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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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Lexicon for Tracy Abbott Szatan: a Sontagian Review

Anahoros. 2019. Tracy Abbott Szatan’s video and glass installation that I shall describe and use as a lens (preemptive pun intended) through which to view the compass of Szatan’s greater artistic practice. Available Light. 1983. Lucinda Child’s fifty-five minute dance production that Susan Sontag reviewed by way of thirty-eight titled and alphabetized paragraphs in, “A […]

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Brooklyn Artifacts with Georgina Arroyo

An extended interview with Brooklyn artist Georgina Arroyo and artist and writer Hanna Brody. H.B.: Let’s get started by you introducing yourself. Where are you currently?  G.A.: I’m Georgina Arroyo and I am currently in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in my combination home/studio.  H.B.: And you’re from New York, correct?  G.A.: Yes, I am from New York. […]

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Monoprinting as therapy in the portraits of Hanna Brody

The first impression I had of Hanna Brody’s recent watercolour portraits was the innate curiosity and generosity required to capture such a thoughtful impression of another individual. Already a talented portraitist, these works reveal even more clearly the Brody’s concern to capture temporal impermanence through the shifting emotional states of her subjects.  Each double portrait […]

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Confront, Heal, Repeat: The Art of Iván Sikic

To address greed and oppression tactfully through art even once is no small feat. Greed and oppression are entwined within an enormous and elusive intersectional system of power structures, perpetuated daily by kings and pawns alike. Even the most voracious learner will struggle to fully absorb the magnitude of injustice that one greed-driven choice propagates […]