Well, this was a great start to what ended up being a two year project. At the end of my grad imprisonment at the San Francisco Art Institute I had this idea of going up to people on the street in my motor wheelchair with a sign asking them to be in my film about real beauty, play and eroticism. The film would contain nudity if they felt comfortable with that. Would they give me their phone numbers so Linda could call them to set up shooting sessions in my studio? Linda laughed, thinking people wouldn’t give me their phone numbers. But I came home with bags full!
And this was the very first session. Needless to say, we were blown out at how free, joyous, erotic she was. It set the bar for the next two years! And, yes, I did all of my own stunts! Of course I wore a neck brace for decades after this! But it was worth it!
I got shit at the Art Institute for this! Was this really art? Moreover I was shooting with home video equipment on the six hour speed! They told me nobody would watch videos shot like that! Hey, I didn’t have money! So I did what I could afford. AND CHECK OUT THE STATS OF THIS!
This was an historic performance in many ways. It turned out to be our last six hour performance. (In my younger days I did forty eight hour performances!) This also turned out to be the last time I got on the mat at the performances. But I made it a good ending by introducing TANSEX by playing hot explicitly with Alex. Also this was Erika’s very first performance of mine! In fact the audience was full of cast members going back to the OUTRAGEOUS BEAUTY REVUE days… Even Extreme Elvis in his CLARK KENT persona brought a hot babe to impress!
Here is what I wrote back then:
It really is hard to write about because it was a nonlinear night that created itself ... On the surface nothing much happened for hours ... me drinking water, talking to people who packed the small (great) space. They arrived on time ... that never happens ... So I didn’t have time before they came. No assholes came ... or came in ... On the video of it you can hear assholes outside the door all through the night, but they never came in ... The force field worked! Inside, the web was there from the beginning ... All of us wanted to go deep and small, revealing. So I sat without my board, Linda translating me/Feisto. A room of amazing people telling/revealing their stories. Nude Teresa throughout the night kept going from person to person, feeling/touching under clothes beyond taboos, using her blindness to weave a web of comfort. She was the base line. Actually the performance was rooted, made possible, expanded from my explorations with Teresa, Alex, Jennifer, and Erika over the last year.
There was always a lot of small things happening all the time in a relaxed reality ... So we sat around eating chocolate cake, Teresa crawling exploring bodies, a woman going around collecting piss, blood, hair, and I don’t know what else for a magical art package as a kid’s musical toy played as a guy described passionately the chrome fucking machine he was making for the dadafest. And that was the “intermission break” if we were in theater rather than a communal trance. I swear, I was trapped Sunday for 6 hours watching the video of the night ... I couldn’t move! Very near the end of the performance night, Alex and I played very deep erotic small human rubbing into each other’s body rocking as my story “Magical Cave Lovers” was played on tape and slides of my 30 years of performances were projected on the wall. (Funny ... I saw on the video that people didn’t watch Alex and me, but were focused on the slides.) Alex and me were a powerful generator of possibilities in the whole night, combining with Teresa’s exploring throughout the night. At the middle of the performance, I asked Teresa, Alex, and Erika to talk about their working with me and how it has affected their life work. They talked very deeply, pulling the whole performance in much deeper ... So deep it made it possible to do the ritual that we always had done before within the hidden/secret Cave of Lila. The whole room became the Cave of Lila. This made it possible to video this ritual. It hasn’t been possible to video this ritual before. It is extremely beautiful, melting bodies together ... At the end there are magical shots of hands moving/dancing together.
This video is by far the most warmly erotic of my videos! When I put up GESTURES [ vimeo.com/46380391 ], it reminded me of this video because Allison was the plant in that performance. This video was the first time I worked with Allison.
I was in a bad film. Not only could my co-star not act, she would barely touch me! We were lovers in the film. She disappeared before the end of shooting and the director had to go back to Los Angeles. So I took over. One of the things I did was to get a body double who looked nothing like the bitch. Allison was a great actor and totally comfortable with nudity and eroticism. Most of this video is she and I nude erotically playing together fully and juicy fun cosy explicit exploration. I GOT A LOT OUT OF BEING IN A BAD FILM!
Polina is a Russian Model that I photographed a few years back. I was a bit confused, as I had seen some other nude photos of her, but she seemed to act as if it were all new to her. What was new to me was her laugh. So much fun! I don't typically photograph such skinny women, but I really had no choice. And I don't typically use lights either, but I didn't have a choice there either. One thing's for sure, Polina photographs beautifully. It's partly her eyes, and the rest is just the way she moves with natural grace and beauty. Perhaps it's the dancer in her. I'm not sure why I called this Sugar Tease, but I like both of those words. I'm thinking she's back in Russian by now, as she was only in New York temporarily. If you see her in Moscow, tell her hi for me :) ~Andrew