Fountain Studios is curated and directed by husband and wife team Troy Hagenbart and Susan Gargulio. Since it opened in 2008, Fountain has exhibited a large number of emerging artists, oftentimes as two person shows that spin contrasting bodies of work into unexpected dialogue, drawing parallels between installation, experimental music, photography, painting, and sculpture. Slowly [...]
Yola Monakhov’s project Empire Pictures weaves together images loosely connected to the Hudson River and her depictions of people leave me stunned. This photographer’s heightened interest in and sensitivity to the lives of others give her subjects dignity and importance. Strangers she has met in passing seem to be sharing openly with her camera what we are too shy to admit to ourselves. Somehow, they are as curious about her as she is about them.
Gerry Badger titled his collection of essays on photography after Lee Friedlander, who once said: ‘the pleasures of good photographs are the pleasures of good photographs’. With accessible and vivacious writing, Badger makes seemingly simple claims that quickly become layered and profound. He is open-minded yet opinionated, slightly cynical, and deeply, infectiously infatuated with the [...]
Trío Los Panchos can make a desert weep. Spinning Mexican love ballads and boleros back in the 50s and 60s, they were at their ultimate best when American songbird Eydie Gorme came on board. Their intoxicating, syrupy sounds will wrap you in a warm embrace and send you waltzing with the lamp posts.
Five years ago, I stumbled on a home video from Russia of a scrawny 7 year-old boy practicing flips in his living room to the Beatles’ song Yesterday. The low quality of early 90s video, the father patiently encouraging the boy from behind the camera, the cozy, cramped apartment, his sister’s little voice mangling the lyrics, and the young acrobat’s iron persistence were so enchanting.