I find his work annoying and frustrating, the presentation simple and slight. The ultimate aim is to misinform the already mindless—yet I love every one of these objects. I shouldn’t, but I do. To me, they represent the confusion and insanity of life, and give me hope that anyone’s misguided psychology can have something redeeming. I see a reflection of myself in Klaus.
Editor’s Note: IMG MGMT is a series of image-based essays by artists. This week’s artists are Peter Burr and Porpentine. We recommend viewing this essay in “Dark Mode” , a new feature that changes the default background on the blog to black. It can be turned off and on by using the button just above our ads.
Burr is a current NYFA fellow in Digital/Electronic Arts whose work has been shown in a range of spaces over the past decade including floating cinemas, cartoon schools, semi-legalized squats, libraries, and national museums. This includes MoMA PS1, Le Centre Pompidou, and The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Porpentine is a fem organism whose games and curation have contributed to the popularity of accessible game design software Twine. She’s won the XYZZY and Indiecade awards, had her work displayed at EMP Museum and The Museum of the Moving Image, and been profiled by the NYTimes.
A number of years ago, at the height of the torture porn cycle, we discovered a parallel, if underappreciated, genre: the instructional makeup video. Both are premised on the remodeling of human bodies. Both offer grueling spectacles of metal on flesh.
This month, we reintroduce IMG MGMT, our annual series of essays by artists. Founded in 2008 by Paddy Johnson, the essay format was inspired by folders of images which artists keep on their computers. This week’s artist is Jeanine Oleson.
This week, we reintroduce IMG MGMT, our annual series of essays by artists. The essay was founded in 2008 by Paddy Johnson and was inspired by folders of images which artists keep on their computers. This week’s artist is Ben Gocker.