Dear droogies, snail-swallowing gladiators and Long Island Lolitas:
It was time again for my annual holiday tree-trimming party at my apartment in the East Village and because I'm a hopeless cinema fan-fag, I chose Stanley Kubrick as the theme. My guests rose to the occasion with clever ornaments and even a few Kubrick-esque looks.
Christine applies a Clockwork Orange-style bottom lash to singer Carole Pope.
Since Christmas is really a pagan holiday, this guest showed up with one of the ritualistic orgy masks from "Eyes Wide Shut" which I do find mildly terrifying, especially since I didn't know the guy wearing the mask! I thought it might be a fashion designer whom I gave a bad review to in the past arriving to exact some revenge.
Me sporting my first-edition "A Clockwork Orange" cover-design t-shirt and my Phuket tan.
Because it's just not a party without a pair of cheeky fag Lolitas! Raul and Christopher Voigt attempt to channel the long-gone days of when they were jailbait.
"Anger Scale" author Katie Degentesh channeled Shelley Duvall's style from "The Shining."
Artist Scott Neary gets the Obscura Prize for resurrecting a little-known Kubrick film (his 2nd feature), "Killer's Kiss." Many of the scenes of this gorgeously shot, low-budget noir gem from 1955 were shot around the East Village. I watched the film yesterday on Nextflix instant watch and was in awe of the moody black-and-white photography of New York, not to mention the hot and hairy lead actor who plays a washed-up boxer. The penultimate scene of a spine-tingling duel in a mannequin warehouse is not to be missed. (This clip is of the film's chase scene through, I think, Brooklyn.)
Hands down, this was my favorite ornament - the monolith from "2001: A Space Odyssey." It was created by Evan Schafer, who is the boyfriend of Grazina Snipas, a graphic designer whom I sometimes work with at Moxie Interactive. (I also love the skull bracelet ornament that Doreen Oakley donated for my tree.)
Lolita sunglasses and the bone from "2001", also created by Evan Shafer. Now, whenever I think of the flying bone scene in "2001" I think of the hilarious moment in "Good Bye, Lenin!" when a budding GDR filmmaker is editing a wedding video he shot which he turns into a "2001" homage but cutting a shot of the bride's flying bouquet (the bone) with a shot of the lit wedding cake (a stand-in for 2001's spaceship.)
Nancy Stout was inspired by the wardrobe of "Barry Lyndon."
Katie brought an adorable stuffed owl ornament.
Spartacus tribute #1 by Carlos...
...and Spartacus tribute #2 by Corey Sabourin.
Carole Pope brought a less sinister "Eyes Wide Shut" orgy mask..
Artist Rupert Goldsworthy created a tribute to Wendy Carlos, the transsexual composer responsible for the iconic electronic Beethoven soundtrack of "A Clockwork Orange."
Artist Scott Taylor and fashion designer Sylvia Heisel made a Kubrick double header...
Dominique Guihenneuc made this very witty ornament that is a nod to the chess game between Shelley Winters and James Mason in "Lolita." This piece is Winters' queen and the notes read: "You're going to take my queen? That was my intention."
Jack Nicholson looks on at a young Kubrick in a piece made by Nancy Stout.
Astronaut food from "2001"....
Artist Scott Neary
Artist Scott Taylor, fashion designer Sylvia Heisel, and author Nancy Stout
Artist Rupert Goldsworthy and publicist/playwright Jay Blotcher
Me & Rupert
Filmmaker Vincent Gagliostro & Jay
Adrienne Lloyd who plays bass in Carole Pope's NYC band with Carole.
Doreen Oakley stopped in to show off her bag before dashing out to prepare for her costume-making-magic at the NYC Ballet.
Jay & I
Meanwhile, in the Mao Room....
In a metaphor of the New China, the Great Helmsman is overwhelmed by Christmas Capitalism.
On the other side of the Mao Room, Lenin looks on stoicly...
Nancy's ornament of Stanley Kubrick on the set of "Barry Lyndon" in 1975.
Thanks for reading.