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18/F/Bi/MA at Brilliant Champions. | Erin M. Riley.

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n recent years in her small Brooklyn studio, artist Erin M. Riley installed a decades-old, industrial-sized loom—bigger than a Smartcar and untouched by its previous owner. In coffee-fueled and often improvisational spurts, Riley weaves figurative tapestries with a lush, gradient color palette—prepping the yarn herself with up to forty hand-dyed colors. You may have seen her work at this year’s …

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Last Days of Levitation at Anna Zorina Gallery. | Leah Yerpe.

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first saw these surreal and impeccably detailed drawings by Leah Yerpe this March at the second annual NY Art on Paper fair. Like the fair, Yerpe is young—having graduated from Pratt University in 2009— but her great feats of naturalism and expressive drama suggest that she has perfected her technique over decades. In her figurative drawings and paintings, her work has a …

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Blindness Light. | Javier Martin.

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n recent news, Miami- and Hong Kong-based artist Javier Martin has surfaced with his series “Blindness Light,” promoted alongside his performances at Art Basel Hong Kong and Context Miami. For the primary flat works, the artist warps neon lights and imposes the fixtures over a series of editorial fashion photography, appearing to blindfold, restrain, or obscure female models. (In a related performance video, you can …

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Comic Con is For Cosplayers.

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Comic-Con is for cosplayers—the followers, fanatics, and downright scholars of comic literature, science fiction, and pop culture. This much we hold to be true, as do the artists who engage with readers at their booths, as do the creators who monitor the enthusiasm for their products in panels. However, as our devices for self-expression merge increasingly with public marketing forums …

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Stealth Peace at Nancy Margolis Gallery. | Melodie Provenzano.

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Mary HurtMary E. Hurt is a curatorial assistant, art handler, and writer living in Brooklyn. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in Art History in 2013. After a depressing experience working for an infamous vanity gallery in Chelsea, Mary began establishing a freelance network to depend on, assisting established and avant-garde artists in curation, installation, website development, …

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Bachelors. | A Q&A with Elijah Burgher.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]E[/su_dropcap]lijah Burgher is a Chicago-based artist, currently exhibiting recent works at Zieher Smith + Horton in Chelsea, having also participated in the Whitney Museum’s last Biennial. In this collection, the larger works represent Elijah’s execution of occult magic, spelling incantations in gigantic sigils on dropped canvases. Whether the written wish is impossible for us to decipher or the practice completely …

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60 Americans. | Curated by Noah Becker, Terrence Sanders & Alexander Venet.

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Mary HurtMary E. Hurt is a curatorial assistant, art handler, and writer living in Brooklyn. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in Art History in 2013. After a depressing experience working for an infamous vanity gallery in Chelsea, Mary began establishing a freelance network to depend on, assisting established and avant-garde artists in curation, installation, website development, …

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Tribes. | Kevin Nelson Dao.

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[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]K[/su_dropcap]evin Nelson Dao is a documentary and portrait photographer, based in Brooklyn since 2011, who recently invited strangers through the dating site GRINDR to participate in his ongoing series. Throughout his career, Kevin’s portraiture has explored themes of self-preservation and social responsiveness. As in his last project, The Wallpaper Portraits, Kevin gave his models little to no direction, encouraging the sitter …