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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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2016, Light Show, oil on canvas, 60 x 58  72dpi

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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MAX RAZDOW

In times of global unrest and confusion, such as our current moment, there is an impulse to turn to myth, spiritual traditions, and the realm of dreams—a place where both wisdom and escapism can be found. This impetus toward finding the invisible underside of the world is the driving force of New York artist Max...

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MATT MARELLO

In Roman mythology, the labyrinth is the stage on which a man of destiny proves his worth, and in so doing changes his life. Matt Marello’s art—an expression of his own labyrinthine journey—acknowledges the personal evolution, but questions the destiny part. Are we really going somewhere specific? I first met Marello in 2012, having seen his...

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JARED DEERY

When Blake wrote “To see a World in a Grain of Sand/And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,” he could have been describing the work of Brooklyn-based painter Jared Deery, whose cosmic floral still lives deploy a simple, direct approach to challenge the head-scratching world of contemporary art. Indeed, there’s a temptation to lace one’s work these...

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