IMPRESSIONS: Ron Athey’s “Acéphalous Monster” at Performance Space New York
Ron Athey in Acephalous Monster at Performance Space New York. Photo by Rachel Papo.
“Well, that was fun,” said a man as the see-and-be-seen crowd huddled in the elevator of the recently reopened and rebranded Performance Space New York (formerly Performance Space 122). It was after Ron Athey’s Acéphalous Monster, part of PSNY’s #posthuman series, which invites artists “to explore worlds that extend beyond the human perspective.”
Fun isn’t the word I’d use to describe the work. In fact, fun is about as far from the experience as you can get. That’s not to say the piece lacks color, attitude, or wit. It has all of those, the queer dystopia a much flashier, funkier place than the typical heteronormative nightmare scenarios with their washed-out hues and barren landscapes.
Monsters . . .
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