Harmony Korine is one of the most significant artists of his generation. After emerging onto the world stage in the 1990s as a screenwriter (Kids) and director (Gummo; Julien Donkey-Boy), his intuitive, open-ended approach to realism created a polarizing fervor amongst critics. Lesser known but no less relevant are Korines experiments outside the world of cinema. A Crack-up At The Race Riots, his first book, adapted the possibilities of his brand of montage to text. Numerous collaborations with other artists (such as Christopher Wool, Brian DeGraw, Gus Van Sant and Mark Gonzales) further stretched Korines imagination into realms of formalized abstraction, vaudeville, black metal nihilism, and ambient soundscapes.
The book brings together forty-nine photographs from Korines private archive in order to reveal a side of the artists creative process that remains largely unexamined. Depicting a mysterious young girl moving through a televised landscape of shifting contexts, Pigxote further illustrates Korines interest in replacing plot lines and other narrative tropes with intuitively arranged experiential moments. They also provide a unique insight into the poetic mind of Nashvilles most compelling prodigal son.
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