XIUXIU LY­RICS

L'officiel Art - - Venice Biennale Punta Della Dogana -

These ly­rics come from the song Fa­bu­lous Muscles (re­lea­sed Fe­brua­ry 2004) by the group Xiu Xiu – an Ame­ri­can ex­pe­ri­men­tal post-punk group ori­gi­nal­ly from San Jose, Ca­li­for­nia. Danh Vo has as­ked his fa­ther to write these ly­rics in his own hand on the floor of Pun­ta della Do­ga­na as part of his ins­tal­la­tion.

Break my face in It was the kin­dest touch you ever gave Wrap my dreams around your thighs And drape my hope upon the chance to touch your arm

Fa­bu­lous muscles Cre­mate me af­ter you cum on my lips Ho­ney boy place my ashes in a vase Be­neath your wor­kout bench

No ro­mance no sexi­ness But a star filled night Knee­ling down be­fore the now fa­mi­liar flesh Of your de­for­med pe­nis Wig­ging out be­fore the un­fa­mi­liar flesh Of my bro­ken neck

1 & 2. Nai­ry Bagh­ra­mian, French Curve, 2014, cast alu­mi­num, epoxy re­sin, po­ly­sty­rene, concrete, paint, ap­prox. 1 700 x 550 x 56 cm. 3. Fe­lix Gon­za­lez-Torres, Un­tit­led (Blood), 1992, strands of beads and han­ging de­vice, di­men­sions va­ry with ins­tal­la­tion. 4. Nai­ry Bagh­ra­mian, Re­tai­ner, 2013, po­ly­car­bo­nate, chro­med me­tal, print, pain­ted me­tal, rub­ber, di­men­sions va­riable. 5. Danh Vo, Un­tit­led, 2015, Gold, card­board, va­rious iron and wood farm tools, di­men­sions va­riable.

Left: Nai­ry Bagh­ra­mian, Re­tai­ner, 2013, po­ly­car­bo­nate, chro­med me­tal, print, pain­ted me­tal, rub­ber, di­men­sions va­riable. Above: Danh Vo, Your Mo­ther Sucks Cocks In Hell, 2015, marble frag­ment of a child, Ro­man work­shop, 1st-2nd cen­tu­ry AD; oak and po­ly­chrome Ma­don­na and child, French Ear­ly Go­thic; ply­wood, 53,3 x 39,6 x 35,1cm.

In the back­ground, Nai­ry Bagh­ra­mian, Re­tai­ner, 2013, po­ly­car­bo­nate, chro­med me­tal, print, pain­ted me­tal, rub­ber, Di­men­sions va­riable. Hen­rik Ole­sen, Un­tit­led #05, 2011, Screws, nails, can­vas, 165 x 165 cm.

Charles Ray, Fisch, 2011 Ster­ling sil­ver, 18 x 95 x 39 cm.

1. Jean-Luc Mou­lène, Ro­tor, 2015, concrete, 151 x 77 x 42 cm. 2. Nai­ry Bagh­ra­mian, Re­tai­ner, 2013, po­ly­car­bo­nate, chro­med me­tal, print, pain­ted me­tal, rub­ber, di­men­sions va­riable. 3. Danh Vo, Un­tit­led, 2015, 17th cen­tu­ry oak and po­ly­chrome, che­rub's head, 11,8 x 17 x 16,5 cm.

Danh Vo, Your Mo­ther Sucks Cocks In Hell, 2015, marble frag­ment of a child, Ro­man work­shop, 1st-2nd cen­tu­ry AD; oak and po­ly­chrome Ma­don­na and child, French Ear­ly Go­thic; ply­wood, 53,3 x 39,6 x 35,1cm.

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