Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Broadway Boogie Woogie

Me with Mondrian, "Broadway Boogie Woogie"

Musuem of Modern Arts
11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019

A little History of Mondrian
Born in Holland in 1878, Piet Mondrian painted traditional subjects in an increasingly abstract style. By 1920, he adopts a totally abstract motif, employing an irregular checkerboard drawn with black lines, and with the spaces paints mostly white or sometimes in the primary colors of blue, red and yellow.

Escaping in 1940 from a Europe at war, Mondrian spends the last four years of his life in New York City, where he is fascinated by the exuberance of its city life. His paintings of that time express that exuberance. In his final painting, Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-1943), below, the checkerboard lines, previously black, are now painted blue, gray, red and yellow. (The yellow was apparently inspired by New York’s Yellow cabs).

In Broadway Boogie Woogie, Mondrian represents the restless motion of the city.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

efa - Never Late than Better

efa Project Space
323 West 39th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018

Starts in 2 days
At EFA Project Space
Media: Painting, Installation, Video installation

On the centennial anniversary of the Futurist Manifesto, "Never Late than Better" (Trong Gia Nguyen, curator) contends with the questionable boundaries of space, time, and reality. Re-appraising the past and re-fashioning the present, the exhibition foregrounds a “bizarro universe” that counters the time-honored day-to-days of war, speed, and misogyny that F.T. Marinetti forecast in the Manifesto, published in Le Figaro in 1909. he Futurist Manifesto Is Whenever, a supplementary guide, will evolve with the duration of the show. Altering the traditional audio-tape guide, a selection of curators, critics, artists, and musicians will walk through the show before it opens and record their immediate responses, speaking into an old-fashioned cassette recorder. Each side of the tape will contain the voice of a different ‘critic.’ The audio-guides will be available for checking out, and viewers themselves are also encouraged to record their own take on the show, which will be left behind for subsequent viewers. At the exhibition’s conclusion, the collection of tapes will together form the ‘exhibition catalogue.’

Enough with the introduction. It was a great opening with a great amount of people coming to see the new works. Especially when they are serving free beer bottles.

The crowd

The bartender serving free beers

The Beer

Marc Ganzglass, Trojan Horse Idea, 2008, Ink jet Print, 72x40

Mike Womack, 8 Bit Blip, 2008, Cinder Block, Motor, Light, Steel, Aluminum, Plastic, Mirror

Christopher Chiappa, Windshield Wiper 2005-2008 Volvo station wagon rear windshield wiper and mechanism with a 13.8 volt transformer 35x17 1/2 inches

Peter Belyi, 15 Watts, 2008, Welded metal and mized media

Laura Nova, Wailing Wall, 2009, Installation/Tissue Boxes, 7x2 1/2 feet

David Maroto, Disillusion, Work in Progress, Installation/Boardgame, mixed media,
4x15 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Happy Trees

Last Thursday, I went to a Bob Ross tribute at Gallery Bar located in lower Eastside by Delancey. The place started at 8pm and I was there a little bit early and boy, it was packed. There was a lady in the front that was teaching us how to paint like Bob Ross - quick and happy trees. I love the vibe especially I didn't know there were people that appreciate Bob Ross like I do. I grew watching his show when I was 5 years old. I wanted to be an artist because of him. He was my imspiration and I was happy to be there.

Beginning stage

Middle stage

After 15 mins, she was done