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Matt Berninger of The National
New York! Fuse the worlds of art and music on May 5, 2013 at PS1 as The National will be collaborating with Icelandic Artist Ragnar Kjartansson (whose 2010 exhibit was really cool – click link for pix) for a 6 hour performance which will feature The National singing their song “Sorrow” over and over for the duration of the performance which will not surprisingly be called “A Lot of Sorrow.” Interesting (even though Fischerspooner has done a similar installation), according 2 G. You can get tickets (which are only $15 plus service charges) at this link.
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Cody Critcheloe of Ssion
Ssion! If you don’t know this dance/punk performance art collective and band from Kansas City, you’d better put them on your radar immediately… but only if you enjoy seeing a band that will keep you dancing all night while you watch extremely trippy visuals on the screens behind them as they perform tracks that are both funky and rockin’. Lead by Cody Critcheloe, Ssion (pronounced “shun”) played the first of 3 nights at the Museum of Modern Art PS1 in Queens. Ssion is previewing new tracks from their upcoming album “Bent,” which will be released in July, 2011. Cody Critcheloe is a little bit Freddie Mercury, a little bit Jake Shears and a whole lot of entertaining! He danced all night long, and had drag queens and cross dressers dancing on stage with him to make the evening more wild. Perhaps best of all, Casey Spooner of Fisherspooner was a special guest and he welcomed the Spring to New York by wearing slightly more than a smile (see a picture after the jump).
The crowd was dressed to the nines and the museum was packed. One thing was clear – everyone was there for one reason only: to have a great time. This show is definitely a contender for one of the best shows I’ve seen in 2011. It combined art and music perfectly and was fun from start to finish. If you missed this show, it is a pity, but you have two more chances to catch Ssion at PS1. They’ll be performing on May 14 and 15, 2011 and you can get tickets in the link above. The show begins around 9 pm and I highly recommend you see it.
See more pictures after the jump including Casey Spooner wearing very little and the gratuitous armpit hair shot of Cody(for my gays), the set list and a photo from my backstage encounter with Cody Critcheloe.
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Cynthia Rowley and G
Recently I met American fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. She was on hand for a really cool performance/art installation that consisted of many rooms. In the first room, there were a bunch of Cynthia Rowley designed outfits. The next room was filled with supermodels wearing the outfits. You followed the models into the next room where they stood in a tiny space, put goggles on and had someone standing above them pour paint all over their heads!
After the models washed the paint from their hair, they were photographed in the outfits and they repeated the process. The clothes were then all one of a kind Cynthia Rowley’s! Genius!
Photos by G. Art by Terence Koh.
Terence Koh and G
Recently, I met Chinese-Canadian and New York based artist Terence Koh. I met him during a performance of one of his art installations. In a darkened room, a smoke machine and two fully clothed figures emerged from the darkness and walked towards each other. It was very dramatic. You kinda had to be there to see how cool it was – so just take my word for it! I enjoyed the performance very much. You can check Terence Koh’s list of accomplishments (and he’s still in his early 30s!) here. Thanks again Terence!
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David Blaine and G
On October 30, 2010, at PS1 (a division of the Museum of Modern Art), they hosted a 2 day event called Move! The event paired artists with fashion designers and it was really cool. Magician David Blaine was on hand as he was part of an installation that featured the short film “Dressed for Dinner” (directed by Adam Kimmel). In the video, David Blaine is underwater in a school of sharks while smoking a cigar! He keeps the cigar lit, blows smoke underwater and somehow does not get eaten by the sharks! Don’t ask me how he did that, but it was not photoshopped!
David Blaine - Dressed For Dinner
As David Blaine toured the other floors of the exhibit, I met him and he was super cool. I didn’t disappear and we both turned out in the photo, so I have proven that our encounter was not an illusion. Thanks again David! I am in awe of the tricks you perform.