Filthy Dreams is a blog that analyzes art and culture through a queer lens and a touch of camp. Originally conceived of as a boozy confetti-filled New York nightclub with the same acts appearing again and again to rousing applause, the founders lowered their goals and expectations to providing commentary and analysis using the same decadent, trashy and thoroughly queer filter. In short, we wake up every morning asking ourselves “What Would John Waters Do?” (WWJWD).
Filthy Dreams is a project supported by the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.
Who We Are:
Emily Colucci is Filthy Dreams’ co-founder, freelance art writer and curator. Writing for print magazines, online venues and exhibition catalogues, Emily has contributed to Art F City, VICE Magazine, POZ Magazine, ArtVoices Magazine, Salon, LA Review of Books, Art Papers Magazine, Art F City, Ms Magazine Blog, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Malibu Magazine, Frontrunner Magazine, CRUSH Fanzine, New York Magazine’s Bedford and Bowery, WhiteWall Magazine, among others.
She co-curated Visual AIDS’s annual exhibition Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980 at LaMaMa Galleria, as well as its satellite installation Courtship Disorder by John Walter in London’s White Cubicle Toilet Gallery at the late George & Dragon Pub. Party Out Of Bounds was featured in I-D Magazine, OUT Magazine, Hyperallergic, The Art Newspaper, Unicorn Booty, New York Magazine’s Bedford + Bowery, Posture Mag, Paper Magazine and Sang Bleu.
Follow Emily on Twitter @emilycolucci
Matthew Marion Gray is the pen name of Matthew Annis. Marion is the name of his Great-Great-Great Grandfather, known as Big Daddy, who survived generation after generation in reverence as a Times-Picayune writer, critic, and role model. After his fortune was squandered by his descendants, all that remains now are yellowed pictures and gossip. Enter Marion.
Founding Filthy Dreams to be able to take a deeper look into literature, film, and culture using queer theory, Marion is interested in exploring more about genealogies of Aestheticism, Decadence, Surrealism, Kitsch, and Trash. Like Emily, Marion is interested in all things John Waters, David Lynch, Dennis Cooper, and Tennessee Williams. Marion and Emily are Dionysus and Apollo. Together, they call for nothing less than a Camp revaluation of all values.
Osman Can Yerebakan holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Istanbul Bilgi University, and an MA in Art Market; Principals and Practice from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. His main fields of interest are, but not limited to, the incorporation of the real into the acted in time based art; the viewer’s problematical position towards l’art corporel and everything ‘art of today’ gives us at white cubes. His previous experiences in the art world include Istanbul Modern, Art+Auction and The Museum of Modern Art. Besides art; he finds scones; sad Italian songs and flip flops fascinating.