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  • The polymorphous work of Pierre Joseph, investigative by nature, tends to undermine expectations, not so much by simply preempting and then thwarting them, but rather by exposing their often tenuous and illusory foundations.  The artist has characterized his often experiment oriented work as such, “Rather than considering the making of art as an activity consisting of pulling something out of nothing, I’d like to consider it as a material enterprise of reconciliation with the real.”
  • A zealous repetition of daily practice has produced the bejeweled objects of the late Sarah Pucci, mother of Dorothy Iannone. These intense, compacted works, were made throughout the second half of the 20th century and regularly sent to her daughter who was living in Europe, as tokens of devotion. They scintillate an aura of idealistic beauty on steroids that grows into a delicate grotesque.
  • The photos of Bruno Serralongue are largely known for exploring the role of the photographer and his position vis-à-vis his subject matter.  Although political in nature, the photography of Bruno Serralongue is essentially engaged in every aspect of an image’s production, everything from the journey to the image’s site, to the site itself, to the subject matter, and his placement while taking the picture, is ideally inscribed in the work (generally in a series).  His work is as much an investigation into the political moment as it is an investigation of representation itself.
  • Jean-Luc Verna’s drawings are a hybrid of crossbred mythologies, cultures, and specific subcultures.  Classically grounded in renaissance technique and form, his works (the result of a complex, thrice removed process of drawing, photocopying, and touching up), are populated by centaurs, demons, and various other creatures.  His is an aesthetic richly informed by a kind of Gothic mysticism, pop-culture, gender bending and cross-dressing, as well as rock idolatry.
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