Thursday, April 30, 2009
I had to go to westchester yesterday on business so I stopped in the town I spent a year in (about 5 years ago) The town is called dobbs ferry. It is a quiet town on the hudson river and I spent a year there living in a cottage alone with no car---- All I did was think and occasionally drink with the old war veterans in quiet bars. I didnt even paint much, it was time for thought and regrouping and reading. I will always have fond memories of Dobbs. The town reminds me of one of those Twilight Zone towns that somehow slipped the vicious hands of time and held on to that feel of a quiet and quainter america before she went insane from foot and mouth disease..I lived in the yellow cottage seen in one of the photos..
I love this painting. Notice the people herding through a modern art gallery. There is nothing for them, no nutrients, no food. Just a used car lot of nihilism. This is why I only go to the Met. If The Moma was to be turned into a steakhouse I would actually go ther, at least my belly would get filled while my soul remained starved.
NICE PAINTING RALPH!
Here is one of my top three favorite living artists--he carries the yoke of an "illustrator" which only means he actually knows how to draw and is not a modern HACK...He is a fine artist in my mind..I hate to think that he will pass one day as did Hunter S. thompson. I hope he is in good health so he runs for another 20 years...
...another eccentric brit--a character of the highest order.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I was in front of Christies auction house today. Here is a cell phone photo of a blow up of an amazing old master painting (the author of which I know not.) The window reflection adds a modern twist to a great work of art but I prefer the original without the stain of my unintentional modernism...
email me with answer..I will not give you the right answer if you give me wrong answer, I will, however, tell you if you are right...
Monday, April 27, 2009
my hot sauce alone has 334,000 entries in google, all over an idea I had one morning over me eggs, it would have been much easier not to waste my time making the sauce and the label and all the other bothersome stuff...Life is not a dress rehearsal and history is short, scratch your name in the big oak of art and then return to the void from which we all came.
the mind of gardega is constantly aped and ripped off by lesser minds and that is just part of life. I would prefer if those around me (including artist friends) would not copy me but it is par for the course for people whose own ideas have all the flavor of beach sand and all the intellect of pet photography.
Raphael---greatest lines of all time
Michelangelo---"painting is not my art"
Velasquez---master of soul.
Goya--master painter of the dark underbelly of mankind
Vermeer---his circles of light are the circles of holy genius
Van Gogh--passion above all--bad drawing skills
Odd Nerdrum--modern master who is not modern
William Blake--the world unseen!
Picasso---painted checks and sloppy but was still brilliant.
DALI----next to picasso the greatest artist/ mind of 20th century
Alfred Kubin---lonely genius
Gericault---His raft couldnt save us from modernism but that is not his fault!
Church--heart of the andes!!!! better than some renaissance paintings.
Thomas Moran--color, color color!!!
Courbet---a powerhouse of art.
Gardega---bad artist but still better than my stilted contemporaries who worship at the wrong alters.
Pollacko*---those who cant do---drip
Rauchenberger---time has not served you well..
Burgero---sugar and more sugar, refined into nothing...angels cannot fly with wings made of sugar
sargent--all butter and no waffles
*All the abstract expressionists can be lumped together and tossed into the trash like old sushi.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Highlighting Hair, Women's Ultimate Crowning Achievement
By MARJORIE KAUFMAN
Published: Sunday, March 13, 1994
(Page 2 of 2)
"Hair has always reflected the society that it belongs to, and especially in Africa it has different styles and meanings," Ms. Sherbell wrote in her statement. "Heads are covered, veiled, shaved, braided, adorned with medals, painted with animal fat or covered with cowry shells, as in my sculpture, to signify female sexuality and currency. All the designing has to do with the inextricable practice of ancestral and spirit worship from religious rites to the rite of passage."
Because the African cowry shells cannot be taken out of Africa she used shells from the Philippines. The elaborate sculpture makes a statement about how a woman presents herself. "With a head of shells she is an important person in her group," Ms. Sherbell said.
- Alex Gardega of Huntington, who attended the School of Visual Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology, has been etching glass for six years, much of it relating to mythology. Drawn to the subject of Medusa he began experimenting with oil paint and etching on glass to create between the hair and the face "just enough tension between the two."
- Mr. Gardega's Medusa poses the question: "What if a woman with a normal face had such awful hair? What if she had classical beauty, how would she be looked at? How much are women today judged by something they have limited control over?"
- He chose to paint a peaceful Madonna-like face contrasted by serpent hair, placing her as a victim of the snakes. Perhaps, he said, that would make people look for a deeper meaning.
A monotype print of a kabuki actor and onnagata, Tamasaburo Bando, is a subject for Susan Carter Carter of Port Jefferson, a printmaker who is also an adjunct professor of art at Suffolk Community College. "In kabuki just a few strands of hair out of place can convey distraught emotions," Ms. Carter Carter said. "I elaborate on that and use the hair as a compositional device."
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This is my buddy from my favorite watering hole in NYC--the wicked wolf. If you want to see a cast of characters stop into The Wolf. Tommy was a street kid from Jersey who was also a medic in Nam. I call him the 13th sign (the healer) I have sat for many a bottle of wine and listened to stories about Nam and the jungles and the things he saw. I have the utmost respect for anyone who served our country as much as I hate war I respect war veterans more than I can say. Freedom isn't free and a lot of people paid for our right to have opinions with their lives and their blood. If you let our freedoms run down the drain and stand slack jawed and do nothing then you are wasting oxygen. The left and the right alike should understand that our freedom of speech and liberties are an endangered species. Climate change means nothing to me if we wind up in a 1984 thought crime world. I would gladly let my skin and the planet melt if I did not have freedom of expression and liberty of thought.
for most of my adult life I could never even look at this piece as all I could see was its faults. Now that I look at it I can see that it has the faint aroma of gardega which sometimes has a smell similar to the peculiar odor of genius.
The best thing that ever happened to me was the very thing I cursed, not being able to go away to school as I wished gave me a fiery eye and heart that I still carry with me and separates me form the doughy- eyed lifeless stare of my art- comrades.
I got an email yesterday from a stranger from one of the oldest and venerated financial institutions in NYC telling me that if I didn't give my money from my Bernie in Hell hot sauce to charity I was no different than Madoff himself. Instead of telling him that I was using the money to paint a 5 foot portrait of hockey legend of Adam graves (one months labor) and putting it up for a silent auction for Ronald McDonald house (estimated to earn about 10k for kids with cancer) I decided to give him a good "Texas ribbing. " I told him that he had a lot of nerve sitting behind his desk on his fat wallet pointing fingers at an artist that moved out on his own at 17 and starved and fought his way to a name while he was a child whose dad paved his path and bought his ties and gave big handshakes in order to secure him a position in such a firm. I do not suffer fools gladly but I accept stupidity as part of life (like cavities and taxes) the one thing alex's brain does not accept is hypocrites---I cannot accept that part of reality--that and abstract expressionism---both make me puke in multi colors.
I wasnt really mad as I roll with such punches but he has no idea of me or my life so I thought his presumptions deserved a bit of the alex defense...
Monday, April 20, 2009
Where the spirit does not meet the hand, there can be no art--leonardo
There seems to be two kinds of artists in this world--soul artists and technical artists. It is very rare when an artists legs are long enough to stand in both of these distant shores at the same time. It is a harbor that only a colossal-Rhodes genius can straddle, a Leonardo, a Vermeer a Velasquez. If you only have your feet in soul you have the semi-spiritual smears of Rothko and the drippings of Pollocko and the missed targets of Dekooning and you are nowhere. If you only have technique then you are a sargent, a burger-o, a David! Lifeless and over rendered like the ledger of AIG--- full of the toxic assets of overly rendered flesh and landscapes with the spirit of god lobotomized out like flesh from a melon!!! Musicians---nay, GOOD musicians----understand the idea that they are not getting "paid by the note." It is the empty bowl that is useful--the space between notes-the unplayed note! To paint without life is a great sin and to paint without technique is a great sin. In art school these camps were enemies and I watched the two camps of fools throwing eggs across the field of ignorance at each other. Blake had Soul beyond all as did that eater of old spoiled stew alber pinkham ryder! They carried the torch of Coleridge and the romantics but the romantic poets and writers were well versed in pentameter and structure and they knew their "stuff"---- they just didnt hang on to it like a babe to a nipple or an artist to a "system". Charle Parker said--"first you learn your technique--- then you forget all that shit and just wail..." A wise artists learns his craft and then lets go and lets the spirit guide his vessel to shore. A foolish artist cluthches onto the life raft of things learned and never grows beyond the systems learned as a pimpled student. A genius finds a way to have one leg in the life raft and the other in the good ship of faith and courage. It is a dangerous way to travel but the right path for the wise.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
still trying to find my way through the forest of lost souls...starting to see some light through twisted trees of faith. My work no longer looks like anyone elses, this is progress for a painter. This is neither blake nor Dali nor Blakelock or ryder but rather an amalgamate stew that is Gardega.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I completed and hung this installation today for 632 Hudson st. The client had an old metal frame and she wanted to put mirror inside It. We decided on "venetian antique" mirror and then I hung the piece up on the wall. It was heavy and very difficult to hang but it is now hung and an earthquake couldn't shake it off the wall. We decided to take things to the next level and we are putting together a glass design show in three months. I will make the glass pieces but she is going to work with me on some design ideas. No rest for Alex...Back to the grindstone..two shows in 5 months...that is on top of my painting deadline and mausoleum/ St work. I am looking forward to an all glass show--never had one.
This isnt an art piece per say but it is part of what led us to decide to make an entire show of etched and carved art deco glass. so it had a purpose in the overall picture of my brain.
Friday, April 17, 2009
I installed these Art Deco windows yesterday in the West Village. The design is taken from an element in the interior. These are carved glass panels. I would have liked to have had some dark (unetched) areas but privacy trumped design here so I had to rely on a variation of depth for design as opposed to a dark/ light..this is just a cell phone snap-shot but I will re-shoot Saturday. As I was delivering these pieces (a while back) one of the Olsen twins came into the space so they couldnt be installed. The Olsen twins screwed up my schedule. I have more respect for art deco and art nouveau and all its "craftiness" than I do for all the empty and lifeless slapdash postmodern art ever contrived....
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This is a great self portrait, if you really look at it those circles behind Rembrandt are very important and it is hard to imagine this painting w/o them. I sometimes think he added the circles as a final adjustment to fill in the "dead space." ---They are indeed the circles of genius.
Monday, April 13, 2009
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Sunday, April 12, 2009
every year Bernie the Beaster Bunny leaves his ponzi pyramid on 64th st and leaves eggs in central park!!!! Theres money in them there eggs!!!
I will explain futher tonight--late for easter!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
this one is a doozy
I met everyone from Martha Stewart, to Matt Dillon to Art Garfunkel (a regular)
Rule number one is you never rat out a customer, I never spoke Ill of any famous customer or dished dirt on anyone.
I will say this, Art Garfunkel was a really nice guy who used to play chess at my bar with his son. I liked Art.
Yesterday I was in little Italy and I stopped in for a beer to a cafe after a long day of running all over NYC. I stood at the counter and ordered a beer and a guy next to me with his family said hello. It turns out it was Richard Thomas from the Walton's. As A kid in a tiny town in Texas my family would gather round the tube and watch the Waltons, a very southern thing to do...I always looked up to the character John Boy because I thought he was a good person and it seemed to me as a kid it was a good way to be in life. (of course I turned into a crazy artist but I still try to be a good soul.) I wound up talking to him and his family for about ten minutes and they were as nice as the Waltons were--- I even drew a cartoon for his son...They were really good people and I actually asked him for an autograph for my mother. I dont ask for autographs, ever, as a rule but it was for my mom so I forgive myself. I have a big part of my soul that craves a simpler America, an america that used to be. The Waltons were about that time and palce when people actually had time to be people and not hurried and worried scavangers chasing after the next material thing they decide they need. I was very happy that Mr. Thomas seemed to be every bit as nice as his TV role and his family was the same. Sometimes you find moments
of hope in all the mess of the Urban- modern rat race.
Thanks, John Boy.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
In my glass art I use (and have used for 20 years) Aluminum Oxide---one day many years ago my eye was caught by the word aluminum oxide in a newspaper article. The government had been discussing and in turn doing---seeding the upper atmosphere with a bunch of toxic crap under the notion that it is trying to affect weather patterns etc. for years using Barium and Aluminum oxide, etc I have all the articles including the government docs. I will let you research it for yourself and determine the validity and the tinfoil hat factor of what I am saying. Below is a related article from todays fox news, it is finally leeching to the surface that "they want to do it, in fact they have been doing this for many years. On a side note Barium is used in my oil paints as is cadmium. If you turn off the TV and research and read gov't docs etc with an interest in becoming and informed human and not a sheep you can learn a lot. Get your fingers on google and look it up yourself!
I think spreading aluminum, which causes Alzheimers and Barium (a poison) into the AIR is not a solution for anything..my vote is not in yet on climate change but adding poison is not a solution unless we want cancer rates and dementia to increase across the planet aside from the fact that most baby formula contains dangerous levels of jet fuel. yes, you can google that and find out for yourself...the sheep news wont tell you much about the fact that most baby formula contains jet fuel---PERCHLORATE.
WASHINGTON — The president's new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air.
John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed.
One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays. Holdren said such an experimental measure would only be used as a last resort.
"It's got to be looked at," he said. "We don't have the luxury of taking any approach off the table."
Holdren outlined several "tipping points" involving global warming that could be fast approaching.
Once such milestones are reached, such as complete loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic, it increases chances of "really intolerable consequences," he said.
Twice in a half-hour interview, Holdren compared global warming to being "in a car with bad brakes driving toward a cliff in the fog."
At first, Holdren characterized the potential need to technologically tinker with the climate as just his personal view. However, he went on to say he has raised it in administration discussions.
Holdren, a 65-year-old physicist, is far from alone in taking geoengineering more seriously.
The National Academy of Science is making climate tinkering the subject of its first workshop in its new multidiscipline climate challenges program.
The British parliament has also discussed the idea.
The American Meteorological Society is crafting a policy statement on geoengineering that says "it is prudent to consider geoengineering's potential, to understand its limits and to avoid rash deployment."
Last week, Princeton scientist Robert Socolow told the National Academy that geoengineering should be an available option in case climate worsens dramatically.
But Holdren noted that shooting particles into the air — making an artificial volcano as one Nobel laureate has suggested — could have grave side effects and would not completely solve all the problems from soaring greenhouse gas emissions.
So such actions could not be taken lightly, he said.
Still, "we might get desperate enough to want to use it," he added.
Another geoengineering option he mentioned was the use of so-called artificial trees to suck carbon dioxide — the chief human-caused greenhouse gas — out of the air and store it.
At first that seemed prohibitively expensive, but a re-examination of the approach shows it might be less costly, he said.
Let's assume for the moment that beyond any doubt, global warming is real. Does this offer a viable solution to reduce global warming? Could this create another environmental disaster by loading the biosphere with aluminum oxide [apparently the preferred choice to be used in jet fuel].
A method is disclosed for reducing atmospheric warming due to the greenhouse effect resulting from a greenhouse gases layer. The method comprises the step of seeding the greenhouse gas layer with a quantity of tiny particles of materials characterized by wavelength-dependent emissivity or reflectivity, in that said materials have high emissivities in the visible and far infrared wavelength regions and low emissivity in the near infrared wavelength region. Such materials can include the class of materials known as Welsbach materials. The oxides of metal, e.g., aluminum oxide, are also suitable for the purpose. The greenhouse gases layer typically extends between about seven and thirteen kilometers above the earth's surface. The seeding of the stratosphere occurs within this layer. The particles suspended in the stratosphere as a result of the seeding provide a mechanism for converting the blackbody radiation emitted by the earth at near infrared wavelengths into radiation in the visible and far infrared wavelength so that this heat energy may be reradiated out into space, thereby reducing the global warming due to the greenhouse effect.
The details are clearly outlined in U.S.
Patent #5,003,186 at the following link.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
---- it turns out he faked much of his resume and they are canceling his show...sometimes you have to laugh at life.
I like to write words and lyrics but my musical skills are less than something to brag about.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I am going to this..
I forget that people actually read this thing so I am surprised when I am contacted by a person from another country. I was recently contacted by someone from Manila, the capital of the Philippines and I decided it was a perfect chance to interview someone from another country so I could learn about Manila from a person who lives there as opposed (in addition) to reading about it online...I did online research-- post interview. There is much I didn't know about Manila, especially America's involvement in a brutal war there starting in 1898--- I know little about history unless its "Art History"
Please contact me if you are from another country so I can interview you!
Here is the interview with Rachell from Manila in the Philippines:
ME: how did you first hear about my blog? what media source?
American period (1898-1946)
U.S. Troops invaded Manila in 1898 and waged war with the Spaniards and Filipinos in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. Following the defeat of Spain, U.S. forces took control of the city and the islands in one of the most brutal and forgotten chapters of Philippine American history.
The American Navy, under Admiral George Dewey, defeated the Spanish squadron in the Battle of Manila Bay on May 1, 1898. Admiral Dewey testified that after the battle the Spanish Governor wished to surrender to the Americans rather than the Filipinos, whom he feared.
Having just won their independence from Spain, the Filipinos were fiercely opposed to once again being occupied. Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the First Philippine Republic at the Malolos Congress and had begun to build the foundations for an independent nation. Admiral Dewey, however, claimed he never recognized the Philippine Republic, as he did not have the authority to do so and did not consider it an organized government. War broke out between the Filipinos and the Americans on February 4, 1899, when an American soldier shot and killed a Filipino in Manila. The Americans pursued the retreating Filipino forces province by province, until General Emilio Aguinaldo (then president of the Republic) surrendered in Palanan, Isabela, on March 23, 1901.
American high command at that time was headed by General Otis who ordered invasion and occupation. By that time the Filipino troops had taken classic defensive positions around Manila to attempt to keep them out. However, the poorly armed, ill-trained soldiers could not compete with the superior firepower of the Americans and they lost and were severely beaten; so much so that it has been reported that the dead were used as breastworks.
Under the command of Aguinaldo the Filipinos began a guerrilla campaign to resist the new occupiers. This campaign had limited success in the early days following the initial occupation of the Americans although any successes were short-lived. The replacement of General Otis by General Arthur MacArthur, Jr. began an extensive campaign to suppress the local population.
This campaign by the USA has been reported as being a particularly bloody suppression with wild reports of commanders ordering the murder of everyone over 10 years old. Several books have been written on this war and it's implications for both the local peoples and the US. These books are largely hostile to the US: 
Manila continued under an American military government until civil government was established for the city on July 31, 1901. The Philippine-American War continued through 1903 at the cost of many lives both in Manila and elsewhere in the Islands. In 1935, the United States government committed itself to granting the Philippines Independence after a ten-year transition, a period that was extended by one year due to World War II.
The City of Manila (Filipino: Lungsod ng Maynila), or simply Manila, is the capital of the Philippines and one of the 17 cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila. Located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay just west of the National Capital Region in western side of Luzon, it is one of the central hubs of a thriving metropolitan area home to over 14 million people.
Manila, occupying a total land area of 38.55 square kilometers, is the second most populous city in the Philippines, with more than 1.6 million inhabitants. Only nearby Quezon City, the country's former capital, is more populous. The metropolitan area is the second most populous in Southeast Asia.
Manila lies about 950 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong, 2,400 kilometers northeast of Singapore and more than 2,100 kilometers northeast of Kuala Lumpur. The Pasig River bisects the city in the middle. Almost all of the city sits on top of centuries of prehistoric alluvial deposits built by the waters of the Pasig River and on some land reclaimed from Manila Bay.
The layout of the city was haphazardly planned during the Spanish Era as a set of communities surrounding the fortified walls of Intramuros (within the walls), which was the original Manila. Intramuros, one of the oldest walled cities in the Far East, was constructed and designed by Spanish Jesuit missionaries to keep from invading Chinese pirates and natives uprising. During the American Period, some semblance of city planning using the architectural designs and master plans by Daniel Burnham was done on the portions of the city south of the Pasig River.
Manila is bordered by several cities in Metro Manila such as Navotas City and Caloocan City to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong City to the east, Makati City to the southeast, and Pasay City to the south.
Well into the 13th century, the city consisted of a fortified settlement and trading quarter at the bay of the Pasig River, on top of previous older towns. The official name of the city under its Malay aristocracy was Seludong/Selurung, which was the same name given for the general region of southwestern Luzon at that time, suggesting that it was the capital of Ancient Tondo. However, the city became known by the name given to it by its Tagalog inhabitants, Maynila, first recorded as Maynilad. The name is based on the nila, a flowering mangrove plant that grew on the marshy shores of the bay, used to produce soap for regional trade; it is either from the phrase may nila, Tagalog for "there is nila," or it has a prefix ma- indicating the place where something is prevalent (nila itself is probably from Sanskrit nila 'indigo tree'). (The idea that the plant name is actually "nilad" is a myth.)
Manila became the seat of the colonial government of Spain when it officially controlled the Philippine Islands for over three centuries from 1565 to 1898. During the British occupation of the Philippines, the city was occupied by Great Britain for two years from 1762-1764 as part of the Seven Years War. The city remained the capital of the Philippines under the government of the provisional British governor, acting through the Archbishop of Manila and the Real Audiencia. Armed resistance to the British centred in Pampanga.
Manila also became famous during the Manila-Acapulco trade which lasted for three centuries and brought the goods as far as Mexico all the way to South East Asia. In 1899, the United States purchased the Philippines from Spain and colonized the whole Philippine archipelago until 1946. During World War II, much of the city was destroyed. It was the second most destroyed city in the world after Warsaw, Poland during World War II. The Metropolitan Manila region was enacted as an independent entity in 1975.
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