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K8 Hardy

Reena Spaulings Fine Art | New York

That K8 Hardy, one of the founders of the queer feminist art collective LTTR, wants to screw with our assumptions and expectations about how she should represent herself—or her multiple selves—to the world was loudly broadcast in “To All the G#%$! I’ve Loved Before,” her first one-person show in New York. With a post–Riot Grrrl intensity, neo-punk-inflected irreverence, and a dose of acidic wit, Hardy endeavored to provoke with a series of photographic (meta)self-portraits (and supporting props) that exploit campy visual tropes of gay cruising imagery, restaging gender/sexual identity as a fundamentally fluid, plural condition. Her post- (or trans-)medium-specific practice might be considered a lively, idiosyncratic kind of activist art production, although Hardy might cringe in response to this description (which is, after all, proposed by a heteronormal critic).

From the start, we were

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