Weekly Wrap: August 19-26

and, in other news…

Fine Art Friday: Subway Art

Kathleen McCarthy, Five Points of Observation, 1990-93. 111th Street station.

 

As New Yorkers, there is an awful lot we have to pass by in order to get on with our days. So, on your commute today, take a moment to look around– untapped new york did just this, and they’ve reminded us that riding the subway can be a lovely experience, if you let yourself notice all the ART that may be lurking in your home station! Here are some of our favorites.

 

Kathleen McCarthy, Five Points of Observation, 1990-93. 111th Street station.

Ming Fay, Shad Crossing, 2004.

Robert Kushner’s 4 Seasons Seasoned

Lisa Dinhofer’s Losing my Marbles

Lisa Dinhofer’s Losing my Marbles

Helene Brandt, Room of Tranquility, 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Summer Re-Run) Quinn vs. Quinn: “Warhol: Confections & Confessions”

Welcome to Quinn vs. Quinn, your review source for arts, culture, and whatever else we both deem acceptable to bring to your attention! Penned by Erica (Quinn) and (Quinn) Daly. 


This week we traveled to Hell’s Kitchen to see the show on loan to Affirmation Arts from our native Pennsylvania–  Warhol: Confections & Confessions, 8 × 10 B+W Photographs from The Andy Warhol Museum, PittsburghPhotographs? Pennsylvania? Andy Warhol? I’m in! 

QD: As no stranger to the Warhol museum in our home state of PA, this was kind of a neat little New York diversion. It’s not a statue of Andy or a billboard or a million bags with bananas on them, but a tight little show that showcased an interesting side of the artist.

EQ: Definitely– it was a quiet aside featuring a lot of quiet work: some still-life photographs, some pictures of a table set for what I can only image is breakfast, some mothers nursing and some photographs of…nothing. I think its understated nature was a lot of what made this a worthwhile show for me.

QD: Admittedly, I’m a sucker for Well Organized Groups of Things, so this was a nice show for me to see. Especially after the total shitty-ness of the crowds and people who will fuck you over on a sub-par hotdog (still angry) in that part of town, it’s a little slice of Warhol-induced calm.

EQ: A lot of the work was spare, and full of deadpan symbolism that might seem trite today– if some freshman year art school student turned in a B&W photo of a McDonald’s hamburger with a hammer and sickle you’d be like, “dude, whatever”. But it works here, because Andy Warhol is the one who opened that kind of blatant dialog. I think that’s important to remember. People get down on Warhol but I think he’s cleverer than he lets on. These photos felt like a collection of secrets.

QD: Yeah, I liked that aspect. Context, as always, is a super-important consideration, and this show did a great job of showing off some lesser-known but still extremely intentional works. I’d say it’s a really worthwhile a stop if you accidentally find yourself in that part of town. I’d give it two pretty casual thumbs up. Not like a “GO SEE THIS NOW” thing, but it’s worth a trip.

EQ: Certainly. The same goes for me as well! (This is the problem with having two unfortunately-similar art reviewers doing your art reviewing.) Go see this show if you like hamburgers, screen tests, the 1960s, or breasts. Or even if you don’t like those things, go see it anyway and see if you change your mind.

Quinn vs. Quinn gives Warhol: Confections & Confessions two thumbs up! The show runs through May 5th at Affirmation Arts, 523 W. 37th Street, NY, NY. 

(Erica Quinn is a photographer/sad girl poet/cat blogger currently pursuing her MFA at the Pratt Institute and otherwise writing for Finch and Ada.) 

(Quinn Daly is a retired horse trainer, writer, and photographer. He enjoys cocktails, food, and “art, in general.”)

Hump Day Q&A: Chuck (of Chuck and Chelsea)

 

1. Who Are You?
I’m Chuck from Chuck and Chelsea.

2. What do you do?
I’m an artist and a photographer.

3. When/Where/How did you get your start?
I started Chuck & Chelsea Fine Arts & Design in NYC. I wanted to become something else.

4. How long have you been at it?
Three and a half years.

5. What is the most important thing we should know about you?
Chuck and Chelsea.

6. Is there anyone else in your field that you particularly admire?
Allen Frame.

7. What other types of art are you into?
Photography, Video, Sculpture.

8. You got any crazy hobbies or unique talents?
What’s unique about me is that I think I’m the most normal person in the whole world but nobody seems to think that way.

9. What’s your favorite vice?
Not listening to people.

10. If someone was to write a craigslist missed connection about you, what would it say?
You were small, cute, and flapping brown inverted triangular ears. You were wearing a grey tank top with a red maple leaf. I guess you are a Canadian? I love Canadians. I saw you around 7:00 am in front of Lincoln Center and a human was taking pictures of you. Call me, handsome.

11: Truth or Dare? Elaborate.
Truth. My right lung had been popped and now safely (hopefully) glued to the wall.

12. What is your most prized possession?
My wife&husband Chelsea.

13. How do you make it over the creative hump/slump?
1. Watch TV, movies, read comic books. 2. Wait. Do nothing 3. Go out and talk to people

(Chuck is Louise Kim’s alter ego. Louise received her MFA in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She currently lives and works in NYC with her partner Michelle with whom she collaborates and together founded Chuck and Chelsea. They come from the proud land of Canada. Check out their website @ http://www.chuckandchelsea.com

(Summer Re-Run) Artist You Should Know: Charles J. Belden

As I have mentioned in the past, the West holds a special place in my heart, and (respect to Charles Marion Russell) nobody captures it better than Charles J. Belden. His photographs of Wyoming in the 1920s and 30s are visceral and poignant. The man worked for National Geographic back in the day, and he was a true artist. His images give us a picture of what life was like in parts of the country that were still wild, at the time. And make no mistake, this part of the country can still kill you without warning. It is, and always been, a rough place.

An interesting man who lived in the most beautiful part of the world (in my humble opinion), Belden captured images of a lifestyle that was quickly fading from relevancy, but would live on in myth for years to come. You see his photos, and you know he was cold and miserable when he took them. You see his photos, and you know he was caught up in the joyous sprit of a ranch rodeo. He is a lesser-known American photographer, but he is my favourite. Many of his prints are housed at the Meeteetse Museum, which is probably my favourite place in the world. You want to step into a time machine, look at the photographs of Charles J. Belden.  Then, walk across the street, and have a beer at the Cowboy Bar. It’s worth the trip.
(Charles J. Belden was born in 1887, in San Francisco. Most famously, for twenty-six years, the artist documented life on the Pitchfork Ranch of Wyoming, where he worked as a cowboy. After marrying the ranch owner’s daughter, struggling through economic downturn, divorcing the ranch owner’s daughter, and marrying a new woman, Belden died in 1966 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is remembered as one of the great western photographers, and a hero of Meetseetse.)

(Quinn Daly is a retired horse trainer, writer, and photographer. He enjoys cocktails, food, and “art, in general.”)

(Summer Re-Run) Saturday Spark: Summer Vacation

It’s nearly summertime, and the living is…making you ready to leave the city! Use our vacation themed image set to catch the Spark.

Just be sure to wear sunblock when you’re baking at the beach and also it’s like 1959?

Let’s all take a boat ride with our grandmothers!

Um, dream life?

Bathing Beauties!

Sail straight into summer. It’s waiting for you!

(Summer Re-Run) Quinntessential Happy Hour: Nobody wants to spend drinking time mixing when it’s hot.

Hello, everyone. This is a cocktail column about beers. I have mentioned them before, in paper-bag-form, but this time I will get a little more specific. While it had been my intention to do a martini recipe, I realized I was drinking a beer while thinking about it, and had to change my tack. The beer really is the perfect summertime drink – portable, easy to care for, delicious. While I appreciate a well-crafted cocktail, if I’m taking it easy, I don’t want to fuck around with mixers and muddlers and shakers, etc. If possible, I don’t want to leave my chair to get another drink. Beers can make this happen.
There are many summertime beers that are close to my heart, #1 being a chilly Straub on the porch with friends, and #2 being an ice cold Coors after a long day of riding. (It really does taste better in the rockies) However, lacking context, I always turn to IPAs in the summer. Some like their wheat beers, and I do profess a liking for the summer wheat from Red Lodge Brewing Company, but ultimately, I need a beer that’s a little more in your face.
My two standbys are both New York beers, actually: The East India Pale Ale from Brooklyn, and the Bengali Tiger from Sixpoint. The EIPA is my daytime go-to, as it is refreshing and bitter, while the tiger is a touch softer and sweeter, and nice in the evening. Both are excellent choices for summer, no matter where you are! So go out and grab yourself a brew, and leave the mixing for another time. For now, we party.
 
(Quinn Daly is a retired horse trainer, writer, and photographer. He enjoys cocktails, food, and “art, in general.”)

(Summer Re-Run) Fine Art Friday: Getting Down with The Lively Morgue

Haven’t been keeping up with the recent New York Times Tumblr output– The Lively Morgue? The project highlights selections from the enormous collection of The Times’ picture library– and when we say enormous, we mean it. The Morgue comments,

How many? We don’t know. Our best guess is five million to six million prints and contact sheets (each sheet, of course, representing many discrete images) and 300,000 sacks of negatives, ranging in format size from 35 millimeter to 5 by 7 inches — at least 10 million frames in all. The picture archive also includes 13,500 DVDs, each storing about 4.7 gigabytes worth of imagery. When the Museum of Modern Art set out to exhibit the highlights of the Times archive in 1996, it dispatched four curators. They spent nine months poring over 3,000 subjects, working with two Times editors, one of whom spent a year on the project. In the end, they estimated that they’d seen only one-quarter of the total.

If we posted 10 new archival pictures every weekday on Tumblr, just from our print collection, we wouldn’t have the whole thing online until the year 3935.

Interested? Check out this Tumblr video we love– “Inside the Lively Morgue“.

As the project’s Tumblr comments, “any morgue that includes a bus-sized, helium-filled Bullwinkle hovering over Times Square is a very lively morgue indeed”.