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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...

By: Brian
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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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NICHOLAS ROERICH

The Upper West Side—the antithesis of counter-culture, as far as neighborhoods go—may be an unlikely place to find a museum dedicated to the life and work of an obscure Russian painter and occultist. But that’s where the Nicholas Roerich Museum is situated. Now you know! Go ye and discover! Housed in a elegant early twentieth-century brownstone, the...

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BRIAN WOOD

In the past I compared New York artist Brian Wood’s painting style to that of the late surrealist/West Coast oddball John Altoon. On a recent visit to Wood’s studio—in midtown Manhattan—I saw a painting that made me think instead of Philip Guston’s last works. Take a look at that pair of worn-down shoes above and...

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GENESIS P-ORRIDGE

For over fifty years, since h/er earliest explorations of sound and performance with COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has been a guiding light in underground art. Crossing through boundaries of body, religion, and life, h/er work culls inspiration from ancient wisdom (e.g. alchemy and shamanism) while pointing to a future of liberation,...

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