Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Mermaid and the Manatee

in Marathon, Florida

out Javier's backyard in north Miami Beach

me with mermaid (photo by Javier de Pison)

Javier with mermaid Nataly (from Columbia) on the beach in front of the Deauville Hotel.

we "used" her to promote issue 6 of Osmos magazine at their launch party on the beach

mermaid Nataly reading issue 6 Osmos in the lobby of the Deauville

carried by students attending an unnamed college in the lower eastside of NY. One of their fellow student's artwork was in Osmos #6 and they all came down to give her support. Later they held a class on the beach dealing with censorship...I was about to comment (from my experience with Karen Finley, and various run-ins with the law and censorship) when someone said the class dealt with INSTAGRAM which I don't know anything about.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

On the Beach

Everytime I fly into Miami to be with my friend/writer Javier de Pison pleasure becomes work and vice verci. in order to ketch up I need to lay down some photos.
My artist/performer long time friend Willard Morgan of Idealglass gallery in NYC has been creating personas for decades (Jelvis, the Jewish Elvis i.e.). He wasn't coming to art Basel then he was and flew in to work with his artist/performer friend Ayakamay ( and along came Azumi OE (in red) and Seira Makanishini in blue. Costumes are by  Uta Bekaia.
I went to meet Willard on the beach near 17th st not knowing what to expect. Something about Charles II.

then lunch at the Tap Tap Haitian restaurant on 5th st. with Javier

the luncheon crowd at the Tap Tap

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Robert Wilson on the Beach

I shot Robert Wilson's rehearsals for "Einsten On the Beach" and this time, the strongest wqork I saw at Miami Art Basel was his "portraits" of Lady Gaga in image boxes where he added subtle movement in the image and his signature music.

The main pavillion had the Warhol's

and the Annie Leibovitz work of what's her name

and the David Hockney rooms

and John Chamberlain

and Alexander Calder's stay mobile in the foreground

and Mike Kelley who I have been wrong about consistantly.  Years ago I had dinner with him. We were guests of Benedikt Taschen and afterwards I mentioned how I thought he was aragant plus boring. Then I saw his sock monkeys and loved them. Then we had a big public verbal fight at a Pierre Davis talk and then I saw his Gagosian yearbook recreation exhibit and loved it. Benedikt published an anthology of "Sex To Sexty" magazine and at first I thought the mag lame but then I started to dig it and buy it. Turns out Benedikt learned of Sexty to Sexty from Mike Kelley. I'm ceertain I will be wrong again.

But the most important move I made at Art Basel was when I turned the corner and saw the color photo of Mike Bildo and David Wajnarovich sitting on the grass on the second floor of the Canal Pier.  

That's when i met Penny Pilkington, owner of PPOW gallery which I remembered from the lower eastside art movement in the 1980's. I told her I also had fine photos of David and the pier and she told me about the upcoming David Wajnorich retrospective at the Whitney museum. As soon as I got back to my north Miami beach apartment provided by my brilliant writer friend Javier de Pison, I sent these images below and more.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I'm thinking of having a party entitled "Nobody Gets Out Alive"

After I graduated from college in 1969 and moved to Taos, NM and then to NYC in 1971 it took about 3 years to get a spectacular loft on w. 29th st above the Old Garden (German) restaurant in Manhattan. One day a female friend from Bard College came by having just returned from living in Laos. She remained a high cheeked beauty and she told me she needed a job and I got her a job with my photo stock agency that I sold my work through. They hired her and gave her keys to the office. She came over after work the nbext week and after she left I went looking for my camera and it was gone. I looked everywhere. Finally I called another friend from Bard and mentioned I couldn't find my camera and the last person that had visited was H. He remarked that she had come back from Laos a junkie! Telling my agency to change their locks was a drag. Fast forward forty years and another friend from Bard sent me an article in the New York Post about a grandmother purse thief that at age 68 had been arrested and put into jail. She had been arrested multiple times. After she came out of jail she died the next day! It was the same person I had known at Bard college. I can't believe she remained a junkie all these years. Maybe she had some klepto problems.

I've been in love (with him and his music) Naim Amor since I met him at Amy Reed's house at a jam session years ago. and I fell crazy for the music and personality of Al Foul. I heard them for the second time recently at the Maker House. Beautiful Katy awful was my date. She told me she used to hear Al when she was 12 years old! Lucky lady.

             Al Foul...need  I say more

me and Naim with his latest album. photo by Katy awful

the boys in the band

Katy and I then drove all nite to Colorado and I bought some legal pot and I smoked it but didn't inhale and Katy didn't smoke any.

I am disappointed to write that Roberto Francisco Villa,  and dad to my close friend Robert Villa, violinist and reptile (turtle) and plant guy died last week at age 50 of cardiac arrest.

I met Roberto only a few times but I remember those times- he cooking a pot of something delicious in his kitchen, we eating with his other boy in a restaurant along 6th avenue and a chinese restaurant along St. Mary's and at a Heather Gray documentary on a Spanish bakery where the above photo was taken. I keep telling my girl kids how every moment together is a precious one for me...and for them.

My close friend Dave Naz married to my close friend Ori Small had an exhibition in Chinatown in LA and a book launching at the gallery.  The book, Genderqueer and other Gender Identities is published by Rare Bird Books and available on Amazon and at their website rare The exhibition is at Coagula Curatorial 974 Chung King Rd in Chinatown LA. Nov. 8th to Dec. 20, 2014.

the nite of the opening

Buck Angel in front of his Naz portrait

Dave and one of his subjects

Matt Gleason, gallery owner and Dave Naz

Lillian Batts takes no prisoners at the opening

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

First the mother went ballistic, then the plump daughter shouted back which lit the baby so it became a Philip Glass audio nitemare

in rm 103 of the Motel 6 I was staying in off Interstate 10 around 9:30 pm last night.

But I  want to write/show my birthday party last Oct. 23rd at Leah and Bradley's Brooklyn loft with the help of Willa and Lucas. Adrianna came. My nephew Andrew brought from below the George Washington bridge his baby baby daughter Simone Rose without Larissa, the mom. He came at nite by subway and left the same way after 10 pm and he's a working lawyer. Now that's a family man of the highest order. Rayna and her husband, Rino, came. I hadn't seen but helped raise Rayna since San Francisco on Bush st. red is the perfect color for Rayna.
they treat me like a three yr old

top row Lucas and Willa, middle me and adrianna and simone rose and Andrew bottom row Rino, Rayna and Dudley, Leah and Bradley