Image: Casey O’Connell, Nudy and Nakes, acrylic and oil stain on wood panel, 2010
This month we’re braving the teen terrain. Adolescents may have no monopoly on bad behavior, but they have the market cornered on inventive ways of displaying it. Here teens scheme, double-cross, and otherwise terrorize their peers; "mean" is truly average, and every story includes a plot. Religious ceremonies lead to ritual humiliation, family vacations turn into holidays in hell, and even adults act out. Stand back as Naja Aidt, Andrés Barba, Leonardo Pica Ciamarra, Lars Saabye Christensen, Angela Dutra de Menezes, Eve Gil, and Etienne van Heerden depict a world of bad behavior.
Before Vanessa, I had other girlfriends, but none of them was memorable or worthy of appearing in my scrapbook.
from “Such Small Hands”
It all started at the zoo: the smell of the zoo, the nervous excitability as we stepped off the minibus.
The May Crowning
For five years, Berenice waited for a chance to dematerialize her cousin
I saw her again today. She came out from the liquor store in Majorstua, the bottles pushed down into a worn brown bag
from “Thirty Nights in Amsterdam”
“A bicycle, a bike,” I nag at MaOlivier, and she has to phone around, first my old Snoozebrother on the farm, then the husband of my old Pretoria sister.
from “As Far As We Can See”
In other words, the young man concluded, even an intelligent person can happen to say something stupid now and then!
A Car Trip
After Nikolaj slams the car door shut they realize that Tobias isn't in the car.