Painting at the Kingston Avenue Festival, May 18,...
I did a large (about 3’ by 6’) urban sketch acrylic painting on location during the the Kingston Avenue Festival in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on May 18, 2013. I was situated near the corner of Bergen St and Kingston Ave, looking north on Kingston. (Here’s a Google StreetView of what I was looking at, roughly.) I don’t have a great shot of the the finished piece, so enjoy...
Jazz & Technology Forum at Ace Hotel NYC on April...
I’m honored to be participating in the Jazz & Technology forum this weekend. The evening performances and presentations are open to the public and I hope you can come check it out! (I have no idea what I’ll be working on yet. But I’m sure it will be really cool.)
What I liked at the 2013 Armory Show
I usually ignore the Armory show. It’s expensive and pretentious and a big part of the art-might-as-well-be-the-stock-market side of things. They publish stuff like this with a straight face in their little daily newspaper: But inspired by a few press reviews and Ranjit Bhatnagar’s Instagram coverage, I decided to go this year. There is a lot of good art! Much more than you’re...
Jer Thorp at Hacks/Hackers NYC
I just got home from a presentation by artist and data-visualization-famous-person Jer Thorp. It was called “Algorithms, Art and Authorship” and was hosted by the NYC chapter of Hacks/Hackers. I liked it. I made this sketch of Jer doing his talk:
SketchCrawling 42nd Street
I met up with the NYC Urban Sketchers crew for Worldwide SketchCrawl 38 on Saturday. On my way, I sketched these folks: I caught up with the group at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. This is one of the least appealing public spaces in town, though it was mercifully rather empty on this weekend afternoon. I did get scolded by a policeman for sitting on the floor, but thankfully he did not...
If the fates will me to use pencil, I guess I'll...
It took a year or so, and a lot frustration, but I’ve come to accept that I don’t know how to sketch with a pen anymore, at least not to my satisfaction. Pretty much anything decent I’ve done in recent memory has been with a pencil (and/or paint). I have no idea why this is so, but that’s just the way it is for now, and I’ll stop trying to make pens work for me. For...
"The Where, the Why, and the How" at Powerhouse...
I’ve been meaning to go to events at powerHouse Arena for years now, and always forget to check the schedule. Tonight, I finally made it! The event was a release party for a book, The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science. I was pretty excited about the concept, because I really like art and science as ways for us humans to understand our world...
The Glass Bees “Unique Places of Death” at Bogart...
Chris Williams and I (the Glass Bees) have an installation up at Bogart Salon through Tuesday, September 18, as part of the Hart Island Project Node of City Drift Bushwick. It features five wall pieces (consisting of paintings on vellum and debris assemblages) for each of five “unique places of death” we visited between Friday night and Saturday morning, a 37-minute stereo sound collage (playing...
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Make Music 2012
Make Music New York is an annual festival of live music, lots of it, all for free and in public places. I made it to a few events this evening. (Everything I went to this year was New Music/Classical, but there was lots of music of all genres all over the city.) I was excited about Alvin Curran’s Maritime Rites, a composition featuring 80 brass-band musicians in rowboats. Unfortunately, the...
Drawing Like a Machine
How would you guess these portraits came to be? They’re all self portraits, many by people who don’t draw much at all. Last night at Slap Dash at LaunchPad, I had the pleasure of participating in Blind Self Portrait, a brilliant piece by Kyle McDonald and Matt Mets. Kyle was there minding the machinery. He was super friendly and welcoming, and it was lots of fun to watch various...
And the Earth Shall Bear Again
I went to see Taka Kigawa playing John Cage solo piano music at Greenwich House earlier this evening. Good stuff. Here’s a picture I took of him playing the Suite for Toy Piano. He also played And the Earth Shall Bear Again on prepared grand piano, which sounded great close up, and a bunch of other stuff on a regular old Steinway, though some keys were wedged down for the Etudes Australes...
Anonymous asked: Jason, can you recommend a nice sketch book; I like sketch paper that has a little texture, that's not just totally slick paper. I'd like the book to be able to open flat (but I'm left handed and don't like large ring binders. ) I just bought two sketchbooks from Barnes/Noble today; great fiber paper, but my gouache leaks through on both of them. I'm quite aggravated!...