Camp

2016
The Poet's Battle, Mike Kuchar

A poet teases God with written prayers, his heart dropping red petals onto the pages of life.

 

2013
Mike Kuchar, Primordial Never Land

A bathtub full of floating lillies and a prophetic mirror are the gateway for a poet's abstract thoughts.

1985
Psykho III The Musical

Psykho III The Musical is an intriguing play on the tension between “authentic” and “pop” camp. This celebration of artifice was originally written, directed, and produced by Mark Oates as a stage musical parody following the release of Psycho II in 1983, and was performed at the East Village’s most notorious nightspot — The Pyramid Club. In 1985, after a wildly successful run, Oates reached out to longtime friend and Downtown video artist Tom Rubnitz to produce a video adaptation of the stage musical.

1997
Purgatory Junction

A vain, self centered mother competes with her daughter in the world of carnivorous men and sleazy movies.

2001
Tom Rubnitz Videoworks: Sexy, Wiggy, Desserty

Until his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Tom Rubnitz produced short, humourous videotapes featuring some of New York’s most outrageously talented musicians, artists and drag queens. Influenced by mass media entertainment, Rubnitz crafted hilarious videos which simultaneously celebrated and parodied pop culture’s bountiful energy and inventiveness. As Tom said, “I wanted to make things beautiful, funny and positive—escapes that you could just get into and laugh through. That was really important to me.

2016
Ruffled Spirits

"He had let no appetite in him go hungry, no temptation pass him by, which led to sordid alleys where he became more an 'animal', than a spiritual 'man'."

– Mike Kuchar

2016
Sleep Walkers

A young man thinking about demonic angels and angelic demons amid night's whispering stillness while the shadows form ladders he'll try to climb.

2000
Snapshots

George Kuchar experimented with in-camera editing effects more and more in his later career, and Snapshots is no exception. Using a dizzying array of solarizations, wipes and checker board fadeouts, Kuchar creates an unstable visual space that is at once both comedic and hallucinatory. Shifting from person to person and location to location, Snapshots concludes with footage of an equally absurdist Dali-esque photo shoot.

1997

In The Sodomites of Shalimar, George Kuchar crafts a dizzying psychotronic drama of stilted romance and frustrated ambition replete with carnies, car crashes and calamitous volcano eruptions. Sodomites tells the tale of Amy, a young woman living in the Missouri Ozarks whose calm collected demeanor betrays the passion that rages within her, and her odyssey in search of fame, fortune and excitement following the death of her boyfriend Chester.

2017
Mike Kuchar "Soul Catcher"

Earth's "garden" is fragrant with temptations but has far too many "thorns." He got "stung" and fell...got up...and fell, again and again!

2013
Mike Kuchar, SoulMates

...They had their source in tangled vegetable matter, countless rapes and invasions and enjoy good wine with the girls.

2011
Splatter Movie

Sex, sleaze, drugs, blood, and much, much more!

-- Mike Kuchar

2012
Starbound

At the 'Institute for Metaphysical Research and Spiritual Wellness', crackpots, perverts and guitar strumming UFO abductees struggle with the supernatural and their own carnal needs.

-- Mike Kuchar

2014

The Surface Tension Trilogy is comprised of three experimental videos tracking the rise and fall of the Weimar Era in Berlin through the perspectives of Frida Kahlo & Anita Berber, Hannah Hoch, and Leni Riefenstahl & Eva Braun, each of them women who lived and worked in the city at this time.

2015

These early works by artist Suzie Silver form a trilogy centering around popular culture and queer desire.