“To Thine Own Selfie Be True” by Geoffrey Dicker

Posted by The G on June 22, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy, The G Spot | Be the First to Comment

Photos, photo manipulation and words by G.

To Thine Own Selfie Be True by Geoffrey Dicker

To Thine Own Selfie Be True by Geoffrey Dicker

From our preoccupation with paparazzi candids to our obsession with taking selfies, we are a world hypnotized by the siren call of fame. No one knows this better than cultural commentary artist Geoffrey Dicker. His life work has been the examination of celebrity. Starting as a teenaged autograph collector in his hometown of Los Angeles, and progressing to authoring 3 books and helming his popular NYC art, music and pop culture blog, According2G.com, Dicker has deeply explored the ramifications of social media, celebrity, and self-obsession. In his latest endeavor, “To Thine Own Selfie Be True,” Dicker turns his camera lens both on himself and the famous simultaneously. His visually arresting self-portraits are celebrity candids without celebrity. Tabloids may have pronounced that the famous are “just like us,” but Dicker takes this message to a haunting and satirical extreme. As twin “selfies,” they take a humorous look at the implications of fame and social media in our culture – namely that while we worship these false idols, we secretly want to be the one everybody is chasing after.

To Thine Own Selfie Be True by Geoffrey Dicker

To Thine Own Selfie Be True by Geoffrey Dicker

The project will gradually be updated on its home, which is: www.tothineownselfiebetrue.tumblr.com  Please keep checking back for new content.  And tell a friend!  We’re going viral!

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A2G’s Art Picks for New York in May 2015

Posted by The G on May 12, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos and words by G.  Art by Various Artists.

Spring has arrived in New York (thank god!) and now that you can leave your dwelling without wearing 10 layers and still freezing your ass off, take yourself on an art adventure!  Here’s a handful of exhibits you should see, According to G.

David Shrigley

David Shrigley

David Shrigley by David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, located at 532 West 20th Street.  Now showing through May 23, 2015.

Beau - Mechanical Shark Week

Beau – Mechanical Shark Week

“Mechanical Shark Week” by BEAU at Ami Li Projects, located at 66 Mott Street in Chinatown through June 3, 2015.

Cecily Brown at Maccarone

Cecily Brown at Maccarone

“The English Garden” by Cecily Brown at Maccarone, located at 98 Morton Street through June 20, 2015.

Ron English Mural Bowery and Houston

Ron English “Baby Hulk” Mural Bowery and Houston

Ron English’s “Baby Hulk” Mural at the corner of Bowery and Houston.  Ongoing (at least until June, 2015) and viewable 24/7.

Closeup of "Baby Hulk" by Ron English

Closeup of “Baby Hulk” by Ron English.  Click to enlarge!

Click on the photo to see all the awesome (and hilarious detail).

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine (Chelsea exhibit pictured)

Christopher Wool at Luhring Augustine.  Located at 531 West 24th Street in Manhattan and 25 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn.  Through June 20, 2015.

Yayoi Kusama - Give Me Love 5

Yayoi Kusama – Give Me Love

“Give Me Love” by Yayoi Kusama at David Zwirner, located at 519 & 525 West 19th Street through June 13, 2015.

Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin

Brancusi: Pioneer of American Minimalism (Featuring historically significant works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Ryman and Frank Stella), at Paul Kasmin Gallery located at 515 West 27th Street until July 10, 2015.

The Luminous Poem by Airan Kang

The Luminous Poem by Airan Kang

“The Luminous Poem” by Airan Kang at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, located at 505 West 24th Street through June 13, 2015.

The Whitney Museum.  Now Located in the Meat Packing District.

The Whitney Museum. Now Located in the Meat Packing District.  Photo by Gail Worley.

The Whitney Museum,  now located at 99 Gansevoort Street in New York.

Happy Spring!

Spring 2015 Tulips

Spring 2015 Tulips

 

Videos: Mark & Paul Kostabi Jam with Kostabeat and Contact High

Posted by The G on April 21, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy, G Videos | Read the First Comment

Photos, Videos and Words by G.

From Left to Right: Paul Kostabi, Tony Esposito, Mark Kostabi

From Left to Right: Paul Kostabi, Tony Esposito, Mark Kostabi

On April 19, 2015, composer, painter, sculptor and all around good guy, Mark Kostabi hosted a Sunday morning jam session at Dillon Gallery in New York.  The show was an unofficial warm up jam for his show with Kostabeat (featuring Tony Esposito) at The Cutting Room in New York on April 21, 2015 (Tickets are available at this link, which will open in a new window).

Art by Mark Kostabi

Art by Mark Kostabi

The vibe was electric for the event and art works by both Mark and Paul Kostabi were prominently featured throughout the gallery.

Sparkl by Paul Kostabi

Sparkl by Paul Kostabi

Here’s a video of Kostabeat performing “Kalimba.”  The band features Mark Kostabi, Paul Kostabi (from White Zombie), Mollie Israel (The Lost Patrol), Paul Nowinski (Les Paul, Keith Richards and Rickie Lee Jones), Tony Esposito and Keith LeBlanc (Annie Lennox and Seal).

Mark Kostabi April 2015

Mark Kostabi April 2015

Watching Kostabeat could have been more than enough, but as a bonus, we were treated to a set by artist and musician Scott Putesky, who you might remember as Daisy Berkowitz from the classic line up of Marilyn Manson.  He warmed us up with  a cover of the Pixies’ “Wave of Mutilation.”

Scott Putesky

Scott Putesky

Paul Kostabi

Paul Kostabi

In addition to the great music, I got to sample a new and delicious cocktail that just launched called Maven, which is a wine infused vodka drink!  It’s available in both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and it’s delicious!!!

Maven Cocktails

Maven Cocktails

And before the event was over, Mark & Paul Kostabi switched it up musically and sat in with the band Contact High.  A video is below.

 

Thanks to Mark for the invite to this rare and intimate jam session!

If you liked what you saw here, make sure you see Kostabeat at the Cutting Room in New York on April 21, 2015.  Tickets are available here (link will open in new window).

A2G’s April 2015 Art Picks For New York

Posted by The G on April 13, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

Here’s a list of exhibits that are worth checking out if you are in the New York area between now and May 2015.  This beats sitting on the couch and texting, according to G.

I Want To Cum In Your Heart by John Giorno

I Want To Cum In Your Heart by John Giorno

“Space Forgets You” by John Giorno at Elizabeth Dee Gallery (located at 545 West 20th Street) through May 9, 2015.

Paula Hayes - Gazing Globes 3

Paula Hayes – Gazing Globes

“Gazing Globes” by Paula Hayes.  Through April 19, 2015 at Madison Square Park. (23rd Street and Park Ave).

"God Complex" by Joseph Grazi

“God Complex” by Joseph Grazi

“God Complex” by Joseph Grazi at Joseph Gross Gallery (located at 548 West 28th Street #232) through May 2, 2015.

Thomas Nozkowski 2015 at Pace Gallery

Thomas Nozkowski 2015 at Pace Gallery

New work by Thomas Nozkowski at Pace Gallery (located at 510 West 25th Street) through April 25, 2015.

"Cacophonous" by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery

“Cacophonous” by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery

“Cacophonous” by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery (located at 534 West 25th Street) through May 9, 2015.

"Mise-En-Scene" by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery

“Mise-En-Scene” by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery

“Mise-En-Scene” by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery (located at 325 West 38th Street) through May 16, 2015.

The Drawing Room - Hans De Op Beek

The Drawing Room – Hans De Op Beeck

“The Drawing Room” by Hans De Op Beeck at Marianne Boesky Gallery (located at 509 West 24th Street) through May 2, 2015.

Katsushika Hokusai - Under The Wave off Kanagawa

Katsushika Hokusai – “Under The Wave off Kanagawa”

Katsushika Hokusai’s (circa 1830-32) iconic “Under The Wave off Kanagawa” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art located at 1000 5th Avenue (at 82nd Street).  Ongoing.

Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum

Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum

Infinite Possibility: Mirror Works and Drawings” by Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum (located at 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street) through June 3, 2015.

Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production

Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production

Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production (located at 623 West 27th Street) through April 18, 2015.

 

“Foodhist Temple” by Peter Anton at Unix Gallery

Posted by The G on April 6, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Peter Anton.

The Foodhist Temple by Peter Anton

The Foodhist Temple by Peter Anton

Namaste!  Welcome to the temple!  Artist Peter Anton has created a very tantalizing new exhibit at Unix Gallery in New York entitled “Foodhist Temple” and you will not want to miss it.  At the entrance to the gallery, which has been completely covered in red carpeting with the walls painted red, you are asked to take your shoes off.

The Foodhist Temple by Peter Anton

The Foodhist Temple by Peter Anton

As you walk inside the shrine, instead of seeing your typical religious fare, you see life-like (but larger than life) sculptures of what Americans really worship these days – FOOD!  Bacon, donuts, pizza, hamburgers, chocolates as well as cake are on display. For those who want to have a “foodhist religious experience” (so to speak), pillows have been laid out across the gallery/temple floor, so the viewer can spend time worshiping these objects.

People worshiping cake

People worshiping cake

As you can see in this picture, the sculptures are enormous, and yet look life like.  Peter Anton used resin, metal, wood, clay and acrylic for the works in this show.

Bacon Thing of the Day:  Gail Worley in front of a sculpture of bacon.

Bacon Thing of the Day: Gail Worley in front of a sculpture of bacon.

Again, to show you the perspective of how big these sculptures are, here’s a picture of Gail Worley worshiping at the altar of bacon.  This is definitely the Bacon Thing of the Day.

Life is like a box of chocolates...

Life is like a box of chocolates…

“Foodhist Temple” by Peter Anton is on display until May 9, 2015 at Unix Gallery (located at 532 West 24th Street) in Manhattan.

Amen!

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