I/Eye: On Photography

Fictive Personae: The Pyramid Portraits at the Esopus Space (NYC), June 3 — July 15

Posted in portraits, Uncategorized by Sheila Newbery on April 29, 2010

Sun PK (1986) © Clayton Patterson

Clayton Patterson’s photographs of Pyramid Club performers were shot during the mid-eighties and will be on view for the first time at the Esopus Space in NYC, June 3–July 15. The entertainment provided by the ‘ladies’ was low-budget brilliance: costumes were pieced together from what could be found cheaply—flamboyance borne of straitened means (no pun intended…). The creations on display were the fictive personae wrought by the artists’ wit, daring, and tireless fascination with the theater of personality. Patterson muses on this lost performance culture in an interview with Esopus Magazine editor Tod Lippy.

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