The occasion of his 60th Birthday (June 8th) was reason enough for me to dig through my archives from the year 2000 and whip out this memory-making photo of me throwing metal with Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes! Woo! Yes, I had a poster of his face on my wall when I was in college — no shame! You can read that interview Here!
In addition to being a prolific writer, musician and songwriter Woody Guthrie was a talented visual artist. He began working as a sign painter in Pampa, Texas, and later became a cartoonist for newspapers in Los Angeles and New York. He used a variety of mediums, including oil, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, watercolor, clay, ceramics, and even his children’s crayons, to produce everything from traditional landscapes and portraits to experimental multimedia pieces. Guthrie portrayed his surroundings and the people who impressed him, whether well-known historical figures or neighborhood faces. Like his music, his artwork provides a glimpse into his daily life, as well as his thoughts and feelings about his community. The following is inscribed on the back of this artwork, In El Rancho Grande (1936); “this adobe art painted of clay, open air and sky. Imagined in front of the Santa Fe Art Museum when an old lady told me “the world is made of Adobe“ and I added “so is man.“
Photographed in the Morgan Library in New York City as par of the Exhibit, People Are The Song.
The Candytopia is a candy-themed immersive exhibit that has been touring major cities across the US for a while now. The newest space (and the largest to-date) is located in the Penn Plaza district of NYC, and inhabits 24,000 square feet, boasting 17 different interactive environments, Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, and offering delectable tastes of your favorite sweet treats along your journey!
For Mother’s Day, I’m giving you want you want most: a photo of me with a famous person! This shot of me with Robyn Hitchcock was taken at a very crowded press preview at Morrison Hotel Gallery on Prince Street in SoHo at least ten years ago, judging by the style of frames I’m wearing. I had met Robyn many years earlier at a Grant Lee Buffalo show in Seattle, and we share a mutual friend, so we were able to carry on a somewhat interesting conversation beyond me recognizing him as a famous person. The reason I have that sly look on my face is due to my friend Anne attempting to sneak a photo of us. I do not photograph so well in profile, so I wanted to turn my head and save the shot. Mission accomplished!
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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