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Second Saturday: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers at Good Children Gallery


The American public's fascination with serial killers is a merging of two of its chief amusements: celebrity and violence. Most of us can probably recite a list of our favorite trinomial killers in the same way we might talk about influential albums that spoke to us in the black light of dorm rooms. It is this serial cataloging that artist Nina Schwanse mines in her new exhibition Hold It Against Me: The Veronica Compton Archive, opening Saturday night at the Good Children Gallery as part of this month's Second Saturday event.

 

A four-way intersection of fame, violence, obsession, and trauma, Hold It Against Me is a fictional archive based on the events surrounding the Hillside Strangler murders of the late 1970s.

 

As the story goes, in 1980 Veronica Compton began a correspondence with Hillside Strangler Kenneth Bianchi while he was awaiting trial. Initially an innocent prison pen pal exchange, it soon spiraled into obsession and madness, as Compton ultimately agreed to perform a copycat-style killing in an attempt to prove Bianchi's innocence. The attempt failed and Compton was arrested, sentenced and imprisoned.

 

Comprised of paintings, drawings, photographs, letters, and video interviews, Schwanse's multimedia experience is designed to replicate the fractured psyche of a criminal mind. It is also a testament to the weird kind of love (and its ensuing manipulation) that can often blossom between lonely, obsessed Americans.

 

Schwanse is a multidisciplinary artist with a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA from the University of New Orleans. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Quebec. Hold It Against Me is her first solo show in New Orleans. The exhibit opens at 6 p.m. at the Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Ave. Light refreshments will be provided.




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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Linzi Falk

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Alexis Manrodt


B. E. Mintz


Stephen Babcock

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