Deep in It
Excrement is big this September -- Andres Serrano’s luscious photographs of feces can be seen at Yvon Lambert Gallery on West 21st Street, and a group show called "Shit" is the first exhibition at Feature’s new space on the Bowery. And the artist Sue Williams, now showing at David Zwirner Gallery, has long been involved with poo, as well as blood, semen and vomit. Bodily fluids and solids of all sorts (and the actions involved in producing them) were among her main subjects when she first gained notoriety for her scathing representations of sexual warfare in the early 1990s. She subsequently transformed her gritty depictions of angry encounters into airy abstractions that resemble finicky late works by Willem de Kooning. Allusions to bodies remain, but her colors glow with painstaking finesse.Scatological imagery comes and goes (if you're excuse the phrase) in art, seemingly more often hand-in-glove with bursts of socially tinged autobiography than social commentary, per se (although anyone with data on trends, please do share). But there is definitely something clogging the system. Artnet.com news points us also to this hilarious site, based on the idea that if Henry Paulson can commandeer $700 billon to buy back the bad investments of Wall Street's Masters of the Universe, surely he can let a few tax payers nuzzle their way up to the trough. From Buy My Shit Pile, Henry:
Williams has now returned to more overt grotesquerie, meticulously rendered in a style reminiscent of Dr. Seuss illustrations. Her new paintings, resemble cartoon maps of the world -- polished doodles that metamorphose, upon close inspection, into anuses, teeth, intestines, testicles, eyeballs, fetuses and distorted little facial features.
Being able to estimate the value of your belongings cuts both ways (in terms of commentary). Consider this so-called G.W.Bush Biography valued at $0.13. Or this recession-inspired money-saving tip for those who thought the living room might look good in green: paper currency is cheaper than wall paper. Some of the entries are a little more high-brow, like this sales pitch for a copy of a Wiemar Republic Studies Textbook:
With our economy in crisis, the US Government is scrambling to rescue our banks by purchasing their "distressed assets", i.e., assets that no one else wants to buy from them. We figured that instead of protesting this plan, we'd give regular Americans the same opportunity to sell their bad assets to the government. We need your help and you need the Government's help!
Use the form below to submit bad assets you'd like the government to take off your hands. And remember, when estimating the value of your 1997 limited edition Hanson single CD "MMMbop", it's not what you can sell these items for that matters, it's what you think they are worth. The fact that you think they are worth more than anyone will buy them for is what makes them bad assets.
Amaze your friends by accurately predicting America's future through analyzing the amazing similarities between this period in German history and present day America.And perhaps my favorite...a hybrid SUV:
Latest "Green" Technology from US Automakers produces it's own shit pile as an added benefit!Might as well try to laugh...it's as appropriate a response as any other at this point. Have a great weekend all!