Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Time To Give Thanks

my good and old friend from Bard College Carl Simring (on the left talking with my old friend from Panama and beyond, Willard Morgan)

turned me onto the Ross sisters. absolutely amazing. make certain you watch till the end.

My visit to New York City included my 67th birthday and I got my old friend and brother-in-law, Joel Stern

, to house the party. Here he is listening to beautiful Whitney Ward (photographer and wife of Joe Coleman) explain that she had come to his apartment the nite before and found two men playing cards and turned around and left.

ok left to right. Willard Morgan I met through Peter Crown over forty years ago. He owns Ideal Glass gallery on 2nd st and is a fine performer.

Here he is on piano with Katy Gierlach (also in NYC at the time) swinging above at Ideal Glass.
Willa is my youngest daughter teaching in the south bronx and living in Brooklyn. She brings me joy and cheesecake.

a couple of nights b4 we met friends and sisters at King Noodle in Brooklyn and my friend from Sf and LA, Adrianna and Willa had similar p coats and haircuts. What gives?

Joel father of my god daughter Zoe and my nephew Andrew who just had his first child with Melissa, Simone Rose who slept the entire time I was in Manhattan!
Joe Coleman, fine painter and married to Whitney. They have the Museom of Oddities in Brooklyn which I lk forward to seeing. We have done some semi serious drinking together in SF and Manhattan. Once at Anna Noelle Rockwell's wedding to Rob, Joe stepped forward to address the well wishers with Bible in hand, wearing formal tails and a pronounced upturned mustache and opened his Bible  and flames flew out!!

Here he sits with Les Barany, my old friend I met through Annie Sprinkle in the 1980's. Les has done more for young edge artists in NY then anyone else.

Charlie Steiner, fantastic photographer/videographer whom I met in 1971 as close friend of my other NY photographer friend, David Haas. Charlie has done numerous trips to India to video a music fest. He is now busy editing. Should take a lifetime. (in blue with me and David Haas)

Gail Marcus-Orlen. my close companion whom I spend most of my time with when not spending it with myself. Married to the poet Steve Orlen for 42 years, she's a painter who paints most days behind her house in a turpentine house.


works in production and on vespas and on Leah (they r in a relationship). He's from Lexington. Kentucky and they go down there for Christmas.

Davdi Haas

I met my wife, Lynka in David's 86th st studio/apt. in 1976. He was dong a test with her and she was beautiful, a Zoli model and, I think,  fell in love on the spot. I took her to Un, Deux, Tois on w. 43rd st and talked about Willie Mays and marriage. I met David in the early '70's in a hamburgas place in Panahachel, Guatamala. He had a girlfirend and a camera and we started to talk. I'm from NY. I'm from NY! I'm a photographer. I'm a photographer! I live on 10th st. I live on 12 th st! He's been to many of my 67 birthday parties. He moved to Isreal but now he's back living in Riverside.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The auction to benefit Lillian Batts

Beautifully sad and glad it went so well. Dave Naz, my host in west Hollywood, made giant steps to collect, list and help sell the many pieces of art...because Carlos Batts was so loved. Thanks have to also go out to Rick Castro, artist and owner of Antellbellum gallery that held the one nite affair on North Palmas, just off Hollywood blvd. Also we are all grateful to Victor and Susanne Lightworship for helping to take down the art after all the fun was done.

Rick Castro, Lillian Batts, Dave Naz

Susanne and Victor Lightworship

Below a list of the artists:

Estevan Oriol
Patrick Hoelck
Roger Gastman
Shepard Fairey
Chris Haston
Steve Diet Goedde
Octavio Winkytiki
Eric Minh Swenson
Ed Fox
Eric Kroll
Chas Ray Krider
Cynthia Paterson
Rick Castro
Bob Coulter
Tera Patrick
Emma Escamilla
Buck Angel
Dennis McGrath
Nina Hartley
Robert Vargas
Michael Delahaut
Rae Threat
Ramzi Abed
Kimberly Kane
Jim Caron
Carlos Batts


PayPay email address:
Donations can be directly sent to Bank of America account:
Angelica Centeno
3250 3004 6353

When I go to these sort of things I like to sit in one place and watch the `traffic'. I do the same at a Terry Etherton Gallery opening. I sit behind my friend and dj, Carl Hanni. At `play' parties in Hollywood, I find my spot away from the crowd and engage there. So at the auction I sat outside and conversed with out and new friends.

Several nights before the Nov. 15th auction I went to dinner at Cynthia Patterson and Andy's house in the Pasedena hills. She cooked delicious pasta and we talked and laughed and looked. I came across her shooting scripts 

(she's the art director for Taboo magazine) with rough sketches and hand written notes. I began to read them as poetry and realized I wanted to do a reading at the auction accompanied by bongos and go go. Cynthia said she'd handle the bongos and she did all in black. At the opening I came across Aiden Starr (next to Leah, my oldest daughter at King Noodle)

whom I had dined with in Brooklyn the month before. I was flirted upon shamelessly by Courtney Trouble

 and invited the two ladies to kindly disrobe and be the "brass" section `playing' Dave's trumpet. Naturally, I invited Lillian (she went to striptease school) to handle the floor. The event was to be over at 9pm and at 8:30pm I announced that I felt, in honor of Carlos and Lillian, there should be sex. 

image by Victor Lightworship

Coop captures the nite

The crowd fell silent and I read from Cynthia's sketches while Cynthia punctuated the nite with her bongos

 (courtesy of the LA stand up comedian, Cozi Orlen) and the two blondes went on display and Lillian, half sad, half glad oozed across the scene.
In short order it was done. Dave made a vimeo: https//vimeo.com79717723

Clean up followed then the Bright Spot. When I was young in New York and living in Bruce Davidson's old 12th st garret I met three young ladies in Central Park on Sunday and invited them to my skylight apartment. One had rbight red hair, one was blonde and the three a brunette. At the Bright Spot, forty years later, I insisted for one shot that blonde Beatrice Neumann, black haired Ori Small and red head Lillian sit next to each other.

outside Dave used his phone

 I won't forget either moment.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Carlos Batts art auction to raise money for his widow, Lillian

my friend, Steve Diet Goedde, posted this on his blog and I'm copying and pasting it. thanks Steve.

 "Tomorrow night in LA! Please come out and bid on some amazing art for a really great cause. Artists include ART of COOP, Olivia De Berardinis, Shepard Fairey, Eric Kroll, Dave Naz, Matthew Bone, George Pitts, Beatrice Neumann, Victor Lightworship, Estevan Oriol, Gregory Bojorquez, Octavio Arizala, Eric Minh Swenson, Ed Fox, Chas Ray Krider,Rick Castro, Bob Coulter, Tera Patrick, Kimberly Kane, BUCK ANGEL, Dennis McGrath, Nina Hartley, Rae Threat, Ramzi Abed, April Flores, Carlos Batts, and many more! Advance bidding on select pieces at"

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Carlos Batts. the viewing and the funeral

When I got the call from my sister Lisa that our mother had died, I had just been being hugged by Marilyn Manson at a Dita Von Teese TASCHEN booksigning. I felt almost nothing about either. One because I wasn't close to him and the other, because I knew her SO well. My mother and I had had 60 years to enjouy or not each other;s company and I was grateful for having that time.
The loss of Carlos Batts is different from Marilyn Manson and my mother. He and I were very close because we travelled the same imaginary road and were rich as we both felt from our friendship. I would have welcomed more and more.
I write this to justify my photographing his viewing and funeral. The outpouring, the visible love 4 Carlos and 4 Lillian, the sorrow that rested uneasily on so many faces, I put here to remind people and myself to live each day as though it were our last.
Losing Carlos is like when the few women I truly loved in my life...walked out of my life. And through the pain and the permanent separation from what we had had...there would always be the underlying LOVE. She never stopped loving me. I never stopped loving her. We were just no longer able to do life together. Same goes for Carlos  and me. Or is it Carlos and I?
Love you Lillian. You and your family and Carlos' brothers and parents rocked that cemetery on a lovely November weekend in 2013.

`If you heal'.

the viewing Friday nite

the Saturday burial