Dave Pearson is a painter and comic artist I knew in Chicago. He lived upstairs from me for years in a three flat where we'd have small art openings in our apartments. Of his three black cats, Nemo was the biggest and would climb your body to hug your face. He's one of my favorite artists, and I just got a note from him that he'd put some of his comics up online for the first time. Link to Weirdly Comics.
from strange ghost
from Astro Monk
from Mars Ohio
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This is my excuse to finally go to the Hamptons after living in Brooklyn for years- Yes Gallery has a booth (my piece is the red on in the center of the page this links to) at artMRKT next weekend. I talk with Lesley at Yes this weekend to see what other pieces I'll show. I'm guessing she'll bring my book of drawings and woodblock prints with since they sold well at the Fountain Show in Miami for Art Basel, but I have no idea which other larger works she has her eye on. Me, I'd like to show this oil painting. I'm hoping that my favorite other Yes! artist, Tom Bevan, will be there with me. How fancy we would be!!
artMRKT is at the Bridge Hampton Historical Society - located here:
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I have a show at Freddy's next week. I'm really looking forward to hearing my cousin sing Edith Piaf songs, and I'm going to try to get Wyatt in there to hear it. I'm not sure is babies are strictly forbidden, but if they are, he could just hang out right outside aand I'm sure he'll still be able to hear Liz belt it out. Here's the press release:
WHAT: Freddy's Bar presents: Crows and Nudes: Paintings and drawings by E.K. Buckley with vocal performance by soprano, Elizabeth Magnor
WHEN: Opening Party: Thursday, May 10th, 7 to 9pm, May 10th - June 11th, noon to 4am daily
WHERE: The Silver Room at Freddy's Bar
627 Fifth Avenue (btn 17th & 18th Sts)
South Slope, Brooklyn
Freddy's Bar is proud to host the opening party for Crows and Nudes, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by E.K. Buckley on Thursday, May 10th at 7pm. A special performance by New York soprano and Buckley’s cousin, Elizabeth Magnor will begin at 8pm. Magnor will sing a selection of Edith Piaf songs and Mozart arias, and Buckley will exhibit her figurative oil and mixed media paintings along with a new series of ink crow drawings. Freddy's monthly Opera on Tap, a lively night of opera and booze, will begin immediately following.
E.K. Buckley is a figurative painter working in Brooklyn whose focus is bold, eerie nudes. Her works in oil rely on stark gestures that produce poses ranging from balletic to violent. Buckley combines the heft of unrefined mark-making with elegance, creating forms with an extreme economy of illustrated description. Her subject matter is often drawn from her early training in music and literature, and her love of dance is clear in her uncanny ability to capture the body in movement. Buckley’s work in ink includes an austere series of crows; simple gestures that show her reliance on the raw mark, at times describing the bird in just a few stark and fast pen strokes. Her recent body of work includes large, distressed pieces on paper of women in mixed media.
Recent to the City, Elizabeth Magnor has organized and performed in stagings of opera scenes throughout Manhattan. She is recently back from working in Paris and will perform for the first time in Brooklyn. Buckley will have her drawing of a red-headed soprano at the show especially for Magnor. The painter and singer are second cousins who moved to NYC from Chicago and Milwaukee.
Crows and Nudes runs from May 10th through June 11th in the Silver Room at Freddy’s, open during bar hours noon - 4am (at least) daily. E.K. Buckley is represented by Yes! Gallery in Greenpoint.
Subway: R to Prospect Avenue in Brooklyn
Bus: B63 to 5th Avenue and either Prospect Avenue or 18th Street
Link to google maps
Freddy’s Bar: www.freddysbar.com
the artist’s site: www.ekbuckley.com
the artist’s blog: www.lawoffallingbodies.com (you're here right now)
Yes! Gallery’s website: www.yesgalleryyes.com
Opera on Tap: www.operaontap.org
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Armory weekend is here- the biggest art event of the year in NYC bringing around 80K tourists from around the world to see the newest art on the market. The main event at piers 92 & 94 spawned around 30 concurrant art events throughout the city, including the Fountain Art Fair at 25th and Lexington, where I'll be showing with Yes! Gallery.
Today at Fountain the VIP doors open from 1-7 with a party immediately following at the original 1913 Armory Building. I should arrive around 5:30 at the Yes! booth where I'll have several works up.
Yes! Gallery took a small selection of paintings and drawings for the Fountain Fair from my current solo show, Alé Alé (link there for press release and a slideshow of works), up in Greenpoint at 147 India running through March 18th. The Brooklyn Yes! Gallery location is on the Armory Weekend official BK visitor's map. I'll be in Greenpoint at the gallery tomorrow for the tour (Sat, March 10th) where gallery hours have been extended to 10pm for the day.
Fountain Art Fair is at the 69th Regiment Army Building at Lexington and 25th
March 9–11, 2012 | 68 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street
Purchase tickets at the door: $10 daily / $15 weekend pass
Hours & Special Events: Friday, March 9, 1pm–7pm – VIP & Press Preview
Friday, March 9, 7pm–11pm – Artlog presents: Public Opening Night Reception, Fab 5 Freddy (DJ set)
Saturday, March 10, 7–11pm – Art For Progress presents: Saturday Night Party
General Hours: Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11, 1pm–7pm
Yes! Gallery presents: Alé Alé
147 India St., BK 11222
917-593-9237 - www.yesgalleryyes.com
Gallery hours: 1-7pm Wed through Fri, 1-5pm Sat and Sun
Armory weekend event extended hours: Sat, Mar 10th 1-10pm.
Show runs through March 18th
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I've just signed on with Yes! Gallery and this will be my first time showing with them in New York after our first show in Miami during Art Basel in December. I'll be there on Friday and would love to see you for a glass of wine.
Here's the write up from the gallery:
Yes! Gallery is proud to present Alé Alé an exhibition featuring works by E. K. Buckley, curated by Lesley Doukhowetzky.
E.K. Buckley is a figurative painter working in Brooklyn whose focus is bold, eerie nudes. Her works in oil rely on stark gestures that produce poses ranging from balletic to violent. Buckley combines the heft of unrefined mark-making with elegance, creating forms with an extreme economy of illustrated description. Her subject matter is often drawn from her early training in music and literature, and her love of dance is clear in her uncanny ability to capture the body in movement. Buckley’s work in ink includes an austere series of crows– simple gestures that show her reliance on the raw mark, at times describing the bird in just a few stark and fast pen strokes. Her recent body of work includes large, distressed pieces on paper of women in mixed media. Buckley’s art could be described as Ale ́ Ale ́, a state of bursting inspiration and creativity.
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I just signed with Yes! Gallery in Greenpoint, and have work up in Miami during Art Basil at the Fountain Art Fair.
|December 1–4, 2011
2505 North Miami Avenue (at the corner of 25th St) | Miami, FL 33137
General Hours: 12pm–7pm daily
Tickets: $10 daily / $15 weekend pass. All tickets sold at door.
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BWAC opens their first show of the 2011 season this weekend. I have work on the second floor, on the left wall when you come up the staircase. There will be an elevator available, too, this time around.
I missed getting a shot of the blue oil painting on the top left side. I'llfind a shot of it somehwere and post it later. I have close ups of all but the three little crows (middle bottom) following in this post. I'll be there this Sat. for the opening reception.
499 Van Brundt St, Red Hook, BK
Opening reception Sat., May 7th 1-6pm
Show runs May 7th -June 12th
Open weekends 1-6pm
I couldn't correct the angle on this one, and it's the only shot I got of it.
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CAMPBELL SOADY GALLERY PRESENTS INTERSECTING IDENTITIES SHOW
Saturday, March 19 2011 : 6:30pm – 8:00pm
LOCATION 208 W. 13th St - link to google maps
Campbell Soady Gallery presents Intersecting Identities Show Exhibit showing from March 19, 2011 through May 31, 2011
Opening Reception, Saturday, March 19, 2011 6:30PM – 8PM, FREE
In recognition of Women’s History Month we celebrate the contribution of New York women artists with an exhibition honoring their creative power. Our creative expression is informed by our unique experiences as women. We stem from varying classes, races and sexualities. We are mothers, daughters, lovers, New Yorkers and artists. This show will examine how women artists channel these themes through their work, and, by exhibiting a variety of lived realities, will attempt to provide insight into the lives of women today. The Intersecting Identities Show includes work by: Damali Abrams, Marissa Bluestone, E.K. Buckley, Enid Crow, Julia Forrest, Coco Fusco, Kira Greene, Leah Harper, Clarity Haynes, Aubrey Hays, Simone Meltesen, Meghan McInnis, Coco Papy, Chloe Pinto, Jill Peters, Caitlin Rueter, Suzanne Stroebe, Ari Tabei, Julie Tolentino, Maria Watts, Eva Weiss, Emily Wexler and Tamara Wyndham.
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I replayed a conversation I had while in Bali:
In Lovina, a northern coastal city in Bali for beach dwelling and not much else, I met an American woman my age vacationing from Germany with her German husband.
She is half Han Chinese, half western pastiche American, and lived until the age of twelve in the Arab Emerites where her parents both had jobs. At age twelve, the cusp of puberty, she left the UAE - her mother insisted the family relocate sickened by the now constant offers she received for her prepubescent daughter with such exotic looks for marriage from licit pedos.
That's not shocking. This is:
She let me in on the "fact," her word, that the boys in her school were raped with regularity in the surrounding deserts. She went on. The girls were untouchable due to the monetary penalty for the rupture of a hymen. The boys were aware of this, so were the men. She repeated time and again that she knew of NO BOY who had escaped this cultural coming of age reality in her class, one that is in a high culture high income world of UAE wealth, where the US kids go. "And what do you think that did to boy/girl relations?" she asked with a grin that peeled on her face with hate, "how do you think the boys feel about the girls, who get to play without a man taking THEM into the desert, where loud winds hide all cries for help?" I reacted with disbelief. How could EVERY boy be molested?
"Even rich kids, really?" I ask. I grill. She's being hyperbolic. But something in her face. Something grave and hideous that I felt to be so true, so necessarily true.
"How do you think they feel about women when they grow up?" she kept pressing me.
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i met Moskow in Chicago where we were neighbors at the Flat Iron fine arts building about ten years ago. He's a second generation master printmaker, painter and has a small collection of videos that I love, including a great documentary of the chicago snowmageddon blizzard earlier this month. Here's his short from our visit with him last weekend.
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I'm at the Giacobetti Paul gallery- 111 Front St at Washington with the big pink sign reading GALLERY. The show is up the stairs on the main floor to your left, suite 220. There isn't a line forming yet to purchase all of the artwork, so I'll post some shots of details while I'm waiting for you to visit.
I have seen a line form at an art show to buy up paintings, but only once. David Moskow of Chicago had people out the door one year in Wicker Park. I knew because my studio was next to his and I didn't have a line unless it was for the wine I'd set out.
This is a detail from figures in a red field. It's hard to catch the retina of the eyes in the middle of the work, but here's a show from my cel.
music "outro" by califone
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Giacobetti Paul Gallery, 111 Front Street #220, Thurs, Feb 3 · 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Link to the event on facebook
I'll have a lot of new work up that I'm pretty happy about and look forward to the party TH night. The gallery is pretty big and I have a huge stretch of wall with some big new pieces. Here's one that'll be up >>>>
Opening of "Recolligo", February group exhibit featuring the work of E.K. Buckley, JiYe Kim, Rebecca Aidlin and Crystal Gregory. Each artist works in a different media: Painting, video, sculpture and installation. Come support the arts!
Come see not one but several openings as it is the DUMBO Gallery crawl! Invite your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and make a Thursday evening out of it.
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I met Moskow at the flat iron building in Chicago when I rented a painting studio next to his in 1999. Here he talks about a series of paintings called "Lost Highway", five of which I purchased for a Grecian platter ($5.49) at the Hollywood diner on Ashland in Wicker Park. He shot an on-the-road video series called the "el camino diaries" and here he tells a story about that trip and a conversation with a cop.
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“As for the Republicans—how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, steel their emotions against decent human sympathy, cling to sordid and provincial ideals exalting sheer acquisitiveness and condoning artificial hardship for the non-materially-shrewd, dwell smugly and sentimentally in a distorted dream-cosmos of outmoded phrases and principles and attitudes based on the bygone agricultural-handicraft world, and revel in (consciously or unconsciously) mendacious assumptions (such as the notion that real liberty is synonymous with the single detail of unrestricted economic license or that a rational planning of resource-distribution would contravene some vague and mystical ‘American heritage’…) utterly contrary to fact and without the slightest foundation in human experience? Intellectually, the Republican idea deserves the tolerance and respect one gives to the dead.”
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guest blogger: Chris Johnson
Brooklyn artists E.K. Buckley and Sarah Valerie planned for weeks to sell their artwork during the DUMBO Arts Festival at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. I went along to carry heavy things and help set up. We got to the new Brooklyn Bridge Park at 11:20 am September 25th and began to set up the display. Within minutes, we were confronted by Regina Myer, the president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, and Jeffrey Sandgrund, the Director of Park Operations. They told us that we were not allowed to set up in their park, and that we would not be allowed to sell artwork.
Buckley presented her certificate of authority to collect sales tax and explained her right to sell expressive matter in the park to Myer, thinking this would clear it up. Myer was not interested, and told Buckley that her rights didn't apply in this particular park. I started taking video. Myer claimed that the private laws of the park (Myer said "our park") supersede the relevant city and state laws (go to :50 of the above video). Buckley asked if these private laws were imposed over Constitutional Law, at which time Myer stammered, refused to answer the question, and pointed out she's not a lawyer. The video above was shot from my phone. It's shaky at first because I was shaking - Myer and Sandgrund were belligerent. The video gets steady in about a minute in. We weren't expecting to be stopped from selling art in a public park. It's legal and common. We've shown artwork in lots of New York City parks and on the street, especially since Buckley (my wife) lost a lot of freelance work with the magazine crash. This is a vital job for her and for us.
Not long after our rights to sell expressive matter on public property were put on hold by Myer and Sandgrund, a security team from Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) showed up to remove us. Buckley explained her right to show in the park to the officers. After a lengthy but polite discussion, they agreed street artists did not need a special permit and did indeed have the right to show in the park. They told us that they would let the Director of Operations know why we could stay, and walked off. But, Myer and Sandgrund didn't agree, and their word meant our rights were still on hold.
We were about half way set up when the park sergeant returned and asked us once again to stop while she called her office for clarification of the law. We stopped. After for a long time on hold, we were just getting word from the sergeant's supervisor. The sergeant started to say something to Buckley when they were interrupted by Sandgrund, the Director of Park Operations (about 4:07 on the video). The sergeant walked off to talk to her supervisor and Sandgrund laid into Buckley. He insisted that the law enforcement officers do not know the law, and that his interpretation of the law (which prohibits artists from selling expressive matter) is correct. He interrupted and talked over Buckley consistently, and we felt like he was a little desperate to hustle us off the land before the real legal word came down. When Buckley disagreed, preferring to wait for the officer's decision, and questioned Sandgrund's understanding of the law, he stormed off out of earshot right up to the sergeant.
We kept waiting. Nearly two hours after we were first confronted by park officials, Sandgrund returned, indicated we could set up and display the artwork - "ok, you can do your thing" he said quickly and left.
Sandgrund, also and self-proclaimed amateur photog, then circled us conspicuously taking picture after picture of our set up. A network of about six or seven people appeared making cell phone calls and taking turns talking to Parks officers, who at that point are trying to protect our rights against the will of the president and the director of the park.
Raymond G. Brown, Director of Special Operations, Parks Enforcement Patrol, arrived and offered expertise on the law and rights to sell artwork in public parks with Buckley. He agreed that we had the right to do so, and advised her on best practices to comply with the law. We moved our display closer to the curb in order to comply. Brown was breath of fresh air– sincere in his duty to uphold the law and knowledgable of it. He offered both artists his card in case they has any concerns with showing in city parks in the future. All of the Parks Enforcement Patrol staff we encountered at Brooklyn Bridge Park were professional and respectful.
Even as the security and ultimately the Dir. of Special Operations of Parks confirmed that we were good to go, the BBP people kept within earshot continuing to argue against our right to exhibit.
Regina Myer and Jeffrey Sandgrund told us over and over that they were in charge of this park, that they prohibited all vending without a permit from their corporation, and that their park was governed by their own private law which they had the authority to enforce. Boiled down, they tried to bully us out of our rights. In this situation, a lot of people might just leave, giving up their rights, as we were tempted to do - it was scary, smacked of class issues, and it was clear we were not welcome.
Also, it was very confusing. Sandgrund firmly states that the park is state land, while his co-worker Myer calls it a "city-state entity, owned by the city right now," so why are they double-talking about the land? Why are they dancing around the fact that Brooklyn Bridge park is a city park? Is this a city park or not?
Fortunately, the Park Enforcement Patrol withstood the pressure to comply with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation's very own First Amendment-less laws. They were methodical and reasonable and, in time, we got it sorted out. But this cost us nearly three hours during the art festival, which lasted 12-6pm, and caused us a lot of stress. Plus, what the hell. We didn't go out there that day as a legal demonstration, but only to try to sell some art work during an art festival. We considered leaving throughout the confrontation, only fighting on because BBPDC folks were so awful about the whole thing. Artist Sarah Valeri, also struggling to make ends meet, had never showed her work in a park before and was blown away at the aggression toward us. Buckley's hands were shaking so hard that she had trouble setting up the stand.
Read through the private rules of the park. They even have a rule in case your dog is in heat. No joke. They also appear to override high court decisions– in section one of general rules, the BBPC states:
Performances or rallies, commercial activity and distribution of commercial or non-commercial material is prohibited (except by permit).
So can they stop a poet who needs no permit, according to the Supreme Court of New York, from distributing her non-commercial poetry material? They tried to cow us, what will they do to others?
Artists have the constitutional right to sell expressive matters in the city parks of New York. DUMBO is considered an arts neighborhood. Why should the president of what appears to be a private corporation deny the rights of artists in this park, and what else is within her power?
Here is a partial transcript of the end of the conversation between Regina Myers and E.K. Buckley:
EK Buckley: Please repeat the law that you're saying.
Regina Myer: I, I I'm not– (unintelligible) but I will send you a copy of the laws. Give me your email address.
EKB: Well, just, would you repeat again, This... park… This–
RM -This park is a city-state entity, um, that– owned by the city right now, that has laws against that, for, that prohibit vending. Unless it's permitted.
EKB: But we have a permit.
RM No you, you, but it has to be a permit that WE granted.
EKB: Is this a privately run park system of laws that you're imposing over the Constitution?
RM I, I won't answer that I, I am not a lawyer.
EKB: Well, tell me where is the link to this law that you're talking about? Is a government office?
RM: (Nodding) Yep M-hum.
EKB: Is it a government law?
RM: (Nodding) Yeah Uh-huh.
EKB: Say the link. Where's the link?
RM: Go to my website.
EKB: Tell me.
RM: Brooklyn Bridge Park dot org.
EKB: Dot ORG , but it itsn't dot GOV- (interrupted)
RM -It is not. Brooklyn Bridge Park NYC excuse me, I said it wrong.
EKB: Brooklyn Bridge Park NYC dot org, so your private organization set up laws that are not the government law–
RM: (Nodding) Uh-huh.
EKB: –that's what you're enforcing here–
RM: (Nodding) Uh-huh.
EKB: –removing us, with your own laws.
RM: (Nodding) Uh-huh, uh-huh.
RM: Thank you.
EKB: Yeah. May I have your name please?
RM: Regina Myer.
EKB: Thank you!
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I'll have a pop-up cART show exhibiting paintings, drawings and hand-pulled woodblock prints by Sarah Valeri and me at the entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge Park today and tomorrow during this weekend's big DUMBO Arts Festival. The plan so far is to set up here at the park entrance:
(UPDATE: see post above for the problem we encountered trying to sell art in the semi-privatized Brooklyn Bridge Park.)
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DUMBO first Thursdays is tonight and I have a new drawing up for it. I'll take a shot tonight while I'm there for the party and post it from the show.
GIACOBETTI PAUL GALLERY
111 Front St. DUMBO, Brooklyn
Show runs from 6:30 to 9pm, and will be open during normal gallery hours through this weekend (maybe longer)
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I sold a couple of drawings and stopped in to put up new ones last week. The show runs through August 22nd, called Red Hooked, at 499 Van Brundt St in Red Hook BK, right across from the Fairway parking lot.
These two are up now with the rest of my work already on exhibit there:
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