Enjoying Vine – Saint Flashlight’s Planetary Series

My creative partner Drew Pisarra and I (working together under the name Saint Flashlight) jumped right in when Vine, the six-second iphone app, was introduced and are in the process of one of what might be several series of Vines. The first topic is the planets.

We’ve done Mercury (versions one and two), Mars (one and two), Saturn (one and two),  Jupiter (one and two), Venus (one and two, coming soon),and are now working on Neptune, Uranus, and Earth. We debated whether we should include Pluto and decided to follow scientists’ new classification of Pluto as a dwarf planet. But we still want to do the Sun, Moon, Pluto, North Star and more. Maybe we’ll denote those as “Other Stuff in the Sky”.

You can follow Saint Flashlight on twitter to view the Vines as they are posted.

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Working on my website

Since we have another day at home here in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, it is a perfect time to work with Craig on finishing my website. My blog proved very useful today as I was trying to remember web examples that I wanted to show him. I remembered that I blogged about this a while back — more than two years ago I found out! — and tracked down my 2010 post that linked to three sites I like.

Since then, I have found other sites that intrigue me including The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program curator, Nina Katchadourian’s site, which I looked at after I met her just after staring my new job and before she heads off to be a professor at NYU.

Nina Katchadourian

And I recently saw a show by artist Asuka Ohsawa at Nancy Margolis Gallery. I looked at her site trying to find out more about this artist whose work I loved.

Asuka Ohsawa

And after watching several of the speakers at the recent Creative Time Summit online, Jeanne van Heeswijk stood out so I looked at her site too.

Jeanne van Heeswijk

Now I just need to wait for Craig to wake up after he fell back asleep on the couch where we are watching CNN silently and listening to WNYC.

Taped Words at Crest Hardware Art Show

Drew and I, under our project name Saint Flashlight, completed a work for the 2nd year in a row for the Crest Hardware Art Show. We originally wanted to place our haikus on the ceiling, but when we arrived at  the store, we noted that the ceiling’s texture would not work with the electrical tape letters. So we looked around the shop for other locations finally discovered a shelf that had a wide front just right for Drew’s red letters. This shelf led right to a glass cabinet where I placed for my black letters. Drew cleverly thought we should pre-make the letters and bring them to the store on wax paper. A plan that went very smoothly!

Here are the complete haikus with mine first, followed by Drew’s:

Pull the tape measure–
And place it around your face.
Do you feel more now?

The hammer goes BAM!
Nails quietly disappear
For the longer job

Leon Golub at The Drawing Center

I haven’t been to The Drawing Center in a long while. It’s the kind of place I’m always meaning to go to. I meant to see the Ree Morton show late last year, and never made it. I got curious after reading (more here) about this artist who I never heard of and seeing her delicate drawings. After hearing about the Leon Golub show I decided to make it here, as Golub is one of my favorite painters. It was a treat to see his small-scale works which were intimate and sometimes funny. I also greatly enjoyed the video of Golub working on paintings in his studio.

When You Are Sick…

…it’s hard to focus on anything serious. And yet it is so boring to sit with yourself and your achy throat and pounding head. And TV has slim pickings. I watched Kung Fu Panda (again), which I actually really liked. Jack Black is the perfect voice for the pudgy, feisty fighter. Then I viewed an assortment of C-level movies which have all melded in to one big wedding, as people were always getting married in them. Bette Midler was a mother in one.

When I was able to focus on reading, I’ve switched between two non-fiction books:

The Eye’s Mind: Bridget Riley (Collected Writings 1965-2009)
I found this book at my new favorite art book shop Ursus Books. I’m just getting started, but am loving it already. It delves into English painter Bridget Riley‘s thought process and development. I was so engrossed by her study of Seurat’s work.

Free for All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told
by Kenneth Turan & Joseph Papp
Stephen who lent me this book said this is one to read a bit at a time, and I understand why. Because it’s an oral history about the founder of The Public Theater as told to Kenneth Turan you are spending intense time either with Papp or with people close to him. It’s good to break that up a bit.
You can read excerpt from the book on the WSJ’s site here.

Twitter Tour Tuesday!

I’m excited about the upcoming Twitter Tour of the Biennial that the Whitney is doing in collaboration with WNYC radio.  Here are the details:

WNYC’s art critic Carolina Miranda (@cmonstah) set up a list on Twitter so you can follow the tour tomorrow Tuesday, March 23 staring at 2:30pm here.  All the folks tweeting from the tour are on this link.

You can also join in  by following @WNYCculture, @cmonstah, or @whitneymuseum on Twitter, or search Twitter for the #WhiBi hashtag.

Hope you can join us on Tuesday, virtually!

Working on A Website Of My Own

I haven’t had much time to discuss with Craig how I’d like him to design my Room 144 website which will house my art and poetry projects. But when we can we grab snippets of time to chat about it, he asked me to show him other artist’s web sites that I liked for a basis of our conversations.

I want my site to be a straightforward place to display work I’ve done, but also a site that can grow as I do. Further down I have a screen shot of the “floor plan” for what will be the landing page for Room 144. I’d like to have it ready and loaded with enough content to launch by this spring, hopefully by May.

Here are some of the sites I picked to show Craig:

Aakash Nihalani

Jason Polan

Heather Cox

Here’s the draft of Room 144’s Home page. There will be colors added to the final version that appear when a visitor places her/his mouse over a room.

Draft of Home Page for Room144 the web site

Fisher Landau Center for Art

Craig and I went on an outing yesterday to Long Island City in Queens. He wanted to check out the climate/gallery which had contacted him about participating in an upcoming group collage show. So we headed off.

On the way we happened upon an unobtrustive white building with a banner stating it was the “Fisher Landau Center for Art“. Entering the gate we saw three concrete sheep beckoning us. When we entered, a large  Edward Ruscha painting (The Act The Act of Letting a Person into Your Home, 1983) was behind the desk of the very friendly receptionist. It was quickly apparent that this three-story building is private collection.

The receptionist told us had been there since the early 1990s, but only open to the public since there early 2000s. The artists in the collection are  such as Ruscha, Kiki Smith, Barbara Kruger, and others I had heard of but didn’t know as well such as Glenn Ligon. I was amazed to stumble across a “small museum” with work of this caliber that I had never heard of. I guess I should keep wandering around town with my eyes open.

Art Docs: Aakash Nihalani, Red Hook Project, & The Poetry Brothel

I’ve wanted to write about Babelgum and some short art docs on Radar (weekly, series produced by WBP LABS) that I’ve been watching there. Then I saw that they had one about Aakash Nihalani*, one of my favorite street artists and that got moved to type this up today. You might have seen his work around–he creates two-dimensional cubes out of brilliantly colored tape on all sorts of city surfaces. Here’s the short doc on Nihalani. I also like Radar short doc about a community art project in Red Hook**. And this one about a poetry brothel***!

Below are the descriptive  texts from the Radar-produced short docs:
*When artist Aakash Nihalani moved from the suburbs to NYC he was compelled by its symmetry. As an organic response he started laying down tape on the streets and on buildings, creating brightly colored sticker tape boxes framing aspects of the city he wanted to show people, creating tableaus from real life. Both uncomfortable at potentially defacing property by using permanent materials, and enraged at the continued treatment of public artists as vandals, we join him as he brings 3D to his work for the first time, via use of mirrors and passers-by, and discuss why impermanence is important to the acceptance of street art.

**When curator Laura Arena approached MIT’s Luis Blackaller & Andy Cavatorta, her brief was simple: create something that initiates interaction between the inhabitants of the neighborhood. From the Portuguese fisherman to the Projects, to the artists and hipsters, to a new influx of people, Lucky Gallery sits at the crux of several different communities, none of whom talk, but acknowledge each other as familiar strangers. Luis and Andy’s response was to build a miniature version of Red Hook and populate it with photographic doll versions of people they met and talked to on the street. We join Luis and Andy as they prepare for the opening and watch as the element of play in a virtual world impacts communication in the real one.

***Believing that Poets undervalue themselves in the creative marketplace, The Madame, and right-hand man Tennessee Pink, set up the Poetry Brothel in order to confirm in writers the literal monetary value of their work, and also to present Poetry in its more natural form – intimate and sensual over the more standard formal and jilted reading. The collective is made up of ‘Poetry Whores’ who ply their trade at specially arranged events, dressed in turn of the century dress, in character. The creation of character, as both disguise and freeing device enables the Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression, where both whore and John can be themselves in private.