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Bruce Conner, Booji Boy: Devo, May 1978, 2011, ink-jet print, 28 x 21". From “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia.”

Mark Mothersbaugh

Grey Art Gallery

Bruce Conner, Booji Boy: Devo, May 1978, 2011, ink-jet print, 28 x 21". From “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia.”

Best known as cofounder, singer, and keyboardist of archetypal art band Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh has cut a singular path through the intersecting margins of art and popular culture. Born (1950) and raised in Akron, Ohio, the artist spent his formative years, which were marked by creative inclination, subjected to the kind of banal cruelties routinely administered by boomer jocks to nerdy, bespectacled kids. (Mothersbaugh has severe myopia.) In a podcast interview with comedian Marc Maron, recorded on the occasion of this exhibition, Mothersbaugh describes his experience of kindergarten through twelfth grade as a “nightmare,” a prolonged endurance of normative persecution. By contrast, his art school years at Kent State University provided the intellectual nourishment and spiritual encouragement to be, whether by nature or lack of nurture, funny, critical, and weird. He seems to

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