Art/Exhibition: Courtney Love - And She's Not Even Pretty

 Seeing as I was over in Chelsea on Monday to see the Tim Hetherington retrospective (see HERE), and I was already soaking wet from the rain that was coming at me from all directions I decided to stop by the Fred Torres Collaborations gallery to see the Courtney Love exhibition that is currently showing there. I actually walked along 29th street between Tenth and Eleventh Aves a couple of times until I figured out that the gallery was actually through a small door and upstairs, on the north side of the street. I wasn't really expecting much from the artwork, so I was at the least pleasantly surprised that I actually thought it was pretty good.

My "relationship" with Courtney Love has been up and down over the years. I absolutely adored her in the early to late 90's, and still know the lyrics to every single one of her songs. I still listen to Hole on a regular basis, I mean Live Through This got me through some pretty tough times in 1994, and I have many memories attached to certain songs. Then she completely lost it and all that adoration I had for her just turned into something similar to disappointment mixed with embarrassment. At some point I think that I still hoped she would snap out of it and become slightly human again, but I really doubt that will happen anymore. I know she's been through a lot, but so have many people, including myself, and we don't become insane madwomen who pretend to be a mix between Dickens' Miss Havisham with some kind of Yoko Ono complex (or maybe the idea that she should have been Yoko Ono - the only thing that connects them both is that they both have famous dead husbands and they are both artists). I saw Courtney play with her new version of Hole a few years back, and although it was fun to see her live, it just wasn't really that good. Maybe I just grew up and she didn't, or maybe she just doesn't have what she used to... Probably the latter ;)

Anyway, I was really just expecting a bunch of childish drawings and paintings depicting girl/women complaining about being used and abused by men and society, and really just went out of curiosity and to report back to some friends in England that I had been to see it. Some of the drawings are a little on the childish side, but this actually makes them more whimsical and dreamy. It looks likes many of them were done using mainly crayons, some watercolours and some pencil. All the drawings depict pretty girls and women in different states of undress, many with sad, sad eyes, surrounded by words that are obviously lyrics from songs that already have been released, or just words that Courtney uses as taglines or thoughts to complement her drawings.

"I knew a boy he came from the sea, He was the only boy who ever knew The Truth about me, I'm overwhelmed and undersexed, Baby what did you expect. Your whole wide world in my hands" - pure Courtney Love song lyrics.

I'm still surprised that I liked it. The drawings are pretty and somewhat dark; imperfect but thoughtful. I like being pleasantly surprised like this - it beats being disappointed.

Frances Bean Cobain by Hedi Slimane

If you haven't seen this photoshoot yet then you must be living under a rock... It's just simply stunning. I have always admired Hedi Slimane's style, but this collection is just extra special. I feel old because I remember when Frances Bean was born and I was a huge fan of her parents, but I feel so happy that she made it, pretty much with her own strength and and sense of responsability into such a smart, talented and headstrong young woman.

Go and admire these wonderful photographs here: Hedi Slimane Diary


And I cry and no one can hear

I did manage to get to the Courtney Love show at Hiro on Thursday. I didn't land at LGA until 11:25, but managed to rush home, change and make it to 16th and Ninth by 12:30. K, A and L the L had gone inside with D when she got there, and there were a bunch of people in line who couldn't get in. The security guys were really being assholes, but A got me in so I got to see the last half of the show. The high point was screaming along to Northern Star with K, but I wasn't too impressed with the overall show. The new songs are good, but I need to hear them recorded to get a real opinion. I didn't think the band sounded that together, but they looked like they were having fun.
She played some Hole stuff (Miss World, Doll Parts, Celebrity Skin, Northern Star), but I didn't hear anything from America's Sweetheart, which, despite all the bad reviews and no-publicity, is a really good album.

I'm looking forward to the "real" tour and album. The band and Courtney are still warming up (Courtney couldn't remember the lyrics for some songs and had to read them off a piece of paper). Once they tighten up, Courts gets her roar back and eats a little bit more so that power and energy reappears, I will be happy. I still have faith that she can blow us away - it just waned a little.

After the show I went to The Skinny, was drunk got home around 3:30 and went to sleep feeling extremely emo. That's what exhaustion will do for you I guess.