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NYC ACKER AWARDS 2018

Creator/Producer Clayton Patterson

MC: Kembra Pfahler | Box: Steve Ellis | Bio-booklet design: The Villager | Pre-show entertainment: Keith Patchel & his Venus Ensemble  Featured performers include Clara Francesca, Alexis Kandra (Videography), Cantata Fan, Sayaka Aiba, Kelsey S. Brewer and Jo Eubanks  & special guest poet Bob Holman | Archival Producer: Lewanne Jones & archival researcher & documentary producer | Usher & Tech: Jay “Blond Boy” Wilson | Sponsor: The Villager & Overthrow Boxing | ACKER Cover 2018 Steve Ellis KP

Theater 80 | 80 St. Marks | New York, NY 10003  linkhttps://theatre80.wordpress.com/
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | Doors open at 6pm | Show starts at 7pm
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  ABOUT THE NYC ACKER AWARDS BY CLAYTON PATTERSON

acker cover by steve ellisThe NYC Acker Awards are based on recognizing, honoring, saving and preserving  the memory and the history of the creators who were pioneers in their endeavors,  mentored, inspired, turned on, opened doors, lead the way for others to follow. The  ones who contributed much but never joined the mainstream. As well as the awards  are giving recognition and thanks to those community individuals who gave space,  shelter, in short, provided the location for the magic to happen.
The NYC ACKER Awards are not based on achievement in one field, but are centered  on the idea of innovating and building a whole abstract community based on the  idea of creation. Similar to the way it happened in the old LES, where a seeking  individual could find almost any form of creativity to draw inspiration from, to fit into,  no matter how outside the seeker was, or to find fellow seekers. It is a vision based  on the Utopian ideal the old LES represented.
To me, Kathy Acker, was, yes, an accomplished writer, but I see her as bigger than  that. I see her as a symbol of original thinking, a person who followed her own path  no matter what the consequences or hardships she faced, was willing to go up against  the conformist standards for success, stood her ground, did it her way. She was very  FTW. To me she is a spirit, a symbol, she is more than a book.
Clayton Patterson, 1948, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Head of NO!art West. He has  always worked closely with his wife and partner Elsa Rensaa. They created the  Clayton Cap, which changed the history of the baseball cap, built a substantial photo/ video/ephemera archive of the Lower East Side, showed information in numerous  places. Recognized for introducing the handheld commercially available video camera  as an effective tool to document police wrong doing, by a means that anyone can use  and be affective at doing. The Tompkins Square Park Police riot tape was instrumental  in getting the event classified as a Police riot. Years in court over the right to  document street police actions. Led to Cop Watch. Published a number of history  anthologies, books, articles based on the Lower East Side, anti-gentrification, activism.  Movies Captured Captured; directed by Ben Solomon and Dan Levin and edited by  Jenner Furst, produced by Marc Levin and Blowback Productions’, Everybody Street  Cheryl Dunn director, Shadows In the City, Ari Roussmoff, director, Clayton Patterson,  creative director and talent. http://patterson.no-art.info/memo-en.html
 

  LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

ADAM ALEXANDER was born in Manhattan, Bastille Day, 1945, and proudly, stubbornly, in true New York style, never learned to drive because doing so might lead to visiting, say, Queens. He was a math prodigy, first inspired by the microscope he received from his grandfather, science writer for a Yiddish newspaper. Adam was educated at City College of New York. He worked for Mayor Lindsey in the late 1960s, and for Peter Max sporadically. In 1982 he invented a Rubik’s Cube inspired puzzle called Alexander’s Star, released by the Ideal Toy Company. The $150,000 paycheck, coupled with a classic rent-controlled apartment, helped him turn his back on conventional employment to become host, following his marriage to Leslie Sternbergh in 1986, of the Leslie and Adam salon, an East Village institution for the artistically inclined. Adam was an early adopter of computer technology and in the 1990s turned his math talent to the creation of fractals, described as abstract objects of evolving symmetry, created through mathematical equations. Hard to comprehend, but beautiful to behold, Adam’s fractals were displayed at Fuse gallery online in 2011, and his animated creations at Howl! in 2016.
In August 2017 Adam Alexander was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. His death came December 20, 2017. I suspect he’d have preferred the 21st, the darkest day of the year.(Writers credit: Dian Hanson)

LESLIE STERNBERGH was born in York, Pennsylvania (home of the barbells) in 1960. Being too bright from birth, a pre-woke plushie (she wore her Easter bunny suit everywhere) and blessed with the thickest, longest, most magnificent red hair since Neanderthals first gifted us this much admired and maligned recessive gene, all made an early escape to New York inevitable. Arriving in 1981, on her 21st birthday, she enlivened the downtown comic scene with her memorable holiday parties, and incited the passions of fellow art students as a popular life model. Photographer Joel Meyerowitz was an ardent fan, and included an elegant portrait in his 1991 book Redheads.
Leslie made her real mark as a comic artist, though. Her witty, wise and profane work was featured in Vogue, Screw, Weirdo, Twisted Sisters, Wimmen’s Comix, Dori Stories, Wonder Woman, Cherry, The Comics Journal, Juxtapoz, JUGGS and multiple DC Comics compilations. She was particularly proud to crack the boy’s club at MAD, becoming the first female artist to receive a callback for multiple projects.
Leslie’s soul mate was Adam Alexander; the two married in 1986 and thereafter held court in their informal East Village salon, scene of brilliant conversation and unimaginable clutter. Brilliant, feisty, talented, and audaciously ginger, Leslie is a woman once met, never forgotten.(Writers credit: Dian Hanson)

PHILLY ABE: In an increasingly bland and beige world, artist, performer and icon Philly Abe is a much needed riot of color and energy.
She is a visionary artist of chaotic beauty and a beacon of originality. At one time living in the basement of ABC No Rio, Philly was a fixture at the Pyramid in the’80’s bringing her unique brand of performance art to the stage in the East Village. She was part of 7 Days of Creation at ABC No Rio in 1983 and New Leonard Beach Hotel Project (1989) of artist decorated rooms in Miami Beach, both exhibitions curated by Allied Productions. She’s the star of many films by director Todd Verow for whom Philly became a muse for over two decades. Notable Verow films starring Philly include Once and Future Queen, The Trouble of Perpetual Deja-Vu, and most recently This Side of Heaven (2016). She starred in Agent of Paradise by Mary Bellis and was involved in screenings at Naked Eye Cinema. Her film credits also include appearances in the films of Jack Waters, Carl George and Mike Kuchar
In the 90’s Philly fronted the punk band Eager Meat which recorded the album America is a Theme Park. In 2004 she co-founded the noize/art collective Infinity SS (Saint Stanton) with Stanton St artist friends Carlucci “The Magician” Bencivenga, Steve Ellis, Bjames Curtright, Chris Morrow, Craig Klein, Kosuke Aoki and Mayuka Nobuta. They collaborated on art and their noize band performed at The Knitting Factory, Arlene’s Grocery and CBGB’s.
Philly / Kondor 8’s art work has been self described as - old style thrown against the wall of now - spray paint noize markers collage - with one foot in the stone age and the other in string theory. She graced the cover of Raw Vision issue #66 in 2009 where her work was described as “a hybrid practice that has consistently harnessed both punk irreverence and graffiti transgression to channel demons.” -Jenifer P. Borum. She’s shown her work with Christina Varga in Woodstock, NY and Phyllis Kind Gallery in Chelsea.
Her art whether it is her acting, painting, music or just being her greatest creation, her own true self, will last forever. She is the East Village Joan of Arc, Queen of Time and Space.
 

  THIS YEAR RECIPIENTS

infoCOMMUNITY ACTIVIST: Eugene Fedorko [AIDS service], Kate Huh [Deaf/Queer Rights],
more infoJim Fouratt [Culturalinstigator],  Charles Krezell  [founded Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens/LUNGS]
infoCOMMUNITY SUPPORT, VENUE: Lorcan & Genie Otway
infoWRITER: Deborah Pintonelli, Julie Patton, Chavisa Woods, Susan Sherman [lesbian writer, memoirist],
more infoEdward “Eak” Arrocha [sideshow performer & historian]
infoPUBLISHER: Jeffrey Cyphers [Wright & writer], Tod Lippy [magazine design],
more infoFoxy Kidd [avant-garde Goodie magazine]
infoTHEATER: Roman Primitivo Albear (aka primitivo luna) [director & video]
infoART: Shane Elhome [painting & tattooing], Sally Young, Chris Tanner,
more infoJoanne Pagano Weber [art director for Alternative New Year’s Reading], Emma Griffins [tattooing & art],
more infoKasoundra Kasoundra [collage & illustrator & life model], and Steve Ellis
infoPOETRY: Bruce Weber [curator & Alternative New Year’s Reading], and Betty LaRoe
infoMUSIC: Ruby Lynn Reyner, Perry Masco [aka PeeWee], Kathryn Bloss [folk musician & community support],
more infoJemeel Moondoc [free form jazz]
infoFILM: Katrina del Mar
infoPERFORMANCE: David Leslie [creative curator], Rolando Vega [custom design], and Jaguar Mary X
 

  BOOK

01-16-2018 at 05:10 am | Clayton patterson wrote: Attached is the new book which is now ready 2018 book of the 2018 ACKER recipients — wish to thank everyone involved… all the recipients -  Sponsors The Villager Ms. Jennifer Goodstein & Overthrow Boxing Joey Goodwin for the unending support - Steve Ellis for the BOX & POSTER, Antony Zito for the CUPs, Elsa Rensaa for reassurance of the goodness in the world, Theater 80 Lorcan & Genie Otway, MC Kembra Pfahler, Earl Ferrer book design, Alice O'Malley for photos of Leslie and Adam Alexander, Laura Gagnon for guidance, Jay "Blond Boy" Wilson usher.   Please forgive any mistakes as they were not intentional... all are worthy and nobody was meant to be forgotten or overlooked.  We are all equal and deserve equal respect.  Wish we could keep these moving forward.  And we wish to thanks the Villager for these kind words… And no matter which way we survive there will always be a history and a record of this attempted destruction.   However the awards may evolve in the future, The Villager supports this mission: of recognizing the true, pioneering avant-garde artists in our midst, and of sustaining Downtown’s creative community and its defiant spirit in the face of all the forces that would seek to diminish it or co-opt it.  thanks clayton  linkSEE THE BOOK
 

 
  COMMENTS

info01-06-2018 at 04:37 am | Erik LaPrade wrote: Clayton, Is Allen doing any presenting this time around?
info01-06-2018 at 05:47 am | Clayton patterson wrote: AK destroyed them.. surprised you have not heard of his going off the deep end.. long story.. I have no idea what is is problem.. but a problem he does have.. well you probably know you grew up with him.. anyway.. and besides he only did once in SF.. had told some people in NYC they were ridiuclaous.. a waste of his time.. it was once he realized I was going global-- and I was..  had a solid event in Toronto.. had Montreal coming along.. and Germany.. he made excuses about global.. he was global in his first and only year.. who is kidding who?  Just destructive madness.. so old school LES..
If any interest we can talk in person.. or whatever.. not a good time to stir the pot.. but do as you will... you life your space.. thanks clayton
info01-06-2018, at 05:49 am | Clayton patterson wrote: BTW.. the people are starting to get the box idea.. this year will be great.. as they all are in their own way.. the bio-booklet is important.. a good research tool.. all this is so much work.. he had it easy.. one poster.. I am crazy was building a monster.. a monster that was ending up is solid collections.. thx cp
info01-07-2018 at 01:29 am | Clayton Patterson wrote: This years NYC ACKER Awards, #5, will be, just like the last 4 years, as special as ever.  There are the few, the negatives ones, the losers, who want to destroy us, but creativity is about life and they, the losers, are about death.  We will survive and carry on.  And this year the ceremony will be as glorious as it always is.  And that is a promise from all of us in the ACKER community.  And we are a creative community.  thanks clayton
David Wojnarowicz from a photo by Peter Hujar- drawn onto a coffee cup found on the street - for the Acker Awards 2018. Don't miss the Acker event at Theater80 on Jan 21.drawing by Zito..
The BOOK OF THE DEAD  is a list of approx.1100 friends of mine, lovers, loved ones, acquaintances, comrades.  40 are made and will be included in each of the 40 ACKER boxes presented at the Acker Awards. . . . book cover artwork by Tabboo!  Eugene
Gene Fedorko, b. 1943, Pittsburgh PA, has been fighting for your civil rights since 1962. A veteran of the 1963 Martin Luther King march ("I have a dream"), he has been a political, anti-war, civil rights, pro-feminist, queer and AIDS activist ever since.  In the early '80s he was co-founder (with Jim Fouratt) of the AIDS-support group HEAL, a grass-roots community-based organization that served free veggie and macrobiotic meals to the stricken community here in New York, a member of ACT-UP, and a caregiver. He worked for 25 years in the inner-city HIV/AIDS clinic of the renowned physician Paul C. Bellman, MD, and was witness to the ravages in the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic. He has kept a meticulous list THE BOOK OF THE DEAD, of his loved ones, friends, acquaintances, comrades, who have died of AIDS over the decades, with approximately 1100 names on it. He cherished the time he had with each one of those individuals who have died. He is an iconoclast, art collector, supporter the arts, a Black Lives Matter ally, very happily well-traveled and is delighted to have countless friends in the New York downtown community. His upcoming documentary "Conversations with Gay Elders," by David Weissman ("The Cockettes," "We Were Here,") is a narrative of his struggle for the dignity of his identity through the last six decades. He continues to be a caregiver and works in a medical office that focuses on HIV/AIDS
More info will be sent out as we get closer to January 21.. linkWatch the Theater 80 website.

zito cups 2018
Zito Cups 2018

info01-07-2018 at 01:29 am | Clayton Patterson wrote: This years NYC ACKER Awards, #5, will be, just like the last 4 years, as special as ever.  There are the few, the negatives ones, the losers, who want to destroy us, but creativity is about life and they, the losers, are about death.  We will survive and carry on.  And this year the ceremony will be as glorious as it always is.  And that is a promise from all of us in the ACKER community.  And we are a creative community.  thanks clayton
David Wojnarowicz from a photo by Peter Hujar- drawn onto a coffee cup found on the street - for the Acker Awards 2018. Don't miss the Acker event at Theater80 on Jan 21.drawing by Zito..

David Wojnarowicz
David Wojnarowicz, ACKER Cup by Zito 2018
1/10 made in 4 sets, 40 individual Cups

The BOOK OF THE DEAD  is a list of approx. 1100 friends of mine, lovers, loved ones, acquaintances, comrades.  40 are made and will be included in each of the 40 ACKER boxes presented at the Acker Awards. . . . book cover artwork by Tabboo!  Eugene

Eugene Book 2018
Eugene book 2010

Gene Fedorko, b. 1943, Pittsburgh PA, has been fighting for your civil rights since 1962. A veteran of the 1963 Martin Luther King march ("I have a dream"), he has been a political, anti-war, civil rights, pro-feminist, queer and AIDS activist ever since.  In the early '80s he was co-founder (with Jim Fouratt) of the AIDS-support group HEAL, a grass-roots community-based organization that served free veggie and macrobiotic meals to the stricken community here in New York, a member of ACT-UP, and a caregiver. He worked for 25 years in the inner-city HIV/AIDS clinic of the renowned physician Paul C. Bellman, MD, and was witness to the ravages in the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic. He has kept a meticulous list THE BOOK OF THE DEAD, of his loved ones, friends, acquaintances, comrades, who have died of AIDS over the decades, with approximately 1100 names on it. He cherished the time he had with each one of those individuals who have died. He is an iconoclast, art collector, supporter the arts, a Black Lives Matter ally, very happily well-traveled and is delighted to have countless friends in the New York downtown community. His upcoming documentary "Conversations with Gay Elders," by David Weissman ("The Cockettes," "We Were Here,") is a narrative of his struggle for the dignity of his identity through the last six decades. He continues to be a caregiver and works in a medical office that focuses on HIV/AIDS
More info will be sent out as we get closer to January 21.. linkWatch the Theater 80 website.
info01-07-2018 at 11:45 amClayton Patterson wrote: ACKER Award music provided by Keith Patchel of The Venus Ensemble...  
My story starts as a kid from the suburbs of Buffalo who loved music and playing guitar. I attended SUNY Buffalo where I was performing/studying classical guitar and fusion. I had the great privilege of studying electronic music with Lejaren Hiller, and met many extraordinary musicians while I was attending concerts, classes, workshops offered by The Creative Associates, who included such luminaries as Lucas Foss, Morton Feldman and John Cage. 
I moved to NYC to pursue a career in music, as I was deeply inspired by Punk Rock and all the New Music I had absorbed at college. I received an MA from Queens College/ Mannes School of Music (studied composition with George Perle) and at night was performing rock music with Richard Lloyd from Television at CBGB and other venues. 
When I returned to NYC in July 1985 after touring Scandinavia and recording Field of Fire with Richard Lloyd, never in my life would I have imagined that my roommate who had recently graduated from Columbia University would become the President of the United States. His name was Barack Obama.
Throughout the late 80's and 90's I recorded and performed with numerous rock bands of mine; The Spell, Count Zero, Solar, and Solarkane in New York , England and Colombia. In 2007 I began scoring films, which included Finishing Heaven, a documentary about Ruby Lynn Reyner (HBO) which was nominated for a Emmy Award in 2010. I also scored Crumble, for which I received Best Composer awards from The Manhattan Film Festival and The New York International Independent Film Festival. 
I attended Juilliard from 2011-2013 studying composition and orchestration. In 2015 I co-created The Marsband at the Hayden Planetarium for which I wrote The Pluto Symphony. 
When I was in Bogota Colombia in 1996, Adios Pablo ( a song I wrote about the death of Pablo Escobar) received an enormous amount of airplay, and created so much controversy that the label FM Discos/W
2016 saw the composition and performance of my critically acclaimed experimental chamber opera The Plain of Jars (about the US secret bombing campaign of Laos during the Vietnam War).
All of this has lead to the creation of tonight's performance of The Venus Ensemble, which I would describe as an experimental musical/theatrical ensemble with a surrealist, multimedia Velvet Underground spin. Much thanks to Clayton Patterson for this opportunity to for the Venus Ensemble to play at the ACKER Awards.  Keith 2017 ACKER recipient. 
Rolando Vega created his own poster design... nice... picture and Rolando in one of his creations. 
Keith Patchel Plain of Jars chamber opera.. 
and the creativity just keeps pouring  out of the magic crucible we were all nurtured from.. and the beat goes n and on and on... MAKE DOWNTOWN OURS AGAIN!!!!!! - thanks clayton
More info will be sent out as we get closer to January 21.. linkWatch the Theater 80 website.

Keith Patchel, photo: Clayton Patterson
Plain of Jars Poster 2017
Plein Of Jars Poster 2017
Rolando Vega
Rolando Vega
Rolando Vega Acker Popster
Rolando Vega Poster

info01-08-2018 at 04:18 am | Erik LaPrade wrote: Clayton, I happen to know Allen was very pleased to present these awards to people he thought deserved them.  That was his idea and intention, originally. Whether he lost interest and energy in doing them was and is his business. I see your involvement in them was adjunct to his concerns with these awards. From what I can tell, you continue presenting them (and attempting to expand them) as if you were the originator of them. If Allen wanted to end them, you should have honored his decision, or at least been straight about what you were up too by continuing them.  Maybe that was in-part one of Allen’s sore points about what you were up to? You stepped in to promote them because that is what you do; promote things.  Again, these ACKER awards were not your intellectual property to promote.  So, it was correct for Allen to go to the estate execute and complain about the situation.  l. E. The fact you do not even know who elected Jeff Wright, nor that Jeff was not a “poet you would have picked to get one,” as you told me, tells me these awards are out of even your control.  I don’t see Allen’s complaint as “tearing them apart,” but more likely his attempt to save what dignity  as a literary award they did have.  Better to end them than have them lose their status.
Again, you should have been straight up about your involvement/intentions rather than take them over as you seem to have done.  Perhaps it is just as well this is their last round-up.   Also, getting into Allen’s personal life, past and present is not related to the Acker’s, neither is my relationship with Allen.   I notice you have a nice spread of color photos on the Outlaw Bible of Art.  You can dispraise the book all you want but it serves your ends too.  Whether you admit it or not.  Good luck, Erik
info01-08-2018 at 02:06 pm | Clayton Patterson wrote: I will try and send something soon.. thx cp
Clayton, actually you have this all wrong.. it was a collaboration right from the beginning.. It happened over a phone conversation. We used to have great phone conversations.  He did come up with the name, but that was it.  And I agreed on the name for several reasons.
It is wrong to say the content of the award was his.. infact, if one argued that point, I am closed, over a much longer period of time, to having this point of view.  I have always taken the - let's say great - but disadvantaged - over the kn own and advantaged.  He usually compromises.. like Claus Oldenburg is only one such example - Patty Smith being another.  I have books, art shows, documentaries, and so on.  I moved to the LES and left SoHo - I was making it in SoHo.
It was a collaboration right from the start.. he dropped out. Not me.  He told people this.  I never did drop out.  He did once.  As is also his habit., To start and move on.  I go the long term.  Tattoo Society.. Tattoo Convention.. Wildstyle and Tattpoo Messe.. art shows.. - fighting for people like LA2 and his art..
Expand them yes.. he did in his first show.. Austria Germany NYC.  He lived at my place.  Never ever said a word about them.  I did them in NYC.  He came once.  I introduced him.  He knew about Toronto and wanted to go. They could not pay.  
Yes I promote things because if you do not they do not happen.  That was one criticism he had of you.  You do not step up.  He promotes.  Any artists in the game promotes.  Those who are not do not.    And the awards are mine as much as his, and he dropped out. 
As to the estate and going there..tearing apart - what are you basing your opinion on?   You have no idea how that happened and what happened.  None.
I said it was not me who picked Jeff Wright.  Recipientshave the right to pick other recipients.  No idea why you did not pick someone.  Jeff was picked.  Jeff had Cover magazine and does collage and writers.  - He is listed under publisher. Not poet. 
Read the booklet.. they were never a literary award.  Not in SF and not in NYC.  Look at who got the awards.  They are gaining in status.  No question about that.
Artists/creators are different from most people.  Most peoples lives are spread into categories..usually based on a job and the job dictates so much of the person's life.  An artist life and personality is all rolled into one.  Art is Life and Life is Art. The book is a disappointment to me.  And to many others.. there is too much a feeling. and this is the same argument I have with the collaboration.  He goes for what gives him status.  There are too many people in his book who are not Outlaws.. to some it is a joke.  I mean Eric,...please Claus Oldenburg.. was rich and famous artists right from the start.  Never even close to what I see as Outlaw.
Fine you want to belittle your award, try and make it smaller, fine.  I am in to what I do for real.  It is my life.  I am not a do this then that and then move on.  Not with the archive, the documentaries, the books, none of it.  And it makes me sad.  I really do believe that the Tyler article would have been good for you.... same with the Hayes.. but as others told me you never were going to do the article you  just could not tell me.  Fine. But making and destroying is not my way.
And the ACKERs may continue to have a life in other countries.. not for me to stop or say.  Both Alan and I gave the go ahead to Toronto.. we both did.. and there was never a restriction as to literature only.. not from me or AK.  There is more to this than you can even imagine.  Like fake news.  Opinions are not facts. 
It is not for me to argue if Jeff is a poet.
I realize you grew up with him and you defend him. Admirable. But destroying the awards is not defending yourself.  I think it is time you started to step out of the dark shadow you try and protect yourself with and become who you imagine yourself to be.  Or not.  Is your choice.
Publisher Jeffrey Cyphers Wright & writer, Tod Lippy & magazine design, Foxy Kidd & avant-garde Goodie magazine
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is a publisher, critic, eco-activist, artist, and is best known as a poet. He is the author of 15 books of verse, including most recently Blue Lyre from Dos Madres Press and Radio Poems from The Operating System. He has an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College where he studied with Allen Ginsberg and also taught. New poetry is included in New American Writing, 2017. For many years, Wright ran Cover Magazine, The Underground National. He has also been a community garden advocate, defending them from political and real estate interests and helping them to develop governmental proceduress and increase membership. Currently, Wright stages events showcasing artists and writers at KGB Lit Bar and La MaMa ETC in NYC, in conjunction with his art and poetry journal, Live Mag!
info01-08-2018 at 04:59 pm | Clayton Patterson wrote:Eric two things I am not.. a quitter or a follower.  I think that is enough said for the ACKERS and how they started.  That said my biggest disappointment is AK.  Really.  He represented so much, and all this outlaw stuff and so on is half baked.
You have no idea how this started.. Some of it I have no idea where it is coming from.  Starting from when he stayed at my place the fire. One night he came running out of his room screaming there is a fire.  We all have to get out.   He was in a total panic.  He is with Julia,.  They run outside, leaving Elsa upstairs.  She comes down with all the commotion.  I go to the fire.  It is in the backyard. Obviously started by someone with an accelerant.  Very strange.
Anyway.. He called the fire department, they came, saw it was nothing, used a fire extinguisher and put it out and left.  After the fire we should all have been happy.  He went into a rage.  I am sitting at the computer.  He comes up to me and starts screaming at me.  You are a blow hard. and whatever.. Who knows where this is coming from. This was long before working on killing the ACKER awards.  He is screaming and I am listening thinking what the fuck is this about?  It is the LES, we have all been yelled at by out of control people and once he said all his shit he went back to his bedroom.
Turns out, in writing to my editor at the Villager, saying I am a coke freak, drunk all the time and so on - to my editor.. Where is this coming from?  Who knows?  But in one of his comments in his rants I am a blowhard .  As it turns out - as he is telling Lincoln he is calling me out to fight him????.  What?  It is my home.  He is staying at my place. I am 69 with an arthritic back and neck, Elsa is 72.  I had no reason to fight him.  What was this even about?  We had not had words with each other.  Where was this coming from?  And then - even if we did have words with each other.. and we did not.. at least nothing as off as far as I was concerned.
Then think - have you. ever seen two old guys fighting>?  Please is very pathetic.  Who wants to watch two old people fuck? Stupid  And this never even crossed my mind as he never said to fight and why was he mad at me?  Because he ran out and I went to the fire?  Or was it based on what Julia write in the Sensitive Skin article?
As to his life choices.. after he did all this destruction he was ding to the ACKER Awards  - a few things came out of the woodwork.  First numerous people want to save the ACKER award -  there are many supporters - Matias the literary executor knew I had been doing the awards for for 4 years.  The biggest surprise is I got contacted by women from AA who told me horror abuse stories.. and then Julia, his old girlfriend, came to NYC.  She came to me.  I never even though about the women issue.  I knew nothing about this problem. Julia tells me when they were staying here he was really putting me down.. shit photographer.,. fucked up artist and on and on.  This started to help make sense of calling me out to fight.  I had been stupid enough to think we were friends.
Do what you want. It is all your choice.  Helping to destroy the awards is helping to destroy your own history.  Not sure why you want to do that, but then I had no idea AK was so against me, did not even get it at the time of the fire.  But he certainly blew a load when he went to Lincoln.  Explain this to me. thanks clayton
info01-11.01-2018 at 11:22 am | Clayton Patterson wrote: THE BOX. Steve Ellis a 2018 ACKER Award Art recipient created this years award box. Soon the box will be filled with the award recipients contributions.

Ellis The Acker Box view 1
Ellis The Acker Box view 2
Ellis The Acker Box view 3
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