Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Two pantomime children

A few months ago, I saw To What Earth Does This Sweet Cold Belong? at the Power Plant in Toronto. I picked up a copy of Christian Bök's poem "Midwinter Glaciaria" which was available with the show. It's a long and dense poem filled with dreamlike imagery and spiderweb tangents. I cut the poem into stanzas and have been letting them float around on my desk. Even though I've read it all many times, each reading brings new details and another trip down the rabbit hole.

Deciduous trees, black without foliation, etch neural pathways on a dream of glass photographs. Nitrates of silver electroplate mirrors. Peroxide evaporates from smashed ampoules of ice. Timberwolves circle the clearing. Two pantomime children perform there the drama of winter. The girl in lace pouring pitchers of ice water over the kneeling form of her nude sister, whose shivers subside into an icy chrysalis. The audience unseen as it watches liquid nitrogen spill over the edge of the stage.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Can’t stop applying the color blue to my work. “Long associated with the serenity of a clear, cloudless blue sky reflected over a calm sea, the light, mid and deep blues bring a feeling of respite and introspection – a quiet, cool permanence. The human mind embraces the concept of blue as tranquil and constant and translates it into a symbolic image of dependability and loyalty.”

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Don Edler: Performance Artist, Sunday, June 26, Chelsea


For Immediate Release - June 22, 2011

Artists Meeting Presents:

Being and Event - A Free Night of Performance - Live at Postmasters Gallery
459 West 19th Street, New York NY
Sunday June 26th - starting at 8pm.

Artists Meeting and Postmasters Gallery invite you to attend the collectives latest multimedia showcase investigating the borders of performance art. Being and Event refers to the book of the same title by philosopher Alain Badiou. With special guest MC Al Lupiani, Artists Meeting loosely addresses his theories in two types of performances. The overarching questions are, what constitutes being and what constitutes an event in the 21st Century.

On the being side are performances by Maria Joao Salema, Don Edler, Paulina V. Ahlstrom and Abigail Weg. On the event side are performances by Sofy Yuditskaya, Olga Lysenko & Fernando Sanabria, Lee Wells, Douglas Kelley, GH Hovagimyan, Raphaele Shirley, the Nsumi Collective with Dungeon Master and surprise special guests.

This will be Artists Meeting's fourth multi-media performance event at Postmasters and follow up to the 1st YouTube Slam, Triptych Party, Weirder The Better, and A-List Cannibal Cage Match.

Being and Event – Program

Being - 8-9pm

Don Edler - Drinking about the Universe
Inviting the audience for free beer at his portable minibar and encouraged to talk about their views of the universe.

Maria Joao Salema - The Moving Still Life
A projected video of an endlessly collapsing still life

Paulina V. Ahlstrom - This Moment
Upon entering the audience will be givin slips of paper with the words “this moment” written on them and record participants thoughts throughout the evening.

Abigail Weg - Interactive Face Painting
will be conducting an interactive installation using projected imagery to paint portraits of the audience.

Event – 9 -11pm

Sofy Yudiskayana - Differences in Duration of the Eternal Return
Objects are captured and reprojected onto their original site of occurrence quantized sound and objects in interactive performance.

Olga Lysenko & Fernando Sanabria - The Wino
Compositions performed on a full-scale wine-bottle-glass piano in an attempt to create a moment of magic.

Lee Wells - Artistic Survival Techniques for the End of the World and Beyond
A multi-media event within an event, briefly touching on a wide range of new topics with special guests including:

• Douglas Kelley - Revenge of Art History
A discussion on Artists Survival Technigues that reference to Francis Fukuyama’s, The End of History and the Last Man.

• Victor Sheely - Myth Thunder Standings

On hind legs, King Coyote Butterfly floats a stinging bee blessing ceremony of the evening's proceedings.

• David Henry Brown Jr -
The Thinker
Will present a performance about survival in a future where the state and private thought are ever merging.

GH Hovagimyan - Boxing Rants

An interactive shadow-boxing rant performance using a hacked Kinect Camera.

Raphaele Shirley - Red line, cigarette, running man, spinning circle
A minimal performance act and multimedia visual landscape that morphs into a full scale kinetic sculpture in the spirit of Nam June Paik’s fluxus performances. 

NSUMI Collective with Dungeon Master - The First International Speed Metal Drumming and Arts Education Symposium

Ashort discussion with five one-minute speed metal drum performances, concluding with a five-minute discussion about feelings experienced by drummers as they perform.

For more detailed information please see

For more information contact: or Postmasters Gallery
459 West 19th Street, New York NY 10011, 1-212-727-3323

Postmasters Gallery opened in East Village in December 1984, moved to Soho in 1989 and in September 1998 the gallery relocated again to a large ground floor space in Chelsea. During its 25 years Postmasters has shown young and established artists of all media, actively seeking new forms of creative expression and show them in a context of painting, sculpture and photography. The artworks are generally content oriented, conceptually based, and - most importantly - reflective of our time.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A former studio resident is showing a new installation in a group show "Festival" at Kips Gallery.

If you have a time check out the opening reception this coming Thursday.
Opening Reception is June 23, 2011 6pm-8pm

Show is up until June 30th.
Kips gallery
511 W. 25th Street. 2nd fl. (Btw 10th Ave and 11th Ave)
New York, NY

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Sticky Parts

If you are in Seattle area or have any friends out there, I have a show opening this Thursday June 23.
Dahlia Elsayed: The Sticky Parts
June 23-July 21, 2011
Gallery at S. Seattle Community College
6000 16th Ave SW
Seattle WA 98106

Friday, June 3, 2011

What I saw Today in Newark

June 3: A hairpiece in a pothole.