Monday, July 20
Steve Reinke, Andy, video, 8:38, 1998
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Both documentary portrait and amateur porn, Steve Reinke’s Andy features a man’s well-appointed, bourgeois apartment. In voiceover, the titular character describes in endless, yawn-inducing detail where he’s found certain items of furniture – such as the lighting fixtures sourced on sale from Canadian Tire – to paint colors and other cheerful tips, including the suggestion that if you “ever need to bring an apartment alive, just put some lemons in a bowl.” Simultaneous to Andy’s narrative, he appears in various poses around the room, masturbating in fetish wear and cock rings, such that base sexuality and tasteful sophistication are absurdly juxtaposed.
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