(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

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

16 September 2011

ESPO's "Love Letter to Brooklyn"

Photos via JUXTAPOZ

Reality Bites at Post No Bills: Venice Beach, CA

Reality Bites features prints and hand-finished multiples by Borf, Brett Amory, Kelsey Brookes, Mark Jenkins, Morley, Ravi Zupa, and Sage Vaughn.

Show runs September 15 through October 2.

Images via JUXTAPOZ

Milavec Hakimi Gallery Presents "Hello World!"

Milavec Hakimi Gallery
41 Cooper Square

Artists in order: Ira Upin, Fernando Orellana, Norman Mooney, Gigi Chen

15 September 2011

Joseph Grazi: Aggressive Nature @ Gallery Bar

Working across several different media, Brooklyn based artist Joseph Grazi uses space and non-traditional materials to communicate to the viewer. The recurring theme of repetition in his installation, sculpture and drawing makes for a product of calm, conceptual beauty. From needles arranged in a perfect army like formation in his furniture to the cross-hatching in his realistically rendered drawings, the repetitive nature of lines bridge the two bodies of work. In Grazi’s latest work, the artist explores the aggressive nature of all species, and the tools of the trade we use for that aggression. Using nature, predatory animals and weapons as subject matter the artist concentrates on removing humans from the unnatural world we live in and reducing us back to our primitive forms. Grazi presents a distinguished level of shock value across all themes, where art becomes a spectacle, thus creating both feelings of comfort and uneasiness.

Flash at Wooster Social Club

14 September 2011

13 September 2011

sharks, failure, and the dark in the innocent of men.

we've lived in bars
and danced on the tables
hotels trains and ships that sail
we swim with sharks
and fly with aeroplanes in the air

Cat Power - Lived In Bars by frehley

Christian Cota Spring 2012

A few of my favorites from Christian's Spring 2012 collection.

Photos via STYLE.COM

Tomokazu Matsuyama: East Weets Mest at Joshua Liner Gallery

Trong Gia Nguyen: Domestic God____ at Coleman Burke Gallery

[PRESS RELEASE]NEW YORK, NY Coleman Burke Gallery is pleased to present Domestic God____, Trong Gia Nguyen’s first exhibition with the gallery. Loosely inspired by Italo Calvino’s “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler,” the show is a selection from Nguyen’s broad range of works that contend with the idea of “interruption” – literary, visual, comical, conceptual.Nothing is quite what it appears, and the narrative gone awry is the only constant.

Like Calvino’s novel, in which the protagonist-reader's attempts to finish the book is ever thwarted, each work in Domestic God____ acts as a visual stoppage and passage from one “chapter” to the next. In Nguyen’s narrative, the viewer encounters a photograph of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), whose building signage has been changed to read “MosQUE.” A queue of people waits outside, anticipating their communion with Art. At this altar, the “chosen” ones are interchangeable – from Christ, to King Arthur, to Darth Vader. There is no mat to kneel on or pray. What you get instead is something like Orphic Rug (2011), a trompe-l’oeil “magic carpet” made entirely of paint, that not only depicts a wooden staircase descending into darkness, but is itself made entirely of paint,including the knots and tassels. This rug won’t fly, and those shoes won’t take you home. Oz Slippers (2008-11), a pair of ruby pumps modeled after Dorothy’s, contain repelling supermagnets embedded on the sides that make the task of clapping their heels together impossible – at least without spraining an ankle.

Nguyen is also showing Artists Commercials, a multi-channel video depicting real artists in their studios promoting themselves, as in actual television spots. Directed and scripted by Nguyen, the artists deliver irreverent monologues that toe the line between truth and fiction, serving as a colorful analysis of the economy, art market,identity, party politics, and all else under the sun. Like Giorgio Vasari's "Lives of the Artists," Nguyen’s commercials are his own embellished, “historical” accounts of the art and artists of his time.

Trong Gia Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has had solo shows at Galerie ZK (Berlin, 2010), Galerie Quynh (Ho Chi Minh City, 2009), and Fruit & Flower Deli (New York, 2008). Group exhibitions include The Sixth Borough (Governors Island, 2010), Sequences (Iceland, 2008), 9th Havana Biennial (Cuba, 2006), and Performa 05 (New York). Nguyen has received grants from LegalArts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Harvestworks Digital Media Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Puffin Foundation.

For more information please contact Carrie Mackin, Director, Coleman Burke Gallery at carrie@colemanburke.com

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11 September 2011

Jason Wu: Clean, Couture & Quirky

via Arielle Delfino at ELLE

Evan Gruzis:Exotic Beta @ The Hole

Great space, great lighting (especially in the back room), a hand painted manipulative execution of a tile wall as part of the installation, & a beautiful color scheme throughout the exhibition. I recommend seeing this show. For more details visit THE HOLE.