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.