THE NEW CENTURY CALLED FIEND, IT WANTS YOU TO GIVE UP THE HAMMER TIME PANTS!  August 7, 2014 - Listen, you can’t touch this! As with most art, keep your grimy hands to yourself. But it is refreshing to see that galleries keep giving us the NEW. Collaborative work and biogenetic themed art? Well, I may give up those Genie MC Hammer pants but I got my Lanvin Silver pleather Jodphurs on reserve. It is a new century beeatch! Deal with it. Abiogenesis & Summer Highlights II / On View: August 5 - 16, 2014 / Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday (11 am to 6 pm) / New Century Artists Gallery. 530 West 25th Street, Suite 406. NYC, NY 10001 / photography by: Jamie Martinez

FIEND GOES COO COO FOR ART: August 7,2014 - Okay, you don’t need to commit me to the psych ward just yet. I did not flap my wings, molt feathers and started cooing all over Chelsea to freak out the art set but it is tempting. The COO here is two shows that really kept it cool to drink in and quench my thirst for some art. But just in case, I am practicing in earnest my pigeon mating call darlings! Soonyi Oh (August 7 - 13, 2014) & Hector Rene (August 4 - 16, 2014) / Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday (11 am to 6 pm) / COOHAUS Art. 547 West 27th Street, Suite 307. NYC, NY / photography by: Jamie Martinez

FIEND’S PHOTO ALBUM OF THE WEEK:

CHELSEA ART WALK 2014

Last July 24. 2014, High Temperatures, High Gloss, and High Art melded into a combustible moment for the annual Chelsea Art Walk held to regale the lazy hazy days of summer. Galleries kept their doors open late for the art crowd to cool their heels and ramble all over the West Side but after how many free drinks, you think anyone can walk straight? Fiend joined the throngs and legions of art fans that weaved through the gallery laden streets of Chelsea to pop into as many galleries that night. It has been a cruel, cruel summer - waiting out here but never on my own. Art bitches UNITE to keep the streets alive and cracklin’!

Photography by: Max Noy Photo

A Perfect Strike in the Bowery, Fiend: July 16, 2014 - The Bowery is the border where East and West divides but it is all brought together by this summer gallery show of 4 artists. Each puts a new spin on contemporary art or you need some torque spin on your bowling ball down the lane for a perfect strike! Is an art show better than bowling night with Fred and Selma? Well, cigarette smells be damned and the hell of wearing rented shoes, no contest - enough said. Bowry Lane 3 / On View: July 1 - August 9, 2014 / Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday (12 to 6 pm) / Judith Charles Gallery. 196 Bowery. NYC, NY 10012 / photography by: Max Noy

Death Came Knocking…..

Death has always been a subject explored by artists for centuries. In the world of juxtapositions, Life and Death are the two opposing forces that are dynamic and fascinating when done correctly. But I am not here to talk about the whole treatise on DEATH and what it equates or factors in the sphere of art.

Nope, I am writing this entry as a way of pouring out my heart. Last July 3rd - a day before America celebrated its Independence Day - at 5:21 am that the person who embodied life and love for me was taken away. My dear mother died peacefully in her sleep at the hospital where the day before she was bright and full of life. This shocked most of my family members but it left me numb. I was in a taxicab rushing to the hospital after the doctor’s called that she was fading when she died. It is like a film was taken away before my eyes and the world never looked the same again.

What does it mean now that my heart was ripped apart and a gaping hole was left behind? It can only mean one thing. There is room now for new things to fill it and don’t get me wrong. There will be that space always left for the woman who loved me unconditionally and encouraged me to see the beauty in this world. Her great love was able to leave me with peace in spite of  the pain and sorrow. I can hear her voice now, “Let LOVE in and everything that you do must inhabit it.” It was her that encouraged me to color outside the lines, praised my artistic doodlings as a kid, told me that I had talent and a gift to share to the world.  So there is that room left after my heart exploded from the impact of the loss.

Life and my view of this world will never be the same. It is not ruined rather enhanced now to appreciate every tiny moment that happens in a blink of an eye or even a mere second. I’ll listen to the spring rain drum its song as it hits the windowpane, watch the  winter’s beautiful sunset as if God took a brush then painted it, feel the cool summer breeze on my face and watch the leaves fall then float slowly to the ground when autumn comes in. All season long there is a capacity to LOVE. And that is what I’m left with. Death may have come knocking and took away the one person who loved me best but I am left with far greater love than when I entered this world.

To my mom, Norma A. Laluyan, you have LOVED and left me with so much of it. There is hope, smiles and more art to look at in my lifetime.

Norma A. Laluyan - Rest in Peace (1938 - 2014)

Ink It Real Good, Fiend! June 30, 2014 - Talented graffiti artists were gifted blank white walls to do their thing. Spanning weeks and the invited graffiti masters will color the walls and bring it to life. This is the better ink than the one where your skin gets marked with needles. Street has come to the white pristine enclave of the gallery. Let’s keep it real art bitches! Group Ink / On View: June 25 - July 30, 2014 / Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri (11 am to 7 pm), Sat (12 to 7 pm), Sun (12 to 6 pm) / gallery nine5. 124 Spring Street. NYC, NY 10012 / photography by: Olya Turcihin

"Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered." - Al Capp

Fiend Says Rock it Detroit! June 26, 2014 - Over 150 years of history on all the works gathered for this show as it celebrates the creative spirit that still drives in Motor City. Faded glory may be the iconic sentiment but really, the spirit to create is the rebirth of the city. Go on and keep truckin’ DETROIT! Time to burn rubber and show them all the ART speeding up to smack us in our faces. Yeah, you’d better look!  Another Look at Detroit / On View: June 26, August 8, 2014 / Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday (10 am to 6 pm) / Marlborough Chelsea. 546 West 25th Street. NYC, NY 10001 / photography by: Max Noy

Second Sight Never Fails, Fiend! June 19, 2014 - Abstract Art is always worth a second look because you just can’t get it at first glance. Those who say that they do are lying bitches! But the beauty of abstract work is that you can make up any story or whatever tickles your fancy. Second Sight / On View: June 19 - July 19, 2014 / Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday (12 to 6 pm) / Brian Morris Gallery. 163 Chrystie Street. NYC, NY 10002 / Photography by: Olya Turcihin

Fiend You Need to Buddy Up In The Gallery:  June 19, 2014 - Two artists bouncing off one another and the result is one dynamic juxtaposition of their styles. Minimalist grand works buttressed up to miniscule vibrant hard edged wonders. Next stop is in Zurich, Switzerland - land of Ricola drops, Heidi yodelling and secret bank accounts of the rich bastards who can buy their art. Otis Jones + Bret Slater / On View: June 19 - July 26, 2014 / Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat (11 am to 6 pm) & Sunday (12 to 6 pm) & by appt. / Louis B. James. 143B Orchard Street. NYC, NY 10002 / Photography by: Olya Turcihin