I am bedridden so this is going to be sort of left unwritten. Tonight there is yet another 2feet@12inches art opening reception. I DJd the last one of these treats by Robert Aloia and crew and it was sold out, got raided, was the most fun. Tonight's event is at White Rabbit 's White Box at 145 Houston Street. The event - curated by Aloia, Bill Spector, Frankie Cedeno, and Laksmi Hedemark - will be one of those great adult events that we so often long for. I'm DJing from 10pm to 11pm if I can make it out of bed. If Shorty, Small Change, Sal Principato, or Julie Covello/ DJ Shakey won't cover for me, Jazzy Nice, or Greg Poole surely will. I'm excited to see buzz-band Roma and hang with old friend Dominic Chianese. This shindig starts at 6pm and goes to 2am.
I asked Robert Aloia to tell you all about it.
Why are you curating these shows?
The artists, co-curators, DJs, and performers are all friends and friends-of-friends. Most of them I have worked with in some capacity over the years in nightlife. It's such an inspiring community of people from all walks of life. Not always smooth-going, but never boring.
What is your background? What makes you think the event is worth doing? What drives you.
Growing up, my brother was an artist, and although I couldn't always understand what he was doing, I saw the dedication and effort he put forth. It gave me a deep respect for those that choose that path because it's a huge sacrifice. Eventually ,I found myself immersed in the downtown scene and incessantly learning and growing, and accumulating friends, conspirators, connections, and some enemies.
Ultimately, where will this lead you?
Coming up in NYC nightlife, I've always been surrounded by artists of all types. What we are attempting to do is bridge the party scene and gallery scene, with a heavy nod to old-school NYC.
During the first days of setting up a show, I wonder why it is I chose to do this. It's often excruciating and rarely profitable. But by the end, the gratitude and camaraderie among everyone involved - from artists to attendees - is truly uplifting.
Where will this lead me? I'm in a unique place to not have to answer to anybody, while being able to tax my connections to do the impossible. So until the bubble bursts, I'm gonna dream big.