~SUMMER READING . . JOSH !!

‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . HONCHO – JOSH HARRIS – is . . PRETTY in ‘PURPLE’ !!


PHOTO: SYLAR WILLIAMS, L.A. SPRING 2013

above: JOSH HARRIS, internet guru turned artist (left) confers … with FREEMANTLE CEO THOM BEERS, and GAYLE GILMAN, Freemantle head of digital. behind them, yes those are 4 classic & rather spectacular . . ED RUSCHA pieces.

JOSH was at their office to pitch a new project, ‘Cybership’.

THOM BEERS is the Executive Producer of the very successful . . ‘DEADLIEST CATCH’ reality show on DISCOVERY.

see: DEADLIEST CATCH

see: THOM BEERS .. ‘Deadliest Catch’ / Original Productions

see: GAYLE GILMAN . . ‘Deadliest Catch’ / Original Productions

if you know Josh, then you know this is a good F-I-T.
just two little words necessary to the knowing .. TUNA HEAVEN!!
the hardcore, and bloody !! tuna hunting adventure that Josh took a whole bunch of friends on, after WE LIVE IN PUBLIC wound down.

see: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC

but back to . . SUMMER READING 2013.

our favorite CEO turned artist/filmmaker has suddenly been discovered by the FASHION WORLD !!

yep, PURPLE MAGAZINE wrote up Josh, not once but twice, so far.
and looks like more to come.

so, here’s this Saturday’s hot summer read:

see: JOSH HARRIS on ‘INTERCONNECTED FUTURES’ .. PURPLE MAG

see: ‘JOSH HARRIS and his LATEST ARTISTIC ENDEAVOR’ .. PURPLE MAG


JOSH HARRIS and his art, and CIGAR !! . . . at America’s Best Value Inn, Las Vegas. Spring 2013.
PHOTO: SKYLAR WILLIAMS via PURPLE MAGAZINE, FRANCE




~SUMMER READING . . ALFIE !!

here’s some REAL, FUN .. summer reading, ha.

it’s a free-form look-back by the notorious . . ALFREDO MARTINEZ.

ALFREDO MARTINEZ SPRAY-PAINTING A GUN.
PHOTO BY CHIP ROUNTREE via whitehot

this photo looks to be from a series of photos taken while Alfredo was an ‘artist-in-residence’ … in China.
there are a few more photos in the post. you got to admit the gun is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L, handmade and scavenged from spare parts, the ‘arc’ of the gun is … spectacular.
the whole thing: mysterious as hell, shiny, black. sleek and elegant.
despite being seriously . . DIY.
not to mention, now . . after some very sad mass slaughters, ‘politically incorrect’.

the interview . . just posted on whitehot/JULY 2013, is titled:

‘IN CONVERSATION with ALFREDO MARTINEZ’ – by JOE HEAPS NELSON.

it starts off great: “Alfredo’s career has encompassed as much drama, scandal, chaos, violence and insanity as any artist since CARAVAGGIO.”

it hasn’t been “fact-checked” in the truest journalistic sense of the word, you’d need an army of street savvy grad students, and a few feds with classified access !! not to mention the NYPD, FDNY, FEMA & Homeland Security, and some truth serum left over from WWII – but the funny thing with Alfredo is . . the more off-the-wall the stuff is, that’s probably . . the true part !!

as JOE says: “Is he larger than life ?
I don’t know bout that but I bet he’s larger than you.”

grab a cold one & enjoy: ALFREDO MARTINEZ / whitehot . . medical references . . and all

ps: when Alfredo refers to “gunsmithing” on a film set. yes, he did do that. he built ‘Mad Max’ type guns for a JIM JARMUSCH project . . ‘Ghost Dog, The Way of the Samurai’

a lot of people consider this film one of Jarmusch’s best, and if you know the film, you see Alfredo in the main character, not just the gun props. no doubt about it.

the invite/card for:

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VS. ALFREDO MARTINEZ

Drawings from Prison

Curated by JAMES FUENTES
Documentary Photos by NANCY SMITH

October 24 – November 29, 2003
THE PROPOSITION
559 West 22nd Street
NYC

CARD: from the archival collection of NANCY SMITH.
approx 5 x 5-1/4 in. on card stock.
it’s a long story, but pretty much it was my show, production & idea-wise until Alfredo handed it over to Fuentes at the last minute. that big boy could scam, even from deep inside . . the Big House.

P.S. THE LAST LAUGH – aka – THE LAST CHAPTER !!!

another, rather colorful artist friend of mine, now deceased, name of DAN ASHER . . has his drawing, singular .. drawing, being sold this summer by none less than ZACH FEUER, for $14,000.
so seriously, my art peeps: who do you think is going to have the last laugh, you or Alfredo ?
my money is . . on: Alfredo.

casa in the condo, crap and all.
put it this way.
if you done got a condo in the condo, you done got conned. end of story.




~RATHBORNE . . ‘SOFT’ PARTY TO-NITE !!

BROOKLYN UPDATE – REPORTING BY KATE CERIGO

HUGE !! – RATHBORNE RECORD RELEASE PARTY – TO-NITE . . SAT JULY 13, 2013
KNITTING FACTORY – 361 METROPOLITAN – BROOKLYN

RATHBORNE is a BROOKLYN-BASED BAND – FEATURING . . LUKE RATHBORNE and DARREN WILL.

DOORS OPEN: 7PM
SHOW STARTS: 8PM
TIX: $12

more info, see: RATHBORNE at KNITTING FACTORY

this is the OFFICIAL RECORD RELEASE PARTY for RATHBORNE’S new album, ‘SOFT’ – out on DILETTANTE RECORDS.
PRODUCED by EMERY DOBYNS.
CO-PRODUCED by ALBERT HAMMOND Jr and GUS OBERG.
RECORDED IN NYC.




~NATE FLAGG & KATIE MARSHALL . . PARTY TO-NITE !!

BROOKLYN UPDATE – REPORTING BY ERIN JENSEN

PARTY ON . . . BROOKLYN !!

NATE FLAGG & KATIE MARSHALL . . are having an ART PARTY, with SMOOTHIES, a ‘DOVE RELEASE’ and “our friend will be premiering a short video he has been working on” . . in their apartment.

TO-NITE . . . SAT JULY 13, 2013 – 7PM

117 STANHOPE ST #2 – BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN


ART WORK – BY NATE FLAGG


ART WORK – BY KATIE MARSHALL




~DAN ASHER . . JEW YORK

DAN ASHER . . THE ART WORLD’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

JEW YORK
JUNE 20 – JULY 26, 2013
ZACH FEUER – 548 W22 – CHELSEA, NYC

DAN ASHER, Untitled, 1983.
oil-stick on newsprint, 22.5 x 14.5 inches.
Provenance: from the estate of DAN ASHER.
($14,000)

PHOTO: NICHOLAS STEINDORF

surprise surprise, there is a seriously beautiful, early DAN ASHER drawing – in this otherwise somewhat quiet show. and it is .. truly beautiful. expressive. unique, with a raw power that speaks with the wild strangeness, and powerful eloquence – that was Dan.

dating from 1983, just a few years into Dan’s arrival into the city as a young artist, it is also rare in that Dan seldom worked on ‘found’ newsprint/paper – and especially towards the later years, you will find all of his output on professional grade archival art paper.

what do I mean by dirty little secret.
ha.
I mean almost everybody, whose anybody – in this town, and in Europe and even Japan, has some of Dan’s work. I would surmise, a slightly informed wild guess based on my personal knowledge – the average holding being about 10 pieces. often more. Dan would sell you something, and then he would continually hound you, to get the rent paid, so that sometimes it was hard to say no, esp as the price might seriously drop to facilitate a sale. but the deal is . .

nobody who has any, will part with them, no matter how much or how little they paid. everyone who holds a stash, to a person . . believes so much in the work, that no matter how little official action there is for the stuff, c-u-r-r-e-n-t-l-y . . they will only sell at prices . . that way exceed the real-time market.

so note that price: $14,000. wow, I guess the public face of the game – is finally changing. but we all saw it coming.

I guess Dan’s real-time price has finally caught up . . to real-time market ?

put it this way: YOU are trying, or hoping to turn a 1 or 2 million dollar return on your brand new $24 million Basquiat. these guys, buying and holding onto Dan’s work are going for the ultimate thrill. they going for the whole hog. they are going for making . . $24 million (!!) – on (still) a relatively very small initial investment . . .

wow. what a horse race.

and, work that is also . . quite pleasing on the wall. just as rough & ready as Basquiat, in fact.

don’t say you weren’t told.

ps:

sorry I had initially posted the price as $1,400. my bad. wow. I guess it’s hard to believe Dan’s market has finally caught up to – what was the insider action. and it’s still only an indication of where it’s really & truly, gonna go.
we all knew it. so did Dan.
that’s what him so frustrated, and angry in his lifetime.

wow. I guess the secret is – out.




~OLEK . . THE END IS FAR

BROOKLYN UPDATE – REPORTING & PHOTOS BY: KATE CERIGO


KATE was walking along the Williamsburg East River ‘coast’ one early evening, about a week ago – when she spotted this hand-crocheted full-color primary spectrum . . . camo van.
actually a very large van, parked at North 7 and Kent.
note, even the wheel chassis – is crocheted !!


she pretty much thought right away it was: OLEK . . .

sweet, darling DARLA, just back from London, her close friend who lives nearby . . said she had indeed seen a “woman crocheting on it the week before”.

all me and Kate could think, was . . how much bizarre & creative stuff goes on, L-I-V-E in the streets of Brooklyn, all the time !! that even Darla wouldn’t think twice about a woman crocheting a van – in bright rainbow-colored camo !!
haha.
that’s so Brooklyn in a nutshell, summer 2013.


“The End is Far” – that’s good news.
NAT GEO or was it HISTORY CHANNEL . . says our sun is going to explode, and take all our ‘hard copy’ art and artifacts, architecture and h-i-s-t-o-r-y, and maybe even us – along with it ? if we don’t find another place to park – ourselves.
for sure, in 2 billion years.

or was it DISCOVERY, anyways . . was I imagining things or have they updated / as in speeded-up the no-win scenario by – 3 billion years ?
yikes.

so, sure enuff:
google . . . OLEK and THE END IS FAR, and voila, OLEK’S most recent show . . pops up !!

see: OLEK – THE END IS FAR / ARRESTED MOTION

see: OLEK – THE END IS FAR / JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY




~RATHBORNE . . LAST FORGIVEN

BROOKLYN UPDATE – REPORTING BY: KATE CERIGO

HEADS UP: RATHBORNE PLAYS – MERCURY LOUNGE – TONIGHT – TUES JULY 2, 2013 !!!

KATE TELLS US . . .

BROOKLYN-BASED .. LUKE RATHBORNE & THE BAND . . . have upped their game . . with their new song, LAST FORGIVEN.

the video . . sure is s-w-e-e-t.

CATCH: RATHBORNE – LAST FORGIVEN . . . YouTube

and, YES !! that is our friend . . DARREN WILL, playing bass on the right !!

the song is from their new album, SOFT – which drops JULY 13 on the DILETTANTE/True Believer label. the new CD is notably produced by EMERY DOBYNS & co-produced by GUS OBERG and Strokes guitarist ALBERT HAMMOND Jr.

the CD launch party is at THE KNITTING FACTORY in BROOKLYN, on JULY 16.




~JOE BRADLEY .. the PEEPS

OPENING NIGHT PIX . . .

JOE BRADLEY – ‘LOTUS BEATERS’
OPENED MAY 16, 2013
the show ran MAY 17 – JUNE 29, 2013
Gavin Brown’s enterprise – 620 GREENWICH ST – NYC


the star of the evening .. JOE BRADLEY, looking like an ex-pat novelist, from the 20’s ?!!
p.s. the exterior of the West Village gallery was plastered by a RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA project.


art world publisher & collector – PETER BRANT, made sure to get there early so he could reflect over the paintings.
I thought that was pretty impressive, and really indicative of his true feelings, since he runs a pretty hectic schedule. he had hosted PRINCE HARRY at a polo match in Greenwich, Connecticut – just the day before.


art writer CARLO McCORMICK.
he told me the KOSTABI SHOW – just isn’t the same, without the notorious showboating .. SIMON CERIGO.


painter ANDREW GUENTHER.
Andrew’s been showing some paintings at the VARIETY coffee in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. he’s calling the series of works: DOLPHIN SOUNDS.
see: ANDREW GUENTHER at VARIETY


well .. that makes sense, seeing as this is the image that fronts his website !!
see: ANDREW GUENTHER


ANDREW GUENTHER also sent along this image for a project of t-shirts and tote bags, called ‘Eat the Leaf’ that he was working on for Cafe Press . . .
SEE & maybe even .. ORDER: EAT THE LEAF by ANDREW GUENTHER
haha .. talkin bout bongs !!
it was just a few days before the notorious bong throwing caper of AMANDA BYNES – splashed over the tabloids !! ‘Bynes is busted in bong toss’.
BYNES is a newly transplanted New Yorker.
lucky she didn’t hit anybody – down on the street.
hey, great art, re: Andrew’s Hampton’s Bong, who’d a guessed – – always, lands on the DOT !!


artist PATRICK BERRAN, at the JOE BRADLEY opening – Joe’s work behind him.
PATRICK just had work in a 2 man show at STOREFRONT BUSHWICK.
see: PATRICK BERRAN & JACK HENRY.. STOREFRONT BUSHWICK


PAINTING BY PATRICK BERRAN
see: PATRICK BERRAN

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~JOE BRADLEY .. ANGST ?

JOE BRADLEY – ‘LOTUS BEATERS’
MAY 17 – JUNE 29, 2013
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, NYC

the WALL OF DRAWINGS . . . in the last room.

here’s the premise:

it’s funnie to think of JOE BRADLEY and KANYE WEST, in the same breath – let alone the same sentence.
for one thing . . .
KANYE can be annoying, whereas JOE BRADLEY: never.
but both produce work, that speaks l-o-v-e, and: cries out . . . ANGST.

as for drugs, Lotus eaters and . . . beaters !!

KANYE says it best:

“my ego is my DRUG. My drug is, I’m better than all you other motherf—ers.”

WELCOME TO THE ART WORLD !!

KANYE WEST – W MAG QUOTE: HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


the last room presents a wide, yet solemn wall .. of Bradley drawings – on paper.
most are charcoal. some are crayon and charcoal, some are pastels.
they go back to Joe’s ‘figurative’ roots.
they seem as if they sprung freely – but, questioningly.

take a note: the wall of drawings is just as ‘grid’ organized as the individual compositions of the paintings.

so much for free fall.


but no doubt, the free fall is in the drawings, for sure.


and so is EGO.
if A is for – angst.
than . . . “B” is for – BRADLEY ?!!!


Lotus eater, or Beater ?


Beater . . .


BRADLEY and KANYE, now that’s . . .


a funnie . . thought.

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH




~JOE BRADLEY .. LOVE BOAT ?

that’s the funny thing about JOE BRADLEY, the work has ‘legs’.
continuous meaning. absolute relevance.
every time you go back to it . . . some life force, prevails.
the work keeps jumping back at ya.
JOE just keeps on .. giving.


JOE BRADLEY, ‘Untitled’, 2013.
oil on canvas. 120 -1/4 x 123 in. framed.

there were just 2 canvases, hung side by side in the third gallery . . .
realizing just now, the obvious simple truth, they were interactive.
and yes, THEY WERE ABOUT .. LOVE !!


JOE BRADLEY, ‘Love Boat’, 2013
oil on canvas, 124 x 158 in. framed.

haha. North West is out of the picture.
North West got her very own face time . . all the better to see ya.
North West got her own – face time !!

PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH