The Human Body as War Zone and Receptacle of Pain: The Body Art of Martin Bladh and Karolina Urbaniak’s “The Torture of the 100 Pieces”
Art / Books

The Human Body as War Zone and Receptacle of Pain: The Body Art of Martin Bladh and Karolina Urbaniak’s “The Torture of the 100 Pieces”

Represented by a logo of a human eye and eyebrow, with the eye acting as a razor blade, Infinity Land Press is, by its own website’s description, “a press that provides exclusive, clandestine publications which are inoculated against the circulatory system of the established book market.” Created and founded by artists Martin Bladh and Karolina … Continue reading

La Petite Mort: Aïda Ruilova’s Softcore ‘The Pink Palace’
Art

La Petite Mort: Aïda Ruilova’s Softcore ‘The Pink Palace’

“A kiss is the beginning of cannibalism”–Georges Bataille Heavy breathing is not normally the sound permeating blue chip galleries unless it’s the deep existential sighs of gallerinas. However, loud moans of pleasure currently echo through Marlborough Chelsea, luring and seducing viewers through Aïda Ruilova’s current exhibition. In the forward to his morbidly sexy study Eroticism: … Continue reading

Why Do My Eyes Have To See This: The Cinematic Transgression of Nick Zedd
Film

Why Do My Eyes Have To See This: The Cinematic Transgression of Nick Zedd

This week, I was told that I write from a “contrarian personal sensibility,” and you know what, they’re right. I believe in bad taste and bad bars, in Russ Meyer and John Waters, in terrible kitsch and even worse camp. I was weened on contrarians and outlaws like Kathy Acker, Lydia Lunch and Dennis Cooper.I believe in transcendence through transgression, trash, humor, shock and filth, which brings me to the subversive cinema of Nick Zedd. Continue reading