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Angel Ortiz AKA LA II

Posted in News with tags , , , , on May 1, 2010 by Clayton Patterson

LA II with Claw- Houdini, fireman from Pitt St house- LA with El Celso Saardana, John Woodward, Tim Barber & friends- with Godzilla @ Billy’s Antics and Props,

LA II -www.villagevoice.com/2002…/keith-haring-s-silent-partner/,

The MOMA in NYC, and the MOCA in LA, are considered to be 2 of the most important modern art museums in the world. One expects the director in each of these museums to be above scandal, to be a leading modern art expert, and if there were some kind of question about modern art, one of the go to authorities would be a director of one of these 2 museums. Jeffery Dietch is now the director of MOCA; yet, Jeffery Dietch is deceiving the public by cheating LA II out of his credit. Jeffery Dietch, the museum director, is cheating an artist out of his rightful place in art history. Why would he do this? Is it for money? Is it racism? Not sure. All I know is LA II deserves to be recognized for his work. Very simple really.

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Billy Busted

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2010 by Clayton Patterson

On Friday March 19 William, Billy, LeRoy of Billy’s Antiques and Props got the surprise of his life. Around 11 AM Billy got a call on his cell phone that there was a major commotion happening at his store on Bowery & Houston. Billy all excited quickly drove to his store. He thought the new independent feature movie he starred in, Dirty Old Town, directed by the 2 new young downtown film sensations Jenner Furst, and Dan Levin, had been accepted in Cannes. It was Cannes alright- a one way ticket to the Can- 100 Center Street.

Turns out the MTA subcontractor he had, for more than a decade, been legitimately buying the used scrap MTA subway signs from had lost his contract with the MTA, but not his connection to getting the used signs. Billy’s supplier had been caught buying and selling these signs. Billy got caught up in the scam.

The arresting officers were sympathetic to Billy, gave him the white glove treatment, told him not to sweat it and he was shepherded through a quick tour of one the grimiest places in NYC– the infamous jail called “The Tombs”.

The last international news exposure the Tombs got was the record breaking name changes of a public building. The Tombs were renamed the BBKC or in long hand the Bernard B. Kerik Complex. Bernard B. Kerik, Giuliani’s disgraced Police Commissioner, is now himself a graduate of the Tombs, and is serving out his 48 month felony conviction in the states prison system.

The judge immediately cut Billy loose with no bail, all experts are reassuring Billy his case will soon be resolved. So, in the end, the real major drama is: will Dirty Old Town be accepted in Cannes. Anxious Billy is waiting to buy his airplane ticket to what he dreams will be his new “Star” exposure.

btw- Jenner Furst, Dan Levin, Ben Solomon made Captured the movie- the documentary about Elsa and my life in NYC.

DID A FOLLOW-UP The winds of fame and trouble have been circling back and forth between Houston and the Bowery and S&V. It turns out that the so-called Keith Haring Wall in the Angel Ortiz, LA II, story, is on the same block where Billy’s Antiques and Props is located. That wall and that street location is the background of Martin Scorsese’s first movie, Who’s That Knocking at My Door? (1967). Martin Scorsese directed the pilot, of the HBO special, Boardwalk Empire, and the music in the trailer is by Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The movie I mentioned, starring William “Billy” LeRoy, Dirty Old Town, directed by the highly talented Dan Levin and Jenner Furst, also has the music of Anton Newcombe in it. Not sure why but that block resonates with the sound of fame and music, but it does. clayton patterson.

photo Billy- feeling tired and soiled from his dirty experience in the Tombs.