Photos by G (except where noted). All art by Mark Kostabi.
Last night, I had the great fortune of meeting artist Mark Kostabi. When we spoke, he mentioned that he’d be playing a free gig tonight at his own Kostabi World studio in Chelsea. The gig was a warm up for a show that he and his band, The Mark Kostabi Group are playing at Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan on May 26, 2011. What follows next is the story of an evening of epic proportions. The night is May 18, 2011. It’s pouring rain. I started off my evening with an extremely negative encounter meeting RuPaul at an in-store appearance. More to come on that story, so stay tuned. Undaunted by the night’s events and the terrible weather, I made it to Kostabi World (located at 514 West 24th Street) at the stroke of 8 pm when The Mark Kostabi Group began playing. Kostabi World, if you’ve never been inside, is amazing. It’s filled with Mark Kostabi’s art and there are paintings, paint supplies and books everywhere, yet all organized in an extremely creative and inviting environment.
Towards the back of the studio space, you find the set where Mark Kostabi’s TV Show, The Kostabi Show is filmed. The band played there in front of an intimate crowd of around 100 people with dark lighting to get the audience in the mood for some great music. Right before the set, an announcement was made that we were encouraged to hang out at Kostabi World after the show was over for food and drinks. To thank us all for coming, we were all given a free CD of The Mark Kostabi Group’s new album “The Spectre of Modernism” which has just been released!