Los Angeles

Paul McCarthy

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

Every civilization gets the shamans it deserves. What we have is a media bureaucracy of fashion plates managing our dreams and fears, their Dolby chorus of double-talk snake-charming the popular imagination beyond complacency into a deep, deathlike slumber. Paul McCarthy’s hour-long hostile takeover of television sitcomdom, Bossy Burger, 1991, interrupts our regularly scheduled programming like a nightmare. McCarthy has appeared on TV before. (He chose to exhibit a few of his more unseemly performance works, such as Sailor’s Meat, 1975, in which he dressed in women’s lingerie and fucked raw meat in a skid row hotel room, on videotape.) But now he’s taken his act to prime time: for this show McCarthy assembled an entire TV studio set from the canceled series The Hogan Family and, using a four-camera setup, taped a haunting counter-melody to the Great American televisual Lullaby. Displayed

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