The Art Life: Nayland Blake’s “#IDrawEveryDay”
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The Art Life: Nayland Blake’s “#IDrawEveryDay”

“Writing & Drawing Are Sister Arts,” announces banners flowing from an old-timey quill pen on a drawing in Nayland Blake’s solo exhibition #IDrawEveryDay at Matthew Marks Gallery. Even though this proper, decadent illustration, culled from a book of 19th century penmanship exercises, seems at odds with the bulls, bears and bunnies in the surrounding drawings, the work, titled 6.1.15, acts as the show’s manifesto. As with the sister arts of writing and drawing, Blake reveals how daily drawing practice can record a visual memoir. Continue reading

You’re Invited To: Devan Shimoyama In Conversation With Emily Colucci At De Buck Gallery
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You’re Invited To: Devan Shimoyama In Conversation With Emily Colucci At De Buck Gallery

Why, hello there dearest Filthy Dreams readers! Need something to do this Thursday (November 30) evening? Well, you’re in luck! Your faithful co-founder Emily will be in conversation with artist Devan Shimoyama, whose work she’s covered several times on Filthy Dreams including his current show Sweet. Join us from 6-8PM at De Buck Gallery (545 W … Continue reading

Don’t Leave Me This Way: Finding The Remnants Of NYC’s Lesbian Bars In Gwen Shockey’s “Addresses”
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Don’t Leave Me This Way: Finding The Remnants Of NYC’s Lesbian Bars In Gwen Shockey’s “Addresses”

Living in New York, you get used to loss–not necessarily just the loss of beloved people, but of establishments. These bars, clubs, dives and cafes, particularly queer and queer-friendly spaces, are not just favored locations to grab a bite or a beer, but they’re where communities and even, worlds are built and thrive (even if temporarily). Continue reading

Singled Out: Living As Stereotypes In Mike Kelley’s “Singles’ Mixer”
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Singled Out: Living As Stereotypes In Mike Kelley’s “Singles’ Mixer”

A girl in KISS makeup, a hillbilly, a computer nerd, a couple of witches and four Black women walk into a singles’ mixer. Although it reads like the start of a hack joke, Mike Kelley’s sculptural and multichannel video installation Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #8 (Singles’ Mixer), currently on view at Luhring Augustine’s Bushwick gallery … Continue reading

We Know You’re Sugar, We Know You’re Sweet Like A Sucker: Devan Shimoyama’s “Sweet”
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We Know You’re Sugar, We Know You’re Sweet Like A Sucker: Devan Shimoyama’s “Sweet”

In his chapter “Fading, Twisting and Weaving: An Interpretive Ethnography of the Black Barbershop/Salon as Cultural Space” from Performing Black Masculinity: Race, Culture and Queer Identity, Bryant Keith Alexander explores the role of the Black-run barbershop as a space for community-building and performing Black masculinities away from hegemonic white culture. “I remember,” he begins, “the … Continue reading

Dance This Mess Around: MoMA’s “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art In the East Village, 1978-1983”
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Dance This Mess Around: MoMA’s “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art In the East Village, 1978-1983”

I’m not used to suffering from invasive flashbacks inside a major museum. But, pulling back the heavy curtain, leading into Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Closet, a cozy yet mind-altering intergalactic Day-Glo-painted trash utopia, I was immediately sent through a time warp to June 2011, boogying to The B-52s “Planet Claire” and Martha and the Vandellas “Jimmy … Continue reading