Emily Macaux

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Andy Warhol’s Photographs at the RISD Museum

What, one might ask, remains to be said of Warhol? This perennial darling of the art gallery and the auction house, so irreverent and unpredictable in his own time, increasingly registers as tame, tasteful, and non-threatening in our own. Yet Andy Warhol’s Photographs, a small, focused exhibition at the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, reaffirms the artist’s bracing vitality against the backdrop of his[.....]

Best of 2013 – Jonathan Ehrenberg: The Outskirts at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery

Continuing our Best of 2013 series, Nandita Raghuram writes, “This thought-provoking article, rich with colorful images, provides a concise examination of the multi-faceted video by Jonathan Ehrenberg. The vivid descriptions usher the reader into the macabre world of the video, while the thoughtful visual analysis justly captures Ehrenberg’s interwoven themes. Rather than sidestepping the ambiguity inherent to the piece, the author embraces its jarring nature,[.....]

The Raw and the Resplendent: Kathryn Parker Almanas at Yellow Peril Gallery

Visceral, bracing, potent, Kathryn Parker Almanas’s Pre-Existing Condition, currently on view at Yellow Peril Gallery, is a collision of sensory extremes and formal nuances. In large-scale color photographs and small-scale collage works, the artist pictures and probes the physical body, both its corporeal effusions and existential implications. The result is an intensely vital, deeply disorienting study of being, sensation, and the intersection of inner and outer[.....]

Inner Vistas in Jonathan Ehrenberg’s “The Outskirts”

Jonathan Ehrenberg‘s The Outskirts conjures a world of mesmerizing, haunting, and deeply disorienting beauty. Currently on view at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, the artist’s latest video envisions a world of visual enchantment and visceral disquiet, of existential ambivalence and psychic uncertainty. With its opening shot of a shadowed, densely wooded landscape, The Outskirts plunges us into a world that is superficially suggestive of yet atmospherically apart[.....]

A Moment with “The Man”: Thoughts on Ragnar Kjartansson’s Recent Work

Through his refreshing lack of self-seriousness or sanctimony, Ragnar Kjartansson has cut a jagged, joyful figure on the contemporary art scene. Indeed, with solo exhibitions in Boston and New York, the artist has recently been favored with the art world’s fickle attentions and is having something of a well-deserved moment. Ragnar Kjartansson, “The End–Venice,” 2009. Performance view. Venice, June 2009. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring[.....]

A Sense of Noir: Bill Armstrong at ClampArt

Untitled (Film Noir #1414), Type-C print, 2012.

Standing before the photographs from Bill Armstrong’s Infinity series, resistance is futile. Intense washes of color and uncertain, alluring forms beckon yet elude one’s grasp, and the encounter between viewer and work becomes a question not of looking but, more powerfully, of experiencing. Critical distance is collapsed, vision becomes a channel for sensation, and image expands into an all-encompassing, alternative reality. Such is the effect[.....]

Mystery and Medium at Pictura Gallery: Recent Photographs by Adam Thorman and Laura Plageman

Adam Thorman and Laura Plageman, Installation View, Pictura Gallery

Due to several recent shows on the subject, I have lately been pondering the enduring yet amorphous allure of landscape in photography.  Among the exhibitions currently on view, Pictura Gallery’s exhibition of photographs by Adam Thorman and Laura Plageman offers an especially engaging encounter with the genre. Displayed on opposite sides of the bisected space, each artist’s series—Thorman’s What Light Remains in the Absence and[.....]