Artist: Judith Bernstein
Venue: Karma International, Zürich
Exhibition Title: Dick in a Head
Date: April 9 – April 18, 2020
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Karma International, Zürich
Each week we will highlight works of an artist from the gallery in our storefront shows. For the first installment we’re delighted to feature Judith Bernstein, who we caught up with to have a conversation about her iconic Dick in a Head series.
Karma InternationaI: When did you draw your first Dick In A Head and do you remember how you came up with the idea?
Judith Bernstein: The “Dick in a Head” series evolved from my FUCK VIETNAM paintings that I made when I was a student at Yale in 1966. I made a painting titled “Cockman Shall Rise Again,” and the subject was the reactionary governor of Alabama, George Wallace. Recently, I repurposed the imagery to depict President Trump. Two inspirational dickheads!
I began the “Dick in a Head” series specifically in 2008. I got the idea from making charcoal drawings of heads – and sexuality originates in the head. In these drawings the heads are multiple phalluses. The eyeballs and nose are one phallus, and the second phallus also uses the eyeballs and the protrusion from the head. Two dicks in one head! Never enough!
KI: As with many other motifs in your practice, Dick in a Head is a series. How has it evolved since the original?
JB: I started the series working only in charcoal, and it evolved into gorgeous pastels with great color. They were originally more abstracted, and the series has become more literal over time. Each dick is a different head! Each dick is a kick in the head!! Much fun – and I nailed it!!
KI: Like almost all of your works Dick in a Head merges with a radical political message. Would you say that the work is of utmost topicality today?
JB: In every era, there are always dickheads around – especially now! Globally, from the US president, everyday acquaintances, and on down. There’s no end to dickheads!
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