Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tom Moody Apex art "as real as it gets"

"Here, there was the continuous purring of a machine at work, the customers shovelled in, heaped in front of the displays and dazzled by the goods, before being hurled against the cash desks."
-Émile Zola

In conjunction with the exhibition As Real As It Gets, organized by Rob Walker.

Tuesday, November 27: 6:30 pm

An exercise in sonic branding, this event asks musicians from the Disquiet Junto collective to create pieces that interrogate the atmosphere and sounds of a department store as described in an Émile Zola novel.

Brian Biggs
Ethan Hein
Shawn Kelly
Kenneth Kirschner
Tom Moody
Joon Oluchi Lee
Roddy Schrock

Musicians affiliated with the online Disquiet Junto collective, organized by Marc Weidenbaum, will gather to perform speculative sound works that employ as source material documentary audio from retail establishments. These musicians will present imagined soundscapes inspired by Émile Zola's characterization of the department store, in his novel The Ladies' Paradise, as "a machine working at high pressure." They'll also discuss their creative and technological practices.

Marc Weidenbaum founded the website in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology. He has written for Nature, the website of The Atlantic, Boing Boing,, and numerous other publications. He's teaching a fall 2012 class on sound at San Francisco's Academy of Art. He's commissioned and curated sound/music projects that have featured original works by Kate Carr, Marcus Fischer, Marielle Jakobsons, John Kannenberg, Tom Moody, Steve Roden, Scanner, Roddy Shrock, Robert Thomas, and Stephen Vitiello, among others. He's currently writing a book about Aphex Twin's 1994 album Selected Ambient Works Volume II for the 33 1/3 series. He lives in San Francisco.

Please join us.
All events are free and open to the public.
apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.
291 Church Street, NYC, 10013
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gus Mazzocca: 4 Decades/4 Generations

The University of Connecticut

Contemporary Art Galleries
830 Bolton Road Storrs Connecticut 06269 - 1099 phone 860 486 1511 Fax 860 486 3869

Press Release

Contact information:
Barry A. Rosenberg
(860) 486 -1511

Gus Mazzocca: 4 Decades/4 Generations

Contemporary Art Galleries (Storrs Campus)
January 28 – March 1, 2013

Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
January 28 – March 15, 2013

Gus Mazzocca’s Roast and Reception
Contemporary Art Galleries (Art Building)
January 28 - 5:00 to 6:30 pm

After four decades of teaching printmaking at the University of Connecticut, Prof.
Gus Mazzocca retired at the end of last year. The Contemporary Art Galleries will be
hosting a multi-site retrospective on Gus and his work entitled Gus Mazzocca: 4
Decades/4 Generations, beginning on January 28, 2013. In addition to a monograph
exhibition of Gus's work at the CAG, from January 28 through March 15 we will be
featuring a group exhibition at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. This
show will feature work from four artists who studied with Mazzocca. The multi-site
retrospective stands as a testament to Mazzocca’s legacy at UConn, both as an artist
and as a teacher.

From a short list of outstanding artists provided by Mazzocca, Barry A. Rosenberg,
Direc tor of the Contemporary Art Galleries has selected four to appear at the
Jorgensen—one representing each decade of Mazzocca’s career. All four of these
alumni have gone on to live exciting lives as well as having successful and
idiosyncratic careers, and all four cite Gus’s teaching as a vital influence on their

Representing the 1970s is Michael Maslin, a longtime cartoonist for the New Yorker
whose work has been published extensively. His first-ever publication was printed
for a limited release at UConn in 1976, and he still remembers his time with Prof.
Mazzocca fondly. “I'm thrilled that the university is doing this for Gus, Maslin told
Rosenberg. “I will be sure to attend the opening reception whether or not my work is

Aron Namenwirth, who studied with Prof. Mazzocca in the 1980s, is now a
professional artist living in Brooklyn. He described Mazzocca as his best professor,
including those he studied with for his MFA at Yale. “Gus was one of my favorite
teachers, I look forward to the opportunity to tell him that.” In addition to his work in
printmaking and painting, Aron is also a musician.

Tyler Starr received his BFA from UConn in 1997, and was recommended by
Mazzocca for his Fulbright Scholarship to study in Poland. He received his MFA
from the University of Minnesota. He has worked as an emergency medical
technician, which he cites as an important influence on his art’s interest in mortality
and the unexpected. He is now an Assistant Professor at Davidson College. Starr
holds a PhD from the Tokyo University of the Arts, and he works in video and
animation as well as works on paper.

Representing the 2000s, Kristi Arnold has been living in Australia and is nearing the
end of her studies toward a PhD there, after previously earning her MFA at UConn.
Her work engages vividly with color and symmetry. Mazzocca encouraged Arnold to
spend time in Poland, where she, too, held a Fulbright Scholarship—she cites this as a
profound influence on the trajectory of her career. Arnold commented when invited
by Rosenberg to represent our present decade, “I've always had a soft spot for Gus.
He's such a caring mentor and was such a huge inspiration for me.”

The Contemporary Art Galleries is very excited about the opportunity to put together
this retrospective for Gus Mazzocca. In addition to the retrospective at the CAG and
the group show at the Jorgensen, we will have open walls for student and alumni
contributions their thoughts in words and images of their own connection to Gus and
printmaking on the UConn campus. in the Arena Gallery. The opening reception on
January 28 will feature a roast of Prof. Mazzocca, with Prof. Deborah Dancy as

Gus Mazzocca was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He received an M.F.A. degree in
Painting/Printmaking from The Rhode Island School of Design, a B.F.A. degree in
Painting, and a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.
He has been awarded a Doctor of Arts (honoris causa) from the Akademi Sztuk
Pieknych w Krakowie (The Art Academy of Krakow) His work has been shown in
numerous solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in Austria, Poland, the
Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, and the United States. He
has been teaching at the University of Connecticut since 1970.

“I continue to use the figure as a vehicle to create unfixed narratives that reflect
movement, tension, struggle and celebration. The use of the digitally produced
elements along with the more raw scratched and carved marks of the woodcut present
a dichotomy that is ideally suited to these issues I present visually.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Marcin Ramocki Ultra

L’associazione non profit art ex dono e spazio ULTRA sono lieti di annunciare la mostra personale di Marcin Ramocki intitolata
, curata da Chiara Moro. La mostra sarà inaugurata il 17 Novembre alle ore 18.30 presso lo spazio ULTRA _ Piazzetta Valentinis, 5_Udine _ Italia _ e potrà essere visitata fino al 26 Gennaio 2013 dal Mercoledì al Sabato dalle 14.30 alle 19.30 o su appuntamento.

Nella sua prima mostra personale a Udine, Marcin Ramocki presenterà un nuovo progetto incentrato sul concetto di corpo, in particolare del corpo umano e della sua re-definizione.
, titolo della mostra e del suo ultimo lavoro video, che sarà presentato per la prima volta a Udine, è il tag che definisce la fine di tutti i contenuti della pagina web. Fine effettiva del corpo del documento, ma sostanzialmente, inizio di una esplorazione poetica di cui il corpo necessita. Che cosa, quindi, è il "corpo" nell'universo della pura simulazione? Come si sente e percepisce? Ha ancora dei rimandi al corpo del 1993, quando appariva il primo browser pensato per il web?
La ricerca di Marcin Ramocki cerca delle risposte, non definitive, a questi quesiti attraversando linearmente l'intera mostra.

Grazie alla partnership con Accademia delle Belle Arti di Venezia, Assi.Udine, Cec,
ETRARTE, eflux, Visionario, Marcin Ramocki sarà presente:

_Giovedì 15 Novembre presso l'Accademia di Venezia dalle 10.30 alle 17.30 _ Lecture e
_Venerdì 16 Novembre alla proiezione del video documentario 8Bit e alla prima assoluta del suo
nuovo lavoro video alle 20.15 presso il Visionario di Udine, seguirà un party in suo
onore con performance musicale di Railster
_Sabato 17 Novembre all’inaugurazione della sua prima personale a Udine presso lo
spazio ULTRA alle 18.30


The non-profit association art ex dono and ULTRA space are pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Marcin Ramocki entitled , curated by Chiara Moro. The exhibition will be opened on November 17th at 6.30pm at the ULTRA space _ Piazzetta Valentinis, 5 _ Udine _Italy _ and it will be open until January 26th, 2013 from Wednesday to Saturday from 2.30pm to 7.30pm or by appointment.

In his first solo exhibition in Udine, Marcin Ramocki will present a new project focused on the
concept of the body, especially of the human body and its re-definition.
, title of the exhibition and his most recent art-video, which will be presented for the first time in Udine, is the tag that defines the end of all content on the web page. End of the body of the document, but also an opening of certain poetic exploration that the body needs. So, what is "body" in the universe of pure simulation? How does it feel? Does it resemble the body we
remember from 1993, when the first browser for the web appeared?
Marcin Ramocki research seeks to answer these questions crossing as main thread all the exhibition in Udine.

By partnering with the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Venezia, Assi.Udine, Cec, ETRARTE, eflux, Visionario, Marcin Ramocki will attend

_Thursday, November 15th at the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Venezia from 10.30am to 5.30pm _
Lecture and Workshop
_Friday, November 16th at the screening of 8bit, documentary-movie and the world premiere of his
new video at 8.15pm at Visionario in Udine, followed by a party in his honor with
musical performance by Railster
_Saturday, November 17th at the opening of his first solo exhibition in Udine at ULTRA space at
Piazzetta Valentinis 5, 33100 Udine, Italy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cole Sayer at JTT

JTT is proud to announce its first solo exhibition with New York based artist Cole Sayer (b.1984 Nashville,TN).
Artist Statement:
I like this argument that’s taking place in sports right now around the use of performance enhancement. The ban on steroids, certain fabrics, and inevitably prosthetics goes beyond regulating a level playing field. Rather, it gives definition to the dividing line between natural and synthetic, ontologically enforcing a staid definition of what it means to be human. It’s like the old dialogue of what is art, before legalizing steroids in the art world a long time ago and blowing the roof off the house.
I want to give form to the limitless promise of the upgrade, how the newest version will always surpass the old. Walking into an art store is no different than walking into the Footlocker. The state-of-the-art supplies echo the guarantee of the latest moisture wicking, light weight, energy efficient sneaker; the promise to make you run faster and jump higher than ever before. Only in small increments though, Olympic athletes train their entire lives to improve the one hundred yard dash by a fraction of a second. There’s a really nice fatalistic poetry to that.
The sculptures and paintings in …like we said we would are not made any differently than how one intuitively makes a sculpture or painting. Material is manipulated, bent, and squeezed. I make a mark on the canvas and then step back, look at it, and make another move. It’s that same techno influenced, self aware formalism that shows you surf the Internet, just performance enhanced by whatever weird plasticky product was newly released. The aesthetics of gradients, texture mapping, and polygons bare a kind of optimism for progress. The work mimes the façade of technology that becomes an ergonomic mirror of the desires of its host, revealing the competitive elephant in the room. It offers the world but barely moves even a millionth of an inch.  — 2012

Cole Sayer
October 28 - December 9

We should have ended it all there
in the Hamptons on acid
like we said we would

Opening Reception
Sunday, October 28, 6 - 8pm


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Towelettes Sail your sunfish into the Sun

Freddie's Back Room
Special Thanks
Stephanie Young and Vellum Magazine

Friday, September 28, 2012

John S. Gregoropoulos

John was a painting professor of mine. Not only was he he a great teacher, but his paintings really rocked, hailing the sublime in a Rothko esque light and color. He was also an incredibly nice guy inviting us to his studio for cheese crackers and wine many a weekend. He was cool too, coming into the University of Connecticut art School with style, biplane goggles and scarf ready to take us into the clouds.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lucky Climber

Creator of Luckey Climbers Has Died

Branford's Thomas Walker Luckey remembered by daughter Owen Luckey.
Thomas Walker Luckey, an artist, sculptor and architect renowned for his one-of-a-kind climbing sculptures, died Sunday, August 19 at Yale-New Haven Hospital at the age of 72 from complications of pneumonia. A graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, Tom’s fascination with movement and his desire to create positive spaces inspired a diverse portfolio including merry go-rounds, a convertible staircase/slide, and the iconic “Luckey Climbers” that have delighted children and adults alike, in cities across America and the world.

Tom Luckey was a visionary, a creative genius, a legendary optimist, an exuberant showboat, and an infamous fun-maker. He was an avid collector of friends, regardless of age; all that mattered was whether you were willing to take a leap with him towards his ultimate goal: superlative joy.

Tom was born on January 6, 1940 in Quantico, VA, on the Marine Corps base where his family was stationed. His parents were Cary Dabney Walker and Robert Burneston Luckey, Lt. Gen. USMC. His grandparents were General Merriwether Lewis Walker and Edith Colby Carey (maternal) and George B. Luckey and Alice Owens (paternal). Tom was the quintessential military brat, moving frequently throughout his childhood.

Even in those early years, Tom showed a unique ability to envision and bring to life imagined forms. He was always working with his hands and led by his dreams. From simple carvings, he built up to larger projects including a little cottage on Martha’s Vineyard, which he built when he was 16. He eventually settled in Branford, CT, where he subjected his house to imaginative additions and modifications for more than 35 years.

Throughout his career, Tom welcomed challenges and was stimulated by obstacles. He embraced uncertainty in his art and adapted to unanticipated hurdles. Most recently, he suffered a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.  This was a change in his life most would find impossible, but Tom was often heard to say that “falling on my head was the best thing that ever happened to me.” It was a brave statement that he somehow made believable with his remarkable wit and optimism. Indeed, his career took off and his social life flourished during the final chapters of his life, testament to his remarkable talent and insatiable curiosity.

Tom leaves behind his wife Ettie Minor Luckey, and their children, daughter Kit and son Walker, as well as two older children, daughter Owen and son Spencer from his first wife, Elizabeth M. Possidente. He is also survived by his sister, Laura, brother, William, and three grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 8, 3:30 p.m. at Battell Chapel, Yale University, New Haven, CT, followed by a reception at 200 Meadow Street, East Haven CT. All are welcome.
Information provided by Owen Luckey

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Borna Sammak Jeff Cold Beer


Come to this,
my first non-electronics-store solo show



Inline images 1  

If JEFF is a measure or degree of coldness, what is THOMAS?

Inline images 2

a shape? a texture? what is a texture other than a style of shape?

below is an image of a Cheeto, as Cheeto has never before been seen

Inline images 3
Cheeto, As Investigated By Expensive Microscope, 2012

what, then,
do we call this shape?
the shape that,
when repeated many millions of times
creates the texture we know as Cheeto

i, for one, propose we name it GEOFF
in honor of the microscopist who
first pointed $ 800,000.00 worth of lasers
at a fucking Cheeto

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Andy Warhol self portrait

http://andy self potrait

$5 Find Could Be $2 Million Andy Warhol Sketch

4 April 2012
This $5 garage sale find could be an early sketch made by Andy Warhol around age 11.

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This $5 garage sale find could be an early sketch made by Andy Warhol around age 11.

A possible early Andy Warhol drawing has been discovered in an unlikely place.

English businessman Andy Fields purchased a drawing by legendary art patron Gertrude Stein at a Las Vegas garage sale for the astonishingly low price of $5, a notable find in and of itself. The seller's aunt had once babysat for Andy Warhol, and in the process of reframing the Stein drawing, Fields found what could be a drawing done by an adolescent Warhol.

The image is said to be of 1930s singer Rudy Valee, with bright red lips and sketched on a background of yellow, orange and green squares.

A value of over $2 million has been placed on the work, but the drawing has yet to be 100% authenticated.

Fields says he hopes the work will be put on display in a museum for all to see.

Monday, March 19, 2012



Opening: March 29, 7-9 P.M.

Exhibition Dates: March 29, 2012 - April 22, 2012

Out Side showcases the work of three artists, Michele Araujo, Elana Herzog and Lisa Sigal. All three work abstractly, with an awareness of the theatrical potential of materials and a desire to dislodge the viewer from a sense of previously understood terrain. Formal abstraction becomes a means to step outside, to lead the viewer through and past boundaries to an intimation of meaning that cannot be fulfilled in the traditional sense.

For Herzog, there is a powerful sense of absence and incompleteness in her structures, a presence infiltrated by what is not there. Like scenes from a comic opera, she creates playful, intimate, psychological spaces. Sigal’s structures utilize great economy, fostering a sense of the definitive while subtley relocating the viewer to a lesser known place. By using day-to-day materials she offers the viewer a sense of familiarity before insinuating bigger questions of where the frame and the viewer are located. For Araujo there is a feeling of abandon and desperation in her surfaces. The ever-present collage material consistently interrupts the flow of paint, even as it wreaks havoc on the cohesiveness of the picture plane. The combined result of these dislocations and disruptions are emotionally saturated works delivered with subtlety and elegance.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

art fag benefit

The Art Fag City Rob Pruitt Art Awards and Auction*

Get your ticket now!

Who used their genitals best this year?
Who spent the most time doing nothing?
Who is the art world’s best Jerry?
Who is 2012′s most ubiquitous person?
(and most importantly)
Who is 2012′s Most Powerful Person in the Art World, by bench press?

This February 23rd, Art Fag City will host The AFCRPAAaA*, because let’s face it: no one can get enough of Rob Pruitt (or the quiet implication that he may be involved somehow, in spirit). Get ready for awards, cocktails, and mayhem.

Thursday February 23rd, 2012
6:30 – 10 PM

109 Norfolk
New York, NY 10002

We haven’t announced all the details yet, but here’s what we can tell you:

  • An auction with auctioneer C K Swett, featuring work and contributions by Zachary Aarons, Joshua Abelow, AIDS 3D, Greg Allen, John Baldessari, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Saul Chernick, John Giorno, Debbie Harry (yes, that one), Independent Curators International, Richard Kern, Scott Kilgour, Marilyn Minter, Stephen Petronio, Rob Pruitt, Johnny Reinhold, Felix Salmon, Alec Soth, Penelope Umbrico, and Hennessy Youngman
  • Awards decided by an expert jury including Anton Vidokle, William Powhida, and Jen Dalton.
  • An Award ceremony hosted by William Powhida
  • Andrew Andrew to DJ
  • Free bouncy rides by Nate Hill
  • A pig fountain, providing a selection of smoked meats and live-gathered fresh fruits wrapped in edible gold and silver, provided by Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw
  • Drinks provided by Bomb Beer, Blue Moon, and White Pike Whiskey
  • Music
  • and special guests!**

Prepare for a night of entirely too much.

The best part of all? All proceeds from the AFCRPAAaA* ticket sales will go directly to keeping New York’s best art blog running. Tickets are $100, $50 for artists. If you’re buying a full-price ticket, and feeling extra-generous, you can also choose to sponsor an artist for just $50 more – which means we’ll be able to give somebody out there (your choice or ours) a free ticket to the event of the year season month. All the ordering information’s below – we hope to see you at the awards!

In-kind donations from Abrams Books, ArtCat/Idiom, Collectrium, Double Triple, Independent Curators International, The L Magazine, Nectar Ads, Roberta’s, Skyframe, Site/109, and Yerba Buena

Benefit Committee Members: Joshua Abelow, Helen Allen, Fred Benenson, Jill Brienza, Catherine Brodsky, Sean Capone, Carolyn Cartwright, Lauren Cerand, Saul Chernick, Collectrium, Andrew Ehrenworth, Michael Gillespie, Rachel Greene, Veken Gueyikian, Dylan Fareed, Dave Harper, Heather Hubbs, Rob Hult, Julia Kaganskiy, Ingrid Bromberg Kennedy, Scott Kilgour, Rhiannon Kubicka, Allegra LaViola, Michelle Levy, Doreen McCarthy, Risa Needleman, Murat Orozobekov, Marsha Owett, Marcin Ramocki, Sara Reisman, Magda Sawon, Andrea Serbonich, Daniel Stedman, Steven Stern, Steven Stewart, Jeffrey Teuton, Benjamin Tischer, John Thomson, Alexis Tryon, Ken Tyburski, Rachel Uffner, Penelope Umbrico, Manish Vora, Sam Wilson

*Still not affiliated with Rob Pruitt
**Possibly including Rob Pruitt

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

via John Gasner

Long Island City lab on cutting edge of urban farming with aquaponic system

LOFT LIC to set up water-based growing systems on rooftops and lots

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 6:00 AM

  Rael Clarke works in his aquaponics lab in Long Island City where he grows heirloom vegetables and tilapia using a water-based system.

Christie Farriella for New York Daily News

Rael Clarke works in his aquaponics lab in Long Island City where he grows heirloom vegetables and tilapia using a water-based system.

  Rael Clarke works in his aquaponics lab in Long Island City where he grows heirloom vegetables and tilapia using a water-based system.

Christie Farriella for New York Daily News

Rael Clarke works in his aquaponics lab in Long Island City where he grows heirloom vegetables and tilapia using a water-based system.

A former Abercrombie & Fitch model has become a pioneering urban farmer without trading in his preppy clothes for overalls.

Rael Clarke, the 24-year-old owner of LOFT LIC, transformed a Long Island City office into a laboratory where organic vegetables and fish are grown using an eco-friendly aquaponics system.

Clarke plans to turn the system into a business that sets up the water and space-saving designs on rooftops and vacant lots across the city

. He is trying to raise $6,000 by March 1 on the fundraising website for the project.

“My plan is to spread the knowledge of how to grow your own food,” Clarke said. “I wanted to show you could grow a high-density amount of food in a small carbon footprint.”

The growing system builds on the local food movement that has spawned urban farms and greenhouses all over the city.

Clarke constructed the aquaponic mechanism last month from plastic tubs, tubes and wood from Home Depot after he read a manual on the water-based growing method.

“I hope to one day see systems like this all across New York,” said Clarke, who lives on the upper East Side. “It’s the most sustainable way to produce food in New York.”

It works by piping fish waste generated by tilapia and goldfish swimming in his 27-gallon tank into a plastic tub filled with water, worms, clay pellets and seeds.

The waste becomes food for the plants once they sprout. They are then moved into an 8-foot-tall pipe system that resembles a bookcase propped up against a wall.

The seedlings continue to be fed the same water circulated through the system through holes in the piping before the liquid is piped back into the fish tank.

“The nutrients all come from the fish,” Clarke said. “I don’t feed the plants at all.”

Christopher Toole, who gives lectures in the Bronx on urban farming, said aquaponics makes growing food easy in the city.

“Aquaponics have caught [on\] in the locavore movement, the organic movement [and\] the sustainability movement,” he said. “It’s sustainable, it’s economical and suitable for urban and crowded environments.”

Brooklyn College Biology Professor Martin Schreibman said it’s “the wave of the future.”

“This is going to be the new revolution in food production,” he said. “You can raise a lot of food in a very limited areas without using much water or any soil at all.”

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