Tuesday, October 9, 2007

William Pope.L

William Pope L. is best known for his street performances – most notably a continuing project in which he crawls on his hands and knees down a city street dressed in a business suit or a Superman costume. The self-proclaimed ‘Friendliest Black Artist in America’ repeatedly stages his own clownish degradation in his work – eating the Wall Street Journal while perched on a toilet-throne, portraying a drunken Santa Claus or creating grotesque, scatological spectacles involving mayonnaise, hot dogs and peanut butter. Both literally and politically messy, Pope L.’s absurdist enactments of abjection are designed to force confrontation.

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