Polarized - Richard Kern

Kern has become well known for photographic and filmmaking work that is often mistakenly labeled as ‘erotic’; this exhibition challenges the boundaries of that uniform narrative. Here, instead of finished, archival work being on display, ‘side’ or test photographs are taken as the main event: images of theatrical sequences in his apartment on East 3rd street, footage of drug busts from his window, documentation of his student work as a sculptor and land artist in the 1970s, portraits of friends and collaborators, including the actor Lung Leg and the writer/performer Lydia Lunch, weave together a subversive vision which has become meaningful and faceted beyond seductive aesthetics.

Victoria Press
130 x 151mm

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