Michelle Handelman


TITLE: K8 Hardy as Sybl from the 4-channel video project: “Dorian, a cinematic perfume”, 2009

MEDIUM: Digital c-print

DIMENSIONS: 8″ x 10″


DETAILS: This is a still from the 4-channel video project: “Dorian, a cinematic perfume”, based on Oscar Wilde’s 19th century novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Like the films of Warhol and Godard, that blur the lines between performance and reality, all of the performers in Dorian are playing some version of themselves. Sequinette (Dorian) is a young gender-bending drag impresario; Armen Ra (Lord H) is a renowned theremin player and drag performer; K8 Hardy (Sybl Vain) is a performance artist and co-creator of the queer art collective LTTR; and Flawless Sabrina (Dead Dorian) is a drag legend.

BIO: Michelle Handelman (MFA Bard College, BFA San Francisco Art Institute) is an interdisciplinary artist who makes work that explores the sublime in its various forms of excess and nothingness.

Her videos and live performances have screened internationally including MIT List Visual Arts Center; Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris; American Film Institute; San Francisco MOMA; PERFORMA 05, the first biennial of visual performance, NYC; 3LD Art & Technology Center, NYC; The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and numerous film and video festivals.

She is a 2010 fellow in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts and has garnered many awards including the Sony Visions Award (2004) and the Bravo Award (1999) for her feature-length documentary BloodSisters, currently available at www.reframecollection.org.

Her latest commission Beware the Lily Law will be on permanent display at The Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia (2011) and her four-channel video installation Dorian, a cinematic perfume  will be at Arthouse at the Jones Ceneter, Austin (2011). Her fiction and critical writing appear in Inappropriate Behaviour (Serpents Tail, London 2001); Apocalypse Culture 2, (Feral House Press, LA 1990); Coming Up: the World’s Best Erotic Writing (Kasak Books, NY 1995), and Herotica 3 edited by Susie Bright (Plume Books, SF 1994).

She lives in New York and is an associate professor in video at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.