Photos by G. Art by Dima Drjuchin.
Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin
I’ve been a fan of Dima Drjuchin’s art for many years and although art is subjective, I don’t see how you could not like it. In his latest exhibit, “Vision Quest,” at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, Dima once again will blow your mind with the fantastical worlds he creates with colors and detail that will have you saying “how does he do that?!”
These pictures (which you can enlarge by clicking on them) do not do justice to the amount of detail in each work, so I encourage you to see these in person. If you’re not a huge art fan but you are into music, you might know Dima’s art from the cover art of Father John Misty’s smash debut album “Fear Fun,” which he brilliantly designed. Dima’s art is surprisingly still reasonably priced, so if you want to own one of his works, I recommend you get on it sooner rather than later.
I spoke with Dima at the opening of “Vision Quest” and I asked him 2 of my burning questions about the creation of his works. I had mentioned that if I had the rest of my life to create paintings, I could never even come close to the brilliance of one of his smaller works, let alone the big ones, so I asked for a ball park estimate of how long it takes him to create a painting. He said that some of his smaller pieces are made in a single sitting! Whoa! Also, since there is so much going on in his works, I wanted to know if each time he looks at a painting if he starts to think of ways he could change or improve (in his eyes, not ours) the painting and he said that he has an easy time separating himself from his works and once he says it’s done, it’s done. I’ve spoken with many artists over the years who can barely even look at their own paintings because they only see flaws and things they would change if they could, so I found it interesting and inspiring that sometimes there is a definitive stopping point.
Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin
Don’t miss “Vision Quest” by Dima Drjuchin at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, which is located at 235 South 1st Street and is showing until September 6, 2015.
Photos by G.
Har Mar Superstar (with Father John Misty on Drums)
May 18, 2012 was a night of fun, funk, folk and partial nudity as Har Mar Superstar and Father John Misty performed a sold out show at New York’s Mercury Lounge. Har Mar Superstar (born Sean Tillman) is a singer/songwriter who knows the funk and who knows how to get down! Before his hour long set was over, he removed many layers of clothing (including a shirt from the Purple Rain tour!) and got down in his underwear! It was quite a site! He noticed me taking photos in the front row and told me to keep shooting pics! I did! 🙂 One of the highlights was an impromptu song called “Bring us 4 shots of Jagermeister” whose lyrics consisted of that line repeated over and over again. It worked and moments after the song, 4 shots were delivered to the stage. Playing drums for Har Mar Superstar was the headliner, Father John Misty.
Har Mar Superstar
Father John Misty's CD "Fear Fun" featuring cover art by Dima Drjuchin
Full disclosure: I initially got tickets to see this show based on the fact that Dima (click here to read an interview with Dima in a new window) designed the gorgeous artwork for Father John Misty’s cd without hearing a note of his music. I was not disappointed. Father John Misty (born Josh Tillman) rocked! His music has an Americana/folk/rock element to it and in between songs, Father John Misty was hilarious! He made jokes, told funny stories and reenacted the voices of random characters, presumably created on the tour bus in between cities.
Father John Misty
I was highly amused by Father John Misty’s lyrics that had mentions of Jesus Christ, Joseph Campbell and the Rolling Stones and not in the ways that you might think. Hear for yourself tonight as Father John Misty and Har Mar Superstar play Brookyln’s Knitting Factory on May 19, 2012.
Photos by G. Art by Dima.
Fear Mongering by Dima
See Dima’s amazing works of art in person at Broadway Gallery located at 473 Broadway, 7th Floor in Manhattan! On view until the end of April 2011. Don’t miss it!
I've Returned To Reclaim My Dignity by Dima
Photo by G. Art by Dima.
This mural by Dima in the Lower East Side is so awesome! It’s been up for a long time, so this is not really breaking news, but it’s so cool, I had to share. Sharing is caring and Dima fkn rocks!
Check out more great stuff from Dima here.
Photos by G.
Yasmina Alexandra Nysten - Good Day for An Apocalypse
Kleio Projects in New York has a really cool exhibit that is currenty showing called “Kings of the Apocalypse.” (Yes, that is a ‘Flash Gordon’ reference!) The exhibit is a mixed media presentation of painting and photography and the pieces included are really cool. When I attended the opening recently, I was fortunate enough to get photos of 3 of the artists in front of their works! And what great art it is. Special thanks to the artists pictured above and below for making great stuff and for being super cool for posing for me.
Kleio Projects is located at 153 1/2 Stanton Street in New York.
Ian Dalune - Blood, Milk and Sky (The Asphyxia), Into the light of a dark black night
Dima Drjuchin - Temple of the Rabbit God