Monthly Archives: August 2010

THIS SATURDAY: Water Balloon Fight!: A Fundraiser for Greenpoint Open Studios

Over the last three years of living in Greenpoint I had the opportunity to meet a community of artists living and working in our neighborhood, creating works in all mediums and engaging in all sorts of public events, installations, discussions and engagements.
Last fall I organized the first Greenpoint Open Studios in an attempt to serve as a platform in which all social, creative, and collaborative interactions could take place, in the form of artists physically opening their studios doors to the public alongside exhibitions, performances, discussions and parties to continue the conversation.
Greenpoint Open Studios returns again this year and is slated to take place October 1 – 3. The weekend will highlight exhibitions in local galleries such as Greenpoint Gallery, a food-integrated roundtable discussion at Church of Messiah, an evening of outdoor festivities and installations courtesy Bring to Light, and a slew of other special events.
In order to make this happen, we need to raise funds. Part one of two fundraisers we are organizing will take place THIS SATURDAY at the site of North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition‘s India Street Mural Project, located on India Street between West Street and the East River. It will be a water balloon infused game of Dodgeball. Pay $10 for a raffle ticket which enters you in a game and one person from the winning team will have the chance to win half the money pot raised from tickets. The other half will go towards GOS.
Join our facebook group, browse through our website, and prepare to get wet!
If you’re an artist and would like to sign up to participate or have any questions shoot an email to joann@greenpointopenstudios.org

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Asian Feastival: September 6th

Growing up as one of thousands of Asians living in the Bayside/Flushing area of Queens was boring to say the least. I struggled with the dearth of cultural significance found in this humdrum town (that of the true Americana influence), one void of the hyperactive surging energy found in the city streets of Manhattan. I was surrounded by tricked out honda civics driven by short little Asian boys awkwardly assimilating to a quieter, cheesier hip hop culture rife with badass pretensions and bling-a-lings. Suffice it to say I hated growing up in Queens, riding the 7 train to follow my mother to work sewing buttons in a sweat shop (no joke, child labor in the 90’s was as gruesome as it was in the 80’s, which isn’t saying much but…), attending Korean Christian churches and singing in the praise team, watching Korean dramas and dancing to poorly choreographed Korean pop songs.
Only after escaping the heinous town did I barely begin to appreciate the cultural diversity of the borough. Queens has the most highly concentrated number of ethnicities in the world and naturally boasts a ridiculously diverse gastronomic menu.
And now, as an Asian who grew up in Queens who now lives in Greenpoint (where all things awesome and relevant happen ((insert irony here))),  I proudly announce the very first Asian Feastival.
Asian Feastival explores all the Asian Cuisines found in Queens whether it be Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Pakistani, or Thai. If you’ve never tried kalbi, yak momo, mini dosas, or idiyappam now is your chance to give into your consumptive indulgences and expand your culinary palette (and leave Greenpoint for once).
The all day festival will feature tastings from restaurant favorites like Baohaus, panel discussions with blogger/writer Cathy Erway and Francis Lam, and cooking demos/talks teaching you all about Asian spices, the role of rice in Asian cuisine, the Asian fusion fiasco, and sustainable seafood. You can also buy typical fruits and veggies at the on-site Asian farmer’s market, take a food bike tour to local farms in Queens, and enjoy a walking culinary tour of Flushing. It promises to be a belly filling experience, one that I am most stoked to attend (pending awkward encounters with past church praise team members).

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Beet Salad with Bunch of Stuff

As surrounding friends have learned, I haven’t been cooking this year half as much as I used to last. Call it busy, call it lazy, call it I’d-rather-spend-$20-on-a-shitty-meal-outside. I’ve found neither recipe nor inspiration to labor in the kitchen as of late and it’s sad. Very, very, sad. I was uber excited since moving to my very own little studio in April, googling over the kitchen that I’d have ALL TO MYSELF, not sharing space in the fridge or the cabinet, not washing anyone else’s dishes, and not tolerating anyone else’s gastronomical mess. But since being here I’ve cooked only a handful of times and I will blatantly blame it on lack of time and inspirational recipes. I subscribe to a gazillion food blogs and haven’t found anything, subscribe to enough food magazines to shred and feed paper salad to the masses and haven’t found anything, and have a humble collection of cookbooks that haven’t been flipped through in months.

However the few times I do make food I’ve been going back to basics, not relying on recipes and making simple meals with brown rice, chicken, and any assortment of veggies. With summer comes the awesome visits to the farmers market where I buy a ton of shit and leave it to rot in the fridge. Well, I’m hoping that’s about to change. I do feel a surge of kitchen friendly excitement and I’m semi-determined to keep a steady flow of homecooking from here on out. With that is the introduction of one of my best salad concoctions yet.

A visit to the farmer’s market last week resulted in bringing home some golden beets, cucumbers, carrots, giant perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes and weird bitter squiggly lettuce that I probably won’t buy again. I always like to incorporate either nuts or cranberries/raisins into salads to prevent boredom and here I used pine nuts and almonds left over from a dinner meeting with Jen. My go-to dressing is inspired by vegan Chloe who uses coconut oil as a base for a perfect mildly sour and tart concoction. Sesame seeds reminds you it’s good to have the slight crunch in every bite, not to mention it totally gratifies my oral fixations (I constantly need to chew on stuff. Dangerous.) This salad would actually taste better without the greens, the colorful array of beets, tomato, carrot, and cucumber is enough to satisfy all sorts of senses. AND, it just so happens to be healthy.

I topped it off with a yogurt that Meg the beekeeper pointed out on our foray into The Garden, the ginger chunks fared oddly well with strawberry slices and agave nectar. Try this yogurt from Old Chatham Sheepherding Company. It’s smooth and not too thick and sweet enough to satisfy the, you got it, sweet tooth.

Beet Salad with a Bunch of Stuff

Enough for 2 small servings or 1 giant serving

Ingredients

Squiggly greens (resembles lettuce, I didn’t really like it and would opt to take it out if I were you), washed and chopped

3/4 of a cucumber, peeled and sliced

1/2 a small carrot, peeled and sliced

1 large steamed golden beet, quartered and thickly sliced

1 giant red funky shaped beautifully ripe heirloom tomato, chunked

Handful of pine nuts and almonds

A small chunked bits of fresh goat cheese (I forgot to add it to the salad but I’m sure it’d make a great addition)

Dressing

1 part coconut oil

1/4 part nama shoyu

1/4 part mirin

1/8 part brown rice vinegar

1 tbsp sesame seeds

– Combine, dress, consume.

– Voila.

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Who the Hell is David Choe?

A self-professed, self-deprecating, self-monumentalizing street artist based in L.A. named David Choe has hit the market with some toys and books.

I received an email from an Upper Playground PR rep promoting this heinous man’s ‘Munko’ vinyl figures and a contest for a chance to win an entire set of these tchotchkes and his new art book.

Premises of the contest is for participants to submit “David-Choe-centric” artwork, whether it’s a portrait of his punching his face (done to emit blood to use as ink) or reflecting the street art spray painted figurative darkly narrated scifi decorated style that has become his oeuvre.

Fans love to hate him and hate that they love him, despite his being “a lost soul using art as an excuse” to put his “stink forward”.

He’s formulated his character as this obnoxious and pitiful character in the LA art scene and looks like he’s been credited by porn stars and music buffs alike. His book has been christened by the likes of

and

Asa Akira

He’s had big art shows attended by big schmaltzy people and even has a documentary out about his dirty art lifestyle.

He’s the assimilated Dash Snow of L.A. and he’ll probably announce his own suicide eating his own poop. Apparently I find it very easy and fun to also love to hate.

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Reader: August 4, 2010

Martin Loofa King.

– Will agree with Saltz’s concerns on Whitney’s expansion downtown, slated to open next year. If you’re expanding the museum into a building 195,000 sq ft big and will only be dedicating 50,000 sq ft to exhibition space, what the hell are you expanding exactly? Whitney doesn’t permanently show their permanent collection and the new space should accommodate for that in addition to making their space less choppier than it already is now.

– Can someone please enlighten me into why Jorge Pardo titled his show “bulgogi” and why he’s chosen to exploit Korean-Americans and their discomforts of assimilating to this culture in L.A.? Images of local KA’s are collaged and integrated into the domestic sculptural installation that make up the show and I really don’t see the correlation between his process and interest in process and….Koreans?? Why not Latinos? What the hell could he possibly be relating to? Who is he to reflect/represent/provide a “voice” for dissatisfied KA’s? According to the review: “In “Bulgogi,” the cabinets placed in a gallery setting signify the assimilation of the Korean population in Los Angeles.” HOW??!! I’m flabbergasted. thumbs. down.

Cows.

– AFC’s top ten artist websites. That there is a top ten for this is a bit ridiculous. The post is misleading because they’re not websites that promote an artist’s work. They’re blogs, web-based-artist-sites, and art registries.

The Selby at Rockaway Taco. I heart (alongside all hipsters) Rockaway Taco!

– How to: Mint Syrup. This is useful as I’ve got a shitload of mint in my backyard.

– “I’m SO confused.

– On seven years as a freelance writer. “Freelancing requires such strict adherence to toadyism, to sycophancy, to the grubbiest, lowliest submissions.” Freelancers must be characters and stick their necks out. WAY out. I don’t have the balls to do that although I’d love to and there is no way at this point that I’d only rely on freelancing to pay the bills. Having a full time job is a luxury I can afford. This is great: “Freelancing means walking from the West Village to the Upper East Side and back because you don’t have enough money for the subway. Freelancing means being so poor and so hungry for so long that you “eat” a bowl of soup that’s just hot water, crushed-up multivitamins and half your spice rack (mostly garlic salt).” via AFC

– Basically, American Apparel’s owner is a douchebag and the company deserves to go bankrupt. via AFC

– Mark and Mary of Kill Devil Hill featured in a series of Brooklyn “families”. CUTE!

– The paradoxical art of Inception. I will have to see this tonight.

Does great art make you ill? realities of Stendhal syndrome: the condition of being so overcome by beautiful works of art that you literally swoon, or at least go weak in the knees. I’ve definitely swooned before, but what if it’s not a stable image and is a paradoxical 3D hyperallusioned video work that is mesmerizing and visually hyperstimulating? That’d make you swoon as well but how to determine whether that’s just dizziness or Stendhalled? via artsjournal

– WOW. Goosebumps anyone? Heartchamber Orchestra plays alongside live projections and visuals of each player’s heartbeat. This is straight up trippy.

Winkleman on that disastrous love-to-hate-to-love-to-hate show Work of Art and the Voice’s rountable. As Marthy Stewart wisely states “It’s not about art, its about TV.” Also, Viveros-Faune on ChowChow “She looks like a pug in taffeta.” Quote of the day!! I am also in full support of what he says in this roundtable, quote by quote, including “this show proves the ultimate hair-gellification of art with the added insult that the art world is, once again, helping tart up its own portrait”.

– RT @kanyewest sometimes I push the door close button on people running towards the elevator. I just need my own elevator sometimes, my 7 floor sanctuary. AND, New Yorker cartoons captioned by his tweets. He IS a genius artist after all.

– I’m astounded by how prolific HRO is. Here, he reports on Michael Jackson’s new album from hell.

watch?v=EfzuOu4UIOU

– Dystopia is the new cool. And Shteyngart can’t read, and he’s from my hood, and his fiance is Korean. And the main character is in love with a Korean. I kind of HAVE to read it. Franco: “They’re WareBears”.

Oh My God What Happened and What Should I Do? is for everyone who wants into the digital era of AWESOMENESS. via notcot

Vietnamese Caramel Shrimp Banh Mi.

Americans pack on pounds. “Jesus Christ, America, get your lard-ass off of the couch and go take a walk or something. You fat fuck.”

Amelieeeeeeeeeeeee!

Saggy pants are butt-ugly but legal. This is NEWS?? If it’s on Satorialist, yes.

– OMG that crazy dodgeball guy is interviewed. He went to my college and he was a drunken douchebag, this tells nothing different, except him being a math teacher which is kind of cute. Ridiculous and pure gothamist at its best.

– “I like to imagine the matter of contemporary media crawling out from the satanic pits of the early 19th Century, struggling to evolve in the winding towers. Then laying rails for itself to feed, spreading out creating denser and denser webs of interconnection for itself.”

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Greenpoint Open Studios: October 1 – 3, 2010: Register NOW!

Greenpoint Open Studios returns this October!! I’ve been meaning to organize the second edition since the spring and I just never got around to it til now. Last year’s GOS was one intimidating gargantuan endeavor and I was so burnt out by the end that I didn’t want to go anywhere near it for quite a while. Well, it’s back and I’m more than ready to get this shit started.

I’m hoping to make it bigger and better this year and do it all within two months time. I want an official website, I want more local businesses involved, I want to throw down a huge fundraiser outdoor shindig with water balloons and music and food and raffle tickets, I want as many artists to participate, a step up from the 100 who opened their lovely studios last September. I want local media sponsors and I want as many non-art-related people of the community to be stoked to attend.

Registration starts NOW. If you’re an artist with a studio in Greenpoint or you know of someone who is, then por favor, spread the word.

Also, I will straight up request for help from volunteers. I need graphic designers to help make a new logo, build a basic website with an interactive map, and most importantly design an awesome brochure. I need folks who can reach out and hand out fliers and postcards, and folks who can lend a hand for any installation of artworks.

I also need a co-organizer, someone as administratively/organizationally obsessed as I am. This is a commitment and will most likely be very little paid. You’d get whatever money is left over after all expenses which will be culled from $10 artist participation fee and fundraisers.

Wish me luck!

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Sound Installation Artists Open Call!

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Last year I helped to launch North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition’s first project, the India Street Mural Project. Since then I’ve stepped aside for the collective and am helping as much as I can, wherever I can. The following two projects they’ve organized included homeslice Jason Krugman’s electriokinetic installation Living Objects at McCarren Park and homeslice Amanda Browder’s architectural fabric sculpture Future Phenomena. NbPac’s next venture will be in the form of a sound installation and they are taking submissions NOW. Think about social, cultural, and historical atmosphere of the North Brooklyn community, select a potential site and consider how viewers can engage with your work. Don’t make it cheesy and gimmicky.

Read full details here and spread the word!

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