Tuesday, March 29, 2016


My long relationship with Broadsided continues with this series of poets responding to art that was created in response to the water crisis in Flint Michigan. You can view the three pieces at this link including mine.


Patty Duke 1946-2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

notebook drawing March 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Some recent photographs

Saturday, March 26, 2016


you never know what you're going to find on the net. Two photos I've never seen taken at an open forum on sculpture at Hallwalls that was held in conj.with the Eight Sculptors show at the albright knox gallery in 1979. shown are 4 of the artists including myself: Steve Keister, Chris Wilmarth, Don Gummer & myself. The 2nd photo includes the curator Douglas Schultz.

Big Box No. 1

Just found this on line. Had no idea.
The Museum Of Modern Art. The Ludwig Foundation Vienna. The photos are only of the back. I've add picture of the front.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty. Moma

              On this perfect spring day in New York City what could be more appropriate than a member's preview of the glorious and gorgeous exhibition of prints, drawings and paintings by the great Degas. They're all here, the ballerinas and prostitutes, the cafe scenes and performers, the little seen and known (at least by me) of his almost abstract landscapes. This is a show that you should take your sweet time with, moving slowly from one exquisite little gem after the other, the Moma even has magnifying glasses for those who want to get up close to examine his pastel strokes and his faint finger prints left behind in one print, but not too up close or you'll have one of the guards down on you. Be warned this is going to pack them in. I also want to give a yell out to artists to get an artists membership because they lowered the price to $35.00 and this is one of the bargains in the city.

So the Moma gives us this great show but then gives us a slap in the face and throws us a sour ball of a show by one of the giants of mediocrity, a powerball of nothingness Rachel Harrison whose banal and bad installation Perth Amboy (oh boy) takes up valuable space on the 2nd floor.
The Moma actually bought this garbage for their permanent collection in 2011 and finally dragged it out of one of their dungeons for all to see. Harrison's work takes off on a true story of an apparition of the Virgin Mary that supposedly appeared in a window of a house in the town and she has filled the space with her dreadful large color photos (21 of them for Christs sake) along with dumb and uninteresting small sculptures and assemblages that take on a flea market kitschy feel. She has placed them in and around large tall and open brown cardboard "sculptures" that form sort of a labyrinth within the wasted gallery space. The cardboard is the kind you see laying in the streets, except these pieces are clean and not nearly as good as the stuff that's thrown away every day of the week. There is no doubt that this piece of shit will find it's admirers who will pontificate long and hard on the importance of Harrison and her Perth. I'll stick with the prostitutes on the 6th floor thank you.


Oddball magazine has just posted one of my notebook drawings to go along with a poem by Len Kuntz.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Mira Schor

Impressive group of figurative drawings by Mira Schor at Lyles and King. These are not pleasant drawings to hang over your couch or dining room table and forget about them. These are scared and damaged images of women left for dead. Skulls and corpse like figures that are disturbing and strong. Schor has drawn them on what looks like to me to be tracing paper with paint that looks like mud and politics. There's not a dainty piece among them, strong stuff indeed.

Notebook drawing March 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016


Finally finished up the British series Luther starring the great Idris Elba as a brilliant police detective who always gets his man but not always his woman. The woman is a raging psychopath who is played to perfection by the equally great Ruth Wilson who is mainly known for her theatre work and is new to me. I breathlessly say that I am forever in love with this magnificent off center actress and for me when she disappears from the series I let out a huge sigh of disappointment, that's how superb she is. The series has it usual police cliches, the tough female DSI played by the wonderful and rarely seen Saskia Reeves, the token lesbian (this is becoming a definite pre-requiste on police shows), the corrupt cop,the young male rookie infatuated with Luther and on and on. The series seems to be swallowed up by grim and kinky serial killers, which makes it look like London is the raging serial killer capital of the world. There is a grimness about the series and its not for the faint of heart, but for suspense lovers it did get my blood flowing. Influenced by various sources including "Silence Of The Lambs" but better. See it for Elba and Wilson and for the flakiness of the stories.

Thursday, March 17, 2016


Two of my artworks have just been posted over at Weirderary. Check them out at these links.



Red Fez

Red Fez has just posted 6 of my notebook drawings. They're only up for one week so give a look.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Robert Horton 1924-2016

The only reason I ever watched wagon train as a kid

Friday, March 11, 2016

Ken Adam 1921-2016

The great film production designer has passed

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Oddball Magazine

New today. A recent notebook drawing and a poem by William Greenfield at Oddball Magazine

Richard Davalos 1930-2016

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