PAX EAST also happened last weekend! I've never been to a huge video game convention, so it was absolutely crazy fun to try out these fantastic new games, attend informative panels, play table top games, and play rock band. The ratio of devices to internet wifi was a joke & our airbnb had an ethernet cable (seriously, our devices didn't even have an option to accept a cable) so all these great photos are courtesy of Fisk.  Here are some of the photos from our epic 3 day gaming festivities.

 There was a classic arcade set up with pinball and all sorts of other games.

 The amazing Paul, Rebecca & Brett were there too!

 Game Theory!

 A weird dolphin cupcake worth noting...

 Tear Away!

 Just kissing zombies.

 All the table top games!

 Our Rock Band: Super Lickers, or something..Super Lincoln, Super Lincoln Lickers??

 Cookie Brigade.

 The descent into the BCEC

 Pin collecting.

Annihilating dinosaurs. Duh, it was fun.


ICA: Boston

Last weekend Fisk and I adventured to Boston. I've never been, so it was a blast for me. Here is our trip to the Institute of Contemporary Art. It was free admission the night we went, so we felt pretty lucky.
ICA has a pretty gorgeous building. It was snowing when we went!

The works above were all done by Doris Salcedo. 
"When a person disappears, everything becomes impregnated with that person's presence.  Every single object as well as space is a reminder of that person's absence, as if absence were stronger than presence."  Salcedo is successful in creating works that carry the weight of a person within them.  There were moments on each piece of furniture that really spoke to an individuals imperfection.

ICA has this great media center that looks down into the water. It's like a scary dream really, like you could fall right into it. It was mesmerizing. They had pillows that matched my outfit, so then Fisk took a photo of my blue blue yellow yellow. 

Mickalene Thomas
I was not supposed to take a photo of this painting. The artist had an image of her work taken and then copied into a print that was apparently wheat pasted all over NYC. I was going to leave it out, then realized there are hundreds of her photos on the internet. 

 Tara Donovan
This work blew a lot of people's minds.  It was made entirely of pins, so of course I had to ask how it was made.  Slow pouring! It's very heavy. Then some jokers asked what would happen if they ran into it, the attendant was very polite and said that the sculpture is extremely heavy and holds up pretty well.  Seems like a painful thing to run into!

Looking out over the water, again ICA has some amazing views.


The Summer Prince: Alaya Dawn Johnson

About a week ago Fisk and I had the pleasure of attending a reading of The Summer Prince by our friend Alaya Dawn Johnson at Word in Brooklyn.  I poured a glass of wine, chatted with some friends, before perking up my ears to listen to an excerpt of this new book. 

The excerpt was engaging, and then quietly some music began, and soon there was a talented woman dancing - dancing the rhythm of the scene in the novel.  

So far, this novel has been a nice little break to the books I'm normally reading, and so great to see a friend publish such an imaginative and fun novel. 


The Story of Art: El Greco "The Greek"

The best time for your body to decide that it will have an allergic reaction to something is 4 am. That way, in case you had the slightest idea that your next day would be normal, it will have been properly ruined by exhaustion and dehydration.  There have been many artists that have since been discussed by Gombrich, & perhaps I'm dehydrating you of their existence, but for this small attempt at coherent thought I would like to write about El Greco. Unsurprisingly, after the genius painters of Italy, artists had a difficult time prioritizing mastering the skills that had already been conquered. Artists wanted to show many old legends and myths in a new light and, for the time, El Greco took this new light an ran with it.
Portait of a Cardinal

Boy Lighting a Candle

 The Opening of the Fifth Seal

"The passage is the one in the Revelation in which the Lamb summons St. John to 'Come and see' the opening of the seven seals. 'And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the Altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And the cried with a loud voice, saying "How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on earth?" And white robes were given unto every one of them' (Rev. vi. 9-11). The nude figures, with their excited gestures, are therefor the martyrs who rise from their graves and call to Heaven for revenge, and stretch out their hands to receive the heavenly white robes. Surely no exact and accurate drawing could ever have expressed that terrible vision of doomsday, when the very saints call for the destruction of this world, with such an uncanny and convincing force."
This long but accurate quote is a perfect example of El Greco's relevance for this time period. El Greco created these very modern paintings that reflected a personal style that really enhanced the emotive qualities of the paintings. The slight disproportions, darkness of color and shape, and uncomfortable yet classic compositions allow his works to become incredibly haunting.  Gombrich tells a truth in stating that no accurate drawing could have expressed the terror of the scene so well. 


Trestle Gallery: Véronique Gambier

Last Friday I worked the opening for Véronique Gambier's show at Trestle Gallery.  Gambier's works are simple, rich in color, and openly reflect a fascination with form and shape.  The calm and seemingly organized gesture of her paintbrush is enhanced by the vibrancy of the acrylic paints- thinly coating the canvases with a depth of layers. 

Varying sizes of her work give individual degrees of confrontation between the painting and viewer.  These works were easy to love. One can see pulled puddles of color, hidden accent colors, and a deep meditative quality that renders these works sincere and authentic. 

Unfortunate that this show is only up through March 13th, but wonderful for those of us who had a chance to see this short show. Trestle Gallery is open Monday - Friday 11 - 6... if you'd like to make a quick dash over to Brooklyn to check out/buy these gorgeous works. 


The Armory: 2013

Fisk and I cruised through the Armory this last Friday.  We found many of the usual works of art, featuring neon, mirrors, and digital photoshop prints.  I found myself wondering; how do works of art stand out in situations like these?  Below is an attempt at the answer, works that struck our fancy in the middle of this giant group exhibition. 

Lance Armstrong, 2013  Jim Torok
 This little Lance was the first painting that I loved in our visit.  At about 4 x 5 inches, this painting made very little of such a big scandal - which I clearly thought was amusing. 

Patrick Jacobs
PIEROGI also had these small scenes, tiny windows of algae and mushrooms among tiny blades of grass. Fisk and I thought the icing on the cake would have been some moving clouds in the distance, and evidence of wind. Peering into these holes felt so close to being real that imagining both was not a disservice to the work. 

The Kiss Was Beautiful, Tracey Emin

Geometric Primitives, Ryan McGinness

Taffel (Undead), Bjorn Basen
The paintings by Bjorn Basen were especially wonderful. Well painted with a strong color palette, and small details in shadows that were incredible to see and enjoy. The subject matter felt contemporary yet antiquated at the same time - such parallels I always feel a fan of.  There was text on each painting, which I am at a loss for, since I do not speak the language of which it was written. Excellent paintings. 

Pussy Painting #16, Betty Tompkins
This little painting was a nice way the end the trip. Having seen this on the internet more than once seeing it in person was a treat.