Sunday, May 31, 2009

Artist Interview: Pat Conlon

My poor, neglected blog needed some art love, so I have a short and sweet interview with mister Pat Conlon, a New York City artist who is having an art exhibition at Alphabet City Soup on June 8th. Get to know him a little here, and come see his work in person there.

Q: When did you know you were going to become an artist?

A: When I was a kid, I would disappear underneath coffee tables, dinner tables or basically end up on the floor drawing to escape the chaos of big family Christmas dinners.

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?

A: I'd like to think of myself as an out of work comedian. I'll hear a good joke or have a funny experience and think about how it would make for a great drawing or painting.

Q: Who have been some influences in your art and in your life?

A: My father is one of my biggest creative inspirations. He inspires me anywhere from what he can make with his hands, to his spirited personality, which deems him the life of any party.

Q: Tell me about your connection to the Antagonist Art Movement.

A: I got involved in the late nineties when they would do potluck or Chris Cringle type art exchange between the collective. I was lucky enough to get Arturo Vega and we've become friends, as well as collectors of each other's work. Ethan Minsker and the crew have established a great thing and I'm proud to be involved.

Q: What is your thought process while making a piece?

A: Various streams of consciousness.

Q: What is your physical process when making a piece?

A: Material to material, pencil to paper, paint on canvas, etc. I don't have a ritual that I go through if that's what you're asking.

Q: What do you hope to bring across in your art?

A: To give people a taste of the assorted box of chocolates that God in his infinite wisdom has given us.

Q: Do you have a dream piece that you have yet to attempt?

A: I get flashes of my dream piece, but my dream piece is the one that I haven't made yet.

Q: What are your hopes for the future?

A: To enjoy myself as much as possible.

Q: You are given $1Million in funding for anything you want to do. What do you create?

A: I'd create myself a trip around the world.

Alphabet City Soup is part of the Antagonist Art Movement, and occurs every Monday night. There is live music, sometimes art, sometimes comedy, sometimes dance, but there is always, ALWAYS, fun.

Niagara Bar
112 Ave A (@ 7th ST.)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Photobooth Funny

I'm always the last person to discover things, such as Photobooth, the Mac application that comes on all of their computers and might be the best time waster ever invented. This is just a short video (it does video too!) that me and my roommate made when we were messing around with it. We laughed forever, it might not be as funny to you.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Format - "Dog Problems" Music Video

Another music video. This one takes me back a few years ago, to The Format, who are no longer together (sad to say), but the video endures, because it's happy and smart and makes me smile.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

World's Fastest Banjo

Doing the lazy thing and putting another video on here. This only until I get enough time in my life to create real posts that are informative and interesting. But for now, settle for some AMAzing banjo.

For those of you who don't know, I love banjo.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Menomena "Evil Bee"

I don't know what to think about this. It is amazing. And freaky, and I absolutely love it.
On a related note, Barsuk Records, who this band, Menomena, is on, have some of the greatest bands on earth on their label.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Schocholautte on

The gentleman of Schocholautte have been featured on a fabulous music website called, and I think you should all go check it out, leave a nice comment, come to Alphabet City Soup tomorrow night, see them rock you out of your pants, and then buy the EP. Sound like a plan?

Schocholautte on!

Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog

Courtesy of miss Jeannette, here's Neil Patrick Harris being funny. It's long, but for you who truly enjoy fun things, the time will just fly by.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

NYC Favorites

Since I have clearly been neglecting this blog for at least a week, and I don't have the time to really get in a good quality post right now (thanks school and all my crazy activities), here's a list of a bunch of places and stuff I love about NYC. Clean and simple.

Franchia Restaurant
Antagonist Art Movement
Niagara Bar
Tea Spot
Grassroots Tavern
Astoria Beer Garden
Peanut Butter & Co.
Trade Fair
Andhow! Theater Company
Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Company
Sacred Chow
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wednesday Night Skate

Seeing movies being filmed, and celebrities is no longer cause for awe, it just is.
Hating Times Square.
Sushi. Everywhere.
Indian food. Everywhere.
Cool graffiti on every building.
24-hour subway.
4AM last call on the weekends. 2 or 3AM on weekdays.
St. Marks Place.
Free hugs.
Central Park.
Soccer in the Bronx. And in Brooklyn.
Bedford Ave.
Astor Place rotating cube.
The smell of honey-roasted peanuts.
24-hour CVS and Duane Reade. Everywhere.
24-hour Mac Store.
24-hour everything.
Fernando Botero inside Columbus Circle.