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The Dark Side of Play

by Lee Ann Norman
Beijing-based artist Cao Fei critiques notions of fantasy and reality in “Play Time,” her latest exhibition at Lombard-Freid Projects. Rather than focus on its child-like aspects, she seems much more interested in exploring play’s ambiguities. Her photographs, installations, and films are lighthearted on the surface, but never deny the darkness that lurks in the background. The ten-minute video Shadow Life relays three children’s stories that refer to a Chinese Spring Festival Gala that was once broadcast on state television. Each chapter (“A Rock,” “Dictator,” and “Transmigration”) expresses a... [more]
Posted by Lee Ann Norman on 5/22/11
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Tala Madani's Assassins

by Yaelle Amir
  For her second solo exhibition at Lombard-Freid Projects, American-Iranian artist Tala Madani created candid paintings and videos of Middle Eastern men, who blindly perform masochistic actions under the guise of religious and national worship. Outlandish and comical, the works emanate goofy machismo normally prevalent in an all-boys club. Rocky – whose character epitomizes the masculine pride, strength, and determination – makes several appe... [more]
Posted by Yaelle Amir on 5/11/08