We pay our driver "Gary", a nice guy as we arrive at Edels. Serigo joined us, he was in the city and got "lucky" at the ICON party.
Edel Rodriquez had his third annual pool party on Sunday, set to mesh up with the end of ICON5 for those with any life left in them after all the get-togethers of the week. Due to a late night the night before and limited trains to Edel's house we ended up taking a Limo to Edels house. The only one available was already booked by a well know rock star and his girlfriend. I think his name was Lars or something and he was from Sweden. Our Driver was a nice Indian fellow named Gary. We even split some champaign with him in the limo with Lars and his gal Udda. Edels party was rocking, rocking from a loud rock band next door having their own party. Seems Lars was headed there.
Limo shot. Sergio wanted to know why the limo had no fish.
"Lars" the rocker bought us all bubbly.
Lars and gal Udda
Mr. Buzzelli and pup.
Weber, McGrath and Edel take on....
...the terminator: Christopher Silas Neil...and Sergio!
bartalos, moran, sherman (why is she winking?) zimm and the sockwell.
Thought I'd post some of the fine work my wife Ellen Weinstein has been working on. She's been pretty busy as of late. I've tried to get her on Drawger but she says "One Drawger per household is enough!" I was going to add some work from Time here, but I'm not sure it's run yet. Web Link
WSJ Europe Cover about Design
About staying well while Traveling
WSJ (Yo Dave B! ) about audiences projecting their own ideas onto actors.
The map of the route, 4.5 grueling miles through unknown areas.
For Eons man has sought the elusive Williamsburg passage to the fabled House of Wax, only to be denied. Sure, safe passage could be made through known trading routes like the Brooklyn Bridge, but it was long and tedious. A quicker route to the land of Wax was needed. Today I found it. After years of promises to visit The House of Wax, today the dream became a reality. My stead, my bike. A foto essay of the journey.
Piggybacking on A.Richard Allens Post on his visit with this sketch of A.R.A. at the Thailand Cafe. Goldin and I Iooked over at A.R.A. and saw him break into a cold sweat, we thought maybe he was not used to the spicy Thai food, but I think it was his cold and jet lag. He was a trooper. Nice to meet Mr. Hunt as well, I have photos and will use them if need be.
Ok, I left out the red belt and took artistic license.
Came across this great interactive piece in the NY Times today on the great Al Jaffe. Shows his fold-in art for Mad Magazine. We all grew up on this stuff and it still holds up well. Better than well, I think it trumps most things done today.
There is an amazing exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. An artist from China named Cai Guo-Qiang. I saw an exhibit of his work in Minneapolis a few years ago. His installations are huge and amazing. This work shown here is called head-on and contains 99 lifesize "replicas" of wolves.
Two opening in Downtown New York Last night, just a stones throw away from each other. The mega event Stefan Sagmeister @ Deitch Projects was mobbed. I never made inside it was so packed. Apparently Sagmeister kidnapped Massimo who was trying to get help by writing a message of some sort on the window. I think he was later released unharmed.
I saw the animated movie Persepolis last night. I first heard about this via Isabelle Dervaux when she mentioned trying to get the artist as part of ICON5. (not sure that went through) Written and drawn by Marjane Satrapi, I highly recommend this movie. Mostly in black and white, it's a story told in the first person by a young girl growing up in Iran. We go from repressive rule by the Shah to even more repressive rule by a religious government . In between an escape to study abroad in Vienna adds distance and humor to the story. The animation is top notch and the story is both funny, educational and touching. The Official Site
A former estate is now home to the Hui No'eau arts center.
Earlier this year while on Maui I was surprised to see that the street artist Swoon was doing a residency at the arts center Hui No’eau for a month, working with Maui youth. Swoon who’s real name is somewhat secret or was…(she used to hide it to avoid prosecution for pasting her works on private buildings) works in paper prints with elaborate cut outs which are glued in public places. Swoon was extremely energetic and positive artist in person.
Paul Mullowney is the director of print making and runs Hui Press. This excerpt from the Hui site: “As part of a newly created Artist in Residence Program, HuiPress was launched in 2004, taking fine art printmaking on Maui to a new level. Nationally & internationally recognized mid career and emerging artists are invited to work with Master Printers and University Interns in an environment designed to support creative expression in printmaking. Our aim is to foster experimentation, innovation, and collaboration, while pushing the boundaries of traditional print media.”
Illustrator and artist Marcos Chin was on Island for some R and R so he, his friend Mikey, Ellen Weinstein and I wandered over to the art opening. The exhibit was a collaboration of work done by students and actual Swoon artwork. It was a bit hard to tell which is which in some of the photos. It was a great night and the place was packed with lots of youth who enjoyed the spotlight.
A Swoon paste up in the enclosed Garden
The kids did some spoken poetry with the D. J.
Swoon did a lecture a few days before, I missed most of it.
This Documentary is on TV today (NYC area) at 4pm. The website lists other viewing times in other areas.
Chris Swain braved whitewater, sewage, snapping turtles, hydroelectric dams, homeland security patrols, factory outfalls, and PCB contamination to become the first person to swim the entire length of the Hudson River from the Adirondack Mountains to New York City. In the film, Swain’s experience links together stories of the river, which begins in wilderness and ends in one of the nation’s densest population centers. We meet heroes who are fighting to protect the Hudson against a range of threats from industry, inept regulatory agencies, and public indifference.
In the film the epic of the 19th century destruction and redemption of the Adirondacks compliments the modern-day story of citizens fighting to block the building of a huge trash plant that would burn one quarter of New York City’s garbage. Meanwhile the environmental group Riverkeeper battles the ExxonMobil Corporation to force it to clean up the largest oil spill in the United States and we get the latest in the three-decade old fight to make General Electric take responsibility for its PCB contamination.
We meet famous people, like folk singer Pete Seeger, but we also see how ordinary citizens can and do make a difference through choices they make effecting the environment, and by joining together around a common cause. SWIM FOR THE RIVER is a hopeful film that avoids preaching to the choir. Swain’s lighthearted commentary and incredible physical achievement appeal to a wide audience. Swim For The River
My friend David Wallis is doing a talk at Barnes and Nobel Astor Place on Wed. the 21st @ 7pm for his new book Killed Cartoons, casualties from the war on free expression. It contains illustrations too, I guess they figured the cartoon title would be a bigger sell. There will be an after party at Sauce Lounge later that evening after the reading.
Editor of "Killed Cartoons: Casualties From The War On Free Expression" to lecture about: "Graphic Violence."
astor place @7pm
To mark the publication of KILLED CARTOONS: CASUALTIES FROM THE WAR ON FREE EXPRESSION [W.W. Norton & Company, March 12, 2007; $15.95 paperback original], editor David Wallis will lecture at Barnes & Noble, Astor Place (4 Astor Place New York City; 212-420-1322) on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 7 PM. The collection, heralded by renowned cartoonist Gahan Wilson as "amazing in its range," features nearly 100 editorial cartoons and illustrations that were spiked by newspapers and magazines because of the potential for controversy. Works by celebrated contemporary artists such as Garry Trudeau, Steve Brodner, Sam Gross, Edward Sorel, Ted Rall, Paul Conrad, Mike Luckovich, Matt Davies and Anita Kunz are displayed alongside unearthed gems by legends like Al Hirschfeld, Herblock and Norman Rockwell.
At Barnes & Noble, Wallis will discuss the reasons for what might be termed "graphic violence" – the rejection of compelling political art by increasingly timid newspaper and magazine editors. "Reasonable motives sometimes inspire editors to kill," writes Wallis in the book's introduction. "But too often ... they suppress compelling illustrations, editorial cartoons, and political comics out of fear -- fear of angering advertisers, the publisher's golf partners, the publisher's wife, the local dogcatcher or the president of the United States, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, homophobes, gays, pro-choice advocates and anti-abortion protesters alike, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and Midwestern grannies -- especially Midwestern grannies."
About the Editor
David Wallis, an advocate for journalists, frequently lectures about the media business at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, New York University, and the New School. Editor of the acclaimed "Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print," Wallis is the founder of Featurewell.com, a syndicate that markets articles by more than 1,500 writers and journalists. He has contributed articles to Slate.com, The New York Times Magazine and the Washington Post, among other publications.
I tried to get samples of some of the illustrations for you visual types.
The talk was good, cartoonists tend to be on the front line of what's acceptable with the general public on a daily basis.
At the risk of becoming John Cuneo's publicist I will mention his new book is now out and online. I saw a quick glace at it last night and it's well designed by Robert Festino. Good luck with the book John!
From Fantagraphics website: nEuROTIC John Cuneo Like Emily Dickinson, master illustrator John Cuneo has spent years generating a huge oeuvre of work that has never been published… anywhere. Unlike Ms. Dickinson, however, Cuneo’s consists of stacks and stacks of weird, perverse, erotic, hilarious, and disgusting images delineated in his sketchbooks. But make no mistake these full-color sketchbook drawings are as lushly finished as his prize-winning illustration work for such magazines as Esquire (where he illustrates the sex column), Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Entertainment Weekly, and The Atlantic. nEuROTIC is a sharply designed little full-color hardcover that collects the very best of Cuneo’s humorous erotica.
A select group of Drawgers assembled last night to meet and greet our Drawger representative from across the pond Linzie Hunter, here on a secret mission | Holiday. New Pasteur Vietnamese Restaurant would be the place to meet as Thomas Keller's Per Se was booked solid for the night. A $25 per price was thrust upon even the late-comers who dined on left overs. Linzie broke out a grab bag of gifts later on containing noxious candies and teas from some foreign country. A good time was had by all.
Some photos by David Gothard.
Art graced the walls as Goldin and Wax dined.
Goldin chatted with Linzie
zina wore her special suit, Gothard and Enos admire it.
Interesting billing at SOB's this week: Hugh Masekela, African jazz great with the Klezmer band the Klezmatics with Irish singer Susan McKeown & Boo Reiners added in. Sounds oddly interesting. Hugh's Grazing in the Grass version is awsome.
The Halftones played the party. Blitt on keyboards.
Jan. 6th: Woodstock NY. John Cuneo 50th Birthday party. John was surprised by perhaps 50- 100 of his close friends who flew in from California and Denver to be there. It's a special thing to have that many people respect you to that degree. John was presented with a special "sketchbook" (rated M for mature) made by 20 top illustrators as a gift. Thats to Tim Bower and his wife Kim for organizing that. Thanks to John's wife Jan for getting the party together and keeping John happy.
M. Sloan on the G-tar.
Bower put the book together! Thanks Tim. Hopper at left.
John was given a gift, he did not know what it was...
It's a book of drawings for him by 20+ top illustrators!
John is vaklempt!
Inside John's studio...
Later, John played Sax with the halftones....John's trainer, Gorge' tests John's hip flexors to make sure the old man is up to the task. Hips good! Blow daddy blow..
This french guy Adel showed up with his wife, Veronique. Peter DeSeve at right.
Our own estiemed Mr. Pelavin will display his talents to any drawger using the instrument he is perhaps most gifting at: Lettering at the Society of Illustrators this thursday evening. The Show is called Letter as Image, Image as letter. Pelavin will also sign autographs, pose for pictures and tell stories from the trenches of the illustration world to all who dare arrive at the venue. No wagering.
the work of
Michael Doret Louise Fili Gerard Huerta Tom Nikosey Daniel Pelavin Tom White
January 3 - 27, 2007
Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators 128 East 63rd Street New York, NY 10021
Opening and Artists' Reception Thursday, January 4, 5:30 until 8:00 pm Festivities upstairs begin at 7:30 pm
Presentations and Discussion with the Artists Tuesday, January 9, 7:30 pm Wollman Auditorium at The Cooper Union 51 Astor Place New York, NY 10003
(RSVP to Mike Essl for the Cooper Union event)
I know David Gothard mentioned this already, but if you have not seen these two shows at the Brooklyn Museum you should make haste! Ron Mueck does scale based figurative sculptures (Leo posted in the past about him) and Walton Ford does amazing huge watercolors of Animal themes. Fantastic! I have to go back and see more of it.
Illustration Today A Symposium on the State of the Art 66 W. 12th St. Tishman Auditorium Sat, Nov 11 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Ticket Price: See below.
Presented by Parsons The New School for Design and the Department of Illustration Through images, illustration shows us who we are by rendering how we perceive, interact with, and think about the world. But the medium is at a crossroads: the traditional forms of editorial illustration are losing their dominance, new vistas are rapidly opening up, and older avenues are being reinvented. Over two-dozen leading practitioners will talk about and engage in spirited discussions on a range of topics. Steven Guarnaccia, Parsons Illustration Department Chair and former New York Times art director and Dan Nadel, Parsons Illustration Department Assistant Professor and publisher of The Ganzfeld, will moderate the symposium.
Tickets: $10 general admission; FREE with Parsons/New School ID and for Parsons alumni (1 per person, must be picked up from the Box Office). Email email@example.com or call 212.229.5488. Ticket Info: The New School Box Office, 66 West 12th St., Main Fl., Monday-Thursday 1-8 p.m., Friday 1-7 p.m.
Edel makes a mean mojito. I know it cause I've had em in Havana and these were right on. But why expect anything else?
A warm saturday in August, a cool pool, a strong drink, warm hosts and good company. That was Edel's party in Mt Tapor, NJ. A really nice place. I mean really nice place. Thanks to Drawger for bringing people together.
Sockwell brand in the house
Fellow New Jersey Designer/illustrator Felix Sockwell pushing his new brand of "I dig NJ" tees. Seriously this guy was selling them at the party which I thought was a tad odd. Buy your own from the man himself: BUY THE SHIRT
Edel ready with a neck brace should anyone do too deep of a dive. Joe thinking about his gig later that night in Staten Island. Yuko being coy.
Jennifer warms up the Cubans with x-ray vision.
The food was off the hook. Jennifer, Edel's wife made some terrific Cuban sandwiches. All the food was top notch.
Edel's pool is fantastic. Lots of nice plants. Great big trees all around. He's even recreated his little house from Cuba on one side.
Ok, I really did not understand the billboards Edel built about his property. His neighbor was moving out because of them.
The Mojitos were working on Eileen.
An astonished Brian Rea spots a very soggy Fidel clearing his eyes in the pool. Was it real, was it the Mojitos?
Somehow I missed the fact that this was a Birthday Party, but then I'm still waiting for the year 2000 celebration. The cake makes the scene....
Dang Sockwell and Fuchs! Always with the games, knocked the birdies into the cake!
Thomas Kincaide, painter of light behind Brian Rea. The painting was later dented by an errant ping pong ball hit by Fuchs.
The party for me winded down with a personal tour of the casa with Edel showing the way. Most ended up in the studio and Edel showed his artwork and techniques. He seemed to be particularly proud of his new Thomas Kincaide Painting. I found this odd but said nothing.
I think this is me, but it could be my older sister, one of five.
Belated Dad Picture. We always had an odd relationship, he was the farmer who was practical and hard working and did not understand the "creative" son. Now I understand he is just some guy that happens to be my dad. I love him but it's odd to realize that parents are just people you may or may not click with. We have a much better relationship now. He's had some health issues of late. A stroke this year has made his left side numb and he's still in recovery and not yet back home with my mom. Enjoy every day. I remember one day during the Batman (?) movie he came into the theater and yelled my name out as I was late for my paper route. Gee I felt dumb.
Look at the size of that melon, I'm an alien from outer space sent here to spy. First communion, check the cool shoes.
Illustrator Monika Aichele was in the Rome show, but also has a one person show up in Barcelona called "Not only Monkeys." Now how cool is that? She sent me these pictures of the exhibit. Check it out in the gallery section.
The gallery web address is: http://www.distritoquinto.org/
Nobody told me you can't get a cab at 3 am in Rome. Bar De La Pace.
While all you hard working illustrators better yourselves with projects I am engaged in late night sloth with the women illustrators in Rome. Here is a shot of me with the lovely Cathie Bleck,The lovely Trisha Krause, and the lovely Jody Hewgill. I will post more photos once I get them edited. Photo by The lovely Thorina Rose. Not shown: The Lovely Ellen Weinstein. BTW I'm back in NYC the fun only lasted a week. The occassion was a show was put on by Teatrio who have done other illustration shows in the past. All women artists, about 40 in all. For some reason the show was titled "The fabulous colored pencils of the world" I think due to translation issues. The show will be traveling in Italy for two years. Each artist did a portrait of a famous woman and also exhibited several other works. Big up to Mark Heflin at AI for his participation in creating the show. I think it was the brainchild of Cathie Bleck and Vivianne Flesher.
Stand up comedian and part-time illustrator John Cuneo wowed the crowd with two 20 minute sets. (3 drink minimum) Oh, and he picked up a medal for the illustration shown behind him done for Esquire's John Korpics.
The 06 SI book and editorial show opening was last Friday night. I snapped these pics at the opening. I'm sure the show is great, but one never gets to see too much of it between all the schmoozing. Generally the night seemed to be off from it's regular vibe. Maybe it's the state of the industry? Maybe it's just me?More pics in the gallery section....