Thursday, February 19, 2015

Maria Calandra: Request for Collections

 A request from artist Maria Calandra:

Dear Friends,
I am looking for art collections to draw as an extension of my project Pencil in the Studio for my upcoming show at Sardine Gallery this May. The idea here is that I will be drawing the artworks where they live, as opposed to where they were made. If any of you could put me in contact with someone who has a collection, or if you yourself have a collection for me to draw, it would be a great help. I am hoping to have a mix of both artists’ and collectors’ collections to work with. It would mean drawing for a couple of hours on site, much like the studio visits, and the work would be only for the show and not the blog. Thank you for any help you can provide or leads you can give me. I have attached a couple of studio visit drawings from the past several years as examples. The studio's are of Saira McLaren, Rachel Beach and Jules de Balincourt.

Thank you,
Maria Calandra

Maria can be contacted directly via:


Friday, February 13, 2015

A Secret Restaurant by Math Bass & Lauren Davis Fisher @ Public Fiction, Feb 13th at 7:30 PM

A Secret Restaurant 
by Math Bass & Lauren Davis Fisher with a few special guests & performances...
Public Fiction
749 Avenue 50
LA, CA 90042

February 13th at 7:30 PM

Please make a reservation by emailing

Dinner will have a vegetarian option.

Suggested donation $20-25

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Our Terrible Country @ Artists Space

Our Terrible Country
Artists Space Books & Talks
55 Walker Street

Screening & Conversation: Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:00 PM

Syrian journalist and filmmaker Mohammad Ali Atassi introduces his 2014 documentary Our Terrible Country, produced with photographer Ziad Homsi. This vital and insightful film addresses the stages of the Syrian revolution through the figure of Yassin Haj Saleh, a celebrated intellectual and dissident.

Our Terrible Country developed as a portrait of Haj Saleh after he and his wife, activist Samira Khalil, fled from Damascus to Douma in 2013, a liberated city under siege from pro-Assad forces where Homsi was based. As a strong bond forms between Homsi and Haj Saleh, representing two distinct generations of political and intellectual dissidence in the country, the film becomes a depiction of their beliefs, hopes and helplessness as they together make the dangerous journey first to Raqqa, the Syrian city under the control of IS where members of Haj Saleh's family are based, and then into exile in Turkey.

Filmed over a year in Syria and Turkey, the film highlights the progression of the Syrian Revolution, from its pacifist beginnings to its militarization, the bombardment and destruction of cities by the Syrian regime, and the emergence of extremist Islamist currents and their quest to take hold of the revolution. It is also a compellingly direct view into the lives of those struggling to hold onto a political position within an unrelenting and devastating conflict.

Following the screening of Our Terrible Country, Mohammad Ali Atassi will be in conversation with Iraqi poet, novelist and scholar Sinan Antoon.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

High Desert Test Sites: Gem and Mineral Expo and Pancake Breakfast

High Desert Test Sites: Gem and Mineral Expo and Pancake Breakfast
Riverside Studios
3352 San Fernando Road

LA, CA 90065
(across from LA Zine Fest)

February 14, 2015, 10AM - 5PM
February 15, 2015, 12PM - 5PM

High Desert Test Sites is pleased to announce the HDTS Gem and Mineral Expo and Pancake Breakfast, a fundraising event in Los Angeles to support the Joshua Tree-based nonprofit organization that supports artists and their endeavors to make work that engages directly with a community, culture or landscape. Co-founded by Andrea Zittel, High Desert Test Sites is a non-profit organization that supports immersive experiences and exchanges between artists, critical thinkers, and general audiences – challenging all to expand their definition of art to take on new areas of relevancy. The three part weekend event will feature a gem and mineral sale, a painted rock auction, and a Saturday pancake breakfast.

Pancake Breakfast: On Saturday February 14th, HDTS will host a pancake breakfast.

Gem and Mineral Sale: HDTS will hold its own gem and mineral sale throughout the weekend that will feature a vast array of stones and crystals for sale at every price range, from $1 to $100.

Silent Auction: The two-day event will showcase a silent auction of artist-painted rocks. A selection of artists, including many HDTS artists and collaborators, have contributed original “painted rocks” to be auctioned in support of High Desert Test Sites.

Participating artists include:

Adrienne Adar
Mark Allen
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Katie Bachler
Tanya Brodsky
Jedediah Caesar
Akina Cox
N. Dash
Bob Dornberger
Shari Elf (Art Not Walmart)
Alyse Emdur
Claire L. Evans
Cayetano Ferrer
Katie Grinnan
Emilie Halpern
Steve Halterman
Katie Herzog
Matt Merkel Hess
Bettina Hubby
Daniel Ingroff
Patrick Jackson
Emily Joyce
Alice Könitz
Molly Larkey
Candice Lin
Jay Lizo
Karen Lofgren
Shana Lutker
Aram Moshayedi
Alison O'Daniel
Michael Parker
Corrina Peipon
Paul Pescador
Sarah Rara
Fay Ray
Tyson Reeder
Ry Rocklen
Samantha Roth
Kathleen Ryan
Lindsay August-Salazar
Pascual Sisto
LeRoy Stevens
Glen Steigelman
Julie Tolentino
Amy Yao
Amanda Yates Garcia
Vanesa Zendejas

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Figment 1, curated by David Quadrini @ Angstrom Gallery

Figment 1

Curated by David Quadrini


Angstrom Gallery 

1355 Abbot Kinney Blvd 

Venice CA 90291



Opening: January 25, 2015 5pm 

Performance by Paz Lenchantin at 7pm

Almost something.

"something produced by the imagination: something that does not really exist, chimera, conceit, daydream, delusion, dream, fancy, fantasy, hallucination, illusion, nonentity, phantasm (also fantasm), pipe dream, unreality, vision" Miriam-Webster Dictionary


Elena Bajo

Stefan Behlau

Matt Chambers

Liz Craft

Kim Gordon

Drew Heitzler

David Kitz

Robert Lazzarini

Pentti Monkkonen

Warren Neidich

Henry Vincent

Jeff Zilm

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Laura Poitras in conversation with Bettina Funcke @ Artists Space - Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 PM


38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor


Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 PM

Accompanying the exhibition Laura Poitras's 9/11 Trilogy, the filmmaker will be in conversation with writer and editor Bettina Funcke. Their discussion will center on the making of the 9/11 Trilogy, the themes raised within the films, and how Poitras situates her work in relation to modes of filmmaking, journalism and critical art production.

Laura Poitras's CITIZENFOUR (2014), currently screening in theatres, and her two previous films on view at Artists Space, My Country, My Country (2006) and The Oath (2010), form a trilogy that serves as a primary document of the post-9/11 security state. Poitras's practice of placing herself within situations as they unfold and in proximity to those directly affected, suggests a visual form of gathering, processing and disseminating information, articulated through the lived experience of individuals. Along with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, Poitras founded The Intercept in 2013, an online news outlet dedicated to supporting independent investigative journalism. 

Friday, January 2, 2015




Momenta Art

56 Bogart St, 

Brooklyn, NY 11206

OPENING: Monday January 5th, 7-9pm

HOURS: Tuesday Jan 6th - Sunday Jan 11th, 12-6pm

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Money Talks: Session 2 @ Night Gallery, LA



Session 2: w/

2276 E 16th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Wednesday December 10th, 8PM
A series of talks providing artists with financial guidance and know-how
Hosted by James Walters, CPA and President of Kellogg & Andelson

Attendees are encouraged to bring any confusing government notices they may have received for review. Attendance is free but space is limited.  Topics to be covered include: Intro to Bookkeeping, What other taxes are there for artists?, When should I consider incorporating?, What does it mean to be an artist according to the IRS? 
 Please RSVP to


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Second Family by Julie Torres


Curated by Julie Torres
Family Style Collective
2 Rivington Street (btwn Bowery/Chrystie)
LES, NYC 10002
Opening Reception: Wednesday September 24, 6-9pm
On view: Thursday - Sunday, 12-6pm, through September 28
Closing Party: Sunday September 28, 3-6pm


Liz Ainslie, Julie Alexander, Meg Atkinson, Polina Barskaya, Emily Berger, Kristen Biles, Caetlynn Juniper Booth, Melissa Capasso, Susan Carr, Jake Cartwright, Maanik Singh Chauhan, Lauren Collings, Jonathan Cowan, William Crump, Terry Ekasala, Georgia Elrod, Sessa Englund, Ryan Michael Ford, MaDora Frey, Barbara Friedman, Justine Frischmann, Daniel John Gadd, Kyle Gallup, Enrico Gomez, Rachael Gorchov, Julie S. Graham, Alexis Granwell, Fred Gutzeit, Elizabeth Gourlay, Levi Haske, Jay Henderson, Robert Hickman, Pete Hust, Will Hutnick, John Kesling, Wendy Klemperer, Barbara Laube, William Lawler, Geddes Levenson, JJ Manford, Eric Mavko, Leeza Meksin, Joan Mellon, David T Miller, Katherine Mojzsis, Christopher Moss, Seth Mulvey, Helen O'Leary, Fran O'Neill, Jamie Powell, Allie Rex, Diane Dwyer, Elizabeth Riley, Russell Roberts, Christopher Rose, Anne Russinof, Cecilia Salama, Julia Schwartz, Vicki Sher, Polly Shindler, Karen Schiff, Greg Singer, Marian Brunn Smith, Elisa Soliven, Melissa Staiger, Maxwell Stevens, Christina Tenaglia, Polixeni Theodorou, Claudia Tienan, Patrick Todd, Jill Vasileff, Kati Vilim, Zak Vreeland, Albert Weaver, Suhee Wooh and Becky Yazdan.

Press for 'Family Style' is here.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Benjamin King: Simple Mountain @ Arts + Leisure

There was a long period of searching for a something in color which I then called “a condition of light”.  It applied to all objects in nature, flowers, trees, people, apples, cows.  These all have their certain condition of light, which establishes them to the eye, to each other, and to the understanding.

To understand that clearly go to nature, or to the Museum of Natural History and see the butterflies. Each has its own orange, blue, black; white, yellow, brown, green, and black, all carefully chosen to fit the character of the life going on in that individual entity.
- Arthur Dove, 1930, reprinted in Modern American Painters.

Benjamin King: Simple Mountain
1571 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Opening: Saturday, September 6th, 7-10pm 

Arts+Leisure is pleased to present its first project with Benjamin King,Simple Mountain.  This new group of paintings and sculpture, accompanied by a limited edition book of the same title, exemplifies the artist’s long-term quest to distill the natural world into its essentials, and thereby create a new way of looking at nature through painting, and according to a new set of rules and codes.  Picking up where the symbolist and abstract expressionist Arthur Dove and his peers left off, King explores a very personal landscape and vocabulary which appears to be a result of long hours contemplating nature through his own existential beliefs and philosophy. 

King writes:
My process is dependent both on having direct experiences with nature and then recalling those experiences from a point of remove. I'm interested in a cognitive dissonance that arises from this translation. Making this work is like trying to recall a memory where the majority of the visual detail and narrative have been lost or obscured, but for some reason the memory is still there. I am trying to capture that compression of images and sensations retained by the mind. The meaning of the work relies not on one single condition or reading, but on our ability to effortlessly process a confluence of meanings generated by the same piece. 

These pictures seem to fail as landscapes, while succeeding as abstractions, yet inextricably remain landscapes. Or maybe they walk a line that removes them from both categories. The physicality of the surface and the cartoon-like simplification of the imagery undermines seeing the work as only a landscape painting. Brushstrokes and textures mimic the feeling of nature more than they literally describe it. It is like there are two separate systems of logic at work in these paintings. One defines it in terms of familiar symbols for nature and the landscape and another abstract logic seems connected to an intuitive sensibility.

The show is at once both uncomplicated and mysterious.  He portrays basic elements in nature - rivers, sky, trees, rocks - with fresh eyes but with an ancient sensibility. The work is refreshingly pure and organic and tactile via his use of materials, and in many ways runs crosscurrent against the current fashion of digital and social media.  These works seem directed at only one person, rather than millions, yet they are also universal.  Whatever truths are inherent in these unique paintings require some careful observation and contemplation on the part of the viewer, similar to the artist’s own process.  Arts+Leisure invites the public to take part in this meditation this September.

Benjamin King lives and works in New York City. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received his MFA from the University of Chicago. In 1999 in Umbria, Italy he met and studied with artist and professor Nicolas Carone, with whom the notion of art as metaphysical study had a strong effect on the direction of his work. King's work has been exhibited internationally in galleries including Longhouse Projects, ACME, Galerie Laroche/Joncas, Ridgway Exhibitions, Dvorak Sec and The Painting Center. In 2011 in the Canadian art journal Border Crossings, artist-writer-curator Cameron Skene wrote about Benjamin King's work, "King's are deceptively simple paintings, and the comparison to both Phillip Guston and the early-century Arthur Dove is hard to avoid. He's has a sharp eye for the rules of paint, not unlike Dove who said, 'we cannot express the light in nature because we have no sun. We can only express the light we have in ourselves.'" In 2009 in New York City with artist Jay Henderson he formed the roaming curatorial project HKJB. This work has resulted in eight group exhibitions in New York City, Montreal, and Mexico City. HKJB also publishes a blog called HKJBlog with permanent contributors reporting on visual arts in New York City and Los Angeles. HKJB was included in the 2010 Exit Art exhibition and 2012 art history text Alternative Histories New York Art Spaces 1960-2010, published by MIT Press. In 2011, King, with artist Rob Nadeau, curated the group exhibition Snowclones for Joshua Abelow's ARTBLOGARTBLOG pop-up show series held in Ross Bleckner's Chelsea New York studio. 

An 80-page full color artist limited edition will be available for purchase as well. For more information please contact or call 917-880-7299.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Joshua Smith: The Blue Album @ Essex Flowers

Joshua Smith: The Blue Album
Essex Flowers
365 Grand St. @ Essex / NYC

Opening: September 5th, 2014

September 5 - October 5

Watch the press release here.

Rachael Gorchov @ TSA Bushwick

Rachael Gorchov: Making Strange September 12 - October 19

Opening Reception: Friday, September 12 7-10 PM

TSA Gallery
44 Stewart Ave, #49

Brooklyn NY 11237

TSA is pleased to present Making Strange, an exhibition of recent work by Rachael Gorchov.

The entry point to this work is the landscape of suburban, semi-public spaces: lawns, ponds, skies and flora, planned and invasive, that surround office and industrial complexes. Gorchov paints these elements with varying degrees of specificity, allowing image to collide, dissolve into and be convoluted by painterly gestural abstraction. The paint inhabits geometric and organic three-dimensional forms that hang on the wall, inviting gravity to a wrestling match with balance. The forms work in concert to frame and obscure, defamiliarizing omnipresent, ordinary environments.

After drawing and photographing onsite at commercial parks both inhabited and abandoned, Gorchov constructs conglomerated landscapes in her studio. Her aim is to highlight that which is hidden in plain view: the idiosyncratic, romantic, picturesque, calming, ominous, daydreamy, imaginary and secret. If you choose to spend time with these paintings, they will ask you to explore by walking around, ducking, tilting your head, craning your neck. The structures may be reminiscent of other things, the paint may accentuate or distract from the form for a disorienting experience, thus “making strange” – a translation of the term, coined by Russian Formalist Viktor Shklovsky, ostranenie: an artistic device to “impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known.” By slowing the act of perception, the familiar is made new and unusual.

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-6pm and by appointment.
Ring buzzer to enter during normal hours
To read the full press release and for directions, please visit

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Family Style @ Formerly Pocket Utopia

Curated by Julie Torres
Formerly Pocket Utopia
191 Henry Street, LES, NYC 10002
Opening Reception: Tuesday July 22, 6-9pm
On view July 22 - August 24, Wed - Sun, 12 - 6pm


Ky Anderson
Meg Atkinson
Liz Atzberger
John Avelluto
Inna Babaeva
Emily Berger
Maria Britton
Melissa Capasso
Ginny Casey
Lauren Collings
Jonathan Cowan
William Crump
Kevin Andrew Curran
Georgia Elrod
Sessa Englund
Ryan Michael Ford
Matthew Neil Gehring
Enrico Gomez
Rachael Gorchov
Libby Hartle
Jay Henderson
Fran Holstrom
Mary Judge
Mona Saeed Kamal
Leslie Kerby
Wendy Klemperer
William Eckhardt Kohler
Ellen Letcher
Geddes Levenson
Amy Lincoln
Meg Lipke
Rebecca Litt
JJ Manford
Chris Moss
Seth Mulvey
Rebecca Murtaugh
Fran O’Neill
Alex Paik
Jamie Powell
James Prez
Ben Pritchard
Jenna Ransom
Alexandra Rubinstein
Anne Russinof
Karen Schifano
Jennifer Shepard
Julia Sinelnikova
Elisa Soliven
Maxwell Stevens
Austin Thomas
Kati Vilim
Maria Walker
Albert Weaver
Rachael Wren
Becky Yazdan

It's a family affair

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Joyce Robins: Paint & Clay @ THEODORE:Art

Joyce Robins 
Paint & Clay
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY

Opening: Friday, May 16th, 2014, 6-9 PM

Through June 22nd, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Publication: 86 Items

86 Items

A publication that serves as a visual record of a guest lecture by artist Jay Henderson to the students of FNAR 264-404 (Art, Design and Digital Culture) at the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Designed by Jason Alejandro and published by the Improvised Library.

Available on Blurb here.

HKJB "Another Show" Poster @ Collective Show Mexico City 2014