Neal Medlyn’s Wicked Clown Love: link
KATHLEEN HANNA: Yes! I worked on a piece about the Juggalos [laughs]. It’s really interesting because ICP [Insane Clown Posse] which is the really big band that the Juggalos have formed around, I think they’ve only played in New York once or twice, in the Midwest they’re absolutely, horrendously huge. I think a lot of what Neal’s show was about was class. Also, geographical location and how snobby New York can be and how snobby the New York art scene can be [laughs]. There’s so many great things about the New York art scene but it was a really gutsy move on his part to be like, I’m making art about this total phenomenon that means a lot to certain people. Neal also comes from a small town and didn’t have a lot of money growing up; he related to the Juggalos and wanted to explore the masculinity within their culture. It was really, really strange watching very sophisticated New York audiences react to this phenomenon they didn’t know very much about and to point out this huge phenomenon that a lot of people don’t even know exists. It actually made me think a lot about Riot Grrrl. About how to me and my friends it was such a big deal but if you ask nine out of 10 people, they have no idea of what it is or what it was — it’s been such a huge part of my life.
Posted on Sunday, February 12th, 2012 at CollapseBoard.com