Thursday, March 16, 2006

William Powhida @ Schroeder Romero/Plus Ultra Project Space

Plus Ultra Gallery in collaboration with Schroeder Romero is pleased to present the first in a series of installations in the project space between our galleries. Please join us TONIGHT, 6-8pm, Thursday, March 16th, for the premiere of "Joint Manifesto" by the wholly incorrigible New York artist William Powhida ( "Joint Manifesto" is a site-specific wall drawing best described by William's own words (in the form of an open letter to the "Art World"):

Dear Art World,

In their desperation BID to individuate themselves from becoming Part of the Problem in Chelsea, Plus Ultra and Schroeder Romero have asked me to create an installation in their new project space (While I detest the notion of being some kind of second rate circus act in front of two serious shows of genuine art, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to author a joint manifesto for their renewed enterprise of selling art in Chelsea). The piece, Joint Manifesto, is out of their hands. I am interpreting their mission as it should be in a hypothetical, ideal world free from the repulsive influences of fashion and money. This is an uncompromising manifesto. Many may even detest it, but it IS a representation of my brilliance GENIUS. So, I invite you to come look at something that you cannot own.

I know, you can’t believe you are reading this shit. I KNOW, but come on. Everyone is holding their collective breath that the Market won’t collapse this year. Hoping if everyone just ignores the 80’s, collectors will blindly continue to speculate on art objects. Put that aside. Join ME in welcoming Plus Ultra and Schroeder Romero into what Jerry Saltz calls “THE BIG LEAGUE.” It is time for them to take off the training wheels and sell some fucking art, I guess. The overhead is RIDICULOUS! You should really buy something. (I will have some framed drawings available that are AMAZING!…if they’re not all sold by the time you get there.)

I urge you to come on out, it’s almost in New Jersey, but there will be strippers and booze, maybe. Certainly there will be booze, but maybe a rich collector will order strippers from Scores. It’s OK, Feminism is dead. Seriously, I’m another alpha white male with no apparent marginalization, and people show my work? That’s TERRIBLE! If you coked-up stockbrokers must have tits, Ken Weaver has plenty in his show, Royally Fucked, at Schroeder Romero. I really need you to come out and help me raise my profile. I’m trying to get on the hot artist lists and in a spread for Vogue. You can help me out by (a) showing up, (b) writing a SPECTACULAR REVIEW, or (c) sending me a check for a hundred thousand dollars. I would prefer the latter, but I would feel comforted by your presence. Please. My friend just sold a book and escaped middle-class hell. You, the art world, could start my social transformation into a GOD.


William Powhida
OK, so I have no idea what he's talking about, but, if you're in the hood, do stop in....


Blogger Edna said...

I might have to pee on this "artist."

3/16/2006 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

I thought you might feel that need, Edna...

would love to have your opinion on the piece...however clandestinely it is you view work.


3/16/2006 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous jen d said...

this looks so fun. not that I'm into this art-about-art kind of thing or anything. hoping to be there tonight!

3/16/2006 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

I wish it had been up last weekend!

3/16/2006 07:49:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

loved the work at Pulse about the artists assistants too. Wonder what his list of qualifications for galleries might be....

3/16/2006 11:41:00 PM  
Blogger Nancy Baker, aka Rebel Belle said...

Dang! I wish I could have been there for this. You mean I could have gotten a show at Plus Ultra just by whining? You mean I had to make serious art objects that sell?

I'm lovin' THIS! This guy Powhida cracks me up.... in a kvetchy kind of way.

So how was it last night? I hope it was really good!

3/17/2006 05:49:00 PM  

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