TRANSGRESSION OR AFFIRMATION?, $1 or stamps or trade, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 6 pgs.

Jul 25, 2018

In a time when nothing is shocking, does transgressive art reaffirm the status quo? Does transgressive art challenge totalitarian structures or does it end up supporting them? In a somewhat inaccessible, academic way, Jason Rodgers looks at transgressive art like horror movies, industrial music, and the Church of Satan and questions its value. He feels “far too often the attempt to shock is a conformist tactic, because that material is just not shocking, it is the same thing you see in a tabloid.” It’s a timely essay. While we all love punk rock and scary movies, it must be noted, transgressive art has long created safe places for fascists like Boyd Rice and now it’s being used by all these serial-masturbating, 4chan, alt-righters. Rodgers makes that case that, “what is needed is a positive use of transgression that could be active nihilism.” –Craven Rock (Jason Rodgers, PO Box 10894, Albany, NY 12201)