-“In 78 Klaus Nomi immersed himself in the East Village performance art scene and got the first big feather in his cap when he performed an aria in a space suit at Irving Plaza's New Wave Vaudeville series. His face was covered with white powder and black eyeliner, his hair a combination of bedhead-meets-Ed Grimley-meets-Flock of Seagulls. Klaus Nomi self-identified as an alien, and to all intents and purposes he looked like one.
Nomi further refined his onstage persona the following year, when he performed backup for David Bowie on Saturday Night Live. That aired December 79, Bowie—flanked by Klaus and fellow NYC performance artist Joey Arias—performed three songs that ultimately marked a turning point in Bowie's career. New wave was the genre du jour, so Bowie was keeping up with the times. It was time to get weird(er), and Klaus' eccentric aesthetic was perhaps the greatest entrée (and cosign) for Bowie into that world.
It was a mutually beneficial relationship that lasted just one evening. Klaus was enamored with the giant plastic tux Bowie wore during the performance, and later made it his own. The exposure also garnered him a record deal with Bowie's label RCA. As for Bowie, he had a new muse, but the adoration would come from afar. Convinced that Bowie would deliver upon a loose promise to work together after their first and last time on stage, Klaus waited for his call. His phone never rang.
Still, Klaus Nomi went on to become his own brand. He was deeply rooted in opera, having previously worked as an usher at the Deutsche Oper opera company in Germany, along with occasionally belting arias at Berlin's landmark gay club Kleist-Casino. New York's burgeoning art scene mixed perfectlyw/Nomi's existing sound. It wasn't out of the ordinary for Jean-Michel Basquiat,Keith Haring to hop on stage while Klaus performed his selection of hits, most notably his anthem "The Nomi Song". Every song included dramatic multiples shift in octave, where Klaus would rise to extreme high-lows. Many artists, fashion designers and the like consider Nomi a cultural-zeitgeist of a god...” Ꮶlaus ℕomi 💡🖤🌹🔪
Gather is going to need help this summer. Well I 💁🏼♀️am going to need help this summer! I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, I need some help managing them, and maybe taking over a few. I’m looking for someone who is flexible, likes dreaming about big ideas, and also willing to go with the flow of a new business and scattered artist.
If you are interested, please private message me with a little info about yourself, why you are interested in the job, and why you think you would be a good fit with Gather! Creativity matched with good organizational skills are a plus! 📷@tatumphotodesign
"If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." The first time I heard that phrase, I loved it. When it came time to name my shop it was only natural that I include it somehow. I love this state I get to call home, and chances are that if you're following me, you love it too. ❤️ Aren't we so lucky? Thank you for supporting me in my crazy dream of this shop centered around our favorite state!
Happy Wednesday, friends!
I have a bunch of exciting calendar updates! String art, mandala painting, and a bunch of other classes have been scheduled through the end of summer! People are already starting to sign up! It’s so exciting! Click the link in my profile to check out all the classes!
Come to Gather were you can make this cute dinosaur at a string art class!