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INTERVIEW: WEIRD LUKE

Luke Reich, aka Weird Luke, is into provocation. The 22-year-old Gowanus native has a special interest in toxic waste, having been situated so close to a river full of it since childhood and all. Perhaps he saw real-life versions of the Man-Thing or Toxic Avenger trudging around in dark corners growing up. Or maybe they were...

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KATE SHARKEY

Here’s a name that just came across my radar. Actually, I saw Kate’s work while walking through the art department at Brooklyn College and snapped a few cell phone pics that didn’t turn out, because the paintings were behind glass panel (and because I’m not a great photographer). Regardless, the images above and below are...

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KAMROOZ ARAM

Any opportunity to view the work of contemporary Brooklyn painter Kamrooz Aram is well worth the effort. As it so happens, one is currently on display at the Planthouse Gallery, near Madison Square Garden—and what a dandy it is! Titled Enduring Continuing Eternal (see below), it is a part of the gallery’s new group show, “Only By...

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ALESSANDRO KEEGAN

From the view of contemporary art, which revolves around movements and historical groupings, Alessandro Keegan‘s seraphitic paintings belong to the past. Read any review on painting or painters these days and it is sure to include some sort of declaimer on the obsolescence of the medium itself. And yet we keep writing about it. Buyers keep...

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KEEGAN MCHARGUE

No doubt about it: young people love the word “meta.” Just like we Nineties folk used to apply the suffix “esque” to everything. For instance, were it 1997 and Keegan McHargue‘s new show Topical just opened at the Fredericks and Freiser Gallery in Chelsea, I might say: “The paintings evoke post-WWI colorists like Matisse, employing figural...

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MSHINDO KUUMBA

Depending on who you talk to, afrofuturism has either arrived full-force in the last few years, or is experiencing something of a second wave. Early progenitors include space-jazz guru Sun Ra, ’70s soul-hippies Funkadelic, ’80s graffiti visionary Rammellzee, and electro-funk pioneers the Jonzun Crew. In the ’90s, culture critic Mark Dery put an umbrella over...

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