Monthly Archives: March 2011

Beet Hummus and Toasted Thymey Pita Bread

Last weekend my dearest Jen of Morta di Fame fame (who also happens to be my brideslave and co-organizer of Greenpoint Open Studios) launched a new supperclub called ROYGBV. Say that outloud and you’re talking baby blabber. Each letter reps the color of the rainbow and subsequently six people are invited and assigned a color to incorporate into their potlucked dish to share with the group. The dinner was coordinated by invitation and was a nice mix of artists and creative types. There were a handful of photographers, painters, and little ‘ol me.

I was assigned a red appetizer and beets immediately came to mind. Come day of dinner I was so lazy and feared approaching the kitchen. The stove has been neglected for a few weeks now but I’m hoping that’ll change as soon as I move into Angel’s apartment. I thought of an easy way with beets and goat cheese with a sprinkle of salt & pepper. Than I reminded myself that Jen was great and I shouldn’t disappoint her because that would make me a very bad friend so I searched and found this recipe for beat hummus. What a great idea! Minimal ingredients and easy to make, this may not be a traditional replacement of chickpea based hummus but it surely does the trick.

I doubled the recipe to make sure I fed enough but after the first batch I lowered the lemon juice intake as it was coming out too tangy. But it’s enough for you to play around with proportions.

Lemon and garlic make it tangy and savory and it’s pretty damn good dipped in toasted pita bread. All I did was literally cut up pita bread in triangles, dabble it in oil, season with salt & pepper and give it a hefty sprinkle of fresh thyme. So. Good.

Aja says hummus freezes well so it’s a great left over snack  if not utilized as appetizer. Enjoy!

Recipe here.


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Photographer Selling Photos to Help Parents in Japan

images screengrabbed from artist's site


I received an email from a friend about photographer Yuki Kokubo who is selling her photographs to help her parents in Japan. Here’s her story:
Since my parents live only about 70 miles from the damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima, I have been reading the news constantly to try to determine how my they will be affected by the increased radiation levels. Train lines are down and there is a gasoline shortage in the area ,so they are not able to flee to a safer place at this time. Like everybody else in the area, they are staying indoors with the windows shut. Thankfully, they have basic foods to sustain them for another couple of weeks.

My parents earn their living by making pottery. They earn the majority of their annual income at a craft fair that happens every spring, but it will most certainly be cancelled this year. My father also works for an excavation company part-time but they will not resume operations because of the uncertain risk of radiation exposure. Unfortunately, due to the combination of lack of work and the cancellation of the craft fair, my parents will be facing financial hardship in the coming weeks. Since I am currently in graduate school full-time and don’t have a source of income, I have decided to sell some prints to try to help out them out.

I think this would be a great project for Jen Bekman’s 20×200 to get involved.

Find more info and details about the artist’s efforts here.


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A Dance for Japan This Saturday

Fellow Greenpointer Kat is hosting a fundraiser Japan at Trophy Bar this Saturday. Show your support by donating to the relief, dancing to the tunes of awesome DJs, and purchase raffles for a chance to win prizes from Skimkim, Brooklyn Bodega, and more.

Full details at A Dance for Japan.

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There’s a lovely fellow Greenpoint lady named Ruth who makes these amazing paper dolls. She recently turned a few designs into life size fairytale costumes and showcased them in a fashion show called Frisky Faeries. It took place on Friday and I had the fortune of dressing up in nothing but lingerie, face paint, and wings, acting as a cherub to dress and undress our said frisky faerie. It was pretty embarrassing and slightly traumatic to get down low and dirty considering my rolly polly belly was not prepared for such exposure. But there was fun to be had with copious amounts of wine. Metromix has a great collection of photos.

Check Ruth’s Papertopia site for more inspirational designs.

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Angel & Joann Sitting in a Tree…

So in case you haven’t heard, Angel and I started a blog. It’s called…. Angel and Joann. It’s the place I get to go to indulge in my new lifestyle, that of a soon to be domesticated housewife. Pretty insane to think this is all happening, so soon, so unexpectedly. Especially considering how far away I was from ever considering such a potentially heinous way of life. Up until a year ago I never would have guessed I’d be getting married to a beautiful and loving man. It’s nauseating really.

Over at the blog I’ll be sharing my experiences and discoveries as the big fat wedding day approaches in May and it’ll continue from there on to document our so very interesting experiences as a couple. Places we go, things we find, stories to share. Hope you will join in on the conversation.

Check it here.

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Armory Highlights

I didn’t bother asking gallerists for the name of artists for works that remained labelless. It wasn’t worth their time. So here are my uninformative highlights:

Damian Ortega at White Cube

Scott Myles at The Breeder

at Peter Kilchmann Gallery

Susan Hiller at Timothy Taylor Gallery

at Michael Stevenson Gallery

William Daniels at Marc Foxx Gallery

at Galerie Laurent Godin

Alexander Gorlizki at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery

Sam Van Aken at Ronald Feldman Gallery

at Upstream Gallery

at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Lori Nix at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Anton Henning at Zach Feuer

Analia Saban at Josh Lilley Gallery

Ivan Navarro at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Gimhongsok at Kukje Gallery/Tina Kim

Lara Favaretto at Ester Schipper/Galleria Franco Noero

Steven Bindernagel at CRG Gallery

Kim Sooja at Galleria Raffaella Cortese

Darina Karpov at Pierogi Gallery

Bart Stolle at Zeno X

at Galerie Michael Janssen

Daniel Arsham at Galerie Ron Mandos

Keltie Ferris at DCKT Contemporary/Horton Gallery

Cordy Ryman at DCKT Contemporary/Horton Gallery

Reynold Reynolds at Galerie Zink

Theo Mercier at Gabrielle Maubrie

Lionel Esteve at Baronian Francey

Petros Chrisostomou at Nicholas Robinson Gallery

at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery


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Scope Brings the Worst of Brooklyn

Scope was an incestuous shitshow of a party, representing the nittiest & grittiest of what Brooklyn has to offer. This sentiment was particularly heightened by Roberta’s distasteful cafe cum grungy hipster bar complete with overprice yogurt and granola. Not that Scope made efforts to depict Brooklyn in any way, it just naturally veered in that direction as a result of participating galleries as well as the administrative team behind the fair. I’m just saying it could have been a bit more mature, clean, and substantial for a lack of better wording.

There was a generous amount of humor and playfulness found in the works, which you can label as experimental, process art, social discourse, appropriation, or all the above. Here are my highlights:

In this series of sensationally moody photographs artist Sara Greavu hires an actress to collect objects of detritus and careless abandon, remains of a Halloween parade rife with costume props and wigs scattered on the streets. The figure walks aimlessly through the streets, picking up littered remains and making them her own. She poses with zombie like stillness, her gaze slightly off the camera, donning her attire with the detachment and austerity of a fashion magazine spread, making the images all the ridiculous and funny.

Luis Barba’s photocollages have tacky written all over them but it’s entertaining. Combining Renaissance with iconic pop it’s the worst and the best attempt to clash cultures of the past with present.

Paolo de Biasi’s collage paintings hark back to the vintage and modern with an emphasis to scale and perspective. Elements of the bizarre and familiar give the works a shout to pop art without giving too much care for consumerism.

Joshua Hagler’s sculpture is a vortex of blackened figurines spilling out of the wall, inexplicably wrapped in a firehose and floating in the shape of some engorged animal. I immediately think oil spills and states of emergency.

These dwarves by Luo Zhenhong are simply irresistible.

Figures in Lee Materazzi’s photographs are caught up in, stuff.

Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw takes over Scope with a live rendition of Imeday Imeday Ollarday Icklenay, an exhibition cum dinner party recently hosted by Allegra La Viola Gallery. Their lush photographs and performances are poised for the fantastic, demented, and the spectacle. They also made a stint last summer as a fish fry truck.

Not a big fan of this.

Jenny Morgan as Jenny Morgan. Her paintings exude realness; its texture, scale, and overexposed skin filling up the picture plane always makes for an overwhelming viewing experience.


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