AFH STUDIO BK 4.0 is progressing beautifully. We hosted our first performance (see video above, featuring Jez Bold's "新天快樂! Happy New Day!" sung live in front of "Network," one of my new paintings). The affair was pretty much spontaneous, a happening that evoked Good Faith Space, Occupational Art School and the Novads, probably because Jez figured in each of those endeavors. The studio's inaugural launch was a lovely, quiet affair facilitated by Misha and Iva and myself marking the inception of Valuable Things Project. More on this exciting new AFH program soon. The three-hour event (followed by a hangout at Artichoke Pizza in Bushwick) was energized by recent graduates of Bates College and friends of my young associates, as well as excellent chocolate. Art production continues apace. The latest paintings are simultaneously technical and deliciously attractive 4D+ representations of post-Internet phenomena. AFH Studio BK 4.0 protocols are taking shape. Visitors in general have been selectively welcomed into the space. For the most part, these include a few artists/gallerists, friends and family. Several of my studio building neighbors have dropped in, naturally. Shane was the first visiting artist, in a reprise of his role in the Society for the Prevention of Creative Obsolescence (see Sept/Oct post below). Some initial projections about studio activities have been scrapped or postponed, due to the consuming nature of the current practical method, and what I would characterize as my novel sensitivities to disruption and external inputs. I won't elaborate yet, except to say my concentration level and focus while painting is extreme, if not extraordinary for me. I've always been given to abandon to the creative process, and I belong to a school of painting that requires endurance. But there are wrinkles emerging (haha). The early phases of the current painting sequence suggest a technical clarity resonant with the doctoral thesis writing.
My friend Joseph Nechavatal opened a mini-retrospective at Galerie Richard, featuring reanimated digital paintings (rescued from floppy discs, no less). Congratulations, Joseph!
Jacobi shared a video: