Sunday, July 5, 2015

GREECE BAILOUT : CROWDFUNDING PROJECT

























DETAILS: https://www.indiegogo.com/greek-bailout-fund.html


Let's just get Greece sorted

All this dithering over Greece is getting boring. European ministers flexing their muscles and posturing over whether they can help the Greek people of not. Why don't we the people just sort it instead?

The European Union is home to 503 million people, if we all just chip in a few Euro then we can get Greece sorted and hopefully get them back on track soon. Easy.

What We Need & What You Get

€1.6bn is what the Greeks need. It might seem like a lot but it's only just over €3 from each European. That's about the same as half a pint in London. Or everyone in the EU just having a Feta and Olive salad for lunch.

So come on, order a Feta and Olive salad, maybe wash it down with an Ouzo or glass of Assyrtiko greek wine and let's sort this shit out.
Pledge €3 and get a postcard sent from Greece of Alex Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister. We'll get them made and posted in Greece and give a boost to some local printers and post offices.
Pledge €6 and get a greek Feta and Olive salad

Pledge €10 and get a small bottle of Ouzo sent to you
Pledge €25 and get a bottle of Greek wine

Is that really all it would take?

OK, it might be a short while for the cash to get fully into the Greek economy, but hell - what is there to lose? Another Tesco Meal deal? Ah well.
You get some tasty Greek things.
We promise that all profits will go to the Greek people and all products will be 100% Greek.


FAQs and Press/Media

Since this has been covered in the media and gone fantastically well so far, I've been asked a lot of questions. I've tried to answer some more below:

Who are you?
I'm 29 years old and from York, Yorkshire in the North of England but live in Bethnal Green, London. I currently work in a shoe shop in London.

Is this a joke?
No. Crowdfunding can really help because it's just a case of getting on and doing it. I was fed up of the Greek crisis going round in circles, while politicians are dithering, this is affecting real people. While all the posturing is going on, then it's easy for the politicians to forget that. I just thought, sod it, I'll have a crack.

Why Greece?
This isn't just about Greece, but about the Greek people, the working classes and trying to help other ordinary people across the world. If governments, corporations or banks won't help, what can we do but band together. If we don't reach that target, what a wonderful message it sends out. It shows that whether you're a working class lad in Yorkshire, Scotland or Athens other people around the world care about you, even if your government has forgotten. You can make a difference.

It shows that so many people care about giving to people when they need it most, not kicking them while they're down. To help an economy recover we need investment and stimulus, not cuts and austerity.

How has the campaign been received?
I've been overwhelmed by the response, it’s been incredibly positive. I’ve received so many tweets, emails and messages of support and thanks. I started the campaign as quite a practical endeavour, €3 from everyone in Europe - that'll sort it. But it has really struck a chord with so many people emotionally. I feel quite emotional about it all myself now, I've had to have a sit down and a strong cup of Yorkshire Tea!

Are you just making a statement/some kind of point?
This is a real attempt to do something. But at the very least it's important to raise the issue of the plight of the Greek people at this time. Not just the profiles of politiicians. We can help our Greek cousins by buying wonderful Greek produce such as feta, olives, wine and more. And maybe considering Greece as a holiday destination. That's part of the idea behind each of the perks on the crowdfunding page. Trade will help Greece and the Greek people out of their current situation.

Have you been involved in Greek Politics before?
I've never been involved in Greek politics. I see the campaign as more of a helping the Greek people than getting involved with politics.

Have you been in touch with European or Greek leaders.
I've not yet been in touch with any European leaders, but I heard a rumour from a journalist that Mr Tsipras wanted to get in touch.

Do you have any link to IndieGoGo?
I've never been involved with IndieGoGo before.

What happens if you don’t make the target?
All the money is refunded. Hopefully we’ll make it though!

Are the products real or symbolic?
It’s not symbolic - all products would be sourced from Greece, made in Greece and sent from Greece.

Do you think Europeans are generous enough?
Europeans are pretty generous on the whole, maybe Ms Merkel and Mr Cameron are the exception. There are 500 million people in the EU and actually, it wouldn't cost each person much to just sort it out ourselves. I'm confident the people of Europe will get this campaign and some time soon we'll all be raising a glass of Ouzo and having a bloody great big celebration.

What will happen to the money?
We promise that all profits will go to the Greek people. Whether that be via the government accepting it or by other means.

How can the Greek government accept your money?
That's one for IndieGoGo to help me with! Thought I suspect that there'll be plenty of people, better qualified than I am, that would be willing to help.

Do you think that you can reach the target?
I hope very much that the campaign will reach the target, I think it will be a victory for people power. Yes it's a tall order but I truly believe it can be effective, remember it's a very small amount per person we're looking for.

Will you go to Greece to send the postcards?!
I'd love to go to Greece to send the postcards myself. The postcards and salads would be put together in Greece, employing Greeks and contributing to the Greek economy.

How much have you personally put in?
I've put in for a bottle of Ouzo, which is just €10 - if 1 in 3 Europeans did the same, we'd get to the target!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Brendan McCumstie’s “Me, My, Myth” : Beijing - April 7 - May 10, 2015


Beijing-based Australian artist Brendan McCumstie opens his solo exhibition of mind bending paintings – Me, My, Myth – in Beijing, China on April 7 at the EscapeSpace Gallery.

The paintings are other-worldly and rveolve around lunar landscapes, angelic children seemingly caught and in a time-space continuum.  Me, My, Myth will be view until May 10th.

Me, My, Myth features more than a dozen new paintings and sculptures produced this year by McCumstie. The exhibition also includes a shadow installation and will be supported by archival material and collage works from the artist’s studio, highlighting his continued ability to invent works at the border between reality and the world of dreams.

“Brendan McCumstie invites us to take an exploratory journey," says Gallery director, Steven Sampliner.  "It is a journey we are all oddly familiar with. We are presented with art works that allows us to view separation and union simultaneously. They are wonderfully strange, and endlessly intriguing.”

Born in 1973 in Australia, Brendan McCumstie spent the past three years living and working in both Paris and Beijing, enabling him to research the history of art from both sides of the globe, and place his own work within this expansive geo-political-social art-historical frame.

The results of McCumstie's on-going aesthetic research and practice chronicles the origin, meaning and ultimate changing of some unknown entity over time, be it a person, an idea, a country or a philosophy.



Brendan McCumstie : On Me, My, Myth

Etymology is the study of the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time, while Entomology is a unique process in which you can preserve the original look of the bug species of your choosing.

The paintings bring to mind the ouroboros – the tail-eating snake of history and mythology. Like the symbol of eternity given by the encircled serpent these works can be seen as a cyclical narrative of the origin, form, meaning and ultimate changing of some unknown entity – be it a person, an idea, a country or a philosophy. Which unique entity the viewer decides to choose and preserve in his or her own thoughts is up to the individual.

These are artworks that attempt to formalize dreams of plenty, fears of loss and reflections on a life; an idea of what it is like to collect, order and enshrine the chaos of memory and imagination into something that resembles verisimilitude.



Indecipherable Peace, 120 x 80 cm, 2015; oil on linen.

Intentionally attempting to undermine the alleged inability of a painted two-dimensional surface to portray movement, these strict compositions endeavor to control the imaginary world and entrap it within the visual physical world.

Gertrude Stein quipped that things are either worthless or priceless - I do not desire these works to be pinned up like a dead butterfly to be admired but not investigated. I wish them to be a doorway to another realm; a space where the question posed leads the viewer to areas that they might not have gone alone.
                                                                                                                   
Brendan McCumstie Interviewed by Steven Sampliner 

When are you most productive?

The most productive period for me is night, when the streets go quiet, the moon rises and the darkness enshrines. I see that internalizing essence coming out within the paintings and works I produce.

Why China? Why Beijing?

I had been living in Paris previously, and whilst I love that city there were a number of considerations that brought me to Beijing.

Firstly the fact that Paris requires artists to be extremely well established before giving them an opportunity, and secondly the fact that to be truly rounded as an artist I believed it was necessary to investigate and appreciate the “eastern” aspects of fine art as much as the “western” canon.
I think “East” and “west” are merely atrophied vestigial labels in the contemporary art sphere, but it still exists as a division within the history of art, and that is what I am interested in just as much.
So, with the available options in front of me, Beijing was the obvious choice in terms of accessing a grand history and tradition stretching back millennia. To be a part of its current productive base is an amazing opportunity.

You often wear a tailored 3-piece suit, is it a necessity or a choice?

If you are going to do good work, then you must look and feel good. I enjoy dressing the part – even when creating a piece of work. There is something reinforcing about wearing a quality garment when producing a painting or sculpture. I find it a solemnizing act.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Daily life. The intentionally restricted colour palette in this series of paintings is derived from what I see each and every day in Beijing. I am bringing my eye to what surrounds me.

I feel sometimes that I am some extraterrestrial within a vast alien landscape, nevertheless, sometimes it is easier to see the earth from an alien perspective and, seen from the moon, we are all just artists and audience.



 A Reinvention of Greek Tragedy, 2015, oil on linen, 100 x 80 cm.


It seems that a lot of your works have a mysterious element, like an unsolved puzzle left for the viewer to solve – both the viewers within the paintings and also the viewers in front of the paintings.

My constant battle is to open enough of a window in the artwork, to allow anyone to universally understand the possibilities inherent within the work as it relates to them   on an individual basis.

Would you produce different art if you weren’t in China?

Anyone who is not influenced by his or her surroundings is possibly ignorant, immune or insulated. All three are, I believe, sad options to be avoided at all cost. As both an artist and viewer/observer it is impossible for me to prevent the tendrils extending from what exists around me to attach them selves to me. So of course my art would be developing in a different manner if I existed outside China, but the works I am producing, I believe still have a universality to them that works across cultures.

Have you ever done any portraits?

No, but I would like to try some commissions, and I have a very dear friend whom I intend to do a portrait of this year - an amazing indigenous Australian woman, who is so strong and doing fanastic things for her people and country. I admire anyone who has that drive.

Is art the creator of social change or merely a reaction to it?

I think art has the opportunity and obligation to be both. These current works also act as an observation of social change too.

Do you believe art to be a subject or an object?

I think that the object is the subject, irrespective of what that object is.


For information, catalog, contact: Steven Sampliner... Web:  http://gallery.artron.net/3204  
Tel: +86 15901537357  Email: steven.sampliner@gmail.com   Brendan McCumstie web site

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mother & Child : Joseph Nechvatal's Art Tee Shirt



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Joseph Nechvatal, geb. 1951 in Chicago, ist ein postkonzeptueller Künstler der digitalen Kunst – einer der wichtigsten Pioniere der sogenannten Neuen Medien-Kunst.
Gleichzeitig greift er aber auch auf die "alten Medien" (Malerei, Zeichnung und Grafik) zurück. Das phänomenale und unserer Meinung nach zeitgenössische ist, dass seine "Gemälde" durch Computer-Robotik und Software Animation entstehen.

"The basis of the viractual conception is that virtual producing computer technology has be-come a noteworthy means for making and understanding contemporary art. This brings art to a place where one finds the emerging of the computed (the virtual) with the uncomputed corporeal (the actual)."
Website: http://www.nechvatal.net

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

POP UP / FUCK OFF : MASSIVE GROUP SHOW @ BROADWAY STUDIOS LONDON, UK SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2015

Pop Up Fuck Off, organized by India Roper-Evans and Samuel Brzeksi at Broadway Studios 28 Tooting High Street SW17 ORG in LONDON runs for one day only: 28 March 2015.

The exhibition opens at 3 PM and will run quite late with musical performances and other art works taking us into the evening.

All the details on FaceBook are here: Pop Up Fuck Off.

Artists include:

Elod Beregszaszi, Richard Leppard, Matthew Rose, India Roper-Evans, Flora Deborah, Sophia Simensky, Mita Solanky, Samuel Brzeski, Cecily Bates, Rodrigo Souto, Eden Lazaness, Helena Mae Brzeski, Miriam Gould, Mary Jones, Amelia Prett, Thomas Wells, Millie Easton, Tom Estes, Cheryl Simmons, Sarah Peace, Sarah Miah, Be Inma Berrocal, Carmen Viñuela, Ele de Luis, Simone Strifele, Sean Worrall, Kathryn Madge, Soundboxed Collective, Daniel P Cunningham, Jamie Misselbrook, Elaine Johnson Lauren Cooper Hayley Don Hill, Xiaoqiao Li, Minami Wrigley, Bob Brown, Luke Sebastian Wilde, Robert Marney Arts, Rob Jones, Phillip Hawkey, Nalini Thapen, Sisters From Another Mister, Milda Lembertaite, Emma Barford, Graham Martin, Andrew Stys, Timothy Holt, Aerial Sparks, Julia Maddison, Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick, Alejandro Tamagno, Sedicente Feccia, Minesweeper Collective, Desdemona Varon, Gzillion Artist, Vanya Balogh, Susana Sanroman, Silvia Cruz Del Alamo, Vanja Karas, Yumi Yoshinaga,  Sinéid Codd, Russell Hill, Caroline Derveaux-Berté and many more...




















My text work, Tuscany, 2005, will be included (God willing the Postal Service delivers them)... The pieces, a triptych, are essentially Bird, Cloud, Sky (in Italian).  Each canvas is 21.0 x 29.7cm, and is gouache on canvas. If you are interested in these works, please contact here: TUSCANY.

Feel free to use the buttons for Twitter and FB and other stuff to send this around.  Thank you. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

SOFT FIX, 2015 - AMERICAN PEEP SHOW CRUCIFIX / PRESSURE WASHING : CONVERGE GALLERY - THRU 25 APRIL



SOFT FIX, 2015 is a soft core porn assemblage work in the American Peep Show booth that is part of the Pressure Washing exhibition at Converge Gallery.  The crucifix, by American artist Matthew Rose, is made from prostitutes' calling cards, and arranged in a grid to form a crucifix.

Reactions to the work thus far have ranged from horrified to mystified to gorgeous to outrageous, John Yogodzinksi, Converge Gallery director told me.  "The idea here is to literally cross up the male gaze with paid liberation," says Matthew Rose, "and examine the contradictions of desire, belief, consumer life and private spiritual life."

For more information: Converge Gallery.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pressure Washing: An Indiscreet But Satisfying Rapture Exhibition By Matthew Rose : 6 March - 25 April 2015



Matthew Rose Pressure Washing Poster Download (PDF).  Yes, it's Free.

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Converge Gallery is pleased to present Matthew Rose’s small and intimate exhibition of sometimes erotic, sometimes obscene, indecent, titillating, arousing, risqué, adult works of art rife with bawdy double-entendres and soft-core innuendo. This is the Paris-based American artist’s third solo exhibition at Converge Gallery.

These 100 hand-cut and painted collage works on board and canvas skew towards the suggestive with splashes of surrealist and pop sensibilities.  Along with additional pieces in sealed plastic arranged triple-x magazine-style in a private “American Peep Show” viewing booth, “Pressure Washing” provides a kind of lexica pornographica, a modest pictorial thesaurus of contemporary pleasure. 

Curated by Converge Gallery director, John Yogodzinski, these works target “almost every manner of sexual adventure with a sophistication and deep sense of humor that takes no prisoners,” says Yogodzinski.  “These works offer rewards that will leave viewers and collectors of art and erotica in stitches and possibly chains. Matthew Rose proves again he is one of our leading collage workers, taking the aesthetic of cut and paste, and pushing past the gates armed with fleshy poetry.” 

Kristen Hill, Converge Gallery, assistant director, agrees: “No philistine, Rose produces x-rated koan-like gems with a knowing virtuosity,” she says. “He’s a two-fisted culture warrior outfitted with sharp scissors, hot glue and a quick pair of hands to rifle through the Zeitgeist.”

Matthew’s last exhibition at Converge (2013), The Letters, comprised 333 works each mailed to the gallery.  Some pieces were missives, others fragments from various alphabets, faux books and his award-winning floor-to-ceiling lexicon the “SPECIAL K WORDS.”

Matthew Rose’s collages, text works, prints, drawings and altered books and objects are widely collected both privately and publicly throughout Europe and the US. Currently Matthew Rose’s “Self Improvement Alphabet,” a 26-piece collage installation, is on view at The Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, Florida.  He also conceived and launched the global project A Book About Death. His works have been featured in Axis of Evil (Qualicatica 2004); Masters of Collage (Lark, 2009); Cutting Edges (Gestaten, 2010); and the artist is currently involved in producing two books : Weekend Plans (Burning Boy 2015) and As Is, (Burning Boy 2015) a collection of written and photographic essays about Rose’s 30 years making and exhibiting art. 

“Pressure Washing” will be on view at Converge Gallery March 6 through April 25, 2015, with an opening on Friday 6 March, beginning at 6 pm.  

For all press inquiries, photo requests and a PDF catalog/checklist of the exhibition, please contact John Yogodzinski, director, Converge Gallery : john@convergegallery.com. Web: convergegallery.com. Tel: 1.570.435.7080 Earth: Converge Gallery 140 West 4th Street, Williamsport, PA 17701, USA. 

Download the large format poster of the exhibition (PDF).  Print it at home, office, factory : Pressure Washing : Matthew Rose 2015

Matthew Rose Web site.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

We Are All Homeless : Exhibition Curated by Artist Willie Baronet


Willie Baronet, a Dallas artist and Stan Richards Professor of Creative Advertising at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, has been buying and collecting signs made by homeless people for more than 20 years.

We are All Homeless brings together nearly 300 signs produced by homeless people at New York University's Kimmel Center for University Life  in New York through 24 January 2015. We are all homeless is a project by Baronet: We Are All Homeless website.

 From Yahoo News: "It's an art installation sure to evoke a spectrum of emotions: from sorrow and surprise to humor and hope. Whatever the feeling, Willie Baronet wants his exhibit at New York University to bring "the issue of homelessness to light in a unique manner to hopefully change people’s hearts and minds on how they view the homeless." Baronet, a Texas artist and advertising professor, drove across the U.S. last July purchasing signs from panhandlers in 24 cities. His "We Are All Homeless" exhibit features 260 signs he acquired as he met with homeless people from Seattle to New York City. The NYU exhibit – his first from the coast-to-coast project – is hosted by HELP USA and will be on display through Jan. 24 in the Kimmel Center for University Life Stovall Family Gallery.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Charlie Hebdo Office : Paris Memorial 12 January 2015



People visit a makeshift memorial near the headquarters of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 12, 2015 in Paris (AFP Photo/Bertrand Guay)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Danielle Voirin's DesCollages : In From The Street @ The Brklyn In Paris


For the past year and a half, Danielle Voirin has been pasting up her photos in the streets of Paris, and often re-photographing them as they deteriorate.  In Le Brykln show, she has included some of those posters (which will be pasted in the street at the end of the show) as well as prints of those posters after other people and the weather has altered them.  Along with that is a selection of her recent cyanotypes, an extension of the same series.    

Opening: Saturday January 10, 2015 at 6 PM
The Brooklyn 58 Rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris
Connect with Danielle Voirin: http://www.daniellevoirin.com/

Not Afraid: Paris - 7 January 2015




























 What a photo: ": Paris, tonight. (Photo: Thibault Camus/AP) "

#JeSuisCharlie

Raw Story on Muslim Community condemnation of the attack.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Je Suis Charlie - 7 January 2015 - Paris




 
A woman held up a placard that translates to "I am Charlie" as she and others gathered at the Place de la Republique in Paris.  Credit Joel Saget/Agence France-Presse / Getty Images.  Image Courtesy: The New York Times. 

#JeSuisCharlie
Charlie Hebdo : Download Je Suis Charlie.  

Please share. Please be kind to each other.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Victoria's New Secret? Not exactly, Vicky: Zion's Unisex Lingerie!



Born in Chicago, raised in Texas, living and working in Paris, Zion Ama Dio is starting 2015 with underwear.  Specifically lingerie, and not specifically lingerie for men or women.  It's not yet a Victoria's Secret category, but it might be.  Lingerie for all might be a traffic stopping winner.

"Why create lingerie?" recalls Zion. "Well, I can remember a time when I was working as a beauty consultant in the States. Every morning I helped my clients look fabulous that day; we were close and shared birthdays.  So I wanted to not just give them a gift, but make them one.  And so I designed and created these lace lingerie boy shorts!"

The designer then asked his women friends and other male friends what they thought about unisex lingerie – and taking it to the world.  The response was strong enough for Zion to launch a site and a business.  While still developing the business and expanding the lines for both men and women and the all purpose unisex modesl, Zion is out to change the way people dress and underdress, even if you can't see it : Zion's FaceBook Page.

Zion Ama Dio in Paris, France.                  

To get on the list for all sorts of Zion's creations, go here: http://www.zadluxury.com/

Friday, December 19, 2014

Malekeh Nayiny's Traveling Demons at Taymour Grahne Gallery



Malekeh Nayiny, All in Pink, 2007, color photograph mounted to aluminum, 36 1/4h x 23 5/8w in / 92h x 60w cm

Taymour Grahne Gallery is pleased to present Traveling Demons, a solo exhibition by Tehran-born, Paris-based artist Malekeh Nayiny.  Both unnerving and playful, Nayiny creates devilish, sinister creatures reflecting our inner demons we never escape from.  Through one’s transformation from childhood to adulthood, Nayiny’s surprisingly kind and innocuous ‘demons’ accompany us, internally and externally, in a world dominated by superficiality, disillusionment and fear. 

The exhibition opens 10 January 2015 and runs through 20 February 2015. Taymour Grahne Gallery: 157 Hudson Street New York, NY 10013.


Check all out all the demons (slide show) :  Malekey Nayiny.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Look, in the phone booth, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's NYC WiFi!

  A “Superman” phone booth, one of three that will remain on West End Avenue in Manhattan. Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times    

That's right, Jimmy, telephone booths to become free wifi hotspots all over New York City.  Thanks Bill de Blasio.  Great idea!  Read all about it, Lois:

 

 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pot Hole Flower Project : Chicago Artist's Glorious Road Work

 FLOWERS IN THE STREET: ART BY JIM BACHOR/CHICAGO

From THIS IS COLOSSAL : Artist Jim Bachor (previously) continued his guerilla effort to remedy Chicago’s pothole problem by creating a number of flower mosaics in streets around the city. Bachor installed four mosaics through this fall while the weather cooperated, but as things get wet and cooler we’ll probably see a bit less of his, uhm, street art. I’m not sure if any of these are still around, but he keeps a list of photos and addresses where each piece was installed. Bachor opens a new exhibition of mosiac art at Packer Schopf Gallery titled “Jentaculum” early next month.

MORE PHOTOS FROM JIM BACHOR AT THIS IS COLOSSAL

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Post Card From Paris: Lost For Words - Nuit Blanche, Oct 4, 2014



Download a high resolution PDF of this poster to print at home, office, art museum, or somewhere in the world: LOST FOR WORDS.

If you would like to see a catalog/price list: LOST FOR WORDS CATALOG.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Cairo Dish Painting Initiative

PHOTO: LESLIE MCALLISTER, creator of the Lost Art Project

The Cairo Dish Painting Initiative is a project by writer/artist Jason Stoneking :

From Jason Stoneking's Facebook page on the project

About

The Cairo Dish-Painting Initiative is a collaborative art project launched by Jason Stoneking for the purpose of helping to beautify the Cairo skyline.

(Arabic below)
The Cairo Dish-Painting Initiative is a project launched by Jason Stoneking, in cooperation with the Artellewa Art Space, as part of his residency there in the fall of 2014. It was inspired by a conversation with Egyptian artist Hany Hommos on his balcony in Cairo, when he said that the endless sea of dirty brown satellite dishes made the skyline depressing to look at. Jason suggested that maybe something could be done about this that would be fun and empowering for the people in the community. So along with the help and support of the entire Artellewa team, Jason and Hany made their way first to the roof of the Artellewa building in the Ard-El-Lewa neighborhood of Cairo, and painted the satellite dishes in bright, day-glow colors. The plan in the coming weeks is to approach several other buildings in the area about painting the dishes on their rooftops. And in time, the hope is that this idea would catch on and spread across Cairo. That the citizens of this vibrant city would help brighten their skyline, and announce to the world that the signals of hope, happiness, and free expression are the ones that they want to receive.

مبادرة تلوين أطباق القاهرة
مشروع أطلقه جيسون ستون كينج بالتعاون مع مساحة فن آرت اللوا على هامش مشاركته في برنامج الاقامة الفنية بآرت اللوا في خريف 2014
استوحى جيسون المشروع عبر محادثة دارت بينه وبين الفنان المصري هاني حمص في شرفة منزله، عبر هاني خلالها عن ضيقه من هذا البحر الممتد من أطباق الاستقبال الصدئة والذي يجعل الأفق يبدو كئيبا، فاقترح جيسون هذه المبادرة التي تجمع ما بين المتعة وتدعيم المجتمع، وبمساعدة فريق عمل آرت اللوا أنطلق جيسون وهاني إلى سطح مبنى آرت اللوا في منطقة أرض اللواء كخطوة أولى، وقاما بتلوين أطباق الاستقبال بألوان ساطعة وبراقة، وتتركز خطة جيسون خلال الأسابيع المقبلة على إعادة التجربة عبر عرض الفكرة على الجيران من قاطني المباني المجاورة في منطقة أرض اللواء، ويأمل أن تنتشر الفكرة والمبادرة عبر أرجاء القاهرة، فبهذه الطريقة يمكن لسكان هذه المدينة النابضة بالحياة أن يضيفوا بريقا إلى أفق مدينتهم ويعلنوا للعالم أن إشارات الأمل والسعادة وحرية التعبير هي الإشارات التي يرغبوا في




Monday, August 4, 2014

Letter From Kiev - Today's Home : Putin Toilet Paper



Amongst the souvenir items, tents and lemonade stands in Kiev's Maidan, the Independence Square where demonstrators were shot and killed last year, are rolls of Vladimir Putin Toilet Paper, probably for sale.  July 6, 2014: From The Economic Times.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Scott Blake's ShopDrop in Omaha Target Store































Scott Blake, an Omaha, Nebraska artist has gently turned shoplifting around and dropped his limited edition, signed and numbered silkscreen printed tee shirts at an Omaha, Nebraska Target store.

The tee shirts are typical of the artist's subversive artwork. Blake created "bar code" art years ago: He's made a bar code portrait of Andy Warhol out of Campbell's Soup Can barcodes. He's done Marilyn Monroe out of DVD bar codes from her films. Scan the barcode and a scene from her film plays.  And he's upgraded his tech portraits with QR codes.  

Blake's Shopdrop tee shirt was purchased (see above) by the artist's friend, Larry Ferguson, for $13.90 and Mr. Ferguson even saved $1 on the purchase.  The shirt comes a signed and dated and numbered tag. The sale will go towards Target's bottom line earnings in the upcoming quarter.  Check out more of Scott Blake's intriguing work here: http://www.barcodeart.com/

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MH-17 Wreckage Analysis



Piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines jet downed over eastern Ukraine last week shows damage, including shrapnel holes and blistered paint, that is consistent with a hit from a fragmenting warhead, according to consultants with IHS-Jane’s.  

Here's an analysis of the wreckage from the point of view of a ballistic and missile expert looking at the fragments impact on the skin of the airplane. Analysis.

Photo: Noah Sneider (The New York Times).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Metamorphic at Converge Gallery: 11 July - 2 August 2014



Metamorphosis is the governing process of life: Change. In “Metamorphic” Converge Gallery presents seven artists whose works deftly explore the vast metaphor and process of change using a range of materials reclaimed and re-purposed from their original context.

Cast off, found and everyday objects are married thoughtfully here with post-modern artistic concerns – concerns that dig away at meaning in an oftentimes meaningless world. The results by these international artists offer a fresh and startling perspective on an often stale worldview. 

"Metamorphic" thrusts us into a very contemporary philosophical (and often humorous) dialogue, launching us into a new and challenging visual landscape that upends our experience with our familiarity with these “things we know.” Our awareness is reframed; we are transported to a different if not unique perspective.  Familiarity will never be the same again.

"Metamorphic" is curated by Kasey Lyon, assistant director, Converge Gallery.

Works by Hope Kroll, Matthew Rose, Will Kurtz, Brock Dent, Timothy Allen Miller, Chad Andrews, & Ron Lambert will be on display.

The exhibition opens on Friday, July 11 at 6 PM and will be on view thru Saturday, August 2.

See : Converge Gallery.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Paris Photo: Victor Matussiere Studio In Montparnasse



































The vibrant world of Victor Matussiere, young French photographer whose portraits, and photos covering art, fashion, product design, graphic arts, still life and the everyday are quite the buzz.  Victor runs a gorgeous studio in Montparnasse. He's funny and serious and a technical pro. And quite the cook!  See if you can spot him in the kitchen photo above. See more of his sensational work here:  Victor Matussiere Studio.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Joseph Nechvatal's Velvet Love At Galerie Richard, Paris







































Joseph Nechvatal. nOiseanusmOs,  2011. Paint on white velvet, 112 x 168 cm.


It is fair to say that Warhol owned Campbell’s Soup cans, Coke bottles and Marilyn the way Pollock owned paint drips, Hopper hotels and lonely diners, and Koons polished steel balloon poodles. It might also be fair to say that Joseph Nechvatal, an American artist who works in both New York and Paris, and takes a post-conceptualist approach to art making, owns a human aperture – the anus.  prOtOcOls nOn (nO rules), Nechvatal’s current Paris exhibition at Galerie Richard, brings together seven large format works of cosmic anal images produced via his homemade computer virus. Nechvatal employs a system of computer-assisted robotic spray guns to paint the final pieces on luscious white velvet canvas.

More:  Joseph Nechvatal's Velvet Love

Galerie Richard
74, rue de Turenne
Paris, France  75003
May 30 – July 19, 2014


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Henri Cartier-Bresson at FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE



























Henri Cartier-Bresson, "Courses de chevaux, Thurles, Tipperary County, Munster, Irlande," 1952. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos. Courtesy Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson.


Henri Cartier-Bresson at FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE June 28–September 7, 2014

FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo De Recoletos, 23  28004 Madrid Spain
 


www.exposicionesmapfrearte.com


His genius for composition, extraordinary visual intuition and ability to capture the most elusive and significant instants as they happened made Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. Throughout a career spent crisscrossing the world, turning his gaze on the great moments of history, he mingled poetry with a powerful sense of testimony.

His work falls into three main periods. During the first, from 1926 to 1935, Cartier-Bresson fraternised with the Surrealists, began working as a photographer and went on his first major trips. The second, from 1936 to 1946, was marked by his political commitment, his work for the Communist press and his experience in films. The third, 1947 to 1970, covered the creation of the cooperative Magnum Photos to the time when he stopped doing photo reports.

This retrospective exhibition of the photographer known as "eye of his time" retraces his career chronologically throughout the selection of vintage prints. It presents his most iconic works as well as the unknown ones.  It aims to give a new focus on his career going beyond the idea of the "decisive moment" that until now has been the key to understand his work. It reveals us that there was not just one but several Cartier-Bressons


FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo De Recoletos, 23  28004 Madrid Spain

Friday, June 6, 2014

Royal Secrets In The Queen's Body Fat : Laura Porter






























Laura Porter, American conceptual artist/sculptor, recently exhibited several large-scale sculptures at l'Espace des arts sans frontières, in Paris.  The works, installations of found industrial materials are wonderfully puzzling and demand inquiry.

Here's the artist standing in front of her large work made from a found dental chair and other material.  The results are exotic and haunting.

Installation views of the exhibition are here.

Besides, Royal Secrets, the artist has launched a number of great exhibitions (and great titles) such as: Slack, Pervert's Tailgate, Swamp Meat, Pro Jet, Confectionery, Sourdough, Slax, Manswers for Mobsters, Not Sure, My Day at the Mall.

The artist, right, in front of the shadow of her piece in Paris. 

Her titles for works are intriguing and poetic and the works never cease to thrill.  Porter is pushing the limits of what sculpture and an aesthetic experience can be.  See more of Laura Porter's work here: Laura Porter.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Deconstructing The Sayre Barn: Photographs by Ulf Skogsbergh – Opening, Saturday, 12 June 2014

 
“Deconstructing the Sayre Barn: Photographs by Ulf Skogsbergh” is a full on installation of photographs that examine the Sayre Barn, part of the Southampton Village Historical Museum.

The opening takes place Saturday, June 14 from 4-6 PM at the Barn at the Rogers Mansion Museum Complex, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, Southampton Village.

"The restoration of the Sayre Barn, is a major project undertaken by the Museum," says Skogsbergh, an internationally known photographer and musician/composer who lives on the East End of Long Island.  "The Barn is reopening to the public with an installation of my large-scale photographs relating to the barn and farm tools, once housed in the barn."

Skogsberg notes that the space is enormous but his photographs which measure up to 13 feet for this exhibition will likely fill it: "Right now I have two 4x13 ft to finish but but I'm showing 32 prints  in all – and most are about 48 x 60 inches - with eight photos 8 ft long or larger."  The artist's enormous super high resolution features are collected widely in Europe, particularly Switzerland.

According to the Museum: "The 1825 Sayre Barn was under reconstruction for one year and will reopen with an exhibit of photographs of the Sayre Barn taken before the barn was dismantled. Mr. Ulf Skogsbergh specializes in highly-detailed, large format photography (20-plus feet in length).  His works are well-known and collected throughout Europe."

The exhibition will remain open through October 18, 2014.

See more. Visit: Ulf Skogsberg web site.

For more information: http://www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org/special-events

Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Habitatation in Bklyn @ Russell Janis Salon


A new boutique salon has just opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Here writing and art and home wares, privisions, prints and good vibes are all housed in a cool new space.  Address: 29 Manhattan Avenue (on Devoe St) 11211.   Currently Habitation, an art exhibition with: Louise Eastman,
Kathleen Kucka, Janis Stemmermann and Wendy Small.

See the virtual art tour here: Habitation Art Exhibition Virtual Tour.

See everything else here: http://www.russelljanis.com/

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

No Big Macs in Crimea


 
 
McDonald’s has closed its restaurants in Crimea, citing logistical problems after the region was annexed by Russia. Credit James Hill for The New York Times.  See the New York Times article: Life in Crimea after Russian Annexation.

Friday, February 28, 2014

SCOPE NEW YORK 2014 OPENS 6 MARCH






















IMAGE: MATTHEW ROSE, SECOND NATURE, 2009.  COLLAGE ON WOOD, 56 x 56 CM 
 
SCOPE New York
312 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
Converge Gallery • B03 • 570-447-5778

First View and Press Preview
Thurs | March 6 | 3pm – 6pm

Show Hours
Fri | March 7 | 11am – 8pm
Sat | March 8 | 11am – 8pm
Sun | March 9 | 11am – 7pm

Friday, February 21, 2014

Trey Speegle: Drink Up With Michelle Obama @ The New Museum



From Trey Speegle: "MICHELLE OBAMA VISITS THE NEW MUSEUM (...and signs my painting!) Last month my friend, artist and curator Pierre Bernard Francillon, asked me to participate in WAT-AAH!‘s “Take Back the Streets” exhibit at the New Museum along with 12 other artists like Kenny Scharf, Shepherd Fairey, and Swoon. WAT-AAH! water was started by former ad exec Rose Cameron with the intent to get kids to drink more water in school so...." More here: https://trey-speegle.squarespace.com/010113

Trey will exhibit his work with Converge Gallery at the Scope Art Fair NYC 2014, March 6 - 9.  

Friday, January 31, 2014

BEATLES ROOF TOP PERFORMANCE ATOP APPLE RECORDS IN LONDON: LAST DANCE 45 YEARS AGO TODAY


 


From Alan Parson: 45 years ago on this date, The Beatles performed together for the last time on the roof of Apple Records in London. In honor of this I'm sharing with you a rarely seen photo. That's me to the right of the cameraman in the orange shirt and black suit.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

KIM TRIEDMAN : THE OTHER ROOM


On the hot literary list for 2014: Kim Triedman's The Other Room. The author, graduate of Brown University, goes head first in this heart breaking novel.  This is Triedman's first novel, published by Owl Canyon Press.  Read: Interview with the author from Fiction Writer's Review:  Kim Triedman on The Other Room.  

Buy the book: Literati.