$6000Charles Bukowski was a prolific underground writer who used his poetry and prose to depict the depravity of urban life and the downtrodden in American society. Bluebird by Charles BukowskiThere's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get outbut I'm too tough for him,I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you.There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get outbut I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smokeand the whores and the bartenders and the grocery clerksnever know that he's in there.There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get outbut I'm too tough for him,I say, stay down, do you want to mess me up? you want to screw up the works? you want to blow my book sales in Europe? There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get outbut I'm too clever, I only let him outat night sometimes when everybody's asleep.I say, I know that you're there,so don't be sad.then I put him back,but he's singing a little in there, I haven't quite let him dieand we sleep together like thatwith our secret pactand it's nice enough to make a man weep, but I don't weep, do you?
Charles Bukowski, 30" x 76" oil on wood door

$6000 

Charles Bukowski was a prolific underground writer who used his poetry and prose to depict the depravity of urban life and the downtrodden in American society.  

Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out 

but I'm too tough for him, 

I say, stay in there,  

I'm not going to let anybody see you. 

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out 

but I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smoke 

and the whores and the bartenders and the grocery clerks 

never know that he's in there. 

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out 

but I'm too tough for him, 

I say, stay down, do you want to mess me up?  

you want to screw up the works?  

you want to blow my book sales in Europe?  

There's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out 

but I'm too clever, I only let him out 

at night sometimes when everybody's asleep. 

I say, I know that you're there, 

so don't be sad. 

then I put him back, 

but he's singing a little in there,  

I haven't quite let him die 

and we sleep together like that 

with our secret pact 

and it's nice enough to make a man weep,  

but I don't weep,  

do you?  

David Zukas

 

Exhibits

EXHIBITS 

Hewlett-Woodmere Library 

Jan 13 - Feb 26 

Opening Reception- Saturday, Jan 25 from 2-4 pm 

1125 Broadway 

Hewlett, NY 11557 

Diaspora Community Services 

Opening Reception- Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 3-5pm 

2222 Church Avenue 

Brooklyn, NY 11226 

Wagner College Gallery 

Jan. 15 - Feb. 16, 2013 

Exhibit Opening, Sunday Jan. 20 

Wagner College 

One Campus Road 

Staten Island, NY 10301 

Gallery hours are 11-4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and until 9 on Thursdays 

CSI, College of Staten Island 

Black History Month Celebration, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2011 

1:45-3:15 PM, Center for the Arts, Recital Hall 

Art By the Ferry 

Opening Ceremony Friday, May 20, 2011 

Exhibits open from noon to 8PM Saturday, May 21 through Sunday, May 22 from noon until 8PM 

120 Stuyvesant Place 

Staten Island, NY 

"Doors of Perception Exhibit" 

ArtLab 

April 2-23, 2011 

Opening Reception April 2, 2-4 pm 

1000 Richmond Terrace 

Staten Island, NY 10301 

"Doors of Perception" exhibit Jan 8-31, 2011 

Art at Bay Solo Exhibit through January 

This exhibit was partially funded by a JP Morgan Chase regrant in partnership with COAHSI 

Art at Bay 

70 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 

1 block South of the Staten Island Ferry terminal 

gallery hours are every Sat and Sun from 12-6 pm  

Monday, November 22, 2011 

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater 

The Joan Weill Center for Dance 

405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue 

The event will feature a silent auction of selected artworks and live performances by Ghanaian Artist Osekre, the Brooklyn High School of the Arts jazz ensemble, and singer/songwriter Ebonie Smith. 

Enjoy complimentary cocktails and West African hors d’oeuvres catered by Joloff 

Proceeds will benefit Literate Africa Project, Inc. Their mission is to provide academic resources and to support educational initiatives in underserved communities by strengthening collaboration between African educators and their global counterparts. 

www.literateafrica.org 

ETG Book Cafe as part of Second Saturday Staten Island  

Solo Exhibit all of September 2010 

Opening 9/11/10, 7 pm 

Staten Island, NY 

Camel Art Space: On the Grid 

A collaborative exhibition where several artists were given a randomly selected 36" X 36" space on a grid on the walls of Camel Art Space. 

Opening 8/21/10 

Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

Art at Bay: The Skin of the Artist 

A collaborative installation where artists were asked to transform an article of clothing to be hung on a clothes line the entire month of June. 

Opening 6/1/10 

Staten Island, NY 

DiverseCity: An Artistic Exploration of Immigration, Cultural Identity, and Creating Home 

International Rescue Committee in Staten Island 

Opening 4/17/10 

Staten Island, NY 

Art for Change: Collaborative exhibit and silent auction to benefit Haiti 

Maxine Greene Art Gallery at The Julia RIchman Education Complex 

Opening 4/16/10 

New York, NY 

Second Saturday Staten Island Art Exhibit 

ETG Fundraiser for Haitian Orphanage solo exhibit 

Opening 4/10/10 

Staten Island, NY 

Shrine: Haiti Benefit Solo Exhibit 

Opening 1/22/10 

Harlem, NY 

Joloff Solo Exhibit 

Opening 12/17/09 

Brooklyn, NY 

Artwork on this site is selling with all proceeds benefiting the people of Haiti. Because of the high dollar amount of the donation for each work I suggest, in lieu of individual purchases, several people pool money together in order to reach the goal. Many schools are collecting money and what better symbolism than a painting as a constant reminder of your efforts and the struggles of the Haitian people?  

Why am I taking the burden of collecting money when one could easily donate to the Red Cross? I spent over two years in Ghana with the US Peace Corps and became well aware that giving money to NGO's can be frightening. I hesitate to say don't give money to The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, etc, but when you find out your money is paying the salary of some bureaucrat in an air conditioned SUV who has no business making decisions because he/she knows nothing about culture or even language of the area he/she is supposedly helping, you tend to hesitate giving blindly.  

While with the Peace Corps in Ghana I made roughly $2400 annually and lived like a king. Can you image the standard of living for one of those workers making in excess of $100,000? The money spent within these organizations ends up subsidizing things like advertising, administrative salaries and expenses (in the hundreds of millions!), etc. Millions are collected and a fraction is spent. The percentage of aid administered to the needed is simply lower than it should be for many organizations. 

I assure you I will get the best use out of the money. It will be spent on either emergency supplies or sustainable practices. I know individuals in Haiti involved in aquaculture (fish farming), and eco friendly farming practices such as hillside reforestation, sustainable charcoal production, and biodiesel production already on the ground that could use the support. 

Twenty years ago Haiti produced enough rice to feed its population. Today, 75% of the rice eaten in Haiti is shipped from the US. Haitians can help themselves. Throwing money at a situation does not solve it. Let’s let Haitians rebuild Haiti. 

Peace. 

David Zukas  

Please contact me for further information.