This is Frieze week in NYC. SELECT is one that runs simultaneously to Frieze and a few others. I chose SELECT because it seemed a bit more grass roots. There were a lot of Brooklyn artists and galleries as well as a few lesser knowns. Some of the people and galleries I visited and spoke to: AM/Zuz, Galerie Bruno Massa (he’s from Paris), C24 (they are in Chelsea), Fresh Window (Brooklyn), Franklin Furnace (now at Pratt’s Brooklyn campus), Purgatory Press and Pioneer Works to name only a smidgeon of exhibitors. Everyone was really nice and generous with their time. Perhaps one reason was because attendance was down. I assume a lot of people went to Frieze and since SELECT was open until 10, they would be able to get to both. Anyway it was well worth it. Better than last years excursion to the Downtown Art Fair which was very commercial and uninteresting. I was entertaining the idea of going to Frieze but the thought of trekking out to Randall’s Island was a bit much. One person told me it took her an hour and a half to get there and the exhibition was disappointing. They predicted rain as well so thankfully I made the right choice.
I also visited my friend Scotto Mycklebust’s studio located in Chelsea not too far from SELECT. He is the publisher of REVOLT Magazine. An art zine that keeps up with just about everything. I highly suggest getting a copy or subscribing. He is at 526 West 26 Street, NYC, 10011. Again another generous person who is approachable and is doing really cool things in the art world.
Above is the latest version of part of chapter 6 in Greetings from Karpland. I think it’s finished but I have to sit with it for a while. In the meantime I have laid out the next drawing so we are looking good. I’m hoping to complete 10 chapters. Then piece it all together and go from there. Stay tuned for that one…
And as you know our beloved Pep Boys here in Jersey City is closed, graffiti and on it’s way out.
Such a shame to tear down all that beautiful art work. Bed Bath & Beyond is next, then BJ’s. It’s really too bad that this destination point for shopping is disappearing. Aside from the diversity that was one of the reasons why I like JC so much. Fast shopping on the way home from work. Hopefully they will keep the Shop Rite. But everything changes. When I lived in Park Slope we went from total ghetto to completely gentrified. Same when I lived in the West Village and Chelsea. Carroll Gardens too. When I lived in LA it was the same. So there is no escaping it. I hear the same thing is happening to Berlin but artists and residents are trying to maintain certain areas and preserve their culture. It will be interesting to see what develops within the next few years. Condo Cancer is spreading…
More this week on Greetings. Also about to hand in another review to Moving Poems. If you haven’t visited Moving Poems you might want to check it out. The video poems that are posted are pretty cool.