On Saturday night, Art Observed was on site at The Journal Gallery in Williamsburg for a night which began with a poetry reading from New York based poet, Michael David Quattlebaum Jr., (who goes by Mykki Blanco) who read from his debut book ‘From the Silence of Duchamp to the Noise of Boys.’ The poems are a personal retrospective of the author questioning his rebellious youth, which lead to him running away, and eventually finding a spiritual awakening in New York. Mykki Blanco embraced the sweltering city heat by standing bare chested in front of the crowd, wearing only a floral floor length skirt and a complimentary flower behind his ear.
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Patrick Griffin’s paintings behind the band
Following this reading, Mykki Blanco performed with the band Pablo Picasso, whose sound brought the locals out into the street to watch the performance. The band played before Patrick Griffin’s paintings, as his current exhibition ‘Common Courtesy’ is currently on show at The Journal Gallery and runs until July 30, 2011.
– H. Haines
Mykki Blanco reading his poetry, image via Opening Ceremony
The Journal Gallery
Pablo Picasso Performing at the Journal Gallery [The Journal]