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Times Square’s Midnight Moment Goes Fuzz Spiral

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From October 1–31, nightly from 11:57pm – 12am follow curious creatures across galactic vistas, pixelated gaming maps, and streetscapes in Jeremy Couillard’s Fuzz Spiral. A rat-dog in a witch’s hat holds court with a reptilian mutant amidst a flurry of stardust; a disembodied head rhythmically nods from a veranda; a starship spirals across surreal and vivid paper collage terrain. As Fuzz Spiral appears on the digital screens of Times Square, viewers are transported into fantastical worlds and new dimensions of color and light.

The images of Fuzz Spiral (2021) come from Fuzz Dungeon, a video game the painter and self-taught new media artist released earlier this summer. Fuzz Dungeon takes players through fifteen surreal levels of what Couillard describes as “absurdist human history” to find an amulet — a Sasquatch Sex Amulet, to be more precise — in order to return to reality. Oscillating between wonder and awe, confusion and uncertainty, the player never knows where they will go next and with whom as they are propelled through phantasmagorical game spaces.

In conjunction with Couillard’s Midnight Moment, Daata will present Sasquatch Sex Amulet and Other Objects from the Fuzz Spiral, an online exhibition and merch store which serves as a continuation of Couillard’s Fuzz Spiral universe.”This exhibition is a little store of digital and physical objects that relate to the world inside the video game and reflect on the panoramic screening of the gameworld in nighttime atmosphere of the hyper commercialized, bright light whirl of Times Square. I haven’t been going beyond the confines of my work/home borders much lately. When I meet new people it’s hard to get much of a converstation going beyond the news or weather of real estate. Maybe if I had a shirt with a monster on it or a tote with a question or bold statement to turn the small talk into something more nuanced?  Maybe new connections can still happen and stop everything from spiraling away into a fuzzy mess.”   — Jeremy Couillard, artist 

Jeremy Couillard, (b. 1980, Livonia, MI) lives and works in New York City. He graduated in 2012 from Columbia University with an MFA in painting. Recent solo shows and commissions include Fuzz Dungeon, Denny Dimin Gallery, New York; Self Portrait As A Dingus, The Bass x Daata, Miami; ALIEN AFTERLIFE, yours mine & ours, New York; Totem 1.0, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles; THE VISCOUS VALLEY, Zhulong Gallery, Dallas; and MY TIME IN THE CULT OF MELTING ANCESTORS, Louis B. James, New York. Couillard has exhibited internationally including The Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Trafo, Szczecin, Poland; the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center with Ben Hall, New York, NY. He recently completed a virtual reality video presented by the New Museum and Rhizome. Couillard’s work has been featured in Artforum, Frieze, VICE, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Observer, Blouin ArtInfo, Art in America and more. In 2017 he was awarded the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Digital Media. Couillard is Professor of New Media at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York.

Founded in 2015, Daata is the leading online gallery for discovering, streaming and collecting digital artworks. Daata is a platform for experiencing the best contemporary digital art from the comfort of your own home. Daata commissions exclusive original artworks directly from emerging and established international artists as well as hosting world-renowned Gallery Partners. Daata has collaborated internationally with museums, collections, art fairs, festivals and other organisations including: NASA, Hammer Museum, Kiasma, Julia Stoschek Collection, The Bass, Helsinki Biennial, MOCAD, Art Basel, Frieze, EXPO CHICAGO, Phillips, Independent Art Fair, NADA, Art Fair Philippines, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, and Art Cologne.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Come To The Light Brings Artist Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Art To The Sheen Center

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“The world is in turmoil and I hope to offer people a respite by providing some calm” Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider. “I am motivated to paint and share my passion. I strive to create a place of serenity that nature offers us. Landscape, skyscape and seascape are my means of communication. Ours is a beautiful planet and I encourage all to take good care of it.”

T2C’s Magda Katz talked to the artist about her work

“If we wish to have the light, we must keep the sun; if we wish to keep our forests we must keep our trees; if we wish to keep our perfumes, we must keep our flowers- and if we wish to keep our rights, then we must keep our God.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

The Gallery at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, 18 Bleecker Street, presents “Come To The Light,” an exhibition of paintings by the artist Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider May 16 – June 14. The exhibition, exclusively at The Sheen Center, is free and open to the public daily from 11AM – 5PM. All artwork on exhibition is available for purchase. The Gallery at The Sheen Center is open daily from 9AM to 11PM. For further details, visit www.SheenCenter.org/events/detail/Come-To-The-Light.

“Come To The Light,” returns to The Gallery at The Sheen Center, having previously exhibited there in 2021 and 2022. Ms. Dilenschneider has had five solo exhibitions in Paris and Avignon, plus she participated in two invitational art fairs, one in Paris at the Grande Palais and another in Monaco at the Grimaldi Palace.

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, says “Jan Dilenschneider is a wonderful friend and I am grateful she shares her talents and treasures with us. We are fortunate that Jan’s beautiful works of art will once again be on display at The Sheen Center, and encourage everyone to pay a visit and share in her vision of bringing people into the Light!”

Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider created her first oil on canvas painting at the age of 12. At 16, her entry at the Ohio State Fair was rejected because it had no hanging wire affixed to the canvas. A kind, older gentleman came to the rescue and quickly fashioned a wire to the back. That kind man was Roy Lichtenstein, one of the world’s most acclaimed artists. The watercolor won 1st Prize in the competition and Dilenschneider has been painting ever since.

Based in Connecticut, she finds much of her inspiration in the wondrous variegation of nature. Dilenschneider is an expressionist painter who has been influenced by many styles of art including impressionism. She is known for her rich palette, loose brush strokes, and luminous misty vistas. Her affinity for landscapes and the atmospheric effects of light and color create a mystery in her artwork that draws you into the unique painting. Jan has plans for several exhibitions for later in the year. She wants you to fall in love with nature all over again.

For more information, visit www.JanDilendchneider.com.

Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (www.sheencenter.org) is a haven for the arts and provides a platform for provocative conversations about diverse and inclusive aspects of humanity as seen through the creative lens of faith and respect. Located on historic Bleecker Street, the Sheen Center is a venue where art and spirituality meet. The Sheen features a 273-seat neoclassical proscenium theater and a newly renovated, 80-seat, flexible Black Box – The Frank Shiner Theater. The Sheen Center also features an art gallery, rehearsal studios and meeting | reception spaces. Since opening in 2015, the Sheen has hosted several movie premieres as well as innovative productions by companies including Houses on the Moon, Red Bull Theater, TheaterWorksUSA, and Bedlam. Included among the hundreds of artists who have performed at The Sheen are Board Members, Vanessa Williams, and Frank Shiner as well Kristin Chenoweth, Nora Jones, James Taylor, Bernie Williams, Kirk Whalum, and Eileen Ivers. The Sheen is a preferred venue for WFUV Radio’s Membership Marquee Concerts and hosts SOHO Forum monthly debate series, and in 2022, was chosen for the filming of the series, “Inside the Black-Box” hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton and producer Tracey Moore, and featuring prominent creatives of color, ranging from actors to producers to directors, writers, and musicians.

Featured photo is “Light on the Water,” 30 x 30, oil on canvas (left); and “Sunrise,” 36 x 48, oil on canvas (right), by Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider

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The New Banksy Museum Opens Today on Canal And Broadway

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The Banksy Museum opens today at 227 Canal Street and Broadway. T2c was given a special preview of the over 160 works and talked with William Mead the Executive Director Of The Museum.

This is the largest collection of Banksy’s life-sized murals and artwork in the world.

This show has already debuted in Barcelona, Brussels, Kraków and Paris, all of them projects by Hazis Vardar, also the brainchild behind the famous Palace Nightclub in France.

“Street art belongs in the raw setting of the streets, but if people can’t see it, is it even art?”

Banksy is undoubtedly the most famous and controversial street artist. The Banksy Museum has set out to introduce Banksy and his unusual approach through the creativity he has shown in the streets all over the world. There was no question in the mind of the curating team of simply putting Banksy in frames. Visitors will be immersive in his way of looking at the world. The Banksy Museum give a new lease of life to Banksy’s street creations – as many of them have disappeared.

To do the work justice, the creators of the museum created a space that “reflects the street experience” and employed a number of anonymous street artists to recreate Banksy’s work. What you see on the walls isn’t Banksy’s own work but celebratory recreations of both iconic and lesser known pieces that have faded from view no longer.

Tickets for the museum, which will be open daily from 10am to 8pm, are available here. The exhibit spans the second and third floors of the building.

All photo’s and video are by Magda Katz

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Tatpocalypse

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What Tatpocalypse? From May 10th to 12th, 2024, NYC Midtown Manhattan will play host to the Empire State Tattoo Convention. This vibrant event brings together world-famous tattoo artists, Inkmaster stars, and enthusiasts for a weekend filled with creativity, artistry, and community.

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Yet as thousands of unlicensed YouTube-trained “scratchers” face an overly saturated market and drop their stick-and-poke passion for a regular salary, Empire State Tattoo Convention organizer Stefano Alcantara isn’t bothered. “Its a healthy thing for the industry.” said the artist, now in his tenth year in one of the world’s most exciting gathering of tattooers and collectors. “It’s a good cleanse.”

Attendees choose from top of the line tattoo equipment at Unimax.

One week a month, in typical New Yorker fashion, Alcantara makes the trip from his shop in Florida to his Williamsburg shop, Stefano Tattoo Studio. ‘I like the Brooklyn vibe, its more artistic,” says the Peruvian-born entrepreneur. “What happens in NYC has repercussions throughout the world.” 

The sleek new look of tattoo “pens” are said to have multiple functions.

Tattoo fever began to echo off the American landscape twenty years ago with the launch of TLC’s Miami Ink. “Tatsurance” entrepreneur Kim Zem was clever enough to capitalize on the industry’s need to level up professionalism as workplace acceptance grew. “I’ve been selling insurance for 25 years. I had to be very professional in manner and dress…but I loved tattoos!” 

“My tattoo artist friends asked me to help them develop insurance that made sense for them and their clients.” Zem continues, “I started on a laptop as a single mom to an eight-figure annual enterprise. Pigment and Skin is absolutely developed by artists for artists.”

Traveling to the Big Apple was another industry perk for the bubbly Seattle native. “I love the people!”

The Empire State Tattoo convention will be open from noon to Midnight Friday and Saturday and until 8pm Sunday. Tickets are $40 at the door. For more information see https://www.empirestatetattooexpo.com/

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Fame and Fortune With Mark Kostabi, Peter Max, and Paul Kostabi!

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There is an exciting night of art and NYC culture at the Park West Gallery SoHo Live Auction “Fame and Fortune” featuring Manhattan Masters: Mark Kostabi, Peter Max, and Paul Kostabi! The auction will be conducted by John Block, certified auctioneer and Park West Executive Vice President on May 9th from 4:30-8 pm at 411 West Broadway.

Experience Mark Kostabi’s surreal world of faceless colorful figures, Peter Max’s Pop and Neo-Expressionist works inspired by the 60s and 70s, and Paul Kostabi’s dynamic blend of music through visual art from the early 80s punk rock scene. It’s an evening celebrating these iconic artists and their remarkable contributions to contemporary art!

Mark Kostabi is unquestionably one of the most recognizable icons to emerge from New York’s legendary 1980s East Village art scene. A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kostabi invented a wholly unique art style that has resonated with audiences around the globe. His universal, faceless figures inhabit surreal worlds of colors and contrasts. Worlds where his subjects interact with themes of love, isolation, technology, and modern anxieties.

Peter Max has evolved from a visionary Pop artist of the 1960s to a master of Neo-Expressionism. His vibrant and colorful works have become a lasting part of contemporary American culture and are synonymous with the spirit of the ‘60s and ‘70s. During his long career, the artist has painted for six U.S. presidents, was the official artist for the 2006 Winter Olympics U.S. team, and has created art for Woodstock, World Cups, U.S. Opens, and Super Bowls.

Paul Kostabi, originally from Whittier, California, immersed himself in the punk rock scene of the late 70s/early 80s across California before relocating to New York City, where he found a niche in the East Village art scene while playing with his band Youth Gone Mad at renowned punk venues like CBGBs. Despite being the brother of established artist Mark Kostabi, Paul carved his own path, blending various artistic styles into his work and adopting a unique approach to creation, which he symbolizes as A-R-T: Attack, Release, Threshold, leading to a successful career spanning music and visual arts, with his creations showcased globally in galleries, publications, and museums.

 

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A Dazzling Frieze New York 2024

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Frieze New York 2024 closed on May 5 with rave applause at The Shed. The event over the long weekend had robust market activity and high-level collector attendance. The fair attracted in 25,000 visitors hailing from 66 countries during its five-day run.

Honoring the creative community, the fair successfully united artists, galleries, institutions, non-profits, collectors, and patrons at The Shed. Opening with major sales, galleries saw ongoing interest throughout the entire weekend, with continued news of sustained transactions and sold-out booths.

Frieze New York is presented with Global Lead Partner Deutsche Bank, reflecting a shared commitment to artistic excellence for over 20 years.

Christine Messineo, Director of Americas, Frieze, said: “On behalf of everyone at Frieze, I want to thank all the artists, galleries, collectors, visitors and partners who came together to make another year of Frieze New York truly special. It has been gratifying to see the response to our non-profit and artist collaborations that have extended the cultural conversation across the city. The Shed continues to prove itself as the right home for Frieze New York, and we are already looking forward to 2025.”

Claudio de Sanctis, member of the Management Board and Global Head of Private Bank, Deutsche Bank, also remarked: “As a long-standing partner, we are pleased to be part of another successful Frieze New York. With our commitment to contemporary art and our renowned collection, we’re thrilled to share this experience with our esteemed clients. Thanks to everyone who joined us and congratulations to Frieze for another spectacular fair.”

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