I PUT A SPELL on YOU . . .
traditional Amish hex design, symbolizing: friendship and love.
“WE GET TOO SOON OLD & TOO LATE SMART” – Pennsylvania Dutch proverb.
I PUT A SPELL on YOU . . .
traditional Amish hex design, symbolizing: friendship and love.
“WE GET TOO SOON OLD & TOO LATE SMART” – Pennsylvania Dutch proverb.
left behind on the cutting room floor – a bit of a contrarian himself – WALTER ROBINSON didn’t always tow the celebrity line.
what the F, you cut: Marco Brambillo ?!! that’s harsh, dude.
the event that captured 3 pix on artnet that summer of 2003 was produced and curated by KENNY SCHACTER, then based in NYC. it was called ‘ART BAND: A NIGHT of MUSIC and ART’.
it took place at CAPITALE, JULY 24, 2003.
p.s. if Walter branded me: artlovers – Charlie called me ‘Crackula’ – ‘crack’ for short !! now you know, why !!
and btw: I like Crack, better. as opposed to artlovers.
Crackula, of course – is up there with dingleberries. the height of art criticism in NYC – ca. the 21st C. ha.
and whose gonna be shooting dingleberries, now, that’s what I’d like – to know. I’ll take one dingleberry, even if it’s going in the wrong direction !! over 10 pretentious academically anemic snots, twittering about work – we already know is no good, duh. any day.
EMMA GRAY, now based in LA, who was then the Features editor for Art Review, with Art Review’s then marketing Director, EMILY BUTLER, and, yes – that’s how marketing directors have to ‘present’. don’t get me wrong, she is p–r-e-t-t-y. pop culture journalist, CHRIS LEE is on the right.
early TAYLOR McKIMENS cheeseburger painting – all dressed !! but not making the . . . cut.
omg – was it those sesame seeds on the bun that gave rise – to the later ‘drips’ ??!!
art history in the making – on the top of a cheeseburger bun.
not to forget the . . . greasy hamburger meat droplets.
p.s. in the old Amish ‘hex’ paintings – those ‘drops’ – they added to their iconic rural American imagery, plastered on many a barn door – stood for: fertility.
raindrops, not. sperm – yes !! but, hush that’s a secret – don’t tell anybody.
TAYLOR McKIMENS hadn’t quite hit his stride, til he dumped junk food for Southern white trucker trash !! – but the seeds of his rise – were there for all to see, except that – this time they fell on deaf ears. the Robinson cut – could be so cruel.
but, how fun !! instead Walter posted a photo of Taylor’s then girlfriend MISAKI KAWAI !!
hey, whatever it takes to make the site rock n roll. . . learned it from Walter. it’s called: spite and cut.
aka . . . don’t believe your own press. he who puts you up, can surely take you . . . down.
that’s what they used to say, bout Walter. but, hey, also just between you and me – he beat Artforum, 100% pants down. 24/7. and, ain’t that the truth.
as for me, it was fun – being in the middle of that way sexy Walter / Charlie sandwich !!
hey, why wouldn’t someone who knows how to stitch, not know how to ‘spin’ – ?
case in point.
like Charlie liked to complain, and quite often. does the world revolve around Nancy ?
hell – yes. crack, so !!
NANCY SMITH . . . on the beat for artnet. NEW YORK CITY. NOV 2, 2002.
with SCOTT the doorman – at Gavin Brown’s notorious and long gone, and oft lamented – Passerby.
somebody grabbed my camera, I think it was . . . PETER COFFIN ?
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, NYC. JULY 24, 2003.
on the left, yep that be a young – JOE BRADLEY !!
artist and frontman/singer for the NYC fringe band – CHEESEBURGER.
at the downtown CAPITALE, NYC. JULY 24, 2003.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH
first published in artnet: GOODBYE TO SUMMER 2003 and the Shining Stars . . . .
JOE BRADLEY had a piece in the night’s art show too. it was a strip of cheap brown rug, about 2 ft by 4 ft or so, hung on the wall.
it was pretty funny, nobody knew what to make of it.
it’s pretty fun to watch how things – play out.
this was his (very) first coverage on a mainstream art site.
BREAKING NEWS !!
READ ALL ABOUT IT: ARTNET TO CEASE PUBLICATION . . .
CHARLIE FINCH, long time art world wag and the MOST entertaining contributor to artnet, pretty much since its founding, in 1996.
His archive seems to start up – as ‘ROYAL FLUSH’ – in 1997.
PHOTO: NANCY SMITH, JUNE 26, 2012. at the opening of ‘A WAYS A WAY’ at HALF GALLERY, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC.
note: NANCY SMITH, that’s me – the founding scribe/photog of artloversnewyork, the page you are currently looking at !! – was a contributor to artnet from 2004 to 2006, where my photos were posted in a self-generated report in the PEOPLE SECTION – under the byline: ‘ART LOVERS NEW YORK – PHOTOS BY NANCY SMITH’.
MY reports can still be found in the artnet magazine PEOPLE: ARCHIVES / scroll down to 2006, 2005, 2004.
1. it was CHARLIE FINCH who gave me my big break at artnet – by getting Walter to post my first-ever published photos – on his Fall 2002 – TRACY EMIN article . . .
see: CHARLIE FINCH – ‘EMINENT DOMAIN’.
to this day, still one of his best – and funniest scribbles !!
2. from there it was all ‘uphill’ – as Walter took me on, without pay – the typical artnet m.o. – the glory was worth all the hard work !! – to contribute to his ‘party pix’ on the magazine. Walter gets the dubious credit of labeling my take on the art scene as: ‘artloversnewyork’. a name that I have not been able – to shake since.
SEE YOU AROUND – AT THE NEXT HOT OPENING – GUYS !!
DAVID SANDLIN at DESERT ISLAND, BROOKLYN
FILE UNDER: HOT SUMMER in THE CITY
EVER LUST – and – LUV IT UP !! – YALL !!
DAVID SANDLIN, ‘Eterna-Sin-e-Plex’, Detail.
above 2 images from the brochure for the DAVID SANDLIN exhibit – at the Lamar Dodd School of Art Gallery, University of Georgia 2008. Mr. Sandlin was recently honored with being chosen as the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair, a prestigious one year appointment.
right under that SPARACINO’S BAKERY sign – like a pirate treasure map gone secret – mark the X. for DESERT ISLAND, the comic book store and art gallery – at 540 Metropolitan – right next to FOOL’S GOLD !! just off the Lorimer L train station – deep into Williamsburg country. and ya you don’t need a panel of 3 – to know – it’s the real deal.
I’m not into the Brooklyn gallery scene, though I once was – and I don’t know anybody else who is either, though there is a formidable army of individual artists and dynamic talent rockin’ the borough. go figure – one of the big mysteries of this decade is why the F… the NYC gallery scene sucks, from Chelsea, over to the Lower East Side and on thru Brooklyn. where galleries are concerned, unless perhaps they are artist collectives like SOLOWAY – mediocrity is the rule of thumb.
AD HOC, one of the original galleries to enliven Bogart St. in Bushwick, before ROBERTAS even sprouted – had some pretty great shows early on, but couldn’t make the rent… EASTERN DISTRICT, likewise on Bogart, a little after – stirred up the scene, but then sort of died down. and let’s not even talk about the sad demise of CINDERS formerly on Havemayer in Williamsburg. gentrification (of a good thing) in Brooklyn goes like this: you take down a storefront CINDERS and put up a .. nail salon ?
ok. a ‘hair’ salon and a (totally) bogus hipster bar.
SIPS of SIN . . . .
but you can still (don’t blink !!) count on one storefront to deliver the goods – and that would be DESERT ISLAND, where GABRIEL FOWLER dishes up new age ‘bread’ for the eye, mind and soul – with comics, zines, graphic novels, big publishers, little publishers, no publishers, and a changing art installation in the windows, and on the walls. sometimes comic book connected, sometimes with just the tiniest ‘wink’ of an eye to link – the illustrative line or narrative to the store’s first love.
this spring 2012 – it was a window devoted to the art & light boxes of the comic book writer / artist-in-general / and all-time pro illustrator / big ticket cultural commentator – DAVID SANDLIN.
NOTE: the DAVID SANDLIN window is still up – and will remain up for the next few weeks.
hot, hot, and more HOT !!
like stained glass windows gone – batty !! and, I mean, BAD !! love and lust – you know where that’s going !!
TEMPTATION . . . DAMNATION . . . SALVATION and RELAXATION !! “ETERN-AAAAH-PLEX” – the primal PARADOX – and BIG question – since DAY ONE – when the world began.
don’t touch that flesh button – it’s gonna . . . burn your finger. if not in this life, then surely – the one after !!
now this, is one twisted sister. for real. lizard man-eating tentacles down your throat. and all.
down with ‘Prometheus’. what a bunch of puffed-up academic lameness. even the doube speak, ain’t any good.
I’m never ever gonna believe a New York Times movie review again. ok. one credit for the tentacle that shoves it’s fist face head – down your throat.
now there’s an idea. someone should bankroll a David Sandlin sci fi – horror flick, oh yeah. lust amok among the time travelers, never mind inter-alien non-carnal procreation and all.
none of that, “my room, 10 mins” – bull crap either.
looking at the DAVID SANDLIN window, from the inside, out.
‘UGLY BEATIN’ STICK – I’ll BEAT YOU GOOD’. damn, do I want one of those – Aunt Piggy still won’t give up the inheritance dough, 2 years later, and counting.
‘NANCY IS HAPPY’ – micro kinky hair and, all.
serpent, to the left, watch out, AUNT PIGGY: gonna gift wrap it, and have it jump out of a box, and push it’s way down – your sick puppy throat.
AUNT PIGGY – I put a voodoo curse on you. big time.
comics and movies – rule the culture, and with reason !!
see: DESERT ISLAND
from the Lamar Dodd flyer: DAVID SANDLIN was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, (!!) before moving with his parents to rural Alabama (!!) as an adolescent in 1972. The cultural histories of both Ireland and the American South have made a profound impact on his studio practice. Sandlin has lived and worked in New York for over 25 years and he has exhibited his work around the world. His publications are available through the art presses Sinland and Fantagraphics.
well, there ya go.
I guess IRELAND and ALABAMA – says it all !! – if that bio geography won’t rock your ‘love vs. lust’ small town world, what would ?
sinners – watch out !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH. WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN. APRIL 29, 2012.
the street art in Bushwick – has a very different ‘take’ – than that in Williamsburg, but both share a real, sharp – ‘edge’.
see: NYC’S BACKYARD . . . BROOKLYN/APRIL 29, 2012
next to it, is some real contrarian counter-intuitive street poetry. a ‘lyric’ – whose story-board narrative is deceptively: harsh, despite the pretty pix. right on.
though, it’s definite got a Brooklyn backyard – summertime beat. lemonade and all.
STEVE HARRINGTON & JAIME ROJAS of BROOKLYN STREET ART tell us this street mural is by – CLOWN SOLDIER, circa 2010.
read their excellent interview with CLOWN SOLDIER, and see more pix !!, here: ALL THE WORLD IS A CLOWN, BROOKLYN STREET ART/BSA MARCH 3, 2011
BROOKLYN STREET ART tell us the bird head – is by GAIA.
and so does – war !!
as in – SCI-FI FIGHTERS.
BROOKLYN STREET ART tells us the fighters – are by FREDDY SAM.
p.s. what your roommate says about ‘PROMETHEUS’ the new summer movie of 2012 is true – it’s a real dud, as in lame. lame as lame can be. blockbuster, NOT !! way not. just some lazy scam to separate you – from your pocket dough.
at best. the harsh Egyptian-like ‘animal’ helmets, the humanoid space travelers wore, with their secret hinge at the jaw – were the best part. all downhill pretty much from the start, otherwise.
the wall starts get to get more ‘realist’ as in ‘human’, as opposed to sci fi or animal / beast – as it goes on.
and what’s that . . . a dead black (magic) cat – on an art ‘field’ – underneath ?
one thing’s for sure. there sure ain’t no . . . . hope or change. it’s a pretty jaded message, this time around.
even the PEACE, has tear drops.
BROOKLYN STREET ART attributes this part of the street mural – to ZE PALITO.
PHOTOS BY – AND COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH. BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, N.Y. June 2, 2012.
BRIAN WILLMONT, CODY HOYT, CODY DeFRANCO, OWEN RUNDQUIST & ALEX DeMARIA . . . .
WILL OPEN THEIR STUDIO – TO THE PUBLIC – SUN JUNE 17, 2012 / 12 – 6 PM
67 WEST ST. #320 – BTWN NOBLE & MILTON – OFF GREENPOINT ‘G’ TRAIN
CODY DeFRANCO – DRAWING – IMAGE: SCREENGRAB from his website.
check it out: CODY DeFRANCO
now that’s what I call – one damn straight up, minimal website (!!) – nice. for sure, ya gotta love how that one image – does a slow digital upload – dance – !!
from there . . .
you will get to his wordpress blog: NOTHING HERE. (!!)
yep, for sure – check it out: CODY DeFRANCO – NOTHING HERE
OWEN RUNDQUIST, ‘Perdition’, 2001. graphite, watercolor, rust on paper. 30 x 22 ins.
TRAY CARD for the PATHOS album: ‘Perdition Splits the Skies’. IMAGE: SCREENGRAB from his website.
for more recent work, check out: OWEN RUNDQUIST
then, check out: OWEN RUNDQUIST’S BAND: TRENCHGRINDER.
ALEX DeMARIA, ‘View From Inside the Main Teepee of Old Glory During Installation’. PHOTO BY & COPYRIGHT 2007-2011 – ALEXANDER DeMARIA / SCREENGRAB from his website.
BOOKLYN PRESENTS: PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR
OPENING RECEPTION & ZINE RELEASE: SAT JUNE 16, 2012 / 6-9 PM
the show runs thru JULY 16, 2012
A GROUP EXHIBITION EXPLORING the ARTISTS’ USE and REDEFINITION (!!) of PATTERN & REPETITION . . . “ultimately creating dialog on how these different approaches complement, conflict, and intertwine.”
FEATURING the work of: SARA BERKS, ROB CORRADETTI, PATRICK COSTELLO, ANNA CRAYCROFT, JONATHAN RYAN STORM, HANNAH WALDRON & BRIAN WILLMONT.
BOOKLYN ART GALLERY, 37 GREENPOINT AVE, 4th FL – BROOKLYN, N.Y.
COVER/POSTER ART – by PATRICK COSTELLO
omg – it’s an never ending army . . . of BROOKLYN artists !!
the BUSHWICK 500, that was last weekend . . . this weekend it be the NORTHSIDE turn !!
go, BROOKLYN !!
the card/invite to: FEATHER WEIGHT.
in which BROOKLYN-based artists ALLISON WALL and JESSICA SANDERS – restructure the ‘studio visit’ into a curated exhibition – featuring the work of: RAFAEL ABREU CANEDO, RYAN ESTEP, ALAN & MICHAEL FLEMING, ETHAN GREENBAUM, JULIANA CERQUEIRA LEITE, JANINE POLAK, JESSICA SANDERS, ALLISON WALL & SELDON YUAN.
JUNE 2 & 3, 2012
35 MEADOW ST., #307, BROOKLYN, N.Y.
BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS 2012
I didn’t make this show, but this card is a nice good-bye . . . to a great gig !!
the show’s title, artist curator-ship, and visuals (!!) sum up the cutting edge spirit of the Bushwick Open Studios 2012 weekend nicely: independent and smart !!
the best of the work, and the weekend’s most defining characteristic was to be found in the multiple independent studios – and NOT !! in the same old same old gallery formats – which looked and acted no diff from Chelsea, bye the bye, mall art. horrifically tacky pubescent gender pieces, included. light weight grade – obvious, is putting it nicely.
the best of the best – was visually hard-edged, minimalist, hyper-graphic, and FUN !! – just like this card.
hyper-graphic and fun – get the collision ? it’s a double-edged brain sword, without the aggression: FEATHER WEIGHT (!!)
the best work was supremely formalist, whether pictorial or absolute abstract – and off-the-charts, as in never-seen-before, as in FRESH !!
forget expiry date, most of this stuff ain’t even ON the shelf, yet !!
just like this card, with it’s off-the-routine color hue, primary computer-era icons, (the feather and the dumbbell, duh !!) . . . matched up with a pre-computer era typewriter font.
in other words: cute, as in user-friendly – but sharp as hell.
and bottomline: meaningful !!
Brooklyn army of one. Brooklyn army of 500.
psychedelic, NOT !! political, NOT !! retro, NOT !! street art, NOT !! angst-ridden, NOT !! gender-bending, NOT !! collage party, NOT !! !! that be way down the river, so over. so last year.
so way down the (downtown) Hole. so old scene. so, been there, done that.
so last decade. so played out. we got it already.
art lovers done took all the pix – that made the players. no credit. no like-ee.
independent and meaningful – go, BROOKLYN.
P.S. SOME AFTER-THE-PARTY settles down . . . NOTES:
NYC art writer dudes, seriously: it’s NOT about the ART MARKET BUBBLE about to burst, it’s about the new wave crashing in, and taking over.
though I have to admit “Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble” – is a great line – let alone title – for an art essay. ha. esp – one that has CHARLIE FINCH creamin’ in his pants !!
and the way OBSERVER scribe, and now, new gallerist – ADAM LINDEMANN segues from ultra-blue chip art into hi-end collectible cars – is priceless. now, that’s what I call, “feather weight”, HEAVY !!
bubbles. feather weight. get it ?
speaking of which, light weight, (just joking, calm down !! !!) . . . AFC has a little bit of trouble calling the art, but I have to admit she damn well pretty much calls the scene ‘shots’, straight-up.
damn that AFC girl – even I have to admit – YOU got the best line – aka diss – of the month, esp the way it just rolled right off your tongue, so casual like: ” . . . . winner OLIVER ZAHM”. (!!)
damn. how, just 3 little words – can say, so much.
esp with with reference to the Hole of the art scene. ha.
“yeah, right !!”
you said it, babe – but – count me in !!
there’s losers, and then there’s users. what’s worse, you tell me.
just don’t make me, laugh – when I’m trying to take your picture.
‘SCREAM’ – image c/o NY OBSERVER
count me – in !!