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Remember the boys in your class with Pee Chee folders who used to draw their foes getting mutilated? Italy’s "Little Duck" (a.k.a. Laurina Paperina) taps into that childhood impulse, imbuing it with color, movement, and, occasionally, deeper sociological commentary. Paperina started with superheroes. Behind the wheel of the Pape-mobile, a modified three-wheeler with wings and a siren, she drove down pompous, bloated, aging superheroes like Thor, then had black widows erupt from Spider-Man’s head, and made Pac-Man devour all the Ninja Turtles. When Paperina turned her attention to current events, she drew Pope Benedict XVI as a ghoul and rendered the plague as a cute little supergirl named Bubo riding a pet pig affectionately called Sausage. It was charming and playful, if deliberately puerile. But when she tackled the art world itself, the Little Duck became a virtual swan. Through stills and animation, Pablo Picasso, Damien Hirst, Marina Abramovic, Takashi Murakami, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and, oddly, skateboarder/artist Ed Templeton have been devoured, dismembered, and defeated by their own creations. (In our personal favorite, Joseph Kosuth is beaten by a chair.) Paperina claims to kill off only her heroes, but in recent years she’s targeted dealers. While not for everyone, Paperina’s current show “Bad Smell” promises hilarious lessons in art history from Basquiat to Barry McGee, as well as some prancing through pop culture.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 11. Continues through Oct. 27, 2012
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