Quick Review: Black Acid Co-Op

August 4, 2009


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Walking through this show, I kept asking myself, ‘At what point in the process did this become art?’ I wondered what it might have been like to put it together. I thought back to the scene in Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know in which an artist is putting together an installation and the curator spots her coffee mug on the floor and asks ‘Isn’t this my coffee mug?’ The artist replies, ‘No, I made that.’

Black Acid Co-Op is on view til August 15th at Deitch, 18 Wooster Street, NY

Links:
Deitch
More Photos via my flickr
Roberta Smith Review in The NY Times


Quick Review: Bicycle Film Festival 09: Joyride Art Show

June 19, 2009

The New York City leg of this year’s Bicycle Film Festival is this week, and last night I rode my relatively uncool bicycle to check out Joyride, a bike themed art show spread across a series of galleries in the lower east side. There were a few good pieces in the show, but for the most part I found myself mostly interested in the free beer and conversation.

More pictures from this show can be found here on my flickr page.

Joyride is up until June 21. Click here for more details.


Quick Review: Jen Stark @ LMAK Projects

June 4, 2009

Jen Stark is a designer’s artist. Meaning, she does the kind of work that inevitably appeals to designers. Clean lines, repetition of form, an unconventional medium, her work practically begs to pop up on FFFFound.

Her current show The Beginning of The End at LMAK Projects in NYC is small. With only a few pieces, it feels a little bit like a tease but what’s there is a good sampling of the artist’s work.

For the first time and with varying degrees of success, she explores new materials like wood and mirrors in a few of the pieces. Overall, I’d say it’s a solid show but it left me wanting more. Here are a few additional shots.

The Beginning of The End is on view until June 21st at LMAK Projects. 139 Eldridge Street, Between Delancey and Broome, New York NY.

Links:
jenstark.com


People You Should Know About: Viajero

May 27, 2009


Las Madrinas. see more of Viajero’s work here

Brooklyn artist Adrian “Viajero” Roman is among a generation of artists working almost exclusively on wood. Unlike some of his contemporaries, however, Viajero’s drawings and paintings are not merely a study in fashionable techniques and materials. They are the expression of an artist’s deep obsession with people, their histories, and what appears to be an ongoing exploration of Latin American culture. As his name suggests (Viajero means traveler in Spanish), many of his works are portraits of people he has encountered on his travels across The Caribbean, Latin America, and The United States.


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He recently released a book of artwork and photography, chronicling his work between 2006 and 2008. Find out more here: viajeroshop.com

More of his work can be seen here:
viajeroart.com


Audrey Kawasaki Does Japan

May 9, 2009

The immensely prolific and jaw-droppingly talented Audrey Kawasaki recently had a show at SpaceYui, in Japan. I’ve been following Audrey for some time now and it’s wonderful to see how her art continues to evolve, yet still maintain the magic that garnered her so many devoted fans.

Check out more pics from the show here at arrestedmotion.com.


So, do you have any siblings?

February 8, 2009


photo by Elinor Carucci for New York Magazine

We all have a list of questions we ask people we’ve just met(people we wanna date). These questions are meant to 1. show that you are capable of holding a conversation beyond “so, how many siblings do you have?” 2. display your deep inner mysticism and 3. determine if your new friend is not completely screwy. One of my personal questions(and I’ll never be able to ask it again now) is “If you had to choose between going deaf or blind, which would you choose?” My answer is always changing. Some days, I’d rather go blind because I couldn’t imagine a world without music. Other days, I’d rather go deaf because there’s so much of the world I haven’t yet seen. Fortunately, I’ve never actually had to consider this question as a definite possibility but I know there are people out there, much stronger than myself, who do.

Going Blind and Deaf In A City of Lights, a New York Magazine article by Arianne Cohen, introduces us to Rebecca Alexander, a young New Yorker with a rare condition that’s causing her to slowly lose her sight and hearing. Cohen spent a few weeks hanging out with Rebecca and getting a sense of what her life is like, how she deals with losing her eyesight and hearing, and why she can’t stop driving 100 miles per hour(Yep, she still drives).

It’s good to read stories like this, stories that remind us of the power of the human spirit and what has kept us thriving as a species thus far, the ability to adapt even if only on a personal level.

If you’re not in the mood to read the article, check out this video about Esref Armagan, a remarkable painter who has been blind his entire life.

links:
Esref Armagan’s Site