From Trey Speegle’s article about current exhibitions featuring works by artists Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz, and Mark Morrisroe for worldofwonder.net:
Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989) had a not dissimilar background to Wojnarowicz, coming to the East Village in the 80s and also working as a hustler. I met all of these three talents, but knew Morrisroe the best. I was introduced to him by gallerist Pat Hearn, when I designed a fold-out poster to announce his first show with her in ’86. After we became friends, he shot me with my dog, Spot, below.
His solo exhibition of photographs ‘Boy Next Door (Beautiful But Dumb),’ is up through March 24 at Clamp Art in NYC. Morrisroe grew up north of Boston, and went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with artists like Doug and Mike Starn, Jack Pierson & Pat Hearn. (Hearn & Pierson are pictured below.) ClampArt’s show comes from photographs acquired from Hearn before her death at 45 in 2000. Sadly, Mark died of AIDS a decade before at age 30 in 1989.
All three photographers are worth exploring further in these exhibits and all are an amazing record of their time, exciting, inspiring, as well as a sad reminder of the great talent lost what now seems like long ago.