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A Thrilling Threesome at Marlborough Contemporary

First up is Anne Neukamp, her surreal collages featuring hyper-graphic objects that confuse fine art with what you might find on your junk drawer. The result is a low saturation Warhol/dada aesthetic that holds a striking presence in the stark concrete space. These ordinary symbols out of context question how we utilize our visual and physical landscape as vocabulary, and rephrases the meaning behind our immediate associations.

 

Ivana Bašić focuses on a multifaceted experience, in a room that literally lives, breathes, and dies as the viewer encounters her anthropomorphic sculptures. Figures constructed in an almost-alien, almost-embryonic state—picture Gollum as a beautifully crafted glass sculpture—are suspended by steel poles.The room is clouded in alabaster dust that is being produced by the clambering, crumbling mechanical 'hourglasses' in the room, which coincide with the figures' ambiguous cycle of being.

 

Slightly traumatizing, in a necessary, highly sensory and eloquent way. 

 

Finally, Steve Keene stays true to his philosophy of accessible art with a room well-stocked in his vibrant, witty, original paintings which you can to take home for an astonishing $5. I felt very fancy getting to leave a Chelsea gallery with three paintings in my hand—definitely a first for someone living in a shitty studio apartment. Not only affordable, his art is also clever, its strong aesthetics earning him the title of 'Assembly-Line Picasso'. 

 
Anne Neukamp
Anne Neukamp
Anne Neukamp
Anne Neukamp
Steve Keene
Steve Keene
Steve Keene
Ivana Bašić
Ivana Bašić
Ivana Bašić
Ivana Bašić
Ivana Bašić
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