new-york

Dana Duff

Milford Gallery

Dana Duff’s first show in New York has been credited with virtually defining the neo-Conceptual art trend. But while Duff’s work does fit the neo-Conceptual bill—being physically variable and utilizing a self-consciously poetic stance—her concepts are actually molten; many of her “fellows” merely play with the comic possibilities of formal inbreeding. Perhaps when speaking of Duff’s show a more interesting point of comparison would be the neo-Conceptual subgenre of “brown” or “sepia” art. In this work, history, represented by the color brown, is superimposed onto sculpture and photographic imagery as a way of investing newness with an ironic antiquity (read: meaning). Whereas “brown artists” such as Annette Lemieux, Fariba Hajamadi, and Michael Zwack seem to be announcing that the act of physical decay is somehow as meaningful as history itself, Duff’s work is rather like the result of

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