Legendary performance/visual artist and avant-garde “drag superstar,” Vaginal Davis, has been interrogating notions of theater, performance, blackness and queer politics since the 1980s. Davis recently performed her critically acclaimed show at P.S. 122, Vaginal Davis Is Speaking from the Diaphragm, which uses a talk-show format and a set design channeling “kindergarten occultism.” Read a brief interview with the artist after the jump.
On May 14, I sat down with recent University of Pennsylvania MFA graduate Jacolby Satterwhite for a post-studio, studio visit. Using the core elements of his practice—a laptop and two portable DVD players—Satterwhite showed me a body of work still in progress, complex and unresolved. His projects, which center on his own body, cross various media, high and low culture, public and private space, and real and virtual environments. “Living in a liminal space is important to me,” he said. “That’s the only way I’m going to break boundaries and do different things, not just become a commodity.”
Most of photographer Mel D. Cole’s work is done onsite at concerts and parties throughout New York City and the surrounding area. His body of work is both an archive of urban youth culture and a series of arresting compositions.
Located on a quaint street that contrasts with the kinetic energy of the nightlife he documents, Mel D. Cole’s first-floor apartment in Jersey City is his center of creative calm. In the last five years, Cole has been prolific, evidenced by thousands of photos on his Mac computer demonstrating the true depth of his work. He clicks through brilliant photographs from a recent trip to Mexico City, countless images of Japanese dancehalls and a series on homelessness.