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One Day This Kid Will...


Tyler Green at Modern Art Notes posts this David Wojnarowicz piece and notes that it seems especially relevant at the moment. He writes:

Twenty years ago, Wojnarowicz made this piece, Untitled (One day this kid…). He made it as a 30 3/4-inch X 41-inch photostat, but it’s probably gained more cultural currency as a postcard available at just about every progressive bookstore in New York.  This seems like a good time to post it. It also seems like a good time to suggest you visit and support GLSENand that you share Wojnarowicz’s work with, well, everyone you can think of. Especially young people, all of them."

Wojnarowicz died of AIDS-related complications in 1992.

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  1. Brutal.

    Posted by: Zack | Oct 28, 2010 1:21:14 PM

  2. I'm sorry but this is sappy sentimentalism that ensconces itself within the metanarrative of futurity. Lee Edelman where are you?!?

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 28, 2010 1:32:13 PM

  3. What part of it was not true CHRIS? Which line misstated or exaggerated reality?

    Very powerful. May he rest in peace.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 28, 2010 1:40:22 PM

  4. I'm glad this was posted on the Internet so I could easily look up the meanings of all the $10 words in CHRIS' comment.

    Posted by: Art | Oct 28, 2010 1:43:17 PM

  5. Not exactly the uplifting message you'd want to convey to bullied or at-risk kids whom GLSEN works with though, is it?

    Posted by: Mike C. | Oct 28, 2010 1:44:20 PM

  6. @Chris Futurity sure, but its also memoir. I don't think Edelman would be patting you on the back for that comment.

    Posted by: Zack | Oct 28, 2010 1:50:14 PM

  7. I saw this as part of the "Because We Are" exhibit at the Station Museum of Art in Houston last month. Definitely see it if it comes to your area!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Oct 28, 2010 2:07:54 PM

  8. @ Art

    People make statements like yours when they are intimidated by someone's vocabulary.Get over yourself!

    Posted by: Rocky | Oct 28, 2010 2:23:32 PM

  9. @CHRIS - This guy was fighting the fight when you were still in dipies, whether actual or intellectual. Don't forget the time and place. Then consider that he will have done more for our civil rights than many. Instead of casting stones at those who came before, see what they accomplished, be inspired, and continue the evolution. With that said, I'm going to go lay my naked body on top of my boyfriend's.

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 28, 2010 2:28:47 PM

  10. David's emotionally powerful works will continue to move people far longer than Edelman's fragile, overly intellectualized cobwebs. I even find that David's technical limitations often add to the power of his work (e.g., Rimbaud in New York).

    Posted by: candide | Oct 28, 2010 2:29:55 PM

  11. i remember this from when it was first distributed. there is nothing sentimental about it - like there was not a sentimental bone in DW's body. it's stark reality, without all the fake bs intellectualism that some folks seem to crave.

    Posted by: ant | Oct 28, 2010 3:17:36 PM

  12. @Ant - Well said!

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 28, 2010 3:29:10 PM

  13. Sappy sentimentalism?
    I think not.
    This is a genius work of art and narrative.
    And is definitely relevant today.

    Posted by: rob | Oct 28, 2010 3:40:28 PM

  14. Chris' comment made me lol. The ostentation of magniloquent vainglory is thoroughly mirthful.

    Posted by: Wes | Oct 28, 2010 3:48:04 PM

  15. Sure, maybe it seems sappy until you get attacked, as I did Monday. The guy called me a fucking faggot and strangled me from behind, knocking me unconscious. Then he and his accomplices stole my wallet and house keys. I have injuries all over my body. And I'm more than six feet tall, so I thought I was pretty safe from such attacks.

    Luckily I live in San Francisco and they're taking it very seriously. Already caught the main guy and he's in prison without bail, facing six felonies and three misdemeanors, so more than three years in jail. So yeah, this is still quite relevant today.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 28, 2010 3:55:01 PM

  16. @Chris: Congratulations. You just demonstrated that you know absolutely nothing about David W. Well done.

    Posted by: Dan E | Oct 28, 2010 4:37:06 PM

  17. David was an amazing visual artist and a great writer. I recommend anyone not familiar with his work to google him, go to the library get one of his books, catalogs, etc. Well worth the time spent. I feel sad that he spent the end of his life producing artworks that were an expression of an all consuming rage that was inflicted upon him by society. But more than rage, there is power here in his works. I wish he was still here.

    Posted by: kodiak | Oct 28, 2010 7:40:06 PM

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