“I have a provocative voice, but I’m not being personally antagonistic,” says artist K8 Hardy. “It’s just my style!” Something of a pop culture chameleon, Texas-born, New York-based Hardy has used photography, sculpture, performance and video to investigate and subvert our ideas behind gender, sexuality, class, fashion, politics and art. A founding member of the queer feminist artist collective LTTR, Hardy is also the artist behind the groundbreaking zine FashionFashion, and most recently, the acclaimed photographic series “Position Series”.
One of my favorite Facebook pages is the mouthpiece Downwit DeSlant. It is written so eloquently and personally that I originally thought there was an actual person in the world named Downwit
Still from Thinspiration by Seychelle Allah and Rhett LaRue This year’s program for the seventh traveling, bi-annual Aboveground Animation show includes a wide array of works by twenty-five international artists working in animation and related media. With an evening event of back to back screenings followed by a live performance by Mirror Mirror at Ramiken Crucible on Friday, and a subsequent online exhibition presented by DIS , Aboveground Animation permeates through the new, quirky and sometimes sinuous directions in hand-made animation and three-dimensional rendering. While a return to the human body and meditations on figurative forms—along with a tendency towards electronic music in favor of dialogue—is prevalent throughout many of the works on view, the lack of conceptual continuity for this grouping of videos is actually rather refreshing.
It is hard to believe that it was over ten years ago when New York City artist Scott Hug produced his first-ever issue of K48 , the genre-vanquishing printed art object, expanding the work of the era’s most vital artists into tactile, three dimensional digest.