Well I didn't have any plans to be involved in a group show in the Lower East Side this Thursday. It was at Joseph Meloy and Fumero's 90 Stanton Street opening a few days prior where I had a chance run-in with The Art of Fashion's John McMullen that things started springing into motion.
Back in 2009 I had a couple of back-to-back group pop-up art shows at Webster Hall through McMullen & The Art of Fashion . I can say this, they are always interesting events, with paintings, fashion, burlesque, freak shows, sword swallowers. Not the best way to show or sell artwork, but fun nonetheless. (My Straphanger Memoirs Vlogging of Webster Hall Shows below).
So in a clandestine after party at Motor City Bar, in the dark, with fellow artists and the models who had wandered into the tail end of Meloy's opening, McMullen invited Joseph Meloy, Fumeroism, and myself to show some paintings at a new art venue he and Chris Prandy would be debuting titled "The Legendary Art Party" in a bar called iMok (If Mother Only Knew).
Cojo "Art Juggernaut" and Vandal Expressionism's Joseph Meloy.
Having learned from past experience with The Art of Fashion Pop-Ups, you aren't going to get any more out of these events than you put into them. The artists are the ones inviting the crowd, and the odds of cultivating new collectors are next to nil. If you are looking for an opportunity to get your work on a wall in a prestigious or historic Manhattan venue for a few hours, and want to invite your friends and collectors to come, then by all means, this is a good way to go.
Knowing this, I did have a painting I thought would be perfect for this show. The painting was titled "i,Baby" and I had created it few months earlier over the course of a week, while a documentary crew filmed me. The short film is currently in the process of being edited and it would only make sense to have the finished painting hanging on a wall in a group show as part of the b-roll footage, so I figured, what the fuck.
Since the actual film crew were back in Nashville, I enlisted my still photography documentarian Nickeledge.
Nickeledge has shot me at dozens of events for ArtSucks over the years, whenever I am a key player and either need better photographs than I am capable of taking, or don't have the capacity for holding a camera.
Nickeledge was running late, which was no matter, as I was still putting a few finishing touches on the painting. When the paint was dry enough to throw a sheet over it and get it down and into the car, we split out and headed for the Williamsburg bridge. That's when he informed me (once we were confined in the same air space of a pontiac) that he was getting over a really violent head cold, but not to worry because he was "mostly" over it.
We got to IMOK five minutes before the doors were set to open and amazingly found street parking. We rushed the painting in, hung it on the bricks, grabbed some drinks, and was finally able to relax a bit while Nickeledge got to work taking pictures and filming.
Cojo "Art Juggernaut" talking with artist Sabina Batelman.
Cojo & Fumeroism artist Fumero ( Read Fumero's Experience of the event).
Some paintings by Fumeroism, and Joseph Meloy's Vandal Expressionism.
Cojo & artist Stevenski Brewster
Some of Stevenski's small works.
The pencil drawing for "i,Baby".
Arist Wonder Lee looking at "i,Baby"
My girlfriend Molly swung by after work.
Joseph Meloy abstracts.
John McMullen photographing the work along with my business card.
Somebody is about to make it rain ArtSucks buttons!
I would call the experience what it was, three-seconds of filler video for the documentary, a chance to hang out with some good people, drink some free booze, talk about art, and get some great photos of "i,Baby" in action. Thanks again to Nickeledge for the great photos and footage, and screw you for getting me fucking sick!
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