Nick Zedd is a film-maker, painter, writer, actor, political satirist, and a leading figure of the Lower East Side cinematic revolution, the Cinema of Transgression – a term he coined in a manifesto proclaiming “a new generation of filmmakers daring to rip off the stifling straight jackets of film theory in a direct attack on every value system known to man.”
Zedd’s provocative, humorous, yet often intensely beautiful films have transcended their cult origins to influence mainstream culture from music videos to John Waters and Quentin Tarantino, who even refers to him in Pulp Fiction. Throughout the years, he has collaborated with Lower East Side artists including Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch, Kembra Pfahler, Lung Leg, Annie Sprinkle, Taylor Mead, Beth B, Reverend Jen (Electra Elf public access tv series), and others.
Under multiple pseudonyms, during the years 1984-1990 Zedd wrote an published 9 issues of his infamous zines “Underground Film Bulletins”.
For the past three years, Nick Zedd has been working almost exclusively on the new ENTITIES oil paintings. The works are manifestations of his “Theory of Xenomorphosis” (1998), which posits the possibility of a super-evolutionary process leading to mutation through the injection of an alien genetic code. Nick Zedd’s works have been shown world-wide – often with great resistance — and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
“Zedd’s work is angry, disturbing, provocative: it is also consistent, original and more than less fearless. He is very much out of the underground and independent tradition….”
Larry Kardish – MoMA