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Dispatch from the north pole (8th and Girard, that is)


I caught up with Kait Midgett at Project Room yesterday and it sounds like the artist/fabricator’s cooking on all burners these days. Midgett’s business, mold-making and casting sculptural objects, is hopping with projects

— for Virgil Marti (including his new piece for the Whitney Biennial);

— for Gabe Martinez (for his upcoming Art Alliance performance/installation, Dec. 13);

— for Pepon Osorio (for his 2004 ICA show — in the big, downstairs space, by the way, Midgett says). (image top is Martinez’s photo “Gabe, Lee and Patches,” 1998)

On the art side of things, next up at PR is “The Making of Bling Bling” in which Midgett will re-create the magic of the one-day art show up at the Tacony-Palmyra flea market — booth, art stuffs and all, inside the PR space. (Who made work for Bling Bling? As it turns out, a lot of PR’s best buddies — like Jim Hinz, Pepon Osorio, Mark Shetabi and others).

“The Making of Bling BLing” kicks off at the PR holiday party Dec. 19. (Speaking of kicking, Midgett’s kicking herself that her party’s scheduled for the same night as the opening of Spector’s Red Dot. I suggested she get some minivans and shuttle folks back and forth. Volunteers?) glass

This year, in the spirit of holiday craft shows everywhere, Midgett’s commissioned Stuart Netsky, Joy Feasley, Takatomo Tomita and Jane Irish to make little sculptures that’ll be cast into multiples as holiday candles. She’ll sell the candles — and other PR “merch”(t-shirts, drinking glasses, etc.) at the holiday party. (image of t-shirt (design by Charles Burns) and glass (design by Clint Takeda) are Project Room “merch”)


If you like “merch” check out this New York holiday art/craft party Midgett told me about. It’s called “La Superette” and it takes place on two days in two different galleries. Here’s the details, fresh from their press release.

“La Superette” Dec. 14, 1p.m.-7p.m. at Deitch Projects, 13 Wooster; and Dec. 20, 1p.m.-10p.m. at Participant Inc., 95 Rivington. (for more on Participant, read this nice New York Press interview with founder Lia Gangitano.)

Here’s the facts, quoting:

“La Superette is an annual celebration, a sale of original functional art favoring process, not art prices. The 6th Superette…will feature…a variety of products, live DJ’s, music, performances, refreshments, and installations of over 90 artists. This year’s performances include:

–(Dec. 14-Deitch Projects): DJ rhizome, Tom Roe, Bebop, Seth of English Kills, Satyrday Knights and Mighty Robot.

–(Dec. 20-Participant Inc): Human Hair, Mondo Mondo, St. Felix Station, Ecobot, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, The SB, Chris Jordan, and Bruce Lee Secret Agent Society.

And all that sounds like a lot of ho ho ho.