Monday, May 17, 2010

Saturday 2:30am Michigan Ave

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

I Want Your Love a film by Travis D. Mathews

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! --- 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

NEXT/ARTChicago 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!
1.CUBS hat
2.Quarters for Laundry (15 loads0
4.Tokion Magazine
5.Thin tip colored Sharpie markers
6.3 copies of NEW YORK magazine
7.Colored pencils
9.School boy glasses (one lens real one lens fake)
10.1 $10.00 bill
11.old Coach wallet mouse
12.5 - 2 copies of PAPER magazine
Matthew Barney and the Guggenheim Museum book
14.COLT magazine

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 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 of foot cream
25.metal compas uses for my high school geometry class not used for art making
26.paint brushes
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 from Matt's & my first house party