The offer was simple -- would I stand in once a month over the summer of 2015 as the subject of a local art store's life drawing event? 

Beyond the allure of holding painful poses for twenty minutes (don't knock it until you've tried it), I would have free creative reign over a thirty-by-thirty parcel of Grand Central Market. The once humble space for produce vendors and cheap food had already tilted toward the self-serious dynamics of experimental fusion cuisine and nationally-ranked lattes to the point that the late Jonathan Gold would take his coffee there. 

What ensued over the next six months was MODERN OUTLAWS, a series of performance art offerings coded under the auspices of a simple life drawing. 

Each month, I enacted a two hour cycle of poses telling the stories of recently notorious humans who stretched the collective imagination for better or (often) for worse. 
David Koresh, Ted Kaczynski, Che Guevara, and Gallagher (yes, Gallagher) all had their evenings in the spotlight. 
Depending on the narrative strategies one used to grapple with the dissonance of urban renewal in a grimly blighted corner of the City of Angels, MODERN OUTLAWS was either something to remember or something to be forcibly forgotten only to recover itself in monumental fashion years later during a deep hypnotherapy session. 

Here are some favorites from Nick Knudson, JW Pippen, and Mikolaj Wyszynski
David Koresh by Nick Knudson
The End of Waco by Mikolaj
JW Pippen
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