Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Want to Impeach Trump: Here's how.

What number do I call? You can call your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives either through their office in Washington, D.C., or through their nearest office in your district. (We focus on the House, not the Senate, because impeachment occurs in the House.) 

• To find your Representative’s phone number in Washington, D.C., just enter your ZIP code at: https://www.callmycongress.com. 

You can also call the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to connect with your Representative’s office on Capitol Hill. 

• To find the phone number of your Representative’s office(s) in your state and district, enter your ZIP code at: 

and then visit the Representative’s official House web page. Generally, a “Contact” link will list local district offices. In either case, you will almost certainly be speaking to a junior staff member. 

What do I say? 

Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME], I’m a constituent living in [CITY/TOWN] and my zip code is [ZIP]. I’m calling to ask Representative [your Representative] to support a resolution calling for the Judiciary Committee to open an investigation into the impeachment of President Trump. It’s time to start the investigation. From the moment he was sworn in, President Donald Trump has been in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. He’s violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause and the Domestic Emoluments Clause through his business interests. And since he’s been in office, it seems like every day in the news there’s more information that could be reasons for impeachment. 

Would Representative [your Representative] be willing to introduce or co-sponsor a resolution calling for the House Committee on the Judiciary to open an impeachment investigation? There’s a proposed resolution on a web site called impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org that your office could adapt very easily. Remember to record whether you received a “yes” or “no” comment. 

You can update us on your call by tweeting us @ImpeachDTNow or sending us a note at info@impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org


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If you know who your representative is but you are unable to contact them using their contact form, the Clerk of the House maintains addresses and phone numbers of all House members and Committees, or you may call (202) 224-3121 for the U.S. House switchboard operator.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

How do I learn painting?

If you cannot draw something well chances are that you won’t be able to paint it. So learn how to draw it first. If you can’t draw something, someone on Youtube probably has a demo video about it.
Watch demo videos on Youtube about painting and drawing.
Find a “hero” artist who paints the way you want to. Learn everything you can through the internet and libraries.
Go to your library and take out books about artists you want to paint like.
Get demo books at the library.
Practice as much as you can.
Don’t be afraid to make the same drawing or painting multiple times.
Make as many drawings and paintings as you can stand to even if the first 100 are bad.
Study art history.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer Session No. 25

An Annual Summer Group Exhibition, this one is celebrating our 25th anniversary, featuring new paintings and sculptures by artists Anthony AdcockChristoffer Munch AndersenMichael BoroniecChelsea GibsonJames GortnerDylan MartinezJoshua MeyerEdie Nadelhaft,Fahamu PecouJames RieckSalustianoKerry SimmonsCayce Zavaglia
Exhibition Dates: July 12 - August 25, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 6-8pm

Left to right: James Gortner, Salustiano, James Rieck and Michael Boroniec

Left to right: Joshua Meyer, Cayce Zavaglia, Dylan Martinez, Fahamu Pecou

Left to right: Kerry Simmons, Edie Nadelhaft

Chelsea Gibson - front window

For more information & availability, please contact:
Lyons Wier Gallery
Tel: +1 212 242 6220

Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11am-6pm

Meet The Artist Trying To Draw Every Queer Person On The Planet
Alyssa Andrews is on a mission to draw every queer person who exists on this planet. And they're doing a pretty good job, so far. In the first few ...

Chuck Close

The Facebook or really any social media sites profile pic is a deliberate choice by us about how we wish to be perceived.  It’s the first “selfie” and often they are really bad self-portraits often made completely without conscious thought as to how we look.  However, some are quite deliberate in their choices.

There is a whole history of self-portraiture especially since the 1600s, just think Rembrandt’s series of self-portraits.  Of course, some photographers did make self-portraits however, I think the award for first “selfie” in modern art goes to Chuck Close and it is an airbrush painting that is about a half a century old.  It’s probably the one that any one studying art history should know.

It’s a pretty unflattering photobooth style image that is almost a queasy and uncomfortable close up shot that describes the artist so unflatteringly that it holds your attention even as it grosses you out.  I guess you could say that it holds are attention because it’s so repulsive.  It also is cool because it gave the Close interesting details, textures, and shading that also make it interesting to paint and also show off the skill of the artist.

Instagram filters or “air brushes” out all the interesting details as soon as you run your selfie through a filter.  It evens out the tones, enhances the color and gets rid of things like pores in your nose etc.  Snapchat’s doing the same thing.  But in a way those sanitized photos are not interesting to look at from an artsy perspective.  Airbrushing skin tones was one of the ways that Playboy magazine enhanced and filtered the elements in how women were perceived, however, it is also a great tool to paint in a photorealistic style.  It allows for smooth tonal transitions.  It’s easiest to paint with an airbrush on a very large scale and that is probably one of the reasons why Close’s painting is so big.  The fact that it was actually paint allowed him to scratch into the paint surface with a razor blade to scratch out sharp white hairs and possibly some highlights.

Check out this link to see a super big close up:

Everyone I know is blown away by the realism of the painting, however, it’s not that hard to do, think of billboard paintings from the 50’s to 70’s.  Close like these painters used, and still uses a grid to use a technique called “grid and transfer” or “squaring up.”  You might have even done this yourself in high school art class in which you put a grid over a magazine photo and used it to blow up and draw the photo.

Study with me here:  https://www.udemy.com/user/kenneymencher/ 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

“Is college even worth it?”

Oh yes, but, it might be okay to work for a while first.

I think that the main reason why you should go to college if not immediately, then later, is because the pleasures and way you think now are not good be the same when you reach your 30s or 40s.

The main thing that I'm suggesting is, sometimes if you don't have enough of an education you become bored or a boring person later on in life. That's not the only reason there are many, people who graduate from college usually have a higher income than those who don't. College can train you to do things that you never imagined that you could be able to do, and some of these are very concrete skills that translate into money and enjoyment. You will read books that you will think about the rest of your life, watch movies that you will think about the rest of your life, and meet people that you may care about the rest of your life.

Before I went to college, at the age of 25, I couldn't balance my checkbook, I didn't understand basic measurements and how to translate fractions even though I had been doing construction work for several years before I went back. Basic math skills torturous for me and keeping track of my income and paying my bills and taxes was something I didn't know how to do until I took a remedial, I called a bonehead, math class. In that math class, the teacher showed me also how to use spreadsheets and computers in a basic way, and this led to a part-time job that paid at least $5-$10 more an hour than I had been getting paid to just make copies while I worked at Kinko's.

Now something that I didn't do that most people who don't go to college do, is that I worked from the age of 17 to the age of 25 at various jobs before I felt I even wanted to think about going to school. The jobs were often physically taxing and mentally torturous. I worked as a laborer on a construction site carrying bricks, I learned how to do basic construction skills like masonry and sheet rock, and I built my muscles of and was physically exhausted at the end of each day but still managed to party like an animal until until I mismanaged my money and was kicked out of my apartment. Those were some real-life experiences and often the guys on the construction site were really mean. It was a sort of best of both worlds the good and the bad at the same time and I would of given it up for anything but it sure taught me to appreciate jobs in which I basically use my brain later on in life.

My second job, or jobs, were in a series of restaurants in various tasks such as dishwashers, busboys, I graduated to cook and sometimes waited tables, but this job working in the restaurant was just as physically taxing and not very lucrative except for short-term tips that allowed me to go out and buy drinks and to party. After a while I became really tired of that life and couldn't imagine doing it for another 20 years, but, those jobs taught me how to be responsible, Pretty much how to manage my money, and also showed me a basically on educated sector of humanity who very often were not very interesting.

When I finally decided to start taking classes at college, it kind of felt a little bit like being entertained rather than being tortured with classes and ideas I didn't want to deal with. That's how you may feel about high school now, but college is much more interesting than high school and you don't have the same kinds of burnt out disciplinary problems that make the teachers crazy and make it hard to get interested in the courses.

While I was in college, the school itself gave me access to a series of jobs that were in the library, in some of the offices, and this developed my people skills as well as the skills that I would need to become a good student. It allowed me to practice some of the skills that I learned in terms of word processing on computers, using programs that have spreadsheets in them, I learned Adobe Photoshop and some other databases and I got paid by the school to go to school. These jobs were really good jobs.

Going to college, was so enjoyable that I decided I wanted to go on to become a professor myself but I wanted to study the kinds of things that I was interested in and I wanted to teach the kinds of things that I was interested in. So I studied art history and did so well that I double majored in the honors program which led me to go on to graduate school later. Graduate school led me to make the kind of money that I never imagined that I could of as a college professor. When I retired at the age of 53 I was already making $110,000 a year and because I had learned how to manage my money and budget my money in bonehead math I was able to retire at the age of 53 and now I'm a full-time artist.

So if you're asking me is college worth it I think it is in terms of finances, making me interested and interesting, and giving me a better quality of life for the last 25 years than anyone else in my family.

Suggestivism: Resonance
a group exhibition curated by Nathan Spoor
July 7 - 28, 2018

Spoke NYC is pleased to present the online release of Suggestivism: Resonance, a group exhibition curated by Nathan Spoor featuring over 50 internationally renowned contemporary artists. The exhibition made it's initial debut at Spoke Art San Francisco in 2016, and we are thrilled to be bringing the show to NYC. Featuring both emerging and established artists, the exhibition encapsulates the Suggestivst art movement, juxtaposing elements of narrative storytelling, figurative work and imagined universes. 

The entire exhibition can be seen via the link below. We hope you enjoy the show! 
Under the Marquee
a solo show by David Welker
July 7 - 28, 2018

SPOKE SF is pleased to release new limited edition prints from Under the Marquee, a solo exhibition by New York-based artist and illustrator David Welker. For his second solo show with the gallery, Welker has employed his signature style to continue the ongoing narrative held within the peculiar world of his work. 

The entire exhibition can be seen via the link below and opening night photos can be seen here.
Enjoy the show!