new-york

Andrew Masullo

Fiction/Nonfiction

Andrew Masullo combs junk shops, flea markets, garbage heaps, and attics in search of resonant objects and images. In the past, Masullo’s compulsive output (his previous New York show included 220 works selected from some 450 produced over the preceding year) ranged from mosaiclike text pieces made up of individually cut-out and assembled letters, to eviscerated books restuffed with cubes of fur and fabric.

The works shown here consist largely of original (primarily abstract) and found paintings on wood or canvas. A taut string of collage-paintings ringing the room includes an old watercolor fashion sketch, a black-and-white baby picture smeared with yellowish paint, and a photograph of a young boy, in which sections have been replaced with fur. Masullo’s interventions disfigure and therefore seem to discredit the originals, yet at the same time they somehow manage to salvage these homely

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