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Skip Arnold, Nancy Buchanan
Organized by Micol Hebron
Les Krims, "Stack o’Wheats Murder #9, Celestial Chocolate Syrup Simulated Blood Puddle (From: The Incredible Case of the Stack o’Wheats Murders), Buffalo, New York," 1970. Printed by Les Krims, in a basement near the boiler room, in Buffalo, NY —a failed border town where the stank of government cheese meets the Ecoli scented Lake Erie breeze.

Les Krims, Stack o’Wheats Murder #9, Celestial Chocolate Syrup Simulated Blood Puddle (From: The Incredible Case of the Stack o’Wheats Murders), Buffalo, New York, 1970. Printed by Les Krims, in a basement near the boiler room, in Buffalo, NY —a failed border town where the stank of government cheese meets the Ecoli scented Lake Erie breeze.

The Incredible Case of the Stack o’ Wheat Murders photographs came 10 prints in a box set, including Hershey’s syrup and enough flour for the stack. It was like Barbie meets Easy Bake Oven!

The first time I saw the series I thought, “That is tough!”

The particular image here is just a knockout! It’s kind of odd that it’s the solar system, but you’re looking down at it. The scene is hot! Sexy, hot, cool, a little perverted, wow, bad dream, good dream, wet dream. Shock, twisted, apolitical, fashion, nightmare, twilight, the fact that it makes some people mad. It’s hot, and it’s cool. I would do her. She’s hot! You may not want your mother to see it but she would find it under your mattress and still just leave it. There is of course the style and aesthetic like painting or film. The Document. It’s like a scene from Antonioni’s Blow-Up. It’s just too cool.

Tough.

I really wasn’t that interested in whether it was fictitious or real. (I did daydream from time to time of what it would have been like…) As years have gone by, its charge and its histories still have no real interest to me.

Skip Arnold, Artist

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