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Galerie Dennis Cooper presents … Guest-curator Jessica Montpas presents … Longer Lasting, a taxidermy show

 

 

 


Gunther von Hagen, The Badgermin (2012)

 

 


Mark Dion, Concrete Jungle (Mammalia) (1993)

 


Polly Morgan

 


Polly Morgan

 



Polly Morgan

 


Polly Morgan

 


Polly Morgan

 

 

 


Nicholas Galanin, Inert (2009)

 

 


James Prosek, Flying Fox with Lady’s Slippers

 


Timberline Taxidermy

 

 


Yang Maoyuan

 

 

 


IDIOTS, Untitled (2010)

 


IDIOTS, Untitled (2008)

 


Ferenc Mere

 


Ferenc Mere

 


Ferenc Mere

 


Ferenc Mere

 


Ferenc Mere

 


Ferry van Tongeren & Jaap Sinke, Untitled (2015)

 


Takeshi Yamada, Sea Rabbit (2006)

 


Claire Third, Roadkill Cat Handbag (2016)

 

 

 

 

 


Szollosi Geza, Inflatable (2008)

 


Szollosi Geza, Inflatable (2008)

 


Szollosi Geza, Inflatable (2008)

 


Homemade pencil case

 


Scott Bibus

 


Scott Bibus

 


Scott Bibus

 


Scott Bibus

 


Scott Bibus

 


Scott Bibus

 


Scott Bibus

 


Scott Bibus

 


Teeters’ Studio

 


Kyle Montgomery

 

 

 

 


Marsha Field

 


Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters

 


Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters

 




Brew Dog, The ‘End of History’ Collection (2010)

 


Peter Gronquist, One in a Million (2013)

 

 


Pascal Bernier, Farm Set Lambs (1997)

 


Pascal Bernier, Farm Set Piglets (1999)


Pascal Bernier, Farm Set Calves (1997)

 

 



Lisa Black

 


Lisa Black

 


Pim Palsgraaf


Pim Palsgraaf


Pim Palsgraaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Kohei Nawa, PixCell-Red Deer (2012)

 




Kohei Nawa, PixCell-Tiger (2012)

 

 

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p.s. Hey. As occasionally happens almost by a kind of magic, one of the dedicated, silent readers of the blog, in this case the visual artist and curator Jessica Montpas, asks if he or she or they can make a guest-post, in this case a wonderful show of taxidermy for my galerie, and, as always, I agree in a flash. So please wander about the galerie today, and especially please do send some kind of acknowledgment in your comments to Jessica to help reward her for her work and generosity. Thanks, all, and especially you, Jessica! In the obvious news, my meeting today is in the late morning so I am here doing this after all. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. Ah, scheduling, yes, of course. We have to do some re-recording of some of our film’s dialogue due to real world sound issues, so we’re dealing with that issue ourselves re: certain of our actors right now. I hope that allowed spate of reshooting time works, and it sounds like it should. I have a gig post coming up next week, and hopefully it’ll have things that interest you. Very sweet about your exchange with the younger Kiarostami. ** David Ehrenstein, Very cool that you talked to Ingrid Caven. And do I remember Arthur J’s? Well, yes, and quite vividly. ** Thomas Moronic, Hi, T! Thank you a lot, man. It’s a big meeting, and I think it’ll go okay, but the immediate future will tell, and thanks. Next week! Sweetness! I’ll put my mind and eyes to art stuff to see. Don’t get too excited about the dioramas show. I found it pretty disappointing and dull, but it’s always cool to be at the PdT. So, will do, and I’ll see you very soon! ** Tosh Berman, I feel like you would like ‘Ingrid Caven’ and find Schuhl pretty interesting in general. ** _Black_Acrylic, Greetings to Leeds! Well, to you amidst the place. Sounds like thing are going very sweetly there. Cool. ** Sypha, Hi. I like the term ‘dead boring’. Simple but does the trick. I try not to use the unfollow option too liberally in hopes the ‘friends’ there stop being monotonous, but, boy, it’s hard not to be trigger happy. ** Jamie, Hey hey. Cool, yes, awesome! And re: the PA tickets. So you’re a ‘dare not’ type regarding all roller coasters? No problem, if so. I promise not to cajole. I’ll try to telegraph blossoming vibes into Jonathan’s head wherever it is and whatever it looks like. My day was pretty okay. Got to see Zac finally, and that was, of course, fantastic. Had a pre-big meeting prep meeting yesterday afternoon to try to get ourselves in the right mental and behavioral zone. Sorry for the mysteriousness about all of that. Not for long. Otherwise, this and that. Your day, eh? Metro line 12 to Maire d’Issy love, Dennis. ** Misanthrope, I don’t believe I’ve said those exact words. Trying to protect your reputation seems like a road to ruin. Hence elected Republicans. Worldwide giant fame has to be the most overrated goal in the world. Power hunger is gross. ‘Slightly better’ is a good start. It does seem like the meds might be a problem for the blood test, but, god, really, what do I know? Nothing. I wish my site had a Siri kind of thing so I could ask it why it’s fucking with you. ** Jeff J, Thanks a bunch, JJ. I’ve only read this and that by Schuhl, but I’m excited because Semiotext(e) is going to translate and publish his apparently greatest book ‘Rose poussiere’, which I’ve been dying to be able to read forever. Melancholy news about the Village Voice for sure. It was a super important venue for a long time. And it has gotten much, much better in the last year or so after a long zombie spell, so I’m hoping that won’t change but merely move online, which is where, of course, I already read it. I read your new column. It’s wonderful and a great help, as ever. Related: your old post goes upon here tomorrow. Everyone, Jeff Jackson does a great column for Fanzine, and the new one is now up. Here Jeff is to tell you how to get to it. Jeff: ‘Forgot to mention that my new Ideal Home Noise column is up at the Fanzine. It covers the massive box set of Alan Clarke’s films for the BBC; Julio Cortazar’s Literature Class from New Directions; and the lost pop art graphic novel Soft City. It’s here.’ Go there without further ado, please. ** Right. Now enjoy the fabulous show up above today, folks. See you tomorrow.

13 Comments

  1. Hey man,

    How are you? What are you up to? How’s the movie going? What are your plans for today?

    Not everything is shit in this world right now due to a few reasons:

    1. My country’s biggest chain of multiplexes is currently having a GOD (Stanley Kubrick’s) retrospective; it’s only a six out of 13 feature length films he made one, but still… It’s one each week and it’s from The Greatest Film Ever (‘2001: A Space Odyssey’) onwards, but not in order; so so far they’ve shown two; ‘Barry Lyndon’ and ‘Full Metal Jacket’. I can’t describe how it feels to experience any of this MASTERPIECES on the big screen. I’m sure when it’s time for ‘2001’ I’ll fucking pass out or some shit like that…

    2. I just got a 31″ tall Batman action figure from ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’; whose ‘Ultimate Edition’ is in my opinion the greatest superhero movie of all time; and also, of course, my favorite movie of such sub-genre. Anyway, the action figure is sooo motherfucking cool…

    3. Aside from the retrospective, lately I’ve had the fortune to see good, very good and excellent movies. I saw ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’. I really liked it. Tom Holland has to be the most charming, endearing, likeable, adorable actor in the fucking world… And he’s sooooo fucking cute… I just feel like fucking hugging him, lol… I rewatched Branagh’s ‘Hamlet’; one of my favorite movies from the 90s. Just fucking incredible as always. I *FINALLY* saw ‘Song To Song’!!! LOVED IT SO MUCH!!! It doesn’t reach the hyperbolic heights of ‘KOC’, but it’s *OBVIOUSLY* fucking great and gorgeous and I fucking ADORE it nonetheless. I saw ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’. So good. I just love fun and good and huge action movies. I also saw Alex Ross Perry’s ‘Queen Of Earth’. Wow. He says his biggest influence for this movie was Woody, specially the Magnificent ‘Interiors’, and fuck, does it show… Excellent movie. Saw Antonioni’s debut, ‘Story Of A Love Affair’, which I’d never seen (???!!!)… I also saw ‘Starship Troopers: Invasion’. I really liked it. So much fun. I can’t say I care about the original directed by Paul Verhoeven at all. Do you like it? Speaking of Paul Verhoeven; did you see ‘Elle’? If so, what did you think? Then I also saw this ‘Théo Et Hugo Dans Le Même Bateau’ crap. Argh… What a stinker…

    By the way, I have three great disaster movies to recommend to you in case you haven’t seen them. I love that we both share a passion for disaster movies. Anyway, they are Petersen’s ‘Poseidon’ (based on the same novel as the other Poseidon movies); which is just amazing and entertaining and fun and suspenseful as fuck, Paul W. S. Anderson’s ‘Pompeii’; really great disaster movie; and finally, Gareth Edwards’ ‘End Day’; a low-budget movie made specifically for TV (the BBC) that’s not even fifty minutes in length and it’s so good and such fun. If you haven’t seen any of these movies I highly recommend them.

    Hey, you think I could send you an email to ask your opinion on some things? I know you’re always very busy and that you can’t answer, but it’d REALLY REALLY REALLY take a very, very small fraction of your time.

    Thank you anyways,

    Good day; good luck;

    Your friend,

    Armando.

  2. Hey Jessica Montpas, thanks for this wonderful show! So much good stuff, so much creepy stuff. The Polly Morgan pieces are all great, esp the ‘bird thru window’. The Szollosi Geza Inflatables are insane, they make me almost giggle then feel confused and queasy. Also Pascal Bernier, Pim Palsgraaf, Kohei Nawa, all so so good. Quite an amazing post!

    Yola Dennis! How did the bit meet go? No need to apologise for the mystery – I like it. Can you reveal stuff today?
    For PA, I demand to be cajoled. I want to go on roller coasters etc and may need some gentle persuasion. I think Kate’s booking our tickets as I type. Exciting!
    I think I had one hour of sleep last night so I’m feeling nuts. But, I’m off to Edinburgh this afternoon to see your pal Eileen Myles at the Book Fest. Also exciting, as long as I can stay awake.
    Glad you finally got to see Zac and it was all good. Did you get some movie stuff done? How’s Thursday looking?
    Oh, if possible can I pick your brains about possible nice places to take Hannah to buy her a special birthday gift in Paris? Can you think of any? It’s her 30th the day after we see you and I want to be treaty.
    Hope everything in your world is dandy, except the things that you don’t want to be.
    Pollokshields East to Mount Florida love,
    Jamie

  3. The cinematographer wants to shoot the entire film again because she thinks it will be very difficult to integrate the old and new footage. If we had more time, I would agree to do this, but we only have 3 and 1/2 hours, and in fact the reason we have such little time is because she has a class the afternoon of the shoot! She also insisted that I hire a P.A. to lighten her load, which is perfectly reasonable, and I’ve placed an ad on the film industry job site Mandy.com. I put the ad up around 1 AM last night, and it’s probably still too early to log in and check for responses, but I will do so in an hour or so.

  4. Actually, if I post something music-related on Facebook in the next day or two, it might be about Godflesh. I wound up having a two hour conversation with a complete stranger I met at a movie last night, which started out about Earache Records and then turned in a complex and nuanced discussion about the politics around Israel. That was very weird, but also quite refreshing. It inspired me to download STREETCLEANER from YouTube; I own it on CD, but I wanted to import it into iTunes and put it on my iPod. I remember that this album was very well-received when it came out, but no one seems to recall the band now. (A book about the history of grind core says that when Columbia distributed Earache, they were convinced the band could be as huge as Nine Inch Nails and spent $80,000 producing a Godflesh video MTV found offensive and refused to show.) To me, it’s one of the best mixes of industrial and metal that I’ve ever heard, and I’m not really sure what I would compare it to. Big Black seem like a very obvious influence – I think they influenced the whole wave of industrial bands that consisted of loud guitars over drum machines (a la Ministry’s THE LAND OF RAPE AND HONEY), rather than TG/Whitehouse/Neubauten-style noise – but they had no heavy metal elements whatsoever. The guitar playing is very unusual – it’s full of leads that sound like miniature guitar solos but literally last 5 seconds. When I was in college in Boston, I went to an all-day Earache Records showcase, but Godflesh weren’t able to play because their drum machine had technical difficulties. I later wound up doing a phone interview with guitarist Justin Broadrick for the fanzine I was publishing at the time.

    • I have good memories of Godflesh! Let me pull the vinyl…

      Bill

      • I know I’m name-dropping again, but I was supposed to interview Godflesh the day of the Earache Records showcase. I wound up hanging out on the Earache tour bus and playing video games with members of other bands that were performing that day (Entombed? Carcass?) while waiting for the label’s publicist to tell me Justin Broadrick was ready for an interview. He was not able to talk to me that day because the band’s drum machine spontaneously erased its memory and obviously their priority was fixing it, not talking to fanzine writers, so the interview had to take place over the phone a week later.

  5. David Ehrenstein

    August 23, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Very Norma Bates today

    Sorry you’re having so much trouble, Steve

    The KLF is Back!

    • Thanks, David. I just E-mailed the cinematographer basically saying “I would be fine with re-shooting the entire film, but right now we just don’t have the time for it. Is it possible for you to cut class the day of the shoot?”

  6. Wow, so much beautiful work today. That bondage mouse is hilarious. Thanks Jessica.

    This is a really lovely collection, in case you haven’t seen it:
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17621037-taxidermy

    Bill

  7. Hey Dennis.

    Wow @ today’s post. I dig it.

    Nice work, Jessica Montpas.

    PS, wanted to let everyone know that James Nulick has a new excerpt from his work-in-progress up at my favorite lit site fluland. Check it out :

    http://www.fluland.com/2017/08/19/ra-0h-42m-44s-dec-41-16′-9″-james-nulick/

  8. I was also inspired to dig out Big Black’s THE RICH MAN’S EIGHT TRACK, and wow this music still packs an amazing punch. It also contains elements of funk and dance music entirely missing from Steve Albini’s later, much weaker bands, and that I think came from bassist Dave Riley (who had played with George Clinton) and Albini’s use of a drum machine rather than Albini’s songwriting or guitar playing (a lot of his interview statements actually make him sound very close-minded about every kind of music other than indie rock), and which made Big Black into something more than just another noisy rock band.

  9. Jessica Montpas, What the hell is wrong with you? Whatever it is, I want you to give me some of it. This is an excellent post. I love every bit of it, even the bits had to scroll by really fast because I can’t look at certain animals even when they’re not all taxidermied up. Kudos. And thanks.

    Dennis, Yeah, see, I come on here, I see “9 comments.” I click on it to comment and suddenly it’s “0 comments” and there’s nary a comment to be found. It could be that inviting-bad-karma-hourly thing I mentioned the other day. But no worries. The only thing is that if someone should respond to a comment of mine in the comments section or ask a question of me, I just won’t see it. Otherwise, everything’s fine…I guess. Or in other words, I don’t think it’s in anything that you control.

    Well, any type of med will fuck with the kidneys or liver. I’ve decided now that I definitely have a summer cold with a touch of the usual bronchitis that always accompanies it. Almost over it. Had a bit of a stuffy/sneezy spell tonight and am back to being better than slightly better. The zinc treatment totally works. Try it next time. Just get on it really quickly and do it by the book. And weirdly, I think this might be the second or third time in the 10 years we’ve known each other that one of us was sick(ly) and the other wasn’t.

    One thing that sometimes bothers me is people who become famous and then decry it. I’m kind like, “Um, why did you send that manuscript to that agent/editor/publisher?” or “Um, why did you make a zillion copies of the demo and send it to a zillion record execs?” I mean, there’s always a chance it’s gonna hit and you’ll be thrust into the spotlight or wherever.

    But yes, that hunger for fame…though Milton said the we write for fame and immortality. I guess he did, at least.

    Who needs Siri when you got fucked up taxidermied animals? I’ll take the latter any day over the former.

  10. Homemade pencil case is by The World Around Ewe!

    Thanks for featuring it!

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