— Drawing on the Utopic

Guttenberg Arts has a small gallery and from July 10th through August 1, 2016 Jeffrey Meris’ exhibition titled “They Coming,” presents an investigation into the economy of migration, real estate, bodies, space and identity.  Through the use of constructed, found, ready-made and assembled objects, Meris alludes to a certain level of geopolitical permeability.  “They Coming” is heavily shaped by Meris’ upbringing as a migrant from Haiti, living in the Bahamas, where ‘they coming’ was more often a derogatory slur to both indict the peasant-like status of Hiatian migrants and also reinforce the sub-humanness of that community.  ‘They’ assumes an ambiguous identity fluxing between the luxury tourist, the alien or the immigration officer.  “Coming from where, going to where?,” asks Meris.

Jeffrey Meris, currently an Artist in Residence, at Guttenberg Arts.  Below are several images from the exhibition.

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Installation View 1, of Jeffrey Meris “They Coming,” at the gallery at Guttenberg Arts.

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Above, Detention II, Steel sponge, clothespins, 2016

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Blowout, 2016 Stoneware ceramic, synthetic hair, hair Curlers

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Blowout with Untitled, where the artist has cast his feet in and attached them to a suitcase handle, both 2016

 

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Domestic Foreign, 2016 Suitcase, burlap, electrical tape, tie straps

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Detention I, 2016 Sponge, Tie Staps

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Foreign Domestic, 2016 Shipping pallet, laundry bags, conch shell

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Pocket Utopia Salon met up in the East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn the other night on Meadow Street in the studio of emerging artist Michele Mirisola.  Figurative motif share interior spaces and play around with textiles and some pleasant teasing ambiguities.  The below paintings are on their way to Beefhaus in Dallas, Texas.  Show opens March 5th 7pm.

Of One’s Own: paintings by Michele Mirisola –

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Red.

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Easel shadowed between paintings.

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Painting resting on the floor.

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And on the carpet.

 

 

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“You’re job as an artist is to try to a pay attention to where you are at the moment.”

Lawrence Weiner @ 7:59 http://outofsync.dk/gallery/art-is-about-showing/

Love this interview.

Today’s drawing below.drawing 22 feb 2016

 

 

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Cy twombly in front of his peony blossom paintings.

Palm trees cut out like paper.

Walkways.

The comfy niches.

Deltona, Florida.

Land.

Structure.

Egrets.

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Joan Mitchell

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I am finishing up the beer bottle labels (neck label pictured above) for my just completed home brew and am really, really trying to save some for the grand opening of post pocket utopia at The Gateway Project.  The labels (neck and body) and bottle cap and the brew inside have been all made especially for both post pocket utopia, an art piece and for (Em)Power Dynamics : Exploring the Modes of Female Empowerment and Representation in America, an exhibition inspired by the collective body of flower paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, starting in 1924, and Ana Mendieta’s Untitled (Facial Cosmetic Variations), 1972.

Here’s the list of the exhibiting artists: Jaishri Abichandani, Renée Cox, Ayana Evans, FLUCT, Angela Fraleigh, Chitra Ganesh, Rachel Mason, Marilyn Minter, Sophia Narrett, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Michele Pred, Ventiko and Shoshanna Weinberger. (All amazing and curated by the amazing Rebecca Jampol and Jasmine Wahi.)

Also, Shoshana Weinberger will be graciously contributing an image to the main or body label on my beer bottle.  Although I’ve been working on this beer all summer and preparing my space, I feel so lucky that I basically get to drink beer that night and experience this great show.  My post pocket utopia is right off the main exhibition space so you might have to look for me, but just ask where the Bad Ass Beer is located, which is a little bit down the hall.  Here are the opening details for the main exhibition:

(Em)Power Dynamics : Exploring the Modes of Female Empowerment and Representation in America

September 9, 2015 – October 23, 2015
Opens: Wednesday, Sept. 9th 2015
Exhibition Reception | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

THE GATEWAY PROJECT
2 GATEWAY CENTER
NEWARK, NJ 07102

And more about the Gateway Project since it is a really amazing endeavor…The purpose of the Gateway Project exhibition space is to host socially engaging exhibitions and community programs to cultivate critical social dialogues. It achieves this mission through bold exhibitions, community programming, and support of artists that create work for social change. The exhibition space is co-directed by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol, two curators dedicated to activism, justice, and strong multi-disciplinary art.

The Gateway Project gallery space is a subsidiary of Project For Empty Space, a 501c3 non-profit arts organization.

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Picture above is The Gateway Center.

My post pocket utopia space will activate a portion of The Gateway Project’s storefront level (as mentioned above just down the hall) and will be an art piece geared to engage the community.

My inaugural project ‪is #‎SEEINGNEWARK‬, an open-sourced photography project collected through community submissions.

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Beer Label above with text added is Georgia O’Keeffe’s, ‘Special No.21’ 1916 (found on this cool blog – http://jamesrussellontheweb.blogspot.com/2011/05/richters-skater-paintings-lost-and.html)

Cheers!

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Here are pictures of what will soon be a post pocket utopian art piece, where home brewed beer will flow and where discussions will generate exhibitions.  More studio than gallery and situated along side and within the amazing and expanding Gateway Project with Rebecca Jampol and Jasmine Wahi at the helm.

I’m embarking on another art experiment.  I’ve been hard at work (brewing and moving) and on September 9th I’ll officially start off with an open and ongoing call of photos of Newark, New Jersey (#seeingnewark).  On that night we will toast with a home brew I made especially for the occasion, which we are calling Bad Ass Art Bitch Beer (BAABB).  Cheers!!

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Jasmine Wahi with her back toward the camera and Rebecca Jampol glancing in from the side, these two amazing curators are leading me a hand and an opportunity to really have some fun this time in Newark (with art making, place making, classes and more, more, more)!

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What started as a candid e-mail correspondence that evolved into a visit via Skype to Sasha Petrenko’s fabrication lab class of art and architect students at the University of San Francisco ended up on the rooftop sculpture terrace of the Thacher Gallery.  Below, our process and Sasha‘s Pinophyta that clearly borrows its form from the pinecone.  One can either sit or wear, be or dance at this exhibit up through December 2015.

Skyping in the Classroom


We found an open-source design for a stool by Samuel Javelle, called a pod.  Sasha Petrenko translated all the measurements, figured out a work plan and set an agenda for making them with her students and allowing for me to chime in.  She really is the genius in this project!

Her students, all of them artists, did a great job, here they are up on the sculpture terrace.

Waiting to be perched on.

Sasha’s Pinophyta with Llewelynn Fletcher in the background and May Wilson foreground.

Sasha’s Pinophyta.

For Sasha, individual cells form a larger structure and in its form is a reflection on the conifer.

 

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Up now at the gallery, The Rachel Libeskind Society, an installation of amazing….

Her hand-print.

Beards, eyes, lips.

Lots of crowns.

An errant hair-dryer up high, as ancient ornament, hood or armor?  Halos abound!

A Rachel-basic building block consisting of the triangle and the square.

The guard and Rachel’s admirers in the foreground.

Point and stand on one leg.

Come by,  peer in the window, party on the 25th.

Love.

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With our kids back at school we drank our coffees and teas and I put pen to paper again.  Jen, finger up, sips her coffee, steamed with milk from Rocco’s.

Always needing a pencil sharpener.

Above Guy and Elaine, waking up and chatting and listening, it’s 7:59 am.

I’ve switched from coffee to tea.

A close-up before heading out into the day.

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