Sunday, May 31, 2015

Betsy Palmer 1926-2015 a fixture of my childhood

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Richard Serra on my art

"I have known Ira Joel Haber’s work since 1969 and I recall his early shows at the Fischbach Gallery which I took great interest in.  His early floor pieces and constructed configurations later developed into three dimensional boxes, a mixture of Cornel, Schwitters and urban detritus lifted from arcane places: flower shops, flea markets, urban Americana.  The scale of his work has always interested me in that he could describe discreet miniature volumes that implied an enormous scale.  I can place Ira Joel Haber in an updated lineage from Cornel to Dove to Hartley.  What is particular in his work is not only the scale in relation to part but the intensity of the interaction of color as well as the drawing in his constructions.  Ira Joel Haber’s work has been present on the scene for over 40 years and has had considerable influence on the work of other sculptors, painters, photographers and interestingly enough, filmmakers.  I would consider Ira an outsider who has retained the status of an artist’s artist."

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mary Ellen Mark 1940-2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

postcard May 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Great Anne Meara has passed 1929-2015

Friday, May 22, 2015


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Penhead Press

Penhead Press has just posted 2 of my photos and 2 of my drawings. You can see them all at this link

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Randomly Accessed Poetics

Randomly Accessed Poetics has just published an etching I did in the early 80's.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Still trying to absorb the life changing experience that I just floated through finally crashing through a thin paper scrim breaking my nose while having a heart attack. It was real I know. I did have a deep good sleep last night. I've started all the meds. and took a longish walk today but took the subway back one stop with lots of stairs which I climbed out of the hole into the cool daylight. I might be doing too much, and will try to take it easier. I picked up the new Julia Glass and she could be a good read. Slowly working on my art, which is still important to me. In the hospital I saw my life sometimes pass in front of and behind me and sometimes walking near my side holding my hand. . As I said this was the place that my mom passed in 1994 and I felt her presence in a strange way. Let me explain. in 1956 when I was 9 "The man who knew too much" opened at the paramount in times sq. and I was one crazed kid because I loved both Hitchcock and Doris Day so the excitement was there not only for me but my mother as well who was also a huge fan of Hitchcock movies and his tv show. The big song that year was "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be and it was often that my mother (no great singer) would sing it to me or we would sing it together. Maybe the last night at Lutheran I kept passing in and out of sleep when I heard a black nurse with a beautiful voice on her night passage to take some kind of test, rolling her cart through the hall singing Que Sera Sera and stopping her singing when she reached the next patient on her rounds. She stopped at my bed but continued singing the song to me in her beautiful voice as she took something teemed necessary, probably my blood pressure and brought me to tears, half here and half asleep, but tears for sure. Half asleep I told her she had a beautiful voice, she giggled and thanked me and minutes later I could hear her passing in the hall singing her song, a moment of spiritual bliss passing between her, my mother and me.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My own private heart attack

Well i did indeed have myself my own private heart attack. I back in my apartment now after five days of being in the care of Lutheran Hospital (this was where my mom died in 1994 a few days before christmas, her spirit was there with me during what was without a doubt the worst experience of my life. I finally got myself to the er. taking the subway there if you could imagine such a thing, and the minute I said heart attack, they were on me and the ekg's the first of many began. It turned out that I was indeed having a heart attack, this was probably the cause of my falling down, and beaking my nose (yes my nose is broken) and very fast a stendt was placed via by wrist by a very nice young Italian doctor who reminded me a little of an older john saxon. The rest is pretty surreal and blurry, the not sleeping because of the all the time tests, the crazy stop and go dreams, not being able to shower, but finally getting a toothbush and foul tasting taste paste, and yes the horrible food that will be with me forever. But I slowly walking and not feeling very bad or dizzy I actually went to dr to get the prescriptions filled that I think will be with me also for the rest of my life. I should say the most of the doctors and many of the nurses were just wonderful and that will also stay with me. One of my favorites was a "black" woman I use the term black because I don't know where she came from, who was feisty and tough who would badger you at 4 in the morning to give her the right arm, breath deeply so she could do the blood pressure machine, and to put the thermometer under the tongue under the tongue, and then break out humming in what might be one of the most beautiful voice I ever heard. When I told her so she barely gave a thank you and went on down the hall pushing her blood pressure monitor and humming her song. The photo is of me and my dear friend Lee who was in L.A. when all this was happenig. I am of course  the one on the right.
to be continued.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Elizabeth Wilson 1921-2015. A favorite of mine

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Chris Burden 1946-2015

Friday, May 08, 2015

postcard May 2015

Thursday, May 07, 2015

new notebook drawing May 2015

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Richard Nichols

Bought this drawing yesterday from Richard Nichols an 84 year old African American w.w. 2 war vet. He told me that he won't be around her much longer, I thought he meant that he won't be selling in front of home depot, but I think it meant something all together different. Didn't have much money on me so I gave him what I had.

Notebook Drawing May 2015

Friday, May 01, 2015

Body Verses

Body Verses has just published five of my collages you can view them all at this link.

East Bay Review

Just found out that this was published In January by East Bay Review. Better late than never I suppose

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