November 6, 2011

Everybody's A Star

Anonymous, LA, 2009
Photograph by Katy Grannan

In the exhibition catalogue for Katy Grannan Boulevard, published 2011 by Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Salon 94, New York, the artist writes:

The sun will show you. Ruthless and indiscriminate, it reveals these ghosts, people left with nothing but aspiration and delusion. They thought it would be different here but reality is crueler and far lovelier.

The catalogue ends with an excerpt from The Kinks Celluloid Heroes:

Everybody's a dreamer and everybody's a star
And everybody's in show biz, it doesn't matter who you are
And those who are successful
Be always on your guard
Success walks hand in hand with failure
Along Hollywood Boulevard

I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die

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