Untitled (Anxiety), 2017 By Beverly Fishman (All Photos By Gail)
CUE Art Foundation is currently hosting Dose, an exhibition of paintings by Beverly Fishman, curated by Soundsuit artist Nick Cave. The show is comprised of a series of luminescent, geometric forms that resemble the shapes of common pharmaceuticals. Straddling the line between sculpture and post-painterly abstraction, Fishman’s optically intense work functions as an avenue for social critique, probing the pharmaceutical industry’s aesthetic decisions and branding strategies.
When we were invited to an art opening last week at Other Criteria, Damien Hirst’s high-end gift shop / gallery on Broome Street in Soho, the first thing I thought of was, why have I not been to Other Criteria during its entire first year of existence? Seriously, WTF have I been up to? I wish could tell you.
Other Criteria: Because You Like to Have Nice Things
Although one could spend a good amount of time browsing around and not touching every item displayed so seductively in the street level retail space, it turns out that Other Criteria has a basement gallery, and that’s where we found the provocative art of Mexican-American artist, Eduardo Sarabia. Let’s take a closer look.
Sarabia’s new exhibit is called Ballads and it consists of 3D paper dioramas inside wall-mounted glass vitrines, one large wall tapestry and several very large pieces of glazed pottery, all playing with themes related to Mexico’s dark underworld of drug trafficking and its related, widespread gang violence. Sex, drugs, guns and…parrots, yeah, it’s all there. Also there are some adorable little potted succulents included in the displays, which further enhance the feeling of authenticity. Because, Mexico!
This piece, which embraces the look and feel of traditional Mexican pottery, but with a little twist, is so great.
At the gallery, we ran into our friend, celebrity photographer and art expert Derek Storm, who is apparently friends with Sarabia, and he explained that the animals in these dioramas, whatever their Spanish name is, that is also a Mexican slang word for some kind of drug. So, imagine that Zebra, which is Cebra in Spanish, maybe that means Cocaine, or something. Or maybe he was joking around. Who knows, it’s a good story!
The tapestry seen in the background of the above photo, Amor Amor Amor is inspired by the “narcomantas,” which are crudely made coded messages hung on public areas in Mexico by gangs and drug cartels. Usually spray paint on a bed sheet type of thing. Sometimes the messages try to justify an event or even further explain an action of terror. Sometimes the cartels get blamed for something they didn’t do in the media and this is their platform to give their side of the story. Other times, they serve as simple warnings to rival gangs.
Emulating this style and aesthetic, Sarabia wanted to bring forward a positive message. Using the power of fascination with this phenomenon, the artist has been working with a tapestry studio to make these works. Each is made by hand and takes about 2 months to weave.
Eduardo Sarabia’s Ballads will be on Exhibit Through July 5th 2015 at Other Criteria, Located at 458 Broome Street, SoHo, New York, NY 10013. Hours are Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM -7:00 PM, and Sunday 12 Noon – 6:00 PM.
Do you like art and, also, drugs? I sure do. Generation X by NY-based artist Edie Nadelhaft is comprised of 9 individual, over-sized glass capsule sculptures — each filled with colorful plastic balls and emblazoned with familiar Social Media acronyms and emoticons — which are part of the artist’s Better Living Thru Chemistry series. You can see more of Nadelhaft’s work from that series at This Link!
Photographed at Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011.
Ten Things I thought about while watching the Video for Milk Music’s video for “No, Nothing, My Shelter”:
1. My Favorite Pair of Black Ankle Boots
2. Burning Man
3. The Joshua Tree (Album)
4. Joshua Trees
5. Those Hilariously Awful Student Films We Made Back in College
6. College in General
7. The Stage Make Up of Various Members of Kiss
8. The Desert
9. All Desert Scenes From Breaking Bad
Like The Beatles before them, Milk Music has decided to stop doing live performances. Here is their statement to that effect:
“We, Milk Music, have decided to not plan anymore live performances for the foreseeable future. This is an artistic decision and should not reflect on our existence as a musical group. We’re currently exploring the wonders of video, as well as recording our next record, Mystic 100’s, a possible double album of intense beauty. A series of videos shall follow it’s release”
So, it’s not like you have nothing to look forward to. Enjoy!
Say goodbye to Darvon, the once-popular painkiller. The FDA is pulling it from the market “because it can cause fatal heart rhythms.” RIP Darvon. You were never quite strong enough to overcome my tolerance, but at least you tried.
It is certainly a rare treat for me, and other art lovers like my chief partner in crime, Geoffrey, when a modern artist of the caliber of Damien Hirst opens a new exhibit here in the city. G and I were understandably excited to attend the opening night reception for an exhibit of Hirst’s Medicine Cabinetsat the L & M Arts Gallery on the upper East side this past week. I’ve been lucky enough to catch a couple of Hirst’s exhibits previously and they are always extremely emotionally powerful and visually captivating. Hirst is a controversial artist whom many dismiss as being shallow or excessively hedonistic to a degree of pointlessness. Obviously, not everyone “gets it.” Personally, I think his art is beautiful and I enjoy losing myself in the cult of enigma that surrounds his message and motivation. The Medicine Cabinets show at L & M is probably going to leave just as many people puzzled, while those who care not to seek a solution will find them to have a message and meaning that’s open to interpretation and still fully satisfying.
I first saw the Medicine Cabinets series as part of the 2008 exhibit, School: The Archaeology of Lost Desires, Comprehending Infinity, and the Search for Knowledge, where they were contrasted with institutional wall clocks that ran backwards or otherwise told incorrect time, and row upon row of sheep carcasses in formaldehyde tanks. At the L & M show the cabinets stand starkly against the gallery’s white walls, which can’t help but conjure the perception of a clinical setting. As Geoffrey pointed out, everything Hirst puts forth as an artist adds to the conversation, and there is always much to discuss.
Assembled together for the first time are the seminal Sex Pistols cabinets from 1989. Each cabinet takes its name from one of the twelve title tracks of the legendary 1977 debut punk album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Art Critic Arthur Danto writes in the show’s catalog essay that Hirst’s, “Medicine Cabinets constitute a constellation of still lifes that express and reflect the human body as a field of vulnerabilities and of hopeful medical interventions that have replaced the body as a narrative agent that artists must learn to depict in heroic stances.” The exhibition also includes the first two cabinets Hirst ever made: Sinner (1988), in which the artist incorporated drugs from his grandmother’s medicine cabinet and Enemy (1988-89), both of which presage the Sex Pistols cabinets. Also on view is a monumental four-part cabinet The Sex Pistols (1996-97), shown publicly here for the first time.
A separate gallery room on the upper floor displays a range of Sex Pistols memorabilia including prints, posters, t-shirts and framed, collected 7-inch singles in their original covers (note: I own the “Silly Thing” b/w “Who Killed Bambi?” single that’s exhibited – nice!) all from the seventies and eighties.
Medicine Cabinets by Damien Hirst is on exhibit at the L&M Arts Gallery, Located at 45 East 78th Street, NY New York through December 11, 2010. Gallery hours are 10:00 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday – Saturday or by appointment by calling (212)861-0020.