zingmagazine presents an event to celebrate the release of issue #24, hosted by the Dikeou Collection. The evening will include a discussion about Dikeou Collection artist Dan Asher, subject of new zingmagazine book Far From the Madding Crowd: Perspectives on the Life and Work of Dan Asher. The discussion will feature author Brandon Johnson, Dikeou Collection founder Devon Dikeou, artist Mark Sink, and art dealer Adam Gildar, moderated by Dikeou Collection Director Saniego Sanchez. A party will follow, with music by Justin Couch of Hot Congress Record Geeks and drinks courtesy of Cat Tequila.
Dan Asher was born in Cleveland, OH in 1947. He was an exceptional artist, incorrigible bohemian, and relentless provocateur who made himself an integral character of New York's East Village cultural scene until his death in 2010. Asher photographed punk musicians at CBGBs in the '70s, ran in circles with Jean-Michel Basquiat making neo-expressionist paintings during the '80s, shared a studio with Yoshitomo Nara in early '90s Cologne, exhibited at top tier galleries in New York, LA, Europe, & Japan, and traveled to remote locales including Mongolia, India, Greenland, Antarctica, and the Amazon. Asher worked in a variety of mediums, read voraciously, and had the hopelessly romantic spirit of a poet with the antagonistic edge of a hardened protestor. Far From the Madding Crowd: Perspectives on the Life and Work of Dan Asher is comprised of interviews with various figures from Dan Asher's life, including artists, dealers, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and friends, and includes full color archival photos of his artwork, writing, and photography.
Brandon Johnson is Managing Editor of New York-based zingmagazine. Curatorial projects include Inside/Out: Dan Asher, William Stockman, and Margaret Neumann at Gildar Gallery, Denver and Down the Rabbit Hole at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. His work has been published in LIT, A Similar But Different Quality, HTML Giant, Best American Poetry Blog, and exhibited at James Fuentes, Gallery Tayuta, and Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop. Johnson is author of Far From the Madding Crowd: Perspectives on the Life and Work of Dan Asher and is currently at work on a forthcoming title Thee Almighty And Insane: Chicago Gang Business Cards from the 1970s & 1980s.
Devon Dikeou is an artist, editor/publisher, and collector. She has exhibited her work at The New Museum, The Contemporary Austin, Artpace San Antonio, FLAG Art Foundation, NADA, The Armory Show, Independent, James Fuentes, 179 Canal, Moore College of Art, MAMCO, and The Bronx Museum, and many other venues. Dikeou is a longtime friend and supporter of Dan Asher - first publishing Asher's work in issue #7 of zingmagazine - and has included his photographs and videos as part of the Dikeou Collection since 1999.
Mark Sink is a private art consultant and photographer. He represents and curates local and international cutting-edge fine art photography. His personal work is in numerous museum collections as well as gallery shows in the US, South America and Europe. Sink lived in NYC through the 1980s and worked with and documented the lives and works of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rene Ricard and other art luminaries. Sink exhibited Dan Asher's work at Gallery Sink in 2002.
Adam Gildar is the owner and director of Gildar Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Opened in 2012, the gallery cultivates the careers of emerging contemporary artists and works to expand the legacies of important historical figures. Previously he served as the editor and publisher of Illiterate, an arts and literary publication, online community and gallery space. Gildar is also currently the director of ArtPlant, a not for profit arts organization dedicated to cultural exchange. Through ArtPlant he is serving as co-curator of the 2015 Biennial Ambassadors program for the Biennial of the Americas, an artist exchange and exhibition between Denver and Mexico City. Gildar included Dan Asher in a three-person show Inside/Out: Dan Asher, William Stockman, and Margaret Neumann at Gildar Gallery in 2014.
Saniego Sanchez is Director of Dikeou Collection, a board member for the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology, and was recognized as an emerging leader of color in the arts by WESTAF in 2014.
zingmagazine is a New York-based contemporary art publication Edited/Published by artist Devon Dikeou since 1995. Issue #24 includes projects by Alexis Rockman, Geraldine Postel, David Altmejd, Francis Cape, Lisa Kereszi, Damien Hirst/Mary Barone, Joshua Abelow, Simon Bill, Harry Smith/Hayley Richardson, Olav Westphalen, Dike Blair, Brian Belott, Connie Walsh, Michelle Andrade, Lucie Fontaine, Lizzi Bougatsos, Billy Jacobs/Alex Wolf, Rainer Ganahl, Alix Lambert, a CD by Jeff Rian, The Almighty Playboys poster, and the books Far From the Madding Crowd: Perspectives on the Life and Work of Dan Asher by Brandon Johnson, andSchachter Family Album by Kenny Schachter.