Whats up with 2012? cries Dylan, a friend of the artist, a buoyant outsider to her clique.
Everybodys talkin about it. Indeed. At Dame Darcys show at Sloan Fine Art features illustrations from her graphic novel Gasoline, which is set in a postoil, post-apocalyptic wasteland, were on display.The book is fiction, but theres no irony intoned when I ask her and her friends about the year 2012, the end of the Mayan calendars current cycle.
They kind of see me as their silly kid sister, but I know whats up, says Jessica Delfino, comedienne and singer of dirty ditties.I know about the solar flares that are expected, and I do believe that in 2012, the [magnetic] poles will reverse.
Metaphysical pundits have all variety of theories about what 2012 will bring. Maybe well re-civilize; maybe well experience total psychic unity. Not taking any chances, Jessica has resolved not to have children before the fateful year. Shes also devised an art exhibitiona sustainable underground homethat will serve a second purpose if the prophecies come true. I float the issue to filmmaker and artist Tenzin Phuntsog, another of Darcys cohorts.
Any preparations for the big switch? Im becoming the best person I can be, he says. Working on my soul. My elbow is violently grabbed by an older man whom I dont know, who nonetheless looks surprised to see me. Hes wearing leather pants, gold chains, a fatigued leather coat and a scarf that reads Savoia on the tag. Who the fuck are you? he asks. I sigh. I guess I dont really know. How about you? You dont know who I am? Im a fuckin big shot. Im Savoia. Look it up. Google. Do it. Can you just tell me? Who the fuck are you? Ill knock your fuckin teeth out. Im a big shot. Youre a punk kid. How do you react when an old man threatens you? Its like when your baby cousin calls you a faggot.
You shouldnt use those words, I say. What do you think about 2012? The apocalypse. What the fuck? Fuck the apocalypse. Catastrophes every fuckin day of your life. Do too many drugs, every night is catastrophic.
And I couldnt argue with that.