Wednesday, December 30, 2009

STOREFRONT SPACE: New Space, Bushwick!

the creative team of Norte Maar launch a new project called:



NEW year, NEW work, NEW space:

January 2-Feburary 6, 2010

opening PARTY: Saturday, January 2, 6-10PM

HOURS: Sat-Sun, 1-6PM

featuring the work of artists we know, the artists we like,

and the artists we’d like to get to know better:

Roland Allmeyer Bill Adams Michele Araujo Deborah Brown Jeri Coppola

Judy Dolnick Hermine Ford Rico Gatson Theresa Hackett Arnold Helbring

Brece Honeycutt Andrew Hurst Norman Jabaut Mary Judge Justen Ladda

Ellen Letcher Amy Lincoln Mathew Miller Jimmy Miracle Brooke Moyse

Steve Pauley Olivie Ponce Kevin Regan Hilda Shen Adam Simon

Stephen Truax and Austin Thomas


16 Wilson Avenue


DIRECTIONS: L train to Morgan. Four blocks on Morgan to Flushing. Cross Flushing to Wilson Avenue. Gallery located between Noll and George Street.

STOREFRONT is a gallery project run by the creative team of Norte Maar. The gallery is an extension of the collaborative mission to encourage, support and present unique exhibitions and innovative performances while fostering community, artistic expression and raising the imaginative energy in us all.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas. Today my thoughts are of gift economies. I listened to a great podcast about money, which included a discussion of gift economies and social business with Reverend Billy discussing sensuous economies and his gospel of no-shopping.

I think my work is about gift economy participation. To diverge a little bit from gifts but not entirely, I quote (below, written in all caps) from today's Tiffany's ad in the New York Times. Whether capitalism, "social capitalism," or gift economies, it's good to keep your options open.


image: Deborah Brown "Shoe Tree" and it is 48" X 60" from 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Gallery Treat!

I really fell in love with this show at A.M Richard Gallery in Williamsburg. I might have to buy some of Devon's Morandi's! They are amazing. Great gallery, wonderful exhibition!!

Devin Dougherty, Morandi suite (9 vessels), Raku ceramic, 6" x 10" overall, 2009.

Steve Keister, Xibalba (site specific installation), glazed earthenware, cement, wood, acrylic, paper, variable dimensions, 2009.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

a Saturday Night Art Stumble

Here it is, go stumble:

You'll start on the lower east side, then Bushwick (which seems to be the 2 art neighborhoods)

meet at cuchifritos 6pm

1. Cuchifritos, 4 - 6 PM
120 Essex Street, Delancey / Rivington (inside the Essex St. Food Market at the South end of the building), 212-420-9202

2. 5 Year Anniversary of LMAKprojects
LMAKprojects, 6 - 9 PM
139 Eldridge Street, 212-255-9707

3. 2009 Artist of the Month Club Showcase
Invisible-Exports, 6 - 8 PM
14A Orchard Street, 212-226-5447

then out to Bushwick

4. Takayuki Kubota
The Laundromat, 6 - 10 PM
238 Melrose Street, 4th Floor,

they should have snacks or you guys can go to Life Cafe

more shows in Bushwick:

Occasional Projects, 7 - 9 PM
1182 Flushing Avenue, 3rd Floor, 718 865-6526

you'll end up at Norte Maar (I think our pal Anna worked really hard on this):

one night show at Norte Maar:

19th Nervous Breakdown
an immediate response
a spontaneous exhibition organized and curated by
Elliot Lessing
with special assistance from Anna D'Agrosa

Saturday, December 12, 6-10PM
exhibition continues for one day only, Sunday, December 13, 1-6PM

83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B

image: norte maar

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hildur Asgeirsdóttir Jónsson: it only gets better

While in Ohio...I ate a lot and ALSO took a road trip to Cleveland. I went there to see Hildur Asgeirsdóttir Jónsson. Hildur took me on a tour of her work, some of it up at the William Bust Gallery, and even more to see at the Cleveland Clinic's esteemed art collection program. They commissioned her to do the pieces in the chapel, which are quite lovely. Hildur, quite the accomplished artist. It only gets better!

The Cleveland Clinic Work:
Hildur on view at the William Busta gallery.

Hildur locking up the William Busta gallery.

Then to her studio:

Hildur standing beside her embroidery series.

Veil-Nebula 12"x12", silk 2007

Veil-Nebula 12"x12", silk 2007


More Embroideries.


Final studio view.

Monday, November 30, 2009

I love this artist

I can buy his art for $30. I can read his explanations of what is art. And I can listen to him read to me on his Radio Philistine.

I love Paul Chan!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Medieval Art

I have to post this quickly. I am in Ohio with family.

Before leaving NY, I had the great fortune of viewing a rare exhibition titled Medieval Art and the Contemporary Spirit. After running into Roberta Smith she also told me to go see the Bruce Davidson exhibition at Howard Greenberg. The show is a recreation of a 1970 Museum of Modern Art exhibit titled East 100th Street. Both shows are must sees. Now to see to the dishes.

Monday, November 23, 2009

My needle is stuck on Robert Frank and I skip to Marina Rosenfeld

Above is a picture of a speaking chair from last night's performance of Marina Rosenfeld's "P.A.," part of Performa. “P.A.” used the massive airspace and complex social function of the Armory drill hall as both a reflecting and distorting structure (that sentence is from the press materials).

I can listen to more Rosenfeld on my favorite listening portal Last.FM. Her latest album is available for purchase. While my ears open and mind fills, I can feast my eyes on current obsession Robert Frank.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Images from the Art Stumble

Images from the ISCP Art Stumble:

the curator Elissa Levy

Image above of of Rena Leinberger


Maggie talking to BJÖRN

Stuart's books

Kevin Regan reading.
Stumbling in Alisa Baremboym's studio.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Art Stumble for ISCP

Please join me this Sunday, Nov. 15th @ 3:00 pm at the ISCP for an
Art Stumble tour and talk of the studi
os and the exhibition of NEVERandagain - curated Elissa Levy

(meet inside, first floor exhibition)

image: Balam Bartolomé, "Eureka/Concrete Mind, cement with the exact weight of my head" 2009


Studio visits to:

Alisa Baremboym
Balam Bartolomé
Sidi El-Karchi
Rena Leinberger
Stuart Ringholt

Readings on psychedelic drug ingestion by: Kevin Regan

Refreshments served.

ISCP: 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

L to Grand Street, go East on Grand St towards Olive St., left on Morgan Ave., right onto Metropolitan Ave.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Going the Distance

Contemporary Art is about going the distance required to find something powerful, mind-bending (boggling) and transformative. Last Friday, I travelled to the studios Mira Schor and Loren Munk. Below are images from both, thanks for looking and traveling with me.

Some of Mira's Books. Schor is the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture and co-editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism (both from Duke University Press). She has contributed to the Brooklyn Rail.

Schor has two new books, The Extreme of the Middle: Writings of Jack Tworkov, which she has edited, from Yale University Press, and a new collection of her own writings on art and culture, A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life, to be published by Duke University Press.

Next stop: Loren Munk. Loren also writes for the Brooklyn Rail and is well know for his video dispatches from the artworld. He paints under the name Loren Munk and writes under the name James Kalm. He's a complete package of viewing.