I was asked in an interview this week if art is dead. You’re going to have to wait until that interview is published to get my full response, but in the meantime, here are my shitty phone-camera images from a pretty cool show about some things that are never going anywhere but which are constantly being pronounced dead: punk rock, boy bands, Michael Jackson, the cult of celebrity, and bumper stickers. (Better images here, at the Shoot the Lobster site.)
Here’s a bit from the press release to that show:
Poster Child presents photographs of posters that incorporate images from popular
culture- pop stars, animals, landscapes, motivational mottos- which have been re-imagined
and re-created by a fictitious cast of tweens, teens, and twenty-somethings. Using a
readymade language of bumper stickers culled from the internet and stickers from craft
and toy stores, each poster illustrates a personalized narrative and context, reflecting the
thoughts and desires of the fictitious characters as well as the culture at large.
I couldn’t have said it better, myself.
Just a few blocks away, the White Columns gallery is hosting a Kim Gordon (yes, of Sonic Youth) art/design retrospective, which features Gordon’s paintings of tweets by Lena Dunham, Stephen Malkmus, Jenni Kenner, and Richard Prince. The Huffington Post has got a great set of images from that show. Click those two links to check that out.
And, also in Chelsea, the David Zwirner gallery is showing Raymond Pettibone, whose work I first encountered on Sonic Youth (GOO) and Black Flag and other SST Records band album covers. That is a text-heavy show, which means it is tailor-made for my interests, so look forward to a whole, extensive post just on Raymond Pettibone in the coming weeks.