LOL would kill to see the current Urs Fischer show – the Swiss artist’s first survey in the US – at LA MOCA . Thankfully MOCAtv has posted an exhibition walk through with the show’s curator, Jessica Morgan from Tate Modern (above). Not as good as being there of course, but a nice way to explore the show nonetheless.
Visual artist and Psychic TV front wo/man Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is about to have h/er first solo institutional exhibition at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. S/HE IS HER/E contains over 100 works made by the artist from the 1970s to the present. Created in collaboration with his late wife Lady Jaye, P Orridge’s ‘Pandrogyne Project’ is the focal point of the exhibition. In an ongoing proposition, the couple sought to combine their two identities (through surgeries, cross dressing and hormone therapy) into one pandrogynous being; ‘Breyer P-Orridge’. The video above, included in the exhibition, addresses this collapsing of gender. Following the death of Lady Jaye in 2007, Genesis continues the project by occupying Breyer P-Orridge completely.
S/HE IS HER/E opens on June 15th.
Controversial Austrian painter Otto Muehl has died in Portugal, aged 87. Muehl was co-founder of the Viennese Actionist movement, notorious for bloody and violent work – often incorporating viscera and the human body – that intended to shock audiences out of a state of complacency. The Actionists’s work was so extreme in fact, that during the 1960s Muehl and his counterparts (including Guenter Brus, Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler) all spent time in prison for violating decency laws. Muehl’s personal life was equally excessive. In the 1970s he established the Friedrichshof Commune just outside of Vienna, attracting 600 residents at its height. In 1991 Muehl was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for drug possession and sex with minors while living there. The commune disbanded soon after.
Above: ‘Mama und Papa’ (1964), by Otto Muehl and Kurt Kren.
Remember Hennessy Youngman (a.k.a Jayson Musson), creator of the episodic internet show Art Thoughtz? You know – the guy who called Damien Hirst a tw*t…? He’s been pretty quiet on the YouTube monologue front of late but has turned his hand to DJing, releasing playlists under the moniker CV Bangers. Youngman describes the mixes as “…audioscape(s) for when you’re buying tampons or a 12 pack of condoms, a sampling of those magic tunes that play when you’re contemplating how ridiculous you would look carrying 24 rolls of toilet paper on the train…”
So if you’re interested in listening to a playlist that sounds like “commerce itself” click on the Soundcloud link above. (And included in the latest installment is a LOL fave; the Toto classic you see below. So very smooth).
Earlier this year Ai Weiwei announced that he was making a heavy metal album in response to his 2011 detention. It’s now been released, along with a music video for the album’s first single, ‘Dumbass’. The clip directly addresses the artist’s incarceration, and even includes an ‘inch accurate’ portrayal of Ai’s former cell. The artist described the music making process as a form of ‘self therapy’, though judging from the outcome it might have been a process best conducted in private. The whole thing is, frankly, awful. (It’s pretty questionable on the ‘metal’ front too). Don’t quit your day job Ai!