Thursday, May 22, 2014

Night Hawks at the diner

Whenever I feel a compulsion to see or learn something new I call Robert Villa. Earlier last week I bought two prom dresses at a yard sale and wanted to do a prom revisited. Robert was my date.

I resemble Father Kino but

Robert and I don't let the age difference become a factor

Robert began to resemble the infamous Villanite lizard found only near the Desert Museum
which prompted me and Robert to seek out the nearby Nighthawks

Robert made light offerings and I shot
into blackness

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Family and friends

I stay at my old friend Willard Morgan's hotel, the Larchmont on 11th st between 5th and 6th avenue. The bathrooms are in the hall and my door is opened with a key. Can you imagine!
Down the block is the French Roast and every morning I would have a breakfast meeting with like Stephen Kasher from the Kasher Gallery or Myles from Ampersand Gallery or luch with Carl from Bard College (1964-66).

I'd have the omelette, with bagette and chicken sausage ($8.50) and killer coffee.

I like to eat at Spain and have eaten there on and off for more than 40 years. They set up three tables in the middle of the back room and friends staggered in from 7pm to 11 pm. The free appetizers are scary but the main courses are very fine.

Leonard Abrahms, publisher of the East Village Eye, called because aJapanese t-shirt company is going to do tees of one of my covers I did for him of Robert Maplethorpe. He brought a pretty woman he was seeing. We both wore traditional Spanish shirts.

Leonard is holding a copy of the new book done of my collection of photos by John K, "Sitting". My text, Carey's design and published by Ampersand Books. It did very well at the New York City Outsider Art Show in the former DIA building lit by Dan Flavin neon pieces in the hallways.

They showed cut out collages from the 50's by Arthur, film he made in Washington Square Park and Coney Island beach in the early '60's, and photos by John I found in LA.

When photographer Melanie came to my hotel room I asked to to pick from a pile of my 4x6 inch prints and the one she choose matched in subject a photo by John. My shot had Simone Cross jamming her foot into Brandon's mouth in resonse to him asking her to drown him (at the Majestic Hotel in SF in 2003).

some Arthur collages

old friends stopped by at the Outsider art show like Charlie Steiner whom I have known since the early seventies

Myles shows harlie additional collection material

Ampersand booth. note the tv monitor with Arthur film on the desk -right side

Arthur creations

While this was going on the Stephen Kasher gallery exhibited three of the John pieces I had given him to sell in his "Slaves of Mimesis: Nine Years on 23rd st April 24th -May 24th, 2014.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hair and Hats New York City style

first i buy this litho from the time in Colonial Williamsburg then I come across styles that match from the 21st century.

a meter reading guy in a Tribeca bar

then dinner withWhitney Ward (wife of Joe Coleman) at the Spain (113 w. 13th)

then the woman vintage clothing dealer who wouldn't sellme her hat

and then there is Nancy, the art collector I met at the Outsider exhibition.

my friend Henny Garfinkel was in Amagansett but she spear heads the distinct hair brigade

Henny speaking with my friend Willard Morgan- my two daughters in the background,

Henny with my daughter Leah

and then there is my friend George Pitts, photographer teacher who had the closest to God the higher the hair thing going till he cut it.

George explained he had the same style for 20 years. He remaiins a handsome devil

George and I act as bkends for  photographer Melanie King at the restaurant Spain.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Prince By Any Other Name

Charlie I have known since b4 his time. Yesterday, we visited the Central Park zoo. It hasn't changed a bit.

Only I have

I would have wanted to stay in his world- to see the world as he saw it but I had to go back to my world- subways, sirens and appointments with daughters and newly hatched daughter's of nephews and...

but b4 we (Charlie, Melanie and me) camped in Yosemite,

cooked at Mono Lake

met interesting tranny campers

visited with the very fine photographer Chrles Gatewood in San Francisco

The photo Charles Gatewood is holding is his shot of Lonnie Young crossing his downtown room with gun. Lonnie and I went to Bard College for a while. I don't think the girl did. I heard Lonnie died shortly after this photo. Sorry Lonnie.

Melanie the mom is starting a program to get her phd in philosophy. No surprise there. Here she is juggling child, modelling and photography.

(my dress)

feeding Charlie



Melanie and her son