No Longer Hidden Under the Bed: Pacifico Silano’s ‘Tear Sheets’ at Baxter St Camera Club
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No Longer Hidden Under the Bed: Pacifico Silano’s ‘Tear Sheets’ at Baxter St Camera Club

“Merrymakers dance the night away,” reads the bottom of a magazine sheet that the 2015 Baxter St Workspace Resident Pacifico Silano ‘tore’ from a vast collection of gay porn ephemera for his intricately hung solo exhibition at Baxter St Camera Club’s Chinatown location. Tear Sheets fits like a glove as a title to Pacifico’s practice, which … Continue reading

You Have to Try the Shrimp!: Anthony Iacono’s Solo Show at PPOW Gallery
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You Have to Try the Shrimp!: Anthony Iacono’s Solo Show at PPOW Gallery

“My films exist only to remind audiences the absolute certainty that they do not live in the best of all possible worlds,” once said Luis Buñuel, whose exuberant lens bore some of the most buoyant and triggering representations of 20th century. Anthony Iacono’s Crudités at Sunset, on view at PPOW Gallery through August 7th, imbues … Continue reading

Deborah Kass and America’s Most Wanted Curators
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Deborah Kass and America’s Most Wanted Curators

Call it Stockholm Syndrome or millennial ennui, but idolizing and objectifying bad boy attitude, especially over media, is embedded in our culture. From the Rolling Stone cover of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Jeremy Meeks, who became an overnight sensation as ‘hot mugshot guy,’ the act of being bad–even in such extreme cases–sparks some obscure fascination in … Continue reading

Oh! That Bitter Joy: Michaël Borremans’ ‘As sweet as it gets’ at Tel Aviv Museum of Art
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Oh! That Bitter Joy: Michaël Borremans’ ‘As sweet as it gets’ at Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Calmly disguised and eerily blurred, the paintings of the Belgian artist Michaël Borremans thrill viewers with their abstract narratives. Borremans’ is an unconventional way of abstraction that emerges from the narrative instead of the technique. Familiar agents, in some cases adult men or women and sometimes children and animals, are positioned in alien tales of ambiguity. … Continue reading

Where the Body and the Mind Are: A Look at ‘In Exile’ at Istanbul’s Space Debris
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Where the Body and the Mind Are: A Look at ‘In Exile’ at Istanbul’s Space Debris

Salman Rushdie describes exile as a dream of glorious return, stating that exile is a vision of revolution in his controversial book The Satanic Verses. Rushdie also adds that exile always has the same paradox of looking forward by looking back. Marcel Duchamp’s escape from Nazi-occupied France in 1935 led Duchamp create La Boite en … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in the Deep Deep South: A Look at ‘Small Town Gay Bar’
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Once Upon a Time in the Deep Deep South: A Look at ‘Small Town Gay Bar’

Needless to say, the city makes us people spoiled. The abundance of possibilities and limitlessness of the outreach perpetuate a lifestyle centered around endless shuffling and seeking the ‘newer’, ‘the prettier’ or simply ‘the better’. Small Town Gay Bar, Malcolm Imgram’s 2006 documentary about two gay bars in deep deep Mississippi serves as a reminder of how not every dish is served with the same ease and hospitality to everyone’s plates. Continue reading

Excuse-moi, Can I Have a Bite?: A Look at ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’
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Excuse-moi, Can I Have a Bite?: A Look at ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

“I blame Shelley and Stoker,” says Eve, one of the main vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive. Eerie and existentialist can be perfectly convenient for defining Jim Jarmusch’s cinema. Since his major feature film Stranger Than Paradise, he has been keeping his auteur soul with a filmography dedicated to character development, atmosphere orchestration and visual … Continue reading