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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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TAMMY WOFSEY

When art and society lose their points of congruence, there poses a problem to the art of almost any medium—a conflict between the culinary process and the actual ingredients. Where much is made in critical circles of process these days, printmaker Tammy Wofsey is interested instead in content, or the ingredients, as it were. Last month,...

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ELIZABETH INSOGNA

Brooklyn-based artist Elizabeth Insogna paints a world of goddesses and chimerical spirits set in vibrantly-colored natural landscapes and misty realms between dreaming and waking. She does so by making full use of water-based mediums (often ink, watercolor, and acrylic), applying the colors in thin, transparent washes. Hues of crimson, gold, turquoise, and cerulean blue glow...

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CLARENCE HAUSE

Full disclosure: Clarence Hause and I are in an Art History class together at Brooklyn College this semester and I, the historian, was assigned to create/present a talk about he, the artist (also Master of Fine Arts candidate). Before getting too deep into the presentation, we both thought it best if I wrote up a simple review...

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SUSAN GARDNER

There is art in New York that you won’t find in a gallery or museum. Take the F or G train to the Boerum Hill part of Brooklyn and walk down to 108 Wyckoff Street. There you will find the front of a residential building bejeweled with glittering tiles, beads, buttons, pearlescent garlands and an...

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