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Donald Moffett

Wessel O'Connor / Simon Watson

As an AIDS activist, Donald Moffett has created or collaborated on numerous graphic campaigns designed to wake up ordinary citizens and unresponsive public figures to this devastating crisis. In the works displayed here, some of which refer indirectly to AIDS and all of which endorse uninhibited homosexual behavior, Moffett continues to exploit the strategy employed by many artists in the ’80s (and subsequently appropriated by the AIDS activists) of combining found images with provocative, often subversive texts, here infused with the artist’s characteristic bad-boy humor.

At Wessel O’Connor, large backlit Cibachromes attack symbols of repressive authority: the White House, the Pentagon, the Supreme Court, and (in postcard form) Senator Jesse Helms. A photograph purloined from a same-sex porn video is imprinted with the command “Call the U.S. Supreme Court 1 (202) 479-3000. Ask five of the

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