new portraits and other photos taken on 4/20 at Secret Project Robot ….
The Rotgut is part bar, part living art-installation and experiment, that artist and friend Duke Riley opened up a year ago in Greenpoint with friends Annie Evelyn and Sully in his former tattoo parlor, East River Tattoo. For one year, the secret social club has been open to the public on weekends, hosting karaoke nights, board game nights, and recently, late night baseball (that one, I can’t really explain). The Rotgut represents a lot of the things that I love about my community in New York – creative people who do creative things for no other reason than the creative act itself. The Rotgut really feels like more than just a bar; maybe that’s because you have to know where it is (it’s unmarked and unlisted), you have knock on the window to get in, and when you are there you feel like you are getting away with something; I’m kind of amazed it was able to last even a whole year without falling prey to the authorities. It closes forever this weekend, poetically, after one year of existence and I spent some time photographing the partners and bartenders who helped make it happen.
So here’s to making our own culture in New York!
Like Mickey Rourke’s character in Barfly said (which I had the opportunity to view at the Rotgut a few weeks ago in a special screening hosted by Benh Zeitlin) “…and one for all my friends!”
Photos from Cheryl‘s most recent and epic party – the super sweet sweatsuit semiformal….
I’m super stoked to work with such and amazing a weird bunch of people! The Cheryl parties are always fun and wild and wacky and full of such good people. It was a great way to close 2012!
Over the past month or so I have been working on a little story for a book to published next year. The book is called The Modern Manicure: A Visual History and is being written by the lovely Suzanne Shapiro and will be published by Prestel. I’ve had the opportunity to explore some neighborhoods in New York I don’t usually make it to, including Jamaica, Queens and the Flatbush area of South Brooklyn. I met some amazing women who spend hours on a weekly or monthly basis at different salons while their nails are painted, polished, gelled and bedazzled. It’s been an eye-opening experience seeing how expansive the world of nail art has become and how much time women spend inventing and researching designs.
Here’s a preview of some of the work I’ve done on the project…