Re -Visions Marcia Resnick
Edition Patrick Fey
Re-Visions was first published in 1978 by Coach House Press , at a time when American pop culture had long lost its’ innocence . With frontis quotes from a dizzying roster of maverick rebels including Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Warhol, the newly released, recommissioned Patrick Fey edition includes glittery blurbs from Deborah Harry and Lydia Lunch. Lunch comments on the “ delicious perversion of a budding adolescence,” and to a certain degree this is the impish spirit that drives the collection.
Re-visions’ leading character is a teenage , banana-curled, fork- fingered, rose -crushing ,punk cupid who sips cherry Kool aid from a wine glass and puffs on bubble gum cigarettes. The book celebrates the noisy rebellion of punk’s pantheon through her scrappy, star -lit, cow-girl eyes. Dedicated to Humbert Humbert the middle-aged, oft perceived pervy college prof in Nabokov’s Lolita, it invites an irresistible flow of psychological discussion and has a pugnacious, precious quality about it.
Resnick’s staged photos are often strange , skewed, and frequently ironic. In one, a young girl sits knee to knee with a member of the NRA a tiny, black toy gun balanced near the old man’s crotch. The caption reads: “She would accompany her father to his National
Rifle Association meetings where all of the fathers would show off their guns.”
Most of these darkly effervescent photographs offer an easy -reach satire of a punk -kissed ingénue captured through Resnick’s waggishly- witty lens.
She played with her slinky toys and wore banana curls and played with her banana curls and wore her slinky toys
# Allen Ginsberg, #William Burroughs, #Marcia Resnick, #Andy Warhol, Deborah Harry, #Lydia Lunch, #Humbert Humbert , #Patrick Fey, #photography , #punk
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