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Muzi Quawson

20120718123802-shawmut5 Portrait of an American Town   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Muzi Quawson at Annet Gelink Gallery June 30th, 2012 - August 4th, 2012
Posted 7/18/12

We've seen marginalized America before. We've had the chance to appreciate its nuances and its sharp contrasts, the poor yet soulful black communities and the star-spangled-banner-wearing white ones, with their drinking habits and skating rebel kids. We've seen the cool and the creepy, often guided by the glamorizing and at times surreal gaze of the Larry Clarks and Harmony Korines. Muzi Quawson's is a different type of look. For an outsider, the British artist and photographer achieves a surpri... [more]

Quawson1 Cowboy Semiotics   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Muzi Quawson at Annet Gelink Gallery September 5th, 2009 - October 17th, 2009
Posted 9/28/09

      The cowboy is a potent symbol in contemporary art. He is a fading hero, located somewhere between the positions of imagination and authenticity, nostalgia and neo-conservatism. Consider Richard Prince’s Marlboro men, reproductions that complicate ideas of reality and fiction. And there is Bruce Nauman, a man whose own mysterious persona seamlessly combines the myth of the lone cowboy with that of the hermetic artist. Consequently, I had cowboy semiotics on the mind when I entered the scr... [more]

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Muzi Quawson at Annet Gelink Gallery September 5th, 2009 - October 17th, 2009
Posted 9/8/09

    On September 5 2009, the Annet Gelink Gallery opened the new season with works from young and talented hopefuls Muzi Quawson (b.1978) and Ry Rocklen (b.1978). Each exhibition is separated into two, very distinct sections: Quawson’s mid-American tribute features in the main section of the gallery; Rocklen’s (seemingly) buoyant three-piece installation showcases downstairs in the bakery. In both the content and context of these two shows, a frission of emotional response is aroused. Muzi Q... [more]

On_main_street__kingston__new_york__2006 A Look at Muzi Quawson   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Muzi Quawson at Yossi Milo Gallery February 21st, 2008 - March 29th, 2008
Posted 3/9/08

How often we look at something but fail to see it because we think we already know it. Our eyes closing behind lids of expectation and assumption as yet another familiar image of a famous town is paraded before us. Outsiders and a blue collar musician in Woodstock (a theme hanging on the cliff edge of cliché) comes into startling focus and clarity behind the lens of Quawson’s camera for her debut solo exhibition, Pull Back the Shade. The first time I saw this body of work I was living in London and Muzi Quawson was a graduate student a... [more]

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