upcoming nyc events
Ed Ruscha: Prints & Photographs
may 8 - july 11
gagosian gallery - masdison ave
This exhibition, organized by Gagosian director Bob Monk, surveys Ruscha’s prints of the past forty years, together with rarely-seen photographs produced since 1959.
Ranging freely and dexterously across traditional, unconventional, or sometimes even comestible materials, Ruscha’s prints are a fluid forum for the spirited investigation of what a limited edition artwork can be. His absorption and re-thinking of the requirements of each graphic procedure and format result in step-by-step transformations, a process that echoes the eternal return of the subjects that make up his broader oeuvre. Ruscha arrived in Los Angeles in 1956 to study commercial art at the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts), and underwent a six-month apprenticeship with a printer beginning in 1958. Attracted to the reproducibility, collaborative processes, and happy accidents specific to printmaking, he began to create a wealth of lithographic editions, infusing the Pop and Conceptual sensibilities of the time with vernacular wit and melancholy. His exquisitely refined prints engage a breadth of formal themes, from text and typography to still life and quotidian architecture, played out in a spirit of rigorous yet restless experimentation.
Ruscha’s deadpan representations of archetypal signs and symbols distill the imagery of popular culture into cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound. His wry and sometimes obtuse choice of words and phrases draws upon the moments of incidental ambiguity implicit in the interplay between language and image. Although his inspirations are undeniably rooted in his close observation of American vernacular, his elegantly laconic prints, photographs, drawings, and paintings speak to more complex and widespread issues regarding the appearance, feel, and function of the world and our tenuous and transient place within it.
Graham Lambkin: Came to Call Mine
may 13-june 15, 2014
audio visual arts
Graham Lambkin is a multidisciplinary artist based in upstate New York, who first came to prominence in the early 90's through the formation of his music group The Shadow Ring. Combining a D.I.Y. post-punk ethic with folk music, cracked electronics, and surreal wordplay, The Shadow Ring created a unique hybrid sound that set them apart from their peers and continues to show as an influence today. Following the dissolution of The Shadow Ring Lambkin embarked on a series of striking and highly original solo releases, a critically acclaimed trilogy with experimental tape music artist Jason Lescalleet and a collaboration with legendary table-top guitarist and founding member of AMM, Keith Rowe.
Graham Lambkin’s solo exhibition ‘Came to Call Mine’ will be up at Audio Visual Arts from May 13 until June 15.
Audio Visual Arts (AVA) is open Saturdays and Sundays 12-6p.
Organized with Lawrence Kumpf.
CT-SWaM: The Last Picnic (Goodbye Chelsea.)
monday, june 23
On Monday, June 23 CT-SWaM will be holding the last public event at Eyebeam's Chelsea location.
This will be the goodbye to this magnificent space in form of a picnic accompanied by various composed and spontaneous tribute performances. The evening will feature a unique ensemble piece by Andrew Lafkas with Marcia Basset, Barry Weisblat, Leif Sundstrom, Rick Brown, Patrick Holmes, Tucker Dulin, Che Chen, Karen Waltuch, Kenny Wang, Andrew Lafkas, Gill Arno, Wolfgang Gil, Daniel Neumann and Ben Owen.
Other solo performers include: Mario de Vega, Hans Tammen, Dafna Naptali, Carver Audain and many more.
Please bring food and blankets if you can. We'll provide some blankets and drinks for sure.
Summer Solstice Celebration
saturday, june 21
socrates sculpture park 5pm-dusk
Long Island City, NY–In conjunction with Socrates Sculpture Park’s annual celebration of the Summer Solstice, Socrates Sculpture Park collaborates with Norte Maar to present SOUND EVENT an evening of site-specific sound performances at Socrates Sculpture Park. For this event which will encompass the entire park, noted sound artists will create unique sound platforms through traditional instrumentation, amplification of objects, juxtaposition of voices, and experimental electronic sound.
Among the featured performances are Tristan Perich, a duet of Jacob Kirkegaard with Katinka Fogh Vindelev, a trio of Lesley Flanigan, Maria Chavez, and MV Carbon, a roaming chorus of voices assembled by Audra Wolowiec, and a special performance by Composers Inside Electronics of David Tudor’s “Rainforest I.” Additional performers will include Andrew Hurst and Shona Masarin and others to be announced.
Sir Richard Bishop/ Tashi Dorji
saturday, september 6, 2014 8p
issue project room
Established as a cult icon decades ago as a founding-member of the Sun City Girls, Sir Richard Bishoptook on his royal prefix and began touring widely as a solo artist in 2005. A master guitarist whose improvisations and compositions effortlessly reflect the shadow worlds of India, the Middle East, North Africa, and American folk, Bishop’s penchant for crossing a range of styles yields a distinctive body of highly original work.
A Bhutanese guitarist now residing in Asheville, NC, Tashi Dorji makes meticulously crafted sounds that conjure spirits, wrestle demons and tame wild beast. As beautiful as they are cerebral, his acoustic works are reminiscent of Derek Bailey`s free improvisations, flamenco and Fahey`s Americana. After a handful of cassettes on various labels, this performance celebrates the release of Dorji’s first proper album on Hermit Hut, a new label created by Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and inspired by spreading word of Dorji’s talents.
Unseen 50 Years: Paintings by Ben Morea, 1964-65
june 19 - august 1
Prior to founding Black Mask and Up Against the Wall Motherfucker, Ben Morea was active as an abstract painter in New York. He worked on paper as well as canvas. All the work was thought lost (the work on paper still is) but five large canvases were located under a bed in Hell’s Kitchen. These amazing, original artworks are on exhibit at Boo-Hooray for the first time.
This is a thrilling follow up to our exhibition on Black Mask earlier this year. Ben Morea’s marriage of radical political/philosophical thought and avant-garde art as mirrored in Black Mask and UAW/MF publications and actions is further illuminated when viewing these powerful paintings.
An illustrated catalog with text by Ben about his paintings will be available at the exhibition.