Diane Keys: DeConstruction / ReConstruction

Just got back from Diane Keys new show at the Elgin Museum of Modern Art (EMOMA). Wild stuff. I was surprised to see my name in the Catalogue:

Keys continues to burrow into the layer of duff on the urban floor, a sediment rich with meaning "para aquellos con los ojos." (Trans.: For those with the prescience to find the vision of seeing in all its fermented glory)

However, here she has taken a different tack. She creates an imaginary schnook named David Stafford and then, in the parlance of the web, does a "Googlestalk" on him and finds the doppelganger has "apped out." In a nutshell: the Schnook comes to life, if only in the pathetic pixel clippings from his Google searches. It is this Gogolian Construction that Keys is blowing the breath of life into. An act of wizardry that involves pathos, bathos as well as Harpos and Grouchos.

The show at EMOMA was coordinated with an adjunctive show at the SmartArtMart Gallery which featured photographs of the entire DKULT gang at the infamous "CLUBHOUSE." More like pages from a scrapbook than serious photos but telling nonetheless and of course, great fun to see the big cheeses of the DKULT world when they were still little Baby Bells.

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Comment by DKULT on January 1, 2015 at 11:13pm

lolz wouldn't that suck if I had acquired some super famous person's pictures and had chopped them all up and mailed them out ? 

very much so Neil--i was thinking Shaun Cassidy too

Comment by Neil Gordon on January 1, 2015 at 7:52pm

HA! Game of thongs! Nice job David!!! DK, the guy in the wedding photo looks like either Freddie Prince senior or Aston Kusher????

Comment by DKULT on January 1, 2015 at 5:13pm

i'm going to do a separate blog for a David Stafford mailing right aabouuuuttt now my first blog of 2015

Comment by DKULT on January 1, 2015 at 5:11pm

Neil-i was surprised to see that adorable Stubbs isn't the first (or last) animal to be mayor. Animals definately make the best politicians!!  here is another thrift store photo-a wedding photo no less. now i'm hoping these people haven't been looking for the wedding album ever since it 'accidentally' got donated? i prefer to think their marriage was a crushing disappointment and they just wanted all evidence of it gone.  nice right? either way they became art-much more lasting

Comment by DKULT on January 1, 2015 at 3:15am

mayor of Alaska? this can't be! he doesn't even look stubby

I like it so far David. Will there be an actual board game to follow? little thong game pieces?

btw, i received your fake NBA piece. It is fantastic and I will post for all the world to see next year!!!

Comment by David Stafford on January 1, 2015 at 2:05am

Comment by Neil Gordon on January 1, 2015 at 12:44am

FYI To Dkulters... Their is a "cat" Calling himself"stubbs" posing as mayor of  small Alaskan town! Happy New Year!!!! Health, Happiness, And creative inspiration!!!!

Comment by De Villo Sloan on December 31, 2014 at 11:19pm

I'm glad you wrote that, DK. I did not want anyone to think I was suggesting DKULT would take any action of that sort concerning David's satires about you, DKult and Trashpo.

In fact, I was just thinking as we enter the new year how there was no tribunal, banishment or anything else concerning Meeah Williams and the desecration of the Trashpo. She is still a member in good standing of DKULTNY.

I am actually shocked to learn so many years after the fact about this alleged attack on Bob Black by the Church of the Subgenius. I am looking into it.

Comment by DKULT on December 31, 2014 at 10:53pm

That's crazy DVS--I would hope never to receive any kind of bomb like mail hoax or no hoax. We don't send dissenters bombs, we just  banish them from the complex for life. David-your thong novel is an amazing piece of litterature. I'm sure before long it will be used in college classics as a study in effective writing.  Not to mention copycat robbers. So using her thong you must have gotten away with what?  a fiver?  soooo worth it.  That's quite a few stamps to send the thong BACK to Vizma.

Hi Neil!!!!  Neil send me an awesome ID label with his pic on it!! Now I have seen what Neil looks like and sorta what KDJ looks like even though she only posted half of her face.  Have a great New Year except you David--you must stay in and continue writing. Fans demand it and we have already started taking (payment) and preorders for the 5th book in the series!!

Comment by David Stafford on December 31, 2014 at 9:44pm

Yeah....those sorts of adhesives.



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