vrijdag 7 oktober 2011

Jeff Sonhouse

You can get a good sense of Jeff Sonhouse's prickly wit through the titles of some of his recent New York shows: "Pawnography," "The Panoptic Con." His first solo exhibition in L.A., at Martha Otero, carries a dark, dismissive title, "'Better Off Dead,' Said the Landlord," and hums with humor of a confrontational sort. The show amounts to a face-off between visitors and the outrageous, disarming characters in each of his six new painted portraits.

Who are these masked men? Each stares intently from behind a second skin that has more metaphoric potential than practical function.


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