Wednesday, January 26, 2011


family eats while I go off to the studio

the well fed family

Bill Carroll at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

there's my piece way back there behind the guy in the polypropylene, I actually took this from the coat closet, you can see a hanger refracting in my camera lens

curator in a sweater vest, jacket and tie

I asked Ellen to take a picture of Hrag and me at the end of the hippie potluck, she took 54 pictures, I think this is #54!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Above a picture of Ben Berlow's work now up at Rawson Projects. Keep an eye on Rawson Projects they'll be mounting cool exhibitions in the future.

Yesterday I had a sneak preview of SmartSpace's newest venture with artist Carol Salmanson. SmartSpaces usually presents contemporary art in the windows of vacant storefronts, but this time they have mounted an installation in a vacant luxury apartment. Here are pictures from the inside and Ellen Scott's pictures from the street.

On Saturday, before teaching interior earth sculpture to kids, I stopped by the NYU's Grey Art Gallery to see Esteban Vicente's show of collages and small sculptures. It's a beautiful show.

Besides SmartSpaces, I'm impressed by the different art ventures that are popping up all around the city. Most recently I've learned about a new place to print silk screens, the Gowanus Print Lab whose main focus is to provide members with everything one could need to complete a variety of screen printing projects.

Now I'm off to Asya Geisberg Gallery.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Woman #2
Acrylic, oil, & charcoal on linen
82 x 78 inches
image from Friedrich Petzel Gallery

(Friedrich Petzel currently has a fantastic video with music installation by Seth Price)

I listened to this great podcast the other day titled "Driven by Flavor." The podcast featured Dan Barber the celebrated young chef and his passionate dedication to restore food to its rightful place vis-à-vis our bodies, our ecologies and our economies. He structures his ideas around his commitment to flavor.

What impressed me about the interview with Dan Barber was that he kept coming back to ideas about sustainability. Flavor is what sustains him and it's what is good for the planet and our health. This resonated with me on a couple of different levels as I try to survive as an artist, be a productive parent and give back to my community.

I am hosting a potluck at Hyperallergic HQ (the correct date is Monday, January 24th, 7pm), so bring a covered dish and we'll discuss current affairs in our art worlds and how we can help each other out. I've been focusing on these issues (of personal, communal, worldly sustainability) as I move toward integrating art into Humboldt Plaza with the amazing landscape architectural firm Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP.

Our developing plaza project is situated right outside Moore Street Market. This is a historic market with a bubbling local environment inside with a potential for my artist community to either exhibit in, teach at, eat at, cook with stuff bought at the market, and even open some sort of permanent market stall.

Lars Kremer along with Aron Namenwirth and friends will be making a dinner with ingredients bought at the market on February 17th as part of Norte Maar's upcoming Eat the Beat night February 18th. So here I am cooking and making art or rather trying to create "flavor" for a more sustainable community.

Later, after teaching interior earth sculpture to kids, which will include a trip to the Earth Room, it's pizza at Zach Feuer and a glimpse at Florian Schmidt's compositions of elementary shapes of circles, squares and rectangles embellished with cardboard and wires.

Monday, January 10, 2011


After reading an article on Sampling (and the idea is only as deep as the length of the NYT's 2 minute and 7 second sound clip example) in yesterday's New York Times Magazine, I went off to sample art in Bushwick and Williamsburg. My tour guide was, Jason Andrew, and my buddy was Hrag Vartanian.
studio of Tamara Gonzales
Tamara's recent work
more Tamara
Storefront's NYT's review - on their one year anniversary!
(can you read that, who did this blue one?) Storefront's group show:

I know this red painting is Matthew Langley
another Storefront, new artist, he just makes "x's"
my tour buddy Hrag in front of pal Julie Torres
Andrew Piedilato, showing at English Kills, looks like he's giving me the finger?
(viewing his show sparks a discussion of if he was an LA artist he'd be showing at the Hammer or some other S. Cal. museum and how NYC museums need to support their local artists more, or how at least the Brooklyn Museum needs to do something, anything!)

English Kills new floor...just a floor sample?
Brooke Moyse above, love her...
Bjoern Meyer-Ebrecht's books above
more Bjoern
Bjoern above
a pile of Bjoern


at Sugar

new gallery on Bedford, Rawson Projects (they totally blew us off until we introduced ourselves and then they got all nice...was that a sample? Actually the show, which was on the floor being installed, looked great.)
above, at Sideshow, my man Loren Munk (I love him, have I ever said that before?) and below, Mario Naves, who reviewed my show, showing...a beautiful collage!
the big picture at Sideshow
this sample of art in Bushwick and Williamsburg stops here.