Now Showing

I'm really excited to be involved with this art gala for Scholastic in March. Back when I was in high school I won a gold medal in the national arts competition for a self-portrait I did of myself as James Dean. 

I found a jpeg of it in the black hole that is my old yahoo email account and thought I'd post it. I finished it while I was @ RISD pre-college. It was the first acrylic painting I ever did. I was 16. ahhhhhh time. 

So, flash forward 6 years and I'm still posing like that in front of my mirror when no one else is around. The only difference is now, I do it when I'm naked. kidding...or am I? 

So, here is the press release for the event: 

NOW SHOWING features NYC’s most promising emerging artists along with literary performances by Lili Taylor and Jesse Eisenberg; a strolling fashion show; live music by Max Vernon; an exhibition of purchasable artwork; and a special performance by chamber-rock trio Rasputina.

Participating artists and musicians are past winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which has an 88-year legacy and a roster of famous winners including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Redford and Richard Avedon.


WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2011, from 7 – 11pm

WHERE: Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St. at East 4th St., NY, NY 10003


7:00 – 8:30pm: VIP Preview, $125 (open bar and hors d’oeuvres—ticket allows access the entire evening)

8:30 – 11:00pm: General Admission, $30 (open bar)

Tickets go on sale in January at Proceeds benefit the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Awards.



Adriane Connerton, Valerie Crosswhite, Jonathan Cuba, Allison Edge, Abdi Farah, Amy Karle, Christopher Moss, Justin Nissley, Dawn Okoro, Anna Ortiz, Sarah Schrift, Lauren Simkin Berke, Alix Smith, Mara Sprafkin, Michael Tarbi, Max Vernon

Can't wait to see Rasputina perform. A couple years ago a friend from the anti-folk music scene, Sarah Bowman was touring with Melora as a cellist. Transylanian concubineeeeee. 


Blue Blood

in case you missed Banzai, this is my newest piece that was on display at the party.


This work is going to be part of a larger series that combines my typical pen and ink work with acrylic paint/abstraction.

I'm going to exhibit it in March @ an art gala, where I will also be performing alongside Rasputina. I'd reveal some of the other artists exhibiting (one of them was a personal hero of mine in high school), but I'm pretty sure the people at Scholastic would be I'll have to be secretive and shady for now... 

Also, on a random note- I joined a dance punk band as its lead singer. The other guys in the band are a couple years younger than me, but they sure as hell can play their instruments. The first song I finished writing with them was inspired by Josephine Baker- erotic banana dancer, WW2 spy, universal mother, extravagantly glamorous contradiction of a human being. 

Here's a 30 second clip of the song, crappily recorded on a computer during a recent practice. Can't wait to get on the synthesizer and add some electronic texture. This feels like what I'm meant to be doing. 

What do you guys think?? 

  Josephine by maxsvernon






Max Vernon for Patricia Field

I was recently commissioned to create a work of art for the windows @ Patricia Field for Halloween. 

this is what I came up with: 

I'm really proud of the original image I created... Patricia Field has their own interpretation of my art up in their windows as of yesterday. If you're in the area, go check it out. 

302 Bowery. 



Just wanted to let everyone know I'll be showing my art @ the next Banzai party on November 6th @ The Red Lotus Room (893 Bergen St. Brooklyn, NY.) The show will also feature art from Narcissister, who I recently made a shrine to using pasta shells for hair. 

The Banzai party is curated by Muffinhead, who is also a visual artist and generally speaking, a force. He dresses like something out of a Gareth Pugh/Leigh Bowery fantasy. I first met him on the unfortunate night I was also assaulted in Bushwick. Having just been punched in the back of the head by some crazy drugged up guy with dreads, I ran down the block and into the first open door I saw. Once inside, everyone was naked and throwing glitter in the air. 

I went to the bar to get myself a drink and become oriented with my surroundings, while possibly having a minor concussion. The drinks @ the bar all had funny names like "Dragon Child," or "The Oracle." 

It was only about 20 minutes later when everyone started glowing I realized my drink had been dosed. Apparently the Oracle was liquid opium. Drugs, Sex, Violence- a perfect prequel to meeting Muffinhead, a possible hallucination with a huge Lampshade around his neck. I would never have thought that a couple years later I'd be showing art at one of his parties...but that's New York, right? 




Blasts from the Past

It's hard to believe these photos are six years old. 

Ominous foreshadowing?