Saturday, November 28, 2009

Terrible Things

Dec 3rd-Dec 20th at PS122 with special performances by Aretha Aoki Dec 12th and 13th

Aretha Aoki has been understudying Emily Johnson's role and will be performing on Sat, Dec 12 (both the 8 pm and 10 pm performances) and Sun, Dec 13 (6 pm).
"It's a really smart and engaging play with plenty of dance and ...marshmellows! and wrestlers. Enticing, yes?"

"Next time D'Amour and Pearl bring their enchanting work to town be sure to take it in." - John del Signore, The Gothamist

"The collaborative team of playwright Lisa D'Amour and director Katie Pearl make beguiling, innovative theatre pieces." - American Theater Magazine

Science Tuesday meets Oklahoma angst as Lisa D'Amour and Katie Pearl flip P.S. 122 into a low-rent IMAX and get up close and in between molecules, quarks and memories. Have you ever wondered if all those lives you've imagined yourself living are actually happening in a parallel world(s)? Terrible Things takes audiences on a T-R-I-P inside the many lives of Katie Pearl and her action-figure literary mom. Expect an in-your-body out-of-body experience shaped by Katie Pearl, three killer dancers: Emily Johnson, Morgan Thorson, and Karen Sherman, two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wrestlers, and 1000 marshmallows. Featuring the choreography of Emily Johnson.

With funding from The Moore Family Fund for the Arts of the Minneapolis Foundation and made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Olaf Breuning

Go see Olaf Breuning at Metro Pictures because it's really good

check out another sweet Olaf Breuning page here at Artsy !

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We Are Weather

We Are Weather: Vanessa Anspaugh
Performed by Aretha Aoki, Lily Gold, and Mary Reed

"This past weekend Danspace Project presented FOOD FOR THOUGHT, three evenings each curated by a different guest artist: Ursula Eagly (Thursday), Maura Donohue (Friday), and Enrico D. Wey (Saturday). This is a great program in which we collect food donations for a local non-profit, in this case St. Mark's Church's food pantry. One of our members, John Vinton, emailed me on Sunday to share his experience:

"I came on Friday [FOOD FOR THOUGHT, November 13] and was so gratified by the experience that I came again on Saturday. I'm sorry now that I didn't come Thursday! Having professionals put together these programs was wonderful. Their points of view gave me insight into what matters to them aesthetically, and what they see as important trends. It was always interesting and in a few cases very moving. Thanks again for a great weekend!"

Become a member right now and get TWO-FOR-ONE tickets to see Luis Lara Malvacias at Danspace this weekend Thursday-Saturday, November 19-21, 8:00 PM. Join by Friday at 5:00 PM for TWO-FOR-ONE tickets!

All best,

Judy Hussie-Taylor

Executive Director"

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009


applause from Ryan MacDonald on Vimeo.

large scale video installation with flashing red applause sign

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


video story, with one favorite line used from Watt, because why not

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


THE REAL at Fountain Studios
October 10th to November 7th
Opening Reception October 10th 6 to 10

George Creamer
Anthony Elms
Susan Gargiulo
Troy Hagenbart
Brian Kapernekas
Ryan MacDonald
Joey Tipton
Lawrence Webber

"1c. suppose we gradually and equally shorten all the four legs of a table. Its reality as a table lessens because the probability of our using it as a table lessens, but its reality as a bench may gradually increase because the probability of our using it as a bench increases."
Cardinal Polatuo
-Stefan Themerson

SCREENING October 10th 8pm
"OTHER PEOPLE" by Other People
Britt Brewer
John Peery
Candace Thompson
other peeps

Fountain Studios
604 Grand Avenue Brooklyn NY 11238

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

When You Think Of It

Going Public Contemporary Lit Series
at Amherst Cinema

Thursday September 17, 7:00pm
Special General Admission: $5

This is a movie. Not Lone Star. Not The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Not Pillow Talk. Not All That Heaven Allows. Not The Awful Truth. Not Blazing Saddles. Not The Crying Game. Not Every Man for Himself. Not Ship of Fools. Not the Lady Vanishes. Not Dark Victory. This is a notnostrums movie. In this movie people are reading poems in many places.

Experience the world premier of the debut film by notnostrums, an innovative online poetry journal. Featuring renowned and emerging poets reading new work in a wide range of unexpected places. WHEN YOU THINK OF IT re-imagines the way poetry reaches us and presents a dazzling array of contemporary poetry.

Presented in collaboration with the UMass MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Juniper Initiative, the Amherst Cinema Arts Center and the UMass Fine Arts Center.

If You Think Of It (Trailer) from notnostrums on Vimeo.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Fountain Studios: Under the Same Shadow

UPCOMING Sept 5th to Oct 3rd/////////Owen Rundquist and Alex DeMaria//////Under the Same Shadow

Fountain Studios is pleased to present Under the Same Shadow, a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of artists Alexander DeMaria and Owen Rundquist. DeMaria and Rundquist explore the place of ritualism and the occult in a pop context. For the exhibition the two artists have created a multi-media sculptural installation. By referring to ancient ritualistic structures and incorporating elements from a variety of pre-Christian belief systems, the past and present inform one another in this piece through the lens of subculture. The work also includes a sound element composed by the artists, making direct reference to the world of extreme heavy metal. By removing this piece of cultural phenomena from its conventional setting and placing it in an atavistic environment, the artists effectively travel full-circle, returning popular culture to a place of extinct ritualism and bringing a pop sensibility to ancient practice.

Alex DeMaria

Owen Rundquist

Fountain Studios
604 Grand Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11238

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Whitney's Biennial


For Immediate Release

Media Contact:


Brooklyn, NY – Thirty-Seven Artists are participating in the 2009 Whitney’s Biennial, opening at 70 Greenpoint Avenue (c.r.e.a.m. projects) on Friday August 28, 2009 from 7-11 PM, running through Sunday August 30, 2009. Gallery hours are 12-6 PM.

The 2009 Whitney’s Biennial is an interdisciplinary group exhibition, taking place in an unoccupied commercial space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The exhibition re-envisions the ubiquitous Biennial formula by personalizing the institution, paring it down to a single person. Whitney is the proverbial Every Artist, the flesh-and-bone actor laboring under the shadows of giants. This is her Biennial.

The exhibition explores the dubious notion of the comeback and opens days before the release of Whitney Houston’s new album. In a moment when the entire world is waiting to see if and when the economy will recover, the artist is in need of a new strategy.

The participating artists are widely diverse — from those who have exhibited in major museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, to the graffiti artist, to the underground filmmaker, to the recent MFA graduate. All have been asked to meet on common ground, outside of the white cube, to create new works for this show.

The 2009 Whitney’s Biennial is organized by MaryKate Maher, Martha Mysko, Elise Rasmussen and Davida Nemeroff.


These are the artists selected for the 2009 Whitney’s Biennial:

Anna Rosen

Austin Shull

Carrie Schneider

Chelsea Knight

Christine Sun Kim & Jacob Shamberg

Davida Nemeroff

Douglas Boatwright

Elise Rasmussen

Fia Backström

Jesse Harris

Joey Whiteley

Joshua von Brown

Julia Kennedy

Kara Walker

Kelli Thompson

Kotama Bouabane

Leidy Churchman

Martha Mysko

MaryKate Maher & Oliver Jones

Mauricio Salgado
Michael Berryhill

Michael Farmer

Mira Dancy

Paul Heyer

Per Billgren

Peter Harkawik

Roe Ethridge

Roshani Thakore

Samara Golden

Shawn Kuruneru

Tony Romano

Tuomas Korpijaakko

Valerie Piraino

Victoria Cheong

William Kidman

Opening August 28th, 7-11PM
Free Limo Rides, courtesy of Whitney
After Party: Coco66 (68 Greenpoint Avenue), 11PM – 4AM

Special performance by Castlemusic on Saturday August 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

The Still Collective

In The Woods: Aretha Aoki

We Are Weather: Vanessa Anspaugh

Saw this incredible show August 19 at the Blue Barn at Bramble Hill Farm in North Amherst.
More dance to come soon from these two remarkable talents.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Surf and Turf

Last May's video collage triptych from a larger whole

Monday, July 27, 2009

Doubled Over

New book of poetry soon from Jordan Stempleman

True to the double-mindedness of its title, Doubled Over gives us the compensations of humor and the gut-punch of "the ache that's addressed to sense." Socially and intimately embedded, committedly familial, these poems are primers for how to find grace in fallibility, cultivating simultaneously a goofball charm and an elegant poise that honors the obligation and freedom to give an accounting of lived life through and in art. Jordan Stempleman's lyrical bursts counter Keats' not being able to see the flowers at his feet with profusions that may be haywire but are nevertheless celebratory in their unlikeliness and our noticing: "flowers where there shouldn't be" indeed, and I, for one, am grateful for them.

--Dean Young

Jordan Stempleman's poetry is not only the poetry of the everyday, but the poetry of the every moment, feeding "tiny things more tiny things." Each element is sky-lit and dazzling, but the anchor is abstraction -- "the pearl from the dumpster." This is the lyric as a mission disguised as a simple task.

--Anne Boyer

Friday, July 17, 2009

notnostrums issue 3

#3 looks fantastic and features some of the best:
here is a quick statement from Mr. Mike Young at HTML Giant:

Jono Tosch
Michael Earl Craig
Matthew Zapruder
Emily Toder
Jack Christian
Dara Wier
Ryan MacDonald
Natalie Lyalin
Tomaž Šalamun
Jane Gregory
Jordan Stempleman
Ben Estes
Lauren Shapiro
Ata Moharreri
Amanda Nadelberg
Zachary Schomburg
Lori Shine

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sarah Michelson: Dover Beach

Truly one of the most fantastic performances I have seen.

"When Sarah Michelson is on, her work brooks no resistance. There is an inevitability to it, and a relentlessness, from which you do not, cannot, look away."
Times article

Sarah Michelson

Parker Lutz

Friday, June 05, 2009

Fast Forward Volume II

buy it here : read it there

FF 2 includes:

Nancy Stohlman– Linh Dinh– Luke Geddes– Kona Morris– Shane Joaquín Jiménez– Gloria Frym– Michael Spring– Charles Rutter– Kim Chinquee– Chiaka Obasi– Greg Gerke– Alexandra Lukens– Frank P. Galiani– Faye Kicknosway–William Haywood Henderson- Jayne Anne Phillips– Shari Hack Jones– Chris Ridenour– KJ Hannah Greenberg– Nate Jordon– Dan Moreau– Jasper Peslin– Jack Collom– Olatundji Akpo-Sani– Christophe Casamassima– Ryan Alexander MacDonald– Lee Upton– Bryan Jansing– Benjamin Dancer– Félix Calvino– Sara Richardson– Susan Lewis– Merissa Gerson– Leah Rogin-Roper– Katharyn Grant– Barbara Henning– Kaen Joyler– Bobbie Louise Hawkins– K. Scott Forman– Matt Wise– Laynie Browne– John Holley– Faye Kicknosway– Scott Alexander Jones– Jasper Peslin– Lee Upton– K. Scott Forman– Jayne Anne Phillips– Taegan Harker– Mel Kozakiewicz– Kelly Money– Michael D’Alessandro– Leah Rogin-Roper– Liam McAuliffe– Gina Caciolo– Chris Ridenour– Robert Scotellaro

Thursday, May 14, 2009


After loving the work for such a long time I have come across the man himself, or at least a film of the man. He is not much how I had imagined i.e. long and gaunt with a grit of irish brogue and a french lilt. Instead he appears smallish and delicately accented. It's marred my idealization of the artist a little bit. the work still stands of course.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

A Little Dear

From a new video installation I am working on. This is one of 259 videos that will all play on multiple screens in a space with adjusted sound.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Martin Arnold "Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy"

I fell in love with Arnold's videos in a 'sound for film' class at SAIC oh so long ago.
So I've recently re-discovered his films and greatly admire their compulsive repetition.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mister Lonely

Haven't posted in a while it seems, so here is my favorite scene from Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely,
starring Werner Herzog, whos films I've recently become even more mesmerized by.

Monday, April 06, 2009

A Stain Upon the Silence

Terribly excited about the newly published Letters of Samuel Beckett

i am a sucker for such things

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Hinterland Film Festival

Hinterland Film Festival

image from: Vampire Weekend: Walcott (newgaze remix) by Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn


Program #1
Friday, April 24 & Saturday, May 2

Program #2
SAturday, April 25 & Friday, May1

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Department of Eagles: Marcel Dzama

No One Does It Like You

as unveiled at MOMA's PopRally
(a nice collaboration I think)

Times Article

Saturday, February 21, 2009

2-22 | nor by pressENTS | KARKOWSKY | TODER | MacDONALD


7 Sugarloaf Street. South Deerfield MA, 01373

Published by schoenbooks February 2nd, 2009 in Celansalon.

There will be a reading at EIGHT (8) o’clock (rock) p.m. this Sunday the 22nd day of the 2nd month. Please try to arrive either early (for light snacks and browsing of stacks: the remaining copies of Ice Cream Amnesia will be for sale) or eightly: for we would like to start promptly enough to hear three readers on a school night. Those of you coming from far off times and places, don’t be shy about arriving late: we will try to save seats in the back. Speaking of which:

It was written that MANNY KARKOWSKY shaves the devil’s back every Tuesday. As a child actor, his stage name was Manndroid the Magnificent. At age twelve, he built a tombstone escalator for counting: ‘one two three oclock four oclock rock, five six seven oclock eight oclock rock.’ Then he threw a herpes pie in the graveyard. At the age when most young men start reading, Manny’s grandfather evaporated at the stroke of teatime. He found that the Picasso-nightingale had snapped a cat’s neck on the patio. With both eyes on one side of its head it warbled from the dreamstufftree: ‘one two three oclock four oclock rock, five six seven oclock eight oclock rock.’ Dangling the cha-cha, broken-necked cat got the punchline: fuck the swandive! The Hamburgler gobbled zebra haunches in what the camera showed was a close second. Sure enough, Manny knows when it’s hammertime. Many of you may know that EMILY TODER is the printer and publisher behind Nor By Press, which published Manny Karkowsky’s Ice Cream Amnesia as the first book in its Bikes Like Us series. Her chapbook, Brushes With, is forthcoming from Tarpaulin Sky. I have been told that RYAN MACDONALD is a grapher of light, a sculptor of beeswax, and a maker of fictions. This will be his first reading.

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For those who might not know

The spring session of the venerable Jubilat/Jones unveils itself that selfsame Sunday at 3 o’clock at the Jones Library in Amherst. Details at

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009


ok, I just couldn't help myself.
Amanda Lear is something else.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Friday, February 06, 2009

Miroslaw Balka 2

a few quotes from Balka's artist talk at the opening:

Q: When did you start to work with salt?
A: When I started to sweat (laughter) or cry, for example.
That's why we corrode in life, because we work with a lot of salt.

"The camera is my vacuum cleaner. I choose these places (Treblinka for example), I clean up the dirt, I look into the bag and I pick out sometimes one sentence out of 60 minutes of footage...That's my function as an artist: Bringing the dignity to the things which are thrown away."

"I am not only a documentarian, I am also sometimes an artist."

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Miroslaw Balka

Had a very encouraging studio crit this afternoon with Miroslaw Balka. His presence was as intense as his picture (complete with all black suit).
Some things I learned about me: I should not worry about how much of a painintheass my materials are to move, how fragile they are, these are things for conservationists to worry about. I sometimes take a controlled action just a bit too far i.e. placing a house in a landscape that does not need one, or a hand in a video where the human element already exists in the voice.

True that some of the most simple gestures are the ones that work best.
Too much of anything flattens the whole of everything.
In the end he mentioned a few contemporaries that came to mind, one of them being 'Bobby Gober', suggested a book (Simon Shama's Landscape and Memory ) and made me feel pretty good about what I do,
which sometimes is all we need.

Some things I learned about Balka: his favorite author to read when he was 17 was Bruno Schultz. He believes we have so much freedom as artists that we have to define our own limits, 'trace out our own cell walls'. No matter how hard you try, and try I did, he will not tell you what he is working on for the huge Turbine Hall show in October. He is not allowed to. It pains him to keep exciting secrets from people.

Good for us locals:
Miroslaw Balka has an opening at the University of Massachusetts, University Gallery on Thursday Feb 5 to Sunday May 24th.

Good for Miroslaw:

"'Master poet' Miroslaw Balka gets Tate's Turbine Hall commission
Polish artist becomes the 10th person to create installation for Tate Modern:

A crack running through the floor, a helter-skelter and a simulated sunrise have all been part of Tate Modern's popular Turbine Hall series. Now the gallery has announced that Polish artist Miroslaw Balka is the 10th person to receive the prestigious commission."
Twenty million people have visited the Turbine Hall since it opened nine years ago. Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Olafur Eliasson and Bruce Nauman are among the artists who have created installations for the space.

Read the full article at the