August 2006 Archives

Our first curated shows coming soon

James and I are curating a pair of shows at Dam, Stuhltrager. The first is a sculpture show in their backyard sculpture garden, by Susan C. Dessel. It opens September 8th. ArtCal has the details.

The second part opens on Friday, October 13th. This will be a group show in two of the gallery's rooms. I'll post more details once we decide on a name and have finalized the list of artists. The theme you ask? If you know us or read or blogs, you'll know we have trouble limiting ourselves to one genre or idea. Look for something dealing with our various interests: politics, conceptual art, humor, and beauty.

See also this post from James.

22-year olds writing CNN headlines?


This was on the CNN hompage just now, linking to this article, titled "Bush begins new push to shore up fight on terrorism, Iraq."

There is a sub-headline of "Bush 3.0?"

Momenta Art about to reopen


Their new location (still in Williamsburg!) is 359 Bedford Avenue, between S. 4th and S. 5th Streets. The first show, titled The Unhumane Society opens on the 15th of September.

If you have the cash, there is a benefit preview the night before. Tickets cost $150 each and admit two. We'll be there, so say "Hi" if you can make it.

[image from the Momenta Art website]


If a people have never spoken, the first words they utter are poetry.

-- Ferdinando Camon in La Stampa, December 16, 1989

He was referring to Czechoslovakia's "Velvet Revolution." I just read this quote in Tony Judt's amazing Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. Vaclav Havel will be artist in residence for eight weeks at Columbia University this fall.

Ceiling fan


Ceiling fan

Taken with my cell phone.

Planning ahead


ArtCal now has a page showing all future openings that are in the system. Check it out.

Flowers and bee

Flowers and bee at Chelsea Garden Center

Adam McEwan at Anton Kern

Adam McEwan at Anton Kern

plus a self-portrait


Pulsewave is a monthly event at downtown space The Tank, showcasing "low-bit, video game influenced musicians and video artists" and "people getting down to the sounds of some rockstar jamming away on nintendos, gameboys, and ataris."

The performers will be:

  • Anamanaguchi - Releasing their debut album Power Supply through 8bitpeoples. Powerpop meets NES, Weezer meets Triforce, Ratatat meets Dr. Wily.
  • The Depreciation Guild - The Guild steps out of hibernation to rock you into a trance with their astral chiptune melodies. However, at the same time they'll wake you up with some pumping and crushing drum-heavy anthems.
  • Nullsleep - The King of 8bit (and quite possibly the universe) is at it again. Watch as he wields the GameBoy as if the d-pad was used to make the entire crowd dance simultaneously.
  • Voltage Controlled makes the show with his jarring and colorful broken NES visuals.

Saturday, August 26 @ 10pm sharp - $6
The Tank, 279 Church Street, between Franklin and White

If you schedule yourself well, you can start that evening in the East Village for the Smitten show at Giant Robot and then head downtown for The Tank.

[photo of Anamanaguchi performance from The Tank's website]

South 5th Street, Williamsburg

South 5th Street, Williamsburg

Flea Market Dolls

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Flea market dolls

Spotted on Williamsburg Bridge

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Spotted on Williamsburg Bridge

"Manic and Wasted" at LMCC

Pedro Velez & Maria Saldana / Kunstfascion at LMCC 15 Nassau Street

Pedro Velez and Maria Saldana / Kunstfascion

Go see it tomorrow! It's open until 5!

We checked out this great show today. I only have time for a quick post, but I wanted to recommend it in case anyone's looking for some new art to see tomorrow in Manhattan. I'm uploading some more photos to Flickr.

James has more info, and the show's website has videos from the opening night performances.

Someone likes astroturf

Someone likes astroturf

I just received email that James Nicholson Gallery has closed. I'm glad I saw their last group show.

That's the bad news. The good news is that their space is being taken over by two interesting galleries out of Frankfurt, Galerie Adler and Galerie Poller. I can't wait to see shows from those two here in Chelsea.

Ryan Humphrey at White Box

(Play this with a 1 second pause for the best effect.)

This performance/installation, curated by Daria Brit Shapiro, is part of White Box's summer Six Feet Under series. The exhibitions are meant to be seen through the window from the street after the opening, and features six curators choosing six artists over six weeks.

Ryan was blasting metal, e.g., Iron Maiden, for this two hour performance. Here is a quote from the press release:

For his play on the theme of Six Feet Under, Ryan Humphrey will use White Box as an indoor freestyle BMX facility where he will regress to his creative years before becoming a fine artist. He will assault the architecture with his bicycle, try new maneuvers, mark up the walls and leave skid marks on the floors thus signaling the demise of the clean white gallery space and the economic system that fuels it. Bring on the death of capital. Bring on Mad Max. Bring on the demise of western civilization and say goodbye to your precious art objects.

I should note that Ryan shows with my friends at DCKT Contemporary.

Updated: James has a post on Ryan too.

Gae Savannah Q&A in Animal New York


Gae Savannah
Tiskitte, 2000
plastic claw clips, styrofoam, fabric
31" × 34"

Apparently I'm not the only one who doesn't care for John Currin. In this hiliarious Q&A with our friend Gae Savannah, she says:

What single work of art would you most like to destroy?
John Currin, but I wouldn’t make the effort.

Nicolas Touron

Penguins! I spotted his work in the War and Nature show at Virgil de Voldere Gallery.


Vague Rouge et Pinguoin, 2006
Ink on wood
19.75 × 15.75 inches


Vague Jaune et Pinguoin, 2006
Ink on wood
19.75 × 15.75 inches

The images are courtesy of Virgil de Voldere Gallery.

The Matthew Barney Show at SF BOCA

In the previous post, I forgot to mention that Eric's Matthew Barney Show will be at SF BOCA (Bar of Contemporary Art) down the street from SF MOMA's Matthew Barney show.

Updated: Eric has some photos of the show.

Eric Doeringer in "Variety"

James is quoted in an article in Variety Weekend about Eric Doeringer. I have to say it's better written than most press I've read about Eric's work. Some choice quotes:

"I love the humor in the work," says longtime collector James Wagner, who, with partner Barry Hoggard, has a large collection of contemporary pieces with political and humorous themes. "We don't buy Eric's work instead of other art. We buy it because we enjoy the conceptual strategy behind it and the politics that seem to address issues of branding and star systems."

That idea finds even greater clarity in Doeringer's "Cremaster Fanatic," a faux fan site devoted to Matthew Barney, the art-world superstar best known for his inscrutable, epic-length films.

"Barney epitomizes the notion of an artist as a celebrity," says Doeringer. "And there's this whole notion that the art world is supposed to be intellectual and above something like rabid fandom."

Ironic? Sure. That's why Doeringer tends to invoke Andy Kauffman rather than Andy Warhol in describing his influences. "With the best of [Kauffman]," he says, "you were never really sure if it was made up or the real thing."

Alexandre Orion at Foley Gallery

I love the way this Brazilian artist added his street art to the gallery walls. I expected to visit a conventional photography show, and was greeting with this:

Alexandre Orion at Foley Gallery

Two more, inside the gallery:

Alexandre Orion at Foley Gallery

Alexandre Orion at Foley Gallery

The show is up for one more week.

From Jonathan Tasini's campain blog:

To get on the ballot in New York, you need 15,000 signatures of registered Democrats. We blew past that number with ease, gathering 40,000 signatures from people throughout the state who, by putting their name to our petitions, said they want the opportunity to vote for another candidate, or, at least, hear what I have to say. Unlike most petitioning campaigns in New York that rely on paid workers, the overwhelming majority of our signatures were gathered by volunteers-a grassroots network of people spread across the state who braved the heat and rain to corral voters at fairs, festivals, markets, stairwells of apartment buildings or at the doors of voters' homes.

The first poll published in the race affirmed their hard work. Marist found that 13 percent of the voters would vote for me on Election Day-really an amazing number given that we spent very little money and that, to put it mildly, I was not a household name when I entered the race. Compare that to the Quinnipiac University poll released on February 16 that showed Joe Lieberman leading Ned Lamont by 55 points: 68 to 13. In other words, early in that race, Ned Lamont was polling at exactly the same number I am polling at now

More important, the poll found that 70 percent of registered Democrats believe that the Iraq War should be a major campaign issue; 62 percent of the voters say they will vote for a candidate who is against the war and only 9 percent said they will vote for someone who supports the war. In other words, my position is embraced by a majority of the Democratic primary voters, while the position of my opponent has very little support.

Yet, NY1's position is that the people should not hear me. The network’s political director tells us that NY1 has set a criteria for participation in the debate that it is sponsoring on August 22nd: a candidate has to poll at least 5 percent and s/he has to have spent or raised at least $500,000.

That's right, in our democratic system, half a million bucks is the ante to get your voice heard. We have raised about $150,000 since the beginning of the campaignóbut, though weíve done An excellent job reaching out to voters given our resources, we are being penalized for not having raised enough money.

I won't hold my breath waiting for Atrios or Daily Kos to mention this, since they've never even mentioned his campaign. They seem to have plenty of time for every freakin' detail of Ned Lamont's campaign. The former is more like a Gawker-esque link blog than ever. I wish I could get away with that and charge $3000/month for an ad.

I can understand why Billmon feels so disillusioned. I hear people tell me all of the time that things will be so much better if Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer and the like are in charge. Did you notice the statements they made condemning the deaths at Qana? Of course not. There weren't any.

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