New Phaidon Book 'WILD ART' Launches Today / Features Dance Satire 'Bowel Movement'
Wild Art is an incredibly brash and current collection of over 300 extraordinary artworks that are too offbeat, outrageous, kitschy, quirky, or funky for the formal art world. The works featured here are variously moving, funny, or shocking - and guaranteed to elicit a reaction.
Authors David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro have studied alternative and underground art cultures for years. Here, they've compiled the ultimate collection of creative works that celebrate the beauty and art in anything and everything, challenging the reader's perception of what is and what isn't art.
"Bowel Movement" is a satirical ballet designed to confront one of the last taboos of man, shit. In this nightmarish dreamscape, we follow a very refined lady as she encounters her own unflushable feces. Blending horror, humor, wild theatrics, & silent movie era kitsch, "Bowel Movement" depicts a woman literally wrestling with her own shit.
In 2007, I was at crossroads as a dancer in Los Angeles. I'd been in a few shows, working for pennies in productions that I often didn't find interesting. I was also getting tired of the elitism found in both the fine art world and the Founder's Room of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, where I worked as a waiter. I created an evening of dance called "Bathroom Follies", setting dance vignettes in a public restroom landscape in order to explore profundity in even the most disgusting of universal human experiences.