Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Day for Night

"Zoe Strauss creates searing, humanist portraits in a slide projection of her local community of South Philadelphia and in images of her recent trip to the devastated Gulf Coast"

That is an actual quote from the Whitney press release.


Tuesday, November 29, 2005




Part I: The Call

Right, so I'm just sitting on my sofa working on the slide shows when I get a call from Chrissie Iles, one of the curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art and one of the two Biennial curators. Chrissie Iles then asks if I would like to be in the Whitney Biennial. I say, "Yes, I would like to be in the Whitney Biennial." I believe there's more talking after this that I can not remember. Long story short, I am in the Whitney Biennial.

This call is out of the blue. I have had no contact with Chrissie or any of the Whitney people before this call, Chrissie just saw my stuff because she was one of the Pew jurors.

Does the phrase, "Holy Fuck," mean anything to you?

Part II: The Keeping of the Secret

OK, I am not supposed to tell anyone. Why, lord, why must you test me this way?

Part III: The Announcement

I have kept the secret, ok, mostly kept the secret and now here is the list of participating artists.
Please note the inclusion of the name Zoe Strauss. Because that would be me in the FUCKING WHITNEY BIENNIAL!


Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
Dawolu Jabari Anderson
Kenneth Anger
Dominic Angerame
Anonymous Collection
Christina Battle
James Benning
Bernadette Corporation
Amy Blakemore
Louise Bourque
Mark Bradford
Troy Brauntuch
Anthony Burdin
George Butler
Carolina Caycedo
The Center for Land Use Interpretation
Paul Chan
Lori Cheatle and Daisy Wright
Ira Cohen
Martha Colburn
Dan Colen
Anne Collier
Tony Conrad
Critical Art Ensemble
Jamal Cyrus
Deep Dish Television
Lucas DeGiulio
Mark di Suvero and Rirkrit Tiravanija
Peter Doig
Trisha Donnelly
Jimmie Durham
Kenya Evans
Urs Fischer
David Gatten
Joe Gibbons
Robert Gober
Deva Graf
Rodney Graham
Hannah Greely
Mark Grotjahn
Jay Heikes
Doug Henry
Pierre Huyghe
Dorothy Iannone
Matthew Day Jackson
Cameron Jamie
Natalie Jeremijenko
Daniel Johnston
Lewis Klahr
Jutta Koether
Andrew Lampert
Lisa Lapinski
Liz Larner
Hanna Liden
Jeanne Liotta
Marie Losier
Florian Maier-Aichen
Monica Majoli
Yuri Masnyj
T. Kelly Mason and Diana Thater
Adam McEwen
Taylor Mead
Josephine Meckseper
Marilyn Minter
Matthew Monahan
JP Munro
Jesús “Bubu” Negrón
Kori Newkirk
Todd Norsten
Jim O’Rourke
Otabenga Jones & Associates
Tony Oursler and Dan Graham with Rodney Graham, Laurent Berger, and Japanther
Steven Parrino
Ed Paschke
Mathias Poledna
Robert A. Pruitt
Jennifer Reeves
Richard Serra
Gedi Sibony
Jennie Smith
Dash Snow
Michael Snow
Reena Spaulings
Rudolf Stingel
Angela Strassheim
Studio Film Club
Billy Sullivan
Spencer Sweeney
Ryan Trecartin
Chris Vasell
Francesco Vezzoli
Kelley Walker
Nari Ward
Christopher Williams
Jordan Wolfson
The Wrong Gallery
Aaron Young

From the UK art newspaper, November 30, 2005

From the NY Times, November 30, 2005

Artist list from the NY Times, November 30, 2005

Dan Gross's column from the Daily News

I am so excited, it's likely my head will actually implode before the show.

Revised Whitney Story

The Real Whitney Story-

So I was sitting at the counter at Schwab’s, just sipping my Coke, when they walked in. Apparently, they didn't have to look too far to discover new talent, they sat right down next to me as I was mapping out the order for the 2006 I-95 show.

With a glance at the I-95 map, one turned to me.

"We have traveled the world in search of the finest contemporary art, and here, demurely sipping a cherry coke, we have found the keystone to entire biennial."

Happiness ensues until this sad picture that Mr. Williams portends...

"I'm so happy for you. And will be, until that inevitable point where I see a picture of you
in Artforum, drug addled and surrounded by sycophants, wearing $1000
shoes and pompously photographing a patch of empty pavement in the
slums of some fashionably miserable 3rd world country."

For Christ's sake, Alexander, that moment can't come soon enough!

In Loving Memory of Leah Mechanick

Leah Mechanick was a smart, generous and loving woman who was a phenomenally stellar grandmother to two young men that I love and an impressive woman all around. I will miss her and I know she will be greatly missed by many.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Lynn Bloom, I Love You

GM Closing in OK- 30,000 soon to be out of work

Can't visit Oklahoma City? Stop by these cities instead.

Detroit, MI
Flint, MI
Dayton, OH
Gary, IN
Toledo, OH
Rockford, IL
Peoria, IL
Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, MI
Saginaw, MI
Ft. Wayne, IN
the Quad Cities (IL/IA)
Akron, OH
Youngstown, OH
Reading, PA
Bethlehem, PA
Camden, NJ
PA national guardsman killed in Iraq5-1web

Memorial to PA National Guardsmen killed in Iraq at Phila Northeast Armory.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

List of cities to visit for photographing

Flint, MI
Detroit, MI
New Orleans, LA
Trenton, NJ

Plus, I must go check out the greater Northeast- up on the boulevard near Byberry, past the Nabisco Plant and then over to State Rd., where I learned to drive.

Friday, November 25, 2005

An Excellent Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving at my mom's? This year's event was spectacular, except for the missing sibling, W-lker R-berts.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Daggers Unite

It's time to shout out my true old school daggers. AKA "Bull Daggers" if you know what I'm saying.

Let's begin with Bernadette Marie Bernadette, as I've known her the longest. We met when I was 12. Now living and working in our nation's capital during these dark days, Bun is making music with the The Julia Set.

But more important, listen to
"What's it Gonna Be?", by Bun's old band, Tons of Nuns. (Go to the first album, Discpan Hands and Tons of Nuns is the 3rd song you can listen to) Bun, I'm sorry that I'm not listening to you play this while I'm making out with Alisa Christman in the CEC bathroom right now!

Next on the list, Ms. Lizzy Bonaventura.
Working as a scenic artist but rocking out as a painter, presenting........Liz!

look at this unbelievably awesome painting by Liz.

Do you know this dagger? P. Cronan aka "Classy Dagger" aka "Polo"?

Please visit this #1 dagger's blog. And check out Because I Love It by Paula Cronan. Do it. I love you, dagger!

Please don't even forget Jen Macdonald. Right, I know she hasn't been a lesbian for many years, but she still must be included in this shout out because I love her. Jen Macdonald,super star artist and master chef.

Scroll down and click on the Rainy Orteca interview.

What's up with this book by Betty McHenry? And Betty, seriously, what's up with that hair?

Also, you can enjoy me and many of these daggers in She Don't Fade by Cheryl Dunye. Vintage 1991. It's got me, Paula Cronan, Rainy Orteca and another one of my full blown daggers in the mix, Heather Hassinger. I lived with P. Cronan and Hex Hassinger in West Philly. Actually I lived with Paula twice in West Philly, once when I was 18 and then when I was 20. Good times all around.

Keep on keepin on, daggers. Love you.


Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and stylist Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 8 years.

Check out the title link.

Monday, November 21, 2005

i-95 lightweb

76 light at City Line Ave. on ramp

Randall Sellers

Mr. Randall Sellers has a beautiful piece up right now at Spector Gallery, 510 Bainbridge St. If you're in the neighborhood stop by and see it. Then try and tell me that guy looking at the map isn't going to have sex with those 3 nubile young women, who are obviously eager to service him even though he's not paying attention. Good Lord, two of those women are about to start making out and the 3rd is about to blow the map reader!

Yes, we all take something different from Randy's work.

Here's to Randall Sellers! A brilliant artist and a great guy! I think he's one of the best artists working in Philadelphia right now. Hooray for Randy!

Untitled (Veteran's Stadium), 2002, graphite/paper, img 3x5in pap 5x7in Drawn By Randy Sellers

(Veteran's Stadium) is one of my favorite Sellers drawings

Lower 9th Ward

When I went to Biloxi and Gulfport, MS, I had a unbelievably strong need to go and offer service. Now I have a strong desire to go and document the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans.

"Many Lower Ninth Ward residents say they believed the levees had been intentionally destroyed – either by dynamite, barges or neglect – in order to divert flood waters from richer neighborhoods. Decades of hostility from the rest of the city and the memory that the government blew up a levee in 1927 to save parts of New Orleans at the expense of poorer areas contribute to the belief."

Check out this book by John M. Barry, Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America .

Thanks to CLR for suggesting this blog written by a 9th ward resident.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Free to Be You and Me

One of the greatest works to come out of the 70s and still one of the greatest kids albums ever made.

Zoe Strauss Photo of the Week Club Map!

If you get photo of the week, or you just love the work of Zoe Strauss, go to the Zoe Strauss Photo of the Week Club Map and place yourself on the map. I am aiming for 10 people!

harry callahan's greatest photo

Photo by Harry Callahan
Weed against Sky, Detroit, 1948
One of the greatest photos ever made

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Not just South Jersey's own Kelly Ripa....

Not just Kelly Monaco Winner of “Dancing with the Stars” and “General Hospital” star...

But also the return of Major Drumstick

I'm not even kidding, I love this.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Perfect Spot!

Yes, this spot is 300,000.00 dollars. And you would be correct is assuming that 300,000.00 is 240,000.00 dollars more than I can afford. Ok, 248,000.00 more than I can afford since I'm preapproved for at 52,000.00.

Is it possible that some wealthy person is reading this and desperately looking to support the Philadelphia arts in the best manner possible? Yes. Likely? No. Possible? Yes. Highly unlikely? Yes.

If you're looking to make a 240,000.00 dollar contribution to the Philadelphia Public Art Project, now's the time!
Tax deductible!

This place is perfect for many reasons, one being that it's a 1/2 block away from where my lady and I lived for 10 years, down 8th and Wharton.

Just think about it wealthy readers.
Feel free to call me anytime at 267-250-4158 to discuss your contribution to the arts in Philadelphia.

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742-44 Medina Street
Property ID: 14394172
742-44 Medina Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
County: Philadelphia

For more information, click to email:
Vincent Tagliente (215) 923-7600 Ext. 3514

742-44 Medina Street

Property Use Type: Vacant/Owner-User
Primary Type: Industrial
Building Size: 2,000 SF
Price: $300,000
Price/SF: $150.00
Year Built: 1955
Date Last Verified: 11/4/2005

Property Description:
Property is currently being used for sign making shop. Property is a wide open, warehouse-like space with any number of possible uses.
Location Description:
Street is predominantly residential, and is in South Philly.

Friday, November 18, 2005


Yes, I did NOT get that property that I wanted, WHICH BLOWS!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

I ripped this image right off of the #1 Dagger, PCronan, because I was feeling it so much. Except replace "impatient" with "completely fucking nuts" and "to be patient" with "take Lithium Carbonate"
And then replace "completely fucking nuts" with "completely nucking futs."

FYI or, as some genius who works with my lady says, "For Your FYI",
The soft drink 7 Up, originally named "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda", contained lithium citrate until it was reformulated in 1950.

Punks Not Dead

I really like Kevin McCarty's work. He documents the contemporary LA punk scene, which has shifted from the primarily white scene of the early 80 to the self identified punks of today, mostly Latinos who've repurposed the styles from the working-class British punk scene of the late Seventies.
When opening his page, go to gallery and give it a minute to open all of the thumbnails, then click.

Yeah, I dig it.

"Gimme gimme gimme
I need some more
Gimme gimme gimme
Don't ask what for

What the fuck for?"

Also, a PH HardCore till I die shout out to Los Bros Hernandez, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, the creators and writers of Love & Rockets, a comic book series that is genuinely brilliant. Love and Rockets has often frightingly mirrored my own life.

“[Love & Rockets] is the most eloquent statement that’s ever been done about growing up in [Latin American] culture. I’ve never seen anything else in comics - I guess there might be something in literature - but in comics there’s never been anybody that’s touched what they have.”
—Robert Crumb


I have been thinking about having a party for quite some time, but because I have so much stuff going on it's been put on the back burner. However, I am determined to have this party within the next 6 months.

The feel of the party will be a mix of these events-

My cousin Neil's Bar Mitzvah reception in the synagogue basement
That time the Evans had a rent party for that lady on Good Times
Sneakers circa 1986
The Love Club post burning circa 1983
Oprah legends party
The 1980 Phillies world championship
the Sixers 1983 world championship
christmas morning
Charles and Di's wedding
seneca falls convention
the Deer Hunter wedding without the Vietnam ending
2 St. at 7pm on Jan 1st
the academy awards
My grandmother's surprise 70th birthday part at "The Shack"
When Man Ray first showed Return to Reason

and September 2nd, 1945

I'm not kidding.

This party will not have anything related to

Daytona Spring Break
The White House Inaugural Ball

The ride pictured below will be rented for the event. It's a "Titanic" inflatable slide where you slide to your death in icy waters. I have had renting this slide for a party in in my mind for about 5 years now and it's time to make it a reality.

There is a larger Titanic ride that I really want to rent but it's so much includes "iceberg challenge" which is a 20 foot inflatable iceberg you can scale and slide down.

I would also like to rent this "Tsunami" slide, but it's a little out of my league with the cash.

Lord, why isn't there a Hindenburg ride?

Manny Dominguez Show at The Bean

Mr. Manny Dominguez, Jr.will be having a show at the Bean, our city's greatest coffee shop, conveniently located at 615 South St. The show will begin December 1st.

Don't miss it.

This image taken by Ilene Baker will not be included in the show, but should be seen by everyone.

Please Visit my Friend and Neighbor, the BVSC

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A Call for AV techs!

My technological friends! I need help. I am interested in transferring my powerpoint slide shows to a DVD so they can be easily played. I have had many problems with the sound using powerpoint- powerpoint doesn't play m4ps and changing the m4ps to wav or m3p doesn't seem to do the trick as the slide transition is often delayed when using those sound files.

So who can help me? WHO?

Please contact me if you have any idea at all who can help.

I am begging!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Highly, Highly Recommended

Marah is one of the best rock bands recording and performing in the world today. They are brilliant musicians and I love them like they were my own brothers. I really mean that.

Their live performances are mind blowing. If you have a chance, go see them. And get their albums.


With love to

Dave Bielanko
Serge Bielanko
Kirk Henderson

Paul Dickman


woman at cabrini-green 2 web
Yes to this portrait. I rarely make a portrait that interests me right away.

New Studio Update

So, I just went to Alpha realty and made an offer on a house and put a deposit down. It's 1538 Mole St. which is 2 blocks from my home and will hopefully be my new studio.

The block is solid, with only 2 abandoned homes and the neighbors seem good. I'm really hoping I can get it.

South Philly Mole St. has a lot going for it, not the least of which is that my Uncle Lou was born on Mole St. down here. That's where my great-grandmother lived 100 years ago. And Ms. LB's grandmother also lived on Mole St. south of Wharton about 70 years ago.

My own grandmother was born at 1717 Pointbreeze Ave., which is now the Pointbreeze Performing Arts Center, not too far from the first home the Berman's had in the US, you know on Mole St.


Um, hello, I'm able to try and buy a house? This is so crazy I cannot even begin to get my head around it.
I'm not sure why recently I have begun to shoot images right into the sun. There's a quality to the photos that include the sun as a central component of the image that I can't really articulate, but I know I love it.

salt pile w- Sun with home depotweb
Chicago Dept. of Streets, Salt Pile
Chicago, IL

ventilation ducts in hancock building-1-1web copy

Hancock Building
Biloxi MS

clothes in lot gulfport3-1web

Clothes in Lot
Gulfport, MS

your future starts here3-1web

Your Future Starts Here
Las Vegas, NV

Monday, November 14, 2005

Cabrini-Green grates

As always, I enjoy displaying my obsessive/compulsive tendencies here for all to see. The photos below are of some of the grated sides of the Cabrini-Green "Whites."

cabrini-green grate5-2 web

cabrini-green grate3-1web

cabrini-green grate web

cabrini-green grate7-1web

These photos are very similar, but the placement of the folks walking along the balconies makes a difference to me in choosing which photograph to show. I'm leaning toward the top 2 shown above.

"After too many children fell over the railings of the exterior porches, the porches were completely enclosed with a steel mesh along the entire height of the buildings" The "porches" are actually not porches, but are exterior walkways from which people enter their apartments, like you would enter a motel room. The architecture of these projects, the social architecture and the architecture of the buildings, is so mind blowing I can't imagine how the structures came to be as they are. The steel grating is unbelievable in person. Exterior walkways to get into your apartment 20 stories up? What the fuck?

Cabrini-Green relocation

Southside Chicago

rainbow southside housing project 2web

This photo isn't my style, but this was unbelievable to see. The rainbow was a complete circle around the sun with 2 strikingly bright spots positioned at 3 and 9 o'clock. When LB and I got on the plane to go home, the guy sitting in front of us was showing his wife a cell phone photo he took of the "double rainbow."

Philadelphia Ladies!

Hey, can anyone recommend a good gynecologist? Let me know!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Greetings from the Windy City

I was in Chicago for a day and half this weekend because my lady had to go for work and I just went right the hell along with her. I've only been in Chicago once before; I was 15 and went as one of the Philadelphia delegates for the Socialist Workers Party convention. That was actually quite a great trip but I only saw Chicago from the El window between the hotel and the airport. As a aside, the convention coming in following the SWP convention was Nutrasystem and as we were breaking down the tables with "Reagan's War on Women" pamphlets they were setting up gigantic bowls of pills. I'm not kidding.

I only had 3 hours of daylight on Sat, so I went right to Cabrini-Green.

The woman who I rented the car from at O'Hare mentioned that Cabrini wasn't a particularly hot tourist destination but was very helpful and able to send me right there. I've been interested in the Cabrini-Green projects for a long time and was thrilled to be able to go there before they are completely demolished.

cabrini-green woman leaning out of window-2.1web

cabrini-green throwing box out of window-1-3web

I'm pretty sure one of the 2 above will make it in to 95 this year.


woman at cabrini-green 2 web


cabrini-green18.1 web




cabrini-green division St.-2-1web

Cabrini-Green, the "whites." The "reds" are almost all gone.


think! 2web


cabrini-green vert 5web


salt pile w- Sun with home depotweb

Chicago Department of Streets, Salt

All of the above are in the running, too. I just made these and have to think about them for a while but I'm pretty sure I'm going to feel a few of these.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Here's some something about MOMA

I enjoy people enjoying the ICA, but it's not really "little."

Other museums are light-years ahead of MOMA

When MOMA opened a year ago it seemed as if other local museums would be eclipsed. The opposite has happened. The Whitney now looks scrappy and sassy by comparison and is infused with a nothing-to-lose drive. Having two Europeans curate the upcoming Biennial may provide a nifty dose of anti-provincialism. Even the big, bad Guggenheim, run as it is by a kind of tough guy, has lately been putting on good, weird shows and taking risks (although this doesn't undo the terrible things it did to art recently).

For an idea of how safe MOMA is playing it, compare it to Tate Modern, the Walker Art Center, L.A.'s MOCA, UCLA Hammer, Chicago's MCA, or even the Studio Museum in Harlem and Philadelphia's little ICA. All these institutions feel light-years ahead of MOMA when it comes to dynamism, vision, and nerve.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Gayest Star Trek Cast Member

I know, I know, I have so much shit to do. But this info on George Takei is important for everyone to check out.

Mr. Sulu
lights in chinatown2-1web

Studio Frenzy

Allright, I am now absolulely insane with finding a studio. I've got a lot of stuff coming up and I have got to get my ass into a spot. Just letting folks know why there's a slow down in the many words of wisdom that I post.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Janis Ian and Dolly Parton


This is correct.

Monday, November 07, 2005

On the search for my new studio

Yes, by this Friday I will have moved my things into storage and moved out of my Passyunk Ave. studio. Where will I go? That I cannot tell you. Because I don't know.

Look, my people wandered in the desert for 40 years. I know I can store my stuff at uhaul and find a spot within the next 2 months. I would like to find a spot in the next week, but I know that's pretty unlikely.

New studio? So let be it written, so let it be done.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Goodbye Passyunk Ave.

This Monday, I will be moving out of my Passyunk studio. Where, o where, shall I go? That I don't know.
I will be forever grateful for the use of 1540 E. Passyunk. Thank you Christian "Well Hung" Dicicco and Citizen's Alliance.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Sixers Home Opener

unicycle bowl flipper

This woman performed at halftime. She balanced several bowls on her leg while riding a very high unicycle and then flipped the bowls onto her head where they landed in a stack. Thanks to LB for taking me to the game and for the loan of the cell phone camera.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


I am being audited. This is the first year I have ever paid taxes. Didn't take them long!

Dudes, don't hate the player! Hate the game!