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David Wojnarowicz in the East Village Eye
David Wojnarowicz, "I Use Maps Because I Don't Know How to Paint," 1984
David Wojnarowicz was one of the most important voices of his generation. Now known equally for his art and his writings, Wojnarowicz illuminated the terrors and struggles of the outsider—eventually exposing the universal terror of our existential reality. Going further, he deconstructed this paralyzing state, thus disarming these same demons and revealing the ultimate truth that storytellers such as himself—abused as a child and attacked in modern America as a homosexual man—can emerge with the power to unmask the mechanisms of alienation and oppression that have become part of everyday life.
East Village Eye was one the first publications to cover the progress of this extraordinary artist, and we are honored that he chose the Eye to write a column in which he addressed some of his major themes, as well as the lives and work of fellow artists and others who lived near his home in the Lower East Side of New York City. You can read articles by and about David Wojnarowicz here.
MOVE Militants Back in the News with
MOVE militant Debbie Sims Africa was recently released after serving 40 years for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman. See a video here for a report from The Real News that references a cover story in the East Village Eye back in June of 1986. For the full story of the bombing of the MOVE compound in Philadelphia that wrought major destruction upon the neighborhood that housed the group's HQ, read the Eye's June 1986 issue.
The Ten Most Musical Eyes
John Lydon by Fran Vogel
Just in time for summer reading, The Eye Archive is proud to present the Ten Most Musical Eyes, featuring some of our favorite idols, inconoclasts and idiosyncratic troubadours who changed the ears of a generation. Join us as we get into their heads and reveal what they had in mind when they revolutionized the soundtrack of our lives.
T-shirt fashion show director Evelyn von Gizycki (in fur hat) with models and host Joey Arias (in bangs).