Welcome to EMOJI HELL. Just in time for Halloween, Carla Gannis has imagined Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthy Delights” for the modern age. Her GIFs will be screening tomorrow night, on Halloween, at King’s Tavern in Brooklyn. Like smoking a whole carton of cigarettes at once, the exercise may be an emoji cleansing. Emoji costumes are encouraged!
Fans of burnt pizza doctor may have a special place in their hearts for Johnny Woods, the creator of today’s GIF: a small preview of the artist’s repertoire. Walker has actualized such scenarios as the NSFW flailing dance of sex; the psychedelic journeys of the Flying Toaster and the family vehicle; and music video for Outkast’s Big Boi.
If any of our readers are still in possession of a VHS player, then you can purchase some of Woods’s work on videotape from the experimental animation label Everything Unseen.
We’re glad to see that The Art Handlers Alliance of New York exists. The organization works to secure health benefits, fair wages, job protection for the thousands of handlers working in the city. Tuesday November 4th they will finalize their Bill of Rights at Momenta, which they are encouraging institutions to follow. Additionally, they’re talking about instituting all kinds of services; a legal workshop on the new sick day law, formalizing a job-referral network and hosting quarterly openings showcasing the work of members in the alliance.
Tonight I’ll be appearing on a panel titled “Comedy and Art“, alongside some of the funniest people the art world has to offer: Jibz Cameron (aka Dynasty Handbag), Guy Richards Smit (aka Grossmalerman), Christian Viveros-Fauné, and Ben Davis. I’ve accomplished nothing to earn this, it’s just that Paddy couldn’t make it. Woohoo!!
Anyway, I expect we’ll be interrogating comedy’s appropriate place in the liminal space between postmodernism and the hyper professionalized MFAed art world. How do we be funny? These people know more about that than I do, so I’m posting a Dynasty Handbag GIF and “Santa Baby” performance below. And make sure you watch Grossmalerman, who may or may not be appearing in full on swaggering drunk character this evening.