Sunday, August 24, 2014

SUPREME & MONITALY @ FRIEZE


I just ran across this photo of me at FRIEZE art fair on QUI-STYLE working my MONITALY jacket and 20th anniversary SUPREME Tee. I' can't believe I've been shopping at that store for 20 years, they're still really nice to me there....that's loyalty

AI WEI WEI ON THE BUND 9-2009


This may have been the first time I saw this artist's work, still one of my favorite Chinese artists.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Museum of The City of New York




I started working at this museum last month giving a talk, teaching visitors about New York. When I was a little kid I told my parents that "when I grow up I'm going to move to NYC and be an artist"  and that's exactly what I'm doing. With 7 solo shows under my belt and inclusion in a group show at the museum of modern art and positive reviews in the New York Times I would have to say that my life is kind of a dream come true and living in New York City is a big part of that dream so it's really fun to be working at this museum. I never would have guessed that I would enjoy standing in front of a large crowd every day and speaking to them would be so rewarding but it really is and the visitors have a lot of questions for me too, sometimes they look at me in awe and say 'What's it like to be an ARTIST in New York City???""

I realize it is kind of amazing and I love sharing my experiences. Some people recognize the building as the set of the old TV show "Gossip Girl" which I used to watch too a long time ago. So much has changed since then, all for the better.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Week of Pride....

My friend Philip Faustino has been posting these messages daily on Facebook

Philip is  a Sergeant First Class In The United States Army and I think he's a very wise man

I collected these and am posting them here so I can have easy acesss to them to read whenever I'm plagued by self doubt or any of the other demons that rob me or any of my friends from living full, rich lives....


Pride is when you stop hiding & pretending and start accepting & living.....

Pride is knowing that if you can't love yourself, how the HELL you gonna love somebody else...

Pride is learning to stop making excuses & stop feeling sorry for yourself

Nobody wants to be invited to your self-pity party.......God doesn't make mistakes; you are who you are for a reason - embrace it!

Pride is remembering & acknowledging those who walked the walk and fought the fight so we could live a little more comfortably today....

Pride is knowing that acceptance & tolerance is a two-way street; it goes both ways.......you want to be treated fairly & equally, then that attitude needs to be reciprocated towards everyone else......

Pride is not just a Sunday afternoon parade, celebrated once a year.......it's celebrated every day, every minute, every second........learn to love yourself & be proud of WHO you are, not WHAT you are......

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Normal Heart

I thought it was so cool that the recent HBO production of "The Normal Heart" used 2 songs from Roxy Music's "Avalon " album.....Roxy Music is the first ever band that mattered to me....when I heard "Love Is The Drug" on the radio in high school it was as if some spirit from some nether region was speaking to me only....it gave me chills. they were the first band I ever saw live and Ive since seen them at least 3 times, same for Bryan ferry solo. The Ironic thing is that when "Avalon" was released I was living in london and they played the title track on radio constantly and I had no idea who it was. I didm't really even pay attention to it....I was so much more into punky, new wavy sounding bands so this very adult sounding album didn't register with me at first, but now.......I love it

Andres Serrano @ West 4th Street





Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life Panel Discussion at Strand Bookstore.....



What a great honor this was to be able to share my experience at Strand bookstore, thank you Sharon Louden, Unversity of Chicago press and everyone who encouraged me to come to NYC to live my dream of being an artist....