Shitposting on Canvas: Can Cumwizard69420 Save Us From the Scourge of Self-Serious Political Art?
Art

Shitposting on Canvas: Can Cumwizard69420 Save Us From the Scourge of Self-Serious Political Art?

Scrolling through a list of recently opened exhibitions, one name gave me pause: Cumwizard69420. A name that reads as if birthed—or shat—straight from the bowels of the Internet. Cumwizard69420. A name that seems as if typed by a snickering teen signing into a chatroom in 1997. In fact, that name would not be out of … Continue reading

Lo! A Monster Is Born: “The Horror Show!” at London’s Somerset House Is Everything an Exhibition Should Be
Art / Film / Music

Lo! A Monster Is Born: “The Horror Show!” at London’s Somerset House Is Everything an Exhibition Should Be

“Everywhere I seem to go on this island seems to me I find degeneracy. There is brawling in bars. There is indecency in public places. And there is the corruption of the young. And now I see it all stems from here—it stems from the FILTH taught here in this very school room!” So spits … Continue reading

Maxo Vanka’s Murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church Are Pittsburgh’s Hidden Radical Masterpieces
Art

Maxo Vanka’s Murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church Are Pittsburgh’s Hidden Radical Masterpieces

On New Year’s Eve, the electricity in my family’s home in Pittsburgh flickered ominously and then, went dark. In the distance, orange and pink lights flashed vibrantly like strobe lights in the sky, as a buzzing sound, reminiscent of Dean Hurley’s ever-present static bursts in Twin Peaks: The Return, echoed furiously. If the impromptu disco … Continue reading

K8 Hardy Documents Her Revolutionary Costumes for Today in “Outfitumentary”
Art / Film

K8 Hardy Documents Her Revolutionary Costumes for Today in “Outfitumentary”

K8 Hardy’s Outfitumentary should be a mind-numbing watch. About an hour and twenty minutes of the artist and filmmaker showing off her eccentric outfits in head-to-toe shots almost daily for over a decade on a crappy lo-fi mini-DV camera, the delightfully and perfectly titled 2016 film, directed, produced, photographed, and edited by Hardy, could easily … Continue reading

No Twerk Zones: Tirzah and Henrike Naumann at SculptureCenter
Art / Music

No Twerk Zones: Tirzah and Henrike Naumann at SculptureCenter

The Tirzah exhibition at SculptureCenter is as basic and enchanting as Tirzah’s music, which would perhaps be best described as mellow melancholia with spasms of grunge. If you weren’t already enamored with Tirzah, you’d probably walk into the exhibition, comprised of just two modestly scaled screens displaying music videos, all of which are readily available … Continue reading

God Is on the Dance Floor in Joseph Liatela’s “Nothing Under Heaven”
Art

God Is on the Dance Floor in Joseph Liatela’s “Nothing Under Heaven”

I don’t think I’ve ever come closer to seeing the face of God than when listening to Sylvester’s manic, soaring gospel cry, “Take Me to Heaven.” It’s not a fluke. Sylvester, too, saw his music in religious terms. In the biography The Fabulous Sylvester, Joshua Gamson reveals that after a particularly transcendent show, Sylvester, along … Continue reading

Fear and Loathing at MoMA: A Conversation on Wolfgang Tillmans and Meret Oppenheim
Art

Fear and Loathing at MoMA: A Conversation on Wolfgang Tillmans and Meret Oppenheim

To look without fear. That’s the title of Wolfgang Tillmans’s current dizzying retrospective at MoMA. But this begs questions, namely, who is supposed to be looking without fear? Tillmans? The audience? If it’s the viewers, what are we bravely confronting? Berlin clubs? Photographs of Frank Ocean, Kate Moss, and Chloë Sevigny? A whole lot of images … Continue reading

Worshipping at the Feet of Greer Lankton’s Sacred Stilettos, “JESUS’S CHA-CHA HEELS”
Art

Worshipping at the Feet of Greer Lankton’s Sacred Stilettos, “JESUS’S CHA-CHA HEELS”

I fell into Greer Lankton’s exhibition DOLL PARTY at Company—or more precisely, I stumbled. I don’t mean I stumbled upon the show at random. I actually caught myself before I went tumbling off the bottom step of the steep staircase that led to the dim black-walled gallery space, stabilizing my unsteady legs before my joints … Continue reading

Is That You Mo-Dean?: Esther Pearl Watson’s “Guardian of Eden”
Art / Filthy Dreams Bite-Sized

Is That You Mo-Dean?: Esther Pearl Watson’s “Guardian of Eden”

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, dearest Filthy Dreams readers, but I have a tendency to be a little, um, WORDY. Because we all need a break sometimes from my unending (draining) gush of thoughts and because there are shows closing soon still worthy of our attention, I thought we’d try something different: brevity! So … Continue reading