Monthly Archives: December 2008

10 Reasons I’m Grateful

Thank you, folks. Thank you.

People bought a lot of prints this past month, and I’m truly grateful. These were the top ten sellers:

Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson

Grandaddy's Caddy

Grandaddy's Caddy

Nathan's

Nathan's

Quantity Beer

Quantity Beer

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

The Universe is Conspiring in Your Favor

The Universe is Conspiring in Your Favor

Still Life With Stapler ("Office Space")

Still Life With Stapler ("Office Space")

"On the Road" LP

"On the Road" LP

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia

Monopoly Smackdown

Monopoly Smackdown

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Three Reasons to Dig Dan Asencio

Last Saturday Bronx artist Dan Asencio and I exhibited a couple pieces as part of a group show in Brooklyn Artists Gym. He’s a good man, and here are just three reasons why:

1. He can draw like a madman.

2. He’s the friendliest dude on the planet.

3. He and his girlfriend Shannon enjoy the bejesus out of life in New York, and are always up to something interesting and fun.

Hopefully we’ll do a joint show someplace in New York in 2009.

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Twarn’t a Night Fit fer Man Nor Beast….

The sky was angry that night, my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli. (Simile adaptation courtesy of G. Costanza)

The perfect compliment to a rare December monsoon, my art show “It’s About Liking Things” opened last Thursday. To the folks who showed up at Lolita Bar, I thank you. You were all so drenched and wonderful. It was actually a perfect night to be in a cozy, dry place with even cozier, dryer Martinis. Katz’s deli, as usual, kicked tokhes, and I enjoyed myself immensely. Hope you did too. Let’s do it again soon.

The show runs through January 16. If you haven’t already, stop by. On January 7 we’ll be there for happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Daily Chuckler: Costanza’s Greatest Moment

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Lower East Side or Bust

Katz’s famous sandwiches, pickles and knishes are confirmed. The art is on the walls. The bar is stocked (I saw the shipment last night with my own eyes, I did). We’re good to go for tonight’s opening reception, 6:00-9:00 at Lolita Bar, featuring the Lower East Side’s most generous happy hour till 8:00.

Hope you can make it. (click for directions to Lolita, 266 Broome St. @ Allen)

"The Universe Is Conspiring In Your Favor"  16" by 20"  acrylic on canvas

"The Universe Is Conspiring In Your Favor" 16" by 20" acrylic on canvas

Va-Va-VOOM! Uhura

Va-Va-VOOM! Uhura

August69

August69

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Art Up on Lower East: Lolita Show Set to Open

I’ve got 13 pieces up on the sweet bricky walls of Lolita Bar on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A week or so earlier, the Times ran an article about the various art scenes of different New York neighborhoods, including a section about The Lowah:

“Among the art neighborhoods of Manhattan, the Lower East Side is by far the most picturesque. With its dusty synagogues, squeezed-together tenements, anarchist graffiti and shop signs in Yiddish, Spanish and Chinese, it’s a visual event whether you’re visiting galleries or not.

But the essence of a city is change, and this neighborhood is changing. The synagogues and signs are disappearing, along with the anarchist spirit and artist-friendly rents. Chic little bars and boutiques speak of rampant yuppification, although at the moment — and a sullen economy could prolong this — old and new are still trading places.”

(the whole article is here)

As I’ve been preparing for this show, I’ve been reading Richard Price‘s latest novel, “Lush Life,” set in the Lower East Side. I’d been on the NYPL waiting list for months, and boom, the book shows up just as I’m about to lug my canvases down there. Truly putting, as Flanders would say, the dink in coinky-dink, as it were. Synchronicity of some sort, I suppose. Good book, too. I saw Price read from it a few months ago at Summer Stage in Central Park. If you like “The Wire” (for which he wrote), you ought to check out his books, including “The Wanderers” and “Clockers” (both good flicks as well, but this guy is a pleasure to read, so doowit).

Anyway, back to the art. Join us on December 11 from 6-9 p.m. for the opening. We’ll be serving up pastrami and pickles and knishes, and Lolita has one of the best happy hours in town, daily from 5-8. Come for the art, stay for the $3 drinks and LES soul food!

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