~THE DOUBLE DIRTY DOZEN (& FRIENDS) – PIX FROM THE OPENING – PART III
more pix from the AUG 16, 2012 opening of ‘THE DOUBLE DIRTY DOZEN (& FRIENDS)’ – at FREIGHT+VOLUME.
the show runs thru SEPT 22, 2012.
Nick curated the show, and he said it took a good 5 months to put together – I believe it !! the range from graphically precise to far-flung expressionistic, painterly to sculptural, finely linear to buffoonish cartoon – lusty to bawdy, downright trashy to intellectually ambitious, in-your-face provocative to mysterious – is on display at every turn.
every turn is a surprise.
Nick and Genevieve are standing in front of a large canvas that throws a beachy nod to trashy pulp fiction and erotic getaways !!
it’s hard to make out in the photo – but the work’s secret element – is the soft florescent lightbulbs running across the top. one being yellow and the other pink – making for that hot fleshy tropic zone heat – experience !!
but like a postcard from the mind, rather than the body (!!), or even a run-down motel at the beach for that matter !! the sexy souvenir turns mournful, Nora Ephron would have approved.
“I keep waiting for my life to take on a storyline that resembles 70’s porn . . .
. . . But at the rate I am going I have a better chance of making it to 70, before that ever happens.” (!!)
GENEVIEVE WHITE herself, has a small grouping of photos – self-portraits – in the middle room, that leave nothing to the imagination. steamy.
she says she draws and takes photos – but mostly considers herself a ‘performance artist’. I believe it.
I also don’t think I’m the only way who will remark – on her unique and rather unusual free-form – body ink . . .
GENEVIEVE WHITE, ‘Day After a Night at Boom Boom’, 2012. C-print, edition of 5, 8 x 10 in.
GENEVIEVE WHITE, ‘Looking at Myself Looking at You.’ 2012. C-print, edition of 5, 8 x 10 in.
ION BIRCH by contrast has some very explicit & male-centric (!!) but also very graphic – drawings on that middle room, wall-papered wall, too. but his are more, shall we say: fictional in narration. though also based on the genre of hyper-realism, subtext: self-portraiture.
BUT forget wallflower at the orgy – he’s taken the creative opportunity – to put himself front and center – and made himself the only male in sight – in a very pretty, but r-a-c-y (!!) harem.
ION BIRCH, ‘Untitled – Drawing 1’. graphite on paper, 15 x 19 in.
JENNIFER SULLIVAN, ‘Adult Movie’, 2011. run time 25:12
($5,000. – edition of 5)
a large, painterly and hyper-imaginary canvas – it is brooding, and provocative. with deep undertones of multiple meaning – though dig that va jay jay !! Kind of HENRY DARGER meets up with . . . now !!
raunchy and trippy, and sad. all at the same time. what is about clowns – ever since that serial killer out west, I guess – that speaks: psycho kill-ah !!
detail, DAVID HUMPHREY, ‘Clown Girl’.
of course if you’ve come to love everything souvenir, and I guess tacky !! like I have . . . the crowning touch, besides the stupendously sensitive vay jay jay – is the little trashy, NOT !! ELOQUENT, YES !! post modern architecture scenario – tucked away in the left hand corner. we’ll leave it to someone else – to add up all the metaphors !!
standing out in the show – for its deathly pallor (!!) was EZRA JOHNSON’S goth/tarot card of a sex encounter.
til death do us part ?
EZRA JOHNSON, ‘Untitled’, 2012, oil on canvas, printed fabric and wood. 48 x 37 in.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, NYC. AUG 16, 2012.