Feel Ignore (More Sore Lore), 2001 30.5cm x 23cm linoleum cut print on 120lb paper series of 10
In 2000 I was studying art/design and folk magick at Southwest Texas State University K/N/A Texas State University-San Marcos. During that year’s spring break, a fellow student, Amber Kulhanek went to South Padre Island for her 21st birthday and ended up taking off her shirt at a wet T-shirt contest in Mexico. “A few months later Kulhanek saw herself in national ads for a “Wild Party Girls” video on the E! cable network, a red strip proclaiming “Too hot for TV” stamped across her naked breasts. In a nutshell, (there was coercion and booze plying involved) she sued E! and Accromedia Group Inc. for invasion of privacy and emotional distress. In 2002 (the year we both graduated!), she won the first judgment of its kind against Accromedia Group Inc., who never officially responded to the lawsuit. Kulhanek earned a $5 million default judgment. I don’t know if she actually received payment as I’m having difficulty finding much follow up regarding this tiny bit of San Marcos history. I think there was an appeal and then it was dismissed based on this PDF I did find. Either way, Feel Ignore (More Sore Lore) was inspired by that whole mess.