(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

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


27 May 2011

PAINT IT NOW, MAY 27 - JULY 6, 2011


EXHIBITION DATES: MAY 27 TO JULY 6, 2011
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MAY 27 FROM 7 TO 10PM

NORTHSIDE OPEN STUDIOS RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 17 FROM 8 TO 11PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Paint it Now curated by participating artists Thomas Buildmore and Scott Chasse

The ever-changing arena of contemporary art presents endless challenges for those who find themselves caught in its currents. From white cube gallery exhibits to brick wall paste-ups and graffiti, the push and pull of what is important, relevant, or dismissible can be both distracting and empowering.

As an examination of how today's painters negotiate the influence of those who have come before them, navigate the trends of those creating around them, and collaborate with other artists towards a common goal, the concept of Paint it Now was born. The challenge of the exhibit is to investigate how each artist channels these weighted stimuli into their own visual world, and then into a shared visual world. The goal of the show is to reveal what it means for each artist to Paint it Now.

Fusing individual exhibition with a giant collaborative painting installation, Paint it Now serves as an exercise in communication and restriction while highlighting the immediacy of the present. The site-specific main attraction of the show, painted solely in opaque black paint directly on the white wall surfaces of the gallery, bombards the viewer with a visually graphic and completely unified collaboration. By presenting basic parameters which control paint color, painting surface, and project timeframe, the curators unify not only the work of participating artists, but the artists themselves.

After two successful undertakings in Boston at The Distillery Gallery (2008 & 2010), Paint It Now makes its NYC debut in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood in May of 2011. The show's curators, Thomas Buildmore and Scott Chasse, both contributing artists, have partnered with Fowler Arts Collective and will draw upon the immense pool of local talent for the core of the exhibit. While the show aims to be Brooklyn-centric, artists from Philadelphia and Boston are to be included as well. The opportunity to view Paint it Now is as immediate as the exhibit's premise. When the show ends, the walls return to white.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Morgan Thomas Anderson, Royce Bannon, Thomas Buildmore, Scott Chasse, Darkclouds,
Robert daVies, El Celso, Martin Esteves, Veronica Hanssens, Jessica Hess, Keely, Kenji Nakayama, Nineta, Nose Go,
Cense, Damion Silver, John Skibo, Ben Woodward

Please join us at Fowler Arts Collective for the Paint It Now opening reception on Friday, May 27 from 7 to 10pm.

During this summer's Northside Open Studios which is a part of the L Magazine's Northside Festival, Paint It Now
will host an additional reception on Friday, June 17 from 8 to 11pm.


Paint It Now wishes to thank Lascaux Paint, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Narragansett Beer for their generous support.

More information: Fowler Arts Collective

contact Lia at fowlerartsbrooklyn [at] gmail.com

Gaia at Jonathan LeVine Gallery





Mars-1 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

26 May 2011

The Click Clack Boom at Mercury Lounge

Now a three piece band, The Click Clack Boom played at Mercury Lounge last night--their first show in NYC since being on tour for a few months. I only had my iPhone, so this picture isn't the best, but I love how the girl in the foreground is totally vibing out. In photo: Nathaniel Hoho on guitar.

25 May 2011

Naked Sea – Spencer Tunick Dead Sea Installation

I'm looking forward to this project! A great guy and brilliant artist!

If you don't already know: In May 2000 Spencer filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of New York. Tunick won his First Amendment case, which became a landmark victory for freedom of speech for artists.

24 May 2011

New York Promised Showers & We Got A Beautiful Sunset

It's spring! Fall in love New Yorkers!



Let's do it let's fall in love from Modesto García Maldonado on Vimeo.

THE JOY OF DESTRUCTION

Using paper collage and stop motion, Laura Junger and Xaver Xylophon created a video called "Joy of Destruction," a film about "the human drive to destroy and the absurd entertaining value that's attached to it." via JUXTAPOZ MAGAZINE

JOY OF DESTRUCTION from Xaver Xylophon on Vimeo.







23 May 2011

Devastation in Joplin, Missouri

Photo Credit via NY TIMES

My prayers go out to the families in Joplin.










Succession: New Works by Gaia at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Gaia
Succession
Solo Exhibition

May 26—June 25, 2011
Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 26, 6—8pm


NEW YORK, NY (March 9, 2011) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Succession, new works by Gaia, in what will be the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Works in Succession — comprised of drawing, painting and various relief-cut printmaking techniques — will be incorporated into a site-specific installation in the gallery’s project room. Re-creating street scenes as a background setting for his work, Gaia will transform the space, bringing the texture and energy of his urban interventions into the white box environment.

The artist’s chosen pseudonym, Gaia, is a name taken from the primordial Greek goddess personifying the Earth, more universally referred to as Mother Earth or Mother Nature. While he has been known to create portraits of human faces, Gaia’s ambiguous imagery most often depicts totemic creatures with animal heads and human bodies as well as expressive hand gestures. He occasionally fuses the features of different animals together, forming imagined, amalgamated hybrids. These chimeric subjects are filled with Art History references, inspired by various sources including biblical figures, ancient mythology and mystical folklore.

Additional layers of symbolism and interpretation emerge as Gaia’s works are encountered within the context of the urban landscape. Like apparitions, they confront the viewer as oracles with a powerful capacity to address contemporary social and environmental issues concerning consumer culture, consumption and sustainability. The juxtaposition of wild animal imagery pasted onto man-made architecture was a significant choice for the artist because, in his own words: “Having lived most of my life in New York City, I personally felt like I never had a connection to nature; it was so distant and idealistic.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1988 in New York City, Gaia currently divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and Baltimore, Maryland. In 2007, as a senior in High School, Gaia became interested in the growing global street art movement. Drawing influence from contemporary artists such as Swoon and Elbow-toe, he began to paste his artwork on the streets of his native New York. After experimenting locally, it was only a few years before he would expand his imagery to urban spaces in other U.S. cities as well as International locations. In May 2011, Gaia received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, with a concentration in printmaking and sculpture. With sophistication beyond his years, the promising young artist’s studio work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. His street art has been documented, followed widely online and published in a number of recent publications including Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art.

22 May 2011

Osiris Skate Jam, Brunch, and Bullshit

Post Osiris Skate Jam, Gub and Nattie do brunch and contemplate the future of this world and those that live it. All conversations point to: "Life is so animalistic. If you're not fucking, you're fighting." ---the revelations of Gabrielle Fishman 2.o.

On my walk home I encountered this squirrel, and I thought, shit, if s/he don't give a fuck, then neither do I.

R.I.P. Macho Man.