Two installations in 24 hours

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Oscar Wilde says: I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.

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For the last several weeks, preparing for two art shows has meant mainly focusing on creating enough new works to fully stock two solo exhibits.

This week it shifted gears as I installed both shows within 24 hours — here you see me installing some of my Simple Pleasures paintings at Art Bar on Wednesday, and Thursday I delivered my paintings at Lolita Bar.

No art show is complete without food and liquor, so I took care of some of that, too. Thanks to Robin’s guidance at Art Bar, we will have veggie samosas, fried calamari and buffalo wings, along with champagne on the house. (And for those of you deciding whether to do the show first then dinner, or dinner first then the show, Art Bar has a great happy hour that runs ’til 7 p.m. Two for one drafts and well drinks.) At Lolita, we’re planning Lower East Side soul food, including a tray from Katz’s and the world’s best knishes from Yonah Schimmel.

There’s also been some marketing work, sending press releases to try to drum up attention, making posters for the windows at both bars, and getting some of these trendy new mini business cards that everyone seems to have from moo.com.

Seeing both shows come together at once, the common theme in both started to come through. Andy Warhol said, “Pop Art is about liking things,” and both these shows are full of the kind of upbeat art I like to create, celebrating what I like — whether that’s old Mad magazine or Jack Kerouac. (One is at the Art Bar, the other’s at Lolita. If you check out the photos on the post, you can get a clue which is which.)

Don’t forget: Art Bar opening is this Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. It’s free so it’s the perfect excuse to round up your friends for a trip to the West Village. http://nymag.com/listings/bar/art_bar/

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One response to “Two installations in 24 hours

  1. Colleen

    John installed his Art Bar show Wednesday, and on Friday night, one of the patrons walked out the front door with one of the paintings. Thankfully a Good Samaritan patron alerted security and the bar’s staff recovered the painting.
    That meant spending part of Saturday rehanging some of his paintings more securely to discourage thievery.
    Who knew being an artist included having to think about shoplifting?
    Guess the good news here is that within 48 hours of the show going up, someone wanted a piece bad enough to take it. And that the staff and clients are on the ball enough not to let that happen.
    Now if someone wants to get their checkbook out, that’s a different story …

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