November 4, 2013
Is it November yet?
Holy hell, that was a busy October! I spent the first part of the month immersed in doing the costumes for Neal Medlyn’s Michael Jackson-inspired performance, “King” which opened at the Kitchen October 23rd. Besides making a hyper-embellished, appliqued and adorned military jacket, a naugahyde “Beat It” jumpsuit, 6 reversible children’s choir robes, and not one, but TWO rhinestone and sequin-studded white leather gloves,
I made the opening look, a patchwork cape that was actually the production’s full-sized 20 x 40 foot curtain hanging from the ceiling. I made this enormous thing, by the way, on the kitchen table in my apartment using my grandmother’s 1950’s portable home sewing machine.
As soon as “King” opened, I dove straight into House of Larréon mode and started work on the costumes for Bridget Everett’s brand new show, “Rock Bottom,” commissioned by Joe’s Pub as part of their “New York Voices” series. It was so cool to be a part of a team that included Bridget, the award winning songwriting team of stage and screen, Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz, and Matt Ray of Bridget’s band the Tender Moments, but the thrill had to wait while I drowned myself for days at a time in tulle and spandex, chiffon and velvet, and plain old bathing suit lycra. The results are some of my best work to date if I do say so myself! Venus de Larréon could be the new signature piece for the whole line!
And now that all of that work is completed, it is Artist/Entertainer Larry Krone’s time to SHINE!!
Larry Krone: Together Again will be on view November 15 – December 22 at Pierogi in Williamsburg (177 North 9th St. between Bedford & Driggs). It’s not much to get excited about, except that it is my first solo show in New York in about 13 years, and the work in it represents my life’s work since 2006. Wait, that IS exciting! The majority of the work in the show will be from my “Then and Now” series which includes the monumental “Cape Collaboration” and my world famous latch hooked hay bales. You can find photos of these things right here on the site, or, even better, on the Pierogi site where it is accompanied by an informative and beautifully written press release! http://www.pierogi2000.com/2013/10/larry-krone-at-pierogi/
More about the show and my life leading up to it can be found in an interview I did with Bradley Rubenstein. It was originally published on ArtSlant, but it was just reissued on Culture Catch. Enjoy it here: http://culturecatch.com/art/larry-krone-interview
I also have some real exciting news for those of you who like my music and western costumes: as a commemoration of the closing of the Pierogi show after the holidays, I will be performing “Larry Krone and Family: Together Again” at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater on January 5th at 7:30pm. I’m getting a band & rounding up some great special guest stars, so this is one not to miss! Joe’s Pub has become a home away from home for me with all of the Larréon work for Bridget and the old Our Hit Parade days. I am so thrilled to be doing my own show there, I can hardly stand it! http://www.joespub.com/component/option,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,40/prod_no,23350
Speaking of House of Larréon, we are making progress with the Look Book, and hope to have the book out in early 2014. In the meantime, we have produced a gorgeous limited edition House of Larréon postcard and ephemera packet. We’ll release the packet on November 15th, and they will be available for sale at the Pierogi opening. Also, check out the store here on this site after the 15th. You’ll be able to buy them there, too! Other updates to the site: I added a whole lot of new song lyrics in SONGS TO READ and I added a bunch of press to the PRESS department. I leave you now with one of my favorites of the postcards: This is Molly Pope modeling the Chardonnay Shocker.
Now, no more peeking until the 15th!