March 13th, 2012 / 3:51 pm
Massive People

“To do this Biennial justice would require an encyclopedic, Baudelaire-style ‘Salon’ review”

Last week’s New Yorker (3/12) covers the Whitney Biennial. One passage that caught my eye:

“See, for instance, Gisèle Vienne’s mechanized boy mannequin wielding a hand puppet, with a chilling soundtrack by the Los Angeles poet and novelist Dennis Cooper. ‘I’m not dead,’ the boy muses, ‘unless this is death.’ The sinister-voiced, twitching puppet comments on things that the boy imagines, in what sounds like a game of exquisite cadaver: ‘decapitated head upon severed arms upon mutilated trunk-like logs and branches in a fireplace.’

‘Because I said so is the fairly witless way most images get you to look at them,’ the poet and performer Ariana Reines writes in an essay that complements, rather than addresses, the grotesque montage photographs and assemblages, satirizing high fashion, by the artist who styles herself K8 Hardy.”

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  1. Anonymous

      I want to see that first thing.

      That second paragraph/sentence is incredibly awful writing.

      That’s all.

  2. Brooks Sterritt

      Even “awful” is a stretch, I have to say. The paragraph takes parsing, and I did pause for a sec at the “grotestque montage photographs and assemblages” bit, but HEy long sentence bad long sentence bad long sentence = bad.