Stacy Skolnik launches erotic poetry collection exploring consent & censorship at New York’s MX Gallery, Sep 19

17 September 2019

Stacy Skolnik is launching, with additional performances by Vanessa Place and Abby Lloyd at New York’s MX Gallery on September 19.

The New York-based artist, writer and Montez Press Radio crew member self-published the titular full-length collection of poems online on September 16, after the material on a corresponding Instagram account of the same name was banned by the social-networking service. Exploring consent, objectification, censorship, and the erotic, the poems often read carnal with some webspeak and come accompanied by provocative selfies of the artist:

“29 year old mouth 5’4 busty and who
are you? horny with a tongue? online? drive?”

The launch will include performances by artist-clown Lloyd and writer-lawyer Place, while flanked by Corey Presha’s Jackie Robinson, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, What’s Happening exhibition, which runs to October 24.

See the MX Gallery website for details.**

Stacy Skolnik, (2019). Online publication launch flyer. Courtesy the artist.
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Patience is a virtue when waiting for Fabulous Diamonds’ timeless sound & detached melancholy in ‘Forever Turned’


Fabulous Diamonds is releasing album Plains Songs on London’s Alter on September 20, with preview track ‘Forever Turned’ premiering on AQNB today. The record by the Melbourne-based duo, consisting Jarrod Zlatic and Nisa Venerosa, has been seven years in the making, with their previous Commercial Music getting a release on Chapter Music in 2012.

Early recordings avoided EP and album titles, beyond the band name and track numbers that accommodated the stripped-back and hypnotic combination of Zlatic’s synths with Venerosa’s raw drumming style and haunting vocals. This new LP carries a similar theme of restraint and self-possession—become increasingly uncommon in contemporary music—by virtue of the Plain Songs title, as well as the unhurried pace and narcotic repetition of its seven extended tracks. Following recent drop, ‘GBH‘, ‘Forever Turned’ skulks in a kind of hypnagogic stupor, where layered vocals and interlocking organ melodies evoke a sense of deep melancholy and dissociation.**

Fabulous Diamonds’s Plains Songs album is out on London’s Alter on September 20, 2019.

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Celebrating changing currents in Black & queer art practices at BBZ’s alternative graduate exhibition

2 September 2019

The BBZ Black Book: Alternative Graduate Show 2019 group exhibition, co-curated by BBZ and Deborah Joyce Holman was on at London’s Copeland Gallery, running August 21 to 31.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, in BBZ Black Book: Alternative Graduate Show 2019 (2019). Installation view. Photo by Katarzyna Perlak. Image courtesy the artist + BBZ, London.

The show featured emerging artists working across sculpture, mixed media, video and performance with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Davinia-Ann Robinson, Ebun Sodipo, Enorê, Favour J, Kengy, Kumbirai Makumbe, Linda Nwachukwu, Miranda Forrester and Rene Matić. Exploring diverse viewpoints on Blackness and Queerness, examples include Davinia-Ann Robinson’s visceral installation spoke to issues of pleasure and power in the erotic for women of colour, through a sculpture of fake hair and synthetic compound with a time-based attention to material. Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s performance, installation and multimedia works addressed archives, power structures and their relation to Black, trans people, at times drawing from and adding trans representation to the visual language of video games.**

The BBZ Black Book: Alternative Graduate Show 2019 group exhibition, co-curated by BBZ and Deborah Joyce Holman, was on at London’s Copeland Gallery, running August 21 to 31, 2019.

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New models of togetherness via digital spaces in the For Better Or Worse group exhibition curated by Tomke Braun & Daniela Seitz

12 August 2019

The For Better Or Worse group exhibition, curated by Tomke Braun and Daniela Seitz, is on view at Kunstverein Göttingen, running July 14 to September 8.

Isabella Fürnkäs, Unpredictable Liars (2019). Installation view. Photo by Marius Land. Image courtesy the artist, Galerie Clages + Kunstverein Göttingen.

Featuring Josefin Arnell, Akinola Davies Jr., Isabella Fürnkäs, Sylbee Kim, Lorna Mills and Rory Pilgrim, the works span a number of media, from installation to video and with a particular attentiveness to music. The show pauses to consider how artists are exploring positive potentials for connection in online spaces, in opposition to popular discussion today focussing on the divisiveness of digital media. For Better Or Worse rather “embarks on an endless search for new models of togetherness, interaction, family, friendship, and other social connections.”** 

The For Better Or Worse group exhibition is on at Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany, running July 14 to September 8, 2019.

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