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Photographic Walkabout

Gaga’d in Times Square

By far the most interesting photographic experience of the afternoon was on the Times Square shuttle train. Plastered inside and out, Lady Gaga’s image with its head of a harpy on the body of a motorcycle shows her to be truly a mechanical monster for our time. Hair, makeup, and panache superimposed over a relatively unremarkable face combined to create a decided impact in this underground venue. Inside the train and embedded in the ads are videos of her video, adding even more visual excitement to the already excitable mix.

Hell on Ice

As if on an alien moon or in Dante’s 9th circle where traitors are frozen in a lake of ice, Carolyn Marks Blackwood’s pictures at the Alan Klotz gallery take us to a world where there is nowhere to rest. Jammed together, upright as razors, her broken ice floes offer a cold and cutting vision of hell. All is sharp, bitter, and enormously uncomfortable.

These are not contrived set-ups. Blackwood finds her subjects in nature. Yet this is the evil side of nature, against which the great poet, Leopardi warned, and to which the victims of the recent tsunamis can attest. She should be commended for finding a deeper way to approach it than is commonly done, one more in line with our recent experience of its profound awfulness.

Lost in the Library

Go to the Grand Central Library if you want to see the worst possible way to mount a photo show. Scattered here and there on the ground floor of the library are ten images: unidentified, unnumbered, and unexplained in any way. Even the print sheet just tells us there is a #1, #2, #3, etc.

The only clue we have to the work comes from the title of the show: Remembrance of Lost Time and A Place Underground—both coming from literary masterpieces of the 20th century. Unfortunately her places underground are merely out of focus and her images of lost time are small montages whose best feature is their modesty.

Photographic Walkabout by Barbara Confino

Barbara Confino is an artist and writer whose work is housed in such collections as The Bibliotheque Nationale de France and the British Museum. Her graphic history, The Genetic Wars, can be viewed at www.thegeneticwars.com. Her writings on art and culture have been published in ArtsCanada and The Village Voice among other publications. She is currently associate editor for The New York Photo Review.
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The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino
Making Caribbean Dance by Susanna Sloat
Central Booking Magazine
Soho Photo Gallery