Every now and then, you will catch me actually visiting an exhibition for more than just the canapés at the vernissage. In fact, sometimes I’ll gladly miss out on the opening to have the space to myself a couple of days later. This was exactly the case with the currently ongoing Dash Snow exhibition at Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery. That dude is crazy, provocative and certainly not just any boring artist.
Dash Snow is somewhat the blueprint of the raving, partying hipster artist — except he’s the New York kind of hipster, with even more excessive, hedonistic partying than Berlin ever seemed to have (well, to clarify on that: of course Berlin has a vast history of partying. Bizarrely though, Americans have their very own, destructive seeming kind of party, where shooting up H and puking all over someone elses penis are deeply integrated. I’ll choose the pill popping Techno rave and gentle orgies anytime over Snows fucked up world, but it’s a world nonetheless and worth checking out from afar). Anyway: Dash Snows polaroids and the movie CFA has on display are deeply disturbing, but also hilarious, interesting and very insightful.
For me, the collection of Dash Snows polaroids is more than just art in the primal sense. They document a whole era and somehow connect the viewer to a world that they’d never been part of. Having so many pictures of your own life, of your friends and of a certain phase and then leaving it behind for the rest of the world to see is exactly what we’re doing right here, isn’t it (certainly not as intimate as Snow did, but you can’t snap the sexy moments at Berghain so what’s the use!). Someday we’ll be able to look back and say: wow, remember, in our twenties, we were wearing that, and we were doing this, and oh, remember that picture and that place? We’re documenting our lives and the rapid changes in the city. I’m kind of looking forward to the future, where I’ll look back on the present now with a different perspective. What will I think about the past and how will it feel to be so much older with so much proof of how it used to be?
Dash Snows works will be on display til the 24th of March at Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery. Entrance is free.