Danielle Wu

  • Ben Sloat, Skeletor and Gremlin, 2022, resin and enamel, 9 x 12 x 4". From the series “I’m Not Like Other Guys,” 2008–22.
    picks July 26, 2022

    “Punchline”

    As a student of celebrated French clown Philippe Gaulier said, “Once you can handle the insults, something inside you cracks and you can begin.” If the best kind of humor is crafted from inward rage, “Punchline” delivers. The group exhibition of eleven artists features works including Divya Gadangi’s Please Maintain Your Original Indian Beauty, 2014—a video game based on a disagreement Gadangi had with her mother over the artist’s changing hair color—and a video of a performance by Kalup Linzy that yearns for a freer future, even freedom from cringe.

    The fantasy that ridiculing our enemies can

  • View of “Mo Kong: Lounge of a Prophet,” 2022.
    picks April 05, 2022

    Mo Kong

    Tucked between the intoxicating fumes of spiced tagines at Zerza Moroccan Kitchen and neat rows of dried Japanese goods at Ni Japanese Deli is Mo Kong’s presentation “Lounge of a Prophet” at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space. The close proximity of Asian and North African delicacies awakens ancient, reductive myths about the Orient inside the contemporary food bazaar that is Essex Market on Manhattan’s Lower East Side—where the gallery is located—bringing forward the show’s main critiques.

    Beneath the exhibition space’s yellowed light, Kong has constructed what appears to be a modernist curio

  • View of “Christina Yuna Ko: Bathing in Public,” 2021–22.
    picks November 16, 2021

    Christina Yuna Ko

    Christina Yuna Ko’s solo exhibition here, “Bathing in Public,” is a portal into gauzy childhood memories of escaping into digital screens. Ko deftly demonstrates that not much is needed to evoke the dreamy bathhouse setting that often appears in her favorite Korean soap operas and variety shows. The mere suggestion of a floor drain or fogged window, as we see in the artist’s installation at the gallery, conjure a sensation of warm water from a painted cutout shower head, or of steam rising to fog up a mirror. Punctuated by soothing pastel pinks and baby blues, Ko’s sybaritic aesthetic also evokes