~PERROTIN . . NYC DEBUT

PAOLA PIVI … THE NEW ‘ANTI-HIRST’ ?

PS: YEAH, ME & KATE .. HIT THE VIP PARTY at PERROTIN.
BIG PAR-TAY – LOTS OF PIX !!
GREAT PAR-TAY !!
HUGE AFTER-PARTY. ABSOLUTE, NON-ENDING FAB FAB – 5 STAR FOOD .. FOLLOWED BY LATE NITE CARNIVAL & DANCE PARTY – at the mighty opulent .. RUSSIAN TEA ROOM.

BUT BACK . . TO THE OPENING at the GALERIE & .. THE ART.
DAMN, THOSE FRENCH ARE SO FORMAL. SO ELEGANT. I FELT LIKE THE HARDCORE LIVE WIRE .. I AM !! in a CHINA SHOP !!
IT WAS .. ELECTRIC.

IT WAS GLAM. IT WAS FUN !! THAT FOR SURE !! THE NIGHT OF THE SEASON, or at least this month (!!) .. no doubt about it.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS made the scene. so did PUBLIC SCHOOL !!
and, we caught the very first sighting of our prodigal son returns to the fold .. JEFFREY DEITCH.
and yeah, he looked happy to be back, too.

GALERIE PERROTIN – DEBUT NYC OPENING – SEPT 17, 2013

PAOLA PIVI – “Ok, you are better than me, so what ?”
SEPT 18 – OCT 26, 2013
GALERIE PERROTIN – 909 MADISON AVE – NEW YORK


EMMANUEL PERROTIN . .

I think what threw me off balance when I first entered, was not the just the cutting edge celebrity wattage, and the big glam .. surge !!
but, the .. scale.

re: attack of the ‘giant’ galleries, this attack was large, only in the sense of a multi-branch international .. gallery. as opposed to simply a large ‘spatial’ viewing thing, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. big things bomb too, haha – no names today !!
I’m up to being elegant, when I want . . to.

it’s just I didn’t re-adjust my perceptional radar immediately ..
the fact that the work literally leapt out at you – from the above, and rolled around in the aisles .. contributed to this initial disorientation, and that was a good thing.
to be caught off balance, in a hi-end gallery .. what a riot. yes !!

well, that was all part of the serious .. fun. I started to pace my innate paparazzi hound dog instincts, to the actual floor space .. and things got better. everyone was tremendously gracious & in very good spirits. there was real excitement in the air.


yep, SWIZZ BEATZ and PHARREL WILLIAMS.
if you google either one, the first thing that pops up is: estimated net worth !!
haha, Swizz Beatz is worth an estimated $65 million, and Pharrel is worth an estimated $80 million. that’s a whole lot of star wattage !! just there.

but the best part of running into these guys, is the talent surge. off the grid. beyond the meter. making eye contact with Pharrel .. is like looking into the stairway to heaven. he loved Kate’s boots, they were both wearing similar white snakeskin-hued leather ankle boots, but this last sentence might have to self-destruct in 24 hrs, when Kate gets awind of it !!
he liked Kate, who doesn’t ?
he told her: “nice boots”. omg.
he knew a ‘local’ – born & raised on the Bowery back in the day .. of BASQUIAT & KEITH HARING, JACK GOLDSTEIN & even DAN ASHER !! when he saw it.


KAWS.


PETER MARINO ..


MAXWELL OSBORNE of PUBLIC SCHOOL ..


DAO-YI CHOW of PUBLIC SCHOOL ..


JEFFREY .. was definite into hanging out with Swizz and Pharrell, if nothing else .. Jeffrey is a huge talent sponge. and maybe .. that’s the best part of what can be .. a very complicated package.


in fact I don’t recall JEFFREY DEITCH ever being so happy.
does absence make the heart grow fonder, I guess so !!


PAULA COOPER ..


PAOLA PIVI, the Italian artist, born in Milan in 1971 – was the artist of the night. but strangely, or humbly, or by nature .. she was keeping a low profile. maybe her show’s title, “Ok, you are better than me, so what?’ was a clue ..?
at any rate she was right about one thing, everybody gets leveled back to day one .. when they enter this city !! Enter at your own risk, and out your hands up, while you are at it, too.
eat you up & spit you out. is us.
the expression: don’t come into the kitchen, if you can’t take the heat .. comes to mind.
and plus, there’s tons of super talented homies, ahead of you in the line .. so watch how you step on the home turf.. baby !!


PAOLA PIVI, ‘Sometimes I have to stand for my safety’ 2013, and ‘I never danced before’ 2013 .. Urethane foam, plastic, feathers. 88-1/4 x 37 x 38-1/4 in. / 84-1/4 x 35-1/2 x 41 in.

yep, watch how you step on the home turf, baby !!


PAOLA PIVI, ‘Who told you white men can jump?’, 2013.
Urethane foam, plastic, feathers. 32-1/4 x 96-1/2 x 52 in.

this piece – leapt out at ya, from above the entry doorway. yep, Paulo was letting her work, speak for her. a ‘conceptual’ artist, who seems to have a way with words, in her titles at least, she lives and works in Anchorage, ALASKA, but is currently in India (!!) .. so, I bet she doesn’t take to casual banter, or what !!


PAOLA PIVI, ‘Mama no more diapers, please’, 2013.
Urethane foam, plastic, feathers. 48 x 62 x 39 in.

well .. on first encounter, the bears and I were mutually .. quizzical. they were so .. ethereal, you felt you could walk right thru them. I was thinking, this is the anti-Damien Hirst .. ?


PAOLA PIVI, ‘Money machine (true blue, baby I love you)’, 2013. Stainless steel, mixed materials, money.
96 x 83 x 63-1/4 in.

this life-size piece was downstairs, and my first thought was: BORIS RASIN and KENNY KOMER .. eat your hearts out. had she seen .. their ‘money machine’ at Gavin Brown’s ?
what I did love about it, was how it had inclined proportions, and was built like a tank, or a fort, for real. the cobalt blue hue .. was just wild.


detail. it had somebody inside throwing out money, but you could put money in it, as well.. so then I was getting flashbacks to that Gelitin installation, where you put artifacts in, and got handmade, rather crude replicas .. back.
but don’t get me wrong.
if money machines are some kind of new subtext, genre – I’m down with that.


but the amount of money it was spewing, the money on the floor was disappointing. I mean if you, the gallery .. spend gobs & gobs of dough on the upper east side space, and the blow-out after party . . wtf ? you go cheap on the main attraction ?

all the machine seemed to spew was a couple of measly one dollar bills, and a handful of coins ? not even enough to have enticed the ghost of .. SIMON CERIGO !!

damn, it would have been so much more fun to have seen some real $$$ dough .. dispersed !!
and, then watch to see whether any of those fab chicks in their lbds / little black dresses, and 7 inch heels .. would have stooped down, and become .. ‘pickers’ !!


the last good-bye.
a MURAKAMI on the back wall – in the new downstairs inner office.

all in all .. a NIGHT TO REMEMBER !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~PERROTIN .. CATTELAN / FIRMAN / TAKE TWO !! (REVISION).

as in MAURIZIO CATTELAN vs DANIEL FIRMAN !!

looks like I really kicked a hornets nest .. on that one.

so: ‘BITCH STOLE MY LOOK’ – TAKE TWO.

that show-stopping, super seductive life-size hyper realist chick .. about to disrobe in Perrotin’s new lower level, is NOT by CATTELAN. it’s by DANIEL FIRMAN.

I guess I jumped to conclusions since Cattelan’s work is widely known here in NYC, while Firman’s is not. I guess it all just comes down to sculpture – realist sculpture – as old as the Greeks.

with it’s newest ‘take’/ hi-tech plastic technology .. probably harking back to DUANE HANSON.

though it’s an interesting topic. competitive branding / signature ‘look’. once the hi-tech technology becomes more accessible – the new ‘marble’ .. then it’s the ‘concept’ .. that really counts ?
I’m sure I accidentally .. touched on something.

I mean, just backing off of these guys, for a moment. doesn’t anybody else trace a line from JEFF KOONS’ steel balloon bunnies . . to KAWS’ recent MOONMAN, that also looked totally ‘blown up’ at the seams. just saying.
it’s an interesting dialog. and it’s NOT NEW.

it goes back through art history .. groups of very individual, super competitive artists .. riffing and dialoging on the same theme, in the same material. the American Abstract Expressionists, for example. I guess it’s what they used to call: ‘schools’ in the ole days. also popping up in thought: the recent Impressionist show at the MET, which showcased very identical on the surface, but absolutely different ‘garden’ scenes between MONET, MANET, RENOIR, etc.

see: IMPRESSIONISM, Fashion, and Modernity. FEB 26 – MAY 27, 2013 at the MET

and, yeah.
on second glance, it’s obvious. Cattelan is more ‘political’ in the curve-balls he throws. from what I saw of Firman’s work online – he is more poetic, more philosophical. I see more of Duane Hanson’s influence, the ‘accidental’ tourist in his realism. whereas Cattelan’s work never fades into, or merges into ambience or poetry, unless you want to call the poetry of political rebellion .. ambience ?
in Firman’s work there is a mystery. in Cattelan’s there is a call .. to action.
takes 2 to tango.

so, that being said:

here’s a re-file: ‘BITCH STOLE MY LOOK’ – APOLOGIES, JOAN RIVERS !!

and apologies: CATTELAN & FIRMAN.


MAURIZIO CATTELAN, bad boy of the art world .. at the RUSSIAN TEA ROOM AFTER-PARTY, PERROTIN DEBUT BASH, NYC, SEPT 17, 2013.

CATTELAN, also represented by Perrotin .. put on that great GUGGENHEIM retrospective, a year or so back.

let’s hope Cattelan the Prankster .. can take a joke. he plays plenty, himself.
I mean, wasn’t he supposed to be .. retiring ?!!!

of course, the biggest joke was the 99% en bulk of the so-called art critics in this town !! who played themselves to be fools, too kind a word – when they collectively trashed ‘ALL’ .. Cattelan’s awesome awesome ‘hanging’ retrospective at the Guggenheim, en masse. one of the best shows this town has seen in decades .. with lines that went around the block – to get in. the day I went, MARC JACOBS was seen .. just rolling with delight !!

I may make my mistakes, but they pale .. in comparison to that mass misstep.

see: CATTELAN, ‘ALL’ – GUGGENHEIM, NOV 4, 2011 – JAN 22, 2012.


PERROTIN had a few works by his gallery artists scattered in the lower level exhibition space.
this one was the BEST.
and it fooled a lot of people !! including myself, apparently.


I had thought it to be by Cattelan,
but it was by DANIEL FIRMAN, and it was SEAMLESS.
and I mean, s-e-a-m-l-e-s-s. perfect. in concept & production. absolutely life-like. mysterious, caught you off-guard, just around a little bend in the most tucked away part of the gallery. I watched as several people backed away in embarrassment .. for having thought they had accidentally intruded .. into a private space.
a private moment.

I wonder if the setting, was the real ‘office’ kichenette, or purely a fictional prop, made-up. I’m thinking, yes – it is the actual office/kitchen annex ?

the best part was: I just happened to be in the right spot, at the right time, to overhear JEFFEREY DEITCH, remark to someone who had just led him to the ‘forbidden’ site of undress .. state in very good humor, something like .. “haha, I’ve seen that before.” !!

he was of course referring to his BARRY McGEE exhibit, of 2005.
hence, the ‘BITCH STOLE MY STYLE’ .. gibe.

all in all, JEFFREY seemed in the best spirits – I have ever seen him in. he was always a little uptight and, well – cranky, at his own openings. does absence make the heart grow fonder ? I’m thinking: yeah.
and, is that sentiment .. a 2 way street ?
ditto. yes, apparently !!


BARRY McGEE, ‘Untitled (Bathroom installation)’, 2005. mixed media, dimensions variable
PHOTO COURTESY: DEITCH PROJECTS/BARRY McGEE – ‘ONE MORE THING’, MAY 7-AUG 13, 2013,
DEITCH PROJECTS – 18 WOOSTER, NYC.

see: more pix – BARRY McGEE, ‘ONE MORE THING’, DEITCH PROJECTS


JEFFREY DEITCH -THE ‘GOOD HUMOR’ GUY – !!
the prodigal son returns ?
what, blew your wad .. in LA.
bet you got a golden .. parachute, or something. you don’t look too worried. bet you still got some tricks up your sleeves.

well one thing’s for sure, JEFFREY will have a hard time beating PERROTIN at the party game !!
JEFFREY was always a little tight .. on the par-tay !!
but friggin’ pretty good .. on the cutting edge art. it’s kinda been a wasteland without him.

see: DEITCH PROJECTS

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. NYC, SEPT 17, 2013, unless otherwise noted.




~PERROTIN .. RUSSIAN TEA ROOM

BEARS, BEARS, and more BEARS.

SIGNS, SIGNALS & ICONS . . .

CASH.

the PERROTIN after party for their NYC launch .. was in word: ABSOLUTELY FAB.

it took place at the RUSSIAN TEA ROOM, and was set in stages, with a dinner/buffet first, and then carnival reveling with gallery artists .. and late night dance party following. the dinner was lavish. the food was just spectacular. baked salmon in dough, roast beef and some kind of lobster/seafood .. served plentifully at manned stations, roaming servers with trays piled high with small specalities. open bar. 2 of them. all of it was sublime, and normally high-charged New Yorkers just sat back, and relaxed .. in the darkened and ‘stained glass’ ambience.


of course, I was struck ‘speechless’ by almost the first thing I noticed. at the Russian Tea Room .. a couple of curio cabinets adorned with a collection of Russian icons, and .. those ever-famous nesting dolls.

yeah I had my ‘radar’ in place .. moment. that for sure.

PAREIDOLIA: psychological phenomena that seeks to find meaning in RANDOM STIMULI.

APOPHENIA: the spontaneous perception of connections & meaningfulness of UNRELATED phenomena – URBAN DICTIONARY.

SERENDIPITY: a very good coincidence, often leading to something really AWESOME !! – URBAN DICTIONARY

ALEATORIC: meaning “music of chance” !! – URBAN DICTIONARY

even in the huge experience pool – that is NEW YORK CITY, you can find .. signs in patterns, that re-affirm your individual path amongst the teeming millions.
that for sure.

daily life, is just a another TAROT CARD, thrown down at your feet . .
the big trick is to .. catch the ball when it’s thrown in your direction.
… and run with it.

I guess that’s why the Russian culture, mired in bleak winter-dominated culture .. is so icon-dominated ?


the intro to: Converse China – ‘Far East, Up North’ an awesome awesome wonderful travel/short skateboarder documentary video by . . the super talented PATRIK WALLNER.
which we featuredjust last weekend / in a post on the VLADIMIR SKATE FILM FESTIVAL in CROATIA.

see: VISUAL TRAVELING – PATRIK WALLNER

watch, for sure: Converse China – ‘Far East, Up North’


inside the Russian Tea Room .. the decor had the worn-in look of .. opulence, stained glass windows, and Faberge eggs – gone large. but not huge. there was nice warm glow – about the place .. it was fab.
it was fab to be invited to such a luxe scene, Perrotin – check, check and more CHECK.
as in alright, dude !! right on.


it didn’t feel spanking new, which was also a relief, on the senses – it had the worn-in look of comfort … grand ambience that approaches.. background.
but fab background, know what I mean ?


there was even a giant glass Russian dancing bear, a juggling bear .. I guess a riff on centerpiece ice sculpture . .


up close, you could see a water line, it was water filled . . .


and those flitting coppery shadows ?
goldfish !!

so yeah I had a DAMIEN HIRST MOMENT !!
no, not the sharks / sheep in formaldehyde. the fish tanks/aquariums .. in OB GYN offices !!
wow, how do they get in there and keep that unconventional aquarium — so clean.
in-house haz mat team ?

and then I had a flash to the PERROTIN history. EMMANUEL PERROTIN gave DAMIEN HIRST his first
show in 1991.
yep, read: The Secret History of HIRST & PERROTIN – ART MARKET MONITOR


detail, PAOLA PIVI, ‘Mama no more diapers, please’, 2013.
Urethane foam, plastic, feathers. 48 x 62-1/4 x 39 in.

PAOLA PIVI – ‘Ok, you are better than me, so what ?’
SEPT 18 – OCT 26, 2013
GALERIE PERROTIN – 909 MADISON AVE, NYC.

and then I had a flash to the PERROTIN debut exhibit here: PAOLA PIVI, ‘Ok, you are better than me, so what?’
POLAR BEARS, or what !!
feathered, or not ..
plush neon-colored, or not. polar bears !!

APOPHENIA !! in a nutshell … seeing signs in patterns, or what !!

GREAT PAR-TAY !!

see: all the press the night has garnered in just 3 days !!

topping the list: “A Gallery Opens Spewing Cash” by BOB MORRIS, THE NEW YORK TIMES/SEPT 18, 2013

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. NEW YORK CITY, SEPT 17, 2013




~FANTAGRAPHICS BOOK PARTY . . SAT

but heads up for SAT SEPT 21, 2013 !! 8 PM

BIG COMIC PAR-TAY & BOOK SIGNING .. at BERGEN COMICS !!

FEATURING 5 FANTAGRAPHICS ARTISTS:

ED PISKOR, ULLI LUST, CHARLES FORSMAN, LESLIE STEIN, and TOM KACZYNSKI

more info: BERGEN STREET COMICS / FANTAGRAPHICS BOOK PARTY

GOT TO RUN ….




~KENZO .. in BROOKLYN / UP-DATE

UP-DATE: WED SEPT 18, 2013: THE LOW-DOWN SKINNY . . . on KENZO.
CAROL LIM and HUMBERTO LEON, founders of the huge success OPENING CEREMONY, were invited to become creative directors of KENZO, in JULY 2011 – and ever since then . . the house has just taken off. HUGE. HUGE. HUGE.
no doubt about it, witness:

BY WAY OF PARIS . . !!

KATE . . caught a KENZO photo shoot last week – in the streets of BROOKLYN.
WILLIAMSBURG.

PHOTOS: KATE CERIGO, SEPT 2013. BROOKLYN.

actually the KENZO FALL/WINTER 2013 collection .. looks amazing & their website is .. well, swift, clean .. stylish. very stylish .. but, above all else: PICTURESQUE !!
I GOT MY EYE ON YOU !!

see: KENZO OFFICIAL WEBSITE

from the lookbook:


KENZO FW 2013


KENZO FW 2013


KENZO FW 2013


KENZO FW 2013




~SERGEJ VUTUC ..

meet SERGEJ VUTUC . .


catch up: with his work . .


this is .. SERGEJ VUTUC cooking up a storm at a show . .
photos: from his personal journal . .


if you be a skateboarder .. then you know – what we be .. atalkin’ about !!
photo: SERGEJ VUTUC .. SEPT 10, 2013

ok, since it’s a rainy rainy day here in NYC . .
you might, just be stuck inside with .. more time to cruise the web.
here’s a little more background.

I first meet SERGEJ VUTUC at a wonderful outlaw totally off-the-grid, wild & absolute de-constructed show put on by . . . JOCKO WEYLAND of ELK ZINE & his sometimes, roving / pop-up .. ELK GALLERY,
in the ROCKAWAYS !! ROCKAWAY BEACH – back in SEPT 2011.
the show was called:
SERGEJ VUTUC & LELE – LIVE FROM USA (!!)


see: the first post – SERGEJ VUTUC & LELE


SERGEJ VUTUC, LARS GREIWE and DAVID COULIAU at the opening night/the only night (!!) .. of the show.
it was a one night – PAR-TAY !!
photographer SERGEJ VUTUC originally hails from the BALKANS, CROATIA.
LARS GREIWE is a photographer from GERMANY, and DAVID COULIAU is a documentary filmmaker/cameraman – from FRANCE.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, SEPT 17, 2011. ROCKAWAY BEACH. NYC.


SERGEJ VUTUC & LELE .. the exhibition.
get the picture ?
totally wild, deconstructed and .. GREAT !! AWESOME in a word.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH


we got TOTALLY LOST – in the ROCKAWAYS on the way home. if you’ve been there – then you know what I’m talkin about ..
s-c-a-r-y. totally scary.
the projects .. re-done as a concrete wasteland, that goes on for miles.
no parks, no green. nada. nada & more .. nada.
whatever.
this is LARS GREIWE’S skateboard at the time . . in the context it was FUNNIE . .
LIFE ITSELF
IS STILL BEAUTIFUL.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH

see: more pix from SERGEJ & LELE .. LIVE FROM USA / ELK POP-UP, SEPT 2011.




~SKATE FILM FEST .. CROATIA

VLADIMIR SKATE FILM FESTIVAL, FAZANA, CROATIA .. SEPT 13 -14, 2013

SOME INTERNATIONAL UNDERGROUND NEWS, JUST IN FROM: SERGEJ VUTUC ..

I post this, not just because the graphics are superlative, and the content is a-m-a-z-i-n-g, but because it is interesting to look beyond our little island bursting with cutting edge ‘creatives’ .. to see how American culture, the best of it – the drive and strive for personal freedom and freedom of e-x-p-r-e-s-s-i-on .. is like a seed that blows around the whole world and often sets off a spark on a foreign shore, that is very different in it’s impact & endurance – than it’s ‘current’ cultural ‘footprint’ – here at home.
~ NANCY

and also because:
NYC is very ego-centric. center of the art world supposedly, and all that. sometimes .. we forget there is .. a whole wide world – out there !!
doin’ a whole bunch of great & really .. awesome stuff.


IMAGERY & TEXT BELOW: SERGEJ VUTUC / WORDPRESS

ps: skate translates as .. skateboard – which in turn translates as: ‘wooden toy’. (!!)

SERGEJ VUTUC WRITES:

“for a few years my old friend from Zagreb, ZUBAK, wrote to me about idea to make skatefilm festival in Fanzana, Istrien, CROATIA … few weeks later he send me some photos of parking place/playground where they did it .. raw and full of passion to do something and share with this wooden toy made many things in Fazana different than normal life looks … today start 3rd festival with list of one of the greatest films at the moment in skateboarding and exhibition with list of friends from Balkan but also overseas.”

check out: VLADIMIR FILM FESTIVAL / FAZANA SKATE FILM FESTIVAL – BLOG & LINE-UP !!

SOME HIGHLIGHTS:


‘PUSHED’ – A FILM BY FLORIAN SCHNEIDER
4 GUYS INSPIRED BY A WOODEN TOY – BOBBY PULEO, PONTUS ALV, STEFAN MARX & ADAM SELLO


POSTER / DEFORMIS INTRA DECOREM! – IMAGE VIA: SZNYDOER’S
PONTUS ALV, ADAM SELLO, STEFAN MARX, BOBBY PULEO

most def, check out: FLORIAN SCHNEIDER’S BLOG – SZNYDOER’S !!


CHECK OUT: MAGENTA SKATEBOARDS !!


‘SOLEIL LEVANT’ – a FILM BY MAGENTA SKATEBOARDS
soleil levant .. sun rising ? I’m in !!


omg – catch this trailer – swift, swift & MORE SWIFT !!
watch: ‘SOLEIL LEVANT’ – TRAILER/YouTube


damn, that trailer is A-M-A-Z–IN-G !!

the 2 second ‘intro’ .. WORLDWIDE CONNECTIONS (!!) – is absolute FAB !!
yeah, go back & hit that link – or just you know, get off my site and go eat a stale bagel or something.


‘TENGU, GOD OF MISCHIEF’ – a FILM BY COLIN READ
see: mandible CLAW, bitch


watch: TRAILER – ‘TENGU – GOD OF MISCHIEF’ – by COLIN READ


‘THE MANDALAY EXPRESS’ – A FILM BY PATRIK WALLNER
see: VISUAL TRAVELING – A BLOG BY PATRIK WALLNER !!

whatever you do, DO NOT MISS HIS ‘VIDEO’ ARCHIVE !!

INCLUDING:


SEE: ‘CONVERSE CHINA / FAR EAST UP NORTH’ – BY PATRIK WALLNER / VIMEO


SEE: ‘ORDOS’ / A SUPER SUPER AMAZING VIDEO – BY PATRIK WALLNER / VIMEO

FILE UNDER: WISH I COULD BE – THERE !!




~MATT LEINES .. ‘GREEN POINT’ TERMINAL

BRIAN WILLMONT …

is opening a new indie gallery space in Brooklyn, called GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY . .
the inaugural opening is .. to-nite: FRI SEPT 13, 2013 / 6-9 PM

GREENPOINT TERMINAL GALLERY – 67 WEST ST #320 – BROOKLYN

ps: there’s a GREAT quote / ‘Up In Smoke’ – JACK LONDON .. on the website.

despite it’s numeral configuration, Friday the .. !!
turns out to be an auspicious date – weather-wise.
the gods were NOT smiling down on the art world last night.
all the openings last nite – got rained out, and I mean rained out !!
severe pounding rain, lightning, thunder, the works – from exactly 7-9 PM. so that was that.
today is sunny & like .. butter would not melt in your mouth. rain, what rain ?

the first show is called, ‘UP IN SMOKE’ – it’s a group show featuring works by: JOSEPH HART, MATT LEINES, LEIF LOW-BEER, PAUL WACKERS and RYAN WALLACE.

the show will run thru OCT 6, 2013.
note the gallery hrs: FRI 12-5 PM & BY APPOINTMENT


MATT LEINES, ‘Rick’, 2012. acrylic on canvas, 16 x 24 in.

GREEN .. POINT .. TERMINAL – get it ?
new age .. POINTILLISM !!


MATT LEINES, ‘Interior 2’, 2010. acrylic on paper on collaged paper. 23 x 40 in.

you can find more images: MATT LEINES on tumblr


MATT LEINES, at apparently .. the final BROOKLYN COMICS & GRAPHICS FESTIVAL. NOV 2012.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH




~POMPEII & SCHOOL SPIRITS ..

A DOUBLE BOOK RELEASE PARTY !! – THURS SEPT 12, 2013 / 7 PM

BERGEN STREET COMICS – 470 BERGEN ST – BROOKLYN

FRANK SANTORO – ‘POMPEII’ – a “spellbinding dreamlike saga”.

and

ANYA DAVIDSON – ‘SCHOOL SPIRITS’ – a “kinetic, mind-expanding debut graphic novel.”




~FRANK SANTORO .. POMPEII

. . . the story takes place just before the eruption of Pompeii in year 79AD, and follows Marcus, a young expat artist from Paestum who works as an assistant in Pompeii to Flavius, a seemingly well-regarded painter.
Aside from mixing paint . . .

guess, you’ll have to buy the book – to find out . . what happens, next !!

FRANK SANTORO tells a delightful story – “that is rooted in emotional truths” ~ DAN NADEL

captured in the broad strokes of a painterly master artist .. who gets lost in his imagination, in the most abstract .. and poetic of ways. a very wonderful, light hand bound to a curious, and often historical eye ~ NANCY SMITH

FRANK SANTORO – POMPEII
144 pgs, B&W, 8.5 x 11 in.
$19.55
Published by PICTUREBOX / POMPEII – more info

SANTORO – POMPEII / IMAGES VIA PICTUREBOX, where you can find a few more !!


FRANK SANTORO, BROOKLYN COMICS & GRAPHICS FESTIVAL, NOV 2011
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH