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DISCUSSION: MATT MARELLO

For regular followers of this blog here is something brand new. We the editors (Brian Chidester and Alessandro Keegan) were given first access to artist Matt Marello‘s new series of works, which may or may not comprise his next solo exhibition, but which as of this writing has no firm date established. As such Marello personally...

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FEATURE: THE ART OF TIKI

The precise stages of the revival of tiki culture are not easy to reconstruct. For instance, does the 20 Jazz Funk Greats album, by Throbbing Gristle, with its mix of kitschy arrangements and exotic instrumentation, mark the beginning of the genre’s rediscovery? It did beget 1980’s Greatest Hits compilation by the same band, which boasted...

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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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FEATURE: ERNESTO PAVONE

I must confess a few things before getting started here. One, I have no idea where Ernesto Pavone lives, other than to say he’s in a family-oriented neighborhood of Brooklyn. No, not one of the ones currently being infested by us young culture vultures (Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights); more the kind where few human beings are seen...

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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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