Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Janine Gordon

Heres a photo from a new series Janine did in Fort Hood, you can see more Here

Bodies Without Organs

I had wanted to try making a Pollock for a while, I did mine to the swinging sounds of the Nordic pop group Bodies Without Organs. Alkyd and latex paints on Canvas 60 x 76 inches

Jackson Pollock

Its amazing that we have these two awesome paintings here in New York to study. I've been trying to figure out what makes a Pollock painting work and the best possible way for me to do that is to try making one, my first attempt was carted away by the garbageman yesterday.....I did it all wrong. I started by painting in a background color...that didnt work so I gessoed the canvas, that didnt work either, I opened a bottle of wine and started flinging paint around....that made it start to look kind of cool...and I used it as a backdrop for a photo of my genius but it really had none of the qualities of a Pollock, the only thing it had in common with them was flung paint.

I thought of one of the first things that a painter friend of mine, Augusto Arbizo, asked me when I told him I was going to try and make a Pollock...he said "are you going to use the same colors?"

So I went to MoMA on friday to study their Pollocks and of course every one there has its own concerns , each different than the others. But The giant Mural size "One" really blew me away....and i went across town to the Met where they have another large painting from the same period called "Autumn Rhythm". These paintings are very similar in scale and color and were made around the same time... but they are completely different in what they do and how you enter them. I ended up liking "Autumn Rhythm" at the Met much better than MoMA's "One" and I found that the Met bought the painting right when it was new, when the paint was still wet, Moma waited 17 years later to aquire "One".

The full titles of the above paintings are

"One: Number 31", 1950 Collection MoMA

Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) Collection of the Met

They are both from 1950 and if you click on them they will enlarge.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cerrone - Love In C Minor

Solo Show In New York

If you are in New York come and see my show! The opening should be fun too with an afterparty at The Boiler Room......

Solo Show
From The Morning
Sunday L.E.S.
237 Eldridge Street

November 18 – december 31

Reception: Weds. November 18, 7-9 PM

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween On The Lower East Side

Don and Betty draper from "Mad Men" were quite happy that I recognized them. The owners of suger sweet sunshine giving out mini cupcakes to the trick or treaters. Jeffrey , of Porto Rico Coffee giving us some hair rock and Yonah Schimmel Knishes adding pumpkin to the mix!