The Dark Arts Edition: Anglo-Filing! Murdoch's News of the World Spins Out of Control Brings Down British PM and Hundreds More

July 7th, 2011 • Paul H-O
Magnolia Treet - The Opinions Expressed Are Not Yours or His - a new column

First off, I would like to say welcome and thank you for reading my new column. GalleryBeat Media, as Mr. H-O likes to call it, has been quiet and rather dusty as he chases after documentary film subjects while letting this perfectly nice piece of real estate right here lay fallow. I told Mr. H-O that I would be happy to take care of his little estate in return for room, board and cultural opinion/enlightenment in his squalid little guest house.

I have been intrigued by the arrest of Dominique Straus-Kahn here in New York and what a mess it's become because it was about sex. We don't know what kind of sex took place but if the news reports are nominally factual it would seem that Mons. Straus-Kahn left his manly signature splashed about his posh hotel room. Even discounting the maid's contention of rape to say, half rape, it's still a mess and if you don't know who DSK is then you may have to search International Monetary Fund ex-chairman and likely-dashed-hope-future president of France. Now the accuser has brought suit against Rupert Murdoch's NY Post for calling her a prostitute on the front page.

What has this to do with Paris or London or art?

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1986: The One Time I Produced an Artist's Book

June 9th, 2011 • Paul H-O
 The Man Nobody Killed by David Hammons

David Hammons, The Man Nobody Killed screened spray paint on corrugated cardboard, 8.5"X11", 1986

By Paul H-O

How was I to know David Hammons would become huge? I did not. I never thought about it. I'd met Mr. Hammons at the Horseshoe Bar (or Vazacs) at 7th St. and Ave. B in 1984 or '85 through artist Cynthia Kuebel when she was living on Clinton St. near Delancey. I'd only moved to New York in September of '84 because I'd curated a traveling group multi-media exhibition I named SF/SF (San Francisco Science Fiction) and it was the the season opener at PS 1's Clocktower after being at the S.F. Arts Commission Gallery.   It was a post-art-punk installation of metal mechanical sculpture, some paintings, and some photographs my partner and 2nd co-curator Jo Babcock and I had driven in a rented U-Haul 24 foot truck. Once I got to NY after that trip from San Francisco, I had just enough personal belongings in that truck to live in New York.

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Piece of Mind Cake

May 17th, 2011 • Paul H-O
Serendipity, cohesion, and conceptual width. Until May 28 at Elga Wimmer PCC 526 West 26th Street #310 New York, NY 10001   ARTISTS:  Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Melanie Bonajo, T.R. Ericsson, Faith Holland, Yeji Jun, Lisa Levy, Sono Osato, Carrie Mae Rose, Jason Swift, Jil Weinstock What happens when a fresh faced group of twelve F.I.T. graduate student curators spend a year combing the New York art base  more »

Concrete TV Sample 13

May 11th, 2011 • Paul H-O
Concrete TV is a NYC-based public access show by Ron Rocheleau that combines sex, violence and art. STARK RAVING MANIAC WORK OF BRILLIANCE.  For more information Ron Rocheleau has also been firmly at work with GalleryBeat on and off since the 1990's when we were both Public Access producers. Ron's lurid hypervision of a digital schizophrenia began before this could be done on a computer, so he hasn't bothered to get one at all. I think that is the sign of the artist, at least the compulsory type that works more like a writer, and doesn't draw on everything that doesn't move. He talks a lot. He makes me nuts. He also makes moving pictures into deep streams of neurological wonder. The new box set will put you away for good. H-O

Warhol and Rauschenberg Foundations Call for the Release of Ai Weiwe

May 4th, 2011 • Paul H-O
Most of the major museums of the US have signed petitions calling for the release of artist/dissident Ai WeiWei, believed to be incarcerated by the Chinese Government. Who knows? The Chinese have proven to be snowblind to any human rights other than to produce and purchase consumer materials - otherwise all bets are off. The Warhol Foundation is a bit late to the Free Ai Wei Wei groove in releasing their printed actions, but there it is. It's a bit of a no-brainer to take a stand on Wei Wei but it does serve of a reminder that yesterday's hot topics don't go away just because the mainstream media moves to the next thing - and I have to admit dispatching Bin Laden is a BIG DEAL. The following announcement is the unabridged press release from a friendly source at the Warhol Foundation. (H-O)
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation join the global arts community in calling for the release of artist Ai Weiwei. The detention  more »

DECODED - Jim Evans V4 (9:54)

April 30th, 2011 • Paul H-O
This is the extreme FX charged version of DECODED edited by Garett Holden. We worked on the early versions until it was clear that we needed to collate the story arc that kept expanding as we went, so then I laid down a 30 minute  story edit and from there created a series of video platforms that told the Jim Evans story, called DECODED, in a variety of  more »

The Moving Story of The Mercer Street Medical Case (3:40 trailer)

April 27th, 2011 • Paul H-O
My version of Dr. House is real. New Documentary by Paul H-O in production - It's about Dr. Daryl Isaacs, the uniquely brilliant and prolific internist, gives me his story of the struggle with the American medical establishment fix - all specialists and no GP's. He demonstrates in check form, the insanity of 'health insurance' companies, a massive patient load and the surprising facts behind his inclusion in the film SUPERSIZE ME by new gen director Morgan Spurlock.. Oh, and he loses the lease on his medical practice and must move in May. It's April now and I'm shooting. "New York the Land of Dissinchantment" Reporting By Paul H-O Rough imaginary trailer for documentary now in production. Test mashup, I don't want trouble I was just borrowing it. 2011 4/24/11 A Filmlike Films and GalleryBeat Media Production Music by Don Chambers of Athens, Georgia