Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"EPIDERMY" DREADFULS

I would guess one of the greatest compliments to bestow an artist is to have an admirer ink their own skin with one of artist's works - or how about two of their works? - okay then, how about a whole friggin sleeve? Well Phoenixville, PA resident Ryan Grondin is just that admirer. Ryan emailed me a short while ago with the following images as part of the full sleeve of my art that is in the process of being worked on.

Needless to say I was overwhelmingly flattered. The tattoo artist working on Ryan is Marc Garofolo of Eternal Image Tattoo also located in Phoenixville area.




















I am impressed by all tattoo artists who can fine shade skin with apparent ease, and Marc is obviously one of them. I have trouble achieving it on a stationary piece of paper, I can't imagine if it moved under my brush as well. I think i told Ryan that I was marveling at how he captured the sheen of the Arsenic bottle and would venture to say he actually improved apon it now that I look at my original drawing found here.

Anyway, cool work Marc if you're out there and thanks Ryan for the commitment to my art!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

OPENING NIGHT

My good friend Andrew Nicholas was kind enough (without me asking mind you) to take some photos of the McCaig Welles "Les Enfants Diaboliques" show last Friday. check out the rest of his cool journalistic photography and New York City memoir's here at This City is Mine





Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A PIECE FROM MY UPCOMING SHOW



"Little Consumer" From Les Enfants Diaboliques
McCaig Welles Gallery
129 Roebling Street Suite B
Brooklyn, NY
gallery@mccaigwelles.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE...

...A low budget television commercial comes along, with real people as testemonial "actors" that is so bad (and I mean SOOOO bad) that I actually think it should win special award. This new Cashforgold.com commercial rises to the occasion nicely.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

MF GALLERY RETURNS (SORT OF...)

MF Gallery having left their home on Rivington is returning yet again for their 6th annual Halloween show this Saturday the 20th at ITM LOUNGE 463 WEST BROADWAY - here is the piece I did for them, called "Egged"....

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

NY ARTS MAGAZINE FEATURE













I have a small feature interview in the September/October issue of NY Arts magazine which starts in the magazine and continues on line here....

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

THE ARMENIAN REPORTER WEEKLY





Sarene Yacoubian is a freelance writer for the Armenian Reporter and she recently did a great write-up of me and my work for this weeks newspaper edition. Here is the PDF version here.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

FACE_LESS BOOK

So the faceless and nameless powers-that-be at Facebook pulled my profile off their site for some unknown reason - They haven't told me why - it was just gone one day saying I broke one of their "rules" which could have been a myriad of things. So basically you get no warning (it's just gone), no reason and no response from emails. Period. Facebook does anything but show their own face it seems. At least Myspace has Tom to bitch at.

Anyway most of my friends think it's because someone complained about the art or one of the admins saw the art 's subject matter as inappropriate for their viewers.

I'm tempted to post these version of my work now instead... what do you think?


Saturday, August 30, 2008

BUFFALO: THE NEW FRONTIER...













...according to Adam Sternbergh, a contributing writer for New York Magazine who recently wrote a multi-page article here about the New York City dwellers who have up and left the big apple for greener (and more affordable) pastures in Buffalo, New York; A place where Elizabeth and I will be headed in just a few short months.

For those of you who do not know, my wife and I last year bought a gorgeous Victorian Home seen hereon the cheap so I may finally have a studio to work in and for the both of us to take a break from NYC. This week's article was a refreshing precursor to us moving. It's a great article that does not bash nor praise Buffalo but sets it up as the place that New York city once used to be years ago to many artists and dreamers - a new frontier. At least our prospects don't seem so absurd to friends and family now seeing it vindicated in print a high profile magazine. Suddenly this move makes us seem like we're way ahead of the curve.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

BASTA CALENDAR

Well if you're into German pocket calenders be sure to pick up Bizzarvelag's annual that my Mechanaphobia piece is in along with many other interesting works from artists around the globe. It's a fun little book.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

DON GORVETT WOODCUTS

My wife and I recently purchased two stunning woodcuts from a New England artist named Don Gorvett.

We were on vacation in Portsmouth, New Hampsire and came across his printwork which is moving and fluid. We could not afford a final print which is rather costly (and well deserved I might add) due to the process he goes through to arrive at his final print, so instead we purchased two of the "stages" of the work which are really cool in the sense that you see his process with hand written notes on the side of the work, etc...

One piece is called Sea Castles - and the other is a rare black woodcut on butcher block paper of Wentworth by the Sea.

Oh, and they're huge...

Friday, August 1, 2008

THE GREATEST THING ABOUT THE INTERNET IS...

Humans, of course.

And the way they take what you give them and return it back to you either better or worse. In this case better. My art popped up on Fazed.org and someone who went on my site took one of my art pieces and in their own words, "sorry, the look on his face - i couldn't resist! " came up with this simple yet perfect speech bubble.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

ANOTHER CLASSIC...














I wish I knew who to credit for this piece of genius I found via "The Googles"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

ARTIST A DAY

I was featured on there yesterday - stop by and shoot me a vote or leave a comment.
Artist a Day

Monday, July 21, 2008

JUXTAPOZ ARTIST PROFILE AUGUST ISSUE











I got a nice Artist Profile in the new Juxtapoz august issue. The timing was perfect for the opening of my new show at the Corey Helford Gallery....Thanks Juxtapoz!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

PROCESS SHOTS FOR PHOBIAS, FOIBLES & FIENDS SHOW

Here are a couple process shots from my upcoming show this weekend...the first one is the final color inking stage of Scarlet and the bottom one is the beginning of my largest piece - 40 inches long - called Sebastian's Last Wondering, which eventually will portray a little boy lost in the woods.


Monday, July 14, 2008

MATT CONLEY REMEMBERED

In the Early 90's when I was focusing more on playwrighting than my art, I reconnected with an old Actor/Director Friend named Matt Conley. He was at the time an ex-college teacher and later a great mentor to me - one of the few I have had in my life - he was always excited about the theater and we used to chat and have dinners (my own little Tuesdays With Morrie, if you will) at a restaurant called Rachel's in Hell's Kitchen where we both lived at the time. He would get smashed and red faced and would snort with laughter at his own tales of chumming around with the likes of Tallulah Bankhead and other starlets. He was a class act and a masterful old-school thespian. We were close for a while there until I moved further uptown and eventually met my wife and I lost touch with him.

A few years ago I was told he might have passed away but no one was sure until today. I came across a website of the last film he acted in. A Indie piece called West Bank Brooklyn that has a notice of his passing on their news page. I don't know when he passed on exactly - after 2003 sometime based on the film's release - I can't find on-line his obituary or anything. There is no remembrance page dedicated to him either.

I phoned him one time when I happened to be at Rachel's, I was thinking about him and randomly called an old number I had for him in my phone -- to my surprise he actually answered! I was so excited to have him come by and meet my wife who was en route. He informed me that sadly he could not because had just had open heart surgery and maybe in a few weeks he could go out again. I told him I'd give him a ring then. A few weeks passed, then a few months -- then years. Now he is gone and I feel sad I never called him when I should have.

I'll miss the days I spent with him I'm sure...and now I always order his favorite dish when I go to Rachel's - the fish soup over linguine. Remember that, Matt? That was your favorite.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

NOT-SO-SUBLIMITAL ADVERTISING







There is a great article in the New York Times today about artists whose work get stolen by Ad Agency's for corporate commercials. It raises some interesting points about what is exactly stealing and how the lines have blurred in our recent technological climate - check out the article here

Friday, July 11, 2008

ONE FROM THE SHOW

Here is one that will be in the "Phobia's foibles and Fiends" show a week from tonight at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angles. It's called Mechanapobia (Fear of Machinery)


















The show also features Tiffany Liu's fanciful work as well as Krista Huot special guest contribution in their loft space.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

MACY'S BIRTHDAY SQUELCH

So it's my birthday today and I had some great fun with old friends this afternoon and eventually met my wife at her Job in the city.

She works at Macy's.

While I waited for her to wrap things up before she left I was at her computer and curious to check out my website on the Mac computer she has to see what my site looks like since I have a PC at home. I'm always curious to see how it looks on different machines. I was surprise and somewhat...shall I say...insulted by the message I received once I clicked on my own link.












Click on the image above and check out the reason (highlighted in blue text) that you are not allowed to see my site.....I would like to know who is in charge of categorizing my art and what guidelines they are adhering to....I can't help but read it and do my best Jack Benny take to the camera.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

CARISMATIC COLLECTOR, RON DOMINGUEZ


I was lucky recently (these last few months) to get to know Ron Dominguez, an avid collector of many of the works being created by some of the most established and up and coming artists in the newest art movement happening today.

Recently I was invited over to his apartment and I got the whole private tour. His collection to date is quite impressive with the likes of The Clayton Brothers and Marion Peck to Gary Baseman, David Stoupakis, Camille Rose Garcia and beyond.

Having collected works of art for many years myself, mostly photography but also some of the new art out there: It was fun being on the other side of the table talking about collecting as opposed conversations I have with artists in regards to creating. Needles to say we had a great afternoon on Monday talking about all the work that has graced the walls of both our apartments, how proud we are at having the foresight to grab up the works when they were cheap and at the same time lamenting over the "Ones that got away".

18 DAYS AND COUNTING


Sunday, June 29, 2008

FUTURE BAND


















This was the title of today's paper. It's a sad tale of a young model's tragic death that appears to be a suicide and yet part of me could not help but think this newspaper headline would make a great rock band name one day: Supermodel Death Dive. Even the image alone connotes the artistic stylings of past album covers like the classic Blind Faith album or even as a stretch, Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy album.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

ART OF SELF

Rembrandt's self portrait sold for a nice chunk of change at auction recently. It's really a great shot of him and you absolutely get a sense of the type of person he must have been.

Here is a link to the full article I read recently and it got me digging through some of my old sketch books to track down the times I did my own self portraits. Not as classic as Rembrandt's of course but I do think these two I found do both capture elements of my personality.

The first one is when I was in 35 - the other I believe was when I turned 40.
























Sunday, June 15, 2008

BUFFALO BOUND

I have to say, after all the recent coverage of the sublime passing of Tim Russert I have never been more looking forward to transplanting up to Buffalo, New York. As many of you know my wife and I have bought a glorious Victorian home up there once owned by the Wells Fargo family as well as a 100 year old history of many other inhabitants.

It seems Russert's love for the city and it's people are beginning to be visible now with my own eyes, having visited there many times. Most recently my wife's show up there drew some newly befriended art friends named Craig Larotunda and Jason D'Aquino (Jason has a show up a Fuse Gallery at the moment) The fact that they were kind enough to stop by and show their support, not to me but to my wife, displays the type of caliber people they are. A gesture I find refreshing in this often fickle friended art world.

With that being said, I am looking forward to staying friends with them both once we get settled up there come this November.

MY POP

It's father's day -- here is a picture of my Father, Michael Mararian Sr. -- He just turned 80. I am on track to look just like him at this age (sans the bird) -- if I even make it that far
















I'm heading down to Florida tomorrow to drive him and my Mother (and the bird Egbert) up North for the summer. A week long car ride with my folks -- it has all the elements of a Ben Stiller Film. yikes.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

ELIZABETH LAMBERT MARARIAN IN GROUP SHOW













My wife Elizabeth Lambert Mararian has a few pieces beign show at BWest Studio in Allentown Buffalo, New York. If you are unfamiliar with her work you can see an nice crosssection here at her blog.

So if you're in the Buffalo Area on Friday the 13th stop by and check out her work and also wish us both a happy 5th anniversary when you see us there :)

Monday, June 9, 2008

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR

I'll have a few prints at this art fair here in New York City June 12-15th in connection with the McCaig Welles/Michael Roshenthal Gallery out of San Francisco. Check it out if you are nearby...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

ARTIST JOSH KEYES


I really like what Josh Keyes is producing as an artist - I find fascinating the geometry of his work, the ecological themes he interlaces and stark whiteness to his work. He has in my opinion one of the more interesting voices out there -- check out his show coming up in the city at the Josh Liner Gallery.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

HITTING 30

No, not my age (I wish) but my art count for the Corey Helford show in July. This is the most work I have ever done for a show and I'm pretty happy in general with the outcome, there will be a few odd pieces and I'm curious to see how they are received. I have to start the 30th piece this Memorial day and I hope I can get even one more in before I start shipping them out the middle of June. There were some thoughts to having me do an art installation but I just don't think I will have the time or engery by that point.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

AND I THINK IT"S GOING TO BE A LONG LONG TIME...

Before anyone ever lets Shatner live this one down.

40 years later it's still the most shocking footage ever to air on national television. If you've never seen this - I post it because I feel it's a true art piece in itself. Originally aired on the first (and I believe last) Science Fiction Award Ceremony in 1978 - I actually saw this when it aired. Alone in the T.V. room of my Massachusetts home, no one to cover my eyes from the flickering image of multiple Shatners burning into my fragile little mind. Again, if you've never seen this before, enjoy Rocket Man, it's out of this world.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

NY ARTS MAGAZINE BLURB

Found this nice little mention in this months NYArts Magazine via Bruce Helford and his interview in regards to the ?War Show he and Jan curated at their gallery The Corey Helford Gallery back in December 2007

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

MORE MINIATURE ARTISTS!?

Okay, so is this just a trend or an official art form now ? In one of my earlier posts this year ( here ) - I made an observation that among the art fairs here in NYC there were quite a few artists doing work with miniature plastic people. Now I see two more have ( and will) surface once again this year - one just finished in Los Angeles at the Paul Kopekien Gallery named David Demichele and the other shall grace this tiny island of Manhattan at Sloan Fine Art named Andrea Aversa. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not mocking any of these artists - I sort of like these minuscule worlds made human scale - and Andrea's priest and Airplane creations are quite nice but I just wonder where it all came for all of a sudden, leading me to ask again, is this a fad or a fixture now? Because if it is an official medium , I'll do it. Shit man, I'll do "Tiny Dreadfuls". But even more importantly, where do people get these little people from? I remember Homies in the vending machines years ago here in the city, can I use them? Would they count or is that too gauche? F'get it, I'll stick to the ink.















Andrea Aversa










David Demichele

Saturday, May 10, 2008

LOWBROW OR RE-BROW

We went to see the Alex Gross show at Jonathan Levine Gallery today and it was closed for the next show installation - my goof, but on the way down we stopped at the ACA Gallery on the 5th floor of the same building and came across the art of James Ormsbee Chapin (1887-1975). He was born in New Jersey and studied art at Cooper Union and the Art Students League in New York. I was taken by how his work is so much like a lot of the work represented in this new Lowbrow "Movement" that is taking place now. check out the piece called "The Deer Hunter" below.


















He had a few other pieces that I can't seem to find on line that even more so supports the notion some believe that no art movement is totally new but just old, sometimes forgotten artwork reshuffled and presented differently. I don't know enough about the history of Mr. chapin - it seems he was relatively renowned --- but it's still cool to see work like this and not be able to distinguish the fine lines between past and present. Pretty cool, I think.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

PREMATURE-REJECT-ULATION

Three years ago, in 2005, I sent artwork samples to a gallery in Los Angeles that does a large group show every year. About a month after the show opened I received a rejection letter from them. That was expected since the show had opened and my art was obviously not it in. I expected the letter.

Today however, May 3rd, 2008 I received a rejection letter again from the same gallery but this time I had not sent them anything. I'm just wondering if this is a "Preemptive rejection letter" in case I was thinking about sending something...they must really not want me to show there.

That would be like going on a blind date with someone and the next day you say it was fun but you're not interested -- and then three years later you call them again and tell them you're still not interested (in case they were wondering).

I don't know - I couldn't stop laughing when I got this letter today- it's definitely my favorite rejection of all time because it's almost paradoxical....nothing I did has been rejected.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

DASCHLE AND THE APOCALYPSE









I should have posted this awhile ago but it just occurred to me...I submitted the above artwork to the Fuse Gallery about a month ago as part of their traveling "Draw show" that is presently touring Europe. It was in London but may have moved on at this point. This was the study that ended up being "Daschle and the Wave"(image below) - my initial concept was a barren blackness behind him as if the world were in the process of ending - this is a cropped down version of it...I ended up redrawing it with a giant wave behind him instead, making it a little less obtuse....


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

ART RESOURCE

Hands down as a resource for artists in their early or mid careers is a gentleman named Alan Bamberger. He has a great website that I stumbled across a couple of years ago and have read pretty much every one of the articles he has posted. From pricing, to legalese, to opening night etiquette; his writings are simply written without pretense and quite informative. I suggest all artists check out his site here, you won't be disappointed.

Monday, April 28, 2008

THREE TALES OF ART FAUX PAS


Get your art straight, fool!
So we were at Ryan Myers' art opening in Philadelphia the other day at Artstar Gallery and there was an artist there I know (who I will keep nameless) and we chatted for a small part of the evening. I noticed a piece of her artwork was there, presumably from a past show and thought it would be nice to acknowledge it. As she was passing I pointed to the work and said "I see you have a straggler here". She looked at me smiling, I could see the confusion in her eyes..."one of your pieces..." I pressed on. It was only then when I saw my wife look at me that I realized it was a different artist I was thinking about. I wanted to die...

My wife affectionately calls me Larry David because I am constantly saying things or dwelling on issues that I shouldn't. But I find it is hard to keep up on all the artists out there, skillfully being able to match the names with the artwork. I sent her an email apologizing and I wrote, "... it could have been worse, I could have mistaken your work for a Thomas Kinkaid "Painter of Light" painting" -- then I realized after hitting "send" that maybe what I just wrote was in fact worse.


The Art of Some Young guy...
A few nights ago I was in my neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn and I saw an Asian artist I know walk by. We had a nice conversation once at an opening here in the city - his work is well know and again I will keep him nameless, but I went up to him and said "Hi ___________ how are you" I shook his hand vigorously, "Michael Mararian..." I announced, "We spoke at the _______________ gallery. I didn't know you lived in my neighborhood" He smiled at me and said one word.

"Yummy."

I continued babbling on, sort of ignoring his comment, but again he said "No, no, Yummy!...I'm Yummy!"

I'm thinking to myself now, "okay dude, what are you trying to tell me here" And it then dawned on me. Yummy is the name of the Chinese food place around the corner. He works there and that's how I recognized him. He laughed, smiled continued on and I apologized and left. I would love to tell that story to the actual artist but I'm afraid it will sound racist but the fact is the guy really does resemble him. Perhaps I will tell him the story one day and preface it by saying "I know this sounds racist, but..." Riiiight, something tells me from the moment you start out with a line like that you are destined to be sending an apologetic email later that night....


In Retrospect I Should Have Fawned...
Lastly, I met Ron English and Mark Ryden recently - well sort of. It was an opening at the Jonathan Levine Gallery and they were both there at the preview standing near each other. I would have been the third person in the triangle had I been part of the conversation. I wanted to say something but I didn't want to be fawning over either of them so I took my cue from Mark who said as he was about to depart, "We're off to see a drag show." and he said the performers name and I was surprised how uninteresting it was. I was accustom to artists names like "Hedda Lettuce" "Ivana Cockatoo" "Marsha Dimes" etc.... So naturally (or un-naturally I chimed in)

"That's strange," I said - they both looked at me - a pause as they tried to figure out if I was a friend of either one of them -- "Usually drag queens have very interesting names." I continued, "...a buddy of mine met a black midget drag queen once, and her name was "Teeny Tiny Tina Turner".

Long pause now. Neither of them reacted at all. AT ALL. Nothing. No response. Death. Mark said goodbye and left.

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In my case there is something about the art world and my dealings with the artists themselves: I really need to just shut up and be a silent observer.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Colorful Illustrations 93°C - Please DO NOT buy this book!

Darren Di Lieto, the creator and editor of LCS Little Chimp Society illustration site, discovered recently many interviews he has written for his blog and dozens of the artists work he's has featured have been plagiarized in a published 350 page book that came out recently selling on line for $100. You can read more about this here on his personal blog to get all the details

Artists and supporters are asking for people to not buy the book and anyone who comes in contact with the book to consult the manager of the shop to inform them of the situation.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

TURF-ONE













One of my favorite artist these days is Truf One. His work is just so imaginative and nostalgic. And he's nice guy as well -- I had the privilege of meeting him at his Fuse Gallery show last year. Check out the rest of his work if you get a moment. The piece above is not two separate works but a three dimensional layout that illustrates how the face on the left opens like a hatch to reveal a skull baby on the right. Very cool.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

DEAD ON ARRIVAL











Thomas Hoving , former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a classic final tableau is his appearance in the film Who the $#%& Is Jackson Pollock? In which he claims the piece is frivolous, a fake, with no emotion - that it's "Dead on Arrival" . But whether you believe his expertise or not, what really makes his cameo classic in this film (which I highly recommend) is the way he examines this presumably fake Jackson Pollack painting that the main character of the documentary claims she found at a thrift store. The series of stances he dons are priceless.

Here are a couple. My two favorites are when he fist walks in and will not look at the painting until he is fully seated and prepared to "take it all in at once" and when he looks at it upside down. It's a great little film