Slippery Slope Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 12 2013

I was standing in front of Vanessa Harris's video God Bless This Mess when a fellow gallerygoer stopped dead beside me. "Nude!" he said. I looked at the video, in which a woman's bare torso is smeared with frosting, sprinkles, and other assorted foodstuffs, and agreed that, yes, there was nudity there. As the video proceeded and the woman shook and slapped her breasts, my interlocutor exclaimed, "This is my favorite piece!" The video, like my new friend's leering, might seem in somewhat poor taste—but surely that's intentional. It's part of the exhibition "Slippery Slope," curated by the artist and writer Robin Hustle, which "features work that recognizes and adopts pornographic aesthetics and conceptual models." Harris's video is not an accidental double entendre but an intentional single entendre. What the gallerygoer got is what she was giving to him. Continue reading >>

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