East City Art Reviews

Hamiltonian Gallery Presents Kaitlin Jencso Looking Glass and Sera Boeno Kelimeler Kıyafetsiz (:Words Naked/Are Not Enough)

Using her native Turkey as inspiration, the focal point of Boeno’s exhibition is a sculptural installation adapted from the altar of Pergamon, a masterpiece of Hellenistic architecture excavated from Bergama in the Ottoman Empire (Izmir in current day Turkey) and currently held by the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany.

Hamiltonian Gallery Presents Kaitlin Jencso Looking Glass and Sera Boeno Kelimeler Kıyafetsiz (:Words Naked/Are Not Enough)

“East City Art Reviews: Larry Cook’s Stockholm Syndrome at Hamiltonian Gallery” by Eric Hope

Stockholm Syndrome–while the phrase might cause an emotional shudder for some, others might take it with a grain of skepticism. “I’d never fall under the spell of my captors,” these naysayers would argue. Therein lies the syndrome’s insidious nature–the shell shock slowly morphs into acceptance, so subtly that you aren’t aware of the shifting sands that gird your sense of reality. For artist Larry Cook, this acquiescence is personal. He spies it in his community and experiences it in the reactions of his African-American peers. And it incites him. But rather than lash out in rage, he confronts this complex web of lies, denials and wishful thinking head-on with emotionally-laden works that disrupt so-called “truths” we consider as God-given. Indeed, titling his current solo show at Hamiltonian Gallery Stockholm Syndrome is simultaneously a wake-up call and a call to arms.

“East City Art Reviews: Larry Cook’s  Stockholm Syndrome at Hamiltonian Gallery” by Eric Hope