(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

18 September 2010

Taylor Dunfee MapFaces/NinjaSonik/Mel's Photos @ Nixon Art Mosh

Taylor Dunfee

Telli and Jah-Jah

To politely borrow the eloquent words of Terry Smith "no idea about contemporary art is more pervasive than the idea that one can--even should--have no idea about it." I did not know any of the artists chosen by Nixon to adorn the cathedral ceilinged space where they hosted the Art Mosh over in Chelsea last night. The juxtapositions were well placed and the art was visible even with the massive amounts of lovely looking people in attendance to hang out, drink for free, dance, get down with NinjaSonik, and (le sigh) to look at art.

Taylor Dunfee's MapFaces bring cartography to another level; the artist manipulates geographic landscapes into faces through crosshatched pen drawings. Bravo.

To see more of his work check out his website:

Also, peep some of Mel's photos @:

bumblebee xx.

Photos borrowed from SkateGoldCoast and Gabrielle Fishman

post party sharkbite cutie.

lemme introduce you to firefly.

bumblebee xx.

17 September 2010


The Nixon Art Mosh, New York City 
Friday, September 17 
548 West 22nd Street 
8pm - 11pm


16 September 2010


7PM @ Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House (NYU)
Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of novels and nonfiction works. His work has received numerous awards and been translated into 36 languages. His thesis from Princeton became his novel “Everything Is Illuminated,” which won the National Jewish Book Award and was made into a motion picture. His second novel, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” used the events of 9/11 to tell the story of a 9-year-old who must learn to deal with his father’s death in the World Trade Center. His experimental writing style in this book includes the use of pictures and ending with a 14-page flipbook. His current best-seller is “Eating Animals” (Little, Brown), which combines philosophy, literature, science and detective work to “explore the many stories we use to justify our eating habits.” He lives in New York. (Library of Congress)


sharkbiting wednesday style

insert dollars here.

sharkbites. pow!

bumblebee xx.

Ski Beatz 24 HOUR KARATE SCHOOL Album Release Party @ Public Assembly

Ski Beatz and The Senseis 24 Hour Karate School Live Show at Public Assembly in Brooklyn.

Thursday, September 23rd.

Doors @ 10.

60 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

For more info:

See you there?

bumblebee xx.

14 September 2010



also, check what a ride on the F created:

dog bites a man's crotch
he acts like nothing happened
yet, it was witnessed



Wednesday, September 15th

"Writhing" begins at 6:30 at Proteus Gowanus and runs for two hours. It'll cost you $5 or $2.50 an hour. Free wine for $2 a glass. If you've never been to Proteus Gowanus before, it's at 543 Union Street at Nevins. Here are directions: www.proteusgowanus.com. Click on "Directions" at the very top of the home page.

AND ALSO: On Saturday 9.18 at 7 Proteus Gowanus presents POETRY FROM PARADISE a poetry reading, organized by Erik Schurink of this list, on the theme of its current show, paradise. The place will be packed with poets and poetry lovers, and the Writhing Society will lead off the evening with a collaborative nine-stanza sestina we're still sweating to finish. $5 to get in the door and $2 a glass for wine.


Dave Kinsey @ Joshua Liner Gallery.

Not only is Joshua Liner's space beautiful, the art is alive. Dave Kinsey's solo exhibition of New Works is quite spectacular. Each painting maintains consistency throughout the show thanks to Kinsey's impeccable choice of a recurring palette. Just peep the two pieces above; personal favorites of mine.

For more information on the gallery and artist visit Joshua Liner's website:

I checked out his press at the show and saw his upcoming artists; all look equally dope. Don't miss his future events.

Muchos Besos to Jordan Gileles for the lovely photos.

bumblebee xx.

13 September 2010

street bubbly.

chinatown minus the smell; just some bubbly.

bumblebee xx.

NYU READING SERIES @ Lillian Vernon CW House

@ Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

THURSDAY 9/17, 7PM: Jonathan Safran Foer

THURSDAY 9/23, 7PM: Jean-Christophe Valtat

FRIDAY 9/24, 7PM: 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Awards Reading
(Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Rachel Aviv, Sara Elizabeth Johnson, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Laura Newbern, and Tiphanie Yanique)

THURSDAY 9/30, 7PM: Matthew Zapruder


Rick Poynor: Design Criticism Lecture @ SVA.

Focusing on the exhibition that Rick Poynor devised for the Moravian Gallery in Brno, this lecture will examine curating as an extension of writing and editing practices. What are the crucial similarities and differences between selection for the two-dimensional page and the space of the gallery? Poynor will consider Surrealism as a theme—why explore this topic now?—and place “Uncanny” in the international context of the many other shows on Surrealist art. He will explore how the exhibition relates to the paths of inquiry he has pursued in his critical writing and address its broader polemical purpose.

Event Information
When: 14 Sep 2010, 6:00 p.m.

Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, 136 West 21st Street, Second floor
Price: Free and open to the public

Space is limited; RSVP to dcrit@sva.edu

bumblebee xx.

soaking wet sharkbite.

bumblebee xx.

Dan Colen @ Larry Gagosian Gallery

You've already missed the sans booze party, which happened last Friday, but the show is up until October 16th and is worth checking out. Larry Gagosian's space is massive and this works for Colen's large format paintings and even larger installation pieces. Larry GoGo, aka straight art hustler, presents Poetry, Dan Colen's first major solo exhibition in New York.

To find out more about this show visit his website:

555 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-6

bumblebee xx.

Joseph Wolf Grazi

Joseph Wolf Grazi's chair is still on view at Volume Black Gallery---89 Washington Street/New York, NY.

Volume Black Gallery will also be hosting our next event on Saturday, October 2nd. Details soon to come.

art that pops the brain

Joseph Wolf Grazi is not the first person to create furniture as art, but he does succeed in combining a new sophistication and confidence mixed with psychological influences. When first acquainted with the chair it becomes a matter of questioning yourself. The self is subject to either alienation of the chair (refusal to sit) or one can make the decision to be part and parcel of the art; almost as if you and the artist are forming a trusting relationship. You need to inherently trust the craftsmanship of the artist when sitting because if not the fear that you may collapse upon the needles within the plexiglass takes over your thoughts.

It is the second chair built by Joseph Grazi and serves to the viewer as a functional piece of furniture, but also a sculpture in the round. Evocative in nature, it encompasses the idea of emplacement–it affects the viewer through a total context: mind, body, and place. What the piece is able to do is evoke different reactions, which mostly depends on the personality type. If we are predisposed to fears than fearing comes organically. However, if one considers themselves more adventurous then the task of sitting becomes exhilarating. Art holds a power over our own psychological vicissitudes of self definition: we are all performing in front of an audience and apparatus.

As you walk up to the chair you first examine the 76 syringes that fill the plexiglass. You ask yourself several questions: Am I supposed to sit on this? Wait–how does an artist get a hold of 76 syringes? And as you walk around the chair and the angles and perspectives change you realize that no view is exactly the same. Gothic in stature, as you sit in the chair you feel as if you were sitting at a royal family’s dinner table, but atop syringes and plexiglass rather than rich-carved mahogany. It all comes down to being glamorous. Brigitte Weingart puts it eloquently: “Glamour is aura.” Glamour is beauty, fascination, strategies used to create an optical deception and, in terms of etymology, it can serve as an unexpected source of encouragement.

Given the transparency of the material and where the chair is placed, the aesthetic is manipulated based on its surrounding environment. The dynamism of the chair provides many distractions that lead the viewer away from the element that is trying to pull you in: “Would you like to have a seat?;” this is the psychologically-driven moment that I’ve observed first hand. Those being asked the question are left in limbo; either they take a seat (and find it pleasurable and comfortable) or they refuse. If one chooses the latter it is mostly out of fear and, thus, the chair has affected this individual.
What exactly is “art that pops the brain”? It makes one think about the conversation that exists in art. The chair is perfect example because not only is it provocative it may very well scare the shit out of you. It’s not a matter of knowing a time period, it is more about the internal conversation between the chair and you. It’s only a chair; we sit in them everyday. So, have a seat or not.

bumblebee xx.

12 September 2010

sharkbite politics.

oh, the paradox.


mania new york.

New York is a manic city.

New York City is also referred to as bipolar affective disorder or manic depression; it is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition, and mood with or without one or more depressive episodes. The elevated moods are clinically referred to as mania or, if milder, hypomania. Individuals who experience manic episodes also commonly experience depressive episodes, or symptoms, or mixed episodes in which features of both mania and depression are present at the same time. These episodes are usually separated by periods of "normal" mood; but, in some individuals, depression and mania may rapidly alternate, which is known asrapid cycling. Extreme manic episodes can sometimes lead to such psychotic symptoms as delusions and hallucinations.

says wikipedia.

bumblebee xx.


JUKEBOX THE GHOST (Drink Up Buttercup, Via Audio)
THURSDAY, Sept. 16
Doors 8PM, Show 9PM
$13 adv, $15 door

personally, excited for BK-natives, VIA AUDIO. Oh Blah Wee


Screaming Females at the Knitting Factory Wednesday, September 15th.

Screamales will be at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Check out Daniel Pillis' video.

All of these peeps are precious. Check it.

bumblebee xx.

Nixon Art Mosh. See you there? Friday 9/17 8- 11pm

Nixon is pleased to announce the next installment of The Nixon Art Mosh in New York City on Friday, September 17.

The Nixon Art Mosh, a global, rotating art installation featuring works from Nixon team riders, friends and family, will make its way into the neighborhood of Chelsea for the second year-in-a-row. Nixon curated paintings, photography and films will be on display as well as live, musical performances by 2 Mandy DJ's, Ninjasonic and more.

Previous Nixon Art Mosh stops have included installations in Paris, Vancouver, San Diego, London, Dublin and Singapore.

Featured artists for The Art Mosh, New York City will include works by Michael Halsband, Craig Wetherby, Dustin Ortiz, Mark Cunningham, Patrick Trefz, Agnes Montgomery, Mike Blabac, Grant Ellis, Loser Machine, Chivo, Cognito, Ellen Stagg, David Shull, Grant Brittain, Taylor Dunfee, Kassia Meador and appearances by Nixon Team Riders.

The Nixon Art Mosh was made possible with additional support from Mountain Dew and Vice.

The Nixon Art Mosh, New York City
Friday, September 17
548 West 22nd Street

bumblebee xx.

french bulldog.

sharkbitten at the bar (<)