Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is not just an genre-founding musician, a genre-defying artist, a social pioneer, an underground legend and an alchemist — s/he’s one of thee formative influences on us over here at Famous Accountants. We discovered her way back when, circa 1987 (when s/he was merely a he), because of RE/Search. Remember those books? Well, we were obsessed with them and devoured every single issue we could get a hold of: RE/Search #4/5: W.S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Throbbing Gristle, RE/Search #6/7: Industrial Culture Handbook and RE/Search #12: Modern Primitives. And one of our big discoveries in this reverie was Genesis P-Orridge. S/he was one of thee prominent interview subjects in those books. Those interviews, he/r words shaped our young minds. We used to freak our friends out by foisting Genesis’ pierced member on them. Nevertheless, we’ve been curious about and interested in what s/he’s been up to ever since. So, it’s with that personal history that we are joyously honored to host the Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Tag Sale at Famous Accountants. (Martha Rosler? Yeah, whatever, man. Materialists are the ones who are obsessed with materialism.)
Genesis Breyer-P.Orridge Tag Sale
1673 Gates Avenue
Saturday May 1 – Sunday May 2
http://brooklynbased.net Article on Thee Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Tag Sale
Yard sales are like tiny museums — all those unloved and outgrown items accumulated over years of Christmases, birthdays and trips to Target tell a story about one very small corner of the world. But what happens when the person selling her excess personal goods is a cult figure known for gender-bending body-modification, avant garde performance art and a general interest in challenging the status quo on pretty much every level imaginable?
Well, then you have the Genesis Beyer P-Orridge Tag Sale coming up at Famous Accountants.
“Basically, it’s a garage sale,” says Kevin Regan (above on the right), co-owner and co-director of the Bushwick gallery with Ellen Letcher. “She’s our neighbor and has been around a bit. She asked and we thought it would be a really cool idea–a garage sale as an art project.”
P-Orridge (pronounced peaorridge, pictured above, on the left at Drippy, a recent show at the gallery) strikes a bold cultural pose. She started out as a he named Neil Megson, a boundary-pushing artist and frontman for the band Throbbing Gristle. In the early 90s he met his late wife, Jacqueline Beyer, and the two became inseparable in a major way. Together they embarked on a project of body and behavior modification in which they surgically altered their bodies and faces to look more and more alike, adopting the same gestures and mannerisms.The project, which they called Pandrogeny, came to an abrupt end in 2007 when Beyer died of cancer.
Since then, P-Orridge has continued working on art projects, and living in the Ridgewood home the couple once shared. “Really, she was a Bushwick/Ridgewood pioneer,” says Regan, whose gallery also sits on the neighborhood/borough boundary.
Items for the May 1 and 2 sale are as of yet undetermined, and P-Orridge, who is currently stuck in London thanks to a certain Icelandic volcano, was unavailable for comment on her selections. Regan compared the show to artist Martha Rosler’s Garage Sale installations, but on an aesthetic level only. “That was a materialist critique,” he explains. “This isn’t a whole lot different than anybody else having a sidewalk sale. I mean, if she sells, say a blender, I’m curious to see if anyone wants it.” To be clear, that would be a blender formerly owned by a provocateur with 13 penis piercings and C-cups. All items will come with provenance tags proving that they once belonged to P-Orridge.
“Ultimately it’s a practical thing, I think,” says Regan. “You have to get rid of stuff, even if you’re an underground legend.”
New York press Article on Thee Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Tag Sale http://www.nypress.com/blog-6333-avant-garde-hand-me-downs.html
If you think your attic is cluttered just imagine what it would look like if you were a gender-bending phenomenon with your penis pierced in 13 places? On second thought, don’t imagine that, but if you want to see what a garage sale for an artist who has had over $200,000 in plastic surgery to make herself look as similar to her late wife as possible, then we have just the event for you.
Genesis P-Orridge, the acclaimed and controversial artist who has taken his work to a level where she is her own art piece, needs to do some spring cleaning and is calling it an art show, according to Brooklyn Based.
If buying something second hand from an avant-garde artist is something you’re into (and we sincerely hope you are) then take a trip to Famous Accountants in Ridgewood on May 1 and 2. It’s the only place where window shopping and taking in an exhibit are synonymous.