Most of my stuff like this is in the Riot Grrrl Collection at the Fales Library. Janelle Hessig made the flyer.
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.
Beaver: From the Liz Taylor Series (publicity shot), 2011
Acrylic, strip poker cards, fake fur, composition leaf on canvas
78 x 58 inches (198.1 x 147.3 cm)
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.