Max Maslansky – The Edge of Night Nov 15th – Jan 10th 2015
5 Car Garage presents paintings by Max Maslansky of Dennis Posa, aka Dennis Parker, aka Wade Nichols (1946 – 1985), an actor and singer from Freeport, New York who started his career in pornographic films. His first feature film role was probably in the 1975 gay adult film Boynapped! He subsequently appeared mostly in straight porn films shot in New York and Los Angeles.
In 1979, under the name of Dennis Parker, he recorded a solo disco album on Casablanca Records entitled “Like an Eagle”, produced by Village People creator/producer Jacques Morali. Buoyed by his singing career, Posa (still as Dennis Parker) joined the cast of the mainstream television soap opera “The Edge of Night” in 1979 as Police Chief Derek Mallory. All the while, he continued to appear in pornographic films as Wade Nichols.
Having contracted the AIDS virus and seriously ill by October 1984, Posa was unable to continue working on “The Edge of Night”, and his character was written out of the show. He died in March of that year. (According to a persistent rumor, the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but this has never been confirmed.) In a tribute to Posa in a 1985 issue of Soap Opera Digest, fellow “Edge of Night”, actor Ernie Townsend wrote, “He died in early January after a long and painful illness that took away a talent in its prime.”
Summer Of Laura 1975
Call Me 1975
Bang Bang You Got It! 1976 Come to Me 1976
Secret Dreams of Mona Q 1976 Virgin Dreams 1976
Jail Bait 1976
Barbara Broadcast 1977 Honeymoon Haven 1977 Odyssey 1977
Teenage Pajama Party 1977 Captain Lust 1977
Maraschino Cherry 1978
Punk Rock 1978
Take Off 1978
Love You 1979
Beach House 1980
Blonde Ambition 1980
Magic Girls 1980
Hot Pursuit 1983
Bizarre Thunder 1984 Jawbreakers 1985
Max Maslansky’s previous solo exhibitions were held at Emma Gray HQ, Los Angeles in 2011 and Cherry and Martin in 2007. He was recently included in “Made in L.A. 2014” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; further group exhibitions include those held at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise New York, and The Woodmill GP, London in 2014. He will be having solo exhibitions at Galerie Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland and Honor Fraser, Los Angeles in 2015. Max Maslansky lives and works in Los Angeles.