Marcus Civin Interviews Gutted Curator Dino Dinco
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Introduction: Formative Bodies, Hearing From Dino Dinco
Reports Dino Dinco on the website luxlotus.com, “[I am] embarking on a year-long post as Performance Curator in Residence at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)… As a teenager, LACE is where I first experienced the work of Raymond Pettibon, Tom of Finland, and Nina Hagen who performed on the patio of their former downtown location.”
Further, in a curatorial statement, Dinco writes: “In mid-‘80s Los Angeles, Ron Athey, Luis Alfaro, and Vaginal Davis were but some of the artists who schooled me in what it meant to use the body—their bodies—to investigate a matrix of race, sex, power, community, activism, sexuality, and desire through performance art. Many of the spaces where I first saw these artists are long gone: The Onyx Café, Club Fuck! (the original Silverlake location at Le Barcito, then called Bascos), Glaxa Theater, Troy Café…”
GUTTED 2011, curated by Dinco and upcoming at LACE, includes members of a generation of Los Angeles artists who are elaborately engaging rhythms and forms of performance art as a serious practice. Performers include a roster of inimitables: Mariel Carranza, Brian Getnick, Dawn Kasper, Julie Tolentino, and Dorian Wood.