A Black Swan Song For Ren Hang
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A Black Swan Song For Ren Hang

Ren Hang (任航), one of the most recognizable burgeoning contemporary photographers, passed away this week at just 29 years old. Known for his evocative photographs with simple compositions and singular odd elements — exotic animals, unabashed nudity, repetitious visual slips — Ren made desire and openness the forefront of his photographs. Though highly staged, performed … Continue reading

There’s No Place Like Home: Tom Atwood’s “Kings & Queens In Their Castles”
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There’s No Place Like Home: Tom Atwood’s “Kings & Queens In Their Castles”

Home can reveal so much about a person. Yes, this is an obvious cliché, but an individual’s architectural and interior design sensibilities–not to mention their cornucopia of tacky knick-knacks scattered around their existence–speaks volumes. This truism relates perhaps even more to queer individuals. Since, at the very least, the Decadents at the turn of the … Continue reading

Without Obsession, Life Is Nothing: Constant Craving In ‘My Dreamboat’
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Without Obsession, Life Is Nothing: Constant Craving In ‘My Dreamboat’

Isn’t there just something so alluring about obsession? Our preeminent filth elder John Waters has staked his entire career on it. A vocal supporter and enabler of fellow maniacs, Waters made the distinction between good and bad obsessions in an interview with Rookie Magazine. He explains: “Well, obsession can be good or bad. I mean … Continue reading

Nice Mover: Masculin/Féminin in Jürgen Klauke’s ‘Transformer’ and John Arsenault’s ‘Barmaid’
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Nice Mover: Masculin/Féminin in Jürgen Klauke’s ‘Transformer’ and John Arsenault’s ‘Barmaid’

“I’m your transformer Call me Marlene Call me Gino That’s me, you know.” –Gina X Performance “Nice Mover” With her leather-bound looks and Quentin Crisp hero worship, Gina X Performance’s Gina Kikione knows a thing or two about androgyny and gender queering. Kikione opens her narcotic club anthem adopting the identities of both the preeminent old … Continue reading

From New York To Paris: Peter Hujar And Christer Strömholm Look At Their Lost Downtowns
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From New York To Paris: Peter Hujar And Christer Strömholm Look At Their Lost Downtowns

“To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt,” says Susan Sontag in On Photography, who was one of many Downtown fixtures captured by photographer Peter Hujar. Present in Lost Downtown, an exhibition commemorating the devastatingly impressive … Continue reading

Not So Fast, Tom Ryan: Elizabeth Taylor’s Presence and Absence In Catherine Opie’s ‘700 Nimes Road’
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Not So Fast, Tom Ryan: Elizabeth Taylor’s Presence and Absence In Catherine Opie’s ‘700 Nimes Road’

In Jay Prosser’s photographic study Light in the Dark Room: Photography and Loss, Prosser analyzes the power of photography to record absence, as well as–seemingly contradictorily–presence. As he explains, “photography is the medium in which we unconsciously encounter the dead…Photographs are not signs of presence but evidence of absence. Or rather the presence of a photograph … Continue reading