Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Today, tomorrow and always

The above picture is from today's New York Times by Yoko Ono.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Nasreen Mohamedi

So often dreams of utopia lead to nightmares of dystopia. But pocket utopias have a beginning, middle and end, they're definable. My Pocket Utopia ends at the door of my relational space.

Yesterday I left Pocket Utopia and walked out into the cold to Nasreen Mohamedi at Talwar Gallery. I found another pocket utopia.

Friday, December 19, 2008

My Christmas List

Here's my list, I've been good this year, there's a variety of items, large and small:

Step by step instructions for building a Desert TearDrop Trailer.

And, a smart car to pull it with (it doesn't hurt to ask).

If the smart car can't pull a teardrop, I'd like to have step by step plans for a "mini camping trailer."

If the above was more than you wanted to spend, there's always Mel Bochner's new book Solar Systems & Restrooms.

Or a couple of sheets of Lenox 100, machine made, 100% cotton paper from New York Central.

And a big donation to the World Food Program.

Happy holidays!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Lee Lozano: Myth or too Real

Lee Lozano was an amazing artist. After all that Sunday saloning on the subject of whether Lee's life was myth or too real, it's nice to spend an evening just looking at

Feastory by Amanda Hughen
ink, graphite, and acrylic paint on drafting film
56 x 36 inches

2007 Prototype for Billboards at A-Z West by Andrea Zittel

Luna, 2005 Edition of 30, 22.5 x 30 inches, intaglio: hardground, aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, sugarlift, white ground, drypoint and roulette by Aaron Noble

and, Calabi-Yau sketch 1, 2007 by Fred Gutzeit

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Hop on!

Free smART Brooklyn Gallery Hop buses will run from four different hubs; each route loops through a different art gallery district.

• Register by phone: 718-802-3530 or email:
You must give your name, phone number or email, and specify which hub
and time you want (e.g., 2pm BLUE loop). Please note that you may only
make reservations for 2 people. Seating is limited - we will accommodate
people without reservations only after seating people with reservations!
• Buses leave on the hour: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm*
Please arrive at the hub location at least 15 minutes before departure.
Schedules for each loop will be handed out on the bus.
*The 5pm bus is the last trip for the day – please be advised it has NO return loop!
• Enjoy hopping on & off the bus within each line’s loop!
Please note this is not a door-to-door service.
(Galleries will be within approximately three blocks of each stop)

64 participating Brooklyn art galleries will offer exhibitions and refreshments, as well as a chance for visitors to learn more about Brooklyn’s expanding art scene. Four smART Brooklyn Gallery “districts” will be included in bus routes. Participants can visit galleries in the Gold Loop: DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, and Red Hook; the Red Loop: Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bedford-Stuyvesant; the Green Loop: Crown Heights, Park Slope, Gowanus, Sunset Park, and Flatbush; and the Blue Loop: Bushwick, Greenpoint and Williamsburg.

For more information on the smART Brooklyn Gallery Hop, visit,

Friday, December 5, 2008

Lee Lozano Salon, Sunday at 4pm

Pocket Utopia presents a Sunday Salon on the life and art of Lee Lozano

Lead by Fred Gutzeit in conjunction with his current show: "Love to Fred from Lee Lozano"

Sunday, December 7th starting at 4:00 pm.

Kevin Regan, resident artist, will serve coffee as part of "Coffee Talk," his relational riff on Lozano and social space

"The kind of things other people did as art, she really did as life--and it took us a while to figure that out," Lucy Lippard

Lee Lozano image above from Sammlung Rolf Ricke

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Let's all listen to "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and remember Odetta.

Then have a gander at William Lamson's work and call it a Pocket Utopia moment!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Pocket Utopia in New York Mag!

image by resident artist Kevin Regan

Art on a Shoestring

That’s where creativity really thrives.

By Jerry Saltz Published Nov 30, 2008

reposting just the Bushwick part here, get the rest on the NY Magazine site.

The last time money left the art world, intrepid types maxed out their credit cards and opened galleries, and a few of them have become the best in the world. Now, as money is leaving art again, history could repeat itself—especially in these two neighborhoods, where you can feel experimentation percolating.


It’s the closest thing to the eighties East Village. Start with Norte Maar (646-361-8512), Lumenhouse (718-942-5395), and English Kills (718-366-7323). Move fast; some may be gone next year, and the ones that stick around could make a real difference. You should also stop at Pocket Utopia (917-400-3869), where you’ll likely be greeted by the ball-of-energy artist known as Austin Thomas, who, in the year and a half she’s been open for business, hasn’t sold a single work to a collector—only to artists.

Thanks Jerry!