Untitled (The Ass Sanctuary) is Harmony Korine's contribution to Hans-Ulrich Obrist's and agnès b's ongoing Point d'Ironie project. Founded in 1997, Point d'Ironie each year offers around six artists the opportunity to fill an eight-page tabloid format periodical. Each artist is given free reign in how they fill the periodical and the result becomes a single issue of Point d'Ironie. 100,000 - 300,000 copies of each issue are made available free around the world, offered to and through galleries, cafes, schools, et al.
Korine, Harmony: Untitled. Point d'Ironie #12, March 1999.
Artist periodical. Edited by agnès b and H.U. Obrist.
Two double pages. Printed b/w offset. Loose as issued.
43x31.6 cm. Point d'Ironie, Paris, 1999.
Point d'Ironie press release:
Harmony Korine is a young American filmmaker, writer, video artist, and author of the scenario for Kids, creator and director of Gummo. He is currently working on a new feature film, julien donkey-boy, to premier in September at the Venice Film Festival. Commenting on his project for Point d'Ironie, he writes:
"All I do is smoke cigarettes and complain. I'm happy only every once in awhile and that is when I see something in one of my pictures that I know is good. These pictures are of boys fucking and sucking each other. I have no genuine reason for them being made, only that at a certain time I felt they should exist. Maybe one day I will be happy again."
The images derive from an unreleased video by Harmony Korine, tentatively entitled The Ass Sanctuary.