Forgotten Iowa

Posted in art, documentary, photography, travel, wandering by cheapandplastique on April 11, 2015

I really love this Forgotten Iowa photography project by photographer Cody Weber.
First of all half of my family live in Iowa, many whom I have never met. I am interested in seeing this place that continues to be a mystery to me. I have also documented many of the small towns of my home state, Massachusetts, as well as those in New York, over the past 20 years.
The scenes look similar in NY state, Massachusetts, and Iowa; crumbling structures, abandoned properties, blue skies, empty streets, bored kids. A real feeling of loneliness exists in these places.
People have gone. The younger generations continue to leave these small towns for the city to make a more exciting and prosperous (?) life for themselves.
Having lived in New York City for over ten years now the feeling that maybe it is time to go back to a smaller town has been popping up in my mind much more frequently lately.
The cities have become too expensive for us to live in, why not take over one of these abandoned spaces and start anew?

See more of the photos here.
And an interview with the photographer here.

All images © Cody Weber.

I like these kids!

C & P’s Chelsea picks

Posted in art, painting, video art, installation, drawing, exhibitions, art to see, contemporary art by cheapandplastique on March 5, 2015

Charles Atlas, The Waning of Justice, Luhring Augustine Chelsea,
Feb 7 – Mar 14, 2015. More information here.

Installation views.

Images courtesy ©Luhring Augustine Chelsea.

Beautiful Monsters, Curated by Douglas Fogle, Gladstone Gallery,
January 28 – February 27, 2015. More info here.

Installation views.

Jack Smith.
Images courtesy ©Gladstone Gallery.

Matters of Pattern with Louise Bourgeois, Tom Burr, Daniel Buren, Ryan Gander, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Dianna Molzan, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, Lucien Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, and Christopher Wool.
At Skarstedt Chelsea, January 17 – February 21, 2015. More information here.

Installation view.

Cindy Sherman & Albert Oehlen

Christopher Wool

Martin Kippenberger

David Salle
Images courtesy ©Skarstedt Chelsea.

Chelsea wanders

Posted in art, wandering, chelsea, video art by cheapandplastique on February 20, 2015

I just learned about a death in the family as I started my Chelsea art tour on Wednesday. And then I saw this video, “Cowfish”, 2011, by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, which was part of the Beautiful Monsters show at Gladstone Gallery. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this sad, big eyed, dying fish all week. I hope he escaped his fate but, as happens to all of us, I am pretty sure he did not.

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, "Cowfish", 2011 from Inter. Society of Abissology on Vimeo.

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, “Cowfish”, 2011

Chelsea wanders

Posted in art, photography, chelsea, painting, installation by cheapandplastique on January 11, 2015

The best shows I came across yesterday in Chelsea:

Spain & 42 St. at Foxy Production with work by Darja Bajagić, Jimmy Desana, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Heji Shin, Laurie Simmons, & Deborah Turbeville. Up until January 31st. More information here.

Deborah Turbeville

Darja Bajagić

Peter Hujar

Robert Mapplethorpe

Heji Shin

Mamma Andersson, Behind the Curtain, at David Zwirner Gallery. Up until February 14th. More information here.

Shaun O’Dell at Susan Inglett Gallery. Until January 31st. More information here.

The Thing and the Thing-In-Itself with Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Kosuth, René Magritte, Piero Manzoni, Yoko Ono, Ad Reinhardt, & Robert Smithson at Andrea Rosen Gallery. Up until January 24th. More information here.

Robert Smithson

Yoko Ono

Paul Thek, Ponza and Roma, at Alexander and Bonin. Up until February 21st. More information here.

Thomas Houseago, Moun Room, at Hauser & Wirth. Up until January 17th. More information here.

All images courtesy artist’s gallery.

Chelsea wanders part 1

Posted in art, photography, wandering, film, chelsea, painting, video art, installation, exhibitions, contemporary art by cheapandplastique on October 14, 2014

Went to Chelsea two times last week to take in as many fall shows as my brain could handle. After a pretty bleak Chelsea summer (with many galleries just closing their doors completely for most of it) I was rather pleased with the work on offer this fall.

I think my favorite exhibition was Laurent Grasso‘s Soleil Double installation at Sean Kelly Gallery. The video pieces were particularly mesmerizing (especially the video on the lower level of the fantastically lit Roman plaza). Sean Kelly Gallery consistently shows great work, it has become one of my favorite galleries over the past couple of years. The LG show runs through October 18, 2014 (next weekend!) More information here.

Photography: Jason Wyche © Laurent Grasso Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Another favorite was the Stephen Shore show at 303 Gallery.
The gallery is showing a selection of Stephen’s images from Ukraine and Israel. Exhibition runs until November 1st. More information here.

Home of Musya Vainshteyn, Nemirov, Ukraine, October 16, 2013

Home of Lyubov Brenman, Borispol, Ukraine, July 19, 2012

Room 509, Dnipro Hotel, Kiev, Ukraine, July 18, 2012

Elka Seltzer’s Front Door, Ovruch, Ukraine, July 31, 2012

Jerusalem, Israel, January 1, 2010

Mar Saba Monastery, Judean Desert, Israel, September 20, 2009

Sefad, Israel, June 14, 2010

There were some really great photo shows this October, Justine Kurland‘s Sincere Auto Care at Mitchell Innes & Nash was another highlight. Show unfortunately ended on October 11th. More information here.

280 Coup, 2012

For Abigail, 2014

Installation view

Installation view

I also enjoyed John Divola Clive Wearing’s Dilemma at Wallspace. Show ended October 13th. More info here.

Untitled, 1990

Untitled, 1990

Untitled, 1990

Everybody Street

Posted in art, photography, film, nyc street photography, black + white, documentary, nyc by cheapandplastique on November 19, 2013

Very much looking forward to seeing this film in the theater this week.
Cheryl Dunn is a talented lady.
Williamsburg theater info here.

Guest Instagramming at Transgressor Magazine

Posted in photography, travel, wandering, brooklyn artists by cheapandplastique on October 7, 2013

Well hello!
I have been guest Instagramming at Transgressor Magazine for the past few days.
have a look.

Holliston, MA

Hopedale, MA

Hopedale, MA

Somewhere in New Hampshire

St. Albans, Vermont

Abandoned Strip Club, On the Road to Montreal, Canada

Signs That Say Nothing, On the Road to Montreal, Canada

Pool, Montreal, Canada

Photo Print Sale

Posted in art, photography, travel, wandering, violet shuraka, beautiful forms, USA!, wasteland, ruins, plastique, Scandinavia by cheapandplastique on September 13, 2013

My fundraising PHOTO PRINT SALE begins today and will last for 2 weeks. Get some HOT photo prints by yours truly! Any money raised will go towards replacing my stolen camera. Thank you in advance for considering purchasing a print! Print selections here.

Driving through Norway

Posted in photography, travel, wandering, jet set violette, beautiful forms, Scandinavia by cheapandplastique on August 3, 2013

Bergen, Norway

Posted in photography, travel, wandering, jet set violette, beautiful forms, Scandinavia by cheapandplastique on August 3, 2013


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