Photos by G except where noted. Art by Judith Supine.
The back story of street artist Judith Supine is quite interesting. He was unable to speak until the age of 17 and he adopted his mother’s maiden name as a persona and for the duration of his career has kept his actual identity hidden. Until now! At his exhibit “Golden Child” at MECKA Gallery in Brooklyn, the artist showed his face for the first time. And a good looking face it is.
The exhibit is located in the heart of Brooklyn (read: far for Manhattanites), but if you are a lover of street art, it will be worth the trek. Unfortunately, it’s unclear if this exhibit is a one night only affair or not (read: if you want free publicity or people to show up, you should at least put the who, where, what on your goddamned website!)
Speaking of Anthony Michael Sneed, whose work I am a huge fan of, he was kind enough to take a photo of Judith Supine and myself. Full disclosure: I attempted a selfie but Judith is tall and I am very short and the photo I took was a hot mess!
See what Judith Supine looks like, after the jump!
There are some things so epic and wonderful that I cannot keep them to myself. This is one of those things. A very rare video of the incomparable Patti Smith performing “Land: Horses/Land of 1,000 Dances/La Mer (De)/Gloria” at Carnegie Hall in New York on March 11, 2014 as part of the Tibet House benefit concert.
This video is reason enough that you should see Patti Smith every chance you get and coming soon, you will see a video of her paying tribute to Lou Reed and it will bring a tear to your eye. But that’s for another time. For now, get ready to ROCK with Patti!
In 1995, I was working at a record store when D’Angelo’s debut album “Brown Sugar” came out. It was love at first listen and I’ve been a fan of D’Angelo ever since. He released a second genius album “Voodoo” in 2000 and then took an extremely long hiatus. He’s been playing gigs off and on for the last year and I have some good news. D’Angelo is set to release a new single in April 2013! D’Angelo is playing a tribute to Prince tonight at Carnegie Hall and you’d be incorrect if you thought there was a chance in hell that I was going to miss out on meeting one of my favorites. D’Angelo was very nice and signed both of his CDs for me. He wasn’t super crazy about taking a photo, but he was cool enough to do his best to try and get into it for my sake because obviously he felt my excitement. 🙂 Thanks a million for that D’Angelo. Meeting you was a pleasure I never thought I’d have. Welcome back and please don’t stay away so long. Me and all of your other legions of fans have really missed you!
Artist and photographer David LaChapelle gave a fascinating talk (accompanied by an equally amazing slide show of his work) at the School of Visual Arts Theater in Chelsea in Manhattan on March 12, 2012. The talk was a look through LaChapelle’s life and career that lasted two hours. LaChapelle covered it all from working for Andy Warhol to his current home in Maui. I found LaChapelle to be extremely spiritual instead of religious as one would expect from the imagery that is seen throughout his work. He even said that he doesn’t know what the word “religion” means because (and I am paraphrasing here) once you start to define the infinite, the meaning is lost.
He also shared stories of some of his infamous celebrity photo shoots and without naming names, he said he has rarely come across someone famous that he’s photographed that he thought was truly happy. He also spoke of what it was like working with the likes of Britney Spears (though being in the position that so many people would die to be in, she wanted to be anywhere but in her own skin), Hilary Clinton (politicians are some of the most difficult people he’s worked with), Michael Jackson (who knew exactly what he wanted), 2Pac (who was down to earth and trusted LaChapelle’s artistic vision), Whitney Houston (who appeared to be controlled by Bobby Brown) and Michael Jordan (who had so many people in his entourage, his people ultimately put the kibosh on the photo shoot).
The last photograph of Andy Warhol
LaChapelle also talked about his stint in the fashion world, saying that he had to get out of that business because it was destroying everyone around him due to the pressures and control. As the free talk was primarily for the benefit of students, LaChapelle was sure to give advice he would have liked to have heard when he was at an impressionable age. He mentioned picking and choosing your battles, but to definitely stand up for yourself when you believe in something very strongly. LaChapelle also gave the advice to not give up and to pay attention to the subtle signs the universe provides you with constantly. He also talked about his inspirations to push the boundaries out further by trying to create images that he would want to look at.
From the exhibit "Earth Laughs in Flowers" at Fred Torres Collaborations in NYC
The discussion concluded with work from LaChapelle’s latest exhibit “Earth Laughs In Flowers” which is showing at Fred Torres Collaborations in NYC through March 23, 2012.
"To: Japan/Love, New York" at Munch Gallery on March 26, 2011
More than 30 artists present works of varying media in a collaborative effort to help fund relief efforts in devastated areas. The event is titled “To: Japan/Love, New York” and will be held at the Munch Gallery in Manhattan from 8 – 11 PM on March 26, 2011.
Artworks have been donated by:
Army of One, Michael Alan, Jan Baracz, Michael Blase, Josh Boyark, Yves De Brabander, Matthew Burrows, Worm Carnevale, Walt Cessna, Clown Soldier, Samson Contompasis, Mark DeMaio, Greg Dunn, Robert Greco, Morten Hemmingsen, Joe Iurato, Kenny Kenny, Terence Koh, Max Langhurst, Scott Lawrence, Frodo Mikkelsen, Muffinhead, Wonderpuss Octopus, Knud Odde, Rob Ordonez, Kottie Paloma, Kembra Pfahler, Ves Pitts, Plasticgod, RADICAL!, Danni Rash, Rob Roth, Davi Russo, Morten Schelde, Emet Sosna, Christopher Stribley and Geraldine Visco