New York

Claude Wampler


Cake Fur (Boots Randolph Luvs Hijika-ka Luvs Dick Wampler Luvs Joe Boys Luvs America Luvs Kurt Nobrain Luvs Verboten Fur Buttons Luvs Shecky Really Luvs Shecky Luvs Dirty Knees Luvs These), 1995, was Claude Wampler’s ode to tininess and her tiny dog, Cake, as well as a perverse circus act haunted by Lassie and other famous dogs. Cake is a star, a geisha, a glamour pooch, part Papillon and Pomeranian, but really all her breeding is icing since she’s an A.S.P.C.A. love mutt and nothing but. Growing wild with the dumb nature of love structured Wampler’s performance: how mysteriously simple it is to fall for the antic expectation and silence of the animal in everything.

As the lights went up, Wampler appeared dumbstruck, her hair dyed caramel like Cake’s, in a coat as shaggy as Cake’s, her eyes dark pools of canine longing, while a huge silver gun was slowly aimed at her head. Cake shot out of

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