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Chris Kraus, poster for Gravity and Grace, 1995, Real Fine Arts, Brooklyn
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CHRIS KRAUS: FILMS FROM THE 1980S AND ‘90S
by Elisabeth Kley



Dressed only in a black bra and panties, spiked fingerless bondage gloves and a curly blond wig, writer Chris Kraus once braved six degree temperatures in the snow, while ranting about murdering her sadistic husband. “I was trying to build a gendered two-legged snowman, thinking the legs would join together at the pelvis and the dick. Never got there,” she recalls. The ordeal was for Foolproof Illusion (1986), a 17-minute film about Artaud from a feminist point of view, and the snowman’s lack of completion resonates in light of Kraus’s aborted filmmaking career.

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