To really understand Kenny Millions' My Hoe Wants to Paint project -- performed once, this evening, at Electric Lunch, the new outpost of nomadic art collective The End/Spring Break -- would require a semester's worth of lectures, PowerPoint presentations, and in-depth research on bothPierre Scaruffi's History of Avantgarde Music
But hey, it's 2013 and nobody really understands anything anymore. At least not if it exceeds 140 characters.
So we recommend kicking back and letting the weirdness that is reality wash over you like oatmeal on chicken pox.
Millions is a former Motown session player and participant in the Lower East Side's storied loft free-jazz scene, but he's put all of that behind him in favor of getting onstage at Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti to scream vulgarities, drool on himself, skronk the ever-living fuck out of his saxophone, blast excerpts from radio rap bangers in between unrepentant, full-volume abuse of his electric guitar, and pantomime a variety of lewd actions with one or more inflatable girlfriends.
Most recently, the Renaissance freak entered a juried exhibition in which pieces were scored based on -- according to the judges -- how little the artist behind the work actually cared. The less caring, the more points.
Millions entered one of his blow-up dolls positioned like it (she?) was painting. It didn't win, but Kenny was so inspired that he will be hosting an encore viewing this Friday.
Crossfade sent Mr. Millions some questions to learn more about his artistic platform. And what we received in response was shit-jazz beat poetry, in-character musings on prostitutes with art aspirations, and a firm insistence that we spell the word ho with an E.
What is the origin story behind My Ho Wants to Paint? What inspired it? What is the message?
My hoe should be hustling her ass on the street making me some fucking money, but she now thinks she's a fucking artist. And if she don't get her ass back on the street, I'm going to go upside her head. Fuck Art. Can't make no fucking money with it.
We know you're a musician and a poet. Is this your first foray into sculpture and/or visual art?
I've painted and created visual installations at various times during the course of my long career as an artist.
so you wanted to be
a fucking artist
you did it
Will you be participating in any way? Maybe working on your own canvas?
I will be providing the appropriate music during the event in order to inspire MY HOE to paint. She will be painting with the musical performance.
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How might you respond to feminist critiques of My Hoe Wants To Paint? What would you say to someone who calls the work sexist or misogynistic?
motherfuckers keep fucking with my shit
this is how
this is my language
you don't like it
by the actual
or are you
by my madness
to be soft
the snob that you are
I can't give you
nor can I
help you out
spoon feed you
of my time
Kenny Millions: My Hoe Wants to Paint. Thursday, March 14. Featuring Kenny Millions presenting his masterwork installation and performance, My Hoe Wants to Paint. The End/Spring Break, 176 NE First Ave., Miami. For more info visit the event's page on Facebook.