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Our Father Darth Vader Print and Prayer Candles Set By Sket One

Sket One Our Father Vader Print
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On Friday, April 18th at 12 Noon EDT, this amazing color print of Darth Vader as Jesus by the LA-based artist Sket One goes on sale at 1xRun Dot Com. Purchase of the limited edition print (25 copies only) includes a set of matching Darth Vader Prayer Candles: one Red and one Blue (pictured below). The print set with candles will sell for only $85 (unbelievable!).

Sket One Our Father Vader Red Candle

The print is limited to an editon of just 25 posters.

The Prayer Candles (limited to an edition of 150 of each color) can also be purchased separately for $25 each. Seriously, it’s almost not worth it not to buy the entire set. Please note that the Our Father print comes unframed but framing is available for an additional fee. Read more about this run, including an interview with artist at This Link.

Sket One Our Father Vader Blue Candle

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Holton Rower, Too Many Ideas at The Hole

The Hole Gallery View
A Room Full of Ideas (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

If you’re intrigued by the idea of visiting an artist’s studio, where you could not only see finished works but also get a peek inside his head to discover what concepts he’s experimenting with, then I suggest you visit The Hole to check out Holton Rower’s new exhibit, Too Many Ideas.

Pour Painting Chairs

Fans of this blog may recall reading about Rower’s art when we previously reviewed his exhibit of Pour Paintings and Focus Paintings, examples of which are scattered throughout the gallery for the Too Many Ideas show. The process through which Rower creates the Pour Paintings – which are really quite gorgeous – is also adapted for use with various kinds of sculptures including functional furniture.

Pour Painting on the Floor

A Pour Painting hides behind a set of chairs, created by the same paint-layering methods.

Crumpled Pour Painting on the Floor

Here, a folded Pour Painting collapses on the ground under a work bench.

Pour Painting Bust

It looks like he had fun creating these colorful and primitive looking Busts.

Pour Painting Bust 2

Instrument Mutes

Rower also experiments with groups and collections of similar objects. Above, a collection of Instrument Mutes gather without comment on a work surface.

Miniature Tea Set

This miniature China Tea Set sits atop a found-object sculpture, which can be seen center gallery in the top photo.

Scissors Cluster

He could be creating a series of hanging, grouped objects with this precarious Scissors Sculpture, which is joined in the show by a cluster of hanging whistles and also bike lock chains.

Whistles Cluster

Origami Money Shawl

There are at least four works that involve folded paper money (can we call it origami?) including this lovely Shawl.

Origami Money Shawl
Detail from Origami Money Shawl

Not everything works, but I enjoyed the “group show” feel and the excitement of continuous discovery as I walked around the gallery taking in all of the different pieces. It will be fun to see which ideas he chooses to develop for future shows and which are abandoned.

Too Many Ideas By Holton Rower will be on Exhibit through May 4th, 2014 at The Hole, Located at 312 Bowery (at 2nd Street), NYC. Visit The Hole NYC for Gallery Hours and More Information.

Open Call to Artists: Dave Brockie of GWAR Memorial Art Show

GWAR Full Band
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March 23rd, 2014 marked the untimely and tragic death of Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of the band GWAR. On Saturday May 3rd, MF Gallery is hosting a special memorial art show dedicated to this legendary artist. Dave collaborated many times with MF Gallery, from his solo show / performance piece in 2004 to GWAR’s Crack-a-thon in 2010 and 2011 and numerous group shows throughout the years.

This is an open call to all artists who want to memorialize the Universe’s Greatest Scumdog, or the man behind the mask. MF Gallery will accept all submissions representing GWAR/ Oderus/ Brockie, as long as they are received by April 25th. Interested artists should email info@mfgallery.net for mailing address and more details.

The Opening Party, on Saturday May 3rd (7-10pm) will be a cash & carry sale, with one third of the proceeds going to The Dave Brockie Foundation. Art from the show will be available for viewing and purchasing online at: MF Gallery DB Memorial.

Donations can also be made directly to The Dave Brockie Foundation at: This Link.

Special party events and further details to come. Admission is free and open to all ages. Artists, fans and friends of GWAR / Dave are all invited to come see the show and celebrate this great man’s life with MF Gallery!

MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond St. in Brooklyn, NY. Take the F or G train to Bergen St. The A or C to Hoyt/Schermehorn or the R to Union. For more information, contact Martina Secondo Russo at (917)446-8681 or info@MFgallery.net.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory
Photo By Gail (Click Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Arguably one of Salvador Dali’s most well-known paintings, The Persistence of Memory (1931) is perhaps most famous for its images of melted timepieces and ants — which can be seen swarming on the face of the golden-colored stop watch in the lower left-hand side of the painting. Both of these motifs show up now and again in Dali’s signature surrealist works. The painting was given as an anonymous gift to MOMA and is part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Horses Tile Mosaic, Fifth Avenue Subway Station

Horses Tile Mosaic
Photos By Gail

This tile mosaic of two horses — a mother horse and her offspring, perhaps — graces the wall near the exit of the N and R Trains at 59th Street (Central Park South) and Fifth Avenue.

Dylan Egon Presents American Holy Relics

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All Photos By Gail

The art of Dylan Egon is most captivating to me for the way he marries art and design. In American Holy Relics, his second solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Egon combines functional objects with a variety of mixed media works to create a visually dynamic and conversationally topical show.

Debbie Harry Speaker Cabinet
Birth of a Religion (Debbie Harry) Functioning Speaker Cabinet

Animal Stencil Credenza

Through his work, Dylan Egon exemplifies his appreciation for American culture and craftsmanship. American Holy Relics includes ready-made sculptures, sound installations and functional art objects such as three skateboard deck editions and custom yardsticks that sheathe hidden swords. Additionally, Egon has released a print and vinyl figure based on Saint America, one of the paintings in the exhibition. The credenza in the above photo is also being reproduced for sale by ABC Carpet and Home. I would like to own it.

Dylan Egon Motorcycle
Brass Knuckle (Igni Ferroque) Functioning Motorcycle

This sculpture, a custom-built motorcycle inspired by a rare 1934 Harley Davidson speedway racer bike, was a big hit at the opening reception. The bike is fully functional, brass-plated and fitted with holsters for both a gun and whiskey bottle. A stuffed crow sits perched on the handlebars and you’ll also notice a pair of brass knuckles mounted near the front.

Target Moon

In Target Moon, a circular panel contains a full moon background layered in assemblage with elements of cut brass, collage, white butterflies, honeybees, matchsticks, pills, pencils, knives and other objects along with the phrase Inter Spem et Metum — which translates from Latin to: Between Hope and Fear.

Skate Deck and Phonograph

Skate Deck and Victrola

Tricerotops Skull
Extinction II (Triceratops)

This Tricerotops Skull collage piece is created from hand cut pieces of brass tacked down with thousands of hand driven nails.

99 + 1 = US
99 + 1 = US

Here’s one that New Yorker’s especially can relate to.

American Holy Relics by Dylan Egon will be on Exhibit Through May 3rd, 2014 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 W 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Dylan Egon American Holy Relics

Modern Art Monday Presents: Rene Magritte’s The Empire of Light, II

Rene Magritte Empire of Light II
Photo By Gail

Belgian Surrealist painter Rene Magritte has always been one of my favorite artists. The Empire of Light, II (1950) is a painting that, upon a cursory glance, might just look like a typical residential street scape of its era. But give it a minute and you’ll notice that the scene depicts both daytime, with the sun and cloud-dotted bright blue sky above, and the evening shadows and street lamp light below. Absolutely amazing.

The Empire of Light, II is part of MOMA’s permanent collection, so you can see it on almost any visit unless it’s temporarily on loan to another museum.

The Museum of Modern Art is Located at 11 West 53rd St, Between 5th and 6th Avenues, in NYC.

Judith Supine Presents Golden Child; Reveals True Identity, Kind Of

Judith Supine Door Image
Judith Supine Art from the Door of Mecka Gallery. (All Photos By Gail)

The bright pink and neon green-painted wheat paste collages and sculptures of street artist Judith Supine are well known to street art aficionados, but Supine’s work has also infiltrated the galleries. Using his mother’s name as his artist persona, Judith had kept his face hidden and true identity a secret until last week, when a Video shot by Animal NY went viral on Arrested Motion and other various art blogs, in which Judith, who is an extremely handsome man, gave a candid and liberally swear word-peppered interview about his life and art.

All this was in anticipation of last Saturday’s opening of Supine’s latest exhibit, Golden Child, at Mecka Gallery, located way the hell out in an industrial area of Brooklyn, where Manhattanites fear to tread.

At this event, it was promised, the mysterious Judith Supine would openly show his face in public for the first time. Despite monsoon-esque weather conditions and travel directions that necessitated the use of a map, Geoffrey and I put on our Big Girl Panties and headed out.

Judith Supine Twins Sculpture

Judith creates his art starting with images culled from discarded magazines, which he then pieces together to create what I call “familiar mutants”: creatures that are part human and part inanimate objects. Undeniably the focal point of the evening, the imposing Twins sculpture in the photo above hangs from a ceiling beam in the center of the Mecka Gallery space with the remainder of the Golden Child exhibit hidden in a tiny back room (the doorway to which can also be seen in the above photo) that we originally mistook for a store room or “back stage” area before summoning the nads to finally check it out. Here’s what we found inside.

Judith Supine Back Room

Judith Supine Patron

Judith Supine Cigarettes

Judith Supine Back Room

Judith seems to favor integrating images of cigarettes and alcohol into his works. Discuss.

Judith Supine Print
Does this look like Miley Cyrus to you?

This Limited Edition Print of the same Image seen on the gallery door was On Sale for $150 at the opening.

See Geoffrey’s photo with Judith from the opening party at This Link. G said he thought somebody told him Judith’s real name might be “Brent” or something, but who knows.

Likewise, no one seems to be able to confirm whether Golden Child was a one-night-only affair or if the art is on display at Mecka for a few weeks, and you won’t find out by looking at their Website. It’s worth checking out though, if you’re up for an adventure!

Mecka Gallery is located at 65 Meadow Street between Bogart St. and Morgan Ave. in Brooklyn, NY 11206.

Erwin Wurm’s Synthesa at Lehmann Maupin

Erwin Wurm Gallery View
Synthesa Gallery View, All Photos By Gail

Mere seconds after entering Lehmann Maupin gallery for Erwin Wurm’s latest sculpture exhibit, Synthesa, we were already smiling from ear to ear. We first became acquainted with Wurm’s delightful sense of humor when his sculpture Big Kastenmann had its residency at the Standard Hotel in October of 2012, so it was lots of fun to experience an entire gallery full of works that express the Austrian artist’s unique world view.

Erwin Wurm Synthesa Sculpture
White Bucket (Synthesa), 2013

Synthesa is comprised of three new sculptural bodies of work. Those within the title series of the exhibition, Synthesa, continue Wurm’s investigations of volume and abstraction of the human form. For these works, the artist works with the classical figure in the manner of a traditional sculptor yet drastically deconstructs and contorts each shape, inserting unexpected readymade objects to further the abstraction.

For Wurm, these works explore psychological conditions, manifested in the physiology of the human form. Here, Synthesa represents the synthesis of opposing forces, both physical and emotional, traditional and unexpected.

Kiss By Erwin Wurm
Kiss (Abstract Sculptures), 2013

Similarly, Wurm’s series of Abstract Sculptures challenge our accepted impressions of the world around us. For this series, the artist contorts sausage-like forms into bronze sculptures that evoke anthropomorphic physical qualities and movement. Pulling the reference from his daily life and childhood, Wurm re-envisions the classic frankfurter in unexpected contexts to challenge our perceptions of the objects in reality. True to Wurm’s practice, these works are both familiar yet strange and evoke pause and contemplation from the viewer.

Black Weenie By Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm Skull Banana
One Minute Forever (Skull / Banana), 2013

The third series of sculptures is called One Minute Forever, inspired by his popular his One Minute Sculptures public performance art piece. Wurm evolves those works from instructive and performance-based ephemeral sculptures into One Minute Forever’s physically enduring series, in which Wurm re-imagines the original One Minute Sculptures using skeletal forms to convey the eternity of each pose.

Erwin Wurm Skeleton
One Minute Forever (Joghurt Cup), 2013

Through these works Wurm embraces the persistent yet fleeting nature of time and examines this force as a unifying factor of human existence.

Erwin Wurm Skeleton Legs Buckets

One Minute Forever (Bucket), 2013

Synthesa by Erwin Wurm will be on Exhibit Through April 19th, 2014 at Lehmann Maupin, Located at 540 West 26th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Mondays by appointment.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Pablo Picasso’s Head of a Warrior

Pablo Picasso Head of a Warrior
Photo By Gail

Hey what’s up. Welcome, to the first installment of a new weekly series debuting today on The Worley Gig: Modern Art Monday! Each Monday, I will be posting a classic piece of modern art photographed by me on a visit to MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) right here in Manhattan! This week’s featured work is the Pablo Picasso sculpture, Head of a Warrior (1933). What I love about this piece is how Picasso’s exaggerated proportions make the head look a bit cartoonish. Although the head is crafted from plaster, wood and metal it is meant to emulate the look of a classic marble sculpture.

The Museum of Modern Art is Located at 11 West 53rd St, Between 5th and 6th Avenues, in NYC.