this is not your average six month ‘insect’ life span.
second, bottomline: they need their mamas !! yo, mama !!
to protect, nourish, ‘coddle’ and comfort them – their WHOLE LIFE SPANS !! and instead they are placed into ‘bathtub’ scaled captivity – with other competitive alpha apex males.
no wonder things are going south over there in SEAWORLD. esp as these trained, caged … ‘pets’ age.
no wonder PETA – is having a fit. right on.
the Times Science article goes on to say:
“Humans, pilot whales and killer whales (orcas) are the ONLY known species in which females have a prolonged period of menopause – a time of life when they can not reproduce.”
(doesn’t mean, they don’t want sex, just saying . . . )
“Now, a study in the journal Science reports the purpose that menopause serves in orcas: for females to care for their sons and make sure their genes are passed on to future generations.”
“Females have a really unique life history . . . they stop reproducing in their 30s and 40s, but they can live into their 90s.”
” . . . for males over 30, the death of a mother meant an eightfold increase in the likelihood of death within a year.”
“Killer whales stick with their mothers their entire lives”.
DR. EMMA FOSTER, a marine biologist at at EXETER UNIVERSITY in ENGLAND, omg, another – BRIT !! – “suspects that mothers help sons with foraging or offer protection in encounters with other males.”
what the F, do the killer whales, in captivity . . read the NEW YORK TIMES ?
funny that they should ‘act out’ – on the heels of that article, or what.
think about it. information is just – not as liner as we think.
species interaction is not as straight forward as we think. and I bet neither . . . is the planetary stuff.
SEAWORLD. ORCAS. BLACK & WHITE. SPECIES on SPECIES ATTACK. COMMUNICATION. NON-TRADITIONAL INFORMATION CHANNELS.
THE ROLE of the FEMALE. . . the changing world. captivity. instant headlines. instant trends. video footage at your fingertip. killer whales. killer minds.
and so, the wide open web – begins to weave.
and that’s how PSEUDO – ROLLS.
. . . it eats the ground beneath ya.
PSEUDO, under Josh – was like a TIGER. it rolled over everything, and ate up many countless people along the way, in its relentless path – to define the future.
TIGER: the GERMAN TANK & KILLING MACHINE of WWII. it mowed over everything in its path, it’s one flaw: speed and flexibility.
PSEUDO was like the inverse – it had speed and flexibility. iyt was intangible. it was information. it was prophecy.
it was the web – before the web was even a day-to-day instant connection . . . for the masses. around the globe.
WATCH YOUR BACK, NEW YORK CITY.
Pseudo was a tech bubble in the making, but Pseudo also put out many deep roots, just like any ‘program’. any code.
the art world c got caught up in Pseudo for sure, just as much the tech world.
everyone at Pseudo knew content, graphics, visuals, photographs, trends, culture . . . were gonna rule the wireless waves.
esp thinking outside the box.
BLACK & WHITE.
those are Josh’s paintings on the wall.
code, dude. the ‘BULLET’ IRONING BOARD, at center – painted black, natch. is by ALFREDO MARTINEZ.
the space belonged to JEFF GOMPERTZ, now based in THAILAND, who made the famous 99+ artist pod hotel inWE LIVE IN PUBLIC.
PHOTO/COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH
BLACK & WHITE PAINTINGS by JOSH HARRIS . . .
real gorgeous, meaningful. and going right over everybody’s head. even, here in the capital of the art world, NEW YORK FRIGGIN CITY, ha.
I guess that’s why killer whales, and killer minds – still need their mamas (!!), close by.
note to: ELI BROAD – EAT YOUR HEART OUT.
PSEUDO gonna take you down, big time. I mean your collection stopped in the 80’s – and that’s all there is to it.
you missed out on the 90s – Pseudo ruled the 90s, no doubt about it.
PHOTO/COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH
BLACK & WHITE.
THE SHOW INVITE CARD, FRONT & BACK, FOR: ‘QUIET, GUNS & QUILTS’
JOSH HARRIS, ALFREDO MARTINEZ & JOHN EBERENZ, NANCY SMITH
JUNE 28 – JULY 20, 2001
SIVERSTEIN GALLERY – 520 WEST 21st STREET, NYC
the card’s artwork & design by: NANCY SMITH – YES !!
and yes to: BLACK & WHITE !!
ps: if you were lucky enough to be there, like Charlie Finch was !! – you saw the rough cut of ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . . then called ‘QUIET’. based on, and named after the PSEUDO MILLION DOLLAR MILLENNIUM YEAR 2000 – mega party.
uncensored, raw and raunchy.
pre-SUNDANCE 2008 GRAND JURY WIN –
totally wired, as in 24/7 surveillance & totally on-edge: tech-wise. art-wise, yes !!
where that original copy is – nobody knows. maybe I have it on VCR/CASSETTE in a box somewhere.
yep, VCR/CASSETTE. Pseudo was rolling the internet – before DVD.
got your mind behind that ?
and, that’s how PSEUDO ROLLED – don’t blink. take no prisoners.
and flying straight over the mainstream, for sure.
for good or for bad, . . . depends on your bank account, I guess.
but it was in DOUBLE DUTCH TIME, FAST – all the way. what a trip.
say what: KILLER WHALES . . . and KILLER MINDS.
UP-DATE: LIGHTNING BOLT
UP-DATE / SUN SEPT 30 – 3:07 PM
SCROLL DOWN TO THE CINDERS/STO PHOTO – for the UP-DATE on: BRIAN CHIPPENDALE & LIGHTNING BOLT / DESERT ISLAND SMOKE SIGNAL #13.
ANDREW SMITH, (R) – of ‘MOONDUST’ and ‘TOTALLY WIRED’, i.e. the men who walked on the moon – and the guys who pioneered the internet !!
yep. JOSH HARRIS & PSEUDO. yep, it be going viral – on AMAZON.
see: ANDREW SMITH/’TOTALLY WIRED – ON THE TRAIL of the GREAT DOTCOM SWINDLE’ – AMAZON
he’s with another ‘moon’ walker (!!) . . . PHIL COTE of the infamous BOBO !!
at the NY ART BOOK FAIR, when it was just getting . . . off the ground !! SEPTEMBER 2008.
A.A. BRONSON – the founder of the NY ART BOOK FAIR, and the current DIRECTOR. at one the very early manifestations – of his ‘future’ vision: civilization & ‘letters’ (!!). aka as the cutting edge.
‘Diamond Leaves’, anybody ? see below: STO & CINDERS – check !!
NY ART BOOK FAIR, SEPT 2008 – PHILLIPS de PURY AUCTION HOUSE on 15th ST.
STO at the CINDERS table. that’s a BRIAN CHIPPENDALE silkscreen above him.
p.s. I bet a lot of those zines arrayed on his table – are now BIG collectors’ items. ha.
the big international ZINE show, currently up in CHINA – in their brand new state-of-the-art CFCA Art Museum, includes almost 40 CINDERS zines.
see: ‘DIAMOND LEAVES – Brilliant Artist Books from Around the World’, BEIJING. P.R. CHINA. SEPT 18 – OCT 28, 2012
forget about “tripling” your dough – this is money invested x hundreds. and, not that much to get in. $10 bucks !!
that’s the kind of $ action – Josh loved. PSEUDO !!
UP-DATE: SUN SEPT 30, 2012/3:07 PM
yes, and that is a silkscreen piece by ‘the’ artist & musician . . . BRIAN CHIPPENDALE, behind Sto’s head, the piece that looks like . . . THANKSGIVING GONE WILD . . . whose band LIGHTNING BOLT just scored a mainstream write-up in the NEW YORK TIMES.
AND if YOU are still at the ART BOOK FAIR/2012 duh !! – you should head over to DESERT ISLAND & pick up a FREE COPY OF SMOKE SIGNAL #13 !!
BRIAN CHIPPENDALE did the FRONT & BACK – COVER. (just saying.)
check out: LIGHTNING BOLT
NICK PAYNE of BOBO – artists and musicians out of that – way magical Founding Fathers city – PHILLY / Philadelphia.
in fact, come to thunk on it: the BOBO tribe are all about: THE FUTURE GONZO PLANET . . . and ‘HARD COPY’ WASTE, too.
JOSH told me he did DMT, and – and that’s when he experienced an alien ‘mind’ invasion.
you know little guys in way-out green suits with tiny antennas on their heads, come by and say hello on another wave length.
o.k. let’s leave it at that.
BUT looking back, that could have been – the beginning of the end, or was it just the beginning of the beginning for Josh’s manic alter ego: the NOTORIOUS – MJ LUVVY !! and all those . . . we-are-BIO (!!) – sex investigations that went on at PSEUDO, under guise of leadership, academic endeavor, future shock, or was that just . . . plain ole All American red blooded / human entertainment 101.
and, the biggest biz on the web, it turns out. ha.
check: if it was happening – PSEUDO was on it. leaving no stone unturned.
well, come on. PSEUDO was born of JUPITER – the very first web trend ‘tracking’ site.
Josh’s first & best-ever brain-chile – he sold Jupiter for $86 mill. something like that. hey, that’s why it’s called the dotcom days !!
drug-fueled late nite orgies, check. live sex – under 24/7 surveillance, of course.
aka the PSEUDO AFTER AFTER PARTY – ha.
yeah, that’s how we rolled – at PSEUDO.
did I mention dough: tons of dough ? unbelievable tons of dough.
come on – do it again. JOSH !!
PHOTOS BY & COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH. NY ART BOOK FAIR, NYC. SEPT 28, 2008.
ok. by popular demand !! a few more pix . . .
PSEUDO: FUTURE SHOCK.
I found a great quote when I was looking it up:
“Some pseudo-events cease to be pseudo because of the sheer aptness for the moment.” (!!)
FILE UNDER: DON’T LOOK – BACK, not !!
OR: you can’t know your FUTURE – if you don’t KNOW YOUR PAST. PSEUDO 101.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING. ARCHIVE.
cornered, caught in the moment . . . of the cultural intersection. PSEUDO.
like a deer in the headlights of Josh’s land rover up on the Farm in the APPLE ORCHARDS, late at night.
‘deer hunting’ . . . is what we called it.
PHOTOS BY & COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH, NYC. SEPT 28, 2008
ANDREW SMITH, the Brit who penned . . . ‘TOTALLY WIRED – ON THE TRAIL OF THE GREAT DOTCOM SWINDLE’
essentially the story of rise and fall of JOSH HARRIS and PSEUDO – and the DOTCOM BUBBLE impact on the world around them – leading up to where we are now !!
set foot on this lovely island of NEW YORK CITY, from his home base in London, back in OCTOBER of 2008.
The author of the critically acclaimed and international best seller: ‘MOONDUST’, he had come to research his next project – JOSH HARRIS and the glorious DOTCOM DAYS !!
perhaps as befitting someone who had just successfully documented and brought to life on paper – the lives of the last 9 remaining ‘moonwalkers’, the surviving astronauts who had gone to the moon and come back – he arrived from his tiny bit of over-ambitious island to land, set foot – on our over-reaching bit of water-surrounded island – on a very, very auspicious moment.
right off upon his contacting me, I told him to meet me at the corner of HOUSTON and BROADWAY, on the very fringes of SOHO, a very wired ‘corner’ with a lot of history, being the site of the original PSEUDO headquarters !! lo and behold, the building had just been bought and was going through commercial changes – but, there on the glass plate front door, for all to see – was a HUGE smearing of what looked like . . . sand and glue.
it looked quite awesome and deliberate . . . some sort of street ‘tag’ at worst, magic tantric Drune symbol – at best ?
yes, even ANDREW SMITH, who had interviewed the astronauts who had walked on the moon – was impressed !!
I had to contact JOSH – who was up on the FARM, at that time, and ask: what the F ?
turns out key Pseudo early player, CAL, aka JUDGECAL aka the KING of THE NYC VAMPIRES, for real dudes (!!) – had just expired under mysterious circumstances. a drug OD ? extreme auto-eroticism did pop-up on the inner ‘chat’ lines – or just a fatal failure . . . to be able adapt and move on, survive . . . the rock bottom collapse of PSEUDO ? these were the circumstances of his death. he was still quite young, and either out of deference to his defining star role at PSEUDO, or as an angry gesture against the place that had put him up, and then brought him down, in other words back at ya PSEUDO !!
and, of course the merry MJ LUVVY – the wizard of OZ himself: Josh Harris.
and we had just walked upon it – all unknowing – in that ‘exact’ sweet spot between it going up, and before it came down.
that’s the way things went at PSEUDO. and around JOSH HARRIS, it’s hard to put a word on that kind of cosmic harmonic – that we all felt over there – but photos, and ‘natural born’ timing, aka RADAR – speak louder than words.
PSEUDO – you can’t fake that !!
and, come to think on it, looking back now – maybe that group signage, vampire originated … was the hex that brought eventually brought Josh down, and I mean, really down – too.
conclusion: never fight with a Vampire.
see: ANDREW SMITH – ‘MOONDUST’ Publishers Guide. normally, I’d say don’t look back – but it, that be real good stuff . . . real-time interviews with the real men who walked … on the moon. how can you beat that, no-brainer.
luckily, in another totally auspicious NYC minute !! – there was an opening reception, at the fly-by-night, now you see it, now you don’t, way under the mainstream radar – nearby ANONYMOUS GALLERY, which is now transplanted to MEXICO CITY . . bye the way. shout out to: JOSEPH !!
at any rate: we caught the work of some really bonafide street artists, in particular, the super awesome SP.One / GREG LAMARCHE, who I had followed intensely for a long time. and yes, I do believe, in my heart of hearts – that, that white ‘N’ is for NANCY !! I had just posted a real positive review of a more recent show, a street ‘container’ pop-up – for him.
and then – I took ANDREW SMITH over to the late night opening bash – for the – 2008 NY ART BOOK FAIR !!
that’s the money shot dudes, FOR THIS NY ART BOOK FAIR 2012 WEEKEND, or what !!
t-i-m-i-n-g is all !!
when it was still in Manhattan, still in its nascent state, and staged on 15th St. – in the former PHILLIPS de PURY AUCTION HOUSE.
ANDREW IS WITH . . . artist & musician – PHIL COTE of BOBO !! a great Indie band outta Philly, if there ever was a great band, outta PHILLY – this is it.
if you know anything – on this type of stuff, you know: BOBO rules !!
art wise, too.
well, that’s the way – we rolled at PSEUDO.
ALL PHOTOS BY & COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH. NYC OCT 26, 2008
‘TOTALLY WIRED’ – THE STORY OF JOSH HARRIS & THE EARLY DOT-COM DAYS – at PSEUDO !!
A NEW BOOK – BY BRIT AUTHOR – ANDREW SMITH – WILL BE FEATURED ‘NEWS’ – THIS WEEKEND !!
along with where to find the best NEW zines, etc !!
IT’S NY ART BOOK FAIR – WEEKEND . . . !! and this is a BOOK, is it not ?
on a bunch of totally wired & visionary guys, who took their dot-com millions – and hyper-fueled the NYC underground art scene . . . for a few really great, hyper-charged years !!
SO, JUST CURIOUS . . . ANYBODY COOL ENOUGH IN THAT WHOLE ‘ART’ BOOK FAIR – TO BE STOCKING – THIS BOOK !!?
huh, why do I bet, NOT !!
PS1 MOMA – not as totally cutting edge as it HYPES itself, out to be !! or what ?
more to post !!
but I’ll say this – the PSEUDO CREW – the real inside guys, who were there at the beginning – just gave this book, ‘TOTALLY WIRED’ – a big thumbs up !! – they say it reads true, loud & clear !!
P.S. and just in case, I am wrong, ha !! send me your iPhone photo – see contact at top left – of the book at the NY ART BOOK FAIR 2012, along with the distributor table info – and I’ll post it !!
along with ANY other message you want to put out, as well . . . and well, I’ll even throw in $10 bucks, to boot !!
as if . . . !!
back in the JOSH HARRIS days, that reward would have been a cool grand, at least !! plus we’d be having the after party – to end all after parties. thus the legend was … and, it was ALL TRUE !!
I know – I was there.
note: PIX OF THE PSEUDO CREW, THEIR TAKE on THE BOOK & PIX of ANDREW SMITH – COMING UP – SO, STAY WIRED !!