A Screening as part of MOMMY…
Painter, 1995 Video, color, sound, 50:04 min.
Friday, December 18, 7pm
The painter has a studio with a little bedroom off the back. The painter is not an armchair type. He goes to work on several large canvases with over-sized brushes, tubes of paint, and a decidedly male abstract-expressionism. Dressed in a blue smock, the painter wears a blonde wig and a number of prosthetics, including a bulbous nose, flapping ears and large rubber hands. Sometimes he behaves violently. At other moments he is childlike. The painter struggles to express himself. He sits at a table and hits his rubber hand with a meat cleaver. This and much more he accepts. He meets with his dealer; he paints, and finally, he allows a collector to sniff his ass with great cathartic inhalation. (RS)
Paul McCarthy plays the painter. McCarthy (b. 1945, Salt Lake City) has lived in Los Angeles since the 1970s.