“City of Sociopaths”
currently on view in “Space is the Place" at:
BravinLee Programs, 526 W26th St., NYC (#211)
“The Hobbit was my first introduction to fantasy, followed shortly by Lord of the Rings, and R.E. Howard’s Conan, Frank Herbert’s Dune books, H.P. Lovecraft, Piers Anthony,Terry Brooks, etc. Film hit me in a parallel fashion: Star Wars and the Empire Strikes Back, Hawk the Slayer, The Sword and The Sorcerer, and that shitty 1980 Flash Gordon movie with the Queen soundtrack. All of these things gave me a basic language, a way to analyze and categorize the world and my experiences. As I grew into adolescence—and, past that, into whatever passes for adulthood—I drifted away from these things and tried to become more “mature”. However, the language was imprinted on my brain and I always filtered my experiences through the crude ideas of good v. evil. hero v. villain, antagonist v. protagonist. I always saw myself as the protagonist in these endeavors but my low self-esteem made me a superhero without super powers.
My work didn’t really start to take shape until I allowed myself to use this specialized language, to begin to build childish parodic myths around my predictable adult experiences. Naturally, these events had to unfold in a world—a campaign setting to use the D&D vernacular—so I invented Refractoria—my imaginary autobiographical world. After that was establishing, all of the drawings came with greater ease and clarity.”
- Jeffrey Beebe (jeffreybeebe.com)
Tonight July 26, 7-10p:
Kingbrown Magazine Launch & Exhibition Opening
Klughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe St., NYC
Kingbrown and Morning Breath have collaborated with curators, John Leo and Melissa McCaig-Welles to produce this exhibition of skateboard inspired artwork. The exhibition will showcase influential artists from members of the “infamous Girl/Chocolate Art Dump, pioneers in NYC graffiti, talented illustrators, animators, art stars from Australia, sculptors, and that guy living in the NY green diamond.” Artists include: Morning Breath, Andy Jenkins, Chris Cycle, Dave Kinsey, “Grotesk” aka Kimou Meyer, Stefan Marx, Kevin Lyons, Mike Giant, “Razauno”, aka Max Vogel, Greg Lamarche, Zach Malfa-Kowalski, Steve Gourlay and Ben Horton
Opens Saturday, June 30, 6-8p:
“Human Nature”……….Jason DeCaires Taylor
“Ashes to Ashes”……..Fulvio Di Piazza
Jonathan Levine Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC
two solo exhibitions that imagine epic, apocalyptic visions. Photographer, sculptor and naturalist Jason DeCaires Taylor will be exhibiting haunting photos of his underwater sculptures in “Human Nature.” His life-like, stone figures appear sullen and haunting at a first glance, like petrified bodies preserved underwater in a sci-fi disaster video game. However, Taylor’s work speaks to the beauty of the cycle of life. Some of his sculptures have come to form parts of coral reefs, coexisting harmoniously with the ecosystem.
Fulvio Di Piazza’s show “Ashes to Ashes” features a series of paintings of a primordial Earth, where natural materials are anthropomorphized to form god-like heads. Volcanoes erupt and clouds of smoke billow to create animal and human shapes. Di Piazza’s dark, aggressive works invite us into a fantasy world that precedes civilization. - Hi•Fructose
Maurice Sendak Retrospective
AFA, 54 Greene St., NYC
AFA’s Maurice Sendak Retrospective, which runs through Labor Day, includes nearly 50 original works by Mr. Sendak.