Friday, April 18, 2014

People Magazine compares George W Bush's Portraits To Mine!

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Wow, I never thought I'd be mentioned in people magazine, or that my name would appear in the same sentence as George W. Bush's name, but here it is! You can read the Article here. I like what I have seen of Bush's Portraits, Berlusconi and Putin especially. Here's my self portrait followed by Bush's portrait of Berlusconi

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B







This was on a compilation tape of his favorite music that my dad sent me before he passed away. It's hard to imagine that there was a time when this was radical and  parents hated this. I'm reminded too of the time when I was a little kid and and we had driven my mom to the train station as she was going away for a couple of weeks, then, my dad drove us to the department store where we were each allowed to pick out an album, I picked the Mama's and the Poppas and my dad bought them for us. Before that time there was no Rock'nroll music allowed in our household, that was a great day!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Paypal Releases The Worst App Ever....

 Around thanksgiving of last year I noticed a sign in my local coffee shop "The Bean" saying " Use your paypal app and your Lunch is free!" so I downloaded the app and I got a free lunch for a couple of weeks in a row, then paypal offered more free things as long as you used the app to pay. I got a beautiful steak at Dickson's Farm Stand in the chelsea market for free, espresso affogato, burritos, indian food...it was too good to be true....well it did come with a catch, it only works about half of the time......you'd be standing on line to pay and then when it was your turn, there was some glitch with the app or I hadn't signed in properly and someone from the store would have to walk me through it, or, I just wasn't showing up on their screen for some reason so I'd have to close out the app and res sign in again, or their internet was down.....it worked about half the time and the other half of the time I'd be subjected to some annoying , shameful experience. Then it got so bad that business' that were listed on the app put up signs saying "PAYPAL NOT ACCEPTED!!!" or they'd say "Our Internet is down" This happened to me the second time I went to Dickson's Farmstand Meats when a new after christmas promotion was listed on paypal. I ordered a duck leg confit to go and when I said I wanted to use the paypal app to pay, the cashier said that their internet was down. The building in which they are located "Chelsea Market" is home to many internet based businesses such as birch box etc and they are right across the street from the google building and their internet is down....hmm, that seemed a little fishy. Then other business' which were listed as having offers refused the app or I would buy something and the discount would not be applied so I'd have to spend 20 minutes on the phone with paypal and sometimes they would rectify the problem and sometimes not.......I did get a lot of great free stuff and discovered some amazing local business' my favorite discovery is "I am Coffee" at 9 St. Mark's place where they make an incredible Mochacino with hand shaved chocolate on top and it's free! As long as you use the paypal app....

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Living with a Keith Mayerson Painting




Yesterday I took down my large Keith Mayerson painting called "To Michelle" from 1999 for its yearly cleaning and I spent some time thinking about just how lucky I am to have it.  I almost didn't take it and wanted something smaller instead, but when I think of all the pleasure Ive gotten from owning this I don't know what I was thinking, why I had any hesitations....I love this painting and am so grateful that I get to live with it

The Flamethrowers


I'm really loving this book by Rachel Kushner called " The Flamethrowers" alas I am near in the end of this book and will prob finish it today. One of the characters came up with a list of possible titles for his memoirs and I found one on here I want to use for mine, they're all so good..

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Magic Continues.....

And the number one thing Im glad about is that I'm here..... in NYC. It seems like I went through a crazy period of long distance relationships....Brazil, Budapest, China. When presented with these challenges just thinking "Sure, we can make that work...." but ultimately the challenges of long distance relationships took me away from my work in my studio, my career. It was an interesting time period and I got to travel a lot which I do love, but it's nice for me to focus on being grounded and to concentrate on my career as an artist above all else.......I don't really have to follow someone to Shanghai if I want a relationship....there are plenty of interesting, single gay men in NYC

Thursday, March 27, 2014

What A Month

In the last month I've seen my two best friends get married and participated in a panel discussion Strand Book Store for "Living and Sustaining a Ceative Life". At the VIP opening for the Armory Art fair I was told by The super cool art advisor Clarissa Dalrymple that I looked "terribly smart" and NY Magazine Art Critic Jerry Saltz gave me a shout out from the podium as he was giving a talk at The New York Academy of Art...I'm feeling very grown up these days.....and I like it, I'm very glad to be living this life