Dickpix And Blendr Hookups: Margie Schnibbe’s “Psychopathia.Sexualis.NSFW”

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While most people would be content to make tortured art out of their divorces, Margie Schnibbe has unveiled “Psychopathia.Sexualis.NSFW,” a multimedia journey through her online hookups since splitting with her husband of ten years.

“I started this online dating/hook-up thing in May 2011,” Schnibbe says in a Chinatown gallery full of elegantly-presented, filthy Chat transcripts, “took a few breathers, and then started pursuing it regularly in September 2012, when I filed my divorce papers.”

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Schnibbe was the filmmaker behind the 2006 documentary “Pornstar Pets,” which featured performers like Ron Jeremy, jessica drake, Evan Stone, Kitten Natividad, and many others with their dogs, cats, turtles, and/or chinchillas. Later, as Vena Virago, Schnibbe made actual porn for the former VCA and Vivid-Alt.

The 3-floor exhibit at Chinatown’s Charlie James Gallery has all the digital detritus of a modern hookup: craigslist casual encounters and Blendr transcripts, dick pix (including on from AVN Hall of Famer Tony Tedeschi), and an epic wall-sized printout of a Glendale Galleria-obsessed man desperate to fuck Schnibbe without a condom and then take her to Marie Callender’s for soup.

Of the 13 online relationships documented, Schnibbe says, nine led to sexual encounters. Most, of course, involve names that were changed for the sake of privacy. But the words and dickpix remain (for her part, Schnibbe reciprocates with a picture of her own goods in the downstairs, extra-NSFW room).

I’d guess that many of us with an SMS client have a megabyte or two of these discussions on our phones. As funny as all of the exchanges are, I couldn’t help but notice the lowest common denominator similarities in every one of them; these private exchanges I’ve had or been privy to underline the fact that we think we’re very clever when we’re horny, but we’re just horny.

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My favorite piece is a video of Schnibbe’s dog and another dog sniffing and wrestling in a 5-minute loop. Porn, which began its life in loops, is similar. Over the video, actor Tom Gulagher reads a tortured transcript of another Schnibbe suitor detailing his sexual history, an erudite humblebrag that is no less an attempt to fuck her without a condom than the transcript in the next room of the guy who still lives with his mom.

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Last weekend’s opening reception featured a 20-person interpretive reading of the Marie Callender piece.

Most visitors will leave “Psychopathia.Sexualis.NSFW” with a validation of something they already know: No man likes condoms. But the real takeaway is that the whole show has an NSA Prism program quality: How did she get our instant messages?

“Psychopathia.Sexualis.NSFW” through July 20 at the Charlie James Gallery, 969 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles 90012

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