(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

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

22 January 2011

read this and be inspired to feel.

if we consider what happens in conversation, in reveries, in remorse, in times of passion, in surprises, in the instruction of dreams, wherein often we see ourselves in masquerade,--the droll disguises only magnifying and enhancing a real element, and forcing it on our distinct notice,--we shall catch many hints that will broaden and lighten into knowledge of the secret of nature. all goes to show that soul in a man is not an organ, but animates and exercises all the organs; is not a function, like, the power of memory, of calculation, of comparison, but uses these as hands and feet; is not a faculty, but a light; is not the intellect or the will, but the master of the intellect and the will; is the background of our being, in which they lie, --an immensity not possessed and that cannot be possessed. from within or from behind, a light shines through upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all. - ralph waldo emerson

18 January 2011

On the apartheid between “art” and craft." By Jerry Saltz

On the apartheid between “art” and craft.”
By Jerry Saltz

- The differences between what is called “art” and what is called “craft” are 100% totally bogus. They are maintained to keep things simple, stupid, and limited.
There is no distinction between the two. None.
I only care about what you make - no matter how you make. It just has to work.

Painting is no better or worse than ceramics is no better or worse than photography is no better or worse than woodworking … all the way down.
It’s all part of the same Ball of Wax.

However, in this regard, the art world may be the most limiting sphere on earth.
Artists are terrified of the word craft; so-called “craft-people” crave the title “artist.” It is all absurd. Who’s asking who’s permission for what here, my Huckleberry friends?

This just closes things down, keeps them neat, simple, and known.

It is absolutely pathetic. And, at its deepest roots, sexist.
It’s the way men didn’t want women reading novels in the 19th century. As if women would get nasty thoughts about sex, life, romance, or other things. Of course this is precisely what novels did. The same as they did for men.

Either way, today craft is considered “girly.” Why people still believe this is a sick mystery. But it’s time for it to end. It was never really true in the first place.

But wait. This is the art world. We only like mainly Painting and Sculpture and Photography. I'm sorry. For a second I thought we were all free to do what our demons demand us to do.

I never care if an artist has someone else make his/her work. You can have all the people you want help you make it; they can make it entirely without you ever touching it; or only you can touch it yourself. It is all absolutely unimportant to me. As I am sure it is to everyone. All we care about is can this object create an opening for us, can it take us to another dimension, go deep, create a new set of ordinances and coordinates? I could give a crap if one or fifty people worked on something.

Yet, people still enforce these old idiotic clichéd barriers between mediums and processes. Yet, Duchamp was as much as "artisan" as an artist. Ditto Rubens, Morandi, Eva Hesse, George Ohr. A lathe is no less 'important' a tool as a paint brush. A potter’s wheel is no less ‘important’ or useful than a camera. If you have a vision I don’t care what path you take to the vision. Be it painting, embroidery, sewing, sculpture, weaving, knitting, quilting, glassblowing, ivory carving, cut-out silhouettes, ceramics, photography, scrapbooking, metalwork, or adding glitter and/or sequins to a pair of pumps.
Then again, I’m the same person who believes that his Second Self can create openings and schisms in a medium as odd as ‘Facebook.’ The same person who thought going on a reality TV game show about art might also create avenues to otherness to some who might otherwise just think art is a bunch of junk.

Either way, it’s time to set aside this insipid separation between art and craft.

Mighty Tanaka presents: Permanently Temporary A Survey of Works and Installation by Ellis Gallagher AKA Ellis G

Ellis Gallagher, AKA Ellis G, is the quintessential street artist, having created a highly unique and stylized interpretation of the City and its surroundings that New Yorkers take for granted. Through tracing of shadows with sidewalk chalk, his artwork is the very definition of temporary, marking a specific time and place that few are lucky enough to stumble upon. Mighty Tanaka is proud to bring you Permanently Temporary, A Survey of Works and Installation by Ellis Gallagher AKA Ellis G.

For the first time ever, original Ellis G shadow and chalk drawings will be made available to the public. The installation for Permanently Temporary will double as a performance piece during the opening reception on Friday, January 21st, as he will create custom shadow and chalk artwork on site for the gallery visitors. This special event translates an otherwise temporary form of art into an obtainable milestone of artistic interpretation.

Ellis Gallagher has paid his dues time and time again on the streets of NYC and throughout the world, as he has created an iconic technique that is recognized globally.

Opening Reception: Friday, January 21st 6pm - 9pm

Mighty Tanaka
68 Jay St., Suite 416
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Email: alex@mightytanaka.com
New Gallery Hours: Wed - Sun, 12:30pm - 7pm
(F Train to York St.)


Thanks to GUB for bringing this to my attention!!


Moby Lick was an attempt by Dr. Paradigm to create a fourth Seaviant. After first dosing him with an experimental mind control serum, Dr. Paradigm then gene-slammed him with a killer whale. However, he eventually broke free of Paradigm's mind control and became an ally of the Sharks. Moby Lick has a long, prehensile tongue (the source of his name), great strength, the ability to suck up water and then expel it through his blowhole, and later demonstrated the ability to communicate with other orcas. He also retains an acquaintanceship/friendship with Jab and Bends, who he knew prior to the Boltons' gene-slamming. Moby eventually trades in the vigilante life to become an eco-conservationist in Florida's Everglades national park. (FROM WIKIPEDIA: "STREET SHARKS")


Blue Water, White Shark from Tom Walker on Vimeo.

Kayne West and Hillary Clinton as Cruella DeVille