I am a purveyor of degenerate art. Tonight, “Two Johns and a Whore“, the art exhibition I created and curated, opens at Coagula Curatorial in LA’s Chinatown. The show features the gallery debut of award-winning performance artist John Fleck (one of the NEA Four) and controversial queer filmmaker John Roecker, plus 13 artists commenting on prostitution.

I could get all International Art English and bludgeon you with artspeak about the psycho-sexual political and religious polemics and subtle subtextual semiotics of each piece and the exhibition as whole, explaining why the left and right walls are pale pink, and why I hung the way I did, but basically I had two artists named John and I wanted a show with a catchy name, especially since it’s up during the LA Art Show. The bottom line is that these are strong, sexy works.

Speaking of bottoms, that’s what Fleck did. For his gallery debut, he painted his butt with archival acrylics and made a series of nine prints on acid-free archival paper. The series, “Ass-i-Nine” is playful, poignant, and beautiful.

Roecker’s selected works on paper, canvas, and wood range from religious cartoons, sketches of celebrities (particularly moving, his Judy Garland and Sid Vicious), and abstracted nudes. There are over 80 pieces of his up, and they were selling as we were hanging them!

Those are the Johns, now about the whores. Several of the artists are internationally known and collected, others have not shown before at all, while others are in the emerging/mid-range of their careers. The art ranges from painting and photography to perfumery to Magdelene’s Temple, a six-foot tall decoupaged sculpture by San Diego-based artist and musician Rafael Reyes. There is a graphic depiction of a sex act, strong nudes, and the limited perfume by Lady Vapour smells great.

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world that I could present this show and that it is getting so much attention, including the Los Angeles Times, the influential art blog KrossD (which asked for preview images), and LAist.com. I’m stoked!

Fleck’s Ass-i-Nine series
 

Roecker, Sid Vicious
 

Roecker, William Burroughs
 

Setting up the Whores (any bigger and the image would be NSFW!)