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“…Looking at myself from the second floor of an Italian restaurant in the Catskills…”
@ American Medium

“…Looking at myself from the second floor of an Italian restaurant in the Catskills…” is an exhibition of works by Alex Chaves, Alex Felton, Sean Raspet, Carlos Reyes, Sydney Shen, and Amy Yao.

‘The more perfect the artist, the more completely separate in him will be the man who suffers and the mind which creates; the more perfectly will the mind digest and transmute the passions which are its material’ – T.S Eliot

“She trims her hair with pearls as she sits by the shore, she gazes in a rapture at the wind rushing through the trees.”

I am sitting in an Italian restaurant, age 9, looking out the window onto the main street of a dusty, sun drenched town in some part of the Catskills. The mountains surround and the fog rolling off of them breaks the sun into rays. I look down at the plastic-checkered tablecloth and then back up again at the window of the restaurant and then back down at the gravel road. The dust particles mix together, bond to one another, become as large as my eyes.

Delays, stops, starts, shifts.

Something reaches out across the void dug up by a memory. Meaning is lost, but the sense, the object’s feeling remains intact. The breakdown and the restoration does not diminish the intrinsic qualities.

Sunlight felt in 1995 can be sunlight felt twenty years later. Time elongates, the cord widens, stretches, tightens.

The term “hour” is used fguratively; the effect has no clearly defned duration.

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catskills5Carlos Reyes, Untitled (American Medium #3), 2015

catskills20Carlos Reyes, Untitled (American Medium #3), 2015 (detail)

catskills6Sean Raspet, Program for Algorithmic Smoke Assembly, 2014-2015

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catskills7Carlos Reyes, Untitled (American Medium #1), 2015

catskills8Amy Yao, Awkward and lonely, 2015

catskills9Carlos Reyes, Untitled (American Medium #2), 2015

catskills10Sydney Shen, Moonlight Sonata (Woman in the Dunes), 2015

catskills22Sydney Shen, Moonlight Sonata (Woman in the Dunes), 2015 (detail)

catskills11Alex Chaves, Portrait of N Duran, 2015

catskills12Alex Felton, Jack of Hearts, 2015

catskills18Alex Felton, Jack of Hearts, 2015 (detail)

catskills19Alex Felton, Jack of Hearts, 2015 (detail)

catskills14Alex Chaves, Bathroom Mirror, 2014

catskills16Amy Yao, Apocolystapussy, 2014

catskills17Amy Yao, Apocolystapussy, 2014 (detail)

catskills27Amy Yao, Apocolystapussy, 2014 (detail)

catskills25Sydney Shen, Ophelia (Woman in the Water), 2015

“…Looking at myself from the second foor of an Italian restaurant in the Catskills…”
@ American Medium, New York, US
June 19th – July 26th, 2015

artworks by Alex Chaves, Alex Felton, Sean Raspet, Carlos Reyes, Sydney Shen, and Amy Yao.

www.americanmedium.net