Burns for Mayor
Today on the show my guests are artists Boris Rasin and Kenny Komer. Their posters, sculptures and interactive projects engage viewers in unexpected ways on the streets of NYC, promoting discussion, and encouraging us to look more closely at our day to day environment and the ways we interact with public space.
If you live in New York it’s quite possible you’ve seen their work. In 2009 the artists ran Monte Burns — the evil millionaire of Simpsons fame — against two term incumbent Mayor Bloomberg, receiving the most votes of any write-in candidate. Another project, entitled Park 51, provided New Yorkers a platform to voice their support or opposition to the ground zero mosque on fliers pasted around the neighborhood of the proposed site. For an ongoing project called Midas, Kenny and Boris paint gold mundane or broken objects in the public domains. Sewer grates, broken fire call boxes and lampposts have been some of their targets. Their current public installation is called Renewal Part 1, and it’s on view now at 250 Broome street in Manhattan. You can donate to the project’s Kickstarter page HERE.
I sat down with Boris and Kenny in Bushwick to talk about their work, their thoughts on public art and the possibility of a Monte Burns presidential bid.
Renewal pt. I
Burns for Mayor
00:00 Thomas Intro
02:08 Bauhaus – Third Uncle
02:45 Kenny Komer and Boris Rasin Interview pt.1
06:49 Tears in the Typing Pool – Broadcast
08:53 Kenny Komer and Boris Rasin Interview pt.2
10:36 New Look – Human Hands
13:20 Kenny Komer and Boris Rasin Interview pt.3
17:31 Sorry Sorry Sarah – Blood on the Wall
19:52 Kenny Komer and Boris Rasin Interview pt.4
23:56 Surveillance Camera – A Frames
26:59 Kenny Komer and Boris Rasin Interview pt.5
30:22 You Mean Nothing to Me – Jay Reatard
32:14 Kenny Komer and Boris Rasin Interview pt.6
35:22 Systematic Death – Crass
38:20 Kenny Komer and Boris Rasin Interview pt.7
42:08 Eraser – No Age
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