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The Conspicuousness of the Unusable

by Matthew Shen Goodman
Doubling as a bookshop and event space for philosophy publisher Sequence Press, Miguel Abreu Gallery’s always had an ambitious engagement with philosophy. “Conspicuous Unusable,” Abreu’s latest show, takes the philosopher’s conception of the usability of material things as the starting point for a well-curated, minimalist-oriented group show. To Heidegger, material objects are made legible by our referring to both the "towards which" of their intended use and the "whereof" of their original source. Leah Pires and Johanna Bergmark, the show’s curators, are interest... [more]
Posted by Matthew Shen Goodman on 8/20/13
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Nothing for Something

by Emily Nathan
Scott Lyall is a philosopher.   The press release for his exhibition, An Immigrant Affection, on view at Miguel Abreu Gallery through October 24, is not an easy read—but it offers compelling insight into the artist’s realm of interest and inquiry.  Lyall uses the word “immigrant” to refer to the invisible third party that is present in any transaction between parties, any dialogue: this third is neither one nor the other, but another that is born of their coming together. Abstraction, he posits, is characterized by its lacking—lacking likeness to what it represents, lacking ground, l... [more]
Posted by Emily Nathan on 10/3/10
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Bridging the Gap

by Emily Nathan
Miguel Abreu’s current exhibition, False/Divide, offers a concise selection of photographic works that, together, propose an elegant, fresh reflection on an age-old discourse.  The canonized art historical distinction between representation and abstraction, one which posits them as necessarily antipodal, has been targeted as problematic by artists and thinkers alike throughout history, particularly in the light of Modernism and its various intellectual investigations. While the advent of photography as an art form significantly rarified the terms of this inquiry, it had been explored b... [more]
Posted by Emily Nathan on 7/11/10
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The Application in the Folder

by Charlie Schultz
When you think of an application—for grant money, a job, a spot at a college—you think of the institution. You think of its particular conventions and how to best represent yourself accordingly. Blake Rayne’s new solo show, Folder and Application, (his third at the gallery) is a punning, flouting, visual response to particular phraseology of the application form. You wouldn’t know it immediately though, the first impression of Rayne’s work is all about the materials. Rayne employs a lot of canvases and to a variety of uses. He tapes and staples fabric and polycarbonate paper on to the g... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 6/13/10
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Contemplating the Act of Rubbing

by Michelle Levy
Frottage: “Who does it anymore? Who really did it ever?” These questions are posed in the press release for the exhibition simply titled, Frottage. Referring to the technique of creating marks through the rubbing of objects, frottage is a French term popularized by Max Ernst, and adopted by the surrealist movement. Beginning with Ernst, and moving into artists working today, this exhibition is an intelligent meditation on a process quite easily perceived as passé. The show is organized to function just as frottage itself does, to reveal hidden qualities, narratives, meanings of things we may take... [more]
Posted by Michelle Levy on 11/28/09