Tom Murrin
Don’t Mess With Me, 1986-87
Mixed media
16 3/4 x 17 x 1 in.
“I often did shows at clubs that would have an aggressive tone, which probably came from the fact that a lot of my early solo shows in NYC clubs (starting in 1978) were in front of rock and punk audiences - CBGB, Maxs, Club 57, so I knew right off the bat, I wasnt going to be doing any soft salute to spring-like shows, and so I made masks that were punk, and did shows that might be about violence, and how to deal with it, etc.  Later, when downtown NYC was a little rougher, I did certain Fashions  for Defense shows at PS 122, La Mama, Theater for the New  City  but I was always in your face”