Confluences of Culture V @ Walter Wickiser Gallery

I'm super excited to be included in this group show at Walter Wickiser Gallery this December. Please join myself and Fisk for a great opening on Thursday December 11th from 6 - 8PM, we would both love to see you there! 

Confluences of Culture V
Opening December 11th from 6pm - 8pm
December 2nd - December 31st 2014
Artists Include: 
Jenny Casey, Wen Chi, 
Kellyanne Hanrahan, Natalie Lomeli, 
Jannell Turner, & Yuko Ueda 

Walter Wickiser Gallery
210 Eleventh Avenue Suite 303
New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11am - 6pm


Matisse & Friends @ MoMA

Courtesy of John Fisk

Fisk and I went to the big Matisse Cut-Outs show at MoMA a couple weeks ago- it was a mad house. All the other floors were empty, the Robert Gober show was really fun, Sturtevant was awesome, the end. 


A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

I've tried reading this book about 10 times, each time getting a little further along, hoping that the exploitative nature of the United States would somehow lessen the further I read on.  I finally buckled down, in an attempt to learn more about this country, and read through the entire book.  It's entirely amazing how a change in perspective can change the way history is understood. There were many themes, but what felt to be the most prevalent, is how so many policies and laws have been implemented in this country to directly benefit the wealthy. I hate to make points that are blatantly dualistic, however the pattern cannot be denied. More often than not, it's taken the will of the people, through peaceful striking, to really make it clear that something needed to be changed. I'm sure this tactic will continue to achieve the results that people are looking for. Obviously, I would recommend this book to anyone, it's well worth the 600 plus pages. 


Nu Perspectives Mural Opening @ Nu Hotel

I'm going a little backwards in time, but that's alright! The night before the Winter Art Sale was the Nu Perspectives Mural Opening at the Nu Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn.  It was a lot of fun and I was super grateful to see my good friends come out and support! There was an open bar, snacks, and of course a ton of people to mingle with.  By the end of the evening my friends and I were just hanging out in my room (406!) and chatting away.  We ended up meeting this really cool couple who were on their honeymoon from Australia and all of us just went to dinner afterwards to celebrate.  

You can check out more details about my mural and the rest of the murals here and here


Winter Art Sale @ Trestle

I'm behind on blog posts, scratch that, I'm behind on life.  If there's anything New York has taught me, it's to be careful what you wish for, because I've been busy for a long time now.  Time to play a little catch up!  November 14th was the Winter Art Sale at Trestle.  I had a small drawing in the show which sold, so that was cool.  I, along with the rest of the Trestle Gallery team, had to give a small speech about what I did for Trestle and speak a bit about why Trestle was so special to me. It was an easy thing to talk about, and surprisingly I didn't let my nerves get the best of me, and I even had a couple people tell me I my speech sounded great. 

The most important part of the Winter Art Sale was the new patron program that Trestle has started. It's easy to now become a friend of Trestle and directly support the great art community in Gowanus. You should definitely become a friend if you have the means, or buy a class, we would greatly appreciate your help! The Holiday season is a great time to show some love. 


Gowanus Open Studios!

Here are some photos Fisk took of Gowanus Open Studios during the weekend of October 18/19th!

Work by Justin Whitkin
VĂ©ronique Gambier
Myla Seabrook
A couple of my drawings
Brandon & Myself
A detail of a work by Fisk!
A work by Mary Negro
Ashley Alioto next to her work
A sculpture by Jen Dwyer
John Azelvandre in his studio

Kristen Haskell representing Haskieville
J.J. & Fisk

This was my second year participating in Gowanus Open Studios and I had a blast. I spent the good portion of both days talking about art and socializing, which meant that the weekend was great.  I loved catching up with my artist friends - all of whom I never spend enough time with.  It was a great experience, though next year I will definitely have a studio of my own, as I don't really feel like being in a hallway is the best way to view artwork.  After the first day Gowanus Swim Society hosted a party for all the GOS artists and that was fun. I can't thank Brooklyn Art Space & Arts Gowanus enough for making the weekend such a success to so many people. 


Breasts and Breastmilk

A lot of my dear friends are having babies and as it's given me a small dose of baby fever. The result has been to read Breasts; A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams and to watch the documentary Breastmilk by Dana Ben-Ari

This book was perfect for satisfying all the questions you didn't know you had about the female breast.  Breasts begins with origins about how the breast could have evolved and for what purpose, before going into a number of chapters on the nutritional value of breast milk versus formula. Breastmilk contains invaluable probiotics that help baby develop strong and healthy gut flora. However, babies who drink formula end up consuming more protein and stay full longer.  What ever benefits breast milk has to offer are equally ruined by the amount of chemicals your baby is getting from those lovely breasts of yours. That being another big chapter- the amount of chemicals that are in every bath product, hair product, make up product, house hold cleaner, food container, computer and so on forever, that your breast tissue just loves to absorb and then pass to your new born baby. Also, formula is getting much better - so there is really a lot less harm in supplementing than people think. Williams did many tests on her own blood, only to discover that women in the United States have more chemicals in their blood than any other first world country - mostly because many products and companies are not regulated.   Williams also spent a great deal of time talking about breast cancer and how difficult it is to make a direct connection between what chemicals are causing the growth of unnatural tumors. A great deal of time was spent on male breast cancer, because it is so rare and can therefore paint a more clear picture of where cancer might be coming from. There was a fair amount of personal narrative, enough to give this research project a place to live and keep the story moving forward.  This is an excellent book for women who want to know about their breasts.

Breastmilk, by Dana Ben-Ari, is a documentary solely about the complicated and sometimes precarious relationship between mothers who breast feed and mothers who bottle feed.  A lot of guilt is placed on mothers who can't breastfeed or can't produce enough milk by lactivistas who believe that it's wrong to bottle feed at all. The documentary felt sad at points, mostly because the women who were really good at breast feeding were not so sympathetic to women who really tried to make breastfeeding work.  There were a number of great scenes where breast milk was shooting out of a variety of nipples. I was a bit squeamish the entire time but it was worth the watch!