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BAZAAR TEENS happened September 23rd 2104 for the 1st time When the teens hosted a two weeklong art show in a retail space in the east village of New York City font titled after one of the magazines featured in the teens’ collective memory of magazines, presented large-scale paintings and small-scale paintings on canvas on wood on other surfaces including walls and bricks and smaller works and photographs and paper closely related to the teens’ understanding of the war on terror and other terrors (9/11-ongoing). The BAZAAR TEEN projects insecurity with value, insecurity w/ seeing (selfies and glasses!), hand motions that project ambiguity and sounds that are also ambigious. BAZAAR TEENS was begun with the ISIS beheading of James Foley who in declarative sentences for example said All in All I Wish I Wasn’t America (but I am Amercia) and thinks about on internet anticapital affirmations about internet people (“Internet Are The Root Of All Evil”) and continues today with various other objects works thoughts and words assigned to different sections of BAZAAR TEENS dot COM where intelligible yet not reducible to a simplistic meaning is the Teens’ thoughts ’bout supernatural, theoretical and praxis—What Is a Girl?
The works are titled after the manner of the artist’s discretion and is inscribed on them in an index or show catalogue that was never actually made because the Teens are about talking and not doing, when it comes down to it. Because the Teens are aware that the people who accomplish what they set out to accomplish—have forethought, cunning and so on—are sociopathic. Having goals is sociopathic etc
The works referencing James Foley and the smaller works referencing Golfing Obama, golf, and Princess peach and Evanston IL. In a short video the teens set footage of Obama golfing over an image of Princess Peach weeping (Astraea, innocence also Persephone the teens are not well equipped in their allusive ambition ) and to the right on the screen driving footage of Evanston IL. IA Richards theory of metaphor literally applied. BAZAAR TEENS project was created “to interact with propaganda/value/meaning/politics” at the level of the “the internet mixed message,” where people say two or three things at the same time” this is irony, which the Teens like as well as jokes. The paintings in BAZAAR TEENS bear little paint. One is composed of holes by Andy Cahill. Carefully arranged. Another is a skewed flag. Another painting is actually a picture printed onto peg board. An out of focus pyramid scene into which pegs have been placed by Artist Daniel Kent on which have been hung various objects—a fly swatter, a DVD, a bottle cap—each item, in focus functioning slogan-like in a way that is at times decipherable, and at others obscured by the gestural abstraction of the entirety of the gestures, the show included.
Some words about the show are clearly decipherable yet unintelligible, such as Why is it the stuff parents say isnt make snse. The text is inscribed in white lettering with heavy weight accents over red bright paint on the top half of a postcard that served for a long time as the show text. The bottom half of the card featured the featured artists in the BAZAAR.
Elsewhere are puns that work visually but not aurally. For example, the viewer of BABY FED (food agent), will recognize “Duchamp” as the visual mother of “the half piece sculpture pegboard,” but then realize another aspect of the work the faux cracked glass of the Bachelor (because it is reprinted badly as a photographic picture) is doubled by the cracked glass of an iPhone screen on the obverse side which bears a critical text written by artist Mike Caputo who also has in the show a piece that references the piece being discussed. Hanging from the cracked glass side of the work are crunch candy bars, krackle candy bars. On the Duchamp side of the piece into which a peg has been inserted into the peg board hang pictures of the complete bride stripped bare by her bachelors piece hang Gerber Baby Spoons, literally spoon feeding the viewer The Art History Joke. A richard prince print hangs opposite this work, beneath a picture of richard prince taken by a fan at a richard prince book signing. The picture isn’t particularly well photographed. Prince is centered in the frame. The image is watermarked with a line of copyright, black text, which sits beneath Prince’s pocked and bulbous schnoz defaces prince’s face a la LHOOQ These visual puns, not present in the title, are not clearly legible within the works either; on the contrary, they belong to where the overall effect is closer to gestural abstraction, as is the case with the two other phtoographs in the show, the Heads placed on Teen stars bodies, photoshopped decapitations.
The same variations can be observed in the performance video, the decapitated child’s vanity, with INDIGNATION veering toward almost total abstraction A Blonde Girl in Leather Jumper Putting Sticks On Hot Dogs,
The teens state that the “primary interest is the visual aspect of language as performance of value, intention and desire to be other, and that this is vanity and ego.” Here the head is lost, the mabrles are lost and sunk in head. traces of the body’s action on losing its head losing its language losing its ability to use language in present in the physical act of speaking to Speak Oneself Out of Danger, the failure to communicate meaningfully what one means before one days ALL IN ALL I WISH I WASNT AMERICAN
Who dropped those bombs that killed all those people John? The works blur the already ambiguous and absurd ISIS message, the humor present in the words often deformed by pictorial gestures. Additional objects such as Teddy Ruxpin displayed on specifically designed plastic buckets made to interfere with the stairs and disrupt the visitors’ sense of nostalgia. The head of the ISIS cow hangs above the stairs above a fake brick wall, labels are nowhere to be found. This is the mischievous way of conflating commodity, language, nation and abstract expressionism into one container.