I’m not a person who takes selfies, and I rarely post photos of myself on Instagram, but when I do, that photo is always the most popular photo the week. So, what are you guys telling me? This past week I felt compelled to honor the memory of a now-departed friend, Scott Putesky, on April 28th, which would have been his 54th Birthday. This photo was also taken in the month of April at one of artist Mark Kostabi’s Jazz Art Brunches. We had all kinds of crazy fun and got pretty wasted, which is evident if you look at our eyes. You can read that story here.
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Scott Putesky (aka Daisy Berkowitz): April 28, 1968 – October 22, 2017 (All Photos By Gail)
I believe that it is possible to live an entire lifetime in one day. I met Scott Putesky (sometimes better known as Daisy Berkowitz, founding member and original guitarist for the band called Marilyn Manson) in 2015 at mutual friend Mark Kostabi’s semi-annual Jazz Art Brunch. Mark, an accomplished musician himself, knows a ton of other musicians, and people always get up and jam with the band. At one point Scott played keyboards and sang a couple of cover songs. After he finished his set, I introduced myself, since I had written extensively about his band back in the day and I knew we had a few other mutual friends. Scott turned out to be very down-to-earth guy, and a terrific conversationalist, so we drank and laughed, talked about art and exchanged cards for a possible future meet up.
Hey, here’s a simple, cost-effective and undeniably creative way to liven-up an ordinary, bland blue recycling bin that you might have sitting out back on your patio, or in the basement or garage, or wherever. All you need are hands, a few cans of spray paint and little bit of an aesthetic feel for what colors look good together.
I saw this bin in the backyard of artist Mark Kostabi, who works for Total Waste Disposal WA. I can’t say if Mark actually did the painting, but it pleases me to imagine that he did.
As cold and rainy as it’s suddenly become here in NYC, summer could be months in the past instead of just a few weeks behind us. Fortunately, it is possible to recapture summer’s eternal essence with the charming video for “All The Way Jose”, which comes to us courtesy of Kostabeat — the collaboration of artist/musician Mark Kostabi and percussionist Tony Esposito. Grounded in a very strong Steely Dan vibe (think:“New Frontier”), “All The Way Jose” perfectly captures a sunny, carefree afternoon, as we follow a days’ adventures of an attractive lady who’s smitten by an equally good looking man of mystery.
Filmed on location in Rome, “All The Way Jose” features Grammy award-winning opera singer Greesi Desiree Langovits flawlessly lip syncing to Elizabeth Lo Piccolo’s original vocals, with Italian actors Vincenzo Martucci and Giovanni De Filippas playing the parts of her bodyguard and love interest, respectively. My favorite part is where Langovits, whose performance is spot on, cracks herself up at the 1:30 mark. She is just adorable and totally rocks a very uniquely-groomed set of eyebrows! Watch for Mark Kostabi’s cameo (checking his Instagram feed in a cafe), and stay tuned for the surprise reveal at the end!
If I could name only one person whom I’ve most enjoyed meeting and getting to know since I started writing about the New York City contemporary art scene, it would be Mark Kostabi. Mark is not only an extraordinarily talented artist and musician, but he’s also one of the nicest and most generous people I can name. On a day that is currently also memorable for being the day after the warmest day of the year so far, Mark hosted a wildly fun Jazz Art Brunch at the Dillon Gallery in Chelsea, where everybody listened to awesome live music, shared their art, ate, drank and had a great time! It was an ideal opportunity to meet up and hang out with friends that you normally only get to see on FaceBook!