Monday, February 25, 2008

Zero 7 - Destiny

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sia - Buttons

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Portishead - Roads

Debra Hampton
Trickery bound the legs but was no match for destiny, 2005
magazine cut out and ink
30" x 22.5"
Debra will be featured in "Warm, Red, Salt And Wet" a group exhibition curated by Barnaby Whitfield which will run concurrently with his solo exhibition "Little Deaths, All the Same" at 31GRAND (March 20 - April 19, 2008).

Amy Stein - Watering Hole
on view at Paul Kopeikin Gallery

Schiller - I Feel You

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Kokusyoku Sumire - Circus No Uma

Francesca Lo Russo
Hospital Flood Death Song, oil on board, 24 x 27”

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

devlin and poppy - ashcream

Sunday, February 17, 2008

X-Press 2 - I Want You Back

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Tonight's the big night.

February 14 – March 15, 2008
Opening reception: Thursday, February 14th, 7-9pm

S. Kk in Philadelphia and Berlin, pencil on paper, 13 x 11.5”

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Farewell Henri Salvador

Henri Salvador, the velvet-voiced French musician credited with inspiring the bossa nova, bringing rock ‘n’ roll to France and helping create the music video, died Wednesday, his record label said. He was 90. Salvador died at his Paris home of an aneurysm, said Carine Herve, of the Polydor label. (Yahoo )

Just saw the news about Mr. Salvador's passing on Petulant's blog. Couldn't just pick one video.

Minnie Petite Souris

Juanita Banana

Zorro Est Arrivé

The Bumblebeez - Dr. Love
Directed by Tom Kuntz

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Great way to spend Valentine's Day!

i want everything and now and hot and fast and gone, 2008, oil on board, 27 x 48”

We've got a new show opening and I am so excited!

at 31GRAND 143 Ludlow St. New York, NY 10002
February 14 – March 15, 2008
Opening reception: Thursday, February 14th, 7-9pm

31GRAND is pleased to present its first solo show of paintings and works on paper by Francesca Lo Russo.

In Francesca Lo Russo’s new paintings, humanity lolls in nightmarish landscapes, doomed to the indifference of the universe or fellow man’s own terrible potential. She plays upon the cathartic relief, even pleasure, that fear incites by making us feel more alive through confronting death. Yet this sense of vitality is subversive, as we find ourselves detached voyeurs to the characters in the paintings, much as we are detached from nature in general, and the media’s portrayal of real disaster.

Her figures sunbathe, hold hands, become deluged in music, or drink champagne, seeming painfully still and almost unaffected by their broken, doomed environments. They are Sisyphus-like, and smile in the face of an absurd world whose oceans could swallow entire populations without warning. The paintings are born in the aloof angst that this existential humanism implies, and imbued with imagery of modern greenhouse anxiety.

Lo Russo paints with assiduous detail, seeming to fill a compulsive need to cover every square inch of her surfaces with information. Her process is meditative, almost anachronistic; painting each blade of grass, each stitch in a quilt, each tiny leaf in a monstrous topiary. The narratives are spun in this process, in the insular, claustrophobic realms she creates. She then smothers these details with heavy, dark, enamel-like glazes, locking them in place, into a tight and inescapable web. Her paintings are clotted with glossy black but punctuated by acid greens, SOS orange, and caustic yellow.

The resulting images read something like film stills, where narratives are implied but are ambiguous, frozen. They are similar in mood to Dario Argento’s neon-tinted horror fables and Alejandro Jodorowky’s flagrant, often violent spiritual journeys. She draws upon surreal personal experience while traveling; she was cured of an intestinal virus by a voodoo priestess in Haiti and sang in bizarre Pentecostal services in the mountains of rural Ecuador.

Lo Russo completed the vast majority of these new works in an intense three month period of isolation in an attic in Texas. She is self taught as an artist and lives in Brooklyn.

NOTE: Cumbre Vieja is a massive volcanic ridge in the Canary Islands. So fractured by previous eruptions, it could break off completely with any new activity. And though it’s real threat is hard to determine, some scientists say the breakage could cause a megatsunami that could destroy major cities in Europe, Africa, and the United States’ East Coast.

31GRAND tel: 212.228.0901
hours: Tues. - Sat. 12-7pm

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Yuki - Sentimental Journey

Karoshi Bros - Love the World

Hey Barn, this is how those things make me feel.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Christian Schad

The Operation, 1929
125 x 95 cm

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Pet Shop Boys - It's a sin (live)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Pet Shop Boys - Can You Forgive Her? (Live - The Nightlife Tour)
I just love these guys live.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Emilie Autumn - Misery loves company

...You're so easy to read
But the book is boring me...

David Sylvian - Red Guitar

Duo de "Lecuona", espetáculo do Grupo Corpo

Friday, February 1, 2008

Jeff Wyckoff

Magic Box, 2008
7.5 x 14.5 x 2.5”, Phototransfer on glass in a metal slide box

Happy Birthday!