I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
Saturday, August 14, 2021
QUEER|ART|FILM Aimee Goguen Presents BLUE VELVET and HEN, HIS WIFE August 16th, 8PM on Zoom
QUEER|ART|FILM CLUB: Aimee Goguen Presents BLUE VELVET and HEN, HIS WIFE Monday, August 16th, 8pm — Zoom
Join us for the final discussion of our fourth "stay-at-home season" of Queer|Art|Film. Organized by curators Adam Baran and Jeanne Vaccaro, this summer at Queer|Art|Film Club, we're making a bold assertion: Queers Are Just Better! What, you disagree? You won't after watching our in-depth discussions with our punk AF lineup, including queer punk and glam rock legend Kid Congo Powers, acclaimed author Torrey Peters, experimental filmmaker Aimee Goguen and NYC icon and recent winner of the Queer|Art|Prize Award for Sustained Achievement, Julie Tolentino. Check out the queer classics that inspired them, then join us for compelling conversations about murderous drag performance artists, Swedish trans vampire children, lusty French sailors and oxygen-huffing sadists. There's a whole weird, queer world just under the surface, and we're going to bring its simmering stink into your homes this summer! Log in and queer out! This month, video artist Aimee Goguen presents two films: David Lynch's enduringly creepy cult classic BLUE VELVET and experimental animated short HEN, HIS WIFE by Russian artist Igor Kovalyov.
WHAT: Aimee Goguen Presents BLUE VELVET and HEN, HIS WIFE WHEN: Monday, August 16th @ 8PM EST WHERE: Zoom
BLUE VELVET 1986. 120 min. Directed by David Lynch
In David Lynch’s 1986 neo-noir thriller BLUE VELVET, a young man returns home and happens upon a dismembered human ear, a discovery that brings about many strange occurances, criminal encounters, and psycho-sexual awakenings. A self-fashioned detective (played by seemingly innocent Kyle MacLachlan), the young man’s obsession with solving the mystery leads to a romance (with the enigmatic and tortured Isabella Rosselini) that excites and disturbs his sense of self, culminating in a emotional collision course between the straight and perverse.
AIMEE GOGUEN ON BLUE VELVET:
Goguen was first introduced to BLUE VELVET in the 5th grade by her Aunt Janet, who gave her a VHS tape of the film along with a copy of William Burroughs’ 1959 novel, Naked Lunch. “I knew I was on to something if I loved it and my mom hated it,” Goguen says of Lynch’s “slow moving action film.” BLUE VELVET's play of darkness and shadow felt strangely familiar to Goguen’s internal sensibility and her physical surroundings in a gloomy military town in rural Washington state. She tried to figure out the lighting on her own, filming on her family’s Hi-8 camera, which she still uses to shoot analog video today.
HEN, HIS WIFE 1990. 13 min. Directed by Igor Kovalyov.
AIMEE GOGUEN ON HEN, HIS WIFE:
“I always pay attention to the way animators imagine movement. In HEN, HIS WIFE, Kovalyov generates depth in two dimensions, creating a psychedelic horror that collapses background and foreground into a delirious play of psychic surfaces. Like Lynch’s BLUE VELVET, the timing generates a high energy space for the viewer to inhabit.”
Presently celebrating its 11th consecutive year, this popular screening series, traditionally held monthly at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village, invites New York’s most notable and influential LGBTQ+ artists to present and discuss films that have inspired them. Presented with generous support from HBO, the series has hosted over 100 screenings and reaches more than 1,500 viewers annually. Past presenters include: Anohni, Kate Bornstein, Douglas Crimp, Miguel Gutierrez, Juliana Huxtable, Wayne Kostenbaum, Larry Kramer, Lisa Kron, Kia LaBeija, Craig Lucas, Genesis P-Orridge, Dee Rees, and Flawless Sabrina. Curated by Adam Baran and Ira Sachs, with special guest season curators.