Born in New York City, but quickly hustled down to Central Florida in order to avoid all that urban decay. What was the world like in 1964? Check out my blog.
Film: Goldfinger - Guy Hamilton
Music: A Love Supreme - John Coltrane
Mysterious lifelong obsession with New Orleans begins despite having never stepped out of Central Florida. Past life flashes? Or perhaps a glimmer of advanced aesthetic (black and gold with fleur de lis over, say, teal and orange with a dolphin)?
Film: Murder on the Orient Express - Sidney Lumet
Music: Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
Escaped Central Florida after high school graduation by returning to New York City for college - well, as near NYC as culture shock would allow: Hofstra University on Long Island, where I dropped a communications degree (it seemed more tech than art) for something called "creative studies". Basically, I sat in a little blackbox theatre for 3 years putting on plays.
Film: Blade Runner - Ridley Scott
Music: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret - Soft Cell
Moved to NYC (Astoria Queens), and got my first gig in the publishing world (because I could type fast - my first computer experience was a Wang) I soon discovered all those archaic 20th century things that make a metropolis great: bookstores, record stores, dive clubs, foreign film, off-off-Broadway, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, bourbon and clove cigarettes.
Film: After Hours - Martin Scorsese
Music: Please - The Pet Shop Boys
Took a break from The City to be a starving artist in an unheated attic in Newport, RI and write a novel.
Film: Angel Heart - Alan Parker
Music: Document - REM
Returned to Florida and settled into the somewhat hippy-fied grunge of the alternative scene in Tampa's Ybor City. Coffeehouses, poetry readings and everybody wanted to put out their own music. Getting involved with another writer effectively ended my art career for awhile. Moved from publishing to the print world and worked on my first Mac.
Film: Zentropa - Agnieska Holland
Music: Violator - Depeche Mode
Became a goth in Atlanta, hanging out in a bourbon-and-clove haze at Masquerade and The Chamber. Still worked in the print world, but slowly started realizing that Photoshop app could be both a career and an art form. My only constant companion: an iguana named Ebeneez'r.
Film: City of Lost Children - Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Music: Serpentine Gallery - Switchblade Symphony
Another quick stab at winter writing in an attic in Newport (now, with heat) - probably because I couldn't afford my own Mac yet and still dragged around a typewriter. Life was truly form over function.
Film: Gattaca - Andrew Niccol
Music: Adam and Eve - Catherine Wheel
Settled back in Florida, this time in lush, tropical St. Petersburg. Got a respectable job, respectable apartment, respectable relationship (and my first iMac!). Digital art and photography became my all-consuming passion even as the respectable job, apartment and relationship soon disappeared. On the up side, I finally got to visit Europe in the summer of 2000.
Film: Fight Club - David Fincher
Music: Eye of the Hunter - Brendan Perry
Refrakted is born - a great art idea, a swinging studio and salon, but a bad business proposition. Eeked out a living taking on small gigs and temp jobs. No cubicles for me - it's all about designing websites in flipflops while painting your toenails black.
Film: Lost in Translation - Sofia Coppola
Music: Welcome to the Monkey House - Dandy Warhols
I tell people I'm semi-retired, (aka in between small gigs and temp jobs) while still emmersed in my refrakted art world. Got another degree in "digital media production", so I now enjoy art that moves. Renting a house so I can learn tropical landscaping and have a yard for current companions, Moon and Star. Now that bookstores, record shops and indie theatres are all online, "place" is less of an imperative and "time" becomes more fluid and hazy.
Film: Abraham Lincoln,Vampire Hunter - Timur Bekmambeton
Music: Holy Weather - Civil Twilight