Participant Inc.

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Dark Dissent

by Yaelle Amir
In his solo exhibition at Participant Inc., Alejandro Vidal addresses the behavioral and aesthetic manifestations of violence and conflict in different cultures. As menacing sounds of explosions billow throughout the gallery and dark photographs command a wall from ceiling to floor, we sense the uncomfortable presence of chaos.  While the video and sculpture in the front of the gallery appear somewhat unrelated to the overall concept of the exhibition, each of the three main projects... [more]
Posted by Yaelle Amir on 4/4/10

Virtues of Smoke and Mirrors

by Michelle Levy
Tethered to the legacy of the artist Stuart Sherman, Nothing Up My Sleeve is an impressive curatorial undertaking that connects a group of artists who employ deception as creative device. Somewhat obscure, Sherman was most known for his Spectacles-- performances using folding TV dinner tables to stage his own brand of sorcery. Resembling the theatrics of a magic show, Sherman established mysterious relationships between mundane objects and his own engagement with them, convincing the... [more]
Posted by Michelle Levy on 11/28/09
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