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Stills from the Music Video

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 | 0 comments

Few video stills from the music video I directed and shot recently. Never underestimate the importance of a good location if you want to make a retro video. Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm lens, shot at 24p. It doesn’t get any more guerrilla than this…

Guitarist Jon Wiley

Lead Singer Jay Serkin

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Taxi crashes into diner on 86th st

Posted by on Aug 9, 2010 | 3 comments

Haven’t found anything on the web about this crash last night here on the Upper East Side. Our fav coffee shop on 86th Street and 2nd Avenue found itself the center of attention, as a taxi plowed into its front corner entrance.

Apparently, two cabs collided (the other sat totaled on 2nd Avenue) and one slammed into the diner.

Not sure if anyone was hurt. Assuming not as it’s not in the news. Fireman were attempting to dislodge the front of the taxi from the building when we passed by last night around 11:30P.

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webuzz: ted hope, yoko ono…

Posted by on Sep 1, 2009 | 0 comments

A few links worth sharing….

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park bench back

Posted by on Aug 29, 2009 | 0 comments

What I see in NYC.

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all lit up and no one home

Posted by on May 11, 2009 | 0 comments

What I see in NYC. A building under construction arounf 77th and 3rd.

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sweet virginia

Posted by on Nov 11, 2008 | 0 comments

The Rolling Stones, from one of the great rock and roll movies ever… Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones… I saw it for the first time when I was 18 at the now gone 8th Street Playhouse, where the Rocky Horror Picture Show (yup, saw it there too.) became famous

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using 9/11 as political fodder at the RNC

Posted by on Sep 6, 2008 | 0 comments

The RNC video “tribute” to 9/11. With Obermann’s reaction, and he hits it on the head.


Note the scary music (juxtaposed with schmaltzy music) with clean and dirty images and the jingoistic narration. Walter Lippman would be proud. My comments follow.

What occurred on 9/11 is not for sale. It’s not an event that is to be used for political posturing, most especially by a group of American extremists who would use it to proffer the most un-American of ideas: if you disagree with us you are the enemy.

The video is propaganda meant to promote fear not only of terrorism, but of any political opposition. Taken in context with the many speeches at the RNC, the only
conclusion that can be made is that Conservatives see political opposition and those who were responsible for 9/11 as one and the same.

It’s all a ruse to continue their goal of one party rule. The most un-American thing I can think of…

What about you?

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ride in the park

Posted by on Jul 31, 2008 | 0 comments

What I see in NYC. the central park carousel.

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the dubya syndrome

Posted by on Jun 8, 2008 | 0 comments

this sign is now posted on a good deal of the construction sites on the upper east side. after the recent spate of crane collapses and tragic and very likely preventable deaths, the sign gave me pause to think.

first, it’s a bit too close to closing the barn door after the cow is gone to my mind. but, it also alarms me. who really thinks a sign will help fix the problem? also, the point of the sign~to quell those who would think they can get by if they have a good alibi~ filled me with sorrow. what is going on? have we fallen that low in this country that it is assumed that fuck ups are acceptable? on a construction site where lives are at risk? and the alibi thing… wow. just. wow. it’s one thing when the guy who bags the groceries at the store is thinking of alibi’s about mess ups. but, on a construction site? I understand that accidents happen, but they should be rare and unacceptable in these environments. the existence of an “alibi culture” in this country is killing us.

more dubya syndrome. the bar is so low, we don’t expect much. even the president of the most powerful nation in the world is a fuck up with lots of alibis.

don’t follow leaders, watch your parking meters…

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from ashes rise

Posted by on Apr 13, 2008 | 0 comments

What I see in NYC. Ground zero still a big empty but getting there inches at a time.

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yoko ono: touch me

Posted by on Apr 9, 2008 | 0 comments

it’s hard to imagine another artist who generates such contrasting reactions – wonder and hatred – simply by the mention of her name.

the artist will be exhibiting a new interactive project entitled touch me. I’ve seen three of her shows – a film retrospective at MOMA, an art retrospective at the Whitney and a small gallery show at UBU entitled Drawings from “Franklin Summer” and Blood Objects from “Family Album” that was pretty damn amazing. Most people think they know what she is about, yet the sheer variance in the three shows I’ve seen is enough to put her into the pantheon of modern artists, let alone her history.

here’s the overview of her current show.

“In touch me, Yoko Ono will present an interactive painting, film, conceptual photography and sculptures that comment on different facets of the female experience, calling upon the viewers to make direct and deeply personal connections.

Ono’s first New York exhibition since Odyssey of a Cockroach at Deitch Projects in 2003, touch me affords the audience an opportunity to experience her work in a new way.

The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, April 18, from 6 to 8 pm.

For over 40 years, Yoko Ono’s works have defied categorization, existing in the interstices between performance, music, objects and film. As one of the first conceptual artists, and one of the founders of Fluxus-an association of experimental, interdisciplinary artists and writers in the `60s and `70s-Ono is cited as a major influence on contemporary artists. She has redefined the boundaries between various movements: conceptual art, performance art, feminist art, and more. Many of her actions have bridged the distance between art and audience participation- which has always been a hallmark of Ono’s work.

A participatory element is central in touch me, in which Ono urges the audience to revitalize and rethink a personal connection to the most current situation women are facing.

The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a large canvas covering the entire width of the gallery. Openings will be cut into the canvas, and viewers are invited to insert body parts through. Encompassed in this simple act are opposing elements of isolation, exposure, vulnerability, and defiance. The viewer will have the option to photograph themselves with supplied cameras; these photos will be displayed together on another canvas with the participant’s own comments and thoughts written underneath the photos, furthering the inclusive nature of this new work.

A 4-screen installation version of Yoko Ono’s 1964 performance Cut Piece, filmed at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1965, will act as a counterpart for the metaphoric 2008 work.

Complementing this contemporary work will be Vertical Memory, in which a composite of a male face-combining Ono’s father, husband and son-is contrasted with the artist’s succinct and moving texts describing her passage from birth to death.

Also on view will be Memory Paintings, intimate 19th-century portraits of women; and a sculpture from the series “Family Album (Blood Objects),” representing her mother.

Sky TV will serve as an anchor of hopefulness to the entire exhibition touch me.

In addition to having received the College Art Association’s 2008 Distinguished Body of Work Award, she is also the recipient of the 2002 Skowhegan Medal for Assorted Mediums. Solo exhibitions have recently been presented at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Sao Paolo), Kunsthalle Bremen, Berkeley Art Museum, Museo di Santa Caterina (Treviso, Italy), and Portikus im Leinwandhaus (Frankfurt), among other venues. She is featured in WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and currently on view at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. This August, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld will present a solo exhibition of Ono’s work.”

Exhibition: Yoko Ono: touch me
Date: April 18 – May 31, 2008
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Location: Galerie Lelong
528 West 26th Street
New York, NY
Contact: Stephanie Joson, 212 315 0470 or

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tree blossoms

Posted by on Apr 9, 2008 | 0 comments

What I see in NYC. Spring has sprung.

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fountain of light

Posted by on Apr 5, 2008 | 0 comments

What I see in NYC. Light sculpture in Rockefeller Plaza.

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bull on the brain

Posted by on Apr 5, 2008 | 0 comments

What I see in NYC. Bull’s head from Iran near Persepolis 358 BC. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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brainwreck for the masses

Posted by on Mar 14, 2008 | 0 comments

  • While the news media that is given the Constitutional right and power to report on the facts in order to insure that the government is indeed doing the peoples business is trying to land that juicy scoop interview with the young woman who was Elliot Spitzer’s side dish… the work of the government suffers. Imagine that.
  • Bush speaks and the hits just keep coming. If this guy were a Vegas act they’d have yanked his ass off the stage a year ago and he’d be detailing cub caps at the car wash where he belongs. No sharp objects within reach.
  • Blue Texan over at InstaPutz writes:

    Wingnuts outraged over pastor’s comments!!!!11!11!

    Because he’s connected to Obama.

    Nevermind that Pat, who endorsed Rudy, and Jerry, whose ring St. McCain kissed, and Hagee, who endorsed St. McCain, all said the same thing years ago. I guess that’s different, since they’re all white evangelical Republicans.

    Meanwhile, Putz is linking to garbage like the National Enquirer.

    These people are truly soulless.

    It’s enough to make you… bang your head.

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