Carmen / Harmony Korine is part of Aura Rosenberg's ongoing Who Am I? What Am I? Where Am I? series. The series, which began in 1996, invites various artists to collaborate with Rosenberg on a portrait of a child, usually involving face paint. For Korine's contribution, Rosenberg's daughter, Carmen, was made up in blackface and videotaped holding a guitar. The resulting images date from 1999.
Email from Aura Rosenberg to the quarterly art magazine Eikon, March 9, 1999:
Harmony Korine is a young filmmaker. He wrote the screenplay for Larry Clark's Kids and directed his own film Gummo. In his collaboration with me he painted my daughter Carmen in 'blackface' holding a guitar. We videotaped it and I shot pictures off the TV monitor. 'Blackface' refers to so called minstrel shows where white entertainers supposedly mimicked black ones. This practice is charged with racist overtones. In The Jazz Singer (1927), the first movie with sound, Al Jolson appeared in black face. I think Harmony chose this image because it reflects film history yet remains troubling and conflicted.A print featuring the various pictures taken by Rosenberg was offered for sale through Eikon and elsewhere. This can be seen here.
Carmen / Harmony Korine
Black Antibellum Car Shows, a series of pictures by Harmony Korine, featured in the October 2007 issue of Vice, along with the following text by Korine:
These pictures are from an upcoming book that will come out later in the year. A lot of the people in these pictures are from a local gang in East Nashville that consists mainly of thugs who are obsessed with the movie “Chucky” [Child's Play]. They ride around in Caprice whips with Chucky dolls rolled up in their back windows. They are currently at war with a Kurdish gang who ingest a drink called “jizz wine” and live in abandoned antebellum mansions on the edge of town.
Richardson magazine, the work of publisher and editor Andrew Richardson, was first published in 1998. The first issue (A1) included a selection of images by Harmony Korine under the title Be Broken.
Harmony Korine has twice contributed to agnès b's T-Shirt D'Artiste series. The first time, in 2004, resulted in the white shirt below. The following year he created three more shirts, based around images featured in The Bad Son, one of which can be seen by clicking the image below.
Harmony Korine was included in the group exhibition Draw!, which was held at the Galerie du Jour agnès b from April 16 to May 28, 2005. Pictures of Korine's part, images which featured at his solo exhibition at the Galerie du Jour agnès b in 2003, can be seen here.
Harmony Korine was used as the face of the Marc Jacobs' Mens Spring/Summer 2008 ad campaign, with photographs by usual Marc Jacobs photographer Juergen Teller. The campaign featured three different images of Korine, all of which can be seen by clicking the image below.
Brian DeGraw, Korine's collaborator on SSAB Songs, created a series of images in 2001 under the title The Birth of Laird Henn. The series features half-burnt images, some of which relate to Korine, including a still from Gummo. The images date from March 31 - April 8, 2001.
The untitled image below (minus paint), by Harmony Korine, was first seen at Korine's solo exhibition at the Galerie du Jour agnès b in 2003. It was later featured in the group exhibit Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture (2004 - 2006), upon the ocassion of which were published prints of the original untouched image along with another series of the same image over which Korine had added handpainted elements. In all the series included 30 different editions. Prints, which sell for US $250 - $500, are currently available through Iconoclast USA.
Pigxtras is a supplementary book by Harmony Korine that was included with the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of Purple, an addition to the magazine's regular Purple Book series. Pigxtras numbers approximately 80 pages and is primarily made up of images, with just four pages, barring the introduction, given to text. The introduction, provided by Aaron Rose, reads like so:
Recently I had the pleasure of spending a few days searching through Harmony Korine's archive at his house in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to his extensive work as a writer and film director, Harmony has over the years collected an array of images of every type. Rummaging through the boxes upon boxes he has amassed - many of which Harmony had, until recently, thought he'd lost - led to discoveries at every turn. Among them was an impressive series of tattered and torn fanzines that, beginning as a teenager, Harmony created, almost ritualistically. Some were simple black-and-white, photocopied journals; others were copied from major productions and included color pages and foldouts. Another surprising find was his collection of hand-made publications. Harmony and I had co-published some zines in the 1990s, but seeing everything together impressed me on another level. Despite their "lo-fi" aesthetic, Harmony's zines qualify as some of his most amazing works to date. When it came to organizing this edition of The Purple Book, the timing of these finds could not have been better. The images from our exploration of his Nashville archive were all fresh in our minds, but the ones we chose to present here stood out. Harmony has been photographing television images for as long as I've known him. He's used some of the images in artworks; others were references for his films. All of them, however, are intentional studies emanating from the drama of human interaction as framed by the screen-based medium of television.
Harmony Korine took photographs for the Los Angeles-based clothing Trasteverine, for their 2005 collection entitled Silk Power. The photos included Rachel Simon, whom Korine married in 2007 and whom also featured in the video for Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's No More Workhorse Blues (Harmony Korine, 2004). Korine and Trasteverine designer Brian Frank have known each other since early childhood, when they both lived in Nashville, Tennessee.
The official site for Trasteverine can be found here.
Harmony Korine's solo exhibition at the Patrick Painter Gallery in Santa Monica, California, in October of 1997 included a series of celebrity portraits in addition to Coke Head Swingers / The Milk Chicken Review and the short film The Diary of Anne Frank Pt II. The series - which featured six drawings in all - included portraits of Michael Jackson, Macaulay Culkin, Tupac Shakur, Woody Allen, Bob Dylan and Pamela Lee Anderson.