(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

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

01 April 2011

TOM FRUIN: Signs of the Times at [the new] Y GALLERY [location].

[PRESS RELEASE]Y Gallery is pleased to present Signs of the Times a solo exhibition by Tom Fruin curated by Cecilia Jurado. Tom Fruin takes us to a disconcertingly familiar place in which iconic symbols that define the characteristics of a nation -America- have been distended, relaxed and left vulnerable and waiting. We are presented with flags, street signs, playing cards, nooses, fires, and neon signs of fortune tellers. This is neither an apocalyptic stage, nor an eulogy of an American pride. Rather, Fruin presents a unique vision of who we are and what we have become: an amalgam of history with thick skin and a wary eye.

Fruin freely bends meaning and intention from the commercial noise of our surroundings to create personal statements. So it seems only natural that he focus on the most common and powerful sign of this country's identity: the American flag. Several new works reinterpret this national symbol. Surrender (2010), an american flag with a lower-case "a" that the artist has recreated stripped of color, somehow becomes both a symbolic token for a racially blind utopia and an intolerant extreme. This work was initially inspired by the neon series, Necktie Party (2009), in which fruin subverts advertising language to broadcast an embarrassing and hidden facet of his national identity. Surrender (2011) seems to suggest a more contemplative thought: a silent counterpart to a jingoistic society of yesteryear. Accidental Flag (2010) surmises these sentiments. With silver spraypaint and vodka spills, this is at once a jubilee of revelry and a pathetic reminder that the party is over.

Several pieces in the exhibition seek the unknown in these uncertain times. A partially obscured psychic reader sign in Crystal Readings (2011) offers a glimmer of knowledge. 52 Pickup (2011) displays a series of lonely playing cards and the element of chance. Palm (2011) seems vaguely religious with an offer of redemption. Finally, Fruin offers hope. two new electric sculptures on the floor are formed from discarded glass signage. He has configured the remnants into fires. Firepit (2011) is an unruly mess of lit neon recreating the archetypal fire. As we know, fire is the harbinger of civilization, Fruin's updated version questions the progress and suggests a return to innocence.

Tom Fruin was born in Los Angeles, California and attended University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1996. He has exhibited in Haifa, Frankfurt, Salzburg, Geneva, Basel, Ontario, Berlin, Vienna and across the United States. His latest outdoor sculpture Kolonihavehus debuted in Copenhagen, Denmark composed of a 1000 pieces of found plexiglas in hand-welded steel will soon embark on a world tour from Prague to Buenos Aires. This will be Fruin's first solo show with the Y Gallery.


Bill Cunningham NEW YORK

After watching this film it makes you want to know this man, an iconic New York fashion photographer with the energy of a 20 year old, a sweet heart––full of wise truisms; a man you'd love to be your friend, father, or grandfather: Analog, warm, and amazing. Hope to see this man biking around NYC for the simple fact that it would put a smile on my face. It is playing at Film Forum until Thursday, April 7, 2011!

Bill Cunningham New York Trailer from Gavin McWait on Vimeo.


27 March 2011

"Rags and Ribbons in Trees" by Anne Grauso: Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 29th 6-8 PM

Image: Laura Owens
Rag and ribbon tying in trees has a long history, dating back to ancient times from the beginning of actual recorded history. Various tribes and groups of people from every continent around the globe have taken part in rituals similar to the art that will be displayed. Change the geographic location and cultural norms, the meaning behind ribbon tying changes, thus exposing the dynamism of this project.

For instance, in tribal Ireland, the Druid clans would tie a strip of cloth from a loved one who was recently deceased, around a special nearby tree, making the tree sacred. Palestinians have a similar custom, only a person can remove the rag and wear it. The ancient Druze of the Middle East would leave rags in trees for needier people. Asian cultures decorate with ribbons in trees to commemorate many different holidays and festivals. These customs are carried on today.

"Rags and Ribbons in Trees" reminds us of how similar we all remain.

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, March 29th
6-8 pm
Cooper Square Hotel
25 Cooper Square
New York, NY

Draw Lights Out!


On Wednesday March 30th the rock’n’roll band Screaming Females plan to play a cool rock show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ. Since Screaming females would like to provide their audience with an immersive experience (LOL) we are gonna Doodledrag the night.

►►††† The idea:

We have asked about 14 artists and friends to illustrate one song each from the night’s playlist, plus we asked anyone interested to submit drawings for the song “Lights out”, we got submissions from all over even Australia and Korea. nice.

We now have compiled the whole thing into a massive slide show that will be projected behind Screaming Females during their set at the Maxwell’s show.

►►††† Yes it will be fucking awesome.

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►††† The Artists:

*Tiffany Cheng / *Reid Bingham / *Colin Challender / *Perry Shall / *Jamie Bruno / *Alexander Conner / *Delia kovac / *Jen Park / *Kristina Centaur / *Lny / *Michael Topley / * Christina Entcheva * / *Rachel Hays / *Renae Jacquelyn Moore / and tons of others from all over.


Maxwell Colette Gallery and Pawn Works Present:Gaia:Resplendent Semblence

Read article here: CURBS AND STOOPS


Epic Facial Expression

At closing reception of Harif Guzman's POWERS show.

Sharkbite by Dani Guercio

Win Win

Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty (Giamatti), who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy's mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.

Also, Bobby Cannavale is hilarious in this film; one of my favorite parts. This movie is the EPITOME of New Jersey.