In 1995 I was an art student at SVA, having fled the imploding Northwest Riot Grrrl scene for New York City. Alex Bag’s character in her videotape Untitled Fall ‘95 (1995)—an SVA student who quotes Bikini Kill, suffers through a class taught by Josh Decter, and has shitty jobs—so closely mirrored my circumstances, I felt queasy as I tittered in the gallery. Bag’s work offered liberation through embarrassment—as humbled and indicted as I felt by the portrayal of her student’s juvenile angst, I was elated and vindicated by her punk-style critique of art school and the entry-level art world. Most importantly, I realized that the personal and intellectual isolation I felt that time was the obvious subject for my own art.
In this video, Taylor Mead—legendary Lower East Side actor, poet, painter, and patron of outdoor cats—talks about Jackie, Candy, and Holly in front of his painting Paradise (1987), which is included in his show at Churner & Churner. My fawning review is up at Artforum.com.
SEAGULL staffers model a beautiful hat in front of our Nolan Hendrickson original. Nolan’s painting show NEW NEW FACE opens on Friday, January 20th in NYC at Ramiken Crucible. Above: Carly, Craig, and Shaun.