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Roommates: Potheads from two different generations navigate life in NY’s East Village

My pal Greg Barris, a New York City-based stand-up comic and actor, has a new web series that he’s doing with Bridey Elliott, former SNL castmate, daughter of funnyman Chris Elliott, and granddaughter of the great Bob Elliott of “Bob and Ray” fame. (I am a huge Bob and Ray fan. That there are three generations of Elliots performing comedy, to my mind is a very, very good thing)

The premise for the show, titled Roommates, is somewhat autobiographical, based on Greg’s real-life roommate Fiona who was just 18 when she moved into his place:

Greg and Fiona are unlikely roommates who, despite their generational differences, work together to navigate the ins and outs of life in an East Village apartment.


Barris told AV Club that he and Elliott “smoked mostly real marijuana every day throughout the taping of each episode. And during the down time. And usually right after we woke up, even though this made shooting sometimes very difficult.”

Here’s episode 3, “Baptism”:

So far each episode of Roommates has been shot and set inside Greg’s East Village walk-up apartment. Amusing to me—and probably to me alone, admittedly—is that I’ve actually stayed in this very apartment myself. (It looks like Greg has cleaned up a bit since then. He had lots of different gourmet coffees and a stash of excellent kief that I smoked a shit ton of while I stayed with him back in 2010). If you pay attention to what’s on the walls you’ll see the work of one of my favorite artists, Dima Drjuchin, who we’ve blogged about a few times here on Dangerous Minds. It was via staying with Greg that I was first exposed to Dima’s work and now I’ve got three amazing paintings by him in my home in places of prominence.

Roommates was written by by Greg Barris, Michael Pomranz & Bridey Elliott. Filmed and edited by Jeremy Morris-Burke. Titles by Dima Drjuchin.

Below, Greg and Fiona turn their couch into an annoying “full-service” hotel to raise some cash…

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Saturday Morning Tetratome: New Paintings by Dimitri Drjuchin
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Dimitri Drjuchin

“As Getout”

If you are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles—I love saying that—get on down to the Paul Loya Gallery in Culver City tonight for the first Los Angeles solo show of Dimitri Drjuchin’s paintings.

Drjuchin’s career has really taken off in the past few years. He’s the creator of the already iconic cover art for Father John Misty’s Fear Fun album and his “Fuck You, I’m Batman” stickers have the same sort of presence around New York City as Keith Haring’s radioactive baby once had. This will only be the artist’s fourth solo showing.

Here’s a sample of the new show.

“We The Food Chain”

“Be Cool and Everything Will Be Cool”

“No One Noticed the Birth of the Multiverse”

Paul Loya Gallery, 2677 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, 90034

Saturday Morning Tetratome runs from November 2 to December 7.

Below, the time-lapse view of “Honeymoon” being painted in 2011:

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In Heaven, everything is fine: Dimitri Drjuchin, this generation’s Keith Haring or Shepard Fairey?
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Dimitri Drjuchin

No Evil, Acrylic on canvas, 60” by 48”

Dangerous Minds pal artist Dimitri Drjuchin, creator of the already iconic cover art for Father John Misty’s Fear Fun album and a portrait of Robert Anton Wilson that counter culture types all over Twitter and Facebook have adopted as their avatar (he also made this image of Mark Z. that got around a bit, perhaps some of you have seen it?) has a new art show opening up in San Francisco this weekend.

I’m extremely bullish on Dimitri’s work. I’d go so far to say that I reckon he’s the “new” Keith Haring or Shepard Fairey.

Coming from a background in street art murals, poster design and stickering, Dimitri’s “Fuck You, I’m Batman” stickers and “Tom Selleck Saved My Baby” posters (collaborations with comedian Greg Barris) seemed omnipresent in downtown Manhattan when I was in New York last. I haven’t seen such a notable street art presence since Fairey’s “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” stencil took over NYC a few decades ago or Haring’s three-eyed squares and atomic babies before that.

Drjuchin’s work is incredibly varied and yet, it’s all quite obviously by the same hand. So very graphic, so very direct. It can emotionally draw you into its world, in an instant, like the very best street art can. The balance, composition and Russian-constructivist pop art payload of his playful images are exquisitely his own.

And like his famous predecessors in street iconography, now that you’re seeing a few of Dimitri Drjuchin’s paintings here (more at his blog), you won’t wonder “who painted this” the next time you see one, will you?

“In Heaven” runs from April 12 to May 19th and there will be an artist reception on April 13th at 7pm.

Campfire Gallery, 3344 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

“Swimmers,” Acrylic On Canvas

“Oh No!,” acrylic on canvas, 30” x 30”
Below, a time-lapse video of Dimitri Drjuchin painting:

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Robert Anton Wilson tribute: ‘Mr. RAW’s Psychedelic Hand’ by Dimitri Drjuchin

This trippy tribute to Robert Anton Wilson, “Mr. Raw’s Psychedelic Hand” is by New York City-based artist (and Dangerous Minds pal) Dimitri Drjuchin. Acrylic on canvas.

Stunning, isn’t it?

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