~NEST/DASH SNOW & DAN COLEN/BEAUTALISM/KEMBRA PFAHLER
NEST/PHOTO COURTESY: DEITCH PROJECTS
DEITCH PROJECTS launched ‘NEST’ – a big, tough and beautiful, hardcover photo-based art book, at SANTOS PARTY HOUSE, 100 LAFAYETTE ST, below Canal St. last week, MONDAY, SEPT 15, 2008 – to be exact !!
as well as, a smaller, but still well produced paperback ‘fan’ book for KEMBRA PFAHLER, titled ‘BEAUTALISM’ – in which .. “Artist KEMBRA PFAHLER, Lead singer of rock band THE VOLUPTUOUS HORROR OF KAREN BLACK takes you behind the scenes of her 2008 Whitney Biennial Project and beyond for Beautalism, Butt prints, Body paint and ROCK AND ROLL.”
from the artlovers home page (SEPT 16, 2008):
JOE BRADLEY’S CHEESEBURGER was a no-show. but KEMBRA PFAHLER’S band: THE VOLUPTUOUS HORROR OF KAREN BLACK – did show, strut butt naked & PLAY !! pretty good music … in fact theywere more than pretty good – they were pretty d-r-i-v-i-n-g. Amazon tall in-your-face skinny chicks, with huge hair, (which at some point various members of the band – including Kembra – tore off in big chunks and threw to the audience) – and one KABUKI-like chubby white one – 100% naked under a skin dusting coat of shocking pink body powder ? paint ? they didn’t have their usual ‘shocking’ vagina/sex ‘props’ with them – caught in transit on the way to some museum, Boston ? – for an upcoming show – which might have been just as well to my mind – though they make for great pix in the book !! – thought they were pretty interested as is – stripped down and just playing their music – instead of playing their props. SPECIAL GUEST, ARMEN RA from LA on the THERAMIN – was very goth. then TV BABY !! – did a sweet, as in super driving short set. DAN COLEN was a no-show, but DASH SNOW ambled in at some point – just in time to catch TV BABY. His book – ‘NEST’ – for his SECRET SNOW BABY !! – is big, beautiful, tough and raw !! – a very top drawer art book – that’s gonna be on everybody’s coffee table, no doubt about it.
for, more on the B-E-G-I-N-N-I-N-G-S of SECRET SNOW BABY NEST . .
don’t miss the: installation shots !!
don’t miss the: opening event/photos !! – incl one with CHRISTOPHE De MENIL – his ‘grammie’ !!
. . . the card for the book launch, at SANTOS PARTY HOUSE.
‘KEMBRA PFAHLER – BEAUTALISM’ – PUBLISHED BY DEITCH PROJECTS
DESIGNED & EDITED BY KEMBRA PFAHLER and KATHY GRAYSON
TEXTS BY KEMBRA PFAHLER/ESSAY BY KATHY GRAYSON
KEMBRA PFAHLER performs with her performance/art band: THE VOLUPTUOUS HORROR OF KAREN BLACK, DEITCH PROJECTS BOOK LAUNCH. SANTOS PARTY HOUSE, NYC. SEPT 15, 2008
THE VOLUPTUOUS HORROR OF KAREN BLACK, KEMBRA at right.
more on KEMBRA PFAHLER, see: KEMBRA PFAHLER/DEITCH PROJECTS
unloading some of that ‘big’ hair !!
a member of the band – models the official after-performance – uniform, skinny tie & all !!
from the book – KEMBRA !! – PHOTO COURTESY: ‘KEMBRA PFAHLER/BEAUTALISM’
ok. that’s (not your momma’s) sewing, too !!! from the book – PHOTO COURTESY: ‘KEMBRA PFAHLER/BEAUTALISM’
that’s gotta be – KATHY GRAYSON !! from the book – PHOTO COURTESY: ‘KEMBRA PFAHLER-BEAUTALISM’
DASH SNOW arrives at the book launch.
at center: DASH & JADE BERREAU. JADE is credited with co-editing the book. along with DASH, DAN COLEN and KATHY GRAYSON, and, providing some of the ‘riveting’, as in ‘tres!!’ riveting – photos.
the booksigning table for ‘NEST’ at the SANTOS PARTY hOUSE launch.
. . . are you kidding ?!! – Dash wouldn’t be caught dead – sitting at a table, like that – signing books. l
in fact, we’re pretty sure he only signed 2 !! – as special gestures/thanks.
DASH SNOW & DAN COLEN: ‘NEST’ – PUBLISHED BY DEITCH PROJECTS
HARDBACK, 8.5 x 11 in./400pages/300color/100 b&w
PRICE: $50 – a 1st print run of: 2,000 copies.
DESIGNED BY THE ARTISTS. EDITED BY DASH SNOW, DAN COLEN, JADE BERREAU, and KATHY GRAYSON
13 CREDITED CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS, including KRISTY LIEBOWITZ, JULIE MACHADO, STEFAN FITZGERALD, and LEO FITZPATRICK.
‘NEST’ – it’s a page turner, all right.
DASH seems to be a natural calligrapher – he can get a two-toned/multi-dimensional stroke out of an ordinary sharpie !! … what else is new.
the poster for the original exhibit: ‘Nest by Dan & Dash’ featured his elegant scrawl, too.
POSTER IMAGE/COURTESY: DEITCH PROJECTS
an early page from the book – what we loved most is how the book moved from totally abstract, to the most raw – yet beautiful documentary accounting, to the personal & SECRET – careening off into total anarchy by the end – and, never once giving up a false note.
from the book – SECRET SNOW.
from the book. CHRISTOPHE DE MENIL.
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PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH/unless otherwise noted
more pix from the book launch: ‘FULL CIRCLE-FALL 2008’