Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving from Brooklyn 2



New York Conversation

Filed under: general — tom moody @ 4:57 pm

Dealer: "Do you think being young and good looking has anything to do with the success of an artist?"
Artist: "It shouldn't. For an actor or ballet dancer, maybe, but a painter isn't always going to be standing next to his work while it's being evaluated."
Dealer: "You're not a bad looking man. Are you saying this because deep in your heart you wonder if you could have been just a little better looking, you could have made it?"
Artist: "I'm saying it because it's true, unless you've found a way to graft an artist to a canvas as a permanent sex object."

from Tom Moody

Introducing AVATAR agency

A Visual Artist’s Temporary Actor Replacement Agency

Most visual artists are comfortable spending time alone, occupied with solitary pursuits. It may come as a shock when they realize that a large component of what is required to have an art career is going to events and making a good impression, being the kind of social animal artists are vocationally not suited to be.


Most actors, on the other hand, thrive in any situation that requires them to perform socially but often have few opportunities to practice their craft.

For the first time in the history of the contemporary art world, a solution is being offered to this paradox.
AVATAR Agency offers the services of young, talented and socially adept actors as stand-ins (or “avatars”) for visual artists at the openings and art events that require you to make your best impression.

Founded by visual artist, Adam Simon (Four Walls, Fine Art Adoption Network) and theatre director, Marianne Weems (the Builders Association),

AVATAR will make its first public presentation at Momenta Art, 359 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, between south 4th and south 5th streets on December 11, at 7:00 p.m.

The evening will include presentations of past precedents, theatrical renditions of sample situations and discussion with the audience.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving from Brooklyn


New York Conversation

Filed under: general — tom moody @ 4:57 pm

Dealer: "Do you think being young and good looking has anything to do with the success of an artist?"
Artist: "It shouldn't. For an actor or ballet dancer, maybe, but a painter isn't always going to be standing next to his work while it's being evaluated."
Dealer: "You're not a bad looking man. Are you saying this because deep in your heart you wonder if you could have been just a little better looking, you could have made it?"
Artist: "I'm saying it because it's true, unless you've found a way to graft an artist to a canvas as a permanent sex object."


Friday, November 27, 2009

A short life of trouble

From Bloggy

I just finished reading Marcia Tucker's memoir, A Short Life of Trouble, Forty Years in the New York Art World. Here is a quote from the letter she wrote to the museum's trustees after her firing from the Whitney Museum.

As a scholar, it has always been my conviction that it is the museum's responsibility not only to reflect the consensus of educated opinion by which art history is made, but also to seek out the best work at its source, rather than only after it has achieved commercial exposure.

I read this too great! The New Museum had such a strong creator hopefully it can get back on track.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hybrid 3 tap root

"Hybrid 3" white oak acorn, dirt, wood 6.5x5.5x5.5" 2009

Tap root growth from oct. 3rd till today
This one planted the same time approx. 4"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

White Oaks

White Oak acorns in coffee cups tap roots shooting down a future forest. They were collected around Mccaron Park Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Red Oak, This one was found up in maine, spent the summer out on Block Island and is wintering in my studio in williamsburg- showing fall colors.

Douglas Henderson at Boiler

Joe, Susan Swenson, Douglas getting ready for 100 carpenters

Marcin Ramocki VIP
More ifo+Video: vertexlist.blogspot.com/2009/11/douglas-henderson.html
Could not sleep after this one.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Vote

Recorded Calls to Voters From Brooklyn Bishop Praise a Democratic Leader

Published: November 1, 2009

In an unusually overt step into politics by a religious leader, the Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn is urging voters, via robocalls, to support Vito J. Lopez, an assemblyman and the Brooklyn Democratic boss, whose hand-picked candidate is in a tough race for a City Council seat.

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The bishop, Nicholas A. DiMarzio, in a recorded phone call sent to every registered voter in City Council District 34, praised Mr. Lopez’s legislative service to the Catholic Church this summer. Mr. Lopez played a key role in defeating a bill that would have let adults file suit over childhood sexual abuse that may have occurred long ago.

Mr. Lopez, a longtime kingmaker in Bushwick and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has energetically championed the candidacy of Maritza Davila, who is running against Councilwoman Diana Reyna in District 34.

By recording his message, a legal scholar cautioned, Bishop DiMarzio could be treading close to legal lines limiting political advocacy by nonprofit organizations — whose tax-exempt status could be jeopardized.

“There are constitutional rules and I.R.S. rules, and the I.R.S. rules are really more pertinent here,” said Nelson Tebbe, an associate professor at Brooklyn Law School who specializes in the relationship between religion and the Constitution.

Bishop DiMarzio’s spokesman, Msgr. Kieran Harrington, dismissed that concern as absurd. “His intent was to thank Vito, who has taken the greatest grief for helping us,” he said.

Officials with the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes 1.5 million Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens, have made no secret of their dislike for Ms. Reyna and Representative Nydia M. Velasquez, who, along with local nonprofit housing groups, have fought Mr. Lopez over the rezoning of a 31-acre parcel in Brooklyn called the Broadway Triangle.

Ms. Reyna and Ms. Velasquez have suggested that the diocese ousted a priest as head of a local housing group because he annoyed Mr. Lopez, and that in exchange, Mr. Lopez derailed the child abuse bill in Albany.

In September, Monsignor Harrington was scathing in his attack in a column in The Tablet, the diocesan newspaper. “If Catholics voted,” he wrote, “is it conceivable that Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Councilwoman Diana Reyna would insult our own bishop with impunity?”

On Sunday, the monsignor said: “Reyna is hypercritical of the bishop and the diocese. If the bishop had wanted to do a recording about her, he would have done a recording.”

Ms. Reyna, who is Catholic, declined comment on Sunday. Her supporters privately say that they see little benefit in engaging in an open war with the church, particularly since a number of priests showed up at a recent rally supporting Mr. Lopez.

A week ago, Mr. Lopez was honored for his leadership in one local church, and Ms. Davila sat next to him in the pew.

“If the church wants to honor Assemblyman Lopez, why not do this Nov. 5?” asked Rob Solano, director of Churches United for Fair Housing, which has clashed with Mr. Lopez over the Broadway Triangle. “Why so close to an election if it’s not political?”

Mr. Lopez’s loyalties can shift unpredictably. Ms. Reyna, for instance, once served as his chief of staff. And he once backed the bill in Albany that he later derailed.

Ms. Davila narrowly lost the Democratic primary to Ms. Reyna, the incumbent. Now Ms. Davila is running for the seat on the Working Families Party. And Mr. Lopez, the borough’s Democratic leader, has broken with his party to support her.

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