Wednesday, April 30, 2008
My dad's met Sparky and thinks he's a sweet dog. My friend Kay's met Sparky and thinks he's a sweet (but horny) dog. People from all over the world visit Sparky and think he's a sweet dog. However, few have experienced his darker suicidal side by taking him for walks around his Brooklyn neighborhood--walks I refer to as the Chicken Bone Express to Hell. Sparky can spot a chicken bone a block away, but that's not necessary when the neighbors so accommodatingly provide him a landscape of 5 chicken bones per square foot to lunge about in.
"Don't do it Sparky! Don't end your life by getting a chicken bone stuck in your craw! Remember Nelson and all the good things in life: snapping at bubbles, sniffing crotches, and humping dogs!" Despite my pleas, at times I've had to hold open his mouth and dig out the bone shards of his potential doom that drip with the saliva of his self-destructive desire.
People might think the chain and collar I made for Sparky and Nelson is supposed to represent the strong bond they have, or how Sparky's so wonderful that people want to be chained to his magnificence, but really it's to help him get a better grip on his tenuous hold on life. By keeping closely connected to the owner he adores, I pray, implore, and hope he'll escape those enticing, life-ending chicken bones.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Well, I'm totally a member of the Sparky Fan club, as evidenced by my heart-shaped "I love Sparky" balloon. I love dogs, but I especially love dogs which remind me of my own dog, Jack. Sparky and Jack met many years ago. It was fairly uneventful, as I recall. I'm pretty sure they both ignored each other. It made no sense, since they were both of the same age, both of the same color and both had owners who consistently paid homage to them. Sparky will always remind me of Nelson. In turn, Nelson will remind me of being in college and grad school. Which then reminds me of listening to the OJ Simpson trial on the radio and how upset I got when I heard the verdict. But, that's neither here nor there. More importantly, Sparky will always remind me of how much we love our animals...and how they love us back. - Gina Lovoi
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The Sparky Show
May 15-June 28, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 15, 6-8 pm
Schroeder Romero / Winkleman Gallery Project Space
637 West 27th Street (btw 11th and 12th Ave) NYC
An exhibition of over 100 portraits of Sparky by...
David B. Abbott • Derrick Adams • Alex Aleixo • Meredith Allen • Stephen Andrews • Marina Ancona • Dominick Avellino • Thomas Bellof • Barton Lidice Benes • Kermit Berg • Dennis Bergevin • Vanessa Boer • Elizabeth Bonaventura • Joseph Brajcki • AA Bronson • Mary Button • Mark Carter • Janice Caswell • Niccolo Cataldi • Cat Celebrezze • Mark Chamberlain • Vincent Cianni • Chris Clary • Jon Coffelt • Albert Crudo • Megan Cump • Erika deVries • Marta Dell’Angelo • Danielle Dimston • William Donovan • Angela Dufresne • Neil Farber • Rachel Farmer • Sarah Farsad • John Findysz • Teresa Fogard • Martin Freeman • Milton Garcia-Ninja • Joy Garnett • Paul LeRoy Gehres • Laura Gilbert • Eric Ginsburg • Jeffrey Graul • Max Greenberg • Magalie Guerin • Kim Hanson • Jan Harrison • Michael Harwood • Alex Hetherington • David Humphrey • Derek Jackson • James Jaxxa • David King • Scooter LaForge • Aldo Lanzini • Lou Laurita • Jennifer Lehe • Marc Lepson • Serge J-F. Levy • Tim Lonergan • Gina Lovoi • Preston McGovern • Reyez Melendez • Toma Miller • Joe Monroe • Michael Muller • Stefanie Nagorka • Jeanine Oleson • Laura Sue Phillips • Drew Pisarra • Catya Plate • Amy Jean Porter • William Powhida • Carol Radsprecher • Richard Renaldi • Eric Rhein • Daniel Roberts • Nelson Santos • Joel Seah • Emily Severance • Frank Sheehan • Ethan Shoshan • Oren Slor • Clifford Smith • Thomas Somervile • Clare Stein • Stanley Stellar • Sur Rodney (Sur) • JD Talasek • Sam Tan • Steed Taylor • Tom Teebe • George Towne • Alexander Vasiljev • Alberto Velasco • Glenn Walls • Barbara Weissberger • Michael Werner • Robin Willis • Noel Wynn • Rob Wynne and you’re invited to participate too!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Fabulous Diva Holly Greenberg, my graduate school professor introduced me to Nelson Santos, knowing that I would fall in love with him and his hot dog. Fairy Godfather Jon Coffelt and Ex-Fuckbuddy JD Talesek re-established this connection. I have never met Sparky - but when I do, I will give him kisses on the nose, scratches on the head and cuddles in the bed. As a text-based artist, my piece for the Sparky project is informed by language and writing as social constructs. - Joel Seah