~SUMMER READING . . ALFIE !!
here’s some REAL, FUN .. summer reading, ha.
it’s a free-form look-back by the notorious . . ALFREDO MARTINEZ.
ALFREDO MARTINEZ SPRAY-PAINTING A GUN.
PHOTO BY CHIP ROUNTREE via whitehot
this photo looks to be from a series of photos taken while Alfredo was an ‘artist-in-residence’ … in China.
there are a few more photos in the post. you got to admit the gun is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L, handmade and scavenged from spare parts, the ‘arc’ of the gun is … spectacular.
the whole thing: mysterious as hell, shiny, black. sleek and elegant.
despite being seriously . . DIY.
not to mention, now . . after some very sad mass slaughters, ‘politically incorrect’.
the interview . . just posted on whitehot/JULY 2013, is titled:
‘IN CONVERSATION with ALFREDO MARTINEZ’ – by JOE HEAPS NELSON.
it starts off great: “Alfredo’s career has encompassed as much drama, scandal, chaos, violence and insanity as any artist since CARAVAGGIO.”
it hasn’t been “fact-checked” in the truest journalistic sense of the word, you’d need an army of street savvy grad students, and a few feds with classified access !! not to mention the NYPD, FDNY, FEMA & Homeland Security, and some truth serum left over from WWII – but the funny thing with Alfredo is . . the more off-the-wall the stuff is, that’s probably . . the true part !!
as JOE says: “Is he larger than life ?
I don’t know bout that but I bet he’s larger than you.”
grab a cold one & enjoy: ALFREDO MARTINEZ / whitehot . . medical references . . and all
ps: when Alfredo refers to “gunsmithing” on a film set. yes, he did do that. he built ‘Mad Max’ type guns for a JIM JARMUSCH project . . ‘Ghost Dog, The Way of the Samurai’
a lot of people consider this film one of Jarmusch’s best, and if you know the film, you see Alfredo in the main character, not just the gun props. no doubt about it.
the invite/card for:
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VS. ALFREDO MARTINEZ
Drawings from Prison
Curated by JAMES FUENTES
Documentary Photos by NANCY SMITH
October 24 – November 29, 2003
559 West 22nd Street
CARD: from the archival collection of NANCY SMITH.
approx 5 x 5-1/4 in. on card stock.
it’s a long story, but pretty much it was my show, production & idea-wise until Alfredo handed it over to Fuentes at the last minute. that big boy could scam, even from deep inside . . the Big House.
P.S. THE LAST LAUGH – aka – THE LAST CHAPTER !!!
another, rather colorful artist friend of mine, now deceased, name of DAN ASHER . . has his drawing, singular .. drawing, being sold this summer by none less than ZACH FEUER, for $14,000.
so seriously, my art peeps: who do you think is going to have the last laugh, you or Alfredo ?
my money is . . on: Alfredo.
casa in the condo, crap and all.
put it this way.
if you done got a condo in the condo, you done got conned. end of story.