Without Obsession, Life Is Nothing: Constant Craving In ‘My Dreamboat’
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Without Obsession, Life Is Nothing: Constant Craving In ‘My Dreamboat’

Isn’t there just something so alluring about obsession? Our preeminent filth elder John Waters has staked his entire career on it. A vocal supporter and enabler of fellow maniacs, Waters made the distinction between good and bad obsessions in an interview with Rookie Magazine. He explains: “Well, obsession can be good or bad. I mean … Continue reading

Nice Mover: Masculin/Féminin in Jürgen Klauke’s ‘Transformer’ and John Arsenault’s ‘Barmaid’
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Nice Mover: Masculin/Féminin in Jürgen Klauke’s ‘Transformer’ and John Arsenault’s ‘Barmaid’

“I’m your transformer Call me Marlene Call me Gino That’s me, you know.” –Gina X Performance “Nice Mover” With her leather-bound looks and Quentin Crisp hero worship, Gina X Performance’s Gina Kikione knows a thing or two about androgyny and gender queering. Kikione opens her narcotic club anthem adopting the identities of both the preeminent old … Continue reading

From New York To Paris: Peter Hujar And Christer Strömholm Look At Their Lost Downtowns
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From New York To Paris: Peter Hujar And Christer Strömholm Look At Their Lost Downtowns

“To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt,” says Susan Sontag in On Photography, who was one of many Downtown fixtures captured by photographer Peter Hujar. Present in Lost Downtown, an exhibition commemorating the devastatingly impressive … Continue reading

Not So Fast, Tom Ryan: Elizabeth Taylor’s Presence and Absence In Catherine Opie’s ‘700 Nimes Road’
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Not So Fast, Tom Ryan: Elizabeth Taylor’s Presence and Absence In Catherine Opie’s ‘700 Nimes Road’

In Jay Prosser’s photographic study Light in the Dark Room: Photography and Loss, Prosser analyzes the power of photography to record absence, as well as–seemingly contradictorily–presence. As he explains, “photography is the medium in which we unconsciously encounter the dead…Photographs are not signs of presence but evidence of absence. Or rather the presence of a photograph … Continue reading

No Longer Hidden Under the Bed: Pacifico Silano’s ‘Tear Sheets’ at Baxter St Camera Club
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No Longer Hidden Under the Bed: Pacifico Silano’s ‘Tear Sheets’ at Baxter St Camera Club

“Merrymakers dance the night away,” reads the bottom of a magazine sheet that the 2015 Baxter St Workspace Resident Pacifico Silano ‘tore’ from a vast collection of gay porn ephemera for his intricately hung solo exhibition at Baxter St Camera Club’s Chinatown location. Tear Sheets fits like a glove as a title to Pacifico’s practice, which … Continue reading

The Roughest Bar in New York: Remembering the Terminal Bar
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The Roughest Bar in New York: Remembering the Terminal Bar

“They called it the Terminal Bar but they had no idea that like twenty years later the place’d be filling up with terminal cases.” –Tom Waits, Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters (33-34) While our favorite down-and-out drunken troubadour Tom Waits was not actually referring to New York’s bygone glorious and dangerous dive–the Terminal Bar, he … Continue reading