Posts in East City Art Reviews
Hamiltonian Gallery Presents Patrick Harkin Harvester’s Dilemma

The exhibition delves into the depths of the photography and its broader social, ideological, environmental implications. Harkin’s artistic process is in a way a feedback loop: he creates images that create and *demonstrate a new relationship with our perception and our things. He confronts the underlying mechanisms of control, which hide so well within the contemporary photographic apparatus. To let the demon work through the images and infrastructures we have, to possess them, to haunt them, to reverse them and to heal.

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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.

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“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.

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