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

And We Watched The World As It Fell Past: Domestic Intimacy As Activism Hugh Steers’s “The Nullities of Life”
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And We Watched The World As It Fell Past: Domestic Intimacy As Activism Hugh Steers’s “The Nullities of Life”

It’s been a long year this week, hasn’t it? Between the Supreme Court upholding the travel ban, Justice Kennedy retiring (fingers crossed for Supreme Court Justice Jeanine Pirro), the shootings at the Capital Gazette and the daily insanity of Trump’s Wrestlemania-esque tweets, I’m tired. And this fatigue doesn’t just come from our national politics. This … Continue reading

Love To Love You Baby: Sewing Threads of Desire in Sophia Narrett’s “Certain Magic”
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Love To Love You Baby: Sewing Threads of Desire in Sophia Narrett’s “Certain Magic”

“Isn’t sex more erotic when spiced with a sense of danger? But how much danger?” asked music critic Stephen Holden in a review of a Donna Summer album. Those really are the questions, aren’t they? What is the line between eroticism and violence–or at least, threat–and how does one know if they’ve crossed it? Disco … Continue reading

Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me: Sensory Overload At “Haptic Tactics”
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Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me: Sensory Overload At “Haptic Tactics”

Scratch. Scrape. Scratch. Scrape. A chill flies down my neck, ricocheting down my spine. It’s not just the sound of A.K. Burns and Katherine Hubbard’s collaborative video Untitled (shaving performance 2010) that sends multiple senses into overdrive. It’s also the visuals–disembodied hands wielding a straight razor, slicing precariously close to a woman’s bare skin and … Continue reading