Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier The Exhibit: Fabric, Fashion and Irony...

So Jean Paul Gaultier has a traveling Exhibit that will be featured in quite a few Museums across the globe.  The show is set to travel to the Dallas Museum of Art, SanFrancisco's de Young Museum, Kunsthal Rotterdam, and Madrid's FundaciónMapfre.

"The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to theCatwalk" will exhibit works from approximately 140 ensembles from 1970 to 2010.

It all sounds fair enough.  I mean this IS the man that was the man that was responsible for turning Madonna's tits into cones.  But when you really think about it-- why are shows like this invited to Museums in the first place.  I understand that fashion can be considered art, but so can many things...  I mean my dog shit's out some beautiful turds sometimes, I am truly amazed by it!  I think we can chalk it up to a few things--Money, and press.  This Exhibit will bring in money-- and people will write about it...

Shouldn't Art Museums feature Artworks by real Artists?  I mean there are so few places that house art, why must we bastardize this by including things that we THINK are art.  The general public has a hard enough time discerning what art is in the first place, must we further confuse them by adding everything under the art umbrella?  I mean what is next-- the history of the Maxi Pad Exhibit?

I am really confused by the whole thing... Why not just have separate venues for this type of exhibit-- like say fashion schools. 

What do you think?  I mean we don't see Broadway Musicals getting Oscar awards-- they have their own thing for that...  It's all acting...

WILD THINGS Art Exhibition Curated by Sam Trioli New York

For those of you who will be heading to Miami this week be sure to keep your eye out for The Police Brutality Coloring Book.  Including work by over 30 artists, this limited edition book will be making its rounds around Miami all week.

The Police Brutality Coloring Book

Organized by Joe Heaps Nelson

Upcoming Group Exhibition

Some Girls

Curated by Noah Becker

Michael Anderson
Noah Becker
Joe Heaps Nelson
Jessica Speckhard
Sam Trioli

December 10 -  January 15, 2012  

Launch F18
373 Broadway
New York, NY 10013   

Current Group Exhibition

Wild Things

Curated by Sam Trioli

Noah Becker
David Deutsch 
Nathan Dilworth
Eckhard Etzold
Jason Clay Lewis
Sam Trioli
November 5 - December 4, 2011     

Launch F18  
373 Broadway  
New York, NY  10013

Sam Trioli.  Untitled.  2011.  Oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches

For more information on the artwork of Sam Trioli please visit  www.samtrioli.com  

Monday, November 28, 2011

Brillant use of Google StreetView for a great Short Film

Address Is Approximate from The Theory on Vimeo.

Lawrie Shabibi presents Marie Marie, the devil in me has taken you for a ride solo exhibition for Abraaj Capital Prize Winner Marwan Sahmarani Dubai

13 December 2011 to 16 February 2012

Marie Marie, the devil in me has taken you for a ride is our upcoming solo exhibition by the Lebanese painter Marwan Sahmarani. In a departure from his socio-political work of recent years, this series focuses on his personal experience. For Marwan, as an artist whose work is often introspective, fatherhood has caused him to re-assess the narcissistic and solitary experience of being a painter. Each work explores the conflict he feels between his desire for closer involvement, but at the same time his urge to remain detached. Powerfully expressionistic with its lurid colours and thick impasto, this series is an essay both about painting and the condition of being a painter.
In his past works Sahmarani has drawn inspiration from the great masters of Italian painting, and in this series he continues in this spirit. Taking as sources the Dondi Tondo of Michelangelo, where the figure of St. Joseph is shown in the background, figuratively and metaphorically taking a back seat to the Madonna and Child, and the Virgin and Child with St Anne of Leonardo, Sahmarani creates works which are not mere family portraits but studies of the tension which lies beneath the surface of any family group.
Marwan Sahmarani is among the most skilled and diverse of painters working in the Middle East today.   His technical mastery of the various media of painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture is breathtaking. He brings the same vitality and drama to each work whether it be a small work on paper or a large work on canvas.  His work cannot be dismissed by easy categorization: for each new series Sahmarani develops an aesthetic appropriate both to the subject and to the medium. No two works from the same series are repetitive and he is unafraid to mix childlike scribbling with keenly observed detail within the same picture. Sahmarani thus has the ability to constantly reinvent and surprise through his work.

About Marwan Sahmarani

Born in Lebanon in 1970, Sahramani currently lives and works in Beirut. He left Lebanon in 1989 and moved to Paris to study at l'École Supérieur d'Art  Graphique. 
Marwan Sahmarani is primarily a painter whose works relate to art history, with its timeless and recurrent themes, but also to contemporary life and to his own experiences. His works draw from his Western cultural education blending art and iconography with that of ancient Greece, Rome, the great masters of the Western Renaissance and the late Gothic artists. Dealt with in his work are diverse themes, which include politics, sociology, war and sexuality, with allusions to his cultural background. He typically explores death, evil, greed, and hedonism – the dark and destructive sides of human nature are of deep interest to him.  Sahmarani uses oil, ink and watercolor as his primary mediums of expression and has created a unique language that is at once raw and bare as it is sumptuous.

Marwan Sahmarani was a recipient of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2010.  

He has held solo exhibitions in Beirut, London, Montreal, Zurich and Dubai and group exhibitions in Beirut, Doha, London, Turin, Washington and Mexico.  His selected group shows include The Changing Room: Arab Reflection on Praxis and Times, Turin 2011, Told/ Untold /Retold at Mathaf, Doha (2010), All about Beirut at Kunsthalle whiteBOX, Munich (2010) and The Feast of the Damned at the Museum of Art and Design, New York (2010).  

Further information on Lawrie Shabibi can be found at www.lawrieshabibi.com.

Lawrie Shabibi
Alserkal Avenue, Unit 21
PO Box 123901
+971 43469906
Opening Hours:  10am to 6pm Sunday to Thursday. 11am to 6pm Saturday

For media enquiries please contact
Lawrie Shabibi is an exciting new contemporary gallery located in Dubai’s Al-Quoz industrial district focusing on both established and emerging contemporary artists from the Arab world, Iran, North Africa, South Asia and Turkey.  Founded in 2010 by William Lawrie (former director of contemporary art at Christie’s) and Asmaa Al-Shabibi (former managing director of Art Dubai), the gallery engages the public with art that imparts a cultural and political discourse together with a powerful aesthetic.

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The Opening Vernissage & Press View will take
place on November 28th, 2011 from 6 to 9 PM.

Private tours of the exhibition are also 
available as per request.

Gallery Hours of Operation | Monday - Saturday | 10AM - 8PM

Michael Mazurek At Oliver Francis Gallery Dallas

It is my pleasure to announce a new exhibition by Michael Mazurek (University of Texas at Arlington MFA Intermedia '11).
The show will open on December 3rd with a reception from 6-9 (or later).

Michael Mazurek 
Master Format  
Oliver Francis Gallery  
12.03 - 12.17

The Logical Song by Roger Hodgson

PCPC Celebrates Advent with Music and Visual Art Dallas Texas

Please join us this Sunday evening, 27 November, for the First Sunday of Advent as we gather together in the PCPC Chapel to celebrate HIS coming with worship through both the visual and musical arts.

7:00 pm
Refreshments prior and following with the artists.

Concert pianist, Alex McDonald, will be performing pieces from Messiaen, Liszt and Bach. Mr. McDonald is a graduate and fellow adjunct faculty member of the Julliard School. His doctoral work on Liszt's Sonata in B Minor has been cited by Alfred publishers. 

PCPC will officially 'open' the temporary installation of John Patrick Cobb's work with a reflective  presentation this Sunday evening by the artist. The Chapel Series by Cobb was begun in 1983 and the final piece completed in 2011. Each wood panel is created in the traditional 'icon' way established by the early church and translated into a modern-day visual language. The theme of the series is most importantly Christ. We first encounter the anticipation of Christ with the image of young Mary being guided by her loving grandfather. The image gives a premonition of Mary and Joseph's "Flight into Egypt" with infant Jesus that would come. The series offers four pivotal images of Christ's Passion, but does not end there as Christ continues to live in each one of us through Joy, Ms. Rose, True Religion, and other contemporary figure portraits. All the individuals that the artist has represented in his work reflect an actual person in the Cobb's life. Many are in his Austin church

John Cobb is able to preach the gospel story in a visually stunning way that captures contemporary details (such as the wristwatch on the arm of a man assisting the descent from the cross) while still remaining timeless - just as God's word should be. He purposely includes men and women of all ages and ethnicities. "This is no artificial, politically correct statement; these are folks and details we all know," Susan Geyer, Image Journal #47, 2005.  John Cobb’s aim is to reveal love, real love, in today’s language. Good liturgical art augments the worship by enlarging the dialogue between God and the people. The crucial factor is that the art points to the main thing: God. With years of prayer and utmost humiliation, Cobb has created such art that is fitting and rightly resonates the theology of Christ's teachings.

Please arrive early as there is limited seating in the chapel. All are welcome.

I look forward to seeing you there!

In Christ our Saviour,

Lawan Glasscock
Park Cities Presbyterian Church

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I ate to much.

I hope you did too!

Is this what ad execs get paid for?

If so, I'm in the wrong mother fucking job!

Sign me up for making watches look like idiot shit. I can do it I promise.

Some ideas I have-- the cock strap on watch.

The watch up your ass!

The cocaine dispenser watch.

The watch me watch you watch glasses.

The little red riding hood hates you watch.

The watch as a faux shoe.

The watch as an appetizer for people on a vegan diet.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pepper Spray Cop Meme

Since I think this is basically one of the most interesting art events to happen in a while, I decided I needed to make my own versions of the pepper spray cop Meme.  I think this is a perfect addition to the holidays. 

Nothing says eat more turkey than being sprayed in the face with pepper spray...  Now that it is considered a food product, we should all eat it...  Maybe we could serve it in school lunches along with pizza as a vegetable.

The Cop Meme is intertwined in social culture and shows it's arbitrariness by appearing in historical paintings. It's pretty genius. It is a body of work, who has been touched by many hands and is in constant flux-- yet it ties together each era with it's statement.  

So here are my statements!

Monday, November 21, 2011

This is how you fatten yourself up for the holidays

"Jack Nantz: A Solo Exhibition" at Dino Eli Gallery New York

November 21-27, 2011
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 23rd, 6-9pm

The Dino Eli Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Jack Nantz. Jack Nantz, alias ‘Natz’ to many for the long time ago tag that he’d spray paint the walls with, has been active in various capacities within the fringes of New York City’s Avante Garde and underground for twenty plus years.

Playing bass guitar with seminal punk bands The Undead, Virus, and Pure Schism. While playing on the Black Snakes with Richard Kern, he came to be involved with the super-8 film underground, appearing in Kerns “Submit to Me Now” and the Body Bomb Video for the Unsane, as well as Tommy Turner and David Wojnarowvicz’s “Where Evil Dwells” and eventually acting and co-directing “Wrecked on Cannibal Island” with Cassandra Stark.

In 1989 Nantz returned to music as a founding member of the industrial noise rock band Cop Shoot Cop. Cop went on to record several full length LP’s, singles and EP’s and toured successfully throughout Japan, Europe and the U.S..

Early on in NY the band was notorious for its bombardment of often controversial posters which would occasionally find themselves plastered on the sides of police vans. More recently, Nantz has toured and recorded with Lubricated Goat and the Unsane.

However, since 2004, Nantz has focused his creativity exclusively n making his collages, paintings and found object sculptures.  His work most recently has exhibited in Exploding Sky Gallery, The Bowery Space, Howl Festival, and the 10-11 Gallery on Avenue C.
This exhibition is on view at the Orchard Windows Gallery, 37 Orchard St. between Hester St. and Canal St. on the Lower East Side.
The Gallery is open from 11am-6pm daily.
For further information please contact the gallery.

 Telephone: 917.995.1001
Email: windowgallery@gmx.com, Rachel.fagiano@gmail.com

Thursday, November 17, 2011

London Art Exhibit Hackney Observed

photomonth east london
cordially invites you to attend

photographic projection evening

Thursday 24 November 2011
7pm – 9pm

Hackney Museum
1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ

Tom Hunter, Stephen Gill and Jenny Matthews,
patrons of photomonth, renowned photographers
and residents of Hackney, are amongst the list of
invited photographers to show their work on the big
screen. Others include Gesche Wuerfel, David George,
Laura Braun, Alan Denney, Chris Dorley Brown, Colin O’Brien,  
Dean Hollowood, Heather McDonough, Rod Morris,
Patrick Dalton, Toby Smith, Lee Milne, Stefano Giorgetti.

All photographs are of Hackney

Come and enjoy an evening of extraordinary imagery

RSVP info@alternativearts.co.uk
020 7375 0441 


Call to Artist Dallas - Alley's House Fundraiser

"Incrementum 2012", an annual art auction benefiting alley's house.  alley's house assists with empowering teen mothers and their children to achieve independence through support services, education and mentoring.

"Incrementum" is latin for "growth", which is exactly what alley's house assists sooo many young mother's with.  If you would like to participate in this years art auction, please contact Angel Davis.  angel.davis@alleyshouse.org

We want to truly create an art auction that not only generates funds for alley's house but also allows a more efficient way for artists to give.

- alley's house supplies each artist with a 24"x24" pre-gessoed canvas
- alley's house splits the profit from each sell, from the canvases, with the artist who created the art
- alley's house will connect artists with the person/persons who purchased their art piece, upon request

This event will take place at RISING Gallery. Our newly renovated space will allow for a GREAT exhibition as well as accommodate the crowd we're expecting. A save the date invite is attached....

800 Jackson, Downtown Dallas
Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Please let us know asap if you want to participate.  Thank you ALL.

Artist - Creative Advisor - Arts Advocate

Call to Artists Texas -- Elmfork Athletic Complex


The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department and Freese and Nichols have developed a master plan for a 160 acre soccer complex located southwest of the intersection of Walnut Hill Drive and I-35E in Dallas,Texas. The master plan incorporates youth and adult soccer fields in a layout that provides: centralized parking that is convenient to all fields, restrooms, concessions, storage facilities, a perimeter nature trail, and irrigation and lighting for all of the fields.

Additional information on Elm Fork Soccer Complex can be found at:




The Public Art Program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs requests the submission of qualifications from professional artists and/or artist teams to work with the Park and Recreation Department and the community surrounding the future site of the Elm Fork Soccer Complex to participate in the development and execution of a work of public art. The Soccer Complex is highly environmentally conscientious and therefore preference will be given to artists who demonstrate the ability to work with renewable resources that will have a minimal impact on the environment. There are several locations for public art including:
• Entrance drive

• Driveway roundabout

• Green space around the concession pavilion in the picnic area
The commission can be for a single artwork or a series of smaller works depending on the artist’s plan. The total budget for the project is $134,000.


A panel comprised of arts professionals and community representatives will review qualified submissions in January 2012. A small group of artists will be short-listed for the project and each artist will be requested to provide a site-specific concept based on an investigation of the complex. Each artist selected will receive a stipend of $3,000 to cover costs of producing a public art concept proposal for the park. The site-specific proposals will be used to assess the artist’s creative process and approach. The stipend must cover all costs of site visits, site research, production of a site-specific public art concept and travel to make a presentation of the proposal to a selection panel.

Short-listed artists will present their proposal to the selection panel in the spring of 2012 and one artist or artist team will be selected for review and approval by the Public Art Committee and the Cultural Affairs Commission, the Park and Recreation Board and the City Council.

The budget of up to $134,000 must cover all costs associated with design, fabrication and installation for public art including but not limited to artist’s fee, travel, lodging and per diem, insurance, materials, shop drawings, engineer’s fees and drawings, any graphic design and miscellaneous supplies.

All professional artists are eligible to apply, except for artists currently under contract with the City of Dallas Public Art Program, employees of the City of Dallas, their spouses, members of the Public Art Committee, or any consultants under contract for any phase of these projects. The City of Dallas Cultural Policy prohibits undergraduate students from being considered for Public Art projects.

Additional qualifications include:

• Demonstrated successful completion of public art or other park projects of similar size and scope
• Demonstrated ability to work with a design team and landscape designers.
• Ability to attend and/or participate in meetings with design teams, community members and others involved in the project. Participation can be by phone.

Professional resume
JPEG images of previous Public Art or Park projects of commensurate scope. Images imbedded into PDF’s will not be accepted.
Letter outlining qualifications, interest and ability to complete the project.
Names and contact information of three references.
Email submission file size can not to exceed 2MB.
Larger images must be submitted via Dropbox or YouSendIt.
Multiple 2MB emails submissions from the same artist/artist team will not be accepted.
Mail submissions on CD and/or email submissions must be received in our office by 5:00 p.m. central time on January 6, 2012.

Send Email Submissions to: elmforksoccercomplex@gmail.com
SEND CD Submissions to:
Kendall Ferguson, Public Art Coordinator

1925 Elm Street
Dallas,Texas 75201

Direct telephone is (214) 670-5639
SEND INQUIRIES TO: kendall.ferguson@dallascityhall.com

Application for any project advertised by the City of Dallas Public Art Program constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus as well as recognition of ordinances and policies of the City of Dallas (including the Good Faith Effort and the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise goals of the City Dallas).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

16th Annual Blue Yule! Art the MAC in Dallas

'Tis the season for the Sixteenth Annual Blue Yule at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary! Come support your favorite blue gallery with our fabulous holiday fundraiser featuring original ornaments hand-crafted by artists and patrons. Dance to the rhythms of The Meadows World Music Ensemble! Get your shopping done early at our bountiful silent auction and enjoy beer, wine, food, a bake sale, coffee bar and our infamous Blue Mystery Punch!

Ornament artists will be awarded a $50 prize for their creativity in each of three categories; Most Festive, Most Divine and Most Outrageous. Honorary ornament judges are Susan Matusewicz, MAC Board President, Tina Parker, Director of Kitchen Dog Theater and Lisa Hees, MAC Director.

Festivities begin in the heart of Uptown at 5:30 and lasts until 7:30 on Saturday, December 3.  Early birds will have the best choice of ornaments! Blue Yule supports The MAC by raising funds for 2012's artistic and educational programming.

Admission to Blue Yule is $20.00 for the general public, $15.00 for MAC members and $10 for students and teachers. Admission includes all beverages, food, silent auction, music and the wildest ornaments in town! Remember, the more you put into having fun now, the less we'll have to wheedle and beg later on.

All artists who donate an ornament will receive a complimentary Artist Level membership to The MAC. Drop off dates for the ornaments are November 28th - December 2nd noon to 6pm daily.

For artists with questions regarding the donation of ornaments, contact The MAC at 214.953.1212, fax 214.953.1873 or email macmembership@the-mac.org.

As always we will need plenty of help with preparations as well as on the evening of the party. If you would like to volunteer, please contact LauraLee Brott at 214.953.1212.

The MAC sends a special thank you to the 2011 Blue Yule Co-Chairs 
Dana Klein and Susan Matusewicz.


 2011 Blue Yule Sponsors
 Arts+Culture Magazine
Cindi's New York Delicatessen
Greenberg Smoked Turkeys
Incense and Peppermints
LaMode Dallas
Meadows World Music Ensemble
Mercantile Coffee House
North Pole Farms
Origin Magazine
LauraLee Brott
Membership Coordinator
McKinney Avenue Contemporary
3120 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75204

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Apotheosis - o fortuna (apocalypse chorus mix) (1992)

How to Package your Painting For Shipment in The Mail

Artist Interview: Carly Allen-Martin

Name: Carly Allen-Martin

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Texas Christian University in 2007, and I completed a painting residency at The Vermont Studio Center in the summer of 2011.

What is the style of your pieces: Contemporary abstracts with bright contrasts in color.

What is the medium in which you work:  I always work with oils and mostly on canvas, although recently I have been painting on birch wood panels. Sometimes I include charcoal and texture building mediums into my work.

What started you on your path as an artist: I have always loved to paint and draw. Growing up I always had a drawing table and a creating space in our home.  My parents made an effort to always keep me involved in studio classes and stocked up on art supplies. It wasn't until college when one of my professors spent the summer mentoring me as a painter that I really saw my potential as an abstract painter. 

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: I recently read an interview of an artist in which she said "If I am not painting, I am not breathing."  Metaphorically, creating artwork has brought breath & oxygen to my life. If I am not painting, I feel an ache like I am missing my purpose or missing the mark.  Art brings a solid foundation to my way of being.

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: Yes I frequently show in the DFW metroplex. A fellow artist and I recently had a show at DIVE in Dallas and it was a huge success!

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: I have a drawer full of clothes that I have managed to cover in oil paint over the years & a pair of ugg boots that are caked in paint. I try to pull from that drawer any time I am going in the studio. My painting process is a very messy one!

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? Developing an identity of the kind of artist I want to be has been the biggest learning curve for me. Not in terms of what kind of work I want to create, but in defining who I want as my clientele and what my goals are as an artist. It is important to me to create as much work as possible, and to keep my price range at a point where my clients know they are purchasing a high quality oil painting at a price that is not out of reach. I feel I am doing my job when clients are able to invest in my work and allow it the opportunity to enrich their spaces and their lives.

What is your favorite sandwich of all time: B.L.T.

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: I recently had a carpenter construct birch wood panels which have brought a new dimension to my work and have allowed me to incorporate drawing back into my painting. I am excited to see how my textures and depth will change through working on panel.

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: Richard Diebenkorn.

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: A single piece of art work is hard to identify. Being able to experience the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan was by far my most influential art experience. It is truly a phenomenal place and, while there is not a single piece of art work that inspired me, being able to interact with art and nature on that level absolutely influenced my work and perspective.

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: I have one golden retriever, Dakota. He spends a lot of time in my studio and frequently has oil paint caked in his paws and in his coat. I think he is a fan!

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us:  Yes! I am having a show titled "Panels & Prints" with Megan Adams & Lynn Blanchard opening December 1st at the Fort Worth Community Art Center. You can find more information online at: http://fwcac.com/?exhibitions/future_exhibition

Web address       www.carlyallenmartin.com
email          carlyallenmartin@gmail.com