October 2007 Archives

James and I, along with the critic Brian Sholis, will be conversing at CUE Art Foundation on Tuesday as part of their career development program for artists called "Meeting Artists' Needs."

The details:

In the Public Eye: The Role of Today’s Critic: Brian Sholis, writer and Editor of Artforum.com in conversation with bloggers Barry Hoggard (bloggy.com) and James Wagner (jameswagner.com). This event is free for CUE members and $5 for non-members.

Go here to reserve a ticket.

Subway viola improvisation: L train station at 1st Avenue



After attending a performance by John Moran at PS122, James and I encountered this violist improvising on the platform across from us in the L train's First Avenue station, with a bit of unexpected dance accompaniment. This is a station where you can't cross over to the other side without going back to the street, or we would have moved over there to give him some money and talk to him. If anyone knows him, ask him to drop me an email.

The video is made up of several clips that I combined, and I'm no video editor. My apologies for the abrupt transitions.




Kenny Scharf's loud art in Chelsea




Here are 3 videos from 26th Street yesterday in Chelsea. The press release describes the golf cart thusly:

Carzy Roy-Al is a customized golf cart that will be on display in our second gallery space. The cart will revolve tirelessly on a spinning platform, evoking a car showroom or late-night infomercial. "Enough to satisfy all your consumer whims and needs!" Scharf explains. Don't miss Carzy Roy-Al and Kenny Scharf, KING of the 3rd annual Art Parade, on September 8, 2007 in Soho. Scharf will also take the car out in Chelsea on Saturdays, handing out donuts to all.

In the last video, the guys in the cart are engaging some people upstairs who are yelling at them for making so much noise. I know there are some recording studios on that street, so maybe they were trying to record some music.

I wonder if the artist and his minions had a permit for that? If someone at a political demonstration uses a bullhorn, the NYPD throws the person with it in jail right away. They make an exception if the person talks about religion a lot, somehow reasoning that it's more "first amendment-y."

Groundswell benefit Tuesday October 23rd


"Time Flies" mural installation, photograph by Hrag Vartanian

Groundswell Community Mural Project's annual benefit -- drinks, snacks, and silent and live art auctions -- happens at 511 Gallery in Chelsea next Tuesday. Come join us and say "hi!" If you would like to learn more about what they do, conveniently, we just published an ArtCal Zine feature by Hrag Vartanian on their latest mural in Bushwick.


Car wash / lap pool?

Car wash / lap pool?

Apparently having a car wash at the end of the lap pool is a selling point.

Michael Sarff, "Some Group Assemble Required (SGAR)"Michael Sarff, "Some Group Assemble Required (SGAR)"

Continuing the MTAA tribute theme, here are two photos I took at the MTAA world headquarters/studio on Friday night of this work, described as

“Some Group Assemble Required (SGAR)” is participatory sculpture first shown at the Good Bad Art Collective, Brooklyn in 2001 and again at the Cranbrook Art Museum in 2002. The work involves plastic models (originally multiple Dodge Chargers but now, possibly, B52 Bombers or Space Shuttles), hot glue, grey paint, a plywood table, beer and your company.

See more photos of the evening here.

MTAA's Over the Opening: Tonight!

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video still from Michael Sarff's "Kingdom" 2007


This is the cool place to be tonight. MTAA says:

Please join us for the launch of our once a month DIY exhibition space.

60 North 6th Street, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
L train to Bedford Avenue
3 Blocks west on North 6th - just shy of Kent

On the second Friday of each month, from 8PM to 11PM, the artist collective MTAA convert their N. 6th St. Brooklyn studio into a venue for the presentation of time-based art.

The OTO project begins on October 12 with “Again Transporter,” new works by Michael Sarff. Michael Sarff, under the pseudonym Mark River, is half of the ongoing artist collaboration MTAA.

Upcoming shows at Over The Opening

November 09 - Marisa Olson
December 14 - Mikey Koller
February 08 - RSG

More information.

Update: Williamsburg galleries stay open late tonight too.

Michael Williams detail


I snapped this at the opening of his show last night at Canada, and met his mother named Kik!

We have a painting with another version of this little creature here at home.


Riot was rocking the crown of thorns thing as she stands in front of "Girl in Water with Tussin" tonight at the 31 Grand opening of Adam Stennett's show. It was standing room only, but I was able to look at the paintings enough to know that they are really beautiful and he has incredible technique. My favorite was "Girl in Bathtub."


Christine Tarkowski at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

Christine Tarkowski at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art


I really like these "broadsides" printed on very thin wood from Christine Tarkowski's exhibition, titled Whale Oil, Slave Ships and Burning Martyrs, at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art. Here is an excerpt from the press release:

... Tarkowski explores the manner in which systems of belief pervade all aspects of our lives, through the construction of her very own faith-based order.

Rather than first articulating the parameters of her new religion and then assembling a congregation, Tarkowski works in a reverse method and begins the process with designing a place of worship, of which a fragment is on display in this exhibition. Referencing R. Buckminister Fuller's geodesic structures and his utopian vision, as well as concepts of sacred geometry-she constructs a cast-concrete dome formation, composed of geometrically patterned triangles and embedded lights. The overall structure evokes at once the mystic aura of Christian cathedrals and the grandeur of the Roman Pantheon.

Accompanying the dome are additional elements that makeup Tarkowski's fabricated belief system-propaganda in the form of broadsides, hymns in the vernacular of alt punk-country, and a photographic (essay-monologue) that serves as a visual legend by way of screen prints and a pamphlet.

For the music fans out there, there will be a performance by John Langford (of the Mekons!) and Record Party October 25, at 7pm. He collaborated with the artist on "hymns" for the show.

While you're at the gallery, don't miss Bryan Zanisnik's awesome videos made with his grandmother when he was in his early teens.

P.S. Priska loves having photos of her shows all over the web -- MySpace, Flickr, whatever.


I love this photo of Austin sketching at the Met. We were at the Pocket Utopia opening on Friday night. It's a beautiful show. Go see it!

Related: Apparently no one prevented this photograph from being taken.


ArtCal launches The Zine


Check out the new ArtCal Zine, our artist-driven publication with reviews and other useful content. Working with Bosko Blagojevic to get it launched has been great fun.


September 29, 2007




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I just listened to this excellent (July 2007 -- I'm behind) podcast from Tim Baker's Radio Clash Podcast featuring RX, the musical genius responsible for such mashups as the George Bush "Imagine/Walk on the Wildside," "Dick is a Killer," and "White Lines." Click the play button below, or the podcast link above, to listen.

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You can also visit RX's YouTube page to watch his RX2008 presidential campaign videos.


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