“Cyclicscape” by Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly Gallery

Posted by The G on March 24, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Mariko Mori.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

In Cyclicscape, Mariko Mori’s sculptural works play with the infinite loop of the Möbius strip as a visualization of our universe’s never-ending renewal of invisible energy. Futuristic and ethereal, the large-scale aluminum and stainless steel works seem to transcend their physical matter. With no beginning, middle, or end, the forms symbolize an eternal cycle of existence — of nature and the universe in perpetual motion.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Partial Gallery View of Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

I copied that entire paragraph from the press release because nobody reads this shit anyway.

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

But that is your loss, isn’t it?

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly

Check out “Cyclicscape” by Mariko Mori at Sean Kelly Gallery (located at 475 Tenth Ave) in New York through May 2, 2015.

Here’s a bonus photo of the artist in a rare performance at the opening night reception, in which we all braved a snow storm to experience!  Lucky us!

Mariko Mori performing  at Sean Kelly Gallery for the opening night reception.

Mariko Mori performing at Sean Kelly Gallery for the opening night reception.

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Review: Erik Hassle live at Pianos NYC

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Photos and words by G.

Erik Hassle

Erik Hassle

On March 23, 2015, Sweden’s Erik Hassle played a sold-out show at Pianos in New York.  The show was announced at the last minute, making it even more impressive that fans packed the house for the criminally underrated pop/soul singer.  Erik Hassle is currently supporting New Zealand’s Broods (see video I shot at one of their first ever US shows here) and decided to book a solo gig where he showcased several new songs in front of an adoring crowd, which also included his parents and many of his friends from Sweden.  Erik Hassle has a hell of a voice, very soulful and his dance moves on stage will make you fall in love with him.

I would normally be posting a video I took at the show, but sadly the Youtube police are after me at the moment for copyright infringement – despite the fact that I don’t make a penny from my Youtube account AND I post concert videos with the intention of turning my readers onto music they probably would not be exposed to without my site.   Thanks for sticking up for me (and all the others that are in a similar position) bands, managers, etc – NOT!  Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?!

Erik Hassle - Pianos

Erik Hassle – Pianos

So in the absence of a live version of “Innocence Lost,” which I would have loved to have posted, you should definitely check out that song.  It’s amazing!  If you want to see the video, you can come over to my place.  Ha!  As an alternate plan, for my international readers, you can see a little clip of “Fuck The Pain Away” on my Instagram account.   In addition, you can hear samples of many Erik Hassle tracks on his official website (link will open in a new window).  Before his final song of the night “No Words,” Erik mentioned that the song will be available as a single in the next few weeks, so be on the look out for that song.  It was great!  Follow him on his Soundcloud page for updates.

Erik Hassle is supporting Broods on the following dates, so make sure you don’t miss his set (because it will likely be as good if not better than the main act).

03/25 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
03/26 – Trocadero Theater – Philadelphia, PA
03/27 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
03/28 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC
03/29 – Masquerade (Hell Stage) – Atlanta, GA
03/31 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
04/01 – Trees – Dallas, TX
04/02 – Emo’s – Austin, TX

Erik Hassle Pianos Setlist

Erik Hassle Pianos Setlist

Thanks for a great show Erik.  Can’t wait to see you again!

“naturalhistory” by Richard Butler at Freight + Volume

Posted by The G on March 20, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Richard Butler.

Richard Butler - naturalhistory

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

Richard Butler leads quite a busy life.  When he is not out on tour with his band The Psychedelic Furs, he is an accomplished painter, whose 3rd solo exhibit “naturalhistory” opens at Freight + Volume in New York on March 20, 2015.

Partial Gallery View

“naturalhistory”

If you follow this site (and I thank you kindly for your patronage), you are familiar both with Richard’s music, as well as his first two exhibits “hypochondriacatthegrammercyparkhotel” and  “ahatfulofrain” (Click on the hyperlinks and they will open in a new window).

Partial Gallery View

Partial Gallery View

In “naturalhistory,” Richard Butler again draws inspiration from his family, most notably his daughter Maggie, who is pictured below.

Maggie and Richard Butler at the opening night reception

Maggie and Richard Butler at the opening night reception

You can see the progression in Richard’s work as his paintings have evolved from being dark and fetishistic to paintings of a much more contemplative nature in his quest to show the viewer the emotion that hides behind the facade.

Richard Butler - naturalhistory

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

I had a nice chat with Richard at the opening for “naturalhistory” and the moment was captured by the amazing photographer Derek Storm.  You can see photos from the opening night party on Derek’s website.  The link will open in a new window.  I encourage you to take a look around his site because coming from someone that sees and does a ton of stuff, Derek definitely finds himself at the right place and the right time a lot.  RESPECT!

Richard Butler - naturalhistory 6

Richard Butler – naturalhistory

Back to Richard Butler.  “naturalhistory” by Richard Butler is showing at Freight + Volume, located at 530 West 24th Street in New York, through April 11, 2015.  Don’t miss it!

The Psychedelic Furs are also going to be hitting the road again in May 2015, and you can find out their tour dates on their official site.

“Horizon” by Julian Lennon at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery

Posted by The G on March 14, 2015 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos of Julian Lennon’s photos by G.

Horizon by Julian Lennon at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York

Horizon by Julian Lennon at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York

Julian Lennon (yes, THAT Julian Lennon) has an amazing new exhibit of his photography on display at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York.

Horizon by Julian Lennon at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York

Horizon by Julian Lennon at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York

The images were captured by Julian Lennon during visits to remote parts of Kenya and Ethiopia with his organization The White Feather Foundation in collaboration with Charity: Water.

Extreme close up

Extreme close up

The photos are sure to take your mind on a journey, as the photos focus on the desperate need for food and water resources to be made available across the world.

Julian Lennon - Horizon

Julian Lennon – Horizon

“Horizon” by Julian Lennon is on display at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery through May 3, 2015.  For more information, click here.

“Phone Calls From Leviathans” by Joseph Arthur at Amy Li Projects

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

Photos by G.  Art by Joseph Arthur.

"Phone Calls From Leviathans" by Joseph Arthur at Amy Li Projects in New York

“Phone Calls From Leviathans” by Joseph Arthur at Amy Li Projects in New York

The term “renaissance man” gets thrown around a lot and most times, the people in question do not live up to such a compliment.  Joseph Arthur far exceeds that title and if he wasn’t so unbelievably cool to talk to and humble, his ability to be a genius in so many disciplines is so awe inspiring that it’s almost impossible not to feel puzzled that a person can be so gifted in so many ways.  His latest exhibit “Phone Calls From Leviathans” at Amy Li Projects in New York mixes soul, spirituality and psychedelia and the results are, for lack of a better term, genius.

Phone Calls From Leviathans by Joseph Arthur

Phone Calls From Leviathans by Joseph Arthur

At the opening night party, which was held on March 12, 2015, Joseph Arthur made one of the best entrances I’ve ever seen at an art opening (and you already know from this site I’ve been to hundreds, if not thousands, of art openings).  With a speaker the size of a small donut tied around his jacket bumping some tunes, Joe strolled into his exhibit literally wearing the new D’Angelo album “Black Messiah.”  Perhaps it was one of those “you had to be there” moments, but even in thinking of it, I have a huge smile on my face.

White Messiah - Joseph Arthur.

White Messiah – Joseph Arthur.

If you are unfamiliar with Joe’s work, I urge you to fix that immediately.  He’s a prolific and accomplished singer, songwriter, poet, multi-instrumentalist, Grammy nominee, artist and most of all – a really super cool guy.  Take a stroll through his website (link will open in new window) and you will see that there is little that Joseph Arthur cannot do.  If you’re one of my LA peeps, I urge you to check out even more new works from Joe on April 8, 2015 at Gallery Go (please RSVP to info@gallerygola.com) at 947 W. La Cienega Blvd. in West Hollywood.

Partial gallery view.

Partial gallery view.

“Phone Calls From Leviathans” is now showing at Amy Li Projects (located at 166 Mott Street) in Manhattan through May 3, 2015.  Don’t miss it.

Great to see you again Joe and congratulations!

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