Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
— Samuel Johnson
I have lived among enough painters and around studios to have had all the theories—and how contradictory they are—rammed down my throat. A man has to have a gizzard like an ostrich to digest all the brass-tacks and wire nails of modern art theories.
— D. H. Lawrence
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
— Robert Louis Stevenson
One shouldn't go to the woods looking for something, but rather to see what is there.
— John Cage
I Really Love My Work
BEYOND/IN WESTERN NEW YORK: ALTERNATING CURRENTS
DEADLINE EXTENDED: MARCH 31/09
Beyond/IN Western New York 2010
Nathaniel Freeman: Killing Rowlando
@ Hallwalls thru April 14
gallery hours Tues to Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat 1—4pm
@ Hallwalls Fri, Apr 3, 8pm
Gwen Haworth's SHE'S A BOY I KNEW
"Using archival family footage, interviews, and animation, She's A Boy I Knew follows filmmaker Steven Haworth's decision to come out to his wife and family about his life-long female gender identity. At turns painful, funny, and awkward, the doc explores the frustration, fears, and hopes experienced by Gwen and her family as they struggle to embrace her newly revealed identity."
@ Hallwalls Sat, Apr 4, 8pm
Jihye Chang solo piano
Asbury Hall @ Babeville
Sat. April 18, 8pm
"Soon after he first emerged in the mid-'50s, pianist Cecil Taylor was the most advanced improviser in jazz; five decades later he is still the most radical. Although in his early days he used some standards as vehicles for improvisation, since the early '60s Taylor has stuck exclusively to originals. To simplify describing his style, one could say that Taylor's intense atonal percussive approach involves playing the piano as if it were a set of drums. He generally emphasizes dense clusters of sound played with remarkable technique and endurance, often during marathon performances. Suffice it to say that Cecil Taylor's music is not for everyone."
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
ALFONSO VOLO: Thrifting For Beauty
op @ Hallwalls Sat. May 2, 8pm
• Autistic Services Exhibition op @ WNED Horizons Gallery, op Tues, Apr 3, 6—7pm (thru Apr 29)
• Bill Gian @ Chow Chocolat op Fri, Mar 27, 6-9pm (thru Apr 23)
Three New Paintings by Bradley Butler
op @ Tap & Mallet, Rochester, Wed, Apr 1, 7-9pm
Bradley Butler website
Jackie Felix, Cathy Pardike, Coni Minneci
@ the Carnegie op Sat Mar 28, 7-9pm (thru May 2)
Geoffrey Krawczyk @ Church of the Ascension
Sat, Mar 28, 6-9pm
Michael Beitz, Letha Wilson
@ Buffalo Art Studio op Sat, April 4, 7-10pm (thru May 22)
NYFA Mark @ Artspace
op Sat, April 4,67-10pm
• Amy Greenan @ the Castellani thru May 17 and Kara Walker thru May 31 and Jed Jackson thru Sept 20
• David Anthony, Jose Bello, David Tarsa, Sarah Schneider, Reana Artley, Patricia Schwimmer @ Merge (439 Delaware) thru Apr 4
• Kara Daving @ EcoCenter San Francisco thru June 20
• Naomi Marine @ UB Art Gallery thru Apr 11
• Dan Crews, Peter Demos, Gabriele Evertz, Pierre Obando, Shawn Powell @ Nina Freudenheim thru Apr 21
• Enrique Chagoya @ Anderson Gallery thru Apr 26
• Small Works by Regional Artists @ Market Street (Lockport) thru Apr 11
• WNY Artists Group @ Art Dialogue thru Apr 24
• The Camera I @ Artsphere thru Apr 17
• David Munson and Enrique Chagoya and First Year Undergrad Architects @ UB Anderson thru Apr 26
• Kathi Roussel, Karen Sardisco @ NCCC thru Mar 31
• Candace Keegan @ Queen City Gallery thru Apr 3
• Betty's 4th Annual Staff Exhibition thru May 10
• Glenn Murray, Robert Schultz, Michael Mulley, Jerry Greenberg, Amanda Giczkowski, Nick DeMarchi, Fran Amaya, Tim Raymond, Candace Keegan, Neil Maher, Joe Moran, Jax Deluca, Ran Weber, John Farallo, Robert Schulman, Joew Kewin, Sean Madden @ College Street Gallery thru Apr 1
• Women's Spring National juried by Coni Minneci @ Impact thru Apr 3
• Bruce Jackson at the Albright Knox thru May 10
• Saya Woolfalk, Ani Hoover @ UB Art Gallery thru June 20
• Andrew Engl @ UB Anderson thru April 12
• James Paulsen @ Burchfield Nature & Art Center thru Apr 11
• Lukia Costello @ Buffalo Museum of Science thru Apr 16
• Malcolm Bonney, Bruce Blair, Robin Mois, Rennee Oubre, Steve Rovner, Larry Griffis, Karen Sirgey in The Cartesian Divide @ Artspace thru March 29
• Healing of the Heart Through the Spoken Work @ Impact Artists Gallery thru Feb 28
• Rita Argen Auerbach at The Mansion on Delaware (until daylight savings time ends)
• Diane Baker at The Mansion on Delaware (indefinitely)
"A well-known museum curator sidled up and swooned, 'Lisa’s paintings are as rich as Vermeer’s and Boucher’s. They’re as sumptuous as the background of the Mona Lisa.' I blinked silently until she mentioned Courbet. Then I bitchily snipped, 'If you think these paintings have that kind of mojo, you’ve either never looked at those paintings or you know nothing about painting—which I’ve written about you.' We smiled at each other and parted. I love the art world.
"The question remains: does a room full of photos interspersed from all eras which monotonously beat the drums of depression (the mental kind) serve any purpose? I think not, except to remind us of the esthetic laziness which has regrettably marked the MoMA photography department as it has grappled with the hostile environment of a reconfigured building."
Something I listened to this week...
I love that the album is called East Coasting and the bass always makes me think of a surf board. Standard hipster bebop fare—by which I mean very good. I've often fallen asleep to this dreamy album.