(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

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

11 June 2011

Azores at Live at the Loft

Amazing show!

Ryoji Ikeda's "the transfinite" at the Armory on Park

[Press Release] Ryoji Ikeda creates a visual and sonic environment where visitors are submerged in an extreme illustration of projected and synchronized data. His work uses scale, light, shade, volume, shadow, electronic sounds, and rhythm to flood the senses. In choreographing vast amounts of digital information, Ikeda conjures up a transformative environment in which visitors confront data on a scale that defies comprehension, experiencing the infinite.

07 June 2011

:) FriendsWithYou at The Hole [NEW LOCATION]: Thursday, June 9th, 7-9 PM

Thursday, June 9th, 7-9PM
June 10th – August 6th
NEW LOCATION: 312 Bowery, New York City 10012

[PRESS RELEASE] Smile! It’s the first New York solo exhibition by Miami duo FriendsWithYou entitled “ :) ”. This summer, FriendsWithYou will fill our new and roomy Bowery space with a crowd of smiling faces and an interactive, experiential wonderland of pop-straction and participation. :) is presented in collaboration with Native Shoes.
Past the spinning neon candies in our storefront windows, you will find a garden of colorful beings raise up around you. Skip over smiling puddles on the gallery floor to see giggle sticks, smirking smoke flumes, splat-happy wall works and a grinning ghost or two. In the left rear gallery, kinetic painting blink at you from the walls and painted heads will roll. In the right rear gallery, a massive chandelier of an inflatable sculpture fills the room with energy and light.

FriendsWithYou is Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III who formed their collective in 2002 on a mission to spread the idea of Magic, Luck and Friendship around the world. Forging their own brand of pop-ped and cartooning visual language a la Murakami, Arturo Herrera, Yayoi Kusama, etc, FWY take a spiritual and serene approach to form and figure. Their reductive and simplified use of geometric abstraction always contains a special injection of amusement: for example, some art historical winks are literally winking at you. Taking Bourriaud’s Relational Aesthetics to heart and hand, these artists make art that activates the social interaction of people as exploded and refracted by the internet and elaborate new modes of interpersonal relationships.

FriendsWithYou’s most important artistic tactic to foster these relationships is the use of play. By reinterpreting religious traditions, symbols and spiritual practices, FWY invert these solemn and serious ideas through play to open up a connection to the divine. Many FriendsWithYou works look like toys because they are meant for play, a tool for unstructured free association and interaction. Their sculptures and paintings, inflatables and objects are meant to trigger the buried, neglected urges and yearnings that a seasoned art viewer may not expect to have activated; playfulness, laughter and inquisitiveness.

This exhibition is just part of FriendsWithYou New York City cultural ambassadorship tour: 30th St and 10th Avenue is the site of another friendship taking place, as the group’s enormous and ebullient bouncing inflatable sculptures, Rainbow City, presented by AOL, breathe a puff of fun air into the West Side. The site will also feature an exclusive pop-up shop featuring FriendsWithYou and AOL collaborative gear: AOL’s presentation of Rainbow City in NYC this summer is the latest affirmation of AOL’s commitment to supporting creativity. Also, spot them strap hanging on the subway in their bouncy huggable outfits or visiting the Statue of Liberty and other New York City landmarks.

Throughout the last ten years, FriendsWithYou has gained international recognition as pioneers in the field of experiential art. Starting out sewing art toys by hand, the duo has grown into much larger than life projects, yet their toy-like art style remains. FriendsWithYou installations are fully immersive experiences that draw audiences into a magical world where the line between imagination and reality is blurred. From Art Basel in Miami to Pictoplasma in Berlin, FriendsWithYou has been invited to participate in some of the most respected international art happenings. Their fine art has been exhibited and/or included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), Haus der Kulturen der Welt Museum in Berlin, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, among others. In the future, FriendsWithYou plans to continue to spread its happy message around the world and become Friends-With-You!

The :) gallery exhibition is presented in collaboration with Native Shoes, whose exuberant footwear will have a specially Friend-ed display in our shop, Holey Books: FriendsWithYou will be creating a Native Pop-Up Shop which will be open to the public daily through August 6th, 2011. Native is a Canadian brand based in Vancouver, B.C. with strong ties to an international creative community. Inspired by classic, casual silhouettes, the Native aesthetic captures a look that is familiar yet totally new. Easy on the eyes and on the feet, Native shoes are for anybody, anywhere, anytime. Native Shoes’ collaboration in bringing you “:)” is the second major collaboration with the artists FriendsWithYou. http://www.nativeshoes.com Native – Keep It Lite!

06 June 2011

Zorro Party at the Norwood

Fab 5 Freddy: New York: New Work

Gallery 151

Opens Wednesday, June 8th
Reception 6:30-9:30 PM

Gallery 151 is honored to present the solo exhibit of Fred Brathwaite, hip-hop pioneer and legendary graffiti artists known as Fab 5 Freddy. In the early 80s, Mr. Brathwaite was notorious for his 1980 homage to Andy Warhol, an entire subway car covered in Campbell's soup cans. He was a creative force helping lead the cultural revolution in which graffiti based artists transitioned into galleries and the art world. On June 8th, Gallery 151 presents NEW YORK: NEW WORK, the New York debut of Brathwaite's series of stunningly vivid mixed-media works on canvas–some figurative iconography and others an abstract exploration of his graffiti experience. Brathwaite has developed a modified pointillism technique using hand-laid lead crystals to explore and deepen the viewer's relationship with his work. This process of embellishing the form, one grain of color at a time, is also a delicate and personal celebration of his subject. Graffiti-and it's new manifestation, Street Art- is one of art's most transient forms, often existing for mere days if not hours. NEW YORK: NEW WORK is not only a celebration of Brathwaite's newest work, but also a celebrated recognition of the permanence of these works on canvas. Brathwaite is currently a featured artist in MOCA's "Art in The Streets," the first major museum exhibition in America on the history of graffiti and street art.

Show Runs June 8th through July 1st 2011
Open Tuesday-Friday 2-8 PM, Saturday & Sunday 12:30- 7:30 PM

Gallery 151
350 Bowery btwn 4th St. & Great Jones (3rd St.)

GALLERY 151 dot com

"Monumental Moment," 6'x8' Ink, acrylic, spray enamel and mixed media on canvas, 2011. Currently on exhibit in "Art in The Streets," MOCA LA