Intimacy

Productive afternoon/evening. Three more emoticons almost done. Adoration, Soothe, and Clean. Lots of new ingredients.
Two more works in progress here as well. Intimacy the cover of Bloc Party last album. Broken and burnt canvas with chocolate powder. still need to figure out the rest but its a large size emoticon.
Also another in the nude figure series – I’m calling it Transfusion for now. I want  a horizontal image although it has a tendency to try and be vertical. Interesting how my default is vertical. Horizontal is an effort.

Intimacy (merci Bloc Party)

Transfusion - oil

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Fresh paints

Some works in progress.. or hopefully closer to done. last one is for a friend but Im sure her boyfriend will not be looking on my site so I think its ok to post.

Torn canvas, coffee grounds, ash, oil

Torn canvas, caymen pepper, eyeshadow, lipstick, oil, ash

Torn canvas, tarragon leaves, oil, ash

oil, canvas, coffee grounds

Oil, canvas, sugar

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Calvin and Hobbes

This morning I linked through on my Tweetdeck to a Calvin and Hobbes posting. I typically dismiss most cartoons and animations and for many years have done so with C&H, but I think I may be wrong here – or my humor has changed – because I am really appreciating this stuff now.

Calvin: “Getting is better than having. When you get something, it’s new and exciting. When you have something, you take it for granted and it’s boring.”
Hobbes: “But everything you get turns into something you have.”
Calvin: “That’s why you always need to get new things!”
Hobbes: “I feel like I’m in some stockholder’s dream.”
Calvin: “‘Waste and want,’ that’s my motto!”

Calvin: “My watch tells the time, the day, and the date. It doesn’t tell what month it is, though. I need a watch that tells the month.”
Hobbes: “I suppose they figure if you don’t know what month it is, you’re not the type who’d wear a watch.”

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Less faith in Words

Early this morning an older man said to me you need to pay less attention to words and more to actions. What people say is not as important as what they do. I admit that I am a sucker for words, big lofty ideals and crafty expressions. However he is right. Case in point this evening I went to Chelsea for Thursday night art openings.

The first exhibition opening was at the Aperture Gallery for ‘ReGeneration 2′ – it was a crowded opening with about 50 different photography works from students around the world. I was disappointed – maybe 2 works were interesting or comical and curious, but everything else did not regenerate me. The most exciting aspect was reading the country of origin of the photographer.

But even more disappointing was the second exhibition down the street titled ‘I don’t give a damn, every moment counts.’ I was intrigued by the title and looking forward to some provocative ideas- and one of the works even had a title ‘The Dead Ride Hard: Yellow Hammers’.  But the work on view did not resonate with me, I found it cold and a mismatch of colors and shapes and styles.

I was planning on going to a third opening titled the LʼInsoutenable Légèreté de lʼêtre (Unbearable Lightness of Being), but because I was so disinterested in the others, I decided not to walk the extra five blocks and check it out.  Now, as I read the description again I think it sounds fantastic. but once again – is it just words or does the work actually justify these concepts?  ‘LʼInsoutenable Légèreté de lʼêtre explores the intellectual, emotional, and artistic experiences one faces throughout life, which are all part of an individualʼs incessant quest for harmony and balance. . .the artists featured in this exhibition explore different aspects of the human condition, such as love, happiness, desire, loneliness and despair. ..this exhibition presents oneʼs search for meaning as frightening and bizarre, as well as contemplative and spiritually sublime.

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Abstract Expressionism @ MOMA

The current abstract expressionist exhibition at the MOMA is filled with lots of wonderful iconic works from the period. DeKooning, Kline, Pollock, Rothko, Gorky and most notably Motherwall. It’s also always funny / predictable as walking through the galleries you can hear people mumbling. why is that art.. i don’t get it – I mean Pollock – any one can do that. Not my opinion, however I will admit there are certain works that dont always appeal to me. The right balance of organic and structure will make the work brilliant. Too much on either side and it becomes generic. Here are some great Motherwall works from the show.

There was also another exhibition ‘Online Drawing’ which I did not see, except for the dance performance of Trisha Brown Company. It was too crowded to see much, but a few times a week there is a performance that pertains to this exhibition.  I love the idea of bringing performance art back into the museums, such as with Marina Abramovic a few months back.

There is also a great piece to see in the center lobby with two fans and magnetic tape. Its a beautiful vision that is dance-like – yet difficult to describe so here is a link to the video.

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2011 Karma

GoDaddy is gone! I have moved to a new host provider. In the last 96 hours I have learned a sh*t load about WordPress. It’s a New year.. A New Website. 2-48 am in the morning and I guess I should probably go to sleep now. Funny thing is Im now wide awake. Before I manage destruction, I will end the night on a positive note of completion

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Thanksgiving in Paris. Part 2.

Friday, went to see the Basquiat exhibition at the Musée d’Art moderne – next to the Palais de Tokyo. After lunch at Tokyo Eat, we waited in line for tickets.. about 30 minutes as is started to snow.

I am not a huge fan of Basquiat’s art, although I find some elements intriguing and powerful – his consistent use of symbols and compelling narratives hold my attention.

His design – the shapes and forms I do not like as they are too cartoonish or robotesque.

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On Saturday, stopped by a new bar called Wine by One in the Opera area because ‘A’ used to work with the guy who opened it. The business model for the bar is interesting – quite practical. There are machines with wine bottles and you can do taste testing by using a money card for different amounts of wine. Smart as you don’t need waiters and it’s all self service.

It is very tech forward, however I am surprised the Parisians would feel comfortable in this sort of place, as it misses the smoky, artsy, stay all day and chill vibe. Maybe if they had some connectivity to online reviews and the ability for people at the bar to add reviews or photos.. facebook etc. Or wine books and a few pillows would help.
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For a bit more of a Parisian place – went to La BelleVilloise in the 20th arrondisement on Saturday night. It’s a bit up on a hill in an area very different from the ritzy Opera area. There seemed to be lots of live music and many bars.

La BelleVilloise has been around for a while – I think it was some sort of artist collective space.. or maybe still is – as there are different sections and levels for the cabaret / restaurant, a bar, a club and concert room. We had planned to go to a party there, but first decided to get some food while listening to many different people get up on stage and try to sing while the piano player accompanied them.

This was not Kareoke – but real singing.. both good and bad. The piano player and woman pictured are the hosts – employees.  Most people in the audience do not wear costumes. I was not tempted to sing – but for about an hour it was fun listening to others.


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Thanksgiving in Paris. Part 1.

It has become an annual tradition to visit Paris during Thanksgiving, the ending of Autumn and before Winter begins. The skies are cloudy, its often cold, and even snowing this most recent time. But its a great time to be there – to visit museums, sit in cafes and be glad that when I return to NYC – there is still some sun during the winter months.
During my mini holiday, I stayed with a few friends, and no hotels- as no work was involved here. I was in my familiar zone of the Marais staying with L at her charming little place on Rue de Poitou with the nearby cafe Le Progrés – good neighborhood place for sitting, drinking, and a bit of eating.
The Day of ‘Thanksgiving’ -  Thursday, slept, had a late lunch and then Moroccan food for dinner .. some good couscous @ 404 restaurant,  warm intimate place which is comforting when cold outside (next door to a popular bar called Andy Wahloo).
After dinner we thought about going to the VIP room because a friend of a friend told us about some great party and we could be on the ‘list’. I did not know about VIP room – but when I look it up it says “very important Parisians frequent this famous club on the Champs-Élysées where only the finest and most fashionable specimens are selected to pass the threshold.”
I also just found a clip of Lady Gaga performing @ VIP room. We drove by and line was too long.. too old to stand in cold. Maybe if I knew Lady Gaga was performing I would wait – but not this night.
So, we ended up going very close near to Le Fumoir – a cafe just opposite the Louvre. Nice place- would recommend. We had the special margaritas, 3 of them, a novel change from red wine..
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