Thursday, December 24, 2009

Meet yer Maykr: Jim White

While in Denver back in November, I paid a visit to Jim White in his studio to pick up his contribution to the kork Advent project.
While there, I shot some images of Jim's space and a bit of the nascent works of various forms he has in progress.

I met Jim in the late 90's at a group exhibit he was participating in at Revolucciones space in Denver.  I was struck by his facility for drawing and his compositional treatments.  I bought two paintings from that exhibit and we've been in and out of contact ever since.
As I'm writing this, I'm recalling an instant during an exhibit I had at EDGE gallery in 2002.  At the same time, Jim had a show up across the street at Pirate.   Having run over to check out Jim's show, I came away feeling very envious of his work.  I can't say now what it was in particular that drew that reaction out of me, and I can't actually remember what I saw - that portion of the memory has been drowned out by response to it.  It's the only time I can remember feeling that way toward someone elses work.  It was a short but sharp sensation.

A box of antique player piano rolls that Jim is starting to use in his collages, such as he did for his Dec 19 contribution to the kork Advent project.

A personalized valentine.

Jim said that he's just now returning to drawing and painting after a period in which he's been involved in creating small foamcore sculptures.  These table top sculpture sit somewhere in between misguided architectural models and a fanciful scheme for cultural merchandising.  Jim thinks of  to these as miniature monuments; each one a lilliputian ode to the heyday of macho plop art.
In time, these pieces will receive some form of paint treatment.  We began discussing possible applications of these for a future kork project....stay tuned for that later in 2010.

Some images of Jim's workspace:

 The two untitled works from (98, 99?) currently hanging in my bedroom.

You can view past Meet yer Maykr studio visits at

Thursday, December 17, 2009

In the neighborhood

There's a sculpture that suddenly appeared in the front yard of a house just up the block. I noticed it yesterday on my way to the gym.
It's an alright piece;  One that I might notice if it were in a public park or civic setting, although it maybe a bit generic in that public sculpture kind of way.  But in this setting (complete with a plaque with artist name and sculpture title: Robert Giordano; First Gate) the work definitely has more of a charge.

Part of this charge comes from the surprising context of this work sitting on a residential front lawn.  It's a slight tangle in relation to the otherwise uprightness of the line of Victorian homes on the block.  Perhaps the only really odd thing about the presence of the sculpture here is that it is not festooned with Christmas lights.  And although the popularity of those inflatable Christmas lawn figures push the envelope of scale even further than this comparatively modest structure,  the other reason I think it works here is the relationship of the work's size to its setting. The sculpture dominates the square of lawn on which it sits in a wonderfully almost-claustrophobic manner.  Lawns are tedious, tiresome uses of space, but here that bit lawn has been deputized into an actual purpose of framing and supporting the sculpture.  The ratio of sculpture to grass here turns the normal sculpture to sculpture park relationship on its head - and it works really well in this situation....unlike this similarly but less successful tweaking of scale in a public work.

It gave me a lift to see it there.  It also reminded me of how uninterested I am in the bulk of sculpture in sited in natural settings, or conventional civic settings.

I'm intrigued by the thought of having a sculpture tour that takes place in the front lawns of residences, if only for the novelty and the potential for the absurd. 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

This is the endThis is not the end This is the End This is not the end This is....

If you're a frequent visitor to Maykr, you have noticed that the blog is going on two months since it's last post.
This post is here to confirm that which you already know: maykr is on indefinite hiatus.

I've decided to pull back to focus on personal and collaborative projects (including some Maykr publication projects), more studio time and a re-imagining of my art blogging activities. Maykr is not dead - it's in an induced coma, but there are signs of life here. You'll notice that I've added a MAYKR twitter feed in the sidebar. Many of the announcements I've posted about previously will be funneled through there - so keep your announcements and notices coming and as I'm able to, I'll throw them there.  There is also a  MAYKR group on Facebook, so feel free to join up and post art related items yourself there or start a conversation.  Also, don't forget about the Beacon Art Postcard Archive (BAPA)  this project continues and I continue to need contributions of postcards and other art promotional ephemera.
The writing I will be doing in the near future will be channeled through my personal blog which will contain a lot of my studio oriented items in addition to Maykr-type, art related posts.  I want to create a more clear correlation between those things in the broader world (and artworld) that draw my attention and my studio activities, and how both sides of that coin influence one another.   I'm working on a new webpage/blog format that will provide me a proper context for this dual writing I'd like do, although I'm being stymied by technological limitations at the moment.  It's possible that I'll start posting Eye Candy Fridays again after the new year, and I have a handful of Meet yer Maykr studio visit posts in the pipeline, all of which you'll be able to find at for the interim. 
This change of venue stems from that desire to tie together (for myself) the strands of writing and mayking that dominate my time.  Also, my interest in blogging has incrementally drifted from art related items specific to the Beacon Area.  It's not captivating enough for me  to maintain a Beacon-area specific blog any more.  I think it's best to create a little more separation between the newer content and the local-centric archive that the Maykr blog has become.  

As with any body in a coma, Maykr can still sense your presence. Although it may not be able to respond fully, it still holds within it the memories and essence of a body having lived. You can always direct questions or announcements to info[at]maykr[dot]com.  Going forward, I'll work to maintain the currency of the links on this page, and hopefully add new ones as they come up. I will also work to add lables to older posts that will make the pre 2007 content more searchable.

Finally, I send my gratitude out to all who have become regular visitors to the blog, and those who have subscribed to the blog's feed, and those who have shared with me their words of encouragement over the years.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

James Westwater at Heidi Cho Gallery in NYC, opening tomorrow

James Westwater is among the artists featured in an exhibit opening tomorrow at the Heidi Cho Gallery in Chelsea.  Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds also includes the work of Richmond Burton, Maurizio Pellegrin, Tad Wiley and Saya Woolfalk.
Heidi cho is located at 522 W 23 St. the opening reception is taking place from 6-8 pm and the exhibition will run through Nov. 12.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hyde Park Visual History Project Premieres Oct 17 at the Hyde Park Drive In

After two years of hustling and armed with some 2000 images gathered from residents of Hyde Park, Matthew Slaats is ready to present his interactive Hyde Park Visual History Project at the Drive In theater in Hyde Park.
Matthew was in Beacon on Saturday and gave me a quick rundown on this tail end of the project and the added technically interactive twist he's incorporating into it.
The projected collected images and accompanying sound will be influenced by movement of bodies in a set location on the grounds of the drive in. 
Here's Matthew's description from the project's Facebook event page:
The Hyde Park Visual History Project, developed by artist Matthew Slaats, is a community‐centered artistic project that engages the elaborate evolution of the local landscape and its inhabitants through images and sound. Serving as a dynamic meeting point for the community, the arts, and the history of Hyde Park, NY, the project builds an understanding of place through donated images, home movies, film, and audio. The collected visual and auditory material will be presented at significant sites in the community throughout the summer of 2009, culminating in an installation at the historic Hyde Park Drive In Theatre. For these installations, images of the past and present will meld into brilliant moments of color, all of which is supported by a sound track developed from recordings of children describing their hometown. Audience and environmental movement will control this interactive installation, becoming the driving force for the installation.
The Project Presentation will take place from 8 - 11pm on Saturday, Oct 17 at the Hyde Park Drive-In Theater on Rt 9.  If you try to find this on google maps, it'll send you way up state, but I've marked it on a map right here.
Be sure to check out Matthew's blog on the project which chronicles its development and his thoughts that have emerged through his interactions with the public of Hyde Park and their memories of the place.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

On for this weekend.

I've been squeezed for time of late, so if you're looking for information on the openings and happenings tonight at Floor One, Gallery G, bau, Van Brunt, RiverWinds, and many others, check out BACA's website......
note that the time for the Art21 screening today at the Beacon Community Center has been changed from 2 to 4pm.
Also, Collaborative Concepts' Saunders Farm Project in Garrison is having its mid-run reception today from 2-6pm.  Musical performances are scheduled throughout the day.

Thursday night's talk by Thomas Nozkowski up in Stone Ridge was great. Aspects of his process really resonated with me, making it personally rewarding...I'll have more on this soon.

On the subject of talks, this one comes via the arts muse blog: the Katonah Museum is hosting one given by Robert Storr on the subject of "Art's Self-Sufficiency in a Boom/Bust Art World".  Storr's talk is happening tomorrow at the Chappaqua Crossing Auditorium from 5-7pm.  The talk is being held on the occasion of Storr being named the first recipient of the museums new Himmel Award. This is a pricey one, $85, $75 for museum members and $25 for students.  If you're interested, call 914.232.9555 x2978.  The Chappaqua Crossing Auditorium is a t 480 Bedford Rd in .....Chappaqua.

And don't forget COTA is happening in New Paltz today starting from 10-5.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Eye Candy Friday: Oh, ho, ho It's Magic

Hanging out last Friday night with Will Walker, fresh from his two month residency at Seven Below in Vermont, brings us this week's EFC: the work of Peter Miller.  Peter was one of Will's two studiomates, along with Mia Feuer at Seven Below and his website is chock full of subtle, visually and intellectually rich work and there's a lot to see on his website between his video pieces and the video documentation of his performances and installations.  Just the thing for perusing on a rainy Friday. 
Expect to hear a bit about Will's experience in vermont in his own words and images in a forthcoming MAYKR post.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Art 21 "Compassion" airs tonight on PBS. "Fantasy" preview screening @ BCC on Oct 10 4pm

If you weren't able to make it to the Art21 Sneak Preview Screenings of Art 21 Episode 1 at the Beacon Community Center last Saturday or at the Beahive last night, the episode will be airing tonight at 10pm on WNET 13.

A preview screening of Episode 2 "Fantasy" will be held at the Beacon Community Center on Saturday, Oct 10 at 4pm.
Fantasy features the work of  Jeff Koons, Mary Heilmann, Cao Fei and Florian Maier-Aichen.
I've mentioned some of the various attributes to the Art21 world and the accompanying educational programs.  Stacey Ward Kelley and Jennie Duke, both teachers in Beacon Public School  are two of 15 chosen nationwide to participate in the Art21 Educator's program.
Stacey and Jennie will be presenting a development workshop for visual art teachers in the Beacon and Newburgh City School District's on Nov. 3.  Via Beacon Citizen Network .

Update:  "Compassion" will be viewable on the PBS Video Portal until Nov 13, 2009

Rideshare to Stone Ridge for Thomas Nozkowski talk and opening

If anyone is interested in carpooling to tomorrow eve's presentation and opening of Nozkowski's work, drop me a line.  As of now a party of two of us will be heading up for it.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Free weekend admission to Dia:Beacon for Beacon residents All-Year-Long

Beginning Saturday, Oct 17, Dia:Beacon will begin offering year round free weekend museum admission to residents of Beacon NY.
This new initiative, made possible by Lyn and John Fishback in honor of Pete Seeger will kick off on the 17th with a celebration with refreshments, a performance by Pete Seeger and adult and family tours.  It all starts at 11:30, here's the schedule:
11:30 am   -  Refreshments
12:00 pm   -  Welcome Remarks & Performance by Pete Seeger
1:00   pm   -  Adult and family tours of Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries
2:00   pm   -  Line, Rythm, Chance, a guided family activity in the museum's Learning Lab.
                     open to children 6 and above accompanied by an adult. 
                     For reservations email
Beacon residents simply need to present a driver's license or other government-issued ID for free entry to the museum.

Additionally, the final Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Workshop to be held at Dia:Beacon will take place on that same day at 2pm.  The topic for this last session is Considering the Fiscal Sponsorship Model to Structure and Support Art Projects. ( I'll be out of town that day and would love a report from someone on this....perhaps Mr. W.Walker?) For reservations call 845-440-0100 x19 or These workshops are sponsored in part by the Dutchess County Arts Council.

More Dia:Beacon news: 
Advance tickets for the first stage of Trisha Brown Dance Co. performances on Nov 14 & 15 are on sale for Dia members.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on Oct 15.  General admission to the performance is $35 and includes museum admission.  Dia member tickets are $20.

The St Luke's Chamber Ensemble is kicking off a new concert series at Dia:Beacon beginning on Oct 18.
The Antoni Tapies exhibit will be closing in the coming weeks.  I believe that an installation of Agnes Martin works will follow the Tapies show.

On Saturday, Oct 24, at 1pm, Allstar gallery talk giver Kenneth Goldsmith will be returning to give a talk on Sol LeWitt. Not to put too much pressure on Mr Goldsmith, but this better be good, because (based on his Warhol talk) I've been really building up this talk in my mind....That usually doesn't bode well for my own personal endeavors, so I hope he will fare better than I tend to in light of my own preassumed excellence.

Finally Finally, winter is coming and with it come shorter days and with those shorter days come shorter hours at Dia:Beacon.  On Oct 22, the museum will be open Thurs-Mon 11-4pm. On Nov 13 the museum will be open Fri-Mon 11-4pm.

Jackie Battenfield Lecture in Peekskill, Tuesday, Oct 6, 7pm.

Jackie Battenfield, artist and author of An Artist's Guide:  Making a Living doing What you Love will be speaking tomorrow night, Oct 6, at 7pm at the Westchester Community College Center for Digital Arts in Peekskill, NY.
Admission is $5.

Ms. Battenfield's book came out this Summer, and though I haven't read it, I've seen it referred to extensively around the blogospher. In fact, Ed Winkleman happened to mention it on his blog again today.  Joanne Mattera whose Marketing Mondays are full of good information has both highlighted the book (for which she was interviewed) and interviewed the author in that weekly segment.
The Center for Digital Arts is located at 27 N Division in Peekskill.  914-606-7304

Saturday, October 03, 2009

On Today:

The NYC hub of ecoartspace is hosting an opening reception today called Down to Earth. Simon Draper and Todd Sargood, E Odin Cathcart, Jeff Bailey and Cathy Lebowitz will be representing the Habitat for Artists in the exhibit. The reception is taking place tonight from 6-8pm at 53 Mercer St down in the city.

Of course, Walkway over the Hudson opening events are scheduled today in Poughkeepsie.  There's a live feed on the website. the parade is scheduled to happen at 1:30.  Given the weather today, I hope there's plenty of non slip tape up there on the floor... It's a long way down.

Open Space will be presenting the comedy stylings of Beacon's own Sam Anderson and a lecture by David Rees called "How to Win The Lottery"  The hilarity will be happening from 8 to 9:30 tonight.

Finally, don't forget the screening today of Art21's "Compassion" at 2pm at the Beacon Community Center at 23 W Center St.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Thomas Nozkowksi, visiting artist at SUNY Ulster: Talk and exhibit, Oct 8, 7pm.

 Thomas Nozkowksi Untitled(1), 2008 (detail) aquatint on paper.

My mailbox was illuminated yesterday by a notice from the Muroff Kotler Art Gallery at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, NY (12484).  Visiting artist Thomas Nozkowski will be giving a talk and slide presentation on Thursday, October 8 at 7pm, followed by the opening reception for the exhibit "Complete Prints & Related Drawings." 

The talk and exhibit are both located in Vanderlyn Hall, with the talk/slide presentation happening in the Student Lounge (VAN 203).  The gallery is VAN 265.  Here's a campus map.

Nozkowski's exhibit will be on view from Oct 8 - Nov 6, 2009.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Art21 preview screenings in Beacon, NY: Oct 3 & 10 at the BCC and Oct 6 at the Beahive.

"Compassion" will be screened on Oct 3 at 2pm at the Beacon Community Center, and on Oct 6 at 8pm at the Beahive.

Art21, the Peabody Award winning series of documentaries on art and artists in the 21st Century is coming 'round again for its fifth season in October.
Since 1997, each Art21 season features a handful of themed hour-long episodes that present segments on three or four artists, in their own words, describing the nature their work and the issues behind it.
This season's 4 episodes are organized around the the four themes of Compassion, Fantasy, Transformation and Systems.
Over the years, the scope of Art21 has developed and amazing set of educational material and programs around the documentaries.  As the featured artists respond to and incorporate various political, social and personal issues into their work, The material has the position of demonstrating how to use art as a tool for their student's comprehension in all other subjects.  Additionally, the Art21 blog features a rotation of invited guest bloggers to chronicle aspects of the artworld most significant to them.  Daniel Fuller , a former Beacon resident, who is now the Senior Program Specialist at the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative was one of the  guest bloggers over the Summer.
An initiative that has grown over the past two seasons Art21's program of Access Events where the program teams up with institutions and groups internationally to host preview screenings and events to accompany the series on PBS.
Several screenings are planned in the Hudson Valley including Newburgh, New Paltz and Kingston.
I have scheduled Preview screenings of Episode 1 (Compassion) on Oct 3 at 2pm and Episode 2 (Fantasy) on Oct 10 at 4pm both at the Beacon Community Center at 23 W Center St.
The Beacon Art Salon and the Beahive will be screening Episode 1 on Oct 6 at 8pm. 

Episode 1 "Compassion" highlights the work of Carrie Mae Weems, Doris Salcedo and William Kentridge.
Episode 2 "Fantasy" features Cao Fei, Florian Maier-Aichen, Jeff Koons and Mary Heilmann.

Beacon has a rare distinction for a city of its size as it has had ties to many of the artists who have been highlighted in the documentaries over the years through the presence in town of Dia, Minetta Brook, Tallix and the Beacon Cultural Foundation.  In the case of the episodes we'll be screening at the BCC,  Jeff Koons who's in episode 2 had many of his highly polished steel sculptures fabricated in Beacon at Tallix.  The Beacon Cultural Project brought Carrie Mae Weems, of episode 1, to Beacon for an exhibit at the Beacon Project Space in 2002 and supported a project by her that was conceived as a series of interviews in a Main St storefront called the Record Shop, and concluded, in 2005, in an exhibit for the BCF in the Library Gallery of Bulldog Studios called Sited for the Record.

"Fantasy" will be screened on Oct 10 at 4pm at the Beacon Community Center.

This event is part of Art21 Access ‘09, a celebration of contemporary art and Season 5 of Art:21-Art in the Twenty-First Century sponsored by Art21. Art21 Access 09 is held at over 300 museums, schools, libraries, art spaces, and community centers and is organized in collaboration with Americans for the Arts’ National Arts and Humanities Month. Visit for more information.

Catching up, making recompense

Here are a few things I missed in the run up to my open studio this past week::

Jane Thornquist pictured here with works by Susan English. photo courtesy of Garrison Art Center.

The Garrison Art Center hosted an exhibition closing artist talk and performance as part of the Plastic Waves exhibition by Susan English and Jaanika Peerna.    The performance portion of the event was presented by Jane Thornquist.
Garrison Art Center also hosted a painter's and writer's workshop on Saturday...missed that.  However, they have announced their new schedule of classes, so you can visit their website to view that.  And on Friday, Oct 2 at 8pm, GAC will be hosting a benefit comedy performance Emily Levine at the Depot Theatre. GAC will be holding an auction on Oct 3 too, so check that out.

Joseph Bertolozzi  gave a talk on his Bridge Music at Elant in Fishkill on Friday the 24th.  Joe will be awarded a 2009 Dutchess County Executive Arts Award at a ceremony on October 28 in Poughkeepsie.  Linda Hubbard of RiverWinds and BACA will be receiving a special citation at the same ceremony.

Hudson Beach Glass opened a new exhibit on Saturday evening called Beacon on Fire.  The group show featuring work by Emil Alzamora,Tom Holmes, Rudy Mendoza, Jill Reynolds, Rosalind Schneider, Stephen Spaccarelli and Leigh Li-Yun Wen will be on view through Nov 15.

The Dorsky Museum in New Paltz announced a program of talks and a symposium to accompany the museum's ongoing Art and the River project.  The first event was a lecture on Sept 23 by professor emeritus of Geology at New Paltz, Gill Brenner. 
Future scheduled events include the Nov 7 day-long symposium "Revisiting The Hudson: Nineteenth-century Landscape Painting in Context" and a gallery talk on Nov 19 by Monroe-based landscape photographer Greg Miller to accompany his exhibit "Panorama of the Hudson River".

Greg Miller delivered a presentation on Saturday at G.A.S. in Poughkeepsie as part of the Bridging The Hudson exhibit there.  Upcoming events include presentations on Oct 10 at 1-3pm by Dick Crenson and Oct. 17 at 1-3 by Joseph Bertolozzi.

Karlos Carcamo is taking part in an exhibit, along with Barbara Weissberger and Nicholas Kashian, called Mirror on Mirror Mirrored at Dean Project in LIC, which opened on Sept 19 and will run through Nov 19. You can also check out images from this show on Karlos' blog where you can also find images from his current show at MARTE Contemporaneo in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Tony Moore's work is included in an exhibit called Out of the Anagama: Kilnmasters and Stokers at Vessels Gallery in Boston.  The show opened on Sept 26 and will run through Oct 18.  Tony will be giving a gallery talk on Sunday, October 11 at 2pm. 

Finally, Gary Jacketti has been exporting the work of many Beacon artists to Stone Harbor NJ all Summer.  Gary spends every Summer down on the Shore, and this year opened up a gallery called Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery to eat up any leisure time he might have otherwise had.  With the season closing down, so too will the gallery until next Summer.

Beacon Open Studios weekend; some images

The Mill's movie set-like exterior.

The Beacon Open Studios was pretty colossal this weekend.  I was only able to make it to a portion of the spaces.  Here are a few images of what I saw.

Above and below:  Stephan Spaccarelli's space at the Mill.
Above, Greg Slick's studio and below, Sara Corson's  portrait setup, both at the Mill.

 Alice Vaughn's Hudson River Bindery workspace at Beacon Studios - which is a name I've given up using.  Bulldog is what spills from most folk's lips still.

Jean-Marc Superville Sovak's stack in the library gallery of the old high school

Kirsten Kucer's drawings.

Theresa Gooby's napkin installation above, and her plastic bag works below.
Thomas Huber's work above and below.

Richard Bruce's studio.

Virtually everywhere I went, I encountered this baby stroller woman, let's call her "Kathy Feighery" and her adorable daughter whom we'll simply refer to as "Tess".  I swear she was intentionally following me.  She did it so well that her arrival in a location actually preceeded mine...very clever.  There was an episode of South Park where Ginger kids (a term I had never heard) run amok, led by the character Cartman.  Obviously, I was starting to get nervous.

Elia Gurna's work in her studio.

Outside Stephen Dickens' and Marsha Aliaga's Dirt Floor Studio.
Marsha's stair installation above and some of Stephen's paintings below.
The next several images are from my own open studio:
Below, some of the goodies provided by the Funky Baker.  I'm really trying to pimp her stuff. MMm, its good. These marble topped brownies that a surprisingly rich, Rich cocoa flavor.

 My now-upstair-neighbor, Marc Schreibman's photos on the front of the house.

 Above:  Elia Gurna's installation on our porch.  Below:  Inside the kitchen, Peter Iannarelli's work appropriated from byproducts of my studio labors.

 Stephen Dickens and friends krafting sound at the BOS after party at Spire Studios.


Kudos to Theresa Gooby in pulling this off, with the assisstance of BACA, and other helpers.  My impression is that it was very successful over all.  Saturday seemed awash with visitors and Sunday featured a steady stream of people despite the threatening rain. 
A survey is being prepared to collect the feedback from artists which will shape the event next year.  And indeed, there will be an event next year, Theresa's already laying out her approach.
If anyone has any thoughts, any input from the weekend and what they saw, throw down some comments here.
I now have many more artist links to add to the sidebar.