Magazine article Artforum International

AA Bronson. (Top Ten)

Magazine article Artforum International

AA Bronson. (Top Ten)

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AA Bronson, a cofounder of General Idea, divides his time between Toronto and New York, where his work was recently seen at the 2002 Whitney Biennial.

1. A close friend once made me a present of WOLFGANG TILLMANS'S immortal photograph AA BREAKFAST, 1995, an "aerial view" of a companion's erection taken during American Airlines' in-flight breakfast service. (Hey, American, wake up! This would make a great billboard!) Many people have assumed the erection is mine, but it's not. However, Wolfgang, I'm waiting for the invitation to pose for AA Lunch, AA Dinner, or even AA Cocktails.

2. Speaking of commodities (we were, weren't we?), ASIAN PUNK BOY, once an employee of the quarterly fashion extravaganza Visionaire, makes books/boxes to order using images and texts stolen from other artists, liberally mixed with miniaturized photos and stitched together with an attention to detail that reminds one of Comme des Garcons' Rei Kawakubo or Issey Miyake. See, where '50s porno gives way to meticulously ordered columns of pale pink possibilities, little forays into visual/aural gamelike worlds of puns and pictures (look carefully and you'll find a mini-project by Bruce LaBruce and a photo of his rosebud by yours truly).

3. Speaking of BRUCE LABRUCE (we were, weren't we?), watch for his extremely shocking upcoming collaboration with AA Bronson.

4. BUTT MAGAZINE Although Nest is still my fave, Butt is a serious challenger. Published by Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom of Amsterdam, who (just like me) are fans of Wolfgang Tillmans, Bruce LaBruce, and Asian Punk Boy, Butt veers between the erotic and the trendy, with a sort of casual no-nonsense approach to mixing sex, life, and art.

5. Clearly a student of Carolee Schneemann, SANDS MURRAY-WASSINK is an American expat living in Amsterdam whose uber-feminist website ( offers a grid of some six hundred numbered but otherwise unidentified links. Flip through this encyclopedia of Murray-Wassink's mind--from Carolee herself (#01) to MAC cosmetics (#416) to the National Women's History Project (#300) to Pipilotti Rist (#635). You'll also find (under "Pictures") documentation of his performance-installation Erotic Homosexual Feminist Caucasian White Western Male Artist Witch Self Nude/Lascaux, 2002, from "Boys: The Construction of Maleness" at Shedhalle Zurich last spring.

6. TAKUJI KOGO, a young Japanese artist who works under the pseudonym Candy Factory, is obsessively collaborative, weaving works by many artists into his profusion of websites and installations, combining neon sculptures of hangman's nooses with flickering projections of Chrysanne Stathacos's "aura portraits" of Indian holy men, for example. (Check out or

7. RYAN MCGINLEY's glamorous-but-dumb portrait of Harmony Korine (Harmony on the Floor) in New York Photographs, 2002, Printed Matter's limited-edition photo portfolio curated by Peter Halley and Index magazine. …

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