Saturday, April 19, 2014

MARC YANKUS : The Space Between

The Space Between
New York NY NY
Commodore Criterion
I started to notice Marc Yankus's new project about a year ago.I am very pleased that it is now being exhibit at Clampart. Some art depend on the creation of a complete and believable world, I think Marc has done that.The relevance of these images touches  a cord with most New Yorkers (most people) as we hear of old touch stones in our cities being destroyed or change during the march into the rest of the 21st Century.A litany Rizzoli, J & R Music World, Saint Vincent's Hospital, Pearl Paint almost every parking lot. Some of the time I am lost trying to figure out where am I. New York is a city of change therefore to be New York it has to keep evolving but never have I seen it happen so fast with so much sorrow.I feel that this new body of work by Marc Yankus is a pavane for cities as they .


Back in the 60's when watching one of many musical variety shows a skinny little girl came out stood in the glow of the spotlight and song a dramatic dirge. Her name was Skeeter Davis, the song written 
by Nina Gordon"The End Of The World " There is a mood in Marc images that remind me of such muffled sadness and heart break 

" Why do the birds go on singing 
Why do the stars glow above 
Don't they know it's the end of the world
It ended when I lost your love

I wake up in the morning and I wonder
Why everything's the same as it was 
I can't understand, no, I can't understand
How life goes on the way it does " Nina Gordon

Building Split 2013
Goldman Sachs 2013
Northern Dispensary 2013
Stairs Building 2013
The Space Between 2013
Tower Two 2013 
Pierre Hotel 2013
All Image: Copyright Marc Yankus

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BRENDA ANN KENNEALLY : Up Close & Personal, curated by Ruben Natal - San Miguel

Curated by Ruben Natal - San Miguel
56 Bogart Street Studio 1E
Brooklyn New York
April 4  - May 20
hours : Friday - Sunday 1- 6

Now  that the excitement of AIPAD and all of it's satellites and parties are residing and before Paris Photo LA  hits us .Let us head out to Brooklyn, Bushwick Brooklyn to Fuchs Projects for an exhibition curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel .The group of artists  that are shown in Upclose & Personal include a lot of names in the photo world including Ruben'son a photography series of his by the same name ." The exhibition aims to explore the relationships of several artists to their close, intimate and very personal with their art creations. "

I came away with one artist's images firmly etched in my minds eye Brenda Kenneally. Upclose  & Personal represents the first gallery showing of her work which is a combine of street photography and photojournalism . Brenda Kenneally is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography.

So make some time to visit Upclose & Personal to see this work L train 15 minutes from Manhattan. Be delighted and agitated by Rubens choices I think it about being in your face. He is

All images copyrighted Brenda Ann Kenneally

Friday, April 11, 2014


How To
Park Avenue Armory
April 10 - April 13

A couple days ago on Face book I posted a comment on Facebook about Michael Itkoff's presentation of How To at the 2014  AIPAD SHOW. I posted " one of the top ten best ideas at AIPAD "those words are still floating around in my head.I am adding a little more here.First there is a love and respect for the art & history of photography show here. Two the work vibrates between the past and the now.
It has humor that is refreshing as one think about the images. I started to think about Eadweard Muybridge. Aaron Siskind'  Pleasures & Terrors of  Levitation which always felt were movie stills. Enough of me below Michael explains everything and there is a link to his website to explore
the range and see these images move. They will bring a smile to your face better yet visit Kopeikin Gallery AIPAD booth 308

How To' video pieces I have sourced instructional booklets from the early-to-mid 20th century including books on Karate, Yoga, Aerobics and other physical activities. These texts are rooted in the Western ideal of bodily perfection and culminate within late-capitalism where individuals can fine-tune their abilities, and thereby their identities, via easily consumable books or YouTube videos. The short GIF-like loops that comprise 'How To' are made by scanning, editing and sequencing the crude black and white photographs that illustrate the books and the resulting videos are exhibited on editioned iPads.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

COLLEEN PLUMB : Towards the Sky Again.1997 - 2011

Toward the Sky Again ,1997-2011 
Dina Mitrani Gallery  +  The Screening Room
Wynwood Art District, Miami Florida
2620 NW 2 Avenue
786. 486. 7248  

 April 10 - May 31, 2014

Lobby with Trees, 2003                                    Paradise Parking, Mt. Rainier, 2000    
 In theory everything is going on here in New York this week but if you are not here visit a local gallery,look at art .Go outside and look at some trees smell the flowers and listen to the world around you.

That is how I met Colleen Plumb on a bright sunny day while in a restaurant looking out over central park my companion and I overheard a young couple speaking about photography and where to go and what to see ?

Colleen was one of the voices speaking. Every now and then  I check her website to see what she is doing.Her great opus is about relationships and perception of man with/against nature.

I think art is sometimes like life or music you establish a rhythm add a melody, some riffs and variations to expand the theme.This is very apparent in the diptychs which are a part of Colleens current exhibition Dina Mitrani Gallery

Looking Towards the Sky  can best be explained by Colleen
"From what (or where) do we draw strength and sustenance? Do artificial/mediated forms of nature offer a satisfying substitute for the actual? Where does wilderness begin and end? Towards The Sky Again looks at the ways humans engage with and make connections to the natural world. The images, made over a fourteen-year period (1997-2011) show interventions in the landscape and fabricated realities.

The built environment is full of cultivated natural forms, and the landscape around us has layer upon countless layer of human intervention. I am interested in these contradictions—the push-and-pull between interior and exterior worlds. The series looks to the elemental—terra (earth), aqua (water), aer (air), ignis (fire)—as reference, as a lead to something beyond the material, beyond human power."

Anyway I see these diptychs along with the videos that are also a part of this exhibition become a warm and stimulating visual chamber piece.

Iowa Cadillac, 2011
Red Chair with Needles, 1999
Red Chair with Needles, 1999
Lobby with Trees, 2003
The Mission, 2009 
Morton Arboretum, 1999

This exhibition is partially sponsored by Hahnemühle Fine Art 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NICHOLAS PRIOR : Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence
Park Avenue Armory
April 10 - April 13 2014

Conspiracy of Silence, Window 1 #060, 2009, C-Print

By coincidence two artists I know have produce bodies of work based on the innocence of children.I would like to introduce Nicholas Prior's Conspiracy of Silence 

A meditation on what adults do to shield children. In a subtle way these images invoke the stories of Hansel and Gretel and other children lost in the woods The house is not only shelter but a barrier and a unspoken symbol of desire for knowledge fed by curiosity.We gain by observing, pushing against and reflecting 
on experience.

Using a quote by sociologist Norbert Elias wrote that, in order for childhood to exist, their must be a “conspiracy of silence”, whereby adults intentionally withhold information from children in an effort to preserve their innocence.Nicholas created a house in the woods,

Funny thing as I was writing this blog I started to be drawn into thinking about earlier myths of the first children being places in a garden and warned.These images glow in shadow and light that suggest a primeval moment, little is revealed except that time is passing and maybe those inside loose too

I will have to go to AIPAD this coming weekend to see what Nicholas Prior is doing  Jackson Fine Arts Gallety booth 102 will be showing it for the first time publicy in New York City.

Conspiracy of Silence, Window 1 #100, 2009, C-Print

Conspiracy of Silence, Window 5 #592, 2009, C-Print 

Conspiracy of Silence, Window 6 #054, 2009, C-Print

Conspiracy of Silence, Window 4 #172, 2009, C-Print

Conspiracy of Silence, Window 2 #012, 2009, C-Print

Conspiracy of Silence, Window 4 #383, 2009, C-Print