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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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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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FEATURE: GEORGE COCHRANE

It should surprise no one when an artist tries to capture lightening in a bottle. NYC artist George Cochrane sure can’t help himself. The Buddha once taught that the mind is as restless as a monkey. “Who you are,” said the great sage, “and what you think of as your ‘self’ is constantly changing—like a...

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FEATURE: MATT MARELLO

Matt Marello’s last exhibition at Pierogi Gallery was in 2012. I wrote then—in an earlier iteration of this website—that it “feels strangely like walking into a temple built to convert punk-rockers and disillusioned aesthetes from oblivion back to self-discovery.” I tried pitching a review of the show to the Village Voice and Juxtapoz magazine, neither...

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FEATURE: FAILE

When Gelett Burgess wrote the famous line, “I never saw a purple cow, I never hope to see one,” he was practically begging for a dose of reality amidst the onslaught of technology that had blurred the 1890s. That his words have lost little of their power in our present age is no surprise. Most...

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Ati Maier

FEATURE: ATI MAIER

A few months back, an unexpected text popped up on my phone. German-born artist Ati Maier invited me to her studio near the East River in Greenpoint to view a newly-finished painting—an abstract landscape titled Entre-Temps. Maier was set to leave for Munich in the morning, with plans to hand-deliver the approx. 60”x48” artwork to its patrons. When...

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