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Monica Bonvicini Never Again, 2005
Galvanized steel pipes, black leather, black leather men’s belts, galvanized chains, clamps 350 x 1600 x 1100 cm

 

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Genevieve Belleveau Pressed, 2018
‘To be sealed is to be fixed in place, with both the pleasure of certainty—here I am—and the fear of death (has the device been set up properly?). The video Pressed elaborates on this spectrum of experience. From an aerial perspective, the camera repeatedly moves away from a series of human Ikebana in widening circles, expanding into a topographic view of an LA neighborhood, a man-made geography with a network of houses, freeways, and choking smog.’

 

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Nayland Blake Various (1988 – 1994)
‘Take Blake’s early sculpture Restraint Chair (1989), for instance. To a sleek Breuer chair – the classic coil with two taut pieces of black leather for one’s back and buttocks – Blake attaches extra leather restraints, presumably to hold the sitter’s arms and legs. Rope hangs below the base of the chair for another user or play partner. Blake conflates Bauhaus minimalism with restraint play, turning sleek modernist design into an erogenous zone of sexual enactment. The work articulates their private preferences concerning sexual behaviour while also functioning within a porous public space – that of the gallery – as a realization of possibilities originally created within queer spaces. As Blake writes in a 1995 essay about Tom of Finland’s drawings of well-hung, half-naked men, these works provide ‘the props for the viewer to hang a fantasy on rather than a specific person for the viewer to be aroused by’.’


Restraint Chair, 1989
Breuer chromed metal, leather, chains, steel cable and mirror, 84 × 61 × 62 cm.

 


Work Station #2 (Restraint), 1988
stainless steel, rapier, galvanized iron and leather, 30 x 39 x 48 inches

 


Restraint: Ankle, Wrist, Ankle, 1988
metal, leather, 54 x 8 x 8 inches

 


Satanic Ritualized Abuse, 1994
two stuffed bunnies, wood, leather, rope, plastic knife, birthday candles and plastic bell, 31 × 31 × 24

 

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Emma Sulkowicz The Ship Is Sinking (2017)
‘For Sulkowicz’s new work,, titled The Ship Is Sinking, she wore a white bikini adorned with the Whitney logo. An S&M professional who goes by “Master Avery,” playing a character called “Mr. Whitney,” bound Sulkowicz tightly and hung her from the ceiling on a wooden beam, periodically whipping and insulting her. As Sulkowicz explains below, the piece was meant as a multilayered exploration of ideas surrounding sex and consent, societal standards of female beauty, the personal nature of making and sharing art, and the art world in the age of Donald Trump.’

 

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Xu Zhen Rainbow, 1998 & Play-Expectation, 2014
‘Xu Zhen came to prominence at the 49. Biennale di Venezia with Rainbow, a visceral video performance of his back being slapped, turning red, with hand marks visible but never the hands.’

 

 

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Catherine Opie O, 1999
‘Opie created the dreamlike O series in 1999 as a reaction to Mapplethorpe’s X Portfolio, which focused on the gay S&M community in 1970s New York. O, the title of the series was meant to engage with Mapplethorpe’s X series to form the colloquial X-O, meaning hugs and kisses. O could also represent various orifices, or stand in for Opie, as the artist often places herself in her work. She sees O as being more inclusive than Mapplethorpe’s series, which focused almost exclusively on gay men. “Mine is about the whole queer community,” the artist said about the series.’

 

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Taietzel Ticalos While the Future Unfolds, 2018
‘How does technology shape the way we perceive sexuality? Talking about VR sexual experiences, the use of deep learning in porn movies, tech-domination and gray areas of sex work, Romanian digital artist Taietzel Ticalos focuses on findom – financial domination – an online BDSM niche. For her latest work While the Future Unfolds, she developed the 3D character Cherie Pie to artistically examine how an online environment influences fetishization and sex work differently.’

 

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Tom of Finland Various (1968 – 1988)

 

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Tiona Nekkia McClodden Various, 2019


THE FULL SEVERITY OF COMPASSION (20190 is made of a manual cattle squeeze chute similar to those used by animal scientist and autism advocate Temple Grandin to calm cows before slaughter. The piece ties together McClodden’s interest in ideas of security with the diagnosis she received earlier this year that she falls somewhere within the Autism Spectrum.’

 


‘In this work, titled ‘SORT OF NICE NOT TO SEE YOU BUT TO FEEL YOU AGAIN’ (2019), a Bauhaus-style leather chair is punctured by a razor blade. “Quite frankly, I consider the S&M community to be the intellectual powerhouse of the LGBTQ+ community in terms of the development of literature, thought, practice, engagement in space, etc.,” the artist told ARTnews earlier this year.’

 

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ADI 3 APRILE, 1479
‘Two female figures, standing on either side, were holding the arms of a blonde child (a young Christ, a child-saint, or a puer sacer, a sacred and mystical infant, I really couldn’t say). The kid was being tortured by two young men: each holding a stiletto, they were slicing the boy’s skin all over, and even his face seemed to have been especially brutalized. Blood ran down the child’s bound feet into a receiving bowl, which had been specifically placed under the victim’s tormented limbs. The child’s swollen face (the only one still clearly visible) had an ecstatic expression that barely managed to balance the horror of the hemorrhage and of the entire scene: in the background, a sixth male figure sporting a remarkable beard, was twisting a cloth band around the prisoner throat. The baby was being choked to death! What is the story of this fresco? What tale does it really tell?’

 

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Jeanelle Mastema Various (2008 – 2009)
‘Jeanelle Mastema is a Mexican American experimental body and performance artist from Boyle Heights, in Southern California. Mastema incorporates ritual into her work through play piercing, hook suspensions, urination and sacred objects. She performs internationally solo and with groups often acting as a medium for group intentions or a symbolic altar for channeling energy. Through performance Mastema enters into a meditative head space to disconnect from mundane consciousness.’


Trust Us, 2008


She Walks The Streets, 2008


AMF Korsets, 2009

 

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kenji siratori Deviations from Code on Geographic Hardweb (2020)
‘corpse state only internal head acid hyper crazy world gram recognition infectious genome body chemical technocrisis emulated convergence and consciousness at the location of script code plug-dog nightmare protocol is a medium-sized dna omotya error hunting mechanism that causes in human cities to break down into apoptotic water mania disease chromosome killing that does malice to the sun virtual horizon of the memory of the memory of the man horizon of the flesh of the man is opened streaming to her mitochondria of world absolute vagina space of the inherited boy breaks the body inoculated endosporoid embryo ecstasy and state brain form hive already shortens the planetary abolition of regional natural system scope of the definition is < grotesque abandoned brain odor artificial down:::abolishes intercourse meat with accelerated brain boy down gene general suck emulated performance artificial nightmare then bit break speed chloroform black roid break secondary acidhuman silence her asphalt embryo bio fly stage of techno suicide eyeball drug pupil herself achieved life of growing pupil retro nature down animal chemical browser acid storage code sec machine down and plug emulation apoptosis tear storage heart penetration nightmare dog …’ (cont.)

 

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Will Munro from Inside The Solar Temple of the Cosmic Leather Daddy (2010)
‘The center-piece is a bum sex sling! You usually see that in a bathhouse, or sex club. You don’t see it in an art gallery or a living room. And you don’t see it with these bright and cheerful colors. I think the colors and the spider plants in macramé holders do create an intimate vibe, but then there’s the leather sling! I made those macramé plant holders myself, and all my friends really helped with the building of the sling and putting all the elements together. My friend Rick constructed the structure and his wife first thought I was making a macramé hammock. It’s not exactly a hammock, but you can lie in it!’

 

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Nancy Grossman Heads (1971 – 1975)
‘Nancy Grossman has been making art for more than fifty years and is best known for her leather-wrapped sculptures of heads, which the artist made from the late 1960s through to the 1980s. This exhibition brings together fourteen sculptures, highlighting the formal and expressive range within the series. While Grossman regularly refers to the heads as self-portraits, they are not made to resemble the artist herself. They speak to the malice and subservience of both psychology and worldly conflict. Though the works are often rendered blind and mute, they still allude to the role of the silent witness amid cruelty and disorder. The creation of the sculptures was inspired in part by the liberation movements of the late 1960s and the Vietnam War, responding to the violence and social upheaval of the era. Today, Grossman’s heads continue to address the anxiety and turmoil that weigh upon the individual and contemporary society. Each head was carved from a block of wood and overlaid with sections of found leather-often sourced from articles of clothing or even boxing gloves-which are sewn, nailed, or zippered together. The life-size sculptures are startling for what they obscure as much as for what they expose. Eyes, ears, and mouths are typically covered, bound, sewn shut, or otherwise restrained. Some heads incorporate found objects that result in horns and other protrusions. The unsettling works have been a source of inspiration for her fellow artists and those of younger generations, and have been notably photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe and Richard Avedon.’

 

 

 

 

 

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Miss Meatface Various (2017)
‘Using BDSM as a healing ritual, artist Kat Toronto aka Miss Meatface, presents a body of work that evokes cinematic visual poetry. Her performance-based images explore cultural ideals of feminine beauty and the objectification of women. By toying with the push and pull of dominance and submission, and the act of revealing and concealing, her artwork presents a voice that uniquely addresses her fantasies and unravels her performance with equal doses of drama and mystery. Miss Meatface recalls the past while celebrating the present through the juxtaposition of contemporary and historical references.’

 

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Toni Schmale waltraud, 2016
‘Vienna-based sculptor Toni Schmale has been thinking a lot lately about ‘transitional objects’, the term coined by psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott in 1953 for the items that young children seize as tools for psychological comfort: dolls, stuffed toys, even blankets. She has created her own ‘family’ of ‘transitional objects’, she explains. It’s a punishing constellation that reaches out to the inner machine. Schmale’s objects dissolve the last vestiges of industry – a language of pulleys, racks, levers – into their simplest elements, rearranging them into compositions that invoke, in equal measure, exercise and BDSM equipment, finished with a military-black polish.’

 

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Wong Ka Ying Various (2014 – 20190
‘Wong Ka Ying has graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. Because of her young age and her constant desire to provoke her viewers, the focus of Ka Ying’s works has always been quite explicit and radical. She likes to shock and she wants to have a conversation with her audience. Teachers don’t like me, my father doesn’t like me either. I always got fucked up by boys. I hate men the most! Is there anyone out there who would keep me as concubines?, Ka Ying wrote on one of her social media profiles. She maintains an active profile on Behance network, where her most popular pieces are available.’


Buy Feed Me I Am So Cheap I Am So Low, 2016

 


And you are now a star and I’m still no one, 2014

 


Ain’t No Your Fortune, 2019

 

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John Waters Bill’s Stroller, 2014
‘Not only is Bill’s Stroller built to be baby’s first bondage buggy, but the stroller also features fabric covered in the logos of former sex clubs in New York and San Francisco. It’s never too early to teach your baby about Blow Buddies! As John Waters explained in ArtForum, Bill’s Stroller was inspired by Provincetown’s Gay Family Week, commenting on the drive of many in the gay community to conform to normative middle class values. In recent years, the mainstream gay community has exchanged sex clubs for play dates, tubs for kiddie pools and slings for strollers. As Waters himself described to ArtForum, “I’m trying to pay tribute to the passing of time for an outlaw minority that is now eager to be middle class.”’

 

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Hajime Kinoko Various (2010 – 2018)
‘Hajime Kinoko is a Japanese bondage/shibari artist and a photographer, now considered the leading modern rope artist of Japan. Japanese bondage is usually perceived as erotic, but Kinoko prefers to interpret it as “pop” and endeavors to sublimate it into art.’

 

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Brendan Fernandes Restrain (2019)
‘Fernandes uses his knowledge of the human form to remove its pains and pleasures from public discourse. With bronze, leather, walnut, and steel, Shibari bondage sculptures symbolize resistance, pain, pleasure, and freedom. Through the absence of a physical body, Brendan seeks to highlight the marginalized queer communities and demonized BDSM practices.’

 

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Nolan Lem Tentacle, 2017
”Tentacule’ is a site-specific sound machine that houses ten speakers which are mechanically driven by Velcro extrications that occur on top of the speakers’ paper cones. The kinetic dynamics of the Velcro becoming hooked and unfastened is transmitted through large plastic tubes that resonate and transfer the acoustic energy into different parts of the space. The imposing cephalopodic presence of the black machine suggests a cyborgian instrument somewhere in between an organ, a music box, and a Luigi Nono noise machine. The installation examines the sonic materiality of Velcro as it is situated within the ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) and BDSM (bondage, dominance, slave, master) communities. This “BDSMR” object complicates our awareness of sound and sensuality by casting materiality as an erotic fetish, one that derives from our darker, more lurid impulses.’

 

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Shawné Michaelain Holloway Target Practice (2017)
‘I believe we are all attracted to certain things we don’t immediately have access to whether that’s physically or intellectually. The power of newness and desire mixed with responsibility and/or fear is really powerful. It fades in and out of being a form of self-reflection. It’s clearest when this “protective distance” becomes absolutely necessary to be able to make room for observation and decision making for or against interacting with the desired object. In some ways, and perhaps this what keeps many maintaining the distance instead of breaking through it, it is safety from the active escalation of that desire. Sexually, that’s the foundations of taboo. Protective distance has a lot to do with restraint and restraint is a very desirous quality to be able to maintain. It is my fundamental belief that restraint is the basis of all taboos, all desires, and all pleasure. If we see restraint as in service to itself, it is either the letting go or the maintaining of it that is foreplay in pursuit of a desire. That’s why the separation between screen and reality is so powerful.’

 

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Allen Jones Hatstand, Table and Chair (1969)
Hatstand, Table and Chair are three fibreglass sculptures of women transformed into items of furniture. They are each dressed with wigs, and are naked apart from their corsets, gloves and leather boots. Each is slightly larger than life-size. For Chair the woman lies curled on her back, a seat cushion on her thighs and her legs acting as a back rest. Table is a woman on all fours, with a sheet of glass supported on her back. For Hat Stand the woman is standing, 1.85 metres (73 in) tall, her hands upturned as hooks. Each fibreglass figure was produced from drawings by Jones. He oversaw a professional sculptor, Dick Beech, who produced the figures in clay. The three female figures were then cast by a model company, Gems Wax Models Ltd, who specialised in producing shop mannequins. Each figure was produced in an edition of six. Jones explained that they weren’t illustrations of scenes, but rather that “the figure is a device for a painting or a sculpture. It’s not a portrayal of someone – it’s a psychological construction.”‘

 

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Deyson Gilbert Questão de Ordem (2019)
‘In Questão de Ordem, Deyson’s dubious physical game of fitting and unfitting; of fragmentation and alienation in body representation; of textual directives and invectives; of the fairly superficial figuration of so-called ‘non-conventional’ sexual practices reveal — not without irony — the dimension of literality typically associated with minimalism: a sort of pornography of form. The same happens with the use of materials: the slippery movement of his monochromatic leather surfaces simulate the scrolling of LED screens; the incessant buzz of a background engine exposes the compulsive mechanics of feeds, posts, and tweets; the tactile appeal of leather conveys the objectively fetishist sociability in which screens offer themselves to the touch: as if skin to the eyes.’

 

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Jim Dine My Angel, 2006
enamel on wood

 

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Ultraviolence BDSM Is Extra, 2013
Harsh Noise and Databending video

 

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Jacques-Andre Boiffard Various, 1920 – 1943
‘Jacques-André Boiffard (1902-1961) was a French photographer, born in Epernon in Eure-et-loire. In the mid-1920s, Boiffard decided to dedicate himself to research in the Bureau of Surrealist Research. Preferring photography to literature, he served as Man Ray’s assistant from 1924 to 1929. During the 1920s, he took portraits of the English writer Nancy Cunard and photographs of Paris which Breton used to illustrate his novel Nadja. In 1928, Boiffard was abruptly expelled from the movement for taking photographs of Simone Breton. He co-founded a studio, Studio unis, with photographer Eli Lotar in 1929, although the studio went bankrupt in 1932. From 1929 onward, Boiffard was closely associated with Georges Bataille and the circle of writers involved in Documents, in which his best-known work was published, illustrating articles such as Bataille’s “The Big Toe” (1929, issue 6), Robert Desnos’ “Pygmalion and the Sphinx” (1930, issue 1), and Georges Limbour’s “Eschyle, the carnival and the civilized” (1930, issue 2). In 1930, he contributed to Un Cadavre, a pamphlet that attacked Breton.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peter Clough Peter (you are what you eat), 2017
Digital ink-jet print, acrylic, wood, electronics 60” x 74” x 14”

 

 

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p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. ‘JF’ is very good, yes, I agree. Everyone, Today FaBlog adds a self-explanatory post called ‘Rand Paul Supports Lynching’, and here’s where it is. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, B. Yes, well, that film will certainly be an interesting test of your family dynamic. ** Tosh Berman, I haven’t read her novels, no. I didn’t think any were translated, but you say there is at least one in English? I asked friends here, but none of them have read her fiction. But, as you probably know, her novels are well regarded here. One of them won one of he big literary prizes, I forget which one. Anyway, I’ll try to hunt her books. ** Misanthrope, Hi. Yeah, I mean, LPS is at an age where that kind of shit, or being caught for it, which is pretty inevitable, can really fuck his life up. And it’d sure be better if he realised that he can’t sweet talk his way out of trouble in adulthood like he could as a young’un before he figures that out ‘the hard way’. Good luck, man. I’ve definitely learned to be a master of scrolling thanks to FB where one’s state of mind’s survival depends on hopping and skipping. I just can’t get into the mindset of people who endlessly post photos of themselves every time they change their clothes or when their hair looks slightly different or when they buy a new something-or-other or who recount every minor shift in their mood in detail with the seeming assumption that their ‘friends’ just need to know. But then most of my close friends either aren’t on social media or just rarely post things that they’re interested in or unusually doing. But an FB post as psychiatrist’s couch? I don’t get it. That said, I in fact do think you should do an FB photo album of those EF pix because that’s actually interesting and you rarely share personal stuff on there, so please go for it. ** chris dankland, Hi, Chris! Oh, okay, about how Zoom worked with your classes. That sounds pretty interesting, actually. That does sound crazy about the potential open-up school scenario, but it does sound doable at least. And very sci-fi. I hope you get there. I have extremely little faith in the anti-pandemic measures the US is doing, and I fear it’ll be ages before I can safely take an LA trip that doesn’t make me self-quarantine the whole time, but, hey, I hope I’m wrong. France is divided into troubled and less troubled areas. I’m, of course, in the troubled area because it’s Paris. In most of the country, schools are reopening now. In our area, probably not until the fall except for kindergartens, which are open again. I’m not sure what the methods will be. But France has handled this thing very precisely and carefully, and the infection/death rate keeps falling even as we open more and more, so I trust they’ll do school reopenings in a very rigorous way. Things are relatively great in Paris. It’s kind of blissful. It feels almost normal except with masks and hand sanitising all the time. We just got cafes and restaurants back, but only outdoors seating, so they’ve closed a lot of streets and let restaurants set up in the streets themselves, which is kind of beautiful. Museums are gradually opening. We get movie theatres back in a couple of weeks. Amusement parks reopen next week. Not sure when music/theater will reopen, maybe in July. It feels great, really, and people are behaving and following the rules, and there’s just a very upbeat vibe here. I’m glad AZ wasn’t so hard hit. Here’s highly hoping. My bad dreams and I are lifelong friends. I’m cool with it. No, I really don’t think there’s any relationship between my dreams and my life/art at all. They’re like two different universes. I have a very vivid imagination when awake, as I guess is obvious, ha ha, and maybe that’s partly why my dreams are just kind of gray and stuck in place or something. Why, does your dreaming have a relationship with your work? Thanks, glad you liked the Black Metals post. Have a super fantastic weekend, my friend. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. I just got hooked up with a new free/illegal films site, mostly very mainstream and not very useable for me, but I think ‘Shirley’ is there, so I’ll see if it actually is and watch it if so. I watched ‘Filmworker’ yesterday. You see that? About this young actor who gave up acting to become Stanley Kubrick’s 24/7 slave (in effect). Pretty interesting. The laxity with which people ing the US are treating the reopening stresses me out. Here everyone pretty much is following the rules and having a perfectly active, fun life at the same time. I’ll go get the new Armand Hammer, thank you. ** Right. Well, here’s a weekend post for you that needs no introduction. See you on Monday.


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  1. Lovely display today. Surprised you didn’t include Alain Robbe-Grillet. But he of course deserves a Day unto himself.

    Nice to hear Paris is coming along so well. Wish I could say the same of the USA, but as you well know this country is Hysterical.

    Today is Thomas Mann’s Birthday . He spent the war years exiled to America. He lived in Santa Monica and wrote “Doctor Faustus” there.

    Here’s a song inspired by one of his short stories

  2. Yes today’s post does speak for itself Dennis 🙂 I must confess that the first porn I ever watched myself which was a VHS casette I found under the stairs closet at our family home which involved a leather hooded muscled man giving it to a woman haha. Another clip involved two guys, the one in a very dainty blond wig.. I think it was called Valley of the bi dolls… not bdsm really but my first glimpse of a leather hood.

    So the Dumont dvd of 29 palms arrived and I will prob watch it tonight and have a better look at Dumont day here on the blog.

    I wanted to ask if you or anyone here is familiar with Eric Random? He seems relatively unknown but had creative ties with Cabaret Voltaire and Nico and also was in a band with Buzzcock members and opened for Joy Division before he really got into his own. On this track here from 1982 the vocalist sounds like the same one on that great eerie track “Knife Slits Water“ from A certain Ratio. The track is called Dow chemical company. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M42d8ajZXA

  3. DavidE, Thanks for the info re: Thomas Mann’s birthday and that YouTube clip.

    Dennis, Totally agreed re: that endless…self-promotion? There’s obviously something psychological about it, the chronic need for affirmation. Probably some narcissism in there, too. I guess that it could be really interesting as a phenomenon if one were to look into it. But certainly on the surface, I think it’s kind of easily explicable and boring.

    Of course, with these kind of Galerie’s that you do on a topic, the interesting thing is the different perspectives on the subject. Captain Obvious here, hahaha.

    Okay, it’s a done deal. I’m going to take some time this weekend scan these photos and put them up on FB. I’ll mark them clearly, which probably doesn’t need to be done because the quality of the photos is so distinct between the earlier ones and the later ones. If someone asks, I’ll explain it further.

    LPS went camping with friends again last night. It’s still funny to me, but I think a lot of it is just wanting to get out of the house, you know? Kind of like that he’s doing it in a constructive, more interesting way, as opposed to hanging out on a corner somewhere and getting on people’s nerves.

    OH! My mom had her surgery yesterday. It went well. They had to do some skin grafting, which was a surprise to both of us, as it hadn’t been mentioned. They got it all, and the doc was top notch. Now, it’s just healing and recovering, which shouldn’t be bad at all.

  4. With respect to Anne W. her novel in English is called “My Berlin Child,” and it’s published by Europa Editions, and still in print.

    Selfie photos? I suspect in the near future there will be serious academic literature on the practice. The beauty of technology for people, such as the smart or I-Phone is the ability to self-publish – and what do a lot of people do – photograph themselves. I’m sure if you asked them why they do this, they probably couldn’t give one an answer. I think it may deal with boredom, or a need to put an individual stamp on the planet. I think it also serves as a diary or journal of sorts. I prefer looking at images of people, but photographing your food? That, I don’t get. Does one look at their photos of meals that they ate several years ago? I notice this trend in Japan, many years ago, and now many do so here in the States, and I presume in Europe as well. Dennis! You need to photograph your meals!

  5. hi dennis,

    loved this post. cool to see kenji siratori’s work up there, i’m a fan of his work. i just watched shirley last week and would love to know yr thoughts if you see it. i read an interview w you in the paris review from some time ago and it inspired me to buy 4 of your books (i think you saw on facebook!) and i’m making my way through them. i’m obsessed with closer (what i’m reading now). your career is so inspiring to me, it helps me look at the ‘long game’ of creating a body of work and committing to a vision. do you have any advice for writers (like me lol) who have a book out and are trying to moving fwd? like, sometimes i dance between the anxiety of never gaining recognition and never being able to make a career out of what i do– (IE, if i have to go back to a regular job, i’ll lose all the time i have now for making art)– versus trying to just accept that establishment literature may never accept you and that’s okay? looking to writers like you, or like tom spanbauer, for example, is inspiring, but it can be hard to fathom looking back at an entire career one day, when you’re just starting out. it can be so uncertain. thanks in advance for reading :o)

    xx elle

  6. Nice range of pieces for the weekend, Dennis. I’m embarrassed I didn’t know about the John Waters stroller. The Peter Clough is hilarious.

    “Shirley” has been getting some good buzz from my other friends too. It just “opened” on the Roxie’s streams, I’d guess you’ll have access to it very soon. I must admit I was dubious about the concept, but the trailer looks awesome.

    The Leiris excerpts from a couple days ago look really nice. I wish interlibrary loan comes back soon, argh. But I did get a call from one of my local bookstores that my copy of Wrong is ready for pickup, yay.

    Bill

  7. The Nayland Blake Satanic Ritual Abuse is pretty great and I love that it was topical for its time. How ya doing Dennis?

  8. I love those Allen Jones sculptures. Did you know they were the inspiration for the Milk Bar furniture in A Clockwork Orange? Kubrick only offered him the “exposure” rather than any actual money. Jones quite rightly refused, so the stuff in the film is just ersatz copies of the real thing.

  9. Hi!!

    What an excellent post! Catherine Opie’s photographs are so, so good. I didn’t know her, it’s nice how her work runs into Mapplethorpe’s.

    I feel like it’s hard (and unnecessary, too, I guess) to compare our situations and motivations. Decades later and from afar, it sounds like moving was the best possible choice you could make at the time. Still, it must’ve been fucking painful on a lot of levels.
    Anita’s (no misgendering was done) busy looking for new jobs in Amsterdam so I remain hopeful! She spent part of this weekend sending her CV to various companies she’s interested in. I was busy spending mine reading Scott Heim’s Mysterious Skin. How was yours?
    Oh man, everything would be so different if Walt Disney had been a guro artist, haha! Love as weird as the cartoon character, CatDog!

  10. Brilliant selection today. I love the Nayland Blake pieces, especially the last one. Cool to see the Siratori collages as well. I’ve seen the John Waters stroller piece in person and also the gimp masks by Nancy Grossman – actually … I saw the masks at the Palais de Tokyo back in … 2007? I think they were part of the Third Mind show that also celebrated Burroughs et al, if I’m remembering properly … wow – blast from the past.

    I’ve dropped you a couple of emails, Dennis. Blog post stuff and good news about my book that is actually coming much sooner than I thought … I’m asking a big favour in the email so have a look and I guess I’ll talk to you soon …

    Thomas xoxo

  11. hey Dennis, stopping in again to let you know that I emailed you a guest post if you’d like to use it. And to drop a link to this blog post (might be getting back into blogging, but not really sure) http://theuvulartrill.blogspot.com/2020/06/a-short-piece-topiccal.html
    thanks for being you

  12. hey Dennis, droppin in to let ytou know that I emailed a guest post to use if you like and to drop a link to this blog post i did (might be getting back to blogging, not sure tho) http://theuvulartrill.blogspot.com/2020/06/a-short-piece-topiccal.html
    thanks for being you

  13. Today was far more pleasant than New York has felt for a while. The weather was mild, and I went for a long walk. The protests seem to be moving in a more positive direction.

    I took your recommendation and watched FILMWORKER. That played like a story about a woman getting abused by a man who treats her as his muse. The dedication that Vitali had to Kubrick even after his death was stunning (especially the story about him vomiting after 36-hour marathons of checking EYES WIDE SHUT prints!) It seems obvious now that much of the perfectionism Kubrick gets credited with really belonged to Vitali.

    Nolan Lem should start a YouTube channel for Velcro BDSMR.

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