This afternoon Renee and I and a couple others walked through the excellent David Wojnarowicz: Photography & Film: 1978-1992 at the Belkin. After two years of 1970s-set exhibitions, I cannot think of a better artist to kick in (kick out?) the 1980s than David Wojnarowicz.
The billboard outside the gallery is from Wojnarowicz's Arthur Rimbaud in New York (1978-1979) series, where the artist encouraged friends to pose throughout the city wearing a mask made from the 1946 New Directions Press cover portrait of Rimbaud's Illuminations. Later, while reflecting on this series, I recalled another mask project, this one by Kevin Killian (camera, friends) and Raymond Pettibon (mask).
For Kevin (and Raymond's) Tagged series (2013-2019), mostly male friends were given a cut-out section from a discarded Pettibon drawing and asked to place it over their corresponding regions. Below is a portrait of the writer Jason R. Jimenez: