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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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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 for hallucinogenic drugs and conspiracy theory, then you paint visions. Myztico Campo...

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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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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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MICKI PELLERANO

A steady stream of exhibitions, movies, and publications over the past year may suggest an interest in the occult has re-awakened in the collective consciousness. From the groundbreaking “Language of the Birds” at NYU Steinhardt (curated by Pam Gossman) and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s blending of the body with mysticism in “Try to Altar Everything” at...

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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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