Vladimir Putin discovers two ancient Greek urns on the floor of the Black Sea during a scuba-diving expedition
- Courtney Love let me come backstage after the Hole/Lemonheads show in Hollywood, sometime around when the Malibu fires happened. I was wearing a Shadow Project t-shirt and Courtney looked at it with scorn. Eric Erlandson was nice and offered us food and non-alcoholic drinks. Courtney had changed into a gold lamé gown and leaned in close to someone and said, “I just met Drew Barrymore. She’s weird.”
- Nirvana played a concert in LA (where?). The Butthole Surfers opened. We loitered around after the show by the VIP exit and Pat Smear came out and talked to us, said he was walking his girlfriend home. Johnny Depp came out with his assistant and stood swaying, looking right into my eyes. He was on drugs and was in love with me but his handler took him away. A fan boy ran up with half of a guitar, said it was Kurt’s and that Nirvana’s tour bus was across the parking lot. We “ran” to it, not wanting to look too eager. Courtney was in the bus and saw us coming and pulled the curtains shut. We knocked on the door. Dave Grohl answered and we asked for Kurt. Dave said hold on and shut the door. He was nice about it. Kurt came out, tiny, Frightwig t-shirt and moss-green mohair cardigan, basically what he wore for MTV Unplugged. I told him he was a better songwriter than Eddie Vedder (whom I detested), and he said, “I like to hear that”. He read to us from a William Burroughs book.
-Allen Ginsberg did a book signing in Long Beach and we didn’t have enough money to pay for the CD box set, which was all he was signing, so we said, “We can’t afford this thing. Why won’t you sign our books?” and he said “Why do you want my signature? Why don’t you ask me for a meditation lesson?” We said, “You don’t have time for that” and he said, “Sit down” and gave my friend a meditation lesson. Breathe in through the nostrils, out through the mouth. “Sit straight!”, Allen said. “I have scoliosis,” my friend said.
-Kirsten Dunst ate a Krispy Kreme donut at the release party for Bring It On. She left with Toby MacGuire. Her mom was really upset, and worried, and I told her not to worry because Kirsten was surrounded with a protective light. We stood in the kitchen for a long time, talking about Kirsten. I accidentally kicked the character “Missy” when I was stretching my legs. “Missy is bank.” She looked really mad when I kicked her and I thought she was going to beat me up but it as okay.
-Lydia Lunch used to come to my friend’s bar, The Parlour, in LA. She would tell me stories about the young boys she has fucked, and about living in New Orleans with her teenage boyfriend. She told me that when she gets her period she chains herself to the bed, so to speak. One hot night, I was wearing only a slip, and she taunted me for dressing “like a flapper” and fanned my legs with her fan.
-Mary Woronov told me that she writes out of boredom. She said that Valerie Solanas was a horrible person and that Andy was never the same after the shooting. Being on the set of “Rock n Roll High School” was fun, she said, and the makeup girls came at you on roller skates.
-Bibbe Hanson always wore her sunglasses at the bar. I only ever saw her at night. She told me she loves semen, wants to swim in a pool of it. I said why don’t you rob a sperm bank. She complained about Beck smoking pot, and said it was better to do something like heroin and not be a hippy.
-Corky Pigeon danced at the same studio as me when I was a kid. We had rehearsals for our recital, and I was reading my book while waiting for my turn. I’d seen him on Silver Spoons and so I asked him for his autograph. All I had was my book, so he signed my copy of Nothing’s Fair In Fifth Grade.
-Kim Gordon was wandering around like wraith in the fancy clothing store I worked at in West Hollywood. I followed her and said, ‘Hello Kim Gordon’ and she said, ‘Hello’, and looked at me weird.
-I talked to Easy-E on the phone, sort of. He was on Love Lines on KROQ in LA before it was syndicated and I called in and asked him why he always called women “bitches”. He said, ‘There’s a difference between a woman and a bitch, you know what I’m sayin’?”. Then he died of AIDS.
Ken Lum, “Midway Shopping Plaza” (2014), powder-coated aluminum and enameled plexiglass (click to enlarge)
The 2014 Whitney Biennial has many things: oversized ceramics, big abstract and figurative paintings, experimental jazz, videos of people having sex, and bead curtains. What it doesn’t have all…
If you are in the LA area please visit this art opening.
Location: Center For The Arts in Eagle Rock
Curated by: Akina Cox
March 6 - March 27, 2014
Exhibition Opening: March 6, 7 - 9 pm
Exhibition on View M - F, 11 am -5 pm
GUI YOUNG HWANG
ESTHER PEARL WATSON
MIGGIE CAKE WONG
About the Exhibition
Akina Cox’s video piece, “Amazon Solitaire,” is inspired by her research of the Amazon society. In her original work, a group of women help a powerless teenager save herself. To create this video, almost two dozen women came together to help sew the costumes, edit the script, and act in the video. This experience led Cox to realize that she is part of a contemporary group of Amazons. They maybe have only traveled as far as Eagle Rock, Highland Park, and Altadena, but this sisterhood is a community of curators, writers, artists, teachers, seamstresses, designers, and fabricators.
This exhibition was made possible through generous support from Pasadena Arts Alliance.
We spoke to the star of this year’s painting-heavy Whitney Biennial about the evolution of her highly influential work, and whether young artists really still need to go to grad school.
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The screen is revealed, pulls away from itself, multiplies and then falls down. Sound becomes a black scrim, as the body is absorbed and abandoned. An ocean …