Fear No Art

A small show of artists from around the country (Boston:: Enamel Kingdom. Margaret Singer. Kenji Nakayama. Massiel Grullon. NineRevolutions. Sarah Laws “FunCupcake”. Frantz Cadet. Deme5. Problak. Kwest. Marka27, New York:: COPE2. Lichiban. Pen Tha Black Krayon, Los Angeles:: David Flores. Kofie. Sherm. Werc Alvarez, San Francisco:: Jesse Hernandez ) is opening tomorrow nite….

Sunday, June 21, 2009
at Achilles Project
283 Summer St., Boston
Private Showing: 4 – 6pm
Public Opening: 6 – 11pm

Fear no Art #3, an exhibition curated by Marka27 & NineRevolutions is dedicated to promoting and exposing underground art forms to a larger audience by bringing together some of today’s best artists from Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco

I’ll be djing w/ T-wrexx from NY..



pro blak

marka 27

Los Angeles : WERC





Jesse Hernandez (SF)

Massiel Grullon (Boston)

Kwest (Boston)

And Judi Rotenberg Gallery has a really good show up right now…..

Do-Ho Suh, “Karma,” 2008, paint on paper, 59.75″ x 41″. Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin Gallery.

Roger Andersson, “Quebec Sucks,” 2002, watercolor on paper, 28” x 21″, Courtesy of Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY.

Orly Genger, “Untitled,” 2008, ink and collage on paper, 22.5” x 30.25”, Courtesy of Larissa Goldston Gallery, NY

Last, DJ BabyYu just dropped this amazing mix :B.I.G. – A Tribute To The Greatest Rapper Of All Time…
download here

1. Diddy Introduction
2. Bob Marley – Johnny Was
3. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Bob Marley – Hold Your Head
4. The Notorious B.I.G. – Dead Wrong
5. Al Green – I’m Glad You’re Mine
6. The Isley Brothers – Between The Sheets
7. The Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa
8. Supercat feat. The Notorious B.I.G. – Dolly My Baby (Remix)
9. Herbie Hancock – Watermelon Man
10. The Notorious B.I.G. – Me And My Bitch (Live)
11. Zapp & Roger – Computer Love
12. Isaac Hayes – Walk On By
13. The Notorious B.I.G. – Warning
14. Edgar Winter – Dying To Live
15. The Notorious B.I.G. & 2 Pac – Runnin’
16. Diana Ross – Missing You
17. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. 112 – Miss U
18. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Method Man – The What
19. Junior M.A.F.I.A. feat. The Notorious B.I.G. – Player’s Anthem (Remix)
20. Minnie Riperton – Memory Lane
21. Junior M.A.F.I.A. feat. The Notorious B.I.G. – Get Money
22. Sylvia Striplin – You Cant Turn Me Away
23. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. R. Kelly – Loving You Tonight
24. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. 112 – Sky’s The Limit
25. Bobby Caldwell – My Flame
26. DeBarge – Stay With Me
27. The Notorious B.I.G. – One More Chance
28. Lou Donaldson – Who’s Making Love
29. Craig Mack feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J & Rampage – Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)
30. Les McCann – Valantra
31. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ten Crack Commandments
32. The Honey Drippers vs. R. Kelly – Impeach The President with My Body
33. The Notorious B.I.G. – Unbelievable
34. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You
35. The Notorious B.I.G. – Kick In The Door
36. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Diddy & Busta Rhymes – Victory
37. Bill Conti – Going The Distance
38. Black Heat – Something Extra
39. Lords Of The Underground – Chief Rocka
40. The Notorious B.I.G. – Machine Gun Funk
41. David Porter – The Masquerade Is Over
42. The Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya?
43. The Notorious B.I.G. – I Got A Story To Tell
44. Lil’ Kim – Crush On You
45. Jeff Lorber Fusion – Rain Dance
46. The Notorious B.I.G. – Gimme The Loot
47. James Brown – Coldblooded
48. James Brown – Blues & Pants
49. The Notorious B.I.G. – I’m Jus Playin’
50. Betty Wright – Clean Up Woman
51. Mary J. Blige feat. The Notorious B.I.G. – Real Love
52. Total feat. The Notorious B.I.G. – Can’t You See
53. James Brown – The Payback
54. Mtume – Juicy Fruit
55. The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
56. The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize
57. Herb Alpert – Rise
58. Jay-Z feat. The Notorious B.I.G. – Brooklyn’s Finest
59. Ohio Players – Ecstacy
60. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Luke – Big Booty Hoes
61. Idris Muhammed – Crab Apple
62. Puff Daddy & The Family – It’s All About The Benjamins
63. The Jackson 5 – It’s Great To Be Here
64. Last Poets – When The Revolution Comes
65. The Notorious B.I.G. – Party & Bullshit
66. Deodato – Skatin’
67. The Notorious B.I.G. – Nasty Boy
68. Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
69. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy & Mase – Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems
70. The Notorious B.I.G. – Going Back To Cali
71. Zapp & Roger – More Bounce To The Ounce
72. Diddy Outro

Jean Claude And Christo – Negotiation

the wall -gasometer

monolithic oil drum installation

jean claude & christo’s website

With Hirst circumventing the gallery and going straight to auction, Murakami going head first into luxury brand dissemination of work, and sneaker companies hiring every graffiti writer I know, today’s artist sees a conscious shift in how commerce interacts with 1) the work, and 2) the artist as BRAND 3)gallery as (home furnishing)store.

Two legendary artists who remain entirely outside of white walls that confine & confuse many(thanks a lot postmodernism & abstract shite) are Jean Claude & Christo. You’ve probably heard of their art. You may have walked through their gates in Central Park. But the historical scope & financial aspects of their ephemeral installations are the thing that escaped me until I heard them speak of their work at the ICA a few weeks ago.

All their artwork is SELF FUNDED and the realization of their projects reflects fundamental changes in politics & economics. Christo does the preparatory sketches for the project on the top floor of the same manhattan loft they’ve lived in since the 1960s- where a young Philip Glass installed their plumbing. They pay for the rental of the site, all the processing & legal fees & meetings for the project to be approved.. every last red cent. They sell the preparatory sketches to their benefactors to generate these funds, and give the world these giant installations.   This is where Wu-tang got their idea(maybe) to hustle the first run of 12″ for Protect ya Neck out the trunk until they could broker groundbreaking deals with multiple labels.

When i say that the works & their process reflect fundamental changes in politics & economics, it means that each single installation must win approval of the government & the landowners of its particular setting. When they wanted to wrap up the Reichstag, they had to convince German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder(as well as the entire structure below him) that their manifested daydream somehow made sense and would be a public good. Pragmatic politicians are notoriously hard to convince of the worth of art -especially abstracted giant public works. It took 9/11 and the election of Bloomberg to see the Gates in Central Park to fruition – a project that started in the late 1960′s. That scope of decades to execute art is lost in today’s immediate gratification culture, where trend cycles & public attention has diminished to a infinitely small point.

As artists, they perfectly meld modernism with social critique. As people, they are  pure in mind and purpose. We hold artists(and some designers bridge this gap as well) to be the dreamers of society and I am thankful to have learned from these two through the ICA. I just wanted to write something from a former skeptic who now believes fully in what they do. So is the transformative nature of art.

A couple more peculiarities:
They were born on the same day at the same time.
They only sign their work.
Jean Claude only became an artist out of love for Christo. Had he become a dentist, she would have become a dentist.
They only discuss their work and cannot comment on any other artist.
They allow others to help build these creations. You can sign up at their website.

Here’s a link to the Harvard Business School x ICA event I attended , which was the catalyst for my change in opinion.