Nick Currie, the artist currently known as Momus, was in New York City this past week, performing at Joe's Pub.Born
in Paisley, Scotland, the multi-talented, eye-patch-wearing
writer/singer/artist/blogger is a former downtown resident – he lived
in Chinatown during 9/11 but left not long afterward in March 2002.
Currently living in Berlin, Currie returns every year or so.As
part of a performance piece, he impersonated a guide at the Whitney
Biennial 2006, stopping in front of artwork with a megaphone and making
off-the-wall comments, disarming visitors and guards alike. His
Performa '07 performance piece will be enacted by others since he'll be
back in Berlin, but it involves whispering.
We met up in
Dumbo at the re-launch of Zakka, a fun and arty store featuring books,
toys, and other artifacts from Japan where he jammed with some of his
Japanese friends. Later, on the small stage of Joe's Pub, he jumped
around agilely and sang a solid set of ditties accompanied by
Yximalloo, a Japanese outsider musician. Momus
is in Denver, Colorado right now lecturing on the Future of Texture at
the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Design conference.
Endearing, thoughtful, literate, quirky, uninhibited on stage, he's no
poser with the eye-patch – he damaged his right eye after contracting an infeciton from a contact lens case washed with Greek tap water.