Friday, November 30, 2007

Blip Festival

Top BubblyFish she play's with crutchs at 8.00 tonight not to be missed.
Gijs Gieskes (music and Video) last night some funky shit.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Brooklyn Building Department

Latest artist to sublet a studio is Dan Kopp he was displaced as the building he was in- in Williamsburg was demolished.
166 north 12th Street is between bedford and berry the property next door would be 164-160 north 12th street running through the block 131-139 north 11th st. Block 02290 lot 0010
artist Jon Kessler's building is on the other side.

Under the window sill is a remake of a Richard Prince necklace made out of bread ties.
The top picture is from the Brooklyn Building Department where we went to find out who our new neighbor is. We have tried several times to contact them for now the building next to us is covered in white plastic and signs that say Hazardous Asbestos. They have covered all our windows with this same plastic so the view like the picture taken last winter is a recent memory. It would have been nice if they would let us know what is going on. We called the DEP and the Building Department for help and have yet to see an inspector. In the meantime guys on the roof with saws are going at it, without a permit and asbestos is soon to be sifting through our skylights.
(Correction they have a permit)We called Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and despite the fact that the following artists have studios here: Jay Davis, Jack Featherly, Chie Fuecki, Oliver Michaels, Becky Kolsrud, Susanna Harwood Rubin, Emilio Perez, April Smith, (musician) , Momoyo Torimitsu, Greg Vore, Nancy Horowitz, Jane Namenwirth and myself they said they could not help us as it was a real estate issue. This is why there will be less working artists left in Williamsburg. The inside news: (coming from an anonymous source) is that the building to be built will be 12 stories, the first 7 floors condos and the last five as a hotel. As this is not legal, they are seeking a variance. Should we not be notified, as we have the most to loose. If we can not give them information pertaining to the structure: The location of the Posts supporting the beams...the mortar is 100 years old and the bricks will not withstand the post driving that will have to happen to erect a building of the size they propose. The new owner has a ghost corporation
KM Construction they got their morgage through Bank Leumi Israel and despite much investigation including trips to the Dept. of Building is a mystery. Help.... anyone who knows a lawyer who would consider taking this on a pro-Bono would be greatly appreciated. Save artMovingProjects.
It looks like we are going to have to do another benefit/ ohhhhh noooooo

Sunday, November 25, 2007

BITMAP: as good as new/Dog Show


This weekend saw a scene at Vertexlist with Jonas Mekas in foreground burned out by flash.
Here we have the typical problem of so many people that seeing the art becomes a challenge.
Will have to go back for another look. I am not going to cherry pick this one.

The Dog Show in west Springfield Mass. had lots of space(this being 1 of 3 buildings) and dogs but few people. A rare example of art being more popular than mans best friend. Note hand on french poodle's privates.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Studio Visits with old friends

Still-life set up painting in progress.
Recent never showed painting with wireless headphones.
Dik F. Liu in studio in Williamsburg which he has since the late 1980's -(Image deleted)

Mary Barone, Intern, Anna Knoebel, Devon Dikeou at command central Zing Magazine.
I had a lot of fun with them the other day. It is rumored that Zing has finally arrived. It is available in a limited hard cover of 100, sure to be collectible a steal at 35$. I curated a project in this one with lots of my favorite artists.
A little story about how i meet Devon. Shortly after coming to New York, and a short stint with
Joe Begonia, Lisa Yuskavage, and John Currin in Hoboken, Matvey Levenstein and I decided we would partner up and start a carpentry business. Of course we knew little about carpentry but had lots of confidence, a dangerous combination. We had a studio share on the lower east side across from abc no rio, no tools and i was without a phoneline thanks to the strike, the stock market had also just crashed. Well Matvey's girlfriend Lisa Yuskavage designed our logo a winged hammer, Sublime Design and we could not loose.(will find a picture of it) Matvey put a poster up in St. Marks Records, Devon found it and hired us. We made these mirrored doors for her which the first day up in the gallery fell off their frame becoming an instant Barry Le Va. Whoops!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

New Building Construction and Demo in Williamsburg

Notice the white perfectly wrapped skylights this reminds me of Christo. Unfortunately,
this view out my studio window is about to disappear. The roof is to be removed soon. On a non-rainy day one sees the manhattan skyline. The empire state building... I talked to the man doing the wrapping and he said the roof was full of asbestos. Happy Thanksgiving!

Artwork: Marcin Ramocki, Mike Asente, Rene' Pierre Allain
Who is going to pay to conserve this valuable art when a brick falls or worse yet.

On a more serious note, I was talking to a bunch of people at soccer this morning and it seems
many old buildings have been seriously damaged by new construction in the neighborhood. This concerns us because we fear if our building is not properly underpinned, this is when the foundation or slab in our case is reinforced, the building will fall over. We are talking about a hundred year old post and beam horse stable in which worse case a huge condo building requiring a very deep hole is to be our neighbor. KM Construction will notify us 5 day's before they start digging. It seems something is wrong when the Building Department waits until there is a problem, a building falling over, rather than forcing the builder
to provide plans of protection from catastrophic damage and danger to life. It appears the developer is signing false signatures on documents that give permission for underpinning.
Also, That the new developers get a property tax break for 10 years forcing those who are here to cover there expenses seems lame. I took some pictures to document that the building was standing. If you have a problem with a building being demolished next to you call 311.
If you see a new crack in a building call 911.
When I had artMoving back in 1996 on Bedford ave. one morning while I was enjoying my coffee the building across the streets facade fell off. They had bee renovating the storefront and had not braced it properly. It was like looking into a doll house.
report problems to NAG 718-384-2248
Development Watchdog Project
Other contacts:
Brooklyn Borough President
Marty Markowitz 718.802.3700
City Council Member
David Yassky 718.875.5200
City CM
Diana Reyna 718.963.3141

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Seed Project

In the Project Space
October 25 to November 29, 2007

The Winkleman Gallery/Schroeder Romero Project Space is pleased to present “Virtual Field: The Seed Project,” an installation of over 140 photographs by artists from around the world. The Seed Project is a global environmental installation, which began in 2006 by artist and publisher David Walter Cohen. The artist invited other artists
and activists to plant wheat grass seeds creating individual art projects from what was grown. The result is a “Virtual Field,” which has continued to grow connecting the planters with one another. Currently the seeds can be purchased in Wholefoods, throughout New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

People have become so disconnected from the natural environment and the natural cosystems
which sustains them. The originating artist, David Cohen, believes it is important to promote a cultural shift towards sustainability by spreading the value of growing plants, which are the source
of our fuel, fiber and food in our daily lives through creativity. The Seed Project accomplishes this through an interactive art project that’s both a mix of science and art.

The Seed Project is intended to address creatively environmental and social problems. It is a bridge between art and the environment as well as a creative cultural reclamation of our stewardship of the
earth. The strategy is for individuals planting and re-foresting the earth to fight global warming and to create a global network of concerned citizens and activists.

The project fosters the creative act and encourages a widening cultural identification with artists, encompassing all people who have creative power. The Seed Project turns on the basic act of creating, in this case the organic energy of life. The outgrowth will be a heightened awareness of changes in our environment, our participation in power, as well as a growing community of artists, and a more sustainable environment. Art which, addresses and seeks to solve world problems will be created from this new collective.

“The Seed Project" conceptually collapses the physical space that separates people in the world to imagine a virtual field growing together, but the motivating goal is a growing community of artists, ideas and resources which will be linked and shared. A seed is a symbol of the incredible power to
create and redefine the world that we all have, but are particularly aware of as artists. By defining the act of planting as a creative act the participant becomes an artist in a basic and sustainable way. The medium term goal of this project is for thousands of artists to participate in planting the seeds in creative ways. But the long-term goal is for millions and then billions of people to engage in creative growth and change. We, as a society, need to turn organized creative energy to nurturing our environment because the industrial age we are emerging from has hazardously degraded the one we have. But first we need the structures which support organized energy. Art can serve these needs.

‘Every human being is an artist, a freedom being, called to participate in transforming and reshaping the conditions, thinking and structures that shape and condition our lives’- Joseph Beuys.

The exhibition also includes other related projects by Aaron Storck, Christopher Kennedy, Gabriela Alva Cal y Mayor, Theresa Valla, and Michele Brody.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Devon Dikeou and Luke Murphy@ artMovingProjects

166 N.12th St, between Bedford and Berry Sts., Williamsburg (917-301-6680, 917-301-0306).
Subway: L to Bedford Avenue  Thurday -Sunday, 1pm - 6pm

Opening 7-9 Saturday, December 1st - Feb. 10th 2008

Devon Dikeou

In her first one person show at artMovingProjects
Devon Dikeou shows the documentation of “Niney”, a child’s sweater made out of what she thought was lambs wool that she has gone to extreme lengths to keep in her immediate possession since childhood. Following in the tradition of Joseph Kosuth, John Baldessari, and Gorden Matta Clark she uses photography and text to augment the significance of this article of clothing. Notions of fragility, safety and comfort, collide with feelings of fear, vulnerability and voyeurism in the ongoing work that has seen earlier manifestations at Postmasters Gallery, and more recently at the Robin Rule Gallery. The installation will include photographs, documentation and paintings that cite a written timeline both sincere and hilarious that builds to form an absurd narrative of intimacy and taboo.

New Media Project Space

Luke Murphy

The Longest Painting of Death is a digital work that takes an image of Albert Pinkham Ryder’s “The Race Track” (Death on a Pale Horse c.1896), enlarges it to the painting’s original size of 27 3/4" x 35 1/8", stretches it digitally until it is one mile in length and then traverses it in 02:11:20 min, the average speed of the still fastest race horse, Secretariat. This piece is an extension of two “minimalist” works done almost ten years ago. The Mile Long Page and the Square Mile Page, both digital updates of Walter de Maria’s Vertical Kilometer, consist of a mile-long line of single black pixels and a square mile of black pixels respectively. In The Longest Painting of Death, Murphy stretches the painting to the length of a race track, “moving” along the track on the screen, thereby encouraging the viewer to switch from the side of the course to the perspective of Death watching the landscape as it passes by.

by appointment: Dec. 21 - Jan. 13 closed Jan. 18 - 20

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Emilio Fantin/Luigi Negro

Emilio Fantin
Luigi Negro with camera, before coming to artMovingProjects to see Natalie Moore and Marcin Ramocki's work he spilled orange juice on his Leica. Cameras don't like orange juice.
I have the same one made by Lumix/panasonic LX2 except $ 200.00 less and without juice.
Curators choice.
Which picture-Flash or no flash?

Rhizome needs You

Rhizome Needs You!

November 7, 2007

This week, Rhizome begins our 2007 Community Campaign. We need to raise $30,000 by midnight, December 31st. We're calling upon the artists, critics, curators, scholars, scientists, and general digital culture fans in our network to achieve this goal. Now is the time to become a member (it's only $25!), renew your membership, or make a generous donation. Rhizome serves an emerging field and we rely, to no small extent, on our community for support. Your contribution will seed the development of our web-based programs, such as commissions, discussion, and digital art preservation, all of which aim to increase the visibility and vibrancy of this growing field. Helping us will help make new media art history. Please support us today!

Monday, November 5, 2007

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BITMAP: as good as new @ vertexList

Bitshifter Josh Davis

Announcing Blip Festival and "B I T M A P: as good as new"

image: Petra Cortright

VertexList space and Blip Festival have the pleasure to present “B I T M A P: as good as new” a group exhibition celebrating the history of the digital image, the aesthetics of early computing and early video-game consoles. Expect pixels, old monitors and 8 bit sounds!

"B I T M A P: as good as new" is proud to feature: Cory Arcangel, Chris Ashley, Mike Beradino, Mauro Ceolin, Petra Cortright, Paul Davis, DELAWARE, Notendo (Jeff Donaldson), Eteam, Dragan Espenschied, Christine Gedeon, Kimberley Hart, Daniel Iglesia, JODI, Olia Lialina, LoVid, Kristin Lucas, David Mauro, Jillian Mcdonald, Tom Moody, Aron Namenwirth, Mark Napier, Nullsleep, Marisa Olson, Will Papenheimer, Prize Budget for Boys, Jim Punk, Akiko Sakaizumi, Paul Slocum, Eddo Stern and CJ Yeh.

A reception will take place at vertexList on Saturday, November 24th 2007 from 7pm - 10pm.
The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, February 3rd, 2008.
Live 8 BIT music performance @ the opening reception, 8.30pm.

VertexList gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1pm -6 pm, or by appointment.We are located between Graham and Manhattan Avenues onBayard St. For more info please visit our website or call 646 258 3792

About Blip:

The Blip Festival is a four-day international cultural event taking place in New York City this November into December, focusing on the 8-bit scene - musicians and artists who use low-bit videogame and computer hardware as their creative tools. The festival is the widest-reaching event in the history of the form, boasting a roster of over 40 international artists performing and exhibiting from places as diverse as Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Argentina, and across the United States.

Manhattan art space The Tank and New York artist collective 8bitpeoples announce the Blip Festival 2007, a four-day music and multimedia event taking place in New York City November 29 - December 2, 2007. Focusing on the modern artistic exploration of primitive video game and home computer technology and featuring 40 musicians and visualists from around the world, the Blip Festival showcases artists adopting and repurposing familiar but forgotten hardware - such as the Commodore 64, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Atari game console and home computer line, and the Nintendo Game Boy - exploring their untapped potential and unique aesthetic character. The festival's nightly concerts and daytime screenings, workshops, and presentations are supplemented by B I T M A P : as good as new, an adjunct visual art exhibition, held at acclaimed Brooklyn gallery vertexList. The Blip Festival 2007 offers a fascinating cross-section of the chiptune musical aesthetic and related low-bit visual art, in an explosive event taking place at the epicenter of the creative world.

The festival will host evening concerts on all 4 nights. Each night's concert will cost $10 and include 8 musical acts and a variety of live visualists. Tickets will be available online starting in early November and will also be available at the door. Festival passes will also be available for sale in early November.

In addition to concerts there will also be daytime workshops and screenings on Saturday and Sunday. A complete schedule of those events is forthcoming.

Please get excited now.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Little red house Block Island Rhode island

I was heading out to the Island this weekend to get my mother artist Cynthia Bloom
off. She is 75 and has a twisted ankle, but does not want to leave. Unfortunately, a hurricane off the coast canceled the ferry and my surprise rescue.

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