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Porno Transformed



Team Gallery in New York is currently in the final week of a group exhibition organized by Miriam Katzeff, titled “Forced Exposure” (July 1 through 30; 83 Grand Street, ground floor). One of the artists, Bjarne Melgaard’s most recent paintings are covers of old Screw magazines, which are defaced with “crudely executed figures and scrawled texts from a continuous novel that relies on the violent mythology surrounding the artist. Like the rest of Melgaard’s work, the fragmented and diaristic qualities of the text lures the viewer into the artist’s constructed personas and manipulates the relationship between fact and fiction.” As it happens, those old covers of Screw were done forty years ago under my art direction. In fact, the one above was one of my favorite covers, showing an adorable sheep and macho ram in sweet embrace. Forget the copyright issues, its fascinating to see something I’ve done so long ago, not only reinterpreted, but look so contemporary. Ah, the wonder of art.

Incidentally, according to Team Gallery’s press release “This exhibition focuses on works of art that position the viewer as an interloper in the gallery. As technology encourages people to expose themselves to unknown audiences online, the idea of privacy has relaxed to reflect these developments. The works on view test whether this lack of boundaries extends into the physical world. While the artists in the exhibition do not have a strictly confessional style, the works force an immediate and awkward intimacy onto the viewer.”

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