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Four drawings by Hannah Antalek.

When we were kids, my younger sister used to hide things between her mattress and her box spring. Invariably, the things she’d hide were either precious to her or stolen from my room including books, notes to or from crushes, photos, clothing, and candy. She didn’t think I knew her secret and I wanted it […]

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The tender discord of dystopia: Fiona Buchanan

The first time I talked to Fiona Buchanan about her work we considered the luxury of ugly painting. The second time we talked about the relationship of the Socratic Method to her art practice at large. We further bonded as fan-girls of Issy Wood. Wood, a young British painter, builds metaphors and cringe-based comedies through […]

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Transforming and transcending trauma in the work of Qinza Najm.

Qinza Najm is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice rooted in her background as a Psychologist studying interpersonal relationships. In her art practice she seeks to uncover aspects of transformation and trauma in mind and body that remain hidden yet affect all aspects of society.  Najm’s most recent works respond to our current moment which […]

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Intimacies in absentia: Cole Bourgeois.

The work of Cole Bourgeois constitutes an investigation into intimacy, utilizing color, space, and the energy as co-conspirators. In her work, one is first taken by the strong use of black, often occupying a large portion of the work, if not all of it. We often see this blackness intersticed by bright, colorful fruits floating […]

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Interrogating timelines in the work of Sophia Reed.

Sophia Reed’s most recent work is an invitation to interrogate timelines. Looking at narratives that sit at the center of America’s hegemonic belief system, Reed takes viewers through worlds that feel quite familiar. Stories of knights, and angels, jesters and a phoenix, Reed evokes images formed from early western societies. Reed explores what pieces of […]

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Conversations with the past: Sara Minsky

Using embroidery, photography, drawing, and memory, Sara Minsky engages in a conversation with her past. Minsky sits down with her memories, combs through them and speaks directly to her former self. She wrestles with heavy thoughts often unexplored and brushed aside. She sorts through the murkiness of memory, rather than suppressing its persistent tides. Time […]

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Intimate Space: The Visual Works of Alley Horn

Alley Horn’s drawings, pastels and paintings pull us into personal spaces, into moments of intimacy and moments of silence — mid-movement, mid-thought, mid-sexual act — giving them back to us to hold, to see, to contemplate. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to say to inhabit, since whether we find ourselves in the stale air […]

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Everything Should Be Both, Always: An Interview with Gabriella Moreno

Alley Horn in conversation with Gabriella Moreno. It’s 7:01pm Eastern on August 3, 2020 when I hop into my Zoom meeting—the only kind of meeting there is these days—with artist, Gabriella Moreno. Apart from email, we have never spoken before. Yet, I felt immediately seen by her works when I first encountered them via NYC […]

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A rabbit in the garden: Peter Tresnan

In a recent exchange, I was able to get a sense of the work Peter Tresnan has currently been making and more intimately, a sense of his direction. An artist whose interests revolve around exploring identity politics and allegories, Tresnan’s paintings at once evoke a carefulness and affinity towards simplified visual language in order to […]

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Seductive strangers in the paintings of Jennifer Mawby

The vantage point of Jennifer Mawby’s paintings cast the viewer as voyeur. The subject of our gaze is obstructed, we don’t have a clear view of the entire scene or even a context. Figures come into view. They are repulsive yet seductive strangers.  Evidence of a neon pink ground courses around the edges of the […]