Michael Alig, former New York night life promoter, and King of the Club Kids, will be realeased from prison later this month. In a time when the Club Scene in NYC was diminishing Alig and his friends were able to breath creativity and originality back into night life. Alig’s outrageous theme’s for different parties, his fashion sense, and methods of promotion have become text book practices for night life all over the world. Alig is also credited with helping jump start the career of World Famous Superstar DJ Keoki, who was none of those things before Alig’s Disco 2000 parties hyped him up and gave him instant fame. Alig’s rise in the 80’s-90’s NY Club scene, and subsequent arrest for the murder of a drug dealer/friend, can be seen in a Documentary, and in a film featuring Macaulay Culkin, both entitled Party Monster.


Preliminary talks are underway for Michael Alig to host Sextronixxx’s first annual Bath Salts Ball, to be held later in 2014. To take a look at this interesting tale, sad fall, and hopefully triumphant return check out Party Monster, The Shockumentary below…..


Check out this great lil gem featuring Richie Rich and lots of other great fashion looks…XXX



Even a hundred years ago people in the know understood the cyclical nature of fashion. Every 20 years looks come back, they get reinvented and mixed with new influences to create something different yet familiar. Check out more sketches of what people in the past thought we would dress like, truly amazing to see what the pre-internet/mass-media imagination came up with.



In this day and age the political issues are more provocative than ever, yet the world of Art has been slow to respond, or hasn’t responded in a noticeable way. Music, film, painting, performance and virtually every other media were employed during the 50’s-70’s as a way to unsettle the stays-quo and explore new forms of self-expression, in reaction to a hostile social and political landscape. Despite a similarly challenging landscape today, people seem content with meaningless pop music and movies devoid of commentary.

Don’t lose hope though, people do care about political Art and actions, PAD/D. PAD/D (Political Art Documentation and Distribution) developed as a collective concerned with the work of politically minded artists, writers, and activists, and has been devoted to archiving political Art for decades. Check out a great article about PAD/D and there current retrospective here….XXX



Apparently Mexico allows Artists to help pay there taxes through donating works of Art. The government accepts the work from Artists, stores them, and eventually uses them to help stock museums and other cultural institutions with original, local artwork. Why does this not happen in the U.S.? Artist’s usually have to donate their work to auctions or charity events, where they receive some type of tax write-off that is usually much less than what they would have received as cash compensation. With no ministry of culture in the U.S., Artists are forced to attempt to function as small businesses that can’t receive any type of government support, short of winning one of the tiny grant lotteries. Despite crime, and financial turmoil Mexico seems to have at least some respect for the Arts and Artists as an investment in Culture, more here….


678110082710815122Apparently there are secret pyramids all over the country…



Issue #1 of Paradise Magazine is available now! Order a copy today and get over 200 pages of art, fashion, music and culture from a bi-coastal point of view! Issue #1 features an interview with Sextronixxx’ own Jacques Uzi, among so many other great interviews, here’s a sneak peek…



Highlights from the Silicon Valley Contemporary



photo: Linsey Wallace

The inaugural Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair opened this weekend, showcasing themes of Art and Technology. The fair hopes to expose the art market to the tech world, with the intention of creating sales and fostering relationships with new collectors who are member’s of the most lucrative industry in the country. With over 50 galleries from 11 countries represented, the fair is a balanced view of Contemporary Art right now, and is full of amazing work by many talented Artists.

Mutal Wave Machine .photo:courtesy of Silicon Valley Contemporary

Marina Abramovic, Mutal Wave Machine, 2014.                                                                                      photo:courtesy of Silicon Valley Contemporary

The themes of Art and Technology were embodied in pioneer Performance Artist Marina Abramovic’s interactive art piece, Mutual Wave Machine. Like much of Abramovic’s work Mutual Wave Machine, seeks to explore and create human connectivity. Just as Abramovic engaged viewers in direct eye contact to explore the meaningfulness and connectivity it offered in her piece Mutual Gaze, participants in Mutual Wave Machine are seated across from one another in a small geodesic structure, for 6 minutes while there brain waves are monitored. Subjects can test different ways to increase or decrease connectivity with each other, such as varying degrees of eye contact, or physical contact. The participant’s brain waves are monitored by head mounted E.E.G. devices, and are translated into an LED light sequences behind there heads that instantly visualizes their brain activity. The whole intention of this is to get viewer’s to be on the same wavelength via brainwave synchronization. Abramovic has chosen the language of science and technology in hopes of people submitting to connecting with one another in that context, rather than a touchy-feely new wave kind of way. After the 6 minute wave sync participants exit to a debriefing quiz. The process is fun, engaging, and creates a situation where sitting and looking deeply into someone’s eyes, or holding hands, isn’t creepy or uncomfortable because it’s for science and art.


Gary Hill, Depth Charge, 2014. photo: Linsey Wallace


Gary Hill, Depth Charge, 2014. photo:Linsey Wallace.

Another example of Art and Technology can be seen in Gary Hill’s  installation Depth Charge. Depth Charge, is what curator Paul Young describes as “a love poem to 60’s cybernetic culture.” The installation itself consists of 5 flatscreen t.v.s lying on the floor amidst a jumble of electrical chords. An animated projection of a smoke-like guitarist playing to another figure, is projected onto the back wall. Distorted music by Bill Frisell plays amidst disjointed dialogues and commentary. On the flat screens plays a loop of videos shot from slightly differing perspectives, of Gary Hill lying on the floor speaking in odd phrases while in the midst of a psychedelic experience. The videos help provide a sense of disembodiment to the experience, creating an effect where the flat screens and wires form a substitute for the body of the man in the video.

Gary Hill, Fat Man and Little Boy. photo: Linsey Wallace

Gary Hill, Fat Man and Little Boy. photo: Linsey Wallace

Fat Man and Little Boy, also by Gary Hill were also exhibited at the Silicon Valley Contemporary. The two huge glass bombs (named after the first 2 nuclear weapons used in combat), are at once imposing and impossibly fragile. Behind the glass bombs, on an arrangement of flatscreen t.v.s plays a super slow motion video of a glass bomb heading straight down towards the ground, eventually it hits, creating a spectacular explosion of glass that could never be seen with the naked eye. In an instant the precise bomb shape, becomes a chaotic storm of dust and shards.

 Gary Hill, Klein Bottle with the Image of Its Own Making. photo: courtesy of SiliconValley Contemporary

Gary Hill, Klein Bottle with the Image of Its Own Making (after Robert Morris),2014.                                 photo: courtesy of SiliconValley Contemporary

Klein Bottle With the Image of Its Own Making (after Robert Morris),2014, is a mixed media piece that uses video in an innovative way. Inside the glass vessel is a projection of it’s own creation. By showing the production of the object inside of the actual object, a direct reference is made to Robert Morris’s Box with the Sound of Its Own Making, 1961. The actual glass vessel appears to be bending back into itself towards the projection inside of it where it is being made from molten glass.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/40360011″>Kate Gilmore – Rock, Hard, Place</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/davidcastillogallery”>David Castillo Gallery</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Another interesting piece of New Media/Video Art was Kate Gilmore’s video Rock, Hard, Place (2012). The video shows vessels of pink paint organized in a grid on black shelves, and overflowing as the artist adds to the level of each vessel. The video documents a performance, and installation piece of the same name, and is meant to explore “self-imposed restrictions and challenging objectives that recall the absurdity of Dadaism.”

13 Assassinations, still from video.

Wood and Harrison, 13 Assassinations, 2013. Still from video. photo:Artsy



Wood and Harrison, 13 Assassinations, 2013. Still from Video. photo: Linsey Wallace.

Shown nearby was a 7 minute video by John Wood And Paul Harrison, 13 Assassinations, 2013. Cleverly produced in a very minimal yet stylized way, each of the 13 Assassinations adds danger and intrigue to otherwise mundane subjects. With visceral blood spatter and unexpected assassinations, once a new subject takes the screen the viewer anticipates its demise. Each new subject becomes a source of anticipation and surprise for the viewer while building amusement within the context of the video.

Jonas N.T. Beck, Almost Always, 2013.

Jonas N.T. Becker, Almost Always, 2013.

Jonas N.T. Becker’s video installation, Almost Always (2013), features a looping video of a never-ending countdown to New Year’s Eve, projected onto a sculpture of the NYE ball, frozen forever at mid drop. The excitement builds and builds, but never dissipates because New Year’s never happens in this video.


Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Diptych, framed ipads.


Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Vanitas Painting, framed ipad.

Rob and Nick Carter’s transforming paintings also exemplify the themes of Art and Technology to a T. The diptych painting contains the familiar sight of a still life painting of fruit, a peach and a pear. The brightness of tempera painting and classical techniques styles, help to mask the fact that these aren’t paintings at all, but cleverly disguised iPads in renaissance style frames. As time goes by the fruit in the frames slowly decomposes and attract flies. In Transforming Vanitas Painting, the Carters begin the iPad still life with a dead frog on a table top, and slowly the frog devolves into a rotting pile of carrion attracting flies. The combination of iPad app meeting classical painting is an interesting one at least.

Ben Jones, Ladder, 2014. photo: Linsey Wallace

Ben Jones, Ladder, 2014. photo: Linsey Wallace

A truly great combination of technology and painting could be seen in Ben Jones’ (Paper Rad), Ladder, which integrates projection, animation, and painting. Two nicely painted wooden cutouts of Jones’ familiar ladder image appear twisted like DNA, flanking a large central canvas composed of bold shapes and colors in an architectural arrangement. Atop the painting a projection ran in a loop, mimicking the lines of the painting while moving and shifting colors. The synthesis of video projection and painting was done seamlessly, creating an interesting new way for paintings to exist in an era of digital interface.


Katsu, Drone Paintings, 2014. photo: Linsey Wallace

Other paintings at the show embraced technology in a different way. New York’s Hole Gallery, presented an installation by multi media artist KATSU, featuring abstract paintings made with the aid of a small drone helicopter. KATSU hacked a readily available drone helicopter by adding hardware and software that can operate a spray paint can. KATSU embraces the choppy and sometimes erratic gestures of the drone’s gyroscopic movements as a way of removing intentionality from his mark making. KATSU’s work continues a tradition of Abstract Expressionism in that the process is in many ways the work, and the mark making is merely a record of that process. The Drone Paintings installation, featured a video documenting the production of the paintings and the flight of the painting drone. The installation also had furniture to hang out on, a rug, coffee table, and gallerist , all covered in paintings made by the drone.


Dana-Louise Kirkpatrick, Off Limits but Blessed by the Fed, 2014. photo: courtesy of the artist

Other traditional 2D work at the fair is also attempting to add a technological edge to a traditional media.Off Limits but Blessed by the Fed, by Dana Louise Kirkpatrick is being shown by KM Fine Arts of Chicago, and is being boasted as the first ever piece of artwork that will be sold in exchange for Bitcoin. The piece references Expressionism and Primitivism in its mark making, and depicts a female figure with a central head wound in front of a confederate flag, amidst heroin needles, with a Bitcoin drawn across the bottom. The mixed media drawing is striking in scale and content, and KM Fine Arts hopes to fetch $18,500 in Bitcoin in exchange for the art.


Aron Demetz amazing carved wood sculpture. photos: Linsey Wallace

Aron Demetz amazing carved wood sculpture. photos: Linsey Wallace

Aron Demetz’ carved human figure is so striking in scale and technique that it is shocking to discover this is the product of the human hand and not a machine. Aron Demetz affirms the relationship we have to nature in his wood carving by depicting a life size human form emerging from a tree stump, in one single carving. The smell of the wood and the intentionally rough parts to the sculpture’s surface provide the effect of a living being emerging from the tree. The seeming possibility of this being a transformation from tree to man, despite the permanency of the material, speaks to the Artist’s ability to transform the material in a masterful way.

Paintings by The Date Farmers. photo: Linsey Wallace

Paintings by The Date Farmers. photo: Linsey Wallace

The ACE Gallery from Los Angeles had a great grouping of work by artists of various media, including one of the highlights of the show, paintings by the collaborative duo The Date Farmers. The Date Farmers are Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez; artists who have been working together to create multi media paintings since 1998. They appropriate elements of popular culture, graffiti, Mexican street culture, and advertising to create an exciting mix-mash of imagery that has a sense of humor and dark sense of commentary. Overall the fair had a great balance of contemporary work, and will hopefully lead to stimulation in the art economy by exposing Contemporary Art to new collector’s, and newly wealthy tech workers who have the ability to buy art as an investment in our future. Below are more highlights from the first ever Silicon Valley Contemporary


Pancho Luna, Time, 2014. Mixed media. photo: Linsey Wallace.


Arnix, This Is My Body, 2012. photo: Linsey Wallace.

Performance Artist Tiffany Trenda mixing with the tech crowd.

Performance Artist Tiffany Trenda mixing with the tech crowd. photo: Linsey Wallace


Sanford Biggers, Quilt #7. photo: Linsey Wallace.



Paintings by Guss Kemp. photo:Linsey Wallace.



Paul LaFolley, The Myth Of The Zeitgeist.


Desire Obtain Cherish, Yeah I Own This. So What?, 2014. photo: Linsey Wallace.


Philadelphia Artist Jamie Brett Treadwell, How Things Were Made, 2014. 30×14 in.                                    photo: Linsey Wallace


The Art World connects with the Tech World: Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair


Performance Artists Tiffany Trenda connecting with the tech crowd.                                          Photo: Linsey Wallace


Despite weak and struggling economies all over the world, Silicon Valley tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and so many more have become titans of the American economy, and the global economy. Silicon Valley is home to a majority of technology companies in the U.S., and more patents are issued here than anywhere else each year. An influx of tech workers flush with cash has created a buzz in San Francisco about gentrification, rent prices, and the displacement of the Artists and Arts Community. Artists and galleries have been unable to keep up with skyrocketing rent, or have been displaced by commercial development, and the city’s Culture is at risk of becoming homogenized by techies. This situation has many questioning why wealthy tech industry folks haven’t begun to support the Arts in a more substantial way. The language of technology and computers is essentially one of design and aesthetics, so why would there not be enthusiastic support for Fine Art? We still have institutions all over the country such as the Museum Of Modern Art, that are the results of wealthy industrialists investing in the Culture of our country by supporting Art and Artists. The United States has very little government support for the arts, and no ministry of culture, making the Arts reliant on the private sector almost exclusively for support. So when will the titans of today’s industry start pumping some of that tech money into the Arts world?

The Silicon Valley Contemporary art fair may be the first step towards generating support for the Arts from the tech industry. Founder of the Silicon Valley Contemporary Rick Friedman,  worked throughout the 1990’s in the tech world, and has worked since the early 2000’s collecting and promoting art. Friedman acknowledged Silicon Valley’s importance to the economy, stating that the fair was necessary as San Francisco’s major fairs were unable to connect gallerists with new collector’s despite the proximity to such a vibrant economy. For Friedman the aesthetics of design and technology, in programming and computers also make Silicon Valley an ideal art audience, as opposed to San Francisco. The event will seek to forge new connections between the tech community and cutting edge contemporary art.


Event Founder Rick Friedman with Curator Paul Young. Photo: Linsey Wallace

The fair’s theme of Technology and Art, is what Rick Friedman acknowledges is a prescient theme in Contemporary Art and an appropriate theme for this fair. Working with curator of the event, L.A. gallerist  Paul Young, the event became an opportunity to celebrate New Media in Contemporary Art.There were several areas in the event for viewing long form and looped Video Art, as well as interactive installations from Marina Abramovic, Gary Hill, and many more amazing Contemporary Artists.

The collection of work on view at the Silicon Valley Contemporary, speaks to the current state of the Arts and does a great job exhibiting challenging work with a tech savvy edge. Having been to the major Bay Area art fairs, the Silicon Valley Contemporary has a better representation of National and International galleries, creating a full picture of the current dialogue in the Arts that the SF shows fell short in doing. Having the Silicon Valley Contemporary as a major West Coast fair may not only help connect tech money with the art economy, but will hopefully assert the West Coast as an Arts center in the U.S., creating more galleries and expanding the culture that embraces Fine Art.

KATSU, DRONE PAINTINGS , 2014. presented by The Hole Gallery, NYC. Photo:Linsey Wallace




tumblr_mho4evplMw1qzk2upo1_400R.I.P. XP

Online support for Windows XP ended this week. An estimated 25% of people still use Windows XP, and a majority of ATM machines do as well. A paid online version of XP will be available to government agencies and businesses who run on XP, but overall Microsoft is suggesting an upgrade.


“Is there life on Mars,” asked David Bowie years ago. Now we may be closer to answering that question (or not). The Mars Rover got a picture of what looks like an unknown light source emanating from the surface of Mars. No body has a clue what it is, and because the Rover is slow and dumb it probably won’t figure it out either. If this is a sign of Alien life, it sure does resemble a far off dance party at dawn, at Burning Man.



“Social Practice” in art has emerged in the past ten years to become a dominant trope in the Art world. Reputable  schools, scholars, and Artists have embraced Social Practice as  Art practice despite the amorphous conceptual nature of Social Practice. As the State of The Arts continues to change with society and new technology what will the implications of Social Practice mean for Art? More Here….XXX 

new-york-club-kid-ernie-glam-interview-90sERNIE GLAM

Take a stroll through the 80’s-90’s club scene with original Club Kid Ernie Glam. Asides from innovating strange styles and promoting self and celebrity as artistic medium, Ernie Glam has a lot of interesting info to share, and there are some great pics too…


Great video from Uncle TNUC and Big Mike Ballerman, if you dig retro 80’s german covers of Hall and Oates you are in luck…XXX

R.I.P. FRANKIE KNUCKLES, Godfather of House Music

Frankie+Knuckles+fkHouse music is one of the relatively few types of music that have come into existence in the not so distant past. Frankie Knuckles was at the forefront of the House Music scene, and at the beginning of a movement that would make the DJ a superstar. Frankie Knuckles is a house music legend who started in NYC with the likes of Larry Levan, and other DJ’s and producers who helped to define just what House/Dance Music meant at that time. After moving to Chicago Frankie Knuckles basically set into motion the Chicago House Music style that is still unique today.

Frankie Knuckles passed away March 31 due to complications from type II diabetes. His contribution to current culture cannot be over rated. In this day and age when there are so many types of Dance Music they call it all EDM, where so many people think they are DJ’s because of the gadget they own, and when music is overproduced and derivative, Frankie Knuckles sticks out as a true pioneer and visionary.

Random Gossip: April 1st, 2014



Miley Cyrus and Justin Beiber are clones made from Walt Disney’s sperm! It’s been rumored for decade’s that before Walt Disney died he had large quantities of his sperm cryogenically frozen. Only now have researchers gotten the Disney sperm mystery figured out. Walt Disney was intent on creating a super race of child performers who would captivate and distract the nation from important issues. Although he had quarts of his own sperm, and plenty of eggs from his eugenics program, the technology to make Walt Disney’s plan of creating superstar test tube babies would not be realized in his lifetime. By the 1980’s several model of cyborg tv host had been created by Disney, such as Casey Casem, Dick Clark, and the latest model Ryan Seacrest, however, Disney Labs had still not perfected the child clone. It hasn’t been until recent years where superstars like Beiber and Miley can be seen to resemble one another, proof that after generations of failed genetic work that Disney has managed to hone their clone formula.



Superstar Child-Pageant Contestant Jean-Benet Ramsay was never really killed! The story of her murder was created by the news media to captivate the masses and increase ratings. The Jean-Benet we remember from pictures was one of the many actors and actresses who create the matrix like reality in which we exist. The child actress who played Jean-Benet for the made for t.v. news event we all remember, was none other than Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady GaGa. Popular Culture has a very short memory, and the illuminati felt that after so many years they could pass Jean-Benet off as a disguised adult entertainer. This effort began with the first incarnation of Jean-Benet, which was Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse and her career were created by a script writing team who introduced the character with a limited story arc that would have maximum impact, ultimately leaving Stefani a way out of the crash and burn persona. The Lady GaGa persona provided a more clever reason for disguises and let the original Jean-Benet  persona disappear forever, leaving only GaGa truthers to know what really happened.



Hoffman was an undercover illuminati agent who infiltrated Hollywood, only to be recalled after gaining tremendous popularity.



Not just best buds after all, Feldman and Jackson were constantly dressing and acting like one another, sometimes creating a sense of confusion, like wo is who. Alas DNA tests confirmed earlier this week that Feldman is in fact Jackson’s son. More news to come as we discover who the mother was…

E.T. Is Really A True Story!


ET is actually the true story of Steven Speilberg being selected by the illuminati to control film propaganda. At an early age he was exposed to the psychic alien overlord of Free Masonry Thoth who bestowed upon Speilberg the power of telekinesis and mind control, which allowed him to take over the minds and hearts of all who have seen his films..


rocksRocks are actually alive! They are a living alien life form with sentience, feelings, and culture. Scientists maintain that rocks were an alien life form that somehow helped form earth, and now spend most of their time pretending to not be alive. Rocks are squishy creatures that tense up in the presence of human life force and so are very difficult to witness in action. It is currently believed that rocks bear very little threat to mankind, although some speculate they are simply quietly waiting for the right opportunity to strike.