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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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JUSTIN AMRHEIN

Barring a nuclear or environmental holocaust—both of which seem more plausible with each passing day—our reliance on machines will only deepen in the future. Ideologies may reject them; individuals can try and unplug from them; but their place in society, as an example of either human ingenuity or folly, is a foregone conclusion. One of...

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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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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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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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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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