***Use Your Illusion***

By Tom Ran

Published: May 7, 2009 under Announcements

<i>***Use Your Illusion***</i>

Photo: Jesse Hammerman

Is it the out of necessity or is it sheer resourcefulness that the exhibition titled, Use Your Illusion, is currently held behind a bodega in East Williamsburg? Viewers travel through a narrow aisle and into a raw space where the exhibition takes place. Foregoing the traditional gallery, these four white walls are of a different sort. Filled with skid marks and past adverts it’s quite the contrast from the art work. Juxtaposing the refined with the crude, the space does not detract from the works. Artists include Sherri Caudell Brennan, Patrick Brennan, Ned Colclough, Jesse Hamerman, and J.D.Walsh. Use Your Illusion is on view until Saturday by appointment only. Email curator Jesse Hammerman for more details. For more photos from the exhibit, visit The Old Gold.

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Andy Spade

By Tom Ran

Published: April 28, 2009 under Announcements

Anthony Sperduti, Andy Spade, interior of Partners & Spade

Photo: Interview Magazine

Glenn O’Brien speaks candidly with Andy Spade in Interview magazine, where he divulges the inspiration behind Partners & Spade, collaborations, J. Crew, past and present work. Always an interesting and inspiring read.

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Aaron Rose, Blog

By Tom Ran

Published: April 14, 2009 under Announcements

Photo from Aaron Rose's March 29th - April 12th Collection

Photo: Aaron Rose

I’ve been enjoying scrolling through Aaron Rose’s blog posts. Updated weekly, mostly on Sundays and Mondays, it gives a glimpse into his busy life. Traveling, producing art and music, meeting with friends, installing art shows, and a bit of relaxing. What started out as a weekly account of his life has turned into an abstract collection of photoshopped photos supplemented with one liners or quotes from movies. It’s a nice escape from the overload of information. This week he visits Berlin to help with the installation of Circle Cultures latest show.

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Partners & Spade Accounting Division

By Tom Ran

Published: April 12, 2009 under Announcements

Steve Stojowski, CPA

Photo: Partners & Spade

One of the two certain things in life is about to occur this week. Leave it to Partners & Spade to assist you through this annual obligation. On Tuesday April 14th, P&S is offering complimentary 2008 tax preparation from noon to 8pm, in their front window. Steve Stojowski, a Certified Public Accountant will be on hand to help anyone that enjoys a bit of procrastination with their taxes.

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Saturday@Phillips April 25th

By Tom Ran

Published: April 9, 2009 under Announcements

Untitled, 2009

Photo: Thomas Campbell

Saturday@Phillips returns April 25th. The popular auction is made to attract a younger audience by featuring items with lower price points with some pieces starting as low as $200. Works on sale will range from contemporary & urban art, photography, design, and toy art . The entire lot will be on view starting on the 21st April to the day of the auction.

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By Aaron Quint

Published: March 12, 2009 under Announcements

<i>MONUMENT, 2008</i>

Photo: Vassilij Gureev; Courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art

The Scout was lucky enough to attend the opening last night of Jenny Holzer’s new solo show PROTECT PROTECT at the Whitney. Despite the current pervasive feeling of economic doom and perhaps the nature of Holzer’s work, the atmosphere was very jovial throughout the exhibits. Holzer’s show is composed of a number of paintings and prints in her ‘Redaction’ series (redacted/transformed government documents) and more noteably a number of large scale LED works. The ‘Stock Ticker’ like installations project words and phrases similar to Holzer’s other works – ‘trueisms’ and government double-talk from the Iraq War. The LED works are beautiful as a pure aesthetic, but taken in the context of the current economic crisis thier image alone evokes something powerful and emotional, regardless of the text.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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