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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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It’s late but here goes. The days of March 8th to March 11th 2018 was NY Art Week. That’s when the big fine art/modern art fairs happen, such as The Armory Show, VOLTA NY and Art On Paper. Unfortunately I was only able to attend one fair, which was Art On Paper. This was my second time returning to the event.

Along the way there was a life-size Marge Simpson seen in Lower Manhattan. Throwing in a cute photo of a dog riding the subway. Why? Sometimes I like animals over humans.

You’ll have to pardon me. Usually I take notes, but this year was a bit distracted. Some of the art seen was repeats of last year. The surprising part was not so much political art displayed as opposed from last year. Not to say there wasn’t any.

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Art On Paper 2018. Kim-Trump paddles. Photo by Michele Witchipoo

Halfway through the event, I met a lady carrying around matchboxes. These were refashioned as art items. Jennifer Robin Arnold (her name) told me during the summer she sells them in Coney Island, Brooklyn. She was kind enough to give me the matchbox with the 1970s porn flavor.

Again they had the overpriced concession stand. As much as that alcoholic coconut drink was tempting, I wasn’t about to fork over $14.00. Ditto for the Sixpoint beer for $7.00 when I could get it cheaper at a Brooklyn dive bar. However, there was ton of art to be seen.

Afterward a friend took me to see a concert over at Brooklyn Bazaar, which helped inspire a Psycho Bunny sketch, seen here.

So hopefully next year I’ll be able to snag passes for not only this show, but for the other two like The Armory Show. Fingers crossed.

*All photos by Michele Witchipoo March 11 2018.

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Slowly catching up to where I left off, before a series of events occurred. In the middle of all the chaos, a friend gave me her VIP pass to Art On Paper during NYC Art Week. Also could’ve gone to Volta NY, but what great timing. Having to turn those passes down really bummed me out.

Anyway. Enjoyed Art On Paper more than originally thought. My apologies also extend to losing the credits to who did what in these photos.

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Entrance/Exit to Art On Paper. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. March 2017.

The event was a combination of both old and new, established and rising. In various booths there were some social commentary. Some anti-Trump pieces, as you will see in this post.

Nothing inspires artists like political dissent.

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Anti-Trump from Art On Paper. March 2017.

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Anti-Trump from Art On Paper. March 2017.

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Anti-Trump from Art On Paper. March 2017.

Of course, among all the political statements, don’t forget to get your top dollar refreshments. This drink in the photo below costs $14. Now excuse me as I roll my eyes.

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Art On Paper. March 2017

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Art On Paper. March 2017

Eventually stumbled upon work by the established, such as Warhol and Picasso. When I glanced at this portrait of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Warhol was a teen hero of mine. Right before entering high school, I was fascinated with Warhol and his entire Factory scene. As a 14 year old Boy George clone, I read that Edie Sedgwick biography as if it was the bible. Memories. Not so much into Warhol anymore but still appreciate what he did.

When I was 16, I spotted Warhol walking on third avenue, east 50s, in Manhattan. Near my old high school. He knew I recognized him, so he quickly turned the corner. Okay, so it didn’t help that my hair was thisbig. After my Boy George phase, I went completely into copying Siouxsie’s look. He died later that year.

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Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Art On Paper. March 2017. 

Here’s some Picasso for you.

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Another Warhol portrait. Art On Paper. March 2017. 

What amazed me was seeing the fine art trend of applying glitter. I’ve been using glitter in my own paintings for years. Here’s some examples.

Hopefully next year things will be better, so I can attend more shows during NYC Art Week.

 

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This past weekend was the opening reception for the Made In Ridgewood exhibit, held at OUTPOST Artists Resources for Bushwick Open Studios 2016. There was a large turn out for the opening night. OUTPOST and Ridgewood Artists Coalition got together, gathering local artists from the Ridgewood,Queens area of NYC.

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Reverend Mother by Michele Witchipoo as seen in the Made In Ridgewood (Ridgewood Artists Coalition) group art exhibit at OUTPOST Artists Resources for Bushwick Open Studios 2016. Pen and ink on illustration board.

My work was part of this group art show, debuting this new piece. There were various mediums and styles ranging from painting, sculpture, video, photography and interactive. Of course it helped that open bar was courtesy of Finback brewery, another local Ridgewood establishment. It should be noted that Finback makes some very good beers. So if craft beers are your thing, definitely check it out.

Artists were: Yasmeen Abdullah, Kate Bae, Bill Bartholomew, Ethan Boisvert, Michele Borg (Michele Witchipoo), Daniel Boventer, Mengwen Cao, Campy Dicks, Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Nathalie Di Sciascia, Elizabeth Donsky, Rachel Dove , Danielle Draik, Pablo García, Ida Gavois, Tim Gowan, Huisi He, Georgia Hinaris, Ji Hoon Kim , An Hu, Daniel Iliescu , Liz Johnson (Spadiode), Sandra Koponen, Molly Lambe , Connor Lawson, Deanna Lee, Stephen Lewis, Christina Massey, Varvara Mikushkina, David Nakabayashi, Sharilyn Neidhardt, James Peay, Joshua Pelletier, Kyle Andrew Phillips, Gabriela Rassi , Elizabeth Riley, George Rosa, Christopher Rose , Rebecca Rubinstein, Isabelle Schneider, Sara Schraeter, Farshid Shafiey, Vered Snear, Jeanette Spicer, Kelli Thompson, Jimmy Valdez Osaku, Allison Wade, Tyson Washburn, Chenli Ye, Beata Zalewski, Alex Drewchin, Greg Fox, Winslow Laroche, Jonah Rosenberg, Andrew Sutherland, Caterina Verde, David Wightman, Magin Schantz, and Libby Mislan.

If you missed the opening reception, you can still check the exhibit until October 15th.

Thanks to OUTPOST Artist Resources and Emily Heinz for putting this together.

Next post: Bushwick Open Studios 2016 in photos.

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This just in. I will be participating in the 2016 Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) event with the Ridgewood Artist Coalition (RAC) over at OUTPOST Artist Resources from October 1 – 15 2016, from 12:00 pm to  6:00 pm. This will be a group art exhibit featuring many artists from the Ridgewood, Queens area of NYC, displaying work in various mediums.

Opening night details can be found on this OUTPOST page, from noon to 7 pm.

I’m especially pleased because I’ll be showing something fresh. This is part of a new series I’m working on. The series is still in process but I managed to get the first part in on time.

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Reverend Mother. Pen, ink, illustration board. 2016. Loosely based on Frank Herbert’s Dune series. Illustration by Michele Witchipoo.

The new series is loosely based on Frank Herbert’s Dune. For a little over a year and half stone, I’ve been getting back into the science fiction genre. (In fact, the 50th anniversary of Star Trek happened this past Wednesday as of this posting.) Particularly those of a Dystopian nature. Dystopia is very fitting into these times, especially with current world and political events. Also, I think Dystopia forces us to confront some very uncomfortable truths about humanity through fiction. Many times Dystopian fiction is very disturbingly prophetic.

Despite some slight reservations I have about how the women are depicted in the Dune series, it’s still one of the best sci-fi stories of all time. My introduction to Dune came during my early ’80s adolescence. The film adaption finally came to the big screen, which I was lucky enough to catch during it’s original theatrical release. The film was produced by flashy producer Dino De Laurentiis and directed by art house fave David Lynch. It wasn’t the greatest film adaption, but at least it supplied some sort of visualization. It had enough impact upon me to buy the paperback at a local Queens drugstore, with the movie poster as the book cover. Years later gave this copy away, which I came to regret. Since then I’ve re-brought the novel at Topos Bookstore.

Enough details. What drew me back to Dune once again was through personal conversations, and it’s correspondence to magick. There’s a brilliant quote that’s pretty well known. It goes like this:

‘I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.’

You can apply this passage not only as an occultist, but also as any sort of creative. Whether you’re an artist, a writer, a musician, actor, etc. This can apply to life in general. In order to accomplish anything, one must get over, or break away from whatever holds the person back. You will never discover your true Will if you allow fear to overtake you.

Revisiting Dune the second time around, the characters that appealed to me the most were the Reverend Mothers.  Otherwise known as the Bene Gesserit. The Bene Gesserit is a very powerful sisterhood that can be liken to witches. So I’ve gone back using symbolism such as alchemy and combined it with the likeness of the Reverend Mothers.

The above piece is for sale. If anyone wants to acquire, you can send me an email.

See you during Bushwick Open Studios.

 

 

 

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On a humid Saturday afternoon, we checked out the Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair 2016. It was sponsored by Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Beer and Knockdown Center. Didn’t have a table myself, and doubt if my work would’ve ever fit in to this event. Since it was only a few subway stops away, figured it was worth checking out.

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Scene from the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair 2016. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. July 2016.

The weekend event (July 16 and 17th 2016) took place over at Signal art gallery. There was no air conditioning whatsoever. This made it very uncomfortable to fully check out the tables, especially since it was crowded.

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Scene from the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair. July 2016. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. The guy eating his lunch later gave me a balloon that said “fuck you.” 

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Display at the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair 2016. July 2016. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

To get relief from the heat, we stepped outside to the backyard. There was a BBQ, a small bar and a class on book binding.

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Backyard at the Bushwick Art Book & ZIne Fair 2016. July 2016. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. 

As the book binding class went on, one couldn’t help but notice the effects of gentrification behind Signal gallery. The hyper gentrification has become a huge problem in not just NYC but across the country. Gentrification also had an effect on struggling artists, who once flocked to places like NYC.

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Scene from the Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair. July 2016. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

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Scene from the Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair 2016. July 2016. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. 

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Scene from the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair 2016. July 2016. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. 

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Scene from the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair 2016. July 2016. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. 

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!?! Is someone trying to replicate the eyeglass art prank? 

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Rain during a hot NYC summer day. Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair 2016. July 2016. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. 

Anyway. After walking around the small venue a few times, it was time to head out. Right next door was another art gallery called Present Company. Their latest exhibit curated by Jacquelyn Strycker was called ‘Timeshare.’ It was part of the MFA Art Practice from School of Visual Arts (SVA).

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This gallery had art that was more interactive. Particularly the Brainwave Frequency Modulator. Next to the flashing installation was headphones, and you can listen to music. Believe it was created by Dee Solin, titled “CYBO.”

One of the best parts of this gallery – it had air conditioning!

Till next time.

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