New York

The Kipper Kids, Into the Box, Out of the Box

The Kitchen

The Kipper Kids (a.k.a. Brian Routh and Martin von Haselberg) are the original bad boys of performance art. Nonsensical nuttiness was the Dadaesque raison d’être of this Los Angeles-based duo when they practiced their acts of infantile aggression in the serious Conceptual art context of the mid ’70s. Such antics were at most taboo-threatening, as when they burst baggies of realistic-looking fake excrement over their jockstrap-clad rears, and at least amusing in their acting-out of messy-children-at-play (i.e., slinging paint, spitting up partially chewed food, etc.), but their “forbidden” behavior had great shock value at the time. Now, after a period of relative inactivity, including almost ten years’ absence from the New York scene, they have brought their essentially unchanged act into a freewheeling ’80s situation that would appear to be more congenial to their work. However, like the

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