Monday, July 20, 2009



Poster for 'Nest'



'Self Portrait in Blood'

Dash Snow. Dang

'Dash Snow Polariods', Dave Schubert

Shot from a New York Magazine article on Snow, Ryan McGinley and Dan Colen,
there dubbed "the polished derelicts"


'Beautiful Losers'

A few days late on this tragic news, it has been confirmed that New York artist Dash Snow died of a drug overdose in the Lafayette House Hotel in lower Manhattan on July 13.

His passing may not come as a surprise to many of those who knew of his controversial lifestyle, having run away from his wealthy aristocratic family (both in the art scene [the Menils of the Menil Collection] and in pop culture [his mother is Uma Thurman's sister) at the age of 15. An unapologetic addict, he began taking polaroids as a record of places he might not remember the next day.  He has been in and out of jail, addicted to crack and running away from the police for over a decade.

His photographic work has been considered thematically similar to photographers Nan Goldin, Larry Clark, Ryan McGinley and Richard Billingham, often depicting instances of sex, drugs, violence and art-world pretentiousness that are documented with disarming honesty.

Some of Snow's more recent collage work is characterized by the controversial practice of using his own semen and urine, splashed across newspaper articles of police officers and thousands of pages of New York City phonebooks. His work has been acquired by the Saatchi Gallery, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum (where he took part in the 2006 Biennial "God Spoiled a Perfect Asshole When He Put Teeth in Your Mouth").

I would have loved to show more of his work here, but would have to put a permanent disclaimer on my blog. Be sure to look it up.



SoniaBlade said...

can't get into him. you show'd some of his more tasteful pieces haha


sn said...

you know what it is? i think i'm more fascinated by the person behind the work than the work itself, but at the same time, his work is really just an accessory to his life. so, it makes sense.
i would have loved to put the seedier stuff, but would have to put one of those permanent disclaimers on my blog. you know, i still might do it anyway. it'll open up the opportunity to show more controversial imagery more often.

thanks for the feedback, sonia!

Hello Lindello said...

This is interesting. Had never heard of him. I'm always willing to learn more about orginal artists and works.

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

sn said...

I'm blushing! Thank you :)

Anonymous said...; You saved my day again.

sn said...

anytime ;)
feel free to email me with a topic if there's ever anything you are interested in knowing more about. i just might post, but you will definitely get a message back.



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