Category: Video projects

42 Years of strange doings in SF/Oakland/Bay Area & Beyond. Please help me raise some $ for my once in a lifetime show

This November 17th. – general fundraiser at Pro Arts. Open to the public. Tickets available at:  Eventbright tix to fundraiser.

Limited Curated experience. 10 people max – Tour of artist studio and limited edition of 10 signed prints of Golden Gate Bridge 50th Anniversary : Tickets here: Eventbright tix to curated experience.

Link to Pro Arts FB page

 

Billboard Liberation Front action 1980. Collaboration between “Jack Napier” (John Law) & “Simon Wagstaff” nome de guerre for a well known local SF character.

JL neon piece for SRL “Doom”show 1994.

Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland is presenting a retrospective sampling of 42 years of pranks, neon art, “theater” performance art, stories, writings, and conversations with key collaborators of mine culled from me entire time here in Oakland, San Francisco and the outside world.

JL photo Golden Gate Bridge 1986

Natalia Mount, Executive Director of this landmark gallery in the very heart of Oakland, is curating the show and has been working with me to burrow and wade through my massive pile of poorly organized photos, video/film, documents, neon pieces and all sorts of material produce during my four decades of trouble making, experience design, artifact making, collaborative work and explorations.

JL as “Vito Lawtoni” in Don Herron’s The Fatty Arbuckle caper, 1980.

We need to raise a substantial amount of money in order to print huge photos, produce several finished videos out of mountains of raw footage, restore some neon sculptures and make some new, finance travel and accommodations for five (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 as of now, maybe more) of my collaborators (unindicted co-conspirators as they say) from over the years and to cover any number of other expenses. As usual, I am broke and in a hurry. I don’t drink, drug, gamble, womanize or waste money; it is just tough financially these days. Pro-Arts is experiencing the typical travails of most smaller cultural institutions and is underfunded as well. Moneys raised will all go directly to producing this show and to support this wonderful community based, yet influential gallery.

Kodachrome Magazine 2017 article on neon artists featuring JL

“Detroit” 2016. 28′ x 14″ x 10″ metal, glass, distressed matchbox cars, astro-turf, neon, opaque crystal ball. Like most of my work, this is a ham fisted metaphor! Various neon installations and sculpture here.

Please pass this link along and spread the word. If you have worked with me or enjoyed any of the products of the collaborations and (occasionally incognito) creative projects I have driven or contributed to or any of the transgressive cabals (my neon piece is at 1:44 & 2:00) or ridiculous pranks that may have benefited from my efforts, I really need the help and feedback now. I am not done yet; this show is just a retrospective of my first four decades here. With luck, we’ll have another one when I am 100 in 2058……

Oh, almost forgot, this is also my 60th B-day party.

 

LINK TO 42 YEAR ONE MAN RETROSPECTIVE AT PRO ARTS GALLERY JUNE 7TH TIL AUGUST 24TH, 2019

My Car’s a Star!!

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My good pal and roomie, “Big Daddy” Tim Anderson made a very cool, very short film a while back. There are 2 stars. My old 2000 Ford Crown-Vic Police Interceptor is one. This was my favorite car ever. I got it for $4.4K from the best used vehicle dealer in the extended Bay Area, Steve Smith of Smith Trucks Montara Beach 650-728-2800. Call Steve and his partner/wife Anna if you need a really good car for a fair price. Hazel Motes in John Huston’s great film interpretation of the happy/huggy stories of Flannery Connor, Wise Blood, said sagely and prophetically: “No man with a good car needs to be justified!” These are words that I live by.

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 8.23.06 PMI sold it recently to my dear friends Mark and Rose and bought a newer model, a 2009 from Steve. The new CVPI is great and I love it, but it’s not quite as sweet as the 2000 – it’s lighter, and some of the appointments are not as cool. Oh well, it’s much newer and has less mileage. The old one has a lotta meat left on it and my friends are really enjoying the ride and all the perks of driving a CVPI: 1) people get out of your way 2) some law enforcement types will “let it ride” when you go by if you’re speeding a bit – could be a fellow professional 3) great cornering due to the beefed up suspension & posi-traction 4) super safe in collisions 5) awesome acceleration 6) Did I mention that people in other cars get out of your way?

At any rate, check out this link to the Youtube video that Big Daddy immortalized my old ride in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-_24OoV6BI