Kevin
photography, installation, software, edition, books
2011-ongoing

Kevin is a series about online obsession with IRL implications. Finding, loving, stalking, and mourning images of an amateur porn star. I was surfing a pay-per-view pornography website in the 90s when I found Kevin, actual several hundred images of Kevin. The installation produced for Les Rencontres d’Arles recreated my desktop at 3,000% — the smallest canvas on panel was 9 feet tall. In front of the jpegs was a sitting area of raw mattresses with a box of porn magazines, including several that pictured Kevin.  



I had a habit of selecting and opening every Kevin on my laptop. I was hoping to find that perfect jpeg. A Java application reenacts this action circa 1999 using Mac OS 9 aesthetics. The software loops —  opening and counting in perpetuity until the computer slows. Then freezes. In the end, only the tech remains.

I was spellbound to collect all things Kevin, aka Chalm, aka Coach online and in print including an old classified ad that the amateur porn star had posted to connect with other men. I took this as an invitation to find Kevin in-real-life. Writing letters, contacting publishers, and paying for information through websites that sell personal data. It all pointed to an address in New Orleans and just when I was about to poster the city I received an email. Kevin was dead. The final works in the series picture me mourning my muse.

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Exhibitions
Les Rencontres d’Arles, France
Front Room Gallery, New York
The Goodwink Conspirary, online

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Looking to produce a film about my journey, where I finally find Kevin — dead or alive.

Mark

Thankful to be commissioned by Rhizome, supported by Eyebeam, awarded by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles, bested by Hyperallergic, and collected by MoMA.