Paul McCarthy has revisited Walt Disney’s Snow White in WS, his new 8,800-square foot installation at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Interspersed within a colossal artificial forest are a series of films featuring a cast of miscreants including Humpey the Dwarf, fornicator of chickens and McCarthy himself as Walt, all behaving in a manner not suitable for kiddies. The whole thing was rolled in from LA on 85 trailers – you can check out the epic time lapse install above.
For more on Paul McCarthy and WS, LOL recommends this brill article by Randy Kennedy in the New York Times.
MOCAtv has produced a 3 part series on ‘The Art of Punk’. The first episode (above) explores of the art of Black Flag, focusing on their iconic four bar logo and associated gig memorabilia designed by artist Raymond Pettibon (who also happens to be Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn’s brother). Installments on the Dead Kennedys and Crass to follow later this month.
Photograph by Fiona Clark, causing a stir almost 40 years on
Some Tauranga locals are up in arms over two images taken by NZ documentary photographer Fiona Clark in the early 1970s. Included in the current group exhibition Now and Then at Tauranga Art Gallery, the photographs were shot at a 1974 University of Auckland gay liberation dance and feature hand written ‘captions’ containing sexual references generated by the sitters. ”This is not a good look for Tauranga” says resident Jocelyn Winwood, who is “disgusted that such exhibits can be viewed by the public” and has asked Bay of Plenty councillors to remove the works from exhibition.
The same images caused a stir when they were first exhibited in the seminal ‘Active Eye’ exhibition (New Zealand’s first survey of local contemporary photography) in 1975. Public outcry against Clark’s work was so strong that the show never opened at Auckland Art Gallery and the photographs were eventually removed from the touring component of the exhibition.
Nearly 40 years on there’s significant institutional support for Hall (she was the subject of a major exhibition, Go Girl, at Govett Brewster Art Gallery in 2002) and despite these renewed complaints, Tauranga Art Gallery is standing by the works. “We would not consider withdrawing any works as they are very much part of the exhibition” said Director Penelope Jackson. “Art often challenges us, both in good and bad ways. Given recent events with gay rights in New Zealand, the [Auckland University gay liberation] dance was part of our country’s history.”
It’s a shame that the same level of gallery support for ‘controversial’ work is lacking here in Melbourne, as the current Paul Yore furore attests. Rather than stand behind the work of the artist, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts has simply closed its doors.
New Chills live album ‘Something Beautiful’ featuring artwork by Shane Cotton
The Chills have just released one of New Zealand’s most expensive albums. Something Beautiful, a limited edition collection of live recordings, will set you back NZ$6,500. The hefty price tag is due in part to the inclusion of a mixed media screen print in each of the 150 copies by painter Shane Cotton, with each print featuring a different lyric from the album. “I think Shane Cotton’s prints are beautiful and powerful” says Chills frontman Martin Phillips. “They contain many elements of the physical impact of this land’s presence on our national and personal psyche which is something I relate to, having explored some similar themes through my music”.
Something Beautiful is the first in a series of music/art collaborations spearheaded by Far South Editions.