Monday, August 31, 2015

Ground Hog Day

Tomorrow at 4 am I get woke and go across the way to the Mayo clinic for my percultaneous nephrolithotomy/nephroltihotripsy (PCNL). whoopee! This time I'm going to have the IV in my left arm. Gail's bored with this, my friends are bored, my kids I know are bored and I'm bored and anxious to `just do it'.

In the meantime, my old publisher (leonard Abrahms) from the East Village Eye
alerted me to the Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in NYC  doing a show called The Downtown Decade (1975-1985) and though its to begin in a week I worked with Lauren, the director, and thirty some images were chosen.
What follows is a small per centage of what I shot in those years. Naturally I kept everything including all the art opening announcements. Lauren hopes to show some of those also.

The Bookseller didnt choose this of Richard Hambleton talking with Rick Prol but they did choose

Richard making one of his silouettes for the Terminal exhibition in NYC


a Hambleton on 10th st and 1 st avenue.

Futura 2000, his body stretched across the canvas, spray painting like Jackson Pollack drip painting (photos) by Hans Namuth.

Luis Frangella painting ( I miss him)

Ann Magnuson at Club 57 they included but didn't include

but did include


Ann M. in my studio.

(I'll add to this after surgery) I miss my children (so what else is (k)new)
doing this from recovery 10 hrs after two surgeries,,,

Mike Bidlo was easy to shoot. always photogenic. I understand Tony Shafrazi shows him now.

Mike does artists from the past saying why pay millions for a Warhol when you can buy a Bidlo. I have a silver Marilyn that lks like a Warhol but is a Bidlo. Here he recreated Warhol's Factory at PS 1.
when i came back from living in a RV for a year with my wife, Lynka, I could only afford a tiny studio at 118 E. 28th st. I shot Ann Magnuson there and many others for the few years I was there. I think I also shot her in her tiny railroad apartment in the lower easy side.

here she is performing at Club 57 in the basement of a Ukranian social club. Haring, K. Scharf, John Sex and K. Anger performed there.

`Headless Body Found in Topless Bar'. Ann reads

Eric Bigosian also performed at Club 57. I shot him doing air guitar in his studio along Delancey st.

John Sex in my my tiny studio. He was fabulous.

both sides of John Sex

some more announcements I saved

more photos after i rest in Mayo Phoenix

A Richard Hambleton silouette

Richard Hambleton doing a piece for the Terminal show


Rik Prol with a piece he did on the green seamless I shot him against in my studio

Kano, Futura, Haring and Dondi



Haring on FDR drive

me as `super dad'

Patty Astor and Keith Haring at the Fun Gallery

Tama Janowitz (Slaves of New York) watches a jacket being tagged at Keith Haring party after his opening at Tony Shafrazi gallery


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My Aborted Surgery photo by Gail Marcus Orlen

moments after I was told that an urinary infection cancelled my surgery Gail took this telling photo. Me looking like a soccer mom or a rejected Vanity Fair transgender cover.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

First a Canyon brush fire two canyons to the west of my house, then a heavy monsoon rain

and down came the animals. First two scrawny coyotes in front of my gate to Craycroft, then a proud roadrunner who didnt run but rather posed on the top of my chaise lounge, then a small gaggle of havalinas (they had been roasted by the evil HOA but two years later were back coming single file down a wash in back of my house. Then last night a fat gila monster who was gone by the time I turned my car around. Love them animals.

I feel fine. People keep saying on the phone that after my (August 18th) surgery I'll feel much better EXCEPT for the fact I FEEL FINE. C'est la vie. I leave everything to my two daughter , Leah and Willa, though both have made it clear they dont want my important collection of smut. When I was circa a elevenb years old my father, Boris, at the formal dining room table, asked us three kids who will come into his (textile) business he had made from scratch into millions and a fine reputation for elegance and mid century style. I said I wanted to go off on my own in some other field. He was furious and vindictive. So much for hiding behind youth.

I've been shooting Sarah P. since I met her through my daughter Leah at Idylwild high school

after she hit her dashboard of her car

shot again at the Mint on their 4th anniversary for the "Wild Girls"

Nite at the beach in the Mint

this is the one (the founder) I never grow tired of shooting