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Tell Me I’m Your National Anthem: Pacifico Silano’s “John John”
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Tell Me I’m Your National Anthem: Pacifico Silano’s “John John”

After the dreamy crack of fireworks and a soar of cinematic strings, Lana Del Rey begins her lush love song “National Anthem” with the frank line: “Money is the anthem of success.” Celebrating the all-too-rich, beautiful and doomed, the corresponding 8-minute long video features Lana immersed in a Kennedy-esque Camelot fairytale with A$AP Rocky playing the JFK to Lana’s Jackie. Continue reading

This Exhibition Avoids Turning Identity Into Easily Digestible Clickbait: “Trigger: Gender As A Tool And A Weapon”
Art

This Exhibition Avoids Turning Identity Into Easily Digestible Clickbait: “Trigger: Gender As A Tool And A Weapon”

“…all press is good press to the contemporary enemy and they absorb all weapons launched at them ‘no weapons formed against them shall prosper’ reformed as ‘all weapons against them shall prosper’ they will absorb them into their promotional machine its best to keep it private account,” reads House of Ladosha’s vinyl Untitled (a carry) in … Continue reading

Digging Through The Trash Aesthetic
Trash

Digging Through The Trash Aesthetic

“We are surrounded by everything you ever want,” purrs artist Andrew Logan, inviting viewers of homotopia.tv into the Glasshouse, his studio in London.[i] The Glasshouse resembles a Technicolor tumble through the looking glass if Alice sniffed poppers. His Pee-Wee’s Playhouse-esque studio is filled with giant eggs, regal tributes to Pegasus, and sculptures dedicated to outrageous … Continue reading

You Really Got A Hold On Me: Louis Fratino
Art

You Really Got A Hold On Me: Louis Fratino

The flesh of men is confused in the fascination of color and surface in Louis Fratino’s paintings, which were recently on display in an exhibition So, I’ve Got You at Thierry Goldberg Gallery. Convex limbs fill space and plastique air—full, flush, and broad. All these parts abound with certain illustrative and anthropomorphic qualities in the works … Continue reading

Pay It No Mind: David France’s “The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson” Ironically Proves Its Own Point
Film

Pay It No Mind: David France’s “The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson” Ironically Proves Its Own Point

The most telling moment of the recently released Netflix documentary The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson, directed by How To Survive A Plague’s David France, doesn’t actually feature Marsha P. Johnson herself. Midway through the documentary film, which focuses on the suspicious death of the activist, Stonewall veteran and “Rosa Parks of the … Continue reading

Daddy Camp: Merging Beauty and Camp In Mike Kuchar’s “Drawings By Mike!”
Art / Camp

Daddy Camp: Merging Beauty and Camp In Mike Kuchar’s “Drawings By Mike!”

Walking through Anton Kern Gallery’s exclamatory (and inflammatory) current exhibition Drawings By Mike!, I had to stop myself from sighing like Tim Curry’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter, “Oh ROCKY!” That urged bubbled up from deep within while viewing drawing after drawing of impossibly tanned, blonde and muscular figures scattered on the walls of the gallery’s chic 55th Street space, which gave its top floor over to deliciously lurid trash. Continue reading