David Wojnarowicz

Hal Bromm

Until comparatively recently David Wojnarowicz was best known for his street-art activities (including his involvement in a show on a pier on the Hudson this summer), although he is now emerging as a serious writer. Some of his recent art work is in collaboration with fellow artists Mike Bidlo, John Fekner, and Kiki Smith. With the exception of a few paintings on garbage-can lids, and a selection of brightly colored driftwood “totems” accompanied by an audiotape of jungle sounds, the work here was paint and collage on masonite, the images having been stenciled or drawn in a crude comic strip style. The subject matter ranges from the all-too-familiar standard iconography of the apocalypse (armed soldiers, bleak landscapes) and urban alienation (shooting up), to the homoerotic (sailors and boys’ torsos).

Wojnarowicz is one of several artists whose work currently oscillates between the rough

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