Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
This image comes from the show that Matt Osterlund, Molly Milroy & I attended at Chicago's METRO.
The story is as follow:
Thursday, April 4, 1996
The Metro Chicago Theater
After a wonderful week in Chicago for spring break, Matt, Molly & I needed to go out with a bang. We were bumming around Wrigly and came across a theater marquee labeled with the heading Radiohead. This was the Cabaret Metro now simply known as the MERTO, a long standing music venue in the city. I had some (small) knowledge of the band on the marquee, Radiohead had done a song for the summer movie Clueless, so we tried to get some tickets.
There were some issues:
a. it was pouring rain
b. we were under age
c. we looked like out of towners and no one would scalp to us.
Then our luck changed; as we were about to go home a small man came out the front doors of the theater and approached us. He said "You guys want to go to the show?" we nodded with excitement. "How much?"I said. the short man then smiles and says "No Charge!" He then handed us the tickets & neck lanyards and off we went.
Remember this was 1996 and Radiohead was indi-rock famous not mainstream & we had no clue what was going on.
The walked into the venue and up to the VIP space. The main floor had people on it but the theater was not packed and the VIP are had a bunch of record people standing around. Matt & I nabbed a free drink (yes mom, booze & beer) and waited for the show to start.
The lights dimmed, the smoke got thicker and the man who gave us the tickets walked out on stage. Molly hit me in the arm and pointed, I just thought he was the promoter but I was wrong...it was Thom york the front man. (Que shocked music)
The show was amazing, Radiohead was sad and ART broken, "Fake Plastic Trees" made me well up with tears & it really was a fantastic show!
After the show WE ventured down to the main floor to say thank you for the tickets.
Molly approached Thom, we chatted for awhile and we took the set list.
Now that is an amazing night!
Matt Osterlund's Version
The way that night transpired, what got us to that point, all the things that had to line up just right. Meeting those girls the night before at Second City, them telling us they'd be at The Metro the next night clubbing, then we show up to... a big "Sold Out" sign and "Radiohead" on the billboard. Then shopping for records next door, leaving and deciding to look at The Metro calendar to see who was playing next week, only at that point does a short goofy looking british dude in a hoodie come out the front door and ask us three kids if we wanted free tickets to the show. I remember seeing their "tour bus" which was a Uhaul with a trailer, now to think where they're at. Man, what a night. I'll never forget that night, the emotion, "Fake Plastic Trees" being played, me in tears with two great friends in a huge hug, it really was great.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
33, professor/video artist
What’s your art about?
Most of the work I do deals with social interaction between two people. I’m really interested in the idea of quick, immediate meetings.
Then what’s your best advice on meeting someone you want to hook up with?
A bar is probably one of the easiest places to actually talk to somebody. All you need to do is give them a nice little glance and a little wave.
If you could bring a celebrity here, who would it be and what would you drink?
The drink, first and foremost, would be the El Diablo [Azul Blanco tequila, creme de cassis, ginger beer and lime juice], because that is dangerous, spicy, and sexy. I saw a bunch of the kids from "Gossip Girl" the other day, and I think any of those people would be fine with me, the boys or the girls.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
KINGS OF CHICAGO - submission deadline September 15th 2010
FEARLESS - looking for unafraid male models
Sound & Vision at the Modern Wing, AIC- Aug, 26 5-8pm
Call for entries:This fall will be the launch of a small art based magazine simply grounded in the diversity of gay culture. This is a single run issue, 300 total, including artist proof. This periodical falls with in the tradition of punk and independent zines of the nineteen eighties/nineties and the contemporary publications of the new millennium.
This particular publication is about men only but not male centric. As artists and contributors to our great culture we must respect out community as a whole.
This first publication deals with “new gay male ideals and identity” in place of his historical framework.
The contents, theme, and motif of this issue deal with “ Since the 1980’s, post , America has lost many of its middle-aged men (45-65). This loss has caused a historical, social and representational gap in the queer community. The survivors and uninfected are unheard, the living group of men don’t talk about the “ACT UP” days and the youth (25years or less) know nothing of their historical past because of this lack of communication. I.E. “What’s Stonewall?” This issue is a reflection and reaction to that missing group. Please note: “missing” does not just mean deceased. How do we continue our queer legacy, history and progress with out this chronological link? How does the community teach the youth about our historical context with out sounding like angry queers or should we still be angry? This is a reactionary project, an exploratory version of our historical context.” (working title).
This issue of KOC is asking for your written or visual reactions. The form is solely in the hands of the artists. KOC is looking for ten contributors, all ages, ethnicities and people who identify as male need apply. All contributors will receive a copy of the magazine, marketing, and inclusion in the editors notes for the launch of the publication, no monies will be exchanged. There is no fee for entry and submission of artwork. This is an editor driven publication and will be juried by the editor and KOC’s counterparts.
- By Email: Submit JPG's via email (maximum size: not larger than 10 inches or 720 pixels in any one direction and 72dpi only), and not more than 6 - 12 samples. If KOC wants to see more we will ask.
- Send work to: email@example.com
- With all submissions include your location, short biography, artists statement or both. Each and every sample of work MUST include artist's name, title, size, medium, date, and edition.
- All writing samples must be sent in with in a Word document and embedded with in the Email.
- KOC reserves the right to reject work due to unresolvable disputes between the artist and curator(s).
All artwork needs to be emailed by midnight September 15, 2010. We are shooting for a late October early November 2010 launch date. If admitted to KOC further publishing details will follow.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I sit I think- I stand I writhe
Media: digital C print. (CKMY lab printed) size unframed 18"x14" / framed 20"x 24"
Edition: 1 portfolio of 9 digital C prints Price: each:$200 (framed) portfolio:$1500 (unframed)
I sit I think- I stand I writhe -an action shot self portrait of living alone & thinking with action. In the dead of Chicago Winter, alone for 3 days, due to a blizzard our character must play out his internal thoughts into actions. Clamoring for warmth, love and human companionship, he heats the room with light, dawns his boots, & creates a dance in hope of a lover to come to his rescue.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Move forward & push on, break barriers, be unafraid, the definition of "goal" has many meanings but all leads to victory.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
As if one week in the Pines was not enough I still wanted more. As a 32-year-old male who really has never gone on vacation I now understand the power of surf & sun. I have been here before just not for such an extended stay. The weekend is full of the classic gay stereotype - tan muscle posers but the mid week population is abundant with kind, glorious, sun-loving friends.
The local bars, not busting at the seams, have a calm air about them; like the beach towns of southern France. Post drinks we arrive back to our share to dive into Mediterranean style late dinning. The food here is all home made, fresh julienned vegetables, abundant seafood; for the first time in my life I ate shrimp, elegant summer cocktails & whole fruit for snacks.
Post dinner activities are limited to movies, board games or a trip to the “dick dock or the meat looker”, I am sure you can figure out the later. I enjoy the late night ocean swim & naked walk home. Leaving this place in a few days will be hard.
When I was a child I hated going to my summer home on Lyman Lake. Lyman was a punishment, my parents taking me away form the bustling city, Superior WI, the thriving home of culture that it is. My mother was always saying “you’ll feel differently when your older.” damn was she right! Fire Island is heaven on earth with a ton of gay dudes. Earth, wind, water, food & the possibility of sex around every bush, if the Christian right says I am going to hell I need it to be this place.
Thank you FIRE ISLAND!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
It is always nice to take a stroll down Michigan Avenue in Chicago. It is especially nice to take a late night walk on a warm spring night. Michigan Avenue with its delightful Gucci & Chanel windows, tourists & well-landscaped lined boulevards is a lovely way to end a perfect night. My dear friend Graunk and I were enjoying our stroll when a lovely couple approached us and asked a simple task. The tall long haired man, wielding a very large camera stopped dead in his tracks & asked for our picture. Graunk & I, well buzzed from Gilt bar, full from a dinner of Zapatista’s Mexican food, & coming of a high from the amazing drinks at Blackbird, had no issues with this opportunity. Graunk, looking very 70’s porn mixed with John Varvatos chic, unabashedly said “Of Course Doll”. I was in normal David Jude attire; Thom Brown cropped pants & bow tie, I looked like an American dandy. The man snapped the picture, his smashing lady friend took our email addresses, and they were on their way.
I love getting my picture taken, it is not because I’m a narcissist (I am a narcissist) or have low self worth, it is because the picture is a form of fashion validation. Graunk & I have do have a fashion history in this city; looking “fashion forward” in Chicago is not easy. Chicago is not free fashion thinking city like New York. People always tell us, “you look so different”, “you have style”, or my favorite “You dressed up”. Who does not love a compliment, but here it is kind of a backhanded compliment. In most cases, the compliment comes with a subtext; the “Jesus, what the fuck is he wearing?” subtext.
We live in a city of mid-west fashion safety; hell people here still think Barneys is a dinosaur. We had our version of 5th avenue condensed in to one city block, OAK Street, that is slowly becoming extinct as well. Our version of a fashion event/show is a mega retailer (Nordstrom’s men’s book party) trunk show, dull. We have our version of Williamsburg too, Wicker Park & those retailers that were supposedly hip are dying as well, really dying!
Fashion wasteland is bad, really bad, what can a good Chicagoan do? We can keep dressing, try to buy locally, support American & local designers, and show the rest of the good Ol’ USA that we are forward dressers. It is not hard to replace your striped tie with a great bright print tie or pocket square, even if your a banker. Try mixing H&M (cheap) with George Greene (high) for a well edited look. As for the local “GAYS” stop dressing like a stupid clone, t-shirts & bad jeans, and look like a sharp dressed man, for once be a positive stereotype. If we band together and try to enjoy the difference in fashion we will all get the photo opp.
*picture by:Zachary Watts & Anastasia V. Shcherbakova- thank you!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Travis D. Mathews is an independent filmmaker in San Francisco. HE is amazing- his early video work for the infamous BUTT Magazine -IN THEIR ROOM - is romantic, sexy & really, really GAY! I love him!
http://travisdmathews.com/ --- ADULT CONTENT
Take a look at this new work - it is "VERY ADULT"- the film is modeled after the 2006 movie SHORTBUS by John Cameron Mitchell. The film was produced by NakedSword, yes the porn company. This gave Mathews the ability to shoot graphic sex scenes without the FCC or movie rating groups to contest or protest his artwork.
Please take a look at his work & support Queer ART!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Here are some images form ARTChicago this year.
It was great & stuff- typical emerging art -90% shit, 5% interesting, 2.5 worth looking at & 2.5%good.
My List of the 2.5% GOOD:
University of Illinois Chicago MFA show was really great- mostly sculptural & content was strong (NEXT)
Mixed Greens Gallery NYC - really great drawings (NEXT)
Leo Kesting Gallery NYC - artists driven gallery, self promo, funny & colorful (NEXT)
CLUB NUTZ Milwaukee - wild performance party space- see video- (NEXT)
White Cube Gallery London - great works by Hirst, Flavin as well as a bunch of YBAs (ARTChicago)
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery Chicago - Buzz Spector & small Butterflied sculptures (ARTChicago)
Monday, May 3, 2010
Saturday- my table- my life- my art-
Roll over the text & click on the links- fun!
2.Quarters for Laundry (15 loads0
5.Thin tip colored Sharpie markers
6.3 copies of NEW YORK magazine
9.School boy glasses (one lens real one lens fake)
10.1 $10.00 bill
11.old Coach wallet
12.5 - 2 copies of PAPER magazine
13.Matthew Barney and the Guggenheim Museum book
15.painters lamp (30wt bulb)
16.Surface magazine from 2008
17. 5 new small art works one cut out self portrait
18.paid evil Comcast bill
19.Unopened Bank of America monthly statement
20.green box for pot & opened quarters
21.12" metal ruler
22.cut out of Kiki Smiths work the is up at the NEW MUSEUM
23.2 brown clip boards
24.tube of foot cream
25.metal compas uses for my high school geometry class not used for art making
27. 1 gum eraser & 1 kneadable eraser
28.shitty blue scissors
29. cut out of large man who looks like a lumber jack for is a high end fashion designer in NYC
30. over priced charcoal pencils in silver case with silver pencil sharpener
31.thin rail black masking tape
32.pictures from Matt's & my first house party