THE OPENING OF "SEX SELLS"
TOBIAS BATZ @ HARLEM WINE GALLERY
FRI. 2-1-13 HARLEM, NY
After being invited at the ArtSucks 10th Anniversary Party by photographer Tobias Batz, to the opening of his new photo and video show SEX SELLS up in Harlem, I decided it would be a good a time as any to head up and see what's going on in that neck of the woods.
I have to point out ahead of time that the lighting in The Harlem Wine Gallery was somehow perfectly lit for my camera. The quality of shots I took in here is beyond what my camera is normally capable of, so whatever they did to keep this place illuminated, galleries around the world, follow their lead.
When I arrived I noticed a lot of familiar artist faces in the crowd.
Beautiful work on the walls, why don't I think to take photos of this subject matter rather than just stupid art events?!
A packed house of art goers, so much so that you can't see the wine.
Champagne anyone. . .. yes please. This is NSFW btw.
This piece is hot as hell, and sold almost immediately.
Artist Erin Cadet, whom I met on New Years Eve.
The back room behind the counter had a few leather couches and a projection wall showing some of Tobias' video work.
Art curator Frankie Velez
Artist Fumero showed up, who I had was in a group show with back at iMOK in early 2012. I realized that I never got a solitary portrait of him, so I took a few shots and got this nice one for the ArtSucks Artist Directory ArtistInRepose.com.
For once artist Gigi Chen didn't have a far commute to get to the opening, as her studio is only a few blocks away.
Actress Cassandra Espita poses with Gigi Chen. The expression Gigi is making is because she is holding a wine glass, but actually doesn't drink.
Erin Cadet and Jenna Lynn.
Yolanda Alamo and Kenny Hardwork.
Photographer Shantastic Shan pulled out a monopod for shooting video.
Shan took some great pictures at the ArtSucks 10th Anniversary Party. . .
Check out the Photo Gallery I put together of the pictures she shot.
The perils of being a photographer when you aren't very tall. I caught Shantastic Shan balancing precariously on a milk crate to take a photo of Tobias Batz and artist Kenny Hardwork.
Artist model and pastry artist Red Ramirez.
Party and Art promoter Audrey Aybar.
Photographer Teddy Adolphe.
Teddy and Audrey.
These two photos were is beautiful.
This looks like stylized line drawing.
As does this one.
Red bites Clarissa.
Aritst Brian Kirhagis..
Designer John Bravo DeMicoli.
John Bravo DeMicoli and Chaya.
Red Ramirez, Audrey Aybar, and Wonder Lee.
The girls pose with Fumero.
Tobias with his artist model, musician Hitomi Nakamura.
Hitomi in "Sex Sells" the show's titular Tobias Batz portrait.
Frankie, Red, and Tobias.
One of Tobias' artist models Mandy Cat Kitana.
Frankie Velez and his son, art world Dj, Dj Kala.
Frankie and Mandy Cat Kitana.
Actor Joshua Torrez.
Joshua Torrez and Gigi Chen goofing off.
Painter Steven Swancoat.
Artist Amanda de Souza was about to catch a flight to Canada as her sister was going to be giving birth that night.
Photographer Jimmy Aponte
Tobias poses with two of his models who were in the photo he's holding.
Mandy Cat Kitana and Gigi.
Mandy Cat Kitana wanted to show Tobias that this hat could be sexy so she asked me to shoot her wearing it.
You can be the judge.
The artist Tobias Batz in repose, in front of one of his pieces.
The next seven photos were take by Shantastic Shan, and are official Sex Sells photos from the event. Here I am with Tobias.
You can see me in this packed house, I think I was taking Fumero's picture when this shot of me was taken.
Here's a great portrait of me in front of a photo of Hitomi Nakamura's crotch.
A good shot of the end of the night crowd.
Apparently artist Joseph Meloy came and went before I got there, but here is proof that he attended.
Gigi Chen & myself, although Gigi is standing on the milk crate I photographed earlier. She's over a foot shorter than me in real life.
Closing shot, through the front window. Good times, great / sexy work by Tobias, and very attractive and creative crowd. Now to take the midnight subway ride back to Ridgewood.
Just another day in the life of an art juggernaut.
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