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You Are A Star And You Only Happen Once: madison moore’s “Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric”
Books

You Are A Star And You Only Happen Once: madison moore’s “Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric”

“I want you to teach me how to be fabulous,” pleads Macaulay Culkin inhabiting the role of infamous club kid Michael Alig in 2003’s cheeseball Party Monster. In response, Seth Green’s James St. James spits back, “We have nothing in common,” picks up his metal lunchbox/purse, and changes his mind, quoting William Blake: “The road … Continue reading

What The Hell Is With This Disco-themed Political Attack Ad?
Trash

What The Hell Is With This Disco-themed Political Attack Ad?

Political attack ads are almost always trashy–lurid details about an opponent’s sordid life, wild speculation, tasteless graphic design and distorted mask-like images of politicians’ bloated, malevolent faces like cartoon villains. But, few ever strive to become art or at least be so bizarre that they reach a level of aesthetic greatness that can only be … Continue reading

These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends In “Alive With Pleasure!”
Art

These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends In “Alive With Pleasure!”

Alive With Pleasure!, curated by Irena Jurek at Asya Geisberg Gallery, hits like the Chelsea gallery equivalent of a summer rom-com or action flick. It’s highly entertaining, with just the right amount of irreverence, and visually seductive, while seeming to offer little fodder for viewer response beyond platitudes like, “That was cool! I liked it.” … Continue reading

Filthy Dreams GIF Review: “Tears Then Holes” at Rachel Uffner Gallery
Art / GIF Reviews

Filthy Dreams GIF Review: “Tears Then Holes” at Rachel Uffner Gallery

After laughter comes tears. At least that’s what Wendy Rene sang in 1964 and over fifty years later, those lyrics still ring true in our farcical age. Of course, “After Laughter (Comes Tears)” is just one of many songs that take up crying as its subject, joining others like “The Weeping Song,” “96 Tears” and “Crying,” which was … Continue reading

I’m Lying Down And This Vehicle Keeps Moving: The Vulnerability Of “Weight Of The Earth: The Tape Journals of David Wojnarowicz”
Art / Books

I’m Lying Down And This Vehicle Keeps Moving: The Vulnerability Of “Weight Of The Earth: The Tape Journals of David Wojnarowicz”

“It’s about twenty minutes later. I just can’t stand my self-consciousness when talking into this thing,” says David Wojnarowicz, speaking into an audio recorder in November/December 1988. One of his eleven tape journals he made from 1981 to 1989, he later admits on the same tape: “I don’t know. I really can’t get at this … Continue reading