You’re Kitsch but You’re Beautiful

  You’re Kitsch but You’re Beautiful THE NEW ART DEALERS ALLIANCE, MIAMI, 2017 Published by Art511 Magazine  “The walls were covered with a pink-flowered Lucca damask, patterned with birds and dotted with dainty blossoms of silver…” (Oscar Wilde, “The Birthday of the Infanta,” ) After throttling myself through the Miami Beach Convention Center, I entered NADA at the inappropriate speed of 1,000 mph, stinking of sulfur. My pace quickly rectified. NADA called for something softer.... [more]
Posted by Jillian McManemin on 1/4


    Gia (1998) Angelina Jolie occupies a special place in my heart. Meaning that at one point, I believed she had my whole heart. I had given it to her when I was twelve. Obsessive screenings of consummated a forever-pact: to be willfully blind for the reward of being consistently mesmerized. Gia did not break this pattern. This is all a lesbian cliche, which the real life Gia Carangi stylistically influenced, more than most Angelina-obsessed-girls will probably ever... [more]
Posted by Jillian McManemin on 11/25/17

Toxicity through Proximity: The Wonderful Filth of a Queer Group Show

Published by ART511 MAGAZINE  The elevator opened to a gothic horror set: costuming, glossy black, sound stage, decadent weapons. “I’m here alone.” The voice of Werner Hirsch, a drag queen from the video Toxic, fills the painted black room populated with sculpture. She’s fed up. She’s not having it at all. Pointing behind the camera she observes, “…there are 1,2,3,4 people over there …” My first moment with “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” — and... [more]
Posted by Jillian McManemin on 10/20/17


After one of a foursome of good ol’ boys drops dead from a heart attack, the remaining three: Gus, Harry, and Archie (John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk, respectively) embark on a grief-fueled bender with the stamina of their former youth, which they are mourning. Hard. (1970) by John Cassavetes, invites us to indulge in the folly of mid-life crisis, both in its comedy and danger.  The opening montage illustrates their condition. Four middle-aged men make muscle-man poses... [more]
Posted by Jillian McManemin on 8/9/17