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Steven Wolf Fine Arts invites you to a live reading featuring William T. Vollmann and Genesis P-Orridge. The two are key figures of transgressive culture and come from wildly different backgrounds. But as artists they parallel each other in their exploration of diverse media and interest in gender performance and gender fluidity.
Vollmann is a winner of the National Book Award, and a writer who is almost unequalled for his vast literary output. His experimental novels and non-fiction explore the dark margins of contemporary culture and consciousness, focusing on violence, opression and the abject. He recently released The Book of Dolores, which documents his female alter ego in pictorial self-portraits and text. His photos, drawings and paintings are currently in It's My Job to be a Girl, a two-person show with Zak Smith at Steven Wolf Fine Arts.
Genesis P-Orridge is a poet, performance artist, singer/songwriter and one of the pioneers of Industrial Music. As Neil Andrew Megson he founded Coum Transmission, an anarchist performance troupe whose prank theatrics often resulted in hilarity and arrest by police. In the '70s Megson renamed himself Genesis P-Orridge and co-founded the band Throbbing Gristle, a pioneer of industrial music. In the '80s, Genesis created another band, Psychic TV, whose music veered from melodious pop tunes to avant-garde noise. After moving to America in the 1990s to escape persecution in the United Kingdom, Genesis married the performance artist Lady Jaye. Together they collaborated on a quest for pandrogeny as a means to express thei nature of their relationship without imposed constraints. By altering themselves through surgery, hormone therapy, cross-dressing and altered behavior, they sought to turn themselves into a single, pandrogynous character, "BREYER P-ORRIDGE". The collaboration resulted in a rich and complex journey through gender identities that transcends the confines of mainstream categorization.