New York City artist and co-founder of Ownzee

I Met Kembra Pfahler

Posted 2011-03-22 14:42:14 | Views: 8,724

Kembra Pfahler

Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black

Ever since I moved to the NY area I've heard more and more about Kembra Pfahler. She is a performance artist, glam cult rock musican and actress. I got to meet her last week and it was quite interesting. She's very funny and striking. The more I saw of her the more I wasn't sure if I was a little disturbed or fasinated. She's most famous for her band Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Her and her bandmates are painted bright colors and in the nude! They also sport huge wigs and there is some blackmetal/satanic imagery from what I've seen of their stage shows. But, again what the hell does that mean anyway.  It's a sight to be seen. I was supposed to go to one of her shows on Halloween but I missed it. I will be sure to see it next time.

I thought this was pretty cool. Watch as Kembra Pfahler directs her Florence ballet dancers for last-minute auditions in the gardens, witness Haim Steinbachs precision as he constructs an installation of Proenza Schouler accessories in the foyer, and walk with Art Production Funds Yvonne Force Villareal as she places Kalup Linzys photographs against the villas façade.



Vivianne Lapointe and

Posted 2011-03-20 21:43:14 | Views: 10,376

Vivianne Lapointe


My blog has pretty much become about people I know, creative types that do what they love. Vivianne is another one of the people I know and try to support however I can. I met her in Miami at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Since then…she’s bounced around from Miami to New York. She now lives in Los Angeles wrecking havoc. She contacted me a few months ago and told me about her new magazine site,


It's updated often with the latest in Fashion, Art, Sex and Music...among other lifestyle requirements. It’s really dope and I love the layout of it. Kudos to her and getting it off the ground. Check it out and I’m sure you will book mark it as I have. 

Eclectic, edgy, visually stunning and easy to read, LIVE FAST (spell out Fashion, Art, Sex and Travel) is a new independent cultural magazine and inspiration board delivering striking fashion editorials and racy chic style profiles, interviews with up & coming and established artists, a straight up (yet classy) conversation about sex and beautifully illustrated travel stories.


Ty Hodges film Miles from Home internet release

Posted 2011-03-19 16:06:55 | Views: 9,736


I'm really happy for my childhood friend Ty Hodges for taking this Hollywood thing to the next level. He made this film "Miles from Home" nearly 6 years ago. Thanks to the internet him and his crew are able to not wait for distribution deals but can grab the bull by the horns. I am sure the right people will notice. But something tells me  he's been on a few peoples radar as of late. I saw the film at the African American film festival along with Ty and Megan in 2006. The content is very strong and serious, it's a pretty deep film. At the same time it’s very bitter sweet and the plot has twists and turns. Below is more info about the film release.  

FEATURE FILM - "Miles From Home" NOW available for STREAMING!!!!! After long days and nights of work to get the streaming rental portion of the website up and running we are NOW LIVE!!!!! This really is a monumental occasion and achievement. With no financial backing we have managed to create our own distribution outlet. All the technical jargon aside you can now watch the film at Miles From Home. Click on the WATCH NOW tab. Once you purchase the rental follow the instructions that will be sent to the email you register…LOG IN and watch away. I would also love to hear your feedback as to the film content and website experience. Thank you for your continued support of the independent film movement.


Cat Dove, artist.

Posted 2011-03-17 21:12:41 | Views: 10,335
With a beautiful name like Cat Dove you would expect a girl who is interested in equally beautiful things. But the Miami artist is more into fusing the nice with the not so nice: "I think all my work has elements of the serenely beautiful and the insanely ugly, which I first observed growing up here," Dove says. Influenced by her environment and own psyche, Dove's work is expressed through photos, collage, and performance art. Since moving back from London, where she studied at the University of the Arts, her work has begun to incorporate all three mediums.

Miami itself is a significant factor in Dove's work. The artist finds that the binary between ugly and beautiful is representative of the city's aesthetic. Dove's dumpster collaboration, The General, conveys her infatuation with just that. Partnering with Kyle Chapman, the two artists used epoxy and a variety of fabrics to transform one of Miami's finest dumpsters into a structure containing more navy blue fringe than most fabric stores.


Keep reading (Miami New Times)

Check out my friend and emerging artist from Miami starting to create more visablity down in the dirty dirty.

Japan needs you, Donate Today

Posted 2011-03-17 18:02:55 | Views: 7,975



Okay, I understand how busy our lives can be and easily forget about what's happening in Japan. Let’s face it, it's easier to avoid the world tragedy then confront it. But honestly we need to snap out of it, take a minute and donate a minimum of $10 to the Red Crosses humanitarian effort to help the Japanese people in crisis. Think about the children and all the beautiful people facing such sad circumstances. Stand up by pulling out your credit card and make a donation, if that’s not enough get more involved. Do something, now! They need us. A little effort can create a big effort. Donate here,


Adrock deleted scenes from Propellerhead interview

Posted 2011-03-17 08:18:44 | Views: 12,187

To hear Adam Horovitz describe his first experiences with beat-making you'd almost think it sounds easy. "I didn't know that was something I could do," he says almost dismissively. "And I did. And I got into it" But under his moniker "Adrock" and along with the other two Beastie Boys, Mike D and MCA, Adam didn't just make beats... he helped invent a whole new style of beat collage and layered production that inspired a generation of artists that would follow them. The Beastie Boys have an uncanny ability to convey fun and experimentation - perfectly maintaining the humor from their early jams all the way to the final master. It's a feat not often duplicated for many who let the perfectionism, quantization, and over-analysis of the recording studio environment ultimately deflate the creative output.

Adam invited us over to his home studio in New York City where he produces all of his ideas. After nearly 15 years producing music on his trusty SP1200 workstation, Adam made a near instant switch to Reason after a recommendation of fellow Beastie Boy, Mike D.

For this interview, there were too many great stories to fit into a single interview so be sure to check out Adrock's deleted .scenes for some gems you've probably never heard before.

Anyone who truly knows me, knows that I'm a huge Beastie Boy fan. Not the annoying ones that seem to attend their concerts and obsess over them on their website convo forum. I'm a quiet fan. I saw the outtakes interview by Propellerhead and it was one of the more insightful interviews I ever seen with the King Adrock. i actually like the deleted scenes more then the actual interview you can find on the source link. i am looking forward for their latest lp - the hot sauce committee. be sure to check it out.




Read more at Propellerhead


Art Game Show - Kostabi Show

Posted 2011-03-16 23:27:50 | Views: 8,305




By far one of the more surreal experiences of my life caught on camera. I was a judge on Kostabi Show but didn't say much yet it was an experience for sure and I think Mark Kostabi wants me to come back again. Kostabi was infamous in the 80's for getting other people to do his paintings and all types of self promoting antics. A recent movie has come out about him entitled "Con Artist."  He created this experimental art game show where he gets art critics, artists and famous New Yorkers to title his work for cash prizes. Needless to say, at the end of the show they throw wads of money to the judges (including me) which was nice beer money for a Friday night. I enjoyed it because it wasn't so serious. The last thing art needs right now is to be more serious then it already is. Kudos to Mark.

I've heard many different things about the film Con Artist. I hope I see it soon.

The late Dennis Oppenheim, Mark Kostabi and Enzo Cucchi in Italy.


The contestants on this episode was art writer and critic of Artnet, Art in America - David Coggin, artist and reality show star from Work of Art (Bravo) - Jaclyn Santos and curator, editor of Paper Magazine - Carlo McCormick.    

Takashi Murakami $796,651 Ring Recovered from Pawn Shop

Posted 2011-03-16 21:09:47 | Views: 9,029

Last month, a one-of-a-kind Doruko (“skull”) ring created by the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami was serendipitously recovered from Costa de Oro, a South Beach pawn shop just steps away from the Miami Beach Police Department’s Washington Avenue headquarters. The platinum and diamond artwork, which features Murakami’s iconic smiling daisies, had reportedly been stolen from the Delano Hotel’s Florida Room back in December 2008, after the conclusion of the Art Basel satellite fair, Design Miami. 


It was spotted in the shop’s window by David Tamargo, the art director at the World Erotic Art Museum, and an upstairs neighbor to Costa de Oro. Tamargo, an artist in his own right, whose Urban Hunting has been featured here in BlackBook, stumbled upon the infamous ring purely by accident. He was surprised as anyone else to see it in a pawn shop window.“First, I did a double take,” he told us. “Then I got closer to the window for a better look. Immediately I knew it was a Murakami. What I couldn’t imagine was why it was there. I mean, he’s one of the most famous artists on the planet!”


Murakami’s works are indeed collected by some of the world’s most recognizable names and generally sell for well into the six figures. Last month, at Christie’s auction house in London, a 2004 painting by the artist entitled “Skulls Rock” sold for 493,250 pounds (approximately $796, 651). According to police reports, the Dokuro ring’s value was estimated at $72,500. But neither Tamargo nor Costa de Oro’s Angel Parets knew that at the time.


“The shop owner told me he wanted $6000 for the ring,” continued Tamargo. “$6000! I couldn’t believe it! It was then that I knew something was wrong. So I immediately went upstairs and called Murakami’s New York office to tell them what I’d found.”Unfortunately it was President’s Day, and the person who answered the telephone at Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki studio told Tamargo no one was in. So he left a message with his contact information and a word about his discovery. A few days later, Tamargo learned that the ring was about to be shipped to a Tokyo jewelry expo, to be either sold or scrapped, so he tried again, this time with some urgency.


(read the article at BlackBookMag )





My friend from Miami and artistDavid Tamargo was in New York a week ago for the Armory Show and we got to have a drink together at the Bowery Hotel and he told me about this crazy adventure he was apart of.  The beginning of the article is below. It's written by John Hood and from Black Book.

“The shop owner told me he wanted $6000 for the ring,” continued Tamargo. “$6000! I couldn’t believe it! It was then that I knew something was wrong."

Artist and crazy man David Tamargo rockin' the ring right before all went down!

The value of the ring in the photo above is estimated at $769,651. I'm sure Mr. SuperFlat is happy about Tamargo's discovery.


The 9 Muses - Kiki Valdes

Posted 2011-03-15 15:44:49 | Views: 8,155



I've been working off and on for the past 6 months on a series of black and white portraits.  The canvas's  are of 9 women from Miami that have been in my life in a direct or indirect way. I based it on the Nine Greek Muses. I am going into each portrait on the varied inspirations of the mythology of the goddesses/daughters of Zeus and exploring  how each person relates to one of the nine and I'm applying it to my own existence.


The works themselves have been figurative abstractions and I am concerned with line, form and embedded space and memory. The goddesses in the mythology had to use their memory to recite poetry because books according to the myths didn’t exist. In historical terms "portrait paintings" for the most part have been done from life. Remembrance was something I wanted to do by gestural association.  I moved away from Miami 5 months ago and I nearly started the portraits when I left. I am painting each personality based from memory and composing the canvas in visual verses of how each goddess/female made me feel whether intellectually, in social terms, friendship or sexually. The muses are memory intensified. I feel that I have been able to commune this more then ever, the sheer deficiency and applying some road map of gloominess to light by emotion and memory. - Kiki Valdes


Calliope was the muse of epic poetry.

Clio was the muse of history.

Erato was the muse of love poetry.

Euterpe was the muse of music.

Melpomene was the muse of tragedy.

Polyhymnia was the muse of sacred poetry.

Terpsichore was the muse of dance.

Thalia was the muse of comedy.

Urania was the muse of astronomy.

"Valerie De Leon - Urania"

"Cat Alisa Dove - Euterpe"



Last night at Renwick Gallery

Posted 2011-03-13 15:30:00 | Views: 8,661

Last night I made it out to Renwick Gallery located at 45 Renwick Street in New York. My old friend Maxwell Graham is director of the gallery and he invited me out. I ran into him on the street during Armory week but I have not seen Maxwell since 2000. It was exciting to see him involved with galleries and the art world.


The opening was for Talia Chetrit, this is her second time showing with the gallery. The gallery is beautiful, i was instantly attracted to the space. Talia showed black and white photographers that had an almost vintage textbook sensation. Her father was very nice and her boyfriend, artist Van Hanos was caring and gave me some advice being here in the city since I've only been here for 5 months. I had a nice time and hope to make it out to the next one.









Talia Chetrit
March 12 – April 23, 2011


Renwick Gallery is located at 45 Renwick St between Canal and Spring. The gallery is openfrom Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm and by appointment. For more information email or call 212 609 3535.

For more info:Renwick Gallery