The Blood Red Procession Marches On in the Third City of God

@ Juan Diego Valera There is the stretch of grain, the hint of digital noise, and the ocular insolence of a mouse being lost in the jaws of a snake’s culinary embrace.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, January 2015 The edifice is indeed colossal in the work of Juan Diego Valera. Diente De Chucho (Tooth Pooch) […]

Blood and Iron in the Temple of Menses

“I’ve surely made mistakes in the community, but certainly not in sexuality.” – Otto Muehl   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, January 2015 The Vienna Actionists of 1960’s were interested in the documentation of transgression of the body in art and in society at large. They performed quasi-mystic rituals that were documented in blood and film. […]

Bill Sullivan’s ‘Forest Hills’ – The Aesthetic Undoing of a Dream

In its sinister mode, it becomes a waking dream. It is a dream awoken with a bucket of steaming piss thrown into the viewer’s face with added cacophonous effect by the sound of mesmeric and distorted laughter.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, January 2015 Bill Sullivan is a determined inquisitor of anachronistic practice. His work […]

Dust Breeding, But Not On The Butcher’s Floor

Small, metaphoric and coincidental sculptures that have been kicked aside and swept back into a mass of entangled matter.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, January 2015 It is virtually impossible to begin a review of Klaus Pichler’s latest opus “Dust” for Anzenberger Editions without mentioning “Dust Breeding”(1920), Man Ray’s microcosmic masterwork photograph of Marcel Duchamp’s […]

Knowledge of Nazi Terror Fueling Pictorial Banality

  Leafing through Van Der Weijde’s Third Reich (part one of his Bavarian trilogy) one is confronted with Nazi Housing constructed in Bavaria during the National Socialist tenancy of German between 1933-1945.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, January 2015 The Dutch Man of Brazil Erik Van Der Weijde’s seeming pre-occupation with architecture and warfare has […]

Various Effigies and Various Fires Among These Dark Satanic Mills

@ Andy Sewell “And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green: And was the holy Lamb of God, On England’s pleasant pastures seen! And did the Countenance Divine, Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here, Among these dark Satanic Mills”? -William Blake   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, […]

Bunga Bunga: Italian Politics and the Index of Sexual Subversion

…the book is a small marvel that connects Silvio Berlusconi’s late night sex parties to the economy of interchangeable ways in which we, or perhaps better, Berlusconi sees the women involved as further interchangeable fodder for his aggressive Viagra induced fuckathons.   Bunga Bunga Self Published Lorenzo Tricoli By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, December 2014 Two […]

Asking Total Strangers for a Place to Stay For the Night (and Photographing Them)

  @ Bieke Depoorter Is it the impoverished or is it the rich who will be a stranger’s benefactor?   Bieke Depoorter I Am About To Call It a Day Edition Patrick Frey ISBN: 978-3-905929-69-0   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, December 2014 Young Belgian photographer and Magnum Associate Bieke Depoorter’s “I Am About To Call It […]

Werner Amann’s “Surf Fiction” and the Nature of the Game.

We spend merciless hours absorbing film, video, and internet collateral. Amann’s greatest trick with this book is to play on the nature of this game.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, December 2014 Werner Amann’s “Surf Fiction” has landed in my lap at a time when I have been searching for a body of work that […]

Co-ordination and Re-assignment in the Dissonant Steel Fish Tank

@ Giuseppe Micciché   Co-ordination and Re-assignment in the Dissonant Steel Fish Tank   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, December 2014 Cento passi is a affectionate, yet somnambulant and lightly traumatic study of photographer Giuseppe Micciché’s father’s decline into Alzheimer’s disease between 2011/2012. The book is an effective mediation on the oscillating and often times confusing […]