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ALEXIS PALMER KARL

Let’s be frank about one thing up front: magic, wicca, witchcraft, occultism… it’s all pretty domesticated at this point. Like those who make homemade jelly, or handcrafted bread, or soy candles or pickles, there is no shortage of sensitive, think-outside-the-box individuals living in cities and college towns who also make crystal jewelry, oracle bowls, and bottled...

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ARMITA RAAFAT

Suggesting ruined architecture—perhaps reclaimed by the advance of moss, veiny root systems, and other subsuming devices of nature—the mixed media sculptures of Armita Raafat hint at unsettling narratives and an ambiguity between beauty and entropy. Displayed as both stand-alone pieces and installations, her works combine papier-mâché, plaster, styrofoam, mirrors, mesh, and fabric into what look...

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LORENZO DE LOS ANGELES

Lorenzo De Los Angeles’ vision is straight out of the cabinets of curiosities of the sixteenth century. As with those cabinets—filled to the ceiling by sculpted shells, taxidermy animals, and precious stones intricately carved with allegorical scenes—De Los Angeles interweaves nature and art in delicately-rendered colored pencil drawings and strange sculpture objects. I was awed...

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GENESIS P-ORRIDGE

For over fifty years, since h/er earliest explorations of sound and performance with COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has been a guiding light in underground art. Crossing through boundaries of body, religion, and life, h/er work culls inspiration from ancient wisdom (e.g. alchemy and shamanism) while pointing to a future of liberation,...

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SUSAN GARDNER

There is art in New York that you won’t find in a gallery or museum. Take the F or G train to the Boerum Hill part of Brooklyn and walk down to 108 Wyckoff Street. There you will find the front of a residential building bejeweled with glittering tiles, beads, buttons, pearlescent garlands and an...

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TOM BURCKHARDT

In honor of this week’s Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1, I thought I’d direct your attention to an artist who has done paintings on discarded book covers. A whole series, in fact. His name is Tom Burckhardt and my favorite of his is titled The Church at Home (see below). The painting transforms an old book...

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