Wednesday, November 14, 2018
'The Company that You Keep' with Bob Hagan's 'Tyrants' at Park Slope Windsor Terrace Open Studios, Sat. - 11-18 thru Sun. 11-18, 202 17th Street, bet. 4th & 5th Aves, Bklyn. I will be there from 12-5 with Forrest, Probus, Elagabalus, Caligula and portraits of other damned 'Great Men'
I thank Bob Hagan, who has lent me a landing in his studio to show my most recent work, such as this painting on paper of the equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest [and Probus]
Hope to see you!
Monday, October 22, 2018
'Captain America on the Battlefields of Brooklyn' presented at the Graphic Justice Research Alliance Dscussions Conference, Oct, 20, 2018 at St, Francis College
Thanks to Dr. Nickie Phillips, Ph.D., Associate Professor in St. Francis College's Sociology & Criminal Justice, American Studies program and the Director, Center for Crime & Popular Cultures, her colleagues and St, Francis College for inviting me to discuss and show works from
'Captain America on the Battlefields of Brooklyn'
that was published in Freezeray Poetry's most recent edition [Poetry with a Pop], vol 15
I presented my remarks at the Graphic Justice Research Alliance's 2018 Discussion
at St. Francis on Oct. 20th, 2018.
The presenters in the all day conference described the cultural impact of criminality and justice on graphic novels and cartoons and the effect of graphic novels and cartoons on criminality and justice.
I discussed the placement of the statue of 'Capt' on Brooklyn's battlefields from the Revolutionary war..a war that has been effectively erased from public memory and in the context of theories of Nationalism that suggest that national identity is formed, in a significant degree, by fictions and 'historical error'. If you wish to read my comments, I uploaded them on Google Drive
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Madonnas....New and old works from the Anna Pierrepont Series and long ago together in exhibition at J-Collabo for Gowanus Open Studios 10-20/21, 2018
Along with other artists from the Park Slope Winsor Terrace Artist Group
I am proud to participate in my third Gowawus Open Studios
from 12-6 on Saturday, Oct. 20th and 21st, 2018
featuring a large acrylic painting on canvas from the 1990s
Woman Leaning over Walking Infant
combined with recent paintings from the Anna Pierrpont series
that feature similar themes.
The earlier painting appropriates a contemporary motif of motherly love and protection from a no longer extant magazine that in turn appropriates the theme from some of earlier works that I in turn appropriated in 2018.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
I am thrilled to announce that my pictorial essay
'Captain America on the Battlefield of Brooklyn' has been published in the May 2018 issue (no. 15) of FreezeRay
The work tracks the presence of a statue to Captain America 'Just a Kid from Brooklyn' on places where the largest battle of the American Revolution, the Battle of Brooklyn, had been fought to a disastrous end and whose memory has been effectively erased.
The essay compares in words and plein air drawings, the fictionalized exploits of Captain America with the imagined exploits of a revolutionary era farmhand who fought, became a prisoner of war and who perished on the same battlefields where Captain America suddenly appeared in 2016.
Edited by Rob Sturma, FreezeRay explores our relationships between the pop culture we consume (comic books, movies, television, music, video games, etc) and ourselves.
Thanks to all!
Monday, April 9, 2018
Thanks to the Mahdis Marzooghian and the rest of the editorial staff of Five on Fifth for featuring my image of the Washington Square Arch that dramatically introducing the April 2018 issue of the magazine.
The magazine publishes
'five short pieces on the fifth of every month'.
In my imaginings..the Fifth in the magazine's title is Fifth Avenue that begins (or ends) at the arch and that in the full picture is floating. Enjoy the artwork and the literary works that follow.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Works from the Anna Pierrepont Series featured in City Key [including a meditation on cities falling out of love with monuments]
Thanks to Ayesha Hamid for featuring works from the Anna Pierrepont Series in the exploration of the city of mind, The City Key.
I received notification of the publication sitting on a ledge in the enormous and darkened room especially built to hold the Temple of Dendur at the Met.
The lights had been turned low and the Met was offering an evening reception for arts educators.
My words describe the process within which cities fall out of love with public monuments. I wrote them during the fall.
I was reading them in the following February in a room surrounded by the detritus from this process that the Met (for some reason) had chosen to valorize as I paged through my images of objects and empty spaces in NYC that are in the midst of the same transformation in the mind of this city that resulted in the Temple of Dendur ending up in Manhattan.
One statue featured is of Africa from the façade of the Customs House in the Battery in Lower Manhattan. A classical nude with her head slumping onto her bare chest with her right arm slumped over a sphinx and her left slumped over a lion.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
My 2016 drawing of Lawson Dancing with His Granddaughter from Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn published in the Charles Carter Literary Magazine to illustrate a heart breaking poem by Seth Jani about the tragic death of migrants making the perilous crossing to Europe during the contemporary migrant crisis
The editors of the Charles Carter have very movingly incorporated my autumn 2016 drawing of Lawson and His Granddaughter from Green-Wood Cemetery (a motif that I have explored on numerous occasions) as a visual counterpoint to a poem by Seth Jani entitled 'Diving Lessons'. I thank them for this moving effort. The editors have also included a recitation of the piece. I include the first two lines of the poem
What we lost in the sea
Cannot be salvaged
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
My pictorial essay EVICTING ROBERT E. LEE AND STONEWALL JACKSON FROM THE HALL OF FAME FOR GREAT AMERICANS is published in the 2017 issue of ArtIsOn
I wish to thank Clara Moura Soares and her associates at the Institute of Art History of the University of Lisbon for publishing my pictorial essay
EVICTING ROBERT E. LEE AND STONEWALL JACKSON FROM THE HALL OF FAME FOR GREAT AMERICANS
in the 2017 issue of ArtIsOn that is focused on Iconoclasm and Vandalism
The essay concerns the post Charlottesville evictions of two portrait busts of the confederate generals and the plaques that exalt their accomplished from the Hall of Fame for Great Americans on the campus of Bronx Community College by the Governor the State of New York in August 2017.