Monday, June 25, 2007
Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry
Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry, at Caren Golden - Image of a lynching, with the same image (almost) both painted on canvas and printed on a sheer silk overlay... the silk is not touching the canvas and the two images don't line up exactly, so it looks hazy. The hanging man here is printed on the silk overlay only, his image has been left out of the painting... you need to study the piece closely to notice exactly what is omitted.
Immediately after leaving the Caren Golden show.... I turned the corner and saw this painted over NIGGER. The sidewalk is closed off and walled up, so this is a wall that you are walking directly towards and confronted with, not something seen on a side wall.
The "nigger" grafitti is there, but it is easy to not see, if you don't look. It was chilling to see this first thing after leaving the McCallum and Tarry show, and straining to see the lynched man.
Who is it even written for? The only black person I can remember seeing in three days of Chelsea was the woman that works at James Cohan.