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Galerie Dennis Cooper presents … Matinee: Sam Jinks, Bruce Conner, Bill Henson, The Kid, Kara Walker, Brandon Lattu, Laurie Lipton, Lucy Glendinning, Steven Shearer, Christophe Avella-Bagur, Slater Bradley, Adel Abdessemed, Jorge Pineda, Charles Ray, Gehard Demetz, Marc Quinn, Loretta Lux, Schoony, Polina Verbytska, Rozdroża Wolności, Willy Verginer, Nina Levy, Oliver Laric, Biljana Djurdjevic, Gregor Gaida, Patricia Piccinini, Li Wei, PaintingWholesaleChina, Aura Rosenberg, Jarmo Mäkilä, Bradley Rubenstein, Mr., Roland Persson

 

Sam Jinks
Bruce Conner
Bill Henson
The Kid
Kara Walker
Brandon Lattu
Laurie Lipton
Lucy Glendinning
Steven Shearer
Christophe Avella-Bagur
Slater Bradley
Adel Abdessemed
Jorge Pineda
Charles Ray
Gehard Demetz
Marc Quinn
Loretta Lux
Schoony
Polina Verbytska
Rozdroża Wolności
Willy Verginer
Nina Levy
Oliver Laric
Biljana Djurdjevic
Gregor Gaida
Patricia Piccinini
Li Wei
PaintingWholesaleChina
Aura Rosenberg
Jarmo Mäkilä
Bradley Rubenstein
Mr.
Roland Persson

 

Sam Jinks


‘Time Machine’ (2012)



‘Untitled (Boy)’ (2013)


‘Woman and Child’ (2010)

 

Bruce Conner


‘Child’ (1959)

 

Bill Henson

 

The Kid


‘Too Young to Die’ (2013)

 

Kara Walker


‘African Boy Attendant Curio (Bananas)’ (2014)

 

Brandon Lattu


‘Boy with Image of Payphone’ (2016)






‘Not Human’ (video stills, 2015)

 

Laurie Lipton

 

Lucy Glendinning

 

Steven Shearer










‘The Mauve Fauve’ (2007–2015)

 

Christophe Avella-Bagur

 

Slater Bradley


‘My Doppelganger as Ian Curtis in a Sad Pose’ (2001)

 

Adel Abdessemed


‘Mon Enfant’ (2014)


‘Cri’ (2012)

 

Jorge Pineda


‘Mentiras’ (2006)


‘Me voy: Norte’ (2005)

 

Charles Ray



‘Boy with Frog’ (2009)




‘Shoe Tie’ (2013)

 

Gehard Demetz


‘Stones in my Pocket’ (2013)


‘Mom’s Hands and Daddy’s Nose’ (2013)


‘Mother’s Darling’ (2014)

 

Marc Quinn



‘Planet’ (2013)

 

Loretta Lux

 

Schoony


‘Boy Soldier (3D printed version)’ (2015)

 

Polina Verbytska


‘Boy with Birthmark’ (2016)


‘Cleft lip boy’ (2016)


‘Redhead girl’ (2016)

 

Rozdroza Wolnosci


‘Erection’ (2009)

 

Willy Verginer


‘Untitled’ (2016)

 

Nina Levy


‘Boy with Feast’ (2011)



‘Toss’ (2006)


‘Drop’ (2006)

 

Oliver Laric


‘Sleeping Shepherd Boy’ (2016)

 

Biljana Djurdjevic


‘Paradise Lost’ (2005)


‘Living in Oblivion’ (2006)

 

Gregor Gaida



‘Atta Boys’ (2014)

 

Patricia Piccinini


‘Library, 8.45pm’ (2011)


‘Alley, 11.15am’ (2011)


‘Bedroom, 10.30pm’ (2011)

 

Lí Wei



‘Thank God’ (2012)

 

PaintingWholesaleChina


‘Body History No.1’ (2017)


‘Body History No.3’ (2017)

 

Aura Rosenberg

 

Jarmo Mäkilä



‘Untitled’ (2013)

 

Bradley Rubenstein


‘Untitled (Girl with Puppy Dog Eyes)’ (1996)

 

Mr.


‘Shimmering Heat Haze’ (2009)


‘The Day Is Getting Long’ (2009)


‘You Girls’ (2007)


‘I know her secret’ (2007)


‘It hurts when it hits bare skin’ (2007)


‘Look at how much we raised!’ (2007)

 

Roland Persson




‘The Sleeping Boy’ (2014)

 

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p.s. Hey. ** Bill, Hi. It’s always nice when you’re in my hood and wind up on top. Oh, wacky theatrics, eek. There oughta be a law. Omar! Well, do try to be at least somewhat ambitious, you guys. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! You’re back! Lovely to see you, my pal! I’m good, thank you. Editing goes very well. We’re down to fiddling with little details now. We have to show our cut to our producer on Friday, so that’s our deadline. Zac and I both pretty stressed out about that. We’re very happy with what we’ve made, and we’re hoping our producer will like it a lot and agree with us that all the film needs now is a bit of continued finessing of the details, but of course we have no idea what he’ll think, and the film is quite strange and uniquely edited on purpose, and, even though he doesn’t seem like a guy who would want us to normalize the edit, that’s a fear because, if so, there would be battling as we will not allow that, and we just do not want that problem. Anyway, I’m stressed about that screening, as I guess is quite obvious, ha ha, but, yeah, we’re very, very happy with the film. Yay, your piece is up at Hobart! And I have a rare day off from editing today because Zac’s at a wedding, so I’ll get to read it in just a few minutes! Huge congrats! That’s very, very exciting! Everyone, the great Dóra Grőber has a short fiction work with the excellent title ‘Clothes are Rarely Important in a Highly Emphasized Way’ just now published on the excellent lit site Hobart, and I very, very, very highly recommend that you hit this link and go read it. Please do that asap, thank you! Yay again! Yes, it’s really great to be writing to you again too! Have an amazing day, and what happened? ** Kyler, Hi. Yeah, right, you should have known about my ‘Manifesto’ disliking in advance. What happened?! ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. I’ve met several people here who knew Clementi quite well, and they all say he definitely did not die of AIDS. Lovely PC-related thoughts and stories and wisdom, thank you. Yes, RIP Anita Pallenberg. I did a Day devoted to her not so long ago as I’m sure you remember. ** Chris dankland, Hi, Chris! Oh, thank you very much for the link. I’m actually off-work today, so I will get to watch that. I’m very happy, obviously, that you love recent Malick, and I agree with what you wrote 1 billion percent. You good? What’s up? Parisian hugs, Dennis ** New Juche, Hi, Joe. I sure hope you feel a whole more than just a bit better extremely soon. ** Jamie, Hi, J. There you are! I’m good. I’ve been missing you too. Winsome clouds: wow, nice. I can almost imagine what winsome cloud would look like, and that ‘almost’ is very inspiring. As I told Dora, we’re very near the end of the first phase of editing. i.e. our cut of the film, albeit without the massive work still needed on sound and color and added visual effects. We show it to our producer on Friday, and we’re very nervous about that because we really, really want/need him to like it or, ideally, love it. But, yes, we’ve been working incredibly hard, and we’re almost there. Of course, in any case, there’s more editing and tons of other work yet to do. Is the cartoon scripting essentially like writing a film script? I’m guessing so. Do you include visual descriptions of what the characters and settings and the other animated bits will look like ideally? Fingers super crossed about that flat. Yes, I remember the approval moment/process. Very stressful. When will you know? My world is still 90% film editing plus seeing some pals and stuff. All is good. What did today do for you? Strathcona love, Dennis. ** Bernard, Hi, B! You guys are really making me need to see ‘A Serious Man’ again. I saw it on a plane. I liked it, but watching movies whose budgets are less than 100 million dollars on a plane is never a good idea. For me. Thank god you guys didn’t get that Gehry garbage junior. Jesus. I think I’ll see you a little later, won’t I? I think so. ** Steevee, Hi. Yes, quite frequently the music they review on TMT is only available on those platforms. I don’t know anyone at TMT, no. Not personally, I mean. Publishing it there is a good idea, and, theoretically, it seems like they would be open. Otherwise, The Quietus? You don’t think the Village Voice might be interested? ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Cool, glad it intrigued you. ** Misanthrope, It was a scary dream. I was very glad when it finally stopped looping in my sleep. Ha ha, I think there are many, many far more ‘troublesome’ things in my mind that would warrant psychiatric assistance if I wasn’t a strangely sane person. Oh, darn, about LPS. Well, that’ll teach him? Condolences. ** Alistair, Hi, Alistair, thank you! I know, I’m a super giant Clementi fan but I didn’t know he’d been in a Merchant/Ivory film until I made that post. Funny idea. Oh, cool, that what I said about Bresson had resonance. Yes, the distinctions between editing fiction and film are extremely interesting. And what’s maybe interesting too is that editing theater works, as I do when assisting Gisele, is kind of in the exact middle of those two editing processes in a weird way. Great to see you, friend! ** H, Hi. My pleasure, of course. Oh, yes, I guess I  missed that comment of yours. Damn. That bad timing thing does happy every once in a while. I hope your area of the world de-warms. Ours is warming, and I think considerably so, today, ugh. ** Right. I decided to curate a galerie show based around a ‘kids’ thematic, and that up there is what happened. See you tomorrow.

14 Comments

  1. This day practically has my name written all over it, Dennis. So much great work. Have to find out more about Sam Jinks, for starters.

    Ended up at the Mazen Kerbaj gig last night; very nice, but could be umm shorter.

    Hope the editing is going great.

    Bill

  2. That London fire, geez. Hope all the DLs are ok…

    Bill

  3. Dennis, I guess my switch was “turned off” for my mini-vacation. It really only works, and reliably so, when I’m concentrating with a client. Very best of luck for the screening on Friday. Fingers crossed that you and your producer will be on the same page. Nice gallery today!

  4. Love Jorge Pineda’s work — extremely cool and thoughtful. But everything is really great — thank you for the curation. Sounds like there’s your screening this Friday. Hope it goes very well. PS. We’ve got a little morning rain, whew.

  5. Lotsa Baby-Eating today.

    Well it just goes to show that James Toback is in no way a “Reliable Source.”

    Just now in Alexandra Virginia, just across the Potomack in D.C. a lone shooter attacked a softball game being played by a group of Republican Congresscritters. Re. Steve Scalise ( a sub-human) was shot but will survive. Six altogether were hit but reports are sketchy. The shooter is under arrest and in the hospital too.

  6. In “A Serious Man” the Coens confront their own Jewishness — none too handily. The subject requires the Brooks-es : Mel and Albert.

  7. I did get in touch with the Village Voice’s film editor, who’s a big fan of the music reviews I’ve posted on Facebook. He gave me contact info for the paper’s book editor. I’ve sent a pitch today. I have some experience writing reviews of books about film for Cineaste magazine, but unfortunately none of them are available on-line. I hope he could see from my film reviews that I would be capable of writing something like this.

  8. I contacted the Quietus, who have changed review editors from the person listed on their site, and pitched them too.

    I held a rehearsal today with Dave, the actor who will appear in my film. I realize that my initial instructions – “confident but gradually appearing more and more vulnerable ” – might have been difficult to play, but over the course of 90 minutes, he got to a performance I’m fully satisfied with. Now I hope he can freeze it in amber till the 23rd! I have a bunch more stuff to coordinate; unfortunately, I also have to waste time next week in my apartment waiting for an exterminator to come and someone to re-
    grout my shower, while writing two reviews in addition to the pre-
    production and production work.

  9. Wow a lot of realism in today’s Galerie. I enjoy the placing of Mr. in this context, like I’m not much of a fan of Superflat but here it works as a kind of punctuation mark. And as usual, Charles Ray looks to be on another plane of existence entirely.

  10. chris dankland

    June 15, 2017 at 1:07 am

    @Dóra Grőber:

    I loved your story on Hobart !! i thought it was very moving, and i loved how the story made all its moves inside the narrator’s head, it was pulled off beautifully — anyway it’s terrific piece, congrats

    @Dennis:

    i don’t make it to nearly enough art shows, so i really appreciate these days — I particularly fell in love with those Laurie Lipton drawings, that’s so cool. i pulled her up in the other tab and was checking out her work, she’s fucking awesome. i’m looking forward to digging further into her stuff in a little bit

    that giant Marc Quinn baby is also great — i feel a certain kind of awe and envy toward sculptors and their ability to make something solid that exists outside of the imagination

    i’m doing really well, thanks for asking

    right now i’m busy revising a new ebook called The Nightlife — it’s about a country music open mic night in a bar that may or may not be a version of Hell or limbo, some kind of afterlife. the bar is owned by a burn victim named Mr. Red, and each 500 to 1000 word chapter is about a different performer that takes the stage, some of which include a singing tumor, a tapeworm demon, a reincarnated racetrack greyhound, dolly parton, an interdimensional bigfoot, a giant penis sun, etc.

    i’m really pleased with how the book is turning out & i’m getting a lot of fun & satisfaction from working on it, i’ll be releasing it at the end of the month.

    did u ever seen Day is Done by Mike Kelley? that was a big inspiration for the book, i love his musicals. i keep trying to find some way to watch the entire project but i can’t find anything…like a dvd of all the collected videos. but there are little snippets of the project online. those videos are so genius. if u ever have a day where u are re-upping old posts maybe i could request your mike kelley day?

    for anyone who’s interested, i’ve been sharing excerpts from the book — i’ll keep doing that until the book is officially out:

    http://neatomosquitoshow.tumblr.com/tagged/the-nightlife

    how’s the movie going? are ya’ll doing the editing yourselves, or are u working with an additional person? i’m not sure how technical the editing process is, like if u need to work with a person who knows the ins and outs of a particular software program. i’m so looking forward to seeing the film when it’s done !! i keep thinking about the premise in the back of my head & imagining all the ways it might play out, i’m very stoked about it.

    take care & have a good morning !! sending Texan hugs

  11. Dennis, A fine galerie. Shit, I haven’t seen Bill Henson’s name in quite a while. And really, what good are babies if you can’t eat them?

    I used to have a recurring bad dream that involved a purple moon, me hiding under my parents’ bed, and an alien that look very Green Goblin-y sticking a large needle/fingernail through my side. Haven’t had that dream in a years. It used to be so common that when it would start, I’d kind of be like, “Let’s get this shit over with as soon as possible” and then get on through the damn thing, always waking up when that needle/fingernail entered my side.

    Fuck, hope I haven’t jinxed myself and end up having it tonight.
    I hope it does teach LPS a lesson. It’s all from just not turning work in. He got a B or better on almost every test and every assignment he handed in. But he didn’t hand in half the shit he was supposed.

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