Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Not the Clinton Machine
On an itty-bitty visit to Chelsea yesterday, I stopped in at Sean Kelly Gallery and was drawn in by this Mapplethorpe photograph of John McKendry. Many photographers attempt to crop faces and make visual use of things like outlets or New York City radiators, but, this image, I think, does so successfully, because it does so without pretension. It reminds me of the graphic do-dads in Roger Ballen’s work. For example:
You’ll find further visual pleasure at Peter Blum right next door. Rosy Keyser's paintings and drawings prove that materials sometimes are best comprehended when seen, not written about.