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~ A Letter from JP Morgan CEO to Gold Diggers 

“Title: What should I do to marry a rich guy?

I’m going to be honest of what I’m going to say here.
I’m 25 this year. I’m very pretty, have style and good taste. I wish to marry a guy with $500k annual salary or above.
You might say that I’m greedy, but an annual salary of $1M is considered only as middle class in New York.
My requirement is not high. Is there anyone in this forum who has an income of $500k annual salary? Are you all married?
I wanted to ask: what should I do to marry rich persons like you?
Among those I’ve dated, the richest is $250k annual income, and it seems that this is my upper limit.
If someone is going to move into high cost residential area on the west of New York City Garden(?), $250k annual income is not enough.
I’m here humbly to ask a few questions:

1) Where do most rich bachelors hang out? (Please list down the names and addresses of bars, restaurant, gym)
2) Which age group should I target?
3) Why most wives of the riches are only average-looking? I’ve met a few girls who don’t have looks and are not interesting, but they are able to marry rich guys.
4) How do you decide who can be your wife, and who can only be your girlfriend? (my target now is to get married)
Ms. Pretty

A philosophical reply from CEO of J.P. Morgan:

Dear Ms. Pretty,
I have read your post with great interest. Guess there are lots of girls out there who have similar questions like yours. Please allow me to analyse your situation as a professional investor.
My annual income is more than $500k, which meets your requirement, so I hope everyone believes that I’m not wasting time here.
From the standpoint of a business person, it is a bad decision to marry you. The answer is very simple, so let me explain.
Put the details aside, what you’re trying to do is an exchange of “beauty” and “money” : Person A provides beauty, and Person B pays for it, fair and square.
However, there’s a deadly problem here, your beauty will fade, but my money will not be gone without any good reason. The fact is, my income might increase from year to year, but you can’t be prettier year after year.
Hence from the viewpoint of economics, I am an appreciation asset, and you are a depreciation asset. It’s not just normal depreciation, but exponential depreciation. If that is your only asset, your value will be much worse 10 years later.
By the terms we use in Wall Street, every trading has a position, dating with you is also a “trading position”.
If the trade value dropped we will sell it and it is not a good idea to keep it for long term — same goes with the marriage that you wanted. It might be cruel to say this, but in order to make a wiser decision any assets with great depreciation value will be sold or “leased”.
Anyone with over $500k annual income is not a fool; we would only date you, but will not marry you. I would advice that you forget looking for any clues to marry a rich guy. And by the way, you could make yourself to become a rich person with $500k annual income.This has better chance than finding a rich fool.

Hope this reply helps.

Signed,
J.P. Morgan CEO”

~ May Happenings in NYC

Last update: May 5th, 2:53 PM ET

Thursday, May 5th

She also has shows on Friday and Saturday of this weekend 🙂

Brandon DJing tn <3

Friday, May 6th

May 7th

May 10th

May 11th

May 12th

This will be so fun! It is also the same day as my birthday. Also — our former intern, Tashi, will have his work for sale….Very exciting stuff.

Y’all have to see Hello Mary.

May 18th

May 26th

May 28th

Openings that have already happened but cool to check out:

Other good places to reference for events:
https://brooklynrail.org/events
https://nyc-noise.com/
Reply with an event for May and I can add it to this list 🙂

~ Is Richard Prince Navigating Web3 Anonymously? An Overview of John Dogg

In the late 80’s, Richard Prince and dealer Colin de Land produced John Dogg; a fictional entity turned fine artist. Prince and de Land first introduced Dogg’s work in a 1986 exhibition at the American Fine Arts, Co. Dogg’s identity was kept anonymous up until de Land’s death in 2003, when Richard Prince publicly acknowledged the joint endeavor. Prince described John Dogg as “a minimalist Neal Cassady — was once employed to deliver special cars to buyers by driving them across the country” and occasionally, he returns to the pseudonym to make works and author texts.
[Installation View] John Dogg, 303 Gallery, New York, 1987
One of the later occasional returns of John Dogg was in 2016 at the first “High Times” show at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles. Here Prince exhibited a curated selection of historical High Times covers. In a later showing of High Times at the Gagosian in Los Angeles in 2019, Prince encouraged visitors to visit a nearby cannabis lounge where samples of Prince’s own cannabis brand could be found and sampled titled, Katz + Dogg. The companies website claims Katz + Dogg “can aid carving out your own headspace but is also inherently social, bringing all of us freaks together.” There’s a great read on this specific Dogg Prince endeavor over on Kaleidoscope’s digital archive; from their SS20 issue.
More recently, through random discovery, I stumbled across a John Dogg account on OpenSea with Princes Marlboro Men featured as the background, his Katz + Dogg caricature as the profile photo and the bio referencing one of his joke paintings. The works featured and for sale are all reminiscent of Prince’s; a copy of J.D Salinger’s, A Catcher in the Rye, Instagram paintings and a new Untitled [Publicity] work featuring Elon Musk and Grimes. This reappearance of John Dogg has yet to be confirmed it is actually Richard Prince, but I wouldn’t put it past him… or the roles were reversed and Prince is on the other end of appropriation.
John Dogg’s account via OpenSea.io
John Dogg, The Catcher in the NFT, 2021
John Dogg, Untitled [publicity], 2021

~ Artworks by Ross Ulbricht

Ross William Ulbricht is an American who created and operated the darknet market website Silk Road from 2011 until his arrest in 2013. The site used Tor for anonymity and bitcoin as a currency and facilitated the sale of narcotics and other illegal sales. One of Ulbricht’s online pseudonyms was “Dread Pirate Roberts” after the fictional character in the novel The Princess Bride and its film adaptation.

“What becomes of the cages when we are no longer willing to hurt one another?”
Oil on canvas created in prison.
It started with Bitcoin, and before it’s done, it will connect us all. Crypto is human. Here is block 5. The genesis blocks through block 4 and beyond block 7 will come in time.
Oil on canvas created in prison
Oil on canvas created in prison
Oil on canvas created in prison
“My future died that day in court when I was sentenced to life without parole. When I got back to the federal detention center, I did not go straight to my cell block as usual. This time, I was interviewed first to judge whether I was suicidal. I wasn’t, and thankfully, I convinced them I wasn’t, or I would have spent a few days in one of the dreaded “suicide watch” cells. I understand why they did that though. Lots of lifers are suicidal. There is no parole in the federal system, so life means your whole life. It is the same as a death sentence. It just takes longer.”
Oil on canvas created in prison
Graphite pencil drawing created in prison, with accompanying poem. Drawn during the grueling 2020 year of coronavirus lockdown

From the light of freedom to a concrete tomb,
The fall was great and swift.
My soul cried out in a mighty boom,
How could it come to this?

Clamped down, trapped stuck,
Paralyzed in a tiny cage.
Had fate left me not a drop of luck?
Was there reason for this rage?

Told to lay down and die,
Something deep inside me stirred.
I can’t be caged I have to fly!
Not yet am I interred.

They can take my body, tie me down,
It matters not a bit.
My spirit still runs wild and free,
So in freedom here I sit.

Painting made at 4 years old.

more artworks by Ross Ulbricht here.

~ Films to watch this weekend

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - IMDb

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American romantic comedy-drama film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, and written by William Rose. It stars Spencer Tracy (in his final role), Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn, and features Hepburn’s niece Katharine Houghton.
The film was one of the few films of the time to depict an interracial marriage in a positive light, as interracial marriage historically had been illegal in many states of the United States. It was still illegal in 17 states, until June 12, 1967, six months before the film was released, and scenes were filmed just before anti-miscegenation laws were struck down by the Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia.

Penfield was a girls school in 1955. The curriculum ranged from Latin to Etiquette, from Shakespeare to Field Hockey. Abigail is one of the new girls coming in to learn about these and other subjects. Coming from a well to do family, she hopes to be the school’s best student. Just as she is getting started in the school, she meets Michael, a male student in the school. Soon the two fall deeply in love, but their relationship becomes challenged by those around them, leading to difficulties and tragedy.

~ I love you because you make me feel like an artist

I love you because you make me feel like an artist

by Ben Werther

The project began when I found a how-to manual in a used bookstore about how to build and modify radios so that they can be used to contact ghosts. I began modifying radios I found in thrift stores or on Ebay in accordance with the book. I have an entire collection of these radios in my house. The one I used for this project is made from a police scanner that I started working on earlier this year.

I decided upon its completion that I wanted to try to use it to start contacting art historical figures that I like. I would ask them for guidance about being an artist. I have always been a huge fan of William Burroughs as he was also interested in the occult – so he was the first person that came to mind. His book Naked Lunch changed my life along with his idea that language is a virus from outer space that infects us with meaning… which he meant literally and as opposed to semiotics.

Through a friend I was given the opportunity to visit William Burroughs’ New York apartment. It has been kept in pristine condition since his passing. I wrote a kind of long winded question asking about becoming possessed by artistic genius which I read aloud in his bedroom while running the scanner.

In the days that followed, my sense of reality became warped. I had created a condition in which I was constantly hyper vigilante. My experience of my surroundings had become directly linked to a form of artistic production. I am always looking at everything around me extra close now, just in case I miss a signal.

hand written letter, modified police scanner
28:20 audio recording
2022

~ Claes Oldenburg’s The Store – 1961

In the winter of 1961, Oldenburg circumvented the practice of selling art through a gallery by opening a storefront on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and selling his work there. Among the unorthodox, eclectic offerings were sculptures of undergarments and slices of blueberry pie and other pastries made out of painted plaster. To advertise this bold endeavor, Oldenburg created business cards and stationery as well as posters such as the one on view here. Modeled after a poster the artist saw in a Puerto Rican neighborhood of New York, it retains a few Spanish words. A milestone of Pop art, The Store heralded Oldenburg’s interest in the slippery line between art and commodity and the role of the artist in self-promotion.

~ Hustler White

‘There are those who will not want to miss “Hustler White” for its scene in which a male prostitute removes his prosthetic leg extension to service a client who has been shown devouring a publication called Amputee Times. There are many, many more who will want to make sure to miss it.

The movie presents the world of Los Angeles street hustlers as a titillating freak show. One young hooker is picked up by a heavily tattooed mortician who changes into dominatrix drag and mummifies him in duct tape. Another is strung up from the ceiling and delicately slashed across the chest and back with razor blades. “Cut me, dear boy!” he implores in a refined English accent.

In between its kinky sexual exhibitions, “Hustler White” follows the adventures of Jurgen Anger (Bruce LaBruce), a writer and sexual tourist who has flown to Los Angeles to research a book on male prostitutes, and Monti Ward (Tony Ward), the young male hooker he engages as his tour guide. Ward, a successful model who was once Madonna’s constant companion, lends the role of Monti a bluff, swaggering charm, even though his character is loathsome. In the opening scene, Monti, fleeing a john in a stolen car, hits a pedestrian, severing his foot, but drives on.’

(Stephen Holden’s review of “Hustler White” in the Times, Nov. 20, 1996.)

~ Freedom From The Endless Cycle Of Personal Reincarnations

I am so excited to put on my third solo exhibition held at THE END Project Space this May 2022.

Evolving from the body sized band t-shirt paintings I started making in 2020, I will paint a movie screen sized mural version directly onto the gallery wall.

Over the past year, it’s been a joy to collaborate with the space’s founder and operator Craig Drennen. Thank you, Craig, for the space to show my paintings, and an opportunity to work big.

I’m looking forward to it!

THE END Project Space
1870 Murphy Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Opening Reception: Friday May 6, 6PM – 9PM
Gallery Hours: Friday and Saturday 12PM – 4PM and by appointment
Contact: acdrennen@gmail.com

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