About the Work
Richard Kern is undoubtedly one of the most significant leaders of the 1980s Cinema of Transgression, and actress Lung Leg often played the starring role. These films - such as You Killed Me First in 1985 and Fingered a year later - are shockingly violent and remain controversial to this day. According to Kern, "this photograph of Lung Leg was taken in 1987 while we were shooting the very first scene in my movie Submit to Me Now in my old apartment on East 13th Street. Lung showed up at my house with a tiny green salamander in her pocket and asked if it was okay if it crawled on her face when I shot her. She liked to bring living things to the shoots. Once she showed up with a big mason jar full of black crickets and once with a can of fishing worms. She wasn't really into normal pets like cats and dogs."
Richard Kern was one of the leaders of the 1980's Cinema of Transgression, whose films, such as "You Killed Me First" in 1985 and "Fingered" a year later, are shockingly violent and remain controversial to this day. A regular contributor to VICE and Purple, Kern is also known for his music video work (including a project with Bjarne Melgaard), and has published several books of photography. He has exhibited in more than fifty solo exhibitions internationally, including at Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Feature Inc. (New York), La Termica (Malaga, Spain), Galerie Sebastian Bertrand (Geneva), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Rove (London), and Vice Gallery (Mexico City). Select group shows include those at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ramiken Crucible, Venus Over Manhattan (New York), Brooklyn Museum, The Journal Gallery (Brooklyn), the KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), and Paradise Row (London). Kern lives and works in New York City.
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