2008 · New York
by Pfahler, Kembra and Kathy Grayson
New York: Deitch Projects, 2008. Softcover. G+ (minimal shelf wear, small bend in front bottom right corner, all pages clear and intact). Black and color pictorial wraps with pink and red lettering, unnumbered pages, color illustrations throughout. "Beautalism: The roots of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black are not obscure. We are a classic meat and potatoes rock and roll band. Verse-chorus-verse-chorus-guitar solo-verse-chorus. The songs are illustrated with low-tech props made from foam core and found objects: 'availabism,' or, that which makes the best use of what is available. The art, photogrphy and sculpture that comprises the vocabulary of TVHOKB are related aesthetically and exclusively. The art work 'matches' the live work, and continually pursues an intense unmasculine devotion to art. The band feels there is no hierarchy of mediums, that all the work is as one ... I saw the bat with breasts, which is on the official Karen Black flag, in a truck stop years ago; it was mean-spirited and I saw it as the emblem to represent our America. Fierce, female, vicious, and fun. The idea of deflating mysogyny appeals to me. There is an undertone of modern ornamentalism in The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. It wants to be beautiful and rebel against crass morbid intelligence. It wants to drink a diet pepsi and become a rabid bikini model. It's imitating a life that is brutal and not worth imitating. It is beautalist. The forced temporary transformation that is The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black: changing colors, 'making our mark,' sitting around, instituting a new female paradigm, and producing femorabilia." - Kembra Pfahler.
(Inventory #: 181499)