I wrote a review of MOCA’s 2014 performance series Step and Repeat for the web edition of X-tra. The review talks about the current fascination with comedy in the art world, and how stand-up comedy plays out in the museum and fine art context. Discussed in the essay are performances by Neil Hamburger, Kate Berlant and Dynasty Handbag. You can read it here. (photo by Josh White, courtesy of MOCA Los Angeles)
Attending the Member’s Day Celebration of MOCA’s Mike Kelley retrospective with a brutal hangover was my way of opting into total immersion in the Irish Catholic shame Kelley is so famed for deconstructing. Or so my own robust Irish Catholic rationalization process would have me believe.
Mike Kelley with a hangover is like Lawrence Weiner stoned. Not only does it still make sense, it kind of makes more sense. Woozy videos of unwell vampires slumping around CalArts whining about how they’ve been on medical leave, or the slumped and dazed proles of Kandor milling around their pathetic cramped quarters within a swirling bell jar biosphere are all the more existentially poignant when one is prone to actual nausea.
As much as the sadistic barbers, spaced-out toddlers, and wine-soaked harem members…
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My article, “ART … It’s Wacky! Conceptual Comics and Comic Conceptualism in the work of Mark Newgarden and Richard Prince” is up at The Comics Journal. I discuss the gag cartoons of Mark Newgarden as they relate to the history of illustration and the fine art avant garde, including Newgarden’s fine art contemporary Richard Prince, who appropriated gag cartoons in his paintings.