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Finch & Ada: Robert Otto Epstein X Uprise Art

We are really excited about the additions of artwork by Robert Otto Epstein to the Finch & Ada Collection in collaboration with Uprise Art. So many wonderful things are happening with Uprise Art, make sure you join to get the latest in emerging artists, information on art trends, news, and events. For only $50 a month you can go from art enthusiast to art collector and turn your home into a mini-MOMA!  

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We are excited to announce the release of two new paintings by Robert Otto EpsteinThese paintings are part of the Finch and Ada Collection and exclusively available to Uprise members for subscription. These unique original works are one-of-a-kind so don’t miss out!

As with all artwork in the Uprise gallery, these paintings are available to Uprise members for $50/month per piece. Collecting original contemporary art has never been easier. Not a member? Join today.

Robert Otto Epstein’s artwork references the 21st Century concepts of the “flattened forms” associated with postmodern art movement of superflat or soflo superflat, most prominently used by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, and also seen in various Japanese graphic and fine arts as well as in the pop culture. In addition to this aesthetic similarity, Epstein aims to create a dialogue about the emptiness of consumerism and the ideals of the American Dream.

Epstein was selected in 2009 as part of the White Columns curated artist registry. His work has recently been exhibited in “Leisureland” at Maloney Fine Art, Los Angeles and past solo exhibitions include: “By All Accounts They Look Away,” at Envoy Enterprises, New York, NY and “Unknown Linguist,” at Kaffe 1668, New York, NY. Epstein lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.

Fine Art Friday | Gottlieb Jazz Photos

William Gottlieb was a self-taught photographer who focused his camera lens onto the musical scene known as the “Golden Age of American Jazz" during 1938-1948 in New York and Washington D.C. During this time, he captured some of the finest Jazz artists of the time, including luminaries such as Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Lead Bell, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and many, many more.

It was Gottlieb’s wishes that his portfolio be entered into the public domain on February 16, 2010. The Library of Congress now shares over 1000 of Gottlieb’s collection on a Flickr portfolio. In addition to the collection on Flickr, the LOC has provided interviews with Gottlieb, titled In His Own Words, which are available on the LOC website.

Jazz, highly documented as America’s Music, is expertly captured in the Gottlieb collection, showcasing a sense of intimacy with each portrait. In addition to the connections made between photographer and subject, one gets the sense of collaboration and esteem held between these artists among each other. And there is also a clear sense of their passion for their their craft. This collection is a national treasure that showcases a historical era in music and in America. 

SO EXCITING!!!! Finch&Ada Photographer Dolly Faibyshev X ArtStar! coming soon…

launching next week!
Dolly Faibyshev, Pink Pants Poodle. Represented by Finch and Ada. 
SO EXCITING!!!! Finch&Ada Photographer Dolly Faibyshev X ArtStar! coming soon…

launching next week!
Dolly Faibyshev, Pink Pants Poodle. Represented by Finch and Ada. 
SO EXCITING!!!! Finch&Ada Photographer Dolly Faibyshev X ArtStar! coming soon…

launching next week!
Dolly Faibyshev, Pink Pants Poodle. Represented by Finch and Ada. 

SO EXCITING!!!! Finch&Ada Photographer Dolly Faibyshev X ArtStar! coming soon…


launching next week!

Dolly Faibyshev, Pink Pants Poodle. Represented by Finch and Ada. 

Film + Footage | Cat Scratch Fever

STEREO SKIFCHA by Denis Borisovich

Cats are all the rage on the internet and I would agree. I really like this crazy cat footage by Moscow’s Denis Borisovich. It stood out amongst the litter of other catty blogs.

Borisovich has more of this awesome cat quickies on his Vimeo and his live journal. I find his experimentation with speeds and music to be quite intriguing. As well as his mustachioed cat star!  

Mike Shea’s B-Reel | “Caged Fury”

Mike Shea’s B-Reel is a preview for movies long forgotten in the annals of film, time and perhaps your movie queue. Like Indiana Jones, Shea will explore the film crypt to find hidden gems and discover the good, the bad and the ugly. This week: Caged Fury.

Caged Fury - Original Illustration by Mike Shea


Caged Fury is a 1990 Bill Milling joint starring Erik Estrada, Roxanna Michaels, Richard Barathy’s Roundhouse Kicks, and Honeywell Prison— a rough lesbian sex slave palace. Roxanna Michaels plays Kat, an ambitious 20-something hoping to achieve fame and fortune as an actress in LA. Kat’s best friend in the film is a street-smart hitchhiker named Rhonda who has all the right moves. Unfortunately, these moves end up sending them to sex jail.


1. The girls get scammed into going to Honeywell Prison under dubious circumstances
2. The prison inmates take lots of showers
3. Richard Barathy’s Roundhouse Kicks kick the bejeezus out of everything in sight
4. Erik Estrada gets shot in the arm
5. Secret Sex Slave Trafficking Plan (SSSTP) is revealed
6. Prison break/fork in the eye/motorcycles/sunset/the end


(Erik Estrada is hustled into an ambulance after getting shot in the arm while he and Richard Barathy’s Roundhouse kicks were beating people up for information)

EE: It’s nothing, I’ll be out of here in a couple of hours.
RBRK: We don’t have a couple of hours, I know where they are and I’m going in.
EE: Alone?
RBRK: My favorite way to fly.

Note: it is not revealed to the viewer how they found out where Honeywell is.


Erik Estrada and Richard Barathy’s Roundhouse Kicks (dressed in chest-open karate threads) hang out at some outdoor temple thing smashing stacks of concrete blocks and riding motorcycles


I kind of love that Erik Estrada is not the hero of this film because A) it’s a nice bit of (unintentionally post-modern?) narrative deceit and B) his brand of roundhouse kicks would have gotten them all killed during his attempted rescue because he is not Richard Barathy. Roxanna Michaels is actually a pretty good actress and it really seems like she’s trying to make this role into something meaningful. It’s a shame that these efforts resulted in her appearance in Bikini Sessions 2 (straight to video) but it was worth a shot I guess. Overall this film is not nearly as exciting as Women in Cages, The Big Bird Cage, or Caged Heat, and it also doesn’t have the added value of allowing all the female characters to rescue themselves. Richard Barathy’s Roundhouse Kicks’ kicks are excellent but not everyone has access to them in real world situations and the female characters in Caged Fury are left looking like defenseless pawns awaiting rescue from their mustachioed and/or turtle-necked male saviors. If Pam Grier was in this movie she would’ve shot Richard Barathy’s Roundhouse Kicks with a Kalashnikov and then saved everyone herself. The “women in prison” subgenre of exploitation film is not something that I’m interested in defending really, but at least those other films have sort of a roundabout feminism going for them.

As Art: D-
As Entertainment: C+

(Mike Shea is a freelance graphic designer/illustrator/cool guy living in Brooklyn with two cats and an esteemed lady-friend. He earned his BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art and is available for hire, but only if you want a really great end-product.)

Fine Art Friday: Hey Ladies!

I’m writing this as the first sloppy days of March are being ushered in, and you know what that means….


Because discussing the history of women in art is kind of the best, I’ve decided to start March off correctly with an homage to some of my biggest art girl-crushes. The rich legacy of the ladies who have come before me has been instrumental in influencing my own artistic practice (read: lots of boys with silks and feathers, as a retort to Ingres), and shaping my sensitive and deeply-considered worldview. So. Without further ado— some of my favorite pieces, by some of my favorite women. In chronological order. (You will notice my bias towards 20th C. art.) 


Romaine Brooks, Una, Lady Troubridge, (1924)

Georgia O’Keeffe, Radiator Building— Night, New York, (1927) 

Diane Arbus, A Family on their Lawn One Sunday in Westchester, (1968)

Eva Hesse, Accession II, (1969)

Sylvia Sleigh, The Turkish Baths, (1973)

Helen Frankenthaler, The Spiritualist, (1973)

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #93, (1981)

Yayoi Kusama, Repetitive Vision, (1996)

Dayum, girl. Go forth and make something. 

(Erica Quinn is a photographer/sad girl poet/cat blogger currently pursuing her MFA at the Pratt Institute and otherwise writing for Finch and Ada.)