Larry Clark Stuff in Tokyo
“Motherfuckers, buy!” has greeted guests the legendary photographer-slash-director and supreme outsider's insider Larry Clark, at the opening reception for Larry Clark Stuff in Tokyo exhibition, expertly staged by Johan Kugelberg of Boo-Hooray. Heavy on “Kids” era polaroids, t-shirts, skate decks and other memorabilia, the exhibition at United Arrows is a throwback to the time before streetwear has hit runways and the quota of graphic designers multiplied as quick as software updates.
While giving a good scope of 90s downtown scene, highlighted by the on-set snaps of fresh-faced Chloë Sevigny and Harmony Korine, most of the items have more sentimental rather than artistic value. They're exactly as premised—stuff, from the director's personal collection, building blocks for his movies to be experienced as a whole. In contrast to that, Clark's early black-and-white photographs from seminal “Tulsa” and “Teenage Lust” series, popping up here and there, hold their own against quickly changing aesthetics with stripped to the bare bones realization.
At the end of the reception youth catalyst pulled out his iPhone as if to answer a call, listened to it for a few seconds and went on performing an off-tune version of Bob Dylan's “Forever Young,” stopping each verse to confirm the lyrics. Once the song was finished, Clark turned around and disappeared behind the elevator doors. Through September 23rd.