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"
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.