What’s the role of the art gallery in the 21st century? Why are some artists successful, while others spin their wheels, forever seeking career satisfaction? For Austin Thomas, artist and owner-director of Pocket Utopia Gallery, the art world is a kind of ecosystem, and we are all viable elements within it, sustaining it and make it whole.
I had the impression that Matthew doesn’t employ service to gain success, but rather that it is as an imperative of his nature. We touched on Hurricane Sandy, the attending spike of 1,000 or so claims—most of them from the Brooklyn area—and the affect it had on his agency.
Robert Lange of Helado Negro just released his latest album “Invisible Life,” in March, mixing songs with electronic beats and Spanish lyrics, but also switching it up for this record by adding tunes in English, and collaborating with other artists and friends, including Juliana Barwick and Devendra Banhart.
There are a bunch of muscles [in the pelvic floor] and some have big complicated names, but there are a few simple images that open many doors to understanding.
This was 1999, the end of an era, and, as Mark put it, “the nuclear winter of the first .com meltdown. We couldn’t raise any more money, we were a couple months behind rent, just looking down the abyss… I just grabbed anyone who was left, pulled them into a corner and asked them if we were to reinvent, what would we reinvent as?”