1. a collection of '50's & '60's matchbooks from restaurants &
nightclubs in the American southwest. This collection assembled by
"unknown" was brought to New York by a friend of mine who used to live in
LA. The results, The Matchbook Paintings,
were shown in 1989 at a nightclub with red walls at 440 West 54th
2. antique cigar labels that I picked up at NYC street fairs. The cigar labels were not the small ones used on the cigars themselves, but were 4 1/2" squares emblazoned with short one or two word cigar names and were probably meant to be applied to cigar boxes. The cigar names, like "Born" and "Clear Title" were bold yet ambiguous and could be read either as nouns or verbs or "double entendres." This work was shown in 1990 at The Vrej Bagoomian Gallery at 555 Broadway.
Click at left to see groups of work from this period.