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Mark Roth: “Joan of Arc Riding My Little Pony”

Painter Mark Roth lives and works in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. This week, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, he’s one of several thousand New Yorkers without power. Well, electricity. He’s still plenty powerful. In his honor, I give you Mark’s video of his 16 month long process creating the vibrant Joan of Arc Riding My Little Pony, backed up by—who else?—Carl Sagan, auto-tuned. Enjoy.

More of Mark’s work (including his excellent new Grass Paintings) on his site Tinsquo.com

Mr. Carl Sagan, ladies and gentlemen! CARL SAGAN!

 

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Shameless Plug for My Friend Sorgatz

Shameless is an overused word. Why do “plugs” always have to be described that way?? How about “unabashed?” Or “sincere?” “Useful?” “Worthwhile.” Let’s go with worthwhile.

Because this here is a worthwhile plug for my friend Mike Sorgatz, painter. He has a solo show opening Friday September 14, 6-9 p.m. at Figureworks, a gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn “dedicated to bringing you contemporary fine art that explores the human form.”

As Figureworks puts it “Michael’s paintings are immediately captivating by their vibrancy and playful abstraction. They keep one’s interest by discovering that they hold a whole world within them which is familiar to those living or walking throughout the New York City landscape.”

Also, they’re powerful and compelling and full of sound and movement. They explode from the center of the canvas, with light and shadow as thick as frosting. Check ’em out, and say hey to Mike for me. Because I’ll be out of town…

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The Big Monkey…

Finished yesterday in about 12.5 months less time than it took to build the original, which still stands proud at 34th and Fifth Avenue. The Pride of the City. The Big Monkey. The ESB.

It will be for sale, too. I’m setting up a website called “Postcards from NY,” where I’ll either auction it off or sell it at a set price. More on that later. For now, ladies and gentleman, I give you…

THE BIG MONKEY!

(crowd cheers, flashbulbs pop, chains break, crowd gasps, etc….)

“The Big Monkey” J. Tebeau © 2011

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Sneak Peek: New Painting, a Postcard from New York

I carry a decent little camera with me pretty much all the time. Okay, pretty much when I’m wearing a jacket or shorts with big pockets. Pretty much then. The point is to take pictures that are better than you can get with a (“my’) crummy little phone.

A couple blocks from the Empire State Building I took a snap of an incongruous view: the ESB surging into the sky from behind a couple smaller, ornate buildings from an earlier era. I’m working on a b/w version of this picture, done with ink and brush. It’s not completed yet, but here’s a peek:

taken at the studio with "Photo Booth"

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Tornado Watch in Effect for Tribeca

"talking_#47" by Mark Roth

154 tornadoes, all hitting Tribeca at the exact same time. What are the odds? Pretty good, actually. See this rare occurrence on June 15 from 7-11 pm.

Tuesday night, come to a one night Pop-Up Event at hip-hop mogul Damon Dash’s new space, The Dash Gallery. You’ll see all of the new Tornado Series – 154 paintings in a process assemblage – and hear a “3-headed genre-defying [vibe] monster bred in NYC’s lower east side,” Cubic Zirconia – LIVE.

They’re celebrating the release of Cubic Zirconia’s new single Black and Blue – for which Mark Roth provided cover design: Tornadoes, of course.

Roth's Tornado Assemblage

Also on view: Joan of Arc Riding My Little Pony

Specifics:

Tuesday, June 15 7-11pm
The Dash Gallery
172 Duane St., Tribeca
Door: $10 – drink, snack, music, art, video

RSVP:

cubiczirconiaband@gmail.com

"Joan of Arc Riding My Little Pony" by Mark Roth

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“Big Boid on Brooklyn Bridge”, day 11 of 30 Birds (GIFTED)

“Big Boid on Brooklyn Bridge”

The Brooklyn Bridge: a poetic marvel of brawny architecture, engineering, and ingenuity. And perched on it: a bird of vague pedigree, that would be roughly the size of a townhouse. Like the title says, he’s big. He’s bad. He’s Brooklyny. Let’s not think about the size thing too much, though. Let’s think about the sandhogs, those men who helped build this bridge. And let’s have a moment of silence for the Sweathogs, too. Brooklyn’s own Sweathogs.

I’m doing an original work [almost] every day this month. 30 of ’em in 31 days. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

An original piece every day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Any birds you’d like to see painted? Let me know. Recent suggestions include an the first robin of spring, a the American Kestrel, a blue-footed boobie, and all the feathered denizens of “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

Yesterday’s bird: “Drink, Flamingo”

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Day Five’s Bird (of 30): “Stork Delivering to Holiday Party in Sleet Storm”

"Stork Delivering to Holiday Party in a Sleet Storm"

Yesterday’s weather here in New York was thrilling, and generally, we have no option but to deal with it. In fact, I’d say New Yorkers are more in touch with the cycles of nature than most of car-centric America. So often (as I did before I lived here), you can choose to jump into your car in the garage, drive to another garage and jump out. The weather may make driving better or worse, but you’re not really IN IT. Here, you’re generally exposed to the elements when you get from A to B, even if you’re only walking to the subway or catching a cab. You still have to go out there and interact with the weather, good and bad. Yesterday, as I said, was a doozy: a sleet storm blew thru and we dealt with it. Things had to be DONE. Errands do not WAIT for a break in the weather. This delivery stork knows what it’s like, especially right before a big cocktail party. The show must go on and all that.

I’m doing an original work [almost] every day this month. 30 of ‘em in 31 days. The theme for December is birds. All kinds of birds.

An original piece every day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new one. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board.

Any birds you’d like to see painted? Let me know! Recent suggestions include an American Kestrel, “the bird”, a siren (half-woman/half-bird mythical beast) and the legendary Phoenix.

Yesterday’s bird: “The Raven”

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