Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Official T.A.B.S. Infomercial!!! Buy a limited edition copy now!!!

The official T.A.B.S. Infomercial!!! from Maya Erdelyi-Perez on Vimeo.

Recently featured at our booth in the VOLTA show at Art Basel Switzerland.
Directed by Maya Erdelyi and Cassie Thornton
Costume by Brina Thurston
Behind-the-scenes Wizard: Matthew Clark

Monday, June 1, 2009

We are working the night shift.

We are putting in the late nights to connect the dots between art and beauty these days. It's not easy to beat this dead horse with a nail file!

We will be premiering our first infomercial at Volta-Fair in Basel Switzerland next week, from the 8th-13th. We are also offering beauty services to supplement the slick contemporary art. Come to our Brooklyn style salon next to the lecture auditorium. We will be offering all sorts of new products and services. Historical art educational manicures, tattoos, and occasional poetry will be performed.

Please come visit us at Volta from 1-3pm or 6-8pm from June 8-13!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Upcoming events

April 2, 6-7pm Brooklyn Museum
April 9, 9-12am Secret Project Robot
April 25, Golden March, Times Square
Please contact for appointments, consultations, questions, or to join our pyramid scheme.

Swoon Event: Serenissima Fundraiser at Secret Project Robot

Our first performance of live, site specific, educational beauty services happened on Saturday March 12 at Secret Project Robot. We wore our new 'cigarette box' style mobile beauty parlors, where we stored our beauty supplies. We made tattoos, poems, and manicures based on the art in the gallery or on the images in our mobile art historical library kit.
Earnings breakdown:
5 tattoos: $27
4 manicures: $22
We covered the cost of our materials!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Artiscycle Fundraiser

March 28, 2009
Goodbye Christopher! I hope every manicure and tattoo sends you further and deeper on your journey!
Photos to come.

TABS at MoMA: a flop in the cafe, a kashkow in the Kippenberger.

On Friday, March 20 T.A.B.S. made their debut at MoMA. We offered site specific fine art tattoos, dada surrealist poems, and Kippenberger manicures. Starting in the cafe with our photographer, we felt a cold shoulder from our potential 'clients'. We learned our lesson: people don't want to be bothered while they eat.
The rebound: Moving on, we managed to dig up some clients in the Mondrian room. Cassie took her manicure kit on the road after lunch so she could go teach some art classes, while Maya stayed on to earn $27 in the Kippenberger installation.
Breakdown of earnings for the day:
$1 for 1 word
Maximum tip: $5/ 1 poem
Average tip: $3/ poem

Thursday, March 12, 2009

T.A.B.S. girls at the edge of the world photographed by Michael Hugh Dandrade

Beauty is fleeting, the recession is temporary, this job is even more so...

To celebrate the beginning of our new project, we had an ecstatic photoshoot: an exploration of our combined aesthetics in our favorite location in NYC- the Navy Yards. Thank you Michael!

TEMPORARY tem⋅po⋅rar⋅y
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1. lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent: a temporary need; a temporary job.
ART art
/ɑrt/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ahrt] Show IPA
1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
BEAUTY beau⋅ty
/ˈbyuti/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [byoo-tee] Show IPA
–noun, plural -ties.
1. the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
SERVICE serv⋅ice
/ˈsɜrvɪs/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [sur-vis] Show IPA noun, adjective, verb, -iced, -ic⋅ing.
1. an act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service.
...37. be of service, to be helpful or useful: If we can be of service, do not hesitate to call.