Kenneth Tam, still from The compression is not subservient to the explosion; it gives it increased force, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.
Almost all of the artists used the same adjective to describe Craigslist—seedy. In some cases, that’s a boon for artmaking.
Kenneth Tam, I no longer worry about shoes being worn inside the house, 2010.
“That’s part of the work, this uncertainty of what this relationship is—and the feelings of discomfort.”
Laurel Nakadate, Lucky Tiger #20, 2009. © Laurel Nakadate. Courtesy of Leslie Tonkonow Artowkrs + Projects, New York.
The Craigslist ad Sophie Barbasch posted to collect voicemails from strangers. Courtesy of the artist.
Sophie Barbasch, Goodnight Call, 2011.
Terry Ratzlaff, Kurt, Denver, Colorado, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.
“I met a man who wanted naked photos with his six Yorkshire Terriers—to make into a calendar for his husband.”
Kenneth Tam, still from Breakfast in Bed, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.
Nathan Fielder , Season 4, “The Anecdote,” October 19, 2017. Courtesy of Comedy Central.
“Seeking large man who has cremated his mother,” the Nathan For You post runs. “Paid gig.”