George Shaw, reporting from a state of complete fulfilment in a feminist utopia [New York]…
Amanda Charchian, Ginger Entanglement
Aneta Bartos, Argiope
Marianna Rothen, Untitled #6 (From the series Snow and Rose)
Olivia Locher, How to Apply Lipstick
Shae DeTar, Another World
(Images courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery)
If you set out to locate a post-feminist utopia populated by satisfied women living in a positive, self-sufficient world, you would find yourself at Pheromone Hotbox, a show of the female form by five female photo-artists at the Steven Kasher Gallery. Although there are several highly individual styles on the walls, there is only one theme in the room: an idealised life outside the focal range of the male gaze. Importantly, it is the artists’ way of offering “an antidote to the Terry Richardsonesque demeaning of women.”
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Judging by the works currently on show at Fergus McCaffrey, Noriyuki Haraguchi has a deep appreciation for the aesthetics of rigour and precision. Oil Pool is a 24 x 12 foot welded steel sculpture filled with spent machine oil that while inviting silent contemplation, almost secretly dares the visitor to stick a finger and cause ripples on its zen-like surface. Elsewhere, a full-scale replica of a Vietnam-era Corsair jet tail is disempowered by the delicate use of plywood, aluminium, and raw canvas in its perfectly detailed construction.
Combining scale models, sculpture, drawing, collage, and photography at the Asya Geisberg Gallery, Dutch artist Jasper de Beijer tells the story of Christopher Knight, the North Pond Hermit who exiled himself to the remote woods of Maine in 1986 with a radio as his only source of information for the next 27 years. This bizarre tale is told in images that are at once dreamlike and nightmarish, sophisticated in construction yet childlike in approach, as if created by someone living in an idiosyncratic world of their own.