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issue 51 - August/September 2019
CURVE magazine cover August/September 2019
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The Royal Family

by Adam Nathaniel Furman

Three Characters In the Second Act: The Royal Family is a vision of the home as a court of domestic deviance played out through the ecstatic surfaces of a bourgeois' nightmare. A model 21st Century family of two parents and an insanely spoiled child, the father is the mother, the mother is the father, both the mother and the father are the father and the mother, while the infanta is also the infante but is free to be neither, or both, or something in between.

Gioioso (the chair), Benevolente (the wide unit), and Solidale (the tapering unit) have no official status, but they are pure royalty in their total rejection of the suffocatingly facile codes of good taste, and they honor their freedom and divinely ordained power in the salacious union of sacred and profane, color and form, willfulness and gluttony, the digital and the crafted, the new and the old, and the bad and the naughty, refulgent in patterns of a new kind of regal family's aesthetic liberty.

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