Opening this past weekend at the Deitch Projects 76 Grand Street gallery is the exhibition “Pictures Last Longer,” featuring new paintings by artist Micah Ganske in his first solo exhibition in NYC. The ambiguous imagery employed by the artist has been stated as optimistically pessimistic, cynically sincere, or epically banal. Ganske investigates our complex world by seductively revealing the potential for the horrible. The artist has developed a technique for paint application that uses staining to eliminate surface texture, resulting in a physical painting that resembles an ink-jet print. This time consuming process takes more than four or five months to complete for larger works. Ganske received his BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from the Yale University School of Art in 2005. The artist was included in “The Garden Party” at Deitch Projects in 2006 and received the Adobe Design Achievement Award from the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.