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FEATURE: ERNESTO PAVONE

I’d like to confess a few things before getting too deeply into this article. Firstly, I have no idea where Ernesto Pavone lives, other than to say he’s in a very family-oriented neighborhood of Brooklyn. Not one of the ones currently infested by young culture vultures; but more the kind where few human beings are...

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JUSTIN AMRHEIN

Barring a nuclear or environmental holocaust—both of which seem more plausible with each passing day—our reliance on machines will only deepen in the future. Ideologies may reject them; individuals can try and unplug from them; but their place in society, as an example of either human ingenuity or folly, is a foregone conclusion. One of...

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MYZTICO CAMPO

As if any further evidence of our failed institutions were needed, the presidential debate of two weeks ago summarily closed that case. What now? If you’re a self-taught artist, born in Cuba, raised near Times Square, living currently in Brooklyn, with a taste for the visionary, for hallucinogenic drugs and conspiracy theory, then you paint...

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JJ MANFORD

Not long ago I had the opportunity to visit the studio of Brooklyn-based painter JJ Manford just as he was finishing new work for his current solo show at John Davis Gallery, in Hudson, NY. His most recent series dwells at that odd juncture between nineteenth-century Romanticism and twentieth-century psychedelia. For instance, Manford’s figurative, expressionistic, and polychromatic world strikes...

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OSAMU KOBAYASHI

Paintings that are restrained, austere, or slow to read can often be met with a prickly response when it comes to the art world. Indeed, the old war between the avant-garde and the bourgeoisie, hailing from at least as far back as the Salon des Refusés and coming into sharper focus with the Dadaist of...

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IRENA JUREK

Sex, though it may sell products, is an uncomfortable topic for most Americans. No matter how scantily clad, accessible, or celebrated the industry of sex becomes, our ability to have a civil conversation about its relationship to power, identity, and the naked human heart remains just beyond grasp. As such, the many conflicting sides of sexual...

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