new-york

Candyass

57 STUX + Haller Gallery

“i like to pretend i,m someone else as much as possible so i wont get too depressed. well i cant do alot of things, lots of things indeed and i;m not as smart as i would like to be and not as politically aware/politicaly correct as i would like to be and this is nerveous making if i let it so i like to try and kill time and avoid the serious issues i was tought to well sort of avoid by making art. . . .”—so reads the notarized artist’s statement for Cary Leibowitz’s (a/k/a CANDYASS) recent show of pennants, felt banners, door mats, plates, wallpaper, plaques, and cardboard boxes emblazoned with mottos, maxims and stories. The visual form of the work, a patchwork of styles borrowed from such artists as Allen Ruppersberg, Matt Mullican, Albert Oehlen, and Mike Kelley is deliberately dispensable. It serves primarily as a pretext for peculiar manifestos that at first glance seem to exude

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