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Thursday, May 11, 2006

"Unwatchable" Is Quite Viewable

"Could Michael Jackson and Charles Manson have saved each other if they had met on a childhood playdate before their lives went wrong?" This is the type of question that keeps John Waters awake at night, and his creation of such a fantasy encounter is on display at the Marianne Boesky gallery. Besides sculpture, Waters' exhibit, "Unwatchable," also features film stills from really bad movies that are rearranged to seem intriguing. One photo montage intercuts images from a sci-fi flick and 9/11 footage. Is life imitating art and was 9/11 just a bad B-movie? Waters keeps it light, however. His playfully twisted view of the world here is more like late-night talk show zingers than grandiose pronouncements.