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PRINT January 2001

Bob Nickas

IF THE PROM SCENE FROM CARRIE HAD BEEN STAGED by Jack Smith as an episode of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, it might have looked something like Amy O’Neill’s Post-Prom, an installation for a group show in Dijon in 1999. Instead of blood pouring down, there was a confetti rain machine. A rainbow of balloons hung limply overhead, and beer bottles rolled underfoot. The decorations had a homemade, happy-sad authenticity. Every so often during the opening, an unseen force shook the refreshment table. When people dropped a vote for prom king and queen into the ballot box, a hand would reach up (like Thing from The Addams Family) to shake theirs. When the hand poured drinks, glasses would inevitably overflow. At the end of the evening, O’Neill innocently emerged from beneath the table, perhaps unaware that she was still wearing a bat mask. The piece was a creepy tour de force and might have established

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