The visual arts coordinator for Artscape shares his passion for cooking, Boston terriers, and artistic collaborations.
Short Bio: I grew up in California, spent many years in San Francisco, then NYC. I show my art regularly and am looking for donors/collaborators.
Age: I saw the Clash open for the Who.
Occupation: I am a slashie—a visionary/curator/photographer. Currently I am the visual arts coordinator for Artscape.
Baltimore Neighborhood: Lauraville
Obsessive Collections: I used to collect lots of stuff, but in recent years I’ve tried to keep it under control. I still buy cool old lamps and lampshades frequently; they’re fun to rotate and easily change the feeling of a room. Currently, I’m trying to find more little ones to display all together. I also collect unusual toys, thrift store art, exploitation movie posters, and other oddities of a lowbrow nature.
Currently Reading: I’m usually reading several books at once. Right now I’m reading a book of short stories by Dashiell Hammett and The Queen’s Throat by Wayne Koestenbaum. And I’m always reading cookbooks and rereading books by people like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer to remind myself not to be an A-hole.
Coolest Place You’ve Ever Lived: NYC. I lived in New York for nine years, eight of which were in the East Village across the street from the New York chapter of the Hell’s Angels. It was common knowledge that that was the safest block in the entire city—besides the one street in Little Italy where a mob boss’s mom lived.
Hobbies or Leisure Activities: I love working with other artists and musicians. I’m really big on collaborations. I also just love sitting in my studio and dreaming up new projects, reading, playing with my dogs, and cooking.
Favorite Food to Eat at Home: It’s a Filipino dish called pork adobo. It’s a slow roasted pork shoulder (or butt) that develops the most incredible flavor from vinegar, soy sauce, bay leaves, peppercorns, and a lot of garlic. I also make killer ribs starting with a dry rub that sits for several hours then slow cooked and basted with my own sauce.
Favorite Food to Eat Out: I don’t often eat out because I always end up saying I could make it better, particularly when it comes to Mexican food. I do love the grilled sardines at Tapas Teatro, and they get extra points for the outdoor seating.
Political Leanings: My politics are based on selfishness. I focus on myself as much as possible. I try be a better person and give back where I can. I avoid political debates and don’t even try to make sense of the constant wars, political drama, or economic crisis. I know I am contributing much more to society by being the best that I can be and focusing on what is good and what I know I can change and not what is wrong with the world.
Favorite Baltimore Spot to Hang Out: During the summer I could live at the Clipper Mill pool. It’s the best spot in Baltimore to feel like you’re not in Baltimore. We bring lots of good food and spend long, gorgeous summer days there with an assortment of good friends. My year-round favorite place to hang out is the Club Charles. I know I will always see friends and acquaintances and catch up on what’s going on with them. Other than that, I try to get out to art openings and support DJs and bands when I can.
Pets: The best part of my day is coming home to our two Boston Terriers, Jarvis and Chuy. They are loving, smart, fun, and incredibly cute. Even the snoring is cute. Jarvis turns ten this year and Chuy is three. And there’s a cat named Burt, also.
Favorite Person in the World: I would have to say my dad. I got my sick sense of humor from him and for a young single parent, he did a remarkable job raising me and my sister. And my partner Jeremy Crawford would be the other person. I love having a hardworking artist in the studio next to mine. Plus, he has always believed in and supported me.
Movie that Sums Up the Current State of Your Life: The Matrix. I’ve chosen to change the direction of my life so many times, it has often felt that I was tumbling down the rabbit hole, but with each change comes a greater sense of self and a feeling that anything is possible.
Favorite Place to Travel: Anywhere with a subway system, really, but my favorite destination is Madrid. I’ve been there five or six times and would love to live there at some point. The food, the people, the vibe of the city—all of it makes me feel very much at home.
Mantra or Favorite Quote: “I can do this.”