The Twilight Sad live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on May 31, 2010 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

The Twilight Sad Live at the Bowery Ballroom.

On May 30, 2010, Scottish rockers the Twilight Sad opened for Japanese shoegazers Mono at the Bowery Ballroom in New York.  (More on Mono coming soon.)  Though they’ve been media darlings for several years, I was largely unfamiliar with their music as I entered the venue.  The fans I was speaking with in the front row not only traveled hundreds of miles to see The Twilight Sad, but this show was one of many they’d traveled to on this tour.  Knowing that the band had some serious die-hards, I already liked them before they hit the stage.  Then the lights went down and the band had me from the opening song “Reflection of the Television.”  Their music is a bit like the Velvet Underground, according2g, where songs have a slow build, screeching guitars, hypnotic vocals and then an orgasmic climax.  Lead singer James Graham had a really great stage presence as he was so into the songs, he looked like he was in a trance.  At times, he’d fall to his knees while singing and he exuded raw energy throughout their entire set.  I was very curious to meet him when I took a trip backstage after their set because I thought his mood might reflect the darkness of the music (sample lyric: “the kids are on fire in the bedroom” from “That Summer at Home, I Had Become The Invisible Boy”), but I am happy to report, he was extremely nice!  (More on that coming soon).  The Twilight Sad did their job as rock stars tonight by taking a complete stranger off the street and turning me into a fan.  On my way out of the venue, I hit up the merch table and got a copy of their first album “Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters,” which was released in 2007 as well as their latest album “Forget the Night Ahead,” and I’ve been reliving the great experience I had at the show through their CDs as I write this blog.  One last anecdote, although they were the opening act, people left in droves after their set was over.  I love that!  If you like any of those sounds I described above, I think today could be your lucky day!

See some more pictures as well as the set list (to the best of my knowledge), after the jump.

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G Meets Artist Charming Baker

Posted by The G on May 30, 2010 under Encounters with G | 8 Comments to Read

Photo taken with my hand.

Charming Baker and G

When I first saw British artist Charming Baker’s premiere solo exhibition (of what will surely be many more to come) in America, he immediately charmed his way onto my list of favorite artists.  From the name alone, “Stupid Has A New Hero,” I found it impossible not to fall in love with an exhibit whose intended effect is described by the artist as “that slightly unnerving feeling you get when you have your arse patted in public, but you’re not exactly sure who’s patting it.”  Then I saw the works that Damien Hirst has been buying up by the truckload and I was in love.  Naturally, when I met him at the launch of the ultra-fabulous book Beyond the Street, I was super excited to meet this charming man.  He did not disappoint and was extremely cool.  I’d like to thank him again for being so nice to me and for making really great art.  I wish him great success in the future.

Hans Op de Beeck – Silent Movie

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Photos by G.  Art by Hans Op De Beeck.

Hans Op De Beeck - Silent Movie now at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in NYC thru June 5, 2010.

Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck has a new solo show at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York and it’s pretty cool.  Entitled “Silent Movie,” you’ll see water color paintings and sculptures that will take your brain on a journey to the silent era of films.  Using the colors black, white and gray, you won’t be able to help yourself from imagining a story that can be told through these works.  The absence of people in these images allow you, the viewer, to place yourself in this story – and it’s up to you to ensure a happy ending.  The exhibit runs now through June 5, 2010 at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York at 509 West 24th Street.

Silent Movie by Hans Op de Beeck.

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then by Brent Green

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Photos by G. Art by Brent Green.

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then by Brent Green.

American artist Brent Green has recreated his vision of Americana in his latest exhibit “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” at the Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York.  This exhibit coincides with a film of the same name that Brent Green has created using stop-motion animation and the results are extremely cool.  The story centers around the true story of Leonard Wood, a hardware store clerk from the 1970s who lived in Louisville, Kentucky.  His house was filled with a hodgepodge of unusual floors, interesting furniture and vaulted ceilings.  Wood’s thinking was that by creating a house that had a healing quality in its twisted beauty, it could save the life of his dying spouse.  You can find out a lot more about the film by clicking here and both the film and the exhibit “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” are definitely worth a viewing.  The exhibit is now showing at the Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York at 134 Tenth Avenue through June 5, 2010.  The film is hitting the festival circuit, and before the year is up, it’ll be showing in New York, Los Angeles, Berkley and Houston, just to name a few cities.  Look for it!

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then by Brent Green.

May I Cut In? by John Wesley

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Photos by G.  Art by John Wesley.

May I Cut In? By John Wesley. Now at the Fredericks and Freiser Gallery in New York through June 12, 2010.

“May I Cut In? Important Paintings from the Early ’70s” by American artist John Wesley is his 63rd solo exhibit!  Taking place at the Fredericks and Freiser Gallery in New York, this show focuses on the pop artist’s most important works from the 1970s, many of which have not been seen since then!  His work is thought-provoking and perverse and a common theme that runs through the entire body of his work is the ever-present notion of intimacy never being fulfilled.

See two more images from “May I Cut In?” by John Wesley after the jump.  Just so you know, those images are NSFCMP (not safe for closed minded people), so be warned!  “May I Cut In?  Important Paintings from the Early 70’s” by John Wesley is showing at the Fredericks and Freiser Gallery in New York at 536 West 24th Street from now until June 12, 2010.  Don’t miss it!

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