Dash Snow: I Love You, Stupid!
'I Love You, Stupid' demonstrates in Polaroid pictures the quick, short life of the artist Dash SNOW who died young, and his importance to the New York scene and his friends. The abundance of Polaroid material and the 'appearances' of many people in the New York scene of the 90s and 2000s, as Ryan McGINLEY or Gawin McInnes, founder of the legendary VICE magazine (and author of 'How to Piss in Public: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood ', 2012) make this book as an indispensable document American youth culture. 'I Love You, Stupid' belongs next to the publications from McGINLEY, already at the other side to show its aestheticizing recordings teenager. New York artist Dash SNOW's death in July 2009, two weeks before his 28th birthday, sent shockwaves of grief through the art world, though it was not unexpected.
Since his late teens, Snow had used photography to documents his days and nights of extreme hedonism – nights which, as he famously claimed, he might not otherwise remember. As these Polaroid photographs began to be exhibited in the early 2000s, Dash SNOW was briefly launched to art-world superstardom, keeping company with the likes of Dan Colen and Ryan McGinley, with whom he pioneered a photographic style whose subject matter is best characterized in McGinley's brief memoir of Dash SNOW: 'Irresponsible, reckless, carefree, wild, rich – we were just kids doing drugs and being bad, out at bars every night. Sniffing coke off toilet seats. Doing bumps off each others' fists. Driving down one-way streets in Milan at 100 miles an hour blasting 'I Did It My Way' in a white van.'
'Dash Snow: I Love You, Stupid' compiles these famous Polaroids, previously only published in relatively expensive editions. Opening with scenes of friends crashed on beds and couches, floors and even the street, it records hazily snatched glimpses of sex, hard drugs and hanging out; adventures in cars, baths, pools, subway cars, friends' apartments, on boardwalks and rooftops. With 430 color reproductions, this definitive and affordable monograph constitutes an extraordinary document of a life lived at full pitch." (publisher's note, ©Koenig, 2013) About the photographer, Dash Snow (27/07/1981 in New York – 13/07/2009): Dash Snow was a great-grandson of the founders of the Menil Collection in Houston, Dominique and John de Menil, and grandson of the Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman. After spending his teen years as a graffiti artist, Snow moved to New York, where he died on the evening of July 13, 2009, at Lafayette House, a hotel in lower Manhattan.
Dash Snow was always on the go with the camera, as Ryan McGinley in his obituary published by Vice described (source: www.vice.com/read/remembering-dash-snow-980-v16n8) to be excessive life with his friends (including McGinley and Dan Colen) to hold. The catalog 'I Love you Stupid' is on the occasion of the major 'SNOW' in Berlin, curated by Blair Hansen, appeared in spite of his wealth as softcover edition, which fits very well to the scene artist. After a 20-page introduction by Glenn O'Brien (with the subtitle 'Some thoughts inspired by Dash Snow) follow blurred bw-recordings from the preparation of a heroin injection - a counterpoint to the most life-affirming Polaroid-recordings and a reference to Dash Snow's heroin dependence. SNOW die by an overdose two weeks before his 28th birthday. Polaroid photographs of the entire book are divided by chapter like about ten such sites, on each side mostly two Polaroid pictures in original size - in color, but not highlighted typographically as in other publications.
'Dash Snow: I Love You, Stupid' ends with two short essays, a five-page text of Blair Hansen to the exhibition and the text of Gawin McInnes, which ends with a moving statement: 'I Miss Dash Snow'.