Last week from my most tunedin friend Fu’rqan Washington i heard “Wrote a song about You “the sort of hypnotic infectious summer-y hit we grew up on from WBLS …the sort of groove that Chicago house celebrated in the 90’s with Ten City. It was immediate love …Mnek’s voice is refreshingly full,no robotic Vocoder…no Bieber-esque vamping of teenage ersatz innocence just “Feeling” skill’s and mature songwriting.
Hey see you at the Charlie Parker Jazz festival Saturday August 23d its free come on out !!!!
in the years to come one will hear a lot about this relatively young man who passed away last September ..you will hear that he was one of the kindest people you could ever meet that his devotion to his people (that is all humanity) was genuine and tireless and that his devotion to quality work was just as much so
Donald Agarrat’s life and work was and is the genuine stuff .He made art and had an eye that that was confident inspired and kind. In other words he had “the gift” and you can view his work at Flikr/Donald Agarrat as well as at the Schomburg Center ‘s current exhibition Donald Andrew Agarrat:Harlem Photographer through Sept13th
the summer has been exquisite….on Teusday i walked Park Avenue thinking of what the cultural critic Paul Lynes said of the local somewhere around mid century …”why would anyone want to live there unless they wanted a view of someone else living in an apartment…..its so true that new york real estate is mostly the illusion of Real Estate PR..they buildt Park ave and the masses came ….now it is an address that i suppose has “the seal of approval”..status but like Williamsberg ..lacks balance ….a neighborhood and yet a bit tomb like .. a pretty tomb ..imagine if Central Park was never realized how sullen the environment would be from 52nd t0 107th . (the artist Ewerdt Hilgemann) I wondered up from 59th to 69th seeking out Ewerdt Hilgemann’s 7 stainless steel public sculptures that are currently on exhibition till August 22nd from Park ave and 52 to Park and 67th .The sculptures in their polished geometric forms have that corporate art feel that we are used to ..that befit their setting…they are monumental . However the strength of Hilgemann’s pieces is there deflated cube and rectangle look ….what starts out as welded steel cubes and rectangles are made to collapse in on itself through air-vacuums or by water implosion thus they are made sensual ..humanized.
Well i am not in these parts too often i thought to myself …may as well find the Half gallery and see Rene Ricard’s show.Ricard died in February ….i read about it from Miami … in the late 80’s Rene was an inspiration to me ….he was instrumental in Jean-Michel Basquiat ‘s career …writing the seminal “Radiant Child”article for ArtForum .Ricard the poet’s little Tiffany blue edition of his “poetry” (printed throughout DIA art foundation) sat next to Pasolini ,Genet , Rilke and Audre Lorde for years on my bookshelf its pages edges growing more worn by my growing reverance for the artist’s economy ,wit and wisdom.My only time ever meeting him he sold me a poem …literally on the spot… on paper pulled out of his pocket …i thought him merely a homeless artist ,the owner of the gallery we met in had to explain to me that i was in the company of “the” Rene Ricard but i held him in high esteem the minute he recited the poem from the crumpled piece of paper …that poems sat between the pages of my copy of his slim anthology for years only later to be lost in storage on my own homeless journey’s.I walk up the steps of the Half gallery …a warning its location is a bit hard to suss out (the half gallery is located down the ally next to a Lady M to the left of the Cynthia Rowley boutique ) but the show is worth the trip ….and you will be left wanting for more ..Ricard’s blend of painting, text and humor is poetic and made me long for more than just the two floors of works that also seemed as if they were pull out of the pocket of a “Home”less”man and i mean that in the best of ways..i mean to say Ricard never seems bogged down by reality if anything it seemed to inspire him to do better ..to be more interesting …as if he were the disciple of Buddha , Kerouac and Holly Golightly.
“Shebacca”by Allyson Mitchell
After Our Bodies Meet: From Resistance to Potentiality
Exhibition dates: June 5 – August 3, 2014
Opening Reception: June 5, 2014 6-8 pm
[New York, NY – April 2014] After Our Bodies Meet: From Resistance to Potentiality opens at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art on June 5 and runs through July 27, 2014. Presented as part of the 12th annual All Out Arts Fresh Fruit Festival, the exhibition explores queer feminist artists’ responses to dominant notions about the body from the 1970s to present day. Reflecting the ever-growing diversity of feminist art, this exhibition provides a cross-cultural examination of how artists represent the body to challenge past and present forms of oppression and to envision a queer future.
After Our Bodies Meet: From Resistance to Potentiality, curated by Alexis Heller, traces the efforts of contemporary queer artists within the legacy of early feminist art. Bridging these historic and contemporary endeavors not only honors the pioneers of gender-conscious art but also highlights the evolution of feminist thought within artistic representations of queer bodies, including some that question the gender binary on which feminism was first conceived.
The works of Tee Corinne and Cathy Cade sought to document and empower the burgeoning lesbian feminist community, emphasizing the female body’s capacity for love, agency and pleasure outside of the heterosexual imagination. Today, South African artist and “visual activist” Zanele Muholi recognizes this same need to preserve marginalized histories, bringing attention to underrepresented populations of black lesbian and transgender individuals, as well as the targeted violence that threatens their existence. For her ongoing series Faces and Phases, Muholi’s black-and-white photographic portraits archive the diversity and resilience of her black queer community in South Africa and abroad, while for Isilumo siyaluma (2006-2011), Muholi generates a series of kaleidoscopic digital collages of menstrual blood stains to memorialize the rape ￼and murder of black lesbians in South Africa.
￼Heather Cassils’ dynamic performance, Becoming An Image(2012), also evokes the brutalization of queer bodies as the ￼artist’s mixed martial arts blows are imprinted onto a 1,500-pound block of clay. Staged in complete darkness, Cassils’ ￼strenuous movements are only made visible by flash photography, capturing fleeting moments of the action, which, ￼like the artist’s experience as a transgender man, is in a continuous process of change and becoming.
Sophia Wallace’s ongoing mixed media project CLITERACY, exposes the irony of society’s obsession with and ignorance of female sexuality. CLITERACY, 100 Natural Laws (2012) includes a monumental wall of texts which challenge phallocentric biases in science, law, philosophy, politics and the art world. Wallace’s focus on the clitoris and female pleasure serves to question and counteract the history of misinformation regarding women’s bodies and the concomitant oppression therein.
Inspired by Indian comic books, Hindu mythology and American science fiction Chitra Ganesh’s digital collages also draw from disparate materials and cultural sources to offer alternate narratives of female sexuality and power. Ganesh’s surrealistic and hybridized female forms collide beauty and abjection, commemorating marginalized and excluded figures from art, history and literature. In Ganesh’s work, the body serves as a site of transgression and revision, tearing apart stereotypes and histories only to reassemble them into a radical vision of corporeality, citizenship and desire.
This exhibition demonstrates how feminist artists have repositioned the political potential of activism into art, allowing critiques of the past to provide space for imagining new queer possibilities. Featuring work from Laura Aguilar, Cathy Cade, Heather Cassils, Tee A. Corinne, Chitra Ganesh, Allyson Mitchell, Zanele Muholi, Catherine Opie, Sophia Wallace, and Chris E. Vargas, these artists subvert the mythologies and ideals surrounding lesbian and transgender bodies and foreground queer bodies obscured by invisibility. There will be an Opening Reception on June 5th from 6 to 8 pm, as well as various events throughout the exhibition that explore these important issues and themes. Visit freshfruitfestival.com for a full schedule of events for All Out Arts Fresh Fruit Festival which will be held from July 7 to 20, 2014.
About the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
“…invaluable museum.” Holland Cotter, New York Times, June 2013
Best place for gay culture, Time Out New York: New York’s Best 2012
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first and only dedicated gay and lesbian art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve gay and lesbian art, and foster the artists who create it. The Museum has a permanent collection of over 22,000 objects, 6-8 major exhibitions annually, artist talks, film screenings, readings, THE ARCHIVE – a quarterly art newsletter, a membership program, and a research library. The Leslie-Lohman Museum is operated by the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Inc., a non-profit founded in 1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman, who have supported gay and lesbian artists for over 30 years. The Leslie-Lohman Museum embraces the rich creative history of the gay and lesbian art community by informing, inspiring, entertaining, and challenging all who enter its doors.
The Museum is located at 26 Wooster Street in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Admission is free, and hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12-6 pm, and Thursday, 12-8 pm. The Museum is closed Monday and all major holidays. The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization and is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code. The Museum can be reached at 212-431-2609. For more information, go to LeslieLohman.org.
I add thisartist to the list of great draftsmen who transcend mere draftsmenship ….she is en par with David Levinthal ,Richard Prince,Richter and Muniz …the piece below is the most striking piece in The Drawing Center’s current “Small” show
Harvey’s current piece on exhibition in the Drawing Center’s “small” exhibition
whilst trolling throughout the youtube bins i found one of my favorite designers collection for September to January days ….take notes ladies pay attention to the Wabi Sabi cuts and the solemn material of the coats and the deceptively haphazard look of the leather skirts (as if they were just a jacket tied around the waist ).Somewhere between Galiano ,Chalayan and Donna Karan Lee Jean-Yuon is making strides with his own unique take on womenswear .
This show made me think of the relevance of the artists inner-life and unique perspective on there personal experience of oppression and how it can create a bridge out of oppression for all of humanity …how in the face of adversity all human beings create there own language out of necessity .
AndDrinkCoffeer rsvp come out and network Dahlins
currently in residency with The Artist Institute of Hunter College
Pierre Huyghes makes you wonder like a child into the woods called ART …a journey into a single artists museum of natural history so to speak
Third floor nyc
Hood By Air
Dover st market -like visiting a P.S.1 for clothes
Our men Of Style:
simple canvas vans
white drama /civil whites
Our Men Of Style:Derek addaMS
POur Men of Style :genyar ejiofer
Balmain/Tom of Finland
*Lost Kingdoms-Yale University Press
*The gay essay-Anthony Friedken(Yale University Press)
an image from the historical Gay Essay book by Anthony Friedken
*Ana mandieta’s Traces -artbook.com
*The Whitemans Burden :why the west’s efforts to “aid”the rest have done so much and so little “good”.
*Degrees of Inequality-Suzanne Mettler
*conform -glenn beck
*Beast -Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
*Redeemer:the life of Jimmy carter
*Business Man First -Maurice w .Dorsey
Brian Prugh’s “the echo of your own blood in the shell”
cut tulle in painted wood
As an artist we can try out different mediums until we find one that expresses perfectly our abilities ..andre gomez’s calling is in Vector where he does awesome portraits that feel fresh in there balance between old school skill and new gaurde technology.check him out Behance.net/Andresisart
this is my favorite af three very strong designs by Artist Arthur Roberts …Art’s skills are tight and so is the Molly Machine line check it out
you may want a skateboard under your feet this summer …you may want it to look unique Grecia ,Cristian and Meli of North Miami’s Eat The Sun Skateboards will customize your ride for a sweet 82 potatoes.