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Now that Easter, Spring Equinox, and all other holidays are wrapping up, it’s time for a fresh Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Behold, it is Psycho Bunny that has risen. Fair warning though. With this week’s sketch, only art history students and Post-Punk/Traditional Goth fans will get the joke.

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As I was pondering what to do for the next sketch, Google reminded me that it was the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus art movement. During its peak, the Bauhaus movement was revolutionary with concepts of design, architecture and art. Unfortunately, when the Nazis rose to power, the Bauhaus school was one of the first causalities. There was no room for Bauhaus ideology within Nazi framework. Unrelated was Hugo Boss, who designed the Nazi uniforms. Yes, that high-end designer. Back to Bauhaus. After the art school’s closure, various students went global, spreading its influence worldwide. Its influence still lingers in 2019.

Unless you’re a fan of ’80s Alternative, which throws you into the Post-Punk category. We’re talking about that classic Goth band Bauhaus. Bauhaus is most well known for the song ‘Bela Lugosi Is Dead.’ Later on, the lead singer Peter Murphy went on to have a solo career, with Dali’s Car in-between. The other members formed Tones On Tail, then Love and Rockets. The band Love and Rockets is not to be confused with the comic by Los Hernandez Bros.

Most recently, Bauhaus, Tones On Tail, and Love and Rockets member David J did a signing at NYC’s Rough Trade, during Record Day 2019. More about Record Day 2019 and the Wax Trax event in another blog post.

Meantime, I will be at two comic cons in June. Details forthcoming.

Speaking of which…social media links. Can’t forget about that! 

Facebook: pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt.

 Tune in next week for a new Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

Unless you’re in Orlando, Florida.

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A few weeks ago, I checked out the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit over at The Brant Foundation. Admission was complimentary, but access was already booked up. Luckily I was able to score a ticket.

I’m supposed to post a more detailed review on another blog. In the meantime, here’s a look. The show itself covers a variety of his work. For those who don’t know, the artist dated a pre-fame Madonna.

Basquiat joined the 27 club in 1988.

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his mentor, Andy Warhol. Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

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Basquiat exhibit at The Brant Foundation in NYC. 2019 

All photos taken by Michele Witchipoo, March 2019. 

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So this has been the third year I’ve attended the Art On Paper fair. Last week was the annual NYC Art Week, where you can catch events like VOLTA, Scope, SPRING/BREAK and of course, The Armory Show. Went to The Armory and VOLTA back in 2016. Haven’t had a chance to go back since. In fact, it hurt when I had to turn down passes for The Armory Show in 2017, due to schedule conflicts. However, I’ve been able to manage going to Art On Paper.

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Me at VOLTA, March 6, 2016 during NYC Art Week. Before dying my hair blue.

It’s easier to obtain passes for Art On Paper than to the other events for NYC Art Week. It should be noted that this year’s NYC Art Week had a rough start. Armory changed venues, VOLTA plans up in the air.

Art On Paper went on as planned. Finally in 2019, I finally attended one of those VIP opening parties. Upon arrival was a band playing music, but the large scale installation behind them caught my attention. Titled Manifestation 4, artist Samuelle Green created this cave constructed from pages from discarded paperbacks and wire. You were able to walk through this cave located near the event entrance.

There were some repeats from the previous two years I’ve attended Art On Paper. Mainly focused on the newer exhibits, as seen below.

After the VIP party, I went back to the fair on Sunday. That’s where I saw this woman walking around in a chain mail dress, with electrical flashing signs attached. You can either lock him up, or her up. Pick your choice. It was a pretty clever design.

Below are the rest of the photos taken from the fair:

Till nest year…and hopefully attend the other fairs in 2020.

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Me, March 7th, 2019. Art On Paper 2019.

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After NYCC 2018, trying to switch gears, and continuing where I left off with this year’s Inktober. As I’ve been following the suggested prompts, right now I’m up to sketch number three.

Day three of the Inktober prompt was ‘roasted.’ I could’ve done the more comical route, drawing one of those ’70s style Dean Martin celebrity ‘roasts.’ Decided to do this instead:

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Inktober Sketch Number three. Drawing by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2018. 

There’s a few reasons for this sketch, but I chose not to discuss any further. Stay tuned for more Inktober 2018 drawings.

 

 

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Last weekend was the annual Bushwick Open Studios. It’s right in my backyard, since I live on the near borderline between Brooklyn and Queens. My residence is in Queens. Fortunately, the area of Queens where I live is close enough to hop on a bus to Bushwick. Although BOS reeks of gentrification, I’m lucky to live close to an art event. I’ve done BOS three times. The first time was in 2012. That was a complete mess. The second and third scored much better, 2016 being the best one over at OUTPOST. The opening party at OUTPOST was amazing. One reason was because they had open bar with free Finback beer.

This year I could only venture in baby steps. Usually for BOS I’ll take a whole day to explore. I had tickets to see The National for both nights over at Forest Hills Stadium that same weekend. Therefore I couldn’t take in as much. Hopefully next year there will be more opportunities to explore.

 

 

The first stop on BOS 2018 was this mobile gallery. It was run by Japanese transplants. (You can check out Shihorks on Tumblr.) They were taking names of people who stopped by, and offering to include the first names into an open art piece they were doing. My name is all the way on top. After thanking them, I went inside the check to check out the rest.

 

 

Walked around some more. Walked inside which I guessed used to be a former factory converted into either artist studios and/or lofts. Saw some nude body painting, and stumbled across a robot. The robot was part of something called Toaster Unplugged.

 

 

Walking around some more, you can still see some of the anti-Trump sentiment in the Bushwick area.

 

 

Last stop before going to Forest Hills was something I haven’t seen since leaving the Midwest. A fake beach. Having grown up on the East Coast with natural beaches, I always turned up my nose at this concept. Guess it shouldn’t be surprised that a fake beach with a bar hit Bushwick. Wyckoff Beer Garden were part of BOS too.

 

 

 

 

Until next year.

 

 

All photographs taken by Michele Witchipoo 2018. 

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Now finally have a chance to catch up on blog posts. Here’s a zine show I took part of on Friday, Oct. 13th, 2017.

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The zine show was within a bigger art opening titled Transparency, taking place at Brooklyn Fireproof,  Bushwick, Brooklyn. It was part of an art collective called Trans-cen-der. The event even had a brief mention on the Bushwick Bomb website. The zine part was curated by illustrator/sculptor/painter/print-maker Danielle-Draik.

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Flyer for the Transparency show at Trans-cen-der at Brooklyn Fireproof, Oct. 13th, 2017.

The turn-out was pretty good. In the zine section, there was a variety of self-published comics and zines on display. Two of my titles, Psycho Bunny #3.25, and the last issue of Babalon Babes (astrology issue) were shown.

In another room was sculptures by Colin Radcliffe, titled Uninvited Guests.

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Sculptures by Colin Radcliffe, shown during his solo show at Transparency. Oct. 13th, 2017.

The entire exhibit will run until Nov. 3rd, 2017.

Hazel Lee Santino

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Zine section from the Transparency exhibit, Trans-cen-der, at Brooklyn Fireproof. Friday Oct. 13th, 2017.  

 

 

 

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