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Chic [French] meaning stylish or smart, as an element of art, fashion and design.
Quero [Portuguese] verb. like, want; will, desire; love; list
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Thomas Bangstead‘s surreal and sublime portraits of oft vacant landscapes and still life’s, seem to embody the suspense of the “happened.”
Devoid of obvious action, Bangstead’s work instead lingers in the moment (perhaps even the second) after a tragedy, before a meal, or in the midst of a scenic view and leave the viewer to conjure their own narratives based on these strange vignettes.
Bangstead is also currently part of “The Woods are Lovely, Dark, and Deep” at Asya Geisberg gallery and will be giving a talk on his work this coming Thursday during the Chelsea Art Walk. If you can, please help support Thomas and The Secret City!
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I’ll be devoting some of this week and the next to showcasing some of the amazing artists that make up The Secret City . They need funding for the new season and I’m pretty convinced once you see what’s in store, you’ll want to give it to them. Donate if you can and enjoy!
About Martyn Thompson:
Martyn Thompson is a groundbreaking photographer of still-life’s and interiors.
Born in London and raised in Sydney, Thompson studied fine art and literature at Sydney University. After finishing school in 1982, he visited New York City, and this trip made a lasting impression: the music, the clubs, but mostly, the city and its people.
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In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles away from land, and humans, there is enormous floating reminder of the indelible mark we leave from afar. Called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Plastic Vortex and the world’s largest landfill, the North Pacific Gyre is a combination of currents and carelessness that makes up what some suggest is a wasteland filled with plastic. Rife with fantastic sounding aquatic traps such as “ghost nets,” it is suggested that its collection is of such a scale that, as of yet, no one has been able to calculate its true size.
In a song by local Park Slope musicians Whale Belly, there is an interesting lyric “I know what I hate, I just don’t know why.”
The upcoming show Whale Belly is slated to perform in, Post Plastic Project at Littlefield in Brooklyn, plans to remedy just such ignorance through a feast of artists, musicians and comedians curated to raise money, and awareness for the environmental organization, Project Kaisei.
Discovered by chance in 1997 by oceanographer Charles Moore, the North Pacific Gyre is Project Kaisei’s main focus. Kaisei itself began in late 2008 when co-founders, Doug Woodring, George Orbelian, and Mary T. Crowley, found a need to bring attention and research to the growing problem of plastic pollution. In 2009 Kaisei launched its brigantine vessel (the namesake of Kaisei, meaning “Ocean Planet”) and an oceanography vessel called “New Horizon,” donated from partnering organization Scripps Institute of Oceanography. The mission was to collect and calculate data on the amount, type, and breakdown rates of plastic litter that is trapped in the middle of the ocean.
Some findings maintain that certain types of plastic are breaking down at rates much faster than imagined. Most recently the rate was a year or less for some materials to completely disintegrate and penetrate waters and wildlife, raising concerns about toxin levels in fish and other saltwater animals. Utilizing a variety of technological outlets to get their message across, Team Kaisei reports directly from the boat with updates on their findings, and even has a voyage tracker via Google Earth that allows you pinpoint the location, and view interactive message from crew members.
When I asked Lindsay Bourget, one of the curators of the Post Plastic Project, “Why Kaisei?” she answered directly, “I started this project because I wanted to find someone to donate to that made the most sense and they [Project Kaisei] made the most sense to me, because their number one goal is to capture the plastic vortex and that’s exactly what I was most concerned about, so it seemed like a natural fit.” Some debate remains about the severity and size of the litter in the North Pacific Gyre, along with concerns about disturbing wildlife in the effort to collect, as well as the idea that full collection of all the plastic is a Sisyphean task. Nevertheless when I asked Lindsay about her concern for the validity of such projects in the face these doubts as well as major global disasters (particularly oil spills) she acknowledged “it can be really discouraging, but then you think there’s only one way to really start making a change.”
Co-curator Laina Karavani adds, “Sometimes artists and musicians are the only one’s that people really listen to and can help illicit change, and that’s what this is all about, moving towards that change.”
Post Plastic Project will demonstrate by example, using soy ink, and semi-recycled paper in their printing materials through Long Island City based, ColorCoded, and party materials (cups, plates, etc) provided by SustyParty, a New York based company that provides a line of eco-friendly, biodegradable party products made from corn oil, tapioca starch and other recycled materials, along with a bin to collect and ensure compost.
The artists and musicians are pooled from both Lindsay and Laina’s art and design background. Lindsay currently works in packing and architectural design, and went to Colorado Institute of Art, while Laina is photographer originally from New Jersey. Laina moved to San Francisco to attend the Art Academy of San Francisco, and found herself in an environment of high sustainability expectations. Drawing from this experience and from a childhood where recycling was the norm, Laina and Lindsay were eventually introduced by a professor who thought they might be a good match (their birthdays are only two days apart.) As the project grew larger both realized that this kind of grassroots organization for a less dire cause might be exactly what people were looking for.
The show is a powerhouse in itself with fifteen artists, four bands, and two MC’s. Mostly local fare, the artists were friends of or approached directly by Lindsay and Laina, and much to their surprise, nearly all said yes. With the increase of sustainable forms of living becoming the norm in Brooklyn it was easy to see that Lindsay and Laina’s project provided the perfect outlet for supporters looking for a more manageable idea of altruism.
The line up for music is strong and ranges from the pipes of a classically trained opera singer (singing in a rock band of course) Little Grey Girlfriend, the upbeat and introspective words and sound of Whale Belly (Park Slope), The Robin Electric with nostalgic twinges of their Cleveland roots, and string band turned electric from Chicago, Panoramic and True.
Artists include talent like artist and curator Ben Peterson, Christine Nguyen, illustrator Mariana Silva, award-winning motion graphics designer Mauricio Leon, illustrator Travis Simon, Daria Tessler and many more.
The show takes place this Sunday June 5th at Littlefield in Brooklyn
Doors open at 6, with a free art reception and $10 cover for the music.
All proceeds will benefit the effort of Project Kaisei.
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During October 2009 Sarah Anne Johnson participated in an artist’s residency on board a double masted schooner in the Norwegian territory of the Arctic Circle. Each of the twelve days at sea the group visited a different site on land, ranging from untouched vistas of pure landscape to abandoned mining camps. She photographed what she saw, which became the basis for her new body of work entitled “Arctic Wonderland.”
She described the experience as “amazing, it was exotic, breathtakingly beautiful and sublime. It seemed so pristine and perfect, vast and strong, but also somehow delicate and fleeting. After such an experience, one can’t help speculating about the impact we have on this planet.
We are in the process of creating irreparable damage to the earth and will soon have no choice but to gamble on increasingly dubious theories. A favorite theory of engineers as a last resort to stop global warming is the blocking out of the sun. With this body of work I have been assessing and questioning western ideas of progress, growth and innovation. What are we progressing toward? Where does innovation lead us? How big can we go? What will it mean for us to take over the sun? Not only for the environment, but also psychologically for us, what will that mean?
To explore these concerns I have painted, photo shopped, embossed and used printmaking on the photographs I took during the expedition. I do this to create a more honest image. To show not just what I saw, but how I feel about what I saw.”
The imagery is celebratory with an ironic underside. Fireworks, confetti, cheerleaders and banners inhabit the landscape. Wonderland has the double meaning of referring to the brilliant beauty of the landscape, but also the absurdity of some of the notions of how to colonize this place.
“Arctic Wonderland” will be Sarah Anne Johnson’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, the first being “Tree Planting” in 2005 which was recently exhibited at the Guggenheim in “Haunted: recent acquisitions in photography and video”. Each of her exhibitions has been conceived as an installation and has been acquired in their entirety by a public museum, including the Guggenheim, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada. This is the first project that is comprised of free standing independent works.
Johnson lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada and received her MFA from Yale University. She was the recipient of the first Annual Grange prize. Her work has been exhibited and collected by numerous public institutions as noted above.
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TEN OX HERDING PICTURES
BY ANDREW BINKLEY
Drawing upon my experience as a Buddhist monk, my work appropriates ancient traditions, whether they be spiritual or artistic traditions, and especially where the two merge.
The ‘Ten Ox Herding Pictures’ is an appropriated piece based on a 12th Century Taoist and Buddhist depiction of the ten steps one takes towards enlightenment. Each piece in the series speaks of a certain stage and level of progression on this path. This search is an age-old quest in which early Taoists depicted one’s nature, or mind, as a wild ox hidden from sight. Once found, this ox would give a formidable struggle before being able to be trained and ridden home and beyond. This guide has been an inspiration and method of teaching for almost a thousand years, as well as sparking a tradition of depicting its example. In keeping with this tradition and resonating from the classic ink paintings of old, I assemble various photographs from different times and places throughout my travels in China, to comprise a single image. This process of addition and subtraction allowed the piece to emerge, reminiscent of my background as a painter and brought about a translation of this ancient work.
The following are brief descriptions on each of the stages.
1. The Search for the Ox
The ox has traditionally been a representation of one’s true-nature or of the mind. In this stage a man is lost, confused, can neither see where he is nor where he’s going. He searches for the ox, yet is caught in a web of his conditioning and in a state of suffering. Yet this is the first stage; recognizing you are caught and seeking a way out.
2. Discovering the Footprints
The man discovers the markings left by the ox. This may come in the form of hearing from others, reading words, experiencing the presence of someone or something, which opens your eyes. It may also come from becoming aware of the traces of the mind and its reactions. But this understanding is still on an intellectual and conceptual level.
3. Perceiving the Ox
This is where one sees the ox directly, no longer through theory, but through direct experience. Through reflection the ox is perceived, and with this realization there is now no turning back, it has penetrated into your entire perception of the world and self. The ox swims freely, an island unto itself.
4. Catching the Ox
Confronting the self can be like dealing with a raging ox. The ox has been trained for so long to follow its desires, going here and there never quite satisfied. It wants greener grass, its restless and can’t stay still. But now one sees things in a new way, yet the mind is used to its old ways of dealing with situations and has its built up ideas of security. So when the ox is caught and its foundation is rocked a tremendous struggle ensues.
5. Taming the Ox
The man has seen the ox manifesting all the time now and realizes the root of all suffering lies with the mind. An ox herder uses a whip to keep the ox from wandering, just as one must use mindfulness to keep the mind from wandering. As a result the ox becomes gentler and follows its master, but we see in the distance there is still an ambiguous road ahead full of high peaks and low valleys veiled in clouds, still we can see home.
6. Riding the Ox Home
Harmony with oneself and all things. Neither resisting nor controlling, the real effort is to have no effort and allow the ox to follow its own nature home. The practice becomes natural, like planting a seed and allowing it to grow. It may take a month to reach home, it may take a lifetime, but this is not his concern; he’s just riding.
7. The Ox Transcended
The ox never belonged to the man; he discovered it and let it go. But we tend to hold on to it and think of it as me and mine, it is just nature.
8. Both Ox and Self Transcended
Letting it all go. Letting go of time, the world, the ox, mind, other, self, all concepts… It is the space where no thing exists. In ‘Riding the Ox Home’ we had the knower and the mind, in ‘The Ox Transcended’ there is the knower, in this stage there is simply knowing.
9. Reaching the Source
One quote from an unknown poet says, “Out of Emptiness appears that which IS. Poised in mystic selflessness, there is no self in anything particular: The 10,000 things arise and pass away.”
10. In the World
This, the final stage, has been interpreted by some to mean that the enlightened person then goes out and saves the world. For myself, I have always felt that enlightenment is being at peace with the world just as it is. Accepting things just as they are with no attachment or desire for this moment to be any other way, is true liberation.
ABOUT ANDREW BINKLEY:
Andrew Binkley is an American artist, born in Omaha, Nebraska, 1979. In 1996 he attended The Kansas City Art Institute with a major in painting under the guidance of Warren Rosser, and after two years left school in order to travel throughout China searching for places to practice Chan (Zen) Buddhism. Living in China for one year and studying the art, language and philosophies of the Far East eventually led him to Thailand where he ordained as a Theravadan Buddhist monk. Andrew went on to stay for two years following the strict practice of the Thai Forest Tradition, living a life of simplicity and meditation.
After leaving the monastic life, Andrew moved to the island of Maui, Hawaii where he designed and built his own home. Since that time Andrew has been dedicating himself to the practice of art, and has just recently moved to Oahu.