Macabre Montage: The Stills of Troy Seibert


A graduate of New York City’s School of the Visual Arts photographer Troy Seibert seizes stills from behind the lens of his Canon, shooting photos that reveal a world that appears at turns bracing, macabre, brutal, grotesque, pained, grim, mysterious, sacred, and ineffable.  His images and compositions confront his audience with a visual landscape and cast of characters of abundant absurdity and flippant irreverence.  Seibert deftly weaves in to his oddball oeuvre a sprinkling of the sacred that subtly underlies the campy, tongue-in-cheek vaudeville style that subsists on the surface of his shots.  Using a medium manifestly veiled within the visual, Seibert’s shots somehow hint at what is Unseen.  His photographs beg questions. He took some time with City Circus to answer some of them.  The interview follows.  [click to continue]

Permanently Temporary


Mighty Tanaka

68 Jay St., Suite 416

Brooklyn, NY 11201

New Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 12:30pm – 7pm

(F Train to York St.)

For the first time ever, original Ellis Gallagher shadow and chalk drawings will be made available to the public. The installation for Permanently Temporary will double as a performance piece during the opening reception on Friday, January 21st, as he will create custom shadow and chalk artwork on site for the gallery visitors. This special event translates an otherwise temporary form of art into an obtainable milestone of artistic interpretation.

Ellis Gallagher has paid his dues time and time again on the streets of NYC and throughout the world, as he has created an iconic technique that is recognized globally.

Found Object Art for the 21st Century:

Robin Farbman’s “CarScars”

Where others saw twisted metal, scratched paint, and unsightly dings and dents, Robin Farbman saw a hidden world of sweeping color and brushed steel that amounted to a mash-up of the abstract and real.  With a nod to the readymade, found object art of Marcel DuChamp, Farbman photographed the damaged facades of post-collision automobiles to create expressionist explosions of colors in conflict.  The result is Mr. Farbman’s “CarScars,” a series of photographs that reveal a world of abstact art created in the destruction of auto wrecks, bumps, and brushes.  The damage and distortion wrought dynamic renderings of violent movement.Mr. Farbman’s interview with City Circus follows.  [click to continue]

Walls of Wonder, Halls of Horror:

Paul Thek at The Whitney

“You are an eidetiker . . . something akin to artistic imagination. You can assume the emotional point of view of others . . . even those that might scare or sicken you.  It’s a troubling gift,I should think.” — Red Dragon, 2002

In “Diver: A Retrospective,” Manhattan’s Whitney Museum features the artwork of Paul Thek through January 11th, 2010.  Thek, a native Brooklynite, was one of the first artists to experiment with installation pieces. His work evokes an eerie emptiness, an antisocial alienation, and the macabre-horrific — an oddball oeuvre of taxidermic terror. Thek combines a poignant ultra-violence with pure pastels that call to mind a technicolor childhood of impossible innocence and insouciance.  [click to continue]

The BHillBoards of Bobby Hill

Hailing from Harlem, Bobby Hill travels the planet offering his art: colorful, chaotic collections of haunting, hallowed iconography that makes present many legends of the past — as their notes, their words, and their lives linger on through Bobby’s intonations and homage.  His collage-like canvases center on icons of American culture that splash across the frame in cubistic cascades of iconic imagery.

Hill’s work confront its audience with an assertive, electric immediacy that blends the mediated iconography of Warhol with the primal insistence and arresting urgency of Jean-Michel Basquiat.  City Circus had the opportunity to interview with him as he prepared for his SoHo Art Show.  Here is what Hill has to say to you. [click to continue]

Kate Duclos, Kandinsky Digital

Rich texture, deceptive depth, and a technique secrete color the art-work of Ms. Kate Duclos of Brooklyn, a young photographer, painter, and artist all-around. Her curious eye captures colorful arrays, picturesque patterns, and nuances naturelle to transcribe, translate, and otherwise transform the images into original works of art beyond the bounds of the written word. [click to continue]

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