Cock Fight


In 1998 Mexican artist Joshua Okon made a video called Cock Fight, featuring two young women uttering some particularly creative profanities.  Their slurs and behaviour emulate some of the insults and dirty jokes on occasion directed at women.  But Cock Fight turns this problematic conduct on its head, with the female protagonists reclaiming bad language and aggressive posturing and transforming it into an oddly entertaining song and dance routine.

Cock Fight

Polymorpous


Above is an excellent short documentary on expat Australian photographer Polly Borland.  Directed by Alex Chomicz, Polymorpous features interviews with some of Borland’s closest friends, including Nick Cave, Cate Blanchett, her husband John Hillcoat and LOL’s absolute fave writer, Will Self.  The short also covers the development of a number of Borland’s key series, including Smudge, Bunny and her unsettling early documentary series The Babies about…adult babies.  Oddly enough, it was after she completed this series that she was invited to photograph The Queen…

In Melbourne, Borland shows with Murray White Room, who exhibited her 2012 series Pupa last year.  Images from this series have recently been reproduced in a Perimeter Editions publication, ‘You’, that you can buy online here.  In it is a short essay by another pal of Borland’s, Tony Clark, whose work incidentally crops up regularly in the background of Polymorphous.

Polymorpous

Raymond Pettibon, film-maker


LOL’s just discovered a suite of early films by Raymond Pettibon, all shot by the artist in 1989 using home video equipment. The tapes address various elements of West Coast American subcultures from Charlie Manson and The Family (in Judgement Day Theatre: The Book of Manson) to the kidnapping of Patti Hearst by militant group The Symbionese Liberation Army (in Citizen Tania). The last of these videos, Sir Drone (above), focuses on the emergence of the American punk movement, to which Pettibon was intrinsically linked though his work with Black Flag and SST Records.  In it, Mike Watt of the Minute Men and the late Mike Kelly (formerly of Destroy All Monsters) play teen punks trying to start a band.  Pettibon himself also makes an appearance, as a character called Vomit.  Shot over two days, Sir Drone contains a rambling script read awkwardly from cue cards.  Despite their crudeness, Kelly later claimed that “Raymond’s tapes are strangely moving: he is a brilliant script writer”.  LOL leaves you to be the judge of that…

Raymond Pettibon, film-maker

The Self Obliteration of George Clooney

A Kusama-ified Clooney
A Kusama-ified Clooney

Couldn’t help but break my current radio silence with this little doozy. What you’re looking at above is a Kusama-ified George Clooney, who’s been ‘self obliterated’ by the Japanese artist for the December/January Art Issue of W Magazine. While Kusama reputedly had no idea who the star was, she covered him with dots anyway. “My idea is to send the message of ‘love forever’ to all the people in the world through the polka dots, which are all about the universe and human beings and living things” she says. “ Your sex, being famous, being a star has nothing to do with it.”

The Self Obliteration of George Clooney