Closing Time: Part I

“In spite of his success, or perhaps because of it, Ricky remains first and foremost a New Yorker with a camera, as likely to shoot a puking homeless guy in Washington Square Park as he is Fran Lebowitz leaving a Tribeca restaurant. Regardless of who is on the other side of the lens, his photographs are seductive because of his candid ability to incite and then capture the “chemical connection” he believes exists between photographer and subject regardless of whether that subject is Madonna or a graffiti writer. Through this trait, along with an innate ability to compel strangers and crash parties, he has managed to build a body of images that are at once beautiful and irreverent, contemporary but timeless.”

Ricky Powell, Cindy, date unknown. (image courtesy of artist's website)

Ricky Powell, Cindy, date unknown. (image courtesy of artist's website)

Exhibition runs at Klughaus Gallery through July 14.

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About Lynn Maliszewski, Contributor-at-Large

Lynn Maliszewski is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She curated and composed work for ArtWrit, BOMB Magazine, HAHA Magazine, Hyperallergic, LatinLover, Modern Painters, No.3, Whitehot Magazine, and Whitewall. She is currently the Contributor-at-Large for ON-VERGE, an arts journalism blog sponsored by CUE Art Foundation, until 2013. She hosts her own blog, Contemporaneous Extension, as a compendium of aesthetic interests, archived exhibitions and artists, and uncensored inferences. She has contributed editorially to the College Art Association, the Bushwick Film Festival, Like the Spice Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
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