Tuesday, August 25, 2015

High Desert Test Sites - 2015 Postcard Project

High Desert Test Sites is now accepting postcard images for the 2015-2016 Postcard Project. 

Each year a carefully curated selection of limited edition postcards is produced to benefit High Desert Test Sites. They are available on our website, at the HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet, and at some of our favorite shops in Joshua Tree and beyond.  Sales of the postcards help support future HDTS programming.  

Selected artists will be fully credited for their contributions, and will receive a complimentary set of this year's postcard selections. 

Please send all submissions as email attachments in JPEG format (4 x 6”, 350 dpi, CMYK), along with artist name and image title (if applicable) to info@highdeserttestsites.com by October 1, 2015.  Include your first and last name in each filename, using the following filenaming convention: lastname_firstname_1.jpg.  (Example: zittel_andrea_1.jpg.) No more than 3 postcard submissions per person please.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Donate a Plant

Dear Friends and Plant Lovers,

This October I will be creating a socially engaged greenhouse sculpture titled “Creative Evolution (life together)” at The Clemente on the Lower East Side, for the exhibition Closed Garden at the Abrazo Interno Gallery. 

I am looking for participants to donate cuttings from their plants. These diverse cuttings will be propagated into a gallery environment, tended by volunteers, and eventually transformed into a permanent garden, providing The Clemente with a new green sanctuary. 

I'm seeking a diversity of cuttings, preferably indoor houseplants, although suitable outdoor plants are welcome too. Mature plants and even plants that need a foster home are accepted as donations, provided that the individual has had the plant for a while. No newly purchased plants, please. 

Your contribution would be greatly appreciated. Cutting donors will be acknowledged in the exhibition and a leaflet will be distributed with the names of donors and species of plants. The exhibition will take place in early October, with the permanent garden taking root in spring of 2016 with public access. 


Cuttings will be accepted from August 13 -September 13, 2015

To donate a cutting (or a plant if you prefer), please come to The Clemente and fill out the information sheet provided at the front desk and drop off your cutting. 

The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street 
(between Delancey and Rivington) 
New York, NY 10003 

Monday through Saturday, 3.30pm - 10.30pm 

*Information to be provided includes, your name, address, email, name of plant, date


Cuttings should be around 3 - 6 inches. Place the cutting together with a wet paper towel in a well-zipped ziplock bag. Please label your bag with your name, email and any special instructions you may have. You are welcome, in fact encouraged, to provide more than one sample (as it may not “strike” and it will be good to have a few). If you are providing a few species, please label the bag accordingly. 

For details on appropriate plants or how to take or transplant a cutting, please email me for guidelines. If you have additional questions about the exhibit, please email me at lilixc@hotmail.com

Please feel free to forward this onto friends who may have an interest in donating. 

With gratitude,  
Lili Chin

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Opening Thursday: Cosmicomics @ Frosch&Portmann

53 Stanton Street, NYC
Opening Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM
July 9th - August 16th, 2015

In Italo Calvino’s collection of short stories, Cosmicomics, interstellar particles meet, fall in love, part ways, reunite, argue, pine for one another, and search for meaning, all while travelling through space and years of galactic evolution. Characters navigate the changing universe, moving through primordial gases and celestial ooze, clinging to rock formations that hurtle through the atmosphere at the speed of light.  Calvino's creatures contemplate their morphing world, lament their own insignificance, and rank love among the galaxy’s finest treasures.
The artists in this show are not particularly interested in science, science fiction, or astronomy—or maybe they are, it was never discussed, but they have been chosen for a common sensibility.  Their work shares an interest in human emotion, otherworldly beauty, and a sense of humor.  Calvino’s voice, candid and humble, sentimental and romantic, playful and funny, is alive in these drawings, paintings and sculpture that use concrete experience as a jumping-off point for amused imaginative play.
Katherine Bradford likes Superman because he can fly, wears bright colors and comes from the realm of the supernatural.  Her Superman is earnest yet goofy, pointing towards the transcendent.  Here, Bradford’s Pink and Black Superhero fills in to do his best.
In David Finn’s Weight, on Tyvek, smaller shapes pull at the larger central forms bringing a family of bodies into focus.  Even as it is clearly figurative, it is more alien than human, playfully suggesting that the pull of family connections is universal.
Grant Huang’s unpretentious marker drawings tell stories—of companionship, sentimentality, death, astronomical phenomena, and the dispassionate cruelty of nature.  They are both serious and sophomoric as they simultaneously exalt and poke fun at the cosmos.
Jay Henderson's Moon hovers over the show with an amusing awareness of its own fakery.  The large flat disc, oozing metallic paint and spinning is both like and unlike any actual moon.  His Roof sculpture has landed improbably in the middle of the gallery, an emissary from an unimaginable world.
Sasha Pichushkin’s work is abstract, but it nudges us gently into a private world of natural forces, cryptic language and universal beauty.
Ellen Siebers’ quiet paintings take the visible world and turn it inside out, strip it bare, mine it for meaning.  The choices are strange and perfect, and while recognizably of this world, they offer a parallel narrative, placing us in the role of newcomers in an unusual, alternate world.
In Vicki Sher‘s drawings, shapes and lines float in airy space, relying on balance and gravity to hold them together.
Daniel Wiener’s Faces are at once monstrous and beautiful, foreign and familiar. They evoke aliens and weird extraterrestrial terrains whose grotesque, oozy swirly shapes in whimsical color invite exploration.
Ye Qin Zhu’s small wax sculptures demonstrate a constant delight in the ordinary.  Every herb, fruit fly, and piece of studio dust can be dipped in wax and/or rolled into orbs of recorded experience, displayed in the gallery like objects gathered on extraordinary journeys.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

NYC ArtCondo Orientation Meeting


Monday, June 15, 2015

Painting In Trees: Music Day - Saturday, June 20th, 2015 - 3:00 PM

1237-1241 Broadway at Greene Ave.


Saturday, June 20th, 2015 at 3:00 PM

3:00 pm -- Mark Micchelli 30 min musical prodigy sort - acoustic accordion and guitar
3:45 -- Veronica Torres-- mystery performance (10mins)
4:00 -- Jeremy Sigler Poet - He’s published a whole ton of stuff. "Crackpot Poet"
4:45 -- Terminal Intrusion-- The amazing poet/performer/artist/activator Nyssa Frank
5:30 -- David Shull-- sings songs
6:15 -- Daniel Klag-- soundscapes
7:00 -- The Spookfish
8:00 --Colin O’Con Dark Carpet 35 min rock&roll bandcamp.com/darkcarpet
9:00 --Michael Perrone artist and short film projectionist

Brought to you by the 'Paintings in Trees' People to Benefit the People's Garden

Opening: Cosmicomics @ Frosch&Portmann, NYC

Frosch & Portmann
53 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002

Opening: Thursday, July 9th, 2015

July 9 - August 16, 2015

curated by Vicki Sher

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Work for an Earth Artist: Star Axis

Artist Assistant needed for Star Axis:

Artist Assistant: Room & Board + $500/month stipend. mid-June – mid-October (dates somewhat flexible). 

Sculptor building large earthwork in New Mexico is hiring one intern. Star Axis is an earth/sky work on a remote mesa 1 1/2 hours from Santa Fe, NM. Please investigate Star Axis before responding: www.staraxis.org, and www.charlesrossstudio.com

Studio: Detail oriented. Building skills (incl. power tools), painting and preparing surfaces for a large installation, and some model making. A plus: photography and video shooting experience (GoPro and PremierPro). Also a plus: photoshop, illustrator, 3d drafting.

House Responsibilities: trips into town for supplies/food, some cooking, pitch in to help keep common areas clean. Help host visitors to the site.

Requirements/Qualifications: Interns should be mature, flexible, independent, and interested in learning how a large earthwork is created (funded, designed, organized, and built). Also be enthusiastic about learning new skills, detail oriented, and interested in spending time alone in a remote desert ranch location. (House is off-grid.)

Interns have their own private cabins. This is a remote location. Must have a vehicle.

Application Instructions:
Please email a cover letter, CV, and images of work to Jill at info@staraxis.org. Please write: "Internship" in the email subject heading. We will be interviewing in NYC until mid-May. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Family Ties: Brooklyn | Dallas @ 500X Gallery, curated by Julie Torres and Bonny Leibowitz, during the Dallas Art Fair


mostly Brooklyn Artists with mostly Dallas Artists...

curated by Julie Torres & Bonny Leibowitz...

Opening: Saturday, April 11th 7:00pm - 10:00pm...

500X Gallery
500 Exposition Avenue
Dallas, TX 75226

On view: April 11 - May 3rd, Saturdays & Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. Weekdays by appointment.

80+ artists from Brooklyn and 40+ artists from Dallas with a few others from a few other places...


Albert Weaver, Alex Paik, Alexis Granwell, Ann Glazer, Anne Russinof, Ashley Garrett, Austin Thomas, Bailey K Chapman, Barbara Laube, Becky Yazdan, Benjamin King, Ben Pritchard, Ben Terry, Bonny Leibowitz, Brett Dyer, Brian Edmonds, Caetlynn Booth, Cande Aguilar, Cecilia Salama, Chance Dunlap, Christina Tenaglia, Christopher Moss, Christopher Rose, Claudia Tienan, Daniel John Gadd, David Michael Connolly, David T Miller, Deanna Wood, Douglas Florian, Elizabeth Gourlay, Elizabeth Riley, Ellen Letcher, Emily Berger, Enrico Gomez, Eric Mavko, Erica Stephens, Fran Holstrom, Fran O'Neill, Fred Gutzeit, Georgia Elrod, Ginny Casey, Giovanni Valderas, Gwendolyn Plunkett, Helen O'Leary, Inna Babaeva, James Prez, Jamie Powell, Jason Rohlf, Jay Henderson, Jeanne Neal, Jeff Parrott, Jennifer Shepard, Jenny Leigh Jones, Jill Vasileff, Joan Mellon, John Kesling, Jonathan Cowan, Julia L Trinh, Julia Schwartz, Julie Alexander, Julie S. Graham, Julon Pinkston, Justine Frischmann, Karen Schifano, Karl Bielik, Karla Areli, Katherine Mojzsis, Kevin Andrew Curran, Kristen Biles, Ky Anderson, Kyle Gallup, Lael Marshall, Lauren Collings, Leeza Meksin, Leslie Kerby, Levi Haske Liz Ainslie, Liz Atzberger,MaDora Frey, Maria Britton, Marian Brunn Smith, Mary Judge, Matthew Neil Gehring, Maxwell Stevens, Mayra Barraza, Meg Atkinson, Melissa Capasso, Melissa Staiger, Michael Frank Blair, Nancy Ferro, Paul Behnke, Peggy Epner, Phillip J. Mellen, Polly Shindler, Rachael Gorchov, RE Cox, Rebecca Litt,Rebecca Murtaugh, Roberto Munguia, Ryan Goolsby, Ryan Michael Ford, Sally Warren, Sean Montgomery, Seth Mulvey, Stephen B. MacInnis, Suhee Wooh, Susan Carr, Susan Cheal, Teresa Ekasala, Todd Camplin, Vicki Owen, Vicki Sher, Wendy Klemperer, Will Hutnick, William Crump, William Eckhardt Kohler, William Lawler, Zak Vreeland, + + +

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cordy Ryman @ Zurcher

Cordy Ryman: Chimera 45
33 Bleecker Street

Caught between sculpture and painting, Ryman’s artwork is characterized by recycled wood, metal, cardboard, scrap metals, acrylic and enamel paints and other found objects. When working with wood, he often keeps the rough jagged edges visible. This creates a very tactile surface which reveals a tight connection to the human hand. Ryman alters the surfaces of his artwork to change the appearance but still allows for the character of the materials to be recognized.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

How to Drive a Getaway Car

How to Drive a Getaway Car

New York Times
MARCH 6, 2015

     Never mind trying to outrace another vehicle when you need to escape, says Walter Farrer, a security consultant who teaches evasive-­driving courses to business executives and wealthy Mexican families who want to avoid kidnappings. Disappear instead: drive a mini­van, which is like an automotive duck blind, mobile camouflage for the road. “They make you hard to follow,” Farrer says. A newish mini­van or midsize S.U.V. in gray with no bumper stickers is ideal. “Make sure both taillights work,” Farrer says. “You don’t want anything on your car that is easily identifiable.” In particularly high-risk cities — kidnappings for ransom are a persistent problem in Mexico — he presses his clients to drive cars covered in dust bearing local plates.

     Once behind the wheel, follow a few basic rules — what Farrer calls “habit changes” — no matter whom your pursuers are. Vary the routes you take to work, your children’s school, the gym. Predictability makes for easy surveillance, and, as Farrer tells his students, “routine movements are the riskiest.” Keep the windows up and the doors locked. To facilitate speedy exits, back into parking spots. Wait for a well-lit public place before pulling over, especially if it’s for a fender bender. Never tailgate: “Give yourself space to maneuver,” says Farrer, whose courses include instruction on how to ram through roadblocks, drive in reverse in a slalom pattern to dodge bullets and skid 180 degrees in what’s called a “bootlegger’s turn.”

     Still, the most basic evasive-driving lesson is one that could make better drivers of us all: be more keenly aware of your surroundings. Notice the quotidian. If something is off — a car is following, a strange roadblock looms ahead — early recognition will give you a few moments extra to react. “A successful criminal surprises the victim,” Farrer says. “Become more alert, and you’ll be harder to catch.”

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Two Coats of Paint: Spring/Break Art Fair Quiz

   Sharon Butler's Two Coats of Paint Art Fair Quiz:

Although the Spring/Break Art Show is known more for installations, dimly lit rooms and video projections, there were a fair number of paintings on the walls this year. Can you identify these? Send your answers to twocoatsofpaint@gmail.com with SPRING/BREAK QUIZ in the subject line. Whoever has the most correct answers will receive a post about his or her work or upcoming projects. Deadline: March 8, midnight. Get out there and see some art. Good luck!

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: calandramarialouisa@gmail.com


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 shhh@publicfiction.org

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 lydia@nightgallery.ca