Richard Hawkins

1 Larry Johnson (Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York) On the heels of his pencil-prodded jackass (leave it to Johnson to take the precedent of Max Fleischer’s “Out of the Inkwell” and turn it into the Subject’s eroticized interpolation between the Real and the Imaginary), the artist’s turn to predigital “cold type” and pasteup marks the start of an even more evocative and provocative investigation of mediation and touch. From the wax and glue in the pasteups, I immediately jumped to bodily fluids and found in Johnson’s latest work a tertiary addition to the studium/punctum matrix: sputum. And then wound up square in the lap of Warhol’s prescient use of index/image: piss paintings.

2 John McAllister (James Fuentes, New York) McAllister’s paintings are Debussyish Matisseries, particularly Innerly Innerness, 2010, with its “red studio” floating atop sweetly dissonant fields of pink, orange,

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