New York

Sean Landers


The ’80s fascination with success has lately given way to explorations of failure in the work of artists such as Nancy Barton, just as high-gloss cool has been replaced by rude, crude, and messy manners in art by the likes of Mike Kelley. Sean Landers, who previously exhibited sculpted heads floating in resin cylinders, has recently been presenting the ruminations of imaginary alter ego Chris Hamson in the form of letters scrawled in ballpoint on legal paper. Hamson is the artist-as-failure, confused, full of self-doubt, and given to explosions of rage at his pitiful position on the bottom of the art heap. Though isolated letters have appeared previously in group shows, here Landers presents a gallery full of missives. More diaristic than epistolary, these jottings flesh out Hamson’s character, baring his tortured soul in all its wayward dimensions. Hamson obsesses over girls, love, sex,

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