Pat Place

Tin Pan Alley

Pat Place is best known for her work as a musician—she played guitar with the original Contortions, New York’s infamous funk noir group, and now leads the Bush Tetras, an artful New York dance band—but she has been making paintings, sculptures, and photographs for as long as she has been making music. Place recently had her first solo exhibition, a group of large color photographs, at this bar in the Times Square area. It was an appropriate setting for the work, an artists’ and musicians’ hangout where every once in a while some of the local color drifts in and a few patrons might have thought that the photos—tableaux of toy monsters, souvenir objects, and other exotic items (there may even be a pink elephant in there somewhere)—were a hallucination.

These bizarre scenes are built up from Place’s large collection of pop monsters and miniature pop objects. The creatures include troll and

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